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S the favourable Reception our
MAGAZINE meets with, not A
only continues but increases daily, we think ourselves oblig
ed to conclude this Year, with a Declaration of our most grateful Acknowledgments to the Publick; and as a proper Encouragement gives Life and Spirit to every Undertaking, we hope the Publick will believe us sincere, when we declare, that we shall endeavour, as much as possible, to merit the Favours we may hereafter meet with.
At the same Time we shall take this Opportunity to return Thanks to those Gentlemen, who have been so good as to communicate to us many excellent original Pieces, both in Profe and Verse: Most of them we have published; and as to those we have omit
ted, we hope, the ingenious Authors will believe, the Omission was not owing to a Difapprobation, or Dislike, of what they sent us, but to its being, some way or other, not agreeable to our Design.
The Year 1740 will be a remarkable Æra in all future Histories: The unexpected Death of the Emperor of Germany, recorded in our MAGAZINE for October, and the equally unexpected Death of the Empress of Russia, recorded in our MAGAZINE for NOVEMBER, must introduce a busy, if not a quite new Scene of Affairs in Europe; and as this must necessarily affect, and perhaps change the Scene of Politicks in this Kingdom; 'a well chosen Abstract of all the Political Debates that may happen, and all the remarkable Pieces that may be published upon that Subječt amongst us, where alone such Topicks can be freely handled, must be well worth preserving as well as reading. As this can be found no where but in our MAGAZINE, we have foine Reason to expect an extraordinary Encouragement; and therefore we shall conclude this PREFACE with assuring our Readers, that we shall do all we can to merit their Approbation.
Scipio Africanus, Lord Noel Somerset. Q. Fabius Maximus, Lord Bathurfte
L. Junius Brutus, Samuel Sandys, Esq;
M. Coro, William Pulteney, Esq;
M. Furius Camillus, Sir Willhm Wyndham. P. Ventidius, Earl of Weltmorland,
L. Quintius Capitolinus, John Talbot, Efq; L. Porcius, Duke of Portland,
L. Valerius Flaccus, Sir William Yonge. M. Giganius Macerinus, Lord Gower. L. Quintius Cincinnatus, Wm. Shippen, Esq; Cn. Domitius Calvinus, Duke of Newcalle. Mecanas, George Lyttleton, Efq; L. Piso, Earl of Chefterfield.
C. Plinius Cæcilius, Lord Chancellor. C. Mucius Scavola, Earl of Scarborough. Pomponius Atticus, Horace Walpole, Esq; M. Agrippa, Lord Cartetet.
Julius Florus, William Pitt, Ela; C. Helgius, Lord Harvey.
L. Porcius, Duke of Portland.
L. Æmilius Paullus, Duke of Argyle.
L. Valerius Flaccus, Sir Wm. Yonge.
Dow Earl of Scarborough.
L. Æmilius Mamercinus, Ms. Ald. Perry.
C. Calpurnius Piso, J. Campbell of Pem