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After he had sat nearly an hour upon the praises, which we are too modest to repeat. rock, Edmund heard a loud rustling in the Another, who dates from a distant city, informs bushes. He was startled at the sound, but us," that many an humble fireside, from the his fears were quieted, when he heard the Penobscot to the Mississippi, is cheered by the well-known bark of Ponto. The next mo
arrival of our little Magazine." He also sugment, the faithful creature was at his feet. gests, that the “* people of the United States be There was then a sound of voices, and
divided into two classes, namely : those who Edmund heard his name shouted by some work." The latter class, he asserts, would
subscribe, and those who do not subscribe to the one at a distance. Ponto again left him, but constitute the minority. soon returned. Two men rushed through Many inquiries have been made of us, respectthe bushes. One of them was Edmund's ing the health of old Mr. Parley. We are happy father, and the other, John, the servant-man. to present the following letter written by him in
Edmund returned in safety to his home. reply to the note of a little girl, who lives in His mother had suffered the greatest anxiety North Carolina. on his account; and the family had been long
Boston, May 21st, 1833. in search of him. He learned a useful les- My dear little friend, son from his adventure. From that moment, on the 8th of May, has just come into my hands.
The letter you wrote to me he overcame his idle and dilatory habits. Though I have never seen you, and probably
My young readers! begin early to shun never shall see you, it gave me great pleasure, delay, for it is dangerous. Go straight for- for it assures me that even so far off as North ward in every thing that you undertake, and iny little books, and who are willing to take
Carolina, I have young friends who have read never “linger by the road."
good counsel from the lips of a poor old man. Believe me, my little girl, when I tell you, that nothing gives my heart more joy, than to find myself capable of making children listen to my stories.
I was once young like you, and then I had pleasure in the sports of childhood. I loved the spring for its flowers, the summer for its birds and sweet hreeze, the autumn for its fruits, and the winter for its hardy amusements.
But youth has passed away, and after a long and toilsome life, I find myself an old man-worn out, decrepit and useless, but for one thing. I have seen much and suffered much; yet I have learned this, and this I may tell; that life is like a voyage; if you go one way, you will meet with storms, and final shipwreck; if you go another, you will sail on a smooth sea, and at last arrive
safely at a harbor of happiness and peace. This Our young correspondents, we fear, have be. I have learned, and this, though I am old and come impatient at our long silence towards gray and lame, 1 may repeat, to those who will them. They have sent us letters (post paid) hear. People who are grown up, are too wise from all parts of the Union, but, until now, we
or too busy to stop and listen to Peter Parley's have been unable to notice their communica- cent, like you, may stop a moment in tae giddy
tales. But the young, the happy and the innotions. One writes us, expressing his interest chase of pleasure, and learn something from the in the welfare of our publication, and uttering humble experience of one like me
I will consider you then one of my listeners, In winter, the swallows migrate to tropical and hereafter, when I tell a story, I will remem- climates; and they can fly so rapidly, that a few der, that far a'vry, many hundred miles, I have days is sufficient for them to pass from the arca little friend, who hears what I say and is
In the spring they rewilling to take counsel of me. I will remember tic to the torrid zone. that she wishes to know her duty, and that turn; and each one generally comes back to when she knows it, she will perform it. I will his former haunt. Anacreon, an old Grecian remember, that she is fond of knowledge, and poet, says of the swallow : wishes to be told of the many wonderful things
“ Gentle bird ! we find thee here: that exist in various parts of the world. I will
When Nature wears her summer vest, remember that she knows that happiness is the
Thou com'st to weave thy simple nest; lot of the good, and sorrow the doom of the per.
And when the chilling winter lowers, verse. All these things I will remember-and
Again thou seek'st the genial bowers with such a listener before my imagination, I
of Memphis, or the shores of Nile, hope I may be often able to furnish something
Where sunny hours of verdure smile." to make my little readers more happy and more wise.
Our limits remind us that we must defer I could write you a long letter, and tell you noticing, at present, the remaining letters, which about Boston, but many of the people of North fill our drawer. We thank our friends for their Carolina have been here, and some of your kind wishes, which we hope always to merit. friends will no doubt tell you about it. I was never in North Carolina, and I am too lame to From the numerous notices of our work, which accept of your invitation to pay you a visit. I the newspapers, throughout the Union, bave should be but too happy to go to the Southern contained, we select a few, which may give an States, for I know that the people there are idea of the favor, with which our undertaking most kind and generous to strangers. I know
has been viewed. that many of them live happily, and that there are many wise and many excellent people there; and I should rejoice to witness with my own eyes, the proofs of what I have so often heard,
From the N. Y. American. of the pleasant way in which parents and chil. youth. This Magazine is intended in the same familiar dren, brothers and sisters, live together among way, to attract the attention of those who do not like you. But as I said before, I cannot go; my to read as a task, and to induce them to read for pleasure. destiny is to remain here, like an old tree, till This number before us, which is a specimen number, the wind of heaven shall blow it down, and it affords great promise of usefulness and sound instruc to exist among
tion, by the dissemination in plain language and in ving things.
short narratives, of things meet to be known. We are Peter PARLEY. ich pleased ourselves with this little Magazine, and
hope it may succeed. To SARAH ANN M****
From the Clarksburg (Va.) Enquirer. NORTHAMPTON Co.
