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chattering, illnatured, mischievous and Such writings as these are sure to queer little brutes. Annie does not love find their way to the heart; they steal the monkeys. Their ugliness shocks her upon it unawares and silently take pure, instinctive delicacy of taste, and possession of the fortress without enmakes her mind unquiet, because it bears countering any of the critical guards a wild and dark resemblance to humanity, and defences of passport, draw-bridge, Bat here is a little pony, just big enough für Annie to ride, and round and round he

and countersign. Bolder speculators gallops in a circle, keeping time with his have to battle for their opinions and trampling hoofs to a band of music. And fight their way to fame through the here-with a laced coat and a cocked hat, swords and pit-falls of reviews and reand a riding whip in his hand, here comes viewers; strictly original men who a little gentleman, small enough to be break ground for the first time in the king of the fairies, and ugly enough to be uncultivated field of native literature, king of the goomes, and iakes a flying have to encounter the perils and hardleap into the saddle. Merrily, merrily, ships of the wilderness.-many long plays the music, and merrily gallops the years and much patient cultivation must pony, and merrily rides the little old gen. be undergone before the crop is an easy tleman. Come, Annie, into the street

one here,—but writers of this stamp again ; perchance we may see monkeys have the happy lot of being admitted on horseback there!

and welcomed at once. Many, we may “ Mercy on us, what a noisy world we be sure, will neglect them, for all have quiet people live in! Did Annie ever read the cries of London city ? With what lusty not the simplicity and refinement of Jungs doth yonder man proclaim that his character to appreciate excellence in wheelbarrow is full of lobsters! Here so chaste a form, but few will oppose, comes another mounted on a cart, and and when an admirer is gained he will blowing a hoarse and dreadful blast from be worth possessing. a tin horn, as much as to say “fresh fish!' It afforded us no little pleasure, not And hark! a voice on high, like that of a long since, to find the following notice muezzin from the summit of a mosque, an- of Hawthorne in an article in the nonncing that some chimney sweeper has English Foreign and Colonial Quarteremerged from smoke and soot, and dark- ly Review, said to be from the pen of some caverns, into the upper air. “Sweet has been the charm of childhood in the remainder of the article on

Mr. James, the novelist. The criticism on my spirit, throughout my ramble with various American Works of Fiction little Annie! Say not that it has been a waste of precious moments, an idle mat.

was of a character, in its good sense ter, a babble of childish talk, and a reverie and spirit of appreciation, to make this of childish imaginations, about topics un- compliment doubly valuable. The writworthy of a grown man's notice. Has it er, after reviewing Irving, Cooper, been merely this ? Not so ; not so. They Miss Sedgwick, Mrs. Clavers and others, are not truly wise who would affirm it. proceeds As the pure breath of children revives the life of aged men, so is our moral nature “We have now, though rapidly, glanced revived by their free and simple thoughts, at some of the most important divisions of their native feeling, their airy mirth, for American Fiction. One remains to be little cause or none, their grief, soon noticed, more unpretending in form than roased and soon allayed. Their influence the above, and its artists, perhaps, less on us is at least reciprocal with ours on famous—yet, we are inclined to think, them. When our infancy is almost sor- containing more characteristic excellence gotten, and our boyhood long departed, than will be found in the library of acthough it seems but as yesterday; when credited novels. We have spoken of the life settles darkly down upon us, and we imitat ve tendencies of the herd of writers doubt whether to call ourselves young any of such small ware' as stories for the more, then it is good to steal away from periodicals. We ought to add that we the society of bearded men, and even of rarely, if ever, take up an American an. gentler woman, and spend an hour or two nual, or an American magazine, without with children. After drinking from those finding some one contribution, individual, fountains of still fresh existence, we shall racy, and without any peer or prototype return into the crowd, as I do now, to on this side of the ocean. Nor is this struggle onward and do our part in life, praise as insigniticant as the publishers, perhaps as fervently as ever, but, for å by their present modus oper indi, would lime, with a kinder and purer heart, and make authors believe. "Candide and a spirit more lightly wise. All by thy •Zilig' are containel in somewhat narsweet magic, dear little Annie !"

