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CONTAINING THE POLITICAL AND LITERARY PORTIONS
MAY, JUNE, AND JULY, 1838.
WASHINGTON, D. C.
PUBLISHED BY LANGTREE AND O'SULLIVAN.
2 (With an etching on copper after the life.)
NG-THIS NUMBER CONTAINS ONE HUNDRED AND TWELVE PAGES, OR SEVEN
The Historical Register will be continued in the next number; it has been omitted for the present month, from a wish to render it more complete than has been in the power of the Editors in the present number; it being designed rather for permanent value for preservation, than for monthly entertainment. The reader will perceive that the quantity of matter is not affected by this omission, the space allotted to this department of the work having been filled by general articles,
NOTE RESPECTING THE ARTICLE ON MR. CALHOUN.
The sheet devoted in the present number to the “Political Portrait No. V.” having gone through the press very hastily, one or two typographical errors passed uncorrected by the writer. On page 68, line 37, the omission of the parenthesis enclosing the words “Mr. Crawford being out of the field,” and the insertion of a comma after “Mr. Crawford,” reverses the sense,-the term “ favorite” properly applying to “General Jackson."
On page 81, line 28, an interlineation in the manuscript caused a mistake of the intended order of the parts of the sentence. not observed till a large part of the edition was printed, after which it was corrected in the remainder.
The intelligent reader will not need to be told that the sentence is intended to read thus: “His im. mediate declaration of support, on the reading of Mr. Van Buren's Message at the Extra Session, followed up by his Edgefield let
It is also deemed proper to add, that the reference, in page 82, to “ a distinguished Representative, &c.," as the author of the quoted paragraphs which conclude the article, was made on a misapprehension. The Editors received those paragraphs--too ably written to be omitted—from a friend, with an understanding, on their part, that they were from the source there alluded to. That friend, correcting the impression before unintentionally conveyed, requests us to *nullify' it, as an erratum, though it is still true that they were written by “a personal friend."
Every age appears to have its predominant characteristic from which may be derived its special designation, in its place in the long series of the centuries. Without inquiring into the propriety of the names which the different metals have given to former ages-whether the iron, the brass, the silver, or the gold-none will question the right of the present to the style and title-emphatically and par ezcellence-of the PAPER AGE. Under this name its history, presenting so many tremendous convulsions of society, accompanied with so many remarkable phenomena, is yet to be written, for the astonishment of posterity. Under this name, the chronicle of the nineteenth century, so wise in its generation,' is to record one of the most extraordinary instances of the gullibility of mankind, on a vast scale, to be found in that curious volume, the History of Human Humbug.
It might be supposed, indeed, that if any thing short of a voice from the dead would awaken the mind of the whole people to the real character of this stupendous modern fraud upon the industry of the mass of society, the history of the past few years would have accomplished that object. We regret, however, to have to confess, that there appears much reason to fear that but very imperfect advantage is about to be taken, by the community, of the lesson and the opportunity for a reform of our banking system, afforded by the recent crisis. It is greatly to be lamented that the subject has been brought into the arena of our general politics, and the pernicious consequences of this unholy connection will probably long make themselves felt. That there have existed some radical defects in the system, some essential principle of evil or other, is generally admitted by all; as also the necessity of considerable salutary reforms' in it, to save the community from the future recurrence of the sufferings which have grown