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[65] enough back. Even the best of these narratives, that of Mr. J. T. Trowbridge in the Atlantic Monthly for January, 1895, entitled “The author of Quabbin,” speaks as if the Atlantic Monthly had no existence, even prospectively, before 1857, whereas it was really planned as to all its details in 1853, four years sooner. The late Mr. Francis H. Underwood gave the fullest indication of this when he wrote in Our Day (December, 1891): “It was the project of a young enthusiast [Mr. Underwood himself], who desired to enlist the leading authors of New England in the crusade against slavery, and it had been the subject of conferences at intervals with Lowell, Longfellow, and Mrs. Stowe for more than three years.” The following letters, both addressed to me,--I was then living in Worcester, Massachusetts,--will explain what occurred during these intervening years:--

Boston, November 21, 1853.
Dear Sir,

Messrs. J. P. Jewett & Co. of this city propose to establish a Literary and Anti-Slavery magazine -commencing probably in January. The publishers have energy and capital, and will spare no pains to make the

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