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PREFACE.

The Seventh Volume of the IMPERIAL MAGAZINE is now brought to a conclusion; and, with its Title-page, Preface, and Index, is here presented to the Subscribers complete in all its parts. This is a task that has been attended with no small difficulty, as the Index, from the number and diversity of the articles which it contains, has required unremitting attention to comprise the whole in the last Number for the year.

With many periodical works, it is customary to reserve these appendages until the commencement of the ensuing volume, and this plan we have occasonally adopted, when the want of time has rendered the measure imperious. In future, however, we hope, by invariably pursuing the present method, to meet the wishes of our numerous subscribers, and to avoid the appearance of decoying our readers onward from year to year,

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In a former volume we called the attention of our subscribers to the superior style in which the plates that ornament the IMPERIAL MAGAzine have been executed, and these we again recommend to their attentive examination. In this department, our object has been to select the portraits of individuals distinguished in the walks either of literature, science, or the arts; and, having procured correct likenesses, to spare no expense in rendering the Engraving worthy of the countenance that it preserves.

The memoirs, which accompany these portraits, we have sometimes procured with much trouble, and at other times at a vast expense. Thus far, however, we have in general been successful in our exertions, notwithstanding unexpected impediments have occasionally, in the course of publication, separated the portrait from the memoir.

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INDEX TO VOL. VII.

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A.
COL.

COL.
ABBOT and the learned woman, 1115 Dialogue between Credulity and Super-
Abrahamic covenant, .. 146, 239, 331, 425,

stition,.....

165
509, 634, 701, 795

betweeen Cosmogonia and a
Abuse of charitable institutions, ...... 338

Philosophical inqnirer, 404
Afflictions incident to buman nature,

1097

between an Irish Catholic
Anniversaries of benevolent institutions, 573

reaper, and a Youth,

661
Antidote against poisons,

394

between Antronius and Mag-
Aphorisms from the writings of the Rev.

dalia,....

1115
R. Hall, 685, 794, 932, 1001

E.
Apotheosis of Capnio, from Erasmus, 730 | EARLY education, on the influence of, 245, 832
Apple-tree, cultivation of the, ..609, 712 Education, the effect of,

483
Arminius, the doctrines of,

1040

strictures on, ·
Atonement, remarks on the,.

419 Edward I. and the Welsh bards, 815, 935
Avarice and injustice,

284 | English law,

50, 138, 238,
Aurora borealis,

204 Erasmus, extracts from, 531, 730, 889, 1115
B.

Errors of the church of Rome, 33, 247,321,517
BANIAN tree,...
968 Esquimaux method of hunting,

370
Bankrupt act, the new, ..

681 Essays, .......... 146, 225, 246, 480, 615
Barbauld, Anna Letitia, memoir of, 397 | Experimental religion, pleasures of, 911,991
Belief,

699

F.
Bible, the, from an old author, ..... 506 FANATICISM: plot against the Vaudois, 278
Bible society, observations on the, 581 Fair sex, influence of Christianity on the, 151
Birkbeck, George, memoir of,.

17 Fauntleroy, case of,

345, 677
British currency, bistory of the, .. 983 Fisher, John, memoir of,

685
-Museum: Good wyn's MSS., 296 Fish, fecundity of,

105
Brown, James Baldwin, memoir of, 589 Folly,

1107
Byron, Lord, from Blackwood's Maga-

Forms of prayer, ...:::

961
zine,
665 Fragment, an enigmatical,

62
C.

Franciscan's vision, from Erasmns,. 730
CALOMEL, cautions respecting the use of, 206 Fruit-trees, to make fruitful,

584
Camera Obscura, .. 46, 134, 235, 338, 432, Fuseli, Henry, memoir of,

1022
518, 606, 707, 837, 892, 997, 1107

G.
Candour, remarks on, ...
863 GENEROSITY in a miser,

52
Canine fidelity,
583 Geological discoveries,

105, 300
Cannibalism,

967 | Gleavings, 105, 203, 299, 394, 489, 584,
Capital punishment, observations on, .. 223

680, 774, 870, '967, 1063
Capofliberty, origin and properties of the, 1124 Grandfather,

837
Catholic-emancipation, strictures on, 536 Guilty splendour, the end of,

1005
Catholics and Protestants contrasted, 255 Gunpowder plot, bistory of the, 256
Chameleon, natural bistory of the, 803

H.
Children, rules for the treatment of, 659 Hasty judgment, on the folly of,...... 480

on teaching some useful em. Heathen, remarks on the state of the,
ployment,
1010

70, 156, 824, 923
Christianity, Hall's character of,.. 96 Hell broken louse, from Erasmus, 531
Christ's bospital, London, account of, . 877 Hint to mechanic institutions,

487
Clabs, character of, • . . .

950 History and biography, on the utility of, 1003
Commercial retrospect for the year, 107 Humility and pride, essay on,

225
Conversation, reinarks on,

523

I and J.
" Cross of Christ,"remarks on the, 749 Jews, essays to the, 146, 239, 331, 425,
Cruelty to animals,

1821

509, 634, 701, 795,
D.

