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The publication of The Family MAGAZINE was first commenced on Saturday, April 20th, 1833. From that period, through the first volume and up to No. 12 of the second volume, it was published in weekly sheets. The second volume was commenced on the 19th of April 1834, and was issued under the auspices of the former conductor until September 1834, when the editorial department fell into the charge of the present Editor.

The precise period at which the FAMILY MAGAZINE was first originated, seemed to be a new era in periodical literature. It was marked by the adoption of a plan for the diffusion of useful knowledge, adapted to the present state of Society, and coequal and coextensive, if possible, with the newly acquired facilities and extraordinary improvements in the mechanick arts. The first operations under the new plan, had their origin in the British “Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge,” of which Lord Brougham is chairman. They consisted in the publication of useful works, in a comprehensive form, and at such a cheap rate, as to render them attainable by the poor, while at the same time they were worthy of the rich and the wise. Among others of their first publications was the Penny Magazine, a work that soon gained an unprecedented circulation. Induced by the example of this excellent society, others of a similar character and for similar objects were formed in various parts of the kingdom. Among other works originating with them, were the Saturday Magazine and the Dublin Penny Journal. Multitudes of similar papers afterwards teemed from the British press in every part of the kingdom. The impulse was felt in France, and it immediately gave birth to numerous similar periodicals there, among the most prominent of which are the “ Magazin Pittoresque," and " La France Pittoresque,” both of which enjoy an enormous patronage. Our own country too, began to feel the necessity of the new facilities. The Family MAGAZINE was originated, and it progressed notwithstanding it was deemed the most extraordinary and presumptuous literary undertaking ever devised in the country. Two small but popular Magazines were also commenced in Boston, and the New York and Philadelphia press were soon teeming with numerous cheap publications under the names of “Libraries," “ Galleries,” and many other equally comprehensive titles. The poor man was thus furnished with books at a price proportioned to the cost of the farthing light by which he read them. In the zeal of competition, however, many stale and useless works were imprudently admitted into some of the publications, and the smallness of the type and bad quality of the paper, rendered many of them unsatisfactory and almost worthless. Many of the cheap Magazines, also, became satisfied with making up their pages with the fragments of ephemeral news, rather than with substantial Knowledge, alleviating their dulness by introducing here and there a worthless tale, and only taking care to impose the trash upon the world with the catchpenny glare of engravings. The remark however is not general, nor is it made invidiously But in the belief that more valuable and important information would at least be more beneficial if indeed not more acceptable to the publick taste, and that it could be more easily diffused through a periodical of a style similarly attractive and popular, but under an arrangement differing from those before mentioned, the Family MagAZINE was continued, with that specifick purpose of remedying some of the existing defects, and supplving some of the existing wants. But it recommended itself chiefly on the score of the useful knowledge it contained, the adoption of METHOD AND SYSTEM, and its unparalleled cheapress. The plan, we are warranted to say by the issue, has been favourably received, and jur periodical has thus progressed to the conclusion of the second volume, which is now presented to the publick. It will, it is trusted, be found to contain much information that will always be valuable, by reason of the intrinsick importance of the subjects treated of, the convenient arrangement under which they are presented, and being accompanied with many engravings which will be useful in facilitating the mind in comprehending them and in forming complete ideas.

New York, April, 1835.

DESCRIPTION OF THE FRONTISPIECE.

Ah, little thought the strong and brave,

Who bore their lifeless chieftain forth
Or the young wife, that weeping garo

Her first-born to the earth,
That the pale race, who waste us now,

Among their bones should guide the plough. The beautiful original picture that graces this volume as a Frontispiece, was designed and drawn by Weir, and ergraved by Mr. Linton Thorn. The suggestion was furnished by the above lines from Bryant's Poem, on “An Indian at the Burying-place of his fathers." The design is no less beautiful than the execution is alike excellent and honourable to the artists.

In order to appreciate fully the lasting interest and beauty of the picture, it is necessary that the mind should recur to those primitive days, when, upon the very ground where we have built our homes, the " red ruler of the shade"

"Walk'd forth, amid his reign, to dare

The wolf and grapple with the bear." The simple Indian is the “forest hero" of this western world, and the white man has but just set his foot upon its unsubdued shores. At an opening in the border of the forest, for

-"they laid their dead

By the vast solemn skirts of the old groves," an Indian and his young and tender wife are observed weeping over the grave of their first-born that they have just yielded to the earth.

