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FICTION, POETRY, HISTORY, LITERATURE,
AND THE FINE ARTS.
The completion of a volume of The Parterre, has laid upon us the duty of prefixing that summary of reasons and promises, known hy the name of a Preface; without which, according to established usage, no volume is complete.
To those who have seconded our infant efforts from their commencement, we need not recapitulate either the objects or the intentions of our little work: we have endeavoured to fulfil our early promises, and, we trust, not unsuccessfully; but that portion of the public, whose patronage we hope yet to obtain, will expect that we should lead them into our newly laid-out Parterre, by the gradual approach of a preface, as an avenue from whence they can inspect its arrangements at one view, rather than lead them at once into the midst, and bid them cull its flowers at random.
The most prominent features in this arrangement, are—the great number of original articles; in which respect the Parterre surpasses every other similar periodical; reckoning in this volume, upwards of one hundred. The engravings which illustrate many of these articles,
and of which the present volume contains twenty-eight, have been executed by Mr. Samuel Williams, in the first style of wood engraving, and we feel confident, may be ranked among the finest productions of that now beautiful art. To the Selected Articles, as well as those that are original, we feel authorized to draw our readers' attention; the support hitherto afforded to the Parterre, being our best warrant for this confidence in our selection.
In conclusion, we beg to assure our friends, that the next volume shall be still richer in original articles; a promise of which our forthcoming numbers will be the fulfilment.
The Editors Of The Parterre.
TALES, ROMANCES, AND NARRATIVES.
The Grave of the Poetess . . 5
Dunbar Castle; by H. Guilford 6
Tarnaway Castle; by the same . 19
Stanzas . ... 31
To a Withered Flower . . 36
The May-flower .... 52
To Margaret .... 56
The Tower of the Plague . . 69
of his Son .... 100
Stanzas; by H. Guilford . . 134