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as long as those who write are ambitious of making Converts, and of giving their opinions a Maximum of influence and celebrity, the most extensively circulated Miscellany will repay with the greatest Eriect the Curiosity of those who read, whether it be for Amusement or for Instruction.-Johnson,
sir Joshua Reynolds, on being questioned in regard to the cause of the inferiority of counterfeits and imitators, inwered, that their being copyists was of itself a proof of the inferiority of their power; and that while they continuo
to be so, it was impossible for them to attain superiority.
whilst that resolution lasted, it would be impossible he should ever be on a par with him.”-NORTHC9 TE,
For the Monthly Magazine.
bescription of the structures for PUBLIc objects, now BUILDING, or . Recently FINISHED, in the METROPolis. IT merits notice among the Phenomena | of these times, that during a long, pody, and expensive contest, the intermal improvements of Great Britain have not apparently been interrupted; and that renown in the atchievements of war, and glory in the arts usually appertaining to peace, have in an equal degree characterised this empire, during the last twenty years. Anxious to gratify the just pride of our country, and to exhibit its Trophies on subjects which create no suffering and admit of no equivocation, we have determined to display, in this Magazine, the several magnificent public buildings in progress, or recently finished, within the metropolis. In performing this pleasing duty, we shall, without doubt, excite much surprise in foreigners who were unaware of the energy of our national character, and much proper, exultation in British patriots, who will see in these great works the germ of many others, and the pledge of their country's continued prosperity. We have, therefore, in this number drawn a rich harvest of interesting novelties, . from the recent undertakings in London only; but it should be understood that the country at large keeps pace with the metropolis, and that, in new bridges, churches, hospitals, courts of justice, inproved prisons, exchanges, public works, manufactories, and mansions of nobility, several hundred recent erections, hitherto undepicted, will in like manner claim our early publication. We therefore invite the attention of architects, artists, proPrietors, and committees, to our design; and earnestly request them to assist us in Paying this tribute to the genius, industry, Public spirit, and glory of the country, and to transmit to us sketches of their new erections and improvements, with such brief descriptions as may inform and graMonthly Mao, No. 251,
tify the public. The object speaks for itself so emphatically and perspicuously, that we presume we need add no persuasion to stimulate those to whom this invitation is given, to perform a duty which they will perhaps feel to be obligatory on them, not less as Britons, than from sentiments of local attachment.
THE THREE NEW BRIDGES. London bridge remained the only one from 1000 till 1750, when Westminster bridge was finished, and, in ten years, that of Blackfriars was called for and undertaken. In consequence of these improved communications, the marshes of Lambeth and St. George's Fields have been covered with houses within the memory of man, and this suburb now merits from its size and population, to have its ancient name of South-work, changed into the more appropriate one of SouTit LoNDoN. The vast increase of this division of the o: and its capabilities of further enlargement, have recently led to the projection of other bridges; and the inducements which lead to the formation of joint-stock companies, under the sanction of an Act of Parliament, have occasioned no less than three new bridges to be projected within these seven years. In justification, it is stated, as the result of observation, that there pass, every day, over each bridge, as under ; BLACKFRIARs' LoNDoN BRIDGE, BR i DG E. Foot Passengers .. 61,069 . . . . . . 89,640
Waggons. . . . . . . . 533 - - - - - - 769 Carts and Drays. , 1,502 . . . . . . 2,924 Coaches. . . . . . . . . . 990 . . . . . . 1,240 Gigs & taxed Carts 5 0 . . . . . . 485 Horses . . . . . . . . . . 822 - - - - - - 764
Which traffic, at a moderate rate of toll, would yield respectively per annum, 107,647 l. and 265,551, a fair proportion of which will, it is alledged, pay ample interest to the adventurers in these new concerns; and it is calculated that that which is nearest to London bridge will be likely to pay in a higher propor
tion than others more distant. B THIE