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THE

BRITISH CRITIC,

FOR

JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER,

NOVEMBER, AND DECEMBER.

MDCCC III.

“ Meminerit is qui reprehenfionem parar, se quoque hominem
effe," ERASMUS.

VOLUME XXII.

London ;

PRINTED FOR F. AND C. RIVINGTON,
NO. 62, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD.

1803.

2013TED BY C.

CK Y, PETERBOROUOH-COURT,
FLELT-STZIET.

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PRE FACE.

"HAT Literature is at a stand, and that there is

no sale for books, is daily declared, with much folemnity, by those who feel a momentary interest in having it believed; by those who wish to discourage the hopes of an author, or lower the price of his

labours : yet Reviewers of all descriptions still find | it difficult to keep pace with the works that issue

from the press; and have no defence for their omisa fions, but that necessity which they all experience. That we are not more deficient in this respect than our neighbours, we have reason to feel affured; yet our half yearly selection generally contains many works which certainly belong not strictly to that period. It is our own half year, not that of exact chronology, from which we make our choice. A Jittle time, however, places all on an equality, and they who have been noticed early, and they whom accident has caused to wait, are alike recorded in our progressive register. We begin at present, as we have invariably done, with that which we regard as most important

DIVINITY.

We quit with regret, and with proportionable de. light return to such a work as Dr. Paley's Natural Tbeology, a book in which the best powers of reason are employed to the highest purposes. If the per

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