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PUBLISHER to the READER.
2T is a Justice which Mr. IRONSIDE owes
Gentlemen who have sent Him their Alistances from time to time, in the carrying on of this
Work, to acknowledge that Obligation, thoʻ at the same time He Himself dwindles into the CharaEter of a Meer Publisher, by making the Acknowledgment. But whether a Man does it out of Justice or Gratitude, or any other Virtuous Reason or not, it is also a Prudential Axt to take no more upon a Man than he can bear. Too large a Credit has made many a Bankrupt, but taking even less than a Man can answer with Ease, is a sure Fund for extending it whenever His Occasions require. All those Papers which are distinguished by the Mark of an Hand, were written by a Gentleman who has obliged the World with Productions too sublime to admit that the Author of them should receive any Addition to his Reputation, from such loose occasional Thoughts as make up these little Treatises. For which Reason his Name Mall be concealed. Those which are marked with a Star, were composed by Mr. Budgell. That upon Dedications with the Epistle of an Author to Himself, The Club of little Men, The Receipt to make an Epic Poem, The Paper of the Gardens of Alcinous, and the Catalogue of Greens, That against Barbarity to Animals, and some others, have Mr. Pope for their Author. Now I mention this Gentleman, I take this Opportunity, out of the Affection I have for his PerJon, and Respeet to his Merit, to let the World know,
that he is now Translating Homer's Iliad by Subscription. He has given good Proof of His Ability for the Work, and the Men of greatest Wit and Learning of this Nation, of all Parties, are, according to their different Abilities, zealous Encouragers or Solicitors for the Work.
But to my present purpose. The Letter from Gnatho of the Cures performed by Flattery, and that of comparing Dress to Criticism, are Mr. Gay's. Mr. Martin, Mr. Philips, Mr. Tickell, Mr. Carey, Mr. Eusden, Mr. Ince and Mr. Hughes, bave obliged the Town with entertaining Discourses in these Volumes; and Mr. Berkley of Trinity-College in Dublin has embellished them with many excellent Arguments in Honour of Religion and Virtue. Mr. Parnelle will I bope forgive me that without bis leave I mention, that I have seen bis. Hand on the like Occasion. There are some Difcourses of a less pleasing Nature which relate to the Di. visions amongst Us, and such (left any of these Gentlemen jould suffer from unjust Suspicion,) I must impute to the right Author of them, who is one Mr. Steele of Langunnor in the County of Carmarthen in SouthWales.
GU A R D I A N.
V O L.
N° 1 Thursday, March 12, 1713.
Mart. Epig. 2. l. 1. V. 8.
Ille quem requiris.
HERE is no Passion so univerfal, however diversified or difguised under different Forms and Appearances, as the Vanity of being known to the rest of
Mankind, and communicating a Man's Parts, Virtues or Qualifications to the World; this is so strong upon Men of great Genius, that they have a restless Fondness for satisfying the World in the Mistakes they might possibly be under, with relation even to their Physiognomy. Mr. Airs, that excellent Pen
man, has taken care to affix his own Image opposite to the Title-Page of his learned Treatise, wherein he instructs the Youth of this Nation to arrive at a flourishing Hand. The Author of the Key to Interest, both Simple and Compound, containing Practical Rules plainly expressed in Words at length for all Rates of Interest and Times of Payment, for what time foever,
makes up to us the Misfortune of his living at Chester, by following the Example of the abovementioned Airs, and coming up to Town, over-against his Title-Page, in a very becoming Periwig, and a flowing Robe or Mantle, inclosed in a Circle of Foliages; below his Portraiture, for our farther Satisfaction as to the Age of that useful Writer, is subfcribed Johannes Ward de Civitat. Cestria, Ætat. fuæ 58. An. Dom. 1706. The serene Aspect of these Writers, join’d with the great Encouragement I observe is given to another, or, what is indeed to be suspected, in which he indulges himself, confirmed me in the Notion I have of the prevalence of Ambition this way. The Author whom I hint at shall be nameless, but his Countenance is communicated to the Publick in several Views and Aspects drawn by the most eminent Painters, and forwarded by Engravers, Artists by way of Mezzo-tinto, Etchers, , and the like. There was, I remember, some Years ago, one John Gale, a Fellow that played upon a Pipe, and diverted the Multitude by dancing in a Ring they made about him, whose
Face became generally known, and the Artists employ'd their skill in delineating his Features, because every Man' was Judge of the Similitude of them. There is little else than what this John Gale arriv'd at in the Advantages Men enjoy from common Fame, yet do I fear it has always a Part in moving us to exert our selves in such things, as ought to derive their beginnings from nobler Considerations: But I think it is no great matter to the Publick what is the Incentive which makes Men bestow Time in their Service, provided there be any thing useful in what they produce; I shall proceed therefore to give an Account of Labours, not without some hope of having my Vanity, at the end of them, indulged in the sort abovementioned.
I SHOULD not have assumed the Title of Guardian, had I not maturely considered, that the Qualities necessary for doing the Duties of that Character, proceed from the Integrity of the Mind, more than the Excellence of the Understanding : The former of these Qualifications it is in the power of every Man to arrive at; and the more he endeavours that
way, the less will he want the Advantages of the latter; to be Faithful, to be Honest, to be Just, is what
your Guardian; or if you find added to this, that he is Pleasant, Ingenious, and Agreeable, there will overflow Satisfactions which make for the Ornament, if not so immediately to the Use,