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PRE FACE.

When the attention of the public was first called to the IMPERIAL MAGAZINE, a pledge was given, that no laxity of religious and moral principle, and no violence of party-feeling, should be suffered to deforin its columns. Several years have elapsed since that avowal was made, and its Volumes will bear witness, that the promise has been faithfully performed.

An inspection of the Numbers for 1829 will convince the reader, that they correspond with their predecessors; and the accumulated and concurrent testimony of eleven years will become a security for what may hereafter be advanced, on vicissitudes and events, which are at present locked up in futurity.

Actuated thus by those permanent principles with which the work commenced, the primary aim of its conductors has been to defend religion, to discover truth, to improve morality, and to advance the interests of science. On points of difficulty in each department, if nothing pernicious appeared to be involved in the issue, free discussion has been allowed, without any regard to sect or party, and the controversy has only been interrupted when the subject exhibited symptoms of exhaustion, or the disputants, departing from the original question, took their stand on other ground.

Variety, however, should be the leading feature of a Magazine ; it should include subjects suited alike to the sober feelings of the aged, and the warm expectations of the young, to the inquisitive research of the philosopher, and the gratification of the general reader. Articles embracing this variety, we have invariably endeavoured to select, and under this impression we confidently refer to all the Volumes of our Miscellany, for a proof of our exertions to prepare a banquet adapted to every taste, and for an earnest of our future zeal.

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