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citizens of any nation. That these persons the social history of the most powerful violently contended for their opinions, be- people of modern times, demands. The cause they supposed that the welfare of accounts and illustrations of the Roman the state required their adoption, is not to relics, given in these three numbers, are inbe wondered at. At this day, when party teresting in a high degree. The Romans auimosities have subsided, and time has laid the foundation of that greatness, which, demonstrated in the progress of repub- taking date with the Norman conquest, lican principles the great errors of those steadily progressed, until, in our day, it who distrusted the virtue of the people or has apparently reached its culminating their capacity for self government, and point. The vigorous and intelligent race triumphantly sustained those sagacious that occupy the islands of the North Sea, statesmen who saw and resisted danger in have swollen beyond the capacity of those every removal of power froin the hands islands to support. Their name has beof the people, it both instructive and come terrible in all quarters of the world ; interesting to be carried back to a personal but the race has now been transplanted to acquaintance with those who took an active the western continent, where the breadth part in the governinent of those days. of land and natural resources are as boundThe private letters of men to their confi- less as the enterprise of the people. Like dential friends and adherents are perhaps a plant nourished in a flower-pot, until its the best means of becoming acquainted vigor is developed, and then placed in the with their motives, and of throwing light earth, where henceforth it will thrive, un. upon contemporary events that would else circumscribed by narrow bounds, the but be imperfectly understood by the stu- Anglo-Saxon race has even now commendent of history. The letters of Mr. Wol- ced the era of its greatness. The majority cott, as edited by his grandson Mr. Gibbs, of those now living will see the power of are eminently calculated to display the in the English islands wane before the greatterior workings of the government machi ness of the Union. How interesting, and nery of those days. Mr. Wolcott was a how important, then, becomes an intimate working member of the government, and acquaintance with the social progress of from the auditorship of Connecticut was that people, whose destiny is now before transplanted to that of the federal treasury, our eyes undergoing so great a change. and finally rose to succeed Mr. Hamilton as head of the department. The general reader will find much of value in these volumes.
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This is the season when the city popuThis order of soldier-monks may be said lation, relaxing from the constant worry to be the connecting link between the days and drive of money getting, relaxes itself, of chivalry and our own time. They have and seeks the cool shades that overhang stood sentinel for Christendom for near murmuring brooks; very many of them nine hundred years, and their battlements are expert anglers, and well understand of Malta as long frowned over the Medi- the pure joy of extracting a trout from his terranean, and defied the power of the element, 'in a scientific manner. Others heathen world; originating in the crusades again are entirely benighted on the subagainst Jerusalem in the 11th century, it ject, although they may affect to be among perished in the crusade of Europe in the the initiated. Let none of them fail to 19th century. The nine centuries of its take with them a copy of the beautiful existence are fraught with an intense pocket edition, bearing the above title. It interest, which is ably kept up in the will instruct the wisest, while it will amuse volumes before us.
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WARD Johnson, M.D. Wiley & Putnam, The numbers of this valuable work, New-York. which we noticed in the June number of this Review, appear in regular succession, This is an interesting work to very many, and we are pleased to learn, are attracting and the subject is ably treated by the that attention which their importance, as author.
Memoirs of his Own Time, with Reminis- success which attended it is reported to
cences of the Events of the Revolution. have been so great, as to allow some of the By ALEXANDER GRAYDON ; edited by engravers engaged in it to retire from bu. John Stockton Littell, Member of the siness on a moderate competency. Such Historical Society of Pennsylvania. encouragement cannot but give a spur to Lindsay & Blakiston : Philadelphia. the art; and while it adds to the attractions
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HARPERS' LIBRARY OF SELECT NOVELS.— The superb manner in which these two 1st, No. 80. The Female Minister, or works are illustrated and printed, in the a Son's Revenge : translated from the hands of the Messrs. Harpers, is a credit French. By Eugene Sue. to the city, as well as indicative of a new 20, No. 82. The Park Ranger of Van era in the progress of the publishing sci Dieman's Land. By CHARLES Rowence, if it may be so expressed. Not only
CROFT, Esq. are popular works made more attractive 3d, No. 84. The Confessions of a Pretty by the beautiful manner in which the illus
Woman. By Mrs. PARDOE. trations are executed, but the art of engraving on wood receives itself an impulse, These are of that class of cheap publifrom the liberal manner in which it is thus cations that have of late years so inundated patronised. The magnificent manner in the country, and which are the fruits of which the Pictorial Bible was got out by the improvement in the art of printing, the same enterprising firm, met with the and the diffusion of general knowledge. warmest support from the public and the We are not of those who consider these
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Henry Reed. These heroes of the Revo lution are presented to the reader in a spirit of impartiality and general accuracy
which reflect high credit on the authors. Life in Prairie Land, by Eliza W. FARN- Mr. Sparks has sought to extenuate the HAM, 1 vol. 12mo. pp. 408. Harper & conduct of Lee on the field of Monmouth, Brothers.
which led to a court-martial, and his susThis volume forms the XIIth number of vice. At this distant day it is rather up-bill
pension, and final retirement from the ser. Harper's New Miscellany of Sterling work to attempt to impeach the decision of Literature; it will be fuund a work of
a court-martial then sittiug, at a time unusual interest, and one that addresses when every motive must have existed to itself to almost every class of readers. Its sustain the accused. The rash and disapintrinsic value, aside from the high reputa- pointed ci-devant Russian officer, no doubt, tion of the authoress, must give it a wide circulation. It is made up of a series of retire to his estates.
