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COLUMBIAN PHENIX

AND

BOSTON REVIEW.

CONTAINING

USEFUL INFORMATION

ON

Literature, Religion, Morality,

Politics and Philosophy;

WITH MANY INTERESTING PARTICULARS IN

Hittory and Biography.

FORMING A

Compendium of the Present State of Society.

Vol. I. for 1800.

BOSTON:

PRINTED BY MANNING & LORING,
* For JOSEPH HAWKINS, No. 39, Cornhill.

TO CORRESPONDENTS:

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THE meritorious poetic favor, from Criton, entitled “THE FASHIONABLE Review, No. I.” is received ; and we regret that it did not come to hand soon enough for insertion. The Author, however, may rest assured, that in our next Number it shall: fill the place it merits.

The Editor, in justice to his own personal feelings, cannot but acknowledge the potirenefs and good intentions of Mr. “CockLOFTICAL," and in justice to the feelings of the public, must sufpend the publication of Mr. C.'s favor for a time.

The Stanzas on the Youth, who died with chagrin, because his mistress wore false hair, is destitute of originality, if not of truth.

AMANDA's Acrostic can be understood only in the circle of her acquaintance; we shall be proud and happy to oblige the ladies, when the occasion is consonant with our judgment...

Matilda's poetic Lamentation, on being bit by a favourite dog, does more credit to her fancy than her knowledge of the world; the circumstance of a puppy being ungrateful towards his mistress, is among the ordinary occurrences of life.

Many original communications are under consideration; some of which will appear in our next, as they possefs, in an eminent degree, fuch sentiments as are calculated to please the majority of our readers.

TO PATRONS. THE Marriages and Deaths, which have occurred since the first of January, are unavoidably omitted in this Number, but shall appear in our next, with those which may happen in the present month.

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TO THE PUBLIC.

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THEN the Editor of the COLUMBIAN PHENIX

first issued his Proposals for this Monthly Publication, it was with a s trembling diffidence." But among the various pursuits of life, this, to which necessity and ambition have impelled him, is the only one which is confonant with his fituation and feelings. Being deprived of the inestimable privileges and properties of vision, his only resort, either for amusement or profit, is to the exertions of an ever-thinking soul; from which, though he cannot promise the most polithed specimens of eloquence, he will endeavor to produce occafional differtations, that may perhaps tend, not only to the amusement, but to the inftruction of the reader.

Though affured of the aid of several gentlemen, on whose merit as writers, their effays will furnish the best comment, and of the fupport of friends in different parts of the country, respectable in number, as well as ability to promote his, efforts; yet with this fair profpect before him, he has at times viewed the dark side of the picture, and felt at a loss, whether to come forward and declare his honest intentions, in what he thinks a laudable undertaking, and solicit the patronage of the public ; or to make an apology to his friends, and to the world, for what many, and perhaps not without fome reason, may

call rash and foolish attempt He has lived long enough so know that the author; or editor, who does not promote the ambition of individuals, flatter their pride, and their avarice, or gratify their hate, finds in general but a scanty support; and to atone for his neglect and chagrin, has only the self-satisfaction of having deserved better.- Excellent food for the mind; but it will not keep the body from starving.

Experience too often proves, that a man, to derive pecuniary reward from his talents, muft pamper the vices and follies of mankind. The bill at the grog-hop or tavern is paid cheerfully, without even examining the items--the butcher's with more fcruples and reluctance--the physician's with still more—and most of all, the ill fated author's, who employs his time and talents to cure the diseases of the mind. Temperance parts with money cautiously. Extravagance

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