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Defoe, Major Andre, Placido, Selleck Osborn, William Kaloolah; or Journeyings to the Djebel Kumri. An Ray, Wm. Lloyd Garrison, and a number from anony
Autobiography of Jonathan Romer. Edited by mous authors, some of whom are now confined.
It is published not to aid in letting loose felons to prey nam.
ness to the erring and the vicious, and arousing the comWe have paid a tribute to the powers of the author of munity to a more philosophical and Christian way of "Kaloolah” that we can rarely pay to works of its char- treating the “ dangerous classes " of society. Readers, acter and magnitude, even supposing a temptation equally have you not a duty to perform in this respect ? strong ;-we have read through its more than five hun- The Sea-side and the Fire-side, dred pages without omission, and with deep and engrossing interest. We have met with no modern work of fic- Longfellow's last collection of poetry, is published by tion that has so entranced us. We apprehend that we Ticknor, Reid & Fields, of Boston. The first and longbetray no secret in saying that Dr. Mayo is not only "re- esl poem in this little volume is entitled, “ The Building sponsible” as "editor,” but is the actual creator and au- of the Ship;" a suhject which, notwithstanding its ap thor of the work. He may henceforth claim a first rank parent unpoetical nature, the author treats with as much among the world's writers of fiction, and America may grace of imagery, as if it were a fairy tale, and finds in it be proud to call him her son. The former part of Kaloo ample matter suggestive of beautiful trains of thought. A lah' carries the reader captive by the same irresistible liule narrative is interwoven with the description of the charm that is found in the pages of Robinson Crusoe, than construction and launching of the vessel ; the daughter of which imperishable work, however, it presents a wider the master-builder is to be married at the same time that and more varied field of adventure ; while the latter part the ship is launched. The marriage ceremony is perexpands into scenes of splendor, magnificence and en formed, and the poem closes in this noble manner : chantment, unsurpassed by those of the Arabian Nights
Then the master, Entertainments. This we say advisedly, with the full With a gesture of command, conviction that the intelligent reader of 'Kaloolah will Waved his hand; coincide with the opinion.
And at the word, The skill of the pen-artist is quite equal to the exuber- Loud and sudden there was heard, ance of his imagination and the abundance of his self- All around them and below, created materials. While Mr. Romer's adventures The sound of hammers, blow on blow, amaze us by the rapidity of their occurrence and their in
Knocking away the shores and spurs. creasing wonderfulness-the reader will pardon the coin- And see! she stirs ! age of a word—the equiform gradation of incident and She starts,-she moves,-she seems to feel character is so skilfully maintained that no incongruity The thrill of life along her keel; strikes the reader ; and what would be marvellous if told
And, spurning with her foot the ground, alone, becomes probable and is almost expected from the
With one exulting, joyous bound, course of the narrative. We could readily suppose Dr.
She leaps into the ocean's arms! Mayo to be a well-practised and experienced author, so much artistic skill and tact are displayed, from the start
And lo! from the assembled crowd ing point in Jonathan's career to his marriage with Ka
There rose a shout prolonged and loud, loolah in the regal palace of the Framazugda. Snatches
That to the ocean seemed to say, of sentiment, always of a manly, and healthy tone, with
“Take her, O bridegroom, old and gray, occasional descriptive and scenic lints, are interwoven
Take her to thy protecting arms, with the web of the narrative, but never to the overbur- With all her youth and all her charms !" dening of the reader's fancy or the abatement of his How beautiful she is! How fair awakened interest. Kaloolah is indeed a pattern work of She lies within those arms,
that press fiction.
Her form with many a soft caress From this commendation we are sorry to make any de- Of tenderness and watchful care! duction. Yet we do so no less in friendly counsel to the Sail forth into the sea, O ship! author than from higher motives. We disapprove most Through wind and wave right onward steer! emphatically of the caricature of a revival of religion in- The moistened eye, the trembling lip, troduced in the fifth chapter of the work. It is a blot Are not the signs of doubt or fear. upon the pages of the book, the more censurable because
Sail forth into the sea of life, not necessary to the thread of the narrative ; it serves no
O gentle, loving, trusting wife, good purpose, makes an impression unfavorable to the
And safe from all adversity author's iemper and candor, apart from its sneering tone, is altogether out of place, and is a blemish in a work like
Upon the bosom of that sea Kaloolah. In future editions, which we feel sure will be
Thy comings and thy goings be! demanded, we would advise its entire omission. It is an
For gentleness and love and trust insult to vast numbers of the community who are at least
Prevail o'er angry wave and gust;
And in the wreck of noble lives quite as competent to judge of such matters as is Dr. Mayo.-N. V. Com. Adv.
