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Conjugii, sponsi sponsæque jugalia sacra ! Nec fas; non sic deficimus, nec talia tecum
Auspice le, fugiens alieni subcuba lecti,

Gessimus, in cælos olim tua signa secuti.
Dira libido hominum tota de gente repulsa est : Est hic, est vitæ et magni contempor Olympi,
Ac tantum gregibus pecudum ratione carentum Quique oblatam animus lucis nunc respuat
Imperat, et sine lege tori furibunda vagatur.

aulam, Auspice te, quam jura probant, rectumque, piumque, Et domiti tantum placeat cui regia cæli. (quam Filius alque pater, fraterque innoluit : et quot Ne dubita, numquam fractis hæc pectora numVincula vicini sociarunt sanguinis, a te

Deficient animis: prius ille ingentia cæli Nominibus didicêre suai distinguere gentem. Atria, desertosque æternæ lucis alumnos

Destituens, Erebum admigret noctemque proCITATION VI. Essay, page 109.

fundam, Cælestes animæ ! sublimia templa tenentes,

Et Stygiis mutet radiantia lumina flammis.
Laudibus adcumulate deum super


In promptu caussa est : superest invicta voluntas, num!

[nostri! Immortale odium, vindicta et sæva cupido. Tu quoque nunc animi vis tota ac maxuma INTERPOLATIONS IN TAUBMAN. Tota tui in Domini grates dissolvere laudes !

Essay, page 132. Aurorâ redeunte nova, redeuntibus umbris. Immensum! augustum! verum! inscrutabile Tune, ait, imperio regere omnia solus ; et una numen!

[duorum, Filius iste tuus, qui se tibi subjicit ultro, Summe Deus! sobolesque Dei! consorsque Ac genibus minor ad terram prosternit, et offert Spiritus! æternas retines, bone rector! hahenas, Nescio quos toties animi servilis honores ? Per mare, per terras, cælosque, atque unus Je- Et tamen æterni proles æterna Jehovæ hova

Audit ab ætherea luteaque propagine mundi. Existens, celebrabo tuas, memorique sonabo

(Scilicet hunc nutum dixisti cuncta regentem; Organico plectro laudes. Te pectore amabo,

Cælitibus regem cunctis, dominumque supremum) Te primam, et medium, et summum, sed fine ca- Huic ego sim supplex ? ego? quo præstartior rentem,


(qui O miris mirande modis! ter maxime rerum!

Non agit in superis. Mihi jus dabit ille, suum Collustrat terras dum lumine Titan Eoo !

Dat caput alterius sub jus et vincula legum ?

Semideus reget iste polos? reget avia terræ ?

Me pressum leviore manu fortuna tenebit?
Essay, page 116.

Et cogar æternum duplici serrire tyranno ?

Haud ita. Tu solus non polles fortibus ausis. Tu Psychephone

Non ego sic cecidi, nec sic mea fata premuntur, Hypocrisis esto, hoc sub Francisci pallio. Ut nequeam relevare caput, colloque superbum Tu Thanate, Martyromastix re et nomine sies. Excutere imperium. Mini si mea dextra favebit, Altered thus,

Audeo totius mihi jus promittere mundi.
Tu Psychephone!

Essay, page 152.
Hypocrisis esto; hoc sub Francisci pallio,
Quo tuto tecti sese credunt emori.

Throni, dominationes, principatus, virtutes, po

testates, is said to be a line borrowed by Milion INTERPOLATION IN QUINTIANUS.

from the titlepage of Heywood's “Hierarchy of

Angels.” But there are more words in HeyEssay, page 117.

wood's title; and, according to his own arrangeMic. Cur huc procaci veneris cursu refer? ment of his subjects, they should be read thus:

Manere si quis in sua potest domo, Seraphim, cherubim, throni, potestates, angeli,

Habitare numquam curet alienas domos. archangeli, principatus, dominaliones.
Luc. Quis non, relictâ Tartari nigri domo,

