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S the Editor of this collection is conscious there may appear fome defects in the arrangement of his materials, he thinks it neceffary to acquaint the Public with the true reafon of their appearing in a lefs finifhed ftate than he could have wished to present them. Some gentlemen of fortune and literary abilities had once conceived the scheme of contributing to the entertainment and inftruction of the rifing generation by a felection of the most interesting and improving hiftories from different authors. They intended to tranflate from the different languages of Europe

rope whatever might engage, the minds of children to the improvement of their knowledge, and infpire them with an early love of virtue. To these they were to have added a judicious felection from natural hiftory, and the moft entertaining descriptions that are to be found in the ample collection of modern voyages; together with many original pieces of their own compofition. All these, it was prefumed, would contribute a pleafing and useful Miscellany for the ufe of children, which they intended to have published in periodical numbers. After they had made fome progress in the execution of this fcheme, they were compelled, by accidents which it is unneceffary to relate, to abandon their defign. But, though the modefty of the authors would rather have led them to fupprefs what they could not engage to finish, the Editor, to whom their papers

papers were entrufted, has judged them too valuable to be entirely fuppreffed. He has, therefore, collected them into a volume, with the hopes that this Miscellany may not appear undeferving of the public favour, and may be deemed no contemptible addition to that branch of literature which proposes to itself the important object of pleafing and inftructing children.


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