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L IT E R A T U R E,
For the YEAR 1769.

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P. R. E. F. A. C. E. WE are this year under a necessity of particularly claiming that indulgence which we have so long experienced from the Public. It may probably be thought that a bare apology is far from being sufficient, and that some reasonable cause should at least be assigned, for the lateness of our present publication. This would certainly be a duty incumbent on us, and with which we should readily comply, if we could suppose, that a detail of the private and particular circumstances, or the unforeseen and unavoidable accidents, which contributed to this delay, could be in any degree interesting or entertaining to our Readers; and if we did not apprehend that such a recital would rather appear a presumption, and argue a degree of selfimportance which we are incapable of entertaining. It might be alledged in our de

fence, and with a considerable degree of justice,

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