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Pram Wintnifi Mmgmxmi.
THE GREENWOOD SHRIFT.
Outstretched beneath the leafy shade
Of WtMfcor Forest's deepest glade,
Three little children rouod let elood.
And there went up from the greenwood
? wuful wail that day.
wOmother!" was the mingled?ry,
"O mother, mother! do not die,
And leave mm all alone *
- My blessed babes?" she triud to My,
But the faint aoeenta died away
In a low, sobbing moan.
And then life struggled hard with death,
And faat and strong ahe drew her breath,
And up she raised her head ;
And peering through the deep wood mate
With a long, sharp, unearthly me,
* M will he not eome ?" ahe said.
Just then, the pfcrting boughs between,
A little maid's light form was aeen,
All breathless with her speed ;
And following cloee, a man came oo,
(A portly man to look upon,)
Who led a panting steed.
" Mather!" the little maiden cried,
Or e'er ahe reached the woman's aide,
And kissed her clay-cold eheek?
" 1 have not idled in the town,
But long went wandering up and dbwn,
The minister to aeek.
14 They told roe here?they told me there?
I think they mocked me every where ;
And when 1 found his home,
And begged him on my bended knee
To bring his book and oooie with me,?
Mather! he would not oome.
"I told him how you dying lay,
And could not go in pence away ?
Without the minister;
I begged him, for dear Christ, his sake,
But oil! my heart, was fit to break
Mother ! he would not stir.
*? 8o, though my tear* were blinding me,
I ran hack, faat aa faat can be,
To come again to you;
And here?cloee by?this squire 1 met,
Who naked (so mild!) what made me (ret;
Ana when I told him true,
"*I will go with you, ohild,' he aaid,
'God sends me to thta dying bed,'?
Mother, ho'a here, hand by."
While thua the little maiden spoke,
The man, hia book against an oak,
Look'd on with glistening eye.
The bridle on hia neck flung free,
With quivering flank and trembling knee,
Piosrd close hia bonny bay ;
A statelier man, a statelier steed,
Never on greensward paced, I rede.
Than those stood there that day.
So, while the little maiden spoke.
The man, his back against an oak,
looked on with glistening eye
And. folded arm; and in his look,
Something that like a sermon book,
Preach'd?" All ia vanity."
But when the dying woman's face
Turned toward him with a wishful gase,
He atapp'd to where she lay;
And kneeling down, bent over her,
Saying: "1 am a minister?
My aister ? let us pray."
And well, without book or stole,
(Ood's words wore printed on his soul)
into the dying oar,
He breathed, aa 'twere, an angel'a atrain,
The things that unto life pertain,
And death's dark shadows clear.
He spoke of ainnera' loat >state,
In Christ renewed?regenerate?
Of Ood's moat blest decree,
That not a single aoul ahouid die
Who turus repentant with the cry
" Be merciful to me."
He spoke of trouble, pain, and toil,
Endured but for a little while
In patience, faith, and love,
Sure, in God's own good time, to be
Exchanged for an eternity <
Of happiness above.
Then, aa the spirit ebb'd away,
He raiaed his hands and eyes, to pray
That peaceful it might pass ;
And then?the orphan's sobe alone
Were heard, as they knelt everyone
Cloee round on the green grasa.
Such was the eight their wondering eyea
Beheld, in heart-struck mute surpriae,
Who rained the couriers back,
Just aa they found the long astray,
Who in the heat of chase that day
Had wander'd from their track.
But each man reigned hia pawing steed,
And lighted down, aa if agreed,
In silence at his side:
And there, uncovered all they stood?
It was a wholesome sight and good?
That day for mortal pride.
For the noblest of the land
Was that deep hush'd bare headed bond:
And central in the ring,
By that dead pauper on the ground
Her ragged orphans clinging round,
Knelt their annointed king.
The roval minister waa George the Third. The anec
dote ia related on the authority of the Rev. George Crabbc
the well known poet of bumble life. .
Prom the Green ThUtle, No. 2.
