Rural Repository, October 8, 1842: Youthful Indiscretion

Rural Repository, October 8, 1842: Youthful Indiscretion

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Stoddard, William B. [editor]. Rural Repository, October 8, 1842: Youthful Indiscretion; A Semi-Monthly Journal, Embellished with Engravings. Hudson, N. Y.: Wm. B. Stoddard, 1842. First Edition. [9585]

An 8-page issue uncut, folded it measures 12 x 9 1/2 inches, opened it is all one sheet. Large wood engraving on front of a frowning woman catching a boy with his hand in the cookie jar, so to speak. Good. Single Issue Periodical.

Cover article about a boy caught stealing sweets. "He must submit to as famous a whipping as every naughty boy received - yea, and deserved too; for he has done wrong, very very wrong, and if he be not punished, he will be very likely to do so again."

Also, a biography of Martha Washington, by Mrs. Sigourney.

"The Rural Repository will be devoted to Polite Literature; containing Moral and Sentimental Tales, Original Communications, Biography, Traveling Sketches, Amusing Miscellany, Humorous and Historical Anecdotes, Useful Recipes, Poetry, &c., &c."

This periodical was in print from 1824-1851.

"William B. Stoddard, son of Ashbel Stoddard, founded the Rural Repository, a semi-monthly literary journal, on June 12, 1824...Neatly printed on good paper...So immensely popular was the Repository in Columbia County and even throughout New York State and western New England that for twenty-seven years Stoddard published his journal with marked success. Prosperity made it possible to enlarge the paper to nine by twelve inches and to use wood engravings of local scenes and buildings...Moral and sentimental tales, historical sketches dealing with nearby cities and towns, and judicious selections of biography found high favor. Poetry, much of it local in origin, added interest. Contributions by young unknown authors appeared with those of nationally known writers, such as Nathaniel Parker Willis, William Cullen Bryant, and John Greenleaf Whittier...Stoddard's failing health forced discontinuation of the Repository in 1851." - Charles Williams Upton, New York History, Vol. 25, No. 2 (April, 1944) at jstor.