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perceptive faculty that everywhere shows itself, its interest is kept up throughout the six hundred pages. It is our duty to say, however, that the writer's moral tone is not always unexceptionable.
(9.) “ The Pedestrian in France and Switzerland, by George BARREL, Jr.," (New-York: G. P. Putnam & Co.; 1853; 12mo., pp. 312,) is an unpretending account of a foot-journey through by-ways in France into Switzerland. The writer is unskilled in authorcraft; but his book is interesting in spite of its clumsiness, because its track is so far out of the common way as to present
(10.) “ Memorials of the English Martyrs, by the Rev. C. B. TAYLOR,” (New-York: Harper & Brothers; 1853; 12mo., pp. 395,) describes the chief localities of the English martyrdoms as they were and as they are; and groups narratives and reflections around those memorable spots. Works of this class cannot be too widely multiplied, now that Rome is making so desperate a struggle to regain her former political ascendency throughout the world ; while, at the same time, with a boldness springing either from despair or from assurance, she tells the world that her former bloody maxims are yet in force.
(11.) “ Civil Wars and Monarchy in France in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, by LEOPOLD RANKE.” (New-York: Harper & Brothers ; 1853; 12mo., pp. 484.) The well-known moderation and judgment of Ranke fit him well for writing the history of a period abounding in strifes of religion as well as of party. The present work is divided into six books, of which the first two treat of the earlier epochs of French history, up to 1550. This part of the work is, in fact, a series of dissertations, and requires for its comprehension a pretty good knowledge of the facts of the history beforehand. The best part of the work, as might be expected from Ranke, is found in the books which treat of the rise and progress of Protestantism in France, in which a large view is taken of that hopeless intermixture of political with religious questions, which hindered the wide diffusion of Protestantism in that country. As a whole, the work is a valuable contribution to political and ecclesiastical history.
(12.) MERE speculations about heaven are entirely worthless, and even worse. But Scriptural inquiries into the future life-its nature, its abodes, its blissare among the most delightful and profitable studies to which the Christian mind can apply itself. In this stirring and materialistic age we dwell too little upon these ennobling themes
“The world is too much with us;
Getting and spending we lay waste our powers." We are glad, therefore, to welcome such a book as “ The Heavenly Home, by Rev. H. HARBAUGH, A. M.” (Philadelphia : Lindsay & Blakiston ; 1853; pp. 364.) This volume first states the notions of heavenly happiness that have prevailed among Pagans, showing the natural and traditional yearnings of the race for a better land. The Scripture view of heaven is then set forth with much beauty and clearness, and at the same time in a spirit of earnest
We do not agree with all the author's positions, but heartily commend his book as calculated to stir up Christian souls to better and purer meditations, by fixing their thoughts upon the “ many mansions” of their Father's house.
(13.) The attention of the world has been called to the arrest and punishment of Professor Gervinus, in the Grand-duchy of Baden, for the publication of an historical essay, forming part of a work on which he has been long engaged. It is now published in English, under the title, “ Introduction to the History of the Nineteenth Century." (London: H. G. Bohn. New-York: Bangs Brother & Co.; 18mo., pp. 137.) The object of the treatise is to establish and illustrate the true law of historical development, namely, that from oriental despotism down to the states of modern Europe, a regular progress may be perceived from the freedom of one alone to that of the few, and then of the many. The application of this law shows that the tendencies of the times in every European state are inevitably democratic. Hinc illa lachryme. The treatise abounds in large views of history and politics, and we hope it will be widely read in America.
(14.) We have received the first part (containing Genesis) of MR. BLACKADER's edition of “The English Bible.” (London : R. B. Blackader; small 4to.) It is published on the same plan as the “ Chronological New Testament," of which we gave our readers so favourable an account some time since; but with some decided improvements, which make it, in all respects, the best and most convenient edition of the Sacred Word, for daily reading, that we have yet seen. Its main features are the following :--1. The text is divided into sections and paragraphs, with appropriate headings, dates, historical memoranda, &c., prefixed to each; 2. The most important parallel passages are quoted at length in the margin ; 3. The poetical books, and all poetical quotations, are printed in rythmical form. There is also a brief, condensed commentary, containing the substance of the best commentators-especially the Germanused, however, with nice discrimination; and putting the reader in possession of the latest discoveries--geographical, historical, or other. The work is beautifully printed, and deserves to be circulated in this country. We advise our readers, who can afford the expense, to import the work through Messrs. Carlton & Phillips.