Jewish synagogue, new, (Manchester,) 1145
Dead languages, inutility of learning the, 102 Infidelity,

621, 723
Deliverance from danger,

1013 Insane, observations on the treatment of
Denon, Vivant Dominique, inemoir of, . 973

the,

718, 895,

1086

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COL.

COL.
Job, on the pedigree, country, and time of, 60 | Recreations that should not beindulged in, 944
Island, a new-discovered,
301 Reflections on the closing year,

99
L.
Rees, Abraham, memoir of,

781
LANGUAGES, on the study of,
868 Religion, the influence of,

412
Literary antiquarianism,
141 Religionist, the insincere,

46
notices, 106, 207, 302, 395, 491, Remarks on the phrase "you know,' 69
588, 684, 779, 877, 971, 1067, 1147 Reverence due to revealed truth,.

603
Lowry, Wilson, memoir of, .......113, 298 Robinson, Rev. Thomas, memoir of,..., 1069
Lunar atmosphere, probability of a,.. 1110 Rome, sixty-six errors of the church of, 33
Lunarians, some account of the,... 707

--, eras of particular errors in the
M.

church of,

247, 321, 415
MALICIOUS mischief,
50, 138 Royal society of literature,

775
Man, on the primeval and present state

S.
of,
1017 SAILOR and his bible,

745
Manners, on agreeable,
810 Scott, Joseph, history of,

518
Manuscriptomaniac, 141, 256, 350, 899, 1057 Scrap-book,

698
Mendicant, a tale,

154 Scripture, on the bidden and secret mean-
Miser, act of generosity in a, ....

52

ing of,
Missionary intelligence,
576, 774 Seduction, a tale,

1112
Money, value of, in former times, 990 Senses, in religion, on the use of tbe, 221
Morning,

997 Sin, essay on the deceitful oature of, .. 615
Myself,
892 Slavery, remarks on,

253, 580
N.

witnesses for, cross-examined,. 887
NICHOLSON, Peter, memoir of,

493
and the West Indies,

1062
Ninon de L'Enclos, strange account of,. 55 Slave-trade,

682
Nominal Christianity, extension of, 528 Society of thieves, an argument in favour
Norfolk island, some account of,. 384

436
North-west passage, Capt. Parry's re- Soda water, to make,

872
marks on a,

371 Solitary hours, 568, 621, 723, 911, 991,
Nuttall, Thomas, memoir of,
1133

1097
0.

Soul, state of the, between death and
OBSERVATIONS on a paper in Black-

judgment,

63, 737
wood's Magazine,
665 Sounds of letters, on tbe,

965
Old age, on the respect due to, 1120 South Sea islands, intelligence from the,. 576
Ottar of roses, to make,
752 Spanish armada,

899, 1057
Owen Glendower, .

353 Spectral illusion, an inquiry into the cause
P.

of,.

192
PAPER, duty on, for the past year, 304 Spirit, on the dispensation of the, 128
Parr, Samuel, memoir of,.

305 Sponge, nature and properties of the, 58
Particular providence, the doctrine of a,

Stomach Syringe, description of the, 391
41, 131 Sylvia, history of,....

920
Passions, fatal effects of yielding to evil, 920 Synagogue, Jewish, (Manchester,). 1145
Penmanship, extraordinary,.

1065

T.
Penny, the, hy an indigent author, 134 TEMPORAL felicity,

1061
Plague of Egypt, observations on the, 441

Theatre,

606
Planet Mercury, a visit to the,

432 Thieves, argument in favour of a society
Pocket-book, my,

1007
of,

436
Popery, .. 413,-and Unitarianism, 696 Threatening letters or writings,

238
Population of the globe,
969 Tilloch, Alexander, memoir of,

209
Pride and vanity, .

1093
Town, the,

235
Progress of time, reflections on the,. 355 Tradesmen, advice to old and young,.. 430
Protestants and Catholics, advice to, 931 Trinity, observations on the,

357
Providential interpositions, :

202

V.
Public building for the religious com- Voice of a Star,..

841
munity,
295 Volcanic lava, age of,

529
Public exhibitions, &c., evils of,

568

W.
Q.
Waldenses, or Vaudois,.

1063
QUERIES to correspondents, ..... 108, 304 Warts, to remove,

778
replies to, 299, 358, 390, 488, 489 | Welsh hards, extirpation of, justified, • 815
Quills, to prepare,

968

-- marauder, act of a,
R.
Will destroyed too soon,

161
Rash vows, absurdity of,
889 | Whittington college,

1141
Reaping corn before it is ripe,

873

Z.
Reason, inefficacy of,

382 ZEALAND, New, dauger of the Mission-
the province of, regarding reve-

578
lation,
599 Zealanders, New, customs of the,

292

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