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HE French revolution, to most per

sons, appears to be an object not less interesting for its singularity, than for its magnitude. • To contemplate twenty-five millions of people, starting suddenly from their chains, animated as it were by one soul, may indeed excite admiration; but with closer research, and more extensive speculation on the affairs of France, it will be found, that the present revolution, is not, as is generally imagined, fo unexpected or sudden. This LIBERTY, on the contrary, is the accumulation of much @il and much time. It has not burft into stantaneous existence, but has formed the

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