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TO SUBSCRIBERS AND CORRESPONDENTS.

At the request of the writer, the article on "The Oxford Circuit" is postponed, for the sake of adding a letter, which he thinks of importance.

66 Incognita" has our thanks.

Why should we hesitate to show Mr. B. our authority for what we have done? and why should we desire to profit by an unworthy artifice?- -a comparison will decide the point.

We can assure Mr. W., whose letter we did not receive until it was too late for insertion, that we cannot entertain a personal feeling where there is no personal responsibility; and we know there are impediments to treating the party as an equal.

Mr. Goodwin's plan shall have every proper consideration, but we pledge ourselves to nothing which does not promise entertainment or instruction.

With the most profound respect, we thank our noble patron for the loan of the portrait of the Princess. We will endeavour to do credit to the sketch.

The Hon. Mrs. C. will observe that we have profited by her offerings, need we say we feel obliged.

"The Album of a Lady of rank"-we have suppressed the name-is most acceptable. It shall be carefully used.

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To numerous anonymous offers of assistance on our own terms, we have only to answer, that we shall be glad to receive papers of real value. We have no set terms," excepting those in which we put down pretenders. Confident as we are in our own resources, we shall gladly avail ourselves of talent wherever we can find it.

One of our principals is in Paris: the arrangements he will make will place us as much in advance for fashions, as we are in every other department of our Magazine.

The letter, bearing a Right Honourable gentleman's signature, and put in the post-office in Cheapside, is a forgery, and the poem-an excellent one we admitmay be found in "Prior," under another title. These literary hoaxes are not fair. One answer to M. Mwill suffice for many other questions of the kind; those who favour us with names may rest assured that no second person will ever know them, and that where it is important, MSS. will be copied and returned.

"Lines written in Kensington Gardens" are very pretty. So are the gardens But may not our readers expect something new upon so novel a subject? Perhaps the writer will try his hand upon the Green Park or Regent Street.

We have received a "Smile," a "Tear," and a "Sigh," by the Brighton coach. We suspect our old friend, the Author of "Broad Grins," has been playing us a trick; for the "Tear" and the "Sigh" smack of his vein. The "Smile" is no laughing matter. It must have cost many an anxious moment to produce such a

smile.

"The Two Whales," an Epigram, by Jugged-Eel, would fill three pages. What would be thought of an Impromptu in four volumes, quarto?

We thank "An Old Jacobin" for his "Recollections of the French Revolution in 1789," but we recollect reading all of it in the Annual Register for that

year.

TO HER MOST GRACIOUS MAJESTY

THE QUEEN.

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR MAJESTY,

THE permission to bring out The Royal Lady's Magazine under Your Majesty's especial patronage, is an honour as unexpected as it is gratifying.

This honour has a twofold value. It carries with it an approval of the past and a pledge for the future.

We should derogate from Your Majesty's taste and discernment, could we permit ourselves to question, with affected humility, the nature of those claims which have obtained for us this proud distinction. Nor should we less derogate from our pretensions to deserve it, were we to forget that its best vindication must hereafter be found, in conferring upon our labours that character which is necessarily implied in whatever has the sanction of Your Majesty's illustrious name.

Our ambition is, to raise the female mind of England to its true level. It would be the language of unmeaning adulation, equally offensive to Your Majesty, and unworthy of ourselves, to say this object is beyond our grasp unaided by Your Majesty's patronage. But it is surely no flattery to affirm, the natural protector of such an object can alone be sought in the exalted personage who is, herself, the conspicuous possessor of all those qualities which most adorn the female mind and character.

The page of history teaches us what are the moral benefits which a nation derives from the example of a throne; and in the short period that

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has elapsed since Your Majesty invested the Throne of these realms with the mild dignity of your own illustrious example, our living experience confirms all that history has taught.

That it may be the will of Providence Your Majesty should long continue to be the guardian, by prerogative of station, as you are the model, by prerogative of nature, of the virtues which ennoble the females of Great Britain, is the ardent prayer of

January 1, 1831.

Your Majesty's

Most dutiful,

Most loyal,

And most obedient Servants,

THE PROPRIETORS AND EDITOR

of the

ROYAL LADY'S MAGAZINE.

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