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S the prace of Europe, or at least of this vation, seems now to be efla
is even to be wifbed by every true Briton, that we may have an opportunity
to take proper measures for paying off a large pare of our public debi, and abolishing some of those taxes which now lie so beavy upon the labour of the poor, and consequently upon our manufactures of every kind.
How long our prejént peaceful and happy fate may last is beyond the ken of mor. tal man; but this we do know, that the beft way for making it lasting, is to ciablish and preserve concord and harmony amongf ourselves; for our success in the last war, and the many bold enterprises fo gloriously executed, by the bravery of our men and the conduct of our commanders both by sea and land, has given the world such a proof of what the British people may do, when unite, amongs themselves, tbai no nation in Europe will wantonly attack us, or give us any just reason for attacking them.
And as we are now blessed with a sovereign who does not seem inclined to involve us in any broils, for the sake of indulging either the anbition, or refentment, of any foreign state, we have only to take care not to embroil ourselves by our own baugbtinefs, vanity, or avarice; to encourage any foreign neighbour to infult ws, by fomenting parties and inteftine divisions among/l ourselves, which his majesty has most graciously resolved to annibilate if it be posible; and has thereby plainly Jhewn, tbat be designs to pursue no measures but such as are truly Britijh ; for a king who defigns to pursue any other, may always chuse to put himself at the bead of a faction, because, if he will facrifice the country so their selfijn views, be is sure that they will be always ready to sacrifice it to his foreign.
In our present bappy situation we may therefore expect, that arts and sciences, and improvements of all kinds, will be encouraged, parttcularly the agriculture, manufactures, and fisheries of the British islands, and tbe clearing, planting, and fecuring that vast territory which we are now indisputably poflefled of in America.
All feasible proje&ts, or sebemes for these useful purposes, we jball take care to give the earlieft and best accounts of, in our future Magazines, as we have reason to hope for great affiance from our multitude of correspondents, to whom we have already been infinitely obliged, and for wbich we return then our moji bearty acknowledgments, as we likewise do to the publick in general, for the particular countenance shey have always bitberto fewn to our Magazine, tbe continuance of which we fall use our uimoji endeavours to deferve.
A DESCRIPTION of the FRONTISPIECE.
to Britannia. Mercury, the inventor of useful arts, and the God of Commerce, is represented, as usual, with his caducy, or conjuring rod, in his hand, the virtue of which was such, that with a single touch it could reconcile any two of the most inveterate enemies. Concordia is represented by the goddess. Concordia, with her crown of Pomegranates upon her head, and a jewel in the shape of a heart upon her breaft. Agriculture is represented by the goddess Ceres, the constant companion of the former, and has her cornucopia and nosegay of poppies in her hand, a crown of wheat-ears on her head, and a plough near her feet. And in the back ground, to represent the ufeful arts, are fields of corn, a tenter-ground, a country village, a farm house, &c. &c.
The following is the substance of the two lines at the bottom, taken from the second epode of Horace :
Happy the man, who free from law and strife,
of . nofter-Row, in Our City of London, Bookseller, hath, by his Petition humbly represented unto Us, that he is the Proprietor of a Work that is published inonthly, entitled,
The LONDON MAGAZINE. In which is contained many original Pieces, that were never before printed ; and that he is at a great expence in paying Au' hors for their Labours in writing and compiling the said Work, which has been published once a Month for near Thirty Yea
ears past, and hath met with great approbation from the publick, That he is pow publishing therein An Impartial and Succinct History of the Origin and
Progress of the PresenT WAR, To be illustrated with many Maps and Charts, which hath already been so well received, as to induce several persons to reprint it in other periodical Publications; and being desirous of reaping the Fruits of his very great Expence and Labour, in the Prosecution of this work, and enjoying the full Profit una Bcv. nefit that may arise from printing and vending the same, without any other PerSon interfering in his juft Property, he most humbly prays Us, to grant him Our Royal Licence and Protection, for the sole printing, publishing, and vend.. ding the said work. And we do, therefore, by these Presents, so far as may be agreeable to the Statute in that case made and provided, grant unto him, the faid Richard Baldwin, his Executors, Administrators, and Assigns, our Licence for the fole printing, publishing, and vending the faid Work, for the term of Fourteen Years, strictly forbidding all Our Subjects, within Our Kingdoms and Dominions, to reprint, abridge, or, publish the same, either in the like or any other Volume, or Volumes whatsoever, or to import, buy, vend, utter, or diftribute, any copies thereof, reprinted beyond the Seas, during the aforesaid Term of Fourteen Years, without the Consent and approbation of the said Richard Baldwin, his Heirs, Executors, or Aligns, under their Hands and Seals first had and obtained, as they will answer the contrary at their Perils. Wherefore, the Commissioners, and other Officers of Our Customs, the master, Wardens, and Company of Stationers, are to take Notice, That due Obedience may be rendered to Our Will and Pleasure herein declared, Given at Our Court at Kensington, the 23d Day of Otober, 1759, in the Thirty. Third Year of Our Reign. By His MAJESTY's Command.
W. PIT T.