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HARVARD COLLEGE LORARY
THE DEQUEST OF
Entered, according to the act of Congress, in the year 1835, by
J. S. REDFIELD, in the Clerk's office of the District Court of the Southern District of Now York.
On the first of June, 1836, a new series of the “FAMILY MAGAZINE,” was commenced, under the auspices of an “ Association of Gentlemen,” distinguished for their proficiency in the different branches of natural science.
The first volume is now completed; and the proprietors have confidence in offering it to the publick, as an earnest of what may be expected from them hereafter ; and at the same time fearlessly challenge a comparison of this volume, with other works of a similar character, confident that it possesses peculiar claims upon the patronage of the American people.
The embellishments of this volume, will be found to be of a superiour character, to those in the old series. Many of them, in fact, the frontispieces of the different monthly numbers, have been designed and drawn expressly for this work, by Mr. John G. Chapman, of New York, an artist recently selected by Congress, to paint an historical picture, for one of the vacant panels in the rotunda of the Capitol at Washington. Among these embellishments, the “RESIDENCES OF THE DIFFERENT PRESIDENts,”—“ The Boatswain's MATE,"_" THE RESCUE OF CAPTAIN Smith,” “THE BATTLE BETWEEN PIZARRO AND ALMAGRO,”—“ BRADDOCK'S DEFEAT," -“ WASHINGTON's HEADQUARTERS, AT CAMBRIDGE, Mass.,"_“ EMIGRATION," &c., &c., arc cqual if not superiour to any thing of the kind ever executed in the United States. The views of CHARLESTON, ALBANY, Auburn, and Cooperstown, have been pronounced, hy all acquainted with those places, to be extremely accurate. The different heads given in the work, as those of l'ESPUCIUS, De Soto, Raleigh, POCAHONTAS, SAMUEL Adams, West, and Bolivar, are from authentick portraits of those distinguished individuals. Under the head of “Natural History,” we would call the attention of the publick to the portrait of Nancy, the largest living orang outang ever seen in America or Europe. The Costumes of different nations, the views of spots mentioned in Scripture, of the different ports visited by American vessels, illustrations of remarkable vegetable productions, &c., &c., amounting to five hundred or upward, have justly given to the Family Magazine, a value, far beyond the price demanded for it.
In regard to literary matter, the Family Magazine is both useful and agreeable. Under the heads, “ Useful Arts,” and “UsefuL KNOWLEDGE,” almost every person, of every rank and condition in life, may find something of decided practical utility-something which may be turned directly to account. In the "Farmers' Department,” are recordled many of the improvements daily introduced into agriculture. The heads “AMERICAN ANTIQUITIES," and “MISCELLANY,” imbody, in a permanent form, much that will be important to the future historian of our country, and much that will be valued, when the hand of civilization has swept away the few remnants which now exist of our ancient population. The same remark will apply also, and with great propriety, to the Indian traditions which we have preserved. “The Piâsa," obligingly furnished by J. Russell, Esq., of Bluffsdale, III., a gentleman alive to the importance of such traditions, “The Legend of Monument Mountain," " Indian Feasts, " “ Indian Written Language," " Indian Death Blast,” &c., &c., are all deeply interesting to the American scholar. For many suggestions on these subjects, the proprietors feel indebted to Prof. John W. Francis, a gentleman, whose discourse before the New York Lyceum of Natural History, (extracts from which, will be found in our pages,) is sufficient, independent of many other claims on the gratitude of the American people, to entitle him to a distinguished place among the advocates of American principles—among the benefactors of his country.
Of a different character are the “RevoluTIONARY ANECDOTES,” and “REVOLUTIONARY ReminIscences :" these serve to keep before our readers, the recollection of what was achieved in the