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culturist, by the late A. J. DOWNING, we ready to proceed with the work. Now are glad to learn, will soon be collected and that this is announced, we are sure that published. The editorial supervision is in hundreds and thousands will respond to the the hands of his friend, G. W.Curtis, who prompt and liberal example of two of the will write a memoir of his life, and Miss great novelist's brother authors, above BREMER, who knew him well, having pass mentioned. ed many days with him on her arrival in - Frank Freeman's Barber Shop is this country, will furnish a sketch of his one of a spawn of romances that has followcharacter. This, we have no doubt, will ed Mrs. Stowe's book. Some of them have be a most agreeable book.

taken the ground that Slavery was the - Meagher's Speeches are not out at greatest social curse under the heavens, the time of our going to press, but we an and others, that it was the most Arcadian ticipate from the reading of them, some and blissful of institutions, exhibiting as rare pleasure. Those who were among much variety in their color as the human the four thousand of delighted listeners to race itself, from the deeply black, to the the lecture on Australia, delivered by the pale white; but “Frank Freeman” takes a eloquent young Irish orator, at Metropo mulatto course, and is alternately of both litan Hall, will be eager to see his ut sides. Yet as this is the day of comproterances in print.

mises, we see no reason why a novel-writer -Lectures have come to be one of the should be excluded from an adoption of established winter institutions; not in the the fashion, especially when he belabors, cities only, but in many of the country with hearty ill-will, the extremes of both towns, both large and small. Nearly all sides. The Rev. Mr. Hall, the author, is the literary societies of the land, in addi a humorist, a little rude at times, but with tion to their usual exercises, have regular the genuine comic vis. courses of lectures, in which men more or -Mrs. Hale pats the “friends of Woless eminent participate. In this city, men's Rights," on the head, perhaps withMr. Thackeray's course before the Mer out meaning it, by publishing an account cantile Library Association, has been the of all the illustrious female mankind that most successful; his audiences have uni have enlightened, if not beautified the formly included the most intellectual and world. Her roll-call musters a larger Amfashionable people, who have received them . azonian army than was ever gathered by with delight. The Popular Course, too, any of the Caliphs. She shows that woat the Tabernacle, with Mr. Whipple, Mr. men have attained eminence in every walk Thompson, Mr. Osgood, Prof. Olmsted, as of life, in science, art, war, religion, authe lecturers, has been well attended, and thorship, philanthropy, etc., etc., but a the Course of the Historical Society, intro

crabbed friend of ours suggests the quesduced by Mr. Bancroft, promises much tion, whether, among the whole number, pleasure to come. Such an uprising of there was a single genius? We shall, listeners has never before been known. perhaps, undertake to answer his question

The Cooper Monument, what has in our next number. become of it? We are glad to say that it -A life of WALTER SCOTT was not is not forgotten. Besides the five hundred needed by scholars, who possess that most dollars collected at the meeting last winter, entertaining work of Lockhart, next to BosMr. Irving and Mr. Prescott have since well's the most readable of biographies ; contributed one hundred dollars each, all but how few scholars can afford so voluwhich sums are in the hands of the Trea minous a work! It was, therefore, a hapsurer of the Memorial Committee. Will py thought of Donald McLeod to write not some of our rich men add several a new history of the first of novelists, one thousands thereto, that New-York may of those broail fruitful natures that canboast of at least one enduring remem not easily be exhausted. How he has exbrance of an illustrious citizen? Let ecuted it, we have not found time to read: but one in a hundred of the readers and yet we think, from an occasional sip at his admirers of COOPER send a single dol fountain, in a hearty appreciating way. lar to John A. Stevens, Esq., Treasurer of the Cooper Monument Committee, English.—The English work likely to Bank of Commerce, New-York, and a mo make the most stir in the coming months, nument will be raised, worthy of the is Hippolitus and his Age,” by the country. Shall it still be a reproach to CHEVALIER BUNSEN, Prussian Minister to this great leading community, that it England. Both on account of the writer possesses no public memorial to a lite and the subject, the work excites attention. rary man? Surely, all that is needed in It is not often that we get a diplomat this case, is the intimation that a respon among the Doctors of Divinity. But the sible treasurer is ready to receive the friend of Niebuhr, of Dr. Arnold, and of funds, and that our greatest sculptor is Archdeacon Hare, is quite an exception

among diplomats, and is better known for nary, which is his laureato salary. Here his scholarship, than his statesmanship. is one, for instance: The object of the work is to explain the

O civic muse, to such a name, state of Christian opinion and practice at

To such a name for ages long, Rome, a whole century before the Nicene

To such a name

Preserce a broad approach of firme, theology. It is suggested by a MS. dis

And ever-ringing arenues of song." covered at Mount Athos, in Greece, and

And here is another: purporting to be a work of Hippolitus, bishop of the Harbor of Rome, and dating Not once or twice in our rough island story about A. D. 225. This Manuscript was

The path of duty was the way to glory.

