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NO. 62, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD;
In the advertisement to this volume, the Editor of the Poetical Register has little more to do than to express his gratitude to the Public, for the patronage he has already received, and to his poetical friends, for the ready and generous assistance by which he has been enabled to obtain that general patronage, which is so flattering to the preceding volumes, and, consequently, to those who have contributed to their formation. He trusts that the favour of the Public will keep pace with the exertions he has made to deserve it.
To his correspondents, he cannot too strongly represent the necessity of sending their contributions as early as possible. The present volume has been delayed some months, by the Editor not having received, in time, some promised assistance. From the same cause, many productions, which would have added to the worth of this volume are now delayed till the appearance of the next. As the Poetical Register for 1804 must be put to press in a short time, che editor earnestly requests, that all communications for it may be sent without delay.
For the omission of Poetical Biography, the Editor must plead the same excuse that he pleaded last year: the materials have been wanting. The difficulty, at least in part, will, he has every reason to believe, be removed before the publication of the next volume, and the omission will then be supplied.
Correspondents will have the kindness to send their contributions as early as possible, addressed to the Editor, at Messrs. Rivingtons. To prevent mistakes, they are desired to specify, whether their pieces are intended for the Original or Fugitive Poetry. It is also requested that those persons who employ the hand of another to copy their poems, will, before they send them to the Fditor, ascertain the correctness of the copy; as the Editor does not think himself authorized to make alterations in what he receives; and cannot be answerable for the blunders of an amanuensis : this hint will not offend those who know, that even the alteration of a letter will often leave something like sense, though it mars completely the sense of the author.