Mr. Pickwick?' Aa I vas a coinin' down street this
momin', a thinkin of my mother-in-law, and the old'un,
and the shepherd, a big loafer vent to shoot a little hin
nocent dog, right afore my face. So I goea up to
him, ' Mr. Snook,' says I. ?My name ain't Snook',
says he. ' Veil,' aaid I,' my name ain't Valker, and if
bo be, Mr. Varmint, that you harms that ere dog, vy,
your name vill be a thing of no consequence at all,'
aays I, 4 for the hanimal's aa good a man aa yourself,
Mr. Snook, and he ain't one bit more afraid of vater.'
* My name ain't Snook,' says he. ? Veil then go on,'
aays I, ' and the next dog you meets take off your hat
and make a bow to him, coa, yo ace, he ia the protierer
hanimal of the two,' saya I. Ven I comes home, I sets
down and writes this ere little hafTecting ditty. So not
another von], as the bexecutioner said ven he cut the
rope afore the speech vaa done.' S. V.
AN APPEAL TO THE DOG KILLER.
Loafer, spare that dog !
Touch not a hair or limb ?
In youth he fought for me
And now I'll light for him.
What injury doth he,
That in hi* fated head,
The Mnyer'a stern decree
Must lodge a junk of lead.
My old and faithful dog,
Whose name and wide renown
Have frightened many a rogue ;
And would'at thou shoot him down!
Loafer! thy wrath forbear!
Let Honesty go free?
* Though mad, he would beware
Of such a thing as thee.
When but an idle boy, ,
Often with him 1 roved;
In all their gushing joy, ,
Him, too, my sisters loved;
And him mv brothers dear,
The foixi caress would give,.
Loafer! who sent thee here ?
Oo ! let that old dog4i*e.
My heart strings round thee cling,
Close aa thy hide old friend!
Thy honora I will sine, ,
Thy life and fame defend.
Old dog ! the Ma)ror brave!
And. Loafer, leave the apot,
While I've a hand to aave,
Thy gun shall harm him not
From the Belfast (M. E.) Intelligencer.
BANKS.
In our remarks upon banks, we have uniformly adopt
ed tho sentiments set forth in all Praaident Jackson's
meaaage. His opinion, as therein expounded, la at va
riance with the crude notions of I<oco-foco'a, who are
for demolishing all the banks and substituting an entire
silver and gold currency, when not enough in the Uni
ted States exists to furnish one fifth of the circulating
medium required by the country.
To the honest yeomanry of the country, and men of
all classes, we put these quenea, vix:
lat. Ia it pcacticable to aboliah all banka, and have
nothing but a specie currency! What advantages
could yon derive from it ? Would your property be en
hanced in value, or your intereet promoted !
2d. If you harbor a hostility againat banka, what pro
duces it 1 Have you suffered by them ?. Have you not,
on the contrary, lor ten yeara past increased in wealth
?nd the comfort* of life, to sn extent unparalleled and
unknown in countries where gold and silver constitute
the otdjr medium among the people t
W. Admitting there w evOe entwined with the
credit system, (and whet system ia perfect) baa it not
contributed in an eminent degree to give enterpriee and
aucceae to oar indigent young men* Hae it not built
up our towne and cilice, and apreed improvement*
arouud ue and in every direction 1
The truth ia, perty epirit for political promotion hae
infuecd the prejudice into the minda of hoiteel men.
LOCO-FOCOISM.
A party by tbie name baa within a year or two organ
ised itaelf throughout the United Statee with a view of
levelling all dieUnctiona, whether arising from talent* or
property, and to engroee that favor and influence which
have hitherto been awarded to merit. They are for
aboliahinc all banke under the plausible pretence that
they are designed to build up arietocraciee in oar repub
lic j and are generally for prostrating the permanent in
stitution* of goveniment and religion, or for moulding
and dietorting tbein to auit their viewe. These plana
being accomplished, agrarian lawa are next to follow
M ? matter of course According to their notione,
temperance, aobriety, talents, integrity and weight of
character, are to be no longer quslificatioua for office ;
but idleneaa, low intrigue and political cunning are to
be the passport* to all placea of traet in the gift of the
people, 'lneae men addreaa themselves to the beaeat
paaaiona of the human beert, exciting prejudice* in the
pour against the rich, and endeavoring to array ooe claae
of community against another by arouaing and keeping
alive the moet groundless jealouaiee?representing tal
ent* and induatry aa entitled to no respect, and merit a*
value loss, especially if poaaeaaed by the rich.
