The ninth number of the Southern literary Messenger has just reached us, and is upon the whole the best yet issued. It is the first made up entirely of original articles: we hope that in no future numbers will resort be had to selections: this dependence is allowable in the infancy of a periodical, but when it has grown up to vigorous strength, as the Messenger now has, it should rely upon its own resources.
Readers might be satisfied that they had their money's
worth, — if that be a consideration, — if they read but one article in
this number, the dissertation on the "Characteristic differences between
the Sexes." The subject is of course of the richest, and it is treated
with power and beauty. There is a continuation of the interesting
"Tripolitan Sketches." We are pleased to note a spirited contribution
from our townsman Edgar A. Poe, Esq. It is an extravaganza called
"Lionizing," and gives evidence of high powers of fancy and humor.
The writer of the article on "Recent American Novels," is, we think, wrong
throughout, as well in his general opinions as in his particular commendation
of "The Insurgents." Among the literary notices is a good one of
"Horse Shoe Robinson," a work for which the public are eagerly looking,
and for which we venture to predict universal popularity.
[The American & Commercial Daily Advertiser was "published every morning" by "Dobbin, Murphy & Bose" at "No. 2 South Gay Street" in Baltimore.]
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