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LIFE OP WILLIAM COWPER, Esa—Compiled from his correspondence and other authenticated sources of information, containing remarks on his writings, and on the peculiarities of his interesting character, never before published. By Thomas Taylor.
Extract from the Preface.
Many Lives of Cowper have already been published. Why then, it may be asked, add to their number 1 Simply because in the opinion of competent judges, no memoir of him has yet appeared that gives a full, fair, and unbiassed view of his character.
It is remarked by Dr. Johnson, the poet's kinsman, in his preface to the two volumes of Cowper's Private Correspondence, "that Mr. Haley omitted the insertion of several interesting letters in his excellent Life of the poet out of kindness to his readers." In doing this, however amiable and considerate as his caution must appear, the gloominess which he has taken from the mind of Cowper, has the effect of involving his character in obscurity.
In alluding to these suppressed letters, the late highly esteemed Leigh Richmond once emphatically remarked— "Cowper's character will never be clearly and satisfactorily understood without them, and should be permitted to exist for the demonstration of the case. I know the importance of it from numerous conversations I have had, both in England and Scotland, on this subject. Persons of truly religious principles, as well-as those of little or no religion at all, have greatly erred in their estimate of this great and good man.'
In this work all that is necessary and much that is painful to know, is told of Cowper, and well told too.—His life was much wanted, and we have no doubt that it will be universally read and become, like the poems of the man it commemorates, a standard work. Mr. Taylor has our hearty thanks for having produced this work, and our commentations no less hearty for having produced it so well.—Metropolitan.
LETTERS TO AN ANXIOUS INQ.UIRER, DESIGNED TO RELIEVE THE DIFFICULTIES OF A FRIEND, UNDER SERIOUS IMPRESSIONS. Bv T. Carlton Henry, D. D. late Pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church, Charleston, S. C. "With an Introductory Essay, (in which is presented Dr. Henry's Preface to his Letters, and his Life, by a friend.) By G. T. Bedell, D. D. Rector of St. Andrew's Church, Philadelphia.
MEMOIRS OF HORTENSE BEATJHARNAIS,
DUCHESS OF ST. LEU AND EX-QUEEN OF
This is an interesting account of a conspicuous character. She was the daughter of Josephine Beauharnais, alias, or afterwards, Josephine Buonaparte, former wife of Napoleon of France; and she became the wile of Louis Buonaparte, the ex-king of Holland. Of those who have figured as large on the great theatre of life, at one of the most memorable eras in history, many interesting anecdotes are given. We can tafely recommend this work to the reading public.—American Sentinel.
No one of all those distinguished personages who occupied so large a space in the world's eye, from their connexion with Napoleon, presents a story of deeper interest than the amiable and accomplished subject of these memoirs. Possessing all the grace and fascination of manner, which so eminently characterized her mother the Empress Josephine, she has a strength and cultivation of intellect; an extent and variety of knowledge; and a philosophic fortitude which the empress never could boast. Unhappy in her marriage, she was vet a devoted wife and fond mother; and though gifted with every quality to adorn royalty, she willingly withdrew to the f hades of private life, resigning the crown she had embellished without a murmur.
Many of the details of this work will be found deeply interesting, and the notes are copious and instructing. The translator has faithfully preserved the spirit of his original.— Saturday Courier.
Sometime ago we read this little volume in French, and found it strongly attractive. We regard it as an autobiography in great part. The historical as well as the personal I'etails reward attention.—National Gazette.
No one of all those distinguished personages who occupied Fo large a space in the world's eye, from their connexion with Napoleon, presents a story of deeper interest, than the amiable and accomplished subject of these memoirs. "Possessing all the grace and fascination of manner, which so eminently characterized her mother, the Empress Josephine, she has a strength and cultivation of intellect, an extent and variety of knowledge, and a philosophic fortitude, which the empress never could boast. Unhappy in her marriage, she was yet a devoted wife and fond mother; and though giiled with every quality to adorn royalty, she willingly withdrew to the shades of private life, resigning the crown she had embellished without a murmur." The work belongs to the many memoranda we have of that extraordinary man, whose family history is not complete without it.—American Traveller.
We have never taken up a book containing anecdotes of the eventful period of which this little volume treats, and especially of the great actors in that wonderful drama, without experiencing some of the sensations which attend upon the sight of some mighty ruin; or beholding the place in the ocean where fleets and armies have been swallowed up. Sometimes they appear to us like those distant and dark clouds, whose edges are fringed with the red light of the setting sun, and in whose hosom is seen to struggle the pent up lightning. This work will be read, we are certain, with great interest.— Commercial Herald.
