to wit and poetry. The Judges and Magistrates may with full as good reason be reproach’d with Ill-nature, for putting the laws in execution against a Thief or Impostor — The same will hold in the Republick of Letters, if the Criticks an Judges will let every Ignorant Pretender to scribling, pass on the world.
Theobald, Lett. to Mist, .
Attacks may be levelled, either against Failures in Genius, or against the Pretensions of writing without one.
Concanen, Ded. to the Auth. of the Dunc.
A Satyre upon Dulness, is a thing that has been used and allowed in All Ages.
Out of thine own Mouth will I judge thee, wicked Scribler!