Veniret ? Illic summa tenebrarum lues, These are my interpolations, minutely traced
Ubi pedor ingens redolet extremum situm. without any arts of evasion. Whether from the
Hic autem amena regna, et dulcis quies; passages that yet remain, any reader will be con-
Ubi serenus ridet æternum dies.

vinced of my general assertion, and allow that
Mutare facile* est pondus immensum levi, Milton had recourse for assistance to any of the
Summes dolores maximisque gaudiis. authors whose names I have mentioned, I shall

not now be very diligent to inquire, for I had no

particular pleasure in subverting the reputation Essay, page 119.

of Milton, which I had myself once endeavoured Stygemque testor, et profunda Tartari,

to exalt;* and of which, the foundation had al Nisi impediret livor, et queis prosequor Odia supremum numen, atque hominum genus, celeberrimus,non Anglie moto, soli natalis, verum ge

• Virorum maximus-JOANNES MILTONUS-Poeta Pietate motus hinc patris, et hinc filii,

neris humani ornamentuin--cujus eximius liber, Anzli. Possem parenti condolere et filio,

canis versibus conrcriptus, vulgo PARADISUS AMISSUS, Quasi exuissem omnem malitiam ex pectore.

immortalis illud ingenii monumentum, cum ipsa ferè

Eternitate perennaturum est opus !-Hujus memoriam INTERPOLATION IN FLETCHER. Anglorum primus, post tantum, pro dolor! ab tanti ex

cessu poete intervallum, stalua eleganti in loco celeberEssay, page 124.

rimo,cænobin Westmonasieriensi, porila, regum, princiNec tamen æternos obliti (absiste timere)

pum, aniistitum, illustriumque Angliæ virorum cæme Umquam animos, fessique ingentes ponimus iras. ierio, vir ornatissimu8, Gulielmus Benson prosecutus est

Poetarum Scotorum Muse Sacræ in prafatione,

Edinb. 1739. * For facile, the word volute was substituted in the A character, as high and honourable as ever was beEssay.

stowed upon him by the most sanguine of his admirers",

ways remained untouched by me, had not my | it, and resolve, that my first offence shall be my credit and my interest been blasted, or thought last. More I cannot perform, and more there to be blasted, by the shade which it cast from its fore cannot be required. I intreat the pardon of boundless elevation.

all men, whom I have by any means induced to About ten years ago, I published an edition of support, to countenance, or patronise my frauds, Dr. Johnston's translation of the “ Psalms," and of which I think myself obliged to declare, that having procured from the general assembly of not one of my friends was conscious. I hope the church of Scotland, a recommendation of to deserve, by better conduct and more useful its use to the lower dasses of grammar-schools, undertakings, that patronage which I have obinto which I had begun to introduce it, though tained from the most illustrious aud venerable not without much controversy and opposition ; names by misrepresentation and delusion, and to I thought it likely that I should, by annual pub- appear hereafter in such a character, as shall lications, improve my little fortune, and be en- give you no reason to regret that your name is abled to support myself in freedom from the mi- frequently mentioned with that of, Reverend Sir, series of indigence. But Mr. Pope, in his ma- your most humble servant, levolence to Mr. Benson, who had distinguished

WILLIAM LAUDER. himself by his fondness for the same version,

December 20th, 1750. destroyed all my hopes by a distich, in which he places Johnston in a contemptuous comparison with the author of “Paradise Lost."*

From this time all my praises of Johnston became ridiculous, and I was censured with

TESTIMONIES CONCERNING MR. great freedom, for forcing upon the schools, an

LAUDER. author whom Mr. Pope had mentioned only as a foil to a better poet. On this occasion, it was

