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interested in the paper, and whose attention we may properly call to it by this means.

THE LITERARY WORLD. SCRIPT; sixty-three pages, closely and neatly In this emergency recourse was had to

written; in the original calf binding: From Lord Charles Deane, LL. D., of Cambridge, Mass.,

Valentia's Collection. The following note, pen-
BOSTON, MAY I, 1877.

cilled on the fly-leaf, is believed to be in Lord whose ample historical learning and special
Valentia's hand': “This unpublished manuscript accomplishments with respect to the par-

of Hakluyt's is extremely curious. I procured it Communications for the editorial department of the paper itors of the last edition would have given any him preëminently to carry forward and finish

from the family of Sir Peter Thomson." The ed- ticular subjects of the Discourse, qualified should be addressed to THE EDITOR OF THE LITERARY WORLD; for the business department to The PUBLISHER OF money for it, had it been known to have existed.'

the task which Dr. Woods had projected and THE LITERARY WORLD; P. O. Box 1183, Boston, Mass. Sir Peter Thomson, or Thompson “with so happily begun. Under his most com

Communications, to secure attention, must be accompa- a p,” as his name seems sometimes to have petent hand the fabric has been rescued nied by the name and address of the writer in full.

For terms of subscription and advertising rates see the been spelled, was a diligent and enthusiastic from its peril, brought to its present state, publisher's card upon the last page of reading matter. collector of literary and other curiosities, and is presently to be given to the public in

who died in Dorset in 1770. His library, a perfected and enduring form. We are glad to send a specimen copy of the which was described as “containing many The volume opens with an explanatory LITERARY WORLD free to any address. curious and scarce articles in old English Note from the Standing Committee of the Our subscribers will confer a favor by furnish- literature, MSS., and rare Books,” came un- Maine Historical Society, by the hand of ing us with the names of such of their friends der the hammer at Evans's in London, in Prof. Packard, of Bowdoin College. This is and acquaintances as would be likely to be

1815, and it was at this sale doubtless that followed by a very graceful Editor's Note this Hakluyt manuscript passed to Lord Va- from Mr. Deane. Next is a Preface, in lentia, who was an Irish nobleman. At the which is related the history of the manu

subsequent sale of his library it was bought by script as above outlined. And then comes THE HAKLUYT MANUSCRIPT. Mr. Stevens, through whom in turn it passed an extended Introduction, of a more particu“A particuler discourse concerning the sion Dr. Woods found it, in January, 1868. Character. In printing the Discourse the

to Sir Thomas Phillipps. And in his posses- larly descriptive and distinctively critical greate necessitie and manifolde comody

His picture of its exterior is in these words : copy has been strictly followed in every parties that are like to growe to this Realme of Englande by the Westerne "The manuscript is written in a contempora- ticular, except that in a few instances liberdiscoueries lately attempted, written

neous hand, though it is believed not in that of ties have been taken with capital letters, and

its author. . . . The book consists of sixty-five in the yere 1584. by Richarde

pages in folio. It is sixteen and one-half inches punctuation and abbreviations have been Hackluyt of Oxforde, at the long, and a little over eleven and one-half wide, amended wherever the sense made it necesrequeste and direction of the

and one-half inch thick. The written page is sary. The text was stereotyped without righte worshipfull Mr Walter

fourteen inches long, and eight and one-half wide,

with a margin on the left of two inches for notes: note or comment, but there is an Appendix Rayhly, nowe Knight, before

The commencement of all fresh paragraphs is in to the volume of some seventy pages, conthe comynge home of his a large old English hand.”...

taining annotations on the text by the editor. twoo barkes, and is de

The sensations of the American discoverer We cannot here enter into an exposition vided into xxi chapiters, the titles whereof fol

of this interesting relic can be better imagined of the subject-matter of the Discourse, lowe in the nexte

than described. Dr. Woods rejoiced over it or repeat the ingenious argument from leafe.”

