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was, he is almost ashamed to avow, committed to it in the 'une of 1807—It is only to those, however, who are unacquainted with the nature of the Author's academic occupations, that he feels any explanation to be necessary upon this head. He takes this occasion also to apologize, on the same ground, for the non-appearance of certain other works, for which he stands engaged to the public; and which, although for some years nearly completed, he has not had time to carry through the press.
SEPT. 21, 1809.
IN the Edition now given to the public, additional matter, which, it is hoped, may bestow some additional value, has been introduced; and a few changes (conceived to be improvements) in form and arrangement, have been adopted. The principal additions will be found in Numbers VII. VIII. XII. XIV. XVII. XXVII. XXX. XLI. XLII. LIII. LXV. LXIX. and its Postscript; and in the last forty pages of the Appendix. The Index of Matters, and List of Books, are likewise enlarged: and a new Index, of Texts, is introduced. The alterations of arrangement chiefly affect Numbers XXXV, LIX. LXIX.—The Syriac quotations are printed in their proper character; which
could not be done in the former Editions, from the want of a Syriac type. It should be remarked also, for the better understanding of certain parts of the work, especially the notes in page 160 and page 479 of the first volume, that the Edition, was sent to press early in the
year 1810; although, from unavoidable delays it only now makes its appearance.
JANUARY 1st, 1812.