We cannot forbear cautioning our readera againat the
noiaonoua influence of thie political sect. They are
thrusting at the bulwark* of all which amy patriot hold*
dear to hiin.?The design it not improvement, nor the
increase of the amount of happiness, but the acquisition
of political power. The party ia composed moetly of
the idle, viciou* and intemperate?renegsdoe* froih all
political parties, and diaorganisera of every deacription.
We trust that theae new-fangled politicians are des
tined soon to be acattered to the four winda of heaven,
and before they shall have gained a foot-hold in any
part of the Union. We look lo the good aenae and in
telligence of the people aa the safeguard againat the do
moralising influence of all juntos of thia deacription.
Let every preaa, which advocates the conscrmtitM
pnnciplea which bind ua together aa a free and happy
people, sound the alarm against the approach of these
would-be political demagoguea.
CONVENTION OP BANKS.
We trust that all the State Banks that have at heart
the speedy resumption of specie payments, will perse
vere in the plan of holding a convention, in spite of the
violent opposition of the United State* Bank, and tbe
Philadelphia banks immediately under the influence of
that powerful institution. The present state of things
cannot continue, without aerioua injory to themaeivea
and the country. Why should they wait for the action
of Congress 1 Let them at once fix aa early ? day aa
possible for meeting together?lay before each other
'?J01/ ***? condition?ana then agree upon some period
of fulfilling their engagementa with the public. Even
if they cannot have a full meeting, they may deviae
some plan for gathering tbe sense of a majority of the
banking institutions or the country. By taking eome
such step, they will prove to tbe anxioua minda of the
people their sincerity in professing ? willingness to re
turn to specie payments. Besides, we understsnd that
r,t" exchange ia declining, and the price of sil
ver in England hae been probably reduced, from which
we may anticipate that lee* epecie will go abroad?and
the reaumption of specie paymenta by the banke be
C??fR"lrf ?UC C'1'ut?d> ,mi perhaps accolerated.
From the American (Pe.) Sentinel.
In reply to the inquiry.of a correspondent, we aay, in
the language of that ablo and ateadfaet supporter of de
mocracy, the editor of the Richmond Enquirer, that in
relation to communications from well known democrats
on the subject of Banka and tbe Currency, " we have
no veto to interpose. Upon thia agitated and compli
cated subject, let the Press be free. The steam mu.t
De let oft. AH sorta of opinions must be expected.
How can the Truth be ascertained in auch a chaos of
materials, but by free and liberal diacuaaiona 1" We
are for radical improvdmenta. We take Gov Camp
bill's toast aa our text. " Hard money for our com
mon transactions?Bank notes, equivalent to apecie.
for tbe commerce of the country." We go fora re
duction of the uumber of Banka of circulation?for the
abolition of all amall notes, and for more rigid restric
f?" th?r operations. #We go slso for a freer aya
tem of Bank* of discount and deposite, aa calculated to
remove many objection*, " and impose reetrainta on the
issue* of Banka of circulation Theae questions are all
coming into diacussion?and they ought to be freely in
oM,h.roU?h " *"***> to P?pwe for the criaia
? * j i' wr ln 1,16 Mme P*Ptr justly remarks :
A difference of opinion is not a difference of principle,
and the only safe mode of securing our party union, ia I
the free diacuaAon of all subjects;though our essayists
may occasionally run. riot in palliating Whigiam, or un
compromiaing Radicalism." ^
. Inrth? d^Ltl? ?,f JoH?' W Williams, Esq , late edi- '
tor of the Philadelphia National Oaxette, the American
press has sustained a moat serious loaa. The remarks
from the pen of this gentleman never failed to attract
favorable notice by the scholarlike atyle in which they
were couched and the gentleman-like sentimenta which
they conveyed. Even his most uninf^ortant paragraphs
were given with a dignity of expression which showed
how very; far their author was above the common-place
alanp which not unfrequently finds ita way into the pub
lic journals, and aerved to impart to the newspaper
press of our country the character which it ought to sus
tain as the medium of infonnatjon for a great and en
lightened nation. Aa the aucceaaor of Robert Walsh,
Esq., whose talenta as a writer are so universally ad
mitted, Mr. W. had no easy task to perform, and it may
be said with perfect juatice that he executed the duties
or his station in all respects so aa to reflect credit on
himself and the distinguished literary community of
which ho wss a member. Aa one of the editors of the
American Quarterly Review, the subject of this notice
contributed in an eminent degree to austain the deserv
edly high reputation of that work, and place it on a foot
ing with the best of ita kind in thia or any other
country.?Bali. American.
