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Littell's Living Age, Vol. 1

Littell's Living Age, Vol. 1

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Excerpt from Littell's Living Age, Vol. 1: From 11 April to 3 August, 1844; With a Complete Index

The First Step is not always the only difficulty; it is net so in a journal; but it is a difficulty. There is so much to be done in organizing a new office, and preparing so large a number as this, that we have been delayed a week longer than we intended. Finding that we should necessarily be slow, until we can "get the steam up," we determined not to attempt to do more than to show, in a first number, the size, general appearance, and about the weight of our matter. So that our readers will not find the gloss of novelty on every article; - not, for instance, on the excellent review of Prescott's Conquest of Mexico; - but we should not have been willing under any circumstances to fail to appropriate so hearty a commendation, by such high authority, of an American author.

We lose much by the absence of Miscellany, Science, Art, Obituary, which will be regular heads in our work; and also by not including any English political speculations - or even the slight view of domestic affairs which comes within our plan.

Even as it is, we publish before we are quite prepared, and shall be obliged to delay our second number till the 25th - making an interval of a fortnight.

We hope our Southern and Western correspondents will not give us up because we have annexed New England. We cannot agree to the dissolution of the union which has subsisted between us for so many years. It is to their advantage that we should have the most favorable post for our army of observation that is, our printing-office. We shall here receive the foreign periodicals earliest; - we shall have the best communication with western New York, and with the countries bordering on the lakes (north as well as south;) and we hope that we shall receive a kindly welcome to many new post-offices in this part of the country. No time will be lost in the transmission of the work to distant subscribers, and the advantage of appearing four times as often as before will make our matter fresher than it was in the Museum, even to Philadelphia subscribers. We beg leave to borrow for a moment from our friend the New York Albion his motto, "C?lum, Non Animum, Mutant, Qui Trans Mare Currunt," which means, when done into English, that we are as desirous of continuing and increasing our business to the south and west as ever.

As we go to press we hear the noise of the steamer's arrival, and that our periodicals are on board, but we cannot use them for this number.

We shall have abundant time and opportunity for treating of the matter of Texas, on its rebound from Europe in about a month. But we wish to say a few words in the mean time. Finally, and we hope not dishonorably, we shall probably be united to that territory, and the coasters of New England will have a home voyage equal in length to a passage to Europe. Apart from the constitutional question - and the still more important point of good faith to Mexico - the principal excitement relates to the matter of slavery. The National Intelligencer has an article addressed to Southern readers, in which it gives very good reasons for supposing that the effect of annexation will be to draw a large part of the population from Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri - and that the vacated lands will be settled by emigration from Pennsylvania and other free states, and cultivated by free labor; and that these states may be expected to become free states. This is our opinion, based upon some knowledge of the process which has already begun there. Besides this, it appears by Mr. Clay's letter, that not more than half of Texas itself is fit for slave labor; - and this consideration, as he well observes, may lessen the avidity of the south, and the opposition of the north, so far as these feelings are founded upon political considerations. We do not believe that the acquisition of Texas will in
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