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And when soft eyes of saints look through |title,—“ The Southern and Western Monthly MaThe heavens on earth below,
gazine and Review." Alone two stars entrance my view,
“The Messenger," as is well known, has been Twin stars of thy soft eyes of blue, Beneath whose influence, tide-like, do
scarcely less Western than Southern. It has, for My feelings ebb and flow.
many years, both Editorially and by its ablest con
tributors, among whom stands Harry Bluff, been As stoops the Pilgrim Sun to kiss
addressing itself to the West, and without any The footstool verge of heaven, Gray-hooded clouds, that forward press
change of title would have continued to do so. A Like nuns at vesper to confess,
name, though not at first well selected for its beauty Are hued with crimson loveliness
or appropriateness, soon becomes endeared by asThe nearer to him driven :
sociation, and we part with it with the reluctance
with which we part from trusted friends. Thos So, near to thee, thou dost impart
we feel towards “ The Messenger;" but the ocThe warmth of beauty's blaze; Glad sunshine of the vestal heart,
casion demands and justifies a change in the title That cloistered from the world of art, of the work, both to express its Western aims, With guileless countenance may start and its union with the Magazine of Carolina. High heaven's approving gaze.
However, this change shall be made with as little Looking on thee, I fondly trace
violence to old partialities and associations as posThe pencil of the mind ;
sible, and from the first of January next, we shall That artist-like can clothe the face
inscribe upon our flag, With its own witchery and grace,
“THE SOUTHERN AND WESTERN Till the lov'd type seerns 10 embrace The soul it leaves behind.
LITERARY MESSENGER AND REVIEW." Days dead since first we met, a flow
Thus, the blended work may still be known and Of radiance round me cast,
saluted by its old appellation ; and we shall proceed Like to thy cheek's Aurora glow,
with a uniform series, and commence a new year, Or mellow'd tints of Iris-bow
with a Twelfth VOLUME. By this arrangement, Caught by far-scatler'd clouds below, When the dark storm is past.
it will be perceived that new subscribers will get
every benefit of the union of the two works; whilst Days yet to die, in memory's womb
old friends, many of whom have stood by the MesFadeless new life shall have;
senger from the laying of the corner stone, will For in a constant heart their tomb
neither experience inconvenience, por suffer any Thon, the white head-stone, shall assume Record of future joys, to bloom
injury. The verdure of the grave.
It may be useful to dwell a little upon the exCharleston, S, C.
pected fruits of the proposed union; though they are perhaps sufficiently obvious.
The utility of Literary publications is sufficiently
attested by the fact, that every enlightened comTO OUR PATRONS
munity possesses them, or seeks to establish them. And so firm is the conviction of their benefits, that failure often produces no discouragement; but suc
cessive exertions, more and more strenuous, are FRIENDS OF LETTERS IN THE SOUTH AND WEST.
pot forth to sustain them. A spirit of Literary We have the pleasure to make to our Patrons, perseverance has long prevailed in South Carolina, and to those whom we hope soon to enrol among and she has been the parent of many Literary enour Patrons, an announcement, which will, we terprises, some of which have shed around her a trust, be most gratifying to them, and redound to halo that shall not vanish. But yet " The Southour mutual advantage. We allude to the Union of ern Review," with all its elegance and power, “ The Messenger" with “ Simms' Monthly Maga. Aourished only three years. “ The Magnolia" zine," of Charleston.
