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Ą. KINCAID & J. BELL, Edinburgh.

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SIR,
HE fine arts have ever been en-

couraged by wife princes, not

singly for private amusement, but for their beneficial influence in fociety. By uniting different ranks in the fame elegant pleasures, they promote benevolence: by cherishing love i of order, they inforce submission to government: and by inspiring delicacy of feeling, they make regular government a double blessing.

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THESE considerations embolden me to hope for your Majesty's patronage in behalf of the following work, which treats of the fine arts, and attempts to form a standard of taste, by unfolding thofe principles that ought to govern the taste of every individual.

It is rare to find one born with such delicacy of feeling, as not to need instruction: it is equally rare to find one so low in feeling, as not to be capable of instruction. And yet, to refine our taste with respect to beauties of art or of nature, is fcarce endeavoured in any seminary of learning; a lamentable defect, confidering how early in life taste is fusceptible of culture, and how difficult to reform it if unhappily perverted. To furnish materials for supplying that defect, was an additional motive for the present undertaking

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