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Fifty lines surely cannot be an object for a man to throw a hundred pounds, or more money, after; it leads an impartial person to imagine, that Mr. Mason has a further object in view; and that, altho' he has realized already near a thousand pounds from the profits of his quarto edition of Mr. Gray's poems, he is not satisfied, but desires to suppress the publisher's little volume altogether, altho' it has not hitherto paid the expences incurred in printing it, in order to retain the monopoly of Mr. Gray's poems intirely in his own hands.
If his behaviour can be reconciled to a better principle the publisher will readily confess it, and wishes to discover a motive less selfish, in order to speak of it; for altho' he disapproves of his conduct, he disclaims all animosity towards Mr. Mason, and is sorry that the present recital does not tend more to the credit of his character.
But Mr. Mason means to erect a monument in Westminster Abbey to the memory of Mr Gray *, with the profits acquired by his book ;-will this intention, disinterested as it is, if true, juftify or ex
* This report is new. Perhaps it has commenced since the date of Mr. Murray's public letter to Mr. Mason. In any view, however, we confess the sacrifice of such emolument to be greai.
cuse his present proceeding against a man, who, so far from offending, has offered him his own terms of compensation for an action, merely because he complained, tho' it was both legally and morally just?
In erecting a monument to the honour of Mr. Gray, let Mr. Mason be careful that he does not, by his behaviour, unthinkingly erect one of another kind for himself. Nor should this advice be despised because it proceeds from a person he but little regards : truth is the same, thro' whatever channel it runs.
After this detail, it remains to say something of the present edition; and this can be comprized in a very few words. It cannot be denied that it appears under some disadvantages; but there are advantages to compensate for these : The reader is left in full possession of all Mr. Gray's valuable and best poems; and some articles are added which are not to be met with in any other edition of the author's works. The plates are engraved at considerable expence froin original designs; and the frontispiece to the Fatal Sisters, a new plate, has been designed and engraved for this edition,