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TO THE READER.
HE late Mr. Burke, from à principle of unaffected humility, which they, who were the most intimately acquainted with his character, best know to have been in his eftimation one of the most important moral duties, never himself made any collection of the various publications with which, during a period of forty years, he adorned and enriched the literature of this country. When, however, the rapid and unexampled demand for his "Reflexions on the Revolution of France,” had unequivocally teftified his celebrity as a writer, some of his friends fo far prevailed upon him, that he permitted them to put forth a regular edition of his works. Accordingly, three volumes in quarto appeared under that title in 1792, printed for the late Mr. Dodsley.
That edition, therefore, has been made the foundation of the present, for which a form ́ has been chofen better adapted to publick convenience. Such errours of the prefs as have been discovered in it are here rectified: in other refpects it is faithfully followed, except that in one inftance, an accident of little moment has occafioned a flight deviation from the strict chronological arrangement; and that on the other hand, a speech of confpicuous excellence, on his declining the poll at Bristol, in 1780, is here, for the first time, inferted in its proper place.
As the activity of the Author's mind, and the lively intereft which he took in the welfare of his country, ceased only with his life, many fubfequent productions iffued from his pen, which were received in a manner correfponding with his distinguished reputation. He wrote alfo various tracts, of a less popular description, which he defigned for private cir