Edinb. May 22d, 1734. natural not to be pleased, and my resentment These are certifying, that Mr. William Lauder seeking to discharge itself somewhere, was uns passed his course at this university, to the genehappily directed against Milton. I resolved to ral satisfaction of these masters, under whom be attack his fame, and found some passages in studied. That he has applied himself particucursory reading, which gave me hopes of stigma-larly to the study of humanity* ever since. That tising him as a plagiary. The farther I carried for several years past, he has taught with success, my scarch the more eager I grew for the disco- students in the Humanity Class, who were revery, and the more my hypothesis was oppos- commended to him by the professor thereof. ed, the more I was heated with rage. The con- And lastly, has taught that class himself, during sequence

of my blind passion, I need not relate; the indisposition, and since the death of its late it has, by your detection, become apparent to professor; and therefore is, in our opinion, a fit mankind. Nor do I mention this provocation as person to teach Humanity in any school or coladequate to the fury which I have shown, but as lege whatever. a cause of anger, less shameful and reproachful

J. Gowdie, S. S. T. than fractious malice, personal envy, or national Matt.CRAUFURD, S.S.T. et Hist. Ec. Pr. Reg. jealousy: But for the violation of truth, I offer no ex

William Scott, P. P.

ROBERT STUART, Ph. Nat. Pr. cuse, because I well know that nothing can

Col. DRUMMOND, L. G. et P. Pr. excuse it. Nor will I aggravate my crime, by

COL. Mac-LAURIN, Math. P. Edin. disingenuous palliations. I confess it, I repent

Al. Bayne, J. P.

Charles Macky, Hist. P. and as this was my cool and sincere opinion of that won. Alex. MONRO, Anat. P. derful man formerly, so I declare it to be the same still, and ever will be, notwithstanding all appearances to the

WILLIAM Dawson, L. H. P. contrary, occasioned merely by passion and resentment; which appear, however, by the Postscript to the Essay, to be so far from extending to the posterity of Milton, that I recommend his only remaining descendant, in the warmest terms, to the public.

A Letter from the Rev. Mr. Patrick Cuming, one of the

ministers of Edinburgh, and Regius Professor of * On two unequal crutches propp'd hef came,

Church History in the University there, to the Rev. Milton's on this, on that one Johnston's name. Mr. Blair, Rector of the Grammar School at Dundee.

Dunciad, Book IV. D. B.—Upon a public advertisement in the + Benson. This man endeavoured to raise himself to newspapers, of the vacancy of a master's place fame, by erecting monuments, striking coins, and pro: in your school, Mr. William Lauder, a friend of passion for Arthur Johnston, a Scots Physician's, version mine, proposes to set up for a candidate, and goes of the Psalms, of which he printed many fine editions. - over for that purpose. He has long taught the Notes on the Dunciad.

Latin with great approbation in this place, and No fewer than six different editions of that useful and valuable book, two in quarto, two in octavo, and two in given such proofs of his mastery in that lana lesser form, now lie like lumber in the hand of Mr. guage, that the best judges do upon all occasions Vaillant, bookseller, the effects of Mr. Pope's ill-natured recommend him as one who is qualified in the

best manner. He has taught young boys and One of these editions in quarto, illustrated with an in. terpretation and notes, after the manner of the classic | young gentlemen, with great success; nor did I authors in usum Delphini, was by the worthy editor, ever hear of any complaint of him from either anno 1741, inscribed to his Royal Highness Prince parents or children. I beg leave to recommend George, as a proper

book for his instruction in principles him to you as my friend; what friendship you of piety, as well as knowledge of the Latin

tongue, when he should arrive at due maturity of age. To restore this book to credit, was the cause that induced me to engage * So the Latin congue is called in Scotland, from the in this disagreeable controversy, rather than any design Latin phrase, classis humaniorum literarum, the class to depreciate the just reputation of Milton.

or form where that language is taught.


show him, I will look upon as a very great act of in the choice and variety of his metre, it is as friendship to me, of which he and I will retain plain, that he has given his poetic genius such an the most grateful sense, if he is so happy as to be unlimited scope, as has in many cases quite dispreferred. I persuade myself, you will find him figured the peculiar and inimitable beauty, simready at all times to be advised by you, as I have plicity, and energy of the original, which the found him. Indeed, if justice haid been done him, former, by a more close and judicious version, he should long ago have been advanced for his merit. has constantly and surprisingly displayed. SomeI ever am, D. B., you most affectionate, humble thing like this we ventured to hint in our note servant,

upon these two noble versions : to have said

PATRICK CUMING. more, would have been inconsistent with our Edinb. Nov. 13th, 1742.

designed brevity.

