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THE

BRITISH CRITIC,

A NEW REVIEW,

FOR

JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER,

NOVEMBER, AND DECEMBER.

MDCC XCVI.

Be thou the first true merit to befriend ;
His praise is loft, who stays 'till all commend.

Popr.

VOLUME VIII.

London:
PRINTED FOR F. AND C. RIVINGTON,
No, 62, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD.

1796.

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PRE FACE.

W ITH the recurrence of the seasons recurs our

V task of enumerating their best productions, which, in the literary world, contrary to the order of the natural, come forward chiefly in winter. 'We, however, as it is not pra&ticable to keep pace entirely with the fertility of the country, are obliged to report our own progress, rather than that of our authors; and therefore, in the appearance of our harvest, little difference is found at one or the other folftice.

Illius immensæ ruperunt horrea messes, will always be applicable to a Review, while there are so many writers, and so many readers as the present age affords. We might wish perhaps to be allowed the privilege of selection, in reporting, as well 'as recapitulating, but such is not the custom of the country; and we must proceed onward in the path to which the public expectation points. To gratify the taste, assist the enquiries, confirm the good principles, and deserve the approbation of our countrymen, are, in both parts of our task, the constant objects of our effort and attention. We take the subjects of our Preface in their usual order.

DIVINITY. There can be no doubt that the greatest and most momentous work, in this class, which has required

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