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JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER,

NOVEMBER, AND DECEMBER.

M DCC XCVIII.

Reddere Persone seit convcnientia cuique.

Hor.

VOLUME XII.

London :

PRINTED FOR F. AND C. RIVINGTON,

NO. 62, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD.

1798.

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PR E F A C E.

*HE general favour with which books of Travels

are received, gives us an inclination to represent our Prefaces as allied to that species of compofition. We are, however, kinder to our readers than the generality of travel-writers. The hardships they encounter are generally detailed at full length; frequently, perhaps, not without exaggeration : even sea-sickness has been minutely and copiously defcribed, as a new phænomenon, by a very late voyager. But we, whatever sickness or weariness we may have felt; in our progress through many dreary paths of Literature, have determined to communicate to our readers only the pleasing parts of our journey. We could indeed, were we disposed to indulge a satirical humour, amuse the public occasionally, by the recital of many lamentable adventures; the difficulties we encounter in one place, the ingratitude that assails us in another; our wanderings through Bæotian mists, from which when we emerge, we are told that we ought to have described an Athens. But not perceiving that the cause of Literature would be benefited by such confessions, we are content with a harmless laugh among ourselves, and perfist in our plan of laying the fair lide only before the public, in

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