« PreviousContinue »
One luckless day last week the poet met
The portrait in this volume is much more
like him, that is, as we see him through his letSach dark expressive eyes, such curls of jet,
ters, than the one which was given in TalArched brows, straight nose, round chin, and lips a Prince Might sue to kiss--in brief, so many beauties,
fourd's former life of him, published several Soch hands, such waist, such ankles–O such tooties ! years ago. The reprint is as it should be, a He really has not been his own man since: Rum-panch will not restore his appetite,
very neat one, and cannot be long in finding its Nor rarebits even make him sleep at night !--Am. Rev. way to the admirers of Elia.
July, 1848. There are two words, or rather applications of words, which we rather wonder should have escaped the author. One is “ moderate," pro
A Manual of Grecian and Roman Antiquities.
By Dr. E. F. BOJESEN, Professor, &c. nounced mordrit, which is much used in New
Translated from the German and edited by England to express any amount of diminution
the Rev. THOMAS KERCHEVER ARNOLD, M.A. either directly in bulk or quality, or metaphori
rector of Lyndon, and late Fellow of Trinity cally in mind or character. After hearing old Deacon X., for instance, declare that the
College, Cambridge. Revised, with addi
tions and corrections. New York: Applenew minister was “ruther m-o-r-drit,” we
ton & Co. 1848. should feel positive that a few months would witness a change of dynasty. The other is
This is no doubt the best school work of the the Pennsylvania “ ordinary,” pronounced ornary, and applied in much the same way as the veys all or nearly all that is known of the laws,
kind we have. It is clearly arranged, and conYankee “moderate.” That young lady in a backwoods village would not be a very desira- tions, in a form that is well designed to aid the
manners, religion, &c., of those ancient nable acquaintance, respecting whom the neigh- memory. This edition is supplied with occabors should unite in saying “ she is ornary:
sional notes, and a complete series of quesEvery reader will probably call to mind simi
tions. It is so compact and well arranged as to lar examples which this collection does not contain ; still it is as complete, perhaps, as
form a book interesting not only to students, could be expected for such a
but to general readers. serve a good purpose in separating the language of coarseness from that of elegance.
The Life of Jesus Christ in its Historical Con
nection and Historical_Development. By
AUGUSTUS NEANDER. Translated from the Literary Sketches and Letters : being the fourth German edition, by CHARLES M'Clin
Final Memorials of Charles Lamb, never TOCK and CHARLES E. BLUMENTHAL, Pro-
• The immediate occasion of this work,” say It is almost superfluous to promise an ex the translators, “was the publication, in 1845, tended notice of this welcome book as soon as of Strauss's Life of Christ, a work which, as time and space permit; we hope there are not everyone knows, created a great sensation, many readers who would readily forgive the not merely in the theological circles of Geromission of one. At present it is suificient to many, but also throughout Europe.” “Notsay that the volume is mostly composed of withstanding the dread with which German Lamb's letters, not before published, to Cole- theology is regarded by many English and ridge, Southey, Wordsworth, and others of his some American divines, it was not in German friends, and that they are quite as delightful as soil that the first seeds of infidelity took root. those which have already embalmed his mem It was by the Deistical writers of England, in ory. They authenticate the report of his own the early part of the last century, that the auearly insanity, and the story, which, before, we thenticity of the sacred writers was first openly had resolutely believed to be the sport of some assailed. The attacks of Toland, Chubb, Morhorror-loving invention, about poor Mary gan, &c., &c., were directed mainly against the Lamb's having murdered her mother in a fit of credibility and sincerity of the sacred writers, frenzy, and the subsequent recurrence of her and their blows were aimed avowedly against disease at intervals through life. They also the whole fabric of Christianity.” place Lamb's character in a new light, and English skepticism passed over into Germany. enable us better to do justice to his excellence. Among the various sects or classes of unbeThey show him as a religious person as well as lievers, the most learned and numerous are the a humorist, as a resolute, self-sacrificing man Rationalists, who endeavor to interpret Scripas well as the most genial of wits, and the most ture by mere logic and science. They seek to acute of critics.
free it from everything supernatural. Strauss
conceived the bold idea of regarding the whole | ing a record of the observations of General Hull New Testament history as a mythical narrative, himself, on numerous public events in which he like the story of Prometheus, or of Osiris. took a part, or with which he was personally ac“ All Germany became infected with the mytho- quainted. *** I have also read with a lively mania.” Strauss, however, gave a deadly blow interest, the chapters on the Campaign of 1812. to that dry and ignorant rationalism which The narrative is clear and full, and whatever treats the Scripture as a common book of judgment may be formed of the result, the partimorals and anecdotes. The views of Neander, drawn from the highest sources, and they are
culars here set forth give evidence of having been on the contrary, unite the learning and profound exhibited in such a manner as to present the conspiritualism of the best school of interpreters, troverted points in a just light.” with the evangelism of modern enthusiastic Christianity, as it appears in the orthodox
This work of Mr. Clarke's must of course churches of New England and Germany. His find a place in every historical library, and is work has become indispensable to theological necessary to complete one's reading on the later students, and all who wish to understand the periods of our history. doctrines of orthodox Protestantism.
Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley, The Life of Oliver Cromwell. By. J. T. HEADLEY, author of Napoleon and his Mar
comprising the results of extensive Original shals, &c. &c. New York: Baker & Scrib
Surveys and Explorations. By E. G. SQUIER,
A.M. and E. H. DAVIS, M.D. New York : 1848.
Bartlett & Welford. Cincinnati : J. A. &
U. P. James, The history of Cromwell and his times, so often handled and with such various success, must continue to interest the world while the
This long expected work, which constitutes spirit of liberty remains in it. Mr. Headley's tributions to Knowledge,” published by the
the first volume of the “ Smithsonian Consuccesses as a historical writer have tempted Smithsonian Institution, is announced for pubhim to try his hand upon this inexhaustible lication on the first of September. Imperial topic. His design seems to have been to give a rapid and brilliant sketch, such as may excite quarto, size and style of quarto “ Exploring and interest the uninformed upon these topics. and two hundred and ten engravings on wood.
Expedition,” illustrated by fifty quarto plates, He has made it a popular history, in which
Furnished only to subscribers. Price $10. all those qualities appear that have made his previous works among the most profitable literary enterprises of the day. The style is rapid, fluent, and exciting to the fancy; the action, we need hardly say, well sustained. Modern French Literature. By L. RAYMOND It will doubtless be extensively read. The DE VERICOUR, formerly lecturer in the Royal work is in one volume, small octavo, with an Athenæum, Paris, &c., &c. Revised, with excellent portrait of Cromwell.
Notes, alluding particularly to writers prominent in late Political Events in Paris. By WILLIAM STAUGHTON CHASE, A.M. Bos.
ton : Gould, Kendall, & Lincoln. 1848. Revolutionary Services and Civil Life of General William Hull; prepared from his Manu
To those who do not read French, this work scripts, by kis Daughter, Mrs. Maria CAMP- will supply a very clear and fair view
of ModBELL: together with the History of the Cam
ern French literature. It was prepared some paign of 1812, and surrender of the post of time since for the Messrs. Chambers of EdinDetroit, by his Grandson, James FREEMAN burgh, to whom the public are indebted for CLARKE. New York: D. Appleton & Co. many books calculated to interest readers and 1848.
spread the love of knowledge. The author
has for many years resided in England, and The following is extracted from a letter of writes in English. The notes, which refer Jared Sparks, Esq., the historian of Washing- particularly to writers more talked of since ton, to the Rev. James Freeman Clarke :
the revolution, appear to have beer judiciously
made. Without assenting to all that is said “Dear Sir :- I have perused the manuscript respecting the character and tendency of many which you sent me, relative to the Revolutionary writings which are noticed, we think the auServices and Civil Life of General Hull. The thor writes in a candid spirit, and is entitled whole appears to me to be written with close at to general credence. It is to be hoped the tention to the facts of history; and it derives portrait of Lamartine prefixed to the title is a great value from the circumstance of its contain more correct one than that in the shop win
dows; it makes him look less theatrical, and Story of the Peninsular War. By GENERAL more like a sensible gentleman.
CHARLES WILLIAM VANE, Marquess of Londonderry, G.C.B., G.C.H., Colonel of the Second Regiment of Life Guards. New
Edition, revised, with considerable additions. An Universal History, in a Series of Letters ; New York: Harper & Brothers. 1848.
being a Complete and Impartial Narrative of the most Remarkable Events of all Nations This is a very neat reprint of a standard from the Earliest Period to the Present Time. work which was lately republished in England Forming a Complete History of the World, with many additions. Lord Londonderry was Vol. I. Ancient History. New York: De- unable to bring down his work to the close of witt & Davenport. 1848.
the war, having been compelled by ill-health to
return to England after the capture of Ciudad This is a large volume, issued in a cheap Rodrigo. The additions to the present edition style, and intended for popular circulation. supply that deficiency, and bring down the hisThe letter-press is very well, but the wood-cuts tory to the Peace of 1814. In this work the are not so good. The full length of Adam narrative of movements, &c., has the advanposterior to the fall, which officiates tage of coming from an eye-witness; the latter frontispiece, is particularly disagreeable. The half of the volume, from the battle of Corunna work contains much valuable information; and the death of Sir John Moore, our readers it is a matter of regret, however, that such need not be reminded, includes many of the compendiums, instead of serving as they ought Duke, then Lord, Wellington's most celebrated merely to interest readers and draw them military triumphs. on in study, should so often be used by smatterers, and what are sometimes miscalled
self-taught men,” for their own purposes. But that is not the fault of the books. All
CORRECTION. writing, according to the Chinese doctrine, is sacred ; so we may consider that all popular The following correction is important. The and entertaining histories are good—if people writer of the article alluded to was misled by a only make a right use of them.
