“Prospectus of Robert Merry’s Museum” (from Robert Merry’s Museum, February 1841; back cover [cover page 4])
The subscribers have made arrangements to publish a Magazine for the Family Circle, and especially the younger portion of it, under the above title. The design of the work is to do good; to aid in the formation of character; to establish good principles; to cultivate right feelings; to furnish innocent amusement; to promote correct habits of thought and sentiment. Nor is the plan confined to these limits: it is the purpose of the Editor to make the work useful in storing the mind with knowledge; in teaching the rules of behavior, and in pointing out the highways and by-ways to success in life. In such a design, the religious and moral duties will not be overlooked.
To carry out the plan, it is deemed essential that the work should be interesting—that it should be a favorite with those for whose benefit it is designed. Accordingly, it will embrace a great variety of topics—as History, Geography, Geology, Natural History, Travels, Biography, &c. It will be enlivened with Tales, Sketches, Adventures, Incidents, Narratives, Anecdotes, Fables, and Allegories—nor will Poetry or Music be forgotten. Every available means of rendering the work useful, lively, and entertaining will be resorted to, and numerous embellishments and illustrations will be inserted.
As a specimen of the work will be offered to the public in the first number, it is needless to say more than that ample arrangements are made to bring out the work with punctuality, and in the best mechanical style. The editorial charge of it is to be committed to the Author of Peter Parley’s Tales, whose reputation is a sufficient pledge to the public that the present undertaking will be conducted in a manner to claim a share of patronage, especially at the hands of parents, teachers, guardians, and all who feel interested in the young.
One number of the work will appear on the first day of each month, containing 32 pages royal 8vo; the price to subscribers being One dollar and fifty cents, payable in advance. Any person remitting five dollars, post paid, shall receive four copies. The first number will appear on the first of February.
Office, No. 10 School Street, Boston. Any aid given to the work by Post-Masters, Teachers, and Friends of Youth, will be thankfully received.
William K. Vaill is our duly authorized agent for New York City and vicinity, and authorized to appoint sub-agents for his district. Joseph H. Waitt and Wesley Whitcomb are travelling agents. All who subscribe to the above persons may rest assured they will receive the work promptly.
Wanted, a number of intelligent and respectable Agents, to procure subscribers to the above work. Apply at No. 10 School Street, Boston.