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Page 4 / Our New York Correspondence (8 September 1860)

Correspondence | 1860-09-08
Transcription They also promise us volumes from the pen of SAMUEL SMILES, the able
author of Self Help; by MAYNE REID; by FARADAY; by CHARLES KINGSLEY;
WHITTIER; MANN; DIXON, and many other celebrities.
8. RUDD & CARLETON announce a series of the writings of BALZAC;
BUCKLAND'S Natural History; The Moral History of Women, from the
French; a new volume by MICHELET, &c.
9. REDFIELD will shortly issue a volume of new Sermons, by DEAN
TRENCH; an entirely new editor of the Study of Words, by the same author,
&c. The same publisher announces as in preparation choice library editions,
on tinted paper, of the Noctes Ambrosiance, and of the writings of POE and
has in press a new volume of Poems, by GILMORE SIMMS, of your State,
uniform with the previous volumes of the same author.
most of the publishers, are preparing copious and appetizing announcements,
of which I may make report in my next scribblement. NEMO.

Charleston Mercury, 8 September 1860

Our New York Correspondence
NEW YORK, September 5.
Among the objects of interest and curiosity, my dear MERCURY,
which this mammoth and monstrous city every hour presents to the stranger,
not the least striking, to my notion, is the really wonderful invention of the
Type-setting and Distributing Machine. This machine is the work and
invention of a young man named ALDEN, who spent his life, as well as
means of his life, in working out the discovery. I need not tell you that a
machine which supersedes the uses of the compositor; which asks of him no
fingers, to detect and seize the several types, set them in order, and array
them in words in the stick; set them afterwards in galley; then in page, &c.;
which asks no human fingers again to separate the mass; restore each type to
its own sort in case; and which can make no mistake; in which all is
reduced to what seems perfect law; must assuredly be one of the most
remarkable inventions of the age and world.
You see before you, at first glance, a table of brass, almost
circular; one section only being flattened; and, at a slight elevation, you
see, radiating from the centre, numerous alleys of brass also, in which the
types stand, and these alleys are the substitutes for the usual boxes, or
divisions, in case.
From these the autenna [sic] of the machinery, doing the work of
fingers, segregates the particular type that is desired, and conducts it into the
stick; and while one portion of the machinery is busied in setting up a new