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THE

BRITISH CRITIC, ,

FOR

JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER,

NOVEMBER, AND DECEMBER,

MDCCCI.

Χαλεπόν, άνθρωπον όλα, μη διαμαριάνειν εν πολλοίς, τα μεν όλως αγνοήσανία,
τα δε κακώς κρίνονία, τα δε αμελεφερόν γράψαλία.

GALEN.

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VOLUME XVIII.

London :

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

1801.

PAINTED 88 T, RICKABY, PETERBOROUGH-CO

FLZET-STREET.

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P R E F A C E.

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MONG the profpe&ts of Peace, few are more

pleasing to a true critic, than that of seeing literature flourish, the commerce of learning renewed, and security and leisure prepared for those on whom the Muses smile, or whom inventive Genius qualifies to increase the triumphs of art, or extend the boundaries of knowledge. That hope is now conceded to us, and we trust our future volumes will record as realized, what we at present hail' as probable. Yet there are enemies with whom, for the sake of public happiness and tranquillity, British Critics must not make even a moment's truce. These are, the assailants of religion, infidelity and impiety; or the disturbers of the state, faćtion and disloyalty ; enemies, whose inroads called us from our voluntary studies, to a state of literary warfare ; to wield the pen, and shed the ink, which otherwise would have been quietly consumed, in defence of all that we hold facred in religion, valuable in law, or useful in society. Those enemies, as we cannot hope to drive them from the field, we must always be prepared to combat: happy if we may at least preserve the flatus quo, prepared for us in church and state, by our honest and judicious ancestors. Dulness, Ignorance, and their companion Impudence, we must also oppose; but not fo much in the character of enemies with whom we are to contend, as in that of delinquents whom it is our office to punilh. Not that infidelity and fedition disdain even these associates; but still, what

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