“as one who findeth great spoil,” though he internal evidence by which its date and

seems to have held his emotions under authorship are fixed, and the circumstances The discovery upon the crowded shelves

proper reserve. He easily procured permis- of its composition determined. Suffice it to of a private library in England of a version from the baronet to have a copy taken, say that its date was 1584; that its author itable Hakluyt manuscript, the title of which

and that work was performed by an expert was unquestionably Hakluyt; that it was is reproduced above as nearly as is possible with the utmost skill and care. Tracings of written by request of Walter Raleigh, before in print, and its forthcoming publication by the original hand-writing were made, the he was knighted; that it was intended to the agency of a local historical society in the abbreviations of the manuscript were re- serve as an argument with the Queen in United States, is an event of no small im: tained in the copy, and the spelling and favor of royal aid to schemes of discovery portance to antiquaries and scholars, and

punctuation were strictly followed. In fact, and colonization ; and that the manuscript one which contributes a fresh and interest- all pains were taken to reproduce the origi- thus utilized is itself one of three, or posing chapter to the curiosities of literature. nal with the greatest possible fidelity.

sibly four, copies that Hakluyt caused to be It is with great pleasure that we lay before our readers the particulars of the story.

With his invaluable acquisition Dr. Woods made of the original. “It was not writ

returned to America, and soon set about the ten for the press.” We further quote from It was in 1868 that Dr. Leonard Woods, task of preparing the manuscript for publica- the Introduction : a former President of Bowdoin College, and tion. But alas ! fate, which had locked the now a resident of Brunswick, Me, being original in almost entire oblivion for nearly in recommendation of an enterprise of planting

“ This Discourse purports to have been written in England in search of whatever might three hundred years, with equal merciless- the English race in the unsettled parts of North be found to his advantage as an explorer of

America by occuness twice threatened to arrest the use of pied by any Christian people, of which possession the early history of Maine, learned of the the copy. In the first instance Dr. Woods's had been taken the previous year by Gilbert; and existence, in the collection

of the then living library was burned, and the results of much indeed, in advocacy of what was even then known Sir Thomas Phillipps, at Cheltenham, Glou- of his preparatory labor, with some of his Raleigh's separate enterprise was but a continua

Gilbert, of which cestershire, of a manuscript Discourse by critical apparatus, were destroyed. This was tion. It commends this policy on high and patri: Hakluyt, whose famous volumes of early in August, 1873. Happily the manuscript otic grounds, urging the commercial benefits mit English voyages are among the classics of had by this time been wholly stereotyped, edy for the existing political evils by which the

will the English people, and as a remhistorical literature.

This manuscript

, it and a few of the rough notes which had been State was threatened. ... Proposing as it does appeared, had been bought by Sir Thomas drafted were also in a place of safety

. Follow- a remedy for existing evil inanidh at deliverance from in 1854, at a sale of books in London being this narrow escape, the sudden undermin- interests, the passions, and the aspirations of the

dangers, and instinct as it is with the longing to Mr. Henry Stevens, on whose cat-ing of Dr. Woods's health compelled him to hour, this Discourse cannot be justly estimated alogue it was thus described :

to suspend his labors of annotation, and the which it was written ; viz., the political, religious “A VERY IMPORTANT UNPUBLISHED MANU-proposed publication was again obstructed. and commercial condition at that precise period

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in England, - a condition certainly critical in the the comparative darkness of his isolation it gives us the space which our work requires, and highest degree, presenting just ground for the anxieties of its statesmen, and perhaps offering gives him a sort of light to work by. What reviews of a number of new and interesting some apology for the measures which they were had been perhaps a lonely life has now a books are unavoidably deferred. Among these driven to adopt.” companionship; and in the responsiveness are the new Leopold Shakspere, Steiger's Cyclope

dia of Education, Cameron's Across Africa, The work is now ready for publication, of a hitherto unresponsive world is found a

Squier’s Peru, Smiles's Thomas Edward, Mrs. and its appearance will awaken great interest new zest to labor. More of it from those in historical circles. As a second volume in who feel themselves placed under intellectual Browning's Letters, Tyng's He Will Come, and two

volumes of discourse by Mr. Frothingham. the “Documentary History” of Maine, it and moral obligations to living authors would will give to that series a novel and immedi- doubtless quicken the latter for the public

BARRY CORNWALL.* ate distinction, and the Maine Historical So- good. ciety is to be congratulated on having its

R. Procter died in 1874 in his 87th

MR name connected with so unique a contribu

The present number of the Literary World year. The greater part of his long tion to our sources of information respecting closes its seventh volume. The pressure upon life was spent in London, where he was by the period in question. We count it a pleas- our columns requires, as our readers will notice, profession a conveyancer, and for many ant thing that Dr. Woods should live to see an addition of four pages. We take this as a

years a Commissioner of Lunacy. He was the completion of a project in which he has good omen.

