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From JANUARY to JUNE, 1821.
(BEING THE FOURTEENTH OF A NEW SERIES.)
PART THE FIRST.
E PLURIBUS UNUM.
By SYLVANUS URBAN, Gent.
LONDON: Printed by JOHN NICHOLS and SON,
25, Parliament-street, Westminster;
AND SOLD BY
TIE NEWDIGATE PRIZE POEM, 1821.
BY THE HON. G. W. F. HOWARD,
Of Christ Church.
Where kindlier nature once profusely swild,
-Not always thus—when beam'd beneath the day;
'Tis past : the echoes of the plain are mute,
are still the same ; alike they mock
ere tbe world had bow'd al Cæsar's Throne, Houd Rome's all-conquering name was known,
bey tood, and fleeting Centuries in vain HHXve pour'd their fury o'er the enduring fane; Such long shall stand-proud relicks of a clime
Were man was glorious, and his works sublime ; bile in the progress of their long decay, Thrones siok to dust, and Nations pass away.
* The Temples.
We have now the pleasing satisfaction of announcing the completion of the First Part of our NINETY-First Volume. After the expiration of so many revolving years, we necessarily feel a conscious pride on viewing the successful result of our labours. SYLVANUS URBAN has not only accumulated a mass of information more general and extended than any contemporary Magazine contains ; but he still possesses, through the agency of numerous Friends and Contributors, the most ample resources in every Department of Literature.
To remove the impediments that might otherwise have existed, in discovering any particular information amongst so extensive a collection of Volumes, a complete and general Index has been recently published, which affords immediate reference to the whole series. By such an auxiliary the Gentleman's Magazine forms a. species of Encyclopædia, embracing almost every subject connected with History, Literature, or Science.
In the present Volume several articles have been extended beyond the limits usually prescribed ; but we flatter ourselves that the interesting information they convey will afford ample compensation. The “ Progress of Anecdotal Literature” contains many curious fragments of unpublished Biography, in addition to a considerable fund of genuine amusement. The “ Tour on the Continent” will always be perused with interest, as conveying a just idea of the state of Europe in the year 1818.--" The Progress of Literature in different Ages of Society" glows with bold and energetic sentiments, and is replete with ingenious and original remarks. These papers conclude with the present Volume.
The Gentleman's Magazine was for many years the earliest and almost only vehicle for giving authentic publicity to the Parliamentary Proceedings; but, as there is now no restraint on the daily publication of Parliamentary affairs, by which they lose their originality in a Monthly Magazine, these proceedings are necessarily confined to a more limited space, Notwithstanding, when questions of public importance transpire, the speeches of the most distinguished speakers will be given; so that this department may still remain an historical record of constant reference.
The Embellishments, particularly in Wood, will be found more nu. merous than usual. As the art of Wood - Engraving of late years