chapter  53
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The 'Freeholder's Journal', 1722

Opportunity, when I intend to refute all the Criticisms of this Parallel-writer, and those of some other malignant Spirits, who cannot bear to praise any thing which exceeds their own Powers to perform. The French Critick, to do him Justice, I believe, judged this best, and told all he knew of the Matter, more to display his Vanity than his Ill-nature. But our English ones who envy their Country the Honour of Cato, are actuated by a different Spirit, they come with a malicious Resolution of making Faults, where there are none, and a Pride obstinate enough to condemn Beauties, which they cannot but see, and taste. For my own Part I think it easier to forgive a Writer any Fault, than a Design of corrupting our Judgments, or debauching our Principles. And for this Reason it is, that in a short time I intend to publish in a more universal Language, a Vindication of Mr. Addison's 'Cato', and I shall think my self very weak, if I am not able not only to answer the Objections of those Criticks, but to p~ove the Perfection of that incomparable Tragedy.