faded and withered in even a shorter period, though This Magazine was undertaken the first of the nourished by the genial climates both of Georgia present year, by Burges and James, the proprietors; and South Carolina. “ The Orion" soon set. under the Editorial management of W. Gilmore " The Chicora," “ The Polyglott," “ The InterSimms, Esq. It is of smaller size ihan the Mes preter" and several others, started in Charleston, senger; but of the same class ; pursuing the same survived only a brief period. high interests of the South and West, and, like it, And in other States of the South and West, mingling, in each issue, the grave and the gay,– “ The Mirror," " The Southron” and others, have the utile and the dulce,- Belles Lettres and the all shared the same untimely fare. important affairs of the nation. Its miscellaneous The failure of these successive works is not al. character and its design are well indicated by its luded to that their friends may be haunted with
their short lived honors; nor that a triumph may contributor, but in the critical department; and we be indulged over their downfall. Far, very far, hope to enlist many other Carolina, and Southern from any such thing! Applause is due to such un- and Western contributors, in addition to those aldertakings; failure deserves nothing but regret. ready engaged for the Messenger. We append to These various enterprises prove that there is a this, the letter of Mr. Simms. spirit of improvement, a love of letters in the South For the mere business arrangements of the “Mesand West; but at the same time, they prove too senger and Review," see the Prospectus, on the conclusively, that these elevating principles are not Cover. All orders should be sent in immediately, sufficiently diffused, or energetic to afford liberal, that it may be known how large an edition to print. or even adequate support to a number of Literary Has not the period arrived, when we may again put publications. What then? Shall all be abandoned ? in a claim for Ten and Twenty THOUSAND SUBNo, there is one plan and one only, by which the SCRIBERS. The Messenger has now near that numdesired good can be attained.
ber of readers, as we have learned from the course
pursued wherever it is taken. A friend once asked “Non omnibus optam metam attingere contigit.”
a gentleman, in our presence, if he was a subscriber But a few may reach the “ desired goal," and mul- to the Messenger. “ No," he replied, “ but I take titudes be admitted to share in the fruits of victory. great delight in reading it, whenever I can lay hands The necessity of a concentration of effort, support on it.” Next to subscribers, it is, of course, pleasand talent in the South and West, upon some Lit-ing to have readers; but will not our patrons who erary organ of permanence and ability, has now have so generously extended the use of their work been positively demonstrated by no less a master to others, now insist a little upon their making some than Experience.
return for the gratuitous pleasure they have so long But who shall enjoy this concentration? We enjoyed ? boldly put in the claims of the “SOUTHERN AND
It may be necessary to invoke the indulgence of WESTERN LITERARY MESSENGER AND Review ;" our friends, for a litile delay in the appearance of and base them upon the union of the Messenger our January number,--owing to the new arrangewith the Magazine of Carolina, upon the past ca- ment, and our absence from home. Delay will be reer of the Messenger and its present corps of avoided if possible ; but the transfer of Simms' contributors, and upon the aid and sanction of the Magazine can not be fully made, until late in Deprominent author of the South, who himself has cember; nor can other indispensable matters, as done so much to impart that life to the Literary the manufacture of paper and the like, be effected enterprise of South Carolina, to which we have at once. already adverted.
It is hoped that the prompt appearance of the The Messenger is the Methuselah among South- Messenger for so long a period, will have purchased ern and Western Periodicals,-having attained the a pardon for any delay that may occur. astonishing age of more than eleven years. At mise a speedy return to accustomed punctuality, and an age when little girls are entering school, the will endeavor to make the “Messenger and Review" Messenger is the Patriarch of Southern and West- compensate its patrons for their patient indulgence. ern Literature! Is it not then entitled to venera- Not to extend these remarks too far, we conclude, tion and support,—for having achieved an existence by a cordial farewell to our Patrons ; with thanks longer perhaps than all other Southern and Western for their favors and wishes for their happiness and Periodicals combined ?
