Page images
[blocks in formation]


[blocks in formation]





BY JOHN RICHARDSON, Corner of Carpenter and Seventh Street,


NO. 1.

the almost obliterated remains of the lost We shall support, whenever we have fit authors of Greece and Rome. Every class occasion, the views which the society of of organized beings, down to the doubtful Friends entertain respecting many allowed animalcule of the microscope, has been ex-abuses, such as lotteries, gambling, and inamined and described. The boundaries of temperance.

Price Two Dollars per annum, payable in advance. the solar system have been passed, and As we wish to make the paper a fireside


companion for Friends throughout this country, we shall study to infuse into it the mild and liberal spirit of our peculiar institutions, and to take from the most scrupulous mind all just cause of distrust respecting the practical tendency of our la

astronomers are now observing its path
through the starry heavens, and computing
the revolutions and magnitude of the stars
themselves. All this prodigious energy
of research is guided by a practical good
sense, which is continually bringing it to
bear upon the common interests of man-bours.
kind; and enriched by a taste and a cultivat- The journal will exhibit a summary of
ed imagination, which beautify whatever passing events, and an account of the vari-
they touch, and embellish the grave sci-ous plans for internal improvement which
ences with all the graces of composition. are in operation.

[ocr errors]

In announcing their intention of commencing the publication of a new periodical journal, the editors feel that it will be expected of them to assign substantial reasons for the undertaking. It may be said, that the public is burdened with those which are already printed, and that a new journal can with difficulty force its way into notice, amidst such numerous competitors. We feel the force of the remark, but may suggest, that the field in which we propose to labour, is still unoccupied. Our object is, to furnish to the members of the society of Friends, an agreeable and instructive Miscellany. For this purpose, we shall expatiate over a wide and diversified field, of which a general outline will here be delineated. In the first place we shall endeavour to present a selection from the literature of the present day, purified from the exaggerated sentiments, the theatrical manner, the false morality, thought, and will be inculcated throughthe perverted sublime, with which the ex-out our pages. There is a natural adapta- communion. There is a natural adapta- communion. We shall, therefore, endea

ample of a few great geniuses has infected the taste of the age.

From these inexhaustible sources, as in- A portion will be set apart for original structive and elevating as they are pure communications, essays, poetry, and criand delightful,-in place of the novel and ticism. In this department we have good the romance, —we propose to fill a large reason to look for strong support. department of our paper.

An important part of our labours has A portion of our journal will be devoted not yet been alluded to. Attached from to selections from the writings, both in conviction of their truth, to the doctrines prose and verse, of the great masters of of the people called Quakers, we make no the old English school. A relish for the secret of our opinions. We are well satispure and simple models of composition fied that many of the evils under which which they have left, is a sure indica- the society now suffers, have arisen from tion of correct and manly habits of ignorance of our true principles, on the part of many of those who have left our

tion of manner to the subject and occa- vour to illustrate, according to our ability, sion, which is required both by good the genius and history of our society. ExWe think that the time is peculiarly taste and sound morals. It is truly tracts from, and reviews of the writings of fitted for such an undertaking. At no refreshing to turn from the exaggerat- Friends, whether of early or modern date; former period, has the human intellected and overloaded style which has be- and dispassionate expositions of the great come fashionable, to the simplest yet pow-principles involved in the present controerful touches, the happy keeping, the versy, will be frequently and freely given. graceful lights and shades, which distin-Nor shall we shrink, when we think the guish the writings of Addison and Swift, of Pope, of Goldsmith, and Cowper.

been so intensely and variously occupied. We can scarcely turn our eyes to a corner of nature, respecting which, during the last thirty years, there has not been some important discovery. Within that period, new sciences have been created, and all the old ones enlarged in their boundaries. Departments of knowledge, apparently the most unconnected, have been made to shed light on each other. Remote regions of the earth have been explored by the most learned men of the age. The pyramids and the catacombs of Egypt have given up their treasures of ancient lore to the patient genius of Europe; which is restoring to us, from beneath monkish chronicles,

In another department of our paper-the philanthropic-we can promise to our readers a fund of interesting information. The improvements in education, in prison discipline, in the management of the poor, the sick, and the insane, and in the instruction of the dumb and the blind; the efforts of Christian beneficence throughout the world, in spreading the Scriptures, in civilizing the savage, and loosening the bonds of slavery, will all pass under review.

cause of justice requires it, from a free ex-
amination of the public conduct of indivi-
duals, and a defence of the course pursued
by Friends, where we believe it to be mis-
represented and calumniated.
In doing
this, we shall allow no taint of party spirit
to darken our pages. The truth itself
may sometimes be severe; but whatever
it may require at our hands, personalities
shall be steadily avoided, and private
character held sacred.

A great mass of curious and valuable information relative to the early settlement

« PreviousContinue »