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tngi being inscribed upon the outside of a sealed paper accompanying it, containing the name and address of the competitor, orsucb name and address as be pleases to put in its slead, if be wishes to remain unknown. The sealed paper belonging to each of those essays to which the premiums shall be adjudged, will be opened when the premiums are awarded, and the essays be published in this miscellany. The ether essays will be returned if desired; or they will be severally published, if approved by the judges to whom this matter shall be referred, andif agreeable to the writer. At any rate, however, none of the sealed papers, unless it be those belonging to the essays to which premiums are adjudgedsjhall be opened; but will be returned, if desired, to any person trio shall call for them; Or, if not called for tvithin s:x months after the premiums shall be adjudged, they will then be burnt, in the presence ofresPcBable witnesses, wbojhall atteji that the seals were unopened. The flriilejl honour in this respeil may be depended on..
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1790.
Cursory Hints and Anecdotes of the late DoSior
William Cui^ENyof Edinburgh.
Amicus Plato, fed magis arnica veritas.
A life of Doctor Culled, with a full account of his writings, heing now preparing for the press by a masterly hand, on the authenticity of whose information the public may rely,—the editor of this miscellany finds it unnecessary, and would be improper in him to offer to his readers, in these circumstances, any thing farther than a few hints and anecdotes, illustrative of the character and disposition of that great man; most of which have fallen under his own observation, but which could not with propriety have found a place in a regular biographical article. Requesting, therefore, that the curiosity of the public may be suspended till that more perfect work shall appear, —the following hints are offered merely as a tribute of gratitude in the writer, and in compliance with the engagements he has come under to the public. If they have no other merit, their authenticity may be relied upon.
It is a melancholy consideration to the Editor, that he has occasion to begin his work with a posthumous account of the most eminent preceptor and disinterested friend he ever had in the world. Short is the period that man is suffered to tread, this transitory stage Vol. I. A