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reader, whether he has or has not been influenced by the treacherous sophisms of Gibbon and Hume, or by the slighter, but unpardonable errors of Paley and other authors, will rise from the perusal of this volume without feeling himself to be a wiser, if not a better man. No free thinker, no atheist, in whose bosom there still lingers a spark of feeling allied even to human gratitude-we will not say to divine love-however faint it may be, will fail to be touched by the conclusive reasoning, and the persuasive eloquence through which the author prepares the mind and the heart for the reception of the paramount truth of God's existence, and of the great and consequent duty of “ obedience to his will," incumbent upon all his creatures.

OUR FIRST MOTHER. The author of this work, as we believe, has aimed to impart Scriptural instruction upon a number of select topics naturally suggested by the Mosaie history. The “character and the matter, the style and execution of the work” have been cordially approved of by several theological professors, who speak confidently of the author's extensive Biblical research, and who state that, in religious doctrine, he is always orthodox.

LITTLE SILVERSTRING; or, Tales and Poems for the Young. By Wm. Olana Bourne. This is a beautiful volume, full of instruction and entertainment for the young. It contains fifty stories, sketches, and poems, all of which are admirably composed, and designed not merely to amuse, but to instruct and adorn the minds of youthful readers.

From CHARLES SCRIBNER, New York, through LINDSAY & BLA KISTON, Philadelphia :

ARCHIBALD CAMERON; OR, HEART-TRIALS. This is the life-history of a very pious and amiable young man, in the form of a novel, “founded upon fact.” If sound morality, fine sentiments, and not a few striking and interesting descriptions and incidents, together with a generally clear, and oftentimes poetical form of expression, are calculated to attract readers, we can entertain no doubt of the rapid and extensive sale of this publication. There are some points of practical theology discussed in its pages, upon anything but the graphic merits of which we, of course, can speak with but little certainty. Whether ministers do resort to the artifices mentioned, in order to gain popularity and rich congregations, it is not our province to decide; but certainly there appears to be a strong verisimilitude to nature, together with a great deal of quiet humor and gentle seriousness in our author's de scription of the practices which he insinuates many young clergymen are forced to adopt, in order to secure and retain the good-will of their congregations.

THE LIVES OF WINFIELD SCOTT AND ANDREW JACKSON. By J. T. IIeadley, author of “Napoleon and his Marshals," “ Washington and his Generals,” etc. etc. The author informs us that this volume “is designed to be the commencement of a series of biographical sketches of distinguished men of the present generation.” It is written in Mr. Headley's usually graphic and attractive style. The book is embellished with likenesses of the two heroes, of whose patriotic services it is the record.

ESSAYS ON THE PROGRESS OF NATIONS, in Civilization, Productive Industry, Manufactures, Commerce, Banking, Internal Improvements, Emigration, and Population. By Ezra C. Seaman. This is a volume of upwards of six hundred pages. It is a compilation of essays written by the author on the subjects embraced in the title, in the years 1846, 1847, and 1848. To these a large amount of new matter has been added, and the whole condensed. corrected, and rearranged.” With the author's speculations on the progress of nations in religion, politics, and civilization, we do not propose to meddle. In relation to these questions, including the author's general view of governments, ancient and modern, we have, however, read very different relations, drawn from quite as reliable authorities as those referred to in this work. The statistics of commerce, manufactures, population, etc. etc., form a very interesting feature in the compilation, and will be acceptable to those who desire to be acquainted with matters of loss and gain in the science of barter and the philosophy of trade.

OUTLINES OF MORAL SCIENCE. By Archibald Alexander, D. D., late Professor in the Theological Seminary at Princeton, N.J. At a time when the press is teeming with the productions of a class of authors who seem to be guided by no moral or benevolent principles whatever, it is pleasant to come in contact with a volume like this, so complete in all its arrangements, so simple, and yet so comprehensive in its arguments, so sound and irrefutable in its logic, and, above all, so full of the benignant spirit, and of the true teachings of Christianity. It is not long fince we laid down a work, in which its author seemed to labor hard to prove that the Christian doctrine of obedience had been the cause of nearly all the miseries of mankind, and of all the darkness which is supposed to have enveloped the world, wholly or partially, up to the period, or thereabouts, of the first French Revolution. But here is & moral philosopher who teaches sublimer doctrines, here is an historian whose deductions from the records of civilization are far more consoling to the heart of the truly enlightened progressionist. No intelligent, right-minded

