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NOTES AND QUERIES
ANTIQUITIES, HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY
THE HISTORICAL MAGAZINE closes its sixth volume in the midst of a struggle which will for the next century be a matter of historic research and examination, and which in its overwhelming importance seems to banish for a season the study of the past. This is not so in reality. Our past history now more than ever claims, and is receiving the attention of thinking men. If
.... Politics are base,
And letters do not cheer ;
The light is shining clear."
And to that light we turn.
The troubles of the country have not, of course, been without their effect on the Magazine; but it is still vigorous, and, in the hopes of greater usefulness, calls on its friends to aid in extending its circulation. In many parts of the country it is as yet scarcely known, but with a little exertion on the part of our friends, many will readily become subscribers, and thus enable us to accomplish our longcherished desire of increasing the size of the Magazine, and introducing new and striking features.
We have, in the present volume, given several important Revolutionary diaries and letters, as well as documents relating to our earlier history, and valuable papers read before Historical Societies; and we close our year's labor with the conviction that the volume is a fit sequel to its predecessors, and token of future usefulness.
J. G. S. December 1, 1862.