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OINXKAL AMICUS.

Abemethiana.

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A day's sport In the wood a, 133
A day with the bounds, 305
Allan Graham, . .117
Alles Zum Gutan, . 388
Alchymy, . . . 379
A Mother's Death and Bleat-
ing, ... 45
A Father's Funeral, . 93
A Glasgow Assembly, 73
A Hackney Coachman's Life, 180
A Matrimonial Doctor, 885
A Night in the Crypt, . 4
An Emblem of Human Life, 331
Antiquities of Largs, 844
A Numerous Family, . 399
Ancient Municipal Proela-

Duke of Sussex's Evening

Parties, . . . 387
Easter Carnival in Russia, 180
Edinburgh Advertisement

of the last Century, . 400
Ephemeral, . 303

Ettrtek Shepherd, . . 880
Fanaticism in the Fifteenth

Century . . .198
Fashions, Female, proposals

for writing a history of

320

Answer to Calebs, 136
A Real Friend, . 396
Art of Brewing, . 389
Archaeologies I Society at

Rome ... 135
A Symposium in the Rain.

bow,: . 30

A Trip to B——, . 666
A Travelling A rchitoet's no-
tions of Music & Drawing, 138
A Word of Apology for the

281

a Fragment, 86
Curiosity, . 276
Battle of the Barbers, . 224
Beneficial effects of "The

Day," . ... 268
Berlin, during the Cholera 78
Bill Macfarlane, or Villainy

requited, ... 69
Biography of Berzelius, 376

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Boeotians of Paris, . 114
Bridgewater.his bequest, 336
Bridge of Scbaffbsusen, 357
Burking no Crime, . 40
Bustles nothing new, . 291
Burns, Robert, - 404
Cemetery of Pere La Chaise, 382
Children of Light & Dark,
sees, . . . 216
, Dr. & the Royal

261

- of Boniface, - . 346
• of Hairbrain, 350
Character of Mr. Alison, 71
Cholera Morbus, 15, 113

Cholera Morbus instruction

for the Operative Classes, 129
Cholera and Chemistry . 178
>aPre-

. 337

Christian Traveller, . 381
Christian Unity, 71, 118, 327
Church Annoyances,

216,264, 312
Codicil to the Devil's Will, 89
Coslebs not In Search of a

Wife, ... 102
Complaint of a Sempstress, 60
Coslebs and Clarissa, . 184
Cold Punch, its decline in

221

i of a Barker, SI, 41,
81, 149

Creation of the Camel, 278
Crabbo, Death of . .166
Cupid's Register for Feb. 170
Cupid's Register for March, 301
Curious Law Paper, . 352
College Advertisement of

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Fashions, Parisian, for Mar. 851
Festivals of the Lutheran
Church, . ... .328

Foreign Prince, . 109
Foreign Sketches, No. 1, 873,
No. 8, . . . 365
From an unpublished Ro-
mance of the 17th Century,38I
Gegg Club, . . .173
Genealogy of Christ, . 318
Genus Irritabile Vatum, 308
German Synagogue at Paris, 384
Glasgow Female Orphan

Institution, . 384
Glasgow Punch, . 41
Gleanings of The Forty-live, 369
Goethe, the Death of, . 351
God's Providence Apparent, 46
Grave Digger of Zurich, 295
Guillaume Postel . . 118
Haydn, Joseph, . . 400
Haut Ton,

Hints for establishing an
Academy for Gastrono-
mical Dissection,
Hindostanee Fashions,
Hindoo Honour, «
Hogg in London . 65
Hogg, Southey and Words-
worth, . . 410
Hours of Leisure, No. 1, 148
No. 8, 190, No. 3, 213, No.

4, 885. Ne. 5, 405
Importance of Order in our

Conduct, . .339
Improvement of the Mind 166
Indian Body Snatchers, 10
Illegitimacy of the Glasgow

Drama, . .169
Jamaica, . 341
Journal of an Edinburgh

Minister's Journey to

London in 1714, 349, 353
Judicial Improvements,

Exchequer Court, . 25
Kean, Edmund, . . 330
Kean in Glasgow, 87
Large Regatta, No. 1,26, No. 2,

34, No. 3, 50, No. 4, 82, No.

