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NATURE AND PRINCIPLES
ARCHIBALD ALISON, LL. B.
&c. &c. &c.
THE FOURTH EDITION.
PRINTED BY GEORGE RAMSAY AND COMPANY,
DUGALD STEWART, ESQ.
IN WHOSE FRIENDSHIP
THE AUTHOR HAS FOUND THE HONOUR,
AND THE HAPPINESS OF HIS LIFE ;
EDINBURGH, November 22, 1810.
TO THE SECOND EDITION.
The first Edition of this work was published in the year 1790. After so long an interval, I should not have presumed again to present it to the public, if I had not been informed by my booksellers, that some wish had lately been expressed for a Second Edition. In preparing it for the press, I have thought it my duty to add a few observations on the Origin of the Beauty and Sublimity of the Human Countenance and Form, to complete the Second Essay..
Of the general plan which I have sketched in the Introduction, I lament to think that so little has been accomplished; and still more, that the that the progress