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PREFACE. It has been observed by Dr. Johnson, that “ the difficulty of the first address is felt by every man in his transactions with the world, and confessed by the settled and regular forms of salutation which necessity has introduced into all languages. Judgment was wearied with the perplexity of being forced upon choice, where there was no motive to preference; and it was found convenient that some easy method of introduction should be established, which, if it wanted the allurement of novelty, might enjoy the security of prescription.”

It would be easy to express a wish that some ceremonial modes of introduction into the world had been established for authors, either by ancient custom, or unquestionable authority, which might free them from the danger of offending, while they attempt to please, and render those vain expedients unnecessary by which they endeavour to bribe censure with apologies, and express their hopes that they may escape contempt, while they secretly court the smiles of approbation. Custom, unfortunately, which in many other respects has removed the occasions of embarrassment, by providing means to deliver adventurers from perplexity, has only secured for authors a stage of exhibition, on which she

exposes them to public view, while she issues those mandates which even the prodigies of learning and literature have scarcely the hardihood to disobey, and to which those of the inferior order can be inattentive only at their peril. Happily, however, the book which demands a preface, always furnishes some materials, which, if they cannot be decorated with the elegance of diction, may be placed before the reader in such simplicity of attire, as distinguishes our present observations.

We have now completed Eleven Numbers of the Imperial Magazine ; with which, for reasons that were assigned on the cover of the Eighth Number, we shall finish the first volume.

In the prosecution of this work, we have been favoured with a greater variety of original articles than our most sanguine expectations bad led us to anticipate. Many of these we have obtained from men of considerable learning, accustomed to theological and scientific research in the several departments that have offered themselves to their consideration. These original communications, and the selections which we have occasionally made, we are happy to learn, have given to our numerous readers a degree of satisfaction, on which we cannot reflect without feeling the most grateful sensibility. Of this fact, the testimonies of approbation we have received, and the extensive sale of the Imperial Magazine, which is perhaps unprecedented in any new periodical work, the FIFTH EDITION being now in the press, furnish the most unquestionable proof. And we Aatter ourselves, that our readers will consider the specimens already placed before them, as a pledge of what they may hereafter expect; and the acknowledgment of our obligations as an assurance, that nothing shall cause us to relax in our exertions to give them equal, if not increased satisfaction.

Among the hints of improvement suggested by some of our intelligent correspondents, we are happy to learn, that articles calculated to impart genuine instruction and substantial information are those which they chiefly recommend. This we consider as an unequivocal evidence in favour of their taste and judgment; and it will be both our interest and our duty to meet their views on a ground that is at once congenial with their wishes and our own.

To the developement of distinct branches of science, we shall pay particular attention; and we feel no hesitation in pledging ourselves, that

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in each of our succeeding numbers some important subject, connected with divinity, experimental philosophy, or intellectual science, shall invariably appear.

On the articles of domestic economy, but little has hitherto been said ; but this subject has neither been forgotten nor overlooked. The range which we had taken in our Prospectus was not calculated for the confines of a few numbers, nor was it to be comprised within the limits of a single volume. It is only through the progress of time that this can be embraced in its fullest extent. For the early numbers of the ensuing year, some valuable articles are provided, on topics which have only been partially touched. But on few systems of science can any regular series be expected, in a periodical journal, on the pages of which, local events will always urge a claim.

By adverting to the catalogue which stands in our index, it will be instantly perceived, that we have not been inattentive to the contents of our original Prospectus. Under the greater number of the heads which were distinctly enumerated, several articles have appeared ; and, in some instances, we have ve red beyond the bounds of our proposals.

On the Paper, the Type, the Plates, and the manner in which the whole has been executed, all observations on our part are superseded. These are placed before the public eye, and we feel no solicitude as to the result of an impartial and rigorous scrutiny.

At the present moment, the strenuous efforts which the advocates of Infidelity are making, to give publicity to a system of which they have endeavoured to conceal the deformity, are complicated, persevering, and alarming; and the late trials which have taken place have discovered, without a mask, in our courts of judicature, the unblushing front which it is capable of assuming, when its abettors entertain even fallacious hopes of escaping punishment with impunity. The daring aspect which it thus presents, demands the decided discountenance of every one friendly to the interests of Revelation, and to those doctrines and morals contained in the Book of God. To every form in which anarchy can appear, whether theological, moral, intellectual, or civil, we declare our decided hostility; and our best endeavours will be always exerted to defend the Bible, which we consider as the Palladium of all that is dear to those who hope for happiness beyond the grave.

