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SIR THOMAS BROWNE, KT. M. D.
PUBLISHED BY J. VINCENT.
141. c. 18.
In presenting to the public a new edition of the
“ Religio MEDICI," it will suffice to state as a reason for so doing, the simple fact, that every former edition is so corrupt, and so full of errata, as in many places to be utterly unintelligible.
It would be impertinent to recommend a work, which has, for nearly two centuries, held so high a rank in English literature, and which has received the combined praise of an Addison and a Johnson.
OXFORD, JUNE, 1831.
Give your servant who hath ever honoured you, leave to take notice of a book at present in the press, intituled (as I am informed) animadversions upon a treatise lately printed under the name of Religio Medici ; hereof, I am advertised, you have descended to be the author. Worthy Sir, permit your servant to affirm there is contained therein nothing that can deserve the reason of your contradictions, much less the candor of your animadversions ; and to certify the truth thereof,