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The Steam-Press or C. & W. Little Pulteney Street.

No. I. Pap!.

Address . . 1

Further Remarks on the Design of this Jour-

nal t \

The Week—From Wednesday April 2, to
Tuesday April 8 . . .... 2

News for the Utilitarians ... .3

The London Journal—April 2 . . . 4

Romance of Real Life ... . - . 5

Cleone, a new Novel. An intire Abstract . 6

No. II.

On a Stone 9

The Week—From Wednesday April 9, to

Tuesday April 15 .... 10

Brother Merry; or, the Adventures of a Sol-

dier 11

The London Journal April 9 .12

Romances of Real Life ... .12

Goodness and Pleasure . - . . .13

Memoirs of Judge Jeffreys .... 13

A Handful of Good Sense . .15

Table Talk—The Plant Physician—A Mode-

rate Food—Conversation of Men of Genius

—Possibility—Marriages—Man . . 15

To Correspondents .... .16

No. III.

Letters to such of the Lovers of Knowledge as

have not had a Classical Education Letter I. 17

The Week—From Wednesday April 16, to

Tuesday April 22 18

Paganinni, from unpublished Poem by the

4 Editor 19

Goodness and Pleasure ... .20

The Lokdon Journal.—April 16 . . . 20

Monsieur Dupont. Abstract of a Novel of

that name 21

Romance of Real Life . . . . . 22

Table Talk. —Wirtemberg Wines — Pleasing

Regrets . . . . . . .24

No. IV.

Letters to such of the Lovers of Knowledge as

have not had a Classical Education Let- I

ter TI. .' 25

The Week—Prom Wednesday April 23, to
Tuesday April 29 ..... 27

Romances of Real Life . . . .27

Anecdote of Shenstone's youth . . . . 28

The London Journal—April 23 28

More Admirable Maxims and Suggestions

from Bentham's unpublished work . . 29

Legends of Richard the Good, Duke of Nor-

mandy ....... 30

Fruits of Public Speaking . . . ! 30

Enjoyments and Obstacles . . . . 31

Table Talk—Queen Elizabeth—A Pedigree

of some standing — Ivy does not make

Homes damp — The Sugar-cane in Leices-

tershire—A complete yet puzzling Answer . 32

No. V.

To-morrow, the First Day of May . . 33

The Week—From Weduesda) April 30, to

Tuesday May 6 .... . 34

Romances of Real Life ... 35

The London Journal—April 30 ". . 36

Interview of Mr Fox with Bonaparte . 37

Mrs Gore's New Novel,—' The Hamiltons' 37

Table Talk—Parish Dinners in 1640 and 1794

—A. Delicate Distress—The Birmingham

Coach in 1749—A Fox at Deptford . . 39

No. VI.

A Human Being and a Crowd ... 41

The Week — From Wednesday May 7, to

Tuesday May 13 42

Romance of Real Life' .... 42

The London Journal.—May 7 . . . 44

A Rhinoceros Hunt ..... 44

A Good Fellow. — Abstract of De Kock's

NoTel,—' Un Bon Enfant' . . . . 45

Tin- Ass on the Bench; from the Latin of

Pere Commire ..... 47

Lines set to Music by Henry R. Bishop . 47

Table Talk—Elegant Intervals of the Fine

Arts — A Remark well worth Universal

Reflection—Desirable Source of Revenue—

A Nice Geographer—Preservation of the

City of Dort by Milk-maids—Filial Account

of one's Father's Attractions—Reading . 47

—-"' No. VII.

Thoughts iu Bed upon Waking and Rising . 49

The Week — From Wednesday May 14, to

Tuesday May 20 ..... 50

Romances of Real Life 51


A Specimen or two "of existing Persian Man-

ners .52

Dreaming by System 52

Legends of Ireland ..... 58

The Admirable Chrichton. . . . . 53

A Masonic Exhortation .... 55

A Practical Joke 55


Cricket and Exercise in General . . . 57

The Week—From Wednesday May 21, to

Tuesday, May 27 58

,i A Surprise for a Sultan . . . . 59

Romance of Real Life .... 60

Frightful Interior of a Moorish Government

and Family . . . . . . 61

Shopping 63

No. IX.