"A low green hillock, two small gray stones,

Rise over the place that holds its bones.” The swarthy Indian has sat himself down beside a rude rock, and leans upon it, hiding his face in sorrow. Long raven hair veils the face of the young wife, as she droops in the fulness of grief upon her protector's knee. In the rudeness and simplicity of nature, they wear but the wampum blanket to shield their bodies, and the ornamented leathern moccasin to protect their feet. The only guaranty of a livelihood for the morrow, the sorrowing Indian grasps in his right hand, his bow. At their side lies the swathing board, that but recently bore the young innocent, whose lifeless body the 'green hillock' has too prematurely covered. Close at hand sits their faithful companion, the dog, not altogether lacking sympathy, gazing listlessly into the trees. As if to soothe the loneliness of grief, nature has arrested her elements, and

vast solemn" stillness seenis to reign around. While, on one side, the huge trunk of a mighty oak ascends spreading its branches high over the scene, the aspiring saplings upon the other seem striving to reach with their topmost boughs the nethermost limbs of that Father of the forest. The affections of the wife have intertwined themselves with those of her hardy companion and protector, upon whom she reclines with confidence; fit emblem of the tender relation of that gentler portion of the Indian pair, a vine has entwined itielf around the oak, and acquiring assurance in the enduring strength of its supporter has extended itself in, the branches. A little beyond the group, a ploughel field extends itself, whence the white man,

"hewed the dark old woods away,

And gave the virgii. fields to the day.” Carrying the view still further in the distance, and over various cultivated fields, undulating, and studded here and there with clumps of trees, the eye meets a beautiful river, which, after threading its way among rocky hills and beetling cliffs, and along overshadowing forests, debouches peacefully into the sea. Its quiet bosom, however, bears a busy squadron of the white man's ships, that have come to burden themselves with the riches of this new treasure land. Full of new zeal, the white man has set his encroaching foot upon the Indian's shore, and elated with his glories and successes, he has reared up a city there, a monument of his bold enterprise, and easily acquired wealth. The landscape lessens among the hills, and the distance is lost among the far-retiring mountains on one side, and the ocean which confuses its bounds with the horizon on the other.

