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EDINBURGH:

PRINTED FOR, AND SOLD BY WILLIAM CREECH;
ALSO BY BRASH AND REID, GLASGOW.

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iNtRODUCTlON.

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IT is long since the inhabitants of Britain have been termed a nation of politicians. And it is one prU vilege, by which we are distinguished from most other nations on the face of the earth, that on political, as well as other subjects, every man.is allowed to think for himself, to express, and even to publish his thoughts, without sear of danger; so long as he propagates no opinions subversive of public order and peace. But never were the minds of men so intent upon political subjects, nor so many pens employed in political discussions, as since the vear 17B9. The surprising revolution that then took place in France, together with certain publications, which then made their appearance in Britain, raised such a sermentation in the minds of men, more especially in the lower ranks of lise, as perhaps no former period ever witnesli.^. Various circumltances have occurred since that time, which have served to keep up that sermentation. And, though people now sind it convenient to be a little more guarded, both in their expressions and in their conduct, than they once were, the fame political enthusiasm still occupies their minds; it is ready to burst forth with redoubled violence, whenever an occasion shall ofser :—And who knows what occasion of that kind these critical times may produce? It is, theresore, of every good citizen, and of every true ChrisA dan,

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