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THE

YOUNG PHILOSOPHER:

A NOVEL.

IN FOUR VOLUMES.

By CHARLOTTE SMITH

OF MAN, when warm’d by Reason's purest ray,
No Nave of Avarice, no tool of Pride;
When no vain Science led his mind astray,
But NATURE was his law, and God his guide.

VOL.I.

LONDON:

PRINTED POR T. CADELL, JUN. AND W. DAVIES,

IN THE STRAND

1798.

PUBLIC LIBRARY

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PREF A C E.

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T is, I believe, in a work written by

Mrs. Sarah Fielding, and now out of print, called “ The Art of Tormenting,” that I have read the following fable:

“ A fociety of animals were once disputing on various modes of suffering, and of death ; many offered their opinions, but it was at length agreed that the sheep, as the most frequent victim, could give the best account of the

agonies inflicted by the teeth and claws of beasts of prey.”

If a Writer can best describe who has suffered, I believe that all the evils arising from oppression, from fraud and chicane,

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