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57, 259

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79

Achilles
199 | Extraordinary Incident
236 : Napoleonidæ

339 Alabaster Sarcophagris 115 Expedition to the Niger 95 Nemesis

43 Alligators on the Ganges 212 Exiinction of the National Debt 320 New York Moral Lyceum

16 Alligator Pike

401 Exports and Imports of France 373 New York State Election Alphabets 89, 98, 113 Eulenstein

401 New Continent

87 American Trophies 400 Fame 178 Niger Expedition

190 Ammonites 194 Fauni or Fauns

75 Notices

384 American Naval Pay 393 Faunus or Fatuellus 75 No Time to Study

43 American Gypsies 86 Female Education 375 Nox

186 American Antiquities 249 Feronia

50 On Studies

219 Amphyon, Arion 199 Fidelity 177 Oriental Love Letter

63 Ancient Burying-ground 184 Fidus or Faith 173 Origin of the Word Dollar

96 Ancient Temple of Sekket 403 Fire-ships 311 Oratory

119 Animals in South Africa 377 Fire-damp--the Safety Lamp of Davy 275 Origin of Surnames

136 Animals of the Cat Kind 2 First white man in Canada 399 | Origin of Negro Slavery

151 Anecdote 336 | French and American Navy 370 Origin of wars

176 Appearance of the city of Moscow 191 French Chamber of Deputie

403 Orpheus

198 Ariadne 198 Geographical Maps

393 Ossian

63, 79 Arnold's Expedition into Canada 405 Geography

206 Passage of the Jura, Switzerland 381 Arrows near Boroughbridge, York

Genius
95 Pales

50 shire 117 Genii

86 Pandora

158 Arctick Land Expedition 146 Graces

34 Palestina Aristaus 76 Greece 176, 290 Parental Education

264 Astronomy, its History 362, 386 Greek Anthology

215 Pecunia

177 Assyria 33, 73 Gross Debasement

255 Penelope

200 Astræa 43 Great Fasting 380 Penny Daily Papers

40 Atalanta and Hippomenes 118 Hebe and Ganymede 135 Pensioners

371 A Wit 144 Hermaphroditus 135 Periodical Authorship

96 Æolus 43 Hesperus 198 Pequot tribe of Indiang

270 Æcus 187 History 335 Philosophical Miscellanies

400 Æsculapius 168 History of Writing 49 Phlegyas

178 Aeronauticks 223, 241 History and Manufacture of Writ

Phenornena of Eclipses

230 Ærostaticks, or the Art of Flying 267 ing Paper

68 Philosophical Hoax

184 Bacchantes 74 Hope

175 Phænicia

67, 290 Belides 194 Honour 173 Piety, Pax

175 Berkshire Medical Institution 288 Horrible Mode of Torture at Monte Pluto, Plutus

186 Black Hawk s Philosophy 214 Video 400 Plurality of Worlds

305 Blessing Persons when they Sneeze 63 Hunan Stature

47 Poetry

319 Bonus Genius 177 Hyeroglyphicks 115 Polyphemus

119 Burying Alive 127 Hymen

86 Polly Leiton and Count Segur 309 Cacus, Cæculus

119 Hydro Oxygen Microscope 287, 379 Policy of elevating Female Education 181 Call of Abraham 58 Iyalocausticks 288 Population

152 Canaan 57, 73, 82, 258 Idumea

194 Population of the Earth Capt. Franklin's First Journey 19, 20 Illinois

398 Potatoes

252 Capt. Eranklin's Second Journey 35 Improvement of Talent

136 Prediction Verified

168 Castor and Pollux 198 Indian Anecdotes

79 Present Sovereign of Persia

175 Cerce 135 Indian Serenade

64 Prison Discipline

320 Chateaubriand 144 Inferiour Rural Deities 60 Priapus

76 Chaldea 33 Infernal Regions

178 Progress of Society Charon 178 Intelligence of Birds 408 Prometheus

198 Character of Washington 183 Intemperance 245 Proserpine

186 China 25, 73, 321, 354 Isthmus of Panama

88 Pymalion or Pygmalion

118 Chinese Females

111 Israelites
89, 97, 225 Pyramus and Thisbe

118 Chinese Government-Penal Code Italy

292 Punctuality

358 Treatment of Females 349 Items of Intelligence 384 Remarkable Incident

160 Chuva 260 Ixion 194 Remains of the Tower of Babel

66 Chymistry -366, 390 Jason

197 Revolutionary Battles

377 Clemency, Chastity, Concordia 175 Jews in Jerusalem

95 Rhadamanthus

187 Classification of Animals 203 | Journal of the Franklin Institute 278 Richard Lander

110 Classification of Human Knowledge 193 Kisses

313 Risus

177 Language of Signs 109 Ruins of America

310 Collegiate Education 219 Lares and Penales 86 Sagacity of a Cat

255 Comparison between the Navy of Latona

85 Salus

177 France and England 398 Language 2, 10, 18, 26, 42, 66, 78 Satyri or Satyrs

75 Constantinople in 1831 183 Lang's Work on the Origin and Mi School Statisticks of the U. S.

135 Correspondents

256
gration of the Polynesian Nation 253 Sculpture

115 Curious Titles and Quaintness 71 Latitudes of Places

256 Serpents in a Pile in South America 47 Cupid 42, 86 Legends

15 Separation of the Earth and Sun 48 Curious Epitaph 383 Letter to a Law Student 315 Sisiphus

194 Curious Horns

339 Liberty of the Press in China 78 Settlement of the Nations after the Cultivation of the Mind 160 Louis Philip, king of the French 396 Dispersion

17 Cyclops 158 Lydia 292 Shepherd Kings

41 Dædalus and Icarus 134 M. Arago on Double Stars 303 Silenus

75 Description of Carthagena 153 Maimon 233 Silvanus

75 Destruction of Pompei 285 Manna of Mount Sinai 240 Simoom

96 Devil's Blood 8 Manual Alphabet 280 | Singular Facts

167 Discourse on the History of the West 340 Mammoth Cave in Kentucky 307 Sketches of the British Colonies 285 Digestive Powers of the Stomach 369 Man without Imagination

