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TT may not he unnecejsary to inform the Reader, that the following Restecticns had their origin in a correspondence between the Author and a very young gentleman at Paris, who did him the honour of desiring his opinion upon the important tranfactions, which then, and ever since, have so much occupied the attention of all men. An answer ivas written some time in the month of Otlober 1789; but it was kept back upon prudential considerations. That letter is alluded to in the beginning of the following stieets. 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 short letter to the same gentleman. This produced on his fart a new and pressing application for the Author s sentiments.
The Author began a second and more full discussion on the subjetl. 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, hut that its importance required rather a more detailed consideration than at that time he had any leisure to bestow upon it. Hofduever, having thrown down his first thoughts in the form of a letter, and indeed when he fat down to write, having intended