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THE

ANALYTICAL REVIEW,

(NEW SERIES,)

OR

HISTORY OF LITERATURE,

DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN.

CONTAINING

SCIENTIFIC ABSTRACTS OF IMPORTANT AND INTERESTING WORKS

PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH;

A GENERAL ACCOUNT OF SUCH AS ARE OF LESS CONSE-

QUENCE, WITH SHORT CHARACTERS;

ALSO

REVIEWS of valuable fOREIGN BOOKS;

AND

THE LITERARY INTELLIGENCE OF EUROPE, &c.

At hæc omnia ita tractari præcipimus, ut non, Criticorum more, in laude et
"cenfura tempus teratur ; fed plane biftorice RES IPSA narrentur, judicium
"parcias interponatur."
BACON de biftoria literaria conscribenda.

V.29

1. VOL. I. *

FROM JANUARY TO JUNE 1799, IN

LONDON:

STOR LIBRARI

NEW-YORK

PRINTED FOR THE EDITOR,

AND SOLD BY T. HURST, PATERNOSTER ROW.

MDCC XCIX.

PREFACE.

THE circumftances which appeared peculiarly and immediately to influence the late fufpenfion of the ANALYTICAL REVIEW, whatever personal obftacles they might oppose to the profpect of its revival, feemed, whilft they fuggefted to us a duty which doomed at once all perfonal confiderations to neglect, to encourage the hope that the time was at length approaching in which the public mind, being fhown in fome degree the extent of what it had to fear, would learn the importance of what it ought to value. The hope was indulged that the apprehenfions of thofe who had begun to tremble for the liberty of the prefs would be proved groundless -not by the returning integrity of fuch as had menaced its fubverfion, (for this it were folly to expect, and madness to trust to)-but by the zealous and refolute attachment of those whofe dearest interests must ever be involved in its fate. That hope has proved delufive: and in its place we have the melancholy fpectacle exhibited before our eyes of the human intellect in that state of degradation, in which its feeble struggles, impotent to refift, ferve but to irritate, oppreffion, and to render more galling the fetters which it cannot funder. In fuch a ftate of the public mind, the refignation of the office to which we had dedicated our exertions is a circumftance which, independently of any other reafons, were easily determined upon and easily explained. Other reasons, however, there are; and for us, actuated as we have been by no motive but that of a firm and ardent attachment to the abstract interefts of truth, it remains only to give a fummary statement of the immediate and perfonal caufes which have contributed to induce the neceffity which thus terminates our labors. A 2

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