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14 The Vision of Fimale Excellence, ib.
15 Grasville Abhey,
16 The Fortunate Dinner.
17 Description of the Ladies' Dresses
on her Majesty's Birth-Day, 41
18 Enigmatical Lids, 44
19 Poktical Essays. Ode for the
New Year.—To a Friend on his
Birth-Day.—Songs in the New
Opeia, "Arrived at Portsmouth."
A Ballad—Sonnet.—Verses on vi.
firing the Grave of an amiable
Youth—Answer to W. F's. Riddle
in August la.1—Rcbuie*—The
Consolation. 45 — .^,J
2c Foreign News, 45
»i Home News, CJ
la Marriages, 5J
a j Deaths, <6
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EXPLANATION o? The FRONTISPIECE,
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To cur CORRESPONDENTS.
The Essay of Clelia has some merit,; but jt is much foo desultory.and requires correction.
We are obliged to Eliza for her communication.
C-msiaritu's Queries are received.
The Remarks of Mercator are judicious ; but his subject docs not ac? Cord with our plan.
Philharmonio mall be attended to. v
HuniiFa may reccivfe her packet again by sending for it. H-*r request is contrary to our custom.
Received, Fanny Wooburn. A Tale.—Sonnet on the Death of Lieutenant John Cochran.—Lines to Miss S. S.—Acrostic by R. S.—Verses on, the close of the year.—Several Rebuses, Charades, Enigmatical Lists, &c.
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