prosperity. We hope to have the pleasure of preUpon the eve of this auspicious union which we senting our New Year congratulations to them, have announced,--of this important change, which one and all ; and to a “noble army" of the friends we hope will open a new era before us, we make of Letters, throughout the UNION; but especially our earnest appeal to the people of the South and in the South AND West. West, to establish for themselves an organ of their
B. B. MINOR. Literature, Interests and Opinions --lo give it ex- New Orleans, Nov. 8th, 1845. cellence, efficiency and perpetuity, by the extent and promptness of their patronage; and to adopt To The PatronS OF THE “ SOUTHERN AND Wesas that organ the “ Messenger and Review.” Let TERN MESSENGER AND Review." the States of the South and West, and Texas, enter into the Literary league about to be formed at the close of the present volume, from the con
The subscriber, having concluded to withdraw, between Virginia and South Carolina, and it may duct of the above journal, takes pleasure in combe promised, without boasting, that they shall have mending to its patrons that which, in connection a Journal and an Organ, to which they will be with the “ Southern Literary Messenger," has been willing to confide the vindication of their rights; cially addressed to the people of the South and
based upon it. The works thus blended, and speand the development of their intellectual resources. West, will be eminently useful in concentrating The aid of Mr. Simms has already been alluded and forming public opinion among us, in all those His services have been secured, not only as a'things, particularly, which belong to Belles Lellres
and the Arts. The increase of strength, in talent (cts, more profitably, and in this case, at least, the sooner and money, which must necessarily result from this you get rid of your money the better. If Walter Scott union, will secure to us a highly valuable periodi- day be profitted by doing likewise ? All of the above may
and Goethe read it more than once, may not those of our cal, which, if regarded with proper favor, need be be found at the bookstore of Nash & Woodhouse, 137 second to none in the country ; and I trust, sin- Main Street. cerely, that my friends and those of Southern lite
We have received through Drinker and Morris, 97 Main rature, the subscribers and the contributors to the Street, the following. “The American- Electro-Magnetic Magazine from which I withdraw, will yield a Telegraph, with the Reports of Congress, and a Descriphearty support to that which will succeed it, and tion of all Telegraphs known, emploging Electricity or which, I feel very sure, will faithfully and honora- Vail, assistant superintendant of Electro Magnetic Tele
Galvanism ; illustrated by 81 wood engravings, by Alfred bly represent their interests.
graph for the United Stales." Philadelphia: Lea & Respectfully, &c.
Blanchard. A highly instructive and useful manual. W. GILMORE SIMMS. From the press of Harper of Brothers. Journal of the Charleston, Oct. 30th, 1845.
Terian Expedition against Mier, fc. By General Thomas J. Green. Every thing relating to our newly adopted sis. ter and her movements is read with interest. In our glance at the book we see some hard words of Sam Houston."
The American Journal of the Medical Sciences, (for OcNEW BOOKS RECEIVED
tober,) edited by Isaac Hays, Surgeon to Willis' Hospital,
&c. Philadelphia : Lea & Blanchard. KENDALL's SANTA FE SKETCHES.
Our thanks to the publishers for No.'s 2 and 3 of “ ApWe learn, with pleasure, that a new Edition,-being the pleton's Literary Melange." They embrace, “ 1 Promessi fourth or fifth, -of this popular and excitingly interesting Sposi, The Betrothed." By Alessandro Manzoni. A new work, is about to be issued. So far as its stereotyped con- translation reprinted entire from the late English edition, dition would allow, the author bas revised it, correcting
in two volumes. New York, D. Appleton & Co., 200 such errors as had been pointed out by his friends, or un Broadway: Philadelphia, G. S. Appleton, 148 Chesnut st. veiled, perhaps, by the criticisms of the very few assail. Cincinnati, H. M. Derby & Co, 113 Main st. This work ants with which it met. We have, long since, enjoyed is, we believe, considered as standing at the head of Italian the work, and commend the new edition to our readers; for prose fiction. We trust the efforts to instruct and amuse, it is a valuable commentary upon various cotemporaneous which these enterprising publishers are making in this affairs of great importance, and withal a most entertain
“ Series of Books for Popular Reading,” will be liberally ing narrative.
