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HE bufinefs of this article comprises an important duty to ourfelves and to the public. If our page have any claims to excellence, it is here that we are to fpecify thofe claims; and if we meditate any neceffary improvements, thofe improvements fhould be diftinctly pointed out.
The plan on which our labours were firft fubmitted, was entirely of a literary nature. Politics we unequivocally difclaimed. And, on a retrofpect of our conduct, we truft it will be found, that we have favoured no party; nor fhewn a folicitude for the investigation of paffing fcenes, further than they were connected with philofophy. Guarded as we have been, and careful as we are to fulfil, on every occafion, the promises with which we rofe, we do not flatter ourfelves with perfection in thefe particulars, or think that our beft endeavours have been equally and favourably received. It is enough if we are generally fuccefsful: for we remember the Man, the Boy, and the Afs. But, in difcarding politics, we did not mean to difcard every incident of the day, when connected with our immediate views. A late trial, on the merits of Paine's Age of Reafon, came exactly under this defcription. We have therefore opened, in the prefent number of THE MONTHLY VISITOR, a Literary and Philofophical Regifter, where occurrences that tend to illustrate the manners and the morals of the age, will regularly appear. From those who are enabled to give it, we requeft every information on thefe interefting topics. Under this head we shall alfo rank-all thofe accidents and events that are engendered by