We have likewise since seen what your opponent hås writ in praise of the one, and deroga

tion of the other, and think you have sufficiently A Letter from Mr. Mac-Laurin, late Professor of Mathe. so far from giving us any cause to retract what

confuted him, and with respect to us, he has been matics in the University 01 Edinburgh, to the Rev Mr. George Blair, Rector of the Grammar-School at

we had formerly said, that it has administered Dundee.

an occasion to us of vindicating it, as we have of giving you this trouble, from the desire I have after to Mr. A. B. who was pleased to give SIR, – Though unacquainted, I take the liberty lately done by some critical notes on your excel

lent Johnston, which we communicated soon always had to see Mr. Lauder provided in a manner suited to his talent. I know him to

them a place in his last edition of him, and which have made uncommon progress in classical learn- we doubt not you have seen long ago. How ing, to have taught it with success, and never

they have been relished among you we know heard there could be any complaint against his not, but with us they have been thought suffimethod of teaching. I am, indeed, a stranger to

cient to prove what we have advanced, as well as the reasons of his want of success on former och instances of your author's exactness and ele

to direct the attentive reader to discover new casions. But after conversing with him, I have ground to hope, that he will be always advised gunce, in every page, if not almost in every line, by you, for whom he professes great esteem, and

We gratefully accept of the books and kind will be useful under you. I am, Sir, your most compliments you were pleased to transmit to us obedient, humble servant,

by Mr. Strahan, and had long since returned COLIN MAC-LAURIN.

you our thanks, but for the many avocations

which the great work you know us to be enCollege of Edinburgh, Nov. 30th, 1742. gaged in doth of necessity bring upon us; oblig.

ing us, or some at least of our society, to make from time to time an excursion to one or other of

our two learned universities, and consulting them A Letter from the Authors of the “Universal History,"

upon the best method of carrying on this work to Mr. Lauder.

to the greatest advantage to the public. This London, August 12th, 1741.

has been some considerable part of our employLEARNED SIR,— When we so gladly took the ment for these twelve months past; and we flatfirst opportunity of reviving the memory and ter ourselves, that we have, with their assistance merit of your incomparable Johnston, in the first and approbation, made such considerable imvolume of our “Universal History, our chief provements on our original plan, as will scarcely aim was to excite some generous Mecenas to fail of being acceptable to the learned world. favour the world with a new edition of a poem They will shortly appear in print, to convince which we had long since beheld with no small the world that we have not been idle, though this concern, buried, as it were, by some unaccounta

sixth volume is like to appear somewhat later in ble fatality, into an almost total oblivion : whilst the year than was usual with our former ones. others of ihat kind, none of them superior, many

We shall take the liberty to transmit some vastly inferior, to it, rode unjustly, as we thought, copies of our new plan to you as soon as they are triumphant over his silent grave.

printed. All we have left to wish with respect to And it is with great satisfaction that we have your excellent countryman and his version is, seen our endeavours so happily crowned in the that it may always meet with such powerful and edition you soon after gave of it at Edinburgh, in impartial advocates, and that it may be as much your learned and judicious vindication of

esteemed by all candid judges, as it is by, learned excellent author, and more particularly by the Sir, your sincere well-wishers and humble serjust deference which your learned and pious con

vants, vocation has been pleased to pay to that admira

The Authors of the “Universal History." ble version,

We have had since then, the pleasure to see your worthy example followed here, in the several beautiful editions of the honourable Mr. A Letter from the learned Mr. Robert Ainsworth, AuAuditor Benson, with his critical notes upon the thor of the Latin and English Dictionary, to Mr. Lau. work.

