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HE Fourth Volume of this COLLECTION OF FARCES makes its appearance about the time promised; and, as was formerly announced, will terminate the publication for the present.

Notwithstanding, the Publisher is determined at fomé future period to add two or three Volumes, if he fhall be fo fortunate as to obtain permiffion from the refpectable authors, to infert several excellent pieces which he has in view; the publication of which would highly gra. tify the public, but could not without fuch permiffion be attempted with any degree of fairness or propriety. If he has already taken any fuch liberty, he is forry for it; and hopes the distance, and in moft cafes the want of knowledge, of the gentlemens residence, will plead his, apology.

At the fame time, he would not wish it to be thought he is making any very improper requeft; it being a well known fact amongst authors and bookfellers, that the first season of publication of all dramatic pieces, especially of the petit kind, is the only period from which any advantage is derived to either. Any gentleman having no particular objection to the infertion of his pieces in the fubfequent volumes, will confer a particular obligation on Mr Elliot by fignifying as much to him by letter.

The uncommon fuccefs this undertaking has met with from the Public, demands the Publisher's warmest acknowledgments: and he flatters himself that the contents of the prefent volume will be found of equal, if not supe rior merit to any of the former; while the improvement of marking with inverted commas thofe parts usually omitted in the representation, will, it is prefumed, ferve to ftamp an additional value on the Collection.

EDINBURGH, June 1783.

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