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A NEW REVIEW,
JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL,
MAY, AND JUNE.
M DCC XCVIIL.
Causa jubet melior Superos sperare secundos. Lucas.
PRINTED FOR F. AND C. RIVINGTON,
PR E F AC E.
we would not arrogate too much to ourselves, we cannot but compare our halfyearly recapitulations, in fome degree, to the Tables of Fame proposed by the Tatler*, to which we invite such persons as seem moft worthy to be admitted, for their wisdom, learning, eloquence, sagacity, inventive powers, or other usefulaccomplishments. Our semestral tables are not indeed so very select as those proposed by Isaac Bickerstaff, because our object is to feed the living, not to clais the dead ; and to exclude a living author from a banquet is no trile. It ought to be very clear that he is by some circumstance or other disqualified, before so itrong à ftep is taken. Be it known then, that we consider a book, an edition of a book, or even a small pamphlet, as a ticket to our tables ; unless it shall appear on the face of the production itself, that the author is either ignorant of his subject, dull, or absurd, desirous of exciting any bad or malignant passion in his readers, or, above all
, an enemy to Religion. Some of the first of these classes are of course excluded, as not belonging to the description of persons for whom our viands are prepared; the rest wę doubt not would feel as uneasy at being mixed with our friends, as the latter would feel indignant at the introduction of such interlopers. Having premised thus much, we proceed to open our tables, arranging our guests according to the tendency of their respective Itudies.
# Tatler, No. 67, 81, &,
2 BRIT. CRIT, VOL. XI.