Indianapolis, Ind., July 26th, 1846.
DEAR SIR :- In the July number of the "AmerMemoirs of the Reign of George the Second, ican Review," on the 6th page, I find the followfrom his Accession to the death of Queen Caroline. By JOHN LORD HERVEY. Edited
ing paragraph: from the original manuscript at Ickworth, by “Six names were offered to be voted for, namethe Right Hon. JOHN WILSON CROKER, ly, those of Messrs. McLean, Clayton, Webster, LL.D., F.R.S. In two vols. Philadelphia : Scott, Clay, and Taylor. The whole number of Lea & Blanchard. 1848.
votes cast was 279. Of these Judge McLean had
two votes, one from Ohio, and one from Iowa." To readers of English history this will prove one of the most acceptable reprints of the day. McLean and his friends. His name was not be
This paragraph does great injustice to Judge Lord Hervey was one of the wits of a not very rigid or refined court, and his memoirs present fore the Convention to be “voted for.” As a delea curiously diversified scene of politics and gate from Indiana, I presented his name, but it intrigue, like the letters of Walpole and others.
was immediately withdrawn by Mr. Galloway, Fancy a Senator, any of the most gallant and
of Ohio, who was authorized by the Judge thus accomplished of those who adorn the halls of Polk the First, secretly penning day by day a
to act. narrative of the plots, schemes, and occurrences May I ask you to give this note in the Sephe is mixed up with, to be given to the next tember number of the Review? Were yours a generation, and we can imagine the interest
mere newspaper paragraph, it would not, probawhich such a work must have for antiquaries --those who live a century behind their time,
bly, be worth the trouble to correct it; but it is a and are the spiritual cotemporaries of their different matter when found in a magazine of the great-great-grandfathers. Books like this let character sustained by the Review. Yours, &c. us more completely into the Past than the after
JOHN D. DEFREES. record of History.
James D. Whelpley, Esq., editor of the Am. Rev.
National Loan Fund Life Assurance Society
“ A SAVINGS BANK FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE WIDOW AND THE ORPHAN.”
EMPOWERED BY ACT OF PARLIAMENT. CAPITAL £500,000 OR $2,500,000. BESIDE A RESERVE FUND (FROM SURPLUS PREMIUMS) OF ABOUT 185,000 DOLLARS.
(Part of the Capital is invested in the United States.) T. LAMIE MURRAY, Esq., George street, Hanover-square, Chairman of the Court of
Directors in London.
UNITED STATES BOARD OF LOCAL DIRECTORS.
CHIEF OFFICE FOR AMERICA, 74 Wall-st., N. Y. Jacob Harvey, Esq., Chairman, John J. Palmer, Esq., Jonathan Goodhue, Esq., Jas Boorman, Esq., Geo. Barclay, Esq., Samuel S. Howland, Esq., Gorham A. Worth, Esq.' Samuel M. Fox, Esq., Wm. Van Hook, Esq., and C. Edward Habicht, Esq.
EDWARD T. RICHARDSON, Esq., GENERAL ACCOUNTANT. Pamphlets, Blank Forms, Tables of Rates, Lists of Agents, &c., &c., can be obtained at the Chief Office, -4 Wall Street, or from either of the Agents throughout the United States, and British North American Colonies.
J. LEANDER STARR, General Agent for the United States, and B. N. A. Colonies.
NAUTILUS (MUTUAL) LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY.
Office No. 58 Wall street. This Company recently organized, upon the improved and deservedly popular principle of mutual assurance, will contine its business exclusively to Insurance on Lives.
It commences with a capital of $50,000, which will be continually augmenting as its business increases. The rates of premium correspond with those of other American Companies.
One of the peculiar advantages attending insurance with this company is, that all the assured share annually in its profits, and are interested in its success; for its charter provides “ that each and every member shall be annually credited with his proportional share of the amount of premiums earned, after deducting losses and expenses. But in no case shall his share of loss ex ceed the amount of such premium.” These earned premiums or profits will be safely, invested by the company, constituting a permanent fund, annually augmenting for the benefit and security of all parties interested.
The Rates of Insurance on One Hundred Dollars, on a Single Life, for One Year.
