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A WORK OF HUMBLE IMPORT ;
CLAIMING THE ATTENTION OF ALL RANKS,
As having fi' its object the
Prevention of Crimes,
And being calculated to ensure the PEACE, COMFORT, AND SECƯRITY OF SOCIETY ;
By alluring the Young and Thoughtless TO A TASTE FOR READING SUBJECTS OF REAL UTILITY,
Having a tendency to counteract the -BANEFUL INFLUENCE OF DEPRAVED HABITS;
Promote the interests of Religion, Virtue, and Humanity; ENCOURAGE A SPIRIT OF INDUSTRY, ECONOMY, AND FRUGALITY ;
Dispel the shades of Ignorance, Prejudice, and Error, particularly from among the lower orders of mankind :
CONSISTING OF ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS AND SELECT EXTRACTS, Invariably adapted to answer some of the above important purposes, and brought forward in such a pleasing manner, as likely to
excite and arrest the attention of the juvenile mind.
IT IS BETTER TO PREVENT CRIMES THAN TO PUNISH THEM.
Train up a child in the way he should go; and where he is old he will
not depart from it. A man who gives his children a habit of industry and frugality, pro
vides for them better than by giving them a stock of money:
HADDINGTON: PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY GEORGE MILLER AND SON,
PREFACE. HAVING detailed so minutely the nature and object of the
Cheap MAGAZINE, with the peculiar circumstances under which it took its rise, in the preface to the first volume, (to which they refer,) it only remains for the publishers, on the present occasion, again to express their gratitude to their kind patrons; acknowledge, with thanks, the obliging contributions they have been so amply favoured with*; and to quote, with heartfelt satisfaction, the following testimonies that have reached them in course of the by-past year, which, they presume, must speak more forcibly in their behalf, than any thing they could say in their own favour.
EAST-LOTHIAN Printing-office, Dec. 1814. From four of the Ministers of Paisley, of different denominations.
“From the specimens of the Cheap Magazine which we have perused, we think it well fitted for promoting the bea nevolent object which it has in view, and particularly for contributing to the instruction and improvement of the young. As such we earnestly recommend it to the attention of Heads of Families, and the public at large." (Signed) Wm. Ferrier; minister Antiburgher congregation: Wm. Smart; minister
Burgher ditto : Robert Burns ; minister Established Church : James Thomson ; minister Relief congregation.
From two of the Ministers of the Establishment in Dundee. “We have perused your Miscellany, entitled The Cheap Magazine, with much satisfaction, and think it extremely well calculated to answer the end proposed. It possesses considerable variety, and several of the articles introduced are of a warning nature, and have an instructive tendency: They seem not only well adapted to the capacities of the younger and more illiterate part of the community, but may be read with advantage by the more knowing and experienced. (Signed) Alex. Peters, James Thomson.
* The benevolent Historian of the Irish Family, having penned several of the sections during indisposition, has expressed a wish that we would make room for sundry emendations or corrections which she has pointed out; but, whatever pleasure we might feel in exerting ourselves to gratify an author to whom we are under so many obli. gations, and who, with increasing infirmities, has the enviable consolation to reflect, that she never published a line but for the benefit of ber fellow creatures, we are restricted by our limits from noticing more than what are mentioned in the errata.
In a work of this nature several little inaccuracies may be expected to occur, but, as it will strike our readers, that the authors of many of the pieces must reside at a distance from the press, we earnestly hope
d to pyerinok and forgive, than to find fault.