He that walks it only thirsting formerly ascribed to Origen, but Bunsen

For the right, and learns to deaden tries to show that Origen did not write it, Love of self before his jouruey closes, and that Hippolitus did. The authenticity

He shall find the stubborn thistle bursting

Into glossy purples, which outredden is important, because, if written by Hip Ali voluptuous garden-roses. politus, it throws light upon an obscure

Not once or twice in our fair island-story,

The path of duty was the way to glory. period in the history of the Church. It

He that ever following her commands, would go to show that, in that age, no

Or with toil of heart and knees and hands, thing was yet known of the ecclesiastical

Thro' the long gorge to the far light has won

llis path upward, and prevail'd, supremacy of the Roman Pontiff, nothing Shall find the toppling crags of Duty scald of the celibacy of the clergy, nothing of

Are close upon the shining table-lands

To which our God llimself is moon and sun. bishops as a supreme order, and nothing of a great many other dogmas now incor -Siberia is one of the unknown reporated into the general faith. Whether gions, to which a certain romantic interest Bunsen be right, or the Church, we will attaches, as to the Man in the Iron mask, not say; but we will add, that he has or to the author of Junius. MADAME given the Churchmen considerable of a Eve Felinski's Revelations of Siberia, nut to crack.

therefore, though they contain no fine de- Henry Esmond, by THACKERAY, is scriptions of scenery, and few dramatic variously received, by the critics both at incidents, will be read for the fidelity of home and abroad; some say that it is an the story théy tell. She had the misforadvance on his previous writings, and tune to be the sister of one of the most some, that it is not so good. . Our opinion eminent Polish poets, and for that offence, is, that it is any thing but a failure; on or some other, incurred the ill-will of the the contrary, that it has all the nice power Czar, who gave her a three years' opporof observation and picturesqueness of the tunity of repentance among his favorite author, but that as the scene is laid in colonists in Siberia. This was from 1839 past times, it cannot have the freshness to 1841; and the lady has made a valuaand truth of a novel relating to the pre ble book out of her experiences. It is sent day. Characters and events passing readable, but not pronounceable in parts, before us, we see with our eyes, but the for such names, we take it, as Iasycenko, characters and events of a hundred years Krzyzanowski, and Kzonczewska, were ago, exist only to the imagination. Now, never meant to be uttered out of Russia. as Thackeray is a man noted for seeing - A book called the Wanderings of a with his

eyes, it was to be expected that Pilgrim in search of the Picturesque, is a novel by him, about Queen Anne's folks, advertised as follows in one of the Engwould not be so excellent as a novel lish papers : "Its circulation has been alabout Queen Victoria's. Yet his learning most ubiquitous. It lies on our Queen's is wonderfully accurate and comprehen- drawing-room table at Windsor Castle ; it sive, his insight clear and penetrating, is an ornament in the library of the Czar his suggestions always wise and signiti at Petersburgh. It is read in the hills at cant, and his studies of costumes and at Simla and Landour, at the foot of the glotitude worthy of a painter, but his story rious Himalaya; it is treasured by her is a little too intricate, and not over inter Highness the ex-Queen of Gwalior, and it esting.

adorns the court of Nepaul. In North - Tennyson's Ode on the Death of America, at the court of the Brazils, it is Wellington, is published by Moxon; but in high repute. Our ambassadors read it the almost unvarying opinion of the critics in Madrid and in Stockholm ; our militais, that it is not equal to the occasion. ry book clubs have long since ordered it But who ever wrote an occasional ode or at the Cape, in New Zealand (our antian occasional oration that took the palm ? podes), and at Hobart Town; and the Occasions are only golden moments to 1002 imperial octavo pages, with their 50 mediocrities. Your man of genius must beautiful illustrations sketched on the take his own time and way of doing spot, and several of them lithographed by things. Yet, there are passages in Tenny herself, constitute at this moment the son's Ode, that relish of the butt of Ca most perfect delineation of East Indian

life, British and native, with which the There is some humor mingled with the literature of Europe has yet been enrich prevailing sadness of the tone, which is ed.” Very strange that no one in the further relieved by the assurance given us United States should have heard of it be towards the close, that the suffering parfore !

