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SNABB%HE Author's Name, which is
prefixed to this Book, renders P LAK it altogether needless for us to
to say any Thing in order to recommend it; and we need not assure any judicious Reader, who has been conversant with Dr. Watts's Writings, that this is the genuine Work of that excellent Author ; for he cannot fail of discerning the Doctor's ealy Stile, and beautiful Manner of Expression in every Page. We esteem it an Honour done us by that truly great Man, that he was pleased, by his last Will, to entrust us with his Manuscripts which he designed for the Press ; however, he lived to publish several of those himself, after his Will was made, so that not many remain to be published by us.
d there are remaining, which he
did did originally intend for the Press. but his broken State of Health did not permit him to finish them, and they are left too impere feet to be ever published. Of this Sort, among others, is the larger Discourse on Psalmody, which he gave Notice of his Intention to publish in the Preface to the second Edition of his Hymns, when he withdrew the frorter Esay on that Subject, which was annexed to the first Edition. There are also among his Manuscripts, some Tracts relating to a doctrinal Controversy, which the Doctor had been engaged in, but which the World seems to be tired of: So that, most probably, this second Part of the Improvement of the Mind, with the Discourse on Education, and some Additions to the Reliquiæ Juveniles, are all the posthumous Works of Dr. Watts that will ever be printed.
As to this Work in particular, a considerable Part of it was corrected for the Press by the Doctor's own Hand; and as to the rest of it, he did not leave it so far unfinished as thould, in his own Judgment, discourage the publishing it; for he has left this Note in a Paper along with it, “ Though °C this Book, or the second Volume of the « Improvement of the Mind, is not so far s finished as I could wish, yet I leave it a. “ mong the Number of Books corrected for ” the Press, for it is very easy for any Pery
« son of Genius and Science to finish it and « publish it in a Form sufficiently useful to “ the World.” The Corrections we have presumed to make are comparatively but few and trivial; and when, now and then it was thought needful to add a Line or two for the Illustration of any Passage, it is generally put in the Form of a Note at the Foot of the Page.
Ir may perhaps be expected we should make some Apology for delaying the Publishing of this Book so long after the Author's Death; a Book that has been so much expected and so earnestly desired, as appears by several Letters, found in the Doctor's Study, from eminent Persons and from learned Societies. There are various Causes that have contributed to the Delay, which the World need not be informed of; but the remote Distance of our Habitations, and the Multiplicity of Business in which each of us is statedly engaged, are Circumstances pretty generally known, and which we hope will be admitted in Excuse for some part of the Delay, and some Part the Booksellers must answer for. However we are the less sollicitous to apologize for not publishing this Book sooner, as we are satisfied it will be weicome now it comes; and that those who, upon reading the first Volume, have so earnestly desired the second, will not be disappointed when they read it,
WE We have only to add our most sincere Wishes and Prayers, that a Book so admirably suited to improve the Minds of Men, especially of the rising Generation, and to promote universal Goodness, as this appears to be, may be attended-with a Blessing from on high.