Although the conductors of this journal have their established sentiments on the doctrines of the Gospel, its pages shall not become the vehicle of any local peculiarities, to the exclusion of others which may imply a deviation in some features of their creed. To the sober and temperate examination of propositions, the pages of the Imperial Magazine will be always open, so far as the communications transmitted, are calculated to elicit truth, without provoking a spirit of acrimonious controversy.

As a work exclusively devoted to religious articles, this publication was never intended. Its title-page comprehends the three primary and leading features of its character ; namely, “ a compendium of Religious, Moral, and Philosophical knowledge." On the first of these we shall invariably keep a steady eye; and having this in view, nothing of an immoral tendency can be permitted to pollute our pages, through a dereliction of established principle: and we well know, that ethical philosophy must degenerate from its purity, whenever it ceases to act in concert with Revelation.

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INDEX

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A.

B.

ACCELERATOR, Pedestrian's,.

143 Ballad singing, on,.

223

Adventurers, Military, caution tó,... 67 Balloon, ascent of,.

780

Advertisement, curious,

210 | Banks, Sir J. memoir of the Right Hon. 1073

Advice, whulesome,..

418 | Barbarity, pious, .

160

Affectation of Sensibility, .

166 Benevolent Institutions, on, to Veritas,. . 485

Algerine Magician, prediction of an,.... 262

observations on, 881

-cruelty, instances of,.

346 Bible, opinion of Sir Wm. Jones on the.. 423

- slavery, •

421 price of, in 1274,..

157

Algiers, despotism of,....

575 multiplication,

956

America, South, emigration to,

397 Birds, method of preserving,

331, 790

Ancients, what did they require ? 352 Blasphemer, interesting trial of a,.

Anecdote of Mr. Pitt,

76 Bonaparte, on the conduct of,......... 614

of Hyder Aly,

103 Bribery and Perjury, serious remarks on, 902

Professional,

159 British Trade and Commerce, report of,. 90

Rabinical,

161 | Brooke, Mrs. biography of,..... 349

Hymeneal,

169 Brotherly love, a true instance of,...... 264

-of Christophe,

171 Buffier's singular wager,.

of a Lady,

221, 529

observations on,

607

of Dean Swift,

reply to obervations on,.......

801

- Turkish,

379 Burn's, Robert, letter of,.....

Allegorical,

492 Burying grounds, contracted, on the bad

Newmarket,

493

effects of,

452

-of Henry IV..

548 Burying grounds, on,..

728

of Montecuculi,

........... 558

C.

of her late Majesty, 646, 828 Calculation, curious mode of,.. .1045
Demerara,
685 Caloric, effects of,

655
of Cromwell,
711 Cardinal Wolsey, pride of, ...

825
of Eimeo,

765 Carlile, Richard, sentence passed on, ... 996
- interesting,

843 Cash payments, on the resumption of,.. 373

of the late Duke of Queensberry, 848 Causes of delinquency and crime,.. 561

Anecdotes,...
266, 407, 970 Caxton, William, memoir of,...

198

Animosity of Animals, doubtful,.... 576 Celestial phenomena, .357, 716, 807

Answer io Queries on Christ's des nt Chalmers, extract from ne sermon of,.. 215

into Hell, .

631

character of,......

215

to a Mathematical Problem,.. 811 Character of our Lord,.

158

to Queries,

832 Charitable Institutions, hints on,. 647

Antiquities,

53 Cheese, Parmasang..

118

respecting Liverpool, 327 | Christ; doubts on the Eternal Sonship of, 924

Archbishop of Jerusalem, an account of.. 52 Christian forbearance recommended,.... 8

Architecture, Naval, Annesley's new sys-

life, rules of,. ......

139

tem of,

999

and Japanese prayer and praise, 360
Arndt's (printed Arnot’s) true Christia- Christophe, address to,

953

nity, Extraets from,

620 Church in Liverpool, opening of,

773

Article, Indefinite, on the,..

730

service, query on an expression in, 834

Arts, Fine, on the,.... .....625,725 Cingalese Priests; an account of two,..58, 147

Association, London, in aid of the United Circumnavigation, American,

287

Brethren,...

474 | Coal fire, management of,

764

Astronomy, Historical Sketch of,...128, Coins, ancient, ..

70

210, 342, 415, 503, 611, 950 Comet, observations occasioned by the

Astropomical misrepresentations corrected, 449

appearance of a,.

553

occurrences for Jan. 1820,. . 1044 Commercial report,.. 190, 301, 397, 493,

Awful and Sublime, distinction between,. 839

589, 685,781, 1005, 1085

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F.

