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THE Thirteenth Volume commences with the present Number-being the commencement of the third year of the New Series. It is sufficient to say that there will be no remission of the same punctuality and efficiency which have heretofore characterized the arrangements of its publication.

The approaching great struggle of parties, in a Presidential canvass, together with the assembling of a Democratic Congress, will reawaken a new interest and excitement in the political elements, in which there has been for the past year a comparative stagnation. Every indication portends that the contest is to be as stern and severe, as its consequences will be momentous to the "Good Old Cause." That department of the Review will of course experience and reflect this stimulating influence. It is hoped that the friends of the work and of its principles will see the peculiar necessity created by the occasion, of giving it a support, not only continued, but extended, for the promotion of that vigorous efficiency which it is fully intended shall not be wanting on its part. Of its merits or claims, whatever they may be, it is not deemed proper here to speak. But if the numerous letters received from all parts of the country, expressive of approbation, encouragement, and of the sense of its value and importance entertained by the writers-(added to the testimonials of the press, including not a few liberal journals even of opposite political sentiments)— afford any just indication of the disposition generally entertained toward this work by its subscribers, the request may certainly be advanced, with confidence of a friendly reception, that they would adopt the easy and simple mode of promoting its prosperity and securing its successful permanence, by procuring for it additional subscribers. If each would thus procure one-while many could without difficulty procure a considerable number-a very important benefit would be rendered to the Review, and some service, it is hoped, to higher objects than its welfare.

The Editor will be assisted by not a few of the finest and ablest pens that our country can boast.

The series of humorous papers by the author of the celebrated "Charcoal Sketches," entitled "Pennings and Pencillings in and about Town," with admirable illustrations by Darley, engraved on steel, commencing in this Number, will be continued through the volume.

Among the engravings with which it is intended to embellish the Numbers of the ensuing year, will be portraits of Mr. RITCHIE, of Virginia, Colonel JOHNSON, Mr. BANCROFT, Governor CASS, Colonel YOUNG, of New York, and others. A new font of type will be used in the printing. For further particulars of the business arrangement of the publication, see the Prospectus on the cover of the present Number.

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