French lessons -monsieur abadie has
the honor to inform the ladie* and gentlemen of thi*
city and vicinity, that he continues to give lessons in his
own native language, at his rooms,or private families and
academies, at a moderate price.
oS"':""
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***?*? 3t7
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riodical, and rejoice in them. They would do credit to
any country or to any state of civilixation to which hu
mnnity has yet arrived."?Marryattj Lantlon Metropolitan
Magazine.
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have appeared, that we have there lost sight of ita charac
ter and increasing excellence. It baa become decidedly
one of the best Magaxine* in America. The proprietors
have succeeded in procuring for ita pages the first talent
of this country, as well as valuable aid from distinguished
foreign aourcos."?New York Mirror.
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and tone of the articles contained in this periodical, as
being radically American, and as highly honorable to onr
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THE AMERICAN ANTHOLOGY;
A Magazine of Poetry, Biography, and Criticism, to be pub
luhod Monthly, with splendid lUustreOw*, an Steel
WHILE nearly every country of ths old world can
boaat of ita collected body of national Poetry, on
which the seal of a people's favorable judgment has lieea
?L iJ1?! exhibit* to foreign nation* in the moat
striking light the progress of civilisation and literary re
finement among iu inhabitants ; while England, especial
ly, proudly disp.ays to the world a corpus poetarum the
lustre of whose immortal wreath has shad a brighter glory
upon Iter name than the most splendid triumphs which
her statesmen and her soldiery have achieved, our own
country seems destitute of poetic honors. Appears we
say, for although no full collection of the chtf/mvr'es of
?ur writers has been made, yqt there esist, and an occa
sionally to be met wilW productions of American poets
which will bear comparison with the noblest and most
polished efforts of European genius, and which claim for
AiiMnca an high a rank in the scale of literary elevation
as m now ceded to older and in Some respects mors fa
vored lands. ?
Imfa ("ssi J with the correctness of this judgment we
propose to issue a monthly magasine which shall contain
in a perfect unmjitilated form, the inoet meritorious and
beautiful effusions of the poets of America, of the past
and present time, with such introductory, critical, and
"?"P*!*"5 notices as shall be neccassry to s correct under
standing of the worlu presented to the reader, and to add
interest to the publicstion. Those who imagine that
* dearth of msterisls for such an undertaking,
who believe that Ihe Aoaian Maids have confined their
nehestYavors to our transatlantic brethren to the exclu
sion of native genius, will be surprised to learn that we
are already in possession of more thso twoxhundred vol.
Produ???> o{ American bards, torn about the
y ear 1630 to the present "U*. Nor is it from these sources
alone that materials may be drawn. There are but few
writers in our country who pursue authorship ss a voca
tion, and whose works have been published in a collected
form. Our poets, especislly, hsve generally written for
particular occasions, with the remembeanoe of which
their productions have gone to rest, or their effusions have
been eareiesely inserted in periodicals of slight merit snd
limited circulation, where they were unlikely to attract
notice to themselves, or draw sttention to their authors?
The grass of the field or flowers of the wilderness sre
growing over the sshes of msny of the highly gifted who,
through the wild and romantic regions of our republic,
hsve scattered poetry in " ingots bright from the mint of
genius and glowing with the impress of besuty snd the
spirit of truth, in quantities sufficient, were it known snd
appreciated as it would be in other countries, to secure
to them an honorable reputation throughout the world
Such were Harney, author of ? Crysialuia' and the ' Fever
S^TklT: a ?'nU,bor.of ' Yamovden Wilcox, author
ol the Age of BenevoleneeRobinson, suthor of 'The
Savage; Little, the sweet aad tender poet of Christian
feeling, the lamented Brainard, and many beside, whose
writings sre almost unknown, ssve by their kindred asso
ciates and friends.