From HARPER & BROTHERS, New York, through LINDSAY & BLAKISTON, Philadelphia :

TIIE PERSONAL ADVENTURES OF «OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT" IN ITALY. Showing how an Actire Campaigner can joid Good Quarters when Other Men lie in the Fields ; Good Dinners when Many are Half Slarved; and Good Wine, though the King's Staff be reduced to Half Rations. By Michael Burke Honan. We have not perused this book; but learn, from the first sentence in the preface, that it is original, and not a reprint of the author's correspondence from Italy to the “ London Times." Near the close of the work, the author says of himself: "I am a good Roman Catholic-not good in a religious or moral sense, I have the humility to say, but a faithful son of the old church, who never will desert its standard.” It would seem, from this, that his church has some other standards, and some other evidences of faithfulness besides those of religion and morality. But Mr. Honan is an impulsive Irishman, and therefore we will not visit his church with what appears to be a natural mistake, or a native bull. · THE INSTITUTES OF ALGEBRA. Being the first of a Course of Mathematics. Designed for the Use of Schools, Academies, and Colleges. By Gerardus Beekman Docharty, LL. D., Professor of Mathematics in the New York Free Academy. The author of this work, who has been twentyfive years a teacher of mathematics, presents it to the public under the belief that it will materially lighten the labor of the instructor, and facilitate the progress of the pupil.

PARISIAN SIGHTS AND FRENCH PRINCIPLES, SEEN THROUGH AMERICAN SPECTACLES. The majority of “ Parisian Sights" are, no doubt, very interesting; and, though they have been frequently displayed, may still claim a respectable share of admiration, especially when delineated in so handsome a manner as they are in the volume before us. Some of them, however, and a large portion of what are called “ French principles," might, so far as our plain republican morality is concerned, be left to the examination of French opticians. Holding this opinion, we cannot be expected to approve very cordially of a book which, though generally unexceptionable, con tains the result of a rather too microscopic observation of the immoral sights and principles of Paris and the Parisians. The author, we admit, is profuse in condemnation of the licentiousness of French usages; yet even he, & respectable American father, has not handled pitch and escaped undefiled, and has frequently to blush for some of his equivocal representations of sights and principles.

remark that it is a series of tales, poetical translations, etc., gracefully combined with the scenes and incidents forming the story to which its title is due; the whole written in a pleasing and elegant manner, uniting sparkling criticisms with delicate humor, and delightful home-pictures with lively descriptions of exterior nature, and pervaded by a cheerful tone of simple and unstrained morality.

LIVES OF WELLINGTON AND PEEL. From the “ London Times.” This is a neat volume, uniform with “ Appleton's Popular Library of the Best Authors."

From H. LONG & BROTHER, New York:

NORTHWOOD; OR, LIFE NORTH AND SOUTH. Show ing the true Character of Both. By Mrs. Sarah Josepha Hale. This work has not been got up for the occasion, and to minister to the prevailing excitement on a delicate question of State and National policy. It was first published in Boston, twenty-five years ago, and was the first introduction of the authoress to the American public, and at once esta. blished her reputation as a writer of fiction, chastened and elevated by the purest moral and religious sentiments. We have never yet, and we have no idea now of mingling in any of the political controversies that agitate the public mind; but it is only an act of justice rendered to the author ess to say, that there is no thought or sentiment expressed in the pages of “ Northwood” that will not bear the strictest test of literary and moral criticism, as well as of the purest love of country. It is conservative throughout, calm and considerate in its tone and reflections, and altogether such a work as might be expected to emanate from the pen of a Christian woman.

From D. APPLETON & Co., New York, through C. G. HENDERSON & Co. (late Geo. S. Appleton), Philadelphia :

SUMMER-TIME IN THE COUNTRY. By the Rev. R. A. Willmott, author of “Jeremy Taylor: a Biography.” This is the summer journal of an observant and well-read rural clergyman, devoted rather to literature than to na tural history, and more intent on recording the thoughts and emotions excited by a poetic and philosophic contemplation of nature, than on making scientific notes with regard to the movements and doings of bugs, beetles, and caterpillars. Stored, as it is, with profound reflections, judicious criticisms, and pleasing researches, which are beantifully illustrated by a liberal and happy use of quota tions, this little volume can scarcely fail to meet the taste of the most refined and fastidious reader.

