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BRITISH CRITIC,
· A NEW REVIEW,

FOR

JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER,

NOVEMBER, AND DECEMBER.

MDCCXCIV.

Unum labendi confervans usque tenorem.

LUCRET.

VOLUME IV.

London:

PRINTED FOR F. AND C. RIVINGTON,

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

PREF A CE.

TN forming a Garden, for utility or pleasure, men re1 lect their plants with care; the nutritive, the falu. tary, the elegant, are fought and studiously arranged, while the useless, the offensive, and the noxious are banished without scruple, and permitted to depend on chance for a despised and precarious existence. Into a Garden formed with this attention, we endeavour to conduct our readers, when we present them with our periodical preface. We would place no plants beneath their eye, but such as may contribute to their health, or at least to their elegant and innocent gratification. The severe impartiality of civil history may require, that good and evil, virtue and vice, success and milcarriage, should be equally recorded; the general con. nection of facts demands that all should be related ; and it is frequently of no less use to display the evil that ought to be abhorred, than the good that ought to be imitated. But literary history essentially des mands selection. To tell the reader what deserves his notice is the highest service we can render. Of bad books, whether they are dull, or whether they are pernicious, the proper end is oblivion, towards which we ought by no means to retard their progress. An Index expurgatorius has answered frequently no better end than to excite and aid a vicious curiosity. By this same rule it would be pleasing to us to conduct the whole of our labours, but such is not the custom, or

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