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PRINTED FOR F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON,

NO. 62, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD;
By Law and Gilbert, St. Iwlin's Square, Clerkowell

1811.

H B86/ P R E F A C E.

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FEW words seem at present to be necessary, on

the general subject of Reviews. A new kind of publication has of late arisen, bearing the same name, but in its nature, very different. Such we mean, as the Edinburgh Review, and others, since published, in imitation or emulation of that work *. We with not, in the least, to censure these publications. We allow them all to have displayed, in turn, distinguished abilities; and to have been often useful, entertaining, and instructive to the public. We feel no furprise at the attraction which they have poffefied. Our object is only to distinguish, and to show that, however these books may deserve patronage, they are not in fact Reviews, as to their principal design and contents. Whoever knows the influence of names will allow, that to point out this distinction, if it be real, is no superfluous effort on our parts, but an act of just and necessary self-defence.

We observed, on a former occasion, that Reviews ought to be, so far as is practicable, complete histories of contemporary literature.

literature. In repeating which, we mean not to assert that so much is strictly implied

* It is whimsical enough that they all so exactly copy the form and appearance of that work as to be liable to be mistaken for it, without reading. A 2

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