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foregoing facts. In relation to the quantity given, it need only be said, that it has always exceeded the maximum promised, and in the numbers for the last year, by more than four hundred puges. Of the clearness and beauty of the typographical execution and matériel of the KNICKERBOCKER, and the character of its embellishments — which, although not expected by its readers, nor promised by its proprietors, have nevertheless been given - it is not deemed necessary to speak. They will challenge comparison, it is believed, with any similar periodical, at home or abroad.
It has been observed, that the constant aim of the Editors, in the management of the KNICKERBOCKER, has been to make the work entertaining and agreeable, as well as solid and useful. It is perhaps owing to a predominance of these first-named characteristics, that it has become so widely known to the public. In addition to several well-known and popular series of numbers — such as the 'Odds and Ends of a Penny-a-Liner,' 'Ollapodiana,' the 'Palmyra Letters,' 'An Actor's Alloquy,' 'Leaves from the Blank Book of a Country Schoolmaster,' Wilson Conworth,' 'Life in Florida,' 'Loaferiana,' “The Eclectic,' 'Passages from the Common-place Book of a Septuagenarian,' Notes from Journals of Travels in America, and in various Foreign Countries, 'The Fidget Papers,' etc., — liberal space has been devoted to interesting Tales, illustrating American society, manners, the times, etc., embracing, beside, stories of the sea, and of pathos and humor, upon a great variety of subjects, together with biographies, legends, and essays, upon numerous and varied themes, interspersed with frequent articles of poetry, of such a description as to secure for the Magazine, in this department, a gratifying preeminence and celebrity. But neither the scientific nor the learned, the solid nor the use-, ful, has been omitted, or lightly regarded. Original articles, from distinguished writers, (which have attracted much attention in this country, and several of which have been copied and lauded abroad,) have appeared in the recent numbers of the work, upon the following subjects :
Past and Present State of American Literature; South American Antiquities; Inland Navigation; Geology and Revealed Religion; Insanity and Monomania ; Liberty versus Literature and the Fine Arts; Early History of the Country ; Connexion of the Physical Sciences; Atmospheric Electricity, a New Theory of Magnetism, and Molecular Attraction ; American Female Character; Pulmonary Consumption; Pulpit Eloquence; The Prospects and Duties of the Age; Health of Europe and America ; Literary Protection and International Copy Right; Poetry of the Inspired Writings ; Chinese Nations and Languages ; Chemistry (Laboratory of Nature); The Past, the Present, and the Future; Our Country, with Comments on its Parties, Laws, Public Schools, and Sketches of American Society, Men, Education, Manners and Scenery; Philosophy of the Rosicrucians; Intellectual Philosophy, Philology, Astronomy, Animal and Vegetable Physiology, Astrology, Botany, Mineralogy, and Phrenology ; Progress of the Age, and of Modern Liberty; Christianity in France; American Organic Remains ; Historical Recollections; the Nature of Comets, Discussion on Scriptural Miracles; Sectional Distinctions of the Union; Peace Societies; Periodicity of Diseases ; Essays on Music, Fine Writing, etc.; together with many articles of a kindred description, which it would exceed the limits of this advertisement to enumerate in detail.
