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The pieces collected together in these volumes, with the exception of two or three not before published, appeared, during the course of seven years, in the Youth's Magazine. The first of them was printed in the number for February, 1816; from which time they were continued, with few interruptions, till the end of the year 1822, when Miss Taylor's declining health obliged her to desist entirely from literary occupations.
Very soon after the commencement of her regular contributions to the Youth's Magazine, my sister had reason to believe that, through the medium of its pages, she had succeeded in gaining, in a high degree in the attention of a very large number of young persons.
An assurance so encouraging inspired her with the earnest desire to improve the favourable impression she had made for promoting the best interests of her readers'; and whether she was grave or gay, she rever lost sight of this object. Her friends have enerally concurred in the opinion that many of these pieces are among the happiest efforts of her pen; and that a republication of them was due to their merit. In compliance with this opinion she had revised and prepared for the press the
greater part of the papers, not long before her last illness; and she left with me instructions for the publication of the whole.
It is with pleasure that I avail myself of this opportunity to express publicly, to the conductors of the Youth's Magazine, the sense which I know my late sister always entertained of the kindness and liberality of their conduct towards herself, during the years in which she was a stated contributor to that useful and widely cir culated publication.
I.T. JUN, Ongar, Sept. 23, 1823.
CONTRIBUTIONS OF Q. Q.
SEVEN YEARS AGO.
To the Editor of the Youth's Magazine.
SIR,—I flatter myself that your youthful readers will not be unwilling to attend to the admonitions of one who, only seven years ago, was even as they are, that is, one of your youthful readers. I am this day one and twenty : and although my coming of age was an event to which I had long looked forward with no ordinary degree of satisfaction, I must confess that certain reflections with which I am about to acquaint you, have tended very greatly to damp my spirits; and to embitter the many warm congratulations of my kind friends on the occasion.
Upon retiring to my room after the festivities of the day are over, I feel much disposed to communicate to you the cause of my dissatisfaction ; with a view, not only of relieving my own mind, but particularly with the hope that the relation may prove of some advantage to those of your readers who may still have such a precious seven years in anticipation. You must know, sir, that as soon as I opened