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our Preface to the REGIS
of last year, we fully explained the nature of our design : the Book itself has shewn in what manner we have been able to carry it into execution : It is therefore not necessary to detain the reader a long time at the entrance of the volume which we now lay before him. Even at our first setting out, we employed none of the customary arts to excite attention, and seduce judgment; and on the present occasion these arts
would prove as ineffectual, as they
There is no considerable change in the order and method of the work ; a small improvement we have indeed made, by classing our Miscellaneous Papers somewhat more exactly. Besides, as a work of this kind depends for its materials on the events and publications of the year, it would be improper so scrupulously to restrain ourselves to one set of heads, and to one proportion of matter under each,
as not to conform ourselves to things as they arise. Some years abound in one species of entertainment, and are barren in another. In our last Register we had an article of ExTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES. This year has produced hardly any thing of that kind, and therefore we have omitted that title; but we have made the reader amends under that of CHARACTERS ; which contains a very great variety of accounts of eminent persons, good and bad ; some drawn by very masterly hands; none in a manner that is contemptible. We are the more pleased with our fertility in this part, as we know no kind of reading that can be at once more useful and more agreeable.
We do not pretend, that with all our care, and with something more of experience, we have been able to avoid all the errors, and to supply all the defects which might have been observed in our first volume. They have been in that overlooked or pardoned by the candour of the public; and we shall never, we hope, forfeit our title to that indulgence by laying claim to perfection; we shall make the errors of each year lessons for the ensuing; and when we have done our best, we shall stand in need of pardon.
We have only to add, that we request the favour of the correspon