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none should exist, yet we have never relaxed in our exertions, nor for a moment doubted of the ultimate success of our work. Much, however, remains to be accomplished before we can give to the world, the SOUTHERN QUARTERLY REVIEW in all its pristine vigor and excellence; such as it was in its most palmy days. Such as it was when the talented Elliot and the lamented Legare occupied its editorial chair, and charmed the South with the force and brilliancy of their energetic views. Those were the days when the most clever and the most intellectual men of the South were to be found ranged beneath a banner, that disputed inch by inch the approaches of an unscrupulous, as well as an insidious foe. The most profound thinkers and writers of the South did not then disdain to give “aid and comfort” in support of a work, having for its object, the advocacy of constitutional opinions and the doctrine of State Rights. Is our cause less sacred at present, than, at an earlier period, that the South should thus abandon their vantage ground without a struggle? or has the literary taste of our people become so perverted by a too frequent use of the spurious and depraved (so called) literature of our neighbors, as to unfit them to cope successfully with their more wiley antagonists? We answer no !-again and again no !!! Our cause is, if possible, a more righteous one now, than ever. Attacked, villified and traduced, our Rights impugned and our institutions assailed: with firebrands thrust into our very midst in the form of incendiary publications, can there be an argument shown that our cause is not just and sacred? But that it might seem invidious in us, we could name a score of writers, whose ability to give expression to the feelings, the interests and intelligence of the South is indisputable.
It is to these gentlemen that we now make our appeal for aid in support of a Periodical, which is the only one of its class in the entire region of the South. As evidence of its worth, we refer to its pages. It aims to maintain the truth, as we understand it, and asserts that intellectual equality, which should free the mind of our people from that state of literary thraldom and dependency under which they have too long labored. It is in furtherance of these ends and aims that we invoke aid and as
that are of us—from the master-spirits of the South. Let it no longer be said that our Section is unequal to the task of sustaining its own literature. Let not pecuniary considerations deter our zealous friends from coming to the rescue..
If our ability to compensate but kept pace with our wishes, contributors would soon ascertain that the Publisher of the SOUTHERN QUARTERLY REVIEW is actuated in his course by motives of an infinitely higher order than those of a merely pecuniary character. There are those of our present contributors, however, to whom offers of recompense would be an insult; these truly Southern gentlemen have been to us unwavering in their kindness in the times of our greatest need. Time will determine if we are grateful or not.
C. MORTIMER, Publisher.