Something immortal still survives! The Czar, his Court and People.
Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State !
Sail on, Ó Union, strong and great! We ohserve that the book hearing this title, from the Humanity, with all its fears, pen of John S. Maxwell, Esq., of New York, which was With all ihe hopes of future years, published in this country last year, and has now reached the third edition here, has also gone to a second edition
Is hanging breaihless on thy fate!
We know what master laid thy keel, in London. It is gratifying to see this proper appreciation What workmen wrought thy ribs of steel, abroad of a work which speaks so well
for the talent, good Who made each mast, and sail, and rope, sense, and correct observation of one of our young country. What anvils rang, what hammers beat, men.. It may inform those of our readers who have not
In what a forge and what a heat yet enjoyed a perusal of this very interesting and instruc- Were shaped the anchors of thy hope ! iive book of travels to say, that ihe author was Secretary Fear not each sudden sound and shock, of Legation to the United States mission to Russia, under 'Tis of the wave and not the rock : Colonel Todd, and thus obtained and improved peculiar 'Tis but the flapping of the sail, opportunities afforded him for an acquaintance with the And not a rent made by the gale! great empire of the north.-Nat. Intelligencer.
In spite of rock and tempest roarVoices from Prison: A Selection of Poetry from
In spite of false lights on the shore
Sail on, nor fear to breast the sea ! various Prisoners, written within the cell. Pris
Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee, oner's Friend Office, Boston.
Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears, This is a neat little volume, containing gems of poetry
Our faith triumphant o'er our fears, from-villains, reprobates, rascals ?-just as you please,
Are all with thee-are all with thee ! gentlemen,-but just hear some of the names : James I., It is sufficient praise to say of the other poems in the Richard I., Mary, Elizabeth, Charles I., Richard III., volume, that they have the author's usual characteristics. Lady Jane Gray-all kings and queens, John Bunyan, Dr. -N. Y. Evening Post,
The War with Mexico Reviewed. By Abiel Abbot Circassia; or, a Tour to the Caucasus. By George
Livermore. Boston : Crosby & Nichols; New Leighton Ditson, Esq. New York: Stringer
sacks, Tartars, and what not, through various portions of The work treats of the motives which led to the war, Circassia. The style of the book we cannot approve. gives an historical sketch of its operations and close, dis- It is awkward, and oftentimes tawdry. As an instance, cusses its general effects, describes the horrors of the hos- we quote the description of a lady on page 79. Mr. Ditpital and battle-field, and concludes with a series of prac- son says: " But what attracted my attention was the briliical reflections suggested by the subject.
liancy of the lady's complexion and expression, which the Mr. Livermore has evidently made a faithful and accu: peach, the rose, carnation and the lily, the diamond and rate study of the cotemporary documents which furnish the raven's wing, could not in their combined beauty the materials of this history. He shows a happy lalent rival.” What queer complexion and espression she musi for the arrangement of details, so as to produce the have had! There are many just such errors in taste and strongest impression. His style is lucid, nervous and composition, though few as bad as the sentence cited. concise. Many of his pictures are drawn with more We are really sorry to notice such blemishes in this book, than ordinary skill. He handles the subject with earnest- for its material is worthy of an unexceptionable dress. ness and deep conviction ; his pages often glow with elo- Boston Post. quent, indignant expostulation; but the general tone is that of sincerity too profound to be rhetorical. The vol State Trials of the United States, with References ume is adapted to exert a pure and wholesome influence, and we trust, although it makes its appearance at a late
Historical and Political, and Preliminary Notes day, it will find a large circulation.- Tribune.
on the Politics of the Times. By Francis WharJohnson on American and Foreign Coals.
ton, Esq. Philadelphia. We have received from the publishers, Taylor & Maury,
We have heard it doubted, among members of “the of this city, a copy of the treatise of Professor Johnson on profession,” as the proverbial inodesty of its professors American and Foreign Coals, which comes to the Amer- ioo partially terms ihat of the law, whether law-books ican reader fraught with a great amount of fresh matter are not without the pale of newspaper criticism. Practi. interesting to the arts, to navigation, and to the legisla-cally they are so ; for when matter becomes absolutely tion of the country.