by taste, however, a man of letters, and his

How glad we should be to make been so vitally instrumental, and a fortunate the enlargement permanent ! A continuation of guished, were all of the world of literature and

associates, who were numerous and distinone that aid so competent as that of Mr. the encouragement received during the last two art. His own poems were mostly written beDeane could be procured to

ensure its

months will justify us in doing nothing less. fore he had reached his thirty-fifth year. The

With its June number we shall regard the paper volume before us, while wanting in the avoirA LIGHT TO WORK BY.

as having fairly entered on its new course. We dupois qualities of some recent memoirs, is expect that course to prove onward and

of a finer grain than most, and redolent T is one of the drawbacks to a purely lit- ward. We have large plans, but will still re

withal like a tropical wood. Biographical IT erary life that he who leads it is of neces

notes by its editors, Mrs. Procter and Mr. serve all promises. sity cut off in great degree from all personal

Coventry Patmore, Mr. Procter's contact with those with whom his writings

WANTED, an English word to take the place

sketches of some of his distinguished conbring him into intellectual relations. The and do the work of the French word littérateur. temporaries, a collection of his unpublished orator has before him a living audience, in Neither "literary man “man of letters,” lyrics, and a few of the letters of his friends whose faces he can quickly catch the first phrases which in a measure express the meaning from Byron down to Longfellow and Dr. Olisigns of sympathetic attention, and if he be of the French term, answer the purpose, which ver Wendell Holmes, contribute to its richequal to his opportunity the glistening eye or requires rather a single word that shall be com- ness and fragrance. Opened anywhere its the approving smile is at once his inspiration prehensive, convenient and agreeable. The word leaves diffuse a sweet savor, and nowhere in and reward. His effort meets an immediate writer” is indefinite and ambiguous ; "author" it is there a suggestion of the unpleasant and direct response, which is his best en

is inadequate ; and the Latin litterator, which odors which the most famous biographies couragement

might be more easily adopted than the French sometimes exhale. The “autobiographical Not so the author, to whose ear even the form littérateur, has rather an insignificant sense

fragment" with which it opens is tantalizplaudits of an admiring public are scarcely The want to which we call attention has been exin the original, and so would not be acceptable.

ingly scant. Of his schoolfellows at Harever more than faint and unsatisfactory pressed often before, but as yet there seems to

row Mr. Procter writes : echoes. He writes for unseen readers. be no help for it.

“ There were two of them who became very His words go out into the wide world, with

remarkable. One toiled and struggled upwards, no hint of the direction they are taking, and A BOOK's title is the handle whereby the book Peel]. Another blossomed into a poet [Lord By

till he became a Minister of State (Sir Robert too often with no return from truly grateful is to be taken hold of by the public, and passed ron). There were, however, in the latter, during hearts, to whom without knowing it he may about by one reader to another. A title there his school-time, no symptoms of such a destiny. have ministered of truth and life. Thus in fore 'should be a structural part of the work to He was loud, even coarse, and very capable of a

boy's vulgar enjoyments. He played at hockey a large degree he is left to work in darkness, which it belongs, not a separate thing stuck on; and racquets, and was occasionally engaged in and therefore at a disadvantage.

not bulky so that it cannot be easily grasped; not pugilistic combats.” Occasionally, however, a happier experi-finical

, as the handles of some household ware are

Byron he further remembers as ence befalls him. The time comes when,

whose art lessens their convenience; but strong,
honest, undisguised, and serviceable. When

iron cramp on one of his feet, with loose corfrom some distant corner of the earth it may well chosen a title may be the making of a book. duroy trousers plentifully relieved by ink, be, whither one bit or another of his work It is often its most effective introduction.

and with finger-nails bitten to the quick. He had drifted, there returns to him an expres

was then a rough, curly-headed boy, and apsion of indebtedness and thankfulness for a service rendered to some fellow being whom Some books, like some women, are overdressed. parently nothing more.” In either case the excess is unpleasant. The ideal

Procter remained four years at Harrow, he has never seen and perhaps will never see. Then for the first time he realizes that is nor for what it is not. Mr. Richard Grant at the house of his mother's uncle, about a

binding will attract attention neither for what it spending his vacations “almost invariably he has not worked in vain; that the coin White in his article on English Women in the dozen miles from London. Here he fell unwhich he has flung out, stamped with the May Galaxy says:

der the singularly intellectual influences of a sharp die of his own personality, is not trodden under foot of men and lost, but is passing actual beauty, a man cares very little in what she sition, but endowed with an acute intellect,

