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TAVING completed the First Volume of our
critical and literary labours, it becomes necessary to discharge a debt of gratitude, due from us to our readers, for the very liberal, and, we may say, very extraordinary, encouragement which we have experienced at their hands. That this is no vain and empty boast will be readily admitted by the public, when informed that our sale, though unpromoted by those collateral aids which are generally employed to extend the circulation of similar works, has amounted to THREE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY of each number. The fact
may be easily verified. Our success, we are fully aware, has been much more than commensurate with our merits ; but while we make, with becoming humility, this sincere confeffion, we do not hesitate to prefer our claim to any portion of reward which NO, I.
may be due to upright intentions, persevering zeal, and useful industry. We look back with satisfaction on our past exertions, and confidently challenge our adversaries to produce a folitary instance of inconsistency of principles, or to point out the smallest difference between our professions, and our practice. If ever we shall be found to depart from those principles on which this work was avowedly established, may we experience that neglect and disgrace which must invariably attach to fo flagrant a breach of duty; but so long as we strictly adhere to that line of conduct which we have hitherto pursued, we may be allowed to call for a continuance of that liberal encouragement which we have hitherto received.
But our success affords a much nobler theme for exultation than any that would arise from considerations of a private nature. It clearly demonstrates, not so much, indeed, the improvement or melioration of the public mind, as the existence of an innate rooted attachment to found principles, religious and political, which only requires to be called forth, in order to shine with transcendent lustre, to bear down all retistance, and to eftablis its triumph over every foe. Be it our task to afford occasion for the full manifestation of such principles, to stimulate the exertions of their ablest advocates, to enlarge the circle of their friends, and to reduce the number of their enemies. On
these, and these alone, can we rely for the prefervation of our national establishments, amidst the fhocks of contending factions, the wrecks of furrounding governments, and the general desolation of the civilized world. They give an impulse to the mental energy of man; and, by counteracting the pernicious effects of a temporising system of policy, at once operate as a preservative against innovation, secure the permanency of existing institutions, and impart dignity to the supreme councils of a state. In short, they constitute the vital principle of the body politic, whose debility or vigonr solely depends on their activity or relaxation. Let every Briton, then, cherish and foster them, with afsiduous care and unceasing attention, as the only true safeguard of a constitution, under whose paternal wings the virtuous and the good may always find protection, freedom, and happiness. The malignant genius of JACOBINISM may
but, if we be true to ourselves, he will try in vain, and his efforts will infallibly end in his own confusion and ruin.
We were fully prepared, on the establishment of this work, to encounter the determined hostility of those whose principles and whose efforts it
was its avowed object to combat and counteract. The declared champions of religion, morality, and social order, as supported by the existing establishments, ecclesiastical and civil, of this country, we fully expected to incur the attacks of men whose enmity to those establishments had long been matter of notoriety, and whose labours had long been directed, in various ways, to undermine and deItroy them.
The frequency and violence of those attacks, therefore, have created no surprize in our minds; much less will they contribute, in the smallest degree, to relax our vigilance and energy. We shall continue to discharge our duty with unremitting zeal, unabating perseverance, and increased activity.
Honoured, as we have been, with the marked approbation of some of the most distinguished ornaments of the Established Church, and of the first Legal Characters in the country, any relaxation of our efforts would, indeed, subject us to the imputation of ingratitude. Of the utiliiy of our past labours, (and, we must observe, that our ambition is not to shine, but to be useful,) a full conviction may be acquired by a careful comparison of the late numbers of the Monthly and Critical Reviews, with any of those that were published previous to the month of August last, when our first number appeared.
The other object of our immediate attacks, the Ana