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EXPLANATION or THE FRONTISPIECE.
The Duchess of York delivering the Colours of the Eflex Light Dragoons, at Bath, to their Colonel, Montague Burgoyne, Esq.
To our CORRESPONDENTS. The Continuation of De Courville Castle in our next. P. Q.’s Essay shall appear. Hilario's Moral Tale is not sufficiently moral, and not very interesting.
C. Li's Complaints seem to relate entirely to a private transaction, of no importance to the public.
Received, Clariffa D.'s Letter.-J. B.'s Eflay.-T. W.'s Enigma. Lines to Miss C- l -The Coy Milkmaid; a Song.–Various Enig. matical Lifts, &c.
The original design of our Miscellany, we trust, has been, and will continue to be, adhered to with unremiting care. It was intended to be the Repository of original productions of Female Genius, and the “ Abstract a. i brief Chronicle” of the manners, literature, and events of the times; to combine entertainment with instruction suitable to the elegance and delicacy of the Female Mind; to cherish the dawning un. derstanding of early youth ; and, carefully avoiding whatever may tend to indecorum or licenticusness, to instil the precepts of virtue, the only solid foundation of true enjoyment.
To our Correspondents every grateful acknowledgment is undoubtedly due ; their contribucions have been numerous and valuable. To some of them, however, we must beg leave to hint the impropriety of a practice, of which they have ;
(iv) occasionally been guilty, and which, when it happens, places us in a very disagreeable situation. Pieces, principally Tales or Novels, have been transmitted to us unfinished, and continued for several months, after which the authors, tired of what was at first their amusement, have thrown up their pen, and neglected to gratify the curiosity they had excited in their readers, by concluding their work. We hope this will happen no more, but that all who begin any History, or other composition to be continued from time to time, will think their honour engaged to fish it, as it was only on that implied condition that it was inserted. At the same time it gives us great pleasure to recollect, that the n'imber of such imperfect pieces to be found in our Miscellany is very small indeed, compared with that of those which have been carefully and judiciously completed.
We now enter on the Twenty-seventh Volume of the LADY'S MAGAZINE. The series of years it has continued to be published may, certainly, be considered as a sufficient proof of the approbation with which it has been received by the Publie. For that approbation it is incumbent on us, once more, to express our sincerelt gratitude ; and we hope it is fcarcely necessary to add, that this gratitude will excite the most unremitting attention still to continue to merit the same favour. . . .