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Permit me, Sir, to inscribe to you the following Essays, in testimony of my respect and attachment ; and as a slight but sincere acknowledgment of the obligations you have laid me under by your long-continued kindness, as well as of the instruction and pleasure I have derived from your philosophical writings.


June 1810.


THE state of my health having interrupted, for many months past, the continuation of my work on the Human Mind, I was induced to attempt, in the mean time, the easier task of preparing for the press a volume of Essays. I have not, however, abandoned the design which I ventured to announce eighteen years ago; and in the execution of which I have already made considerable progress. After thirty-eight years devoted to the various pursuits connected with my different academical situations, I now indulge the hope of enjoying, in a more retired scene, a short period of private study; and feel myself sufficiently warned, by the approaching infirmities of age, not to delay any longer my best exertions for the accomplishment of an undertaking, which I have hitherto prosecuted only at accidental and often distant intervals; but which I have always fondly imagined (whether justly or not others must determine) might, if carried into complete effect, be of some utility to the public.

Kinneil-House, 15th June 1810.

ESSAY FIRST-On the Beautiful, * - 253

Introduction, - - - ib.

PART FIRST.-On the Beautiful, when presented imme-

diately to our senses, - - - 256

CHAPTER I.—General observations on the sub-

ject of inquiry, and on the plan upon which it is

proposed to examine it, - - ib.

CHAPTER II.—Progressive Generalizations of the

word Beauty, resulting from the natural progress

of the mind.—Beauty of Colours—of Forms—of

Motion.—Combinations of these.—Uniformity in

works of art.—Beauty of Nature, - 273

CHAPTER lll.—Remarks on some of Mr Burke's

principles which do not agree with the forcgoing

conclusions, - - - 287

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