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of an antiministerial tendency; but this is not the consequence of any partiality. It was equally the wish and interest of the Editor to gratify all parties; and that he might do so, he waded through a great number of files of ministerial papers, till he was woefully convinced of the truth of Mr. Burke's observation, that “the balance of intellect is entirely on the side of the Jacobins.” The wit and humour of the adverse faction, as far at least as he could judge from the evidence of the Public Journals, may be compared to “two grains of wheat bid in two busbels of chaf; you shall seek all day ere you find them, and when you have them, they are not worth the search*."
The just application of the foregoing words, will, indeed, be manifest to the reader himself, when he sees the inferiority of the few ministerial articles that have been introduced, one or two excepted. They are, however, the best, as has already been intimated, that could be obtained, after long and laborious researches. The opportunity that better liesure may afford, of extending those researches in future years, may probably diminish a dispro
portion, of which the friends to the present ad ministration will doubtless complain, in spite of the best reasons that can be assigned.
Upon the whole, however, the Editor flatters himself, that he shall be allowed the merit of having extracted from sources, to people in general, perfectly unattainable, and from an enormous mass of chaotic matter, a treat highly gratifying to all, who have any relish for wit or humour. Many of the Esays contained in this volume, are, perhaps, little, if at all, inferior to the best papers in the Spectator; and they have been drawn from publications, of which the purchase would amount to a very considerable sum.
Of che few Notes, and Anecdotes interspersed, he will only say, that he thought the former necessary, and believes the latter true.
Though it might be sufficient praise to have assumed the office of the industrious bee, by collecting sweets from all quarters, the Editor wishes it to be understood, that he had also some share in the original composition. He is the author of a number of the articles, which he will not point out, but which, he confesses, are not likely to be classed with those of superior merit,
It is intended that a similar volume shall appear at the commencement of every year. As there will be more time for its production, the plan will receive every improvement of which it is susceptible; the Notes and Anecdotes will be more copious; and the selection will be made with still greater care.
N.B. In ascribing the articles to the various publications whence they have been taken, the Editor is aware, that feveral errors may have been made. In some cases he was forced to depend upon memory. In others, he has probably niftaken borrowed articles for originals.
C Ο Ν Τ Ε Ν Τ S.
PIGRAMMATA Bacchanalia, confting of one
hundred and one Epigrams Mr. Pitt's Death.
18 Diffection of Mr. Pitt
25 Funeral of Mr. Pitt
28 Pitt's Ghost
30 Scarcity of Ideas
33 The New Times
37 The Emperor's Return to Vienna
49 The Royal Dog, and his Minister
52 Appropriate Texts
53 Scandal The Young Larks
54 French Impiety
58 Military Economy
60 The Traveller and his Guide
66 Pretty Amusement for Crowned Heads
67 Jeu d’Esprit
68 To the Nettle
69 Seditious Words
70 Medical Debating Society Anecdote for the Dog-Days
73. Letter to Lord Chatham The Dromedary and Rhinoceros
77 Picture of London
Page Sporting Intelligence from the Sea-Side
82 A Apology
85 On Reading the Account of the Battle of St. Amand 86 A Sailor's Letter
88 A Dialogue
89 Chinese Letter
90 A Vindication, &c.
93 Couplets Bachiques et Guerriers
97 Imitation of the Foregoing Freedom of Speech Imitations of Horace The Embassy to China
· 106 Copy of Letter from Bancelon
- 108 My Poor Turkeys Burgeisiana The Lawyer's Farewel to his Muse Pitt's Specific
123 Lefion for Young Barristers
128 An Interefting Anecdote
134 Baron Munchausen's Letter
135 A Picture of High Life
137 Translation of Horace
140 Questions from a Man of Kent
143 Portrait of a Woman
145 Substitutes for Bread
150 New Mode of Warfare
158 Ode by Sir William Jones
161 Letter of John Bull
162 An Arabian Tale
166 Retrospect of Politics
170 A Fragment