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THE

BRITISH CRITIC,

FOR

JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER,

NOVEMBER, AND DECEMBER.

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

1800,

PRINTED BY 1. RICKABY, PETERBOROUGH-COURT,

FLEET-STREET,

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PRE FACE,

W E have reached at length a solemn period in

our literary labours. We have seen a century close, the last years of which have been such as hardly any century has produced. At a time of gloom and apprehension, when Faction and Impiety had grown insolent and menacing, and those principles which our Church and Constitution support, however numerous their private friends, had scarcely any public advocates;-among those who revised new publications, not even one;-at that moment of real, not of feigned alarm, when they who avowed themselves loyal were tauntingly accused of forming lists of condemnation for themselves; at that period, though little inclined to assume a public situation, we strongly felt, that duty bid us quit our private walk, to do our utmost for the general cause. The talk which we then undertook, we can truly say we have performed, as far as human frailty allows, without favour or partiality: Not indeed without affection and peculiar regard for those sentiments which we consider as excellent and sacred; or without abhorrence and indignation against those which we believe to be subversive of all social happiness and mental goodness;—for that would be unnatural, and was no part of our profession;—but without unfair partiality, such as hould lead us to extol a work in other respects because we approved its tendency, or to deny the litea ?

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