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other pens than our own, however much we may praise them it cannot be ascribed to personal vanity. But we must be sparing; for we would not disfigure a beautiful and well-finished edifice by endeavoring to add to it an unnecessary or inappropriate ornament.
With regard to the source whence are derived our supplies, it is well known that the ENGLISH MAGAZINES are conducted by men of the highest standing in the republic of literature. Among the names of the writers of articles which are occasionally given in the Atheneum, our readers will have noticed those of celebrated authors; but many of the papers which are published anonymously, are from pens no less deservedly celebrated in the world of letters. Waters from the never-failing springs of true genius now flow in the channel of English Periodical Literature. Their effect must necessarily be, when unadulterated, to enrich and enliven. Our Miscellany is intended as a vehicle in which to transmit a portion of these over this country; and its form is so designed that they may be preserved for use in future time, after administering to the wants of the present.
Articles which otherwise possess real merit do not always contain either beauty or vigor in their style; and those which appear to have much labor bestowed on the latter, are sometimes deficient in beauty and vigor of thought. In selecting for the Atheneum from sources ample and various, we keep in view the merits of style and sentiment; and while, on the one hand, we overlook pieces which are written in an inflated and pompous style, without sufficient merit in the ideas to atone for this defect-on the other we equally avoid those in which the sentiments, though good, are sunk by the lowest expressions, which seem condemned to the first curse, of "creeping on the ground all the days of their life." We cannot say that we always have, or always shall, hit the true medium between these distant extremes; but it is our intention to make use of articles of which we can say that the style adds a charm to truth, and gains the heart by captivating the ear as well as the understanding.
The plan which was commenced at the beginning of the Third Series-that of ornamenting the numbers monthly with Plates of the Female Fashions-has been acceptable. These, with the other Plates which have been given, have added a weight to our former expenses, which the increase of subscribers has hardly counterbalanced. They will be continued, however, in the ensuing volume.
Our exertions, strenuous as they have been, will in no respect be relaxed in the volume now to be commenced. In its appearance and contents we trust it will not be inferior to the present, and we respectfully solicit for it a continuance of that patronage which is
"The very air we breathe; If we have it not, we die."
Boston, September 15, 1829.