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are attentively examined and compared, the mind is gratified with a new pleasure; and experiences the inyoluntary operation of those feelings, which had so lively an influence on Correggio, when he first beheld a picture of RaPHAEL. Ed io anche fon Antiquario.

Though the prejudice commonly attending this study seems to be disappearing, from the liberal manner in which it is by many now conducted, the Author was willing to contribute his humble assistance towards effecting so desirable purpose. When a wished event has taken place, it is a satisfaction to have exerted even the feeblest effort.

He had also other motives which induced him to make it public. As he is engaged in an Inquiry into the origin and formation of the Greek Language, the general plan of which he has given some


view of in a few cursory remarks at the end of the Essay; and as he means shortly to publish a Specimen of the Inquiry, he wished to give some notice of it to the public before he submitted a formal Specimen to its censure.

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He chuses the mode of Specimen for this reason. The present age velty and project, of System and refinement, while it has struck out many truths which were unknown to preceding generations, has also given birth to many reveries, the success of which has afforded sufficient experience to make every person, in the conduct of any new Inquiry, suspicious even of his own conjectures. Though after a regular and careful review of the Inquiry, the Author has settled his own opinion concerning it, he is not confident enough to think himself so well able to deter



(iv) mine on its merit, as the impartial and disinterested judgement of others. If after the publication of the Specimen he shall be convinced by any objections, which

may be brought against it, that he has been mistaken in his design, he will have it in his power to put an early period to his researches, while" he shall have little reason to regret the loss of time, or disappointment of success. But if his System shall be thought by others to be founded on Truth, he will have then an active spur to his diligence in the further prosecution of his Inquiry.

The Author has taken advantage of this second Edition to enlarge the additional Observations, which are divided into two parts, and make the Second, and Third part of the Essay. In the Second he has expatiated more freely and minutely on some of the subjects


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mentioned in the First, and has introduced other additional topics of Antiquity. He has, particularly, enlarged the observations on Language ; and has endeavoured to give as explicit an account of the Inquiry, as coud be comprehended in the Profpectus of a Specimen. In the Third part are contained some further observations on the extent and use of the Study of Antiquities, with the sentiments of the Comte de ÇAYLUS on the same subject,

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