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UNITED STATES MAGAZINE,
THOMAS PRENTICE KETTELL.
No. 142 FULTON-STREET,
INDEX TO VOLUME XVIII.
57 AMERICA in 1846.—The Past–The Future..
116 A Vision of the Night : A Poem. By S. H. Whitman. Administration of Indian Affairs.—1st. Annual Report of the Commission
ers of Indian Affairs, transmitted with the President's Message, 1st
465 Asdrubal's Wife. By W. H. Hosmer...
474 A Brief Review of the late occurrences in Poland.
Brazil-Sketches of Residence and Travels in, &c. By D. P. Kidder, A .M 444
Critical and Miscellaneous Essays of Alexander H. Everett,..
..126 Commercial Reform.-1st. Annual Report of the Secretary of the Treas
ury of the United States, Dec., 1845—R. J. Walker. 2d. Annual
• Financial Statement of the Minister of England, Sir Robert Peel...214 Captain's Story, The. By W. S. M....
...305 Cromwell and his Times.—1st. Letters and Speeches of Oliver Crom
well. By Thomas Carlyle. 2d. History of the English Revolution
..336 China and its Prospective Trade..
Etchings with a Chisel.—The Miraculous Picture_Do not be afraid of
Grace and Beauty-Prince Metternich-By their Fruits ye shall
...118 English and French Intervention in the Rio de la Plata. By Hon. Caleb Cushing....
Favorite, The. Translated from the German of Johanna Schopenhauer.
Game of North America, The; its Nomenclature, Habits, Haunts, and
Seasons, with Hints on the Science of Woodcraft. By Frank For-
.....17 do. No. III. The Quail..
.130, 187, 282
Horæ Sicilianæ. By Signor Salvatore Abbate E. Migliore....
Independent Treasury, The-1st. House Bill. 2d. Report of Senate
Finance Committee---Warehousing Bill-Mints in New-York and
.323 Is it the Policy of England to Fight or Trade with the United States ? By Henry Wikoff..
James Nayler. By J. G. Whittier....
..193 Jackson. By J. R. Orton..
..288 Knight in Armor, The. A Fragment from the Journal of an Officer. By Mrs. E. F. Ellet.....
Lament for the Old Year. By W. H. C. Hosmer.....
Mystery, The. By R. S. S. Andros...
....78, 158, 240
Progress in America ; or, a Speech in Sonnets, on Great Britain and the
United States; not delivered either in Parliament or Congress. By
Reflections on the “ Balance of Power;" Rise, Progress and results ;
neers; Military and Geographical Survey West of the Mississippi ;
Survey of the Lakes, River and Harbor Improvements, &c. ..289
Songs of Labor, No. IV.; The Ship Builders. By J. G. Whittier. .257
THE RECIPROCAL INFLUENCE OF THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES
AND OF FREE POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS.
“The poor are condemned to n want of that leisure which is necessary for the improve. ment of the mind. They are the predestinated victims of ignorance and prejudice. All the powers they possess are engaged in the pursuit of miserable expedients to protract their existence. Whatever be the prejudice, the weakness, or the superstition of their age and country, they have scarcely any chance to escape from it. It is melancholy to reflect how few moments they can have of complaisance-of exultation-of honest pride, or of joy. Is there not a state of society practicable, in which leisure shall be made the inheritance of every one of its members ?”—GODWIN'S ENQUIRER.
The innumerable schemes which, with the enjoyment of an equal freefrom time to time, are making their ap- dom by all his fellow-citizens. pearance in this country for the im All the various orders, sects and provement of its Social Condition, is schools of American meliorists may be about the most conspicuous feature of included under one or another of these our civilization. Corporations are cre- denominations. ated; capital is invested; presses are We can't have labored thus long at established, and, we ought, perhaps, to this our post editorial, with however add, mad-houses filled, in giving expres- indifferent success, without having desion to this fertile enthusiasm.
fined to which of the above classes we These reformers may be divided into affect to belong. We are by no means the following classes, each of which be- unconscious of the obligations of our hold, in their several devices, the most race to the manifold and substantial laimmediate instrumentality for emanci- bors of the spiritualist and the socialist, pating society from sin and grief: and, so far as defining prevailing social
First, the religious reformer, who deformities, to the agrarian. But we looks to spiritual influences entirely for have no faith in the schemes of either man's political and social regeneration. of them for bringing out and setting in
Second, the socialist, who fixes his motion all the progressive tendencies hopes upon an entire re-organization of of a nation. It is not our purpose, howindustry, and the emancipation of the ever, at present, to define the insufcardinal passions.
ficiency of their several systems; first, Third, the agrarian, who requires a because the criticism of others is a very forced and periodical equalization of the imperfect more of advancing one's own landed property of the country among opinions; and, secondly, because we all its inhabitants.
can hardly hope to detain the attention Fourth, the political reformer, who of our readers, even for the space nerelies upon the equalization of the du- cessary to explain, -as it is our wish ties and the rights of all, by the opera- and will be our effort to do—the grounds tion of laws which shall secure to every of our confidence in the efficacy of poman as much freedom as may comport litical agencies, to achieve that final re