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SIR PHILIP FRANCIS, K. B.,
TO THE AUTHORSHIP OF
II. SOME ENQUIRY INTO THE CLAIMS OF
TO THE COMPOSITION OF THEM:
III. Observations on the Conduct, Character, and Style of
the Writings, of
FROM THE WRITINGS OF SEVERAL EMINENT PHILOLOGISTS,
LACONIC AND ASIATIC, THE ATTIC AND RHODIAN
STYLES OF ELOQUENCE,
Nonnulli, tædio investigandæ penitus veritatis, cuilibet opinioni temere potius
MINUCIUS Felix, Oct. 5.
By E. H. BARKER, Esq.,
Of Thetford, in Norfolk.
AND T. RODD, 2 GREAT NEW PORT-STREET, LONG-ACRE.
The following book contains five Letters, on the authorship of Junius's Letters, which were addressed, four of them to gentlemen, whom the writer has the good fortune to number among his friends, CHARLES BUTLER, Esq., the Rev. Dr. MARTIN Davy, M. D., GodFREY HIGGINS, Esq., and SIR UVEDALE Price, with a fifth addressed to Sir JAMES MACKINTOSH, with whom he has not the honour of being acquainted. These five Letters were privately circulated among the friends and acquaintance of the Author, and sent to such strangers, as were known, or thought likely, to take an interest in the discussion of a question, which has for so many years exercised the understandings of intelligent and wise, the acuteness of ingenious and sagacious men, and the curiosity of the literary public. The Author had conceived that he should be
ble, by a strict process of reasoning, by extensive researches, by a wary examination into facts, by a diligent survey
of what had been written on some parts of the subject, and by uniform impartiality and candour, to throw some light on the question, and to furnish others with some safe and certain means of pursuing their enquiries to a successful termination. He had not miscalculated in this respect, if he may be allowed to judge from the numerous communications, which he has receive ed from persons, who are well qualified to give an opinion, from their acquaintance with the subject, and their