With the names of those poets who within the last few
lVe eIIte?dedi V" reJ,"ul,on American lite
rature beyond the Atlantic, Bryant, Dana, Percival,
SMuue, Sigourney, Whittier, Willis, Ace. the public an!
familiar ; and we can assure them that there exists, though
long forgotten snd unknown, s mine of poetic wealth,
rich, varied and extensive, which will amply repay the la
hor of exploring it, and add undying lustre to the crown
which encircles the brow of American genius, la the pub
TSSJS1 Hropord *e shall rescue from the oblivion
to which they have long been consigned, and embalm in a
bright and imperishable form the numberless ? gems of
purest ray, with which our researches into the literary an
tiquities of our country hsve endowed us ; and we are con
fident that every lover of his native land will reganl our
enterprise ss patriotic and deserving the support of the
citisens of the United States, as tending to elevate the
character of that country in the scale of nations, and ss
sen its claims to the station to which its children entitles
it. W ith this conviction we ask the patronage of the com
munity to aid ua in our undertaking, conacious that we
are meriting its support by exhibiting to the world a proud
evidence th*t America, in the riant strength of her Hercu
lean childhood, is destined erelong to cope in the arena of
hteraturc w.th .how lands which ?r cenl^ries have W
ed their civilisation and refinement, ?nJ r...?ly
their tnumphs of their cherished sons in the noblest field
which heaven has ofiened to the human intellect.
The American Amtholoo* will contain complete
works of a portion of the following?the most popular of
our poetic writers?and of the others, the best poems, snd
such as are least generally known :
Adams, John Quincy Qould, Hannah F.
Allston, Washington Hsllsch, Fits Freene
Barber, Joseph Harney, John M.
Barlow, Joel Hiilhouse, John A.
Benjamin Park Hoffman, Charlea F.
Bogart. Elisabeth Mellen, Grenv.lle
Brainerd, John O. C. Neal.John
Brooks, James O. Pcabody, B. W O.
ni,yaLntl^!Ui^m C Percival. James G.
o ? n !!* i Pierpont, John
Coffin, Robert 3 Pinckney, Edward C.
Dana, Richard H. Prentice, George D.
Doanc, George W. Rockwell. J. O.
Drake, Joseph R. Sands, Robert C.
wwight, Timothy Sigourney, LydiaH.
Ellet, Elisabeth F. Sprague, "Charles
fcmbury, EmmaC. Sutermeister, J. R.
Everett, Edward Trumbull, John
J airfield, Sumner L. Wetmore, Prosper M.
Freneau. Philip Whittier. John G.
Gallagher, William D. Willis, Nathaniel P.
In addition to the poems of the above named authors,
selections, comprising the best productions of more than
lour hundred other American writers, will lie given as the
work progresses.
Q The American Anthology will be published on the first
Saturday of every month. Each number will contain
seventy-two royal octavo pages, printed in the most beau
tiful miinner on paper of superior quality, and two or more
portraition steel, with other illustrations.
I rice, f ivc dollars per annum, payable in advance.
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Subscriptions received in New-York, by Wiley Si Put
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ro? 1837. '
* . nvn oollah* rst riit.
N the first of January was published the first nnmber of
the ninth volume of the American Monthly Magazine.
?? . a couuae?ce A* aecond year of " the New Series
of the American Monthly." One year has pnaaed since,
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THOMAS W. WHITE, EDITOB AND r*o'?IETO?.
THI8 IS A MONTHLY MAGAZINE, devoted
chiefly to literature^but occaaprially finding room
for articles that fall within the aenprof Science ; and not
profeaaing an entire disdain of f?efol teUctiow, though
ita matter has been, as it will o*n<inue to be, in the main,
""f'rty politics and controversial theology, as far aa pos
?! J ?re excluded. They are sometimes so
blended with discussions in literawre or in moral science,
otherwise unobjectionable, as to gau admittance for the
sake of the more valuable matter to wVich they adhere :
but whenever that happena, they are meHtn/at only ; not
pnmary. They are uroaa, tolerated only because it can
not well be severed from the sterling ore whttewith it ih
incorporated.
