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BRITISH CRITIC,

FOR

JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER,

NOVEMBER, AND DECEMBER.

M DCC XCIX.

Non refert quam multos libros, fed quam bonos habeas. Seneca.

VOLUME XIV.

London:

PRINTED, FOR F. AND C. RIVINGTON,

NO. 62, ST. PAUL'S CHURCHI-YARD.

1799.

PRINTED BY T, RICKABY, PETERBOROVO 11-COURT, FLIET-STREET,

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PRE FACE.

IT,
T matters not,” says Seneca, “how many books

you have, but how good they are*.” We are clearly of the same opinion, and therefore make a regular selection for our readers ; from which, if they select again, according to their various purposes, the advice of the old Stoic will be sufficiently observed in their purchases : their shelves will not be loaded by number, but graced by value ; and, for the chasms left upon them, it would be better that they should be filled for a time by the carpenter, than too precipitately supplied by the dealers in paper and ink.

DIVINITY.

If an auspicious beginning were, in truth, as important as it was esteemed by the ancient world, we should felicitate ourselves on being able to open our present Preface with the mention of a work' fo useful, and in all respects so valuable, as the Elements of Christian Theologyt, lately published by the Bishop of Lincoln. To the student in Divinity it offers that clear and right introduction, which will throw a light on all his future labours; and as every member of the Church of England is, or ought to be, in some degree a student of that kind, it stands ready as a faithful

* See the motto to the present volume. # No. V. p. 465; VI. p. 610.

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