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(BEING THE TWENTY-THIRD OF A NEW SERIES.)
PART THE FIRST.
PRODESSE * DELECTARE.
E PLURIBUS UNUM.
By SYLVANUS URBAN, GENT.
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LIST OF EVSELLISHMENTS.
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Tee N.* Fers, in front of wbieb Henri Quatre was assassinated... 9 Paa va veniam Atmey, on Somerset....
17 Cura en Tweeted Downty, sumerset.
105 Penes Tauseck Cuureh....
113 * secept Chepperton's Funeral Ceremony
161 Stress at Nauka, Sarrey
201 Hay Neva a Beverley, es. York......
209 News de la* of the Pror of Lewes, Southwark
.297 Nemesis ancient Seals and miscellaneous Antiquities ; viz. Seal of
firmy Agreem, et Thu Deae, Prior of Exeter; one found at Winchester, Newbove Hewith and Framlingham Castle ; brass relic found at Minster Tex, and an earthen vessel found in Ireland ....
. 305 weta Mixt, as it appel in the Autumn of 1899...
.393 w Luih Palece ...,
394 Give Meat Scour's Church, Southwark..
401 * * * Mariu's Church-yanl, Salisbury..
407 Plumrow comes af St. Thomas's Church, Salisbury......
..409 a la Amory, Bkersy Grimbald's Tower, and Sepulchral Vestiges presvevi kde lange Tavistock.
497 indepel Waldean Green, Fulham....
577 Ninh than ther, Bruwepron, Middlesex.........
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A task of greater difficulty has seldom fallen upon the Conductors of a Periodical Publication than that which the Editors of the Gentleman's Magazine are now called upon to perform, by writing a Preface to the HUNDREDTH Volume of their labours.
On reaching a period in the history of that work, which has very few precedents in the annals of literature, it may be expected from its Editors that they should not merely present to their Patrons and Friends an account of the progress and general contents of the former volumes, and advert to the public and private principles by which all its Conductors have been actuated, but that they should speak of their present plans and resources. Were this, however, all which is incumbent upon them, they might hope to acquit themselves, if not with credit, at least without disgrace, for to the past they can allude with pride, and to the future with confidence; but they are aware that it is their duty to state the honest exultation which they naturally feel at the long and uninterrupted success which has attended the Magazine,-to notice with delicacy the causes which have preserved it from the fate that has attended so many of its contemporaries,—to allude to the grounds upon which they build their hopes that it is destined to survive for another hundred years,—and, more than all, to express the deep gratitude with which they are impressed for the assistance of able contributors, and for the large share of patronage by which their exertions have been cheered and rewarded. In adverting to points of so personal a nature, egotism cannot be avoided; but there are occasions when silence as well as speech may have its source in vanity, and if ever a modest allusion to literary services be justifiable, it is when gratitude dictates the assurance that
every effort will be used to retain the patronage which those services have acquired.
The able Preface to the “General Index to the Gentleman's Magazine from 1787 to 1818," contains so satisfactory a history of the work, that it is only necessary to refer to it for an account of its institution and progress, and for the names of the eminent writers who originally contributed to its pages. But it is desirable to notice briefly the valuable