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bracing the great principles of human free. Why will he“ join the multitude to do”dom, some of the bravest struggles of lib- badly? Eleven such poets have appeared erty against oppression the world exhibits, within the last seven weeks ! and nobly has he handled it. Many will
“ All Bedlam or Parnassus is let out ;" doubtless disagree with him essentially in his views of church government, and con
Whose gray goose-quill shall put the host
to rout! demn the book as one-sided and partial. To the theologian this part of the subject will be interesting, but to the common An Elementary Treatise on Mineralogy: reader it sinks in insignificance before the Comprising an Introduction to the principles of freedom and equality out of Science; by William Phillips. Fifth which it sprung. Puritanisın in England edition, from the fourth London edition, changed the fate of the world, and Puritan- by Robert ALLEN; containing the ism in America laid the foundations of our latest discoveries in American and republic, and gave birth to that system of foreign Mineralogy; with numerous education which has made us an example
additions to the Introduction. Ву to the world. The Puritans had their FRANCIS ALGER. Boston: William faults, and gross ones; but they should be Ticknor & Co. 1844. forgotten in their virtues, and no difference of views in matters of church government considered the intimate and beautiful rela
No man of the present day, who has should obscure the latter or lessen the sery. ice they have done mankind. No clergy
tion which all the physical sciences bear man should be without this book, as it em
to each other, will underrate the value of bodies all the information necessary to form the study of Mineralogy. It is not, as a correct opinion, and gives of itself a com
every one must feel, so comprehensive and plete history and analysis of the Puritan's noble, and on the whole so profoundly life and character. We say nothing of its interesting, as Geology. It bears, indeed, arguments, leaving that to theologians, but to this great science, as a study, somewhat we commend its principles and spirit to
the same position that the latter does to the reader.
the infinitely sublimer and more compre
hensive lore of Astronomy. It is not so Solitude and Society; and other Poems.
absorbingly interesting as Chemistry-for By J. R. Bolles. Wiley & Putnam. this science occupies the student with con
stant experiments, and experimentation, Another “ Mute inglorious” in the hem- with its excited hopes and gratified cuisphere of poetical mediocrity, has risen riosity, is the delight of the mind. But upon us in the author of “Solitude and mineralogical knowledge, besides affording Society.” The poet has never seen much in itself a brilliant and curious pursuit, is of either, or he would not have sung about absolutely necessary to geological investi. them with such various dullness; and if gation. The greater and more general Mr. Bolles “ does not awake and find him- science cannot perfect its knowledge of the self famous " we must attribute it to his earth's structure without its minute aids. having slept too long over his strains while Mineralogy embraces also many researches writing them. Solitude and Society” is a in common with Chemistry. Of all the " linked sweetness ' stretched out by some works on this attractive science yet pubcaoutchouc process unknown to us, to the lished in this country, the American edition subtil length of eighty-two pages, ex- of Phillips' treatise is undoubtedly the cluding notes. The length and the ine- most complete. It would be strange if it qualities would remind us of the Chinese
Of the original work, as edited wall, but that the absence of all strength by Mr. Allen, Prof. Brande, of the Royal or possible service destroys the image. Institution, London, said, that “in the What an opportunity, thought the bard, English language, at least, it is the most for diversified beauties! Accordingly, he available for the use of the student.” But writes it in seventeen or eighteen different Mr. Alger, having the assistance of Dana's combinations of verse. If he must write fine American treatise, with his own ex. wretchedly, why could not the whole be in tended knowledge of the minerals of this one strain, not afflict us with such a variety country and the recent investigations of of flatnesses ! We had forgot, however, French science, has added three hundred that it is exempt from being read. In plain- more pages and one hundred and fifty more spoken verity, we do assure Mr. Bolles- of species and important varieties than are whom we never heard and know nothing- in Allen's edition, together with all the that his book is, for all purposes and effects American localities. He has also corrected of poetry, worthless. The only question numerous errors, presented some arising is," whether did this man sin or his chemical analyses and very many new parents," that he should be suffered, we measurements of crystals. The subject do not say to write, but to print. Doubt. of crystallography, indeed, has been treatless he has capacities in another direction. ed in a manner never before equaled ; and