249 Source of the Mississippi

185 Distinguished Characters immediMathematical Geography, 233, 298, 331, 360 Somnus

186 ately Succeeding the Deluge 9 Marriage Extraordinary 112 Sounds

255 Distinguished Historical Characters Mercy

175 Statisticks of Canton of Period 3d. 25 Meteors

265 Study of the English Language 287 Distinguished Characters during the Meteorick Stones

330 Study Indispensable to Grealness 153 Fourth Period 65 Methods of finding Longitude 299 Substitute for linen

249 Earthquakes and Volcanoes 242 Midianites 194 Sunderbunds

364 Earthquake in Calabria 399 Minos 187 Sunday in Paris

128 Egypt, Ancient Thebes and its Minute Wonders of Nature and Art 70 Syria

57 Temples 114 Momus 43 Table of Cataracts

310 Egypt 41, 292, 161 Mode of Rating Ships

398 Tantalus

195 Eloquent Extract 274 Moabites 193 Tapir or Anta

76 Elephant 13, 23, 26 Month of January

319 Temperance in the Army

96 Elephant Hunt in South Africa 377 | Mors, Morpheus

186 Temperance

367 Empire State 71 Musick among the Common people Temperance Societies

128 Employment of Time 310 in Germany

371 Terminus Emigrants to Shinar 3 Muses 34 Texas

262 Escape of Peter the Great 161 Mutual Instruction 179 Theseus

197 Ethan Allen Brig. Gen. U. S. A. - 381 | Napoleon on Suicide

79 / Themis

43

152

276

85

Tithe Systen in Ireland
Tityus, Typhon
T) the Publick
Town of Lowell, Mass.
Traditions of the Deluge
Trials and Proofs of Guilt in Super-

Blitious Ages
Truth
Ulysses

159 | Understanding
187 Useful Definitions

1 | Vagaries of Imagination
406 Virtue
121 | Voyage of Capt. Beechey

Vicissitudes of Life
337 | The Wall of Antoninus
175 | Wanderoo and Loando
196

Water Spouts

177 | Western Scenery.
402 | What to do with it

55 Wild Man
173 Wild Man
35 Worshipping the Devil
247 Wonders of Science
399 Zephyr
234 Zoological Institute
191

137, 145

79 159 273 63 91 86 287

EMBELLISHMENTS.

Aard Wolf
Ababde
Abacus
A Bacchante, or Priestess of Bac-

chus
Alphabet for the Deaf and Dunib:
Alphabets
American Black Bear
American Badger
Ancient Temple of Sekket
An-Eater or Ant-Bear
Arnee or Wild Buffalo
Arrows, near Boroughbridge York-

shire
Ass
Atmospherical Phenomena of the

Mock Suns Bat

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233

Baboon
Balloon
Benares
Bird catching in Scotland
Bison
Black or Silver Fox
County Bay-Pitcairn's Island
Brown Coati.
Bunker's Hill Monument
Burmese Carriage
Buffalo
Cabiai
Camel
Cane Brokes
Camclopard
Captain Ross in his Polar Dress
Chinese Treat of Strength
Chinese Punishments
Chinese Punishments, No. 2
Chinese Punishments, No. 3
Chain Bridge in China
Cliff Wagon
Conflict between an Elephant and
Contest between Pan and Cupid
Communication with a Ship in Dis-

tross by means of the Chif Wagon
Cow
Copernican System
Costume of an English Abbess
Costuine of an English Mitred Ab-

bot
Cross Fox
Cuban Mastiff
Cupid
Double Star Epsilon Bootes
Dusky Wolf .
Dromedary
Eastern Hand-Mills for Grinding

Corn
Egyptian Mummy and Case
Egyptian Mumınies
Elephant
Esquimaux Dog
Flora
Flying Squirrel
Flying Fish

a Lion

295 Flying Car

270 Pitcairn's Island and the Mutineers 306 Fortune 159 of the Bounty

216 309 Fossil Remains of the Siberian

Psyche

94 Mammoth

312
74 Gibbon, or Long-armed Ape 206 Quata

260 281 Gigantick Druidical Idol

353 Rainbow, or
or Iris

265
90 Gnu or Gnoo
148 Ratel

358 108 Grizzly Bear 108 Red Fox of the North

326 120 Great Wall of China 337 | Red Fox

293 403 Gymnasticks 164, 165 | Rhinoceros

37 132 Halifax Gibbet and Gibbet Law 213 101 Hall of Record.-New York 228 | Russian Ice Mountains

44 Hare Indian Dog 389 Ruins of Moab

11 117 Hercules 196 Satyr

75 172 Herd of Bison's Crossing a River 84 Sailing Chariot

29 Hippopotamus 45 Sermon on the Mount in Chinese

99 330 Horse 167 Section of the Flying Car

271 214 Hydro Oxygen Microscope

379
125 Icarus Tumbling into the Sea 134 Shetland Pony

170
232 Indian Child's Grave
278 Silencs

76 242 Indian Boa 246 Sloth.