“If a woman be beautiful or charming without female servant,“ occupying no very high pocurrent from hand to hand, and doing its part is dressed, so long as she seems at ease in her far beyond her station, beyond all doubt suin the spiritual commerce of his time.

clothes, and their color is becoming to her and
harmonious."

perior in intellect to the other inhabitants of We need not say that such an experience

the house." as this is one of the most precious of the

It is very much so with books, is it not? returns which the literary workman sets over

*Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall). An Autobiagainst his expenditure. Coming to him in Not even the enlargement of this number ographical Fragment, etc., etc. Roberts Brothers.

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"She knew some of the historians and poets, | Thomas Moore and Crabbe, Sir Walter Scott scriptions and specifications in brief, with an and all the productions of Richardson and Field- and Mr. (afterwards Lord) Macaulay.”

estimate of the cost in the New York market. ing, and narrated their stories fuently and emphatically, and with marvelous taste and dis- Of Walter Scott he relates an incident | The designs are generally of modest descripcrimination of the characters. But above all, which occurred at a breakfast once in Hay- tion. We do not consider them, however, as high above all—she worshiped Shakespeare. She it was who first taught me to know him and don's studio:

embodying the freshest and more tasteful to love him, and led eventually to my wondering

architectural styles. Next comes a short

“Charles Lamb and Hazlitt and various other admiration for the greatest genius that the world people were there, and the conversation turned table showing the average cost of materials has ever produced. She used to repeat to me whole scenes, selecting those best adapted to a in a modern book. Sir Walter's opinion was

on the vraisemblance of certain dramatis personæ and labor, for 1876, in about four hundred boy's apprehension. In particular I remember

cities and towns, lying chiefly in a belt exwhat effect was produced on me by her recitation asked. “Well!” replied he, they are as true as of passages in ‘Hamlet,' and of the scenes be

the personages in Waverly” and “Guy Man- tending from New England and the Middle tween Hubert and Arthur in "King John. "I nering " are, I think. This was long before he states westward to the Pacific coast. The will buy a Shakespeare with the first money that I Scotch Novels, and when much curiosity was had confessed that he was the author of the

names of towns are alphabetically printed in get,' said I. 'And you cannot do better,' replied alive on the subject. I looked very steadily into one column, and, in parallel columns, the she. This was not a mere threat, but a resolu: his face as he spoke, but it did not betray any average cost in each of lumber, brick, lime, tion that was accomplished soon after. I bought consciousness or suppressed humor. His coma Shakespeare, and entered into a world beyond mand of countenance was perfect.”

and the day's wages of carpenters, masons, my own.

Of Hazlitt he says:

painters, common laborers, and of a two-horse After leaving Harrow young Procter was

team with driver. Following this is a general placed under the charge of a Wiltshire so- " He had a very quick perception of the beau- chapter on specifications. The last section licitor.

ties and defects of books. When he was about

to write his Lectures on the Age of Elizabeth, of the volume is what may be called a gazet“The profession for which I was intended was he knew little or nothing of the dramatists of that teer for about two hundred and fifty towns the law, but I regret to say that, with certain lit- time, with the exception of Shakespeare. He and cities, scattered through the northern tle intervals of study, my time was absorbed by spoke to Charles Lamb, and to myself, who were amusing books. I read all the English poets

, supposed by many to be well acquainted with half of the United States, from the Atlantic from Chaucer down to Burns. Almost all the those ancient writers. I lent him about a dozen to the Pacific. We are at a loss to underclassics which had been converted into English; volumes, comprehending the finest of the old most of the histories accessible to English read" plays; and he then went down to Winterslow stand what principle has governed the selecers; and all the novels and romances then ex- Hut, in Wiltshire, and after a stay of six weeks tion of towns honored with mention here; tant, without a single exception. From such a

came back to London, fully impregnated with the and of method in their arrangement there groundwork my future might have been easily subject, with his thoughts fully made up upon it, anticipated. Accordingly I threw myself into and with all his lectures written. And he then seems to be none whatever. The informaletters. I began with verse.”

appeared to comprehend the character and merits tion given covers the points usually embodied

of the old writers more thoroughly than any other in a gazetteer, with some additional particuIn 1807, when Mr. Procter was nineteen person, although he had so lately entered upon lars relating to real estate. The notices do or twenty, he came to London, and just at the subject.”

