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PRINTED BY ALEX. CHAPMAN AND COMPANY.
FOR JAMES WATSON AND COMPANY, NO 40. SOUTH BRIDGE.

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TO THE PUBLIC.

HE period is now arrived when, as usual, we take the op

portunity of expressing our grateful acknowledgements to our Subscribers and Readers, and at the same time we beg leave to assure them of the exertion of our best efforts to obtain and preserve their approbation.

The original design of this Publication-to exhibite a just picture of the present state of Literature—to give biographical anecdotes of remarkable characters—to afford a repository for original productions of genius, whether in prose or verse-to record the events that are of national importance, and to give a faithful abridgement of Parliamentary proceedings, as well as a full register of Marriages, Births, Deaths, Preferments, and Promotions has, we flatter ourselves, been adhered to with some degree of attention and care: And we hope, that in no instance have we given encouragement to indecorum or licentiousness; but have endeavoured to strengthen the bulwark of virtue, while we inform the head, or pleate the fancy.

Having said so much, we will not, however, conceal the complaints of some truly respectable Subscribers, and with them we incline to be of opinion, that rather too much of the Work has hitherto been dedicated to the Chronicle of Events, of course a smaller proportion could be given to the Literary part. As Newspapers are now so generally read, it no doubt becomes irksome to see the same things too circumstantially repeated; therefore a more fcrupulous selection of occurrences will in future be given—to mark events, independent of many relative.circumstances, will answer the purposes of a Repertory, and thus the foregoing objections will be avoided.

The Editors mean to introduce several new articles into the future numbers ; particularly they intend giving a connectid view of the Topography and Natural History of Scotland. This

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TO THE PUBLIC.

THE

HE period is now arrived when, as usual, we take the op

portunity of expresiing our grateful acknowledgements io our Subscribers and Readers, and at the same time we beg leave to assure them of the exertion of our best efforts to obtain and preserve their approbation.

The original design of this Publication-to exhibite a just piểure of the present state of Literature—to give biographical anecdotes of remarkable characters—to afford a repository for original productions of genius, whether in prose or verse-to record the events that are of national importance, and to give à faithful abridgement of Parliamentary proceedings, as well as a full register of Marriages, Births, Deaths, Preferments, and Promotions has, we flatter ourselves, been adhered to with some degree of attention and care: And we hope, that in no instance have we given encouragement to indecorum or licentiousness; but have endeavoured to strengthen the bulwark of virtue, while we inform the head, or please the fancy.

Having said so much, we will not, however, conceal the complaints of some truly respectable Subscribers, and with them we incline to be of opinion, that rather too much of the Work has hitherto been dedicated to the Chronicle of Events, of course a smaller proportion could be given to the Literary part. As Newspapers are now so generally read, it no doubt becomes irkfome to see the same things too circumftantially repeated: therefore a more scrupulous selection of occurrences will in future be given-to mark events, independent of many relative circumstances, will answer the purposes of a Repertory, and thus the foregoing objections will be avoided.

The Editors mean to introduce several new articles into the future numbers ; particularly they intend giving a connected view of the Topography and Natural History of Scotland. This

they

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