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eve^i unbiass'd in an improper manner, and never to accept
froiin the -crown either place, pension, gratuity, oremolu-
menVjof any kind. 1 will live and die in your service, a
privaVe gentleman, perfectly free,-under no control but
the laws, under nn iBnWnce Nut-

your favour and kindness, one of the Representatives m
Parliament for the county of Middlesex. On these terms
only it expect through life the continuance of your support,
as well as the favourable opinion of you, and all other
goody/'men, the friends of liberty and of my counuy.

I am,

With gratitude and esteem,.

Your faithful and obedient humble Servant,

KingVBench Prison,
Saturday, June it, 1768.

John Wilkes.



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General Instruction and Amusements

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Embellished with Copper-plates, Satirical, Political, and Scientifical, from Original Designs.


A SOCIETY OF. GENTLEMEN, Members of the University of Oxford.


BkL O N D O N:

Printed for the Author;, and sold by W. Jackson', at Oxford; S. Bladon, aflTO! 42, and J. Coote, at No. 16, Pater-NoslerRow, London; Mess. Fletcher and Hodson, at Cambridge; at Dublin; and Mr. Etherington, at York.

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ASociety of gentlemen of the university of Oxford, persuaded of the great utility that would result from a monthly pamphlet properly executed, have undertaken the arduous task; and from a desire of dispersing, more effectually, the seeds of knowledge among a brave, a free, and a studious people; propose to furnish materials for the work now offered to the public.

Though the authors of this work are convinced; that their performance must stand or fall by its intrinsic merit, and not by any thing that can be said to recommend it; yet it will be neceflary to give some account of the undertaking, for which they now presume to solicit the favour of the public; especially as it will appear under the common title of a Magazine.

They well know the consequence of magnifying their own abilities; but flatter themselves, that by their own assiduity, the assistance of the learned in general, and of their brother students irt particular, the public will hot be disappointed; nor the university, of which they have the honour to be members, disgraced.

Having thus embarked in the cause of learning, they are determined to exert their whole abilities to support it. The love of science will animate them in the pursuit, and the honour of the seat of learning to which they belong, be a perpetual spur to their industry.

Reputation, riot advantage, is the prize they labour to obtain; as a proof of which they propose to give elegant copper-plates from Original designs, in every number of their work; the expence of which will sufficiently demonstrate, that their professions are sincere, as they cannot be animated by the hopes of any pecuniary reward.

The proprietors of alrnost all the magazines extant, are at so great a loss for embellishments, that they seldom furnish a copper-plate that is in the least degree interesting. They give indeed a stated number, without regarding the propriety or utility of such plates. Sometimes the public are presented with a moth or butterfly; then, perhaps, the arms of some noble duke; a head of some bishop comes next; then a curious serpent from Africa, &c. &c. In short, they are in general the strangest medley of objects that can possibly be conceived. Our plan is of a different nature. Not a month passes wherein something of consequence does not engage the attention of the public: designs and engravings will be immediately made from the most striking subjects, and satirical and political cards will be given in each number, executed by the most ingenious artists; which, it is isoped, will vie, in humour and satire, with the late celebrated Mr. Hogarth's persoimances. We may venture however to promise, that the Engravings, <.:' exclusive of the letter-press, will, by all connoisseurs, be deemed uerth double the money that is given for the whole. Besides these, we shall give such other copper-plates as are necessary to illustrate t\: several branches of science; which w* shall occasionally treat on|>»'

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