130 371 Indian Birch Canoe 109 Skeleton of the Fossil Deer

223 254 Indian Mode of Destroying the

Sociable Grosbeak

370 83 Bison 85 Spurzheim

347 295 Jackal 297 St. Roche

39 Justice 175 Statue of Peter the Great

274 237 Knox, Henry Major Gen. Ü. S. A. 396 Street of Tombs in Pompeii

250 183 Koord:

229 St. Paul's Church, Troy, N. Y. 362 106 Landscape Gardening

77 Statue of Moses by Michael Angelo 210

Buonarotti

156 252 Liberty 178 Statue of Niobe

5 93 Llama 67 Tapir or Anta

76 140 Llamas Descending the Andes 68 Termites Ant Hills

342 53 Lord Byron's Death Place at Misso Termites Pyramids

343 257 longhi

200
61 Mammoth of the North

248 Tomb of Spurzheim at Mount
173 Magot
232 Auburn

404 110 Manner of Capt. Franklin's making Triple Star in Monoceros :

303 351 a Resting Place on a Winter's Night 20 Tower of Babel

4 383 Map of the World 494, 395 Tukhte Rowan

100 407 Marimonda

261 Ursine Baboon
60 Matthias

220
61 Modes of Tying Knots—18 cuts 272-273 Variations of the Seasons

202
Mono
262 Village in the Valley Adjeloon

32 28 Mona 234 Vacuna

68 70 Moultrie William, Major General View of the supposed Site of BabyU. S. A. 317 lon

10 52 Mountain Scene near the Cedars View of the Wesleyan University 373 140 of Lebanon

6 | View of New Haven, Conn.

365 201 Mode of Travelling in India' 133 Village in Pitcairn's Ísland

236 307 Mountain Travelling in South America 189 Village of Bethany and Dead Sea 377 Minotaur in the Labyrinth 134 Vorticella Senta

91 302 Mule 181 View of Mount Tabor

47 325 Musk Ox

101 “Venerable" Benedict Joseph Labre 7, 14 390 Muses

19 Water Spouts

191 42 New York Institution for the Instruc Western Esquimaux of Hotham 305 tion of the Deaf and Dumb 282 Inlet in their Baidars

36 22 New York Custom House . 180 Western Esquimaux Grave

37 53 North Cape

7/ Whittington and his Cat

150 Nyl Ghau 147 White Cheeked Marten

389
92 Nymphs
141 Ox

133 Winter Travelling on the Great
149 Oran-otang
204 Slave Lake

21
13 Pan
69 Wolf

327 360 Phaeton precipitated from the Char Yellow Bear

125 50 iot of Sol 12 Zephyr

86 314 Philadelphia Exchange

289 315 Poniona

60 | Zebra of the Plains .

188 POETRY. Lines on Revisiting the Country | Song.-Yamoyden.

136 408 --Bryant 80 | Spring.-N. P. Willis

40 245 Light of Home.-Mrs. Hale 160 Sianzas.--R. H. Wilde

266 273 Lines to a Young Mother.-Sprague 184 Answer.-A lady of Baltimore

256
License Laws.-Rev. J. Pierpont 384 Summer Evening at a Short Dis.
143 May.--J. G. Percival

24 tance from the City.--Alonzo
143 Mountain Scene in Virginia
256 Lewis

112 96 Musing Boy.-N. P. Willis

72 Sunset on the Allegany
Niagara Falls
341 The Winds.-Mr. Ord

209 64 Saturday Evening.-Bulwer 152 The Evening Wind.-Bryant

212 Scene of Misery

192 | The Hermit. --Beattie
168 Ship
240 The Lovers of Rum

48
120 Sea Boy and his Sisier
288 To a Moscheto

176 Slavery.--Liverpool Mercury 32 To Italy

400 Song of 300,000 Drunkards in the Western Emigrant.--Mrs. Sigourney 377 United States

336 Who is my neighbour?--Anonymous 12 88 Slave Mother 128 / Winter.-Mrs. Sigourney

320

59

305

An Indian at the Burying-place of

his Fathers
Autumn
American Boy
Address to an Egyptian Mummy. ---

Mr. Roscoe
Answer of the Egyptian Mummy :
Hope. -North American Magazine
Inscription for the Entrance into a

Wood.--Bryant
Lament of Morian Shehone for

Miss Mary Bourke
Last Wish
Lines occasioned by hearing a lit-

tle Boy mock the Old South
Clock as it rung the Hour of
Twelve

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SECTION I.

