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"Lord Bacon is at the hea condensers. He convento whole gardens of idea into
idea into a drop of otto, and ethibit it in
single ventenco. If seeeny Taylni ink. in mich, Bacms is mercury. In topic he is exhaustep as Cicero, but concise as Tacitus.
Alression is an alluin. which cannt 4
be hard. stis illustration and recondite, and appear redantis to those who understand them noh; but they display that far darting might of mind, which, like the radianed pHyperim, wheetcher s mny direction and penetrates and ilum in aliz Inuynhed: nay, he has this above the sun, that he ferrades not only then present but the hash. this map of inginal infuen
transcends his whole rash stock of acquiement: the studies hins still of unnotice discomics of such sonsten there can he no abridgment, and there
should be no eufpression. They form excellent books of topics As preachers and fepulad Es. sayisto to dilate: they and too instructive to instruct the crowd. What the Book of
m. dhe has been to Chins harity, Bacné Escape
have been the the British annalizes!
Hiltun Thylan q hamid.
THE Volume here presented to the Publick, consists of several different tracts, relating mostly to Political and Historical subjects and events, that have occurred in the course of the last fifty years, and which have already been printed, either in some of the Publick Newspapers, or in separate Pamphlets or larger Works, (some of which are grown scarce and difficult to be met with,) and partly, of some tracts of a more autient date, (relating also to the subjects of History and Politicks,) published in the times of Queen Elizabeth and Charles the I. and Charles the II. and is the beginning of the last, or eighteenth, century: and amongst these the reader will find the excellent tract of the celebrated John Milton, on the Liberty of the Press, intitled, Areopagitica, A speech for ihe literty of unlicensed printing, addressed to the Lords and Commons of England, in November 1644; which I have never met with in a separate pamphlet, and which is, I believe, hitherto to be found only in the general collections of Milton's Prose-works. There are also in this volume some interesting papers on the late trade to Africa for Negroe-slaves, and a valuable extract from a work of Mr. John Harriott, in support of the Justice and Wisdom of the late abolition of it, by Act of Parliament; which is a measure concerning which it is only to be lamented, that it was not adopted ten or twelve years sooner. There are also some papers concerning the late unhappy dispute with our Colonies in North America, which ended with our loss of them, and which, (by the great debt which the late King of France incurred, by the assistance he gave to the revolted colonies in that contest, and which the French Nation were unwilling to discharge,) has since been the principal cause of the dreadful Revolution in France, in 1789, and of the subsequent destruction of most of the Governments in Europe, by the victories of its present formidable ruler. These are some of the principal Topicks to which the papers here collected relate, and I have therefore given them the title of Occasional Essays on different subjects, chiefly. Political and Historical. I will now proceed to set-down the separate titles of them, and the pages of the Volume, in which they are to be found, in their regular order, as follows.