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Of the Publisher of the Surreptitious
E presume we want no apology to the reader
for this publication, but some may be thought needful to Mr. Pope : however he cannot think our offence so great as theirs, who first separately published what we have here but collected in a better form and order. As for the letters we have procured to be added, they serve but to complete, explain, and fometimes set in a true light, those others, which it was not in the writer's, or our power to recall.
This colle&tion hath been owing to several cabinets ; fome drawn from thence by accidents, and others (even of those to ladies) voluntarily given. It is to one of that sex we are beholden for the whole correspondence with H.C. esq. which letters being lent her by that gentleman, she took the liberty to print ; as at pears by the foll:wing, which we shall give at length, both as it is something curious, and as it may serve for an apology for our felves.