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THE

PHILOSOPHY

OF

RHETORIC.

BY

GEORGE CAMPBELL, D.D. F.R.S. EDIN.

PRINCIPAL OF THE MARISCHAL COLLEGE, ABERDEEN.

Certo sciant homines, artes inveniendi solidas et veras adolescere et incrementa sumere cum ipsis inventis.

Bac. De Augm. Scient. I. v. C. 3.

A NEW EDITION, WITH THE AUTHOR'S LAST ADDITIONS

AND CORRECTIONS.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

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EDINBURGH:
Printed by George Ramsay & Co.
FOR WILLIAM CREECH, EDINBURGH; AND

T. CADELL AND W. DAVIES, LONDON.

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PREFACE.

THERE

HERE are several reasons which have induced the Author of the following sheets, to give the Public some -account of their origin and progress, previously to their coming under its examination. They are a series of Essays closely connected with one another, and written on a subject, in the examination of which, he has at intervals employed himself for a considerable part of his life. Considered separately, each may justly be termed a whole, and complete in itself; taken together, they are constituent parts of one Work. The Author entered on this inquiry as early as the year 1750; and it was then that the two first Chapters

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