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N a book published in the year
1756, I related the principal transactions of my life, from my entrance into the university to the day of my marriage, in the year 1725; and endeavoured, by the way, to entertain my Readers with a variety of notions and remarks.
I now proceed to tell the remainder of my story, and to lay before the Public some more of my observations and hints: This second voļume is chiefly a further vindication of myself; and the observations I add on subjects and matters of various kinds, are such reflections as resulted from the reason and nature of things, and were formed by a judgment free, and unbiassed' by
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(iv) any authority. My own apology is the principal thing, interspersed with real characters of several forts; and the additions to it, are as many solid, natural, and delicate adyentitious things as came in my way. This is my book. I write with modesty, and I purpose to do good. I imagine then, that all Critics. (except the Critical Reviewers) will wink at the blemishes of a laudable writing. Scholars and men of sense (who are above male volence and the supercilious temper,) can bear deformities in a long work, and justly lay them on the imperfection of human nature. They know it' is incapable of faultless productions.
N. B. What refers to the Notes is diftinguished
5 Description of Glencrow water-falls, and of
the great age and size of carp and tench
in a fenny water near Orton-lodge 15
13 His description of John Henley, Esq; 32
14 His description of Miss Statia Henley, and
his conversation with John Henley, Esq;
15 The author's account of himself to John
of his beautiful daughter Statia