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M. COOPER in Pater-nofter Row, London.

MDCCLVII.

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LETTER to Mr. MASON.

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DEAR SIR,

CHANC'D to say in the discourse on POETICAL IMITATION," that coincidencies of a certain "kind, and in a certain degree, cannot fail to convict a writer of Imitation." You are fometimes curious to know what these coincidencies are, and have thought that an attempt to point them out would furnish an useful Supplement to what I have written on this fubject. You urge me too to this attempt by the promise, it seems, I made of engaging in it. But have you obferv'd what I faid at the fame time, "That such a design would require, befides a care"ful examination of the workings of the human "mind, an exact fcrutiny of the most original and "moft imitative writers." a And, with all your par

DISC. on POET. IMIT. p. 209. 2d Ed.

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