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cite genial discussion. The mechanical execu- reform or the truth it is proposed to assist, is bates which are reported in this volume, were tion of the volume is worthy of special praise; likely to suffer from a surfeit of philanthropic lately held in Centreville, Ohio, and comprise it is the most comfortably bound book, if we may or ecclesiastical novels. "Our World,” how. fifty-eight speeches of thirty minutes each, on use such a phrase, that has appeared this season. ever, it is but justice to say, contains more of the subjects of the Trinity, Church Constitutions

interest as a story, and more of good limning as and Disciplines, and Human Depravity. The

a picture of life, than this much-treated-of sub-reports were taken by B. Pitman, and corrected THE ADVENTURES OF Amyas LEIGH, By Charles, ject would lead us to expect. There are some by the parties to the discussion. The fourth KINGSLEY. (Ticknor & Co., Boston.)

truly dramatic scenes, much good dialogue, and edition has just been issued. We can scarcely imagine a greater contrast in many graphically described incidents in these Watson's Body of Divinity. (Robert Carter the same department of literature than that pages. The work is illustrated throughout. & Brothers, N. Y.) The reprint of so many which exists between this and the previous writ

valuable Theological works by this enterprising ings of the author. From the trials and spas

firm, proves decisively that there is an increasmodic efforts at self-emancipation of the modern THE WHOLE FRENCH LANGUAGE. By T. Robert- ing demand for standard literature of this class.

son. (Roe Lockwood & Son, New York.) English artizan he plunges into the stately days

The clumsy folios in which such works were isof Queen Bess. Instead of a mechanic-poet, Easy guides to the study of Foreign Lan- sued in the olden time, have now given place to chaunting in the fetid air of a cotton-mill or guages have become so common, that one is apt the more convenient and compact octavos in the tailor's shop, we have a fine old English gentle to look with suspicion on any new attempt to course of their re-production, and ministers will man;" for the clank of a steam-engine, the slow instruct the million, fearful that artificial me- be much more ready to furnish their theological moving galleon of the armada, and for the vivid thods may be introduced in teaching. This libraries with "Bodies of Divinity," which do rhetoric of a chartist the dignified speech of an work, however, although its title might seem not have so much external solidity. The princiancient knight. Kingsley always has a definite pretentious, has the great merit of combining pal work embraced in this volume, comprises moral purpose in his novels, and we imagine the a practical with a theoretical course of study. one hundred and seventy-six sermons on the Asaim of the present was to revive the royal, While it does not profess to teach "French sembly's Catechism, which were not published brave English spirit of the palmy days of Eliza- without a master," it furnishes a very full till after the author's decease, which occurred in beth. The great merit of the story is its veri- Alphabetical Table of the peculiarities of that the latter part of the seventeenth century. similitude as a transcript and re-production of which it is most difficult to acquire without the They form a very excellent illustrative commenthe past. The times wherein the scene is laid aid of a teacher, viz:: the Pronunciation ; and tary on the Westminster Shorter Catechism, have been carefully studied; the descriptions the facilities which it offers in other respects thus giving a systematic outline of doctrinal inbear evidence of careful research and accurate are of a superior kind. One may pursue a struction which accords, in the main, with the observation. Indeed, as a romance, it is singu- very convenient, though superficial course of standards of the Presbyterian Church. Various larly elaborate; not only the history, costume study for the general purposes of conversation select sermons and religious treatises accompany and manners of the epoch are exhibited, but and reading, by following the outlines of the these Lectures, all of wbich are stamped as the even the forms of speech, the peculiar words practical course which embraces a continuous original productions of a superior intellect and and structure of sentences then prevalent, are story; and, in addition, a more comprehensive an earnest heart. An index furnishes the genconsistently adopted. In this respect Sir Amyas and thorough system of study for the advanced eral headings of the subjects embraced in this Leigh resembles Henry Esmond, that master- scholar, is found in the Analytical and Pro- valuable work. piece of historical romance-writing in which gressive exercises attached to the lessons, and Rich and Poor; and other Tracts for the Times Thackeray bas so completely resuscitated the in the Index at the close of the volume, where By Rev. J. C. Ryle, B. A. (Robert Carter age of Queen Anne, the wars of Marlborough, the Grammatical and Syntactical features, and & Brothers, New York.) The author of this and the clubs of Addison. The staple of Kings- the numerous idioms of the text, are amply il. work inculcates religious truth with great libeley's book is adventure—such adventure by land lustrated. Some of the general features of “The rality of sentiment and generosity of Christian and sea, especially the latter, as characterized Robertsonian system” have already been intro- feeling towards all sections of the Church. The the era he describes. His hero is practical and duced with favor to the American public, though last chapter is entitled “What is the Church !' self-devoted—a type of the ancestral John Bull- in a partial and incomplete form; but the and, together with the other portions of the and a fine exemplar of insular patriotism. To present work, which is edited by Louis Ernst, book, seem to be directed against the Oxford many readers, in this fast age, the tone of the and issued in an elegant volume, will not only “ Tracts for the Times.” Much descriptive power book will lack intensity; but this is the effect of prove popular, but will doubtless be accepted is evinced in the discussion of these topics. the author's plan-not of his genius. When as one of the very best Guides which has yet The Family at Heatherdale, by Mrs. Mackay. once fairly at home in the deliberate and quaint been produced. A “Key to the Exercises "|(R. Carter and Brothers, New York.) This little narrative, it will be found full of sense and sen in this work is also furnished in a separate story is designed to illustrate the influence of timent, true in characterization, and delightfully volume.

