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Sydney Smith's notorious question.
The feeling of patriotism is reflected in such titles as The Columbian magazine, The American magazine, The American Museum, The American Apollo, The monthly magazine and American review, The United States magazine, The American universal magazine, The American moral and sentimental magazine, The national magazine—all of which were used before 1800.
The rapid growth of periodicals was encouraged by the liberality of the post office.
While under the Act of 1793 the postage on a single-sheet letter varied from eight to twenty-five cents according to distance, the postage on magazines was one and one-half cents a sheet for distances up to one hundred miles, and two and one-half cents per sheet for all greater distances—a rate but slightly higher than that charged for newspapers.
The chief centres of publication during the early period were Philadelphia, Boston, and New York, but almost every city which boasted a group of men with literary interests