Baxter - BX5207 B3 A2 1696

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 matbe a Sacrifice to his own Concernsand Humour: A narrow Soul is a great Infelicity, both to its felt; toothers, and the Publick In- teret. 8. ThePublick Spirited Reader is more concern'd forTruth 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 beany 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: Norwill I vouch for every Thing in thisHitory, nor in any meer Humane Treadle, beyond its Evidence or Credibility. But let 'the Reader affure himfelf that I amhis, inthe heftof Bondsand Services, whilt London, May 13. 1696. I am M. S. A