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No. 1. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1710.
Nescia mens hominum sati sortisque futuræ,
THE design of this work is to censure the writings of others, and to give all persons a rehearing, who have suffered under any unjust sentence of the Examiner. As that author has hitherto proceeded, his have been more properly entitled the Executioner; at least his examination is like that which is made by the rack and wheel. I have always admired a critic that has discovered the beauties of an author, and never knew one who made it his business to lash the faults of other writers, that was not guilty of greater himself; as the hangman is generally a worse malefactor than the criminal that suffers by his hand. To prove what I say, there needs' no more than to read the annotations which this author has made upon Dr. Garth's poem, with the preface in the front, and a riddle at the end of them. To begin with the first : Did ever an advocate for a party open with such an unfortunate assertion ? * The collective body of the Whigs have already engrossed our riches.' That is, in plain English, the Whigs are possessed of all the richess in the nation. Is not this giving up all he has been contending for these six weeks? Is there any thing more