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and L. HAWES, A. MILLAR, J. POTE, C. BATHURST, B. BARKER,
P. R E F A C E,
Seventh English Edition of Montaigne's Essays.
HESE Essays were first done into English, in the
better translated in the Reign of K. Charles II. by Charles Cotton, Esq; (famous for his witty Poetry on the Wonders of the Peak,) and George Savil Marquis of Hallifax, then Lord Privy Seal, and afterwards President of the Council, to whom that Translation was dedicated, honoured it with his special Approbation, by the following Letter to the Translator, at his House at Berisford, in Derby hire.
SIR, < I have too long delayed my Thanks to you for giving me such an obliging Evidence of your Remembrance : That alone would have been a welcome Present; but when joined with the Book in the World I am best entertained with, it raiseth a strong Desire in me to be bet
ter known, where I am sure to be so much pleased. I • have 'till now, thought Wit could not be translated, and
do still retain so much of that Opinion, that I believe it
impossible, except by one whose Genius cometh up to " that of the Author. You have the Original Strength of
· his * This Gentleman, whose Ancestors were the Florii of Sienna in Tuscany, was for some Time a Teacher at Magdalen College, in the University of Oxford; and, after King James the Fift came to the Crown, was appointed Tutor to Prince H nry, in the Italiar and French Tongues ; and compiled a Dictionary, Italian and Englills, which was first printed at London, in 1597. Having lived to a good old Age, he died a: Fumans, of the Plague, in 1625.