It was, indeed, the farthest from our thoughts, LEARNED AND WORTHY SIR,—These wait on to enter into the merit of the controversy be- you to thank you for the honour you have done a tween your tw great poets, Johnston and Bu- person equally unknown as undeserving, in your chanan; neither were we so partial to either as valuable present, which I did not receive till not to see, that each had their shades as well as several weeks after it was sent; and since I relights ; so that, if the latter has been more happy Iceived it my eyes have been so bad, and my


hand so unstable, that I have been forced to poet, you will permit us to cast the following defer my duty, as desirous to thank you with mites into your treasury of critical roles on his my own hand. I congratulate to your nation noble version. We always thought the palm the just honour ascribed to it by its neighbours by far this author's due, as upon many other and more distant countries, in having bred two accounts, so especially for iwo excellences such excellent poets as your Buchanan and hitherto not taken notice of by any critic, that Johnston, whom to name is to commend; but we know of, and which we beg leave to transmit am concerned for their honour at home, who to you, and if you think fit, by you to the public, being committed together, seem to me both to in the following observations. suffer a diminution, whilst justice is done to We beg leave to subscribe ourselves, Sir, &e. neither. But at the same time I highly approve

The Authors of the “Universal History." your nation's piety in bringing into your schools sacred instead of profane poesy, and heartily wish that ours, and all christian governments, would follow your example herein. If a mix- Dr. Isaac Watts, D. D. in his late Book, entitled “ The ture of utile dulci be the best composition in

Improvement of the Mind," Lond. 1741, p. 114. poetry, (which is too evident to need the judg Upon the whole survey of things, it is my opiment of the nicest critic in the art,) surely the nion, that for almost all boys who learn this utile so transcendently excels in the sacred tongue, (the Latin,) it would be much safer to hymns, that a christian must deny his name be taught Latin poesy (as soon, and as far as that doth not acknowledge it: and if the dulce they can need it) from those excellent translaseem not equally to excel, it must be from a tions of David's Psalms, which are given as by vitiated taste of those who reau them in their ori- Buchanan in the various measures of Horace; ginal, and in others at second-hand from trans- and the lower classes had better read Dr. Johnlations. For the manner of writing in the East ston's translation of those Psalms, another eleand West are widely distant, and which to a gant writer of the Scots nation, instead of Ovid's paraphrast must render his task exceeding diffi- Epistles ; for he has turned the same Psalms, cult, as requiring a perfect knowledge in two perhaps with greater elegancy, into elegiac languages, wherein the idioms and graces of verse, whereof the learned W. Benson, Esq. speech, caused by the diversity of their religion, has lately published a new edition; and í hear laws, customs, &c. are as remote as the inhabit that these Psalms are honoured with an inants, wherein notwithstanding your poets have creasing use in the schools of Holland and Scotsucceeded to admiration.

land. A stanza, or a couplet of those writers Your main contest seems to me, when stript would now and then stick upon the minds of of persons, whether the easy or sublime in poesy youth, and would furnish them infinitely better be preferable; if so,

with pious and moral thoughts, and do some

thing towards making them good men and Non opis est nostræ tantam componere litem:

christians. nor think I it in your case material to be decided. Both these have their particular excellences and graces, and youth ought to be taught wherein (which the matter ought chiefly to determine) An act ofthe Commission of the General Assembly of the the one hath place, and where the other. Now Kirk of Scotland, recommending Dr. Arthur Johnston's

Latin Paraphrase of the Psalms of David, &c. since the hymns of David, Moses, and other

