The PREFACE . 
As to the EiTay upon the Gout cular , I would obfervey that the main of it hath lain by me many Years , by which I have had frequent Opportunities of revißng and compari tig it with my own Experience , when I have been afßiEled with that Difi tetnper . In ? 7iy Endeavours to account for its Appearances , and Manner of Exertion , I have as much as poffible avoided all carious and hypothetical Reafonings , they being fuch ûs I conceive never did , or ever will contribute to any D if cover i es ofTruth : And how far the Method I have followed bath fucceedcd to a ? iy good and ufeful Purpofes , I willingly fubmit to every candid Judgment . 
Since this hath been almoß fmißjed at the Prefs , IhavereadaTreatifeofDr Cheyne j juß nowpublifhed on the fame Subjc & \ and am not a little pleafed to find my Thoughts confirmed by ßo ßubßantial an Authority ; for in the main , I cannot ßee any Difi - ßerence of tnoment . The former Writings of that Gentleman , have given me the greateß Eßeem for his Knowledge in the 
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