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SEYEN years have elapsed since the first Number of the ATHENEUM was presented for public patronage. During this time a large mass of odd numbers has accumulated, and left us in possession of about forty complete sets only, notwithstanding the republication of several volumes. It is now thought adviseable to commence a New Series, as there are many persons who vish a complete set of any work, but per haps are deterred from subscribing, on account of the number and expense of previous volumes. To those, who have already perused the work, we can only say, that the same spirit which has animated the former volumes will be diffused through the future series ; and that a number of new articles from a new magazine will be begun and carried on in short lectures, adapted to the capacities of young readers, and amusing to those already conversant with the subjects, which are, Chemistry and Scientific Miscellany. Other useful and entertaining matter will be inserted, especially Extracts from Modern Travels illustrative of the Manners and Customs of Scripture History.
The great increase of periodical works in Europe has necessarily increased the amount and diversity of talent engaged in this pleasing and useful mode of publication. To gleaners, like us, in this extensive field, the harvest is truly great ;' and the difficulty of compiling a work like the Atheneum, does not arise from a want of matter in every kind of reading, solid and light, but in making the proper choice of what is best from these abundant fountains. Never has genius and critical acumen been enlisted into more active service, than at the present moment. They stand centinel over the publishing world, encouraging, marshalling and protecting whatever is worthy in morals or in mind, and strangling in embryo the noxious ephemera of literature.
It may be truly said, that the wizard regions of fancy are every day extending ; the spacious fields of science and invention are constantly widening; and the reading public, as in Athens of old, seems destined to embrace the whole community. Under such circumstances, it appears surprising that there are so few Magazine readers in America, compared with those of England. Any thing in the shape of a newspaper, is patronized, torn up, and its contents, if not upon the eternal topic of politics, even forgotten, till the old dish is perhaps hashed up for a new course. The American reader, in contra
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The dearth of interest in the old song of politics, since the suspension of party-spirit in this country, has been so great, that the newspapers have begun to occupy the ground which in England is almost exclusively possessed by magazines ; how inconveniently need scarcely be mentioned, as the vehicles of communication are hardly held together during perusal, and at farthest are destined, like Jonah's gourd, to perish on the morrow_“ to wrap a package or to singe a goose.”
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ADVISERS, how beeded
401 Cardinal Dubois' character A Advantages of a mild winter 82 Carnot's memoirs, literary notice of 48 Air, its temperature near the earth
Centaur, captain Inglefield
475 Almack's on Friday
118 Cbaracter high strikes Alarm clock
166 Chemical Essays, No. 1, 41. No.2, 94. Algiers, and its vicinity
No.3, 188. No. 5, 351. Allister Crotach 301 Chlorine, a remedy in fever
197 Allao Da Sobp
345 Chronometry, Dyar's clock America and Great Britain
410 Chance or fortune Amelie, by M. de Jouy
163 Cholera Morbus April, the month of
243 Chili, Peru and Mexico, Hall's Journal Ammonia, solphur, &c. 351 Chickens hatched by steam
986 Aon Stavert and Amos Bradley 264 Church yards
304, 355 Aptediluvian coad
361 Chimney-sweeper's friend Adimal suicide
370 Apprentices' library, in Liverpool 208 Clock, whicb lights a candle Aroe, Dr. anecdote of 488 Comets, orbits of 125 obtained
88 Ass, sagacity and attachment of an 46 Corpolence, its ill effects on man
25 Asiatic ox-goad
57 Cowper, his private correspondence 44, 81 Asbestos stone
Copper bottoms, prevention of corrosion 126 Aspull, master George, the musician 483 Columbus, his memoirs
165 Country round Jericho
177 86 Balls, splendid in Paris
Combustion, simple supporters of Batavian anthology 194 Cockney squire described
191 Barton's new poem, notice of
207 Bachelor's wife, by Galt, notice of 246
Cochrane's pedestrian journey, noticed 208 Bartace, George James asg Cosmorama exhibition
326 Babylon, its predicted desolation
Comforts in London
Curse of Coldengame Baillie, Joanna
65 Beddoes the poet
361 Custom of making presents Belzoni, letter from him in Africa
Custom of drawing water
60 Dew, its copiousness in the eastern coun
146. tries Birds, employment and association of 151 Description of a desert Blank book of a small colleger 420 De Monfort, reinarks on
361 Bowdich, the African traveller 401 Detection of guilt
368 Bold dragoon
443 Deadly fiery wind Brackish water corrected
Decision, by Mrs. Hoffland, notice of 126 Brooke's residence in Lapland, notice of 126 Diorama exhibition
287 Breakfast giveo by Capt. Parry 286 Dogs of the Highlands
290 Brasbridge, Mr. his life 309 Dover packet described
417 Bride's tragedy, remarks on 361 Dress, its qualities
250 Burke's life, literary notice of 46 Dream of Borreray
347 Bullock's Travels in Mexico 196, 423, 452 Ducis, M. his life and writings
85 Bull-fights in South America
297 Dudley, Rev. H. Bates, deceased Boller, Sir Francis, apecdote of 448 Dutch Poets, specimens of the 210, 358 Buno, Mrs. the tragedian
487 Duke Christian of Luneburg, notice of 247
Cataract of the Ganges, a play
167 Eastern bottles of leather Crachami, Miss, the dwarf 229, 287, 405, 325 Eastern hospitality