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DOW, Moses A., publisher, born in Littler on, New Hampshire, in 1810" died in Charlestown, Massachusetts, 22 June 1886. He learned the printer's trade in Haverhill, New Hampshire, went to Boston in 1829, was foreman in his brother's printing orate for several years, and in 1840 established a job office. In 1850 he began the publication of the " Waverly Magazine," in which he published all the contributions of fiction and poetry that were offered by schoolgirls and other young writers. He began with no capital, printed without discrimination the articles of amateur authors, and was successful from the beginning, finding many readers among the friends of the numerous contributors. At one time he engaged an editor of taste and experience, who rejected many of the communications; but the circulation at once fell off, and the paper was restored to its original basis. He gave much thought and cares to the typography and appearance of his magazine, and it obtained a wide circulation among young people of scanty education and immature taste in the factory towns of New England and throughout the western states. Before the civil war his income from the paper had reached $60,000 a year. The circulation for many years was 50,000 copies, but it afterward sank to 20,000. He built a fine hotel in Charlestown.
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