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CONTENTS OF THE THIRD PART,
The Divorcée Dévote, by the Author of the O'Hara Tales
Journal of Conversations with Lord Byron, by Lady Blessington,
Seasonable Ditties-No. I. Don't Talk of September-No. II. The
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My Travelling Acquaintance, by the Author of "High-Ways and
Inhabitants of a Country Town, by Miss Mitford.-No. I. A Great
Critical Notices of the most important and valuable Works,
NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE.
A FEW WORDS FROM THE PROPRIETOR.
THE Farewell Address of Mr. Bulwer is still fresh in the recollection of our readers; and now that the editorial duties of that gentleman have ceased, and the New Monthly Magazine begins to pursue its career under a new direction, the Proprietor feels that he also has a duty to perform. To the late Editor his acknowledgments are first due; and could he have devoted to the work his undivided energies-had not the pressure of public business, and a multitude of other pursuits interfered with the increasing demands which it made upon his time and talents-Mr. Colburn could not but have regretted his retirement.
The readers of the New Monthly Magazine, previously to Mr. Bulwer's undertaking the task of Editor, are aware that its chief claim upon public patronage was founded, not on its political, but on its literary character; that politics were by no means prominent in its pages; that when occasionally introduced they were in no sense of the term ultra, yet always adhering to liberal and constitutional principles, while studiously avoiding the heats and animosities of party. During the late political fermentation, it was both natural and excusable that its Editor, a Member of Parliament, and strongly imbued with a political bias, should have stamped much of the character of his own views upon the Periodical under his control; and his Political Essays form, in the opinion of many, an exceedingly valuable portion of the work. But, with a change of management, it is the intention of the Proprietor to effect a change of plan, and to deviate less in future from the quiet and pleasant paths of literature into the "fumum, strepitumque," the smoke and turmoil, of politics. He feels, moreover, that the undisturbed energies of more than one master-mind may be advantageously directed to the Sept.-VOL. XXXIX. NO. CLIII.