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EDITORS' TABLE.

LETTER FROM CONSTANTINOPLE.

BT REY. H. G. 0. DWIGBT.

[the following letter is so full and satisfaetory in relation to our plan of Female Medieal Missionaries, that we feel great pleasure in laying it before our readers. They will bear in mind the "Appeal to Amoriean Christians,M Ae., published in the Mareh number of our "Book." A eopy of this was sbown to the Ret. Mr. Dwight, and here Is his opinion of the plan.—En. U B.]

Constanvinople, Mag 13, is."2.

To Mas. Petes.s

Mr Neas Mss. Pevea: I feel exeeedingly obliged to you for the perusal of Mrs. Ilale's "Appeal to Ameriean Christians on behalf of the Ladies' Medieal Missionary Soeiety." It may be supposed by some that, situated as wo missionaries are, in a far-off land, and under the eonstant pressure of oeeupation in our own appropriate work, we have little tima or disposition to wateh the progress of things in Ameriea; but I ean say with truth that nothing that is going on there eseapes our notiee. We are well supplied with newspapers and magazines, and you may be assured that we use them to some purpose. And among the wise and benevolent projeets whieh have been started in Ameriea of late years, that of providing the means of giving to females a medieal edueation, for praetiee among their own sex, has attraeted my partieular attention, and from the first moment I heard of it I gave it my unqualified approhation. I trust the lime is now near at hand when this braneh of praetiee in America will be, whero it always sheuld have been, in the hands of females alone.

But what I wish very briefly to say to you in the present eommunieation ia, that I feel quite sure that female missionary physieians, of the right stamp, would ho most important auxiliaries to the missionary work in this part of th*i uorid. As soeiety is here eonstituted, little indeed is the Influenee a missionary ean direetly ezert on the female portion of the eommunity. You know the hablts of female seelusion universally provaU-nt in this eountry, and you know bow little edueation there is among this elass of the population. True, we havo made a bopeful beginning on a small seale, and In the wbole eountry we have several hundreds of Armenian females already eonneeted with our eongregations, and of eourso under our direet influenee; but, alas! hew little is the aeeess we ean gain to the tens of tbousands and hundreds of tbousands that remain!

But let one of their own sex eome among them, well aequainted with the medieal art, and with a heart burning

s Wife of William Peter, Esq., British Consul at Philadelphia. Mrs. Peter is an Ameriean lady, well and widely known for her philanthropy and her efforts to promote the rtal improvement of her own sex. She has lately returned from an extensive tour in the Old World, and reports that ia all the missionary stations she visited, British as well as Ameriean, the idea of qualifving pious women, wives of missionaries or teaehers, to praetise as physieians for therr own sex and ehildren, was reeeived with approhation.

with the desire to do good, and I really think she would find herself plaeed iu ono of the most enviable positions for usefulness that eould be found In this world. The peoplo have a superstitious reverenee for tboso wbo have u knowledge of diseases and their remedies; and, altbough wo eould not bonestly wish to foster this feeling, yet while It exists it may be turned to good aeeount, and gradually It would be displaeed by more just and reasonable views, while still the skilful medieal praetitioner would find her serviees no less in demand.

I may be too sanguine, but it la my present belief that a well-taught female physieian in this plaee would find aeeess to the families of all elasses of the people, not exeepting the Mohammedans, and she would not find time to attend to one-quarter of the ealls that would be made upon her professional serviees. If, now, in eonneetion with her medical knowledge and experienee, she possessed the love of Christ, and the zeal of Christ for the maladies of the soul, bow unlimited would be her opportunities for doing good! She would gain aeeess where the missionary never ean go, and aeeess, too, to that portion of the eommunity whieh greatly influenees all the rest; for even in Turkey, where woman is so degraded, she still wields a mighty influenee in soeiety; for here, as everywhere else, it is true that tbose whe stamp the eharaeter of the nursery stamp the eharaeter of the nation.

I long to see the experiment made among us; and, with the bope that mueh time will not elapse before it shall be attempted, I will venture to offer a few hints as to some praetieal questions eonneeted with the earrying out of sueh an enterprise. It appears to me plain that, for tbo eomfort and happiness of the individual, as well as for greater usefulness to the eause we all love, she sbould eome out in eonneetion with the Ameriean Board of Missions. As no other Ameriean soeiety has any operations going on here, she must either be in eonneetion with ns, or stand alone. Of the undesirableness and impraetieabllity of the latter eourse, it Is not neeessary that I sbould partieularly speak, for your own mind will at onee pereeivo the thing in its true light. Of eourse, I am not able to say what would be the view of our Committee on the subjeet, but I do not see why sueh an individual, properly qualified, might not be regularly appointed as assistant missionary to be attaehed to this station. She would be useful to the missionary families, and would soon find work enough to do among the people.