the sections on cupellation, the blow-pipe, always a dangerous course for a traveler to and the action of acids, though short, are pursue. They travel to see, not to be talked full enough for the beginner, and written to. He, however, shows himself no ordi. with great clearness and precision. In nary man, in writing so interesting a book, fact, one balf of the work, as it stands, is with so few sketches in it. The first six his own, and the rest revised, so that it is pages are devoted to Wordsworth, or rather almost a new treatise. We quote from the to his place. We are heartily sick of gos. annals of the University of Heidelberg, the sip about “Rydal Mount,” and Lake Winanvery favorable comments of the distin- dermere. One would think it was the only guished Prof. Leonhard :
spot worth seeing in England. The de“ The fifth edition of a work is the best scription of Napoleon's funeral, which he encomium upon its character; especially of saw in Paris, would have been infinitely one of a scientific nature. The first four more interesting. But Mr. C. is evidently editions of Phillips' work appeared in an accomplished man, with a mind preLondon ; the fifth has now been published pared beforehand for the scenes he was to in Boston, edited by Mr. Alger, whose pass through, and by the quiet, intelligent name was previously advantageously known and natural way in which he expresses by his beautiful investigations in Nova himself, interests the reader, while he inScotia, and by the essay which he published structs him. He has a long description of thereupon, in company with Dr. Jackson. a water-cure establishment, in Germany, It was but very recently that we had occa- and though he seems not to have been sion to allud in these pages to the scientific much excited amid Alpine scenery, his deactivity that reigns in the United States ; scription of sunrise on Mount Righi shows and this work of Mr. Alger furnishes us him to have been profoundly impressed with additional proof thereof. The Mine with this gorgeous spectacle, and the few ralogy of Phillips appears in a new dress, sentences he writes upon it are among the much improved and augmented. As in finest in the book. He sees everything Dana's work, the minerals are arranged with his own eyes, and gives us a transcript according to a chemical system. With of his own impressions, and thus makes an each species the most satisfactory analyses entertaining and useful book. are given, and additional analyses are given of American minerals by Dr. Jackson and The Dream and other Poems - The Child others--as Danaite, Cananite, Hudsonite, of the Island. By the Hon. Mrs. NORTON. Masonite, and Ledernite. The figures of Francis' Cabinet Library. the crystals, amounting to 600, are admirable, and there is much interesting informa- will find thoughts replete with tender
Open these volumes at random, and you tion touching the occurrence of minerals, those of Nova Scotia and South America grace, and expressions breathing that quick in particular. There is no doubt in our
and divine spirit of impulsion, which is the mind, that Mr. Alger's Mineralogy, splen- legitimate attribute of true poetry; and did as it is in its getting up, will find many art, there is nothing in all these four hun.
yet, with these essential constituents of the readers. It is peculiarly adapted as a compendium for students.”
dred pages, to induce one to read otherwise
than at random. “The Child of the Isl. Scenes and Thoughts in Europe, by An ands,” is a tale of material life-a sort of AMERICAN Wiley & Putnam, New nouvelette in rhyme—a dangerous experi.
ment, when they are so much easier to read York.
in prose. So much for the conception of This is No. XVI. of Wiley & Putnam's the poem. In execution it evinces a good series of American books, and embraces a deal of poetical power, though it lacks that skipping tour over England and a part of excellence of forcing and commanding the the Continent, or at least it has that ap- interest of the reader through its varied pearance, for the author takes his reader up stages of development; an excellence which in one place and sets him down in another, few attain, and which, when fully possessed sans ceremonie, leaving him to conjecture by an author, men are constrained to call how he came there as best he may. Ano- Genius. The minor pieces we prefer to ther peculiarity about this volume is, it any of Mrs. Norton's longer efforts, and has no table of contents, and Mr. Calvert upon them, we think, depends her claims seems determined if his reader finds a plea- to popularity. “ The Blind Man's Bride," sant chapter in it, he shall note it down, is a natural and sweet drift of fancy and or hunt through the entire book to find it feeling. " The Child of Earth," is a little again. This is always inconvenient, espe- poem, of very great beauty. Her songs, cially in a book like the present, which is when wedded to music, make their way to worth referring to again.
