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think that it would have been most unwise on my part to have excluded them from notice. The elder D'Israeli gives the opinion of Myles Davis, a famous collector, upon Pamphlet Literature :

“There is scarce any class of people but may think themselves interested enough to be concerned with what is published in pamphlets, either as to their private instruction, curiosity and reputation, or to the public advantage and credit."

An American writer, prefixing to his article a quotation from John Quincy Adams: “ Posterity delights in details,” relates : “I have known a journey to be made from New York to Cambridge, in a storm in January, mainly for the pur pose of consulting an old funeral sermon, of which another copy could not be found in the country. It had probably never been asked for during the gen. erations since it came to the library ; but it was now wanted in a law case invol. ving near half a million of dollars. How many would think a funeral sermon worth sending to the library of Harvard College.” “Men of eminent literary and scientific attainments," he states, "are daily searching for books, pamphlets, and papers which are considered worthless by many of our superficial ones. Many books, which are seldom read, are wanted to verify quotations and dates. The biographer and the historian want all the ephemeral pamphlets, newspapers, manuscript diaries and letters relating to the times and persons of which they write." +

In a work of a bibliographical character it is somewhat anomalous to include notices of newspaper editors and writers. In our young country, however, our principal newspapers may be considered as holding no unimportant position in Literature. We have not many periodicals of a purely literary kind; and the morning journal may be said to be as much a literary as it is a political organ, and newspaper, in the general acceptation of the term. Besides, the majority of our journalists have been men of superior education and literary culture, who have themselves written works and pamphlets. A very distinguished author has

. recently remarked “that a hundred years hence the newspaper will be the only possible book.” It is well then to preserve the germs of our future literature.

Some of the biographical sketches have extended to unusual length, and are much longer than others. In such cases, generally where the individual has figured largely in public life, it has been found difficult to reduce the record of his life and services, to shorter dimensions.

This volume is the result of many long hours of painstaking toil; it may not be free from blemishes and imperfections, nor from serious omissions, which it is now too late to rectify. It is an effort in the cause of National Literature, and as such I send it forth, with all its failings, either to take its place on the library shelf, or to be cast to the trunk-makers.

In closing these remarks, I cannot sufficiently express my thanks to the various gentlemen in and out of the Dominion who have aided me by furnishing information relative to authors and books, and otherwise by personally assisting me in my undertaking. My special thairks are due for assistance in this way, and

* D' Israeli's Curiosities of Literature.
| Lemuel G. Olmstead : Am. Historical Magazine, (Feby., 1861.)


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are hereby tendered to the Rev. George Patterson, Greenhill, Pictou, N. S.; Frederick Griffin, Esquire, Q. C., Montreal ; T. D. Hodgins, Esquire, F. R. G. S., Deputy Superintendent of Education for U. C.; Rev. Æ. McD. Dawson, Ottawa ; Hon. T. D. McGee, M. R. I. A., M. P., Montreal; Rev. W. Elder, A. M., Editor of the Morning Journal, St. John, N. B.; Beamish Murdoch, Esquire, Q. C., Halifax; T. B. Akins, Esquire, D. C. L., do.; Judge Marshall, do. ; Rev. Henry J. McLardy, Ottawa; Alpheus Todd, Esquire and A. Gérin Lajoie, Esquire, Library of Parliament, Canada; Very Rev. Edmond Langevin, Vicar General, Rimouski; Rev. A. Cuoq, Seminary of St. Sulpice, Montreal ; Rev. Robert Murray, St. John, N. B.; John A. Gemmill, Esquire, Ottawa; Joseph E. McDougall, Esquire, do.; Miss Whiteford, St. John's Newfoundland; Miss Jennings, Halifax; Thomas White, Esquire, Editor of the Daily Spectator, Hamilton.

H. J. M.

Ottawa, October, 1867.