Christian Principles in the formation of characmellow in coloring.

Popular Lectures on Science and Art, by Dio- ter, and the power of Faith in the developments

nysius Lardner, LL.D., 2 vols. (A. R. Phippen, of practical life. Our World; or, The Slaveholder's Daughter. NewYork.) These Lectures, originally delivered Philip Colville. By Grace Kennedy. (R. Car

(Miller, Orton & Mulligan, New York. 1855.) in the chief cities of the United States, bave ter & Brothers, New York.) A Covenanter's

We looked upon this thick duodecimo with become well and favorably known to the Amer- story is here pictured forth in a few brief, some impatience at first, because Slavery and ican public in the course of their frequent touching sketches of adventure in the olden Anti-Slavery have been of late used as the re-publication, as an excellent compend of know- time, and the characters and lives of these old bases of fiction to a wearisome extent; and we ledge in respect to the natural sciences. In heroes are vindicated from the charges brought have been inclined to think that no new feature dealing with scientific subjects, the author pro- against them. of Southern life remained to be illustrated; or, ceeds by ingenious and novel methods to inter- Howard Grey. (Tarry & McMillan, Phila.) if so, to little purpose. This opinion was formed pret some of the most striking phenomena of This is a tale for boys, which aims to show what with no prejudice, one way or the other, in re nature. A considerable portion of the work is is the force of study, perseverance and resolution gard to the subject itself, and with no disrespect also devoted to a description of the Steam Eo in the pursuit of right, and is written by a Lady to the aim and talents of the writer, but simply gine, and a discussion of its powers and appli- of Philadelphia. in reference to the claims of literary art, and in cations.

The Young Communicant's Catechism. By the opposition to the decided tendency which exists Discussions on the Trinity, dc., between Rev. Rev. John Willison. This little manual is reto make capital out of vexed questions of church N. Summerbell and Rev. J. M. Flood. (Ap- printed from the forty-seventh Glasgow edition. and state for popular reading, until even the plegate & Co., Cincinnati.) The public de- Poems. By Erastus W. Ellsworth. (F. A.



Brown, Hartford.) A volume of poor rhymes, The Theological and Literary Quarterly Journal, scendants of Governor Bradstreet," and also traces without reason, having neither fancy nor imag- for April, has a leading article continuing the dis back the family of Daniel Webster, being the reination,

cussion of the merits of “Dr. Hickok's Rational sults of recent investigations in England, which Transactions of the State Agricultural Society, Psychology,” and aiming to refute his system. prove that he was descended from Thomas Webof Michigan, with Reports of County Societies. Other articles of interest are entitled, "The Laws ster, of Ormsby, in Norfolk, England, who died 5 vols. 8vo., 1849-1853. Mr. J. C. Holmes, Sec. of Symbolization and their Results in Interpreta- there in 1634.

tion;" “ The Parables of the New Testament,” con- Putnam's Monthly, for May, will be read with inretary of this

Society at Detroit, bas forwarded tinued ; “The Ethical System of the Bible ;" and terest as the first fruits of the new editorial managea set of the Transactions which were published “ Dr. Cotton Mother on Christ's Second Coming." ment. It is somewhat of an improvement on the late by order of the Michigan Legislature. This-as- A highly commendatory Review of “Conybear and numbers. It embraces a general resumé ofestablished sociation was organized in 1849, and has been Howson's Life and Epistles of St. Paul,” is also for- facts in geology, and a view of the proper objects greatly prospered in its operations. The last wished.

and influence of the “National Academy of Devolume embraces an important digest of the The Southern Presbyterian Review, for April, con- sign” in this city. “America for the Americans," Census and Statistics of Michigan, taken in 1854, tains : 1. “The Divinity of Christ.” II. A very is aimed at the doctrines inculcated by the “Know

honest article favorin “International Copy- Nothings.” The editorial notes express much right Law.” III. “The Early Conversion of Chil- gratification at the fact that the “ Monthly has been

dren. IV. “Bledsoe's Theodicy,” strongly con- the means of introducing six authors to the literary Periodical Literature. demnatory of its philosophy. V.“ Elohim,” giv-world, who are now acquiring a profitable reputaing its use in the Hebrew language. VI. “ The tion in the publication of their productions.

The National Magazine, for May, has its usual ex- . The Bibliotheca Sacra, for April, has a long open-Trinity of Paganism,” an article full of curious reing article on “The True Doctrine of Divine Inspi- search, showing that this Triad were regarded, cellent variety of material. In the Editorial Gleanration,” by Rev. Dr. Fitch, of New Haven, being physically, as the Fite, Light, and Air, and uretra ings, it is mentioned that the MSS. sent in for the substantially the same as a “Concio ad Clerum” pre- metaphysically, as Will, Intellect, and Affections. prize of $300, which was offered for the best essay viously delivered by the author. “The Site of Ca- VII.“ Ambition Rebuked.”

on Systematic Benevolence, by the Methodist Tract perdauun" is fixed at Knan Minyeh, after much

The Methodist Quarterly Review, for April, em- Society, have none of them been accepted. close investigation, by the Rev. Dr. Robinson. Prof. braces the following articles :—1. “Malachi,” a new Tyler discourses of “Genius,” which he defines as translation and exposition. 2. “Curtis' History of the comprehending or expressing the fullest devel- the Constitution.” 8. “Mr. Maurice and his Writ

Correspondence. opment of all the faculties, or the largest endowings.” 4.“ William Jay.” 5. “Liberal and Evanment of all the powers, proper to the intellectual gelical Christianity,” in an appreciative review of nature of man. “German Education," is the title

" Mercein's Natural Goodness.” 6. “The Dogma of an article which attempts to show why German of the Immaculate Conception."

