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Unaffected by the many instances of literary mortality which surround us, knowing that our constitution is sound, and supported by firm and unbending principles, we still continue to thrive ; and it is with feelings of unfeigned gratification, that, in concluding the labours of fourteen years, we find ourselves enabled to lay before our subscribers, a volume, whose contents render it as interesting and edifying as any of its prede
The policy on which we act is broad and liberal. Hence, our pages are enriched with communications of an indefinite variety of character, untrammelled by any particular dogmas, and unfettered by opinions which nothing but antiquity appears to recommend.
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Of the Literature in this volume we must say nothing; this must speak for itself. We invariably strive to select pieces which blend instruction with interest; and in the tales and narratives we insert, the incidents, are calculated to render virtue amiable, to inform the understanding, and to expand the heart.
In Biography we confine ourselves to no sect, party, or profession, but give to the world memoirs of individuals, whose developed talents have made them eminent in their different spheres of operation.--The Divine, whether Churchman or Dissenter, whose energies have been devoted to promote the best interests of mankind; the Philosopher, whose researches have tended to the advancement of science; the Patriot, who has striven for the welfare of his country; the man of letters, who has extended the range of intellectual research, may be found in qur
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The field of politics we never enter, nor are political discussions admissible into our columns; yet, having the heart and soul of Englishmen, we cannot avoid congratulating our readers on the late important event, so interesting to every lover of his country, and so valuable to posterity. This measure, justly termed the new Magna Charta, though not gained by the barons, as on the field of Runnymede, but half extorted from them, seems to promise purification to the source of government, and salubrity to its streams. That dark thunder-cloud which appeared big with the fate of the British empire, and threatened to spread confusion, anarchy and ruin, throughout the kingdom, has rolled heavily away, and wreaking the fury of its lightning-shaft only on barren and useless institutions, has burst in grateful showers of long-desired blessings, and shed peace, smiles, and contentment on a delighted nation.
On the subject of negro-slavery, that crime, than which a blacker never darkened the face of heaven, our opinions are too well known to need repetition. We have not treated it as a mere political question, but on the wide ground of humanity and justice, as one involving the misery of eight hundred thousand of our fellow-creatures,-bone of our bone, and flesh of our flesh,—who are suffering the woes of a hopeless and interminable captivity, degraded from their rank in human nature, to a level with the beasts of the field ; their spirits crushed under a weight of oppression, and their intellects buried beneath a load of chains, 'till they have nothing left but the form of men; and even that is too frequently denied
repose from fierce and unmitigated torture. When the eyes of the whole country, with the exception of interested individuals, are simultaneously, and eagerly looking for the emancipation of these wretched beings, we cannot refrain from expressing our hopes, that in a reformed Parliament, the subject will meet with the consideration it imperatively demands; and that the time is not far distant, when traffic in human blood, that plague-spot on the fair fame of Britain, shall be known no longer in her dominions, and no subject of the King of England, robbed of the glory of his nature, shall be branded with the name of slave.
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INDEX TO VOL. II.
123 Clarke, Dr. Adam,
412 Colours, light and, nature of,
86 Commandment, observance of the
fourth, 160, third, 204, tenth, 305,
353 Commercial retrospect for 1831, 56 Conscientious hair-dresser, the,
70 Coventry, petition from,.
246 Cowper, writings of,
121 Cranmer's bible, anecdote of,
176 Creation, ...21, 125, 170, 309, 366,
470, 519, 554 Cresson, Mr. Elliott, note from, 373 Crime, cause and cure of,
362 Crucifix, miraculous, Curiosity, on,
118 Curran, right hon. John Philpot,.... 153
Barrow, Dr., anecdote of,
477 Bartholomew's, St., massacre of, 409 Battle, a,
177 Betrothed, the,..
318 British association held at York,..33, 132
177, 271, 323, 375
Dead infant, the,
567 399 267 134 349 462 281 522 411 492
Mamelukes, massacre of the,
418 Memoirs,.. 9, 57, 153, 201, 249, 297,
345, 449, 497
in the summer of 1832, 436 133, 181, 233, 285, 325, 377, 479,
434, 543, 575
514 Miracle, pretended, at Calais, 175
411 Nares, archdeacon, memoir of,. 249
167 New Zealand, cannibalism in,. 210
Notices, literary,.. 55, 104, 154,
257 Peaceable disposition, importance of a, 560
258 Playfair, professor, of Edinburgh, 201
Providence, a remarkable,
Pulpit, plainness of speech in,.. 209
Roods, miracles, &c.,
316 Selkirk, Alexander, another,
Skull, tale of a,
Slave-market at Charleston,
Slaves, a word for the,