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UPERFICIAL observers may imagine, that, having
chis talk of writing a Preface so frequently to fulfil, we must be at a considerable loss from want of novelty; that every subject of Literacure, of Politics, or the result of the common occurrences of life, must have been repeatedly introduced and exhausted. The contrary is the fact ; such a variety of objects croud before us, in all that interests the attention, or exercises the passions of mankind, that selection creates the only difficulty.
We are called upon first to make our acknowledgments for the unceasing, the progressively increasing, kindness of the Publick, to us and our exertions. No tumults abroad, no jealousies at home, no viciffitudes of events, no prejudices, emulations, oppositions in Politicks or Learning, have turned the current of popular favour or attention from our unremitted exertions to contribute to the public stock of ingenuous amusement. And this declaration, prompted by a ipirit of horeit and heart-felt pride, will serve only to stimula e us to greater and nobler efforts.
Asco Peliucks, if they whose memory we revere, under whose auspices this Publication first commenced, and by whose talents it rose to eminent distinction, could now discern the condition of Europe and of the world; Thrones and Poreocaies, wlion they venerated, “ fallen from their high estate ;” others exalted to the pinnacle of greatnets, whose fathers, to borrow the high, and emphatic language of the Eastern Sage, “they would have disdained to have set with tlie dogs of their flock;" what powers could describe their fensations !--For us, no changes that have already taken place, or that can hereafter happen, can turn the bias of our minds. Attachment to our Sovereign, veneration for the Civil and Ecclefiaftical Constitution of our Country, infused into our infancy, has incorporated with our system, and, strengthening with our strength, can only ceale when our vital powers are exhausted. With changes of men and of ministeis, with the violence of parties, or the animofities, envies, and oppositions of individuals, we have Borbing (o do. That our principles are firm, fixed, and immutable, must be obvious and legible to every eye that perulés our volumes. Our King and Constitution are the objects of our unalterable affection and support.
With respect to Literature, perhaps, our prejudices are less circumfcribed. We would candidly afford an opportunicy of difcuiling and analyzing all Literary Questions. We nay allert with lome pride, thai our pages have afforded the
means of producing Truth to light from very dark and myl terious secelles, in questions profound and complicated, ohcured by the artifices of sophittry, and enveloped by the gloon of error. Whilft we can boast among our correspondents, iodividuals of the most enlarged minds, the most exalted science, and the most extensive accomplishments, we can have little doubt of exhibiting what will both attract and deserve the countenance by which we have been so long and so honourably distinguished.
The improved facility of our communication with the Continent in consequence of the Peace (may it be perpetual!) will enable us to have a more familiar acquaintance with such Foreign Publications as may be more immediately deserving consideration. We thall conttantly avail ourselves of this circumstance, and shall not fail to draw from it a new and increasing fource of our Readers' gratification. The tumult of War has happily subsided; and Science begins to withdraw from her retreat, and to shew herself to the world with improved vigour and renewed charms. Even in France the speaks the language of cheerfulness, and calls to her Sister Muses on the British shores with the voice of friend thip. We hall be vigilant on our part, and omit no opportunity of any kind, or from any quarter, of testifying our zeal in the cause of Learning.
The series of our volumes, continued for so long a period, and involving the history of events of the most momentous consequence to society, cannot possibly, in their future decail, excite a less earnest curiosity. The perpetual and important discoveries in Philosophy, Geography, and indeed every branch of knowledge, afford new incitements to the ardour of experiment, and the pride of genius. Such also is the present refined state of general society, that even the lighter departments of the Belles Lettres are distinguished . by a grace, a polish, and an elegance, before unknown. This, is apparent from various popular productions every succeed. ing month; and not less so, we trust, from The GentleMAN'S MAGAZINE. We shall, therefore, continue to aflere our claim to public favour by a Miscellany intended to comprehend and to facisfy the variety of public taste. Our principles, as before observed, are well known and tried; from them we shall continue to act: no place will be found in our pages for any of those new-fangled principles and do&trines which distract the minds of individuals, interrupt the fererity of the public peace, degrade the purity of our faith, and contaminate the garb of inorality. Let writers of such a description exercise their mischievous abilities in other