[A valued correspondent has sent us the following cominstructors succeed so much better than American

The Methodist Quarterey Review (South), bas a

munication as to the respective merits of the two great teachers in imbuing their pupils with a love for sci- portrait of Rev. Lovick Pierre, M. D., of Georgia. American Dictionaries, which we publish not for the sake ence and professional zeal. The writer attributes This interesting number contains :—1. " Biographie of adding to controversy, but that the candid and impartial the result to the sociality of the people, the Govern- cal Sketch of Bishop Capers." " Fitzhugh's So- statements of one wbo has long nsed both works may serve mental material aid which is furnished, the kind ciology for the South,” is reviewed, and his argu- to make more apparent the great service which has been bearing of the Professors, the fact that a University ment is considered impregnable. 3. “ Haggai," a done to the cause of literature and learning in the publicaeducation is the only introduction to office or honor, new translation. 4. "The Herodian Family.” 5.

tion of the works of these respective authors.) the general respect for literary and scientific attain

“ Italian Literature." 6. “The Beatitudes,' I have been an observer, from time to time, of ments, the mode of training, &c., &c. "The Con- translation from Stier. 7. “The Rhomish New the controversy which has become so notorious reservative Use of the Eyes,” contains some very im- Testament.” 8. “ Rosser on Baptism.”

specting our two great American Dictionaries. I portant hints to students, by Dr. Geo. A. Bethune. The Universalist Quarterly, for April, under the have seen what has been written and sent forth by The remaining articles in this rumber are more caption of “The Great Moral Conflict," revives the the friends of “ Webster," and, also, by those of . theologic in their tone. discussion of the questions embodied in Dr. Ed

“ Worcester," while I have used the two worksThe Biblical Repertory and Princeton Review, for ward Beecher's “ Conflict of Ages.” “Elements of and I think with much more than ordinary freApril, contains, 1. “An Ethnographic View of Character.” “ Tertullian;" and "What is Will," | quency and diligence--from their first appearance. Western Africa,” displaying the results of consider-are the titles of the remaining articles.

I well remember the interest, hope and enthusiasm able research; II. A general view of “ Schools and Brownson's Quarterly Review, for April, contains: with which, in my senior collegiate year, I first Systems of Interpretation;" III. “Congregational- 1. A vindication of “ Romaniem in America,” from took in my hands Webster's two noble quartos ; ism," a review of Sawyer's Organic Christianity; the attacks of Rov. R. W. Clark. 2. “Liberalism and, with little abatement of the same feelings, 1 IV." Faber on the Locality of Heaven;" V.“Chris- and Socialism,” indicating what a Roman Catholic have purchased and examined each successive editianity in India,” giving an interesting sketch of may accept as true and good in these tendencies of tion. I have also been familiar with the work of the results of Missionary labors in that country; the public mind. 3." Hecker's Questions of the Dr. Worcester from its first publication in the large VI. "Jewish Expositions of Malachi;" VII.“Mrs. Soul,” which is commended to the young men of octavo form. These things I mention as introducSherwood and Henry Martyn," comprising, prin- America as a model book. 4. “What Human Rea- tory to the few words I have to say, while I wish cipally, extracts from Mr. Sherwood's Journal in son can do,” in a review of Father Chartel's late further to state, that I have no pecuniary interest India ; VIII. “Bishop McIlvaine on the Church.” work.

in the matter, and no motive in writing, but to The Christian Reriew, for April, comprises the In the New Englander, Rev. Dr. Sturtevant, of serve the cause of truth and justice, and advance following articles: I. “The Book of Acts," shewing Illinois, reviews “ Alton Locke," as primarily de- the interests of true and correct scholarship in reits peculiar relations to the great moral and relig- signed to cast the most intense odium upon the gard to our rich and noble mother tongue. ious movements of our own day, and noticing, with principle of competition as applied in adjusting the The two dictionaries then-what shall we say of commendation, Prof. Hackett's recent commentary. wages of labor, and to exhibit the principle of as- them? They are both works of great value, for II. “Bancroft on the Progress of Society," with co-sociated labor, united with the religion of the ima- which the respective authors should and will be pious extracts from his late Historical discourse, the gination, under the forms of the Church of England, held in long and grateful remembrance by every main principles of whiclare defended and further as the great remedy for existing social evils. A true scholar and student of the English language. elaborated. III. “Habitability of Worlds," against valuable article in the present number, is entitled Dr. Webster, as all who knew him testify, was a which the writer takes strong ground, stating that "The Moral of Statistics,” and relates to the moral most estimable man, and the large results of his lathe idea of other inhabited worlds seems as incon- and social condition of the inhabitants of the United bors show that he was an carvest, enthusiastic, sistent with Christianity, as it is unsupported by States, &c., being compiled from De Bow's census courageous, and successful student, particularly in philosophy. IV. "Hume's Philosophy," in ite gen-returns. Olimpia Morata” is a sketch of an ac- the department to which he gave by far the best eral features. V. “Constantinoplo and the Eastern complished Italian writer of the sixteenth century. portion of his long life. lle toiled hard, and not Question," which foretels the expulsion of the Mos- There are other articles of general interest in this in vain, and he has left, in the work under considlem Turk from Europe. VI. “Basil the Great, number.

eration, a monument more durable than brass. presenting a general view of his life and orthodoxy. The New-England Historical and Genealogical And Dr. Worcester, who is still among the living, VII. “The Baptismal Formula."

