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MEASURE FOR MEASURE.
ory of excellent men, especially of those whom their wit and learning have made famous, to delive er fome account of themselves, as well as their works, to posterity. For this reason, how fond do we fee fome people of discovering any little personal story of the great men of antiquity! Their families, the common accidents of their lives, and even their shape, make, and features have been the subject of critical enquiries. How trifling soever this curiosity may seem to be, it is certainly very natural ; and we are hardly satisfied with an account of any remarkable person, till we have heard him defcribed even to the very cloaths he wears. As to what relates to men of letters, the knowledge of an author may sometimes conduce to the better understanding his book : and though the works of Mr. Shakspere may seem to many not to want a comment, yet I fancy fome little account of the man himself may not be thought improper to go along with them.