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Literary Messenger

"Pilgrims of the Rhine," and the poetical remains of Lucretia Maria Davidson. At the close, we have the "Editorial Remarks" to and about contributors and contributions. The editor kept up the plan of these remarks until about the end of the first volume. He makes an unjust attack upon Fairy Tales, but some were afterwards admitted.

Thus it has been shown how The Southern Literary Messenger was started upon its comparatively long life of 30 years.

The third number was issued in November, after some delay on account of the important change from a bi-monthly publication to a monthly. Consequently Volume I. contains 13 numbers. The proprietor announces that he has made arrangements for the management of the editorial department and has it in contemplation, when his subscription list should enable him, "not only to secure regular able contributions, but also to embellish some of his monthly numbers with handsome lithographic drawings and engravings," and this promise he repeated, with the same proviso. No attempt, however, was made to introduce illustrations into the Messenger until after Mr. Thompson's long editorship, and that was a ridiculous failure.

Mr. Robert Greenhow opens this number with the first of his long series of "Sketches of Tripoli