and confessedly unreadable, it generally chooses a more Far the greater part of the coal imported into the United quiet resting-place, and next to a logarithm table or a lawStates comes froin the neighboring British province of book itself, it must be conceded that the review of either Nova Scotia. It is, therefore, evidently important to all is rather dull reading for the miscellaneous public. But who concern themselves about the coal trade or its regu- such is not the case with the book on our table, and for lation, to be minutely informed on the bearings which the very simple reason that it is anything but a mere that trade has upon our own mining interests. The efforts law-book. It is in fact a most important contribution to made and the facilities afforded for securing a market in political history, gathered from sources to which few have the United States will not fail to be noticed. The facts had access ; and,
as to a large and interesting part, from collected on the spot by an impartial eye witness may be the unpublished files and letter-books of our early statesimplicitly relied on by those who seek information. The men and lawyers. documents cited speak for themselves on the subject of
Mr. Wharion has collected in this volume the governthe effect of American legislation upon thé Nova Scotia ment prosecutions of the Washington and Adams admincoal trade.
istrations, in which the parties that have continued ever The comparison of American coals with those of Wales, since to divide the country, first took their form and imEngland, Scotland and Ireland, by means of the report of press. The Whiskey Insurrection, the French War of the British commissioners appointed for testing the lat- 1798, the Alien and Sedition Laws--things less known ter, wil. be found deeply interesting to all consumers of than talked of now by the mass of politicians, have their the article. The preface of Professor Johnson sets forth best history in these trials. So, too, the squabbles that in its true light the vast importance and interest of the gave notoriety to Cobbett, and Callendar, and Cooper subject.
and Lyon, and Duane, and a host of occasional patriots The account of the coal field of North Carolina, with beside, and that presaged in so doing the political crisis comparative analyses of coals from that and from several of 1801, just as the eddies that throw up the dust and western states, will not fail to engage attention.- Repub-leaves are signs of a change in weather; and the graver lic.
controversy in the Jonathan Roberts case, in which Chief
Justice Marshall first signalized his preeminence as an The Life of William the Conqueror. By Jacob expounder of constitutional law—the libels against Gen. Abbott. New York: Harper and Brothers. Hamilton, and his perhaps 100 unreserved vindication
in a word, all that portion of political history, whether This series of biographies has already attained to dignified or petty, that preceded the accession of Mr. a very deserved popularity; The subjects are treated Jefferson, may be studied in Mr. Wharton's book. For with excellent taste and judgment, and the moral reflec- he has not kept himself within the limits of a technical tions of the author are inost sensible and appropriate. reporter. His notes " form a large and most instructive The Life of William of Normandy is not inferior in inter- portion of the entire work ; and these introduce us with. est to any one that preceded it. The style of Mr. Abbott out reserve to the contemporaneous incidents that illusis generally correct and unaffected. In the present vol trate both the controversies and the characters of the ume, however, there are some defects, — "transpire,” for times. His preliminary notes especially are full of per"happen,” is not good English. The same may be said sonal anecdote, and deal very fearlessly with the men of the vulgarism," very much opposed." The word whom they characterized. Indeed, there is about this "incriminate" must puzzle the reader, who will be una part of the book an impartial frankness in canvassing the ble to guess whether it means criminate or the reverse. several party leaders, that must exempt Mr. Wharton King Phillip, surely, never told Williamn that his enter- from all suspicion of sectarianisın in politics, and that prise was "Quixotic," for the Don was not heard of till gives therefore to his censures and praises a sort of judifive hundred years afterwards. These are trifles, but a cial authority. Few persons, we think, will read them little care might free the excellent writings of Mr. Abbott over withoui being convinced that manifold errors of from even triling defects.
judgment as well as temper may be fairly imputed to We have also received from the press of the Harpers hoth of the contending parties, while it is equally clear the novel of Sir Edward Graham, or Railway Specula- that the men who were the great objects of reciprocating tions, by Catharine Sinclair ; and Constance Lyndsay, or obloquy on the part of each, were eminently patriotic in the Progress of Error, by C. G. H.-Boston Courier. their objects, and estimable in their lives.
Miscellanies. By William R. Williams. New hands of every young man of the city and of the com
York: Published by Edward H. Fletcher. monwealth.- Traveller.