Allusion has not been had to the Literary Reviews of new works, which have embraced all the current literature of the day, with copious and interesting extracts to the editorial division, in which are chronicled all interesting matters of a local and general nature, with Original Miscellanies, Notices of the Drama, the Fine Arts, etc. In short, in all things, it has been the steady purpose of the publishers and editors-- Ameri
ans by birth and in heart - to present a magazine thoroughly AMERICAN in its tenden. cics, free from political or party bias, and wide and various in its scope, in which all should find something to interest or instruct, and none any thing offensive to good taste, or subversive of sound morals, pure patriotism, or true religion. Among those who have contributed papers of a learned, scientific, or solid and useful
charaeter - including two or three whose articles are in preparation - may be mentioned the following: J. K. Paulding,
G. W. Featherstonhaugh, Hon, Charles Miner, Penn. Prof. Anthon, Col. College, Hon. R. H. Wilde, Geo., Rev. Dr. Beasley, N. J., Prof. Ed. Wm. Johnson, Prof. Rafinesque, and W. A. Rogers, Esq., Del., S. C.,
M. Carey, Philad, Rev. Mr. Gannet, Mass., Henry R. Schoolcraft, Rev. Orville Dewey, Prof. Holland, Conn., Rev. Calvin Colton, Rev. J. H, Clinch, Mass., Rev. Mr, Schroeder, President Druer, of Colum- Dr. Rush, Philad. Prof. Fellon, Cambridge, bia College,
Dr. Brigham, Conn., Rev. H. J. Whitehouse, Noah Webster, Conn. George Griffin, Esq., N. Y., Hon. B. W. Richards, Dr. Samuel L. Metcalf, James Brooks, Maine, Penn., Rev. Dr. Brantley, Penn., Hon. Lewis Cass,
Rev. W. 0. Peabody, Hon. D. D. Barnard, N. Y., Professor Daponte,
B. B. Thatcher,
In the department of Tales, Essays, Sketches, Biographies, Legends, etc., the sub-
Capt. Marryat, Eng., Stacy G. Potls, N. J.,
Robert Burts, U. S. N.,
Miss E. B. Clarke, John Inman, Esq., N. Y., Miss Leslie, J. N. Bellows,
Prof. Ingraham, Miss., W. L. Stone, Esq., Dr. Caruthers, Va., Samuel L. Knapp, Esq., Mrs. C. Gilman, S. C., Timothy Flint, Miss., Joseph C. Neal, Philad., The Author of. Pelham,' J. W. Gould,
Mrs. E. F. Ellett, s. C., N. Hawthorne, Mass., Colonel M Kenney, R. S. Mackenzie, Esq., Gen. Ducoudray Holstein, Theodore S. Fay,
England, W. G. Simms, Esq., William Dunlap, Esq., Mrs. A. J. Graves, Md., H. R. Schoolcraft, Mich., E. T. Throop Martin, * Algernon Sidney,' CamW. E. Burton, Philad., Tyrone Power,
bridge, Mass., and J. Barber, New-York, W. G. Clark, Philad. Mr. H. H. Riley, N. Y.
The names which follow, include but few of the many who have contributed, from first to last, to the poetical department: J. G. Percival,
E. L. Bulwer, Eng., W. G. Clark, Philad., W. C. Bryant,
Miss. H. F. Gould, Mass., Miss Fanny Kemble, Rev. John Pierpont, Mrs. S. J. Hale,
J. H. Bright, Esq., Mrs. L. H. Sigourney, W. E. Burton, Penn., Mrs. K. A. Ware, Robert Southey, Eng., Mrs. E. C. Embury,
Robert Morris, Philad., J. G. Whittier, Mass., Rev. Dr. Pise,
Miss H. L. Beasley, N. J., Mrs. E. F. Ellett, S. C., Miss E. B. Clarke, W. D. Gallagher, Ky., W. G. Simms, S. C., George Lunt, Mass., Mrs. Daponte, Miss L. E. Landon, Eng., W. P. Palmer, N. Y., Timothy Flint, Miss., Joseph Barber,
Miss M. A. Browne, Eng., Miss E. M. Lee, S. C. To the foregoing particulars, the publishers would only add, that at no period since the work passed in to their hands, have its literary capabilities and prospects been so ample and auspicious as at present; and that not only will the same exertions be continued, which have secured to their subscription list an unexampled increase, but their claims upon the public favor will be enhanced by every means which increasing endeavor, enlarged facilities, and the most liberal expenditure, can command. Back numbers have been re-printed to supply Volume Nine, and five thousand copies of Volume Ten will be printed to meet the demands of new subscribers. The work is now so firmly established in the public regard, as to be beyond the reach of any contingency which can affect ite permanence. Increased encouragement, however, would still enable the publishers to add to the enjoyment of their readers. And they readily promise, that in an equal ratio with the enhancenient of their ability, through the liberality of the public, shall be their effective labors. If each subscriber to the work, who has derived pleasure from its perusah,
would send one or more names, (a not difficult task, it is confidently believed,) the publishers can safely affirm, that no periodical, foreign or domestic, will be permitted to exceed in variety and interest the KNICKEBOCKER MAGAZINE. A Few brief notices of the KNICKERBOCKER, from well-known journals, are subjoined :
The progress of the Knickerbocker is still onward. It is conducted with decided ability, is copious and varied in its contents, and is printed in a superior style. At this season, we have little space for literary extracts, and cannot, therefore, enable those of our readers who may not see this Magazine, to judge of its merits, otherwise than upon our assurance that they are of a high order.' 'It puts forth abundant claim to the support of men of letters, and of all readers of correct taste.'--New-York American.
