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Berkshire, Dorsetsbire, Hampshire, Somersetshire, and Wiltshire;

Containing a copious SeLECTION of whatever is valuable in

LITERATURE, POLITICS, and HISTORY,

And the greatest Variety of MISCELLANEOUS and ORIGINAL PIECES in PROSE and VERSE,

Under the several Descriptions of ANTIQUITIES AND ANECDOTES

LAW REPORTS BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

MUSIC AND MORALS CHRONOLOGY AND CRITICISM

NATURAL HISTORY DRAMATIC EFFUSIONS

ODES AND SONNETS ESSAYS, SERIOUS, COMIC, CIVIL, AND POLITICAL

POETRY AND POOR LAWS FLIGHTS OF FANCY AND CURIOUS FACTS

QUESTIONS IN ARTS AND SCIENCES GEOGRAPHY AND GENERAL HISTORY

RATIONAL AMUSEMENTS HUNTING SONGS

SONGS, HUMOROUS AND COMIC JEU D'ESPRITS AND INNUENDOS

TRAVELS, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC KINGS AND PRINCES

VERSES AND LINES UPON VARIOUS SUBJECTS

With a choice SELECTION of MisceLLANEOUS ARTICLES on most common Occurrences.

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Printed for and sold by B. C. COLLINS, and by S. CROWDER, in London.

N.DCC.Lxxxyiii.

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HE Proprietors of this little periodical Work are happy in presenting their numerous

Friends with a copious INDEX and TITLE to the first Volume. That universal and unusual Satisfaction which it has given, induced them to engage a Gentleman of Abilities to perform this necessary and essential Task. Numerous Avocations have indeed intervened, from Time to Time, to prevent its Completion ; but the great Multiplicity of Matter required extraordinary Attention, and fully satisfied as they themselves are with the Execution, they hope their numerous Friends will be equally satisfied and amply recompensed for this unavoidable Delay. Intimately as they have been conversant in the Work from the Time of its Commencement, the Variety of the Materials has far surpassed their Ideas; and their Friends, they doubt not, will be equally ready to give the Tribute of Applause where it is so justly due.

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Our Correspondents, we trust, will excuse our observing the Propriety of supplying us with proper

Solutions to all Queries which remain unanswered; for the Proposers in such Cases are always the fittest Persons to supply the Editors with a Key, and many of our Friends have, on that Account, urged the Necessity of our requesting such Solutions before they can recommend us to infert any Answers. .

It has been our principal Wish to make our MISCELLANY the Vehicle of Antiquarian Knowledge ; and we have the flattering Prospect that we shall shortly receive a regular Supply of Matter for that Purpose. To become the Repository of useful Intelligence in this Department, has been the favourite Object of the Editors in publifhing it; but we wish to be understood as foliciting Communications of this Description from every Quarter, to which the most flattering Marks of Approbation shall be manifested. Every Attention will be paid to the Efforts of ous numerous Correspondents to elucidate any Part of ancient History, whether local, civil, or ecclesiastical and monastic.

GRATEFUL as we would wish to appear to our Friends for their numerous Communications, we cannot close our Address without expressing a Hope that they will not be less attentive to such Information as is more particularly the Object of the Editors in the Progress of this little MISCELLANY.

June 1, 1788.

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