The following notice of this work, of which we have Voices from the Press, here given the title, is from the pen of a literary friend. Is the title of an octavo volume containing sketches and We had thought of modifying it and making it our own, poems by gentlemen who are or have been practical but a fear that we might spoil what was written with so printers ; edited by J. J. Brenton, and published in this much heartiness, caused us to change our intention.- city by Charles B. Norton. Among the persons quoted N. Y. Evening Post.
are the editors of this paper, Samuel Woodworth, J. O. "The Rev. Dr. Williams, of the Amity street Baptist Rockwell, Rev. Dr. Croswell, Hon. Horace Greely, BaChurch, this city, a selection from whose miscellaneous yard Taylor, B. Perley Poor, and Wm. H. Burleigh. literary addresses, essays and unpublished sermons, forms of those who are omiited, we can easily recall a better this handsome octavo of near 400 pages, may very justly catalogue. To begin with the dead, there are Franklin, be termed one of the few brilliant 'lights noi only of his the Bradfords, James Ralph, Isaiah Thomas, Jesse Buel, own, but of the American church. Few men are reputed T. J. Fessenden, Wm. Ray, Wm. L. Stone, Prof. Godmore devoutly consecrated to their profession. Person- dard, William Cox, (author of "Crayon Sketches,") ally, his life is said to be marked for its modesty of de Willis Gaylord Clark, William Leggett, and the late meanor and entire absence of pretension to learning, and George F. Hopkins, whose fine intellect and honorable that this, moreover, is carried into the discharge of all his character secured for him the warm friendship of Hamilduties as pastor and preacher. Few, however, have given ton, Jay, Morris, John Colton Smith, and other great richer fruits of great mental power and ripe scholarship. men of the revolutionary age; and whose “Essays on
"The press of late has become prolific of the issue of Looming," and " Essays on Astronomy," were papers of works more or less the organs or representatives of the the first order of literary and philosophical merit. His different professions and denominations. This volume, essay on Texas, written before the public dreamed of the aside from this feature, contains much more than is ordi- separation of that province from Mexico, suggested to narily found in such works, of public interest and undeni- Gen. Jackson an iinportant part of his public policy. able literary merit. The Essays on the Conservative He was the first publisher of the Federalist, and was Principle in our Literature, Publications of the Ameri- Noah Webster's partner in establishing the Commercial can Tract Society, The Jesuits as a Missionary Order, Advertiser. He was all his life a frequent and able con-. and Life and Times of Baxter, are replete with learning, tributor to Lang's Gazette and other New York journals, and may be ranked among the most finished productions and was well known and highly esteemed by the whole of the time. That on the Jesuits has much of the glow fraternity of literature in the country. Of the living, we and comprehensiveness of Macaulay. These addresses may allude to the venerable" Old Man in Specs," Matihew have more of this power than his sermons, though the L. Davis, whose political and historical writings have so latter exhibit the same enthusiasm, the same rich and largely influenced opinions and affairs; Joseph Gales, chastened imagination. His style is strong, brilliant and the able editor of the National Intelligencer, whose digflowing, and has much of that polish which comes only pity and statesmanlike wisdom and virtue have given its from a critical knowledge of the ancient languages and best character to the American press; Dr. John W. classical literature.
Francis, one of the most accomplished men of the age, “Of these he is said to be an ardent and profound stu- and a writer of vast resources, variety and eloquence; dent. He has evidently studied critically, and con amore, Hon. Joseph T. Buckingham, one of the most classical the great lights of the past, both those in and out of the writers of the English language, who for nearly half a church. Some of his best trains of thought, in this vol-century has been eminently distinguished in the history ume, are strikingly suggestive. The reader feels as if in of Massachusetts ; Isaac Q. Leake, who, we believe, communion with a full and glowing mind-one which with our esteemed townsman, Gorham A. Worth, estabhas ascended the rugged and loftier eminences of solid lished the Albany Argus; Francis Hall, the able senior literature, and having explored the almost illimitable past conductor of the Commercial; Hon. Ellis Lewis, one of and far-reaching present, with the clear vision of the the best legal writers of the times, and a very graceful devout scholar, is now uttering the truth with sincere poet and essayist ; Hon. John W. Edmonds, also an able earneştness and enthusiasm in the genial and sunny at- jurist, and in all respects a distinguished citizen , Hon. mosphere below.
Isaac Hill, whose contributions to the literature of poli"His notes and illustrations of the Dirs Irar, and his tics are known to all the country; Hon. John M. Niles, abstract from R. D. Englis, Esq., of a work written under who is deserving of applause as a historical and economthe assumed name of Derwent Conway, on the Cazots of ical writer, as well as for his eloquence in the Senate ; France, will be found interesting and valuable."
