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cal qualities of bodies, with which my lecture-room has heretofore been furnished, and knowing that such a labor on their part could not be performed in the first case except at the risk of losing sight of the experiments, nor in the second without interfering with other engagements during an exceedingly busy session, I have made the attempt to supply my pupils with such an outline of my course, as shall effectually relieve them in future from this embarrassment.” But this “Syllabus" may be useful not only to those who attend the Lectures of Prof. Shepard, but to chemical students in general, especially to such as are preparing for the medical profession. The leading principles of chemistry, its various combinations, tables, etc., are here exhibited in their just relations, and in a convenient form. A very considerable portion of this outline has been devoted to organic chemistry. The recent discoveries in this interesting department of scientific investigation,-some of which are contained in none of our text books,—are brought together, and presented to the inquirer within the compass of a few pages. 18.-The School and Family Dictionary, and Illustrative Definer.
By T. H. Gallaudet and Horace Hooker. New-York :
Robinson, Pratt & Co. 1841. pp. 221. We are much pleased with the plan of this little Dictionary. It is designed “as a kind of First Book in the acquisition of the meaning of the English language ;" and the authors have brought the results of their ample experience as instructors to bear upon this point. The ordinary dictionaries of our language contain some thirty or forty thousand words. The pupil is appalled by the hopeless task of learning their definitions in a succession of lessons. To remove this discouragement, our authors have omitted a large class of words which may be supposed to be known to every intelligent child of ten years old, and also another class, still more numerous, of the most difficult words, including the scientific and technical, which require more maturity of mind to understand them, and have embraced in this little volume only that middle class of words, to which the attention of a child, in learning definitions, should be first directed. The definitions are given with great simplicity and clearness, and numerous and intelligible illustrative sentences are added to the definitions to impress the meanings of words upon the minds of the young reader. We have only space to add that we regard this “Illustrative Definer,” as one of the happiest contrivances we have seen for assisting parents and teachers in impressing upon the minds of children the true meaning of words.
19.-Memoir of Mrs. Harriet L. Winslow, thirteen years a Mem
ber of the American Mission in Ceylon. By Rev. Miron
Winslow. American Tract Society. pp. 480. This work, originally prepared by Rev Mr. Winslow during a visit to this country, has been carefully revised; some parts, which seemed less important, have been omitted or condensed, and new matter has been added. In its present form it will stand, with the memoirs of Harriet Newell, Mrs. Judson and Mrs. Sarah L. Smith, as an enduring monument of the intelligence, fidelity and efficiency of our female missionaries. Perhaps the distinguishing peculiarity of Mrs. W. was the symmetry and completeness of her character. Her history as a daughter, a sister, and the member of a refined social circle, furnishes an example worthy of universal imitation. As a Christian, she was early and deeply interested in the temporal and eternal good of those around her; she took an active part in organizing the first Sabbath school in her native town,-a cause which, from its novelty, then received but little favor. As a Christian mother, her example is one which, if universally imitated, would renovate the whole world.
The principal excellency, as well as attraction, of this me. moir must be referred to the full and familiar correspondence which she constantly maintained with her parents and friends at home. To this are we mainly to ascribe that richness of detail which combines at once a history of the mission, with an affecting illustration of what a female missionary, by the grace of God, may accomplish. The value of this memoir has led to the publication of two editions of it in Great Britain, and one in France. We rejoice that so bright an example is destined to exert a permanent influence on the Christian church in this and other lands.
ADDITIONAL Notices. Elements of Chemistry, containing the Principles of the Sci
ence, both experimental and practical ; intended as a Textbook for Academies, High Schools and Colleges. Illustrated with numerous Engravings. By Alonzo Gray, A. M., Teacher of Chemistry and Nat. History in the Teacher's Sem., Andover, Mass. Second Edition, revised and enlarged. NewYork: Dayton & Saxton. Boston: Saxton & Pierce. 1841. pp. 395.
