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MONTHLY MAGAZINES have opened a way for every kind of inquiry and infor
The intelligence and discussion contained in them are very extensive and various; a
have been the means of diffusing a general habit of reading through the nation, which in
tain degree hath enlarged the public understanding. HERE, too, are preserved a multi
useful hints, observations, and facts, which otherwise might have never appeared.--- Dr i

BOSTON :

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Corner of Water-Street.

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ADVERTISEMENT.

THE various and lively character of the English periodical publications is in

disputably unrivalled, not only in America, but in Europe; yet as domestic patronage in England is sufficiently liberal to govern the views of their editors, English Magazines abound with matter, which loses all its interest, out of the United Kingdom. To procure, therefore, what delights and instructs us, on this side of the Atlantic, we have been obliged to purchase much, in which we could not have the most remote concern. This has been an objection, and the only objec tion that has been experienced, in the republication of entire English periodical works in this country; and it is this, that we proposed to obviate by our present plan. Having secured a regular supply of the most popular productions of the Magazine class, issued in London, our first object is to select such of the content, and such only, as are calculated to interest readers in the United States.

But the exclusion of merely local matter is not the only improvement we ha had in view. Notwithstanding the acknowledged merit of the London Magazin a perusal of any one will satisfy the most ordinary critic, that they contaip pa and dissertations of various merit. The Atheneum has the peculiar and obvi advantage of embracing the most elegant, interesting, and instructive p. Juction several rival publications, without " their imperfections on their head" such : specimens of genius, erudition and research as must please in any country, w refinement prepares the mind for sound instruction and chaste amusement.

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In an experiment on our plan, we have now completed the first volume of Excerpta, and confess ourselves fully gratified with the candour and encourage which have attended our exertions. The novelty of the undertaking, and an fear of something unpleasant, particularly in controversial politics, subjected t first, to the necessity of letting the appearance of the publication establish it on public patronage. If this judicious caution rendered our enterprise ha in the commencement, the result has given us better grounds of conf could have proceeded from gratuitous favour. The flattering increase scribers, we are persuaded, has not been produced by our promises, amination of our successive numbers.

Yet we are not so inflated by the approbation which this comp ceived, as to presume there is not still room for improvement. The appeal for

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matter before us gives ample scope for nice discrimination. Progressive familiarity with our duty, we trust, strengthens our capacity to perform it, while our own judgment is aided by an attentive regard to the enlightened taste of our readers, Our middle course, between papers too erudite for general interest, and paragraphs too trivial for the respectability of such a selection, must become more distinct from experience.

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By issuing a number, consisting of forty pages, large octavo, in the beginning and middle of each month, we have been enabled to put our subscribers in possession of the work earlier than it could be published in monthly numbers. The satisfaction which we understand has been derived from this prompt circulation determines us to continue the same plan. Eight additional pages of London paragraphs, appended to the last number of each volume, and eight of indices and title-page, will increase the number of pages annually to about one thousand.

To those who are swelling our list of patrons, we take this opportunity to return our cordial thanks; and not less to those, who by the public expression of their approbation have extended the knowledge that such a publication exists. We can now, without hesitation, announce that it will be permanent, for the sources from which we draw are inexhaustible, the encouragement which we receive is decisive, and the present bright prospects of our country promise an increasing partiality to such literary works, as depend on the views and interests of no party, and are addressed to the good feelings and cultivated taste of the community.

Boston, September 15, 1817.

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Bible, method of its translation
Bible carried off by Janot
Biographical anecdotes
Bishops against bible societies
Blind jockey

Boiling tar, curious properties of
Borri, the Alchemist

835 Carter and Montagu compared
727 Castle of Dunanachy

605 Cast steel, important improvement in
15, 55 Cats, their sagacity
478 Catullus

466 Caution to experimentalists

555 Charms and omens
727 Chequers

101 Cholera morbus

127 Christina, of Sweden

931 Clincher, explanation of

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244 Cincinnati, Dr. Franklin's opinion of the 399
261 Colonial policy

471

722 College minors

932 Comic Dramas, Edgeworth's

230 Consumptive patients, change of air for
256,943 Contagious fever

13, 821 Cowherd, the rev. William, his death
14 Craniology

179 Criticism, literary

97 Cross buns, origin of
696 Curious knife

256 Culprit, explanation of
991 Curiosities in France

Cards, as an amusement

Carriers accountable for lost packages

60 Customs and manners in Holland

592 Corpulence, as a disease

251
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498
737

Dalrymple, Gen. anecdote of
Dante, Carey's translation of
Damien, Goldsmith's mention of
Davies, serjeant, his death
491 Dead, on the disposal of the
519 Deaf and dumb cured
571 Death's door, a proverb
367 Decision of character
342 Devil tavern

Bravery at Waterloo

Brazil, Koster's account of

Bread improved by carbonate of magnesia 940
Bridge of cast-iron
Buchanan, Dr., Pearson's life of
Bull against bible societies
Bull and Gate

Bull and Mouth
Buonaparte, anecdotes of
Burns, inscription on

description of his mausoleum
By hook or by crook
Byron's Poems, defence of

poetical character examined
Cabbage tree
Calculous complaints
Campbell's account of the Sandwich is'es 214 Falls of the Rhine
Candle omens

Candle wicks, self consuming

Captain Revel and the Countess of Ruzurg 727

Carey's translation of Dantè

681
566

931 Freebairn, Robert, his death

876

998

359

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335

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915

391

907

402

858

718

348

351 Disparater, its meaning
837 Diving-bells, progress of
491 Douglas, lady, her death
414 Dogs, sagacity of

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240, 241, 296, F.
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upon mount St. Bernard
574 Drama
183, 371, 569, 825, S
997 Drunk as a piper, a proverb
100 Duc d'Enghien, anecdotes of
life of
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335 Duchess of Angoulême's memoirs
57 Duke of Brunswick, his last days
167 Durer, Albert, wife of

13, 821 Elwes, John, his death

441 Emerson, the mathematician
443 Encouragement of literature
418 End of the world

30 Essays of Dr. Reid

378 Eton montem

934

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655

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293

474 Evasion of debt

936 Experiment of the bottle

-- of the lower orders of the Scotch
57 Elephants in Paris

47 Fashions, ancient and modern
55 Farm-houses in France

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Earthquakes in South-America
938 Edgeworth, abbé, memoirs of
441 Edgeworth, Richard Lovell, esq. death of 5%.
920 Education

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Figure of the earth

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