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PREFACE. n 1609 IT was with no small degree of gratitude and pleasure, that, on the completion of the first volume of the Pocket Magazine, the Editor performed the duty of returning thanks to the Public, for the very favourable manner in which his labours had been received. Now that he is a second time called upon to perform the same duty, he does it with even more of gratitude and pleasure than on the former occasion. It woud, indeed, be strange, if the greatly increased sale of the work did not give birth to pleasant and grateful feelings. The patronage which has been extended to the Pocket Magazine has seldom, if ever, been equalled ; and the Editor considers it as a circumstance of the most flattering kind, that each number has been indulged with a more ample share of that patronage than was bestowed upon the number which preceded it,
It would be an idle affectation of humility to say that nothing has been done to merit this kindness. The Proprietor has spared neither expence nor trouble, to procure such embellishments as may prove not unworthy of the approbation of persons of taste ; and has paid no trifling, and, it is hoped, no fruitless, attention to typographical accuracy and beauty. The Editor, on his side, has endeavoured to make the literary part of the Magazine a source of amusement and instruction to all its readers. It has been his wish to render It
without being licentious; elegant, without being tri
vial; and serious, without being dull or austere. He trusts that he may look upon the wide circulation of the work as a strong presumptive proof that his efforts have not been wholly unsuccessful.
Success, however, instead of leading, as it too often does, to careless indolence, ought rather to stimulate to more vigorous exertion, Conscious of this truth, the Editor will leave nothing untried, to give the third volume additional claims to the favour of the Public.
Those Correspondents who have obliged the Editor by their contributions, will accept his sincere thanks. He is also indebted to many persons, for their well-intended suggestions, though it has, in numerous instances, been impracticable for him to carry the suggestions into effect. His friendly advisers will do him the justice to believe, that he is not so absurd as to turn a deaf ear to good advice, however humble be the individual by whom it may chance to be given. To those animals, on the other hand, who are prompted by stupidity or envy to write to him in a scurrilous style, he will just hint, that their time and paper are absolutely thrown away. For such assailants he has nothing but contempt. He is not without the power of inflicting a severe chastisement upon impertinencc, but they have the advantage of being protected from the exercise of that power by a most effectual shield-their own insignificance. A grub is as safe as a butterfly, from being “ broken upon the wheel.”
Absurdities of the French Language, Letter on the .. 138
Létters in reply 319,
20, 86, 154, 210, 265, 322
169, 229, 290, 344
vial; and serious, without being dull or austere.
Success, however, instead of leading, as it
Those Correspondents who have obliged the