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JANUARY TO APRIL INCLUSIVE,
WITH AN APPENDIX.
NEW AND IMPROVED SERIES.
The Proprietors of The Monthly Review, .considering the inconvenience which might arise to their subscribers from consecutively augmenting the unusual number of volumes (one hundred and eight) to which it has already accumulated, have deemed it expedient to commence a New, and they hope they may be allowed to add, an Improved Series of that Journal, with the present number.
They trust that the Numbers of THE MONTHLY REVIEW, which have been published since it was transferred to their hands in August last, have afforded a favourable anticipation of the manner in which it is in future to be conducted. Their desire is to sustain, and as far as possible to extend, the inAuence which this work has applied, for more than three quarters of a century, to the general improvement of the country.
They are aware that in order to deserve that influence, a Review should be carried on with an absolute disregard of all interests, whether of a public or a private nature, save only those of morals, literature, and constitutional liberty. To these interests alone the management of THE MONTHLY REVIEW is devoted; of all others it is perfectly independent. It is inaccessible to personal solicitation, or party feelings of any description: it has no prejudices, scholastic, religious, or political to gratify. Its principles of criticism are strictly judicial.