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A SERIES OF ESSAYS

To aid in the Formation of fixed Principles in Politics,

Morals, and Religion, with Literary

Amusements interspersed :

BY SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE.

VOL. I.

ALDI

DISCIP.

ANGLVS

LONDON

WILLIAM PICKERING

1850

D.

Now for the writing of this werke,
I, who am a lonesome clerke,
Purposed for to write a book
After the world, that whilome took
Its course in oldè days long pafled :
But for men sayn, it is now Iassed
In worser plight than it was tho,
I thought me for to touch also
The world which neweth every day-
So as I can, so as I may,
Albeit I fickness have and pain,
And long have had, yet would I fain
Do
my

mind's hest and befiness, That in some part, so as I guess, The gentle mind may be advised.

Gower, Pro. to the Confel. Amantis.

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HE present edition of The FRIEND

comprises all the corrections, and

most of the notes, found in the auA thor's handwriting in an interleaved copy of the work, bequeathed by him to his daughter-in-law. The Editor has revised the text with as much care as circumstances would permit, and has added a preliminary sketch of the plan and details of the whole, with an appendix, containing several passages, parts of the scattered essays originally published in 1809, and omitted in the recast of the work in 1818, but which seem worthy of separate preservation. It is earnestly hoped that what has thus been done may further the more general acceptance of a work, which, with all its imperfections, is, perhaps, the most vigorous of Mr. Coleridge's compositions; and which, if it had contained nothing but the essays, in the first volume, on the duty and conditions of communicating truth, and those in the third, on the principles

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of scientific method, with the reconcilement of the Platonic and Baconian processes of investigation, would still, as the Editor conceives, have constituted one of the most signal benefits conferred in this age on the cause of morals and sound philosophy.

Lincoln's Inn, uth September, 1837.

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