the heart. The longer poems all have Mr. Calvert is a reflective, rather than a merit, but no individuality. Will she go descriptive writer, and gives us more of down to posterity? We cannot tell. She his “ thoughts” than “scenes.” This is might, had she lived at an earlier date. It
is unfortunate for any but the highest ge- than in one little note: “I have not felt at nius to be born in the latter ages. But liberty,” says Mr. Foster, " to change the sorrow is immortal and Mrs. Norton has text sanctioned by Mrs. Shelley-whom I endured much.
regard as the evangelist of her trans
figured Lord”!! Narrative of Remarkable Criminal Tri
als. Translated from the German of The Old Continental ; or the Price of ANSELM RITTER VON FEUERBACH, by
Liberty. By JAMES K. PAULDING. Lady DUFF GORDON. New York:
New York : Paine & Burgess. Harper & Brothers. 1946.
We have, in the few months past, looked There are inaterials in this small volume within the covers of many weak books-but sufficient at least for a dozen bloody roman
this we actually read through. We are ces of the Ainsworth order. We confess afraid we are not the only person who has our repugnance to everything of the kind. done it. Consider the patriotism of the We could never discover any beauties in a title !-and, then, the extraordinary com“ murder case," nor have our senses been ments appearing in certain incorruptible entranced by a narrative of arson, highway daily, journals! To us there was another robbery or horse-stealing; mauslaughter,
consideration. We are bound to be justeven, never presented itself 10_us in a fa: and there is no justice without knowledge. vorable or pleasant aspect. But we are
Besides, like the old lady at Barnstable who sensible of the occasional usefulness of inquired if it were possible to print a works like this. The weight due to circum- lie, we found it difficult to suppose that stantial evidence in criminal trials can in no an ex-Secretary could produce anything way be so well and satisfactorily ascertained thoroughly wretched—especially as that as by a diligent examination of varions and particular department, the Naval, is being conflicting cases, and for this reason reports filled with personages of more pretensions of the evidence and decisions thereon by in literature than capacity for the office. distinguished judges and jurists, often bé. We did, accordingly, force our way to the come of the last importance to others, as a end, and will now merely say that it is guide and precedent. The work will sell “drawn milder” than anything we remem-a point of some moment to the publishers ber to have seen. Some descriptive pasat least. It has a dramatic interest that will sages are readable; the attempts at wit are enlist the attention of a large class of miserable; the pathos still worse. The readers.
book is really almost entirely destitute of
merit; it is very patriotic and very poor. The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Sold at 25 cents retail, The Price of
Shelley. First American edition com- Liberty” ought to be paid for in “old plete. Edited by G. G. Foster. New Continental”
money. York: J. S. Redfield.
Lives of Distinguished American Naval This is by far the most elegant edition of
Officers, By J. FENIMORE COOPER. Shelley which has yet been published in
Philadelphia: Carey & Hart. this country. It is also the most complete. These are two excellences that especially We welcome the appearance of no new commend the present volume to all the American book with more pleasure than admirers of this starry-minded poet. It one which illustrates, in an effective manwould be useless here to attempt to criticise ner, any portion of our history. The volor characterise his writings. Their meritsume before us does that good service, and are extraordinary, their defects equally that for a department for which too little striking and original. His imagination has hitherto been done. Our whole naval was wonderful--at once lofty and delicate history does, indeed, cover but a short peThat faculty was, indeed, only too predomi. riod. We had but the merest beginning of nant-overpowering too much as mu ds of a navy at the Revolution, and since then thought. Mr. Fost is appreciation o, the we have had only one war in which the poet in his pref .torial essay is genial small fleet we have created could achieve enough, and in ne main just, though the anything of mark. The Algerine affair did analysis of the poet's mind is defecti e, not disgrace us, but it was of no great acand we by no means agree with all iis count. Still, our flag has, from first to last, ideas of the poe 's ethics. Shelley's morals been engaged on many occasions, and with were better tha his morality. We admi e as much honor as the flag of any nation has Shelley's beau iful mind, and no less acquired in the same period of time. Those beautiful spirit of humanity ; but the im- achievements ought to be illustrated. Of pious, blasphemous tone of the mod rn all our writers, so far, Mr. Cooper is con. school of rhapsodical reformers-perfic- fessedly the best suited to arrange them in tionists-worshipers of the divine in the sketches, or history. The present volume human-was never more clearly exposed contains four sketches-Paul Jones, Com
modore Woolsey, Perry, and Dale. Of The Mineral Springs of Western Vir. these, the lives of two-Jones and Perry- ginia. Wiley & Putnam. are very well known to the country; those of Woolsey and Dale to a slight degree. This is decidedly a useful book to all so. The sketches are written in that strong, journers at these places of resort. The clear, equable narrative style which is Mr. author enters into an elaborate disquisition Cooper's forte. We do not receive the of the use of the water of each ; its properwhole of his version of Perry's career, but ties ; its effects ; the cure it produces; anawe commend the whole volume to our lysis of each spring, and all necessary inreaders as quite as well worthy of their at- formation respecting their remedial virtues. tention as the trashy novellettes of the We recommend this really valuable work day.
