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L E C T U RES"

ON

GENERAL LITERATURE,

POETRY &c.

DELIVERED AT THE ROYAL INSTITUTION IN 1830 AND 1831.

BY JAMES MONTGOMERY,

Author of " The World before the Flood," " The Pelican Island," &c. &c.

COMPLETE IN ONE VOLUME.

NEW-YORK:

PUBLISHED BY HARPER & BROTHERS,

NO. 82 CLIFF-STREET,
AND SOLD BY THE PRINCIPAL BOOKSELLERS THROUGHOUT THE

UNITED STATES.

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M76 l

22 N021 LAP

PREFACE.

HAVING ventured to lay these papers before the Public, the author dare not go further, in explanation or apology, than to express a hope that, whatever imperfections may be found in them, the candid reader will be more inclined to approve than condemn what he cannot but perceive has been done in good faith, and in honour of a noble art, which its advocate

may

have

“loved, not wisely, but too well."

That art he pretends not to teach, but merely to illustrate according to his views of its worth and influence.

Claiming the right of an author to borrow from himself, he has adopted a few brief passages, with necessary alterations, from the Introductory Essays to the Christian Psalmist and the Christian Poet, compiled by him for MR. COLLINS, of Glasgow. A few larger sections, but entirely new-modelled, have been taken from critical articles furnished by him to a respectable Review, between the years 1806 and 1815. The "Retrospect of Literature," and the “ View of Modern English Literature,"

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