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been ascribed to the idiosyncrasies of the class to which Sterling belonged, we must say that we have read this book with delight. Its pages are highly engaging. If there were nothing in it beside the description of that clouded oracle, the mind of Samuel Tay. lor Coleridge, the book would be valuable. That part of it is inimitable in its raciness, its humor, and its wise and just appreciation.

Mutterings and Musings of an Invalid. New York: John S. Taylor. 1851. 12mo.

1851. 12mo. pp. 281. A DYSPEPTIC stomach is certainly no enemy to thought, though the workings and shapings of the mind's thought under that abnormal condition of the body are apt to have a very peculiar character of their own. While our young philosophers, male and female, feel that they have upon their spirits the duty of solving the problem of the universe, and of reconciling the jarring discords of the social state, and to that end utter their cries and their despair in books, we see not why dyspeptic stomachs may not seek relief in print. The book before us does in fact show that the right or privilege has been claimed. The author is grimly resolute in his “self-revelations.” His morbid utterances are relieved, as were his feelings, by occasional gleams of hope and healthfulness. His pages are not without wisdom. They are crowded with terse and vigorous sentences, and prove a reflecting mind and a philosophic nature. Were it not for an edifying thought, and a submissive sentiment tinged with relig. ious frust, here and there, we should censure some of the darker meditations of the volume.

pp. 432.

The Christian's Daily Treasury: a Religious Exercise for

every Day in the Year. By Ebenezer TEMPLE, Author of “ The Domestic Altar,” etc. Boston : Gould & Lincoln. 1851. 12mo.

This volume has already proved itself a welcome and edifying companion for the private hours of religious culture. It aims to be wholly Scriptural, and free from all sectarian bias. Under each day in the year a passage of Scripture is selected, and followed by a page - less or more — of leading suggestions, to de. velop and apply its instruction. These are in the manner of what is called the skeleton of a sermon, so that preachers and heads of families, who wish for such aids to their own thought, will find most efficient help in Mr. Temple's work.

A Wreath around the Cross : or Scripture Truths illustrated.

By Rev. A. MORTON Brown, Author of " The Leader of the Lollards,” etc. With a Recommendatory Preface by JOHN ANGELL JAMES. Boston: Gould & Lincoln. 1851. 16mo.

pp. 316.

This is another work similar in character to the above, though not so systematic and exhaustive. The class of persons who need and who read such books is very numerous, and they de. mand a large supply. We are glad to see them furnished and appreciated. The improved tone and substance of such books show a marked progress towards the apprehension of the true vital element of religion.

Our Campaign: or Thoughts on the Career of Life. By E.

WINCHESTER REYNOLDS. Boston: Phillips, Sampson, & Co. 1851. 16mo. pp. 336.

A text of Scripture, or a literary extract in prose or poetry, or a motto of his own, furnishes the author of this little volume with themes for sixteen essays. They embrace comments made in a right spirit, and in an earnest tone, upon the discipline and experience of human life, as presented by history and illuminated by the Gospel.

Life in Varied Phases : Illustrated in a Series of Sketches.

By Mrs. CAROLINE H. BUTLER. Boston: Phillips, Sampson, & Co. 1851. 12mo. pp. 288.

THERE is a considerable range of a ready talent at observation and description in these stories. Some of them may be familiar, as having been already met with in separate publications. The volume will gratify those who love this mode of learning truth and finding amusement.

Epitaphs from Copp's Hill Burial-Ground, Boston, with Notes. By Thomas BRIDGMAN. Boston and Cambridge: J. Munroe & Co. 1851. 12mo. pp. 260.

Common sense and wise legislation having so far succeeded as to prevent our city burial-grounds from becoming unwholesome nuisances, by the prohibition of any more interments in them, except in tombs (an exception the privilege of which is now seldom used), the next step has been to guard those inclosures from outrage, and to beautify them. We are glad that Mr. Bridgman has undertaken the task, the first fruits of which we have before us. The inscriptions in the volume are prefaced with an historical introduction relating to the ancient cemetery, by John H. Sheppard, Esq., and followed by illustrative notes. We hope that Mr. Bridgman will be encouraged to pursue his labors, as he designs to do, if he has sufficient patronage, through the other burial-grounds of Boston, and those of the adjoining cities and towns.

The Camel Hunt ; a Narrative of Personal Adventure. By

Joseph W. Fabens. Boston and Cambridge : J. Munroe & Co. 1851. 12mo. pp. 219.

Always trusting that the writers of books of this class now-adays, when truth is really stranger than fiction, strictly abide by the laws of verity, we read their pages with confidence. In these times of far wandering and wild adventure, we expect to be instructed and amazed by the reports of travellers. Mr. Fabens has done his part by recording his experiences on sea and land in California and at Mogadore.

Sketches of Boston, Past and Present, and of some few Places

in its Vicinity. With One Hundred and Twenty Engravings. Boston: Phillips, Sampson, & Co. 1851. 16mo. pp. 246 and 112.