met fully his deserts in being allowed to charming and life-like pictures of a personal residence in the Far-West-perfect daguerreotypes of a settler's daily habits, customs, methods of husbandry, &c.; to
Richelieu, a Tale of France, By J. P. R. gether with graphic sketches of travel in
James. Harper & Brothers. various sections of that far spreading and fertile country. The work is enlivened by
Mr. James' popular and highly readable a rich vein of irresistible humor, inter- work, illustrative of the times of the great woven among passages of great power and Minister of France, is a welcome reprint eloquent beauty, eminently impressive and of the Messrs. Harpers. It forms number suggestive. Mrs. Farnham has already ac 16 of the pocket edition of select novels, quired no unenviable degree of reputation being two volumes in one, at 25 cents. for the distinguished ability with which she has sustained the office of Directress of Sing Sing Female Prison, where, by her knowledge of the human mind, her pru- Voyages of Discovery and Research in dence and love in controlling it, she has the Arctic Regions, from 1818 to the made a place of profanity and disorder, so present time. By Sir John Barrow. far as criminals were concerned, one of Harper & Brothers. order, submission and peace. We speak the more freely, knowing that Mrs. F. is The great efforts made by the British actuated from a high sense of duty and love government to effect discoveries in the of her race, rather than the mere love of Arctic regions, have been productive of reputation; and that she has less fear of many interesting and celebrated voyages enemies, if such she has, and is more in- under Ross, Franklin, Parry, Back, and different to praise, than the majority who other distinguished commanders. come before the public. The author of narratives of these expeditions embrace “Life in Prairie Land," has for some incidents of the most thrilling interest. years past contributed largely, although The author of the present volume, Sir John
Barrow, of the British Admiralty, pos- tant, thrusting themselves between the sesses the best qualifications for the task of disputants, and attempting to tyrannize over condensing, in a most readable and ele- and dictate to both. The meddling of the gant form, a history of all the voyages, English government with the matter is with the stirring adventure and results of probably the greatest error of the present each. The volume forms perhaps one of administration of Great Britain, and will the most valuable numbers of Harper's bring with it its own punishment. The new miscellany.
duplicity of Mr. Ouseley affords no redress for want of candor on the part of Rosas, whose character has been formed in turbu.
lent times, in a country where rigor is The Life of Martin Luther, gathered from
more requisite than perhaps any other. his own wrilings. By M. Michelet, Independent of the political bias of Col. author of " The History of France.
King's work, it is highly interesting, and Translated by G. H. Smith, F.R.S.: D. affords a very good picture of men and Appleton & Co., 200 Broadway.
things in that quarter of the world, in reOne of the most acceptable of Appleton's lation to which little has been heretofore Literary Miscellanies is before us in the known, because public attention has not, biography of Martin Luther. Not as ex until lately, been particnlarly directed to pressed in the author's preface to the life it. The style of its publication is exceedof Luther, turned into an historical ro- ingly neat and inviting, and it is well wormance; nor a history of the establishment thy an attentive perusal. of Lutheranism, but a biography, consisting of a series of transcripts from Luke's own revelations. The work was written during the year 1828 and 29, although not Animal Magnetism; or, Psycodunamy. published until 1835. It is full of interest, By THEODORE LEGER, Doctor of the and commends itself to the reader of the Medical Faculty of Paris, &c., &c. D. history of Christian religion.
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The public have become more familiar
with the science of magnetism through its Twenty-four Years in the Argentine Re- abuses than through its merits. In the public; embracing its Civil and Military present volume Mr. Leger has gone into History, and an account of its Political the history of animal magnetism in a most condition before and during the adminis- thorough and interesting manner. He tra!ion of Governor Rosas. By Col. J. divides the history from the practice of the ANTHONY King, an officer in the army art, as two distirict heads; under the forof the republic. D. Appleton & Co., mer is comprehended all the phenomena 200 Broadway, New-York.
that consists in the manifestation of some The events in the River Plate during the peculiar human faculties that are coeval last few years have drawn the attention of with the creation of the world. The practidiplomatists and politicians, as well as the cal operation of the science, as a satisfactory public generally, to that portion of the aud rational system, is altogether new, and globe with increasing interest. The fact indeed, by a large portion of the public
, that England and France have undertaken its very existence is denied. This latter
division is to form the text of another vol. gratuitously and of their own wrong” to interfere in the affairs of two nations upon
ume to be shortly published. The history, this continent, has excited a painful interest,
as embraced in the volume before us, inasmuch as that it points to great future comprehends its academical history with difficulties between the new and old world, the report of the Royal Academy upon the should such a precedent gain the sanction subject in 1825 and 1831; Dr. Berna's exof even a portion of the people on this periments and reports in 1837; opinion of continent. The importance of the move
Dr. Husson. The second section comprises ment seems to have created two parties; the history in the ages of antiquity, and the one attempts by all means to blacken the evidences of its existence among the the public and private character of Rosas, Pe sians, Egyptians, and other ancient enapparently as a palliative for the course lightened nations; the progress through pursued by foreign powers in relation to the middle ages down to Mesmer; the the troubles between Buenos Ayres and subsequent discoveries of somnambulism, the Banda Oriental. Whatever may be the and the spread of the science in England conduct of Rosas in the administration of and the United States. The term " Psy. his own government, or the nature of the codunamy" the author tells us, is derived difficulties between him and the republic from Greek words, signifying the “ power of Uruguay, they can afford no possible of the soul.” To those who feel an interest ground for two nations, 6,000 miles dis- in the science this work is invaluable.