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Notice. The Graham Journal, of Health and Longevity, 1 (May 2, 1837): 40. Ed. David Campbell.

Youth’s Cabinet.—Nathaniel Southard of this city, has issued the first number of a paper entitled, ‘Youth’s Cabinet, devoted to Liberty, Peace, Temperance, Purity, Truth.’ With such objects in view, and the well known character of its editor for honesty and firmness, we can recommend the paper to all parents and guardians of children and youth.

The ‘Cabinet’ is published every Friday, at No. 25 Cornhill, Boston.

Notice. Liberator. 7 (19 May 1837): 83, col 5.


Notwithstanding the severe pressure in the money market, and the general cry of distress that pervades the land, yet the publishers of this little paper have resolved to go forward, depending solely upon the zeal and public spirit of the community.

The third No. which issued to-day contains, The good Samaritan, with an engraving, The Orphans, The Times, Things by their right Names, The colored people in Canada, Arithmetical questions, Traits of Character, Intemperance disclaimed by the Brutes, part 2, &c. &c.

Notice. Liberator. 7 (9 June 1837): 95, col 6.


The sixth number appears to-day. It needs only to be known to be liberally supported.

CONTENTS. The Boy who would not swear, with an engraving. A True Story. Letters to the Editor. Miss Paul’s Concent. Who would dare be a Rumsellers/ Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. Letter from a Little Boy. Be kind to your Sister. The Runaway’s Song. The Doom of Slavery. The Slave Boy. The Goodness of the Lord. Anecdotes, Notices, &c.

Notice. The Slave’s Friend. #27 (1838?): cover p. 3 (inside back cover)


Mr. Nathaniel Southard, of Boston, is the editor of a little newspaper, called the Youth’s Cabinet. It is about as large as one of the penny newspapers, and is printed every Friday. It is devoted to “LIBERTY, PEACE, TEMPERANCE, PURITY, and TRUTH.” The price is one dollar a year. Many of my readers know Mr. Southard. He is the editor of the Anti-Slavery Almanac. He is an Anti-Slavery man—he won’t fight, he won’t lie, he won’t buy or sell men, and he does not want his little readers to do any of these things. What a character they will have if they do as he says. Let us see:

A Temperance Child.
A Peace Child.
A Modest Child.
An Anti-Slavery Child.
No Cheat.
No Liar.

That is the child for me!

Review. The Liberator, 9 (May 10, 1839): 74. Ed. William Lloyd Garrison. Reprinted from the Herald of Freedom.

Our old friend Southard appears again in this admirable little paper for children. Every anti-slavery house with children in it, (and we hope they are generally full of them,) ought to have this Cabinet, if they have to stint their other furniture to pay for it. It is full of very valuable and attractive instruction. It does not abound in entertaining stories, as the ‘Youth’s Companion’ used to do (we know not how it is now,) containing no nutriment to the soul, that has got to stem the tide of tribulation in helping reform the world. It is full of qualifying and preparing instruction. It interests the hearts of children, and makes them have hearts to be interested in something besides what they eat and put on. It imparts character to them. It yields them mental and spiritual food.

It is a powerful anti-slavery ally. It brings into our warfare a host of troops not often estimated up to their importance. A New-Hampshire member of Congress, a year or two ago, trifled with an anti-slavery petition because it was signed by some children and not by magnificent legal voters and free-holders. A slight exercise of his sagacity would have reminded him that he was undermining the very elements of society, and trifling with mind and heart, when they receive those impressions, which revolutionize human affairs. Give us the children for all the men, if we can have but one for the abolition of slavery or any other triumph of religion. Give us the young, green, growing plant rather than the moistureless stalks nearly ripe for the reaper.

Let brother Southard scatter his Cabinets among the rosy-cheeked children like the leaves of autumn, as George Storres says he will scatter that noble paper, the Watchman—or rather, we might say, like grain in the field of the stalking seedsman—for it is seed that he will be casting—seed wheat—soon to wave over the anti-slavery plains in nodding harvest.

