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Lon. Mag. 1775.
When fell Debate kaivil Wars shall cease,
Shall bear her Genius to remolat Parts,
majót defy imperious FRANCE & SPAIN.
P R E F A CE.
N our laft year's address, we gave the Public reason to expect, that we should spare neither pains nor expence to procure them the greatest in
formation, fatisfaction, and pleasure, according to their various dispositions and tastes, which the nature of our undertaking would admit. The acknowledgements we have received during the course of the year, and the public approbation teftified by the filliminereafing sale of our Magazine, while others of the kind are drooping and dying, jnew that our pretences were not falfo, nor our promises impofitions.
Amidst the growing number of humble imitators, and monthly compilations, the London Magazine hath flood the shock of forty-four years, and is still Arong and flourishing. To our subscribers and correspondents, known and unknown, for their generous aid, their ingenious contributions, and
judicious pieces in prose and verse, we return our sincere thanks, and grateful acknowledgements. We hope they will continue their alistance and approbation, which we desire no longer than we continue to deferve. They may be assured our ambition is not merely to secure, but to increase the favours of the public to our miscellany.
The political department, antiquities, and new literary productions and discoveries, shall be carefully regarded; and original dissertations, essays, and poems on moral, philosophical, entertaining, and humorous subjects, Thall be communicated monthly. As to those sent to us during the last year, which we have omitted, we hope the authors will believe that the sole reason of their omission was, their not being so suitable to our design, and not from capricioujnefs or disapprobation.
We wish for a speedy reconciliation between Great Britain and the colonies, upon a constitutional and eternal foundation (us our frontispiece exhibits) for the bappiness of every part of the British Empire--and as we have now completed the political debates to the present feffion, we fhall be able to publish more of those learned eflays and ingenious pieces of wit and entertainment furnished by our unknown correspondents. While the differences exift, and there are such important debates in parliament upon them, we shall, agreeable to the original plan of our work, give a comprebensive, and withal as concise an account as posible, of those great affairs ; but so as that the different tastes of readers shall have suitable matter to gratify them. In brief, nothing shall be wanting in the course of the next gear, to give the London Magazine all tbe perfection we can, and to continue it worthy of our friends approbation, and the fmiles and encouragement of the public.
GEORGE R. WH HEREAS Our trusty and well-beloved Richard Baldwin, of Pater.
nofter-Row, in Our City of London, Bookfeller, hath, by his Petition, humbly represented unto Us, that he is the Proprietor of a Work that is published monthly, entitled,
The LONDON MAGAZINE. In which is contained many original Pieces, that were never before printed ; and that he is atı great expence in paying Authors for their Labours in writing and compiling the said Work, which has been published once a Month for near Thirty Years past, and hath met with great approbation from the Publick.That he is now publishing therein An Imparcial and Succinct History of the Origin and
Progress of the Present WAR, To be illustrated with many Maps and Charts, which hath already been so well received, as to induce severat Persons to reprint it in other periodical Publications; and being desirous of reaping the Fruits of his very great Expence and Labour, in the Prosecution of this Work, and enjoying the full Profit and Be. nefit that may arise from printing and vending the same, without any
other Per. son interfering in his juft Property, he most humbly prays Us, to grant him Our Royal Licence and Protection, for the role printing, publishing, and vendo, ing the said Work. And we do, therefore, by thele Presents, so far as may be agreeable to the Statute in that case made and provided, grant to him, the said Richard Baldwin, his Executors, Administrators, and Alligns, our Licence for the sole printing, publishing, and vending the said Work, for the Term of Fourteen Years, ftrictly forbidding all Our Subjects, within Our Kingdoins and Dominions, to reprint, abridge, or, publish the fame, either in the like or any other Volume, or Volumes whatsoever, or to import, buy, vend, utter, or distribute, any Copies thereof, reprinted beyond the Seas, during the aforesaid Term of Fourteen Years, without the Consent and Approbation of the said Richard Baldwin, his Heirs, Executors, or Amigns, under their Hands and Seals first had and obtained, as they will answer the contrary at their Perils. Whereof, the Commissioners, and other Officers of Our Customs, the Master, Wardens, and Company of Stationers, are to take Notice, That due Cbedience may be rendered to Our Will and Pleasure herein declared. Given at Ous Court at Kensington, the 23d Day of October, 1759, in the Thirty-Third Year of Our Reign. By His MAJESTY's Command.