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IT may not be unnecessary to inform tbe Reader, that the
following Reflections bad their origin in a correspondence between the Author and a very young gentleman at Paris, who did bim the bonour of defiring his opinion upon the important transactions, which then, and ever since, bave So much occupied the attention of all men. An answer was written some time in tbe montb of October 1789; but it was kept back upon prudential considerations. That letter is alluded to in the beginning of the following sheets. It has been since forwarded to the person to whom it was addressed.
The reasons for the delay in sending it were assigned in a foart letter to the same gentleman. This produced on his part a new and pressing application for the Author's sentiments.
The Author began a second and more full discusion on the subject. This be bad some thoughts of publishing early in the laft spring; but the matter gaining upon bim, be found that what he had undertaken not only far exceeded the measure of a letter, but that its importance required rather a more detailed confideration than at that time be bad any leisure to bestow upon it. However, baving thrown down bis first thoughts in the farm of a letter, and
indeed wben be sat down to write, baving intended it for a private letter, be found it difficult to change the form of address, wben bis sentiments bad grown into a greater extent, and bad received another direction. A different plan, he is sensible, might be more favourable to a commodious division and distribution of his matter.