ties generally are at last happy. -ALISON announces a continuation of

- Another example of what may be done his History, bringing the events up from in the art of color-printing, is shown in a the battle of Waterloo, to the declara volume which appears this month in Lontion of the Empire by Louis Napoleon. don, called The Tenants of the Woods. As the war of the continent ceased du

The specimen plates are remarkably beauring this period, as those great movements

tiful. of peaceful civilization which are the glory -Sir Francis Bond Head's Fortnight of the modern era began to develop in Ireland is one of the most entertainthemselves then with unexampled rapidi- ing and instructive essays on Ireland, that ty, there is no portion of time more im has been published in a long while. The portant or exciting; and the subject well author is remarkable for making large treated, will make an admirable book. books from the smallest possible amount We scarcely think Alison, with his retro of travel. He was but three weeks in grade sympathies, the man for the task, Paris, and during that time gathered suffiyet we shall attempt to estimate his la cient material to make one of the most bors with fairness.

entertaining books on the French capital -LONGFELLOW's poems, and the Hy- that any Englishman has written, and perion, have been issued in England, in his fourteen days in Ireland were so well the most beautiful illustrated forms. The

employed in seeing and noting the causes " Evangeline" of two years ago, has been of Irish misery, that he leaves nothing the model.

for any other traveller to tell on that sub- The Second Volume of Mrs. Hall's ject. Sir Francis is a magnificent pennyPilgrimages to English Shrines, with

a-liner, and would make the fortune of a Notes and Illustrations, by F. W. Fairholt, daily newspaper. has just been issued, in a handsome octavo, profusely illustrated with engravings on FRENCH AND GERMAN.-A ponderous wood. This elegant volume is dedicated book of reference for publicists and statesto Madame Otto Goldschmidt (Jenny men, is the Annuaire des deux Mondes Lind). The following names are memor (Annual of the Two Worlds), published ialized : Izaac Walton, William Penn, Sir by the proprietors of the well-known reC. Wren, Edgeworth, Lady Rachael Rus view of that name. In a thousand close sel, Jane Porter, Sir Richard Lovelace, octavo pages, we have here a summary of Grace Aguilar, Edmund Burke, Flaxman, the political, industrial, social, and literary Edward Bird, Mrs. Hofland, Dr. Maginn, history of the entire world for the year Cowley, etc.

1851. Each country is treated by itself, - Vestiges of Old London, a series from public documents, and other sources of etchings from original drawings, illus of information. The part relative to the trative of the monuments and architecture

United States is written by M. Emile of London, in the first, fourth, twelfth, Montegut; and if the others are as little and six succeeding centuries, with de trustworthy, the big volume is not good for scriptions and historical notices, by John much. For instance, this learned litteraWYKEHAM RICHER, is a choice folio vol teur puts down M. Theodore Parker as ume of curious antiquarian sketches of the chief of the Universalists in this counthe British Metropolis.

try, and associates " the Doctor George -Two brilliant volumes have just ap Ripley, M. Channing, the younger, M. peared, richly embellished with colored

Horace Greeley, and the poet Dana," as drawings of Flowers; one on Flower leaders in the sect of “the crazy and the Painting, in twelve progressive lessons, illuminated,” with which sect we are inand the other Gems for the Drawing formed that “M. Henri Longfellow, a soft Room, containing groups of fruit and and timid poet," and M. Nathaniel Hawflowers; by Paul JERRARD, with accom thorne, are intimately related. We learn panying verses, by F. W. N. BAYLEY. also that there is a sect of Episcopalian

