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CHARACTERISTIC SKETCHES OF HUMAN NATURE
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To which are added, i
a general ctieto of ifterature
DURING THAT PERIOD;
PORTRAITS AND BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES
By FRANCIS WILLIAM BLAGDON E!Q
To be continued annually.
." LcctoKm dekctando, piriterque raonendo." HORACE.
"Mixing together profit and delight." ROSCOMMOw!
It had been suggested to us, that a book consisting principally of select passages from modern literature, arranged under proper heads, might afford much useful amusement to those readers who have neither time nor inclination to labour through a multitude of uninteresting pages, purchased at a great price, for the sake of a few entertaining paragraphs. Approving of this idea, from a conviction of its propriety, and encouraged by the flattering reception which several of our former publications had met with, we again stept forward in the path of polite literature, in the hope of experiencing the same indulgence and candour as we had already enjoyed, and vve have not been disappointed. The encouragement which has been given to our two first volumes has induced us to continue our exertions; and though, from a variety of unforeseen circumstances, the present edition must be very far from that perfection which we wished it to attain; yet, we feel . confident, that it will admit of no disparagement, even by minute comparison, with those by which it has been preceded.