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THE

BRITISH CRITIC,

FOR

JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER,

NOVEMBER, AND DECEMBER.

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- Haud femper errat fama, aliquando et elegit."

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VOLUME XXIV.

London:

PRINTED FOR F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON,
NO. 69, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD.

1804.

MIXTES DE C. XICKASY, PETERBOROUGX-COURT,

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PRE FAC E.

“ W HAT new books are fit to be read or

VV bought? This question, which we often hear asked in private, we answer twice a year in public; and we answer it in such a way, that every separate enquirer may find at once the books which most attract his curiosity, or will belt aslift his studies. For the Divine, the Lawyer, the Philosopher, the Poet, and many more, we have various answers prepared, suited to the nature of their several pursuits. When we speak of new books, we mean not those which are just issuing from the press. There must be time to read and judge; without which, it would be neither prudent nor honest to recommend. But, when the eltimate has been duly made, our half-yearly Preface gives the result; and points to wisdom, piety, or wit, as they stand recorded in our pages. In this enumeration, our first class by invariable, and in our opinion unexceptionable, custom, is

DIVINITY.

We have seen in this period, the completion of a first volume of that difficult, and truly important work, the Collation of the Septuagint Version*, by Dr. Holmes. This volume contains the Pentateuch, which is printed with accuracy and splendor; and presents such an apparatus of various readings, as suf

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