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HE kind encouragement with which we are favoured by our readers makes us happy in feizing this opportunity of returning them our grateful thanks. No periodical publication can long fubfift without the patronage of the public. It is indifputably incumbent, therefore, on thofe who are fo fortunate as to enjoy this enviable diftinétion, to haften with their tribute of thanks, on every proper occafion. Such little intercourfes between the reader and author communicate a fenfible fatisfaction to both parties. Though a man may be confcious of his own deferts, he must be little acquainted with the capriciousness of mankind, if he be not flattered when his productions fucceed; and they must be perfect strangers to the operations of vanity in the breaft of a profperous writer, who are not pleafed at the expanfion of heart, which bids him acknowledge, how much he is indebted to the partiality of the public, for their encouragement.
But how far are our readers or ourfelves concerned in what we have written?—This is a fubject, into which, for many reafons, we fhall at prefent decline entering, and fhall conclude this little preface, with laying before them a fhort recapitulation of fome of the principal pieces which our labours have produced or felected for their entertainment, in the fecond volume of the London Magazine enlarged and improved.
In the Magazine. for JANUARY our readers will find, among other pieces, the Parliamentary Hiftory: a wooden cut and defcription of two Air-Balloons to be guided through the air in any direction: obfervations on Mr. Henry's method of preferving water at fea: account from Copenhagen of the new ifland near Kickenos: ode for the new year: Hayley's verfes on Mifs Seward: extract of a letter from M. Meffier refpecting the comet defcribed in our former volume: account of the aerial voyage by Meff. Charles and Roberts: Mr. Herfchel's account of the diameter and magnitude of the Georgium Sidus: review of the debates of the Royal Society previous to the Chriftinas recefs: plate of the port of Melina: Count Ippolito's letter on the earthquakes in Calabria, in addition to Sir William Hamilton's account: ftory of the great Montefquien life of Bentley, with other mifcellaneous papers: review of an effay on landfcape: Tranfactions of the Society of Arts: Halfted's Hiftory of Kent: Fergufon's Hiftory of the Roman Republic: Annual Register for 1782: account of new plays, and chronology of events.
FEBRUARY. Account of the black canker caterpillar: paper on the analyfis of water plan for a general inoculating difpenfary: introduction to the theory of earthquakes: account of a new fpecies of volcano independent of fire: analyfis of the character of Neftor: on theatrical criticifm: explanation of an ancient enigmatical infcription at Bologna: continuation of Bentley's life: effays on black guardifm and gentility on the fair-fex: on the complaints of mankind: Mr. Charles Fox's verfes on Mifs Frederick: Mr. Pro-, feffor Richardfon's Abiran: review of Philofophical Tranfactions, Blair's Lectures: Mably on Hiftory: Tyrwhitt's conjectures in Strabonen: Philofophical and Royal Society Intelligence.
MARCH. Account of feveral lunar igis: on coal tar and coal varnish: the dangerous confequences of cold: Sir W. Blackftone on the Hales' Owa roll; Irish, mathematical, and philofophical papers: the life of Meurfius: Langhorne's hymn to humanity: verfes by Jerningham and Richardfon: «planation of Horace: on the English conftitution: new plays: review of He ter's life: De Lolme's human fuperftition: Jerningham's Scandinavian poetry Richardfon's Ruffian empire: ftate papers: new ministry.
APRIL. Life of Sir John Pringle: fcene from Buchanan: Stockdale on Mrs. Siddons: aftronomical papers: air-balloons: on elaftic gum: on Sapphic verfe on ftyle and language: on Horace: defcription and plate of the caftiron bridge in Shropshire: review of Stockdale's poems: De Lolme: Blair; and Richardfon: theatre: new parliament.
MAY. Irish papers: chemistry: mathematics: on the ftyle of conversation: on Euripides: on Mr. Wedgwood's book: chorus of Euripides: Dr. Johnson's epitaph on Mr. Thrale: papers on meteors: intelligence: life of Profeffor SGravefand: exhibition: theatre: review of Woodefon on jurifprudence: Berquin's Children's friend; and Hints for a reform: Scotch elections: ftate papers: commemoration of Handel.
JUNE. Irish papers: mathematics: aëroftatics from the French: Dr. Hunter on the requifites for forming a man: epitaph by Dr. Johnfon: fongs by Hull and Holcroft: fonnets by Warwick: Lindore, in anfwer to Dr. Percy's Nancy: the revival of British fpirit: on Virgil's Dido: on the progrefs of luxury at Edinburgh: life of Euler: review of Biographia Britannica: New Foundling Hofpital for wit: Sad Shepherd: Cooke's voyage: Davies's mifcellanies: Berquin: commemoration of Handel: plays at Colman's theatre: monthly chronology.
Such are, in part, the contents of the fecond volume of the work in its improved state; and we truft that our readers will not be displeased at having them recalled to their remembrance in this concife recapitulation.