This work was originally published in 1840. The rapid sale of the first edition and its introduction into several colleges are good evidence of its substantial merits. The author has
now revised and enlarged the volume, and given to it a permanent form. “A large amount of matter and numerous engravings have been added for the purpose of rendering the work better adapted to academies and other schools.” In a previous No. of the Repository (Jan. 1841), we expressed a favorable opinion of this manual; a further acquaintance with it has only confirmed that opinion. Gems from the Works of Travellers, illustrative of various Pas
sages in Holy Scripture. Published under the Direction of the Committee of General Literature and Education, appointed by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. New
York: D. Appleton & Co. 1841. pp. 328. The design of this volume is apparent from its title. Numerous passages of Scripture, arranged in chapters, are followed by extracts from different travellers and of various merit, illustrating the manners and customs of the East. For the general accuracy and pertinency of the selections, we have the guaranty of a committee of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. The American edition has received from the publisher a neat and appropriate dress. The Holy War, made by Shaddai upon Diabolus, for the regain-,
ing of the Metropolis of the World ; or the losing and taking again of the Town of Mansoul. By John Bunyan, Author of Pilgrim's Progress. With a Sketch of the Life of the Author. Revised by the Committee of Publication of the American Sunday School Union. Philadelphia : American Sunday School Union. pp. 375. “ The Holy War” can never be as popular as the “Pilgrim's Progress ;' still to have written it would have been honor enough for any man. The American Sunday School Union have done well to give it a dress so worthy of its contents. The London Religious Tract Society have recently reprinted the Holy War from an edition of 1682, collating this, however, with other copies. The American edition is taken from that with a few unimportant alterations. The illustrations add much to its value and attractiveness. Annals of the Poor. By the Rev. Legh Richmond, A. M., late
Rector of Surrey, Bedfordshire. A new edition, enlarged, with an introductory sketch of the Author ; by the Rev. John Ayre, A. M., Domestic Chaplain to the Earl of Roden. NewYork: William Kerr & Co. Boston: Crocker & Brewster. Philadelphia : Thomas, Copperthwaite & Co. 1841. pp. 239. This enlarged edition of the “ Annals of the Poor” has been
issued by a son-in-law of the lamented author. Besides a brief sketch of his life, it contains the “Dairyman's Daughter," with an appendix of several new letters, the “ Young Cottager," the “Negro Servant,” the “Cottage Conversation" and a “Visit to the Infirmary.” The last two pieces were originally inserted in the Christian Guardian, and now for the first time accompany the larger tracts. The Claims of Jesus. By Robert Turnbull, Pastor of Boylston
Church, Boston. Boston: Gould, Kendall & Lincoln. 1841. pp. 120.
The author divides his treatise into four chapters, in which he considers successively the Humanity of Christ, the Divinity of Christ, the Mystery of the Incarnation, and Christ as a Prophet, Priest and King. “Commencing at the lowest point at which the glory of Jesus is visible, he has aimed to advance, step by step, till he should arrive at its loftiest elevation.” The views presented are just, and the temper of the discussion is unexceptionable. Tellström, the first Swedish Missionary to Lapland; with an
Appendix, giving an Account of the Stockholm Mission. By George Scott, Pastor of the English Congregation at Stockholm. New-York: John S. Taylor & Co. 1841. pp. 86.
This is an interesting sketch of a humble but devoted Christian. We prize it chiefly, however, from its being the farewell gift of the estimable author. Hymns for the Vestry and the Fireside. Boston: Gould, Ken
dall & Lincoln. 1841. pp. 216. .
There are nearly four hundred hymns in this collection, most of which are well known to the public. Some new and beautiful specimens of devotional poetry have been added.
Great Britain. MR. Blackie, the translator of Faust, has commenced his labors as Prof. of Humanity in Marischal College, Aberdeen; the difficulty growing out of his objection to signing the Confession of Faith having been compromised. Dr. Arnold, the hisi orian of Rome, has been appointed to the professorship of Modern History, at Oxford, in the place of Dr. Nares.-Prof. Whewell has been chosen Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, in the place of Dr. Wordsworth, resigned.--Řotteck's History of the World has just been published; we presume it is a reprint of the American translation by Mr. Jones. This history has reached its 14th edition in Germany. The second volume of Blunt's Exposition of the Pentateuch, including Exodus and Leviticus, was to appear at the close of the year. Rev. Samuel Davidson, LL. D., is preparing his Sacred Hermeneutics Developed and Applied, a sequel to his former volume.—The Popular Theology of Dr. Schmucker has been favorably received in England ; his Fraternal Appeal is highly commended.
Among the later English publications we notice The Kingdom of Christ Delineated, in two Essays, by Archbishop Whately; The Theology of the Early Christian Church (quotations from the first three centuries) by James Bennett, D. D.; the second and last volume of Neander's History of the Christian Religion and Church during the first three centuries, translated by Rose.
Germany. Dr. Lechler has published a History of English Deism, which has produced quite a sensation in Germany; it is noticed very favorably in Gersdorf's Repertorium. Dr. J. G. F. Höfling has undertaken to rescue the writings of Origen from the perversion of the Romanists. The title of the work is Originis Doctrinam de Sacrificiis Christianorum in Examen vocavit ; its object is to show that this father did not consider the eucharist to be a sacrifice in the sense of the Romish church. Dr. Meier's translation and exposition of Joel is mentioned with approbation. The theological faculty of Jena made the writings of Justin Martyr a prize question for 1839; J. C. T. Otto, a young scholar, obtained the prize, and the essay is now published. It is surpassed in learning, however, by another work on the same subject, of which C. Semisch is the author. Christ the Conqueror, a new Christian epic by K. Moritz, is commended by the journals. B. Tauchnitz, Jr. is publishing, in a cheap edition, the principal works of the Latin Fathers, under the supervision of Gersdorf. Nine volumes have appeared, containing the works of Clement, Cyprian, Tertullian and Ambrose. The next two volumes will embrace the writings of Lactantius; these will be followed by Minucius Felix, Arnobius, Augustine, etc.
The number of students in the universities during the summer semester was as follows: At Berlin' there were 1561