“Subscribers to the Missionary.” Youth’s Cabinet. 2 (3 October 1839): 158. Ed. Nathaniel Southard

Subscribers to the Missionary.

For two reasons the subscriber has discontinued the publication of the “Missionary.” The expense was heavier than the income, and the Youth’s Cabinet, a very interesting paper, had beforehand entered into the same department of labor with the “Missionary.”

Subscribers to the Missionary will be supplied with the Youth’s Cabinet for six months, gratis, on condition they take the paper for one year, by paying Fifty Cents. The editor cannot but hope that his friends will be satisfied with this arrangement—when, instead of the Missionary once a month, the Youth’s Cabinet will visit them weekly through the year, for the small consideration of fifty cents.

Ebenezer McDowall.


I have promised to send the Youth’s Cabinet to the subscribers for the “Missionary,” who paid in advance only on condition that they each pay fifty cents to the subscriber, which will entitle them to this paper for one year. Those who do not choose to comply with this condition will please to return ths number with their name and post office marked on it.

N. Southard.

Notice. New-York Evangelist. 16 (25 December 1845): 206, col 5.


This periodical, so well known to our readers, having passed to the editorial care of Rev. F. C. Woodworth, is hereafter to be issued once a month, in a magazine form. It is one of the most tastefully executed works of the day. The first number contains a steel engraving, and divers wood cuts, and is filled with lively, entertaining and useful matter, admirably adapted for young readers. Mr. Woodworth possesses rare qualifications for making a useful and pleasing work of the kind; and with its beautiful typographical appearance, will hardly have a rival in its peculiar field.

Review. The Literary World, February 20, 1847: 59. Ed. Evert A. Duyckinck.

The Youth’s Cabinet. Monthly.

A neat octavo periodical, issued at a low price by D. A. Woodworth, Clinton Hall, and edited, with industry, by Rev. Francis C. Woodworth. It is a miscellany, including original sketches of public men, characters of the day, short chapters in natural history, always attractive to the young, selected poetry, &c. The choice of the wood-cuts is probably often a matter of convenience, if not of necessity. By what accident Leopold De Meyer gets in in two such large engravings, we cannot understand. He is hammering away on the piano in one before the Sultan of Turkey, in the other before the King of the French and his family—quite an omnipresent gentleman, this Leopold De Meyer, taking the rising generation in time.

Review. The Biblical Repository and Classical Review, 5 (January 1849): 189.

Youth’s Cabinet. Edited by Rev. Francis Woodworth. Bound Volume. New York, 1848.

Mr. Woodworth is really one of the most pleasing and entertaining writers for the young that we know of. This volume, of nearly 400 octavo pp., abounds with matter that children and youth cannot fail to relish highly, and be made happier, and wiser thereby. There is nothing to offend a refined taste, or correct morals; and everything to please the eye, instruct the mind, and improve the heart.

“Periodicals for Youth.” Sunday School Advocate 13 (Feb 11, 1854): 78.

The early period at which our paper goes to press has prevented our noticing, nearer the beginning of the year, two lively and instructive magazines for youth, which we can cheerfuly commend to those who desire periodicals containing general information and amusement.

Woodworth’s Youth’s Cabinet, published at 118 Nassau-street, New-York, ($1 00 per annum,) is now entering upon its fifth volume. It has an established character for good taste and general excellence.

Forrester’s Magazine, published by Rand, 5 Cornhill, Boston, also at $1 00 per volume, is a new comer to our table, but is already well known and highly appreciated in other quarters, especially in New-England.

Both these monthlies are well printed, and interspersed with pictures. From what we know of the editors and publishers, we are confident that the moral character of both will be found unexceptionable.

In this connection we may also mention the Youth’s Monitor, published at 200 Mulberry-street, New-York, at 25 cents per annum. Monthly numbers are sold at the counter of our Book Room at two cents each. Where monthly rewards are desired in Sunday schools, no cheap publication can be more suitable. The Monitor, as well as the Cabinet and the Magazine, makes an elevant volume at the end of the year.

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