Six Hints to Contributors
I. Write legibly. Articles written blindly are frequently rejected without examination.
II. Write with correct grammar, punctuation and spelling; particularly, spell proper names correctly, and write quotations legibly. Divide your articles properly into paragraphs.
III. Take narrow, ruled, white paper, not too thin, number the pages, write on one side only, and keep it clean.
IV. Be brief, using short words and sentences, and say the most important thing when you begin, and leave off when you are done. If you write what seems a very elegant sentence, erase it.
V. Send only what you regard as first-rate. We are obliged to destroy any quantity of common matter.
VI. Always send your address, and if you wish your manuscript returned if rejected, say so.
—from Dodge’s Literary Museum, v. 9, no. 16, Saturday, September 23, 1854, page 252.