to the attentive perusal of every partaker of these waters.
Fashion is a fickle goddess to control, Works of the Puritan Divines No. II. and to this is attributable the fact of the BUNYAN. New York: Wiley & Put almost invariable ignorance among people
who go for fashion's sake, of the efficacy
and curable qualities held in suspension in This little volume contains three of Bun- mineral waters. The book is tolerably yan's miscellaneous treatises. Every one dull, but in the respect spoken of, quite has read the great work of the “inspired worthy of attention. thinker"-"Pilgrim's Progress"--and most persons his second ingenious narrative, * The Holy War," but very few have any My Shooting Box. By Frank FORESTacquaintance with the fine old English and
ER. Philadelphia : Carey & Hart. deep religious tone of many of his other productions. For many reasons, we cannot Mr. Herbert is the most graceful and in. have too full a knowledge of the works of telligent writer we have on the field the various divines of that day. Their Sports of this country-such at least as depth of thought and richness of language are confined to our peculiar science of were not less eminent than their piety. wood-craft. Our forests afford a great vaBut we do not think that a selection from riety of game, some kinds very different Bunyan could be justly kept out of any from those found in England, and more collection of such writings.
difficult of bringing down; and the nature of the country-mostly wild and unsettled
as yet, compared with the larger part of The Discourses and Essays of D’Aubigné. Great Britain-demands of a successful
Translated from the French. By sportsman far more skill, and a wider vaCHARLES W. BAIRD. Harper & Bro. riety of precepts. Mr. Herbert, in several thers.
late writings, has shown hiniself very com
pletely master of the subject. He is plainThe great author of the History of the ly no amateur, but a practised sportsman, Reformation, appears to the American * My Shooting Box” has a slender thread reader in a new and interesting character of a story, running through “ the precepts, in this work ; which embodies all his most practice, and accidents of wood-craft.” profound essays and discourses. In point The whole is very well told, except that of style, there is a pregnant brevity-a there is, perhaps, too much eating and rapidity of transition—a close, logical drinking Sportsmen, however, must be training of the mind, as it were, to the expected to have appetites. But we consubject, which is rarely observed in modern fess, that what the author seems particu. polemical compositions. The essay enti- larly to have prided himself upon, “Old tled “ The study of the History of ChristTom Draw,” is not at all to our liking. ianity," was translated by the late Thomas He presents him with great parade as an S. Grimke, Esq., of Charleston, S. C. original-an eccentric. We cannot see
The man whose mind could grasp and anything eccentric or original about him." portray the History of the Reformation and His grossness is as common as the mud in its vast results, speaks in this volume the Nassau street. The book winds up with a resistless truths which broke down the runaway match :-and a “run” they had barriers to religious liberty in the old for it-fifty miles in four hours over the world; truths such as were promulgated by rough roads from Orange county to New Luther and Melancthon, and their com- York! But then they had two relays of peers, and is wake to perish never." horses-a capital foresight,