Mirror of Literature,  3 (1824), iii–iv.






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    Professes pleasure at the increased circulation of the Mirror of Literature, which is 'indicative of that spirit of inquiry, and love of literature, which are now so rapidly extending in this country'. Considers that there are sufficent public educational institutions to allow every child to learn to read, and that it has consequently become necessary 'to provide suitable works to be read'. Observes that 'in this respect the present age has much the advantage of any preceding one, and that the elementary treatises now in use in the several branches of education and science are truly excellent'. Noting the need for other 'stimulants to a love of reading', avers that the many and various literary journals of the present age are too expensive for 'general circulation'. Asserts that the Mirror of Literature was started to 'give the public at large a journal which, while it embracd the most ample range over the vast domain of English literature, should be published at a price that would place it within the reach of all'. Considers that its circulation and the response of critics indicates that it has succeeded in this. Notes the 'improvement in the printing of the Mirror with a new type and on superior paper'. (iii)

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