PARLEY'S MAGAZINE, the prospectus of which win N. CAROLINA.
be found in another column, is the prettiest and most useful of publications for children. Peter Parley is well known as one of the most agreeable and instructive friends of youth. The specimen number of his Maga
zine is filled with simple and substantial food for the The following letter bears the post-mark of juvenile mind, and adds another to the many claims
of the benevolent Peler to the gratitude both of parents a village in Albany Co. N. Y. In your next magazine, please tell us of the From the People's Press, Wilmington, N. C.
tion of particularly the summer born We rejoice to see the increase of popular works for Swalloro – I have asked all our folks, and the children, and we have great confidence in recommend schoolmaster, and they can't any of them tell parents. The trifling sum of a dollar will procure the me where the swallows go in the winter. Your work for a child, and the impatience which he will compliance with this request will please a
manifest for the arrival of the mail by which he is to
receive a number, will be an earnest of his becoming Little Reader. thoroughly acquainted with its contents.
From the New Orleans Advertiser.
From the Washington (Pa.) Etaminer. We have received a first or specimen number of a
TO LITTLE BOYS AND GIRLS. beautiful little publication, designed for the amusement and instruction of youth, entitled "Parley's Magazine. the blessing of good schools, have heard of Peter Parley
Most of vur little boys and girls who are enjoying It is, what it professes to be, an entertaining work, well calculated to delight youthful readers, a work that will
and his Geography; and we know some of them who “ become with them a favorite,” that's they will regard kind of a man he was. Well now, we think Mr. Par
have wished to see him, that they might learn what not as a thing which they must read as a task, but ley would be very glad to see you, if he was able.which they will love to consult as a companion and But, as he knows that cannot be the old gentleman has friend "-a work indeed, “the reading of which may be permitted to good children as a reward, but the denial
hit upon a plan to make himself better known to you,
and an excellent one it is too, as besides that advantage, of which may be felt as a punishment by those who are
it has another far better, which is, to fill your minds bad."
with useful information, such as will prepare you to From the Nashville (Tenn.) Banner.
become good members of society and good and intelliWe have already stated the nature and design of this gent citizens. We have inserted this paragraph to draw little publication, and we cheerfully contribute our aid your attention to a proposal in another colunin of this to extend its circulation and increase its usefulness. It
week's Examiner, for publishing “ Parley's Magazine is published once in two weeks at the low price of one for Children and Youth.” We wish you all to read that dollar a year, payable in advance. It is really a beau- Proposal ; and hope that many of you near every Post tiful thing for children, embellished with numerous
Office in Washington county, may get your parents to spirited and handsome engravings, and abounding in
subscribe for that paper for your use.
The Post-masters articles both i.istructive and interesting. This second would, no doubt, be pleased to act as agents, and send number fully equals the promise of the first, and as the
the names and subscription money to the publishers. patronage of the first is already sufficiently extensive to warrant continued exertions, we have no doubt it will
From the Boston Evening Gazette. improve, rather than declive as it proceeds, and become This is one of the prettiest affairs that this age of ima valuable auxiliary to parents and teachers, in stimulat- proved typography has produced. The cuts in it are ing and gratifying ihe curiosity of the young and ardent. very spirited, and executed with a beauty and finish We cominend it to the patronage of all who have the that one could hardly have expected wood-cutting to guardianship and instruction of children.
reach in the present state of the art in our country
The matter is very excellently adapted to the capacity From the Boston Traveller.
and the wants of children. The style is throughout neat, The little “ Parley” will need no puffing to ensure simple, and perspicuous; the subjects are well selected it success; it is really one of the most taking conceits
ana happily treated. We like the Magazine much betyet developed to aid ihe cause of education, and must
ter for being free from baby-lalk, at the same time that have an immense run. He is said to be a trusty physi- it is perfectly intelligible to children. A specimen cian who will swallow his own prescriptions We number has been issued, and we understand that it is heartily recommend this new offering, and have our
received with a degree of favor and patronage that has selves subscribed for half a dozen copies, to distribute
never been extended to any similar work in this counamong our juvenile friends. It is only a single dollar
try. The subscription price is only one dollar per a year
annum.--Every father of a family should procure it. From the Southern Religious Telegraph published at
From the Baltimore Gazette.
A most excellent publication for children and youth. This Magazine is truly an entertaining work for -We understand that Peter Parley's works are becom. children, and well prepared to please and instruct them, ing almost as celebrated in England as in this country. and thus answer the end for which it is intended. His productions are equally popular with children and
tutors. From the Erie (Pa.) Obsercer. No parent of young children-say from six to twelve years of age-could do them a better service with the
PARLEY'S MAGAZINE. same amount of money than to subscribe immediately
Price one dollar a year, in advance. Six cents single, for this work.
50 cents a dozen. Each number being stereotyped, the
back numbers can be supplied in any quantities. AN From the Troy (N. Y.) Press.
orders post paid, promptly attended to. The execution of the work, as respects typography
* The postage on this Magazine is three quarters of and arrangement, is admirable and attractive. The
a cent for 100 miles, and one cent and a quarter only, wood-cuts are of uncommon excellence, and are lwenty
the greatest distance. two in number, and the pages are sixteen--at the low
Published every other Saturday, by price of $100 per annum. Here is that specific kind LILLY, WAIT, & CO. 121 Washington Street, Boston. of literature for youth, combining information with
COLMAN, HOLDEN, & Co, Portland. amusement, which is adapted to counteract the taste for
William, & JOSEPH NEAL, Baltimore. silly tales, awaken a laudable curiosity, and gratify an
Adam WÁLDIE, Philadelphia. intelligent youth in a manner and to an extent which
MAHLON DAY, New York. mere fiction never can.-There is not an article in the
COLLINS & HANNAY, New York. present number whicb any unsophisticated mind would
MARSHALL & Brown, Providence. not read with eager avidity and certain advantage. Sold by all the principal booksellers in the U. States
CONTENTS OF PARLEY'S MAGAZINE, PART FIRST.
To the Public
Honey Bird and Woodpecker 61 Sagacity in an Elephant
Question and Reply
* Singing Bird.