rower compass, than the fatal three vol

umes now prescribed--so are Marmontel's est,-or tell how the Maypole of Merry enamel Contes, and the Novelle of Boccac- Mount was felled by the stern axe of cio, and the Marchen of Tieck, and our Endicott, the Puritan governor,-or de. own Vicar of Wakefield.' We have scribe the meeting of the pilgrims in quest already spoken of Washington Irving's of that fabulous jewel, The Great CarDutch Legends; we must recommend, buncle,'—or relate the result of Dr. though merely by a passing word, thé Heidegger's experiments with the Water Quaker Stories of Miss Leslie, sister 10 of Youth,- he does his spiriting ‘gently, the well known painter; and a whole in the old romantic sense of the word, Volume of collected Miscellanies of great exercising his crast with a quiet power excellence is here before us. We mean which is rare, the time and the subject Mr. Hawthorne's “Twice Told Tales,' and the place considered. We cannot too which will one day or other be naturalized heartily commend this book, as the best into our library of Romance, if truth, addition to what may be called our Favry fancy, pathos, and originality have any Library, which has been made for many longer power to diffuse a reputation. He years; hoping, moreover, that the author has caught the true fantastic spirit which is capable of producing more than the somewhere or other exists in every so- one slim volume which has made its way ciety, be it ever so utili arian and practi- to England.” cal, linking the seen to the unseen, the matter-of-fact to the imaginative. To

Only the first volume of Hawthorne's such a mind the commonest things become collected “Twice Told Tales," had been suggestive; the oldest truths appear clad seen by this reviewer. He would have in a garb of grace and pleasure.' The found additional material to support his pump in the middle of a little town, recalls high eulogy in the second volume, in the days when the spring welled brightly the Tales of the Province House, The out in the wilderness, and the Indian Seven Vagabonds, The White Old sagamores drank of it;' a walk with a child through the range of shop-window Maid, Endicott and the Red Cross, şights, enables the thoughtful man 10 Edward Fane’s Rosebud (let the reader draw aside the veils which hide our deep- take this up after Mrs. Gamp, in Chuzest associations and our saddest thoughts; zlewit), and The Sister Years, which the figure of a sleeping wayfarer under å has the merit, we believe, of being the tus of maples by the wayside, invites him only classic Newspaper Carrier's New, to consider the number of events which year Address ever printed! A third all but happen to every mortal; and this and fourth volume are yet behind, unin aid of a vein of temperate and poetical published in book form, unknown to the elegance of imagery, the like of which is shelves of the trade, and there are the possessed by none of our writers of prose

Allegories of the Heart,” including -Mrs. Southey, perhaps, excepted. As a recounter of mere legends, Mr. Haw- tial Rail-road," and various little ro

the extra leaf to Bunyan, “ The Celesthorne claims high praise. He reminds Jumes of Biography and American in the materials used by the two artists. History, the best of their kind, and that Whether he revive the tradition of "The

kind one of the rarest-books for Grey Champion,'—that supernatural hero

Children. who has existed in every country since the A truly pure, gentle and acceptable days of Og er the Dane, lo come forth and man of Genius is NATHANIEL Haw. deliver, when the emergency presses hard- THORNE !

MR. FORREST'S SECOND RECEPTION IN ENGLAND. It is the fortune of this country to send lapsed from his early manner (with over the water from time to time, men, which they were as little pleased, alwho are very palpable and obvious though they now cry for it so lustily); embodiments of its spirit; and who do and has subsided into tameness and not fail, therefore, to stir the elements effeminacy. The American friends of among which they are cast, quite per Mr. Forrest who had parted with him ceptibly.

on ship-board, in the enjoyment of his Daniel Webster was one of these; usual uneqnivocal health, were at a loss and we all recollect how his motions to know what this could mean. Genius were watched (not .carped at,' for he they knew was a variable quantity; leans toward the conservative quality and they endeavored to call to mind of John Ballism); his words chronicled, whether in any passage of all his past his looks at courts, in Parliament and career, it had ever happened, in the at agricultural dinners, taken down. very shower and tornado of objection, They felt and saw that he was a piece that these offences had been laid to his

