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Paul's Church - Yard, Ludgate - Street. 1786.
TO SYLVANUS URBAN, Esq. ON COMPLETING HIS FIFTY-SIXTH VOLUME.
HOUGH Fortune, with capricious hand,
Disjoins the literary band;
The mind sweer converse holds with mind;
What Fortune's wayward will denies,
TAVING now completed the FIFTY-SIXTH VOLUME of
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, we may, we hope, without Vanity, be permitted to say, that, as it is the FIRST in Seniority, it is still the first in the public Estimation. We have nothing to hazard by afferting, that the Entertainment and Instruction it contains is agreeable to the Polite and the Learned of all Denominations ; fince that Entertainment and that Instruction is communicated by Correspondents of the first Consequence in every Department of Literature. Not only patronised, but in a manner created, by such admirable Auxiliaries, The GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, as a faithful Mirror of the Times, cannot fail of exhibiting to the next Age the Genius and the Talents that are conspicuously displayed in this. On the part of the Conductors of it we shall only add, that the very great Increase of Sale since the Enlargement of their Volumes is the most folid Proof of the general Approbation of their present Plan; and that their greatest Difficulty is, the being under a frequent Necessity to postpone, much longer than they could with, the Infertion (and even the Acknowledgement) of Favours received. Several Papers under this Description will be found in the present SUPPLEMENT; and many others will appear in JANUARY. . In the mean time, we must entreat the further Indulgence of our Friends, for those we are yet unable to bring forward.
Dec. 31, 1786.
INDEX INDICATORIU S. ZEPHYRUS suggests the Practicability of a Junction in the narrow Part of the Irish Channel, between Scotland and Ireland; and earnestly recommends a Survey to be made, as the Execution of luch a bold Design would attract the Admiration of :he World, and immortalize the Reign in which it was begun, and the Æra in which it should be completed. What an extensive 'Asylum would this affurd for the numerous Swarms of Felons, Vagabonds, Vagrants, idle and disorderly Persons, who, instead of being, as at present, an intolerable Burthen on the Publick, might all be usefully emploved on the most fupendous Work that ever aggrandized a Country! Should Ministers be inclined to adopt this Scheme, no Time should be lost' in surveying the Coast, and reporting on the Practicability of it; for there cannot be a Doubt of the Concurrence of Parliament (if it should be judged practicable) to carry it into Execution. In the Works now carrying on by the French at Cherburg, it is asserted that more than 10,000 Men are employed.—A Friend to Peace most heartily joins with other Correspondents in wishing and requesting that our useful Repository inay never be made the Channel of Religious Controverty. For the sake of that Charity which thinketh no Evil, he entreats us not to admit any more “railing Accusations, or perverse Wranglings,” into our hitherto impartial Miscellany. He trusts, that to Essays, &c. recommending practical Religion and found Morals, it will always be open; and, we will add, to Letters explanatory of the Sacred Text; but to violent Conventions and unmenngrly Personalities it shall be thut for ever.-Laicus, highly A2