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BOYLE'S EXAMINATION 129

Christian design of exposing me, and resolved, what- ever time or pains it might cost him, to prove that the Epistles I had put out, were a ridiculous cheat ; and that I (or whoever the Editor was) was to be pitied for giving myself so much trouble about them.

I see Monsieur Rochefoucauld drew his observation from Nature when he said, " We often pardon those that injure us, but we can never forgive those that we mjure.

[pp. 91-112]

Hitherto Dr Bentley has kept himself pretty well within his province, and criticised chiefly upon words, and phrases, and dialects ; in his next general proof he ventures to criticise upon things, and to show the Letters an imposture, from the matter and business of 'em. " They are a fardle of commonplaces," he says, " without any life or spirit from action and circumstance. When you come to 'em, you find, by the emptiness and deadness of them, that you converse with a dreaming pedant with his elbow on his desk ; not with an active, ambitious tyrant, with his hand on his sword, &c. All that takes or affects

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