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the press, from different considerations.
will also be readily supposed, that our Poet,
they have seemed in themselves worthy of a place in this volume, we have not hesitated to insert them, though they may not always correspond exactly with the letters transmitted, which have been lost or withheld.
Our author appears at one time to have formed an intention of making a collection of his letters for the amusement of a friend Accordingly he copied an inconsiderable number of them into a book, which he presented to Robert Riddel, of Glenriddel, Esq. Among these was the account of his life, addressed to Dr. Moore, and printed in the first volume. In copying from his imperfect sketches, (it does not appear that he had the letters actually sent to his correspondents before him) he seems to have occasionally enlarged his observations, and altered his expressions. In such instances his emendations have been adopted; but in truth there are but five of the letters thus selected by the poet, to be found in the present volume, the rest being thought of inferior merit, or otherwise unfit for the public eye.
In printing this volume, the Editor has
found some corrections of grammar necessary; but these have been very few, and such as may be supposed to occur in the careless effusions, even of literary characters, who have not been in the habit of carrying their compositions to the press. These corrections have never been extended to any habitual modes of expression of the Poet, even where his phraseology may seem to violate the delicacies of taste, or the idiom of our language, which he wrote in general with great accuracy. Some difference will indeed be found in this respect in his earlier and in his later compositions; and this volume will exhibit the progress of his style, as well as the history of his mind. In the Fourth Edition, several new letters were introduced, and some of inferior importance were omitted.
CONTENTS OF VOL. II.
II. Extracts from MSS.
Observations on va-
VI. Proclamation in the name of the Muses, .
VIII. From the Rev. Mr. LowRIE. 22d Decem-
IX. To Mr. CHALMERS. 27th Dec. 1786. Praise
XII. To Dr. MOORE. 1787. Grateful ac-
sonnet on the Bard, by Miss Williams, . 44
ment paid to Miss L-, by Mr. Mac-
XV. To Dr. MOORE. 15th Feb. 1787, .
XVII. To the Earl of GLENCAIRN. 1787. Grate-
XIX. Extract concerning the monument erected
XXII. To Mrs. DUNLOP. 22d March, 1787. Re-
XXIII. To the Same. 15th April, 1787. On the