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OF THE

EDITOR.

THE

HE idea of this compilation was fuggefied

by the great value that has frequently been set upon collections of scraps cut out of newlpapers--the title, by that of a French book *, of a nature somewhat similar.

In making the selection, recourse has feldom been had to publications of earlier date than the year 1793 ; a period when the collision of political partics, and the momentous incidents of the war, and of the French revolution, began to elicit stronger flashes of wit and satire, from the mind of genius, than had been produced for a long time before.

By far the greater part of the Essays and Jerox d'Esprit thus rescued from oblivion, are of an

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SPIRIT

OF THE

PUBLIC JOURNALS

FOR

1797.

BEING

AN IMPARTIAL SELECTION

OF THE MOST EXQUISITE

ESSAYS AND JEUX D'ESPRITS,

PRINCIPALLY PROSE,

THAT APPEAR IN THE

NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS.

WITH

EXPLANATORY NOTES AND ANECDOTES

OF

MANY OF THE PERSONS ALLUDED TO.

VOL. I.

THE THIRD EDITION.

To be continued Annually.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR JAMES RIDGWAY, YORK STREET,

ST. JAMES'S SQUARE.

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