- a genuine piece-of the country; and charge. To assure them more accuin presence of his oak-ribbed strength of rately of the exact state of the case, person and understanding, acknowledg- one or two of them were at the pains ed that he belonged to the land he came to go a pilgrimage through the city; from, and no other. Mr. Forrest is in an examination of various signanother of these; quite as good in his boards which hang about, and which way; struck out of the very heart of are said to bear representations of this the soil, and vindicating himself too Tragedian in various characters of his ; clearly to be misunderstood, as a crea- and to ascertain whether in any of ture of its institutions, habits, and daily these he was exhibited in this subdued, life. His biography is a chapter in the and softened manner! The signboards life of the country; and taking him at the were against the English critics, to a start, as he appears on the Bowery stage splinter. In all of them the muscle, (a rugged, heady, self-cultured mass the power, the energy were unquestionaof strength and energy, thrown down ble; and when they found these charin the most characteristic spot of the acteristics suddenly disappearing from American Metropolis), and running on their old residence in Mr. Forrest, and with him through all his career; in the coming up in Miss Cushman (a lady course of which, it became necessary performer-for a new domicil), with acfor him more than once, to take society cumulated force ; there seemed, cerby the broad-cloth collar which it itches tainly, to be a mystery. Now, every to put on even here, to shake it into one was pleased that Miss Cushmangood behavior ; down to the day when always, in her line of performance and he brought-to his brass-buttoned coat, fairly judged, a favorite with the Ameand set out for this second expedition rican public-had taken British criticism to Europe ; we shall find him American by storm ; had acquired a toothold with every inch; the growth of the place, its the British Press ; and was likely to do representative in the acted drama ; and something toward advancing her forwell entitled to make a stir among the tunes by this British engagement; but smooth proprieties of the Princess' this change of the cast had a show of Theatre. And he has accordingly suddenness and promptitude, too great done so; when, after an absence of even for the stage. something like seven years, he heaves Mr. Forrest then was to be depressed, up his sturdy bulk against the foot- by some means or other, from his polights of the English house ; the au- sition as the first actor of the country. dience know him at once to be genuine, But while they were in a hurry to do but lurking in the edges of the place this, the London critics forgot they are certain sharp-eyed gentlemen, who were bestowing on us the privilege of in the very teeth of the unquestionable presenting to the English stage a first force before them, massive, irregular it actress, who was to lead that section of may be ; discover that Mr. Forrest has the theatrical interest as decisively as

Mr. Forrest is acknowledged in his first tune, not to have been reared, as an English reception to have led his. actor, in any of the regular houses along

Mr. Forrest's English position at this the seaboard, but to have shot up like moment is, in our view, just what the wild mountain pine and prairie his true friends would desire. He is sycamore, amid the free lise and sponcarrying his andiences with him; and taneous growths of the west : to have has from the press just the amount of not been rolled in the garden-bed of resistance required to rouse him to new cities to a dead level, and clipped of efforts ; and to bring out the whole all proportion by too careful husbandry. depth and force of new-worldism in If we had in all other departments of him ; to play an engagement such as art and literature, men of the stamp and he has never played before ; and to spirit of Mr. Forrest; not alike bnt anameasure himself in assured strength by logous ; this country would be at the side of the head of the English this time more honored and beloved, for school.

the true worth represented by such Mr. Macready, an admirable perform- men, than she is. She would not need er, succeeds by subduing all of the man long and labored defences of ber conwithin him; because he ceases, in the duct, her motives, and her policy ; but fulfilment of his function as actor, to through the land, these spirits--authors, have any fellowship with the beatings and artists, statesmen, would stand up as turmoils and agitations of the heart. He towers to keep silent purposed hostility is classical in spirit, in look and action and the murmurs of evil-wishers.

It is because he is a man of large They would look, and have nothing to heart, and does not forget it in all the say. The tree would declare the soil, mazes of the stage, that Mr. Forrest has and it would not happen that English any sway with the house. He never enmity, whether of the press or the loses sight of the belief that it is he, a people, critics or audiences, would feel man; with men before him ; who called on to rail because of the aptreads the boards; and asks for tears and pearance among them of a single hosobs, and answers of the troubled heart. nest exponent of the spirit and native It is no painted shadow you see in Mr. resolution of the country. Forrest; no piece of costume; no sword We are glad and proud that Mr. or buckler moving along the line of Forrest has ruffled the smooth wave light as in a procession ; but a man, of the dramatic world; it will not end there to do his four hours' work ; braws with this first commotion. As far as inly it may be, sturdily, and with great his personal fortunes are concerned, outlay of muscular power, but there's a he must, we are assured, acquire a big heart thrown in; and if you fail triumph to which his old successes to be moved, you may reasonably will be as defeats : he will champion doubt whether sophistication has not the country, in his own sphere, as be taken the soul out of you ; and left comes his high, manly spirit: and he will you free to offer yourself for a show return home to be met and welcomed, case, or a clothier's dummy; or a figure- to the heart of his old public, his head, to go through any number of countrymen and fast friends, in a way storms and commotions untouclied. that will bring the sorrow into his

