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E are greatly obliged to Ordovix Philopatris for his valuable Communi
Honour to our Miscellany. His elegant Production, just received, shall certainly appear
in our next. The Writer of a fenfible Letter, figned Nauticus, thanking us for the Entertainment he received in perusing the Memoirs of Admiral Lord Howe, in our fast, with whom he has often failed, and can vouch for most of the Facts, though he is astonished where we could procure them;' is respectfully informed, that it is sufficient that they are genuine, of which we were fully convinced before we published them, but it would be highly improper, for a Variety of obvious Reasons, to hint at our Sources of Information.
The Youth of Seventeen, with a deal of good Sense, has a very considerable Portion of Genius, but it seems much too exuberant. Indeed, we cannot, from the Specimen he has transmitted to us, comprehend the Drift of his Plan; which appears to possess much Originality, and to be by no Means destitute of Merit. But we must not only make ourselves acquainted with it's true Tendency previous to Insertion, but must also receive every Line of the Article compleat, before we can think of giving it a Place; as we never infert any thing which is to be continued, from an. Anonymous Correspondent. Perhaps this young Gentleman has undertaken too comprehensive a Plan: We are of Opinion he might fucceed very respectably in fome short, lively Effay. The proposed Criticism would be thrown away; as the Work alluded to is already held in the most sovereign Contempt by every Man of Sense who has ever perused it.
We entirely agree with Lady Shaw, that the Character she mentions is well worthy of a Place in our Biographical Department, and we shall certainly take the first Opportunity of procuring the necessary Information. If her Ladyship can fupply any Anecdotes for this purpose, we shall think ourselves honoured by the Communication.
The Verses by S. S. are wholly inadmisible: they are not only in almost every Line ungrammatical, but even the Orthography is unpardonably defective.
The Lines on Life, and those to the Memory of the late Marquis of Rockingham, are exactly in the fame Predicament. The Hints of Sir 7. S. will be attended to in our next.
The Lines on Miss E. figned Leander, are as deficient in Poetry as in Candour: The British Magazine and Review shall never convey either a Blush to the Cheek, or a Pang to the Bosom, of any Lady.
We are obliged to W. H. [/q. R. Herbert, H.L. Xenophon, Academicus, T.S. Sappho, Melissa, Emma C. and An Edinburgh Currespondent, for the very flattering Marks of Approbation they have so politely expressed.
The Publication of a New Paper, intended to have been opened in our prefent Number under the Title of the TOUCHSTONĒ, is obliged to be deferred to another Month,
Genuine Memoirs of the EMPRESS of Russia, with a masterly Engraving of
that great Princess, from a capital Painting in the Possession of his Excel.
T is, we believe, usually expected, that the Editors of a Periodical
Miscellany should make their general acknowledgments for favours received, and endeavour to establish their claim to future patronage, at the commencement of
every new volume. The best proof of our gratitude, we presume, is to be gathered from the manner in which the BRITISH MAGAZINE and Review has hitherto been conducted; and if this has proved fatisfactory, full credit will be given us, by the candid at least, för future exertions.
That whatever abilities we may be thought to possess will increase under that fage tutor, ExPERIENCE, is extremely probable; but, we must take the liberty to say, that the pains we have bestowed on the numbers already published, cannot be exceeded : of the former our readers will certainly have every possible advantage; for we shall, 'most assuredly, never relax in the latter.
Our plan of publishing on the TENTH of every month, instead of the first, must be approved by all who consider the utter impossibility of giving a compleat account of the occurrences in any month, without waiting a few days after it's expiration; not only to be informed of such transactions as really happen during the last five or fix days, but to have time to de cide on their authenticity, before they are irrevocably registered. What would the world think of an Annual Publication, which promised a Compleat History of the Year 1783, to be published at the beginning of next December? Would it not be immediately exclaimed, “This is absurdity
in the extreme; the proposers of such a work must certainly have lost (their senses!' And is there not at least equal absurdity, equal want of reason, in calling a Monthly Publication, which does not contain a single article of intelligence beyond the twenty-fourth or twenty-fifth of July, a Magazine for July. The trick of putting a later date, sometimes even the thirtieth day, to general articles, which do not require any date at all, and to which none can particularly apply, may possibly deceive careless or ignorant readers, but men of sense readily discover the fallacy,
The various kind expressions of approbation, not only of this important part of our design, but of the novelty, respectability, and candour, conspicuous throughout our whole plan, as well as it's general execution, transmitted to us by Charaéters whose flightest praise is fame, we feel a prideman honest one, we hope in acknowledging. To the liberal recommendations of such persons, we greatly owe the present celebrity of our work, and the proud boast, that our labours, (notwithstanding the disadvantages of the word Magazine in our title-page, a word which has long been but too notoriously sullied) find their way to the HIGHEST as well as to the most learned and ingenious CHARACTERS, in every enlightened nation of Europe, Asia, and America. And we pledge our honour to the world, that we do not exceed the bounds of TRUTH, when
we solemnly declare, that several of those exalted Characters--whose kindness can never be effaced from our memory-have 'absolutely expressed their wish, that a higher price might be set on the Numbers of the British MAGAZINE and Review, which themselves and friends would gladly pay, to encourage a publication of such superlative elegance.
Since the publication of this work, the fabricators of several common Sixpenny Magazines have very modestly owned-though some of them had for years continued the now acknowledged imposition--that a Sixpenny Magazine is not worth a Farthing : and they have accordingly raised their price to a Milling each number; that they may at leaft resemble the British MAGAZINE and Review-the success of which they have long beheld with a greedy eye—in the article which they deem most important; and which, indeed, it requires no other qualification to imitate, than a tolerable portion of assurance.
Let them imitate also the authenticity and variety of our Original Articles, the disinterestedness and liberality of our Strictures; and the methodical Arrangement of the different Materials, (which some of them have, indeed, with abundant lack of skill attempted to copy;) as well as the goodness of our paper, the neatness of our Types, and the very superior excellence of our delightful and of course expensive Engravings, all from original Drawings, or capital Paintings, by Artists whose Names constantly appear to their respective performances; and we will with them as much success as they may merit, or ir deed as they can fairly obtain: for, as our good old friend Mr. TOBY SHANDY observes This world, surely, is wide enough to hold us all!'