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Booksellers in Town and Country.
P R E F A CE.
1. JT is a general complaint, and it seems, a just one, that
? most of our periodical Publications, do not continue the same as they began, but in a little time lose their Spirit. In a few years, perhaps in a few months or weeks, the publishers have (as we say) wrote themselves out. They have exhausted their stock, or at least the most useful and valuable part of it: and what remains is little calculated either to entertain or to profit the sensible Reader.
2. For many years this remark has been made concerning Magazines in particular. An immense multitude of these has lately appeared in England, Scotland, Ireland, and America. But how small a 'number of them has retained the same Spirit for any confiderable time? Yet some have done it: I believe the last of the Christian Magazines, was not inferior to the first. And I suppose the Gentleman's Magazine has preserved its Spirit for upwards of forty gears together.
3. And I believe the impartial Reader will allow, that The Arminian Magazine has not declined hitherto. He will easily observe, that neither the Prose nor Verse published A 2