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' for the Year 1704;
- Together with, -
Weatber, &c. &c.
Printed and Published by Greenle af and
P R E F A CE.
THE PUPLISHERS of the BOSTON MAGAZINE
1 present their grateful acknowledgements to their customers ; - And, while they thank them for their favours, beg leave to express a consciousness of having done the best in their power to fulfil their own engagements, and render the work equally entertaining and accceptable to the public. The very favourable reception it hath met with is evidenced by the encreasing number of subscribers, and amply rewards their attention and assiduity.
Original pieces compose one third of the Volume, which, to say nothing of their merit, make up an equal proportion with the E:ropean Publications of the same kind, and is as much as can be expected from a new country, just emerging from the calamities of war, in the dawn of public literatures and amidst a variety of scenes fitted to engage the attention of people, many of whom, at a season of greater leisure, might employ their pens upon literary subjects, and afford speculations equally instructive and amusing.
If any fault has been alledged against the Magazine, it is that of being rather grave than 1prightly, which is what we would avoid, as every extreme is disagreeable ;---yet had we rather hear this observation, of the two, than that it is trifling, fuperficial, or ludicrous. We wish to please the variety