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Hawthorne's Farewell Note as Editor of The American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge, August 1836.

Hawthorne's Farewell Note as Editor of The American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge, August 1836.


Editorial Notice

Owing to circumstances unforseen when we assumed the charge of this periodical, (in March last,) the present Number will probably terminate our connection with it. The brevity of our continuance in the Chair Editorial will excuse us from any lengthened ceremony in resigning it. In truth, there is very little to be said on the occasion. We have endeavoured to fill our pages with a pleasant variety of wholesome matter. The reader must judge how far the attempt has been successful. It is proper to remark that we have not had full controul over the contents of the Magazine; inasmuch as the embellishments have chiefly been selected by the executive officers of the Boston Bewick Company, or by the engravers themselves; and our humble duty has consisted merely in preparing the literary illustrations. In some few cases, perhaps, the interests of the work might have been promoted by allowing the Editor the privilege of a veto, at least, on all engravings which were to be presented to the Public under his auspices, and for which his taste and judgment would inevitably be held responsible. In general, however, the embellishments have done no discredit either to the artists or their employers. Any causes, which may hitherto have impeded the prosperity 0 the concern, will probably be done away in future, and the Magazine be rendered worthier of the public favour, both as regards Literature and Art.

Source: Nathaniel Hawthorne. The American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge. (August 1836), p. 520.


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