5, . . . .194
Ladies' Bazaar, . 316
Laconics, . . 404
Laconic Sayings, . 383
Law, Lawyers & I itigants,

No. 1, 245, No. 2, . 272
Lawrie Tod Identified, 208
Letter from Mexico 396
Lord Lovat to the Laird of

Foulis, . . .395
Lord Burleigh, . 18

Lily and Rose, . . 298
Mao, a Religious Animal, 22
Management of the Royal

Theatre of Glasgow, . 63
Matrimony, . . . 304
Matrimonial Negotiations, 319
Major, the Death of the 236
Matchless, Mist, and another

Bachelor, . . 406
Metaphysical Definitions, 47
Mary Campbell, (a Tale of

Real Life,) . . 106
Merchants' Park, . 277
Merrythought Maria, and

Inveraray, . . 368
Memoirs of a Tooth, 61
Memoir Mania of the French, 33

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No.. 1, Young,
No. 2, Watts,
No. 3, Taylor, D. D.
No. 4, Dr. Doddridge,
No. 5, & Boyde, .
My Brother, (a Tale,)
Moore, Sir John, Death of, 196
Mussulmaun Ladles, 146
Memoir of the late Captain
D. C. (.'layering. K.N. 386,
389.

Moral Tales, from the Persian, 67

Monuments of Athens, 387
MissMatebless,Lelterf,om, 388
Nautical Adventure, 230

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River Niger, . . 235
Royal Society of Literature, 244
Roland Madnui, . 256
Rose, from the German, 258
Reverie of a Man of Genius, 50
Railroads, their Benefits, 326
Royalty versus Slays, . 400
Scug and Rug, or a Trongate
Confab on the Cheapest
Method of Reading " The
Uay,"
Sir Thomas Munro,
Silence of the Tomb, .
Sorrows of a Spinster,
Sorrows of a Benedict,
Some Account of tbe Early
Periodical Literature of
Glasgow, . 105

Spirit of Change, No. 1, 101,

No. 8, 288.
Sermon on the Decalogue, 264
Second Assembly, 269
Stammering Parvenu, 254
Signal Preservation of Life, ¥4
Supremacy of Intellect, 5
Sugar Plumbs fur MaiUaud-

era, . . . 115
Smuggling Anecdote, . 130
Scott, Rev. Thomas, . 408
Scottish Trial for Theft in

1618, . . . .392
Single Mies, and her Bachelor

Friend, . .340
Tales, Sketches and Tradi-
tions of the Gaels, No. 1,
136. No. 2, 157, No. 3,
181, No. 4, 209, No. 5,
233, No. 6, 362.
The Poet Peter Pindar and

tbe Painter Richard Pays, 212
The Fate of Henry Culviu,
the Millike Smuggler, 222
Virtuosi, ■'. . 211 ThePictiireCollectui Duped, 227
Our Project, Opinions and The Fair Feuiteut, . 351)

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Nature and Art,
Neil Gray, (a Tale,)
New Exchange,
New-yearVday,
Nil-Deeper andum,
Off at Last, ■
Old News, .

On the Benefits which arise

from A miction, 886
On the great importance of

Religion, . . 888
On the Beneficence of the
Deity deducible from bis
Revealed Perfections, MO
On the Analogies between

Poetry and Painting, 373
On Debt, . .345
On Fibbing, 297
On the Causes which influ-
ence Public Opinion, 310,333
On the Highland Character, 857
On the Importance of a Mo-
ral and Religious Educa-
tion, i 860
Opening of tbe Areheeologl-
eal Academy Society uf

30

Prospects,
Outlines of Western Society,

No. I, 62, No. 2, 265
Oriental Taller. No. 1, 163,
No. 2, 179, No. 3, 223.
No. 4, 303, No. 5, 347.
Oar Fuieooon Visits, 390
Ourselves and our Letter-
Box, - * . 245
On Church Music, . 406
On the Remains of the Feu-
dal System in the Tenure
of Property, . . 409
Parochial Records of Scot-
land, . . .396
Pcyrunnet's Picture of Vita-

cennes, . . . 354
Picture of the Past, 357
Pitch Lake in the Island of

Trinidad, . . 348
Pier of Leitb, . . 317
Plan to Arrest the Progress
of Vulgarity on Blylbes-
woodbilL 49
Pleasures of an Amateur, 177
Peru La Chaise, . . 240
Philosophy of Suspension. 229
Prediction of St. Cesaire,
Bishop of Aries, in
year 542,
Project of a Law

