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ercise their Judgments upon, than, in reference to the same Things, is to be met with
other single Work whatsoever. It is upon the Truth of these several Premises, that the Author grounds the Use of the following Collection; wherein, as he is not conscious of any partial Concealment or Secretion, so he is confident that he has not, in any regard, acted otherwise than as a faithful Editor.
And therefore, however Persons may see Cause to diffent from his Conclupons or Comments; the Facts upon which he has built, will not, he thinks, be disputed. And tho’ the Generality of his Countrymen Should not immediately fall into his Way of thinking altogether; yet he flatters himself that the careful Reader will soon entertain other Sentiments, on this Head, than what he had before ; and that in the end, he will not so much differ from him, as from what, at his first setting out upon these Memoirs, was his own Opinion.
He concludes his Preface with this Hope at least; that they who shall take these volumes in hand, will be pleased to read the same throughout, before they pass a final Judgment upon any Part thereof; and that no Prejudice will be entertained to the Work, on the Score of its being (as it is) so much out of the Way of his proper Business, the immediate Duties of his Profession, as a ClergyOf this indeed he has the less Reason
to be apprehensive, as some of the greateft Personages of the Church have, in all Times, thought it no Diminution of their Character, to approve themselves Friends to the State, by employing their Pens, tho' not on the fame, yet on Subjects of a like secular Nature; and as some of those who now adorn the highest Stations in it, have done him the Honour to appear in the small List of his Subscribers. Nor can he fear that Men of true Learning will be wanting in the same Equity and Candour ; since fuch never fail of shewing all reasonable Countenance and Favour to whatever has a Tendency to the Knowledge of Things, that are in themselves useful, though of humble Fame. But whatever Judgment may be passed upon the Author, or his Book, nothing can rob him of the pleasing Consciousness, of sincerely intending the Good of his Country, to the utmost of his Power. Satisfied, as he is, with himself, in that Particular; having secured this Point, the Peace of his own Mind; he is not greatly anxious for what Others shall say or think about the Matter.
Pliny and Columella, of Sheep and Wool:
Strabo, of Woolen Manufacture ; and Poly-
(Ric. III.) Statutes.