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THE proprietors of the British Magazine gladly seize
this opportunity of the new year, to acknowledge the deep sense they have of the obligations they owe to the public, for the indulgence with which their labours have been received.
They beg leave to express their sentiments of gratitude, to all those correspondents who have contributed towards the execution of the work; and to make a tender of their best respects to that gentleman in particular, who has favoured them with an uninterrupted series of agreeable articles on the subjects of biography and natural bistory; articles equally replete with entertainment and instruction.
Should any young writer be mortified in finding that no notice has been taken of the favours he has transmitted to the publisher of the Magazine, we hope he will put the most favourable interpretation on our silence, and assure himself, we shall always insert with pleasure, whatever pieces may be sent, if we think they will conduce to the reputation of their respective authors; having still an eye to the design of the work and the satisfaction of the reader.
Some productions, both in verse and prose, we have been obliged to withold from the public view, on account of their length : others we have declined on the score of their tendency, which are thought inconlistent with the plan of our Magazine ; and many we have reserved until a favourable opportunity shall render them the proper objects of attention.