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newly awaking popular intelligence, equally demands our serious attention; lest the reckless and unskilful hand of an impassioned, rather than a reflecting people, should be unwarily permitted to practise its crude experiments upon the vital principles of our national constitution ;-lest the spirit of change, without salutary moral and civil checks, should hurry this once justly esteemed prosperous, and reflecting nation, into the vortex of revolution; -lest by forced and hasty treatment, it should waste away the stamina of that liberty, "the Hesperian tree of which," in the language of Fox, "should not, in its growth and culture, be committed to improper hands, lest by over-production its finest qualities and choicest fruits should become depreciated, or even worthless."

All that is required at the hands of the courteous reader, is a candid consideration of the important subject. The object is not fame, nor to serve the narrow interests of any faction or party; but to render the hours of leisure, in some small degree subservient to the public weal. Although the importance of the topics embraced, might fairly demand a more elaborate discussion, yet it has been considered upon the whole, that the method selected will be more generally acceptable; and in the execution of a task, in itself truly formidable,

and whilst offering an apology on public grounds the known advantages attendant on the assumption of a mystic character, for the authorship, are pre ferred, the entire having been submitted to the correcting revision of an impartial friend. The remarks are not merely addressed to the ignorant and totally unreflecting; but to the fair scrutiny of all those who may be enabled to appreciate, what it is ventured to declare are the deductions of right reason, illustrated by plain matter of fact argument; and who by enlarging in their own minds upon the views and opinions set forth, notwithstanding any imperfections of style, may be induced to pause, and thereby avoid the evil consequences of their becoming movers and participators in crude and illdigested schemes of supposed reform and improvement; but the very tendency of which, in their operation, may become totally subversive of the glory of England, the elasticity of her free constitution, the prosperity and happiness of her sons at home, and their honour and renown amongst the nations of the world!

"Si quid novisti rectius istis,

Candidus imperti; si non, his utere mecum."

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THE impartial reader is respectfully requested to notice the hasty misreadings, and typographical inaccuracies, which are corrected under the following head of

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8, 9, omit in, and read-or, the republic of Athens, the furious democracy of revolutionary France.

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6, read due sequence.

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3, for and also, read but also.

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8, for eminent, read imminent.

6, for Burlamgui, read Burlamaqui.

7, for were infringed, read and were, &c.

8, for preserved, read reserved.

4, for Lenon, read Zenon.

24, after ruins, read which still testify, &c.

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PEOPLE AND THEIR RULERS.

CHAPTER I.

THE FROGS AND THEIR KING.

In a primeval age, it is said, that the Frogs, obedient to Nature's laws, lived a free and happy life among their fens and lakes. But becoming

discontented with the monotony of their existence, they ceased from the good old ways of their ancestors, and involved at length in anarchy and discord, petitioned Jupiter for a king, and cried, "Oh! Jupiter, pity our condition,-Too many minds, too many masters! Give us a king to reign over us, who may make our happiness his study, and execute judgment and truth.” But Jove, indignant at the rebellion of his creatures, yet pitying their infatuation, threw down a log of wood amongst the croaking legions, and with a voice of thunder said, "there is a king for you." Then were they all panic stricken, and all re

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