Essays upon several projects: or, effectual ways for advancing the interest of the nation.:
Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731.
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The Conclusion.

UPon a Review of the several Chapters of this Book, I find that instead of being able to go further, some things may have suffer'd for want of being fully ex|press'd; which if any person object against, I only say, I cannot now avoid it: I have endeavour'd to keep to my Title, and of|fer'd but at an Essay; which any one is at liberty to go on with as they please; for I can promise no Supplement. As to Errors of Opinion, tho' I am not yet convinc'd of any, yet I no where pretend to Infallibility: However, I do not willingly assert any thing which I have not good Grounds for. If I am mistaken, let him that finds the Er|ror, inform the World better, and never trouble himself to animadvert upon this, since I assure him I shall not enter into any Pen and Ink Contest on the matter.

As to Objections which may lye against any of the Proposals made in this Book, I have in some places mention'd such as oc|curr'd to my Thoughts. I shall never assume that Arrogance to pretend no other or fur|ther Page  336 Objections may be rais'd; but I do real|ly believe no such Objection can be rais'd, as will overthrow any Scheme here laid down, so as to render the thing impractica|ble: Neither do I think but that all men will acknowledge most of the Proposals in this Book would be of as great, and perhaps greater Advantage to the Publick, than I have pretended to.

As for such who read Books only to find out the Author's faux Pas, who will quar|rel at the Meanness of Stile, Errors of Pointing, Dulness of Expression, or the like, I have but little to say to them; I thought I had corrected it very carefully, and yet some Mispointings and small Er|rors have slipt me, which 'tis too late to help: As to Language, I have been rather careful to make it speak English suitable to the Manner of the Story, than to dress it up with Exactness of Stile; chusing rather to have it Free and Familiar, according to the Nature of Essays, than to strain at a Per|fection of Language, which I rather wish for than pretend to be Master of.