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For the working classes we confidently anticipate a social condition far in advance of their present state ; we have earnestly at heart the people's happiness and the people's elevation ; but we shall not allow our warm sympathies and earnest wishes in this direction to betray us into any faithless compromise of the principles of economic science.

Our object in literature will be analogous to our aim in politics. We wish as before to secure a more constant reference to ascertained principle than we think is now common; but, at the same time, we shall not try to apply arbitrary canons to all writers and all ages, but rather to examine and describe the real features of great literary nations and writers, and explain the manner in which the genius and circumstances of each have influenced the works they have bequeathed to us.

In two points, moreover, it will be our endeavour to avoid errors which have been much and justly complained of in the conduct of other Quarterly Organs. We .purpose to study brevity on all topics which will not justify length-and to give to the lighter departments of Literature that share to which they are fairly entitled in a periodical which aspires to please and aid the general reader, as well as to interest the studious one.

Like most other Quarterly Journals, the “NATIONAL REVIEW" will not be able to find room for more than a selection from the works which from time to time appear. We must endeavour to excel by making that selection judicious. We shall, however, endeavour to give a systematic summary of the new publications on topics insufficiently noticed by the daily and weekly journalsespecially Theology and Mental and Political Philosophy. We shall likewise give a list of the books appearing in each quarter which seem suitable for reading Societies, and are most likely to interest the general reader.

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LONDON :
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PRINTED BY WILLIAM TYLER, POLT-COURT, PLEET-STREET.

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A GOOD BOOK IS THE PRECIOUS LIFEBLOOD OF A MASTER SPIRIT, IMBALMED

AND TREASURED UP ON PURPOSE TO A LIFE BEYOND LIFE."Milton.

LONDON:

WARD AND CO., PATERNOSTER ROW.
W. OLIPHANT AND SON, EDINBURGH: R. JACKSON, GLASGOW :

G. & R KING, ABERDEEN : AND J. ROBERTSON, DUBLIN.

ONE SHILLING & SIXPENCE.

SAVILL AND EDWARDS, PRINTERS, CHANDOS STREET, COVENT GARD EY.

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CONTENTS.

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I. HISTORY OF TURKEY.
II. WHY ARE COALS SO DEAR ?
III. OUR EIGHTEEN-HUNDRED-AND-FIFTY-FOUR POETS 39
IV. BRITISH SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATION

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V. DRYDEN: HIS CHARACTER AND WRITINGS

71 VI. EXPOSITORS OF SCRIPTURE

89 VII. RELIGIOUS LIBERATION SOCIETY: RECENT OPERA. TIONS

105 BRIEF NOTICES

118 REVIEW OF THE MONTH

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The General Life & Fire Assurance Company.

Established 1837.

Empowered by Special Acts of Parliament, 3rd Vict., c. 28, and 10th Vict., c. 1.

62, KING WILLIAM STREET, LONDON.

CAPITAL, ONE MILLION.

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Birectors.
GEORGE BOUSFIELD, Esq.

WILLIAM HUNTER, Ald.
THOMAS CHALLIS, Esq. Ald., M.P. JAMES PILKINGTON, Esq., M.P.
JACOB GEORGE COPE, Esq.

THOMAS PIPER, Esq.
JOIN Dixon, Esq.

THOMAS B. SIMPSON, Esq.
JOHN T. FLETCHER, Esq.

The Right Par CP VIUTERS, M.P.
CHARLES HINDLEY, Esq., M.P. 1 EDWARD WILSON, Esq.

Auditors.
SEPH Dawson, Esq. WILLIAM HUNTER, jun., Esq.

GEORGE MEEK, Esq.
Secretary-THOMAS PRICE, LL.D. Actuary-DAVID OUGHTON, Esq.

Solicitor--STEPHEN WALTERS, Esq. following are amongst the distinctive features of the Company : Entire freedom of the Assured from responsibility, and exemption from the mutual ilities of partnership. II. Payment of Claims guaranteed by a Capital of ONE MILLION. III. STAMPS on LIFE ASSURANCE POLICIES, are paid by the Company.

In the Life Department.–1. FOUR-FIFTHS OF THE PROFITS divisible by the Company's Deed of Settlement, amongst Assurers on the participating Table.