Hon. Mr. Cameron, (senator from Pennsylvania,) who
has displayed no mean abilities in literature > Hon. Turkish Evening Entertainments
Joseph R. Chandler, who writes with a tenderness and Is the name of a volume translated from the Turkish Hon. Jacob B. Moore, one of our most careful and saga
humor that would add to the fame of Charles Lamb ; language by. John P. Brown, dragoman to the United cious historians; G. G. Foster, the facetious and poetiStates legation at Constantinople, and just published by cal essayist, whose edition G. P. Putnam. It is, we suppose, the only addition ever York and its Society, etc., have secured for him a bril
Shelley, Sketches of New made to American literature from any of the modern liant and enviable reputation ; Nathaniel Greene, whose oriental tongues. It is made up of anecdotes from ori elegant translations and ingenious original tales and ental history and tradition, forming a compilation of essays have been familiar to readers of taste for many somewhat the same nature as those in our language years; Wm. Lloyd Garrison, Oliver Johnson, William which pass under the name of " Beauties of History," D. Gallagher, Rev. Dr. McClintock, Rev. C. W. Everest, " Flowers of History," &c. Some of these anecdotes, C. Edwards Lester, Thomas Mackellar, and enough aside from what they possess of Eastern peculiarity, are more to fill the roll of a regiment. strikingly beautiful, and all of them are related in a characteristic manner. "Among the chapters into which they many illustrious literary men, of whom in England we
The printing-offices of Europe have also furnished are distributed, is one, entitled " Some Reflections on the may mention Richardson, the author of "Sir Charles Changes of this World;" which, however, is rather nar. Grandison,” “Pamela,” etc., and in France, Beranger, rative than meditative, the mutations of fortune being the greatest living lyric poet. If the printing-office be illustrated by various examples from Turkish, Arabian judged by the character of its graduates, we know of or Persian history. We should suppose the translator hardly a profession that can dispute with it titles to not to be a skilful writer of English, but he has endeav- eminence. It is among the best schools of knowledge ored, he tells us, to preserve an oriental air in the style, and literature, and printing may be justly considered, in and to make it as much like the original as possible. itself and its influence upon its professors, one of the Taken altogether, it is a curious and entertaining work. liberal professions. - Home Journal. N. Y. Ev. Post. A few Thoughts for a Young Man. By Horace
The Living Authors of America.--First Series. Mann.
By Thomas Powell. New York: Stringer &
Townsend. Boston: Redding & Co. Ticknor, Reed & Fields have this day published, in a neat 18mo form, the admirable lecture delivered hefore The prime attractions of Mr. Powell's book on the “Lir. the Boston Mercantile Library Association, on its 29th ing Authors of England,” were the personal anecdotes, agniversary, by Hon. Horace Mann. It should be in the I true or false, which were sown upon its pages, and the quo tations from meritorious writers, whose works had never we object to most is the spirit of the book. We disliko been republished in this country. His criticism was poor to call a man a hog, a bear, or any other general appellaenough, but his book was readable. And the same gen- tion, for in the family of hogs and bears there may be eral remark will apply to the volume now under notice ; certain generous, delicate, and polite individuals. But but as its subjects are exclusively American, and of there are cases when one's to do a great right must do a course unknown to Mr. Powell, except in prini, and as little wrong," and so we say that Mr. Powell writes like the best efforts of our own writers are as familiar as an Englishman-be writes as Englishmen generally are household words to those who will read any remarks known the world over to think, to feel, and to act-pomupon them, it follows that the “ Living Authors of pously, prosingly, condescendingly, and brimful of the America” has not to Americans the two points of most unpleasant self-conceit. Everything American is interest possessed by its predecessor. But it is not with compared to something English, which is a trifle better. out its readableness, for all that ; for it contains a parcel And the comparison seems to be made, not because the of English anecdotes, which give a zest to quite a num- better thing happens to be English, but because it is Eng. ber of pages. Some of those narratives, to be sure, are lish. To us there is a most unsavory atmosphere about rehashed Joe Millers, while almost all are lugged in by the whole volume, and when we consider its numerous the head and shoulders ; but such as they are, there they exhibitions of ignorance and bad taste, we must own our are, and all Mr. Powell's pomposity, self-conceit and air surprise that we found so much in its pages to while away of condescension, cannot entirely nullify their attraction. an hour. And we must be allowed to hope that this Cooper, Emerson, Willis, Poe, Longfellow, Prescott, first number finishes the series of “Living Writers of Bryant, Halleck, Dana, Sparks, Frances S. Osgood, S. "America,” as done by Powell. - Boston Post. Margaret Fuller and C. M. Kirkland are the writers selected as threads for the pearls of Mr. Powell; but as Hume's History of England, Vol. VI. our author promises " more books of the same sort," one This completes the work. It is a handsome duodecimo must neither frown nor smile at the queer collection of edition. Paper, printing, and binding, good. Pleasant people which form the present party.
