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I I may not be unnecessary to inform the Reader,
that the following Reflections had their origin in a correspondence between the Author and a very young gentleman at Paris, who did him the honour of defiring his opinion upon the important tranfa&tions, which then, and ever since, have so much occupied the attention of all men. An answer was written fome time in the month of O Etober 1789; but it was kept back upon prudential considerations. That letter is alluded to in the beginning of the following sheets. It has been fince forwarded to the person to whom it was addressed. The reasons for the delay in sending it were aligned in a short letter to the same gentleman. This produced on his part a new and pressing application for the Author's sena timents.
The Author began a second and more full discushon on the subje£t. This he had some thoughts of publishing early in the last Spring ; but the inatter gaining upon him, he found that what he had undertaken not only far exceeded the measure of a letter, but that its importance required rather a more detailed confideration than at that time he had any leisure to bestow upon it. However, having thrown down bis first thoughts in the form of a letter, and indeed when he sat down to write, baving intended
it for a private letter, be found it difficult to change
fome earnestness, for my thoughts on the late proceedings in France. I will not give you reason to imagine, that I think
my sentiments of such value as to wish myfelf to be solicited about them. They are of too little consequence to be very anxiously either communicated or withheld. It was from attention to you, and to you only, that I hesitated at the time, when you first desired to receive them. In the first letter I had the honour to write to you, and which at length I fend, I wrote neither for nor from any defcription of men; nor shall I in this. My errors, if any, are my own. My reputacion alore is to answer for them.
You fee, Sir, by the long letter I have tranfmitted to you, that, though I do most heartily with that France may be animated by a spirit of