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ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.
"The Study of Creation." The third division will appear in our next. When speaking of the planets in the first division we should have stated," At a greater distance still is Uranus with six Satellites. Last and most distant, is the new planet Neptune, discovered by Le Verrier."
H. M., Baldock. The Italian passage for translation is not grammatically constructed; and even if it were, it would be a difficult thing to make sense of it. Try again.
"Man, a Reflective-not a mere Sensual Being."-It reflects great credit on Mr. Ross. "The Dangerous Man."- Received. The writer is deserving of all praise for her noble spirit.
P. S., Edinburgh--Being born in any country constitutes the individual a native, although the parents may be of another nation; the child is native and to the manner born." A child born at sea is considered a native of the country nearest to the ship. The parents of her present Majesty hastened home from Germany in order that the child might be born in England, and therefore a native.
Jura. We would rather not answer legal questions.
"The Newspaper Abolition Committee. We beg to acknowledge the receipt of 1s. from A. H. P., Miss H. M. R. 1s., G. R. 6d., J. S. 6d. J. T. G., Goswell-street. Want of space has, as yet, prevented the insertion of his paper on Lunatic Asylums, or our having an article on it.
G. A., Strand.-The reason why the "Peace Offering for the Million" being merely mentioned as received was, it possessed poetic merit, but we could not positively say it should be inserted. Very likely every one would like to see his effusions in print, and most likely he eels a little annoyed when others are inserted in preference. As we cannot insert all, we choose what we think to be the best and most appropriate. We cannot promise to do more. We may add, that any poem, by whom it may be sent, will stand but a poor chance of insertion, if it does not possess decided merit.
G. C., Birmingham, sends us some Greek passages to translate into English, and then modestly asks us to translate Grey's Elegy into Greek. Perhaps, jf we were to do that to his satisfaction, he would be wanting us next to translate Pope's Essay on Man into Hebrew, and we shrewdly suspect our other readers. would not like that.
M. A. W., Chatham,-Your poem on Home is too short to get the prize.
"Catchecism of Socialism," &c., received. "The Fighting Trade," "The Rope and the Gallows," hardly suitable.
It will be seen that in the present number we have fac-similies of the autographs of Richard Cobden, M.P., Joseph Hume, M. P., W. J. Fox, M, P., James Taylor, jun., CharlesMackay, George Cruikshank, Henry Vincent, William Ewart, M.P., Sir Robert Peel, Elihu Burritt, James Everett, Lord Ashley, GeorgeDawson, Dr. Bowring, and Joseph Sturge.
TO OUR SUBSCRIBERS.
Nor a day comes and goes without our receiving letters from persons from all parts of the country who express their admiration of our little work. Of course we cannot but feel gratified to know that so many appreciate and applaud our motives and our deeds. Our book is praised for the principles it advocates, for the nature and tendency of its articles, tales, and miscellaneous matter, and for the good which their extensive perusal must do the community. It is quite cheering to know that we are not labouring in vain. All are of opinion that each number is an improvement on the preceding It is our sincere desire to improve as we go on. We are determined to make, if we possibly can, THE PUBLIC GOOD the best and most useful cheap periodical in the land. We would make it a powerful enemy to wrong and evil, and a powerful friend of the right and the good. We would make it, if we could, one of the most influential agencies for improving and elevating the people that exists. The power and utility of THE PUBLIC GOOD will depend on the extent of its circulation and the number of its readers. And the question now is how we shall extend the one and increase the other. Certainly if periodicals of a questionable character, or which deal out moral poison to their readers, find a ready and remunerative sale, such an one as our own is deserving of as warm a support from its friends. This is all we ask for. We wish to be treated as we deserve. If we deserve support, we hope to get it; and if we do not, we hope, for the sake of the community, we shall not get it. We are warmly cheered by the success which has already followed our efforts, and we feel grateful and encouraged. But we wish to extend our circulation, and we respectfully solicit the co-operation of our subscribers in this particular. Let each subscriber feel an interest in the prosperity of our book, introduce it to his or her friends, and induce them to become subscribers also, and we shall soon have the gratification to say that our circulation is 50,000 monthly. This number we are confident may be reached, and our friends may materially assist us in attaining it. We have, from the beginning, steadfastly fixed our eye on that number, and we are determined to do our best to deserve to reach it. We
have at present at least 50,000 readers-why should we not get 50,000 subscribers? Let our friends say you may and you shall, and the thing will be almost as soon done as said. One young man in an obscure village in Cornwall with only 1,000 inhabitants, has obtained three dozen subscribers. Another young man in another village of almost the same size, in the same county, has got four dozen subscribers. If two in such places can do so much, what can 12,000 or 15,000 do all over the country?
PRIZES FOR THE BEST POEM, THE BEST TALE, AND THE BEST ESSAYS.
THE Proprietor of THE PUBLIC GOOD has offered ELIZA COOK'S POETRY, in three volumes, beautifully bound, for the best POEM ON HOME; the LIFE OF ELIZABETH FRY, in two volumes, superbly bound, for the best ESSAY ON WOMAN'S MISSION; the PENNY CYCLOPÆDIA, in twenty-seven volumes, for the best TALE to illustrate the evils of the Late Shopping System, and the Injuries suffered by Oppressed Needlewomen; and BOHN'S STANDARD LIBRARY, of forty-eight volumes, for the best ESSAY on the History, Characteristics, Tendencies, and Advantages of Mechanics' Institutes and Literary Societies, and how they can be improved and multiplied to meet the important and growing necessities of the nation and the age.
All the competing manuscript Poems on HOME are in the hands of the adjudicators. The successful Poem, with the name of the writer, will appear in our next number. Mr. EDMUND FRY, the Rev. J. B. TALBOT, and the Editor of the Family Friend, are the adjudicators.
It is also expected that the successful Essay on WOMAN'S MISSION will appear, with the name of the writer, in our next number. WILLIAM SHEAN, M.A., and Mrs. CoWDEN CLARKE, are the adjudicators on the competing Essays.
In obedience to the earnestly expressed wishes of a large number of correspondents and literary characters, we have been induced to extend the time for sending in the competing manuscript Tales on the Early Closing Question, and the competing manuscript Essays on Mechanics' Institutions and Literary Societies.
It is now definitely decided that the successful Tale must occupy about twenty pages of THE PUBLIC GOOD, and that all the competing manuscripts must be sent to the Editor, care of the Publishers, on or before the 20th of May next.
Mrs. CROSSLAND (late Camilla Toulmin), JOHN SCOBLE, Esq., and JOHN LILWALL. Esq., Secretary of the Early Closing Association, have consented to be the adjudicators. It is also definitely decided that the successful Essay on Mechanics' Institutes and Literary Societies must occupy about twenty pages of THE PUBLIC GOOD, and that all the competing manuscripts must be sent to the Editor, care of the Publishers, on or before the 1st of June next. THOMAS BEGGS, Esq., and C. COWDEN CLARKE, Esq., have consented to become the adjudicators.
It is respectfully requested that each manuscript should have some mark or motto affixed to it, and be accompanied with a sealed envelope containing the name of the writer. A corresponding mark or motto should be put on the outside of the envelope. No envelope will be opened but the one bearing the mark or motto corresponding with the one on the manuscript of the successful competitor.
It is sincerely hoped that our thus prolonging the time will meet the convenience of all who wish to compete, and will be an additional means of enabling us to present the public with a Tale and an Essay worthy of the subjects written on, and the exigencies
of the times.