Clandestine Marriages, 299
Portugal under Miguel, 54
Power of Religion, . 148
Peptic Precepts for Peripa-
tetic Politicians, . 153
Present State of Parties,

No. 1,29, No. 2, 77
Reminiscences of Glasgow
Worthies, 32, 264, 268,
272, 328.
Reminiscences, West
828, 232, 860, 284,
324. .

Reminiscences, East Country,

244, 260, 304, 380, 332,
348.

Reminiscences of My Boy-

193

The Ruling Passion, 370
The Prayer, . . .374
The Fortune Hunting Ueche-

377
218

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Tbt Puetry of the Day,
The Traveller's Room,

No. 1, 14, No
The Power of Paluiiug,
'i he Toinbe of Rome,
The Recent Condemnation,

(Slirrit'a Case,)
"The Day" versa* " The

Edinburgh Journal,"
The Scotsman's Opiuiuu or

Sir Walter Scott,
The Foundling Hospital at

Paris, . . .
The Atelier Of a Painter,
The Smuggler, . .
The Young Knight's Return, 97
'ins Colliseum at Rome, 99
The Deaf aud Dumb Insti-
tution of Paris, . 161
The late Rev. R. Hall. 198
Tbe Adveiflsiug bacbelur,

378, 394

The Rhine, . . 387
The Thames Tunnel, 393
The Vicissitudes of a Bill, 397
296 Two Days at Killamsy, 402
Truth, Essay on, . 94
The Jamaica Street Bridge

Again, . . .60
Tea aud Tabbies, ■.. 6
Three Friends, (from the

German,) . . 251
To the Ladies, . 342

To Our Readers, 412
Voltaire at Feraey. • 375

West

Close mt

War,
What ca

land, . » , 85
Witchcraft, .. an
Wolfe, General, Death of, 184

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COHTEWTg OF TOI, I.

Page.

LITERARY CRITICISM.

Alice Paulet, . . 7 An Experimental Inquiry into the Primary Colour!, &C. . . 291 Altrire Tales, . . 386 Assurance and Its Grounds, 334 A Duel. From "The

Opera," . . 206

British America, . 258 Coup d'Oeil upon the late

Religious Publications, 22, 72 Constable's Miscellany, 244 Chameleon brought to the

Light of Day, . .151 Chaunt of the Cholera . 43 Childhood and other Poems,255 Diamond Gazetteer of Great

Britain and Ireland, 338 Description of a Thunder

Storm, . . .344 Eugene Aram, . 267

French & English Pronoun

ing Dictionary, . 195 French Poetical Gift, . 242 German Literature, . 344 Literary Criticism and Fine

Arts, ... 337 Literary Plagiarisms, 331, 339 Little Girl's Own Book, 378 M'Nish's Anatomy of Drunkenness, . . 55 Memoirs of Celebrated Female Sovereigns, . 68 Memoirs of Great Commanders, ... 282 Nights of the Round Table, 23 Opera, The, . . 198

Passages from the Diary of a

late Physician, . 295 Poetical Mediocrity, . 228 Probation and other Tales, 182 Remarks on Dr. Abercrombie's Suggestions on the Treatment of Malignant Cholera, . . 410 Saturday Evening, . 238 Spain in 1830, by W. D.

Inglis, . . . 178 Sporting Magazine for A

pril, 1832, . . 322 Stories from the History of

Rome, . . . 320 Scottish Pulpit, No. 2, 382 Some of the Moral and Religious Bearings of the Prevailing Distemper, 359 Tail's Magazine, No. I, 316 No. 2, 411 The Battle of Oblivion, . 19

The Eastern Gift,
The Mother's Book, . 3
The Western Journal, . 186
The Nature and Design of

God's Judgments, . 343 The Hunchback, by J. S.