The aequisition of the Turkish language would be an indispensable eondition for her full sueeess. Indeed, she eould do little or nothing witbout it . If she knew also Freneh or Italian, it would be a deeided advantage. The Turkish language would give her aeeess to all elasses of the native population.

But I will not enlarge. I will only add that I shall be most bnppy to furnish any Information In my power to Mrs. Hale, or anybody else wbo takes an interest In this subjeet; and glad shall I bo to hear that this plan Is setually going into effeet.

I remain, my dear Mrs. Peter,

Very sineerely yours,

H. G. O. WIGHT.

Late Houas.—It is hard to tell, observes an historian, why, all over the world, as the ago beeame more luxurious, the bours beeame later. Was it the erowd of amusements that pushed on the bours gradually? or were people of fashion bettor pleased with the seereey and silenee of the night, when the vulgar industrious had gone to rest? In past ages, there were few pastimes but what daylight afforded.

Aat-enueation" Or Chilnaen.—A reeent traveller In England says: "We have found the ehildren of Queen Vietoria, at nine in the morning, at the Museum of Praetieal Art; and, on another oeeasion, at the same bour, amidst the Elgin marbles—not the only wise hint to the mothers of England to be found in the highest plaee. Aeeustom your ehildren to find beauty in goodness, and goodness in beauty."

Rewann Op Fekals Couaane.—The "Monlteur" announees that the Cross of the Legion of Ilenor has just been granted to Madame Ahieot de Ragis, wbo, on the 21st •f Deeember last, gave proof of singular eourage in eontending alone against three malefaetors wbo had invaded her bouse, in order to burn the arehives of the eommune of Olson, of whieh her hushand is the mayor. Madame Ableot da Ragis was hadly burned, and wounded with a poniard.

Daess.—Bear it in mind, my young friends, that your dress is a sort of index to your eharaeter; that a studied and just eeonomy in dress indieates prudenee and foretbought, a referenee to your future wants, and to the elaims of others, now mueh nobler is this than to bo the slave of Fashion, an imitator of the follies of tboso rieher than yourselves—one of that frivolous elass wittily designated as "elothes-people," beeause mind, body, and estate are saerifieed to elothes I

Eeonomy is not limited to avoiding extravaganee. It will induee you to purehase the most substantial and durable materials for your dress. For example, to buy a straw hat instead of a silk one, a ealieo instead of a muslin gown, Ae. Eeonomy will teaeh you to mead up an old gown, and make it do, instead of buying a new one.

Nothing will aid you so mueh in the praetiee of eeonomy in your dress as expertness with your needle. No Ameriean woman, let her speak all the tongues, and play on nil the instruments invented, ean be said to bo edueated, if she is not a good needlewoman. With a little pains, you may learn bow to make your own gowns. With ingenuity, you ean turn and refit them. It would not eost you half the trouble and time it does to learn to embroider muslin well; and, tell me, whieh eontributes the more to a good appearanee, a neatly repaired and well-fitted dress, or a worked eollar? Whieh would give you the most favorable impression of the eharaeter of the wearer?

Tsisute To Mas. Anse Hill.—This exeellent and aeeomplished woman was one of the vietims in that awful eatastrophe, the burning of the Heury Clay. None has been more lamented among the multitude there saerifieed to the reekless spirit of emulation whieh gives the swiftest steamboat its popularity, and therefore its eonduetors their power over human destiny. The death of Mrs. Hill is, indeed, a publie loss. She was engaged, most sueeessfully, In earrying out the experiment of the "Sebool of Design for Women," established in this eity, about four years ago, by Mrs. Sarah Peter. Mrs. Hill had had eharge of the sebool nearly a year, and had gained the entire eonfidenee of both managers and pupils. In a letter of eondolenee to the

\ afflieted family of the deeeased, the latter thus bear teetS

> mony to her worth:—

i u Never was there a person more eompletely fitted to

> gain the affeetions of tboso around her than Mrs. Hill.

! Never a woman better adapted by nature and edueation

j for the position in whieh she was plaeed. Firm, yet mild

< and gentle—ready and intelligent—aeute and penetrating

> —with an extraordinary faeulty of adaptation, yet witbout the eonstitutional impatienee so frequently assoeiated with these qualities; animated and spirited, witbout being vehement and passionate, she was eapable of exereising a ro>

j markable degree of self-eontrol, either natural or aequired.

j She appeared to possess, by intuition, that Insight into

j eharaeter whieh, with some minds, is tbo result of long

| eontinued refleetion, attained only by hablts of inferenee

I and analogy.

I "The happy faeulty, also, of keeping In shadow whatever

\ was ealeulated to dampen and sadden the feelings of her

i pupils was most partieularly a virtue of our mueh lament

! ed teaeher."

