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Automn Time, the. By Susan.
Game Fish of North America, the. By C. Lanman. 682
Gray Lady, the. Translated from the German. By
Browne, Sir Thomas. By H. T. Tuckerman.
Canzonet from the Italian. By S. S. Bradford. 451 monwealth.
Castle of Dreams, the. By Wm. H. Holcombe. 343
Howison's History of Virginia. A Review,
Hundred Thousand Crowns, A. Translated from the
City and Village Lise.
Death of Cardinal Mazarin. By Mrs. Sigourney. 139 Jefferson, Thomas, MS. Letter of
106 John Carper, the Hunter of Lost River. By P. P.
Knight of Blasingame, the. A Ballad.
663-718) Lameni, A. By Mary G. Wells.
Essay on the Causes of the Remarkable Increase of Land of Dreams, the. By Susan.
255 Return of the Redbreast, the. By Sidney Dyer. 254
754 Rives, the Hon. Wm. C. Historical Address, &c. 52
52 Scraps from a Port Folio.
Sea, the. In Calm and Storm. For Music.
Sketches of Southern Life.
Social System of Virginia.
Sonnets. By Alton.
Sonnet. By H. T. Tuckerman.
Sonnet. Power's Greek Slave.
Tale of Heligoland, A. By Miss Mary E. Lee.
Theory of the Toilet, the.
Three Days of July, the
Three Hoots from a Hornéd Owl.
727 To Susan. Author of Fire-Light Musings. By Alton. 280
Two Country Houses, the. By P. P. Cooke. 307-349-436
Two Tears, the
502 View from Griswold Hill on Staten Island, N. Y. 3
753 Virginia, Her Ancient Title to the North-Western
Territory and her rights on the Ohio River
Wanderer, the. From the German of Goethe. 420
576 673 Wilde, Richard Henry, Death of. By A. B. Meek. 26
657 | Worthington, Jane Tayloe. By Mrs. E. J. Eames. 167
572' Wrillen on Hearing of the Baule of Buena Vista. 655
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Young Cupid writhed, as if in pain,
It is a custom of the season, sanctioned by immemorial usage, to exchange gratulations among friends at the happy advent of another year. Accordingly, we come forward, gentle reader, to greet you with many assurances of sincere good-will and many wishes for a prosperous future. Your Christmas, we trust, has passed “righte merrily" and your New-Year dawns with bright anguries of prospective success. How delightfully does this genial season come round in the cycle of time to recreate the mind and body, wearied with the engrossing pursuits of life-a pleasing interlude to the toils and cares of a hum-dram world-when the “light of other days" throws a cheering reflection upon the festivities of the present hour and swelling memories rise up to enhance ils enjoyment. Long may it remain a period, consecrated to the finest emotions of the heart, long may its domestic re-unions be celebrated with joyous rite, though the days of the “yole log” and “ wassail bowl” have passed away, and the bell of the mas. quer and the pomp of Twelfth Night are numbered with the faded and forgotten pageantries of the olden time.
But the recurrence of a New-Year is calculated to awaken other and sadder feelings. Mankind are so little disposed to meditation, that it is only at stated intervals, with the return of some anniversary in their calendar, or the completion of one of those spaces by which we estimate the flight of time, that they can be brought to think seriously on the past. Then it is that they are duly con
Grim Death now rose from his sleep profound,
scious of the transitory nature of existence and" gladsome light" of letters, to forget not the Maginwardly indulge the unavailing regret of the poet, azine, which has occupied in former times so hon
ored a place in their affections. We appeal to the " Eheu fugaces, Postume, Postume,
large number of educated men, who now bury in Labuntur anni."
ignoble obscurity talents that should illustrate the
literature of America, to withhold no longer their The birth-day is one of these occasions for sober favor, but leaving the frivolous incidents of a day thought with the individual, but the New-Year is and looking rather to that enlarged dominion of the general birth-day of the human race. It is a knowledge which must, sooner or later, overspread proper time for universal introspection-a station our land, to become efficient co-workers in so en. where the train stops for an instant on the great nobling a cause. Finally, we address ourselves to railway of life, and we scan the distance we have the just sense of sectional pride which animates every traversed and the country beyond a point where true Southron, and beg that an union of effort the heart, between the closing and the coming may enable us to exhibit to our northern brethren years, like the head of Janus, looks forward and worthy and enduring manifestations of mind,—10 behind. “No one," says Charles Lamb, “ever show them that Southern learning can think for regarded the first of January with indifference. itself and that we have among us intellects of glorious It is that from which all date their time, and count mould, and hearts that are “pregnant with celestial upon what is lelt.” But we wish not to play the fire." moralist. If we go on in this strain, our "sang"! We see clearly the difficalties and responsibilimay at last turn out a “sermon," and some good ties of our position. We know that there is work Horatiu will remind us, that it were indeed “to before us, that calls for untiring energy and devoconsider too curiously to consider so."
tedness of purpose. But we are assured by the With the Messenger, the first of January, as in- liberal encouragement extended to our predecesdicating the commencement of a new volume, is sors and shall toil on, looking forward to the of course a landmark in its mission, a time for the “ exceeding great reward" of seeing at last the balancing of old accounts and the formation of new rays of science and polite learning diffused throughplans. We should therefore say something to you, out the wide borders of our Southern land, with kind patrons, with regard to the intercourse so the proud consciousness of having been an humpleasantly begun between us. And first, let us ble instrument in effecting that splendid result. tender our warmest thanks for the kindness and For we have an abiding faith, that even in our own consideration we have met with, thus far in our ca- day, our people will direct their thoughts to obreer. We have been greatly encouraged by thejects far nobler than the mere arts of trade, and friendly notices of the press and the incitements of that Belles-Lettres, with its correlative branches, many generous correspondents. Be assured that will flourish in all the pristine beauty of its Athewhile we appreciate your favorable regard, we nian existence. shall do all in our power to deserve its continuance. We must be permitted, before concluding these and endeavor by untiring exertions in our arduous remarks, as an act of simple justice to ourselves, duties, to “ win golden opinions from all sorts of to call attention to the large amount now due us people." The Messenger is now fairly “in its for unpaid subscriptions. Our monthly expenditeens.” It has done much in its past history, how ture is heavy, and we submit to those indebted to much we need not remind you; we are determined us, that we should not be embarrassed on account it shall do more, with your assistance and support. I of their remissness. We say this in no vain-glorious spirit. What the
A word with regard to another topic and we Messenger shall be the good it may be able to have done. It will be perceived that we have accomplish the softening influence it may exer- gone back to the old title of our magazine-the cise on faction-will not be our work. To our con. SOUTHERN LITERARY MESSENGER." This change tributors rather let the credit be assigned, through is not to be ascribed to any dislike for the prefix whose instrumentality we hope to make it always
of “ Western." So far from it, we are proud of useful and acceptable, lo preserve in its maturer
our extended circulation in the West and trust that age the lumen purpureum juventæ, to render moral
our beginnings in editorial life are approved there. beauty ever fresh and radiant to the perception and
But the recent name of our work was cumbrous. to present
Besides, we have a weakness for old things, and
we are induced to think that, of all others, that “ Truth severe in fairy fiction dressed."
name will be most liked which is associated with
the very inception of the work, with the early trials We invoke in our behalf the literary intelligence of its founder and with so much of its well-earned of the entire South. We ask all who have ever renown. turned, as a relaxation, from severer duties to the! And now, gentle reader, A Happy New Year!