Knowles, . . 374 Three Sermons on subjects

connected with the present

distress, . 214

Woman in her Social and

Domestic Character, . 48 Working Man's Companion, 153 Wlldgoosechase, . 318

FINE ARTS.

Architecture, . 32, 308 British Institution, . 144 Fourth Exhibition of Dilettanti Society, . ' . 27 Gallery of Society of Painters in Water Colours, 42 Illustrations of the Works of

Lord Byron, . 330, 110 Letter from a Young Artist

to his Friend in Glasgow, 134 Mr. Heath's Pictures and

Drawings, 124 Mr. Henry Liverseege, 116 Mr. Giimian's Lectures, 136 Monsieur Edouart's Silhouettes, . - . 152 Portrait of Lord Brougham, 256 Royal Academy, 336 Thorwaldsen, • . 82 The Death of Mr. Douglas,

Miniature Painter, 242 Statute of George IV. by

Chantry, . . 3 Swedish Sculptor, Bystrbm, 352 West of Scotland Exhibition, 42

MUSIC.

Bohemian Brothers, 76, 104 Farewell Waltz, by R. A.

Smith, . . 166

Oratorio in the Episcopal

Chapel, . . 168 Military Bands, . 92

Musical Intelligence, 336 Mr. Nicola Concert, . 64

SCIENTIFIC INTELLIGENCE.

London Royal Institution, 116 Comets of the Day, . 179

ORIGINAL POETRY.

A pretty Cap for the pretty

head which it fits meetsat, 79 A Caveat to the winds, . 59

Page.

Anacreontic, . . . 163 A Sister's Love, . . 895 A Quatrain from the Arabic, 179 A Solemn Conceit, . . 195 A Paraphrase, . .227 Apostrophe to a Bird, .259 A Lawyer's Bible, written

on the blank leaf of . 263 Britain's Penitence, a

Hymn, . . .119 Courting and Caught, . 87 Cupid's Dart, . . .127 Catb-Lado, . 389

Charade for the Ladies, 183 Epigram on all honest

Lawyer, . 31

Epigram, ... 43 Epigram, (Fault Hunting) 63 Epigram and answer, . 155 Epigram, . . .331 Elegy on Major, . 295

Female Innocence, . 83

From the Dutch, . 207
Gruer MacGruer, . . 299
Improvement on the pro-
gress of cultivation, . 171
Lines from the Greek, . 351

Life 3

Heavenly Love, . 383 Literary Gem, . 75 Le Terns et 1'Amour, . 91 Lay of the Mill, . .115 Longueville's Lay to his

Lady Love, . . 187 Love'a Diet, . . 219

Lines addressed to Childe

Harold, . . i, 251 Lines to a Lady, by Sleeper

in the Church, . 87 Impromptu, . . 318 On the Death of an Orphan, 47 On a noted Resurrectionist, 55 On the Death of the Year, 223 Peter and Mary, . . 7 Stanzas to Ailsa Craig, 299 Rejected Addresses, , 107 Religion, . . 279 Serenade, (Wake Lady Wake) 19 Stanzas to a Lady, . 31 The Bridge that Jack Built, 11 The Sigh of Love, (Song) 15 The Solemn Song of a Religious Heart, . 23 The Birken Bower, (Song,) 43 The Flake of Snow, . 51 The Fat and Lean Punsters, 51 The Progress of Idolatry, 407 The Three Leaves, . 95 The Ark and Dove, . 311 The Rose of the Canongate, 103

Page.

The Deformed Transformed, 107 The Oculist, . . 347 The Complaint of a Locker, 108 The Warrior Boy, . III The Cigar, . . 863 The Covenanter's Battle

Chaunt, • . 131 The Poet's Last Song. 371 The Navai ino Garland, 135 The Star of Judah, . 167 The Watery Grave, 391 The Palmer's Return, 176 The Fruits of a Clear Con

science, . . . 215 The Graces Altogether, 240 Tempore MuUntur, . 27 To Mary, . . .43 To Mary, . . . 71 To an Old Anchor, . 323 To-Morcow, . . 143 To the Roman Eagle, 147 To Anne, . . 271 To a Lady, whom the author had offended, 307 Wake, Doctor, Wake, 35 Wall Flower, . . 151 What is Glory, what is

Fame, . . 191 Question and Answer, 123 Yes and No, . . 59 Miss Dorothy Dumps, or

Brandy versus Beauty, 139 Life's Morn, . . 128 Despondency, . . 8T

iwn. A Madrigal, (from the

Spanish,) . . 243 Adam's Sleep, . . 343 A Sacred Melody, . 360 A Tale, ... 367 Elijah, . . .335 Poetical Remonstrance, 348 Oh, frown not, my Lady, 339 The Burning ef the Emigrant Ship, . . 319 The Tear, » ' . 327 Tit for Tat, i . 328

FASHIONS.

