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The Literary World. A Journal of American and accomplish the aim of the writer. Great historical names
Foreign Literature, Science, and Art. Evert alone are selected, and the prominent and leading traits A. & George L. Duyckinck, Editors and
Pro- in their characters, and all the important events in their prietors. Office of Publication, 157 Broadway. simple language. The maps and engravings are numer
lives, are presented in a bold and free manner, and in $3 per annum. We have long been intending to call the attention of make them more attractive for the class of youthful read our literary friends and readers, in a formal manner, to
ers for whom they are mainly designed.-Ń. Y. Courier. the merits of this best of weekly papers, of the literary Travels in Minesota, the New England of the West. class. The Literary World undertakes to keep a perfect record of the American publications of each week, and to Comparatively little is known of the new territory furnish notices of all works of the least importance that lying to the north of Iowa and west of Wisconsin and come into our market. It enables students, or persons of Lake Superior. But it possesses agricultural and comliterary taste, living in remote or isolated places, to know mercial resources, the developments of which, rapidly prompily all that is going on in the world of books, advancing under the labors of a hardy and enterprising what works are to be had, and how much they are worth. population, will raise it ultimately to rank with the most Nobody, in any part of our broad land, who takes the Aourishing states in the Union. The author of this work, Literary World, need be fortnight behind the book. Mr. E. S. Seymour, travelled over it last summer ; and sellers themselves in the knowledge of the existence of we have here a summary of his observations, presented any work; nor need any one, with the critical guidance in unpretending narrative, lucid, spirited, and judiciously afforded by this journal, ever send for a poor book, or fail succinct. The information it affords is of value to the to know something about every good one. The diligent immigrant, and interesting to those who remain contented reader of this paper necessarily knows more of contempo- at home. Governor Ramsay proclaimed the territorial rary literary history, than the most accomplished scholar organization of Minesota on the first of June last. Tho. in the country could know, ten years ago, about the cur- whole white population of the territory then amounted to rent literature of his own time.
only 4780 persons. Two or three years hence it will The critical notices in the Literary World seem to us number a hundred thousand, and will send senators and to be characterized by ability, taste, and candor. A representatives to Washington demanding its recognition spirit of reverence, and a high moral tone, have distin- as a state. guished the paper since it came into the hands of the The book is a duodecimo volume of 281 pages, pubpresent editors. They are, manifestly, “Churchmen;" lished by the Harpers.—Journal of Commerce. but this does not inake them either sectarians in religion or partisans in literature. We have noticed, with pecu- History of the American Bible Society. By W. P. liar satisfaction, the cordial praise bestowed by them Strickland. New York : Harper and Brothers. upon the religious and literary products of the most oppo- This volume is prefaced by an introduction from the site sects. Nor does this paper preserve a Catholic pen of the Rev. Dr. Rice, of Cincinnati. In the work temper only by using a mealy-mouthed indiscriminate itself many things are put on record which it was highly ness of judgment. It knows how to be severe, and spares important to preserve, and which will afford material for not popular favorites, who ar not the favorites of the many an able argument in behalf of the eminently useful Muses, whose likes and dislikes it is pledged honestly society whose rise, progress, and present position Mr. and fearlessly to report.
Strickland clearly sets forth. At the first glance we were Besides critical reviews, the "World” furnishes pleas- disposed to think that the author went too much into detail, ant abstracts of " what is talked about,” musical criti- but on closer examination we find that many of the minor cisms, and notices of all that transpires in the ever-widen- particulars were absolutely necessary to the production ing sphere of American art. Take it altogether, it is of a harmonious whole-a complete history of the Amerijust such a weekly paper as no general student or man of can Bible Society, available for reference in every branch iaste can afford to be without. It does credit to the of the society's operations. The appendix coniains pucountry, and every man who takes it compliments his merous cxtracts from addresses delivered by various
speakers at the anniversaries of the society or its auxiliaWe are the more free, and the more earnest, to say
ríes. A portrait of the Hon. Elias Boudinot, the first these things, both because the modesty of the editors of president of the society, accompanies the volume. the Literary World does not allow them to enter the lists
Com. Ado. of self-praise and self-advertisement, with their contemporaries, and, also, because we have a constant apprehen- The Life and Correspondence of Robert Southey. sion that a paper of so high a class, and catering so little for popular tastes and prejudices, may not be sustained.
