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LIBRARY ' P 342.70.3.vei.
Knight and Compton, Printers, Middle Street,
DURING the short period of our labours, in which we have fought to obtain a portion of public patronage for endeavours to promote the cause of literature and the interests of fociety, it is with some degree of pride we declare, that our exertions have been appreciated with a spontaneous liberality far exceeding what our most fanguine hopes had predicted. We did not certainly profefs to start at once into perfection :
“ Non fumum ex fulgore fed ex fumo dare lucem.”
We knew too well the facility of promising, and the arduousness of performing; and we practically knew, that all excellence is founded upon progressive improvement. From what we have done, let us be judged as to the past; and, if it be not too great a stretch of candour, let that past be viewed as an earnest of future excellence! There is a facility in performing things which practice only can bestow; but yet that facility must be acquired, before any thing can be performed well.
In our Biographical Department, we have already brought before the public the Memoirs of the Divine, the Physician, the Statesman, the Warrior, and the Philofopher; we have delineated them with fidelity, and with truth; fcorning alike the meanness of hyperbole, and the adumbrations of envy and prejudice.
In that portion of the work which is devoted to Mifcellaneous articles, many have appeared of considerable interest. It would perhaps be invidious to particularize, for, indeed, it may be presumed that every article has been found to possess its appropriate excellence. Yet