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LECTURES

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ON

RHETORIC

AND

BELLES LETTRES.

BY HUGH BLAIR, D. D. & F. R. S.

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ONE OF THE MINISTERS OF THE HIGH CHURCH AND PROFESSOR

OF RHETORIC AND BELLES LETTRES, IN THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH.

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THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY 587138

ASTOR, LENOX AND TADEN FOUNDATIONS. 1913 L

5365

PREFACE.

808 B

THE following LECTURES were read in the University of Edinburgh, for twenty-four years. The publication of them, at present, was not altogether a matter of choice. Imperfect copies of them, in Manuscript, from notes taken by Students who heard them read, were first privately handed about; and afterwards frequently exposed to public sale. When the Author saw them circulate so currently, as even to be quoted in print,* and found himself often threatened with surreptitious publications of them, he judged it to be high time that they should proceed from his own hand, rather than come into public view under some very defective and erroneous form.

* Biographia Britanica, Article, ADDISON.

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