Letters to such of the Lovers of Knowledge as

have not received a Classical Education.—

Letter III 65

The Week From Wednesday, May 28, to

Tuesday. June 3 ..... 66

Cavier's Theory of the Earth . . • . 68

Paganini (Verses on) . . . . . 71

Turpin's Ride to Hough Green . . .71

Izaac Walton and Angling . . . . 71

Table Talk—Curious Ancient Boat . . 71

To Correspondents 71

No. X.

Letters to such of the Lovers of Knowledge as

have not received a Classical Education.—

Letter IV 73

The Week—From Wednesday, June 4, to

Tuesday, June 10 74

Romance of Real Life . . . • . . 75

John Buncla 77

Female Convicts . . . . . . 79

Table Talk—Egyptian Doctors . . • . 79

No. XI.

Letters to such of the Lovers of Knowledge as

have nof received a Classical Education

Letter V 81

The Week—From Wednesday June 11, to

Tuesday June 17 . . . . .82

The Dean of Santiago and Don lllan of Toledo 83

Romance of Real Life 84

Songs of Trades, or Songs for the People . 84

John Ledyard . . . . . . . 86

A Haunted House "j 87

Table Talk The Italian Boy — Affecting

Proof of a Loving Disposition—Singular

Frontispiece—Affecting Association of Ideas 87

To Correspondents 87

[No. XII.

To the Public §9

A Pinch of Snuff ..... 89

The AVeek—From AVednesday June 18, to

Tuesday June 24 ^ .... 89

Raiance of Real Life . . . .90

Modern Antiques—Paganini Anticipated . 91

The Reader Domesticated with the Old Dutch

Colonies at the Cape of Good Hope . . 91

The AVhite House—Abstract of a Novel,—

'La Maison Blance' . . . .92

Application of Steam to various Purposes . 94

The Regulation . f . . . .94

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English and French Females . . . . 129

Male and Female Costume, from the Reign of

Charles H, to that of George III. . . 130.

The Week—From Wednesday July 23, to

Tuesday July 29 . . . . . 133

Romance of Real Life ..... 133

Specimens of Celebrated Authors . . . 133

Passages from the Autobiography of Sir Eger-"

ton Brydges Effect of Worldly Splendour'

'upon Childhood—The Gentry of Kent Lord

Rokcby—Duncombe, the Translator of Ho-

race—Bishop Berkeley's Family—Country'

Gentlemen 50 years ago — The Fame of

j Writers—A good Memorandum—Charge'

against Law Charges—Thomas AVarton

f Echo and Silence—Eloquent Regret and Im-

portant Advice ..... 134

Table Talk—Unpleasant Reminding: . . J35

To Correspondents ..... 135


To the Public 137

English Male Costume 137

Richard the Third a Dandy! . . . 138

The AVeek—From Wednesday July 30, to

Tuesday August 5 ..... 138

Romance of Real Life

Fine Art«, Music, &c. ....

Memoir of Goethe ...

Specimens of Celebrated Authors

Mr AValsh and Mrs Behn .

To Correspondents ....

No. XIX.

Some further Remarks on Goethe, with another

Specimen of him .... 145

The Week.—From AVednesday August 6, to

Tuesday August 12 . . . 14(5

Romance of Real Life ..... 146

Specimens of Celebrated Authors . . . 147

Ventriloquism . . . . . 149

The German Prince's Account of his A'oyage

. in a Balloon ...... 149

Correggio Julio Romano, and Annibal Caracci 150

Two Legends of the Wardrobe . . .151

Table Talk—The Game of Morra . . » 151

To Correspondents . . . . . 151

No. XX.

To our Readers 153

English Women vindicated . . . . 153

The Week— From Wednesday August 13, to

Tuesday August 19 154

Romance of Reat Life 154

Specimens of Celebrated Authors . . . 155

A Good Prince 156

Anecdote of a Highwayman .... 158

La Sortilega; or the Charmed Ring . . 159

Table Talk—Reproof ?160

To Correspondents . . , . , . 160

No. XXI.

