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MONTHLY MAGAZINES have opened a way for every kind of inquiry and information. The in telligence and discussion contained in them are very extensive and various; and they have been the means of diffusing a general habit of reading through the nation, which in a certain degree hath enlarged the public understanding. HERE, too, are preserved a multitude of useful hints, observations, and facis, which otherwise might have never appeared.-Dr, Kippis.
Every Art is improved by the emulation of Competitors.- Dr. Johnson.
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TO THE TENTH VOLUME.
NEVER did the Proprietors of this Publication feel more grateful satisfaction in paying their accustomed tribute for the support which they have received than in closing the Tenth Volume. At the commencement of the undertaking they were stimulated by the persuasion that public support would not be wanting in aid of a Miscellany formed on loyal principles, and conducted with impartiality: but they were aware at the same time of considerable difficulties to be surmounted and active enemies to be defeated, ere the work which they had projected could secure patronage and defy rivalship.
The very great increase of subscribers and contributors has abundantly justified the confidence of success which gave birth to the original design, and the Conductors in their endeavours to render the Magazine știll more deserving of favour, have neither been sparing in pains nor expense for the supply of literary entertainment and external embellishment.
These efforts to please have in consequence been amply compensated, as well by the spontaneous approbation of enlightened judges as by a call for new impressions of several numbers.
Such is the proud triumph with which perseverance in a laudable course has been crowned, and such is the powerful inducement to farther exertions on the part of the Proprietors, in order that the ground which their work has already gained in the general opinion may not be lost