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LATE STUDENTS IN THE UNIVERSITIES OF BERLIN AND GIESSEN.
VOLUME I. 1842-1843.
PUBLISHED BY RICHARD AND, JOILNE: TAYLOR,
RED LION COURT, FLEET STREET.
AT the completion of this our first volume we may be allowed the indulgence usually granted to editors of addressing a few lines to those who have kindly given us their support in our somewhat arduous undertaking. The great success which has hitherto attended our endeavours, and the favourable notice taken of our Journal, both in our own country and in America, have afforded proofs of the truth of the assertion which we ventured to make in the Introduction, that some such vehicle was wanted for communicating at a moderate expense the progress of chemical science, both theoretical and applied.
In the early part of the year 1841, in conjunction with my friend Mr. Croft, I commenced a series of reports of the progress of chemical science on the Continent, which were forwarded nearly every month from Berlin, and subsequently from Giessen, for insertion in the Philosophical Magazine; but the space allotted to us in that valuable Journal, whose pages are occupied with memoirs of the highest scientific character, allowed us only to notice the most important discoveries bearing upon theory; and we were compelled to leave wholly untouched the immense mass of information pertaining to applied chemistry, with which the German Journals in particular abounded. Feeling how important it was that the practical chemists of England should be made early acquainted with the improvements and new processes suggested or adopted on the Continent, we resolved, on our return to our native country, to see how far an attempt to lay these before the public in an English dress would meet with support. The experiment was made, and it has succeeded far beyond our expectations.