"We have found in the Knickerbocker so much to admire, and so little to condemn, that we can hardly trust ourselves to speak of it from first impressions, as we could not do so, without being suspected of extravagant praise.' 'It is not surpassed by any of its contemporaries at home or abroad.' • It sustains high ground in all the requisites of a Magazine; and we are pleased to see that its merits are appreciated abroad as well as at home.'— Albany Argus.
"This monthly periodical is now so well known, that it hardly needs commendation ; having established for itself a character among the ablest and most entertaining publications in the land.'--New-York Journal of Commerce.
*The Knickerbocker seems to increase in attraction as it advances in age. It exhibits a monthly variety of contributions, unsurpassed in number or ability.'- National Intelligencer.
“The work is in the highest degree creditable to the literature of our country.'—Washington Globe.
"We have read several numbers of this talented periodical, and rejoiced in them, They would do credit to any country, or to any state of civilization to which humanity has yet arrived.'-- Marryat's London Metropolitan Magazine.
'It is a periodical of unusual merit.' 'It exhibits articles of great worth, and is deserving of ample patronage.'-N. Y. Courier and Enquirer.
"The last number of this spirited publication is inferior to none of its predecessors, in the talent and originality of its articles.'--N. Y. Commercial Advertiser.
"We hope it will not be inferred from our omission to notice the several numbers of the Knickerbocker, as they have appeared, that we have therefore lost sight of its high character and increasing excellence. It has become decidedly one of the best magazines in America. The proprietors have succeeded in procuring for its pages the first talent of this country, as well as valuable aid from distinguished foreign sources.'--N. Y. Mirror.
"We have on several occasions adverted to the spirit and tone of the articles contained in this periodical, as being radically American, and as highly honorable to our literature.' It seizes the spirit of the times, and deals with it boldly and ably.'— Balt. American.
"The Knickerbocker contains articles very various in style and character. The reader passes 'from grave to gay, from lively to severe,' with an agreeable suddenness of iransition. * * It is one of the chief merits of a magazine, 10 comprise as large a variety of subjects, as is compatible with the proper treatment of each.'-N. Y. E. Post.
• There is no publication among the many we receive from the Old Country, and from this continent, to the receipt of which we look forward with higher expectation than the Knickerbocker; and it never disappoints our anticipations.'— Quebec Mercury.
"Its contents are of real excellence and variety. No department is permitted to decline, or to appear in bad contrast with another.'– Philadelphia Inquirer.
*Taking it in mass, the Knickerbocker is decidedly the best Magazine published in America, and equals any in the world. We recommend every person to take it. The money will not be misspent.'-Boston Pearl and Galary.
*This American Magazine bids fair to rival some of our best English monthlies. It contains many very excellent articles.'— London Allas.
'It deserves the wide and excellent reputation in which it rejoices — and higher praise we could not yield it.'--N. Y. Evening Star.
"Its contents are spirited-well conceived, and well written.'-U. S. Gazette.
'In our humble opinion, this is the best literary publication in the United States, and deserves the extensive patronage it has received.' ---Columbia (S. C.) Telescope.
