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THE

BRITISH CRITIC,

FOR

JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER,

NOVEMBER, AND DECEMBER.

M DCCCIL .

• Felici! che nel mondo ognora
Chiari vivrete, in bocca delle gente.”

Bır. Tasso,

VOLUME XX.

London :

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

1802,

PRINTED BY.C. RICKABY, PETERBOROUGH-COURT,

FLE&T-SIRELT.

PRE FACE.

A FTER a labour as long as the siege of Troy, we

have again to address our readers in our periodical recapitulation. Twenty volumes now bear witness to our efforts in defence of all that we hold to be found in politics, or venerable in religion. We have seen, in part, the triumph of our cause; for Jacobinism has been, by its own atrociousness, exposed to universal detestation*; and, though Infidelity is not so openly disgraced, it has, we trust, less inÄuence, and much less power, than when it proceeded hand in hand with an ally fo very formidable.

How long it may be before malignant passions will cease to reproduce the evils, which folly itself mult have learned to estimate, it is not poslable to foresee; that the time is not yet arrived in the British empire, several symptoms, displayed in various parts, during the late elections, may serve sufficiently to prove. The volunteers of Literature must not therefore be dis. banded. Without wielding any arms of offence, they may stand, to keep duc watch in the garrison of the constitution; well knowing, that a false and premature security is often more destructive than the utmost

rage of conflict.

* fo France, the liberty of the Revolution, which was Jacobinism, is now thus spoken of. “ Le peuple eft degoûté de la liberté; oui, nous le croyons fans peine, de cette liberté que la plâpart d'entre vous cherchoieni à lui donner; de cette liberié qui se fonda sur les principes d'une folle democratie, qui exagéra tous les droîts, oublia tous les de. yoirs, admit le crime pour le moyen, des bourreaux pour apôrres," &c.

Camille Jourdan, Vrai Sens du Vute nasional. 2 2

DIVI. 409109

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