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The Preface

to

the Reader.

'q-

As

to

the felfitt Reader, it

is

bold for any

Man to think himfelf

Superiour

to

the

left of

Men,and that

all

mat

be a Sacrifice

to

his

own Concerns

and

Humour:

A narrow

Soul

is

a great

Infelicity, both to

its

felt;

to

others, and

the Publick

In-

teret.

8.

The

Publick

Spirited Reader

is

more

concern'd for

Truth than

for

any

Thing

that

Rivals it

:

his

Thoughts

and

Motto

is

Magna eft

verita,

PT

prævalebit

i

and he

will think himfelf

mot

gratified

when

Publick Expedlations

and Concerns are

an-

fwered and fecured bell.

9.

Thofe that

are

perfeólly

ignorant

of

what

the

Hitory

is

mot

concerned in

will be glad

of betterInformations;

and

the Things

recorded

will

be

(as

being No-

vel)

mot

grateful

to

him.

ao.As

to

thofe

that

were acquainted

motly

with the Thingsherementioned,they

will

have

their

Memories refrelhed, and meet

with

force (Additions

to their

ufeful

Knowledge.

11.

And

as

to

my felf,.if, there

be

any thing untrue, injurious,

or

unfit,

as

to

either Publick or Perlonal Concerns, the Publilher

hopes

that

the Reader

will

not

look

upon him

as

obliged to

juftifie

or

efpoufe whatever

the Author may

have mif-

reprefented, through

his

own Perfonal

Infirmities or

Mitakes;

for all

'Men are im-

perfeól, and my Work was

to

publish

the

Author's Sentiments and Reports

,

rather

than

my

own: Nor

will

I

vouch for every

Thing

in this

Hitory,

nor in

any meer

Humane Treadle, beyond

its

Evidence or Credibility. But let 'the Reader affure

himfelf

that

I

am

his,

in

the

heft

of

Bonds

and

Services,

whilt

London,

May

13.

1696.

I

am

M. S.

A