type, and of convenient size. Published by Phillips, The critical portion of the book is a strange jumble of Sampson & Co., Boston. sense and nonsense, independence and servility. In some cases the author has evidently adopted an opinion, be- each in a number ; printed with large type, and on good
The same house continues to issue Shakspeare's Plays, cause it is the common one, and without any knowledge of his own, while in others he makes himself
decidedly paper, we intend io keep this edition, unbound, for conridiculous by praising stuff wbich everybody laughs at. On the whole, his general views of the leading writers Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith. By James are not far out of the way, but he manages, nevertheless, Prior. Vol. 2. Published by Geo. P. Putnam. to write himself an ass, in the details. Thus it is said
New York. of Emerson, " Full to overflowing with intellectual appreciation, he is incapable of that embracing reception
This is a very handsome edition, and includes a variety of impulses which gives to"-guess reader, for your of pieces now first collected. The dress is worthy of dear lífe—"to Byron so large à measure of influence Goldsmith ; and we could not say more in praise of it. and fame.” Emerson and Byron named together! Cant Harper's Library of Select Novels. in criticism has reached the jumping off place, and must either jump or back out. Why did not Mr. Powell No. 136 is Hands not Hearts. By Janet W. Wilsay that a whale is very large, but does not have the kinson. trunk of the elephant or the wing of the condor ? Again Railway Guide. Mr. Powell really thinks that Willis' "Daughter of Jairus" is not equal to-what, think you ?-10 Byron's
Messrs. Snow & Wilder publish every month a very "He who hath bent him o'er the dead," the most beau- neat pocket Railway Guide for the New England States. tiful piece of its kind ever written. Again, our author It contains a map of the roads; with exact information declares "that Mr. Longfellow has thrown by far the of the times of departure and arrival of each of them, greatest part of his poetical treasure into ihe most distances between the stations, price of each trip, and a thankless of all forms, the hexameter.” This assertion is multitude of other particulars; being, in fact, just the simply untrue, since “Evangeline” is nine tenths, at information you need while on the road. When we least, of all the hexameters ever published by Longfellow. travel we see passengers holding the books open in their Again, it is said of Marco Bozzaris"the close of this hands, and answering all the inquiries of their friends fine poem is worthy of Collins.” Indeed! now may who are not so well provided. You get from the book Halleck take pride in his work, for Mr. Powell says it is all that you could from the conductor, even if you could worthy of Collins.
keep him to yourself. Among other matters of admoni. And so the man goes on. Such a thing is better or tion, which are given in the name of the superintendents, worse than such another thing by Wordsworth, Coler- we approve of this: idge, Byron ; and then comes a long illustrative extract “We respectfully beg leave to remind gentlemen who from these English bards! Mr. Powell does not think spit, that the car-doors cannot be washed while the train that Halleck is the Byron of America. Good gracious! is in motion.” who ever did ? Dana' is something like Crabbe, with a This excellent little book is sold for five cents. Its drop of Wordsworth, a sprinkling of Coleridge, and a success has induced the publishers 10 issue monthly, dash of Byron. Margaret Fuller is “the George Sand another good little book, called, " Snow's Boston Express of America.” Were we the former lady's husband, we List and Forwarders' Guide." Here is a list of the two should sue Mr. Powell for defamation of character! The hundred expresses by which New England is so comfamous last lines of Bryant's "Thanatopsis" are not pletely served. mentioned at all by our critic, who is the same man that takes pains to point out the same poel's use of the words
Holbrook's New England Railroad Guide is another " doth keep" as " very awkward" and a "verbal defect," of these excellent guides, and serves to combine the inand who condemns somebody else in the volume for formation about expresses. This is three cents. rhyming "eye” with high," the sound of the two words Poems for the Sea. Whisper to a Bride. Hartford : being identical, according to Mr. Powell. This last criticism must be a cockney one-in this country, we aspirate
H. Š. Parsons & Co. * 1850. in the right place, Mr. P., and are very particular to say These charming books, by Mrs. Sigourney, one in "high" and not "igh,” as you may do, for all we know. verse, the other in prose, but both truly poetic, are charac
But it was not our intention to give chapter and verse terized by those traits of simplicity, truthfulness to nature, for our opinion of the book in hand-we have been led on and tenderness of feeling, which mark the productions of and on, and could give fifty such curiosities of literature that gifted lady: For us, however, their greatest interest as have just been cited. But it was our purpose to make consists in the high moral truths taught, and the Christian a few assertions merely, leaving it to the readers of the duties eloquently inculcated, The inspiration of the volume to adopt or to oppose our opinions.
