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Entertaining Companion for the Fair Sex, appro-
priated solely to their Use and Amuseirsut.
'i Address to the Public,
19 The Jealous Duke. A Tale.
Poet cal Anecd te of Henry the
XX. p. 608.
This Number is embellished with the following Copper-Plates, viz.
Europe.-2. An engraved Title Page.-3. An elegant Engraving of a View of
LONDON, Printed for G. G. J. and J. Robinson, No. 2;. Pater.
nofter Row, where Favours from Correspondents will be received.
The Genius of the MAGAZINE presenting it to Minerva and
Britannia, who recommend the Work to the Perusal of the Fair Sex.
E mould be ungrateful, indeed, to our Correspondents if we did
not acknowledge the increase as well as importance of their late communications. Within a very few months we have been enabled to present our readers with above one hundred Original Papers, Eflays, and Letters, on a variety of amusing and iostructing
subjects. Few we believe of our coteinporaries, and certainly none of our rivals, can honestly make a fimilar assertion.
Our Prose Collection for next month will afford a proof that our funds are still increasing. In this month's and in our Supplement we have been enabled to pay off many old scores to our Poetical Correspondents,
The following, however, remain yet to be promised for next month.
Two Acrostics by Sinceritas and G. Martin-with many others which we are delired by the writers not to acknowledge previous to insertion.
The following we are sorry must be rejected :
Lines on seeing Girls strew Flowers before their Majesties at Mount Edgcumbe.
Verses inscribed to Miss Ch, by a Constant Reader, we must also reject; and, as he has thought proper to accompany his poetry with a abreat, in case of iis not appearing, we fall submit a part of them to our Readers.
" Its you I love and none else I declare
I'll have you if you will have me." Our readers will see from this specimen that it is impossible to class such verses with good or even tolerable poetry—and we have no room for what is
T the expiration of so long a period from the com
mencement of our labours, we cannot but acknowledge that the encouragement we have met with is such as confirms our best opinions of the public taste, and affords us no inconsiderable proof that we have not laboured in vain. It was our early opinion that a work dedicated to the use of the Fair Sex would soon attract their attention; and while we were pleased to find that it had this effect, we derived no less satisfaction from the idea that they would assist us in rendering the LADY's MAGAZINE, what without their contributions, we despaired of, a REPOSITORY for the first attempts as well as the MORE MATURE EXERTIONS of the FEMALE PEN. In these hopes, and in this expectation we have not been disappointed. To the genius and taste of our female correspondents we owe much, and are proud to own the obligation.
The prevailing taste for improvement in female education, and the happy effects of that education, have enabled us to extend our plan beyond its original intention. The days are passed when Men Writers were afraid left they should be too learned for the comprehension of female readers, when they were compelled to mould their writings into childish forms, and when the presumption of literary pride led many to believe that learning and gepius, taste and study were incompatible with the duties of
female life, superior to their understanding, and pernicious to the morals of the sex. The days are past, when learning in a woman was accounted miraculous, when servile employments were the only duty they were capable of, and the ornament of the person the only pride they could boaft.-If in the outset of our plan we anticipated this happy revolution in female instruction, we are happy to add that we have profited by it; that some of the best. embellishments to thefe volumes have been the work of female pens, and some of our greatest improvements the
, result of their suggestions.
The objects of our Morality, however, do not yet cease to call loudly for our exertions. The age of folly is not paft, nor has public licentiousness yielded to the many checks it has received. In most respects, it is the colour and not the substance of vice which is changed--and folly, depressed in one quarter, is ready to start up in another, with the fascination of novelty to attract, and the power of fashion to preserve that attraction. It shall, therefore, still be our assiduous endeavour to give to virtue those ornaments which vice wears with so much success, and to take from vice all that can allure and deceive, all that can bewitch and destroy. In this attempt we are confident that we may appeal to the sense of our female readers, and be determined by their judgment--and that while we continue to furnish a pleasing variety of MORALITY, AMUSEMENT and LITERATURE, we may hope for the patronage which first established and has hitherto supported this Magazine.