-WILKIE Collins's novel of Basil, is Methodists," who have three hundred a regular English novel, of the modern churches in Massachusetts, and another school, containing one desperate villain, of“ Congregational Methodists,” who have one young lady, (not innocent, by way of six hundred and twenty-five in the same variety,) one good man, and the usual su state. The Shakers, he tells us, live on pernumeraries. But the scenes are de vegetable diet, and have a special medical scribed with much power, and the story,

doctrine known as the Thompsonian systhough not strikingly original, is well told. tem. His account of American politics is

also peculiar ; but on all matters where he relieves by radiant flashes of genius, he had access to public documents, his and a certain elevation of sentiment. Both statements are correct. The Annuaire is, are republicans in doctrine, but M. Vaulaon the whole, a better book than would belle is never led away from his principles appear from these amusing specimens. by erratic flights of fancy, nor is he guilty

-Since the Abbé Gaume's Ver Ron of the frequent glaring errors of fact which geur, the French press has produced no blot the brilliant pages of the poet. Vaubook more provocative of controversy labelle has just published his sixth volthan that of M. Montalembert, entitled ume, and Lamartine his seventh, to be Des Interets Catholiques au XIX Sie- presently followed by the eighth and last. cle (Catholic Interests in the Nineteenth - Protestant controversialists will find Century), which in a few weeks has an arsenal in the Origines de l'Eglise passed through two editions at Paris. Romaine, by M. André Achinard, of GeIt is an able defense of constitutional, neva. He undertakes to give the history parliamentary government, against the of the dogmas, and of the hierarchical deassaults now made upon it by the crowd velopment of the Roman Catholic Church, of Catholic writers in France, eager to and we can testify that his book is writcast themselves at the feet of Louis Na ten in a commendable style of moderation poleon and absolutism. It contends and dignity. He concludes with an elabas its author for years has contended orate argument in favor of both the docthat liberty is not only more consist trines and the practical results of Protestent with the doctrine and the discipline antism. of the Church, but more favorable to -One of the most interesting phenoits growth and glory than any absolute mena of that age of confusion and desystem of government. In support of this struction, the 18th century, was the apposition, the history of the last fifty years pearance, amid the skepticism and the railis made to contribute a series of striking lery of France, of that mystical sect whose facts; the contrast which the result of chief representative was the famous St. this period of parliamentary rule and Martin. The doctrines of these mystics, free discussion exhibits to that of the pre and especially of their leader, are the subvious period of absolute political authori ject of a book by M. Caro, of Rennes, ty is set forth with great power and effect, which we cordially commend to all stuwhile the Napoleonic Catholics, who have dents of philosophical literature. It is forsaken their former belief in freedom to entitled, Essai sur la vie et la Doctrine adulate the despot of the day, are cauter de Saint-Martin, and forms a volume of ized with concentrated bitterness of sar some three hundred pages. casm which great moderation of language -Readers of the more recent literaonly heightens. M. Montalembert, how ture of France would do well to look ever, holds that liberty and democracy are into the book of M. Menche de Loisne, as antagonistic as liberty and absolutism. on the Influence of French Literature He has no faith in what is called new from 1830 to 1850, on the Public Mind ideas. The rule of the masses is in his and Morals (Influence de la Litteraeyes but the tyranny of the mob; univer teur Française). M. Loisne is a rigid sal suffrage a folly ; and the Constitution moralist, a pious religionist, and a sturdy of England the highest form of political conservative, and mercilessly condemns wisdom. Catholics in this country will the extravagances and errors of his celeread his book with satisfaction, not only brated countrymen. Without agreeing in on account of its exultant statements of all his criticisms, we have read him with the progress of their church, but from its interest and attention. But it is a melanvigorous protest against the ill-judged and choly book which thus places the brand erroneous attempts of certain writers to of corruption and evil upon the entire identify Catholicism with absolutism in literature of a nation, and upon writers politics, and the suppression of the liberty whose genius the world unites in celebratof the press, of parliamentary discussion, ing. Alas, that there is so much truth in and of other forms of human rights. his condemnation !

