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PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY JOSHUA HOBSON, 5, MARKET STREET
NOTE TO THE BINDER.-The title page on the other side of this leaf, is the general title of the work. The binder will please to cut all the other titles away from the Numbers, and he will find the paging go on in regular succession.
"What labour has been saved by the invention of Printing! What an extensive circulation of men's ideas, arts and sciences has it not promoted? Were an European Kang-Ti now to attempt to eradicate the literature of this quarter of the globe, he would find it impossible. Had the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, the Greeks and Romans, possessed this art, the destruction of their literature would not have been so easy to their spoilers, if it could by any means have been accomplished. Let savage nations burst in upon Europe, they could not withstand our tactics; and no Attila will again extend his march from the shores of the Black Sea and the Caspian to the plains of Catalonia. Let Monks, Sybarites, Fanatics, and Tyrants, arise, as they will; it is no longer in their power to bring back the night of the middle ages.' HERDER.
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In introducing the following volume of Essays to the notice of the public, I neither claim indulgence, nor deprecate criticism. If the Essays be calculated to improve, instruct, and edify mankind, they are sure of obtaining all the patronage and approbation they deserve; but if, on the contrary, they are valueless, I do not desire to see them obtain an extensive circulation; nor do I wish their faults to be treated leniently by the philosopher or the critic. I have been induced to publish them because I thought they would serve as media through which I might lay my thoughts before the public on many important subjects. These thoughts are now before the world, and the reader may judge for himself whether they are true or false, useful or pernicious. I have only to add that several Essays in the subsequent volume are not productions of my own pen, but written by literary friends of mine whose friendship I prize, and whose assistance I duly appreciate.