Excerpt from The Gentleman's Magazine, Vol. 33: January to June, 1850, Inclusive
The close of the first volume since the adoption of our recent changes enables us to appeal to our readers as to the result upon the character of our Magazine. We do so with confidence. What we promised has been performed to the very letter, and we have reason to believe has given universal satisfaction. It is allowed, on all hands, that as in old times so now again the Gentleman's Magazine stands alone as a miscellany of sound and valuable litera ture. We leave to others the contentions of party politics and the pleasant fields of romantic fiction; it is ours to present a clear and faithful reﬂection of the current literature of our own time, and to wander into the regions of the past and bring to light their hidden treasures. In dealing with the former, we investigate the claims of the authors of the present day with freedom and fairness; we diligently set before our readers true reports of whatever is interesting or instructive; we joyfully encourage - and that with no faint or feeble praise - whatever is kind and generous, whatever is fairly meant and diligently pursued; but we never scruple to bring the lofty arrogance of mere pretenders to the test of a just and manly criticism. Our investigations into the past are con ducted in a like unshrinking and honest spirit. The present volume, we may confidently assert, contains many original articles of very high historical value many documents newly brought to light which are of the most important character; much valuable historical criticism; many contributions of the highest interest in biography and literary history; and essays on matters which affect the progress of historical and archaeological science, and the welfare and prospects of literature, which are acknowledged by common consent to deserve the deepest consideration and regard.
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