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Mr. MA SON;
MARKS of IMITATION.
Ni que laisser, ni que choisir.
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LETTER to Mr. MASON.
Dear Sir, •
Ichanc'd to say in the discourse on Poetical Imitation, "that coincidencies of a certain *' kind, and in a certain degree, cannot fail to convict '* a writer of Imitation." You are sometimes curious to know what these coincidencies are, and have thought that an attempt to point them out would furnish an useful Supplement to what I have written on this subject. You urge me too to this attempt by the promise, it seems, I made of engaging in it. But have you obscrv'd what .1 said at the same time, "That such a design would require, besides a care'* ful examination of the workings of the human "mind, an exact scrutiny of the most original and "most imitative writers." a And, with all your par
* Disc, on Poet. Imit. p. 209. 2d Ed.
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