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AUTHOR OF P A MELA AND CLARISSA.
IN EIGHT VOLUME S.
VO L U ME I.
THE SEVENTH EDITION.
L O N D ON:
and L. FLIN, Dublin,
O apology can be wanting for ushering into
the world a new and elegant edition of the HISTORY OF SIR CHARLES GRANDISON ; a work which has received that approbation it justly deferves, from the most celebrated authors. Many great and learned men have given public testimony to its merit, but from these we shall only select å few.
The right hon. Lord Lyttleton, in his Dialogues of the Dead, p. 318, says,
66 In the character of • Sir Charles Grandison is a noble pattern
every private virtue, with sentiments fo exalted as in render him equal to every public duty.” Mr Johnson, author of the Rambler, speaks of Mr Richardson in the following manner :
66 He • has enlarged the knowledge of human nature, • and taught the passions to move at the command of virtue." See No. 97 of the Rambler.
Mr Warton has the following remarkable passage, relative to a character in Sir Charles Grandison. “ Of all representations of madness, that of Cle' mentina, in the History of Sir Charles Grandi"fon, is the most deeply interesting. I know not • whether even the madness of Lear is wrouglit
up and expressed, by so many little strokes of na'ture and genuine passion. It is absolute pedan
try to prefer and compare the madness of Orestes ' in Euripides to this of Clementina.” Warton's Esay on the Writings and Genius of Pope, p. 276.
The reputation of the author of Sir Charles Grandison is far from being confined to his owil country; he has been read in many of the languages, and known to most of the nations in Europe ; and has been greatly admired, notwithstanding every dissimilitude of manners, or every disadvantage of translation. Several writers a