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information are ample, and whose intimacy with the literature and literary characters of Germany and France, renders him a useful
The Editors have been anxious to listen to publick opinion on the plan and execution of their journal, because they were desirous of conforming to the publick wish. They have no reason to make any alterations, except in the typographical department, in which some trivial changes will, for the purpose of rendering the pages more easily legible, be hereafter found, and which, without dissatisfying any, will, it is hoped, gratify some of their readers.
The Editors have adopted measures to obtain the British journals sooner than they usually reach the United States. The sixth number is enriched with some articles, which, it is believed, are not yet in the possession of others in our country, and although the newest literary intelligence is not always the best entitled to selection, yet, when it has merit, it should be given promptly to publick curiosity.
It is impracticable to answer every sanguine calculation, or to gratify every extravagant desire. Some readers will find the journal too light, and others, too dull; one will read to moralize; and the only object of another will be, to while away a heavy hour. Some will demand more science, and others, more merriment. The journal will be abandoned by some; and new subscribers will be attracted to its pages; but it is confidently believed, that time will prove the expectations of the Editors to have been sufficiently moderate.
PHILADELPHIA, JUNE 1, 1809.
THE Editors avail themselves of this op portunity to remove an erroneous impression which has been made by the circumstance of their having employed Messrs. Hopkins and Earle, as booksellers, to manage the sales of the work. The property of the establishment is still exclusively in the original proprietors, by whom, solely, the work is conducted. This explanation, it is hoped, will be satisfactory to those who have thought unfavourably of the editors in consequence of a supposed transfer of the establishment, so soon after having solicited publick patronage upon their individual responsibility.
CONTENTS OF VOLUME I.
HARRIOTT'S Struggles through Life,
Dawe's Life of George Morland,
Paley's Sermons on several subjects,
Lancaster's Plan for educating ten thousand poor children,
Buchanan's Journey from Madras,
Memoirs of Mrs. Elizabeth Carter,
Colonel Thornton's Sporting Tour,
Adelgitha; or the Fruits of a single Errour,
Douce's Illustrations of Shakspeare,
Lines, occasioned by a lady's being offended at her lover's men-
tioning that, in general, women were inclined to loquacity.
Posthumous Works of Mrs. Chapone,
Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Lord Kames,
Gillies's History of the World,
Whistle for it. A Comick Opera,
Queen Hoo Hall, a Romance: and Ancient Times, a Drama.
Biographical Anecdotes relating to Lieutenant Colonel John
Investigation of Certain Passages in Scripture, on principles.
Biographical Notice on the Marquis de Pombal,
Effects of Galvanism on vegetation.
Memoirs of the Philadelphia Society for promoting Agriculture,
Outlines of a plan for the establishment of the Agricultural Society, 259
Tuke's Duties of Religion and Morality.
British Improvement in the Manufacture of Swords,
Investigation of certain Passages of Scripture on principles not
Discovery of a new Mephitick Grotto,
Extraordinary sagacity in the canine species.
Sketches of the Publick Services of the late Sir John Moore,
Elizabeth; or the Exiles of Siberia,
Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson and Mrs. Hutchinson, 299
Clarkson's History of the Abolition of the Slave Trade,
Turnbull's Voyage round the world,
Proposed American Publications,
Travels through Poland and Germany, by a Livonian,
The Complete Farrier, or Gentleman's Travelling Companion,
Communications to the Board of Agriculture,
Kotzbue's Leontine de Blondheim,
Lessons for Young Persons in Humble Life,
Observations on the Brumal Retreat of the Swallow.
On Nauscopy, or the Art of Discovering Ships at a great dis-
Curious Anecdotes of a Popular Performer,
Letters from Pomare, King of Otaheite,
A Nosegay. A Simile for Reviewers. By Laurence Sterne,
Epigram, on seeing a picture of Ugolino,
An Ode of Jami, in the Persian form and measure.
Philosophical and economical Intelligence.
Proposed American Publications,
Venoni, or the Novice of St. Mark,
Donation of a Lord Mayor of London, in the fourteenth century. 423