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MONTHLY VISITOR,

AND

POCKET COMPANION,

A SOCIETY OF GENTLEMEN.

We ihall never envy the honours which wit and learning obtain
in any other cause, if we can be numbered among the writers who
give ardour to virtue and considence to truth.

DR. SAMUEL 1OHNSON.

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PREFACE.

JT is usual for the Editors of Periodical Publications to commence a new Volume with a short Address to their Readers. That we shall now perform. We wish not to deviate from a custom which is attended with several advantages, and which the approbation of the Public hath sanctioned.

We sincerely thank our numerous Subscribers for the ample countenance with which we have been honoured. We are flattered by their attention. In these times, a much greater degree of success could not have been reasonably expected. When long established works, of a similar nature are becoming more consined in their circulation by the preflure of accumulated expences, we have great reason to remain contented.

Of the merit attached to our former volumes we fay nothing. It is needless. The Public, in whose hands they now are, cannot but be deemed A a competent

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