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PRESIDENT OF ST. MARY'S COLLEGE, OSCOTT.
Rev. and Dear Sir,
In presenting to the Public the first fruits of our labours, under a new dress, we consider that we are only acquitting ourselves of a duty, by dedicating it to you. Had your permission been previously solicited, we have no doubt, that your wellknown delicacy would have refused to this little volume the sanction of your name.
But, to what quarter could we have turned with greater propriety, than to that, from whence in the prosecution of our toils. we found so much to urge our perseverance; from whence, in the hour of despondency, when every other stream was dry or tainted, a pure and refreshing rill has always gushed forth, to give us encouragement and hope? No, Sir, we cannot forget-we ought not to be ungrateful for your patronage.
The present Edition will be found exempt from some of the censurable productions, which imperceptibly insinuated themselves into its predecessor : and yet, perhaps, much may still remain, to which you would not be quite willing to affix your approbation. The public, however, will not, on this account, be led into error, nor be apt to attach to your oversight, what should be wholly attributed to youthful inexperience. Perhaps you will conceive this to be but a poor apology for the liberty we have taken: if so, we, at least, trust that you will trace the evil to its genuine source,-an ill-judged expression, rather than a culpable deficiency of gratitude.
The curiosity, which was evinced in the perusal of the first and succeedings numbers of the OSCOTIAN, and the rapidity with which the impression has been exhausted, has induced us to gratify the solicitations of some of our friends, and offer to the public the fruits of our labours in a more permanent and comprehensive form. The “OSCOTIAN," was originally printed for the amusement and inprovement of the Students of St. Mary's College, OSCOTT : the manual as well as the mental department was under the guidance of the young aspirants to literary character, and the circulation was confined to those connected with the establishment. The managers and writers were all youthful and inexperienced; and if the critic should be inclined to object to the occasional bad taste or crudeness of many of the articles, his professional severity may be mitigated by the consideration, that he is reviewing the work of boys; and instead.