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THE FINE ARTS-POLITICS-THEATRICAL EXCELLENCIES-

WIT-HUMOUR-GENIUS-TASTE-GALLANTRY-AND ALL

THE GAY VARIETY OF SUPREME BON TON.

From grave to gay, from lively to severe,
Wit, truth, and humour shall by turns appear.

VOL. I.

LONDON:

BENBOW, PRINTER, BYRON'S HEAD, CASTLE STREE

LEICESTER SQUARE,

Souten 1-14-43

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PREFACE.

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On presenting the first Volume of The RamBLER'S MAGAZINE to the Public, custom, as well as obligation, demand from us some review of our labours at the close of the year. It is not for us to speak respecting its merits ; but this we can assert, that few periodical publications have, under similar circumstances and disadvantages, obtained so much patronage and success in as short a space of time. We have had no puffing advertisements; no bookselling connection to force a circulation ; we have not flattered hypocrites and scoundrels that we might share in their dishonest plunder. To unmask these has been our object, and with what effect, let the Vice Society tell. We have expressed that openly, which others did by inuendoes and equivoques; we have made Love our principal theme, because, as. Moore, says, “ The world are all thinking about it," and for this we have incurred the malice of a gang of reverend hypocrites. We shall quote the words of a valued correspondent, and conclude by saying, that in what has been praised, we shall endeavour still more to deserve praise; and the errors that have been pointed out, shall be amended as speedily as possible.

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