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M R. GRÀY.
A NEW EDITION.
PRINTED FOR J. MURRAY, (No. 32.) FLEET-
MDCCLX X X X.
OON after the publication of a former edition of Mr. Gray's poems, the Rev. Mr. Mafon, author of Elfrida, gave notice to the publisher by a particular meffenger, that he had trefpaffed upon his property, by inferting fifty lines in his volume which belonged to him, and threatened to feek legal redrefs in cafe fatisfaction was not made for this offence.
To this ftrange charge, the publisher could hardly give credit. The practice of taking moderate extracts from publications of all kinds is common to every bookseller, and every author, over the kingdom; and no perfon takes greater liberties in this way than Mr. Dodfley, the bookfeller employed by Mr. Mafon.Nay, Mr. Mason himself had behaved in the manner complained of, and adapted without fcruple to
* Mr. Mason claimed, befides, Ode for Mufic, irregular; which, however, he failed to establish,