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have alone enabled him to effect it. Hav- by the political system with which those
ing conceived the idea, only a few weeks countries have been and yet are cursed.
before the meeting of the Legislature be. If other readers, in perusing the still
fore which the work was to be laid in darkening pages of the sad record it
printed form, of accompanying it with a presents, can always restrain the convul-
general review of the advance of civilisa- sive burst of feeling, of sympathy and
tion and refinement within the State, Gov. indignation, to which it must give rise,
Seward devoted himself to the voluntary such an exercise of self-command
task with that energetic industry which than we have been able to perform.
finds in difficulties only new subjects for One feature in this work claims par-
triumph. Addressing himself for mate ticular notice; we refer to the accumula-
rials and aid to a number of gentlemen in tion of evidence, which Mr. Lester is in
various parts of the State, he has succeeded general anxious to quote from English
in amassing a large accumulation of facts, authorities themselves, in support of all his
for the most part of a most interesting and strong statements-statements otherwise,
valuable character, relating to education, probably, scarcely likely to be believed
the press, the theological, medical, and as possible. Altogether, it is a very re-
legal professions, political history and markable book, and we shall take an early
jurisprudence, agriculture, horticulture, occasion to bestow upon its contents a
antiquities, Indian history, literature, sci more elaborate notice than here is in our
ence, arts, internal improvements, &c. power. It is very neatly printed, and is
An account of the rise and condition of the illustrated by two beautiful engraved
celebrated Penitentiary system, which the title-pages by Dick, from designs by Chap-
example of this state is diffusing over the man—the one in the first volume repre-
civilized nations of the globe, is added as senting a gallant ship, in the full glory of
a Note to the Introduction-having appa- its pride and power, careering over the
rently been received too late for insertion deep under the flag of England; the
in another place. Of the contributions second, exhibiting the same ship a shat-
thus furnished from various quarters, some tered wreck, in the act of going down
are adopted by Governor Seward substan- beneath the waves over which it rode so
tially in the form in which received from magnificently. The meaning of the two
their authors, little labor, as he states, it is unnecessary for us to point out.
having been bestowed upon them beyond
that of compilation. There is necessarily The Wing-and-Wing, or Le Feu-Follet;
of course a certain degree of want of sym-
metry and proportion in the arrangement

a Tale, by the Author of the “Pilot,"
« Red Rover,”

Admirals," of so heterogeneous a mass of materials

“ Homeward Bound,” &c., &c. In 2 thus hastily thrown together, which under

vols. 12mo. the circumstances alluded to ought scarce

Philadelphia : Lea and

Blanchard. 1842. ly to be regarded as justly amenable to criticism. On the whole its execution is This is another of Cooper's sea stories, so able, as its design was bold and its and a capital one. The scene being results are valuable, that we wish we thrown upon seas and shores unvisited could accord equal praise to all the other before by any of his imaginary sails, an public acts of Governor Seward, as to that air of variety and novelty is given to it, as to which he has so handsomely entitled though were not the seventh progeny of himself in this.

the same prolific source. The Feu-Follet

(French for the Jack o' Lantern) is a priThe Condition and Fate of England. By French Republic, about the year 1798 or

vateer lugger in the commission of the the author of “ The Glory and Shame of England.” In 2 vols. 12mo. New '9, possessing wondrous powers of nautiYork: J. & H. G. Langley, 57 Chat- cal performance, and commanded by one ham street. 1843.

of Cooper's thorough-bred impersonations

of the naval hero. The scene is about This is a most thrilling and harrowing the Island of Elba and the Bay of Naples, book, and cannot but make a deep im- and the main thread of the story relates to pression on the public mind. It is a better the various efforts made by an English one than Mr. Lester's former work, frigate, officered by a fine set of fellows, which, however, itself contained such fea to capture the tantalizing little wasp of a tures of merit, as more than countervailed corsair and her splendid young commander. the defects apparent on its surface. It Raoul Yvard's chief business on the coast, developes, with a hand of strong vigor, about which he hovers with the perseverprompted by a heart swelling with earnest ance of the moth around the candle, is to feeling, a fearful account of all the suf- urge his love-suit to a beautiful young ferings and oppressions which have been Italian, between whom and her infidel inflicted upon England, and upon Ireland, lover religion alone draws an impassable

