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NEW MICRO COSM:

EDITED BY

THE SENIOR CLASS

OF

MANCHESTER SCHOOL.

FROM JUNE, 1839, TO JUNE, 1840.

MANCHESTER :
PRINTED BY CAVE AND SEVER, POOL FOLD.
Sold by
AMBERY, 91, Market Street, and other Booksellers.

1840.

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PRE FACE.

In presenting this little volume to our readers, we cannot help thanking them for the support which our feeble endeavours have hitherto met with. The New MICROCOSM has existed for more than a year, during which time twelve numbers have been published. We flatter ourselves that this shows that our little work has not been without attractions to the public, and it has been encouraging to us to find that, as far as we are able to judge, those who began at first to take it in have continued their subscriptions to the present time.

In the conduct of the Magazine, we have kept up to our original intentions which we laid down in our first number, viz., that “the contents of the work would be wholly original with the exception of that portion entitled • The Bee, in which would be introduced anecdotes and observations from foreign and antiquated authors." The reader will probably have observed that our first number was headed—“ The New Microcosm, consisting of miscellaneous literary productions of the Senior Class,” &c.; and the second and future numbers“ Edited by the Senior Class." This alteration was made by the advice of a friend, who urged that our first title prohibited us from receiving contributions from other parts of the school. We changed the title accordingly, but the result has far from answered our expectations, and the articles have with very few exceptions been confined to the Senior Class.

We have thought it proper to make these few remarks at the completion of this volume, as, though the first, it is probably the last which will be ever offered to the public. If, encouraged by their favour, another magazine do hereafter appear in the higher classes of the school, it will be in other hands, and probably published under a different title. We therefore most respectfully bid you our grateful and final adieu.

THE EDITORS.

Manchester School, June 8th, 1840.

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Eustace D'Evreux. A Tale...

Pages I, 17, 33, 49, 65, 72

The Essayist.

No. 1. Authors.

5

No. 2. The British Drama

29
No. 3. The English Style....

40
No. 4. The Constitution of England

56
No. 5. On the Influence of Time, Climate, and Language on Poetry in
general ....

74
No. 6. On the Influence of Religion on Literature.

86
No. 7. On the comparative advantages resulting from Classical and
Mathematical Studies...

101
No. 8. On Fashion

126
No. 9. On History

139
No. 10. The English Language

158
No. 11. The Poetry of Lord By

174
No. 12. The Influence of Religion on the Fine Arts......

183

Critical Remarks on “ The House that Jack Built"

8, 26

The Burglars...

12

The Bee......

14, 32, 63, 80, 111, 160

The Country Corporation...

21, 44, 59

Ancient Rural Customs....

42

Strangeways at Dinner time.

53

Sketch of an Old Maid ......

71

Early Recollections.

A Hunt for a Breakfast.

Warholme Castle. A Tale..

97, 113, 129, 145, 161, 177

The Druid Sacrifice

104

Traits of Character. No. 1..

108

The Revenge. A Tale...

119

A Day in Dublin

123

An Adventure in Wales.

135

Traits of Character. No. 2....

142

Honesty and Honnêteté

154, 170, 186

Sherwood Forest

156

The Dream

171, 189

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