We take an interest in Mr. Forrest eyes, swifter than Hamlet, or Macbeth, because we see in him, elemental qua- or all the changeful troubles of the lities, characteristic of the country; Moor! And out of all this agitation, and we feel therefore any slight put we think we discern a better day for the upon him, as in its essence, a wound Drama at home. Mr. Forrest, for one, directed at the country itself. He will occupy a more commanding and carries with him into action, upon the grateful position than ever; and will stage, qualities, that are true to the feel bent to do his best to justify himself time and place of his origin. Whether in that position, by new efforts and rugged or refined, he is upon a large new achievments. Miss Cushman (not scale : expansive; bold; gothic in his to be forgotten in all this turmoil) style ; and it is not therefore matter of will take an accredited place by his wonder that he should have encountered, side, and can do much to sustain the both at hoine and abroad, the hostility highest range of acting, and also to push of simpering elegance and dainty im- forward the fortunes of the actress, becility. It was his great good for- which have been laggard in the absence 1845.) Marshal Ney.

of any acknowledged first performer. people are weary of old iteration, everAnother conviction springs upon us lasting English comedy, adaptation out of this very case. It is that in from the French. In their disgust

the salient life: the irrepressible fresh- they turn even to the wild melo-dramas ness and force: the broad free scope of the “ American Theatre," and the loof the Republic (this Republic of ours), cal burlesques (with a touch of life in the Drama is to show his reascended them) at “Mitchell's Olympic” and front: and to command, we hope, once “the Chatham.”--Of the four theatres more, the suffrage and the tears of in this metropolis, three are sustained mankind. The Drama is the life of the by appeals, in some sort, to the national people; in action and truth, set before or supposed national spirit; and that their own eyes; it is matched, by close which suffers most keenly in its receipts and deep affinities, with the very heart and attendance, still goes on in the old and nature of American life. It is free way ; neglectful of the spirit of a new of all old entanglements: aloof from day, and the hope of a new country, schools and theories and sects; and to which it should minister. when once it towers before us in the sta- The awakening will, we trust, extend ture that belongs to it, we shall say, to all these, imparting life to the deadBeautiful indeed; and dear to our hearts, that even now puts out its hand for other is this spirit so long made alien to our than the languid diet it has sed onsight, and led away from us by blind and fashioning into grace and proporguides and charts that belong to another tion the distorted and irregular show world!

of life in such as live already. Be that There are many indications that the time near at hand !



NOTHING is more unfortunate for a principle. There is scarcely a historian great man, 'than to be born beside a that will allow to such men as Lannes, greater and walk during life-time in his Davoust, Murat and Ney, any dominant shadow. It is equally unfortunate to be quality except bravery. Under the great only in one department that is guiding intellect of Napoleon they still better filled by another. Had fought bravely, but if they had been left Shakspeare not lived Massinger might to their own resources would have have stood at the head of English dra- miserably failed. Yet the simple truth matists, and had Alfieri kept silent a is; being compelled by their relative posibost of writers now almost unknown tion to let another .plan for them, they would have occupied the Italian stage. could do little else than execute orders. Had it not been for Cæsar, Brutus A dependent mind is cramped and conmight have ruled the world ; and were fined, and can exhibit its power only by it not for Bonaparte many a French the force and vigor with which it general would occupy a separate place executes rather than forms plans, in that history of which they are now The times were well calculated to only transient figures. Great men like produce such men as Bonaparte gathbirds seem to come in flocks, and yet ered round him. but one stands as the representative of A revolution by its upturnings brings his age. The peak which first catches to the surface materials, of the existence the sunlight is crowned monarch of of which no man dreamed before. Cirthe hills, and the rest, however losty, cumstances make men, who then usually are but his bodyguard. Much injustice return the compliment and make cir has been done to Bonaparte's generals cumstances. In ordinary times, as a by not allowing for the influence of this general rule, the souls of men exhibi

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