2. All Assurances are effected on Participating and Non-Participating Tables, on Ascending and Descending Scales, for short periods, and by Policies payable at the ages of 65, 60, 55, or 50, or previously in the event of Death.

3. Premiums may be paid Annually, Half-Yearly, or Quarterly, in a limited number of Payments, in one Sum, or on Increasing or Decreasing Scales.

4. Policies on the Participating Scale immediately interested in the Profits of the Company.

5. The Age of the Assured admitted, on satisfactory evidence being presented.

6. Policies assigned as security not forfeited_by Duelling, Suicide, or the Execution of Judicial Sentences.

In the Fire Department.-Houses, Furniture, Stock-in-Trade, Mills, Merchandise, Shipping in Docks, Rent, and Risk of all descriptions, Insured at moderate Rates.

Loans from £100 to £1000 Advanced on Personal Security, and the Deposit of a Life Policy to be effected by the Borrower.

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TRELOAR'S COCOA NUT MATTING, which is a non-absorbent always dry and warm, and cannot be injured by wet. Prize Medal awarded at the Great Exhibition, 1851.

Catalogues, with prices and full particulars, both of Matting and also of Mats, Rugs, Mattresses, Hassocks, Netting, Cordage, Brushes, and all other Articles made of Cocoa nut Fibre. Sent Post Free.

T. TRELOAR, Cocoa nut Fibre Manufacturer, 42, Ludgate-hill, London. 3

THE
EMPRESS OF CHINA'S TEA,
Recommended by the Faculty for its purity, and sold by upwards of 700 First-Class

Tea-Dealers for its Superiority.
This is now the Popular Tea pf the Day, and the best

48. TEA in England. MOORE & CO., LITTLE TOWER STREET, LONDON.

Agents wanted where none are appointed.

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Good Tea at a

VERITABLY GOOD TEA, Like good wine, good furniture, and good everything else, is generally rather a di thing to be met with. It is particularly scarce now, in consequence of the disturbed of the Chinese Empire. Though the imports of Tea into this country still cos large, the quality of the supply is very common, and the Tea itself is more gener damaged than has ever yet been known.

There is no doubt, however, that there is plenty of Good Tea in this country, and owness of price. much to be regretted that lowness of price has forced into consumption a lot of stuff

at a gift, and that the general practice of supplying inferior Tea has contented :

purchasers to pay an unnecessarily high price to obtain Good Tea. Where to obtain

Avoiding alike extravant charges and a deceptive appearance of cheapness, our a reasonable price.

tion will always continue to be directed to supplying the public with Teas of only

quality, and to supply these at the most moderate prices possible. The Teas sup- The Teas referred to in our List are certain kinds possessing, according to the " plied at Number

more or less of that particular flavour found by experience to be most agreenla

The lower priced Teas are strong and useful, but have not much ilavour.
The middle-priced Teas are the best of the kinds generally drunk. They are full

, : in flavour, excellent in quality, and generally please.

The higher-priced Teas are selected from the most choice parcels imported. These are seldom supplied by ordinary dealers. A few well-known houses at the West-e town supply them, but at extravagant charges.

The price of every Tea, from the lowest to the highest, is the most moderate tast particular quality can possibly be sold at.

The following sorts will be found to meet the wants of most purchasers :
Sorts generally Strong and useful Black Leaf
selected.
Congou

3s. Od.) and for Large Establishments.

This is a most desirable Tea for Fam Strong, rich, and full-flavoured

Its flavour cannot fail to please, s Black Tea

38. 6d.

its strength is very great.

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consumers.

Characters thereof.

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Always to remember.

DAKIN & COMPANY, TEA MERCHANTS

And Patentees for Roasting Coffee in Silver Cylinders, NUMBER ONE, SAINT PAUL'S CHURCHYARD,

LONDON.

he best way for TERMS, NET CASH.-All Orders from the Country will receive the greatest care archasers in the attention, and will be forwarded with the direct Carriage FREE, if they be accompaniu tountry to buy.

a remittance for payment, whether by Half-Notes, Post-office Order, or otherwise, pro the Goods ordered amount to £2 or upwards.

Visitors to London may save a considerable portion of their Railway expenses, by chasing their Teas and Coffees at NUMBER ONE, SAINT PAUL'S CHURCHYA. which is in the very centre of England's Metropolis, and a position more easily aciert: than any in London.

To save money.

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