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Entertaining Companion for the Fair Sex, appro-
priated solely to their Use and Amusement.
For JANUARY, 1795.
This N U MB E R contains,
1 Address to the Public,
| 16 The Fortunate Dinner. An Anec.
4 The Wooden Daughter of Descar on her Majesty's Birth-Day, 41
18 Enigmatical Lins,
Birth-Day.--Songs in the New
8 The Effects of Time,
A Ballad.--Sonnet.- Verses on vie
Youth.-Answer tu W.F's. Riddle
1 The Adventures of the Baron de Confolation.
23 20 Foreigo News,
EXPLANATION OF THE FRONTISPIECE, The Genius of ELOQUENCE presenting THE LADY'S MA. GAZINE to Youth and BEAUTY.
To our CORRESPONDENTS... The Essay of Clelia has some merit, ; but it is much too desultory, and · requires correction.
We are obliged to Eliza for her communication,
The Remarks of Mercator are judicious ; but his subject does not ac: cord with our plan,
Philharmonio shall be attended to, • Humilia may receive her packet again by sending for it. Her request is contrary to our custom,
Received, Fanny Wooburn. A Tale. Sonnet on the Death of Lieute. nant John Cochran, -Lines to Miss S. S.--Acrostic by R. S.-Verles on the close of the year. --Several Rebuses, Charades, Enigmațical Lifts, &c.
A MONG the many advantages derived to society from n the invention of the Art of Printing, perhaps the pubHication of Periodical Repositories for Fugitive Pieces, and the first efforts of dawning genius, is not to be efteemed one of the least. The variety of literary amusements, which, when properly conducted, they contain: cannot fail to furnish fomething agreeable to every tafte, which may convey instruction without the trouble of laborious study. Whatever exercises the mind, tends to expand and invigorate its faculties, and that mental exercise which is required for the perusal of a Monthly Miscellany, will neither cause any great consumption of the time of the busy, nor exhaust the patience even of the idle.
Such Publications, however, notwithstanding their avowed miscellaneous nature, are ufually adapted to some particular class of readers. The politician, the antiquary, the artist, and the man of fashion (a term too often abused to signify the libertine and the debauchee) are accommodated monthly with their respective Miscellanies. The agreeable province which we have assumed to ourselves, is to compile one appropriated to the Use and Amusement of the FAIR SEX. From this, we would exclude the dry and less pleasing details of the B 2
arts and the abstruser sciences, and the coo minute discuffions of political enquiry; at the lame time that we shali always carefully and faithfully give the most prominent outlines of the great events of the times ; times which daily pro. duce the most extraordinary scenes, the most momentous revolutions.
To our Correspondents, many and most grateful acknowledgments are due for their useful assistance and valuable contributions. Some among them, perhaps, whose' communications have not been inserted, may have experienced a disappointment they may flatter themselves was not merited ; but they should remember, that even where we see much to approve, and considerable promise of future excellence, the imperfections of a first essay may be so numerous and glaring as to render it unfit for the public eye. Such, however, are not immediately to despair : let them review and correct ; let them acquire the habit of being jealous of the deficiency of their own productions, and it is by no means improbable that their next attempt may have very different success.. :
We now begin the Twenty-sixth Volume of the Lady's MAGAZINE ; a Work which an indulgent and candid Public has received with the most liberal and unremitting favour, for five-and-twenty years. To that Public and our FAIR PATRONESSES (to whose elegant contributions we owe so much) every expression of gratitude is undoubtedly due ; nor shall any exertions be wanting on our part to continue to merit the same favours.