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FROM JANUARY TO JUNE, 1784
DIRECTIONS TO THE BINDER.
PLACE the view of Meflina oppofite to page 30, and the prospect of the Iron Bridge to face page 312.
E cannot commence a fecond volume of the London Magazine enlarged and improved, without returning thanks to the numerous purchiafers of the work for their very kind and generous encouragement, which gives us the of unequivocal proof of their approbation of the undertaking, as well as of the means which we have adopted to effect it. If we have, after the approved example of others, increased the price of our mifcellany, we have endeavoured more than to redouble its value, and have added proportionably more to our own expences, than to thofe of the purchafers; and we hope to be always able to lay before our readers a complete regifter of the hiftory, philelaphy, politicks, and literature of our times. We are happy to find that the plate of Mr. Sherwin, given with the appendix to our firft volume, was ap proved, and hope that Mr. Walker's view of Mellina, accompanying our prefent number, will meet with a reception equally favourable.
The principal fubjects, and original papers of our firft volume, are retalled to the memory of our readers by the following brief recapitulation:
In the magazine for JULY, our readers will find a plan of the work: the parliamentary hiftory: a narrative of the origin and progrefs of philofophy: an account of Mr. Herfchel's planet: demonftrations of fome properties relatng to triangles: the life of Ariofto: a defcription of the funerals of the AnCent Britons; and the burial place of the Scipios, with other mifcellaneous pers: reviews of Gilpin on the Wye: Beattie's differtations: Ferguson's repolic: Jones's Moallakat: Colman's tranflation of Horace's Epifle to the Filos, and others: account of new plays, and chronology of events.
AUGUST. New method of conftructing magic fquares on the roots of quadratic equations: conclufion of the hiftory of philofophy: on the organ of bearing in fish, and a defcription of the Monoculus Polyphemus Linnæi, from the pofophical tranfactions: critique on Dyer's Grongar Hill: on ecclefiaftical airs in Scotland: life of Archbishop Chichele: laft paper of the Hypochcadriack: Memoirs of Colonel Deveaux: reviews of Hoole's Orlando Furiofo: Kirwan's Experiments: Rooke's travels: answer to Potter's remarks on Johnfon's Poets: obfervations on the nature and cure of the Hydrophobia: cure of the dropfy: ftate of the theatre.
SEPTEMBER. Remarkable aftronomical phenomenon: machine for raifing water from a deep well: obfervations on the plague: on dedications: life of the Great Haller: Sir William Hamilton's account of the earthquakes in Sily: original letter of Dr. Ifaac Schomberg: ftory of Mr. Levet, with Dr. Johnfon's elegy on his death: reviews of Fatal Curiofity, as altered by Colman: Levi's Hiftory of the Jews: philofophical tranfactions: Spencer's life of the Founder of All-Soul's College: account of folutions of fubftances in air, by Dr. Elliot: character of Mr. Bewley, the philofopher of Maffingham: account of the firft aeroftatical ball, or air-balloon, which was launched at Paris: cut of it, in the air: critique on Mrs. Siddor: clofe of the fummer, and opening of the winter theatres: preliminaries of peace with the United Provinces: Emprefs of Ruffia's manifefto.
OCTOBER. Remarks on Shak fpeare's character of Cordelia: conclufion of LexD. MAG. Jan. 1784.
keeping company with good men: defence of a paffage in Gray's Metaphyfical Poem: life of the great critic Bentley: Sir Torbern Bergman, Profeffor of Upfal, on the economy of the universe, tranflated from the Swedish: reviews of L'Ami des Enfans: Berkenhout on the bite of a mad dog: Bright's praxis: Magellan's glafs apparatus: measures taken to perfect the theory of the motions of the Georgium Sidus: obfervations on the lunar eclipfe, September 10, 1783. Account of an infect in a broken tooth by Dr. Elliot: theatrical ftrictures: ftate papers.
NOVEMBER. Origin of fictitious hiftory and novel writing: continuation of Bentley's life: three original letters of King Charles I. On the advan→ tages of keeping company with bad men; and other mifcellaneous papers : hymn to thanksgiving: epigrams from the Greek: reviews of Blair's lectures : tranfactions of fociety of arts: philofophical transactions: original letters on the death of Euler: account of the various meteors which have been seen during the laft and prefent centuries: parallel between Henderson and Kemble : letters on the fubject of Irish reprefentation: ftate papers.
DECEMBER. Account of two ancient oil mills dug out of the excavations of Stabia and Pompeia, in Italian and English: critique on Sbozzo del Commercio di Amfterdam, a foreign journal: Duke of Richmond's letter on Irish parliaments: account of the meteors feen in the prefent century, and particularly that which appeared on the eighteenth of August 1783: Dr. Mafkelyne's plan for obferving meteors: account of the principle on which aeroftatical experiments are performed: air-balloon intelligence: original letter defcribing a comet feen at York: news of Volcano in the moon: defcription of the poifon tree, which infects the air and earth in the island of Java, fo that neither animal nor vegetable can live within twelve miles of the fpot in which it with an account of the manner in which the poifon is procured from grows, it by condemned criminals, and various experiments tried with the gum: memoirs of Mrs. Anne Williams: correction of a fragment of Alceus: life of Bentley, continued: hints for the management of political tropes: reviews of Pringle's difcourfes: life of Fox: Blair's lectures: tranfactions of the fociety of arts: Andrew's remarks on French and English ladies: theatrical remarks: philofophical poftfcript: aerial voyage of Meffrs Charles and Robert: account of a new pair of wings.
APPENDIX. Important debates in both Houfes of Parliament: letters of Earl of Effingham, Dr. Price, and Dr. Jebb, on Irish reprefentation: Governour Haftings's letter to the Eaft India Company: narrative of the King of Pruffia's difpute: American papers, prefenting a fuccinct account of the proceedings of the Colonies, fince the ceffation of hoftilities: theatrical register.
Befides thefe and other important papers, each number preferves an impartial and concife view of parliamentary bufinefs: a felection of original and fugitive poetical pieces: a collection of mathematical queftions and anfwers, well calculated to amufe the lovers of fcience: original theatrical criticifms, and new remarks on performers; with a chronology of important events, a tranfcript of ftate papers, neceflary to form a complete hiftory of the times. Such are the contents of the first volume of this work; and we shall endea vour to profecute the plans which were formerly laid before the public with increafing affiduity and vigour during the enfuing year.