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H IS TO RY OF M A N.
TWO V O L U M E S.
V O L U ME I.
Printed for W. CREECH, Edinburgh; and for
P R E F A CE.
HE following work is the substance of various
speculations, that occasionally amused the author, and enlivened his leisure-hours. It is not intended for the learned; they are above it : nor for the vulgar ; they are below it. It is intended for men, who, equally removed from the corruption of opulence, and from the depression of bodily labour, are bent on useful knowledge ; who, even in the delirium of youth, feel the dawn of patriotism, and who in riper years enjoy its meridian warmth. To such men this work is dedicated ; and that they may profit by it, is the author's ardent wish, and probably will be while any spirit remains in him to form a wish.
May not he hope, that this work, child of his gray hairs, will survive, and bear testimony for him to good men, that even a laborious calling, which left him not many leisure-hours, never banished from his mind, that he would little deserve to be of the human species, were he indifferent about his fellow
Homo fum : humani nihil a me alienum puto.