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النشر الإلكتروني

SKETCHES

OF THE

HISTORY OF MAN.

VOLUME I.

OF THE

HISTORY OF MAN.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOLUME I.

EDINBURGH:

Printed for W. Creech, Edinburgh; and for
W. Strahan, and T. Cadell, London.

MDCCLXXIV.

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PREFACE.

TH E following work is the substance of various speculations, that occasionally amused the author, and enlivened his leisure-hours. It is not intended for the learned; they are above it: nor for the vulgar; they are below it. It is intended for men, who, equally removed from the corruption of opulence, and from the depression of bodily labour, are bent on useful knowledge; who, even in the delirium of youth, feel the dawn of patriotism, and who in riper years enjoy its meridian warmth. To such men this work is dedicated; and that they may profit by it, is the author's ardent wish, and probably will be while any spirit remains in him to form a wish.

May not he hope, that this work, child of his gray hairs, will survive, and bear testimony for him to good men, that even a laborious calling, which left him not many leisure-hours, never banished from his mind, that he would little deserve to be of the human species, were he indifferent about his fellowcreatures:

Homo sum: humani mh'il a me alienumputo.

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