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The magazine thus indicated, which was clearly identified in plan and material with the Atlantic, was delayed four years in its birth by the business failure of John P. Jewett & Co., who were to have been its publishers.

Mr. Underwood himself says, in the same article, “After long efforts the due cooperation was secured and responsible publishers were found to take it up.” He elsewhere states, “It was planned at a dinner where fourteen persons were present.” This was presumably the dinner of which Longfellow says in his diary (May 20, 1857): “Dined in town with the new Magazine Club, discussing title, etc., with no result.” He has already spoken of a previous meeting (May 5), when he “dined in town with Emerson, Lowell, Motley, Holmes, Cabot, Underwood, and the publisher Phillips, to talk about the new magazine the last wishes to establish. It will no doubt be done; though I am not so eager about it as the rest.” 1 There were apparently but eight persons at this dinner, one-half of these being of Cambridge birth or

1 Journal and letters, II. pp. 298, 299. Compare Phillips's letter in Cooke's J. S. Dwight, p. 243.

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