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been omitted. Some few explanations only, which they contained, seem here to be necessary.
The “ Observations on the Conduct of the “ Minority in the Session of 1793,” had been written and sent by Mr. Burke as a paper entirely and striatly confidential; but it crept surreptitiously into the world, through the fraud and treachery of the man whom he had employed to transcribe it, and, as usually happens in such cases, came forth in a very mangled state, under a false title, and without the introductory letter. The friends of the Author, without waiting to confult him, instantly obtained an injunction from the Court of Chancery to stop the sale. What he himfelf felt, on receiving intelligence of the injury done him by one, from whom his kindness deserved a very different return, will be best conveyed in his own words. The following is an extract of a letter to a friend, which he . dictated on this subject from a fick bed."
Bath, 15th Feb. 1797.
“ MY DEAR LAURENCE,
“ON the appearance of the ad“ vertisement, all newspapers, and all letters “ have been kept back from me till this time. “Mrs. Burke opened your's, and finding that “ all the measures in the power of Dr. King, “ yourself, and Mr. Woodford, had been taken " to suppress the publication, le ventured to " deliver me the letters to-day, which were “ read to me in my bed, about two o'clock. :
“ This affair does vex me; but I am not “in a state of health at present to be deeply “ vexed at any thing. Whenever this matter “comes into discuffion, I authorize you to “ contradiet the infamous reports, which (I “ am informed) have been given out; that " this paper had been circulated through the “ Ministry, and was intended gradually to “ fide into the press. To the best of my re" collection, I never had a clean copy of it
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
A NEW EDITION.
PRINTED FOR F. AND C. RIVINGTON
St. Paul's Church-Yard;