NEW AMERICAN SPEAKER, being an entirely new selection of Speeches, Dialogues, and Poetry, for the use of Schools. By Thomas Hughs, Compiler of the Universal Class Book and the American Popular Reader.
A rich collection of pieces from some of the first writers in the English language, furnishing a most abundant supply of exercises in elocution and declamation. It should find admission into every academy, college, and high school, where it is an object to form the taste, as well as teach the art of speaking.
American Speaker.—A volume with this title, comprising upwards of two hundred pages, has just been issued by Messrs. Key & Biddle, of this city. It has been compiled by Thomas Hughs, Esq., the compiler of the 'Universal Class Book' and the 'American Popular Reader,' and is designed for the use of schools. It embraces a selection or speeches, dialogues and poetry, made up with great discernment, we think, from the best authors, foreign and domestic, ancient and modern. Mr. Hughs is well calculated to render such a book valuable, and from the perusal we have given many of the articles, we should suppose this ' Speaker' would soon find a place in most of our public seminaries.
Among the American writers, whose productions have been introduced into this volume, we observe with pleasure the names of Hopkinson, Brown, Canning, Payne, Webster, Everett, Ames, Clay, Randolph, Halleck, Bryant, Adams. and others. We shall enrich our first page with extracts from it in a day or two, and take pleasure in commending it to those having charge of our public and private schools.—Pennsylvania Inquirer.
IRISH ELOaUENCE.—The Speeches of the celebrated Irish Orators, Phillips, Curran, and Grattan; to which is added, the Powerful Appeal of Robert Emmett, at the close of his trial for high treason. In 1 vol. 8vo.
The above work forms a complete and unique school of Irish oratory. To every member of the bar, to every clergyman, to every aspirant to political influence and admission into the legislative halls of his country, this practical text book of eloquence will be an honoured manual; and scarcely less does it recommend itself to every lover of literature, and each promoter of his country's good, who will both be rewarded for the purchase, the one by its high literary merits, and the other in the glowing pictures it presents to him of personal sacrifice on the altar of public weal.— United States Gazette.
The Speeches of Phillips, Curran, Grattan, and Emmett, have been published in a neat octavo volume, by Key & Biddie, of this city.
It is unnecessary for us to say any thing as to the merit of these splendid displays of eloquence, which have stamped an immortality on the above named orators. Their merits are well known, and wherever these speeches have been read, they have been admired.
The volume is neatly " got up," the paper is good, the type is clear, bold and legible, and the binding is substantial and durable.—Daily Intelligencer.
THE SOLDIER'S BRIDE, AND OTHER TALES, by James Hall, Esa., author of "Legends of the West," &c.
1. The Soldier's Bride.
2. Cousin Lucy and the Village Teacher.
3. Empty Pockets.
4. The Captain's Lady.
5. The Philadelphia Dun.
6. The Bearer of Despatches.
7. The Village Musician.
8. Fashionable Watering-Places.
9. The Useful Man.
10. The Dentist.
11. The Bachelor's Elysium.
12. Pete Featherton.
13. The Billiard Table.
We have just risen from the perusal of the Soldier's Bride. The impression it leaves upon the mind is like that which we receive from the sight of a landscape of rural beauty and repose—or from the sound of rich and sweet melody. Every
fiart of this delightful tale is redolent of moral and natural oveliness. The writer belongs to the same class with Irving and Paulding; and as in his descriptions, characters and incidents, he never loses sight of the true and legitimate purpose of fiction, the elevation of the taste and moral character of his readers, he will contribute his full share to the creation of sound and healthful literature.— United States Gazette.
Key & Biddle have recently published another series of Tales—the Soldier's Bride, &c. by James Hall. The approbation every where elicited by Judge Hall's Legends of the West, has secured a favourable reception for the present volume; and its varied and highly spirited contents, consisting of thirteen tales, will be found no less meritorious than his previous labours.—National Gazette.
We have found much to admire in the perusal of this interesting work. It abounds in correct delineation of character, and although in some of his tales, the author's style is familiar, yet he has not sacrificed to levity the dignity of his pen, nor tarnished his character as a chaste and classical writer. At the present day, when the literary world is flooded with fustian and insipidity, and the public taste attempted to be vitiated by the weak and effeminate productions of those