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SOON after the publication of a former edition
of Mr. Gray's poems, the Rev. Mr. Malon, author of Elfrida, gave notice to 'the publisher by a particular messenger, that he had trespassed upon his property, by inserting fifty lines in his volume which belonged to bim, and threatened to seek legal redress in cafe fatisfaction was not made for this offence.
To this strange 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 person takes greater liberties in this way than Mr. Dodfley, the bookseller employed by Mr. Mason.Nay, Mr. Mason himself had behaved in the manner complained of, and adapted without scruple to
* Mr. Mason claimed, besides, Ode for Music, irregular;. which, however, he failed to establish,