STORIES FROM “BLACKWOOD.” Of these, we need only say that they are carefully selected from among those tales which, by their excellence and finished brevity, have boen a remarkable feature in the remarkable pages of “Old Ebony." Many of them have long enjoyed a high and deserved popularity, which, in their present convenient form, will, no doubt, be considerably enhanced.

MEN'S WIVES. By W. M. Thackeray. This volume comprises a series of amusing and attractive papers originally published in "Frazer's Magazine” for 1843, and is written in its author's usual vein of mingled pleasantry and pathos, sentiment and satire.

The publications above noticed, we would here remark, form a part of Appleton's well-selected and neatly printed, cheap, and “ Popular Library of the Best Authors.”

REUBEN MEDLICOTT; OR, THE COMING MAN. By M. W. Savage, Esq., author of the “Bachelor of the Albany," “My Uncle, the Curate,” etc. etc. One volume. We hav not for some time met with a more acceptable novel than the one at present under notice. We took it up for the purpose of giving it a mere superficial examination; but soon became so interested in its pleasing descriptions, vivid delineations of character, and knowing observations with regard to human life, that we were unable to return it to our table until we had perused its entire contents. Our reading was, of course, hasty; and, consequently, we cannot well determine as to the justness of the author's conclusions respecting certain questions of reform, that still agitate, in a greater or less degree, the minds of many honest-intentioned persons; but our own intercourse with the world has thrown us into contact with not a few Reuben Medlicotts, who, to use his own words, form“ signal examples of how little is to be done, in this busy world, by much knowledge, much talent, much ambition, nay, even by much activity, without singleness of aim and steadiness of purpose.” Such is the moral of the story, which, with all its scenes of humor and gayety, is a melancholy one. Yet, if the reader shall arise from its perusal a sadder man, he will also, for the moment, at least, be a wiser and a better.

EVENINGS AT DONALDSON MANOR; or, the Christmas Guest. By Maria J. McIntosh, author of "Two Liven," “Charms and Countercharms," etc. etc. A new revised edition. Many of our readers are perhaps familiar with this volume, the first edition of which was republished in England with great success, and met with the highest commendation. To those, however, who are not, we would

From T. B. PETERSON, Philadelphia :

THE CABIN AND THE PARLOR; OR, SLAVES AND MASTERS. By J. Thornton Randolph. This book was very generally and favorably noticed by the press before it made its appearance, and, from all we have heard and seen of its contents since its publication, we think the criticisms of some of its first chapters were just. Our copy, unfortunately, was not received until it was too late to give the work more than a cursory examination, even had the leaves been cut or separated, as should always be the caso when a patient investigation and a "good notice" are expected. We bave, nevertheless, become suficiently familiar with the author's vigorous style and general views, to enable us to say that he has written a most thrilling narrative, which will at once deeply interest the feelings, and forcibly appeal to the good sense and judgment of his readers.

From BUSCE & BROTHER, New York:

JACK RUNNYMEDE; or, the Man of Many Thanks. By Douglas Jerrold. This is the title of an amusing little pamphlet volume, over which we have enjoyed not a few hearty langhs, not unmindful, however, of the moral it seems slyly to inculcate—that enthusiastic views of social and political perfection are often converted, by bitter ex. perience, or by a change of fortune and circumstances, into opinions the very opposite of those previously entertained.

THE GIRARD COLLEGE AND ITS FOUNDER: containing the Biography of Mr. Girard, the History of the Institution, its Organization and Plan of Discipline, with the Course of Education, forms of Admission of Pupils, Descrip tion of the Buildings, etc. etc., and the Will of Mr. Girard. By Henry W. Arey, Secretary of Girard College. The author has favored us with a copy of the above seat little volume. It contains a great deal of information in regard to the Girard College, which will interest our citizens generally.