We have before us the second part of the work with this Seriously, we should reckon the loss of the Literary title, edited by Southey's son, the Rev. Charles Cuthbert World as a national calamity. Will our literary friends Southey. The letters are pleasant reading, held together trust us so far as to order specimen numbers from the by short links of modest narrative, supplied by the editor. publishers? We are confident they will not be able, in Southey wrote well whatever he undertook-poetry, hisihat case, to refrain from becoming subscribers. ---Chr. Story, biography, letters. In six parts, the work, as pub.
lished by Harper & Brothers, will be complete. Inquirer.
N. Y. Ev. Post. The American Illuminated Abbotsford edition of the The Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Dr.
Waverley Novels, embellished with tinted engrav- Chalmers, by the Rev. Dr. Hanna, ings, by H. W. Hewet.
Is in course of republication by Harper & Brothers. The second volume of this splendid edition, published of the three volumes of which it will consist, the first by Hewet, Tillotson & Co., New York, contains ten very is just issued. The letters and extracts from the daily superior engravings, and comes bound' very elegantly in memoranda of Dr. Chalmers, constitute the larger portion cloth, and stamped.' This edition promises to supersede of the work, which gives an interesting account of the all others. Mr. Hewel, the publisher and editor, is an labors by which, in the earlier part of his life, this emi. artist and a scholar of fine accomplishments, and has nent man accomplished himself in those learned and scigained much distinction for excellence in the art of wood entific pursuits which enabled bim afterwards to press engraving. He is one of the best Shaksperian critics science with such mastery and effect into the service of and elocutionists in the country, and was ihe originator theology.-Ib. of the Harpers' Pictorial edition of Shakspeare. We may be sure that all that is beautiful and artistic relating Cooper's Red Rover, to the Waverley novels will be made to cluster round this edition. The paper, press work, and general style of
Which everybody, who reads such works, has read of execution are all excellent.— Transcript.
course, and which nobody, who has not read it, thinks
of laying down till its perusal is finished, is republished The History of William, the Conqueror.
in a handsome edition by G. P. Putnam, of ihis city.
The author has given a new preface, in which he discusses The tenth of the series of historical works, in the course briefly, but satisfactorily, the original purpose of the build. of publication by Harper & Brothers, has made its ap- ing called the Newport ruin, in which some of the inci: pearance. This series of works is designed by the author, dents related in the work are supposed to have occurred. kr. Abbot, for popular reading, and is well caculated to 1-1b.
Miscellanies. By J. T. Headley. Authorized Edi-| and high-sounding " Napoleons" and "Washingtons, tion. New York: Baker & Scribner.
with their attending satellites. We regard the critique on
" Alison's Europe," whether as regards the literary merits · In time past, Mr. Headley has been no favorite with or demerits of the work, or the estimate of the mental and us, as some of our readers may recollect. While ever ac- moral calibre of Alison himself, as one of the soundest knowledging him to be a spirited and even a brilliant most unassailable, and most manly reviews ever prowriter, interesting one, in spite of himself, by his way of duced in this country. And the characteristics of almost presenting the object in hand, we have taken occasion to all the other contents of the volume are common sense and speak of his somewhat numerous and important errors a thorough acquaintance with the subjects under discus both of matter and manner. To us there has always been sion. The papers on " Alfieri," " Cromwell," " The Crusomething artificial, superficial, and pompous in his most sades," " The French Revolution," and " Luther," will popular efforts; and, in fine, we had set him down as one be read with pleasure and profit. The author seems equal whose hooks must sell, from the fact that they are interest - 10 his subjeci, and expresses himself boldly, intelligibly ing and instructive to those previously ignorant of their and without offence. The last article on * The Prose subjects ; but that they are of small literary and mental Writers of America, by Griswold," is more Headleyish in value to the educated and well informed.
