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District of Massachusetts.....to wit:
District Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the eighteenth day of January, A. D. 1828, in the fifty third year of the independence of the United States of America, PUTNAM & Hunt of the said district, have deposited in this Office the title of a Book the right whereof they claim as proprietors in the words following, to wit :
“ The LADIES' MAGAZINE, conducted by Mrs. Sarah J. Hale."
JOHN W. DAVIS,
INTRODUCTION. To prove the advantages of a general diffusion of literature, among all classes and both sexes, happily for me, no arguments are necessary. Throughout our country the truth of the proposition is felt, its utility acknowledged; and the result of the experiment of universal instruction is considered as involving within its practicability and influence the perfection of our social happiness, and the perpetuity of our dearest privileges. It is this public enthusiasm in the cause of education which
encourages the merous aspirants for fame, or profit, to send forth their periodicals in every form that fancy can devise to attract, and under every name ingenuity can discover to allure. These publications, depending, as they necessarily must, on the patronage of individuals for support, cannot always succeed, even when meriting success; they doubtless sometimes fail in consequence of the indolence or inability of those who conduct them. But if the motives, which prompted the undertaking, be pure and praise-worthy, a failure should not be considered as disgraceful.
In this age of innovation, perhaps no experiment will have an influence more important on the character and happiness of our society, than the granting to fernales the advantages of a systematic and thorough education. The honor of this triumph, in favor of intellect over lonr established prejudices, belongs to the men of America. They appear willing to risk the hazard of proving, experimentally, whether that degree of literature, which only can
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qualify woman to become a rational companion, an instructive as well as agreeable friend, be compatible with the cheerful discharge of her domestic duties, and that delicacy of feeling, and love of retirement, which nature so obviously imposes on the sex. To make the plan as completely successful as its most sanguine advocates can desire, it is only necessary that the ladies should be fully sensible of the importance of the privileges now accorded them; not that they may usurp the station, or encroach on the prerogative of the man; but that each individual may lend her aid to perfect the moral and intellectual character of those within her sphere. It is that mothers may be competent to the task of instructing their children, training them from infancy to the contemplation and love of all that is great and good, and the practice of piety and virtue. Then the sons of the republic will become polished pillars in the temple of our national glory, and the daughters bright gems to adorn it.
Every effort, therefore, to accelerate the progress of mental improvement, is certainly deserving of attention from a people who acknowledge no honorary distinctions, save those acquired by superior personal merit, or talent, or virtue. And while offering the Ladies' Magazine to public notice, and soliciting patronage, the editor flatters herself she shall, at least, receive the good wishes of the communily in her behalf.
This Magazine, although ostensibly designed for the ladies, is not intended to be exclusively devoted to female literature. The gentlemen are respectfully invited to examine its contents. If they find nothing which promises advantage to their own minds, yet they will not surely withhold their support, if convinced of the utility of the plan, and that it is calculated to please and instruct those nearest and dearest to them.
Will not the husband, while compelled by the duties of his vocation to leave the partner of his fortunes in a solitary home, rejoice that he has it in his power to afford her the means of agreeably beguiling the interval of his absence? He may rest assured, that nothing found on the pages of this publication, shall cause her to be less assiduoùs in preparing for his reception, or less sincere in welcoming his return.
The father, wishing to bestow on his children a memento of his affection, which shall be a source of improvement to