Windows 161

The Week—From Wednesday August 20, to

'August 26 . . . ..-.., 162

Romance of Real Life 163

A Page for a Novel f 163

Anthony's Speech over Cresar . . ,164

Magic and Magicians . . . . . lii.'i

Day and Night 168

Timely Intercession . . . . . . 168

Table Talk.—A Picture—A Guild of Poets

—A French Wit—A Strange Prisoner .' 168

To Correspondents 168


Windows Considered from the Inside . . 109

The Week—From Wednesday August 27, to

Tuesday September 2 .... 170

Romance of Real Life 173

Specimens of Celebrated Authors . . .173

A Word on ' English Women Vindicated' . 174

Intolerance ...... 174

Account of Assassins 175

Acknowledgments 176

Table Talk.—Admiration and Contempt . . 176

To Correspondents 176


Objects of the LoNnoN Journal . . . 177

To a Little Bunch of Flowers, the Present

of L. H 178

The Week From Wednesday September 3,

to Tuesday September 9 . . . .178

Our Readers Whisked to the Continent . . 179

Romance of Real Life .... 180

The Perception of Beauty and Nobleness not

1 a Matter of Rank 181

A Lady's Portrait of Herself . . . . 181

Animal Magnetism ..... 182

Utility and Beauty—Spirit of the Fine Arts 18S

Betty Bollainc, a Song .... 183

Goethe 184

Table Talk—Modern German Nobleman . 184

Mr D'lsracli and Albertus Magnus . ."• 184

To Correspondents "184


Dancing and Dancers ..... J85

The Week—From Wednesday September 10,

to Tuesday'September 16 . . . 18fl

Romance of Real Life ( . . .' . 187

Hope ........ 188

Our Readers whisked to the Continent . . 188

Letter of Archbishop Hering . . . 189

Specimens of Celebrated Authors . . . 190

A Cemplaint against Hard Village Ways . 190

To Gathered Roses 191

"Your Address" 191

Bonnet, the Naturalist, and a Visitor at Fault 192

The Return ( From the German of Miichkr) . 192

To Correspondents 192

No. XXV.

A Flower for Your Window—Flowers—Mys-

tery of their Beauty ....." 193

The Week.—From Wednesday September 17,

to Tuesday September 23 . . . . 194

Romance of Real Life . . . . 195

Admirable Remarks on Advice-Giving . 196

A Noble Dream of Cookery .... 196

Ladies of the Lake—not Fubulous . . . 197

Our Readers Whisked to the Continent . 197

Sonnet—To Earine 198

Proposed Opening of the Streets from Picca-

dilly to Lincoln's Inn .... 198

A Last Wish 199

Belief in Ghosts 199

Swearing . 200

Dew-berries not Gooseberries . . . . 200

To Correspondents 200


Life after Death—Belief in Spirits . . . 201

The Week—From Wednesday September 24,

to Tuesday September 30 .... 202

Reminiscences of a Journey . . . . 202

Sonnet—Edinburgh 204

Queen Margaret of Navarre's Entrance into

D'Usson 205

"Two Aged Oaks " in Hyde Park . . 205

A Reminiscence of the Fair of Bartholomew . 205

A Good Hint for Dancers .... 206

Romance of Real Life 206

Specimens of Celebrated Authors . . . 207

The Fall of the Rhine at Sehaffhausen . . 208

To Correspondents ...... 208

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No. XXX.

Genii and Fairies of the East and Arabian'

