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PREF A C E

AGAZINES, if well condu&ted, will always prove barometers of the times, and shew how tbe

spirit of politicks, of religion, of gallantry, and of otber pursuits, rifes or finks. The proprietors, meaning to play a winning game, will naturally consult the publick table; and never m ft :king or neglecting it but ta tbeir own lofs, will thro' neceffity soon return into tbe popular vortex. For wart of a due attention to this circumftance, bow many rivals has the London Ma. gazine seen perifb around it! They bave frequently sprung up like an ignis fatuus, blazed for a sbort time, and sunk at once into ibe gulpb of oblivion. Had notipur miscellany been judiciously managed, it could not have preserved its reputation for fucb a feries of years. We cannot pay so bad a compliment to the undersanding of ibe nation as to suppose it capable of an absurd partiality, or of being influenced by any confideration but that of merit. As it is our interesi, so it fall be our care, to deserve the continuation of publick favour. Neither industry nor expence shall be spared to render the London Magazine the completefl repository of the

learning and genius of the age. That we may be able to vouch the truth of the facts recorded in our bifory of gallantry, we sball not always make a point of baving an article of that nature in every number. Hence we fall avoid the errours of precipitation, and tbe neceffity of fiition ; two faults with which some of our competitors are univers sally and juflly reproached. We promise, bowever, that a Memoir of Gallantry fall be but rarely wanting. In our parliamentary Debates we fall adopt a new plan, wbich will at once secure the graces of novelty, and ibe charms of perfpicui. tj. A fmultaneous view of every question agitated in the senate shall be given by a meibodical and historical arrangement of tbe arguments there advanced on each fide. At proper intervals of time the historical faits relative to other countries, wbicb lie scattered and detached in various publications, shall be colle&ted, digefied and given in the form of a regular biftory. Of our miscellaneous articles we need Say notbing but that, as usual, we shall seleet the most inflructive and entertaining , that our carrespondence and new books afford. The topicks of general converfation and political discussion during the month speak for themselves, and need no orber recommendation. Without them no Magazine can be complete. The same ebservation is applicable to our Review of Books, and to the Reviews contrafted. The want of them would leave our account of literature and literary transactions very imperfect. Some will perbaps blame us bere for deviating in some measure from the original plan of this work, and not firi&tly keeping our word with tée publick. But let tbem not be too bafty in condemning. It is not we but the pube lick that bave made ibe alterations in the London Magazine. We are in a great measure paffve, and a&t as inftruments in the hands of tbe nation. If it calls for divinity, we give divinity: if it requires politicks, we publish političks. If love-fories be the mode, sue become historians of gallantry; and if antiquities be the fasion, we commence antiquarians. In port, as far as virtue and decorum will permit, we are whatever our readers please. Keeping a publick Rore-house we must fill it with commodities, for wbich there is a demand,

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