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1. Sir John Herschell's Astronomical Observations, North British Review,

577 2. Politics OF THE WORLD.-Seizing Cuba, 597; Ireland, 598; Sicily and Italy, 600;

Switzerland and Poland, 602; M. Thiers, 603 ; Wurtemberg, Jews in Europe, Cheap
Postage, 604 ; M. Guizot, 605; Illegitimate. Children, Abd el Kader, 606; Liberia,

609; Mexico, 609. 3.. FOREIGN MISCELLANY.-Suspension of French Steamers ; Coal in Oregon; Gen. Paix

hans ; Silesia ; Earthquake; Boring for Waler in Venice; Wolves in France; Communists from France to Texas ; Expedition in Search of Sir J. Franklin ; English Agriculture; Temperance; Chloroform ; Great Railway Tubes ; Cab Stand Nuisance; Hydraulic Telegraph ; Turkish Soiree in Paris ; Gen. Flores ; Cotton at Port Natal; Gravitation of the Electric Fluid,

606 4. The Maiden Aunt,

611 5. Foreign Correspondence,

Living Age,

617 POETRY.-Ode to Sicily, By W. S. Landor, 601. SHORT ARTICLES.- Auricular Confession ; Tennyson's Princess ; Maid-of-all-work, 596.

Hanging Judges; Ledyard to Jefferson ; Voltaire on Cromwell, 610.

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Prospectus.—This work is conducted in the spirit of now becomes every intelligent American to be informed Littell's Museum of Foreign Li:eraturc, (which was favor- of the condition changes of foreign countries. And ably received by the public for twenty years,) but as it is this not only because of their nearer connection with ourtwice as large, and appears so often, we not only give selves, but because the nations seem to be hastening, spirit and freshness to it by many things which were ex- through a rapid process of change, to some new state of cuded by a month's delay, but while thus extending our things, which the merely political prophet cannot compute scope and gathering a greater and more attractive variety, or foresee. are able so to increase the solid and substantial part of Geographical Discoveries, the progress of Colonization, our literary, historical, and political harvest, as fully to (which is extending over the whole world,) and Vcyages satisfy the wants of the American reader.

and Travels, will be favorite matter for our selections ; The elaborate and stately Essays of the Edinburgh, and, in general, we shal systematically and very ully Quarterly, and other Reviews ; and Blackidood's noble acquaint our readers with the great depariment of Foreign criticisms on Poetry, his keen political Commentaries, affairs, without entirely neglecting our own. highly wrought Tales, and vivia descriptions of rural and While we aspire to inake the Living Age desirable to mountain Scenery ; and the contributions to Literature, all who wish to keep themselves informed of the rapid History, and Common Life, by the sagacious Spectator, progress of the movement—10 Statesmen, Divines, Lawthe sparkling Eraminer, the judicious Athenæum, the yers, and Physicians—to men of business and men of busy and industrious Literary Gazette, the sensible and leisure—it is still a stronger object to make it attractive comprehensive Britannia, the sober and respectable Chris- and useful to their Wives and Children. We believe that tian Observer; these are intermixed with the Military we can thus do some good in our day and generation ; and and Naval reininiscences of the United Service, and with hope to make the work indispensable in every well-inthe best articles of the Dublin University, Nero Monthly, formed family. We say indispensable, because in this Fraser's, Tait's, Ainsworth's, Hood's, and Sporting Mag- day of cheap literature it is not possible to guard against azines, and of Chambers' admirable Journal. We do not the influx of what is bad in taste and vicious in morals, consider it beneath our dignity to borrow wit and wisdom in any other way than by furnishing a sufficient supply from Punch ; and, when we think it good enough, make of a healthy character. The mental and moral appetite use of the thunder of The Times. We shall increase our must be gratified. variety by importations from the continent of Europe, and We hope that, by "winnowing the wheat from the from the new growth of the British colonies.

chaff" by providing abundantly, for the imagination, and The steamship has brought Europe, Asia, and Africa, by a large collection of Biography, Voyages and Travels, into our neighborhood ; and will greatly multiply our con- History, and more solid matter, we may produce a work nections, as Merchants, Travellers, and Politicians, with which shall be popular, while at the saine time it will all parts of the world ; so that much more than ever it aspire to raise the standard of public taste.

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