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PREFACE.

In looking over the numerous articles which compose this volume, the reader will find that many of them are avowedly original; and we can venture to assure him, that a great proportion of those which are anonymous, and that appear under artificial signatures, are of the same description. He may also gather, from the masterly style in which many communications are written, that they are the productions of superior talents, although their authors have found it convenient to conceal their real names under fictitious appellations.

Why this secrecy should be observed, may to some appear exceedingly strange; but many reasons might be assigned, which can hardly fail to prove satisfactory to those who have a competent knowledge of mankind.

The connexions that subsist in civilized society are so complicated and various, that publicity would in many instances retard the operations of genius, and lead to unpleasant consequences, which concealment now prevents. Selfishness and jealousy are so nearly allied, that, in their united influence, they pervade all orders of mankind. A man of superior talents, every publisher wishes exclusively to possess; and should he perceive any production of his pen in a rival publication, which, in his estimation, appeared more elegant, sprightly, or argumentative, than that with which he had been supplied, awakened suspicion would destroy confidence, and perhaps generate an open rupture, which time would be unable to heal.

It also frequently happens, that local transactions create ties which prudence durst not openly violate; and when the influence of such causes becomes imperative, an embargo being laid on the mental powers, the world is deprived of half the energies of intellect.

It is a well-known fact, that truths of the utmost importance are frequently encumbered with difficulties, which, to ordinary minds, appear insuperable; and those who accustom themselves to close investigation, feel the perplexity in all its force. To have these incumbent weights removed, they sometimes sigh in secret, and wish for aid which their own minds are unable to furnish. Their stations in literature, in science, and theology, forbid them to express their doubts to others, lest they should sink in their estimation, for suspecting the infallibility of dogmas which have nothing but age and common consent to render them respectable. A fictitious signature supplies these rational sceptics with the means of stating, in the most formidable manner, the various objections which may be urged against their respective theories. These are occasionally proposed in the form of real arguments, by individuals who secretly court opposition, and whose highest gratification arises from seeing what they have advanced completely refuted. From contrivances such as these they obtain new ideas, which fortify their minds, and lead them onward to results, which previous obstacles had half tempted them to abandon in despair. Many important truths have been thus elicited by the discussions that have appeared in the pages of the IMPERIAL MAGAZINE; and several articles of a similar character, now in the Editor's hands, may be expected, in due time, to make their appearance.

That subjects of a pernicious_nature and tendency sometimes obtrude themselves on the notice of the Editor, under this cover of darkness, may very readily be conceived; but it is his business, standing as a centinel at the doors of his pages, to see that nothing improper is permitted to enter. How far in these respects he has discharged his duty, may be best known by an appeal to the EIGHT VOLUMES of the IMPERIAL MAGAZINE which are now before the world. On these he looks back without personal remorse, and without having his recollections imbittered by any complaints from his numerous readers. The same liberal integrity which has thus far been his guide, will, he hopes, be his future companion, while arranging the diversified articles he may have the honour of submitting to the public eye.

The tide which a few years since ran high in favour of infidelity, has of late experienced a considerable ebb; but irreligion has still its advocates, and genuine piety its foes in the same individual characters. To prosecute their unhallowed warfare, vulgar ribaldry, refined profligacy, and philosophical pride unite their powers, but it is only in the region of animal sensuality and mental libertinism that the standard of licentiousness is permanently reared.

Of this moral Simoom, it is indeed to be lamented, that many nominal Christians, of little knowledge, and of weak judgments, who want fortitude to bear sarcasm, and courage to avow their own convictions, feel the withering influence. But while such characters are entitled to compassion, they cannot expect that the real friends of virtue and moral worth should compromise the rectitude of principle, to furnish their infirmities with an accommodation.

In this polluted atmosphere all who espouse the cause of unadulterated Christianity, anticipate reproach; but the opprobrious epithets of Enthusiasts, Fanatics, Methodists, and Saints, with which they are stigmatized, like the weapon of aged Priam, either fall short of their mark, or only tinkle on the shield.

In the momentous cause of unsophisticated truth, the IMPERIAL MAGAZINE is engaged. Here it originally took its stand; and this uninverted pyramid, having furnished it with ample support amidst the storms and earthquakes that have convulsed the literary world, by still forming the basis. on which it rests, affords a pleasing presage of its future prosperity.

INDEX TO VOL. VIII.

A.
ABORIGINĖS of Australia,
Aphorisms from the writings of the Rev.
R. Hall, 43, 127, 212, 393, 416,
510, 607, 701, 797, 892, 991, 1085
Arctic expedition,
Ark of Noah, on the capacity of the,
Attributes of God displayed in the plan
of redemption, 339, 431, 548

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684 214

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B.
BAKEWELL, Mr. Thomas, memoir of, 401, 514
Barrington, Shute, LL.D. bishop of Dur-

ham,

Basil, St. an extract from,
Beatification of a Saint at Rome,

Benevolence,

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497, 610
955
585

151

106

113

107

872

969 779

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mankind,

Dreams, remarks on, ...

Dress, strictures on,

Dulwich picture gallery, a day at,

Friendship,

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G.
GAMBLER, character of a,

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441

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Bible Society,
Bogue, Rev. David, memoir of the,
Burmese carriage,
-, reply to a query on the,
Burning of a Jew in Spain,
Butterworth, Joseph, Esq. death of,
C.
CALVINISM, foreknowledge, &c.
Character of Nero Cæsar,
Christian husband and christian wife,
code, superiority of the,
Christianity, superior excellency of,
Church of England, ...
Civilization and barbarism contrasted,
Clarke, Rev. E. D. memoir of,.... 785, 895
Clement, bishop of Rome, death of,
Comet of 1825, observations on the,
Colonial produce, abstinence from,....
Commercial retrospect for the past year,
Common sense, importance of,
Comparison of faiths,.