Register, for April, furnishes a list of the "De- has the high esteem of all who know him, while

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his long-continued and hard literary labor has who aspire to propriety and eleganco in this re- entitled “Memorias para la Historia del Antigua wrought out for him a name which posterity will spect; and where there is a difference or deviation, regno de Guatemala.” In answer to this, I have not “willingly let die.” The intelligent in the it is not usually a matter of accident, but the delib- the following roply to make to this anonymous corcommunity respect these honored names, and why crate preference of one's own taste or judgment. respondent: It is true that tho existence of this should the land be fillod with controversy, and to be careless or indifferent in this particular is manuscript was known to few educated men in the missives charged with the spirit of strife be sent ever to be unscholar-like, if not vulgar.

Capital of Guatemala; but it was lying there, in into every student's study and office, to make him, Now, in the article specially under consideration, one of the libraries of the old monasteries, unused if possible, a partizan in this iguoble dictionary it seems to me that Dr. Worcester's Dictionary has and almost forgotten, amongst heaps of dust. Garwarfaro ?

no compeer in the English language. In the first cia Pelaez, the present Archbishop of Guatemala, Or Webster's Dictionary it must be admitted that, place, he has himself given much attention to this perused the first two volumes a few years ago, and as it is much the larger book, so it is generally subject, and, after a careful consultation, both of took some extracts for his “Memorias ;" but ho much more extended in its definitions of words. general usage and the most eminent written au- almost entirely passed over the most interesting It is said not to contain so many words as Worces- thorities, indicated his own judgment and prefer- part of this historical treasure, which contains the ter's, but a larger space is given to the description ence in regard to each particular word in his exten- legends and customs of the Indians, and their conof their meaning and to citations from standard sive vocabulary. In the next place, he gives us the version by the Dominican monks. Peladz wrote authors. And this is the great, distinctive merit judgment or preference of all, or nearly all, the these Memorias when he was yet but a simple of the work. As a mero defining “word-book” for eminent orthwpists for the last century upon words priest. His poor health, and his ecclesiastical dutho English language, it certainly had no equal at of diverse or disputed pronunciation. This is done ties afterwards, prevented the aged prelate from the time of its publication. Since, however, the under each such word, and is a most valuable fea- completing and revising his writings. Thus they English language does not stand still, there was a ture of his work. In the third placo, we have were published in a form which were not able to necessity that this great work should, sooner or many short and well-timed remarks from Walker satisfy even the most favorable critic. The veneralater, be surpassed even in the department in and other eminent authorities, which assist the care-blo author himself asserts that these Memorias which it chiefly excels; and this, we may say, has ful student in fixing his own preference and usage. are but fragments, and does not like to speak of already been done, though not to the extent which As examples of such remarks, the reader is referred them. Even his most intimate friends and admirmight have been anticipated, by the large “Impe- to the words prayer, acceptable, wound, route, &c. ers in Guatemala–I could mention amongst them rial Dictionary,” in two royal octavo volumes, pub- And this, it seems to me, every scholar must regard Don Luis Batres, one of the most important and lished at Glasgow, by Blackie & Son, in 1854. as a very important addition to a dictionary, and a most intelligent men in the whole Republic-agree

In respect to orthography and pronunciation, the valuablo as well as interesting peculiarity of the that the work of the Archbishop is a most imperprincipal names in the great community of letters work under review. In the department of defini- fect one, written without any scientific method and being judges, Webster is not authority, and should tion, though Webster has the advantage in being criticism. The manuscript of Padre Ximenes, the not be followed as a guide. And these two depart- more extensive, yet Worcester is singularly excel- most important content of which Dr. Scherzer has ments of orthography and orthopy are very im- lent for the space which his pages allow. In some carefully copied, remains, indeed, still a bnt littleportant in a lexicon which is to be used in our cases, where it is most needed, he is even more full known treasure. Even the learned French Abbie, schools, our printing offices, and in the private and satisfactory than Webster, as under the words Mr. Brasseur de Bourgbourg, whose history of the studies of our professional men and public speak- dictionary, progress as a verb, wayward, &c., and ancient Tudran Reign has, in France, received the

It is not, and never should be, for definitions in all cases, so far as I have examined, he is re- highest acknowledgments, and who spent seven alone that we go to the dictionary, but quite as markable for accuracy and discrimination. Indeed years iu Mexico, occupied with historical researches, often, and in the case of young porsons, usually the brevity, point, and clearness with which he de- did not know the manuscript of Ximenes but by much oftener, to determine the manner in which fines even difficult words, is often surprising. In name, and was not aware whether and where it still difficult words aro to be spelled and pronounced. this respect I think his work deserves commenda- existed. The anonymous writer of the “ Literary The art of correct spelling, and a correct and ele- tion which it hus seldom, if ever, received.