poet is never more nobly employed than in adorning and Mr. Powell sometimes hits the mark with his criti- impressively urging the true ends and aims of human cism, in spite of the countless sins of omission and com- existence, in drawing from the objects of the natural mission, of crudeness, triteness, want of knowledge, and world just views of the greatness and goodness of God, want of taste, embraced in his volume. But his criti- and in presenting such views of life as lead the mind to cism, good or bad, is of little consequence, and, at any a serious and thoughtful regard of the life to come, and rate, it is not the worst feature of the production.' What the future destiny of the soul.-Protestant Churchman.
Esthetic Papers, edited by Elizabeth B. Peabody. for readers in the most advanced stage of their studies, Boston : É. P. Peabody.
has been greatly needed. Professor Gray has here em
bodied in a condensed form the leading principles of NatHere is a pleasant pamphlet to carry up into the coun- ural Philosophy, including the latest discoveries in the try, and read under the elm-trees. It contains many science, as well as its modern extraordinary application things to admire--some to smile at--and a few that to to the practical arts of life. Its lucid arrangement, the plain understandings will appear absurd. Among its variety and force of its illustrations, and the even flow papers is an article on Criticism, by Mr. S. G. Ward ; and simplicity of its style, are admirably adapted to make another on Music, by Mr. Dwight; another on Language, this volume not only an excellent manual for teachers, by Miss Peabody; one upon Genius, by, Mr. S. Reed; but a valuable book of reference for every class of readers one upon Organization, by Parke Godwin; besides who wish to keep up with the scientific improvements of others which we shall more distinctly mention.. Some the day.--Tribune. verses are interspersed, the most striking of which are extracted from a former writer, named Pope.
The Gallery of Illustrious Americans ; containing Another year will just complete a century since Baum. the Portraits and Biographical Sketches of twengarten cominenced the publication of his Esthetics, at ty-four of the most eminent citizens of the repubFrankfort on the Oder. When one considers how much lic since the death of Washington. From has been done since 1750, in the way of political revolu
Daguerreotypes by Brady, engraved by D'Avigtions, steamships, railroads, cotton manufactures, chloroform, and Californian discoveries, it certainly does not
non, and edited by C. Edwards Lester. seem a very great stride from Professor Baumgarten's We made some allusions to this work a short time ago, book to Miss Peabody's. As yet, Æsthetics have not and spoke of it as bidding fair to surpass everything in done much. Anæsthetics—in surgical parlance-have the shape of typography and art which had hitherto been effected, during these two or three past years, far more produced in America. The appearance of the first numgood for man and womankind.
ber fully realizes our anticipations, and a single glance Yet we would fain disclaim all kin with those practi: at its superb pages will show any person familiar with cal cui bono people who demand that metaphysical and the character of similar European works, that it is a intangible things should be trip-hammered and rolled out most exquisite illustration of the perfection to which with as much expedition as iron rails, to supply the pub- typography can be carried. There has been a very sin. lic need. It is something of a step, after all, to have got gular and fortunate combination of taste and talent in the a new word. The term is a useful one-a new tool for production of this work. Mr. Lester, its editor, is too Truth to work with. Those who do not believe in phre well known to the country to render it necessary for us to nology, are yet convinced that there is an acquisitiveness, speak of him further. Mr. Brady, the Daguerreian artist, an ideality, et cetera. Therefore let us not throw away has done more than almost any other American to bring old Dr. Baumgarten's phrase, but see what hereafter his art to perfection; and D'Avignon is acknowledged to thinkers may make of it. Miss Peabody sums up her stand at the head of his profession. The utmost pains, use of it in this explication :--"The word ästhetic is difficult of definition, because so beautiful a result. Fine imperial folio drawing paper
and a good deal of expense, were requisite to bring about it is the watch word of a whole revolution in criticism.
