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. . In the morn and liquid dew of youth
Contagious blastments are most imminent,

SHAKSP.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR JAMES CARPENTER,

OLD BOND STREET.

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ASTITO

807

UNIVERSITY

2 JUL 2050 OF OXFORD

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E S S A Y, ốc.

In the following observations upon the subject of LIGHT READING, I shall not extend my 'view to works which might receive that title from such persons as Aristotle, Locke, or Newton; but, excluding from mý definition of light literature, all folios, quartos, and crown-octavos of voyages, travels, tracts

of divinity, politics, metaphysics, &c., shall endeavour to call the attention of

the reader to some remarks on a few of

the various consequences which may be supposed to arise from the perusal of novels, romances, and poems of a particular class : in other words, to the ordinary contents of a circulating library. : :: Vanity already prompts me to believe that this my little volume has itself some chance of a place in one of those repositories, and therefore a chance of being read. Already, methinks, I see it take its post in a sky-blue or rose-coloured covering, upon the counter or in

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