r Nights 233

The Week—From Wednesday October 22, to

Tuesday October 28 237

Romance of Real Life .... 238

Drumwhinn Bridge over the River Orr . 238

Balls 238

A Doubt and an Answer .... 239

The Two Oaks in Hyde Park . . . 240

The Speculator in Spite of Himself . . 240

To Correspondents 240


Amiableness superior to Intellect . . . 241

The ' Hans Sachs' of Dover . . . . 242

Romance of Real Life . . . . 242

A Domestic Admission into the Speculations

of a Great and Loving Mind . . . 243

The Week—From Wednesday October 29, to

Tuesday November 4 . . . , . 244

Specimens of Celebrated Authors . . . 245

Specimens of the Essence of Poetry • . . 246

Pretty Story of Affection in Childhood . 246

Table Talk—Benefits of Ventilation—Opinions

of Aristotle—A Lesson in Sentiment . . 248

To Correspondents . ... . . . 248


Of Peter Wilkins and the Flying Women . 249

Memoirs of Antoinette Bourignon . . 251

The Week—from Wednesday November 5, to

Tuesday November 11 . . . . 252

Romance of Real Life ... . 253

Pretty Story of Affection in Childhood (eon-

cluded) 234

Table Talk—A True Lesson of Charity—The

Better Part of Braminical Teaching—Du-

"" cangc and his Glossary .... 256

To Correspondents .... . 256


A New Book worth knowing . . . 257

Autobiography of a Butterfly . . . 259

The Week—from Wednesday November 12,

to Tuesday November 18 ... 260

Romance of Real Life ... . 261

Hortensius ...... 261

Prejudice . .... .262

Fairy Song , . . -263

The Village Alehouse .» . . . 264

Affecting Account of Mr Bampfylde . . 264

Three Pleasantries . . . . . 264

Table Talk—St Overseer and St Overall—An

Honest Lover—Address of .Virtue—Excel-

lent Advice to Poets—Day-Break . . 264

To Correspondents .... . 264


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The Celebrated Case of Mary Squires and Eh",

zabeth Canning . . . • . • . 290

Hints for Table Talk ..... 291

The Week — From Wednesday December 10,

to Tuesday December 16 . . . . 292

Romance of Real 1 -ill- ..... 293

Sorrowful Story' ...... 293

Ghost Stories ...... 294

Fine Arts . . • . . ... 296

To Correspondents . . . . . . 296


Notice to the Public — Improvement of the

London Journal for the ensuing Year . 297

Sbakspeare and Christmas and Mi Landor's

New Book ...... 297

Romance of Real Life . . . 299

The Week — From Wednesday December 17

to Tuesday December 23 .. . 302

Sisters of Charity ..... 302

Fine Arts ....... 303

Bentham on- Anger . .... 804

Table Talk — Exquisite Rhyme — Poetry, Phi-

losophy, and Religion— A Secret of Longe-

vity — The Poor of England . . . . 304

To Correspondents ..... 304


To the Public ...... 305

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day . . 305

The Song of the Cat ..... 306

Account of the singular Animal, the Duck-

billed Water-Mole ..... 807

The Week — From Wednesday December 24,

to Tuesday December 30 . . . . 300

Romance of Real Life .... 310

An honest Christmas Carol • . « • 311

Fine Arts and Music . . . . .311

Sonnet ........ 312

Lancashire Witches ..... 312

Table Talk — Bad Translations — Involuntary

Trip to the West Indies — Ancient Reform

Schedule . '. ..... 312

To Correspondents ..... S12

No. XL.

