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JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL,
MAY, AND JUNE.
VOLUME XXV, -
PRINTED FOR F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON,
NO. 62, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD.
Printed by Bye and Law, St. John's Square, Clerkenwell
NOTHING.could be more interesting than a re
gister of births, if it were possible, in recording them, to say, for what uses in society the persons then entering the world would afterwards be fic; and what intellectual rank they would be qualified to hold. Books, in fact, are born in a state to be thus estimated: and it is the business of public Critics, to record both the birth, and the qualities of these new beings. Their intellectual rank we are continually employed to ascertain ; keeping pace, as far as we may, with the prolific powers of Literature; and in our Prefaces, we give a general View of those productions, which appear to us to be strong in constitution, found in intellect, and likely to instruct and improve the world, as long as they are destined to exist. With respect to those which are feeble, or likely to prove pernicious, we point out their qualities once, with more or less severity, and take no further notice.
If we could not give unlimited credit to the name of Bryant, we at least were always happy to record it : and the Observations on Scripture *, published by
* See Vol. xxix. p. 665, and No. I. p. 45.