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Ancient and Modern Repofitory.
SCARCE AND CURIOUS TRACTS,
POETRY, BIOGRAPHY AND CRITICISM.
"The better please, the worfo difplease,. Iak no more."
PRINTED FOR THE EDITOR, AND SOLD AT NO. 54,
To J. P. KEMBLE, Esq.
HAVING made my acknowledgments, in their respective places, to the feveral Gentlemen who favoured me with materials for the following Miscellany, yourfelf excepted, I take the liberty now to thank you for the use of HEYWOOD'S King Edward the Fourth, from your very curious collection; and, as you are generally known to unite the elegant Antiquary with the accomplished Actor, to infcribe to you this Volume; adapted, I prefume, to the tafte of both those characters.
Jan. 2, 1792.
Your most obedient fervant,
F. G. WALDRON.
NTIQUITY, like every other quality that attracts the notice of mankind, has undoubtedly vetaries that reverence it, not from reafon, but from prejudice. Some feem to admire indifcriminately whatever has been long preferved, without confi dering that time has fometimes co-operated with chance."
Johnson's Preface to Shakspeare.
This remark may be most pertinently applied to Literary Rarities, and their Amateurs; many fuch curiofities being unthought-of and unknown, "except to antiquaries, and collectors of books; are fought [only] because they are scarce, and would not have been scarce, had they been much esteemed.”