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THE

BRITISH CRITIC,

FOR

JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL, MAY

AND JUNE.

MDCCCVI.

Σον δε, παρακολεβησαί τε και ειδήσαι, ει ορθώς λέγω.

THEOPHRAST.

VOLUME XXVII.

London:

PRINTED FOR F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON,

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

1806.

Printed by Bye and Low, St. Jwlin's Square, Clerkenwell

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PRE FACE.

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RITERS of great eminence have confessed that

they had their hours of apparent inspiration, and of comparative dereliction of talents; and every man must be sensible of a difference, from causes beyond number, in his inclination and ability to einploy thought, and exert his powers of composition. Johnson indeed said, that a man can always write “ if he will set himself doggedly to it;” and true it is, as we at present experience. But very doggedly indeed does he go to it, whose mind is opprefied by any recent amiction, or disturbed by any painfui apprehenfion. The periodical writer, as Johnson also knew, is bound to this necessity more strongly than any other. Willing or unwilling, disposed or indispored, he must count the steps of time ; and write under his inexorable orders. The evil of this is not ideal; while we describe we feel it; and with, at the moment of writing, for a respite from our labour, which it is not posfible to obtain. If our Preface, therefore, Thorld take the tinge of our minds, the benevolent reader will excuse it; recollecting that we write at prezent, not be cause we would, but because we muit; with little inclination to be eloquent, and none whatever to be gay. The causes of this feeling some readers will divine, and others not; but to us,

Mens intus magno curarum fluctuat æstu.
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DIVINITY.

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