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PREFACE - Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury, Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times, vol. 1 
Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times, ed. Douglas den Uyl (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2001). 3 vols. Vol. 1.
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IF the Author of these united Tracts had been any Friend toPrefaces,he wou’d probably have made his Entrance after that manner, in one or other of the Five Treatises formerly publish’d apart. But as to all Prefatory or Dedicatory Discourse, he has told us his Mind sufficiently, in that Treatise which he callsSoliloquy.Being satisfy’d however, that there are many[iv]Persons who esteem these Introductory Pieces as very essential in the Constitution of a Work; he has thought fit, in behalf of his honest Printer, to substitute these Lines under the Title ofa Preface;and to declare, “That (according to his best Judgment and Authority) these Presents ought to pass, and be receiv’d, constru’d, and taken, as satisfactory in full, for all Preliminary Composition, Dedication, direct or indirect Application for Favour to the Publick, or to any private Patron, or Party whatsoever: Nothing to the contrary appearing to him, from the side of Truth, or Reason.” Witness his Hand, this Fifth Day of December, 1710.
My Lord Sommers.
What is to prevent one from telling
the truth as he laughs?* Hor. Sat. 1.
Printed first in the Year M.DCC.VIII.
[* ] Ridentem dicere Verum Quid vetat?