The completion of our first volume affords us an agreeable opportunity of expressing our gratitude, both to contributors and subscribers, for the assistance which has been so liberally bestowed upon us. The possibility of conducting a
literary periodical, which shall meet the want, and suffice for the amusement of the general public in Cape Town, has now been proved, and we look forward with confidence and hope to the commencement of our second year. It does not become us to speak of what we have done: our labors are before the public, and hitherto the public has decided in our favor. Without arrogating any credit to ourselves, we may at least allege that we have been enabled to introduce to our readers the productions of some authors of no mean talent, who, but for us, would probably never have enriched the literature of the Cape. Not for our own sake alone, but for the sake of the public generally, we are anxious to proceed in the course we have commenced. The cultivation of literary tastes, from however small a beginning, cannot fail ultimately to raise the tone and character of society. As we proceed we may reasonably hope to improve, and to gather round us more able contributors. In once more thanking our generous supporters, let us express a hope, that those who are competent to afford us literary assistance, will not suffer us to proceed unaided on our way.