mauner, though the matter is true enough, for the most The preface to the present elegant volume has something part. of the tone of Mr. Headley's previous productions. Its
We shall be ready to welcome the remainder of Mr. defects could not be enumerated, perhaps, in a satisfactory Headley's “ Miscellanies,” if they be like these in hand. manner ; but the impression which it leaves is unpleasant. We do hope that he may never again seek to please or to It seems egotistical and self-conceited in some way or dazzle by the tricks of writing, so common in his former other. And in this remark, we do not forget the aggrava- books. Such tricks have already injured him with a poption received by the author, in having a pirated and ill-tion of the public, whose good opinion will be of far more digested edition of a portion of these very : Miscellanies' account, some day or other, than the senseless applause published under his nose. This combination of insult of the inexperienced and uneducated. Mr. Headley has a and injury is hard enough to bear, we adınit, but it does clear, energetic and poetic mind, and a clear, powerful pot excuse Mr. Headley from the bad taste of evening and eloquent speech. “Let him not mar the effect of these himself with Irving, Willis, and Dana-it does not excuse prine aitributes of a sound and valuable as well as popular him from the bad taste of bringing the names of these and entertaining writer, hy studying his subject superfigentlemen into his preface at all ; for although he could cially, by presenting the results of his study in a style reply that he had not the least intention of placing him which is tawdry and over tinselled.-Boston Post. self'upon their platform, yet their introduction in any way, in connection with the spirit of the preceding remarks,
[From the “ Fly Leaf of Art and Criticism," a page leads the reader to infer that Mr. Headley, smarting under attached to the "Gallery of Illustrious Americans,” edited unmerited wrong, and thinking no" small beer' of him- by C. Edwards Lester.) self at any time, really believes himself to be on a literary A Tour to Circassia. By George Leighton Ditson. because we cannot think that our author can seriously and This is the title of a new book of travels which has deliberately believe that his past efforts, whatever his fu- just been issued from the press of Stringer & Townsend. ture ones may be, are worthy a place with the best produc- It is published after the manner of "Ferdinand and Isations of Irving, Willis, or even Dava; or that the general bella." The scene of the work is laid among the snows public care one copper whether his writings or those of of the Caucasus. The author has been a great traveller. either the other genileinen are or are not pirated by some Some three years ago, after having
visited almost every unrighteous book-makers and publishers.'A simple state country, he turned his face towards those once well known, ment of the reason for issuing the present collection is all but now least understood, portions of the world, the suge that should have been made---the paragraphs growing out gestive scenes of the origin of the Caucasian race. It of this statement are neither creditable to the writer nor was, in anticipation, not an easy or pleasant enterprise, satisfactory to the reader. The admission of a portrait to visit so wild and inhospitable a part of the world; for also, in an edition emanating directly from the author, is we insensibly associate with Mount Caucasus images of not to our liking, for we do not hesiiate to say, that Mr. frost and barbarism. But Mr. Ditson seems to have gone Headley, though enjoying quite a popular reputation as a through the perils and adventures of his journey, with a maker of readable books, and even as a sinart and eloquent blood-felt enthusiasm and a spirit of romance, whích somewriter, is nevertheless a man of the "flash and catch-times give to his volume the charm of fiction, without de penny school” in the opinion of the better informed. And tracting from its air of veracity. So far as the style is this remark, it must be owned, may render us also liable concerned, it betrays occasionally a lack of familiarity to the charge of presumption, as it really places ourselves with the established laws of finished composition. There among the inost favored portion of the public. But the is little that is offensive to a refined literary laste, but words must stand, nevertheless, for we do claim a more there is much that indicates inexperience in ihe making than average acguaintance with the particular subjects of books. But with all these minor blemishes, the work which Mr. Headley happened to select for his hest and possesses unusual value and extraordinary interest. The second-best volumes. Our author's