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[I of Vol. 40.
When the Monthly Magazine was first planned, twoeidog Meas occupied the minds of those who undertook to con
uct it. The first was, that of laying before the Pixblic various objects of information and discussion,
g and instructive; the second was, thax of sending aid to the propagation of those liberal principles re
‘specting some of the most important tomoeros Óf mankind, which have been either deserted or virulently opposed by other Periodical Miscellanies ; bu? upon the manly and rational support of which the Fame and Fate
of the age must ultimately depend.
As long as those who write are ambitious of making converts, and of , giving their opinions a Maximum of Ingo. and celebrity, the most extensively circulated Miscellany will repay, with the greatest Effect, the uriosity of those who read, whether it be for Amusement or for instruction.—Jo HNSON.
To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine.
SIR, INCE I wrote to you last, I have to acknowledge the beneficial counsel and co-operation of many learned men; and I thank you for allowing the columns of your Magazine to continue recruiting for the service and the security of my dictionary. In the province of literature, wrangling and feud were never more general than at this new era. Every pen carries a warlike attitude, and the restoration and future maintenance of order and good government can be expected only from enthroued rule and soper authority, holding a banner or decretal, that may attract a steady belief and an associated allegiance. A laudable spirit of inquiry has three centuries actuated the orthographist, yet, hitherto, little has been done toward bringing to precision those principles of spelling which I am so desirous to enforce upon general observance. I have never had the satisfaction of being acquainted with a pen-man who could boast of precision and completeiness in kis orthography, nor have I been able to comprehend any principle on which a writer's practice is erected, nor any rule to which he has resolutely studied an actual conformity. Every word should be rendered agreeable and inter; esting to the eye, soft and labent to the tongue, and rich in concord and tone. Many words of great diguity and sterling worth have been discharged, and considered unfit for service, on account of their antiquated stiffness, their Dutch-bellied plenitude, their abraded frame, or their unauspicious influence on the ear, which might be judiciously appointed to the administration of thought and the republic of literature, by the ablation of a senseless prefix, a supernumerary consomant, or the restoration of an exiled vowel. Where a letter or particle serves only to breed confusion it ought to be retrenched, unless that retrenchment render the meaning of the word equivocal. MonTHLY MAG. No. 272.
The Italian and Castilian languages owe much of their construction and constitution to the Latin, yet they do not imitate the Latin orthography as we do, but scholastically admit no more letters in their words than they sound. I am consident, sir, that nothing would conduce so much to the beauty and security of our language, or cniitie it to the csteem and considence of foreigners, as a coalition of writers befriending one uncomplicated system of orthography. Having arranged and accommodated such a one on the principle of analogy, I hope you will allow it room in your next Magazine. That it will be subject to spurious remark and astringent cavil by the cursory inspector is probable, and to meet and cope with controversialists in the area of your work will be preferable than to bring up my defence after my dictionary is published. A looker-on sometimes discerns the condition of the game, and discriminates quicker than the playor himself; and, if any of your able writers will examine and frankly give me their onion of the following momenclature, I soll esteem it a, great compliment, whether publicly communicated, or privately to the care of your printer, Mr. Adlard, 23, Bartholomew-close. - John PYTCHES.