New Years' Day. New Years' Gifts. The

Wassail-bowl ...... 313

The Week— From Wednesday December 31 st,

to Tuesday January 6 . . . • . 314

Romance of Real Life ..... 915

A Stile . . . • , . . .315

Fine Art* • . • . • . . . » . 316

To Correspondents . . ,. . ^ . . 316

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The object of this Publication, which is devoted entirely to subjects of miscellaneous interest, unconnected with politics, is to supply the lovers of knowledge with an l-:.,:-h-ii Weekly Paper, similar in point of size and variety, to Ckamberfs, Edinburgh Journal, bat with 3 character a litlle more southern and literary. The acutentss and industry of the writers of the Edinburgh Journal are understood to have obtained a very large demand for their work; the illustrated information of the Penny /;>"•:»• ii". with its admirable wood-cuts, has obtained for it one still more stupendous; and though we may not be able to compete with either of these phenonena, and, indeed, are prepared to be content with a sale of reasonable enormity, yet there still remain gaps in the supplies of public intellect, which its consumers would willingly see filled up ; and one of these we propose to accommodate. It may briefly be described as consisting in a want of something more connected with the ornamental part 0J utility,—with the art of extracting pleasurable ideas from the commonest objects, and the participations of a scholarly experience. In the metropolis there are thousands of improving and enquiring minds, capable of all the elegancies of intellectual enjoyment, who, for want of educations worthy of them, are deprived of a world of pleasures, in which they might have instructed others. We hope to be read by these. In every country town there is always a knot of'spirits of this kind, generally young men, who are known, above others, for their love of books, for the liberality of their sentiments, and their desire to be acquainted with all that is going forward in connection with the graces of poetry and the fine arts. We nope to have these for our readers. Finally, almost every village has its cottagers of a similar tendency, who, notwithstanding their inferior opportunities, have caught from stray pieces of poetry and fiction, a sense of what their nature requires, in order to elevate its enjoyments or to console its struggles; and we trust we shall become the friends of these. In a word, (withouj meaning to disparage our excellent contemporaries, whose plans are of another sort, and have been most triumphantly borne out by success), as the Edinburgh Journal gives the world the benefit of its knowledge of business, and the Penny Magazine that of its authorities and its pictures, so the London Journal proposes to furnish ingenuous minds of all classes, with such helps as it possesses towards a share in the pleasures of taste >nd scholarship. For, to leave no class unspecified, it » not without the hope of obtaining the good-will of the highest of the well-educated, who love the very talk on such subjects, as they do that of a loving friend, apart from any want of his information, and who have been rendered too wise by their knowledge not to wish well to speculations which tend to do justice to all men, and to accompany the "March of Intellect" with the music of kind thoughts.

It is proposed, as the general plan of the Journal, but not without the power of change or modification, as circumstances may suggest, that it should consist of One Original Paper or Essay every week, from the pen of the Editor; of matter combining entertainment with information, selected by him in the course of his reading, both old and new; of a weekly Abstract of some popular or otherwise interesting book, the spirit of which will be given entire, after the fashion of the excellent abridgments in Johnitone'i Edinburgh Magazine; and, lastly, of a brief current notice of the Existing State of Poetry, Painting, and Music, and a general sprinkle of Notes, Verses, Miscellaneous Paragraphs, and other helps to pleasant and companionable perusal.


Pleasure is the business of this Journal: we own it: we love to begin it with the word: it is like commencing the day (as we are now commencing it) with sunshine in the room. Pleasure for all who can receive pleasure; consolation and encouragement for the rest: this is our device. But then it is pleasure like that implied by our simile, innocent, kindly, we dare to add, instructive and elevating. Nor shall the gravest aspects of it be wanting. As the sunshine floods the sky and the ocean, and yet nurses the baby buds of the roses on the wall, so we would fain open the largest and the very least sources of pleasure, the noblest that expands above us into the heavens, and the most familiar that catches our glance in the homestead. We would break open the surfaces of habit and indifference, of objects that are supposed to contain nothing but so much brute matter or common-place utility, and show what treasures they conceal. Alan has not yet learnt to enjoy the world he lives in; no, not the hundredthousand-millionth part of it; and we would fain help him to render it productive of still greater joy, and to delight or comfprt himself in his task as he proceeds. We would make adversity hopeful, prosperity sympathetic, all kinder, richer, and happier. And we have some right to assist in the endeavour, for there is scarcely a single joy or sorrow within the experience of our fellow-creatures, which we have not tasted; and the belief in the good and beautiful has never forsaken us. It has been medicine to us in sickness, riches in poverty, and the best part of all that ever delighted us in health and success.

There is not a man living perhaps in the present state of society,—certainly not among those who have a surfeit of goods, any more than those who want a sufficiency,—that has not some pain which he would diminish, and some pleasure, or capability of it, that he would increase. We would say to him, let him be sure he can diminish that pain and increase that pleasure. He will find out the secret, by knowing more, and by knowing that there is more to love. "Pleasures lie about our feet." We would extract some for the unthinking rich man out of his very carpet, (though he thinks he has already got as much as it can yield); and for the unthinking or unhoping poor one, out of his bare floor.