best and brightest story is honestly told, and there is an air of simplicity effort is "Napoleon and his Marshal-," but we defy any about it which begels confidence and awakens gratificaone, to whom the life and character of the great Napoleon tion. have been a favorite study, lo read it without receiving Within the last few years a considerable number of the impression that it was made to sell, not to be studied, extraordinary books of travel have been written, which that ils style is hombastic, that its matter is superficial. have gained great popularity, chiefly hecause they apa With many really brillianı passages, it proves that its au-peared in captivating styles, and related 10 regions very lhor is absolutely unfitted to gauge the height and depth little known. Among the most extraordinary of these, of Napoleon, that mighty intelleci, embedded in alınost all are the works of Stephens and Layard. Mr. Dilson is the weakness, passion, littleness and meanness, of which likely to fill nearly or quite as large a space in the popular human nature can be capable. “Washington and his mind. Hitherto ihe readers of this country have known Genrrals” is simply an imitation of its predecessor. very liule of Circassia. Various French, German and
With the thoughts that we have endeavored to present English travellers have been to that part of the world, and in the foregoing paragraphs, our readers may imagine how published the result of their travels'; but many of these much and how agreeably we were disappointed, in finding works have been unsatisfactory attempts to clear up the this voluine of " Miscellanies" to be filled with sound shadows that have for ages been gathering over the region criticism and accurate kyowledge, set forth in a subdued of the Caucasian race, or they have been trivial records and tasteful, but strong and straight-forward manner. The of personal incidents in which the world took very little character of the book is of a kind which does not call for interest. Some of them, indeed, have been so learned more than general remarks, and a few seniences will give that they have been of no service except to ethnologists our opinion of its merits.
and antiquarians. Among these writers are Spencer and Alihough but a series of critical essays, it is, to our Monsieur De Hell. Mr. Dirson seems to us to be better minil
, the hest production of its author. It should give qualified for writing a useful and entertaining book aloui him, and it will give him, a higher literary rank than he Circassia, than any of his predecessors. He evidently has ever before attained, with ihose whose good word is started with a firm resolution to overcome every obstacle, truly worth having; and if his portrait be ever acceptable and press on to the very heart of the Caucasian country. 19 the realing public, it should be as that of the author Early in his progress he met with a generous reception of the present volume rather than of the more assuming from Prince Worenzoff, whom our readers bare long heard pp. 376.
of ander many distinguished titles, such as Conqueror of nent. It is issued weekly, at the price of three dollars Napoleon, Governor of Southern Russia, Prince of, and a year, and is managed with great literary abilily, conCount of Heaven only knows how many cities and taining many well written original articles, legends, tale* towns and nations-but above all, the intimate friend, for and essays, as well as thoroughly digested reviews of inmany years, of the present Emperor of Russia. The teresting books, criticisms on the arts, music and the undertaking of the traveller, who had come from the other drama, and valuable extracts, often in advance of publi. side of the globe, from that new but vast republic which cation. It is well printed on good strong paper, in a ha's always to the czars seemed like anoiher Russia, quarto form, a suitable size for binding, each number struck the princely old soldier as worthy of encourage containing twenty-four pages, including four or five pages ment, and he imineriately placed at his disposal all the of advertisements. A new volume commenced on the beki facilities necessary to conduct him safely to the very ex- of January.- Boston Journal. tremities of Circassia. Having travelled among savage tribes and barbarous people in almost every part of the Lectures and Essays. By Henry Giles. In Two world, he was armed with the important implement of
Volumes. Boston : Ticknor, Reed & Fields. experience. He seems to have known how to deal with These two volumes will be welcomed far and near. suspicious and ferocious men. He pushed his travels Mr. Giles is so popular as a lecturer, and has said so further than any modern traveller in these unknown much, to so many people, through so many years, that regions.