Persons may effect insurance on their own lives or the lives of others.
A man may effect insurance on his own life in the name of his wife for her benefit, and paya. ble to her-and in case of her death previous to the death of her husband, payable to her children for their use, and to their guardian it under age. LEWIS BENTON, Secretary.
J. D. P. OGDEN, President. PLINT FREEMAN, Actuary.
A. M. MERCHANT, Vice President. ALEXANDER HAMILTON, Jun., Attorney. Medical Examiners.-Gerge Wilkes, M.D., 28 Laight street, Cornelius R. Bogert, M. D.,5 St. Mark's Place
THE AMERICAN REVIEW:
JAMES D. WHELPLEY, EDITOR : WITH THE ASSISTANCE, IN THE POLITICAL
DEPARTMENT, of the Hon. DANIEL D. BARNARD. In the original Prospectus of the AMERICAN REVIEW, issued at Washington by Mr. Colton, its former proprietor and Editor, a number of the leading Whig Members of the Twentyseventh Congress (1845-6,) subscribed their names to the following resolution :
Earnestly approving the plan of such a National organ, long needed and of manifest importance, the undersigned agree to contribute for its pages, from time to time, such communications as may be necessary to set forth and defend the
doctrines held by the united Whig Party of the Union. Signed by Geo. P. Marsh, Daniel D. Barnard, J. McPherson Berrien, J. R. Ingersoll, E. Joy Morris, T. L. Clingman, Daniel Webster, R. C. Winthrop, Thos. Butler King, Hamilton Fish, J. P. Kennedy, J. Collamer, Wm. S. Archer, Rufus Choate, Alexander H. Stephens."
By an agreement with the present Proprietors, Mr. Barnard continues his political connection with the Review as an adviser and regular contributor.
An engraved portrait of some distinguished person will be found in every number of the Review. These will usually be portraits of living American Statesmen, and whenever that is possible, will be accompanied with an authentic Memoir of the person represented.
The first objects of the Review are of course political : it is designed to set forth and defend the principles, the measures, and the men of the UNITED WHIG PARTY of the Union. It has been a matter of just reproach to that Party, that, though it embraces in great part the intelligence and learning of the country, it has had no Quarterly or Monthly organ devoted to the expression and defence of its opinions and measures. The conductors of the American Review, have done what in them lies to remove this reproach by securing contributions from sources of undoubted ability and truth. It is their intention, if possible, that no Whig in the Nation shall want either Arguments to defend, or Authorities to support his opinions.
The literary department of the Review will agree in spirit with the political. The conductors believe that there is learning and originality enough in this country to sustain their enterprise to the full.
The Foreign Miscellany of each number will be as authentic as the best foreign papers can make it, and may be referred back to as an accurate Chronicle of the times.
TERMS.-$5 00 a-year. Payment to be called for in advance, or early in the year.
Agents for the Review.
Philip D. WEBB, GENERAL AGENT. 06- Mr. HENRY M. LEWIS is our traveling agent for Alabama and Tennessee. Mr. ISRAEL E. JAMES for the Southern and Southwestern States, assisted by James K. Whipple, William H. Weld, O. H. P. Stem, John B. Weld, T. S. Waterman, John Collins, James Deering, Isaac T. Guyer, and R. S. James.
Mr. C. W. JAMES for the Western States, Iowa and Wisconsiz., assisted by James R. Smith, J. T. Dent, T. Gardiner Smith and F. J. Hawes, John W. Armstrong, Jassen Tayler, E. M. Stevenson, and W. Ramsey.
LOCAL A GENTS.
Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Henry Bowen, 97 Washington st., Boston. J. L. Agens,
Newark, N. J.
Wilmington, Del. A, Rose,
Hartford, Ct. Taylor, Wilde & Co., Baltimore, Md. Safford & Park, Norwich, Franck Taylor,
Washington, D. C. Thomas H. Pease, New Haven, “ George Oates,
Charleston, s. C. George Stanwood, Natchez, Miss. W.C. Richards,
Athens, Ga. Thomas S. Cutting, Buffalo, N. Y. Ì Thomas H. Hardin,
Savannah,« L. R. Carswell, Lockport,“ D. Baker & Co.,
New Orleans. D, M. Dewey, Rochester, C.C. Langdon,
Mobile, Ala. J. C. Derbey & Co., Auburn, F. S. Latham,
Memphis, Tenn. G. N. Beaseley, Utica, Geo. L. Weed,
Cincinnati, Ohio. Young & Hart,
Indianapolis, Ia. W.C. Little & Co.,
St. Louis, Mo. Robert Morris & Co., Mississippi. I Alex. Wilson,
So. Middleton, N. Y.