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As I am now arrived at the close of the Second Volume of the Wanderer, it will be necessary for me to mention a few particulars respecting the progress of the work, before my readers take their final leave of that which is already written, and which has now been laid before the public.
It was my intention to have published four or five volumes of this work, successively; but I have been induced to defer the pub. lication of the remaining volumes until those already presented to the world, shall have received a favourable sanction from that public, before whom I now stand waiting their de. cision. If this, my literary offspring, shall receive a smiling welcome, and a portion of. that candour, which has ever characterized
shall enable its faults to be considered those of the head, and not of the heart, I will go forward in the undertaking I have now begun, and continue the career of the Wanderer, through the various pages of suc. ceeding volumes, until the infirmities of old age shall render its death inevitable; but if on the contrary, my claims to the approba. tion of that public, which alone can uphold any work, shall be deemed nugatory, or unjust, the growth of this ill-favoured child shall be impeded, and instantly cut off by the speedy hand of the executioner.
The rapid manner in which these 'volumes were written, and the irregular mode in which they' have been printed, has produced many faults, which I am ashamed to own, but which cannot now be recalled or amended. The typographical errors are indeed proportionately few in number, and not of such material consequence to the welfare of the work, as some hasty and improper sentiments, or expressions, which I have too heedlessly admitted in the rapid progress of my writings. To enumerate those which I principally allude to, in this place, would be equally tedious as
unnecessary; but of this let me
assure my readers, that should it be the fate of these volumes to undergo succeeding editions, I will diligently labour to expunge all that can be deemed obnoxious to refinement, to taste, and above all; to virtue. Believing my prin. ciples to be founded in truth alone, I am not conscious of having insulted the purity of true religion, or of having infringed on the laws of good morality. But, nevertheless, to those who cannot look beyond the contracted limits of generally received forms (and those are not few), I may appear to have gone far astray from the narrow path of rectitude, both as to my principles, and the mode of expressing them. Be that as it may, I again assure my readers, that in whatever I may seem to have erred, I have nought save the best of intentions in view. vice by exhibiting her native deformity; to render virtue more alluringly attractive by shewing, in some degree, the hidden beauties of her heavenly charms, and the eternal ex. cellence of her inherent qualities; to aid (according to my ability) in dispelling the
To discourage of superstition: and to use my utmost ex 'ertions in ameliorating the condition of my fellow creatures, have been the sole spring and motives for my writing. Such are the objects that I have had in view, and which I shall still retain throughout my succeeding volumes. If I am able to shake the foundation of any one ridiculous prejudice, to add in the smallest degree to the general stock of knowledge, or indeed to afford a species of interesting amusement to any of my readers, I shall feel fully gratified, and receive a full compensation for
« 'Tis vain to seek in men for more than man."
END OF THE SECOND VOLUME.
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