Reviews and Critical Notices occupy their du* space
in the work; and it ia tlie editor's aim that they ahould
have a threefold tendency?to convey in a condensed
lonn, such valuable truths or interesting incidents as are
embodied in the works reviewed,?to direct the reader's
attention to books that deserve to be read,?and to warn
him against wasting time and money upon that large num
ber, which merit only to he burtftd. In thia age of publi
cations, tliat by their variety and multitude diatract and
overwhelm every undiacriminating student, impartial
criticism, governed by the views juat mentioned, is one of
the most inestimable and indispensable of auxiliaries, to
him who does wish to discriminate.
Essays and Tales, having in view utility or amuaement,
or both,?Historical Sketches,?and Reminiacencea of
events too minute for history, yet elucidating it,and height
ening ita interest,?may lie regarded aa forming the stsple
of the work. And of indigenous poetry, enough is pub
lished?sometimes of no mean strain?to manifest and to
cultivate the growing poetical taste and talents of our
country.
The times appear, for several reasons, to demand such
a work?and not one alone, but many. The public mind
is feverish and irritated still, from recent political'strifes .
The soft, assuaaive influence of literature is needed, to
allay that fever, and soothe that irritation. Vice and folly
are rioting abroad : They should be driven by indignant
rebuke, or laahed by ridicule, into their fitting haunts.
Ignorance lords it over an immense proportion of our
people. Every apring ahould be aet in motion, to arouse
the enlightened, and to increase their number; so that the
K>at enemy of popular government may no longer brood,
e a portentous cloud, over the deatiniea of our country.
And to accomplish all -these ends, what more powerful
agent can lie employed than a periodical, on the plan of
the Messenger; if that plan be but carried out in practice.
The South, peculiarly, requires such an agent. In all
the Union, aouth of Waahinitton, there are but two literary
Criodicals ! Northward of that city, there are probably at
lat twenty-five or thirty ! Ia thia contraat justified l>v
the wealth, the leiaure. the native talent, or the actual
literary taste of the Southern people, compared w ith those
of the Northern? No: for Hi wealth, talents, and ta?tc,
we may justly claim at least an equality with our I re
thren; and a domestic institution exclusively our own,
beyond all doubt afforda us, if we choose, twice the leisure
for reading and writing, which they enjoy.
It waa from a deep aenei of thia focal want, that the
word Southrbn waa engrafted on the name of this
periodical; and not w ith any design to nourish local pre
judicea, or to advocate supposed local intereats. Far from
any auch thought, it is the editor's fervent wiah to see the
North and South bound endearingly together forever, in
the silken band* of mutual kindness and a Hellion Far
from meditating hostility to the North, he haa already
drawn, and he hopes hereafter to draw, much of his choicest
matter thence; ano happy indeed will he deem himself,
should his pagea, by making each region know the other
better, contribute in any essential degree to dispel the
lowering cloud* that now threaten the peace of both, and
to brighten and strengthen the aacred tie* of fraternal
love.
The Southern Literary Messenger ha* now reached the
fifth No. of ita third volume. How far it has acted out the
idea* here uttered, it ia not for the editor to sav. He
believes, however, that it fall* not further abort of them
than human weakness uaually makes practice fall short of
theory.
The Measenger ia iasued monthly. Each numlier of the
work containa 64 large super-royal page*, printed in the
very handsomest manner, on new type, and on paper
equal at least to that on which any other periodical i*
printed in our country.
No subscription will lie reeeived for leae than a volume,
nnd must commence with the current one. The price is
$3 per volume, which must be paid in all cane* at tne time
of aubacribing. This ia particularly adverted to now to
avoid misapprehension, or future misunderstanding??*
no order will hereafter lie attended to unless accompanied
with the price of subscription.
The postage on the Messenger i? ?ix cent* on any sin
gle No. for all distances under 100mile??over 100 miles,
ten cent*.
All communications or letters, relative to the Messen
ger, muat be addressed to Thoma* W. White.
? Southern Literary Messenger Office, Richmond. V?.
THE MADISONIAN.
The Miixiokia* ia published Tri-weekly during the
sittings of Congress, and Semi-weekly during the re
ceaa. Tri-weekly on Tueadaya, Thursdays, and Satur
days.
Advertisement* intended for the Tueeday ptper.
should be aent in early on Monday?those for the
Thuraday paper, early on Wednesday, and for the Sa
turday paper, early on Friday.
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