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FOR WILLIAM CREECH;
PRE F A C E
THERE has hitherto been no afylum for Fugitive Pieces, or Occafional Effays, in Scotland, although many fuch have been made in England. It is thought that a Collection might be furnished from this country, which would prove both entertaining and useful; and the Editor, impreffed with this idea, has ventured to give the plan a beginning. The periodical publications give a tranfient existence to many papers that often deserve a better fate; and a collection of the prefent nature, while it preferves, in part, a view of the manners, opinions, and taste of the times as they rife, may also serve to encourage many to write occafional papers, who are either too indolent or unambitious to appear formally as authors.
The Editor, by this collection, means to preferve fuch productions, either in profe or verfe, as may occafionally appear and defei ve