Nor is Johnson's matter less intrinsically valuable than his manner is pre-eminently attractive and commanding. The accuracy of his perceptions, the soundness of his criticism, the purity of his morals, are above praise. The jewels are worthy of their setting.

In presenting, therefore, this complete and long-called-for portable edition of Dr. Johnson's Works—an edition in which the utmost care has been taken to ensure correctness of text, and neatness of typographical executionan essential benefit is conferred upon society.

December, 1821.

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