Ton Magazine was commenced in January, 1857, for the purpose of furnishing a medium of intercommunication between Historical Societies, Authors, and Students of History, and supplying an Interesting and valuable Journal - a miscellany of American History. With the first of January, 1860, It enters upon its fourth annual volume, with the support and aid of a large body of intelligent readers, and the assistance of the foremost historical writers in the country.

The work is under the editorial care of a gentleman well known for his hearty devotion to the objects of this publication, and a distinguished member of the New York Historical Society. Among the contributors to the past numbers are - Hon, Edward Everett, Hon. Geo. Bancroft, Jared Sparks, LL.D., Hon. Peter Force, Hon., James Savage. W. H Prescott, Esq., Hon, Robert C. Winthrop, Wm, Gilmore Simms, Esq., Henry R. Schoolcraft, Esq., Benson J. Loosing, Esq., Hon. Henry C. Murphy, Samuel G. Drake, Esq., John G. Shea, Esq., Sebastian F. Streeter, Esq., Alfred B. Street, Esq., E. B. O'Callaghan, LL.D., Prof. W. W. Turner, Buckingham Smith, Esq. Evert A. Duyckinek, Esq., Brants Mayer, Esq., Hon. John R. Bartlett, Samuel F. Haven, Esq., Dr. B. W. Gibbs, John W. Francis, M. D.

The co-operstlon of all gentlemen eugaged'in literary and historical pursuits in every part of our country, is earnestly requested. Any. persons having valuable papers in their possession, are invited to furnish them for publication; such will be carefully used, and returned to their owners.

The contents of the Historical Magazine may be generally classed under the following heads:

1 Original Papers, involving potato of research in historical studies, presenting new facts, or the discussiont of National and Local topics of interst - of the whole country - in Beiaye by writes versed in American History.

II. The Collection of Original Letters, Correspondence, Diaries, fee., hitherto unpublished, of Americans of Eminence.

III. Biographical ana Obituary Notices of Persons distin-guished of the Barrio of tbe country, whether in office, polit-lcal life, literature, or science.

IV Accurate Reports of the Proceedings of the aniaorone American Historical, Antiquarian, Geographical, Numimatic, and other kindred Societies.

V. Notes and Queries of curlons and important topics, new and old, with Replies, by a large body of contributor*.

VI Reprints of Rare and Interesting Tracts, Old Poems out of print, etc, &c.

VII Miscellany end Anecdotes.

VIII Brief Notes on new Historical Books.

IX. Historical and Literary Intelligence, New Announces monts, etc.

The Historical Magazine is printed on extra quality of paper, small quarto form, and published la monthly numbers, at Two Dollars a Year.

Specimen Numbera sent, upon receipt of fifteen cents in postage stampa.

Copies of Vols. I,to IV furnished bound, or in Numbers.

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