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PREFACE.

IT was with no small degree of gratitude and pleasure, that, on the completion of the first volume of the Pocket Magazine, the Editor performed the duty of returning thanks to the Public, for the very favourable manner in which his labours had been received. Now that he is a second time called upon to perform the same duty, he does it with even more of gratitude and pleasure than on the former occasion. It wod, indeed, be strange, if the greatly increased sale of the work did not give birth to pleasant and grateful feelings. The patronage which has been extended to the Pocket Magazine has seldom, if ever, been equalled; and the Editor considers it as a cir cumstance of the most flattering kind, that each number has been indulged with a more ample share of that patronage than was bestowed upon the number which preceded it.

It would be an idle affectation of humility to say that nothing has been done to merit this kindness. The Proprietor has spared neither expence nor trouble, to procure such embellishments as may prove not unworthy of the ap→ probation of persons of taste; and has paid no trifling, and, it is hoped, no fruitless, attention to typographical accuracy and beauty. The Editor, on his side, has endeavoured to make the literary part of the Magazine a source of amusement and instruction to all its readers. It has been his wish to render it gay without being licentious; elegant, without being tri

vial; and serious, without being dull or austere. He trusts that he may look upon the wide circulation of the work as a strong presumptive proof that his efforts have not been wholly unsuccessful.

Success, however, instead of leading, as it too often does, to careless indolence, ought rather to stimulate to more vigorous exertion, Conscious of this truth, the Editor will leave nothing untried, to give the third volume additional claims to the favour of the Public.

Those Correspondents who have obliged the Editor by their contributions, will accept his sincere thanks. He is also indebted to many persons, for their well-intended suggestions, though it has, in numerous instances, been impracticable for him to carry the suggestions into effect. His friendly advisers will do him the justice to believe, that he is not so absurd as to turn a deaf ear to good advice, however humble be the individual by whom it may chance to be given. To those animals, on the other hand, who are prompted by stupidity or envy to write to him in a scurrilous style, he will just hint, that their time and paper are absolutely thrown away. For such assailants he has nothing but contempt. He is not without the power of inflicting a severe chastisement upon impertinence, but they have the advantage of being protected from the exercise of that power by a most effectual shield--their own insignificance. A grub is as safe as a butterfly, from being "broken upon the wheel,"

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Adam's Peak, Description of, by Dr. Davy
Algerine Sagacity.
Anecdote and Wit.

Angelotto, Cardinal, Retort upon
Aphorisms, by Lavater.

August

Aurora Borealis, Description of the

Bashful Man, Distresses of a
Basket, Inscription on a

Bignor, Account of Roman Ruins at
Blessings of Paper and Law
Brindley, Mr. Anecdote of.
Burke, Richard, Anecdote of
Burns, Robert, Verses by

Calder, Sir R., Lord Nelson's Opinion of
Canada, Account of an Earthquake in
Caravanserais, Description of
Caryl, Dr. Anecdote of.
Characters

December

Dejection.

Dream, The
Dutch Heroism

Stratagem

220

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Charke, Charlotte, Anecdote of
Clerical Plagiarism defended

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vial; and serious, without being dull or austere.
He trusts that he may look upon the wide cir-
culation of the work as a strong presumptive
proof that his efforts have not been wholly un-
successful.

Success, however, instead of leading, as it
too often does, to careless indolence, ought ra-
ther to stimulate to more vigorous exertion,
Conscious of this truth, the Editor will leave
nothing untried, to give the third volume addi-
tional claims to the favour of the Public.

Those Correspondents who have obliged the
Editor by their contributions, will accept his sin-
cere thanks. He is also indebted to many per-
sons, for their well-intended suggestions, though
it has, in numerous instances, been impractica-
ble for him to carry the suggestions into effect.
His friendly advisers will do him the justice to
believe, that he is not so absurd as to turn a
deaf ear to good advice, however humble be the
individual by whom it may chance to be given.
To those animals, on the other hand, who are
prompted by stupidity or envy to write to him.
in a scurrilous style, he will just hint, that their
time and paper are absolutely thrown away. For
such assailants he has nothing but contempt.
He is not without the power of inflicting a severe
chastisement upon impertinencc, but they have
the advantage of being protected from the ex-
ercise of that power by a most effectual shield--
their own insignificance. A grub is as safe
as a butterfly, from being "broken upon the
wheel,"

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