Gazette” has surely himself neither seen nor read gant pronunciation, is truly a great art, and no one Now, it seems to me, that for a standard in our the manuscript in question, else he would surely not can claim to be an accomplished scholar who fails schools, for family use, and for the frequent consul- | have made the superficial or rather unwarranted in these things. And here the palm must certainly tatiou of the scholar and the professional man, and assertion, of its having been "largely used” by Mr. be awarded to Worcester. His orthography is that especially the public speaker, Worcester's Octavo Garcia Pelacz. of nearly all modern writers of ominence, who use Dictionary is a sort of indispensable possession.

Truiy yours,

DR. MORITZ WAGNER, the English language, 9 nd has the sanction of well in the public library, the school room, and the well nigh universal usage for the last hundred years. In furnished study or office of the literary or profes- * Historia de la Provincia de San Vincente de Chiapas y this respect Webster's is an innovater, not always sional man, it should not stand alone, but be flanked Goatemala, compuesta por el R. P. Provincial General Fray without reason and analogical consistency on his by the more ponderous volume of Webster, as re- Francisco Ximenes, de la orden de Predicadores. side, but still an innovater, while Worcester keceps vised by Prof. Goodrich, and where means are not

+ In his “ Lettres pour Servir d' Introduction a l'Histoire company with the multitude of distinguished wri-wanting, also, by Johnson, Richardson, and Dr. Primitive des Nations et vilisùs de l' Amerique Septentrivuters both in England and America.

Ogilvio's Iinperial Dictionary. Still, for all common ale,” (Mexico, 1850,) be writes to the Duke of Valmy: “ Le And now wo come to the matter of pronuncia- purposes of orthography, pronunciation, and defi- pire Francisco Ximenes composa une histoire ancienne de tion, which, as has been said, is one of much im- nition, let Worcester have his proper place, which Guatemala et Chiapes, DEMEUIRE MANUSCRIPT ET ENTIEREportance in a dictionary. In a cultivated state of is the highest on the roll of good judgment, cor

MENT INCONXU." society it is not cnough to know the meaning of rect taste, and practical excellence. words, but we must know how to utter them, what April 16, 1855.

CLERICUS. articular sounds to give to the letters and syllables, and where to place the principal accent. And few things in the study of our language are worthy A FEW REMARKS RESPECTING THE ANCIENT MANC

Boston, April 25, 1555. of more care than this. A good pronunciation is

SCRIPT OF THE DOMINICAN MONK, PADRE FRAN- MY DEAR EDITOR: The Literary Gazette which not only an accomplishment, but it adds very much

you send out into the world so regularly, twice a to one's power both in public speaking and in con

ISLAND OF CUBA, March 8, 1855. month, is received here with much cagerness, not versation. A correct and elegant method of utter- To the Editor of Norton's Literary Gazette :

only by publishers and booksellers, but also by ing and accenting words is, in fact, one of the prin- Dear Sir: It was sometime during the Summer those literary and professional men whom you numcipal charms which a speaker possesses to move of last year that I cominunicated to the “Augs- ber among your subscribers. And why should it and interest our feelings. Of this our best public burger Allgemeinen Zeitung” that Dr. Carl SCHER- not be so? Your sheet fills a place and satisfies a speakers, and those who excel in conversation, are zer had found, in one of the old libraries in Guat- want which no other paper in our country professes well aware, and hence they take pains to satisfy emala, the historical manuscript of Padre Francisco to fill or satisfy. As a vation, we have too long been themselves what is usage and authority in this re- Ximenes.* In reply to this, an anonymous gentle-destitute of a literary mediuin in the form of a spect. They are thoughtful and careful as to the man comes forward in the last number (VI) of your newspaper. It is true that many of our daily and sound they give to letters, and as to accentuation. Gazette, stating that this manuscript, so important weekly papers devote a portion of their columns to Though there is an observable diversity among dis- for the history and the condition of the Indians of the notice of new publications and matters of poptinguished orators in the manner of sounding sylla- Central America, has been, long since, universally ular literary or scientific interest. This they are bles and letters, and laying the accent, there is, known, and been “largely used” by the Archbishop obliged to do in this age of many books, and when novertheless, a very general agreement among all Garcia Pelaez, in his work, published in 1852, and literature is so popular a theme for conversation.




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Still, there has long been needed a periodical, and gra'itude of the society for this liberal legacy, and which I gave in a former letter. It is a well printed one not in the stately pamphlet form, which pub- recommending that a memoir of the generous donor volume, of 664 pages, and gives not only the early lishers, booksellers, and literary and professional be published in the Society's collections. Rev. Dr. religious history of this part of the country, but men could unite in sustaining, and in which each Lothrop is to prepare the memoir. Hon. R. C. also the general history so far as this is necessary to should find a portion of appropriate and interest- Winthrop presented to the society, in behalf of the illustrate its religious and ecclesiastical history. It iug matter. And such, in a good degree, is “Nor- widow of the lato Isaac P. Davis, Esq., a curious has been prepared with the greatest care, and with ton's Literary Gazette.” Beautiful and significant antique chair, formerly the property of the re- the aid of the best materials for the elucidation of is the emblem on the first page—the pen weighing nowned Dean Berkeley, and made for bin in the subject, and, in all matters of fact, will be found down the sword; beantiful, that mind is acknowl. Rome, after the manner of the curule of the ancient to be in the highest degree reliable. The volume edged to be mightier than brute force; and signifi- Roman Magistrates. Said chair is believed to be will be much sought for by the sons of New Engcant that, at this day, such an idea is itself a con- real solid matter, and not merely an idea or appear- land, wherever they may reside, and will soon be trolling element in the life and activity of civilized ance. Another interesting incident at the meeting in every well selected library. The indefatigable nations.

