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The plan on which our labours were first submitted, was entirely of a literary nature. Politics we unequivocally disclaimed. And, on a retrospect of our conduct, we trust it will be found, that we have favoured no party; nor Mewn a solicitude for the investigation of palling scenes, further than they were connected with philosophy. Guarded as we have been, and careful as we are to fulfil, on every occasion, the promises with which we rose, we do not flatter ourselves with perfection in these particulars, or think that our best endeavours have been equally and favourably received. It is enough if we are generally successful : for we remember the Man, the Boy, and the Ass. But, in discarding politics, we did not mean to discard every incident of the day, when connected with our immediate views. A late trial, on the merits of Paine's Age of Reason, came exactly under this defcription. We have therefore opened, in the present number of The MONTHLY VISITOR, a Literary and Philosophical Register, where occurrences that tend to illustrate the manners and the morals of the age, will regularly appear. From those who are enabled to give it, we request every information on these interesting topics. Under this head we shall also rank-all those accidents and events that are engendered by