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'Chaos of ruins! who shall trace the void,
Every enlightened American regards whatever relates to his native land, with an affection as strong as it is ennobling. Conscious of its extent and resources, he looks abroad upon its variegated landscapes, its towering mountains, and its mighty rivers, with a glow of noble pride and enthusiasm. Unequalled in richness, fertility, or grandeur, each inspires him, in like manner, with feelings of joy and exultation. He reverts to the history of his countrymen, with emotions not less dear and animating. The early struggles of his ancestors, their ultimate triumph over the enemies of his country, and over obstacles well nigh insurmountable — their onward march in social and political happiness, the freedom and excellence of their institutions, and the high distinction now sustained by the republic among the governments of the earth all dwell upon
his tongue, in accents of lofty praise and patriotism.
Such sentiments are alike worthy and characteristic of an American; but while we thus cheerfully ascribe them to our countrymen, as a general and laudable peculiarity, we cannot avoid the reflection, that one prominent subject among those claiming their attention one which should equally inspire them with pride and enthusiasm - is most singularly overlooked, or wholly neglected. We allude to American Antiquities. This subject, not immediately connected with our national prosperity, seems strangely to have escaped observation. Every thing else with us has been onward; but this has been left for the inquisitive admiration of strangers. With the fresh and animating incidents of our history we have alone been busied. Beyond these, there exists a deep and illimitable hiatus, into which Curiosity has yet but slightly peered.
Now that data are affixed to our brief historical period, and the occurrences of yesterday, in comparison with the actual history of our land, have settled down into a succession of well-known events, it becomes us to look back into those of long-lost time, and to inquire into the memorials of our country's antiquity; to glance at what it was, rather than what it is. Here the field opens into boundless extent, and the mind becomes bewildered by the strange and diversified objects which it presents. Unlike any other in the world's
wide range,' it is seen to be crowded with unique monumental relics, such as men of modern date had little dreamed of. No where else do the same curious and magnificent remnants of ancient art start into view. Britain has her antiquities, but her archæologists find them associated with a people to whom history had before introduced them. They are furnished with keys by which to gain access to the relics of by-gone times. The Druids and the Romans are known to them ; but who were they who raised the tumuli of western America, or the Pyramids of Chollula and of Papantla ? The antiquities of Egypt, wonderful as they are, point with an index well defined, to their origin; but who can decipher the hieroglyphics of Tultica ? who read the buried monuments of Anahuac ? Egypt has her history told - if not distinctly upon her storied columns in language which we are little disposed to doubt. The tablets of Rositta have revealed to inquiring antiquarians a flood of light; and the secret volumes inscribed upon the huge and elaborate piles of her arts, have suddenly opened to the wondering gaze their richlystored contents. They said, emphatically, “Let there be light, and there was light!' But no revelation has burst from the tombs of our western valleys. No Champolion, Young, Rossellina, nor Wilkinson, has preached the mysteries of Copan, Mitlan, or Palenque. No! Thick darkness still hangs over the vast continent of America, No voice answers to the anxious inquiry, · Who were the Tultiques ?' no lettered tablet is found to reveal the authors of the noble vestiges of architecture and of sculpture at Mitlan, Papantla, Chollula, Otumba, Oaxaca, Tlascala, Tescoca, Copan, or Palenque ! The veil of oblivion shrouds, and may perhaps for ever shroud, these relics of an ancient and innumerable people in impenetrable obscurity. The researches of Del Rio, Cabrera, Dupaix, Waldrick, Neibel, Galinda, nor Corroy, are yet known to have developed the secrets of the buried cities of Central America, though they have labored for many years, 'silent and alone,' amid these massive fragments of ancient greatness.
Cypress and ivy, weed and wall-flower grown,
Matted and mass'd together, hillocks heap'd
In fragments, chok’d-up vaults and frescos steeped
Deeming it midnight: temples, baths, or halls?
't is thus the mighty falls !' The train of reflections which springs from a review of these magnificent specimens of skill, genius, and toil, is peculiarly exciting. If, in the vast field of observation which this continent presents, there is one subject that more than another claims attention — if there is one which is calculated to inspire an American with admiration and enthusiasm -- it is the antiquities of his country. It may in truth be said, that were we to pronounce what are the great and peculiar charms of this new world,' we should say, at once, its antiquities the antiquities of its buried cities — its long-lost relics of a great and ingenious people — the sublimity of ages that every where surrounds us, and the strange associations which rush upon the mind, as we