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will examine the Table of Contents, which is prefixed to the Index, we hope you will think it superior to any other quarterly in the world. Each volume is our quarterly number.
The Eight Hundred and Twenty-four pages which are before you contain as much matter as sixteen hundred and fifty pages of the Edinburgh or Quarterly Reviews. Each of our pages contains as much as two pages of the other works.
There is no question of the abundant quantity of reading contained in "The Living Age," and as to its quality, it is “made up of every creature's best.”
The General Index to the First Series is considerably advanced, but we cannot yet promise when it shall be completed. The gentleman engaged in the matter finds it an ever-growing labor; for as he goes on he is continually obliged to enlarge his plan. We think that all who have a complete set bound, will testify to the continued and growing interest of the back volumes.
From the great field which is before us we shall continue to present to you, once a week, an abundant supply of matter, matter for memory and thought, — refreshed and quickened by as much spirit and life as we can gather.
Excuse us if we copy here (“ business is business”) a notice of the Second Series, from the New York Times, written by the editor, Mr. Raymond, who is now in Europe, making extensive arrangements for the greater perfection of that full and vigorous paper, which we have from the beginning taken great delight in.
“ The veteran LITTELL!
Age cannot wither, nor custom stale
After founding and editing any number of periodicals, all of which have enjoyed their heyday of fame and success, we have him once more remodeling and renewing the Living Age for a fresh campaign, and still higher claims upon popular favor. The size, for one thing, has been changed from a large to a medium octavo ; a decided amendment. The number of pages has been increased to sixty-four ; which, it is needless to say, will always be filled with the choicest selections, so long as Mr. LITTELL prepares copy. Prose and verse ; fact and fiction ; opinion and speculation ; the best things in all those periodicals whose portraits decorate the cover ; the noteworthy leaders of the foreign and domestic news press ; and, indeed, a fair résumé of the literature and creed of the time, will crowd each weekly number. With a programme so extended, and the undoubted good faith wherewith all its engagements are made, there can be no question about the value and popularity of the magazine. It cannot have more of the latter commodity than it merits.”
We copy the above just as it appeared, — although there are some phrases which speak of us as rather elderly, — trusting that none of our regular readers will suspect us of growing “ too old and wise.” It is cheering to find that our labors receive the commendation of good judges.
TABLE OF THE PRINCIPAL CONTENTS
Kingdom of Reconciled Impossibilities, 755
ELIZA COOK'S JOURNAL.
Thomas Moore, by Lord John Russell, 3
. 157 Betting on Public Affairs, .
N. Y. OBSERVER.
401 Miss McIntosh's Letter to the Ladies of Eng-
JOURNAL OF COMMERCE.
NEW YORK TIMES.
N. Y. EVENING Post.
344 American Writers for English Reviews, . . 105
Antiquities, .... 2, 37, 64, 318, 340, 402 | Bozzies,
107 Bristles, a Word on,
127 Bible Society,
237 Bar-Maid's View of Mankind,
341 Bonaparte Family at Florence,
349 Buch, M. de, .
375 Byron, Lord, Autobiography,
643 Brown's Mont Blanc,
Cruikshank's Works, George,
Child, A Blank,
481, 537, 555, 576, 624, 631, 768, 824 Customs, Savage,
29 Clubs and Clubbists,
88 Constitutional League,
127 Chickens Sold to the Legislature,
147 | Connelly on Rome,