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GALE AND CURTIS, PATERNOSTER ROW; RODWELL,

BOND STREET ; AND ALL OTHER BOOKSELLERS.

1813

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PREFACE.

To those, who concern themselves in the advancement of knowledge, and in the general success of literary merit, it cannot but be a matter of much regret to observe how great a proportion of that mass of information which is constantly issuing from the press, upon every topic of discussion, is consigned to undeserved oblivion by the mere vicissitude of daily occurrences. No sooner has any great political, or moral, or scientific question elicited from the collision of conflicting sentiments innumerable sparks of light branching out in all directions, and illustrating the subject

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