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JI. SKETCHES OF SOCIETY, HUMOUROUS AND SENTIMENTAL;

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NUMEROUS ENGRAVINGS ON STEEL, COPPER, AND WOOD.

EDITED BY TOBIAS MERTON, GENT.

Assisted by various Wits of the Day.

VOL. I.

LONDON :

WILLIAM CHARLTON WRIGHT, 65, PATERNOSTER Row;

EwBANK, BRUSSELS;

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AND MAY BE HAD OF ALL BOOKSELLERS AND.POSTMASTERS.

1824.

Tavo

AKVARU COLLEGE LIBRARY

FROM
THE BEQUEST OF
DYERT JANSEN WENDELL

34.231

5.8

PREFACE.

The feelings that the Editor is prompted by, at the close of the First Volume of THE MAGNET, are similar to those of the commander of a vessel, on its arrival at the first port after a dangerous voyage. The supporters of his work he cannot but regard as his steady comrades, who forsook hinn not when his fragile bark was tossed to and fro on the ocean of contemporary rivalry, and who rejoiced with him when the approving gale of public opinion wafted him to the, barbour of success.

To descend from metaphor, to plain matter of fact. The success' THE LITERARY MAGNET has experienced from it generous and discerning Public, demands the grateful acknowledgments of every person concerned in the undertaking. It would be humility next to injustice,

to say

that nothing has been done on their part to merit that high distinction. On the contrary, neither labour or expence have been regarded in rendering the Magnet worthy of patronage. With that intent, individuals of high literary talent and reputation have been engaged, and liberally remunerated, for furnishing our pages with matter that will be read with as much pleasure a century hence, as it

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