was manufactured expressly for the purpose, and new Like whig and tory, it is the standard of a party; itmarks type, made a few years ago in Paris, by a very eminent the progress of an idea. It is a watch word. We use it artist, and far more beautiful than any that had ever to designate in our department that phase in human prog- been made before, was also commissioned. It is, moreress which subordinates the individual to the general, over, the first time this exquisite kind of type has ever that he may reäppear on a higher plane of individu- been used. The work is printed only on one side of a ality.” There are some articles in this pamphlet that do not effect.
sheet, which adds greatly to its beauty, clearness, and
There are four 'sheets of letier-press in this seem naturally included in the above explanation. Em number, besides the portrait. This was engraved by erson's Essay on War is an excellent and thoughtful D'Avignon, from one of the finest Daguerreotype likedisquisition, that is not addressed only to readers within nesses ever made, and those who are familiar with the the Eleusinian pale of a sect. It is a paper of great merit
, engraver's works, will probably award to it the merit of and, like that of Miss Peabody upon the "Dorian Meas- being his chef d'ouvre hitherto. The cover of the num. are,” cannot fail to detain the eye of all who admire ber is a beautifully printed journal of art, laste, and Emerson, or who are glad to freshen their remembrance citicism ; and, appearing semi-monthly, it will form a of Müller.
new topic of interest and conversation in all polite and The most charming thing in the book, however, is a literary circles. We see nothing in the entire work which retrospection by Hawthorne, called Main Street." It we do not heartily approve, and we earnestly recommend is an exceedingly natural and poetical picture of the it to all public men and persons of taste, as the most growth of said street, in Salem, from the first faintly beautiful publication of the kind which has yet appeared, traced forest-path, through all its changes of primitive either at home or abroad. This is awarding to it, we woodland silence, the early settler's hut, the thickening are aware, very high praise ; but a comparison of it with cottages of the growing colony, the close-built wealthy the Sir Thomas Lawrence Gallery, which may be seen at town-down to the modern splendor of the same thorough Wiley's bookstore in Broadway, will soon convince any fare, " from Buffum's Corner downward, on the night of of our readers that it sar surpasses the English Gallery, the grand illumination for General Taylor's triumph.” To say nothing of the skill and humor with which the in Great Britain.
which has been regarded as the most beautiful published machinery of the piece is managed, the scenes are exqui- Our readers well know that we are no sticklers for a sitely drawn, and colored as only a true poet could paint thing simply because it happens to be American. We If Irving is our Addison, Hawthorne is our Goldsmith, have as often been obliged to condemn the products of our or rather our Charles Lamb, for he combines the humor own country, as we have those of Europe, In all such matand the tenderness of boih, with no common or cockney ters we have independently adhered 10 a rule of our own, feeling for the beauty and the glory of nature. We must disiniss Mr. Thoreau, with an earnest prayer and no spirit but impartiality, in whatever we had to say,
wbich we adopted long ago, of having no guide but truth, that he may become a better subject, in time, or else take of praise or blame, about European and American authors, a trip to France, and preach his doctrine of " Resistance books, arts, customs, and things. The stereotyped form to Cioil Government to the red republicans. Of Miss of notices,' reviews, and articles about books, pictures, Peabody's poetry we have little to remark, save that we cantatrice, etc., has never been one of our favorable ways wonder how so good an Italian scholar, as she is reputed, of talking. Twaddle of this kind will do for people who should venture to "cast a coolness o'er Cocytu's glow," make it, and they probably understand the market for without shuddering at the recollection of that icy realm in which it is manufactured. "We are proud of this Gallery Hades-Ooe Cocito la freddura serta. -- Boston Courier.
as a triumph of American typography, and we are glad to
hear that a large number will be sent to the principal Elements of Natural Philosophy. By Alonzo Gray. capitals of Europe. We are also glad that the publishers 12mo. pp. 405. New York: Harper & Brothers. sell each number separately, that ihose who cannot afford
to subscribe for the entire series may select such numbers A popular scientific work, like the present volume, oc- as please them best. The separate numbers are sold for cupying a place between strictly elementary treatises for the low price of one dollar each, wbich brings it within juvenile instruction, and the elaborate systems intended the reach of all persons of taste.-- Home Journal.