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PRINTED BY D. WILLISON, CRAIG'S CLOSE,
land, vol. ranfactions" etc
V. Morgan's Comparative View of the Public Finances, from
the beginning to the close of the late Administration
VII. Memoires du Compte de Puissaye, qui pourront servir
Art. I. Traités de Legislation Civile et Penale ; precedés de Principes
Generaux de Legislation, et d'une Vue d'un Corps complet de Droit ; terminés par un Esai sur l'Influence des tems et des lieux relativement aux Lois. Par M. Jeremie Bentham, Jurisconsulte Anglois. Publiés en François par M. Dumont de Geneve, d'après les Manuscrits confiés par l'Auteur. 8vo. 3 tom. Paris, an X. 1802.
The title-page of this work exhibits a curious instance of the
division of labour, and of the combinations that hold together the literary commonwealth of Europe. A living author consents to give his productions to the world in the language of a foreign editor; and the fpeculations of an English philosopher are published at Paris under the direction of a redacteur from Geneva. This arrangement is not the most obvious or natural in the world ; nor is it very flattering to the literature of this country; but we have no doubt that it was adopted for sufficient, reafons.
It is now about fifteen years since Mr Bentham first announced to the world his design of composing a great work on the principles of morals and legislation. The specimen which he then gave of his plan, and of his abilities, was calculated, we think, to excite confiderable expectation and confiderable alarm in the reading part ci che community. While the author displayed, in many places, great originality and accuracy of thinking, and gave proofs throughout of a very uncommon degree of acuteness and impartiality, it was easy to perceive that he was encumbered with the magnitude of his subject, and that his / habits of discussion were but ill adapted to render it popular with the greater part of his rerlers. Though fully poslefied of his subject, he scarcely ever appeared to be master of it, and seemed evidently to move in his new order with great anxiety and great exertion. In the fubordinate FOL. IV. NO. 7.