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Sold by D. PRINCE, and J. Cooke; J. and J. FLETCHER;

also by P. ELMSLY, B. White, T. PAYNE, and Son;
London, MDCC LXXX II.

PREFACE.

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HE design of the following Essay

is to consider the Study of Antiquities as a branch of polite learning, and to shew its intimate connection with the most elegant, as well as the most useful parts of Science.

The Study of Antiquities is generally considered either as confined within the compass of mere curiosity; or as dry and uninteresting, and therefore incompatible with the more elegant pursuits of Genius. This powerful and prevailing prejudice places it at too great a distance to admit of an impartial view. But when the nature of this ftudy, and the various objects of it,

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