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TO THE READER.

As there are Notes of considerable length to the two following Fragments, I have thought it advisable to transfer them to the end of their respective articles. The use of Notes, so common in modern Book, arises, on the one hand, from the unskilfulness of Authors, who feel themselves at á loss how to introduce into their Works observations which they conceive to be interesting; and on the other, from the excessive delicacy of Readers, who do not like to have their

progress

interrupted by digressions.

The Ancients, who wrote much better than we do, never subjoined Notes to their text; but they stepped aside from it, to the right and to the left, according as occasion required. In this manner wrote the most celebrated Philosophers and Historians of Antiquity, such as Herodotus, Plato, Xenophon, Tacitus, the good Plutarch...... Their di. gressions, if I may be permitted to judge, diffuse a very pleasing variety over their Works. They shew you a great deal of the country in a little time; and conduct you by the lakes, over the mountains, through the forests; but never fail to lead you

to the mark, and that is no easy matter. This mode of travelling however does not suit the Authors, nor the Readers, of our times, who are disposed to find their way only through the plains. To save others, and especially' myself, some part B2

of

of the intricacies of the road, I have composed Notes, and separated them from the Text. This arrangement presents a farther accommodation to the Reader; he will be spared the trouble of perusing the Notes if he grows tired of the

Text. *

* I have taken the liberty, in this Edition, to insert the notes on the corresponding pages of the text, to save the Reader the trouble of turning from one part of the book to another; but such is the veneration I have for my Author, that I could not think of suppressing even the above short notice, as it stands.

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