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THE Editor (for he aspires to no higher honour,) of the volume now presented to the Public, does not presume to enter the arena of Literature as a practised author; on the contrary, he is merely an amateur, who, in a course of reading somewhat desultory and extensive, extracted for his private portfolio such articles as at the time he deemed curious or interesting.

In the course of a few years, these extracts so accumulated, that he availed himself of a little leisure from more pressing avocations, to reduce them into some sort of order for his own convenience. In doing this, he frequently met with articles confirming or elucidating each other; and, in order to

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