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CHARLES WHIPPLE, NEWBURY-PORT ; CUMMINGS & WILLIARD, CAMBRIDGE;
Published half-monthly, at 85 per annum,
THE various and lively character of the English periodical publications is indisputably unrivalled, not only in America, but in Europe ; yet as domestic patronage in England is sufficiently liberal to govern the views of their editors, English Magazines abound with matter, which loses all its interest, out of the United Kingdom. To procure, therefore, what delights and instructs us, on this side of the Atlantic, we bave been obliged to purchase much, in which we could not have the most remote concern. This has been an objection, and the oniy objection that has been experienced, in the republication of entire English periodive? works in this country ; and it is this, that we proposed to obviate by our present plan. Having secured a regular supply of the most popular productions of the Magazine class, issued in London, our first object is to select such of the content, and such only, as are calculated to interest readers in the United States.
But the exclusion of merely local matter is not the only improvement we la had in view. Notwithstanding the acknowledged merit of the London Magazin a perusal of any one will satisfy the most ordinary critic, that they contaip pa and dissertations of various merit. The Atheneum has the peculiar ard olivi advantage of embracing the most elegant, interesting, and instructive p. several rival publications, without their imperfections on their head"
such : specimens of genius, erudition and research as must please in any couutry, a refinement prepares the mind for sound instruction and chaste amusemeni.
lo an experiment on our plan, we have now completed the first volume of Ercerpte, and confess ourselves fully gratified with the candour and encourage which have attended our exertions. The novelty of the undertaking, and a b fear of something unpleasant, particularly in controversial politics, subjected Hea first, to the necessity of letting the appearance of the publication establish itz on public patronage. If this judicious caution rendered our enterprise ha in the commencement, the result has given us better grounds of conf could have proceeded from gratuitous favour. The flattering increase scribers, we are persuaded, has not been produced by our promises, k amination of our successive numbers.
Yet we are not so inflated by the approbation which this comp ceived, as to presume there is not still room for improvement. The , appeal for
matter before us gives ample scope for nice discrimination. Progressive familiarity with our duty, we trust, strengthens our capacity to perform it, while our own judgment is aided by an attentive regard to the enlightened taste of our readers. Our middle course, between papers too erudite for general interest, and paragraphs too trivial for the respectability of such a selection, must become more distinct from experience.
By issuing a number, consisting of forty pages, large octavo, in the beginning and middle of each month, we have been enabled to put our subscribers in possession of the work earlier than it could be published in monthly numbers. The satisfaction which we understand has been derived from this prompt circulation determines us to continue the same plan. Eight additional pages of London paragraphs, appended to the last aumber of each volume, and eight of indices and title-page, will increase the number of pages annually to about one thousand.
To those who are swelling our list of patrons, we take this opportunity to return our cordial thanks ; and not less to those, who by the public expression of their approbation have extended the knowledge that such a publication exists. We can now, without hesitation, announce that it will be permanent, for the sources from which we draw are inexhaustible, the encouragement which we receive is decisive, and the present bright prospects of our country promise an increasing partiality to such literary works, as depend on the views and interests of no party, and are addressed to the good feelings and cultivated taste of the community.
Boston, September 15, 1817.
TO VOL. I.
244 Cincinnati, Dr. Franklin's opinion of the 399
932 Comic Dramas, Edgeworth's
230 Consumptive patients, change of air for 655
19, 821 Cowherd, the rev. William, his death 944
Dalrymple, Gen. anecdote of
Damien, Goldsmith's mention of
Davies, serjeant, his death
519 Deaf and dumb cured
571 Death's door, a proverb
342 Devil tavern
837 Diving-hells, progress of
491 Douglas, lady, her death
414 Dogs, sagacity of
210, 241, 286,
183, 371, 569, 825, !
100 Duc d'Enghien, anecdotes of
- life of
335 Duchess of Angoulême's memoirs
57 Duke of Brunswick, his last days
167 Durer, Albert, wife of
441 Edgeworth, Richard Lovell, esq. death of
of the lower orders of the Scotch
57 Elephants in Paris
13, 821 Elwes, John, bis death
418 End of the world
! 936 Experiment of the bottle