At Edinburgh, divine poets intermixed with them, (infinitely

13th of Norember, 1740, post meridiem. excelling those of Callimachus, Alcæus, Sappho, A petition having been presented to the late Anacreon, and all others,) abound in both these General Assembly, by Mr. William Lauder, virtues, and both your poets are acknowledged Teacher of Humanity in Edinburgh, craving, to be very happy in paraphrasing them, it is my That Dr. Arthur Johnston's Latin Paraphrase opinion both of them, without giving the least on the Psalms of David, and Mr. Robert Boyd, preference to either, should be read alternately of Trochrig, his Hecatombe Christiana, may be in your schools, as the tutor shall direct. Par, recommended to be taught in all grammardon, learned Sir, this scribble to my age and schools ; and the assembly having appointed a weakness, both which are very great, and com. committee of their number to take the desire of mand me wherein I may serve you, as, learned the aforesaid petition into their consideration, Sir, your obliged, thankful, and obedient ser- and report to the Commission : the said comvant,

mittee offered their opinion, that the Commission Robert AINSWORTH.

should grant the desire of the said petition, and Spitalfields, Sept. 1741.

recommend the said Dr. Johnston's Paraphrase to be taught in the lower classes of the schools, and Mr. George Buchanan's Paraphrase on the

Psalms, together with Mr. Robert Boyd of TroA Letter from the Authors of the “ Universal History," chrig's Hecatombe Christiana in the higher classes

of schools, and Humanity-classes in universiSir,-It is with no small pleasure that we see ties. The Commission having heard the said Dr. Johnston's translation of the Psalms revived report, unanimously approved thereof, and did, in so elegant a manner, and adorned with such and hereby do, recommend accordingly. Ex. a just and learned display of its inimitable tracted by beauties. As we flatter ourselves that the cha

WILLIAM Grant,* Cl. Ed. Sc racter we gave it in our first volume of the “Universal History," did in some measure con * This honourable gentleman is now his Majesty' tribute to it, we hope, that in justice to that great | Advocate for Scotland.

to Mr. Auditor Benson.


A letter from the learned Mr. Abraham Gronovius, Se. | ceps, a quo aliquando Britannici regni majestas

cretary to the University of Leyden, to Mr. Lauder, et populi salus pendebunt ! Interim tibi, erudiconcerning the Adamus Exsul of Grotius.

tissime vir, atque etiam politissimo D. Caveo, Clarissimo Viro, Wilhelmo Laudero, Abra pro muneribus literariis, quæ per nobilissimum harus Gronovius, S. P. D.

Lawsonium f ad me curâstis, magno opere me Postquam binæ literæ tuæ ad me perlatæ fue- obstrictum agnosco, eademque summa cum vorunt, duas editiones carminum H. Grotii, viri luptate a me perlecta sunt.

Filius meus te plurimùm salutat. vere summi, excussi ; verùm ab utraque trage

Vale, doctissime vir, meisque verbis D. Cadiam, quam Adamum Exsulem inscripsit á rávo, abesse deprehendi ; neque ullum ejusdem ex

veum saluta, atque amare perge, Tuum.

ABRAHAMUM GRONOVIUM. emplar, quamvis tres* editiones exstare adnota

Dabam Leidis A. D. xiv. Kal. Maias, veram, ullibi offendere potui, adeo ut spe, quam

A. D. MDCCXLVII. vorabam desiderio tuo satisfaciendi, me prorsus excidisse existimarem.

Verùm nuperrime fortè contigit, ut primam ! Tragædiæ Grotianæ editionem Hagæ, An. 1601, publicatam, beneficio amicissimi mihi viri nac And now my character is placed above all tus fuerim, ejusque decem priores paginas, qui- suspe:ion of fraud by authentic documents, I bus præter chorum actus primus comprehenditur, will make bold at last to pull off the mask, and a Jacobo meo, optimæ spei adolescente, tran- declare sincerely the true motive that induced scriptas nunc ad te mitto. Vale vir doctissime, me to interpolate a few lines into some of the meque ut facis amare perge. Dabam Lugd. authors quoted by me in my Essay on Milton, Bat. A. D. 1v. Eid. Sept. A. D. MDCCXLVI. which was this: Knowing the prepossession in

favour of Milton, how deeply it was rooted in many, I was willing to make trial, if the partial

admirers of that author would admit a translation A second letter from the same gentleman to Mr. Lauder, of his own words to pass for his sense, or exhibit on the same subject.