LIBRARY OF USEFUL KNOWLEDGE. It is now ten years since we observed, of “ The American Pocket Library," that “we knew no one better calculated than its editor, Thomas C. Clarke, for making so useful a book. It is a perfect vade mecum." Since then, many thousand copies have been sold; and, having been long since out of print, it has now been nearly doubled in size, and reissued by Mr. Clarke, with large additions, making it, of course, still more valuable than when, some years since, it was pronounced the best work of its kind in the country. As it is issued after the United States Census, which, with the Constitution of the United States, is embodied in its pages, we hope to have the satisfaction of welcoming its appearance at the close of the next ten years.

“ UNCLE TOM'S CABIN” CONTRASTED WITH BUCKINGHAM HALL, THE PLANTER'S HOME; OR, A FAIR VIEW OF BOTH SIDES OF THE SLAVERY QUESTION. By Robert Criswell, Esq., author of “Letters from the South and West.” Published by D. Fanshaw, New York. We have been favored by the author with a copy of this work. In presenting it to the public, he says he has but one motive in view, “which is to contribute his mite in endeavoring to allay the great agitation on the slavery question, between the North and South, which threatens to dissolve our glorious Union."

Gallery of Distinguished Americans, with Biographical Sketches, containing upwards of one hundred and twenty Engraved Portraits of the most Eminent Men who have occupied a place in the History of the United States." We have before noticed this work, copies of which should be preserved in every American's library, as the memories of the heroes and sages, whose portraits adorn it, should re tain a place in the grateful and affectionate regard of every American heart. The work has now reached the eleventh number. Price 25 cents each.

From Harper & Brothers, New York, through Lindsay & Blukiston, Philadelphia: “Pictorial Field Book of the Revolution." No. 28. Price 25 cents.

From George P. Putnam & Co., New York: “Whims and Oddities.” By Thomas IIood. No. 17 of "Putnam's SemiMonthly Library for Travellers and the Fireside." Humorous series, with numerous wood-cuts. — “The Eagle Pass; or, Life on the Border.” By Cora Montgomery. No. 18 of the above work, copyright edition.

From Gould & Lincoln, Boston, through W. B. Zieber, Philadelphia: “Chambers's Pocket Miscellany." Vol. 6. Price 20 cents.

From T. B. Peterson, Philadelphia: “The Coquette. A Novel. By the author of “Miserimus.” We have had no time to examine this book : we observe, however, that the English critics speak very highly of the author's wit and satire.

From Lippincott, Grambo, & Co., Philadelphia: “The Monastery." This is the fifth volume of the enterprising publishers' beautiful edition the Waverley Novels, by Sir Walter Scott, printed from the latest English edition, embracing the author's latest corrections, prefaces, and notes.

From H. C. Peck & THEO. Bliss, N. E. corner of Third and Arch Streets, Philadelphia :

THE ODD FELLOW'S MANUAL. Illustrating the history, principles, and government of the order, and the instructions and duties of every degree, station, and office in Odd Fellowship; with directions for laying corner-stones, dedicating cemeteries, chapels, balls, and other public edi. fices; marshalling funeral and other processions; forms for petitions, appeals, etc. Also odes, with music, for various occasions. Embellished with numerous engravings of the emblems, etc. By the Rev. Aaron B. Grosh. This is a handsomely printed volume.

Receipts, &c.

The frequent use of asparagus is strongly recommended in affections of the chest and lungs; in fact, asparagus is one of the most wholesome, as well as agreeable vegetables we possess.

MUSIC.

A FEW drops of creosote on brown paper, put in the holes of rats, will drive them away. Nux vomica and oatmeal is & sure poison.

From T.C. Andrews, 66 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia: “The New Russian Mazourka Quadrilles.” Composed and arranged for the piano forte, and dedicated to Mr. John Hewston, Jr., by Orlando F. Slack. The figures composed and adapted by Charles Durang, and danced at the assemblies of Mr. and Miss Durang..

