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New York, U. S. A.
V here printed to the first ten volumes
of Scribners' Magazine justifies by
what it contains the publishers' promise, made at its beginning, that it should be a magazine of good literature in the widest sense, that it should depend upon the intrinsic value and interest of its articles rather than upon names or transient notoriety, and that its contents should come from writers who had really something of value to say, in addition to the ability to say it.
The result of these aims has been to unite both new and old elements of interest. New writers and new fields have been found; but also all the older writers from whom the public most wish to hear have at one time or another given from their best work to the Magazine, until the publishers can feel a sincere pleasure in saying that but few of the names already established in our literature are absent from the list of contributors which this index brings together.
The ten volumes of Scribner's Magazine now finished have contained many things which its conductors are certainly warranted in believing to be of lasting importance, either purely as literature, or for the value of their information and the way in which it was conveyed, or for the wide' interest that they have excited.
The hitherto unpublished letters of Thackeray, edited by Mrs. Brookfield and arranged by Mr. James Russell Lowell, which were among the first series of the Magazine, belong in the first of these classes, and added, as a critic said, “a new classic to English literature.” The very many personal reminiscences which have appeared in the different volumes have been of an interest and importance which the mere enumeration of them will recall :General Sheridan's Franco - German War reminiscences ; Minister Washburne’s of the Siege and Commune of Paris; the now famous diaries of Gouverneur Morris, Minister to France during the French Revolution ; Hugh McCulloch's memories of his contemporaries and the political problems of the last fifty years ; Lester Wallack’s of his long career as an actor; the charming bits of autobiography by Robert Louis Stevenson; the hitherto unpublished material and letters concerning Scott, Madame de Stael, Men