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HISTORICAL NARRATIVES ; BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIRS; MANNERS AND CUSTOMS;

TOPOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTIONS; SKETCHES AND TALES; ANECDOTES ;

SELECT EXTRACTS

FROM
NEW AND EXPENSIVE WORKS;

POETRY, ORIGINAL AND SELECTED;

THE SPIRIT OF THE PUBLIC JOURNALS;

DISCOVERIES IN THE ARTS AND SCIENCES,

ETC.

NEW SERIES.

VOL. IV.

JOHN MORTIMER, PUBLISHER, ADELAIDE STRE

LONDON:
JOHN MORTIMER, PUBLISHER, ADELAIDE STREET,

TRAFALGAR SQUARE.

1843.

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PRE FACE.

True gratitude has been defined to be “a lively expectation of future benefits.” This being unquestionably the feeling of the proprietors of “The Mirror,' they claim to be regarded as among the most grateful of mankind. At an advanced period of an extended career-not yet, they trust, near its close they have much to acknowledge in the way of kindness, and so encouraged, they trust it will now be acknowledged, they have entered with new animation on a more extended course of utility, which, favoured as it has been by the distinguished votaries of science who have countenanced this little publication, must give it increased value. Assisted by such men as Dr King, Dr Potts, Dr Hodgkin, Dr Ryan, and Professor Bach hoffner, • THE MIRROR 'cannot fail to command attention ; and, the proprietors are happy to add, many other writers of acknowledged talent are numbered among its contributors.

Wbile anxious to preserve in every essential point the peculiar character which formerly gave ‘THE MIRROR 'importance, they have added to its varieties from time to time such matter appropriate to the moment as they deemed likely to prove acceptable. The testimonials the articles alluded to have called forth, and the high admiration elicited from the press, assure them that they have not judged wrong in making some temperate deviations from the wonted course. Without imitating the angry lampoons of the day, a “ Parthian glance” at recent incidents of importance to the wellbeing of society will sometimes be indulged in. Satire, however, will only be used in cases where all honourable minds must approve of the visitation.

Original tales of interest will be given, and such as spiritedly recal the manners and incidents of former days. From ancient histories and foreigu languages treasures forgotten, or long concealed, will be drawn forth in new translation, and with the ample supply already open to them, the proprietors cannot anticipate that a day will speedily arrive when their little work will not be sparkling and intelligent, amusing and useful.

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