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A Dialogue, concerning the due Privilege
By the faid
HILADELPHIA: Printed by ANDREW STEUART,
"O2 the fake si thoje, roldare unezquainted with this learned and excitent author, Mr. George Buchanan, take the following Quotation of recommen dation from the great Mr. John Knox, his histors of the Reformation, of the church of Scotland, printed at Edinburgh, 1731, pag. 33. When speaking of king James the fifth, who got many fo warnings of his death, Saith, "None of these terrible forewarn ings could ever change or alter the heart of this milled prince: bnt ftill he did proceed in his accufto "med ways, for in the midst of these evils, be caused to put hands on that notable man Mr. George "Buchanan, to whom, for his fingular erudition and boneft behaviour, was committed the charge 10 in "ftruct fome of his natural children; but by the mer ciful providence of God, he escaped (with great dif ficulty) the rage of those who fought his life; and remains alive to this day, in the year of God. « 1566, to the glory of God, to the great honor of this nation, and to the comfort of thofe that deligh in letters and virtue. That fingular work of "David's pfalms, in Latin metre and poefy, befider can witness the rare graces of Go "many others * given to that man, which that prince, by inftiga tion of the grey friars, and of his other flatterers, "would altogether have devoured, if God had not "provided a remedy to bis fervant, by efcaping, (the keepers being asleep, he went out at the window this cruelty and perfecution."
For further accounts of the author, Jee the short hif tory of his life, prefixed to the first volume of his chro nicles in twenty books, lately reprinted.
Many others of his writings.
I Have prefumed to trouble your attention with the Ceremony of a Preface: the end and defign of which, is not to usher in my Tranflation to the world with curious embellishments of Oratory, (that ferving only to gratify, or enchant a Luxuriant fancy) but allennarly to apologize for it, in cafe a Zoilus, or a Momus, fball happen to perufe the fame. Briefly, then I reduce all that either of these will (as I humbly përn ceive) object against this my Work, to theje two generals. Prevarication and Ignorance. First, they will call me a Prevaricator or prevaricating Interpreter, and ibat upon two accounts (say they) jeph fticated the genuine fenfe and meaning 1. Because I have of the learned Author, by interpreting and foifiing in parious ords of mine can. Secondly, That I bave guile alienated the literal jenje in oiber places by a too