not seem to be regulated by any sense of this point, where this autobiographical frag- Of Wordsworth :

proportion. There is a flavor of “the shop" ment ought to expand, it provokingly ends. It is helped out, however, by his personal visit him at the period of his poverty, told me localize nor define, but which makes us a

"A most reliable friend of mine, who went to about the book, which we cannot exactly sketches of his contemporaries, the plan of that he met him coming out of a wood where he which Mr. Procter seems to have formed as nuts, and having a vast quantity of that fruit in a house-building is not home-building by any

had been laboriously gathering large quantities of little suspicious of its character. Further, early as 1828, though he did not fairly begin bag or apron before him; and this gathering was

manner of means. [E. C. Hussey.] to write them until after he had passed his for the purpose of helping the scanty meal to seventieth year.

which his family had to sit down on that day.” These sketches Mr. Pat

- The Apologies of Justin Martyr. This more describes as “nothing more than rough So the book runs on in a stream of spark- volume is the fifth of the “Douglass Series draughts, the MS. having many double read-ling anecdote about Beddoes and Wain- of Christian Greek and Latin Writers," inings, notes to the effect of correct this,' wright, Leigh Hunt, Keats and Godwin, tended as text-books for use in schools and etc.;” but they form a most delightful feature Carlyle, Coleridge and Moore, Kean, Mac- colleges. The series has its origin in an enof the volume. Mr. Procter's own poetical ready and Sir Thomas Lawrence. There dowment by Mr. Benjamin Douglass for the writings were confined almost exclusively to is also an interesting chapter on the “Lon- study of these authors in Lafayette College, the period from 1815 to 1823; after that don Magazine,” the list of whose contribu- and grows out of a conviction that the writtime the main interest of his life consists tors included many names of note. As a ings of the early Christians afford quite as in his pleasant relations to the literary men whole it is capable of affording as much and suitable a means for this purpose as the and women who have distinguished Eng- as choice enjoyment, in proportion to its more commonly used “ pagan” literature. land for the last fifty years, almost every size, as any volume of its class with which The series is under the general editorial one of whom seems to have been his per- we are familiar. It is prefaced by a fine por- care of Professor March of Lafayette Colsonal friend. His recollections of his ac-trait of Mr. Procter on steel.

lege. The introduction and notes to the quaintances are fresh and graphic, and add

present volume are furnished by Prof. Gildmany striking features to the portraits of

ersleeve of Johns Hopkins University at

MINOR BOOK NOTICES. the intellectual nobility already existing.

Baltimore. The text, which comprises but a Thus did he move about in the charming

small part of the book, includes the first and circles of his time :

Home Building. This is a large vol second Apologies and the Epistle to Diogne

ume of rather a mongrel aspect, prepared by tus, though the editor rejects the theory “By Leigh Hunt I was introduced to Keats, a New York architect, who, we think, gives which ascribes this latter production to JusPeacock, Hazlitt, Coulson, Novello (the com: evidence of greater knowledge of his profes-tin. The notes are copious and satisfactory. poser of music), and to Charles Lamb. Hazlitt took me to Haydon and Charles Lloyd; and at sion than of book-making. His title-page, There are elaborate indexes, and the introCharles Lamb's evening arties I found Talfourd, for instance, is stretched out to twenty-nine duction furnishes a comprehensive view of Manning and the renowned Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Through Coleridge (or Lamb) I subse lines, which are full twenty too many. The the life and character of Justin, and a critical quently became acquainted with Wordsworth and work is really in three parts. There is, first, estimate of his several writings. Justin may Southey; and I lived for a short time in a house a series of forty-two designs, mostly of dwell- be called the earliest of the church fathers where Hartley Coleridge was sojourning. In 1819 or 1820, I visited at Mr. Rogers' house, in ing-houses, giving on one page the elevation after the Apostles, having been born in SaSaint James Place. There I met Campbell and and the ground plans, and on the other de- maria about the beginning of the second

