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Every Art is improved by the emulation of Competitors - Dr. Johnsovo.
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TO THE ELEVENTH VOLUME.
TO blend freedom of discussion, and variety of information with purity of principle, the New Monthly MAGAZINE was instituted at a time when periodical publications of an opposite description were employed, from month to month, in propagating sedition and infidelity.
That an undertaking tending to counteract the workers of mischief should provoke their malice was naturally to be expected; and the Proprietors feel a satisfaction in acknowledging, that next to the approbation of honourable minds, they account it a proud distinction to have experienced the most rancorous abuse from a quarter which cannot perhaps be more correctly described than in the language of one of our best poets :
He hated all good works and virtuous deeds,
And who with gracious bread the hungry feeds
And eke the verse of famous poet's wit
From leprous mouth, on all that ever writ:
SPENSER But having taken their station on the side of social order in opposition to anarchists, and having established a medium of literary commerce, unsophisticated by empiricism and uncontaminated by blasphemy, the conductors of this Magazine regard the fretful enmity with which they continue to be assailed as a motive to perseverance.
Were they not assured by positive testimonies of the most respectable character, that their publication has been instrumental of good in evil times ; and were they not confident from what they have already witnessed, that still more essential benefit may yet be rendered to the cause of truth and literature, by such a vehicle of knowledge and amusement; the overflowing wrath poured forth against them by Buonaparte's adulators would be alone sufficient to strengthen the resolution which they have formed of maintaining their post without flinching, though ever keeping in view the maxim of the illustrious Roman Orator, Refellere sine pertinacia, et refelli sine iracundia,