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TEN POUND ER.
Printed by Peter Brown, Lady Stair's Close, for
STILLIES, BROTHERS, 140, HIGH STREET.
EDINBURGH, AUGUST 4, 1832.
TO MY READERS.
I now present to my fellow-citizens the first Number of a publication in which I intend to offer, from time to time, a few plain and unpretending remarks, on some of the more important subjects connected either with public affairs in general, or with those matters which may be of peculiar interest to the inhabitants of Edinburgh. From my own experience as well as from what I have often heard stated by my friends, it appears to me that a publication of this kind, addressed to the people by ONE OF THEIR OWN ORDER, is, at present, much wanted among us; and if conducted in an honest and independent spirit, and with even a moderate degree of talent, I think there can be little doubt of its success.
“ But who are you," it will, of course, be asked, “ who thus kindly undertakes the instruction of your fellow-citizens ? and what may
your qualifications for the task ?" To this plain question, I shall give a very plain
I am, as the title of this publication announces, a TEN POUNDERone of those who have been called into political existence, as it were, by the GREAT MEASURE which has lately given a new character to public affairs. And, as I am anxious to think a-right as to the nature of the duties which have thus been entrusted to me, so I am willing, if possible, to lend my aid to my neighbours in doing so, or, at least, to open a channel of free and neighbourly communication on a subject which is of such vital importance, that all of us should communicate freely with one another. I am thus, at least, in so far qualified for the undertaking in which I have engaged, that I am in a situation which gives me the most entire fellowship in the feelings and interests of that portion of the commuity to which I address myself. What may be my other qualifications for it, I leave it to my readers to determine when they shall be a little better acquainted with me.
In the meantime, it may, perhaps, be proper to state briefly the reasons which have led me to choose this particular time for the commencement of my little work. These reasons are to be found chiefly, if not entirely, in the state of matters which at present exists
consequence contested election for this city, and which renders it of much importance that we should all consider well what is demanded of us, in this the first exercise of our newly acquired rights. This is the more important, as it is not difficult to perceive an attempt both to mislead us and to lord it over
among us, in