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[Text: Edgar Allan Poe, Notice of the 9th number of the SLM, from the American & Commercial Daily Advertiser (Baltimore), June 15, 1835, p. 2, middle of column 3.]


    The ninth number of the Southern literary Messenger has just reached us, and is upon the whole the best yet issued.  It is the first made up entirely of original articles: we hope that in no future numbers will resort be had to selections: this dependence is allowable in the infancy of a periodical, but when it has grown up to vigorous strength, as the Messenger now has, it should rely upon its own resources.

    Readers might be satisfied that they had their money's worth, if that be a consideration, if they read but one article in this number, the dissertation on the "Characteristic differences between the Sexes."  The subject is of course of the richest, and it is treated with power and beauty.  There is a continuation of the interesting "Tripolitan Sketches."  We are pleased to note a spirited contribution from our townsman Edgar A. Poe, Esq.  It is an extravaganza called "Lionizing," and gives evidence of high powers of fancy and humor.  The writer of the article on "Recent American Novels," is, we think, wrong throughout, as well in his general opinions as in his particular commendation of "The Insurgents."  Among the literary notices is a good one of "Horse Shoe Robinson," a work for which the public are eagerly looking, and for which we venture to predict universal popularity.
 



 
[This review was first attributed to Poe by David K. Jackson in "Four of Poe's Critiques in the Baltimore Newspapers," Modern Language Notes, April 1935, pp.251-256.]

[The American & Commercial Daily Advertiser was "published every morning" by "Dobbin, Murphy & Bose" at "No. 2 South Gay Street" in Baltimore.]

 
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