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DISSERTATIONS AND ESSAYS ON SUDJECTS OF LITERA-
THE publication of the LITERARY MiscellANY was projected by a few friends, who agreed to contribute such reflections and remarks, as were the result of their studies, with a wish to rouse a mutual emulation in literary pursuits, and to excite in others a taste for scientific investigations. They think it best to mention some of the subjects, to which their views are directed, both to exhibit the character
istic lineaments of the projected publication, and to suggest to their remote associates those topics, on which communica
tions are solicited.
ductions to accommodate their own purposes. More have
written with few and imperfect documents, and at a period when the causes of those events, which they narrated, were but indistinctly known. Circumstances, which afterwards took place, brought forward new information, and developed motives, which were a long time concealed. Truth, which in the one case was disguised, and in the other not clearly seen, it is the province of the candid, the sagacious, and the
better informed to discover and display; and truth is all-im
portant in History.