Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Reviews/Essays | 1999
Transcription The Subscriber having assumed the
entire mangment of "The Southern Li-
terary Gazette," it may be well to devote
a few remarks to its future conduct and
publication. With regard to the nature of
the material of which the work will be
composed, little need be said. The favor-
able reception which the preceding num-
bers have met with from the public, will,
perhaps, render idle the hope of much
imporvement upon our planL some, how-
ever, is thought necessary, in order that
all readers should be equally satisfied.
The plan of publishing a regular series
of Essay, in which abstract points are
discussed, and opinions given, which are
seldom read or understood be the ma-
ny, will induce teh Editor, so to vary the
character of the contents of this Journal in
future, as to put something within the
reach of every patron, calculated, as well
for amusement, as instruction. While he
proposes to do this, however, he will en-
deavor to maitain the same stand in
public opinion, which the work as here-
tofore taken. he has been enables to
add to the list of contributors, who have
already done so much to honor its pages,
the names of many able writers for whose
voluntary pledges he is grateful, with
whose aid, combined with that of fel-
low-citizens, (from whom he begs leave to
solicit all such papers as may come within
the design of this Journal,) he can have
no fear as to the result of his adventure.
Having entered into an arrangement
with Mr A F CUNNINGHAM, Printer, for
the regular publication of teh Gazette at
cerain periods, he feels much satisfac-
tion in assuring his patrons, that the delay
heretofore experienced in several of the
past Numbers, will be avoided.
The Gazette will, in future, be issued
semi-monthly, on the 1st and 15th days
of each month, and delivered to subscri-
bers in the city on the days of publication.
The Work will be divided into three
distinct departments--viz. 1. Critical No-
tices of New Publications, principally
American; or, such of foreign original, as
may bear upon our Institutions, or Lite-
rature. 2. Original Poetry. 3. A Gene-
ral Miscellany. It is contemplated to
make this last department particularly
comprehensive, and to include in its for-
mula, Essays, Tales, Sketches, Anec-
dotes, &c. To these may be added a
fourth department, appropriate to [...]
[...]cenes entirely. The whole fo[...]
[...] the plan of The Critic of Ne[...].
The Arts and general Literarture, have
hitherto been rather tolerated in our com-
munity, than admired. A cold indiffer-
ence has heretofore encountered and re-
pelled the progress of these [...]ngers,
until "they have fallen into a strange sick-
liness, and dies without remark." it is
high time that we should hope for better
things. The season is rich in promise,
and the sunshine is encouragement will
bring the fruit to perfection. That we can do much
more for the South, is evident, as
we feel how much as already been done.
It only requires an effort--and the applica-
tion of individual energies, will go far to
remove the contempt and apathy, into
which our mental reputation has fallen.
The department appropriated to Criti-
cal Notices of new Works, will contain,
not only a synopsis of the work reviewed,
but a liberal portion of the most interest-
ing aprts, extracted, with a view to the
full illustration of the text, and for the
amusement of instruction of the reader.
To this department we would beg leave
to direct the attention of our correspon-
dents. They will perceive for the out-
line of our plan, traced in the present
number, the length of an article of the
kind, generally. While we would not
wish to curtail a valuable paper, or arrest
the course and full expression of a wri-
ter;s tohughts, it is necessary, in order to
preserve the miscellaneous character of
the Work, to remind them that we can-
not pass, unless under novel or particular
circumstances. This department will af-
ford to the general reader a perfect idea
of the new publications, as they appear:
the model chosen for our work in this re-
spect being the Lindon Literary Gazette.

The Southern Literary Gazette will be
put to subscribers at Four Dallars per annum; and
Collections made, as heretofore, semi-annually in
advance, and upon delivery of the first Num-
ber. It is contemplated, should a liberal patron-
age warrant the expense, to publish, accompany-
ing every other number, a fine engraving of some
public building, either in the City or State. To
these may be added, Fancy Sketches, illustrated,
by the original papers.
Subscriptions received at the office of the
Southern Literary Gazette, No. [...], Queen-street,
where all papers intended for the Work, and ad-
[...]d to the Editor, will be received.
[...] Number may be considered a speci-
[...] pervading features of the Work.