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FOR MAY, 1811.
Sunt bona, sunt quaedam mediocria, sunt mala plura. Mart.

NEW WORKS. * A Sermon, preached in Cambridge and Brighton, April 11, 1811, the Anniversary Fast in Massachusetts. By John Foster, A. M. Minister of Brighton. Cambridge ; Hilliard and Metcalf.

* The Patriot : A Sermon delivered on the Annual Fast in Massachu. setts, April 11, 1811. By Eliphalet Gillet, congregational minister at Hallowell. N. Cheever,

* A Sermon preached at Byfield, on the Annual Fast, April 11, 1811. By Elijah Parish, D. D. Newbury port ; Thomas and Whipple.

A Contrast between Calvinism and Hopkinsianism. By Ezra Stiles Elly, A. M stated preacher to the hospital and almshouse in the city of New York. 1. Whiting and Co.

A Treatise on a malignant Epidemick, commonly called Spotted Fever, interspersed with Remarks on the nature of Fevers in general, and with an Appendix, in which is republished a number of Essays written by difderent authors on this Epidemick, with the addition of original notes, containing also a few original and selected cases, with clinical remarks. By Elisha North. Boston ; Edward Cotton.

NEW EDITIONS. Vol. I. of Dr. Gill's Commentary on the New Testament, &c. 4to. Boston ; D. Mallory and Co.

Syllabaire Francais ; or, a French Spelling Book ; containing the names and use of the French letters, with their various combinations, exemplifi, ed in a large and select variety of words, digested into classes, according to the number of syllables each word contains : to which are respectfully annexed, short and pleasing Essays on reading, calculated chiefly to lead young beginners, with ease, from the knowledge of single letters, to the reading of the longest and most difficult polysyllables. Also, an Introduction to French Grammar, by way of question and answer, illustrated by examples, a vocabulary, familiar phrases, &c. By M. Porney, French Master at Eton College. Boston ; West and Blake.

* Vol. III. Dr. Paley's Works. Boston: Joshua Belcher.

Sermons on important subjects. By the late reverend and pious Są muel Davies, A. M. some time President of the College in New Jersey. In 3 vols. Price $7.

A Hint to the Publick ; or Thoughts on the Fulfilment of Prophecy. By Lorenzo Dow. Boston ; No. 78 State Street,

The Messiah, from the Sermon of Klopstock. By Joseph Collyer. 2 vols. in one. Neat edition. Boston ; J West and Co.

An Essay on Maritime Loans, from the French of M. Balthazard Marie Emerigon ; with notes': to which is added an appendix, containing the Titles De Evercitiora Actione, de Lege Rhodia de Jacktaw, and de Nautico Foenore, translated from the Digest and Code of Justinian. And the Title des Contracts a la Grone Aventure ou a retour de voyage, from the marine ordonance of Louis XIV. By John E. Hall, Esq. Boston ; D. Mallory.

* Such books, pamphlets, etc. as are designated by this mark (*) may be found at the Boston Athenaeum.





JUNE, 1811.


As we have never laid claim to any extraordinary measure of sensibility, it may be supposed that they who have so long wielded the scourge of criticism, and bathed their hands in the blood of so many ill-fated candidates for fame, must have extinguished the usual feelings and weakness of our nature. Yet, incredible as it may seem, we do confess, with all our obdura- ! cy, that we cannot remain wholly unaffected, when we announce, that with the present number, our labours in the Anthology are to be brought to a close. After having for so many years found, in preparing materials for this work, the amusement and solace of our leisure hours, and in the little circle, which interest in its welfare has weekly brought together, an innocent and cheerful, if not always very philosophick relaxation, we feel, in finally dismissing it from our hands, something of that sadness steal over us, which is experienced in losing a good-natured and long-tried, though not perhaps very valuable friend.

Farewell! . I could have better spared a better man.

0! I shall have a heavy miss of thee. We do not suppose that the intention we have thus announced will spread much consternation, or that the absence of the Anthology will create any very alarming vacuum in the literal'y world. There may be some who will remember us with kindness, and a few with regret ; but on the whole we are in

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clined to think that the waves will roll as peacefully, and the skies appear as blue, and the sun shine as gaily, on the day of our departure, as though we still existed. Such is the fate which, from the nature of our work, we have always expected to be heirs to. He who writes for a journal, must not be disappointed, though his fame should moulder a good deal sooner than the pyramids of Egypt.. • In arriving at the termination of labours, which, if not very important, have at least been long continued, it is natural to inquire to what purpose we have toiled. In looking back on our pages we find, as in every fair review of human life, some things to regret ; some things of no very positive character ; and some, pacê omnium bonorum, be it said, which we are disposed to regard as not wholly vain and unprofitable. We do confess, for in our last moments it becomes us to be honest, that in reviewing our labours, we find some criticisms on our conscience, in which a juvenile love of point and smartness may have betrayed us into asperity and want of candour, and in which we may seem to have thought too much of the reputation of the reviewer, and too little of the rights and feelings of the author. We must in fairness also own, that it has been incident to our lucubrations to be sometimes crude and indigested, and sometimes meagre and weak ; and our remarks have been usually delivered in quite as oracular a tone as was justified either by the authority of the criticks, or the intrinsick weight of their judgments. We make these frank acknowledgments of our faults, because we would willingly go out of the world in charity with all mankind. They are the faults of youth ; and young men, we know, are always dogmatical and usually vain.

But we will not affect more humility than we feel. The Anthology, though never what we or its friends could have wished to see it, has yet some claims on the regard of the publick. The leading objects to which it has been devoted are such as we can never be ashamed to have pursued, however we may regret the imperfection of our approaches to them. To cultivate and gratify the taste of the lovers of polite letters, has been the principal design of our Miscellany, though we have rejected nothing which might appear to aid the general cause of sound science. In pursuing this design we have endeavoured always to feel and to recognize the obligation which is laid on every writer to regulate and sanctify all his speculations by a supreme regard to the interests of virtue and religion. In conducting our critical department we have had a task of more delicacy, in executing which from its very nature we could not hope for universal approbation. With whatever faults, how. ever, it may have been chargeable, of this at least we are sure ; that we have never knowingly suffered any sentiment of per: sonal hostility to mingle with any of our criticisms ; nor have we ever used the immunities of invisibility to shelter us in launching the “ firebrands, arrows and death” of slander and malignity.-We claim also this merit, that we have never lent ourselves to the service of any party, political or theological ; we have never courted the suffrages of the great vulgar, nor attempted to enlist the prejudices of the small; have never felt, in any discussion in which we have been engaged, that we have had any other cause to serve than that of truth and good learning. On this subject we speak confidently. Of the soundness of the great principles in politicks and religion; which we have advanced, we can deliberately re-affirm our honest conviction. We claim the praise of having been uniformly true to them ; and on this ground it is, that in going off the scene, we do not fear to say to the spectators : Plaudite, omnes.

There may be some who, in taking their last leave of the Anthology, may be prompted by kindness, or curiosity, or both, to inquire why we are now induced to discontinue it. We answer, that we are influenced not by one, but many reasons ; the weight of which we have long felt, though we have hesitated to obey them. At the commencement of the year we hinted at some of the inconveniences which arise from the manner in which the Anthology has been conducted, and suggested our hopes that we should be relieved from them by giving the principal care of the publication to a permanent editor. In this we have been disappointed, from the inadequacy of the receipts of the Anthology to repay the labour of any gentleman to whom we should be willing to confide it. Our auxa iliaries also, at no time numerous, though always valuable, have lately been diminished. Our own ranks too have been thinned by desertion and death, and many of us feel the claims of pro

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