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THE BEE;

BEING

ESSAYS

ON THE MOST INTERESTING SUBJECTS.

Floriferis ut Apes in saltibus omnia libant,
Omnia Nos itidem.

London :

Printed for J. Wilkie, at the Bible, in St. Paul's Churchyard.

MDCCLIX.

VOL. III.

B

The first number of The Bee, a weekly paper wholly conducted and written

by Goldsmith, appeared on Saturday, the 6th October, 1759. Its

appearance was thus announced : “Saturday next will be published (to be continued weekly, price three

pence), neatly printed in crown octavo and on good paper, containing two sheets, or thirty-two pages, stitched in blue covers, No. I. of a new

periodical paper intitledThe Bee. Consisting of a variety of Essays on the Amusements, Follies,

and Vices in fashion : particularly the most recent Topics of Conversation : Remarks on Theatrical Exhibitions : Memoirs of Modern Literature, &c. &c. Printed for J. Wilkie, at the Bible in St. Paul's Church Yard, and to be had of all Booksellers and of the News Venders

in town and country. “*.* The Publisher begs leave to inform the Public, that every twelve

numbers will make a handsome pocket volume, at the end of which shall be given an emblematical frontispiece, title, and table of contents. Letters to the author of The Bee, directed to J. Wilkie as above (postpaid), will be duly regarded."--The Public Advertiser, Thursday,

4th Oct., 1759. After the publication of the first number, the following paragraph was

added :“N.B. This Pamphlet is entered according to Act of Parliament in the Hall

Book of the Company of Stationers. Whoever prints any part of it will

be prosecuted as the Law directs.” No. II. was announced somewhat differently “ This day is published, &c. &c., Number II. of a new periodical paper

called The Bee. The public is requested to compare this with other
periodical performances which more pompously solicit their attention.
If upon perusal it be found deficient either in humour, elegance, or
variety, the author will readily acquiesce in their censure.
sible the reader may sometimes draw a prize, and even should it turn
up a blank, it costs him but three-pence.”The Public Advertiser,

Oct. 14, 1759.
The Bee died with its eighth number on the 24th November, 1759, and in

the December of the same year, the numbers were collected into a volume entitled The Bee; being Essays on the most Interesting

Subjects." The Bee is here reprinted from the edition of 1759—the only omission being

four prose translations from Voltaire.

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