Mary Astell (essay date 1709)
SOURCE: Astell, Mary. “To the Most Illustrious Society of the Kit-Cats.” In Bart'lemy Fair or an Enquiry after Wit in which due Respect is had to a Letter Concerning Enthusiasm. To my Lord ***. By Mr. Wotton, pp. 3-16. London: R. Wilkin, 1709.
[The following essay formed the dedication to Astell's pseudonymously published pamphlet Bart'lemy Fair. In it, Astell parodies the standard form of a dedication and condemns the Kit-Cat Club by means of a sarcastic encomium of the members.]
My Lords, & c.
The Reputation of being the avow'd Patrons of Wit and good Humour, and the properest Subjects of it, which you have so justly acquir'd,...
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