Female Fashions fur January, IS

Gentlemen's do. do. 20

Do. do. do. 27 Paris Fashions for January, 80 Ladies' Fashions for Feb. 123 Gentlemen's do, do. 139 London, Female, for March, 227 for April, 328

COMEHTS OF VOLI ME II.

Page.

A Parting Word, . 65 A Political Creed for the

Men of Gotham, . . 57 Advertising Bachelor's Farewell, . . . .66 Bentham, Jeremy, . 56 Bull Fight, a Spanish . 33 Cimarosa, . ■ .31 Cost of Publishing in Germany, . . .55 Coociergerie during the

the French Revolution, 36 Crossing the Jura, . . 25 Cupid's Register for April, 13 Do. Do. for May, 41 Cuvier, Baron, . . 37 Death of Dr. D. Day, . 68 Executioner, The . 59 Forthcoming Bills, . 64 Glasgow Literary Novelties,

jeu (Tesprit, . 15, 24, 64 Glasgow Punch, . . 26 Gonbe, Honours paid to his

remains, . . .22 Gossip, Glasgow, . 48, 56 Gosip, London, . . 64

Page.

Hogg's first Interview with

Gait, ... 7 Indian Sports, . . 38

Justice and Mercy, . 13
Letters from the Coast, . 52
Life in India, . . .21
Keen versus Kemble, . 45
Mackintosh, Sir James, . 46
Memoirs of Baillie Pirnie, 1,33
Miss Jar man, Memoir of, 9
Moral Musings, . . 18
Morgue at Paris, . 43

Napoleon's Court Calendar, 23
Napoleon and Junot, . 47
Napoleon's last Abode, . 47
Napoleon Bonaparte, . 60
One Word More, . 65
Opinions Pro and Cm, . 66
Oriental Taller, . . 52
Perilous Adventures of Ro-
bert the Painter, . 61
Proposed Civic Procession, 30
Put the Pipes in the Dock, 4
Recollections of a Mad House, 54
Rumblegumpy, or Hender-
son's Proverbs illustrated, 17

Page.

Remusat M. Abel, . 63 Passages from the Diary of a

Loving Spinster, 19 Progress of Woman in Society, . . .50 Spanish Women, . . 55 Sunday Reading, . . 28 Tales of the Gael, No. 7, 42 Taylor, John, Death of 31 The Playgoer, 7, 14, 47, 56, 68 Weather Spying, . . 22 West Country Reminiscences, • • 8 Who should or who should not be Members of a Reformed Parliament, . 49 Wigs no Favourites, . 23

LITERARY CRITICISM.

A Queer Book, . . 29 Horace in Glasgow, . 44 Illustrations of Political Economy, . . .35 Maid of Elvar, 59 Noble's Hebrew Rudiments, 58 Scottish Proverbs by A. Ben-

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THE DAY,

A MORNING JOURNAL OF LITERATURE, POLITICS, ARTS AND FASHION.

VELTJTI IN SPECTXLUO.

GLASGOW, MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 1832.

OUR PROJECT, OPINIONS AND PROSPECTS.