his meaning; which I thought they would not : Clarissime atque Eruditissime Vir ! nor was I mistaken in my conjecture, forasmuch

as several gentlemen, seemingly persons of judgPosteaquam tandem Jacobus meus residuam ment and learning, assured me, they humbly partem, quam desiderabas, Tragædiæ Grotianæ conceived I had not proved my point, and that transcripserat, ut eâ diutius careres, committere Milton might have written as he has done supnolui : quod autem citius illam ad finem perdu- posing he had never seen these authors, or they cere non potuerit, obstiterunt variæ occupationes, had never existed. Such is the force of prejuquibus districtus fuit. Nam præter scholastica dice! This exactly confirms the judicious obserstudia, quibus strenuè incubuit, ipsi componenda vation of the excellent moralist and poet: orat oratio, qua rudimenta linguæ Græcæ La

Pravo favore labi mortales solent, tinæque deponeret, eamque, quod vehementer

Et pro judicio dum stani erroris sui, lætor, venustè, et quidem stilo ligato, composuit, Ad pænitendum rebus manifestis agi. et in magna auditorum corona pronuntiavit

. For had I designed (as the vindicator of Milton Quod autem ad exemplar ipsum, quo Adamus supposes) to impose a trick on the public, and Ecsul comprehenditur, spectat, id lubens, si

procure credit to my assertions by an imposture, meum foret, ad te perferri curarem, verùm illud I would never have drawn lines from Hog's a clarissimo possessore tanti æstimatur, ut per- translation of Milton, a book common at every suasum habeam me istud minimè ab ipso impe: sale, I had almost said at every stall, nor ascribed truturum : et sanè sacra carmina Grotii adeò them to authors so easily attained : I would have rarò obvia sunt, ut eorundem examplar apud gone another way to work, by translating forty ipsos remonstrantium ecclesiastas frustra quæ- or fifty lines, and assigning them to an author, siverim. Opus ipsum inscriptum est Henrico Bor- the world expire at the general conflagration.

whose works possibly might not be found till BONTO, Principi Condo; et forma libri est in My imposing therefore on the public in general, quarto, ut nullo pacto literis includi possit

. Ce-instead of a few obstinate persons, (for whose terùm, pro splendidissima et Magnæ Britanniæ sake alone the stratagem was designed,) is the principe, cui meritò dicata est, digna editione only thing culpaple in my conduct, for which Psalmorum, ex versione metrica omnium ferè again I most humbly ask pardon : and that this poëtarum principis Johnstoni maximas tibi and this only, was, as no other could be, my grates habet agitque Jacobus. Utinam illustris design, no one I think can doubt, from the acsimus Bensonus in usum serenissimi principis, count i have just now given ; and whether that atque ingeniorum in altiora surgentium, eâdem formâ iisdemque typis exarari juberet divinos shall leave every impartial mind to determine.

was so criminal, as it has been represented, I illos Ciceronis de Officiis libros, dignos sane, quos diurnâ nocturnaque manu versaret prin The person here meant was the learned and worthy

Dr. Isaac Lawson, late physician to the English army in * Though Gronovius here mentions only three editions Flanders : by whom Mr. Gronovius did me the hunour of this noble and curious performance, the Adamus Ersul to transmit to me two or three acts of the Adamus Ersul of Grotius ; yet it appears from the catalogue of his works, of Grotius, transcribed by his son Mr. Jaines. The truth that no fewer than four have been printed, two in quarto, of this particular consists perfectly well with the knowand two in octavo, in the years 1601, 1603, and 1635; (woledge of the Doctor's brother John Lawson, Esq. coun. having been made, one ili quarto, che other octavo, Anno sellor at law; who also had the same thing lately con

firmed to him by Mr. Gronovius himself in Holland.


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