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LETTER to Mr. MASON.
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IMITATION, 66 that coincidencies of a certain " kind, and in a certain degree, cannot fail to convict 6 a writer of Imitation." You are sometimes curious to know what these coincidencies are, and have thought that an attempt to point them out would furnish an useful Supplement to what I have written on this subject. You urge me too to this attempt by the promise, it seems, I made of engaging in it. But have you observ'd what I said at the same time, “ That such a design would require, besides a care“ ful examination of the workings of the human “ mind, an exact scrutiny of the most original and “ most imitative writers." a And, with all your pare • Disc, on Poet. IMIT. p. 209. 2d Ed. A 2