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DUGALD STEWART, ESQ.
F. R. S. EDIN.
EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY, IN THE UNIVERSITY OF
Member of the American Philosophical Society, held at Philadelphia.
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION.
PRINTED FOR ANTHONY FINLEY, PHILADELPHIA;
WHITING AND WATSON, NEW-YORK.
Fry and Kammerer, Printers.
THE state of my health having interrupted, for many months past, the continuation of my work on the Human Mind, I was induced to attempt, in the mean time, the easier task of preparing for the press a volume of Essays. I have not, however, abandoned the design which I ventured to announce eighteen years ago; and in the execution of which I have already made considerable progress. After thirty-eight years devoted to the various pursuits connected with my different academical situations, I now indulge the hope of enjoying, in a more retired scene, a short period of private study; and feel myself sufficiently warned by the approaching infirmities of age, not to delay any longer my best exertions for the accomplishment of an undertaking, which I have hitherto prosecuted only at accidental and often distant intervals; but which I have always fondly imagined (whether justly or not others must determine) might, if carried into complete effect, be of some utility to the public.
Kinneil-House, 15th Jung 1810.