(15.) “ Writings of Professor B. B. Edwards, with a Memoir, by Professor E. A. PARK.” (Boston: Jewett & Co.; 2 vols., 12mo.) Though this work has been some time published, our copy, by some mishap, has reached us so late that we can only announce it to our readers.
for the press,
(16.) “ Journal of the Rev. Francis Asbury, Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church.” (New-York: Carlton & Phillips; 3 vols., 12mo.) In the language of Mr. Hollingsworth, who transcribed most of Bishop Asbury's Journals
" the identity of Bishop Asbury in the commencement, continuance, and the wonderful increase of Methodism in this country, will give a perpetuity of interest in the record here offered, which nothing else can give.” The Journals have long been out of print. The edition now offered is far better than the old one: the dates have been carefully collated and rectified, and a careful index to the three volumes is given at the end. In these volumes will be found the beginnings (almost) of the history of Methodism in America; and, as such, their value is incalculable to the Church. But as a record of apostolic zeal and fidelity, of a spirit of self-sacrifice rivalling that of the saints and martyrs of the early Church, of an industry which no toils could weary, of a patience which no privations could exhaust, it is full of interest to every minister of the gospel, and to every Christian. We trust that it will find its way into the library of every minister, and of every family among us, that can afford the low price at which it is furnished.
(17.) “ History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century, Vol. V.-The Reformation in England, by J. H. MERLE D'AUBIGNE.” (New-York: R. Carter & Brothers; 12mo., pp. 518.) The unparalleled success of Dr. Merle's previous volumes, containing a history of the Reformation in Germany and Switzerland, was due, not so much to any special value in his labours in the way of originality of research into the sources of history, or, in fact, to originality of any kind, as to the graphic descriptive power of the writer, and the dramatic style of his narrative, combined with a thorough sympathy with the spirit of modern Protestantism, even in its extreme forms. The fifth volume will hardly reach the same popularity. The field is one not so familiar to the writer; and he has not had access to books working up the materials so thoroughly as those which gave him so much assistance in his former volumes. He has, nevertheless, produced a work thus far of great value; and especially of value in the present crisis of Protestantism, both in England and in the United States. It shows anew for this generation that Popery is anything rather than an exclusively spiritual power; and that "it is its very life and soul to pass beyond the boundaries of religion, and to enter into the fields of policy.” It shows that the English Reformation was not, as the Papists assert, a political, but a religious transformation; and that the Popedom, “ agitated by wholly political interests, broke of itself the chain with which it had so long bound England.” On these, and many other accounts, we hope that this fifth volume may be as widely circulated as those which preceded it; in fact, it better deserves circulation.
(18.) The second and third parts of " Meyer's Universum, vol. ii,” (NewYork: Hermann J. Meyer,) contain views of Passaic Falls, Lake Managuá, (in Central America,) the Chapel of Mary of the Snow, (on the Rigi,) the great Cathedral in Magdeburg, the Genesee Falls, (Rochester,) the Barberigo Palace, (Venice,) the Lake of Lowertz, (in Switzerland,) and of Harper's Ferry, (Virginia.) The letter-press descriptions are by C. A. Dana, Junius Fröbel, and others; and strike us as much better and less pretentious than those of the first volume. Taken as a whole, this is the best series of illustrations for its price (twenty-five cents a number) that has ever appeared in America. The same publisher has commenced a new and beautiful series on a larger scale, entitled “ The Uniteil States Illustrated, in Views of City and Country," which will aim to lay before the American people “ faithful and spirited illustrations of what is characteristic in the scenery and memorable in the public buildings of all parts of the country. It is in quarto form, and sold at fifty cents the number, each containing four finely-engraved views. The parts thus far issued contains specimens of really high art, and the letter-press de scriptions are excellent. The work is every way worthy of national patronage.
