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the Advertisement to our LXVth Volume we explained the sources of our difficulties, and the attempts by which we purposed to remove them. . They have undoubtedly succeeded in fome degree; but the deficiency was so great, that a slight aslistance could procure but an inadequate alleviation. Our chief consolation has, however, been, that the confidence of the Public in our judgment has not lessened ; that we have experienced every mark of candour and respect from authors whose opinions have not coincided with our own ; that our plan and our conduct have generally met with approbation, both on the continent and at home. These considerations must necessarily excite all our zeal, and awaken all our attention : they will forcibly impress on our minds the rule so often recommended to historians, Ne quid falsi dicere audeant, ne quid Deri non audeant.' But it is now' necessary to be more particular.
The addition of an Appendix, we hoped, would have supplied all our demands, and given us that scope which was wanting to render our Journal a faithful picture of the literature of succeeding periods. We had room indeed to make some additions, which were indispensible; to extend our accounts of publications, either little known or not fully understood, and to insert occasionally fome information respecting the more important works on the continent. But we foon anticipated the limits which the public had indulged us with; and our only apology must be, that we anticipated it not by frivolous contests, or interested explanations. We considered every line a: devoted to the purposes either of utility or entertainment; as designed to inform our readers what had been done, how far the new discoveries were connected with former attempts, and often what remained to be performed. Science is, however, inexhaustible; the taste for literary information of every kind is not easily fatiated; and we had often much to say, when our limits forbad us to enlarge. For proofs of the difficulties which we continue to feel, it is only necessary to refer our readers to many articles, which have been discontinued, and which we have not been able to resume, at a period of the year when new publications abound; and when, from these alone, our labours had been usually urgent and unremitted. We must, therefore, have continued to disappoint our readers, or extend the bulk of our Numbers, in the manner we have
proposed. When the alternative was considered, little hesitation was necessary; and we trust the Public will be too candid and generous to disapprove of the attempt, when they reflect, that notwithstanding the numerous additional impediments in the way of publications, the advancement of literature and science has been chiefly attended to in our present arrangement. It should not be considered as again intruding on their indulgence ; for we trust, that, except in peculiar emergencies, where the subjects will be a fufficient apology, the additional sheets will superfede the necessity of an Appendix.
Our extended limits will also permit the trial of an improvement, which we have long meditated, and which will, we think, render our Journal more complete.--In the Foreign Intelligence for December lait, we explained the difficulties occasioned by having no English work, in which authors could give a short and early account of their attempts, either to gratify the curiosity of others, or ascertain their own titles to what they may have discovered. We offered a part of our Journal for that purpose ; and it is now necessary to explain the manner in which this new attempt will be conducted. We find that authors will not be satisfied with having their accounts inserted in the Sketch of Foreign Literature; withing, perhaps, to have a better claim to the public attention by a feparate department. If therefore our proposal meets with their approbation and support, we shall occasionally give a concise Article of · Domestic Intelligence.' Though our accounts must be short, we wilh to receive the plans or the experiments at length: we will abridge them with care; mark on the copy the time of receiving, and return it, if required, to the author. By this plan, every advantage which can accrue to him, or the public, will be obtained ; and every injury to his fame or to his emoluments avoided. - Whether this proposal be ever practised, or practised with effect, muft depend on their opinion of it, and the encouragement they may think it merits.
We must not conclude without expressing our thanks for the attention and indulgence we have received, and our confidence in the patronage of the public, while we continue to deserve it.
CONTENTS, AUTHORS' NAMES, &c. of the Publica-
tions reviewed in this Voluine.
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71 from Papers written by G. A. Ste-
Europe, with various Papers relative rections, and Notes by the Author,