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INTENDED TO HAVE BEEN SENT TO A GENTLEMAN ·
BY THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
E D M U N D
BU Ř K E.
EL E V ENTH EDITION,
L O N D ON:
IT may not be unnecessary to inform the 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 desiring his opinion upon the important transaktions, which then, and ever since, have so much occupied the attention of all men. An answer was written fome time in the month of O&tober 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 fort letter to the same gentleman. This produced on his part a new and prefhng application for the Author's fentiments.
The Author began a second and more full discus-fion on the subje£t. 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 confideration than at that time he had any leisure 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. it for a private letter, be found it difficult to change the form of address, when bis sentiment's had grown into a greater extent, and had received another diretion. A different plan, he is sensible, might be more favourabic to a commodious division and diftribution of his matter.
some earneftness, for my thoughts on the
You see, Sir, by the long letter I have transmitted to you, that, though I do most heartily wish that France may be animated by a spirit of