{ The managers of the Franklin Institute, of Pennsylva

< nia, whe were also patrons and advisers of the lady mana

> gers of the " Sebool of Design," thus reeord their respeet for

J her memory:—

J "The Committee on the ' Seheol of Design for Women*

\ have the painful duty of announeing to the Institute the

[ death of Mrs. Anne Hill, the Prineipal of said sebool. She

\ left the eity, a few weeks ago, to enjoy a sbort vaeation

; from the labors of the sebool, and was one of the passen

j gers on board of the steamboat Heury Clay, at the time

j sueh a lamentable destruetion of life attended the eoriffa

> gratlon of that vessel. Mrs. Hill was one of tbose drowned \ in an attempt to eseape from the boat, and there seems j reason to believe that she fell a saerifiee to her efforts to

save a drowning ehild. She had endeared herself to the

j eommittee, to the pupils in the sebool, and to all its eoo

j tributors and patrons, by the uniform devotion and enerey

! she manifested in the welfare and sueeess of the sebool, by

i her eomplete adaptations, personal, moral, and professional,

/ for its management, and by tbose ready and praetieal ta

\ lents whieh so remarkably eontributed to its usefulness,

c and to tbo enjoyment of the publie eonfidenee,

s '"By this sudden and afflieting dispensation of Provi

i deneo, tbo sebool has been bereaved of a bead whieh it will

j be diffieult to replaee; her ehildren and family have lost a

< kind, faithful, and religious mother and relative, and the

j eommunity has been deprived of one wbose eareer of nse

\ fulness in a new philanthropie effort was full of the pro

miso of rieh and abundant good.

\ "Sineerely eondoling with all these wbo have thus lost

5 one endeared to them by the possession of sueh gifts, the

j eommittee offer the following resolutions:—

\ "Rutolvsdi That tbo sympathy and eondolenee of the

j Institute he, and the same are hereby tendered to the

; family of Mrs. Anne Hill, to her late pupils, and to her

\ friends, in the great and irreparable bereavement whieh

j they have suffered by her death.

\ "Remlvtd, That a eopy of the foregoing resolutions be

\ transmitted to the family of Mrs. Hill by the President of

i the Institute, and that the same be entered at large upon

] the minutes, as a humble tribute of our estimation of her

j usefulness. S. V. MERRICK, Prttidmt;*

j Chnistmas I—and a merry one, will, we hepe, be enjoyed

I by our readers. This boliday Is so near neighbor of New

j Year, that we antieipate the last while thinking of the

! first. The farewell wo bld our readers and friends at the

5 elose of this number seems united with the weleome we

1 shall give them to our new volume of January, 1853.

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Volum XLT.—-This number closes the fortg-fifth volume of the " Ladg's Book!" If age proves merit In a literarg magazine, ours may well elaim the erown. No other periodieal of the kind in our land has boon so long and well sustained. We ask a eontinuanee of this liberal support: we aro resolved to merit the patronage of all wbo wish to sustain the eredit of Ameriean talent, and improve the eharaeter of Ameriean literature.

To Coaaespewneuts.—The following artieles are aeeepted: "The East," "On the Common Fallaey that Youth is a Blessing," "Presentiment,'' "Twas the Dawning of Day," "The Message to the Dead," " Sonnet," " The Dream-land of Hope," " Not at Home," " The Zephyr's Message," " nil Allah!" "Seene at tbo Caseade Bridge," and "life in Earnest."

The following are deelined; some beeause we have no room, and others beeause not adapted to our pages: "Memory," " Tbo Lone Heart's Complaint," "A Dirge," " Lake Ontario," "I'll think of Thee, Amanda," "The Past," "Letter to my Father," "The Three Boons," "Love and Poesy," "When Eebo answers Eebo," "To the Lark," "The Weary World," "A Last Look," "Gossips," "The Dead," <c A Truee to my Aspirings," " Wonders," " She is Gone," sund "A Winter Song."

A number of artieles on hand we have not had time to examine. The writers are not forgotten; and wo thank our many friends for their eonstant favors.

Lady Subseribers."—Smoking-eap in our next number.

« Nina," Mexieo, N. Y.—What was the title of the artiele? Please be explieit.

"W. H. W.," New York.—Must have a little patieneo with us. There aro MSS. that wo have had on hand a long time, thai must take preeedenee. The eorreetions will be made.

£iterarg Nottces.