Custom calls for some explanation as to the necessity and object of every new literary undertaking, and that explanation the Projectors of the Day will now offer as briefly as possible. That the cheap products of our Periodical Press are at this moment of the most pestilential and tasteless description, and that their pernicious effects must, if not checked by corrective and salutary remedies, infallibly tell upon those exposed to their influence, cannot be denied by any one who for a moment calmly reflects upon the subject. The fact is, a great moral, political and literary Cholera i- at this hour threatening our vast and industrious population, arising from the poisonous panacea'', proposed by a set of idle, uneducated and reckless characters—the baneful consequences of which, if not carefully watched and tim»ously met, by cleansing, purifying and sedative remedies, will assuredly endanger the moral health, the literary taste, and the religious principles of what constitutes the best portion of a nation's strength. A Board of Political and Literary Health is loudly failed for, to arrest the progress of this frightful and wide-spreading disease—a disease, the symptoms of which are—a perfect /«:.' lessness with regard to the feelings of others—-a ceaseless evacuat ion of filth on all who may approach the sufferers—a tongue foul with vulgar and dastardly diatribes against those who are more fortunate—a perfect insensibility to all good taste or feeling—a 'lenthlike assassin sinking of the eye —and, in tine, a continued dreaming and raving about the phantoms of political purity, political rectitude, political honesty and political saviours. Such a board being evidently a desideratum, its formation was determined upon, and this Journal now appears as its special and authorized organ. The Board is, from the circumstances attending its formation, and the peculiar character of its functions, necessarily not an open one; but it is to be hoped that, sympathizing, as all its members do, with the interests and welfare of the right-thinking and patriotic portion of the public, its operations may be found as salutary as though its appointment had originated from a public meeting of the people. This Board however, like all others, to effect any substantial good, must have the countenance and assistance of the public; and to that public will now be submitted the claims on which its members rely for obtaining the confidence of the community.

The individuals who compose this literary Ilygeian assembly 'are neither uneducated quarks nor patientless practitioners. They have each and all of them been long accustomed to feel the pulse of the public, and to prescribe for its periodical fullness or fluctuation. They have been all thoroughly schooled to the difficult anatomy of human motive, and human action, without however asking the aid of the Burghers of reputations, or of becoming themselves Resurrectionists—to illustrate, in their envy of the dead, their own vindictiveness! They have long stood as sentinels to, protect a susceptible and a confiding people from the fever of selfish demagogues on the one hand, and the asphyxia of an indifferent oligarchy on the other. They have long in fact grappled with the principles which contribute to the health and happiness of mankind; and it is only from the purest motives of patriotism, and the most devoted love for letters, that they now step down from the arena of their higher practice to meet, and to combat, in the most interesting of all fields—the field of the people—that party pest, and that taste-destroying plague which is hourly engendered from the offal of brazen- faced aud hullow-bcai ted quidnuncs, of soi-disant, and nicknamed critics.

To all good men and true, therefore—who have their own and

their country's welfare at heart—who find delight in the of their families, and pride in protecting their homes—who respect truth, philosophy and philanthropy—who are desirous to keep the fountain of English literature pure and uncontaminated, and the temple of English art from being desecrated—who fear God— who honour the king, and who love real and substantial liberty— this Board have many medicines to offer, for soothing sorrows in an hour of woe, for alleviating irritated feelings, springing from hopes deferred, for stimulating the honest-hearted patriot in his endeavour after political and moral regeneration. But, while they thus possess inexhaustible remedies for the diseases that afflict the good, the virtuous and the patriotic, they have no panaceas— for the political distempers that afflict the dissipated, the idle, or the reckless—for bankrupts in fame, in fortune, or in honour. To such individuals, whether they be seen humming amid that class of the community whose exclusive habits and tastes have rendered inattentive to the claims of humble and neglected merit, and who deny to intelligence its just right; or, whether they be heard buzzing amid the idle and ignorant spouters of Utopian or atheistical assemblies, who refuse to wealth its inalienable power, this Board has nought either to offer or to promise. It shall be its solemn duty however, to watch the convulsive symptoms of those men's cholera, and to warn the community from the infection which may arise from coming too frequently in contact with the malaria of their meetings. In one word, this Board is composed of true patriots In politics and in literature, and its members confidently look for support and encouragement from the great body of the people, whose cause, in this perilous hour, they feel so strongly bound to advocate, and for whose moral and intellectual benefit they are willing to sacrifice their time and their talents.

Having now attempted to satisfy the public on the necessity and object of a Board of Health, against the attacks of the political and literary cholera, with which we are now threatened, the Projectors of the Day shall now descend from their doctorial Chairs, to address themselves to their readers as the writers of a daily paper of instruction and amusement.

