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AS THEY AFFECT THE MIND.

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THE following Essays, (which were read in a private literary society many years ago), having been seen and approved of by some learned persons in England, are now published at their desire. In writing them out for the press, considerable amendments were made, and new observations added ; and hence one or two flight anachronisms have arisen, which, as they affect not the sense, it was not thought necessary to guard against,

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HE rules of every useful art may be divided into two kinds. Some are necessary to the accomplishment

of the end proposed by the artist, and are therefore denominated Essential Rules; while others, called Ornametal or Mechanical, have no better foundation than the practice of some great performer, whom it has become the fashion to imitate. The latter are to be learned from the communications of the artist, or by observing his A 2

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