there are thousands of 'folks ready and willing to buy his We have not space to trace the course, or to notice the books, if for no other purpose than the freshening of their Incidents, of his wanderings. This will be done by those own recollections. Our readers will recognize much that journals which are specially dedicated to extended re: they have heard or read. The subjects of the articles views; but we wish to inform our readers of the kind of are, Crabbe, Falstaff, Moral Philosophy of Byron's Life, book Mr. Ditson has written about the countries he vis- Moral Spirit of Byron's Genius, Ebenezer Elliott, Oliver ited. In the first place, there is nothing hackneyed in the Goldsmith, Spirit of Irish History, Ireland and the Irish, subject. It is, indeed, newer than Stephens', and almost The Worth_of Liberty, True Manhood, The Pulpit, as exciting as Layard's. It is singular that, with the ad: Patriotism, Economnies, Music, The Young Musician, A venturous spirit of our time, no American traveller should Day in Springfield, Chatterion, Carlyle, Savage, and have explored before so alluring a field. In the second Dermody.' We cannot now pronounce upon the literary place, in spite of a considerable number of typographical merits of these productions. Hearing an eloquent speaker blunders, which mar the beauty of the otherwise excellent is not reading io one's self by any means, and with some typography, the general style of the work is captivating, of the above we are entirely unacquainted. But it may and will prove popular. It is pervaded by a genial, hu- be remarked of Mr. Giles, in a general way, that he has mane, and cheerful spirit. The personal inconveniences the florid eloquence of his country, both in his style of encountered by the author find little space in his volume, writing and his manner of speaking. He is apt to be He has the eye of an artist in seizing ihe picturesque and wordy, but his words are well chosen. If rather a combeautiful. The coloring is warm, rich, and glowing, mentator, an imaginer, and an essayist, than a critic, he sometimes it becoines gorgeous. Even on the cold banks has the art of delighting people with his thoughts, fanof the Phasis, and in scaling the snowy summits of the cies, and descriptions.- Bost. Post. Caucasus, the writer finds some cheerful image or some inspiring incident. At one tiine we follow him as he Literature and Literary Men. By George Gilfildashes along in his snow-sledge gayly over a frozen lan. New York : D. Appleton & Co. 12mo. steppe ; again, we trace him over the frozen steeps of the Caucasus, wrapped up in his furs. Sometimes we find him halting, for his siesta, in a very tempting place, some
This is a second gallery of literary portraits from an illustration of wnich may he gained from the frontispiece author whose sketching has already won a wide circle of of his volume, where we find ihe portrait of a captivating admirers. This volume, however, differs from the other Circassian face; and these, undoubtedly, were met with in that it is more elaborate and discriminating, and, it often on his tour. Again, he is seen combating the billows should be added, it exhibits these qualities without losing of the Black Sea in a Russian man-of-war; and we are anything of the life and piquancy which distinguished its happy, after all his adventures, to meet hiin once more on predecessor. That it is not sometimes extravagant it the shores of sunny Italy.
would be too much to say. Its extravagance, however, is We wish we had space for a more elaborate notice of not mere invention, like Lanman's descriptions of things he this beautiful volume. If the more fastidious critics be never saw, but, like Headley's sketchings, having a basis severe in some of their remarks on the inaccuracies or in- in truth and only coloring with over-bright tints. We elegance of the author's style, his readers will form a have found that Gilfillan's portraits hear study, and if the corps of reserve who will be found mingling in the action, reader is like us he will find the author continually giving If these captious knights of the quill wish to bring on an form and expression to features which, though the reader engagement. It is a right down honest, cheerful, dashing, has never so conceived or stated them, are instantly recIndependent, racy book, and it will find a place in the ognized as true to the life. We have noticed this particlibrary of every man of taste or curiosity, and gain for its ularly in the sketch of Byron. of the literary portraits in author, on his first entrance into the republic of letters, a his volume there are twenty-five, some of them old paintrespectable and even an enviable fame.
ings relouched, as Macaulay and Emerson. The followWhile we have never regarded with much favor the ing is the list : Milton, Byron, Crabbe, Foster, Hood, practice of speaking of every new author in language of Macaulay, Croly, Lytton, Émerson, Dawson, Tennyson, exaggeration, it is, however, no more than just that he Nichol, Mrs. Hemans, Mrs. Browning, Mrs. Shelley, should have a fair and candid hearing from the public, Cobbelt, Montgomery, Sydney Smith, Anderson, Huni, especially in a case like this, where so distant and attrac- Moore, Isaac Taylor, Longfellow, Bailey, John Sterling Live a field has been entered.
