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It will be our chief object to make every essay—however brief, and however light and familiar its treatment-breathe with A PURPOSE. Experience assures us that, especially at the present day, it is by a defined purpose alone, whether significant in twenty pages or in twenty lines, that the sympathies of the world are to be engaged, and its support ensured.

Whilst dealing with the highest social claims of our countrymen, we shall not exclude from our pages either Sketch of Character-TaleHistory-or Romance. Far otherwise. It will be our earnest desire to avail ourselves of all and every variety of literature, if illustrating and working out some wholesome principle. Mere stories, made like Twelfth-night heroes, of mere sugar, we shall certainly eschew.

Neither would we have the “light-reader” take alarm at our graver subjects. They, too, it is hoped, may be discussed with no very violent call upon his wakefulness. It is not necessary that such themes—like bullets-should be cast in lead to do the surest service.

Such was the pith of the prospectus that-six months ago—announced the publication of the present work. We then spoke, certainly, in the fulness of hope. We have now to acknowledge the success that has firmly established the “SHILLING MAGAZINE” as a public organ. It has made a sphere for itself. We nevertheless hope, with each succeeding volume to develope more strength, more various powers ; so that the book may

be rendered more worthy of the sympathy and encouragement that, from the first Number, so cordially welcomed it.

June, 1845.

CONTENTS OF VOL. I.

PAGR

A Few Words on Early Shop-Shutting.

67

Address to the Fountains in Trafalgar-square

70

April Fools.

356

Anti-Corn Law League Bazaar

515

Black Bank Notes, the

62

Bishop's Knock, the. A Legend of the South-West

492

Case at Sessions, a

325

Cat-and-Fiddle Moralities. (By the Editor)

327

Cathedral Pennies

419
Crimes of Quacks

251
Drum, the

139
Finery of War

38
Genii of Steam, the, and the Great Britain Steam-ship

243
Hedgehog Letters, the

72, 167, 261, 347, 446, 539
Hints on Marriage

129
History for Young England, a

79, 357, 452, 543
History of St. Giles and St. James, the. (By the Editor). , 1,93, 189, 285,

381, 477

Holidays for the People

336

How will it Look?

402

Impressions of a late Trial for Murder

424

January

78

Labourer's Thoughts on St. Valentine's Day, a

225

Law of the Land, the

505

Lay of the Shuttle, the .

521

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Reviews of New Books (continued):
Narrative of the United States' Exploring Expedition during the years
1838–1842. (By Charles Wilkes)

274
Revelations of Spain in 1845

372
Reynard the Fox

91
Sybil ; or, the Two Nations. (By B. D’Israeli)

557
Travels in Sweden : Sketches of a Journey to the North

476
Thiers' History of the Consulate and the Empire

468
Vacation Rambles and Thoughts

178
Violina. (By Frederick, Baron de la Motte Fouque)

572

“ Shadows” of “ Coming Events”

22

Slavery the only Remedy for the Miseries of the English Poor

116

Social Flower, the

451

Sonnet, a, to Charles Dickens

250

Sonnet on the Death of Laman Blanchard

311

Surplice, the

410

Tally System, the

256

Temptations of the Poor

442

Truth in a Vision

312

List of Ellustrations.

BY JOHN LEECH,

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PLATE

1. With the words, Mrs. Aniseed plucked the shawl aside,

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IV. Lord St. James visits Mrs. Simmer, and meets St. Giles

289

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