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The close of the second volume of the Athenæum calls upon the Proprietors to repeat their grateful acknowledgments for a reception of that work which assures them of the general approbation of its plan and execution. They have now every reason to flatter themselves that it has obtained a permanent station among those periodical works which are esteemed most worthy of engaging the notice of liberal and enlightened readers. This eucouraging judgment they found not only upon the increasing demand, but upon the continual addition to its list of correspondents by the spontaneous contributions of persons distinguished for learning and talents, who honour the Athenæum by making it the vehicle of their occasional exertions for the instruction and entertainment of the public. Such a preference, whilst it is a proof of their favourable opinion of the work, affords the most effectual means for securing the continuance of that opinion; for a publication so supported cannot fail of standing prominent among literary miscellanies. The experienced aid of this kind, joined to the labours of the respectable writers statedly engaged in the several departments, remove ali apprehersion in the Proprietors of any future deficiency of valuable and interesting matter. At the same time room will always be found for the estimable favours of new corresponents, which will be received with all due acknowledgments. The Proprietors and Conductor pledge themselves that on their - parts no cxertion shall be wanting to render the 'woit deserving nf the continued patronage of the public.

London,
Nov. 30th, 1807,

CONTENTS

NO. VIII.

General Correspondence. Conversation revived. Tour in
England (continued.) Synonymic Elucidations. A remark-
able Superstition. Account of Mr. Carlyle's intended Greek
Testament. A grammatical Discussion. What constitutes
Country. Reply concerning Cotton-spinners. Omniana.
Reply concerning an Error in Calculation. On the Effects of
Lettuces. A Sketch of the present State of Edinburgh. Va-

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