From the same publisher, and for sale by Lee & Walker, 188 Chestnut Street, and S. Winner, 267 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia: “The Boarding School Polkas.” Arranged and composed by Thomas A. Becket. Distinguished by the names of Josephine, Adelaide, Clara, Rosabelle, and Georgiana

BURNS AND SCALDS.-In any case of burn or scald, however extensive, all the acute suffering of the patient may be at once and permanently relieved, and that in a moment of time, by sprinkling over the injured surface a thick layer of wheat flour, by the hand, or, what is better, by a dredging-box. Every vestige of pain produced by such injuries is instantly removed, and the sufferer not only escapes the shock to the nervous system accompanying such torture, but will generally fall into a quiet sleep the moment the atmospheric temperature is thus excluded from the wound. Multitudes are annually perishing by scalds in steamboats, and from burns by camphene, spiritgas, and otherwise, nearly all of whom might be preserved from a fatal result, if this simple practice were adopted immediately after such accidents.

NOVELS, SERIALS, PAMPILETS, &c. From E. S. Jones & Co., S. W. corner of Fourth and Race Streets, Philadelphia: Nos. 14 and 15 of the “Model Architect,” containing original designs for colleges, villas, suburban residencos, etc., accompanied by explanations, specifications, and elaborate details, etc. etc. By Samuel Sloan, Architect. A very beautiful and very serviceable work.

From Dewitt & Davenport, New York: “ Heads and Hearts; or, my Brother, the Colonel.” A novel, illustrative of the dangerous consequences of yielding to the impulses of the feelings, rather than listening to the dictates of prudence. By the author of " Cousin Cecil," etc.

From Robert E. Peterson & Co., N. W. corner of Fifth and Arch Streets, Philadelphia: “The National Portrait

A MINIATURE round of beef may be made of a rib of beef. Take out the bone, and wrap the meat round like a fillet of veal, securing it with two or three wooden skewers; place in strong pickle for four or five days; and then put it in hot water, and let it simmer the usual time.

A GOOD GAROLE, in inflammatory sore throats, may be made by mixing a little nitre in barley-water.

Godey's Arm-Chair.

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We request our subscribers to read the following, and be governed accordingly. We quote it from “Memoirs and Recollections of Editorial Life,” by Jos. T. Buckingham :

“ The income of a newspaper, though nominally large and apparently equal to all reasonable expenditure, as it appears on the ledger, and in the imagination of the proprietor, is yet but a feeble and delusive reliance in times when business is in a state of dullness and depression. The amount of debts from the subscribers may be large, but is made up of small sums, and scattered over an immense territory. From 1830 to 1848, I doubt whether there was a day when the aggregate debts due to the Courier was less than ten thousand dollars—sometimes it far exceeded that amountin sums ranging from fifty cents to fifty dollars. Tho eustomers of a newspaper think but little of this. It seldom occurs to them that the printer is borrowing money-perhaps at an extravagant interest-to enable him to carry on the publication, while they are neglecting his demands and paying nothing for the indulgence. Such was my unfortunate position."

CHRISTMAS.-The return of the festive season of Christmas, which has always been a time of mutual congratulations among Christians, admonishes us not only of the swift revolutions of time, but of the particular and pleasant duty incumbent on us of presenting our grateful compliments to those friends with whom we have peacefully journeyed through the varied scenes of the twelve months now drawing to a close. Among them, we might include many with whom we have travelled for the last twice twelve years; but we are content to be restricted to the closing twelve months, for, in that period, we have still had the pleasure of recognizing a numerous body of old and faithful friends, who have been with us from the first advent of our successful experiment.

But our object now is not to make the least distinction between old and new friends. Many of our new acquaintances would have been with us before, no doubt, had they not been somewhat behind the times, and many of our old friends would long since have left us, in the usual course of time, had they not been providentially spared for the benefit of those who were to come after them.

We feel prepared, therefore, peacefully, joyfully, and gratefully, to close the year with all our excellent friends, both old and new, begging them to accept of our hearty good wishes for their peace, health, happiness, and prosperity; assuring them, at the same time, of our apprecia tion of their past favors, and of our determination to de serve their future consideration and confidence.

What more can we say in reference to the return of Christmas? If the above paragraphs do not convey all that it would be essential to embrace in the longest kind of an editorial, we might proceed to string it out without an historical account of the usages, religious and festive, serious and frolicsome, of the different ages of Christianity. But what would it all avail, if we neglected the important fact that we are about to celebrate the coming of a heavenly Prince, whose great mission was to establish "peace and good-will among men?”