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line. "Ghita is a very lovely creature, small regret of its readers. “ Puffer Hopthough, like all our author's female cha- kins” is the creation of a pen capable of racters, drawn in rather dim outline and much better things than itself. It has watery coloring. A specimen of Yankee- not a few passages and points of high ism in one of its least amiable forms figures merit, though a large part of the work largely in the story, in the person of Ithuel is in a vein in which we do not think Bolt, who, having served formerly as an that Mr. Mathews's forte resides, we impressed seaman on board the Proserpine, refer to that style of serio-comic caricaaffords a pretty good illustration of the ture, and of witty burlesque, sarcastic spirit which stimulated our late war with while kindly, and humorous while peEngland. Two ludicrous characters are thetic, of which Dickens has set the ex. afforded in the persons of the civic digni- ample, unconsciously in the eye of the taries of a little Italian town; while a dash author of “ Puffer Hopkins.” But there of the higher dignity of history is thrown are some capital scenes, and the poor taiin, in that of Nelson. A powerful picture lor, Fob, would redeem more faults than is incidentally presented of the celebrated this book has to answer for. There is execution of Caraccioli. These materials also a certain manliness of spirit about afford an abundant wherewithal to our it, and a just and kindly tone of sentiinent, great naval novelist to construct one of which go far to attach the sympathies of the most successful and interesting of all the reader to the author ; and, combined his fictions--which he intersperses by the with the power of his pen as displayed in way occasionally with a few sly hits that a somewhat disjointed and fragmentary look to other objects than the immediate manner in his pages, to make us hope for ones of his plot, such as the following at our a further and better acquaintance with present amiable and distinguished Minis- him. ter at the court of Madrid:

" It is very seldom that a man of mere letters is The Complete Poetical Works of William qualified for public life; and yet there is an affectation, in all governments, most especially in those Cowper, Esq., &c., 8c., with a Memoir of which care so little for literature in general as to the Author. By the Rev. H. STEBBING, render some professions of respect for it necessary to their own characters, of protecting it; and thus it

A. M. In 2 vols. 12mo. pp. 416, 405. is, that among ourselves, where the laws are so New York : D. Appleton & Co. Phil. indifferent as to the rights and interests of men of this class, as to subject them to costs and penalties,

adelphia: George S. Appleton. 1843. in the prosecution of their ordinary labors, that no The Complete Works of Robert Burns, with other Christian nation dreams of exacting, we hear

Explanatory and Glossarial Notes, and high-sounding pretensious to this species of libe. rality; although the system of rewards and punish. a Life of the Author. By JAMES CURments that prevails, usually requires that its bene.

RIE, M. D., abridged. The first comficiary should first rat, in order to prove his adaplit. tion to the duty,"

plete American Edition. New York : This is the first time that one of Cooper's

D. Appleton & Co. 1842. 1 vol. novels has been published in the present

12mo. pp. 575. mode, at only fifty cents for the two vol There are other editions of Burns in umes, and is a very good consequence of the American market, though none, like the new system of cheap publications this, complete. Of Cowper there are recently come into vogue. This price none to our knowledge; and the pubpermits it to be printed with a satisfactory lishers have rendered a welcome serdegree of neatness for a work of this de- vice to true taste in poetry, and true scription, and we doubt not that a larger sentiment in morals and religion, in return of profit, to both publisher and supplying the deficiency with the present author, is to be reaped from that mode of neat and compact volumes. Of course publication, than from the old fashion of there can be no occasion for us to do ihrice or four times the present price. more than direct attention to the fact of

their publication. Burns never grows

old--any more than does ever nature or The Career of Puffer Hopkins. By COR- love; and though there have been so

Motley Book,” “ Behemoth,” “Wakon- of his complete poetical works, like the

many before, a cheap and pretty edition dah," &c. New-York : D. Appleton present one, is always secure of liberal & Co. 1842.

sale. And though the melancholy moWe have here the completion of the ralist may be less of a favorite than the serial story begun with much vivacity in immortal peasant poet, yet he too, thus the excellent Magazine, Arcturus, of agreeably presented, cannot fail to find which its author was one of the editors, an audience which, though fit, will not and which was discontinued to the no be few.

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