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trievable accident occurred, which, by retarding the publication from week to week, and from month to month, gave rise to an opinion that it would appear no more*. A large parcel of manuscript, containing nearly the whole of the introductory matter, together with the concluding part of the volume, was lost in its conveyance to the printer; and, before the accident was discovered, the editors had destroyed their notes, from which it had been : made. The irksome task of re-perusing the various works being of necessity resorted to, · amidst the pressure of other important and various occupations, is the real and only reason which has thus protracted the appearance of our volume; a reason which, while it will excite the regret of the reader for the trouble it must have occasioned, will plead in excuse for our trivial faults, and even inconsistencies, if any should be found, in the present publication.
It is also necessary to state, that the Rev. Mr. PREVOST, the respectable colleague of the
** In order to show the futility of this idea, and to convince the public how anxious we are that our exertions should be equal to their encouragement, we have only to observe, as a proof of the success which has attended our publication, that so few copies now remain of the two first volumes, of each of which three thousand were printed, and such their present demand with the public, that we shall be obliged to commit them again to the press to effect a second edition.
present editor, finding the attention which this publication required, to be incompatible with his more important occupations and engagements, has lately resigned any future concern in its literary management; and as the introductory and other parts have been committed to the press without the opportunity of submitting them to his perusal, his name has been, by his own desire, omitted in the title-page. The work will, therefore, in future, be continued solely by Mr. BLAGDON, who, by his rigid perseverance in the same principles which he has manifested on every occasion, will endeavour to deserve a continuance of that patronage with which his various production's have already been honoured.
The fourth volume of this work; fór 1805, will be ready for delivery by Christmas next.
APRIL 15, 1805.
W. Cowper's various Literary Observations. Hayley's Life
and Posthumous Works of W. Cowper......
Equality, a popular Conversation. Mrs. Le Noir's Village
Christian Names, Nominalis, in Literary Journal ........208
The silent Girl becomes a talkative Wife. Bristed's Pedes-
trian Tour ................... ............. SOL