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RAMBLER, No. 1.
Printer in Ordinary to His Majesty;
The numbers of the IMPERIAL MAGAZINE have now been before the public nearly two years; and the extensive circulation and
permanent character which this work has obtained, render wholly unnecessary, mapy observations which might otherwise with much propriety be introduced. No remarks which this paper may contain, can affect the judgments of those into whose bands this work has fallen, respecting either its merits or defects. The numbers, in their possession, will furnish a criterion, which neither the asperities of criticism, nor the influence of recommendation, can remove; and it is by this alone that every work must altimately stand or fall.
The demands for the Imperial Magazine, and the communications of our numerous correspondents, seem to keep pace with each other. Both are on the increase; and, from the orders recently received, and the assurances accompanying them, we flatter ourselves with being able very shortly to lay before our numerous readers, various details and incidents, transmitted from the most interesting portions of the globe, and from sources to which our most sanguine expectations bad not taught us to aspire.
In addition to the remote regions, to which the Imperial Magazine has already been sent, we have lately received orders from MALACCA, DEMERARA, and ST. PETERSBURGH, to send copies to each place; and have been favoured with promises of communications from the islands in the Indian and Pacific ocean. These capnot fail to prove highly gratifying to all who rejoice in beholding the human character emerging from the barbarism of past ages, and struggling into the light and refinements of civilized life.
Commencing our labours in March, 1819, neither this volame nor the preceding, contains its full complement of numbers. We have concluded with the year, that we might accommodate our publication to the movements of time, and obviate in future, irregularities hitherto unavoidable, by beginning with the month of January, and ending with December.
To the interests of all that is dear to man, whether we view him as an inhabitant of time, or a candidate for eternity, we flatter ourselves that we have paid unremitting attention. Of these momentous objects, we hope we sball never lose sight; nor shall we forget those exclusive privileges which as Protestants we have so long enjoyed. It is with this view, that the pages of the Imperial Magazine will be always open for “ the temperate examination of propositions, which are calculated to elicit truth, without provoking a spirit of acrimonious controversy."
100 Conference; or, Sketches of Methodism,
118 Confession of a learned Native of Bengal, 934
314, 414, 497, 591, 720, 804, 924
....338, 433,519, 93+ Cromwell, Anecdote of,
373 Death of Count Francisco Emili of Verona, 888
894 Derry, Anecdote of the Bishop of, 430
307, 412, 508, 614, 698, 817,883, 1036 Dialogue between Mercury, a Duellist,
and a Savage,...
respecting MaryQueen of Scots, 976
fashionable, on Charity,
Auxiliary, Liverpool, 385, 580 Don Juan, Animadversions on, ........ 373
347 | Earth's Increase, Reply to a Query on the, 349
Motion, a Query, and Reply
Motion, on the Influence of the, 674
758 Eccentricity of a singular Character,
652 Eclipse, Account of the great Solar, 745, 861
610, 699 English, ancient Manners and Customs of
530, 758, 895, 901, 942
Error respecting Bishop Burnet, cor-
655 Essays, •. 105, 247, 297, 314, 414, 497,
591, 720, 804, 924
Strictures on Ditto, 638 | Eulogy on the Article signed (-X, 824
A Tribute in Memory
of Benjamin West,
Horses, Cruelty to,.
625, Natural History, curious Fact of, .. 125
Jerusalem, the Fall of, reviewed,....458, 539 Oxygen, Answer to a Query on,
Inaccuracies in “ Evening Amusements," 35 Plantagenets, singular History of the, .. 62
758 Poetry,..74, 185, 258, 267, 355, 525,
Invective, a singular,
816 Poor, on the Means of employing the, 577, 647
Leigh, Dr. Anecdote of,..
.............. 603 Prescience and Foreknowledge, an Essay
Remarks on Bromley on the
Marriage Ceremony, Reply to a Query on, 535 Priory, or Sketches of the Wilton Family,