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in the Clerk's Office of the District Court on the United States, for the Sou?
ern District of New York.
8. W. BENEDICT & CO., STER. ANS PRI,
16 Spruce Street, New York
IN D E X.
A Wife's Welcome,
Charles James Fox,..
May.day in New York,...
Music, 32, 63, 94, 126, 158, 190, 222, 254, 286, 318,
Novel Writers and Novel Publishers, 19
292, 329, 353
The Choice of Lot,..
The Wrongs of Woman,
• 25, 58
Falix Neff's RESIDENCE.
THE WHITE WATER-LILY.
THE WILD COLUMBINE.
CHRIST BLESSING THE COLDREN.
Tue River BANPADA (THE ANCIENT PUAPPAR).
THE BLUE VIOLET.
CHRISTIAN PARLOR MAGAZINE.
Tur character and design of the periodical } rectors of public sentiment: and as purveyors in which is here offered to the public under the this equivocal position, their natural tendency title of THE CHRISTIAN PARLOR MAGAZINE, is to augment the dainty flavor of their intelwill be readily discovered by a glance at the lectual viands, without concern for the ultistyle and sentiments which pervade the con- mate operation of them upon the moral system tents of this, its first, number. The field which with which they are made to incorporate. Ficit proposes to occupy has long been left idle ; tion, preserving decency enough to avoid exa field, too, of such importance, that it is diffi- communication ; specious ethics, with wit cult to account for its neglect, otherwise than enough to conceal their deformities; exciting as a casual oversight.
topics, of a doubtful morality, are admissible A survey of our periodical literature will as- into these fashionable magazines ;—such elesist in defining our position. At the head stand ments form part and parcel of their design ; and the invaluable Reviews, erudite, discursive, al- having been once admite), the future cry is, ways profound, and often abstruse in their dis- “Give, give." quisitions, and abstract rather than practical in To supply, then, a periodical, which shall their choice of subjects. Indispensable as their preserve many of the excellences of the former presence is, and incalculable as are their bless- class, without its learned diffuseness and specuings, it is no disparagement of them to say, that lation; which may seek the lighter graces of the circle of their influence is narrow, and that style, and the charms of fancy, hitherto approbeyond that circle, from the very elevation and priated by the latter, despoiled of their meretriabstraction of their contents, they are little cious ornaments; which shall speak decidedly heeded and little felt. At the other extreme lie upon matters touching our holy faith; and which, the perishable paragraphs of the hour, too much in fine, shall form a suitable companion for the busied with fact to discuss principle, and too
domestic circle, and an instructor as well as little careful of moral tendency to sift materials. amusing associate for a leisure hour, is our pre. Intermediately there have arisen ephemeral pe- sent, design. We enter upon an unrestricted riodicals, countless in number and omnifarious field, and shall aim to keep it open in its greatin design, the interests of most of which lead est latitude before us. The range of subjects, them to wait upon the varying passions of their and our style of handling them, will be best patrons, rather than'assume the attitude of di- learned from our pages: with the pledged
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coöperation of several well known and able endeavor to resist it with all the weapons in our writers, we shall endeavor to throw the charms
power. We have motives enough for action ; of diversity of manner around the unity of design. we have materials enough to act upon; we To create a healthful appetite for healthful ali- have hopes enough to be ardent and diligent in ment, to infuse a religious influence into our cur- the execution of our plan. The cordial coöperent literature, to cleanse wit from the leprosy of ration of the Christian circles, with which we scepticism, to chasten fancy with the elements propose to hold converse, can alone insure our of devotion, to please without becoming seduc- success. They have a common cause with us tive, to amuse without trifling, to educate, to in staying the tide of unsound morals, which is encourage, and to defend the higher and holier pouring in through the press. Ourselves, our powers of our nature—these are the offices we families, and our children form a reading nation, have assumed and which we design to dis- and the only question is, What shall we read ? charge. We present ourselves in an ele- Shall the food nourish or poison? Shall it gant form and a handsome exterior, and shall strengthen or enervate? Shall it make us to. study to be found wanting in none of the graces bust men, or premature anilities, without prinof the typographical art.
ciple enough to encounter the struggles of life, The course of events seems to have designat- much less those of death? These are questions ed these as the means, and this as the hour to for the parent to decide in view of the morals put them in operation, for countermining an in- he would bequeath to his offspring; and for the sidious enemy, who is burrowing up through Christian in view of his profession, his hopes, literature into morals. Wherever he has ap- and the sacramental pledge of his sacred honor. peared, or may appear in sight, we shall become Assuming, then, what is no mere presumpaggressive in our movements. While, how- tion, that a Christian community is imperatively ever, we may be busy in controverting subtlety demanding a medium, through which it may of every hue, we shall guard against rambling enjoy the choice creations of fancy and the after mere speculative antagonists. The moral nervous energizings of thought without coloring system of Providence seems to follow the para- those pure fountains that well up fast by dox of getting while it gives; of eliciting truth the oracle of God, we put forth this attempt. while it eliminates error: for it strikes at an Upon the heartiness of that demand depends assailable point with the brand of light and love. to a great extent the measure of our success. Our duty, therefore, as well as our aim, will be On our part the purposes have been freely statto study the action of this law and to imitate ed: we have promised enough, and here give it; for its observance will never form a check an earnest of our resolution to redeem. Having upon our conduct, until such conduct would in entered
the work at the earnest solicitations its turn form a check upon the pleasure and pro- of pastors and others sympathizing in the obfit of our readers.
jects we have enumerated, we set out with the The overwhelming flood of impure and cor- buoyancy of hope : our merits we leave to the rupting literature, which has come in upon us, judgment of those whom we have undertaken is an antagonistic force to our progress : we shall to serve.