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TO THE EDITOR OF MISCELLANEA PERTHENSIS.
I there is not a more important matter to a young man,
As with young men, so is it with young Magazines ; if you, Mr Editor, make a clumsy entrée, you lose by one number, what ten volumes will scarcely regain you. Not that I forget the very general charge of the elegant manner, in which you Magazine Gentry begin your race; but the clumsy appearance you make at winding up. When I see the first number of a new Magazine decked out with all the ornaments of new type, veilum paper, and elegant engravings; when I hear the Publisher promising, as if all the Li. terati in Europe had united to ere&t a Monument of learning, knowledge, ainulement, and history, it puts, me in mind of a young bedecked Fop, in the very tip of fashion, pushing his Brutus' front into a refpectable company, with a look that can only be translated-66 Hem-Here am I, demme”—and the effect is pretty much the fame--all who fee or hear the one, laugh at, and despise him ; all who read the other, fet down the Editor for an ignorant fool.
Nor is sheepish diffidence more prejudicial tú a young man in life, than a constrained or aitected modefty in an Editor. The happy medium is surely that modeft alurance, which on the one hand bespeaks a proper sense of the difii culties to be overcome; and on the other, sufficient spirit, good fense, and enterprise to meet them.
Permit me then, Sir, to recommend to you, to avoid raising expectations in your Reader, which it is not pro
bable you can gratify. By a careful attention to such origi. nal articles as your friends may put in your hands, and a judicious feleélion from others, you may serve up a monthly Dish to the public, which may be useful to them, and respectable for yourself. Nor do I know any one cause, why a Magazine published at Perth, may not be as well conducted, as at London or Paris.
I observe your proposed accompaniments of Charles XII. and Hooper's Rational Recreations, which are both valuable books in their different line. An idea has occurred to me, of the practicability of which, you will however be the pro. per judge: as these two books are esteemed as sandards in the literary world, and will always command a ready sale, independent of the Magazine ; how would it answer to stitch up a few copies of your Miscellaneous Department without them, to be sold at Sixpence. This would accommodate two classes of Readers—those who are already pofsessed of these books—and those who can spare Sixpence amonth, but not a Shilling. Wishing you all success, I am,
Sir, Edinburgh, 2
Your most obed. servant, 6th Dec. 1800. S
The Editor returns thanks to Amicus for this early proof of his friendship. His suggestions as to the plan and execution of the work will ever be as acceptable, as any literary communications with which he may from time to time favor us; but the arrangement he proposes above, as to the separate publication of the Miscellany, would not answer the Publisher's purpose, for several Teasons unnecessary to mention here.
JAMES HAY BEATTIE.
"THE literary world have not received any thing in the Poetical department of more value, for forne time past, than two little volumes that were published in the end of last year, by the celebrated Dr Beattie. They contain his jusly admired 6 Minstrel” and other smaller pieces; and the poems of James Hay Beattie, his son, a youth of the greatest promise, who was snatched from the cares of this world, while his name was hardly yet known to fame. We believe we could not chuse any subject with which to com. mence our Miscellany, that would be more satisfactory to our readers, than the following short account of him, ex