The book is certainly a most readable one, and will be [The errors of the press, noticed hy Mr. Lester, will, read widely and attentively.-N. Y. Recorder. no doubt, be corrected in the second edition, which we are A second gallery of literary portraits, by George Gil. told may shortly be expected.- Lid. Age.)
fillan, is republished by D. Appleton & Co., from the Mr. Ditson is a lively, entertaining, impressible travel London edition, which is itself fresh from the press. It ler, with a sufficient stock of assurance, and has preserved is the work of a clever, conceited man, who is perpetuthe record of many odd adventures in this clever volume. ally striving to say brilliant things, and who often sucThe path he has struck out has been little explored by ceeds. With that class of writers who are haunted by previous tourists, and the description he gives of personal the same ambition, he has great sympathy, and in his experiences in the enchanted regions of the East has the delineations of literary character, dwells upon them with air of novelty. He makes no pretension to the skill of a
a particular fondness.' In the present work he gives the practised writer, though he occasionally attempts an ain
literary portraits of two eminent Americans-Emerson bitious flight, from which he does not
escape without and Longfellow -- and of two men across the water who damage. His volume cannot be praised for any remark- have been little heard of here-William Anderson, a popu able
literary merits, but as a recital of many curious in- lar preacher at Glasgow, and George Dawson, another cidents, illustrative of a social and political state little popular preacher, or, more properly speaking, a Sunday known to the generality of readers, it may be dipped into lecturer at Manchester, whom Mr. Gilfillan calls
an in with considerable interest.-N. Y. Tribune.
terpreter of Carlyle. The book will find readers parily
on account of its sparkling, slashing manner, and partly The Literary World, published in New York, is one on account of the interest which helongs to all personal of the most valuable literary publications on this conti- delineations of living men.-N. Y. Eo. Poat.
1. Russian Aggression in the East,
United Service Magazine
529 2. Fatal Presentiments,
536 3. Shepherd's Calendar - Dogs,
539 4. My First Folly,
Knight's Quarterly Magazine,
543 8. Mills, the Murmon, and Col. Turk,
548 6. New Mexico and the Indians,
St. Louis Republican,
548 7. West Point Academy,
N. Y. Evening Post,
349 8. Supreme Court of U. S.,
N. Y. Tribune,
550 9. Old and New Tunes, – Psalm Tinkering, Presbyterian,
552 10. Pitcairn Islanders, 1849,
554 11. London Gossip,
557 12. Letters from Jamaica, 1 and 2,
565 Poetry: Vein of Gold; Fata Morgana, 545; The Shipbuilders of England, 563 ; Song;
Mother Margary, 564; An Hour with God ; Our Country; Light behind the Cloud, 568 ;
Buried 2000 years, 553 ; Manufacture of Glass Beads ; Invention for making (ron ; A Thought, 561; Whaling Enterprise ; Night in a Wharf Boat, 562; Watt; Pure Light, 563; Oyster Trade; Scotish Stoic, 567; New Books, 573, 574, 575.
