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AN IMPARTIAL SELECTION

OF THE MOST EXQUISITE ESSAYS AND JEUX D'ESPRITS,

PRINCIPALLY PROSE,

THAT APPEAR IN THE NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER

PUBLICATIONS.

WITH

EXPLANATORY NOTES AND ANECDOTES

ОР

MANY OF THE .PERSONS ALLUDED TO.

VOL. I.
THE SECOND EDITION.

To be continued Annually.

L'ONDON:
PRINTED FOR JAMES, RIDGWAY, YORK STREET,

st. JAMES'S SQUARE.

5799.

P353.7:

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

* FROM THE BEQUEST OF · CHARLES STUART BOWEN

APRIL 6, 1921
(12 wlai

OF THE

EDITOR

THE idea of this compilation was suggested

1 by the great value that has frequently been set upon collections of scraps cut out of newspapergmamanthe title by that of a French book, of a nature soniewhat similar.

In making the selection, recourse has seldom been had to publications of earlier date than the year 1793; a period when the collision of political parties, and the momentous incidents of the war, and of the French revolution, began to elicit stronger flashes of wit, and satire, from the mind of genius, than had been produced for a long time before.

By far the greater part of the Essays and Jeux d'Esprit thus rescued from oblivion, are

before.

* L'Esprit des Journaux,

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