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WE beg to return many thanks to the gentlemen who have already honored us with their correspondence on Military subjects. Their several favours shall be attended to in the order received, and according to the importance of their communications. We again embrace this opportunity repeating the pledge given in the Prospectus of the work being conducted on those independent principles, which alone can render it beneficial to the Officers of the Army, and best calculated to promote the interests of the profession at large.
We have to return many thanks to the author of “ The Battles of the Danube and Barrosa," for the very flattering poetical address he has favoured us with on the institution of this work, and which shall appear in our next; as also for bis manuscript poem of “ Albuera,” some extracts from which are inserted in the present number. With regard to “ The Battles of the Danube and Barrosa," be beg to inform him, that a Critique on that production will appear in our third impression.
A review of Major Pasley's Essay on the Civil and Military Policy of this Country of the Hon. Colonel Dillon's Commentary on the Military Establishment and Defence of the British Empire-and of every new important Military Work, will appear in the ensuing numbers of the Panorama, as opportunities offer for their insertion ; and every attention will be observed, to constitute this undertaking a source of general information, instruction, and useful criticism.
The work entitled “ Leisure Moments in the Camp and in the Guard-Room," has been received, and we shall take the liberty of inserting the article relating to bis Royal Highness the Duke of York in our second number,
A correct Biography of the Marquis of Wellington will be given in our next ; also a review of the celebrated poem on the Battle of Talavera ; a continuation of the Campaigns in the Peninsula ; and a variety of other interesting military matter,
IN presenting our first number to the notice of the gallant body whose patronage and fostering care we are most anxious to acquire, it may be requisite to enter more fully into the plan of our proposed undertaking than could well be effected through the medium of a Prospectus.-We are aware also, that to the public in general, an account should be rendered of the motives which have induced the Editors of a new periodical work to devote their time and labours exclusively to the members of the Military Profession.— That profession, however, is now become so very attractive to the youth of the present age, in consequence of the many brilliant achievements of the British Army in the Peninsula, that there are very few families who have not some connections enrolled in the proud list of our military heroes.
As our professed object is, to render the MILITARY PANORAMA an organ for general correspondence, it will be in the power of the Editor to select such literary productions as may appear best calculated to afford instructive lessons in the Art of War, and the remedy of such abuses in the system, as, notwithstanding the unremitting vigilance of the illustrious Commander in Chief, shall still be discovered to exist. It will be a most gratifying circumstance to find, that any improvements they may venture respectfully to suggest, shall be deemed deserving of consideration at Head-quarters, and the reception they have already experienced from some officers, not more distinguished by their illustrious and exalted rank than the most transcendant qualities of the head and heart, affords a very flattering prospect of future success. VOL. I.
Convinced in our own minds that the military resources of Great-Britain are much greater than have yet been called into action, we shall seek every occasion to point out where the deficiencies exist, and to inspire that military urdour throughout every part of these dominions of so much importance to the security, the integrity, and the independence of the Empire.
Unconnected with any party, and disclaiming all political controversy, the character of the MILITARY PANORAMA will soon be distinguished for integrity of principle and an unshaken patriotism, founded on the best and purest motives, the sacred love of our country, and an earnest desire to preserve by every means in our power the excellent constitution handed down by our ancestors.Where opportunities offer, we shall have peculiar pleasure in inculcating such sentiments throughout the Army, as may have the effect of increasing the attachment they already feel for their native land, and this cannot be more effectually accomplished than by the conviction, that their merits are duly appreciated, and their interest and welfare made the subject of unceasing attention.— The late Regulations providing for the comfort of the gallant officers and soldiers who have bled in the defence of their country, cannot fail of being received with heartfelt gratitude throughout every department of the service, from the highest to the lowest ranks : some of the most interesting of those regulations will be given in each number.
* In prosecution of the plan proposed for conducting the MiliTARY PANORAMA, and to promote most effectually the benefits which the Army may derive from its extensive circulation, the Editors invite the free and unreserved correspondence of every officer on points connected with his profession, and promise a regular insertion of all such essays on Military Subjects, as, after a càndid revisal, may be deemed admissible in a work of this nature.- Al letters from the seat of war will be received with interest, and we shall most readily embrace the opportunity of giving such details as do not usually meet the public eye in the Official Dispatches.- Our own erperience will teach us where to draw the line; and although we shall feel a lively satisfaction in according the just meed of praise for every act of distinguished ralour, we shall at the same time be cautious not to give publicity to such remarks as may originate in a premature and perhaps mistaken view of the motives by which any officer shall appear to have been actuated in the discharge of his duty.
We entertain a sanguine hope that the Officers of the Army will embrace the opportunity now afforded them, of publishing their sentiments on Military matters, as the want of a proper channel for the communication of their ideas, has occasioned many useful hints and valuable information being lost to the service.But, while we eagerly court discussion, we must ever deprecate that violence of language, alike detrimental to the cause of truth, and the promulgation of knowledge, as inimical to the feelings of polished society.
This candid arowal of the principles by which we propose to be governed, and of the conduct we shall adopt in our literary undertaking, will, we respectfully trust, meet with the most liberal interpretation from all classes into whose hands this first number shall find its way, and insure a continuance of that support already so generally promised to the conductors of the MiliTARY PANORAMA.
However solicitous of meeting with universal patronage, we are fully sensible that it is to the most arduous exertions alone we wust be indebted for a favourable reception of the MILITARY PANORAMA. Hence the spirit in which this publication has been undertaken will be found to pervade all its arrangements, and the Editors confidently anticipate the approbation of a discerning public, or witnessing the elegance of its Typography, and the very ingenious manner in which the Engravings shall be executed, an artist of superior talents having been expressly engaged for the purpose of conducting this important department of the MiliTARY PANORAMA.
We entertain a sanguine hope that the Biographical part of our publication will prove not less interesting to the Officers of the Army than acceptable to the public at large, and render the work a valuable addition to the library of the gentleman and scholar, as a faithful record of military events.
We conceive that to urge any further claims to the notice of the British Army, is now rendered unnecessary.-Having fairly stated the motives which have induced us to undertake the present work, we shall finally observe, that the MILITARY PANORAMA is conducted by gentlemen who have no concern or interest in any publication of a similar nature, and by its own intrinsic merits they are prepared to stand or fall.