While we have noticed in this book a great many errors, most of them, however, in trivial matters, we are grateful to the publishers for presenting to us in its pages information which, so far as it was previously to be found in print, was scattered through many books. There are more occasions for the use of such a volume than all persons are aware of, and its value de. pends upon its doing completely and accurately what it professes to do at all. We notice many mistakes in reference to the Boston churches and their pastors, while there is no mention at all of the “ Church of the Saviour,” Rev. R. C. Waterston. The most valuable and thorough portion of the volume is that which relates to Cambridge and

Harvard College.

From the press of John Wilson & Son has appeared a volume of most elegant typographical appearance, and on paper of a sumptuous beauty, entitled, “A History of the Massachusetts General Hospital. By N. I. Bowditch." (8vo. pp. 442.) Every thing relating to the origin, the growth, and the endowment of that noble institution, in both its branches, may be found in these pages. The wealth which has been bounteously bestowed by generous benefactors, united with the skill which has been de. voted to the relief of human suffering, has contributed to a great work of mercy, which has found an appropriate record in these pages. The volume is not published.

Messrs. Ticknor, Reed, & Fields have published a second edition of Mrs. Lee's admirable Memoirs of Dr. Buckminster and his Son (12mo. pp. 492). The pleasure and instruction which this volume has already afforded to very many readers, are now likely to be extended to a still larger circle. The peculiarly touching sketches and incidents which it contains give it a character of its own, one which makes for it a way to the heart. We have been pleased to notice the manner of its reception among various denominations of Christians.

The same firm have published a fourth edition of James R. Lowell's beautiful poem,

“ The Vision of Sir Launfal”; also two pretty story books for children, illustrated by Billings, entitled, “ Tales from Catland, for Little Kittens. By an old Tabby" (16mo. pp. 114); and “Memoirs of a London Doll, written by herself. Edited by Mrs. Fairstar” (16mo. pp. 152).

Messrs. Phillips, Sampson, & Co. have published a new edi. tion of Rev. S. Judd's popular story, “ Margaret; a Tale of the Real and the Ideal.” It now appears in two volumes. Original alike in its theme, its characters, its descriptions, and in its style, while this work treats of human nature, it deals with some New England phases of it. Its good spirit and its racy tone have secured for it the approval of the critics.

The Messrs. Harper have published, in a very handsome form, the second volume of the second division of Mr. Richard Hil. dreth's History of the United States. We have now five vol. umes, and one more will complete the work. The volume before us is devoted to the administrations of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. We think the author and the publishers have done wisely in dividing the work by the war of the Revolu. tion; for while our colonial history has been treated with fidelity and power, and to general satisfaction, in a multitude of works, our subsequent history has not been submitted to a methodical

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and comprehensive treatment. We defer the expression of an opinion, either in general terms or in particulars, concerning Mr. Hildreth's labors, till we can deal with them in a complete form and with proper deliberation.

The same publishers have issued “ Travels and Adventures in Mexico. By Wm. W. Carpenter, late of the United States Army.” (12ino. pp. 300.) Together with some new particulars concerning the incidents of the war in Mexico, the author relates, with a skilful pen and with an air of verity, his own personal adventures in foot-journeys of more than twenty-five hun. dred miles, with sketches of the country and its resources, and pictures of the people, their life and manners.

From the same firm we have two more excellent text-books : “A Manual of Roman Antiquities, with Numerous Illustrations. By Charles Anthon, LL. D.” (12mo. pp. 451); and “The Elements of Algebra, designed for Beginners. By Elias Loomis, M. A." (12mo. pp. 260). Dr. Anthon has employed all the classical studies of years, and has freely availed himself of the labors of others, in the composition of a compact and instructive volume, which will admirably serve the purpose designed in it. Professor Loomis has an established reputation in his science which will insure a most favorable introduction for any work from his pen. He begins the volume before us with very simple lessons, and passes on to the most abstruse.

The Messrs. Harper have undertaken a new edition, greatly improved and enlarged, of the series of volumes written some sixteen years ago by Jacob Abbott, and then very popular, under the titles of " The Young Christian,” “ The Corner-Stone," and “ The Way to do Good.” The first of the series has already appeared, elegantly illustrated with engravings.

From the same indefatigable firm we have “Life in the Sand. wich Islands, or the Heart of the Pacific as it was and is. By Rev. Henry T. Cheever.” (12mo. pp. 355.) The facts and descriptions contained in this volume are exceedingly interesting, apart from its other contents.

Lossing's Field Book of the American Revolution has reached in publication the seventeenth number, and is most deservedly a great favorite with readers old and young. We may say the same of Harper's Monthly Magazine, which for excellence and cheapness is the best publication of the kind for large classes of readers.

We have seen twelve numbers of Mayhew's work on London Labor and London Poor, now in process of publication by the Harpers. Its general plan we have already stated, and would again express our interest in it.

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