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not have originated from the pamphlet supposed to have furnished Mr. Macklin with materials for his letter. Does it follow that the pamphletcer himself mufi have been qualified for his task? Might he not rather have been some inaccurate hireling , who tacked together, for purposes now unknown, the disjointed and fa,llacious scraps of litcrqry intelligence which every theatre usually supplies? I

Let us likewise inquire, whether such extrafits from an antiquated pamphlet as are haflily made by aperson unlkilled in argument and Composition , may not exhibit blunders and contraditfiions which had no place in the work from whence his notitiae were derived. By injudicious retrenchments, therefore , ofthe intelligence Mr. Macklin adopted , and a heterogeneous mixture of his own conceptions, he may have perplexed his narrative so esseftually, that, without reference to his original document , the 'truths in question must escape the reach of human inquiry: '

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Ox? Though out commentaries on tlie following Plays have been enriched by numerous extraeis from this celebrated Essay, the whole of it is here reprinted. I shall hazard no contradielion relative to the value of its contents, when

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