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THE prefent volume has been detained an unusual time in the press, partly by the engagements of fome of the authors, who have revised their papers for publication; and partly by delays attending the execution of the engravings. The number of materials has likewife rendered this volume larger than either of the former, and confequently lengthened the time of impreffion.
From the inftitution of the new class of CORRESPONDING Members, the Society may expect an extenfion of communications; while the method of printing to be purfued in future,* by furnishing an early circulation of every effay, among literary men, may induce the HONORARY Members, at large, to impart their obfervations or difcoveries ftill more frequently.
The Society must repeat the declaration, prefixed to their first volume, that refponfibility for the truth of facts, or juftness of opinions, to be found in this volume, refts with their respective authors. To encourage fcientific exertions is the grand object of the inftitution; and the Society gladly acknowledges that the public bas treated its endeavours with equal indulgence and favour.
* See the Laws annexed.