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Consisting of the most esteemed
VOLUME THE SIXTEENTH.
Being the Eighth VOLUME of TRAGEDIES.
ELECTRA, by LEW. THEOBALD.
L O N D ON:
Printed for John Bell, near Exeter Exchange,
in the Strand
Ως αν δόλω κλείνανίες άνδρα τίμιον, ,
Aschyl. in Coeplio
Printed for JOHARI Lineasi Exegers Raskonge, in the Sirando
JOSEPH ADDISON, Efq,
a piece more wanting your protection, than worthy of your patronage. But it is as necessary for young authors, who should be conscious of their imperfections, to ikreen themselves under great names; as it has been always natural to criminals, to fly to a fanctuary,
Permit me then, Sir, more than to hope a shelter ; to promise myself some reputation from this honour. Or, even should the world determine of my performance to my disadvantage; the fatisfaction I take in being allowed the privilege of this address, yields me more pleasure. than their censure could give me pain.
But I am so far from entertaining any fears of its mis. carriage ; that if my own partiality and the judgment of those chosen friends,
-Quibus hæc, fint qualiacumque, arridere velim, have not conspired to deceive me in its favour: I may presume, that little merit they are pleased to allow it, will be my best excuse for pretending, in this public manner, to declare myself,
Your most obedient