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The Scots MAGAZINE was begun in 1739, and has been continued, without interruption, during the seventy-nine years which have since elapsed. It forms now a record of Scottishı Literature and History during that long period, the value of which is so universally acknowledged as to render all panegyric superfluous. But of late it had been strongly pressed on the Proprietors, from various quarters, that, in order more fully to adapt it to the taste of the times, a considerable enlarge ment of plan had become necessary, and that it ought to receive some improvements in typography and appearance. The Proprietors felt some hesitation in making any alteration in the plan of a work so long established; but the ample and highly respectable assurances which they received, both of regular supa port and of occasional contributions, in that event, at length determined them to enter with spirit and zeal upon the execution of the improvements suggested.

The Proprietors therefore intimated, that the old Series ot the Scots Magazine closed with the Number for July 1817–


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and that the Number for August 1817 forms the first of a New Series, upon a plan greatly enlarged and improved, and which combines, with the objects hitherto treated in the Scots MAGAZINE, a variety of others, which the narrower limits of that Miscellany did not permit it to embrace.

To form a repository for the short and occasional disquisitions of men of genius,-to draw illustrations of the manners, history, and antiquities of Scotland, from mines yet unexhausted or unexplored, to record the remarkable occurrences of the Republic of Letters, including an obituary of its eminent characters, - to exhibit the progress and present state of the fine, as well as of the useful arts,--and to preserve a faithful Journal of foreign and domestic occurrences ;-these are objects which, with many others of a nature too miscellaneous to be particularly enumerated, they then confidently expected to fulfil, with a success not attained by any similar work hitherto attempted in this country. And they beg leave to refer to the Twelve Numbers of the New Series, now published, as evidence that their hopes have not been disappointed, nor their exertions unsuccessful.

The work is now entitled, “ THE EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, and LITERARY MISCELLANY; being a New Series of the Scots MAGAZINE," and published monthly. The Magazine bearing the former title was, in 1804, incorporated with the Scots MAGAZINE, and the two united were, till August 1817, published under the title of the Scots MAGAZINE AND EDINBURGH LITERARY MISCELLANY. Each Number contains at least six sheets of letter-press, and, being printed in a closer manner, comprizes nearly double the former quantity of matter. The Price is Two Shillings. This moderate addition was rendered unavoidable by the enlargement of the plan and the improvement of the materials ; nor is there now any publication of the kind which is sold at a lower rate.

The Number for July 1818 contains the following Articles :

Remarks on Mr Hazlitt's Lectures on the English Poets, and on the

History and Present State of Poetry in this country.
Anecdotes, llistorical, Literary, and Miscellaneous.' No. III. Travel

in England in 1611.
The Cabinet. No. II.
Particulars respecting the War carried on by the Tyrolese l'easanty in

1813, including copy of an Original Address, and some Account ol Toler and Speckbacher. (Wilh a Portrait of IIofer.)

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Notice of the Admirable Crichton ; published at Venice in 1580.
The Microscope. No. I.-Letters.
Anecdotes of Alexander Selkirk, the original of Robinson Crusoe.
Journal of a Visit to Holland and Flanders in 1817. Letter III.
Letters from England. No. I.
Mode of Living among Scottish Farmers during the early part of last

On the Poor Laws of England.
Farther Notice of a huge Unknown Animal in North America.
On the Ignorance of the Learned: hi
Notice of M. Biot's Scientific Tour to London, Edinburgh, and the

Shetland Islands.
Moorish Letters. No. I.


Phillips's Recollections of Curran, &c.
Leslie's Philosophy of Arithmetic.

The Morn of Spring.-The Infant's Tomb.--Stabzas. Ode to Silence.
-Hebrew Melody.--Sonnets, &c.

Yr Aiken's new mode of curing Fish, and other Provisions. Attempts

to penetrate into the Interior of Africa.-Mr Belzoni's Researches in
Egypt._Table of the average Heat in Great Britain, from 1774, to

1817.-Locusts in India, &ē. &c. Works Preparing for Publication, Monthly List of New Publications.



Foreign Intelligence.
British Chronicle.
British Legislation.
New Patents.

Appointments and Promotions, Civil, Ecclesiastical, Military, and

Meteorological Report,)
Agricultural Report, with appropriate Tables.
Commercial Report,
Births, Marriages, Deaths.

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It is intended that this work shall comprehend a complete body of Geography, in all its branches, under the form gene rally acknowledged to be the most convenient for a science com posed of such diversified materials, that of a GEOGRAPHICAI DictioNARY, or GAZETTEER.

The Work will be dedicated (by permission) to the Right Honourable Sir Joseph Banks, President of the Royal Society and will be executed by six different Authors of literary eminence, each taking a separate department: That which treats o the Geography of Foreign Europe will be compiled by a gentle man residing on the Continent, where he has the best opportu rities of accurate and complete information.


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By this arrangement it may be expected, that the Work will be so constructed as to answer every purpose of information and reference to the Scientific, the Political, and especially to the Commercial World. The subject, at all times universally inte. resting, is at the present time peculiarly important, as the channels of Commerce are again open to British enterprize throughout the world, and new divisions of territory have changed entirely the Political Geography of Europe.

The advantages afforded to the Public by such an undertaking must be obvious to every one ; particularly to those who are acquainted with the defects of most geographical works hitherto published, in which, commonly, a single individual has, with imperfect means, aimed at performing what, it is apprehended, can only be satisfactorily executed by the combined labours of an association of scientific and literary men.

The physical structure and the grand natural features of our globe, with the various dependent phenomena, will be illustreted with a copiousness and precision as yet unattempted ; the position and elevation of every important spot on its surface will be fixed with accuracy; the extent, productions, manners, customs, commerce, and, in short, every thing interesting relative to the various countries into which it is divided, will be amply detailed, from an investigation of all the most original and authentic sources of information in the different languages of Europe. Every City, Town, and even Village of any consequence, will be described ; and, under this head, the Editors hope to introduce a great variety of important matter, which has not yet appeared in any similar publication, and has never before been united in one work. Indeed, throughout every department, the greatest pains will be taken to render this publication of the utmost utility, and worthy of general patronage.

In the conclusion there will be given a general view of Astronomical Geography, and the construction and use of Maps ; also, Tables of Coins, Weights, and Measures of different Countries; the Geographical Position of Places, the Temperatures of Climates, the Heights of Mountains, and whatever else can render the Work a complete body of Geographical Science.

To render the GAZETTEER complete, it will be accompanieil by an elegant Atlas, consisting of Fifty-three Maps, Royal Quarto, engraved in the best style, from a series of Drawings made on purpose, by Mr Arrowsmith. In order to accommo

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