-Two histories of the Restoration are -The third volume of HaxTHAUnow appearing in successive volumes at sen's Studien über Russland (Studies Paris. The one, by M. Vaulabelle, is the on Russia) has appeared. It is writwork of years, is written in the most con ten like the preceding volumes, in a laudscientious spirit, and with infinite re able tone of calmness and moderation, search; the other, by M. Lamartine, is but like most works on Russia, canthe work of a few months, and is written not be altogether relied on. Baron Haxtwith all that dramatic haste, and that in hausen does not speak Russian, and durflation of style which characterize this ing his life in that country was constantmost illustrious of hack writers, and which ly in intimate relations with courtiers and

government agents. Accordingly he sees ed the youth of the great poet, and in vaevery thing in rose color, and often ar rious ways influenced his career. We here rives at conclusions which a better know again make the acquaintance of Frederica ledge of the facts would have saved him of Sesenheim, of Cornelia, the poet's sisfrom. A much more useful work is M. ter, of Anna Sybilla Münch, of Anna DE TEGOBORSKI's Etudes sur les Forces Elizabeth Schönemann (immortalized as Productives de Russie (Studies on the Lili), of Auguste Stolberg, and of Goethe's Productive Capacities of Russia). The mother. Perhaps the best of the sketchauthor is a man of great ability, has been es is the last. We hope Mr. Düntzer will employed in the administration of the em pursue his inquiries farther, and paint for pire, and knows whereof he writes. No us other ladies from the same famous galother statistics of Russia yet given to the lery, in their actual colors, and with all world are so trustworthy as his. The those interesting details which the poet second volume, recently published, treats himself has naturally withheld. The of the culture of flax, hemp, silk, the vine, same author has published an essay on of horticulture and sylviculture, and of Goethe's Prometheus and Pandora, in manufacturing industry in various branch which he argues that those works bear es, as they are carried on in the empire. the same relation to the problem of art A third volume is yet to appear. His that the two parts of Faust have to the probbook is worthy the attention of political lem of knowledge. It has an interest only economists, and of industrialists in every for a narrow circle of readers. Briefwecountry, for its value is by no means con chsel und mundlicher Verkehr zwischen fined to that of which he treats.

Goethe und dem Rathc Grüner (Corre-A curious chapter of Russian history spondence and Oral Intercourse between may be found in the Memoires Secretes of Goethe and Councillor Grüner), relates Villebois, published from manuscripts left to scientific matters, and especially geoloby that adventurer, who was an aid-de gy and mineralogy. Councillor Grüner camp to Peter the Great, and served also resided in Bohemia, a favorite region with under Catharine I. The book is written Goethe, not merely for its picturesque with all the naiveté of the time, in delightful charms, but for its scientific phenomena. old French. We have read nothing with Hence this correspondence, which has no more gusto among all the pile of litera value or interest aside from the name of the ture that has recently passed through our poet, and the light it casts upon his scienhands.

tific' history. Weimar und Jena (Wei- The past five years have been espe mar and Jena), by ADOLPH Stahr, maincially rich in books and dissertations ly discusses Goethe, though a number of upon Mirabeau, and now we have anoth

other persons and subjects are introduced. er to add to the list, by Dr. Lewitz, a Ger Mr. Stahr, one of the most fluent and man professor, who makes it his busi agreeable of light newspaper writers, here ness to defend Mirabeau against all his attempts to defend Malle. Vulpius, the foes. Only the first volume has yet been wife of Goethe, at the expense of Madame published, bringing the biography down von Stein, who was his most intimate to the conclusion of the famous trial at friend, and according to his own admisAix, which was the beginning of his pop- sion, exercised a greater influence upon ularity, and laid the foundation for his him than any other woman except his sissubsequent political career. The account ter. So far the book is a failure. A of Mirabeau's prolonged struggle with his splendidly illustrated edition of Faust is father-one of the most striking passages now being published in parts by Cotta, of in his whole history—is given with graphic Stuttgart. The plates are engraved on power. The author undertakes also to de

wood and steel, after designs by ENGELpict the social condition of France, but BERT SEIBERT. Two parts have been isdoes not succeed in it. He is also guilty sued. We have examined them with of exaggerating what was good in Mira pleasure. We cannot say that the artist beau, and of keeping what was bad too equals the genius of the poet who wrote much in the background, to afford a just that wonderful drama, though no less idea of his character.

praise is claimed for him by the critics in -Countless are the additions which some of the best journals of Germany. time and German fecundity never cease But if what has now appeared be an index to make to the already infinite Goethe of what is to follow, he has produced an literature, as they call it. One that original and striking work. The designs we could not afford to spare, is the are bold, profoundly thought out in their Frauenbilder aus Goethe's" Jugendzeit details, and true to the poem in their (Women of Goethe's Youth), by H. character. The engraving is admirable, DUNTZER. It presents to us some of the as are the paper and printing. There will many graces and goddesses who surround be eight parts, with thirteen large steel

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