COL.

Congreve's Patent Steam Engine, ......1002 Facilitator, Smythe's,...

.269,435

Conscience, power of, and connection be- False reasoning detected,.

436

tween morality and religion, 542 Fate of Genius,...

992

Contentment, thoughts on,

423 Fear of Punishment unfriendly to truth,. 515

Conversion of Prince Radzival,

629 Female Penitentiary,

379

Corn Bill, observations on,.

393 Festival, singular,.

267

Correspondents, request to,

190 Food of John the Baptist,

667

proposal to,

419 Fragment, Historical,..

Crichton, James, memoir of the celebrated, 272 Friendship, on, by a Lady,

Cube Root, new method of extracting, .. 408

G.

Custom), barbarous, in India,..

227 Galvanism, singular experiment on,.....

47

D.

Genius, remarkable instance of self-taught, 245

Death of an Esquimaux Indian,...

Geology, by S. H. Boyd, Esq. ....775,

174

observations on,

849, 912, 1031

additional observations on,. .. .1041

Decision, legal, respecting a Meeting-

Glass, how to render less brittle,.......1045

house...

55

Deliverance, singular,

Good, essentially capable of shining by

695

its own lustre,

99

Depravity, ingenious, instance of, ... 71

Grammar, Criticisms on, ......

636

consummate, an instance of,. 265

H.

Descent of Christ into Hell,...

492

Hanover, torture in,...

318

Do. answer to queries on the,.... 631 Hebrides and Highlands of Scotland, tour

Do. observations on, by Clericus, . 845

to the,

193

Do.

do. by Christianus, 847 Hebrides, journal of a voyage to the, 303,

Do. do. by an unknown cor-

respondent, 897

401, 497, 593, 689, 785

Herculaneum Manuscripts, .

361

Devotion, thoughts on,....

97

observations on the, 367

Discovery of a secret,..

90

Heresy and Orthodoxy, remarks only.... 514

curious, .

154

Horæ Britannicæ,

465

important,

655

Disinterestedness, genuine, instance of,.; 266 Humane courage, instance of,

Horse, singular instance of sagacity in a,. 325

671

Doctrine of the Church of England,

I.

respecting Christ's descent into Hell, 767 Idea, on the meaning of the word,.. 217

Document of Henry VIII.............

647

Improved Mill for grinding paint,

63

Dogs, instances of sagacity in,.

988

Domestic economy, answer to query on, 1054 Impropriety of many common expressions, 533

Domingo, St. missionary intelligence from, 77

Improvements, local, in Liverpool,. 774

Incident, remarkable,

359

manners prevailing in,..... 84

well attested,

457

Dream, remarkable,.

..676, 963

curious,

925

Dreams, observations on the phenomena of, 961

Inconsistencies, apparent, of Scripture re-

Dry rot, how to prevent the,..

739

conciled,...

530

Duppa's, Bishop, preaching, specimen of,

Independence in humble life,

69

883, 1045

Indian idolatry,

221

Duty on paper,

75

Inquiries, critical,

419

E.

reply to,

640

Earth's inclination,.

.919, 1055

antiquarian,

641

Education, modern,.

287

after books,

646

of the poor in Ireland,. 621 | Inscription on a melancholy event,. 668

Effect of bot water on flowers,

828

on Crichton's portrait, . 505

Egyptian opinion of thunder,..

163 Insects, methods for destroying,

62

Election and Predestination, on,. 745 | Institution for Deaf and Dumb, in Dublin, 878

Electricity, a query on,

834 Integrity, noble instance of,..

256

Elliptical Figures, query on, ..:

806 Intelligence, Missionary,

673

Emigrants returned from America,. 766 Irreverence in Public Worship repre-

Employment of the poor, on the ....... 657 hended,

990

English language, miscellaneous obser- Judas, answer to a question respecting,. : 978

vations on the,... 205 Judgment, a dreadful, .

157

Epitaph in Windleshire Abbey, 226 Juggernaut, description of,

on an Alchymist,

227

K.

remarkable,

334 Kotzebue, assassination of,........ 175

Essay on Primeval Light,

257

biographical sketch of, 539

Essay on Anecdote,.

551

L.

Ethics, Persian,

714 Labrador, voyage to,

815

Etiquette, barbarous Russian,

669 Lee, Rev. Samuel, interesting account of, 178

Exley, Mr. Thomas, A. M. memoir of,.. 577 | Letter, singular, .

217

Do. Reply to, Sir Richard Phillips, 717 | Life, on the tree of,

737

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Longevity, instance of,.