was the announcement that the Manuscript History author has spent long years upon it. In speaking thus of the Gazette, my design is not of the Plymouth Colony, written by Gov. Bradford, The reoent work of Dr. Wm. B. Sprague, entitled, to flatter, but to remind you of what I have thought is in possession of the Lord Bishop of London, who “Visits to European Celebrities,” from the press of you might be liable to overlook-the greatness and has granted to the Massachusetts Historical Society Messrs. Gould & Lincoln, is having a good sale. importance of a work like that which you have un- full permission to copy it for publication in the next It is indeed a most interesting and charming book. dertaken. At this day, a semi-monthly paper de- volume of the Society's collections. The manu- The fac-similes of the antographs of the different voted to literature and the arts, may exert a great script was in the hands of Rev. Thomas Prince characters, impart no small interest to this handand beneficial influence on the community, and, if when he prepared his New England Chronology, some volume. The carefully prepared memoir of it furnishes the needful variety of matter, may, as and of Hutchinson when he wrote the History of Miss Whiting, lato Principal of the Charlestown it seems to me, liave a good number of subscribers. Massachusetts, but was suddenly lost sight of, and, Female Seminary, is an admirable prodnction; it is I know not the extent of your present list, but 1 as it was supposed, irrecoverably. But they were entitled, “The Teacher's Last Lesson,” and is full kuow that many in different sections of the coun- recently discovered to be in the Fulham Library, of important instruction, especially in regard to retry, and of the world, are your constant readers, through the reading of certain notes in an Historical ligious experience and the development of a strong and look to your sheet for information which they work, by Rev. John S. Barry, who is preparing a Christian character. cannot elsewhere easily obtain. Says a recent let- History of Massachusetts.

The pew work, from the press of J. P. Jewett & ter from the South-west, which I have seen, “ Nor

Co., entitled, “The Augustan Age of France," is ton is much consulted hereabouts ;” and another, INTEREST IN NEW ENGLAND HISTORY—GOV. WINTHROP's an interesting and valuable volume. It was transfrom London, “ I take Norton's Literary Gazette;"

lated from the French, by Rev. E. N. Kirk, who and a gentleman, recently from abroad, “I took up I am, at this point, reminded of what your read- also furnishes an introduction of 28 pages. It is a Norton's Gazette in Leipsic." Thus, my dear sir, ers must have observed to be the fact, viz: the good book, and will sell. The same house has you may see, and the thought may properly en- great and increasing interest which there is in New issued two volumes more from that unfailing founcourage you in your editorial labors, that you are England, and, indeed, through the country, in the tain of common, but ever wholesome thoughts, Dr. reaching a large circle of minds and furnishing them history of the Northern Colonies. Of this we have Cumming. These are Biblical Readings on Levitiwith thoughts, suggestions, and intelligence such had, and are still having, evidence in the numerous cus and St. Luke. In waiting for the last of the as they receive through no other medium. And publications, great and small, touching this subject. Dr.'s works, one is reminded of the youth in Horthis brings to my mind a suggestion which you will Formerly our original and principal works in this ace, who thought he would wait for the river to run allow me here to interpose, and that is, whether department were scarce, but they are now being re-out, before he passed over; but, the overflowing you would not do well to have a less exclusive re- produced, with explanations and additions, which water of his Scotch-English Divinity, is pure and gard to the “Trade” and more regard to the wants give them peculiar value. As an instance of this, 1 good, and so we will not find fault that it never fails. of literary and professional men? It has seemed may mention Little & Brown's recent and elegant Mrs. H. B. Stowe's new book, “The Mayflower to me that the Gazette might be the best medium in edition of Gov. Winthrop's History of New Eng- and Miscellaneons Pieces,” is received with much the country not only for advertisements and notices land, in two large octavo volumes, adorned with a favor, to all appearance, and will have a large sale. of new books, and for merely recent intelligence, fine engraving of the admirable old Puritan. Gov. The Poems of Alice Carey, from the press of but also for descriptions of rare old books and lit- Winthrop, it seems, kept an exact account of oc- Ticknor & Fields, I think you have already noticed. erary curiosities in ages gone by, with criticisms currences and transactions in the Colony down to I have been reading this book, and some portions upon them, and upon any works or topics of litera- 1643, which was of great service to Hubbard, of it with much pleasure. The new work hy ry interest, recent or remote. In every community Mather, and Prince. This was published in 1790, Kingsley, author of " Hypatia," is receiving much of scholars a kind of “retrospoctive review” is in an octavo volume. This volume must, as I sup- praise. The work is entitled, “Westward, Ho! noeded which shall furnish a knowledge of the lit- pose, have embraced two volumes of the Govern- The Voyages and Adventures of Sir Amyas Leigh,” crary past, and such you might easily, to a limited or's manuscripts. In 1816 the manuscript of the and is a veritable history, as is supposed, in the usextent, make the Gazette, and, as I have thought, third volume was found in the tower of the Old ual novel style of the distinguished author. to the advantage of your present subscription list. South Church, in this city. This was carefully de- The small “ Treatise on English Punctuation," A word to the wise is sufficient. I merely give you ciphered and transcribed by Mr. James Savage, the by John Wilson, you have already favorably nomy impressions.