Let us, then, so order our minds, and so prepare our dispositions, by mutual resolutions of faith, hope, and charity, that we may be prepared peacefully to commune one with another, and to celebrate, with grateful hearts, the return of a festival so intimately connected with our common Christianity, as the festival of Christmas.

We have sent bills to our owing subscribers in this number, and we earnestly entreat their attention to them.

We call attention to our advertisement for 1853. W. make no more promises there than we mean to perform. Our course has been so well approved of, that we make no alterations for the future.

THE following is worth copying. We say nothing about the compliment; but its humor pleases us. It is from the “Hickman Argus:"

“ 'Godey' is at hand, and our "better half,' who never fails to get a peep at it first, authorizes us to say that it is increasing in merit with each succeeding number. If every man's wife thought as highly of the Lady's Book' as ours does, Godey could not half supply the demand. The moment the magazine comes to hand--she keeps the devil bribed to inform ber-she retires with it, nor suspends reading until she reaches the significant word, 'Finis,' let the baby cry nerer so much."

GODEY FOR DECEMBER.–Five full-page plates again. Two of them colored. “The Blind Piper,” a beautiful mezzo tint; "The Morning Star," colored : “Ready to Start," a tableau of the fashions; “Snow-Balling," our title-page, printed in colors; and a “Model Cottage."

A GENTLEMAN from Suffolk, Va., incloses us $3, and says: “My business engagements causing me to neglect my duty in paying up earlier, my lady, who, of course, takes a great interest in what is prepared to benefit her sex, has played the part of the collector for you, and dunned me for the $3 till I am forced to recollect it, and settle up.' Probably a hint to the ladies, drawn from my experience, may sare the expense of employing collectors for the future, for they never tire."" Thank you, Mrs. J.!

In our January number, we will crumenco the publication of Mrs. C. Lee Hentz's best nouvellette. It will probably run through four or five numbers. The “ Hermit of Rockrest" will create a sensation.

Have wo no writers of humorous poetry among our numerous correspondents ? We have a large supply of the serious article, and would like a little of the former to mix with it. We will send the “ Lady's Book” as a compensation for a few accepted pieces.

VOL. XLV.-50

INNOCENT PLEASURE.-We have read many descriptions and definitions of what the posts and novelists bave called innocent pleasures. But the most singular and simple that ever came under our view was the remark of Kossuth, when introduced to a farmer at Albany. “I love farming," he said. “I used to go out on my little farm in lungary, and watch the trees grow which I planted with my own hands; and, when a peach came on one of them, I took my wife out twenty times a day to see how it grew. It was such innocent pleasure.”

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kind influence over the family circle, exempt, as it is, from the drawbacks of all dangerous and impure sentiments."

The “Carson League,” Syracuse, N. Y., says: “Too much cannot be said in praise of this weekly. It combines the useful and entertaining in the highest degree. It is remarkable for its purity, as well as its genius and talent. Mr. Arthur fully redeems his pledge, by making his paper wbat a home paper should be-chaste, dignified, and entirely free from everything that can vitiate, or in the least deprave the mind."

HART, WARE, & Co. have a most splendid display of furniture at their repository, No. 280 Chestnut Street. We would call particular attention to their cottage furniture, which is now in general use. Their tables and stands, finished in papier maché, are worthy the reputation of American artists.

MR8. HALE'S NEW BOOK OF COOKERY. Published by H. Long & Brother, New York. Since the publication of this work, over six thousand copies have been disposed of by the publishers. Our orders from subscribers to the “La dy's Book” have been for three hundred copies. We expect that every lady subscriber to the “Book” will send for & copy, and we shall not be satisfied until they are all supplied. The question has been asked, How have we been able heretofore to get on without this work? It must supersede all other cookery books, as it contains many more receipts, and is more complete in every way.

