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ERRATUM.

Vol. I. Page 89, Note t, for Poeta read Vates.

SELECT ESSAYS

FROM

VARIOUS AUTHORS.

ESSAY 1.

OF THE NATURE, RISE, AND ESTABLISHMENT OF

MISCELLANIES.

(Lord Shaftesbury.)

PEACE be with the soul of that charitable and courteous author, who for the common benefit of his fellow-authors, introduced the ingenious way of miscellaneous writing !-It must be owned that since this happy method was established, the barvest of wit has been more plentiful, and the labourers more in number than heretofore. It is well known to the able practitioners in the writing art, “ That as easy as it is to conceive wit, it is the “ hardest thing imaginable to be delivered of “it, upon certain terms.” Nothing could be more severe or rigid than the conditions formerly prescribed to writers, when criticism took place, and VOL. I.

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