979 Primeval light, on, by E. S. C......... 429

Lord our Righteousness, on the, 931 Privilege, extraordinary,

65

Luther, distich by,...

221 | Property Tax, observations on the,. 375

M.

Proverbial Phrases, danger of,.

....1071

Mammoth, living,

74 Public worship, on,

729

Man, stature of,

158 Pump, self-acting,

949

Man, love to,

162

Q.

Manure, on the importance of preparing, 51 Query, scientific,

996

Martyrs to science,

243 Queries,...

.571, 576, 669, 1083

Mathematics, on the utility of,. .752, 793 interesting, to correspondents, . 268

Medicine for the soul,..

75

to correspondents,..

395

Meetings, Missionary,.

153

respecting the Apostles' Creed,.. 492

Methodist anniversary, 296

on Domestic economy, .

658

political, Manchester,. 587

on the Divine foreknowledge,

Mercury, transits of,

808

with observations on do....... 748

Mexican chief, letter from a,. ......

-431, 516

to correspondents, ...762, 994, 1072

Michael's Patent Sliding Sashes,. 549

respecting Balloons,

992

Misery, on the perpetuity of,..... 926, 1011 Question, on the Catholic claims, 722

Modesty, on, ...

638

a new,

905

Monthly Magazine, observations on an Questions, interesting to correspondents, 340

article in the,.... 506

important,

377

Morals, American, specimen of,

538
to Delta,

675
Moravian Mission at the Cape of Good

R.

Hope, distresses of,

584 Recipe for colds and coughs,.

398

Mongo Park,
254 | Reformation wanted,...

673

N.

Regulations recommended,

746

Necessary Existence of God, on the...... 1 Remarks on 1 Timothy, ii. 1–6, 519

Negro, cruelty to a,.

163

on a query,.........

991

Newton, Rev. John, original letter of the, 251 Replies to Queries,..

879, 1084

Novel reading, on,...

977 Review of a Letter, by Verax, on the Pre-

0.

science of God,.. 14, 105, 246, 335

Ocean, curious and interesting experi-

of the Rev. R. Phillip's letters to

ments on the pressure of the,. .1009

the Rev. G. Harris,

27

Only, remarks on the word,..

426

of Scripture and Calvinism, 112

O’Callaghan's Birch, remarks on, ...... 491

of Letters of W. Thompson,..

P.

The Youth's Theological Dic-

Paradise, on the Language spoken in,... 733

tionary,...

459

observations on the, 997 of Rise and Progress of Local

Paradox, witty,

356

Preachers,

512

Pardon not an acquittal,

729

The Ædipus Romanus, ...641, 703

- reply to,...... 958

An infallible guide to a pleasant

Paris, moral barometer of,

46

and happy marriage,

660

Participle, observations on,.

732

Deism refuted,

769

Pauperism, on the cause and increase of,

of the history of Dublin,

812
38, 119

of the Rev. J. Sutcliffe's Gram-

Pawnbroking,...

144

mar,

...937, 1013

Penetration, profound,....

166

of Grant's elegant selections, ...1027
Penitentiary, London Female,... 379

Sleigh's practical Dictionary,...1028

Persecution of Irish Missionaries,

877

S.

Pestalozzi's System of Education,... 653 Schools, City of London National,.

...... 472

Phillips, Sir Richard, remarks on, by School rooms, means of warming,

715

Mr. Exley,..... ..229, 319 Schurman, Anna Maria, memoir of, 312

reply to Mr. Exley,

563 Selections from Selden,..

224, 341

strictures on reply of, by Mr. Serbellone, life and conduct of,..

35

Exley,

717 Signs, doubtful interpretation of,.

........ 113

Sir Richard, Philosophy of,..

information by,..

............ 829
Charles, Esq. speech of,.... 971 Slave-ship wrecked,.. ............ 167
Polar Expedition, .. ...523, 598, 697 Slave-dealers punished,

173
Possessive cases, observations on, 845 Slavery, American,

814

Presbyterian meeting, curious account of, 682 Smith, Mr, memoir of, .835, 892, 1067

Preservation, remarkable,

623 Smythe's Patent Pump,..

155

Prices of domestic articles,.

94 Society, Auxiliary Bible,..

162

Current, 399,495, 591, 687,783,

British and Foreign Bible,. 288

1007, 1087
anniversary of,...

293
Primeval light, on, by Omicron,.' 377

Church of England Missionary,. 298
by Agricola,

428

Prayer book, Homily, &c...... 299

369

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