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“Because the spirit of man cannot demean itself lively in this body, without
HURST, REES, ORME, BROWN, AND GREEN,
WARDLAW AND CUNNINGHAME, GLASGOW;
AND HODGES AND MʻARTHUR, DUBLIN.
PREFACE TO VOL. III.
The Nature of our JOURNAL having been already sufficiently shewn, not only by express description, but now by the publication of three volumes; and that of the INSTITUTION also, to which it owes its birth, and from which it derives its literary support, having, in like manner, been fully developed; we have little to say to our readers, on addressing them for the third time.
The remaining cantos of the Siege of CONSTANTINOPLE, which, in the advertisement prefixed to the first volume, we led our readers to expect, have now been given; and we feel assured they will join in our regret, that the City was so soon taken.
The poem of Astrea is still in progress; and, in all probability, the fertility of its author's genius will produce several additional cantos.
The lectures on Ethics, and on the ENGLISH LANGUAGE, which, for the purpose of enabling us to diversify the Journal, have been omitted in the Second Part of this volume, will be continued in future numbers.
In the address to our readers on the publication of the first volume, we expressed our confident expectation, that, in the department of the DISCUSSIONS, the work, as it proceeded, would considerably improve, and that fuller reports would be supplied. In the discussions generally, we trust that improvement has been progressively apparent, and it cannot fail to be observed, that, in several instances, they have been much more copious than those