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II. SKETCHES OF SOCIETY, HUMOUROUS AND SENTIMENTAL;

III. ORIGINAL POETRY ;

-IV. MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS :

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NUMEROUS ENGRAVINGS ON STEEL, COPPER, AND WOOD.

EDITED BY TOBIAS MERTON, GENT.

Assisted by various Wits of the Day.

VOL. 1.

LONDON :

WILLIAM CHARLTON WRIGHT, 65, PATERNOSTER Row;

EWBANK, BRUSSELS ;

AND MAY BE HAD OF ALL BOOKSELLERS AND POSTMASTERS.

1824.

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911 · The feelings that the Editor is prompted by, at the close, of the First Volume of The MAGNET, are similar to those, of the commander of a vessel, on its arrival at the first port, after a dangerous voyage. The supporters of his work.he cannot but regard as his steady comrades, who forsook him, not when his fragile bark was tossed to and, fro on the ocean of contemporary rivalry, and who rejoiced with him when the approving gale' of public opinion wafted him to the harbour of success.

To descend from metaphor, to plain matter of fact. The success The LITERARY Magnet has experienced from il generous and discerning Public, demands the grateful acknowledgments of every person concerned in the undertaking. It would be humility next to injustice, to say that nothing has been done on their part to merit that high distinction. On the contrary, neither labour or expence have been regarded in rendering the Magnet worthy of patronage. With that intent, individuals of high literary talent and reputation have been engaged, and liberally remunerated, for furnishing our pages with matter that will be read with as much pleasure a century hence, as it

affords at the present day; an instance, we believe, unprecedented in the annals of the hebdomadal press: the MAGNET being the only publication, amidst the astonishing number that weekly make their appearance, that is composed of ORIGINAL ARTICLES.

Instead of feeling vain, and growing careless, with the consciousness of superiority, the success we have heretofore experienced, so far from quenching that spirit of emulation that we have hitherto been actuated by, will serve as a stimulus for our further and more energetic exertions. We offer no pledge for our future exertions, other than what we have already performed: but, in order to prove our undertaking is intended to be carried into effect, we are willing to be judged by the first numbers of the forthcoming volume, in which every improvement that the work is sus ceptible of, either as regards literary matter, or graphic embellishments, will be found ; which, it is hoped, will not only sustain the proud character our work already possesses, but also render the MAGNET the centre of ATTRACTION in the hebdomodal press of the most enlightened and flourishing city of the world.

London,
Paternoster Row, June 1824.

INDEX

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THE FIRST VOLUME.

one, 379

ABSENT MAN, singular anecdote of a, Batavian Anthology, or Specimen of the
160

Dutch poets, Review of, 43
Actor, an excellent, 31

Bathurst Earl, habits of, 318
Adventure an, a humourous narrative of Bayard, the chevalier, anecdote of, 245

Beauty, 104
of an Eoglish knight, 70

the preference of, 87
Age, Improvements of the, 244

BELZONI, notice of his death, 269
ALASCO, the excluded tragedy of M. A. Boileau, epigram from, 47
Shee, review of, 155

Blighted expectations, 390
ALGERNON SIDNEY, his behaviour Blue-bag, confession of a counsellor,
previous to his death, 208

19-33
Amantha's blessing, an extract from Book of the Church, Southey's review
Alasco, 156

of, 88
Aucient Funerals, description of, 26 Brescia, 448
Pictures, 270

British Museum, sketch of its additions
at Somerset-house, 158 and improvements, 13
English Cookery, Historical -Institution, review of works at, 46
notice of, 79

-Artists, Suciety of, review of
and Modern Tragedies, a parallel, exhibition, 307
168

Buzzari Marco, lines to, 276
and Moderns, a comparison, BYRON lord, notice of his death, 305
- 309

Elegiac stanzas on, 319
Apprentice The. A Rough Sketch,

btanzas on, 342
344

Byrsa, origin of the termn, 131
Ariosto, an anecdote of his portrait, 190
Arctic Natural History, an enquiry into, CAMERA OBSCURA The series of
51

satirical and humourous sketches, by
Arctic "Regions, a synoptical paper on Clement Clearsight, Gent. No. 1,
Capt. Parry's Voyage, 281

391
ARCHITECTURE, modern—the King's Cambyses, historical notice of, 142
staircase-the Bank of England, 62 Catacombs of Paris, description of, 143

St. James Palace, 127 CHARACTER of the Russians, by Dr.
ATHENS, internal greatness of during Lyall-Review of, 70
Pericles, 107

Charilla, origin of the festival, 64
Attornies Young, a satirical address to, Charles the First, an amiable trait of his
297

character, 169
Aureus, or the life and opinions of a Chorus of Angels, 48
Suvereign. Review of, 136

City gala-Easter Monday, a humourous

sketch, 249

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