lato President of the Historical Society, and, in ticed, but it deserves to be mentioned again. Mr. 1825, published in two volumes. And it is this, Wilson is a printer, and from his long and intelli

Gov. Winthrop's Complete History of New Eng- gent practice of his profession, has been able to This excellent association held its annual meet- land, carefully revised by the same competent and prepare a volumo on the somewhat difficult art of ing on the 12th instant. Hon. James Savage, well faithful editor, which we have in the unsurpassed pointing composition, which bas probably no equal, known for his historical labors, who has filled the style of Messrs. Little & Brown's publication. The in its peculiar department, in the English language. office of President for fourteen years, declined a re- work is a great treasure, and should be in every election, and Hon. Robert C. Winthrop was chosen public and every considerable private library in the

WORKS NEARLY READY, OR IN PRESS. in his place. The predecessor of Mr. Savage in the land. The volumes equal in interest any thing Messrs. Little & Brown will soon issue several office was Ilon. Thomas L. Winthrop, the father of which can be found in the line of romance or fic- more voluines of their Standard British Pocts. The bis successor. Rov. Joseph B. Felt, who had been tion. They contain veritable history, but the histo- next to appear are Shelley, in 3 voluines, and good some eighteen years the faithful librarian of the so- ry of times and men which excite the wonder of the old George Herbert in one. They have in press, ciety, also declined a reölcction, as he is now the present generation. Life is now tame compared and will soon publish, the “Correspondence of librarian of the Congregational Library Association with that which the early settlers of New England Daniel Webster,” edited by his Son, in two voDr. S. K. Lothrop succeeds Mr. Felt as librarian to lived.

lumes, uniform with his works, which are in six the Historical Society. The trustees, under the will

volumes. I have also seen a specimen of their proof the late Samuel Appleton, of this city, have

mised edition of " Plutarch's Lives," translated transferred to the Society stocks to the value of ten Of works just issued in this city, the most im- by several hands, and edited by A. H. Clough. It thousand dollars, to coustitute a fund, the income of portant by far is the “ Ecclesiastical History of New is a splendid piece of typography. The set, in five which is to be devoted to procuring, preserving and England,” by Rev. Joseph B. Felt, whose name I volumes, when completed, will be a rare luxury to publishing Historical papers. George Livermore, mentioned above. This is the first issue of the the scholar. A large number of copies is already Esq., presented a special report, expressing the Congregational Library Association, an account of engaged for the London market.






Mossrs. Hickling, Swan & Brown, announced, College.' This essay is an elaborate view of Dr. was but 10,000; while now it is 600,000, and
this week, several very important works as in press, Whewell's work, and of Sir David Brewster's re- 67,000 of native-born citizens of Maine are resi.
among these are a new American Dictionary of the ply, both of which are named at the head of the ar- dents of other States. Prof. Packard read an
English Language, by Dr. J. C. Worcester, in one ticle in the usual style of the Quarterly Reviews. interesting article on Parson Eaton," an eccen-
large royal quarto; The Early History of Rome, by In the course of his essay Mr. Smith uses this lan. tric and noted clergyman of former times. Mr.
Henry G. Liddell, editor of the well-known Greek guage: 'It is gratifying to be able to extend the Mr. J. C. Abbott, writer of the “ Napoleon Pa-
Lexicons. A new Latin-English Dictionary, Wy same praise to the more voluminous works of the
Wm. Smith, LL. D.; a smaller English-Latin Dic- author of Indications of a Creator, with whom the pers,” gave some account of the late semi-centen-
tionary, by the sainc author, and a Diary in Greek Essayist appears not unwilling to be identified.' nial gathering of the N. Y. Historical Society;
and Turkish Waters, by the Earl of Carlisle. The author of 'Indications,' &c., as every body and after a very agreeable meeting the Society

knows, is Dr. Whewell. From this statement it adjourned.
would seem clear, 1st. That Mr. H. J. 8. Smith has

We also add some statements respecting the A very respectable proportion of this large collec- been converted by rumor into Mr. T. S. Smith condition of the Historical Society of Pennsylvation of rare and valuable books, came to this city.

(other initials are given in other papers). 2d. That nia. The library of this Society now contains The thing seemed to take with the Burnhams, and Mr. Smith is not the author of the original work on a few days after the sale, their shelves were loaded the ‘Plurality of Worlds,' since ho would not review three thousand five hundred volumes, besides down with more than 3,000 of these curious and pehis own book. 3d. That in Mr. Smith's estimation about two thousand unbound pamphlets, and a

large number of valuable manuscripts. The culiarly bound volumes. The older member of this Dr. Whewell is the author.”

books are entirely of an historical character, and house has a strange faculty of knowing the wants of his customers. It is a mystery to outsiders,

many of them are of great rarity and value.where all his books come from, but he is sure al


