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LONDON MAGAZINE.

No. XXIV.

DECEMBER, 1821.

VOL. IV.

CONTENTS.

665

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The Lion's bead.-Address 583 C. Dan Vinkbooms, bis Dog-
Letter from the English Opium

mas for Dilettanti, No. III.

584
Eater, &c. &c.

The Amateur's Boudoir, or a Visit
to Janus....

655 THE EARLY FRENCH POETS. Clement Marot

587

Imitations of the 42d and 43d Psalms. 664 TRADITIONAL LITERATURE, No. XII.

Sonnet
Miles Colvine, the Cumberland THE DRAMA, No. XXIII.

666 Mariner, with a Ballad...... 594 Report of Music, No. XXII.. 672 My First Play. By ELIA

603 POPULAR RETROSPECT of the ProOn the WRITINGS of John PAUL

gress of Philosophy and Science. ... 674 FREDERICK RICHTER

606 The Happy Life of a Parish Priest in

Monthly Register. Sweden

613 The Last Will and Testament:- the

ABSTRACT OF FOREIGN AND DO-
House of Weeping ...

615
MESTIC OCCURRENCES

679 TABLE Talk, No. XIII.

Births, Marriages, and Deaths 682—684 On the Spirit of Partisanship .. 620 Ecclesiastical Preferments

684 CONTINUATION of Dr. Johnson's Agricultural Report

684 LIVES of the Poets, No. II.

Observations on the Weather, for Oct. 685 The Life of Sir William Jones.. 626

Meteorological Journal, for Oct. 686 LEISURE HOURS, No. IV.

Commercial Report ...

691 Bacchus, or the Pirates, from the Homeric Hymns

639

Works preparing for Publication A Boiled Pig.....

and lately published, new Patents, 643

Bankruptcies, MARKETS, Stocks, Sketches on the Road. No. V.-Genoa 644

&c...

...691-696 Westminster Abbey...

651

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR TAYLOR AND HESSEY.

[Entered at Stationers' Hall.]

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THE LION'S HEAD.

The close of the year, coinciding with the completion of the Fourth Volume of the LONDON MAGAZINE, agreeably reminds us, that a few words of acknowledgment are due, first, to our numerous friends and the public for their firm and increasing support; and next, to our kind Contributors in general, whose exertions have raised the LONDON MAGAZINE to its present distinguished rank in periodical literature, and have procured for it so large a share of public favour.

As, on the one hand, we are happy to say, that greater encouragement could not have been expected than we have experienced; so, on the other, we are proud to affirm, that a greater number of men of talent than the LONDON MAGAZINE now unites in its support, were never before come bined in furtherance of any undertaking of a similar nature.

But gratitude for public patronage is best evinced by increased endeavours to deserve it; and the most agreeable return we can make to our cona' tributors for their individual exertions is to associate their labours with productions of kindred talent. As evidence of our zeal in these endeavours, we present the following account of a part of our resources for the ensuing year ; from whence it will appear, that the future Numbers of the LONDON MAGAZINE will be enriched, not only by the continued exertions of its present Correspondents, but by papers from new Contributors on important and interesting subjects, the very nature of which will be an earnest to the literary world that they proceed from men of the highest intellectual ability.

1. The Essays of Elia.
2. The Essays of the Author of Table Talk.

3. Twelve TALES OP LYDDAL Cross, by the Author of TRADITIONAL LITERATURE.

4. The Continuation of Dr. Johnson's LIVES OF THE English Poets.

5. Notices of the Early French Poets; vide “ Clement MAROT," in the present Number.

6. LEISURE HOURS: Translations of Select Poems from Classic Aus thors of Greece and Rome, with critical Remarks.

7. TRANSLATIONs in Prose and Verse from the most eminent of the Fine WRITERS of Modern Germany, with a CHARACTER of the Genius of each Author, forming an ANTHOLOGY of their finest Passages. By the English Oriud-LATER ; vide the Articles on Richter in our present Number.

8. EDWARD HERBERT'S LETTERS.—The Subject of the next will be The GREEN Room of the London Theatre.

9. The Beauties of the Living DRAMATISTS, A Series of humorous Papers, the first of which will appear in the Number for January.

10. The BEAUTIES of the TERM REPORTS. 11. Osmyn, a Persian Tale. Part II. 12. Essays on the Fine Arts, by CORNELIUS VAN VINKBOOM8, Esq.

13. LETTERS to a Young MAN OF TALENT whose Education had been neglected.

14. Essays, by Tuurma, Author of the Article on “Westminster Abbey," in the present Number.

15. The Third Part of the CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH, OPIUM-EATER.

In reference to the last Article, we have to lay before our Readers the following Letter:

To the Editor of the London Magazine.

SIR,

But to leave this subject, and to pass to another more immediately cona nected with your Journal:- I have seen in the Sheffield Iris a notice of my two papers entitled Confessions of an English Opium-eater. Notice of any sort from Mr. Montgomery could not have failed to gratify me, by proving that I had so far succeeded in my efforts as to catch the attention of a distinguished man of genius: a notice so emphatic as this, and introduced by an exordium of so much beauty as that contained in the two first paragraphs on the faculty of dreaming, I am bound in gratitude to acknowledge as a more flattering expression and memorial of success than any which I had allowed myself to anticipate.

I am not sorry that a passage in Mr. Montgomery's comments enables me to take notice of a doubt which had reached me before: the passage I mean iş this: in the fourth page of the Iris, amongst the remarks with which Mr. Montgomery has introduced the extracts which he has done me the honour to make, it is said " whether this character,” (the character in which the Opium-eater speaks) “ be real or imaginary, we know not.” The same doubt was reported to me as having been made in another quarter ; but, in that instance, as clothed in such discourteous expressions, that I do not think it would have been right for me, or that on a principle of just self-res spect, I could have brought myself to answer it at all; which I say in po anger, and I hope with no other pride than that which may reasonably influence any man in refusing an answer to all direct impeachments of his veracity: From Mr. Montgomery, however, this scruple on the question of authenticity comes in the shape which might have been anticipated from his own courteous and honourable, nature, and implies no more than a suggestion (in one view perhaps complimentary to myself) that the whole might be professedly and intentionally a fictitious case as respected the incidents—and chosen as a more impressive form for communicating some moral or medical admonitions to the unconfirmed Opium-eater. Thus shaped · I cannot have any right to quarrel with this scruple. But

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