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Ne quid falsi dicere audeat, ne quid veri non audeat.

È DINBURGH:

Printed by W. SANDS, A. MURRAY, and J. COCHRAN.

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HE promoting of religion and virtue, which are both the duty and happiness of man, ought to be ultimately intended

by all writing. Knowledge, amusement, and every thing elf, should be made subservient to those important purposes. It is hoped, then, that the following paper, by which one species of writers, the particular favourites of a great many readers, are exCred to recommend virtue, and instructed how to do fo, will not be thought an improper preface to a volume of our collection.

Some readers may possibly reckon themselves but very little interested in such reasonings and directions. But it is to be adverted to, tuar rules prescribed to authors for composing, apply equally to readers for the choice of books; that both ought to have the same

end in view; and that whatever good or ill any performance does, a part of the merit or demerit is to be placed to the account of its purchasers and perusers. It is the duty of authors to write in such a manner as may please the virtuous; and it is no less incumbent upon readers to countenance and recommend, or to neglect and discourage composures, according to the real emolument or prejudice

they have a natural tendency to produce. What has been here said with respect to readers, is particularly applicable to such as are intrusted with the education of youth, who can scarcely be too cauticus as to what impressions are first made upon tender minds.

In our Magazine for April 1750 there is a paper of the same import with that which we here insert; but it cannot surely be irksome to hear two such advocates plead one so glorious a cause.

The ADVENTURER, N° 16. Dec. 30. 1752.
Cratior & pulchro veniens in corpore virtus.

Virg.
Have observed in a former paper, that the relation of events is a

species of writing which affords more general entertainment than any other: and to afford entertainment, appears to have been often the principal

, if not the only design of those by whom events have been related. It must indeed be confessed, that when truths are to be recorded, little is left to the choice of the writer. A few pages of the book of na: ture or of providence, are before him; and if he transcribes with fidelity, he is not to be blamed, if in this fragment good and evil do not appear to be always distributed as reward and punishment.

But it is justly expected of the writer of fiction, who has unbounded lberry to select, to vary, and to complicate, that his plan should be a 2

compleat,

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