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MONTHLY MAGAZINES have opened a way for every kind of inquiry and infor
PUBLISHED BY MUNROE AND FRANCIS, No. 4, CORNHILL,
SUBSCRIPTIONS RECEIVED ALSO BY THE FOLLOWING AGENTS :---HENRY WHI
Published half-monthly, at $5 per annum.
THE various and lively character of the English periodical publications is in
disputably 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 have been obliged to purchase much, in which we could not have the most remote concern. This has been an objection, and the only objection that has been experienced, in the republication of entire English periodica! 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 ha 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 and obvi advantage of embracing the most elegant, interesting, and instructive pductio several rival publications, without " their imperfections on their head" such specimens of genius, erudition and research as must please in any country, w refinement prepares the mind for sound instruction and chaste amusement.
In an experiment on our plan, we have now completed the first volume of Excerpte, and confess ourselves fully gratified with the candour and encourage which have attended our exertions. The novelty of the undertaking, and an fear of something unpleasant, particularly in controversial politics, subjected tch" 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, 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 number 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.
ACKEN, baron, his death
A Abelard and Heloise
Akenside, poetical character of
Anecdotes of Buonaparte
Ants, curious account of
Arabs, account of the
Baths of Bareges
Bartnecas, les, by Mde. de Genlis
Bible, method of its translation
Bishops against bible societies
Boiling tar, curious properties of
Bravery at Waterloo
Brazil, Koster's account of
Damien, Goldsmith's mention of
240, 241, 286, 26.
491 Dead, on the disposal of the
351 Disparater, its meaning
Bread improved by carbonate of magnesia 940
Buchanan, Dr., Pearson's life of
Bull against bible societies
Bull and Gate
938 Edgeworth, abbé, memoirs of
of the lower orders of the Scotch 955
441 Em rson, the mathematician
418 End of the world
Elwes, John, his death
description of his mausoleum
By hook or by crook
Byron's Poems, defence of
poetical character examined
443 Encouragement of literature
30 Essays of Dr. Reid
378 Eton montem
474 Evasion of debt
Fashions, ancient and modern
55 Farm-houses in France
Females, erring and deserted, appeal for
Foxes turned bunters
931 Freebairn, Robert, his death