777
General principles, on the use of,
... 1101
Genius, essay on,
Geology, analysis of, 159, 247,334, 425,
541,650,745, 809, 876, 907, 1022, 1114
977
Gifford, Robert Baron, memoir of,
217, 321 Gleanings, 105, 204, 301, 396, 491, 588,
683, 779, 876, 969, 1070, 1149
257
God, on the nature of,..
"Good,"observations on the term, Gen. i. 197
Goodwin Sands, account of the,
Gold and silver in their native states,..
Gorthmund, a Saxon poem,

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1098
476
566
731
358
101

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951
270
1015

Gospel, dignity and perfection of the,.
Greek Testament, on the study of the,.
Gretna Green, marriages at,

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Conscience, essay on,.......•••
Consolation in adversity,
Contentment, essay on,...
Contingency, the meaning of,
Copper in its native state,
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DEATH,
Deistical infidelity, difficulties of,
Delage, objections against the, answer-
ed,...
Dialogue between two ghosts,
Disappointment, causes of,

Diversity of religious opinions among

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Human mind, analysis of the,
Hutcheson, Dr. anecdote of,

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H.
HALF an hour, the importance of,
Hall, Rev. R. extracts from the writings
of,-see Aphorisms.

Hawaii, description of the volcano in,.
Hebrew tale,

History of Lucy Mar,

Hydrogen and nitrogen,

Hydrophobia, remedy for the,......
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252

1065

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541 632 45 527 726

1028

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IDIOTISM and insanity, difference be-
tween,
Ignatius, bishop of Antioch, death of,
Innovation, on the dread of,
Inquisition,

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1004 952 1032 814 294, 969 40 535 Instability of earthly edjoyments, 164 Jones, Richard Robert, memoir of, 593, 705 650 201 Iron in its native state,

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373 482

774 801 355

771

907

783

K.
KIDD, Rev. James, memoir of, .
King's evil cured by the royal touch,
L.
LEAD in its native state,

825

Lime and magnesia, their properties,
Literary notices, 109, 207, 303, 399,
495,591,687,784, 880, 979, 1072, 1151
London university,.
Long life, description of a person de-
signed for,
103
Love, essay on, .....
828
Lunar atmosphere, probability of a, 106, 495
M.

MANUFACTURING districts,

Mass, virtues of the,
Marriage, essay on,.
Marrying for money,
May-day in the village, a sketch,
Meetings in the metropolis,..
Members of parliament, reply to a query

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on,

Memory, the art of, from Erasmus,
-, essay on,
Mental diseases, instances of,

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NAPOLEON, reflections on the glory of,
Natural history : Cycas Revoluta,..
Noah's ark, on the capacity of,
Northcote, James, Esq. memoir of,
Nun, affecting story of a,...
0.
OCCURRENCES, remarkable,

Old clothes for the relief of the poor,.
Oliden, an Eastern tale,

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1119
727
407, 514
improvement, essay on, ......
418
Meteorological observations, 717, 843,

912, 1112
Mercury in its native state,
543
Methodist missionaries lost at Antigua, 492
Mind, analysis of the human,
355
Missionary intelligence, 779,818, 878
Monument to William Caxton,
301
Mountains, heights of the principal, 971, 1070
N.

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Omar, the sage of the valley, the words of,
Oxygen, on the nature of,

P.

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PAPAL apparitions-Struel stations,
cruelty in Spain,
Paper, duty, &c. on,
Parliament, members of,.
Parry, Captain, his third voyage,
Particular providence, doctrine of a, ...
Pentateuch, Faber's corroboration of the,
Persevering prayer crowned with success
Platina in its native state,
Poet's grave, a narrative,
Popery, 254,-and the Bible,
Prophetical speculations of the Rev. E.
Irving,

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428

585
721

1008
262

1054

581

841
1148

637
294, 969
304

680
914

621
225
987
746
921, 993
671

856

QUERIES proposed,

208, 304, 592, 880

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R.
RAFFLES, Sir Thos. Stamford, death of, 779
Reason with revelation, coincidences of, 349
Reasons for circulating the scriptures,. 105
Reformed criminal, a true narrative, 1122

214
1073

722

894
1084
241

41

813

COL.

545

198

585

383

1109

57

372

826

Religious world, 138, 358-worship,.. 489
Romantic notions, danger of,
Rome, Easter Sunday at,..
beatification of a saint at,
Resurrection of Christ vindicated,
Rule of conduct, our Saviour's,
S.
SABBATH days, on the Jewish and Chris-
tian,
Sandwich islands,
Seduction, character of,
Seraphic obsequies, from Erasmus, . 453, 519
Scarlett, James, Esq. memoir of,
Sharp, Granville, Esq. memoir of,
Silk stockings, black, to clean,
Slavery,
31, 114, 235, 302, 589, 973
-, a sure way of terminating, 1015
gradual or immediate abolition
of,
1090
Slave trade, a severe blow to the,
204
Solitary hours, 49, 144, 235, 339, 431,
548, 621, 731

209
881

108

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156

703

203

494

302, 783
637
144, 235
1058

447
772
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