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: In the year 17:51 was published Lauder's penitential letter * to Dr. Douglas, containing a full and free confeffion of his roguery : the merit of which was toe tally overthrown by a contradictory posti fcript; which is thus accounted for by Lauder himself, after informing his readers, that his confidential friend advised an unreserved disclosure of his import ture.. . 1:With this expedient,” fays Lauder's “ I then chearfully complied, when that ".gentleman wrote for me that letter that st was publissed in my name to Mr. Dougde las, in which he committed one error 6 that proved fatal to me, and at the 56 fame time injurious to the public For * Quarto, printed for Owen, 1751.
E B i « in the place of acknowledging that
. such particular paffages only were ipi « terpolated, he gave up the whole effay Ja " against Milton as-delufion and miste
« presentation, and therefore impofed
6 more grievously on the public than 1. - «had done; and that too in terms much
“ more submissive and abject than the #nature of the offenee required *.? ,
The amanuensis here gained two confiderable points. 1. It was at his option to mention or not the affistance that Lauder had in composing his essay; and consequently to conceal in what degree the 'fraud was corrmunicated to him from the beginning. 2. He effe&ually answered Mr.Douglas's expectation, who · * Vindication of King Charles I. p.:46 ;
would naturally conclude that Lauder had no accomplices in his villany, ex cept the jesuits. ... But they who read Lauder's complaints of this confidential friend in the pamphlet juft quoted, must superabound both in faith and charity, if they can believe that the composer of the letter to Mr. Douglas was unconscious of Lauder's forgery, previously to Dr. Douglas's detection of it. : . ..
A poftfcript to a second edition of Dr. Douglas's Vindication, dated May 17, 1756, finished the controverfy. Lauder was disgraced with the public, and discarded by his amanuensis, who turned a deaf ear to all his reproaches, and abandoned him to his fate, with a cool philo
fophical apathy, void of all ambition to Thare with him the blushing honours himself had so generously contributed to thicken upon Lauder's devoted head.
The effects of his journey-work, in defaming Milton, being thus disappointed by the laudable diligence of Dr.Doug: las, and the upmanageable petulance of Lauder, common prudence suggested to our biographer the expedience of suppressing his impatience for another opportunity of leffening the public veneration for Milton's merit. Accordingly he laid by his project for about two years, when he might reasonably hope his manæuvres, under the hide of Lauder, would be forgotten, or laid asleep by a fucceffion of that variety of entertainment
which the press is always providing for the public on all sorts of fubjeéts.
In January 17:58 he teleased himself from his quarentine, and appeared in the Literary Magazine for that month, holding forth to the public his poetiCÁL ŠČALE, the particulars of which, fave what relates to Milton, We leave to the Critics by profeffon. This is what he say's of Milton : Stars" is... For I am fenfible that is the calculations *I have keré exhibited I hate, in many ** inftančės, strong prejudices against me. * The friend's of Milton will not yield * to Shakespeare the superiority of ge* nius, which, I think, ties on the fide for of Shakespeare. Both of them have * fåülts. But the faults of Shakespeare