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HE following Efsays have already appear. ed at different times, and in different publicatia
The pamphlets in which they were inferted being generally unsuccessful, these shared the common fate, without affifting the bookseller's aims, or extending the writer's reputation. The publick was too ftrenuously employed with their own follies, to be affiduous in estimating mine ; so that many of my best attempts in this way, have fallen vi&ims to the tranfient topick of the times, the Ghost in Çock-lane, or the fiege of Ticonderago.
But though they have passed pretty filently in the world, I can by no means complain of their circulation. The magazines and papers of the day have, indeed, been liberal enough in this refpect. Most of these Essays have been regularly reprinted twice or three times a year, and conveyed to the publick through the channel of some engaging compilation. If there be a pride in multiplied editions, I have seen some of my labours fixteen times reprinted, and claimed by different parents as their own. I have seen them flourished at the beginning with praise, and figned at the end with the names of Philantos, Phia lalethes, Plilaleutheros, and Philanthropos. The gentlemen have kindly tood sponsors to my productions, and, to flatter me more, have always paffed them as their own.