In December 1868, with a loan from New York banker LeGrand Lockwood, Mayne Reid launched a new magazine for youth, entitled "Onward." The first issue, dated January 1869, consisted of material almost entirely written by Reid, as did the next two issues.
Altogethere, there were only thirteen issues. All of volume one (January through June 1869) and one issue in volume two (July 1869) were published by Carleton Publishers. Beginning with the August 1869 issue, Reid himself published the magazine from an office located at 119 Nassau Street in downtown Manhattan. He was assisted by his friend and personal secretary, Charles Ollivant, who left England and came to New York at Reid's bidding to work on the magazine.
The cover of the magazine featured the guardian angel "Ithuriel" and an eagle.
Onward was named for a contemporary English magazine of the same name.(Onward, vol. 2, p. 169)
Reid wrote all or most of the material contained in the first three issues. Starting with the April 1869 issue he included identified contributions from other writers. Although none received a byline, Reid acknowledged most of these contributors by name in the "Vis a Vis" section following the magazine's index or table of contents. While none of ONWARD's other contributors are household names today, some, such as Hezekiah Butterworth, Gen. J. Watts De Peyster, and Frederick Whittaker, enjoyed a literary career beyond the magazine. One of the last contributors, interestingly, was Charles Beach or "Cannibal Charlie," the mysterious author of Lost Lenore, a book that is sometimes attributed to Reid based on the assumption that Charles Beach was not a real person but rather a Reid pseudonym.
Below is an alphabetical list of all known ONWARD contributors, as identified in the magazine by Reid (with place of residence, if given):
- W. H. Babcock, Connecticut
- J. Jay Barber, Columbus, Ohio
- Charles Beach
- Charles B. Brockaway, Pennsylvania
- Hezekiah Butterworth, Warren, Rhode Island
- J. C. Clarke
- Pearl Clifford
- Ashley W. Cole, New York
- Mr. M. F. Crossley, Columbia, Pennsylvania
- G. Walter Dale, Northampton, Massachusetts
- A. A. Dayton, Binghamton, New York
- Edward Denny
- Gen. John Watts De Peyster
- Edward Fawcett
- William Ferguson, Brooklyn, New York
- Riter Fitzgerald, Philadelphia
- Homer Greene, Poughkeepsie, New York
- Miss Grace Horr, Massachusetts
- Thomas Hartley
- Cherry James
- C. F. Jones, Providence, Rhode Island
- W. H. Macy, Boston
- Miss E. A. Meikleham, Virginia
- Ida W. Morris, "daughter of one of the sweetest song-writers America has ever produced"
- George Patten
- George Prentice, Louisville, Kentucky
- Walter Rose
- J. Soulé Smith, Florida and Lexington, Kentucky
- Charles Stephenson
- William L. Stone, New York
- W. H. Stuyvesant
- R. S. Walsh
- Edward A. Ward, New York
- Joseph Watson
- Frederick Whittaker
ONWARD went out of business after the February 1870 issue. Reid seemed genuinely puzzled that the magazine had not been more successful. Ollivant blamed financial difficulties.
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