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century. His parents were Greek colonists. stronger and more satisfactory than the sec- which is one of G. W. M. Reynolds's stories, He was well educated, and after a course of ond. The author shows himself to be a care-or for Alexander Dumas's The Man with discipleship under the Platonic philosophy ful student of the New Testament Scriptures, Five Wives, neither of which, either as rehe became a convert to Christianity. He and his exegesis is generally scholarly and spects soul or body, is such a book as we entered active life at a time when the new accurate. He makes many excellent points, are willing to recommend. The countereligion was beset with foes behind and be- and his spirit is uniformly moderate and kind. nances of Mrs. Warfield's The Cardinal's fore, and he espoused its fortunes with zeal He has some views, however, which we Daughter and of the Countess of Blessingand courage. The scenes of his life were do not regard as sound, and not a few of his ton's Country Quarters are rather more in chiefly Ephesus, Corinth and Rome. His propositions would be rejected by a large their favor. martyrdom took place in the reign of Marcus proportion of our readers. Episcopalians

The author of Christian Conception and Aurelius. The genuineness of his two Apol- will find in this volume a very satisfactory ogies has never been questioned. His style exposition of the principles of their church; Experience

, Rev. W. I. Gill, is a Methodist was faulty, and he was far from accurate on and if the Friends were to read it with the minister who, a year or two ago, subjected historic points, but his writings hold an im- stoutest opposition of mind, they could

himself to the theological suspicions of his portant place in early Christian literature, hardly be offended at either its spirit or its brethren in the New Jersey Conference, by and can be studied with profit, especially by language. All who are interested in ecclesi

the publication of a volume entitled “Evoluthose who adhere to the Christian faith. astical controversy over points that lie one

tion and Progress.” He seems to have surApart from their religious character and the side from the track of common thought,

vived the treatment then received, and still theological purpose which inspired them, we would find in the volume much to interest to hold his liberal pen with a firm and unhesthink, however, there is some reason to ques- them. [Simkin, Marshall & Co.]

itating hand. The present volume should,

however, restore confidence to his more Ortion whether they furnish the best material for classical study. [Harper & Brothers.]

We have in The Golden Dog a Cana- thodox” brethren. It is a very innocent essay

dian historical novel of considerable length, in reconciliation of what he esteems to be a - La Mescolánza. This brochure belongs and of material enough for half-a-dozen true Christian theism ith the ates of to that class of publications which inevitably stories. The canvas is crowded with char- sound reason. Not great, but good; not suffer in the first judgment of the public by acters, and the scenes succeed one another brilliant, but useful; creditable to its author being announced as “printed for the author.” like the paintings in a panorama. The plot as a thinker and a writer, and fitted to be Its authorship is hidden under the pseudonym is complicated, but the author keeps the end useful in the religious circles to which it is of “ Cénto,” but a key to the secret is per- in view, and for the most part is master of addressed. Its object, briefly stated, is first haps furnished by the copyright, which is the spirits he has evoked. The events relate to set forth the truthfulness and value of a vested in Philip Millington.” Even this to an early period in Canadian history, when theistic belief ideally considered, and then to name has a fanciful sound, and may be an the province was in its glory as New France, show its superiority in practical relations to assumed one. The book is one of poems, of and lords and ladies held there their mimic character and life. We observe that the which there are some forty grouped under court in emulation of the magnificence and author refers to the late Dr. Sears as a reprethe three heads of “Schérzo,” “ Amore," and luxury of their sovereign beyond the seas. sentative Unitarian. He was hardly that. “Dissonanza.” Fifteen of them are entitled In all the splendor of jewels and costly robes The book is issued under the imprint of that madrigals. Nearly all are love-songs. They the beautiful women move in their gorgeous novel “ concern,” “ The Authors' Publishing are the productions of an eccentric mind, saloons; gray nuns glide about; officers, Company." whose right to disport itself in versc now courtiers, monks, French and Canadian,

- What is Art is the title of a brief esfanciful and grotesque, and now sentimental mingle in the streets, on the ramparts, and and amorous, none of course can deny. We at the country seats in the environs of Que- say by Mr. S. G. W. Benjamin, published see no reason, however, for the publication bec. The book abounds in incident and by Lockwood, Brooks & Co. Mr. Benjamin of the book except for the personal gratifica- picturesque description; it is brilliantly

is a professional artist, and these his views tion of its author. Its typographical appear- written, and the period is one of so much of the theory and practice of art have alance is exceptionally fine. J. B. Lippincott importance, and the subject so fresh both to ready been made public in the form of a lec& Co., of Philadelphia, are the printers. writer and reader of romance, that

ture before the Boston Art Club, the MassaWhich is the Church? The question rather crowded with crime. The story takes find pleasure in its perusal. It is, however,

