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THE

BRITISH CRITIC,

A NEW REVIEW,

FOR

JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER,

NOVEMBER, AND DECEMBER.

M DCC XCVIII.

Reddere Perfonæ fcit convenientia cuique.

Hoz.

VOLUME XII.

London :

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

1798.

PREFACE.

THE general favout with which books of Travels

are received, gives us an inclination to reprelent our Prefaces as allied to that species of compolition. We are, however, kinder to our readers than the generality of travel-writers. The hardships they encounter are générally detailed at full length; frequently, perhaps, not without exaggeration : even lea-lickness has been minutely and copiously deIcribed, as a new phænomenon, by a very late voyager. But we, whatever fickness or weariness we may have felt, in our progress through many dreary paths of Literature, have determined to communicate to our readers only the plealing parts of our journey. We could indeed, were we disposed to indulge a fatirical humour, amuse the public occasionally, by the recital of many lamentable adventures, the difficul. țies we encounter in one place, the ingratitude that allails us in another; our wanderings through Bæo. tiar: mists, from which when we emerge, we are told that we ought to have described an Athens. But mot perceiving that the caufe of Literature would be benefited by such confessions, we are content with a harmless laugh ainong ourselves, and perlift in our plan of laying the fair lide only before the public, in

.. our BRIT. CRIT, VOL. XII.

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