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H.a. Eaton 6-21-57
I T may not be unnecessary to inform the Reader,
that the following Refle&tions had their origin in a correspondence between the Author and a very young gentleman at Paris, who did him the bonour of defiring his opinion upon the important transations, which then, and ever since, have so much occupied the attention of all men.
An answer was written fome time in the month of OEtober 1789; but it was kept back upon prudential confrderations. That letter is alluded to in the beginning of the following sheets. It has been fince forwarded to the person to whom it was addressed. The reasons for the delay in sending it were asigned in a short letter to the same gentleman. This produced on his part a new and presling application for the Author's fentiments.
The Author began a second and more full discusfion on the subje£t. This he had some thoughts of publishing early in the last Spring ; but the matter gaining upon him, he found that what be had undertaken not only far exceeded the measure of a letter, but that its importance required rather a more detailed confideration than at that time he had any leisure to bestow upon it. However, having thrown down his first thoughts in the form of a letter, and indeed when he sat down to write, having intended