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TEw Memoirs of Literature ; corining an Ac

count of New Books, printed botit Home and Abroad : With Dissertations upon severalıbje&s, Mifcellaneous Observations, Sc. From Jan 25, to Dec. 1727. incl.. In Six Volumes, 8vo. N. Bony of them may be had separate.

2. A Defence of the Validity of the Enth Ordinations, and of the Succession of the Bishops ithe Church of England. Together with Proofs, juftifyg the Facts advanced in this Treatise. Written in Inch by the Rev. Father Peter Francis Le Courayer, Can Regular and Librarian of St. Genevieve at Páris. Taflated into English by Dan. Williams, Presbyter of thChurch of England. To which is prefix'd, a Letter fronhe Author to the Translator. The Second Edition, corated from several Errors, as also some Omissions, in t first Edition. Svo. 1728.

3. A Defence of the Dissertation on the/alidity of the English Ordinations, against the sevel Answers made to ir : With proper Vouchers for the Ets advanced in that Work. By the Author of the Difitation. In Two Volumes, 8vo. 1728.

4. A Treatise of Teftaments and Last Wii; compiled out of the I.aws Ecclesiastical, Civil and anon ; as also out of the Common Laws, Customs and atutes of this Realm. By Henry Swinburne, sometime Judge of the Prerogative Court of Tork. The Fifth Edion, corre&ted, and very much enlarged with all suc Statutes, Decrees in Chancery, and Resolutions of Comon Law Cases relating to this Subject, and which hav hitherto been published. With an exact Table to te whole. Folio. 1728.

5. A Moral Proof of the Certainty of a Faire Srate. The Second Edition. 8vo. 17.8.

6. Universal Arithmetick ; or, A Treatise f Arithmetical Composition and Resolution. To whih is added, Dr. Halley's Method of finding the Roots f Equation arithmetically. Written in Latin by Sir Ijac News ton, and translated by the late Mr. Raphson. Revised and corre&ted by Mr. Cunn, The Second Editon, very much corrected. 8vo.

1728. 7. An Enquiry into the Evidence of the Chriftian Religion. 8vo. 1728.

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PREFACE

THE
HE design of informing the Curious, by

a kind of Journal, of what passes from time to time in the Republic of Letters, is so universally approved, that it is needless to say any thing here in favour of it. The first Essay of this nature was the fournal des Scavans, which was published in 1665 by Mr. Sallo, Ecclesiastical Counsellor in the Parliament of Paris; and no sooner did it appear, but the learned men of several nations, charmed with so useful and so agreeable a project, teftified their approbation of it, fome by translating, others by imitating his Journals.

No country in the world furnishes greater plenty of good materials for such a work than England, as there is none where arts and sciences are cultivated with greater encouragement, or better success. Here the greatest men in the State, are often also the brightest ornaments of the Republic of Letters, and promote learning as much by their example, as by their protection. Where do we meet with such noA 2

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ble foundations as in our Universities ? or where
can a man study with so great advantages in
every respect ? And where can merit hope to be
rewarded with better preferments, either in
Church or State ? Nor can we, like other na-
tions, complain of the want of liberty, which
is the nursing-mother of knowledge, and abso-
lutely necessary both to the discovery and pro-
gress of truth. Had Milton lived in our days,
he would have had no occasion for writing his
treatise de Typographia liberanda ; for we are far
enough from slavery in this respect. Every man
may think as he pleases, and publish his speculative
opinions whatever they be, without the difficulty
of obtaining a License from a partial or fuperfti-
tious Cenfor, or standing in fear of an Inquisi-
sition and an Auto da . So mild is our Go-
verment both in Church and State ; as being
fully convinced of this maxim, That truth
needs neither force nor artifice to support it.

'Tis to this happy liberty, both of consci-
ence and the press, so much envied by our
neighbours, that we owe those many excellent
books which are daily printed in England. This
has enabled us to make those discoveries and
improvements in almost every part of know-
ledge, which have gained so great a reputa-.
tion to the English writers abroad, that our
language is now studied by foreigners as a learn-
ed one,

No Englishman can wish this liberty abridged, but he who envies the glory of his country, and the advancement of learning and of truth.

To this liberty we are also indebted for the free importation and use of foreign books, by means of which we reap the benefit of all the improvements made by the learned in every part

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of Europe. This renders such a Journal as I have been speaking of very useful, and almost necefsary to the curious, who cannot possibly read, or even dip into all the new books that come

out.

The ingenious and learned Mr. La Roche, who for some years past has written the Memoirs of Literature with general applause, having thought fit to discontinue that useful work, it was to be wished that some person fufficiently qualified would have undertaken it : But as no other offered, rather than see it drop entirely, I have ventured to supply his place ; not perhaps without rashness.

And indeed, when I reflect upon the great number of very different and important subjects I shall be obliged to handle ; when I consider the judiciousness, the accuracy, and entertaining variety with which some of the foreign Journals are written, I am afraid I have undertaken too hard a task ; and nothing could binder me from throwing it up, but the hope that my readers are as sensible of the difficulty of it as I am, and that they will be the more indulgent to me, especially in my first attempts to please them.

Besides, some of the foreign Journals are the Work of a Society; and indeed it is hardly pofsible that an undertaking of this nature should be well executed by a single hand. For which reafon I intreat the aslistance of all those who wish well to the progress of Learning, and beg they will favour me from time to time with extracts of curious books, with such original pieces, and accounts of new inventions and machines, or any other improvements even in mechanical arts, as are fit to be communicated to the pube

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