“ If with your pleasing occupation of looking for books, you possess the love of reading them, you may somewhere have met with the quaint old comparison, that, as geography and chronology are the eye and the ear, so Bibliography is both the hands of History; and, as these two poor hands are the slaves of the eye and ear, so Bibliography without distinction or reward ministers to the wants of History.”—HENRY STEVENS: Historical Nuggets.

“ At the period when nations, yet in their infancy, are animated by a creative genius, which endows them with a poetry and literature of their own, while it renders them, at the same time, capable of splendid enterprises, susceptible of lofty passions, and disposed to great sacrifices, the literature of other nations is unknown to them. Each draws from its own bosom that which best harmonizes with its nature. Eloquence, in such a nation, is the expression of natural sentiment; poetry, the play of an imagination yet unexhausted. Amongst such a people, no one writes for the sake of writing; no one speaks merely for the sake of speaking. To produce a deep impression, there is no need either of rules or examples. The orator touches the inmost soul of his hearer, because his words proceed from the depths of his own heart. The priest obtains a mastery over the conscience, and in turns awakens love or terror, because he is himself convinced of the truth of the dogmas which he inculcates ; because he feels the duties he proclaims, and is only the organ of the inspirations within him. The historian places before the eyes of his readers the events of past times, because he is still agitated by the passions which produced them; because the glory of his country is the first passion of his heart; and because he wishes to preserve by his writings, that which his valour has contributed to acquire. The epic poet adds durability to these historical recollections, by clothing them in a language more conformable to the inspirations of his imagination, and more analogous to those emotions which it is his object to awaken. The lyric poet abandons himself to the transports of which he has so deep a sense; while the tragedian places before our eyes the picture of which his fancy has first formed a perfect conception. Manner and language, to such a creative genius as this, are merely the means of rendering its emotions more popular. Each seeks, and each discovers in himself that harmonious touch, to which all hearts must respond; each affects others, in pursuing only that which affects himself; and art becomes unnecessary, because every thing is supplied by nature and by feeling." —SISMONDI: Literature of the South of Europe.

Works, Periodicals and Newspapers consulted in the preparation of this


Watt's Bibliotheca Brittanica, 5 vols.; Darling's Cyclopædia Bibliographica,

2 vols.; Quérard : France Littéraire; Manuel de Bibliographie Universelle;

Lowndes' Bibliographers Manual, 9 vols.; Roorbach's Bibliotheca Americana,

4 vols.; Trubner's Guide to American Literature; Biographie Universelle; Alli-

bone's Dictionary of Authors; Duyckincks Cyclopædia of American Literature;

Faribault's Catalogue; Rich's Catalogue of Books relating to America; Stevens

Historical Nuggets; Appleton's American Cyclopædia; J. R. Smith's Catalogue of

Books; London Catalogue, 4 vols; British Catalogue; Martin's Catalogue of Pri-

vately Printed Books; Ternaud : Bibliothèque Américaine ; Tromel: Bibliothèque

Américaine; Poole's Index to Periodical Literature; Kelly's American Catalogue;

Bibliotheca America Nova; Gowan's Catalogue, Sampson Low's Catalogue;

Notman's Portraits of British Americans; Lemoine's Maple Leaves; Lindsey's Life of

McKenzie; Catalogues of the Library of Parliament, Can.; Men of the Time;

Young's Colonial Literature; Bibaud's Panthéon Canadien; Murdoch's History

of Nova Scotia; Dawson's Acadian Geology ; Howe's Speeches and Letters; Logan's

Geology of Canada ; Dewart's Selections from Canadian Poets; Proceedings of the

N. Y. Historical Society; Transactions of the Botanical Society, Can.; Transactions

and Catalogue of the Literary and Historical Society, Quebec; London Monthly

Review ; London Athenæum; London Saturday Review; Edinburgh Review;

