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*...* As it is the wish of the Editors to render this Work a Repository o, .
whatever may be supposed to be most interesting to general readers, they
leave to offer one or two remarks, on what is new in the plan they have adop
ed, and on the specimen of it now submitted to the Public.

UNDER the title of Antiquarian Repertory, they have reason to hope, from a
the access that has been most liberally allowed them to unpublished manu!"
scripts, both in the national and in family repositories, that they shall for
long period be able, not only to lay before their readers articles calculated to
gratify curiosity, but also to rescue from oblivion such materials as may throw
some light on the disputed points in British history, and on such minute fea-
tures in the state of society in former ages, as must necessarily be excluded
from the pages of the historian.

THE Editors have ventured to allot a part of their MAGAZINE to notices of
the articles contained in the most celebrated periodical publications;–under
which they propose also to include works published in parts, at more irregular
intervals, and a list of the contents of the minor Journals. They are aware of
the difficulty of giving general satisfaction under this head; but as they have |

never seen any attempt of the kind made, or at least persevered in, either by
their predecessors or contemporaries, they cannot but hope, that this proof of
their resolution to spare no pains for the gratification of their readers, will be ',
received with indulgence. And here they must regret, that it has not been in
their power to notice, in the present number, the British Review, No XVII.
which contains the best discussion they have any where seen, of the means by
which an equalization of weights and measures may be effected.

If the Editors shall be able to realize their own wishes and expectations, the
Register will comprise a greater variety of information than is to be found at
present in any monthly publication. Rash as it may appear, they will venture
to declare, that it is their ambition to give such a view of Foreign and Do-
mestic Affairs, as may in a great measure supersede the necessity of resorting
to Annual Registers, or other more voluminous and expensive works, for the
period which their labours may embrace. But as their limits had been almost
reached before they began to print this their last branch, the Editors must re-
quest their Readers to take the present as but an imperfect specimen of what
they mean it to contain. Every division of it has been curtailed; and the
Public Papers and Accounts, as well as the list of Patents, Promotions, &c,
have been unavoidably postponed. All these, however, shall be given, from

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THE Memoir of an eminent and favourite Scottish Author, lately deceased,
will appear in an early Number.—“ Observations,” &c. concerning the pro-
gress of Scottish Literature—and the article on Hospitals by Q., in our next.

THE Review Articles, by W. A. and B. W., and the communication from
“ An Unknown Friend,” are unavoidably delayed till next month.

The two communications from L., N. have been duly received. We are
sorry to assure him, that the process described in his first cannot at all benefit .
or interest the public as a discovery. It has been well known, and generally
practised, for the last fifty years.

THE paper by Junius' is in many respects interesting, but it is unfor-
tunately so overloaded with “fine writing,” as to be quite unfit for our hun-
ble Miscellany in its present shape.

*** No II, will be published in Edinburgh on the 20th of May, and in
London on the 1st of June,

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The curious “Antiquarian Notices,” by the learned author of the article
“On the Nature of the Office of Mareschal,”—and the letter relating to the
compilation of a Gaelic Dictionary, will appear in our next.
The articles—“On the Utility of studying the Ancient and Foreign Lan-
guages”—“On the Origin of Whig and Tory”—“On the Detrition of Moun-
tains, &c.”—and the Review of a recent elegant Poem, transmitted by A. D.
—are under consideration.
The Review of Dr Irving's Life of Buchanan has been unavoidably post-
The continuation of the “Memorandums of a View-Hunter,”-and the
Letter relating to the proposed New Translation of the Psalms, were too late
for insertion.
The obliging ‘Hints from N–’s, and the Additional Communications from
* Strila,” and from “An unknown Friend,” have been duly received:—Also,
several Gypsey Notices, which will be carefully attended to in our next.
The paper on ‘Craniology,’ by ‘Peter Candid, would have appeared in our
present Number if it had not contained some improper personal allusions.
The “Memoirs of the House of Graham,” in the shape in which they have
been sent us, havc nothing Inoic to recommend them than the good intentions
of the author.
The paper under the title of “ Irish Literature,” which announces the
intended early publication of an “Irish-English Dictionary,” in one volume
quarto, by Edward O'Reilly,” was omitted to be noticed in another place.
From the same quarter we have received some extracts from a new work, of
which the object seems to be to prove an affinity between the Hebrew and
Irish languages; but we know not well what to make of them, and our corres-
pondent has not condescended to assist us.


Account of the Wernerian Natural His-

tory Society of Edinburgh. 231

Communication from Colonel Mudge....234
Account of Bowed Davie, the supposed

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Epistle of a Highland Chief. 236 The Moss Rose (From the German of

Oath of Bread and Salt ib. K? her) 278

Remarks on the Humour of Ancient The Two Graves (From the German of
Scottish Songs 237 Klopstock) ib.

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The following Articles, which we have been under the necessity of postponing,
shall, if possible, appear in our next:—‘ Car-Rock Stone Beacon’—‘ On the
Study of some branches of Natural History’—‘Attack upon Bergen-op-Zoom’
—“Danger of Early Attachments, a Tale;’—Continuations of the View-Hunter
—Greek Tragedy—and Scottish Gypsies;–Reviews of ‘Grenfell's Speech'—
of the ‘Life of William Hutton'—of Miss Edgeworth's ‘Comic Dramas'—and
of Colman's ‘Eccentricities for Edinburgh.’

The communications upon ‘The Origin and Descent of the Gael'—‘Etymo-
logy of the Alphabet'—o Isle of Man'— Dangers of Good Fortune'— Origin
of the Gypsies'— Story of Colonel M*Gregor’—‘Valley of the Voice of Fear,’
—and a number of poetical pieces, are under consideration.

Besides the paper by “Candidus, noticed in our last, we have received various
communications upon Dr Spurzheim's system—or rather upon the controversies
to which it has given rise. Two of these now before us are ably written, but
nevertheless inadmissible. They are opposite in their views of the subject, but
equally objectionable on account of frequent and invidious personal reflections.
We have no objection to insert another paper on Craniology, but only on con-
dition that the subject be treated exclusively upon its own merits—as a philo-
sophical discussion, and not as a party quarrel.

we have just received a valuable communication, entitled, “On sitting be-

low the Salt, and the Stewarts of Allanton. This able vindication of that an-
cient family was too late for our present Number, but it shall occupy a promi-
ment place in our next.

From the press of materials requiring immediate attention, and the length of
our Review branch; we have been obliged to leave over, till fiext month, the
very excellent paper (already in types), entitled, Cursory Remarks on Music,
and likewise our Select Extracts ahd Antiquarian Repertory.

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