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This N U MB ER contains,
1 Address to the Public,
s Remarkable Story of a Lion, ibid.
15 Grasville Abhey,
16 The Fortunate Dinner. An Anec.
'17 Description of the Ladies' Dresses
on her Majesty's Birth-Day, 41
18 Enigmarical Lifts,
19 POETICAL ESSAYS. Ode for the
New Year. - To & Friend on his
Birch-Day.-Songs in the New
Opera, " Arrived at Portsmouth."
A Balladi-Sonnet.-Verses on vie
20 Foreigo News,
21 Home News,
1. An Elegant Frontispiece, designed and engraved by the most capital Artists
in Europe. 2. An engraved Title-page. 3. Portrait of the Princess of
EXPLANATION OF THE FRONTISPIECE,
The Genius of ELOQUENCE presenting The LADY'S MA, GAZINE to YOUTH and BEAUTY.
To our CORRESPONDENTS, The Essay of Clelia has some merit, ; but it is much too desultory, and requires correction.
We are obliged to Eliza for her communication,
The Remarks of Mercator are judicious; but his subject does not ac: cord with our plan,
Philharmonio shall be attended to,
Humila may receive her packet again by sending for it. Her request is contrary to our custom,
Received, Fanny Wooburn, A Tale.-Sonnet on the Death of Lieute. nant John Cochran.---Lines to Miss S. S.-Acrostic by R. S.- Verses on the close of the year. -Several Rebuses, Charades, Enigmațical Lifts, &c.
MONG the many advantages derived to society from
the invention of the Art of Printing, perhaps the pubHication of Periodical Repositories for Fugitive Pieces, and the first efforts of dawning genius, is not to be esteemed one of the least. The variety of literary amusements, which; when properly conducted, they contain, cannot fail to furnish fomething agreeable to every taste, which may convey instruction without the trouble of laborious study. Whatever exercises 'the mind, tends to expand and invigorate its faculties, and that mental exercise which is required for the perusal of a Monthly Miscellany, will neither cause any great consumption of the time of the busy, nor exhaust the patience even of the idle.
Such Publications, however, notwithstanding their avowed miscellaneous nature, are ufually adapted to some particular class of readers. The politician, the antiquary, the artist, and the man of fashion (a term too often abused to signify the libertine and the debauchee) are accommodated monthly with their respective Miscellanies. The agreeable province which we have assumed to ourselves, is to compile one appropriated to the Use and Amusement of the Fair Sex. From this, we would exclude the dry and less pleasing details of the
arts and the abstruser sciences, and the coo minute discussions of political enquiry ; at the fame time that we shalt always carefully and faithfully give the most prominent outlines of the great events of the times ; times which daily produce the most extraordinary scenes, the most momentous revolutions.
To our Correspondents, many and most grateful acknowledgments are due for their useful assistance and valuable contributions. Some among them, perhaps, whose communications have not been inserted, may have experienced a disappointment they may flatter themselves was not merited but they should remember, that even where we see much to approve, and considerable promise of future excellence, the imperfections of a first essay may be so numerous and glaring as to render it unfit for the public eye. Such, however, are not immediately to despair : let them review and correct ; let them acquire the habit of being jealous of the deficiency of their own productions, and it is by no means improbable that their next attempt may have very different success.
We now begin the Twenty-sixth Volume of the Lady's MAGAZINE ; a Work which an indulgent and candid Public has received with the most liberal and unremitting favour, for five-and-twenty years. To that Public and our FAIR PATRONESSES (to whoíe elegant contributions we owe fo much) every expression of gratitude is undoubtedly due ; nor shall any exertions be wanting on our part to continue to merit the same favours.