TO THE PUBLIC.

much more of the kind as may be necessary to render

them complete. It is this principle of systematizing In commencing the second volume of THE FAMI- which is a leading characteristic of this work, and LY MAGAZINE, a few general remarks by way of which we conceive to be a decided improvement on introduction may not be misplaced, and may be neces- the various periodicals of the kind. sary:

One consideration more, and we will close. First, then, we would impress on the minds of all

Every country has its peculiarities and localities; concerned, the idea of the object of the Magazine, that and it is therefore impossible in the nature of things, they may understand what the work is for which they that a periodical adapted to one country can be adapted subscribe, and thus be satisfied with it afterwards. to another. There are passing localities which a for

The principal object of the Family Magazine is, eign journal cannot notice in season; and there are 10 collect, condense, and systematize the great mass localities which ought not to be noticed in such a journal of general knowledge contained in myriads of vol- at all, but which, notwithstanding, should receive atumes, and lying altogether beyond the reach of the tention in a domestic one. Good, therefore, as a pegreat body of the community ; and thus collected, con- riodical may be at home, it cannot be what is desirable densed, and systematized, to place it, by its cheapness abroad. Indeed, the better adapted it is to one country, and comprehensiveness, within the reach of all, there the worse is it fitted to another. No matter how excelby diffusing general information universally, and anni- lent a work may be in itself; it cannot be suited to conhilating the monopoly of knowledge by the favoured trary conditions. An American periodical, detailing our few who have leisure to devote their days to letters. local concerns, and re-publishing from European works This being our primary object, it will not be expected what is already common in Europe, would not be of us to fill our paper with original matter. We shall remarkably edifying to Europeans: so, on the other fill it principally with what is already known to the hand, a European periodical, imbued with the monarliterary – in order to make others literary also. We chical spirit, describing its dilapidated old castles and expect no one, therefore, who understands our object “

gorgeous palaces,” and extolling its aristocratic and in this respect, to tell us he has seen certain articles Church and State institutions, however it may suit the before. Nevertheless, we hope to furnish every reader taste of those for whom it is designed, can never be very with something new, as we shall not entirely overlook edifying to American Republicans ; especially when it originality, and shall likewise endeavour to keep pace is considered, that long before its general circulation with the age in improvement. In a word, it will among us, whatever it contains that is excellent has be our aim, to a certain extent, to bring forth from the perchance been extracted, and given to the American treasury of knowledge things both new and old. And community in their own periodicals. To be plain, we we would have it kept constantly in mind, that new must say that the re-publication of foreign periodicals in subjects will be introduced as fast as old ones can be this country, augurs ill for our intelligence and enterprise. completed.

It is a virtual acknowledgment, that there are not among Undertaking, as we do, to furnish a system of gene- us the means of furnishing ourselves with common inral knowledge, we can on no account consent to dis- formation ! Are we then semi-barbarians, thus to need pense with any leading branch of it, how little relish illumination from the scattering rays of intellectual soever some may have for particular subjects. Such light dispensed from foreign climes ? We speak not individuals should recollect the plan on which our pa- thus froin interested motives. Our own publication per is established. They should recollect that the par- is now established on a permanent foundation. It ticular branches under consideration are indispensable is circulating, rapidly and extensively, and can be to the system; that they are useful in their place; and increased in circulation to any desirable extent. Let that there are others who will duly appreciate them, us have fifty more domestic Magazines, if necessary: and who have a right to expect their insertion in a work so far as we are concerned, we care not how many. like ours. They should recollect that our object is But never let it be said, to our everlasting disgrace, utility, and not the gratification of a vitiated taste, that to supply ourselves with information on common which prefers the fugitive amusement of a tale, to sound subjects, we are under the necessity of importing old classic knowledge.

stereotype plates from beyond the Atlantic, and of reThe great advantages of a systematic course, in a publishing matter which had been circulated among the work devoted to general knowledge, cannot fail to be peasantry of Europe years before ! For the honour of realized by every reader, and to be duly appreciated by the Republic, we do most fervently hope that there a discriminating community. In perusing a desultory will be American periodicals started in sufficient num work, how excellent soever its various articles may be, ber to supply our own market. The appearance of a thirst for knowledge is excited, without being grati- every good work of this description, we shall hail with fied. The reader, by the scattering fragments served sincere pleasure, as an honour to the literary enterprise up to him, is made to realize that there is a plenitude of our country. in store, which he nevertheless feels at a loss to know how to attain. He perceives that there is a fund of knowledge somcuhere; but he has no conception of its amount, and he feels that he is not in the way to obtain it. Now, the object of this work is to remedy this defect. It is to furnish the reader with a train of knowledge; to give those articles in their place which are generally scattered at random ; and to superadd as

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