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Paper; but the farther I went, the larger Prospect I had: New Discoveries led
me still on, and so it grew insensibly to the bulk it now appears in. I will not
deny, but possibly it might be reduced to a narrower compass than it is; and
that some Parts of it might be contracted: the way it has been writ in, by
catches, and many long intervals of Interruption, being apt to cause some
Repetitions. But to confess the Truth, I am now too lazie, or too busie to
make it shorter.
      I am not ignorant how little I herein consult my own Reputation, when I
knowingly let it go with a Fault, so apt to disgust the most judicious, who
are always the nicest, Readers. But they who know Sloth is apt to content it
self with any Excuse, will pardon me, if mine has prevailed on me, where,
I think, I have a very good one. I will not therefore alledge in my Defence,
that the same Notion, having different Respects, may be convenient or
necessary, to prove or illustrate several Parts of the same Discourse; and that
so it has happened in many Parts of this: But waving that, I shall frankly
avow, that I have sometimes dwelt long upon the same Argument, and ex-
pressed it different ways, with a quite different Design. I pretend not to
publish this Essay for the Information of Men of large Thoughts and quick
Apprehensions; to such Masters of Knowledge I profess my self a Scholar, and
therefore warn them before-hand not to expect any thing here, but what being
spun out of my own course Thoughts, is fitted to Men of my own size, to
whom, perhaps, it will not be unacceptable, that I have taken some Pains, to
make plain and familiar to their Thoughts some Truths, which established
Prejudice, or the Abstractness of the
Ideas themselves, might render
difficult. Some Objects had need be turned on every side; and when the Notion
is new, as I confess some of these are to me; or out of the ordinary Road, as I
suspect they will appear to others,’tis not one simple view of it, that will gain
it admittance into every Understanding, or fix it there with a clear and
lasting Impression. There are few, I believe, who have not observed in them-
selves or others, That what in one way of proposing was very obscure,
another way of expressing it, has made very clear and intelligible: Though
afterward the Mind found little difference in the Phrases, and wondered why
one failed to be understood more than the other. But every thing does not hit
alike upon every Man’s Imagination. We have our Understandings no less
different than our Palates; and he that thinks the same Truth shall be equally
relished by every one in the same dress, may as well hope to feast every one with
the same sort of Cookery: The Meat may be the same, and the Nourishment
good, yet every one not be able to receive it with that Seasoning; and it must
be dressed another way, if you will have it go down with some, even of strong
Constitutions. The Truth is, those who advised me to publish it, advised me,

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