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E D M U N D B U R K E.

THE TWELFTH EDITION.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR J. DODSLEY, IN PALL-MALL.

M.DCC.XCIII.

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IT may not be unnecessary to inform the Reader,

that the following Reflections had their origin in a correspondence between the Author and a very young gentleman at Paris, who did him 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 Meets. It has been fonce forwarded to the person to whom it was addressed." The reasons for the delay in sending it were asigned in a short letter to the same gentleman. This produced on his part a new and pressing application for the Author's fena timents.

The Author began a second and more full discusfion on the subje£t. This be bad fome thoughts of publishing early in the last spring ; but the matter gaining upon him, 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 form of a letter, and indeed wben be sat down to write, having intended

it for a private letter, be found it difficult to change the form of address, when bis sentiments bad grown into a greater extent, and had received another direction. A different plan, be is fenhble, might be more favourable to a commodious divifon and distribution of bis matter.

DEAR

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