From J. S. Brorau>, Clinton Hall, New York, through W. B. ZntBER, Philadelphia :—

PHILOSOPHERS AND ACTRESSES. From the Freneh of Arseno Houssaye. Two volumes. A knowledge of the subjeets of these volumes—Freneh philosophers and Freneh aetresses—would be, to most minds, satisfaetory evidenee with regard to their wortbless eharaeter. Yet, altbough the autbor has not kept very elosely to his subjeets, wo mueh doubt whether the wit and wisdom whieh do at times appear in his pages, would repay any one for the danger ineurred in gathering them from tbo mass of flippaney, false sentiment, useless philosophy, lieentious seandal, and masked infidelity from whieh they spring, like flowers on the dizzy verge of a preeipiee. Some knowledge is undoubtedly useful and neeessary, but the knowledge of evil Is the eurse of man; and the less we know of the wrong side of human nature, the more peaeeful, pure, and benefieent will be the tenor of our lives. Not so, thinks M. Houssaye. And there is, besides, every evidenee that he belongs to that elass of epieureans wbo, departing from the true, beautiful, and praetieable preeepts of their Master—" virtue is pleasure"—have Inseribed on the altar of their passions tbo seduetive, tbough fallaeious sentiment, that pleasure Li virtue. It Is not neeessary, nay, it is full of misery to mankind, that there sbould be eonverts to this latter doetrine. And, therefore, M. Houssaye being free to write books for sueh a purpose, and others being free to translate and to publish them, we, too, elaim the privilege of saying, in regard to them, that they are entirely unfit for the perusal, if not of gentlemen, eertainly of the truly modest and amiable ladies of our eountry.

ANCIENT EGYPT UNDER THE PHARAOHS. By John { Kenriek, A. M. This is a work of deep researeh into the t mysteries of antiquity, and 1s, eonsequently, full of Interest I to the student of history. It deseribes, to use the words of j the auther, aeeording to the present state of our knowledge, i the laud and the people of Egypt, their arts and seienees, 1 their eivil Institutions, and their religious faith and usages; i and relates their history from the earliest reoords of the ; monarehy to its final absorption in the empire of Alexj anildr.

j COMPARATIVE PHYSIOGNOMY; or, Resemblanees be> tween Mm and Animals. By James W. Rodfleld, M. D. I This is an amusing book, having no less than three hunt dred and fifty pietures of men and beasts, between wbom 5 the auther professes to have diseovered a resemblanee. * How far he will be able to earry his readers with him In ; his imaginary diseoveries, and in his deseriptions and eoml parisons, we must leave to the readers themselves. \ THE POETICAL WORK8 OF FITZ GREENE HALLECK. \ We have, in a preeeding number of the " Lady's Book," j notieed the publieation, by Redfield, of New York,of a new and beautiful edition of the poetieal works of Mr. Halleek, i wbo is universally known to the literary world as one of \ the best of our Ameriean poets. As an autbor, Mr. H. was \ foremost among his eontemporaries in the establishment j of an unequivoeal literary reputation for his eountry, and j in elaiming for her writers an undisputed equality with j European writers of the present age. Possessing the rarest i qualifieations of genius, direeted by a sound and polished edueation, an exuberant faney, always under the eontrol of a pure moral sentiment, no man has done more by his writings to elevate and adorn the literature of his eountry than Mr. Halleek. And, for presenting this new edition of his works to the publie, at a time when the strife seems to be wbo shall print and wbo shall read the greatest number of foreign works, the publisher deserves the thanks of every true-hearted Ameriean reader. The volume Is for sale by , W. B. Ziober, Third below Chestnut Street .

From M. W. Donn, New York, through J. W. Mookr, Philadelphia:—

STORIES OF ANCIENT ROME. By F. W. Rieord. With illustrations. There is seareely any history so Interesting to youthful readers as that of aneient Rome, espeeially that portion of it dating from the exposure of the " wolf-suekled twins," to the overthrow of the Tarqnina. There is an air of fabulous enehantment thrown round this period of Roman history, whieh, hewever mueh matter-of-faet men may desire it to bo removed, will never be wbolly dissipated, and never ean eease to gratifv the faney both of the young and the old. The velume before us is "intended as the first of a eonneeted series devoted to the most important events of Roman history," and is a eomplete aeeount, arranged under appropriate heads, of the period we have above alluded to. The autbor's design has been to adapt his " stories'' to the eapaeities of the young, and, at the same time, to render them agreeable and Instruetive to the general reader. In this, by his elear, simple, and yet attraetive style, be bus been very sueeessful. Wo have only one objeetion to mnke, after a eursory examination, whieh Is, that Mr. Eieon I has deseended oeeasionally to the rhetorieal artifiee of thinking for his heroes. This, it Is true, is a eommon thing with modern historians; but, still, there is nothing, In our opinion, more deserving of reprehension. A eultivated Imagination Is not satisfied with it, a eorreet judgment eondemns it, and it is utterly opposed to truth. It is an error, bowever, into whieh Mr. Rieord has rarely fallen, and into whieh he has perhaps been drawn by the imagined orations so numerous in the illustrious autbors from wbom his materials aro derived.

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