With the exception of a few volumes, the entire ways to have something on hand to tempt the lover

collection is the result of various and constant of books to part with his money. It is hard to en

donations by the members of the Society and ter his large establishment, and not leave with the

others. pockets materially lightened. Such a store is ex

By reference to the letter of our Boston cor

In the hall of the Society are about forty porceedingly useful to the great reading community, and literary and professional men owe no small debt respondent, our readers will find an account of traits, bust and half-length, of persons distinof gratitude to one who keeps such a miscellaneous the late Annual Meeting of the MASSACHUSETTS guished in the annals of Pennsylvania; but few collection of books and all manner of literary find- HISTORICAL SOCIETY, which, as the earliest of these are originals, all, however, are creditable works ings.

organizations, may be called the Parent Society of art. Among the originals are portraits of Of works published in other cities, we easily koop The recent discovery of the lost MSS. of Gov.Wm. William Penn and Benjamin Franklin. Among the run here. Our principal publishers keep up an Bradford's History of Plymouth Colony, from the landscapes are views of Fort Necessity at the active exchange, and readily furnish any thing we 1602 to the end of 1646, is also alluded to. It Great Meadows, of Braddock's battle-field on the need. I have recently noticed on their shelves the will probably make an octavo volume of over Monongahela, Braddock's grave by the roadmon,” by D. A. Harsha, from the press of Charles sively used by Rev. T. Prince in his New England walna.blo, and sightly volume, Orators and States - 300 pages. This, although it has been exten- side, and Penn's grave at Baconsfield. There

are numerous objects of curiosity and interesting Scribner. This is indeed a work of much merit;

relics in the cabinet. both the design and the execution of which Chronology, will prove a valuable discovery, as Letokening that the author is a thorough mas

it will doubtless furnish additional illustrations A considerable increase has occurred in the ter of the subject on which he treats. There of some of the more obscure parts of Massa. I last two years in the number of members of the was a necessity that the author should limit his se- chusetts history.

Society. Younger men are taking position, and lections, but he has done every thing which could In addition to the particulars furnished in our during the past year have displayed a zeal as have been expected in the space he has given to his last article concerning the Maine Historical Soci- fervent and exhibited abilities of as high an orwork. It is to be hoped that he will give us another ety, we give the following items respecting its op- der as have any who have gone before them. volume, as he intimates he may do, devoted to cele- erations. The Society has now a fund of about Some of the best literary productions of the city brated Pulpit Orators. He is certainly the man for $6,000 bestowed by the State, and the collection have in that time been read at the meetings of for such a task. His present work will have many of MSS. and printed works is quite valuable. the Society; while Hon. Winthrop Sargent's readers among our aspiring young men.

Uhlman's Syriac Grammar, translated from the Another volume of Collections, of about 400 History of General Braddock's Expedition, just German, is one of the greatest recent treasures from pages, will be published soon. Besides the an. published, reflects high credit upon the Society the New York press. The work has long been dual meeting, held at Brunswick in September, who have shown such just appreciation of the needed, and, I trust, will sell well for such a book. there are also special meetings convened at Port- author's abilities. It cortainly has no equal, nor, so far as I know, any land and Augusta. The last was held at Augusta, The system of publication by a fund, has rival. I should be glad to speak of it more at length, Feb. 2, at which several interesting communi- already been alluded to. The money is invested and urge the study of this important language upon cations were read. One of these was a very and held by Trustees, and only its interest can all young clergymen and theological students, did amusing paper prepared by H. C. Robbins, in- be used. The Society and individuals aid the my limits periit. In the publication of such a work, the Appletons have done good service to the troductory to an autograph letter from Wash- fund in its present weak state—its principal, but clergy and the lover of ancient languages, and they ington to Gen. Knox, in 1789, acknowledging five thousand dollars, being insufficient to prowill doubtless receive a suitable reward. Next to the receipt of a piece of cloth manufactured at duce works of elegance with much rapidity. The laborious thinkers and authors, good publishers Hartford, where the first cotton-mill in the Uni- last work issued by the Society is a History will have the scholar's gratitude.

ted States was established. At the evening ses- of Mason and Dixon's Line, by J. H. B. Latrobe, Very sincerely yours,

sion, the opening address was delivered by the Esq., of Baltimore. It may almost be said to N. M. Hon. Wm. Willis, Recording Secretary, who re supply a gap in our literary history--so widely

viewed the history of the Society, with inciden- known in the existence of that line, and so little THE PLURALITY OF WORLDS.

tal notices of other kindred associations, and of is known of it. A committee of this Society was The American Publishers of “The Plurality of the distinguished early members of this Society, recently appointed to inquire into the expediency Worlds” write to correct an error which has been many of whom are no longer surviving. He of celebrating the adoption of the Constitution of floating through the public prints that Dr. Whewell then instituted a comparative view of the con. the United States as a great Historical Epoch, and is not the anthor of that work. They state that dition of the State at the time of its admission to fix the day on which it should be observed. “The mistake probably arose in this way: A vol to the Union in 1820, and at the present time, Mr. J. R. Tyson, as Chairman, reported in favor ume has recently been published in England, entitied, 'Oxford Essays, contributed by Members of recurring also to the prominent parts of the early of its observance on the Anniversary of its adopthe University. The fourth in number of these history of the State. Among the valuable station by the Convention, which occurred on the Essays is named in the contents "The Plurality of tistics of this address we find that just one hun- 17th day of September, 1787. This event will Worlds. By Henry J. S. Smith, Fellow of Balliol dred years ago the whole population of the State be celebrated on the 17th of September, 1856,

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