chusetts Normal Art School, and other bod

ies somewhat familiar with the subject. To embodied in this title is one easier to ask than its name from a gilded sculpture on the house / them it must have furnished an hour of deto answer. What gives special interest to it of the bourgeois Philibert, who is the noblest lightful entertainment, being full of sugges. in this instance is that the volume bearing character portrayed, and whose tragic death,

tive thought and happy illustration. To all the title is the work of an English gentleman, involving the fate of many others, closes the

those whom taste and cultivation have ala Mr. Cudworth, who was formerly a member story like the gray ending of a day that

ready inclined to the study of art, either of the body of Orthodox Friends, and who dawned in splendor. [Lovell, Adam, Wes-practically or as a branch of general knowlhas passed over to the Church of England. son & Co.]

edge, Mr. Benjamin's essay will prove an aid He gives here an account of the process of

and an inspiration ; but for the great readmind by which he ceased to be a Friend, - We have from T. B. Peterson & Bros. ing public, who, knowing nothing or next to and became a Churchman. His argument is of Philadelphia, in paper covers, The Stew- nothing of the subject, seek for instruction really in two parts, of which the first relates ard, by Henry Cockton, and, in cloth, an in its pages, it will be less profitable. It to the alleged unscripturalness of the doc- edition of Madame de Staël's Corinne, Wil- lacks accuracy of definition, and at the same trines and system of the Friends; the sec-kie Collins's Basil, and Madame George time assumes too much knowledge on the ond to the essentially and exclusively scrip- Sand's First and True Love. These last part of the reader. In its second part, on tural foundation of the doctrines and system three volumes are printed in rather better the practice of art, more points are brought of the Church of England. In giving our style than these publishers commonly in- forward than are profitably developed. Some, judgment upon the book, we must divide dulge in, though that, it must be confessed, indeed, belong entirely to the studio, and the question on this line, and say that is not saying a great deal. We cannot say can scarcely be understood outside of it, we think the first part of the argument is as much, however, for their Pickwick Abroad, | painting being made the prominent branch, of

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which distinction we do not complain. In its many merits, only a little more finish and story of Thompson Hall; in the third discussing the relation which the art-loving accuracy to be called very good.

When the Ship Comes Home, a story by public bears to art and artists, Mr. Benja

When such a scholar as Prof. Whitney, fourth and fifth two collections of Charles

Walter Besant and James Rice; and in the min gives some very valuable hints to those

of Yale College, sits down to teach English and Mary Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare, who are so ready to find fault with whatever does not accord with their preconceived noGrammar, surely all of us ought to gather

Tragedies and Comedies respectively. We around him to study it. tions; and we trust that to this very public

His little treatise
suppose that these books may

have a mission the Essentials of English Grammar his volume may bring both profit and pleasseems to us to be admirably adapted to the dignity of a position in the library. They

in the world, but they can hardly aspire to its purpose; philosophically conceived, con

must live in the pockets of the people, and We have Volume IV, for 1876, of the structed on a truly scientific plan, informed

do what good they can in odd moments of Sanitarian, a monthly journal devoted exclu- with a thorough and accurate knowledge of

time. sively to the exposition of sanitary science. the subject, and presented in a remarkably The plan of the magazine comprises papers clear and attractive form. We like espe

-We have from West, Johnston & Co., by experts on selected topics, useful adapta-cially his estimate of the place which English Richmond, Va., The Sempstress' Story, a tions from the foreign press, proceedings Grammar holds in the scale of studies ; his translation from the French of Gustav Droz. of public associations, statistics, critical re- whole preface is indeed so sound that we are There are but nineteen pages of it. It is a views, and some miscellaneous reading mat- very sorry not to be able to quote from it at simple but touching little tale of a child in ter. The publication has, we understand, length as we had intended doing. The book Paris who lay at the point of death with the sanction of the medical authorities, and, is admirably printed, but we are not sure that croup, and was saved by the kind service of one of its editors being a physician and the its binding is the best for school use. [Ginn a big-hearted surgeon. It is a fresh, bright, other a civil engineer, it seems well qualified & Heath.]

warmly colored picture of an ordinary “inteto be instructive to the public generally, as

rior" and a not uncommon experience.

