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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 Pariss who did bim tbe bonour of desiring his opinion upon the important transactions, whicb then, and ever since, bave so much occupied the attention of all men. An answer was written some time in the month 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 fince forwarded to the persan to whom it was addressed. The reasons for the delay in sending it were assigned in a sport letter to the fame gentleman. This produced on his part a new and presing 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 last Spring ; but the matter gaining upon bim, be found that what be bad 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, having 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, be is sensible, might be more favourable to a commodious division and distribution of his matter.