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THE

BRITISH CRITIC,

A NEW REVIEW,

FOR

JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL, MAY,

AND JUNE.

MDCC XCV.

Sum ex iis qui mirer antiquos : non tamen, ut quidam, temporum
noftrorum ingenia despicio.

PLIN.

: ; VOLUME V.

London :

PRINTED FOR F. AND C. RIVINGTON,

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

PR E F A C E.

W E return, as usual, at our stated period, to fe

VV lect the flowers of British Literature, and recapitulate those productions which we have had the satisfaction to commend. As this is the most pleasing part of our task, it is satisfactory to us to be informed, that our Readers also look with pleasure to it; and expect the closing of a volume, as the settling of a complicated account, by which they are assisted in the calculation of their gains. If there were a library endowed sufficiently to collect all valuable productions that appear, to such a record it would naturally apply; and the reports of a court of criticism, though not pretending to infallibility, would undoubtedly be consulted, if not with more use, at least with more pleasure, than the reports of a court of law. · We are happy therefore to provide, either for the general colle&tor, or the more confined selector of literature, an affistance of this nature; and for the mere speculator on the mental progress of his country, so pleasing and so interesting an object of contemplation.

DIVINITY

Takes its turn in the present half year, to be but Icantily provided with works of magnitude or pri

mary

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