“The Veritable Peter Parley” (from Brother Jonathan, February 12, 1842, advertising cover; p. xxviii)
Robert Merry’s Museum, published by Bradbury & Soden, at 127 Nassau street, is edited by S. G. Goodrich, the veritable Peter Parley. As a work for the younger members of families it is unexceeded in interest and excellence, and like the other Peter Parley issues, commands universal acceptance. The publication of Newspapers and Magazines, expressly for youth, has been followed in this country, for about twenty years. A copy of a number of Vol. XV. of Mr. Willis’s Youth’s Companion, lies this moment before us. Others have been published for nearly the same length of time, and no enterprise, well conducted, and honestly followed, has been found more successful than these.
THE REAL PETER PARLEY REVIVED!!!
Jamaica Plain, December 26, 1841.
Gent.—I have read the advertisement of C. S. Francis, of New York, the present publisher of a work, entitled “Peter Parley’s Magazine,” &c. The design of the author of that advertisement appears to be, to convey the impression, that “Peter Parley’s Magazine” was not originated by myself; that it was in fact the project of another person, and that I permitted the name of Peter Parley to be used, to give currency to a publication of which I was in no proper sense the author or editor. This is not true in any one particular. The aforesaid Magazine was wholly my own device; I planned it, commenced it, even before any publisher was obtained—and, for a time, had the responsible and authoritative charge of the editorial department. After a while, in consequence of my state of health requiring my residence in the country and a mitigation of my literary labors, I relinquished my interest in it, and the superintendence of it; but with an understanding and confident expectation that it would be conducted in a manner satisfactory to myself.
The Publishers being obliged to make an assignment of their effects, and therefore, of the Magazine in question and, being unwilling that it should pass into other hands, I sought to obtain control of it. In this I was foiled—and it has since been conducted, not only without my concurrence or approbation, but it has been to me, in many ways, a source of mortification and regret. Some time since, I requested Mr. D. Francis to state that I had no connection with the work, which request was ungraciously refused.
It is apparent that the Publishers would be doing only common justice, to drop the title of the work, and put that of its present Editor, if there be any such person, in its place. They would thus “define their position,” and the publication would stand upon its true merits, and not upon a name to which it has now no just title or pretension. I hope at all events, I shall no longer be held responsible for what appears in that Magazine.
I need but add, that I am concerned in no Periodical, save that of which you are the Publishers—Merry’s Museum; in that work, I propose to issue a series of original papers by the author of Peter Parley’s Tales, and in the character of Peter himself; hoping thus to revive the interest that has been felt in that old Story Teller. I am Yours, Respectfully,
S. G. GOODRICH, Author of Peter Parley’s Tales.
Messrs. Bradbury, Soden, & Co. Boston.