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long remain fo, in your opinion; though you may think the relator an odd man. As to that, I have nothing to say. And if oddnefs confifts in fpirit, freedom of thought, and a zeal for the divine unity; in a tafte for what is natural, antique, romantic, and wild; in honouring women, who are admirable for goodness, letters, and arts; and in thinking, after all the scenes I have gone through, that every thing here is vanity; except that virtue and charity, which gives us a right to expect beyond the grave; and procures us, in this world, the direction of infinite wisdom, the protection of infinite power, and the friendship of infinite goodness; then, may it be written on my stone,---Here lies an odd man. Thus much, gentlemen, I thought proper to fay to you, that by being acquainted with the particulars relative to the complexion, and defign of the author, you might the easier and the better comprehend the various things you will find in the work he dedicates to you.

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I have only to add, that I wish you all happiness; that your heads may lack no ointment, and your garments be always white and odoriferous: but efpecially, may you prefs on, like true critics, towards perfection; and may blifs, glory, and honour, be your reward and your Por

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Barbican,
Aug. 1, 1756.

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