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CLOSE OF THE FIRST VOLUME.
ALTIIOUGH we stated boldly and frankly in our first number
, that we were not entering upon what we deemed an experiment, in projecting a new Magazine, yet we must now, at the close of the first volume, as frankly declare that our success has been much greater than we anticipated—that we have had more aid from both writers and readers than our previous knowledge of the literary resources of the country led us to hope for. We make this statement, and give the plain facts which will follow, because we know that our success will be alike gratifying to those who questioned the discretion of the undertaking, as to those who encouraged us by their counsel and promised assistance. Although, before publishing our prospectus, we made sure of abundant literary help, and gave the names of many of the distinguished writers who had assured us of their hearty sympathy, and promised us contributions, yet our conviction was, that our best aid would come from Young America, whose name had not yet been announced on Magazine covers. And so we determined not to give the names of the contributors to our Monthly, that each article might stand on its own merits, and the young unknown be presented to the public on a perfect equality with the illustrious contributor whose name, alone, would give him an audience; for, in literature, the new-comer is always treated as an intruder. By this course we missed the clapping of hands and bravos which we might have commanded by announcing the names of some of our contributors, but we are so well satisfied with the result of the experiment that we shall adhere to the rule hereafter.
Perhaps it is worth while to exhibit some of the mysteries of Magazine-making. and let our countrymen know how much intellectual activity there is among us. During the past six months we have received from voluntary contributors, four bandred and eighty-nine articles, the greater part from writers wholly unknown before. They came from every state and territory in the Union, with the single exception of Deseret, whose "Saints," probably, do not regard our Monthly as a fitting receptacle for their literary cfforts. All of these articles we have read, and from them have been selected some of the most valuable papers that we have published; many of them we have been compelled, reluctantly, to return; some on account of their length and many more, not so much from their lack of merit, as from the nature of their themes. Some articles have been curtailed of superfluous sentences, but the style and sentiment have, in all cases, been given in their integrity. Every article that we have published has been paid for at a rate which their writers have thought“ liberal," all have been original, the product of American pens, and, with one exception, we believe that all were written for our columns.
We publish these facts with a feeling of pride, not only because they justify our undertaking, but because they afford abundant evidence of future success to our oto and all kindred publications.