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THE

BRITISH CRITIC,

FOR

JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL,
MAY, AND JUNE.

MDCCC VIII.

Et miferorum ut malevolentes fint, atque invideant bonis.

PLAUTUS.

VOLUME XXXI.

London:

PRINTED FOR F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON,
No 62, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD.

1808.

Printed by Law and Gilbert, St. John's Square, Clerkenwell.

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PREFACE.

WH

HILE a ray of light begins to beam upon us from an unexpected quarter, we commence a new Preface. Whether the late events will lead to á happy and extenfive change in Europe, or only to fresh scenes of cruelty and carnage, muft for fome time be uncertain: but we, who have always been no less friendly to true liberty, than hoftile to democratic anarchy, cannot but fend up the warmest vows in favour of the Spanish Patriots, whofe glorious example, if it fhould animate other countries. to a like refiftance, would foon produce the downfall and difgrace of ufurpation and injustice.

-Quod felix fauftumque fiet.

In the mean time, we keep the even tenor of our way, and commence our sketch of Literature with that which in this country ever has, and we trust ever will be confidered as the most important topic.

DIVINITY.

We fhall begin with volumes of Sermons, as they happen to be at present the most memorable articles on our lift and firft with the truly excellent volume of

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