- Mrs. Emma Marshall, of Gloucester, well as serviceable to a professional class. England, whose story, “Life's Aftermath,” Claxton, Remsen & Haffelfinger, of The price is four dollars a year, and the

was concluded in the Churchman last year, Philadelphia, publish a French version of office of publication, 82 Nassau Street, New has published through Messrs. E. P. Dutton Irving's Rip Van Winkle. The translation

& Co., New York, a History of France, seems to have been made with a large degree — The second volume of Roberts Broth-adapted from that of Lamé Fleury. The of enthusiasm, and the book may serve a ers' Town and Country Series will “con- portion from the Reformation to the present good use in the hands of French classes. duce” to three, if not to all four, of the ends time was necessarily rewritten, and one entire which Sir J. Denham, in the couplet chosen chapter was added to fit the book for the use

NEW SHEET MUSIO. as a motto for the series, specifies for all of English children. We doubt not that it books. It is entitled From Traditional to has thus been improved for use in our own

OUR receipts of sheet music for the last Rational Faith: or the Way I came from country. The book would please us much month include selections from the pubBaptist to Liberal Christianity; the story

better if the author had given her readers an lications of Boosey & Co., New York and of an able man's change from Evangel- outline of the philosophic divisions into London ; George Willig & Co., Baltimore; ical” to “ Liberal ” Christianity. It is so

which French history falls, instead of pre- W. W. Whitney, Toledo, O.; W. A. Pond & told that many thoughtful readers will surely senting a simple narrative with no aids for Co., and S. T. Gordon & Son, New York find in it “wisdom, piety, use," and conse- the understanding of its progress. Children, City; Louis Meyer, Philadelphia ; Balmer & quently “delight.” The author is Rev. R. no less than older folk, understand history Weber, St. Louis; and White, Smith & Co., A. Griffin, now pastor of the Unitarian Soci- far better when it is shown that there are Boston. The greater proportion are compoety in Marlboro', Mass. Theological changes periods in its progress and a relation between sitions for the piano, more detailed notice of from the so-called “Evangelical ” denomina- the events of successive eras. In the present which we defer till our next issue. Of the tions to Universalism or Unitarianism are

case the narrative is flowing, and the style songs the larger number are of a highly sennot so rare in these days that each change open to few adverse criticisms. We wish timental order, being the outpourings of lovedeserves to be chronicled in a book. But Mrs. Marshall had not told us that the Third sick hearts in not always the most meritoMr. Griffin's little work justifies its own ex

Estate met in a “fives court”in 1789, but had rious melodies; but we select a few which istence by its style, its matter and its spirit. used the more familiar word “tennis,” which seem to us to have a good degree of excelOnce an English Baptist, Mr. Griffin declares has general sanction. Neither do we like the lence, and which we can commend with a himself a Unitarian now, because he was a expression “ war it down,” when referring to measure of confidence to such of our readers Baptist, because he has been “ faithful to the determination of the English to destroy as are endowed with voices to sing. those sacred principles without which the the efforts of the French revolutionists.

(1) Will You Remember Me? Song. By H. P. Danks. denomination would never have come into The Harpers, too, are to give us books pp. 3. 35 cents. (White, Smith & Co.) existence.” The peculiarities of the author's in a “series.” “Half Hour Series" is the A simple, easy and pleasing ballad in A experience recommend the book to the peru- title selected, the form a 32m0., which is flat, running only to F; without very marked sal of the body into which Mr. Griffin has about as small a book as is commonly made; character, but of a respectable degree of come. The body which he has left can find the covers of paper; the edges square merit, with some phrases of true excellence, little to blame in the manner in which the trimmed; and the type clear and sufficiently and well suited for a light tenor voice. story is related; for it is the manner of sin- large. The prices are to range from fifteen (2) I Love Thee. Romanza. English Translation by cerity, earnestness, ability, and, with slight cents to twenty-five, and illustrations will be Dr. W. J. Wetmore. Music by Tito Mattei. pp. 5. exception, of moderation and sweetness. given occasionally. Five volumes have been cents. (S. T. Gordon & Son.] The chapter on “Finding Christ” is espe- received. The first contains Mr. Freeman's In the same key with No. 1, but a song of cially strong, while the “ Record of a Tempt- pamphlet on The Turks in Europe, which, greater body and stronger character; better ation” is a much-needed incentive to intel- under the imprint of another house, we have suited to a somewhat robust voice, to which lectual honesty among the clergy. Mr. noticed at length in another column. In the it presents one opportunity of striking high Griffin's literary style needs, in addition to second we have Mr. Anthony Trollope's B fat. There is a good deal of music in the

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