Our design, then, in this paper is, in the first place, to pour, | through the channel of a cheap publication, wholesome political truths, into one of the richest and most fertile fields of the community—the middling and working classes—truths that are at once calculated to give a clear idea of the rights of man, and of the duties of a Christian, and, what is more, to lead to the proper estimation of the one when once substantially obtained, add to the just demands of the other when once openly avowed.

In the second place, to ridicule, with good humour, the vices, the fashions and the follies of the age in which we live; to lash the libertine, and to unmask the hypocrite; to unveil Asmodeuslike the numerous haunts of the club-going spirits for which our good City has been so long celebrated; in one word, to catch and to delineate, by means of ideal personages, the odd features of our Protean society, and the chameleon character of our commercial community.

In the third place, to give honest and dispassionate criticisms on books and art, from the solid conviction that is entertained, that the critic of literature or art who sacrifices his conscientious opinions, and cultivated taste, at the shrine of influence or timidity, is criminally instrumental in arresting not only the improvement of art itself, but even the progress of his country's civilization.

In the fourth place, to extract and abridge from the popular literature, of the past and the present, what may be found either instructive, curious or amusing.

In the fifth place, to give a succinct account of what has just appeared in the republic of letters, in the circle of science, the school of arts, and the temple of Melpomene and Thalia, and to annouce the approach of the literary novelties which the press is daily and hourly pouring forth.

And in the last place, in order to send the blood somewhat more swiftly through our readers' veins, to give them now and then a sample of that glorious gossip and tea-table tittle-tattle which is so well calculated to throw light on the social history of Glasgow, and which, if carefully preserved among the archives of this city, cannot fail to prove, to some Maitland Club of the thirtieth century, the very best of the "Brief Chronicles" of the times.

As a key to the spirit with which we shall conduct our leading department, we may merely state that our politicial opinions are completely independent. We shall be neither trimmers nor incendiaries. Our sentiments are fixed, and our principles, we trust, are unassailable. We have courage also, when called upon to develope what we want and what we ought to enjoy. But there are times when it is more expedient to allay than to stir up hatreds, to soften rather than to stimulate dislikes, and to bring countrymen and citizens, as much as possible, within the reach of those common tics and feelings which teach us to bear and to forbear, rather than to obtrude upon them theories and systems of our own. If we theorize at all, it shall be with a view of establishing a theory of moderation, which it would afford us great pleasure to see reduced to practice. Connected with no party, save that whose motto is "justice and peace," we care not who be minister, provided his measures be such as will guarantee peace, happiness and comfort to the people, it will be our object neither to wound nor to irritate extreme politicians, but to endeavour to moderate all. The measures of the worst factions are more frequently taken through ignorance, and from ungrounded fears, than with criminal designs. Unprincipled and heartless individuals have wrought, and are still working, upon the fears of the illinformed, both in the higher and lower classes; and it is pretty evident that evil workers will succeed best, and enjoy the greatest security among the higher ranks. But we should take care, in both cases, bow we confound those who arc duped, with the miscreants who dupe them. The mass of men are honest in all parties. Most of the misled, and some of the misleaders, are well intcntioned. The people are often at fault, and take strong impressions; but may this not be accounted for, if not justified, by the illiberality on the part of those who obstinately defend errors, which arc too palpable to be covered, and too obvious in their results to be misunderstood; and may not the short-sighted violence of the people find some apology, though certainly no justification, in the erroneous reasonings and unalterable pretensions, of those from whom something better might be expected? In one word, we shall endeavour to discuss every political question with candour and moderation; avoiding, in so far as may be practicable, those extreme views which each side Is prone to adopt, and which necessarily engender dogmatism and political insolence.

As a pledge for our probable success in our second proposition, that of ridiculing and lashing the vices and follies of the age, we may mention that we mean to arm ourselves with the " SpectaTor's" spectacles, and with the "Tatler's" tongue, with the "Rambler's" seven-league boots, and the "Idler's" sauntering domino. We mean likewise to avail ourselves of the " Lounger's' cars, and the "Connoisseur's" caution, the "Mirror's" reflections, and the " World's" variety. In fine, we mean to poise the lance of the knightly " Adventurer," and with it to attack every enchanter who lies in wait to ensnare innocence, and every dragon who poisons society with indelicacy, while we shall exercise the magic wand of Merlin to crowd the scene with ideal personages, to recall the past, and anticipate the future, or to transport our readers to regions which no traveller has yet visited.

