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Periodical: The Friend of Progress

Summary:   From Pat Deveney's database:

Friend of Progress, The.
1864-1865 Monthly
New York, NY. Publisher: C.M. Plumb & Co.. Editor: Charles M. Plumb.
Succeeds: Herald of Progress Succeeded by: Banner of Light

1/1, November 1864-1/10, August 1865. 32pp. 6 x 9. $2.00 a year (plus 12 cents postage), 20 cents a copy. This succeeded A.J. Davis's Herald of Progress, but probably only in the sense that Plumb agreed to fulfill the unexpired subscriptions of Davis's failed journal. (Plumb, by 1879 at least, was Davis's brother-in-law.) In turn, its offices were taken over on its demise by the Banner of Light, which also hired Plumb's clerk and opened a bookstore there under the name William White & Co. The journal was more explicitly devoted to reform than its predecessor, with articles by Julius Dickerson ("A Plea for the Masculine: An Argument Demonstrating the Equality of the Sexes"), O.B. Frothingham, E.C. Towne, John Weiss, and J.K. Ingalls, but carried a smatteriing of spiritualist materials, such as a review of "Mr. Sludge the Medium" (Browning's poem on D.D. Home), Cora L.V. Hatch, and A.J. Davis's touching "My Father's Withdrawal from Earth" (which mentions, intriguingly, that his father was a constant and wide reader-a fact which may reflect on the relationship of Davis to Swedenborg, and certainly strikes sparks from the conventional image of Davis as uneducated and illiterate). The journal also published several articles by Mrs. Louise Pollack ("L.P.") on the progress of the first kindergarten in America. See "Kindergarten Comes to America," online at Plumb was a Canal Street printer and occasional publisher of spiritualist books who advertised "Mrs. Plumb's Academy: Normal Institute of Physical Culture in New York" in the pages of the journal. NYPL.

Issues:Friend Of Progress V1 N1 Nov 1864
Friend Of Progress V1 N2 Dec 1864
Friend Of Progress V1 N4 Feb 1865
Friend Of Progress V1 N5 Mar 1865
Friend Of Progress V1 N5 Apr 1865
Friend Of Progress V1 N7 May 1865
Friend Of Progress V1 N8 Jun 1865
Friend Of Progress V1 N9 Jul 1865
Friend Of Progress V1 N10 Aug 1865

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