"Can you put a loaf on my table 1" the poor man may ask. No. but we can shew him how to get it in the best manner, and comfort him while he is getting it. If he can get it not at all, we do not profess to have even the right of being listened to by him. We can only do what we can, as his fellow-creatures, and by other means, towards hastening the termination of so frightful an exception to the common lot.

"Can you rid me of my gout, or my disrelish of all things V the rich man may ask. No: nor perhaps even diminish it, unless you are a very daring or a very sensible man; and if you are very rich indeed, and old, neither of these predicaments is very likely. Yet we would try. We are inextinguishable friends of endeavour.

If you had the gout, however, and were Lord Holland, you would smile and say, "Talk on." You would suspend the book, or the pen, or the kindly thought you were engaged in, and indulgently wait to see what recipes or amusing fancies we could add to your stock.

Nay, if you were a kind of starving Dr. Johnson, who wrote a Iett«r one day to the editor of the magazine to

which he contributed, signing himself " DinlerJess,*" you would listen to us, even without a loaf On your table, and see how far we could bear out the reputation of the Lydians, who are said to have invented play as a resource against hunger. But Dr. Johnson knew he had his remedy in his wits. The wants of the poor in knowledge are not so easily postponed. With deep reverence and sympathy would we be understood as speaking of them. A smile, however closely it may border upon a grave thought, is not to be held a Ievi«j in us, any more than sun betwixt rain. One and the same sympathy with all things, fetches it out.

But to all but the famished we should say, with the noble text, " Man does not live by bread alone." lf A man," says Bacon, in words not unworthy to go by the side of the others, "is but what he knoweth." "I think" said Descartes; "therefore I am." A man has no proof of his existence but in his consciousness of it, and the. return of that consciousness after sleep. He is therefore, in amount of existence, only so much as his consciousness, his thoughts, and his feelings amount to. The more he knows, the more be exists; and the pleasanter his knowledge, the happier his existence. One man, in this sense of things, and it is a sense proved beyond doubt, (except with those merry philosophers of antiquity who doubted their very consciousness, nay, doubted doubt itself), is infinitely little compared with another man. If we could see his mind, we should see a pigmy; and it would be stuck perhaps into a pint of beer, or a scent-bottle, or a bottle of wine: as themonkey stuck Gulliver intothemarrow-bone. Another man's mind would shew larger; another larger still; till at length we should see minds of all shapes and sizes, from a miscroscopic body to that of a giant or a demi-god, or a spirit that filled the visible world. Milton's would be like that of his own archangel. " His stature reached the sky." Shakspeare's would stretch from the midst of us into the regions of " airy nothing," and bring us new creatures of his own making. Bacon's would be lost into the next ages. Many a "great man's" would become invisible; and many a little one suddenly astonish us with the overshadowing of his greatness. '.'

Men sometimes, by the magic of their knowledge, partake of it great many things which they do not possess: others possess much which is lost upon them. It is recorded of an eiquitite, in one of the admirable exhibitions of Mr. Matthews, that being told, with agrave face, of a mine of silver which had been discovered in one of the London suburbs, he exclaimed, in his jargon, "A mine of til-van! Good Gaud ' You dont tell me so! A mine of sif-vau' Good Gaud .' I've often seen the little boys playing about, but I had no idea that there was a mine of *i<-uiu." *

This gentleman, whom.we are to understand as repeating these words out of pure ignorance and absurdity, and not from any power to receive information, would be in possession, while be was expressing his astonishxent at a thing unheard of and ridiculous, of a hundred real things round about him, of which he knew nothing. Shakspeare speaks of a man who was " incapable of his own distress;" that is to say, who had not the feelings of other men, and was insensible to what would have distressed every body else. This .;,,,'".'-.' would be incapable of bis own wealth, of his own furniture, of his own health, friends, books, gardens; nay, of his very hat and coat, except inasmuch as they contributed to give him one single idea; to wit, that of

* Imprantul. It might mean simply, that he had not dined; but there Is too much reason to believe otherwise. And yet how much good and entertainment did not the very neceuitlea at such a man help to produce «> I


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