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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 rery 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
wie public understanding. Here, too, are preserved a niultitude of useful hints, observations, and facts,
which otherwise might have never appeared.- Dr. Kippis.

Every Art is improved by the emulation of Competitors - Dr. Johnsovo.

LONDON:

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PREFACE

TO THE ELEVENTH VOLUME.

TO blend freedom of discussion, and variety of information with purity of principle, the New Monthly MAGAZINE was instituted at a time when periodical publications of an opposite description were employed, from month to month, in propagating sedition and infidelity.

That an undertaking tending to counteract the workers of mischief should provoke their malice was naturally to be expected; and the Proprietors feel a satisfaction in acknowledging, that next to the approbation of honourable minds, they account it a proud distinction to have experienced the most rancorous abuse from a quarter which cannot perhaps be more correctly described than in the language of one of our best poets :

He hated all good works and virtuous deeds,
And him no less, that any like did use;

And who with gracious bread the hungry feeds
His alms for want of faith, he doth accuse;
So every good to bad he doth abuse:

And eke the verse of famous poet's wit
He does backbite, and spightful poison spues

From leprous mouth, on all that ever writ:
Such one vile ENVY was, that first in row did sit.

SPENSER But having taken their station on the side of social order in opposition to anarchists, and having established a medium of literary commerce, unsophisticated by empiricism and uncontaminated by blasphemy, the conductors of this Magazine regard the fretful enmity with which they continue to be assailed as a motive to perseverance.

Were they not assured by positive testimonies of the most respectable character, that their publication has been instrumental of good in evil times ; and were they not confident from what they have already witnessed, that still more essential benefit may yet be rendered to the cause of truth and literature, by such a vehicle of knowledge and amusement; the overflowing wrath poured forth against them by Buonaparte's adulators would be alone sufficient to strengthen the resolution which they have formed of maintaining their post without flinching, though ever keeping in view the maxim of the illustrious Roman Orator, Refellere sine pertinacia, et refelli sine iracundia,

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