As an argument in favour of our third proposition, of giving honest and dispassionate criticisms on literature and art, we may only say that, being free from all advertising obligations, we have less chance than some of our neighbours from becoming the mere pander of booksellers, and being actuated by]no favourite predilection, and deterred by no artist's wrath, we shall praise and we shall condemn, with equal indifference, and we hope with equal justice. Our strictures, whatever may be thought of them, shall at least be honest, fearless and unbiased. We have lived too long behind

the scenes, not to know the machinery of book and picture puffing, and it will be our immediate duty to expose that curse, to the ridioule, and the contempt, which such injustice and falsehood towards the public, deserve.

For our fourth and fifth propositions, we can offer no other proof of our capability, save that of having been each and all of us long connected with the public press, and that several of us have dedicated much time and study, in the best quarters of the world, for giving our opinion on all matters connected with painting, sculpture and the stage.

And, with respect to our probable success in our last proposition, that of giving occasionally the cream of Glasgow gossip, the mysterious on dils and secrets of the thousand and one circles that constitute our motley society, we have merely to say that, like the unseen spies of Venice, we have our scouts in every quarter, and our informants in every circle. We have got hold of Argus's eyes, and we are now in terms for Dionysius's ear. But, although, through these appliances our Secret Council Of Ten, like that of the " sea girt queen," shall be made acquainted with whatever has been or is transacted, it will ever disdain privately to doom delinquents to trudge the Bridge of Sighs, or tecretly to send offenders to the Canal Orfano! We have a Lion's Mouth too at our Publisher's, like that in the palace of St. Mark's, into which the more secret scandal of the city may be dropped; but we pledge ourselves never to circulate one syllable of it, save when we deem it calculated to inculcate some great moral principle.

We have now detailed, at some length, our Projects, Opinions and Prospects, with the capabilities and appliances which we possess for carrying these into execution. Our Paper has been undertaken upon public grounds, not for private emolument; and it now remains to be seen, whether the public can estimate the boon that is offered to it. The writers in such a periodical as this can scarcely look for aiiy fame, far less calculate on any gain; but, although they willingly submit to waive both, they arc nevertheless desirous to keep their publisher from any pecuniary loss. To the public in general therefore they look for encouragement and patronage. The kindness or the coldness shewn to this, our firstborn, will be the testof the public temper and feeling with regard to the others, and will moreover shew the amount of legitimate patriotism which is to be found in our city and neighbourhood. As lovers of our country we have done our duty. For its welfare, and its peace, we are willing to spend our mental energies; for its improvement and amusement we are willing to sacrifice time and personal enjoyment; and for its glory and happiness we are willing to forget fame and emolument! Let us see what the public will do, to aid us in our patriotic project?

NEW-YEAR'S-DAY.

The arrival of a New-Year among us is distinguished by all those circumstances which attend the visits of an important personage to a country village. It gives to the whole nation an excuse for suspending the engagements of business, and it absorbs all minor pleasures in the eagerness with which it inspires every one to bid it welcome. Like the gaping rustics, who collect in crowds to gaze a the equipage of some travelling incognito, we run to meet it at its approach, and to testify our joy at the reception of the stranger, ignorant whether he is to turn out a friend or a foe. Perhaps, while we celebrate, by our convivial festivities, the birth of another daughter in the family of Time we are blindly sacrificing to an object which will repay our homage with Ingratitude, and are singing Paeans, like the devoted Trogans, in honour of our own destroyer. But such fearful misgivings we leave to those gloomy politicians who distrust the feelings of the British Nation, and who predict to it the evils which have fallen upon the Revolutionary States of the Continent. We have more confidence in the people; for we know them to be animated by motives which are hostile to anarchy; and we therefore assure ourselves, that when the great question which now agitates our country is fairly settled, there will be a more joyful, because a more united, feeling among all classes on the return of this yearly festival.

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