No. 12 of The Encyclopædia of Domestic Economy. This We present our thanks to Nash of Woodhouse for the fol. is now complete. And Part II. of A Dictionary of Practilowing No. 5, of The Farmer's Library and Monthly cal Medicine. Both from Harper & Brothers. Journal. Among other interesting papers, it contains a Memoir of
No.'s 67, 68, 69, and 70, of Harpers' Illuminated Shakes. Judge Peters, Founder and President of The Pennsylvania
peare. Agricultural Society. This Memoir forms the subject of
No.'s 1 and 2 of Sue's Wandering Jew, with illustrations an " Address delivered before the Blockley and Merion hy “the most eminent artists of Paris,” to be finished in Agricultural Society, on the 20th September, 1828, by Hon. about 18 nos. Harper and Brothers, N. York. Price 25 cts. Samuel Breck, Vice President of ihe Society.” It does Narrative of a Mission to Bokhara in the years 1843-45, justice to Judge Peters, in his other eminent positions in to ascertain the fate of Col. Stoddart and Capt. Connolly. Íise, as a patriot, legislator, and jurist, as well as to his By the Rev. Joseph Wolff, D. D., L. L. D. New York. great usefulness as a theoretical farmer.
Harper & Brothers. 82 Cliff street. Curiosity and interPart 10 of Lardner's Popular Lectures on Science and Art.:11-fated officers, may here receive mournful gratification.
est which were so long on the qui vive in regard to these No.'s 1 and 2 of Wiley and Putnam's Foreign Library.
Our thanks to a friend for the Boudoir Annual, and FriendUniform with the Library of Choice Reading." These ship's Offering for 1846. Published by Phillips & Samson, No.'s contain the “ Memoirs of Benvenuto Cellini," a Flo
Boston. The mezzotint engravings by Sartain, are solter rentine Artist, written by himself, with the notes and ob than those usually seen. The binding handsome. servations of G. P. Carpani, translated by Thomas Roscoe, No.'s 40 and 41 of Harpers' Illuminated Pictorial Bible. Esq. In two volumes. New York, Wiley & Putnam, 161 Broadway : 1845.
Dr. Durbin's Observations in the East. Harper & BrothThough this work has been before presented to the pub.
We promise ourselves many interesting Sunday read. lic, it will be hailed with delight by all who love to read ings from this book history mingled with the every-day events of an individual Through J. Gill, Richmond. Our thanks to the publisher, existence; and its graphic pictures of the Men of Genius, for The Prose Works of Milton, with a Biographical Intro. Princes, &c., of the 16th century, will be pleasing to all. duction by Rufus Wilmot Griswold, in two volumes. Phil. It is a sort of “ Froissart's Chronicle" of the times. adelphia. Herman Hooker. No. 16, South Seventh st. Of the “ Library of Choice Reading,” Wiley & Putnam,
PURITANISM: or a Churchman's Defence against its As161 Broadway, New York, we have No. 28.
persions, by an Appeal to its Own History. By Thomas
W. Coit, D. D., Rector of Trinity Church, New Rochelle, The English Comic Writers, by William Hazlitt. N. Y., and a member of the New York Historical Society.
New York, D. Appleton and Co. 1845. A cotemporary, No.'s 29, and 30, The English Dramatic Poets, speaking of it says, “ Cui bono-we ask,—was it writien ?” by Charles Lamb, 2 volumes.
The author, in his preface, says, “It was necessary, proba
bly, that some one should bring these facts into open view; No.'s 31 and 32, containing TUPPER'S PROVERBIAL Pur. and if I am to be victimized for thus doing, be it so, My LOSOPHY. We nave spoken so often in commendation of Facts will not be extinguished, if I myself am rhetorithis author and this book, that, for fear it should be thought cally crucified." we ride a hobby, we feel constrained to keep silence, only,
No. 4. of A Cyclopedia of Several Thousand Practical let us rejoice that it is within the reach of every one who Receipts, fc. By Arnold James Cooley. will drink of its resreshing waters. Price 37} cts.
Blackwood for October. London Quarterly for September. No. 33, The Vicar of Wakefield. By Oliver Gold. Foreign Quarterly for October. Simms' Magazine, for Nor. smith. Glad to see an old and valued friend brought into
Poems by L. J. Cist, from D. & M. notice. It lies too often on the topmost shelf, covered with the dust of years.
We fear there are many who have The Lowell Offering. Glad to see our Factory Girls never read this charming book ; such cannot lay out 371' continue
to spin yarns with the brain as well as the fingers.