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respect to the use of feketion, (particularly as I have here applied it) Dr. Johnson nakes the best apology for me to the public, in his Idler, vol. ii. p. 185, and which, I hope, he will accept himfelf, as an additional motive for this undertaking.

- Writers of extensive comprehension, (lays he) have incidental remarks upon topics very remote from the principal fubject, which are often more valuable than formal treatises, and which yet are not known, because they are not promised in the title. He that collects those under proper beads, is very laudably employed, for tho' he exerts no great abilities in the work, he facilitates the progress of others, and by making that easy of attainment, which is already written, may give some mind, more vigorous, or more adventurous than his own, leifure for new thoughts, and original designs.”

How far this selection is made with dgement, I must, however, trúft to the

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decision of the public, well knowing that if it is negligently, of ignorantly performed, any thing I can say, will not excuse me ; if on the contrary, I have done justice to my design, my telling them so will not accelerate their approbation. One thing I can assure them of, that I have made my, extracts as accurately and judiciously as I could—and that whatever may be the fate of the book, I have been already repaid for my lab

labours, by the fatisfaction they have afforded me.

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A TABLE

A TABLE of the SU BIJBCT SY

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A.

Page Complaisance Affectation

Self-Complacency Agriculture

2 Charity Agriculture of England 3 Charity to Captives Age

Censure Age and Youth

Custom Advice

6 Cheats Adverfary

8 Character Admiration

9 Chance Avarice

ib. Complaint Ambition

10 Calamity Atheist

ib. Care Anger

!! Choice Ability

ib. CleantinessAccident

12 Change Anticipation

ib. Conscience Applause

. ib. Captivity Art

13 Competency Appearances (often deceit.

Contempt ful)

ib. Civility Army

14 Content Author

ib. Consolation Aphorisms

21 Curiosity

Criticism
B.

Conviet
Beauty

22 Children Biography

24 Credulity Business

25 Compilation Bounties (Natural) ib. Court

Cunning
C.

Courage
Confidence

26 Commerce

ib. 37 ib. ib ib 38 ib. 39 ib. ib.

42 43

45 Defi

27

53 History

54

Page

Page
D.
Government

77
Desire

46 Self-Government 79
Death
47 Universal Good

7.
Dependence

49
Diffidence

50

H.
Delicacy
ib. Happiness

ib.
Disappointment ib. Domestic Happiness 82
Disease

51
Habits

83
Diftruk
ib. Hope

ib.
Delay
52 Humanity

85
Duty
ib. Health

ib.
Diligence

ib.
Good-Humour

86
E.
Gaiety

87
Envy

53
Example

J.
Emulation
55 Jealousy

88
Education
56 Judgement

89
Employment
58 Justice

91
Evil

59
Empire

ib.

I.
Excellence
ib. Industry

92
Enquiry
ib. Imitation

ib.
Equanimity
60. Indolence

94
Epitaph
61 Idleness

95
Esteem

62 Integrity
Election
ib. Ignoranco

ib
Expectation

ib. Ignorance, (compared
Effects

with Knowledge) ib.

Ignorance, (compared
F.
with Confidence)

97.
Fame

64 Imprudence
Friendship
65 Imprisonment

ib.
Flattery
68 Imagination

99
Folly
70 Intelligence

ib.
Fortune

ib. Foreign and Domestic
Fear
71 Intelligence

100
Forgiveness
ib. Irresolution

ib.
Frugality

72 Self-Importance ib.
Favours
Fancy -
ib. Incredulity

ib,
Indulgence
G.
Inclination

ib.
Genius

ib. Rural Improvements 103

Knowledge

96

63

74 Insult

IOI

102

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