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Preface


This is the only area where the author admits his identity, by signing with the initials "THE."  He starts out with the claim that his compilation "stands in need of no Recommendation to the judicious Reader," seeing as how "others might reap that Benefit I originally intended for myself only."  Although he wrote this collection for himself, his friends insisted that "the Publick have long wished for such an Epitome."  The author defends his writings by saying that he chose only the most important subjects; calling himself a "Man of Veracity," he asserts that he "is not tedious in his Descriptions of Things of little moment... There are not many Things omitted that are worth a curious Reader's committing to Memory, and in reality he will find nothing dry herein."