Against several erroneous Opinions.
Thrusts of Emulation for Prizes, Wagers &c.
[Transcribers note: First page of dedication missing.]sue for. I shall omit saying any Thing, My Lord, of the shining Qualities, which seem Hereditary in YourLordship's Family, as well as of the Dignity and Importance of the Charge with which His Majesty has beenpleased to entrust Your Lordship's Most Noble Father. Neither will I presume to trouble Your Lordship withthose Encomiums, which are most deservedly due to the Vertues, whereby Your Lordship has gained theAdmiration and Esteem of the Polite and Ingenious Persons of this Nation. Be pleased then, My Lord, topermit me to have the Honour of subscribing myself,My Lord,Your Lordship'sMost devoted, andMost humbleServant,
I thought it very suitable to my Business, when I met with so good an Author as Monsieur
, on the Artof Fencing, to publish his Rules, which in general, will I believe be very useful, not only as they maycontribute to the Satisfaction of such Gentlemen as are already Proficients in the Art, and to the betterDiscipline of those who intend to become so, but also in regard that the Nicety and Exactness of his Rules, forthe most Part, and their great Consistency with Reason, may, and will in all Probability, lay a regular andgood Foundation for future Masters, who tho' accustom'd to any particular Method formerly practised, mayrather chuse to proceed upon the Authority of an excellent Master, than upon a vain and mistaken Confidenceof their own Perfection, or upon an obstinate Refusal to submit to Rules founded on, and demonstrated byReason.For my Part, though I had my Instructions from the late Mr.
, who was (and I think with great Reason) esteemed a most eminent Master in his Time, I thought I could not make too nice aScrutiny into my Profession, by comparing Notes with Monsieur