North British Review; Westminster Review ; Blackwood's Magazine ; Fraser's

Magazine; North American Review ; American Historical Magazine ; Canadian

Journal; Upper Canada Law Journal; British American Journal, Bibaud's

Bibliothèque Canadienne ; Bibaud's Magasin du Bas-Canada; Presbyterian Maga-

zine; Literary Garland ; Répertoire National; Revue Canadienne; Canadian

Naturalist; New York Albion ; Canadian News; Colonial Magazine; Canadian

Review; Provincial Magazine, Naval and Military Gazette; Les Soirées Cana-

diennes, Le Foyer Canadien; La Ruche Littéraire; Canada Medical Journal;

Anglo-American Magazine ; Journals of Education L. C. and U. C.; Acadian

Recorder; Halifax Reporter; St. John Journal ; Quebec Canadien; Quebec

Gazette; Quebec Mercury; Quebec Chronicle ; Montreal Minerve; Montreal

Gazette; Montreal Herald; Montreal Daily News; Montreal Transcript ; L'Echo

du Cabinet de Lecture Paroissial ; Hamilton Spectator; Kingston Daily News;

Toronto Globe ; Toronto Leader; Saturday Reader.

Explanation of Abbreviations.



Annals Ly. of Nat. His., {




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Bishop. Glasg.

A. Am. Mag.,

Clonial Magazine. Anglo American Magazine. Col. Mag., 1

Ş Abstract Proceedings Coll.,
Abst. Proc. Geol. Soc.,

? Geological Society.

America, American.

Died. Am. His. Mag., American Historical Magazine.

Ditto. Am. Lit. Gaz., American Literary Gazette.

Annals Lyceum of

Natural History.

Educated, Editor, Edited,
Appointed. Ed.,

Editorship, Edition.
Appointment. Edin.,

Edinburgh. Ass.,


Edin. New Phil. Journ. | Edinburgh New Phil. Athen., Athenæum.

osophical Journal. Atty., Attorney. Edin. Rev.,

Edinburgh Revier.

England, English. B.,

B. A. Journ., British American Journal. Fam. Herald,

Family Herald.
B. N. A.,
British North America.
Geo. of Can.,

Geology of Canada. Bib. de Voyages, Bibliothèque des Voyages. Geol. Journ.,

Geological Journal. Bish.,


Glasgou. Bos.,

Gov. Genl.,

Gorernor General. Brit.,


Government. Brit. Am. Mag., British American Magazine.

Gt. Brit.,

Great Britain. Brit. Can. Rev., British Canadian Revier. Brit. and For. Med. | British and Foreign Me- Hal.,

Halifax. Chir. Rev., dical Chirurgical Review. Ham.,

Hamilton. Brit. Med. Journ., British Medical Journal. H. B. T.,

Hudson Bay Territory.

Home and Foreign Record Can., Canada, Canadian. H. & F. Rec. of Can.

of Canada Presbyterian

Presb. Ch.,
Can. Journ.,
Canadian Journal

Can. Lit.,
Canadian Literature. Irel.,

Can. Mag.,
Canadian Magazine.

Journalist. Can. Med. Journ., Canada Medical Journal. Journ.,

Journal de l'Instruc. Canadian Merchant's Journ. de l'Inst. Pub., Can. Merch. Mag.,

tion Publique. Magazine. Can. Nat.,

Canadian Naturalist.

Journ. Nat. His., Journal of Natural History. Can. News, Canadian News. Journ. of Ed.,

Journal of Education. Can. Rev. & Mag.,


Kingston. . Cath., Cathedral. L. C.,

Lower Canada. Ch.,

Church. Leg. Assem.,

Legislative Assembly. Charlottet., Charlottetown. Leg. Coun.,

Legislative Council. Clergym., Clergyman. Lieut. Gov.,

Lieutenant Governor. Clk.,

Clerk. Lit. Garland,

Literary Garland. Co., Company, County. Lit. Gaz.,

Literary Gazette. Cob.,

Cobourg. Lit. & His. Soc., Literary and Historical Society. Col., Colonial. Lon.,


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