Black Dwarf,  1 (1817), [i].






Invertebrate Zoology, Radicalism

    A 'Prospectus' on the title-page enquires into the identity of the 'Black Dwarf' that constitutes the editorial persona of the journal. Proceeds to state his objectives: 'Secure from his invisibility, and dangerous from his power of division, (for like the polypus he can divide and redivide himself, and each division remain a perfect animal) he will be engaged at the same instant, in listening for evil at the portals of the temple, under the canopy of the throne, and in the gallery of the lower house; in weighing the patriotism of our patriots, in comparing the disinterested independence of our journalists; besides the stranger occupation of seeking for honesty in the mazes of the law, and humility on the bench of bishops'.

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