We annex a notice from the "Commercial Advertiser," one of the oldest and best papers in New York :

"The Ladies' New Book of COOKERY. By Sarah J. Hale. New York, II. Long & Brother. This is the latest, and probably the best popular treatise on the culinary science. It is printed in one handsome volume of 474 pages, and illustrated by numerous wood-cuts, expla natory of the art of carving, and the proper methods of dishing either joints or entremes. The preface thus enumerates some of the claims which the book has to preference over previous publications of a similar character:

“In this work, the true relations of food to health are set forth, and the importance of good cookery to the latter clearly explained. Preparations of food for the sick have been carefully attended to, and many new and excellent receipts introduced. Cookery for children is an entirely new feature in a work of this kind, and of much importance. A greater variety of receipts for preparing fish, vegetables, and soups is given here than can be found in any other book of the kind; these preparations, having reference to the large and increasing class of persons in our country who abstain from fresh meats during Lent, will be found excellent and useful; also to families during the hot season. As our republic is made up from the people of all lands, so we hare gathered the best receipts from the domestic economy of the different nations of the Old World; emigrants from each country will, in this New Book of Cookery,' find the method of preparing their favorite dishes. The prominent features are, however, Ane rican.

“ Distrusting our own ability to pronounce upon the merits of Mrs. Hale's receipts, we handed the volume to a culinary connoisseur, whose opinion on such matters is, with us, decisive; and who praises it very highly, saying that no lady, having charge of a household, should neglect to possess a copy of such a useful work.”

We still continue to fill orders: strong paper covers at $1, and bound $1 25. In both cases, we will pay the postage.

SONTAG.–We welcome this gifted artiste to our country. She stands high as a vocalist and as a lady, Her concerts at the Musical Fund Hall have been crowded every night. She is a beautiful woman, and is generally admired for her personal and artistic worth. The Germania Society aided her with their powerful orchestra. Our old favorite, Badiali, the youthful Paul Julien, and the gifted Jaell, have also greatly aided in drawing the crowds that have met to greet this queen of song.

We copy the following notice from the “Christian Intelligencer;"

“ The European reputation of Henrietta Sontag baring long since preceded her, it was not to be wondered at that much of both curiosity and interest was manifested to see and bear a vocalist as much renowned for her domestic virtues as her talent. In the world of amusement, we are too apt to think only of the enjoyment of the moment, and to lavish our praises on the person who ministers to it, irre spective of all consideration of the artist's character and position in life, and of their fulfilment of those duties, moral and social, incumbent on us all, and which all may, and can fulfil, even while pursuing a profession surround ed with temptations. How much greater, then, is our satisfaction and enjoyment, when we behold a lady like Madame Sontag, whose bome virtues have been proverbial in the mouths of the wise and good !"

OUR BOOK OF PLATES.-We can still furnish our thirty splendid engravings for fifty cents.

The following are the latest notices of “ Arthur's Homo Gazette" that we have seen. We see that Messrs. Arthur & Co. have started a new magazine. Advertisements of both works will be found on our cover.

The “Flushing (N. Y.) Journal” says: “ Arthur's Homo Gazette, published at Philadelphia, is one of the best, if not the very best family newspaper published in the United States. There is a healthy moral tone in its columns, that makes it a favorite with those families who have children whose tastes and principles are to be formed, and who are wisely alive to the character of the reading that they admit into the family circle."

The “ American," at Waterbury, Conn., says: “This admirable literary paper entered upon its third year on the 4th of September. Of all our exchanges, we know of no ong-taken as a whole-that is better caloulated to shed a

MADAME ALBONI.--Madame Alboni gave a series of concerts in Philadelphia, in tho Musical Fund Hall. The audiences were large, brilliant, and fashionable, and the great contralto was received with every mark of appreciation and delight. The favorable impression made by ber debüt in this city was fully strengthened and confirmerl. She is an artist of the very highest order-is at once gifted, polished, experienced, and cultirated. In person, she is quite large, but not ungraceful. She has a fine

eye,

beautiful teeth, and a captivating smile. Her manner, indeed, is wonderfully easy and self-possessed. She appears per fectly at home in all she undertakes, and apparently sings without the least effort. There is no distortion of the face or straining of the muscles; but the flow of her rich and melodious voice may be compared to the gushing of a crys. tal spring. Every note is clear and distinct, and the most difficult shakes and cadences are given with freedom, precision, and beauty. Many of her tones seemed to penetrate to the very hearts of her listeners, and to rouse, thrill, and delight. The orchestra was full and effective, and the overtures were given in the most creditable manner. Tho entertainments, from first to last, were every way superior, and Alboni may be regarded as having fully established herself in the good opinions of the musical amateurs of Philadelphia.

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