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ELEMENTS OF CRITICISM

BY

HENRY HOME, LORD KAMES,

JUDGE OF THE COURT OF SESSIONS IN SCOTLAND, &c. &c.

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AUTHOR OF AN IMPROVED EDITION OF ALISON ON TASTE, ETC.

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F. J. HUNTINGTON, AND MASON & LAW,
23 PARK ROW, (OPPOSITE THE Astor HOUSE.)

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THE NE:? YORK PUBLIC LIBARY

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PRE FACE

TO

THE SECOND EDITION.

PRINTING, by multiplying copies ai will, affords to writers great opportunity of receiving instruction from every quarter. The author of this treatise, having always been of opinion that the general taste is seldom wrong, was resolved, from the beginning, to submit to it with entire resignation: its severest disapprobation might have incited him to do better, but never to complain. Finding now the judgment of the public to be favorable, ought he not to draw satisfaction from it? He would be devoid of sensibility were he not greatly satisfied. Many criticisms have indeed reached his ear; but they are candid and benevolent, if not always just. Gratitude, therefore, had there been no other motive, must have roused his utmost industry, to clear this edition from all the defects of the former, so far as suggested by others, or discovered by himself. In a work containing many particulars, both new and abstruse, it was difficult to express every article with sufficient perspicuity; and, after all the pains bestowed, there remained certain passages which are generally thought obscure. The author, giving an attentive ear to every censure of that kind, has, in the present edition, reneired his efforts to correct every defect would gladly hope that he has not been altogether unsuccessful. The truth is, that a writer, who must be possessed of

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