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For the YEAR 1790.
CONSISTING CHIEFLY OF
Printed for the AUTHOR: and fold at the New-Chapel, City-Road,
To the REA DE R.
HAVING juft received the following Letter from
a Friend, I think it proper to communicate it to
"Confidering the Nature of a Magazine, and the variety of perfons through whom This in particular circulates; confidering how various they are in their capacity, in their judgment, in their taste, and in their degrees of spiritual light and understanding: a little reflection may convince us, that in the very nature of things, it is impoffible to please all! Nay, one might venture to fay, to please half, or even one third of our Readers. Perhaps among five thousand subscribers, not even five would be found to agree in their judg ment and tafte with refpe&t to all the articles of this, or any other Magazine.
"I believe we might apply in this inftance, as well as in many others, the fable of Jupiter and the Countryman, who petitioned him concerning the weather: When our Subscribers shall all agree, what kind of Magazine they would have, you may promise, "They fhall have it." Some, doubtlefs, would delight in
what is as dull as Sternhold and Hopkins: others in what is as fublime as Milton or Young. Yea, however could combine the utile and the dulce together, yet
you could not please all.
"Some years fince it was objected to the Magazines, "that they confifted of too few. Articles," being ufually about twelve. Objections of an oppofite nature, have been made of late years; namely; that each confifts of too many; perhaps three or four and twenty. In order to avoid both extremes, may not a medium be obferved; and each Magazine generally confift of about fixteen or eighteen Articles? You will excufe, I doubt not, what I have written, as you fee my intention.
I perfectly agree with this advice, and purpose it shall
be taken for the time to come.