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All the OBSCURE PASSAGES therein,
never before published.
The Tenth EDITION carefully corrected.
E D 1 N BURGH: Printed by W. RUDDIMAN jun. and COMPANY; and sold by the Booksellers in Town,
L E T T E R From the AUTHOR
To Sir KENELM DIGBY:
Upon the information of animadver
sions to come forth, upon the imperfe&t and furreptitious copy of Reli. gio Medici, whilst this true one was going to preft.
ever honoured you, leave to take notice of a book at present in the press, intitled, fas I am ins form’d) Animadversions upon a treatise lately printed, under the name of
Religio Medici ; hereof, I am advertised, you have condescended to be the author. Worthy Sir, permit your
servant to affirm there is contained therein nothing that can deserve the reason of your contradictions, much less the candour of your animadversions : and to certify the truth thereof, that book (whereof I do acknowledge myself the au« thor) was penned many years past; and (w.hat cannot escape your apprehension) with no intention for the press, or the least desire to 0. blige the faith of any man to its assertions. But what hath more especially emboldened my pen un to you at present is, that the same piece, contrived in my private ftus dy; and as an exercise unto myfelf rather than an exercitation for any other, having past from my
hand part, os
hand under a broken and imperfe& copy, by frequent transcription it still run forward into corruption, and after the addition of some things, omifsion of others, and tranfposition of many, without
my allent or privacy, the liberty of these times committed it unto the press; whence it issued so disguised, that the author without distinction could not acknowledge it. Having thus miscarried, within a few weeks I shall, God willing, deliver unto the press the true and intended original, whereof, in the mean time, your worthy self may command a yiew ; so that, when ever that copy shall be extant, it will most clearly appear how far the text hath been mistaken, and all observations, glosses, or exercițations thereon, will, in a great