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THE

BRITISH CRITIC,

FOR

JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL,

MAY, AND JUNE.

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PRINTED FOR F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON,

NO. 62, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD.

1804.

PRINTES BY , RICKABY, PETERBOROUGH-COURT,

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P R E F A C E.

HERE are few employments more exhilarating

to note the accessions constantly made to objects of primary value and utility to mankind. In this respect, our occupation, for eleven years past, has been abunda ant in gratification; and though in our progress we have found many things to regret, and many to condemn; yet we have watched also the regular influx of literary wealth; and at stated periods have paused to enjoy the unmixed contemplation of those works, on the production of which we are able to congratulate our age and country. We have seen, in this period, Theology illustrated, Revelation confirmed, the lights of History increased, the walks of Science and of Art extended; Philosophy enriched by new discoveries, and Poetry enlivened by successful excursions. We have illustrated the labours of men, whose names have become a sufficient panegyric, and whom, therefore, we might here with pleasure enumerate, were not so large a part of them Itill

living, as to give it the appearance of adulation.

of adulation. There have been delightful tasks; and whoever shall recur to all, or any of our three and twenty Prefaces*, will enjoy, without the labour, a considerable share of that satisfaction we have now described; he will see the glories of his

They who wish to contemplate the objects of critical animadversion, must turn to our volumes enemselves, among the names not recited in the Prefaces. In this lift, let them not overlook our critiques on Plowden's Hist. Review, begun in vol. xxii. pp. 461, 648, and continued in this, pp. 18, 180, 291.

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