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HISTORY OF LITERATURE,
DOMESTIC AND FOREIG N.
SCIENTIFIC ABSTRACTS OF IMPORTANT AND INTERESTING WORKS
PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH;
A GENERAL ACCOUNT OF SUCH AS ARE OF LESS CONSE-
QUENCE, WITH SHORT CHARACTERS;
REVIEWS OF VALUABLE FOREIGN BOOKS;
THE LITERARY INTELLIGENCE OF EUROPE, &c.
# At hæc omnia ita tractari præcipimus, ut non, Criticorum more, in laude et
“ cenfura tempus teratur ; sed plane bistorice RES IPSÆ narrentur, judicium
Bacon de biftoria literaria confcribenda.
THE circumstances which appeared peculiarly and immediately to influence the late suspension of the ANALYTICAL REVIEW, whatever personal obstacles they might oppose to the prospect of its revival, seemed, whilst they suggested to us a duty which doomed at once all personal considerations to neglect, to encourage the hope that the time was at length approaching in which the public mind, being shown in fome degree the extent of what it had to fear, would learn the importance of what it ought to value. The hope was indulged that the apprehensions of those who had begun to tremble for the liberty of the press would be proved groundless -not by the returning integrity of such as had menaced its subversion, (for this it were folly to expect, and madness to trust to)-but by the zealous and resolute attachment of those whose dearest interests must ever be involved in its fate. That hope has proved delusive: and in its place we have the melancholy spectacle exhibited before our eyes of the human intellect in that state of degradation, in which its feeble struggles, impotent to resist, serve but to irritate, oppression, and to render more galling the fetters which it cannot sunder. In such a state of the public mind, the resignation of the office to which we had dedicated our exertions is a circumstance which, independently of any other reafons, were easily determined upon and easily explained. Other reasons, however, there are ; and for us, actuated as we have been by no motive but that of a firm and ardent attachment to the abstract interests of truth, it remains only to give a summary statement of the immediate and personal causes which have contributed to induce the neceffity which thus terminates our labors. A 2