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From Fraser's Magazine. in the room, which he had peopled with the SOUTHEY'S LIFE AND CORRESPONDENCE.*
noblest spirits of all lands, to relate the story of
his struggles and victories. He was then a ripe We are glad to meet Dr. Southey at last. scholar of forty-six years; it was dark weather in We began to despair of hiri, since he has been so
a season of sunshine ; a lonesome and showery long on the road—not that we were altogether evening had closed a cloudy and ungenial day. ignorant of the causes of delay. From time to Perhaps a mind like Cowper's, ever forecasting sime strange rumors have reached us of feuds, the fashion of uncertain sorrows, might have seen and strifts, and heart-burnings, and unseemly con- something ominous in the coincidence. But the tentions, over the gorid man's literary ashes. poet felt no sadness or apprehension. Living in These things are painful to hear or speak of the sunshine, he still looked forward with hope. However, the Poet now returns to us in that intel
Many of our readers will recollect that charmlectual form and fashion in which he was always ing essay on a man's writing memoirs of himself, most likely to gain friends, and to keep them. for which we are indebted to one of the deepest We rejuice to welcome him in that winning shape. thinkers of the earlier part of this century. He He-the high-souled, bright-minded, troubled, suggests the sensation of surprise, that would worn-out man—rests from his many sadnesses and startle a reflective man in advanced age, on distoils. Peace be with him! If he were visibly covering at the bottom of an old chest an account and bodily present in this solemn home of litera- of himself, which he had written fifty years before. ture, where we are writing, or in his own green The web of feeling would be curiously woven of haunts by the musical Lodore, he might have various colors and patterns ; light and shadow wondrous stories to tell, lovelier and more gor- intermingled. One great beauty of the tale would geous than the cloudy richness of Thalaba ; stories, be its reality; a garland of flowers all gathered Brought from a pensive though a happy place,
in the fresh morning of life, with the dew and Of all that is most beauteous, imaged there
bloom on the leaves. What misty, uncertain, In happier beauty; more pellucid streams, glimmering shapes would come thronging into the An ampler ether, a diviner air, And fields invested with purpureal gleams;
memory! perplexed and intricate, like the moonClimes which the sun, who sheds the brightest day beams on curtains, which shine and break up into Earth knows, is all unworthy to survey.
gloom, as the wind rustles them with a sudden But he stands now before us in his earthly dress, gust. The old man wonders at himself. It is and again we say that we rejoice to see him like looking into a glass once in half a century.
The Writing in his twenty-second year to one of his He forgets what manner of man he was.
verna earliest and dearest friends, Mr. Southey said :
fancies are faded; the merry-speaking
thoughts are silent. “They died like the singNo man ever retained a more perfect knowledge ing-birds of that time which sing no more.' of the history of his own mind than I have done. Nothing is as it was. All is changed. Eve's I can trace the development of my character from garden was not more defaced when the slime of infancy—for developed it has been, not changed. the deluge had passed over it. " The life which I look forward to the writing of this history as the we then had, now seems almost as if it could not most pleasing and most useful employment I shall
have been our own. We are like a man returnever undertake.
ing, after the absence of many years, to visit the We have a specimen of the intended narrative embowered cottage where he passed the morning in the first 157 pages of the first volume. It is of his life, and finding only a relic of its ruins.” contained in a series of letters to his friend Mr. Opinions will always differ as to the becoming John May, and gives a familiar and most particu- style of these autobiographies. The most famous lar account of his family and himself, their say- performer need not keep us very long. In a genings and doings, chances and changes, up to the eral way, the expenditure of time may be set down period of his school days at Westminster in his in a short column. We want only an entry of the fifteenth year.
At that interesting epoch the his- gold coins ; the copper may be left out. It was tory breaks off.
It might have been hardly possi- pleasantly remarked of many popular biographies. ble to continue it, with equal minuteness, as it in modern times, that a chronicle of the coats a wound into the diversified labors and business of man has worn, with the color and date of each, his maturer life.
might, for every useful purpose, be as well called It was in the summer of 1820 that he sat down his life. We have few examples in our language.
Cowley, Bishop Hall, and Walter Scott, have * Life and Correspondence of the late Robert Southey. given specimens, slighter or graver, in three op Edited by his Son, the Rev. C.C. Southey, M. A. London: Longman and Co. 1849. [Reprinted by Messrs. posite ways. Perhaps no memoir written by one's. Harpers: New York.]
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