(19.) “ Practical Drawing-Book for Schools and Self-Instruction, by SIGISMOND SCHUSTER, Professor of Drawing.” (New-York: Newman & Ivison ; 1853.) This work contains an historical sketch of the art of painting, not of much value. It has great merit, however, in the series of lessons, beginning with simple lines, and geometrical figures, and going on to flowers, landscapes, animals, and ornamental drawings, with clear and useful instructions for imitation. The work is got up in very good style.
(20.) We do not remember ever to have imagined that a mere “critical notice” in a contemporary journal could give us pain, or excite us to anger; but a notice of “ The Life and Letters of Stephen Olin, D. D.," (New-York: Harper & Bothers; 2 vols., 12mo,) in the Christian Examiner, of Boston, has done both. The writer speaks of Dr. Olin, and characterizes the biography as follows:
“We have here an adequate memorial, not of a man great or remarkable in any particular, but of one who had the distinction of goodness, and who deserves the praise of devoted usefulness. The record of his early and of his college life, the sketch of his ministerial labours in different regions of this Union, his journals and letters while abroad, and his services to the literary institution over which he presided, warrant the expressions of regard for him from friends, which are given in these volumes. We remember to have met with him in Italy, while he was struggling, as he did for years, with feeble health, and to have been pleasantly impressed by his sensible remarks on various subjects, and by his unpretending bearing. Such memorials of men who, after all, do the real work of a Christian life more effectively than do those of more shining endowments, are of value in quickening the right spirit, and in showing the way of right effort to all sympathizing readers." We do not hesitate to say that the man who could write and print a piece of criticism like this should not be trusted to write in the pages of a respectable journal. Either he had read the Life and Works of Dr. Olin, or he had not. If he had read them, what he has written stamps him as an imbecile; if he had not, as carelessly indifferent to a great man's reputation. He probably be
longs to that clique in and about Boston, which has been aptly called the “Mutual Admiration Society;" and can see no “shining endowments” except as reflected from a Boston looking-glass, or as displayed in attacking the verities of Christianity by diluted doses of borrowed infidelity, published every two months in the “ Christian Examiner.”
“No place so sacred from such fops is barred,
For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.”
(21.) The latest product of the “Spiritual” laboratory is a volume of “ Discourses from the Spirit-World,” (New-York: Partridge & Brittan ; pp. 197,) professing to be dictated by STEPHEN OLIN, through Rev. R. P. Wilson, who calls himself a “writing medium.” Mr. Wilson tells us that the work was commenced" by the request of the spiritual author,” and that “ the process of writing was by the influx of the communications while the mind remained in a passive state; and at the same time the hand was controlled to write according to the dictation.” Dr. Olin is made to treat of various important topics in this way,—such as the Ministry of Angels, the Kingdom of God in Man, the Origin and End of Eval, Education, Immortality, &c.; and on all of them it appears that his views are greatly changed from what they were while he was upon earth. He no longer believes the Bible to be divinely inspired in any special sense. He formerly held St. Paul to be an inspired apostle; now he speaks of him as “ Paul, a distinguished Christian reformer, who flourished in the first century of the Christian era.” While on earth, his main theme of preaching was the atoning sacrifice of Christ: now he holds that doctrine to be “revolting” and “cruel.” He formerly warned men, with earnestness and tears, of the wrath of God: now he knows that God never was displeased with man. While losing these old beliefs on which his faith rested in this life, as on a rock, he has learned to believe some new things which he then despised. Mesmerism (clairvoyance and all) is a great revelation, though the Bible is not. Moses was very ignorant of physical science; but the author of the “Vestiges of Creation” is a great philosopher.
But Dr. Olin's losses and gains are otherwise illustrated in this book. While among men he wrote clear good English ; now he does not observe the rules of grammar, and he uses words that would formerly have disgusted his refined taste. He speaks of the “resurrected” form of the human body, and of “ happifying" consequences, with a most serene forgetfulness of the language he once could use so well. He confounds “shall” and “will” continually: but the confusion does not seem to trouble him. He tells us that man may be considered “chemically,” or “magnetically,” or “electrically.” His taste, too, has been equally debased since he entered the second sphere." He abounds in elegant commonplaces-formerly his abhorrence,-such as “expanding suns,” (!) “shoreless oceans,” and innumerable "gems." He tells
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