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THE

MONTHLY VISITOR,

AND ENTERTAINING

POCKET COMPANION.

BY

A SOCIETY OF GENTLEMEN.

Nature never lends
The smallest scruple of her excellence,
But, like a thrifty goders, the determines
Herself the glory of a creditor,
Both thanks and ure.

SHAKESPEARE.
Be thou the first our efforts to befriend;
His praise is loft who itays till all commend.

POPE,

VOL. I.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR H. D. SYMONDS, NO. 20, PATER-

NOSTER ROW.

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PREFACE.

S in the introdu&tion of a Friend, to one

with whom we had long been in habits of intimacy, it would be highly improper, after having ushered him into the room, to leave him without further assistance or apology, so it would be equally contrary to the just ceremonials of society, did we now present ourselves before the Public unaccompanied with a falutary respect.

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A LITERARY MAGAZINE, conducted on liberal principles, and calculated for general amusement, has, it is believed, long been desired by a numerous and respectable class of Readers. This desideratum we have endeavoured to supply. No personal animosity shall distort our Biographical, -no party prejudice, nor vicious insinuation, shall stain our Miscellaneous pages. In our DRAMATIC Review, we will judge the Actor more than the man in our LITERARY, the book-not its Author ; keeping, in every exertion, that true medium which justice and generosity fall dictate.

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Our Plan, gentle Reader, and the execution of that Plan, are now before thee : it would be useless to deprecate thy wrath, shouldst thou find that we have not performed our promises; yet, remember, that we may improve in thy good graces, . while given to hope, that the MONTHLY VISITOR will be encouraged to repeat his visits.

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