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P R E F A CE.
E are unwilling to send into the world this THIRD
VOLUME of our Miscellany, without taking occafion to express the gratitude and satisfaction we feel for the liberal support of every kind with which we have been favoured. We may now presume to hope, that the literary character of our undertaking is fully established-that its fpirit has fufficiently declared itself-that the abundance of its resources is experimentally proved and that its friends and contributors may henceforth look with confidence to the duration of a plan, which they have honoured with their approbation. We trust, it will have appeared to the candid, that though our work has decidedly taken its station among those intended to favour the progressional improvement of mankind, in its most important concerns, and which are enslaved to no systems of human authority; yet, that it has displayed no partial adherence to any one set of opinions, but has freely admitted arguments on opposite sides, when rationally and liberally expressed.
We have, as much as possible, endeavoured to accommodate our matter to the tastes of those who may be fupposed to form the general body of our Readers ; and if, in each Number, there may be parts not interesting to every individual, we hope, that all will acquiesce in the A 2