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The subscribers to the ATHENEUM are this day presented with the last number of the present volume. The Second Series now consists of nine volumes. Some alterations and iinprovements are to be made in the work, and in order that each series may be uniform, a third will be commenced with the next number. It will be printed in a new type, and no pains will be spared to render its appearance superior to that of the preceding volumes.
During the eleven years the ATHENEUM has been published, its patronage has always been such as to convince the Proprietor of its usefulness, and to induce him to believe it has been acceptable to its readers. Although, from the nature of the work, we have been unable to seize upon and turn to account every passing local event, or to trim our sails to the various and changeful breezes which at different times sweep across the current of public opinion in this country; yet, treating of subjects which are confined neither to time nor place, which are interesting wherever there is an intellect to understand, a heart to feel, or a desire for amusement to be gratified, we believe the ATHENEUM has been a valuable, as well as a popular Magazine.
With regard to the Third Series, we do not wish to be profuse in our promises ; but a few words in relation to the course we shall pursue, may not here be out of place. Is has been said: we think with truth, that " Literature is uniformly in its best state, and fulfilling in the best manner its legitimate purposes, while ministering to the elegant enjoyments of life, mixing up the bright and beautiful elements of imagination and sentiment with the every-day opinions of mankind, sperking in a tone of higher feeling than is current in the common walks of existence, and bringing together the moralities of reason and fancy for the mental food of men in general.” These sentiments will be held in mind by the Editor, in selecting articles for the ATHENEUM from sources so ample and varied as those to which he has recourse. The English Magazines are at the present time conducted by men of the highest intellect and of the greatest learning. By their means an extended community receive the instructions, and enjoy in a manner the society, of the most distinguished scholars and philosophers, whose opinions or genius could in no other way have become known or useful to them. The best, most instructive and entertaining articles con
. tained in these magazines; interesting tales, intelligence of what is new or
useful in the arts and sciences, travels in different countries, revivirs of new publications, original poetry, essays on moral and religious subjects; in short, every species of writing which will amuse or edify, without offending the delicacy or touching the religious or political creed of any one, will receive its due place in the pages of the ATHENEUM ; and it is hoped it will thus constitute a Miscellany which shall not only afford entertainment to all classes of readers, but also subserve the interests of science and of morality.
A series of Sketches of Contemporary Authors has been commenced in this volume. The author of them is a writer of great power, and we doubt not they have been read with pleasure and profit. These, with Sketches by other writers, will be continued in succeeding numbers.
The occasional introduction of a plate will be continued, if our patronage continues to warrant us in this expensive ornament.
The ATHENEUM will be published, as heretofore, on the 1st and 15th of every month, each No. containing 40 pages, large octavo, forming two volumes a year of nearly 500 pages each. The price is five dollars a year.
Boston, September 15, 1828.