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I T, may not be unnecessary to inform the Reader,
that the following Refle&tions had their origin in a correspondence between the Author and a very young gentleman at Poris, who did him the honour of defring his opinion upon the important transactions, which then, and ever, since, have so much occupied the attention of all men. An answer was written fome 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 Meets. It has been since forwarded to the person to whom it was addressed. The reasons for the delay in sending it were aligned in a short letter to the
same gentleman. This produced on his part a new and pressing application for the Author's Jentiments.
The Author began a second and more full discusfion on the subjeet. This he had some thoughts of publishing early in the last Spring ; but the matter gaining upon him, he found that what he had undertaken not only far exceeded the measure of a letter, but that its importance required rather a more detailed consideration than at that time he had any leifure to bestow upon it. However, having thrown down his first thoughts in the form of a letter, and indeed when he sat down to write, having intended