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PHE first volume of the Mirror having been for a month
a in the hands of the subscribers, they are enabled, by this time, to determine how far we have performed our promise, and in what manner we have been able to execute the plan laid down in the Prospectus. That plan, as it stands unfolded in the first volume, we mean to pursue with as little variation as possible, in the second : of the execution we are not without better hopes; not that it is in our power to bring to it more zeal, more industry, or a livelier desire to return the public patronage with the utmost exertion of such humble powers as we possess; but because practice has given us greater facilities, and our pathway, which, at first was rough, entangled, and obscure, has, by our repeatedly beating it, become smooth to the foot, and clear and familiar to the
eye. Though no alteration is intended in the future arrangement of the work, there may occur an occasional difference in the materials that compose it. As the selected part depends very much upon the various publications which come from the other side of the Atlantic, we must, in a great measure, follow them in that portion of the work, and catch the more interesting articles as they arise without very scrupulously adhering to one train of subjects, or of heads, or to any exact proportion of matter in the different classes. In general it shall be our care to select such articles as are chiefly recommended by variety,
interest, brevity, and lightness: but they who look in our pages for any of that species of humour which good sense and taste reject as ribaldry, will find themselves completely disappointed.
In our criticisms we have been influenced by no prejudice, passion, or predilection—we have bent to no dictator-we have followed no judgment but our own. A few there are whom we have failed to satisfy--we expected as much, and therefore, are not disappointed. Some, more fastidious than we pretend to be, have censured us for not finding fault enough; others again, more swayed by favouritism than influenced by sober judgment, have impeached us of a too rigid severity. Were we to be moved by the opinions of these two sets of critics, we should but insure the fate of the man with his ass, in the fable; while by marching on in our old road, our critieism will catch additional force, from the united impetus of their hostile projections. Men in general are more disposed to censure than commend; it is no bad prognostic of the suc
of a new work, therefore, that it has incurred the censure only of a poor few who being eager for the reputation of keen sagacity and wit, pride themselves on detecting faults which escape the notice of the more phlegmatically wise. Should one of this description think any of our future numbers worthy his animadversion, though we may regret his disapprobation, we cannot fail to comfort ourselves with the thoughts that we have afforded him an opportunity of parading his wit, and evincing his good nature.
With the encouragement received from the public, howeever, we have sufficient cause to be satisfied. Notwithstanding many obstacles our list of subscribers is greater than we expected, and though in that list we look in vain for names that we had some right to hope we should see there, we find many more in their stead, of which we never entertained the slightest expectation.
It happened that about the time we commenced this work, } weekly publication, partly on the same plan, was dropped by
the proprietors: from this arose a report that the Mirror had fallen to the ground, in consequence of which this work suffered, or at least was for a while considerably retarded in its circulation. It is hoped that the appearance of a second volume will, on that head, serve to quiet the apprehensions of our friends. The public may be assured that the MIRROR OF TASTE AND DRAMATIC CENSOR will be continued, and that no labour will be spared by the editors, nor expense by the proprietors, to render it worthy of the favour and patronage of a liberal and enlightened people.
Finally—the subscribers to this work are intreated to recollect that on the completion of the first volume, a year's subscription money became payable, by the terms stipulated in the original proposals. And the proprietors entertain no doubt that not only this intimation will be readily excused, but that the subscribers will attend to it with the prompt and cheerful compliance, so essential to the carrying on of the work with vigour, spirit, and satisfaction to all parties.