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TANY years have elapsed since we addressed the Public on ,
the Plan of the CRITICAL Review. Their uniform encouragement, amidst the specious promises of numerous and plausible pretenders, rendered it unneceffary; for, to repeat our professions was superfluous, and we enjoyed that encouragement and protection which it is often the defign of such addresses to follicit. We were always aware, that the existence of our Work was inseparably connected with our ardent, unremitting exer. tions. These have been continued amidst difficulties which will not occur to the inattentive enquirer, to those who do not reflect that a temperate praise seldom rises fo high as the wishes of many authors, and that very warm encomiums are often more injuri. ous than disapprobation. The flightest hint of difike, and what is more unpleasing, the necessity of sometimes condemning the work which the author has probably looked on with a partial eye, must render us subject to all the obloquy which disappointment can bestow.-But we must not be drawn afide from the object of this address, which is defigned to explain the reasons that have induced us to make some alteration in our plan.
Several circumstances concurred, at the commencement of our Review, which are now considerably varied. At that time the productions were fewer in number, and of less importance. The Foreign Intelligence was confined rather to works of entertainment than of utility; for our neighbours had not, then, made those advances in science which have enlightened a future period. On all these accounts, we were able to introduce a new source of entertainment; viz. works of art either undertaken or completed, without adding any additional burthen ; without the necessity of an Appendix. But when we perceived our increafing avocations, our first step was to omit that part of our plan which was not intimately connected with a literary Review. This gave us additional scope, and rendered our work more compact and uniform ; but we foon felt difficulties of the same kind.
At the conclusion of a tedious and perplexing war, when we renewed our connexions with the continent, which were for a A 2
time necessarily interrupted, we found a different scene; for our accumulations were then become so numerous, that we could not, with common justice, fulfil our duty within the usual li. mits. Two methods were then suggested to our determination ; either to enlarge our common fize, or to add, what we had so often rejected, an additional Number to each Volume. The former is more eligible; for our readers would at once see the peceflity of the alteration, and be foon informed of the improvements of other nations. The latter is, however, most convenient ; because intelligence from the continent is seldom regular. Befides, the English publications must be our principal object: to them we must attend with the anxiety of parents ; with the attention dictated by the closeft connections. In foreign works, we cannot always decide on the style and manner ; we cannot enter on those minute details, which are so interesting in our
It seems most useful, in some measure, to unite both plans; the more important and temporary subjects may be given under the article of Foreign Intelligence, and be rather a connected view of general attempts, than a broken detail of particular performances. Yet this alone will not give an ade. quate idea of foreign literature, and in this department something must be added. On the continent, many memoirs are published in miscellaneous collections, which cannot be the subject of our attention in a separate form : many works are announced, which are both curious and useful. These we fhall collect in our cur. rent Numbers; and, while we are arranging our intelligence, we fhall shortly mention those publications, connected with the fub. ject, which our limits will not allow us to examine more particularly. On the whole, we hope to give an account which will be complete, though concise ; and useful, though not attended with the formal repetition of titles.
The Appendix, at the end of each volume, will contain an ao count of those foreign works that are not of a temporary kind, and of those Englifh publications which were necessarily omitted in the current Numbers. This addition arises from causes so evi. dent and unavoidable, that we hope it will be favourably received, as we are confident it will appear, that the attempt is made only to render our Journal superior to every other in its ingenuity and candour; in the importance, novelty, and extent of its intelligence.
Kirwan's Essay on Phlogiston, 16 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal
25 Dr. Moseley's Treatise of Tropical Dis.
29 Jephson's Julia : or the Italian Lover,
Nisbett's Attempt to illustrate various De Lúc's Idées, sur la Meteorologie,
Passages in the New Testament, 53
55, 135, 217, 299, 384, 465, 553 Parry's Sermun,
67. Reflections on the common Version of
Address to the Manufacturers and Tra- Defence of the Statute 43 Eliz. concern-
ders of Great Britain,
ibid. ing the Poor,
Bramah's Dissertation on Lucks, ibid. Thoughts on the Importar.ce of the man-
ibid. Letter to the Capuc of the University of
Fawcett's Essay on Anger, 78 Cambridge,
Mrs. Inglefield's Justification, ibid. Bonhote's Parental Monitor, ibid.
Captain Inglefield's Vindication, ibid. Mortrou's Elements of Universal Hif-
Answer to Captain Inglefield's Vindi- tory,
ibid. The Children's Friend,
Correspondence, 79, 80. 160. 239, 240. Favourite Tales,
327, 328, 572, 573. Fairy Tales,
Whitaker's Maty Quecai of Scots vindi. D'Eérouville's Ground work of the
81 Granmas olche Ficach Language, ibid.
graphy of the French Language, ren- Letters on the Politics of France, ibido
ibid. Sketch of the Conduct of the Commffion-
Memoirs of H. Masers de Latude, 160 The Apparition, a Tale, ibid.
Historical Sketches of Civil Liberty, 171 Adams's Flowers of Ancient History,
Rigby's Obfervations on Sugar, 175 of the House of Cromwell, ibid.
The Athenaid. A Poem, 199 Piozzi's Letters to and from Dr. John-
Dr. Priestley's Defence of Unitarianism,
ibid. Defence of the rev. Arthur O'Leary, ibid.