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LONDON : J. B. NICHOLS AND SON, PRINTERS, 25, PARLIAMENT STREET. PREFACE.

HAVING, we trust, fully explained to our readers, in previous communications, the Plan on which our Magazine continues to be conducted, and the different branches of knowledge which it is designed to illustrate and improve, we have only in our present short address to our friends, to speak of the execution, which we trust merits the same approbation they have bestowed on our former labours. Generally speaking, the various articles both of original composition, and of review and criticism, are of somewhat greater length, than they previously were: and we trust that this alteration may be considered advantageous; since it has arisen from a more laborious and comprehensive research, as well as from subjects of more importance having been submitted to investigation. We still, however, are willing to find room for any disquisitions of value, however compendious ;-e minimis maxima formantur.

The utility of such a Magazine as ours, which is open to public communication as a vehicle of discussion for the discovery of truth, has, we think, been strongly evidenced in the article of the Bayeux Tapestry. The subject originated in a short notice of it in Mr. D’Israeli's Curiosities of Literature. This having attracted attention, gave rise to many acute and learned remarks on its age and design ; and the controversy is still unfinished“adhuc sub judice lis est.” The same remark may be made

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