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miss the Miseries of Human Life with the force of the argument naturally enough out permitting our reader to see, for him remains on his side. If we were disposed self, what it is like. Here is an average to make ourselves a party to the discusspecimen of the humor.

sion, this would not be the place to enter Ned Tes. “Libitur et labetur!"-Slipping

upon it. The book is published by Hart and slopping.

of Philadelphia

-Our literature has lost one of its 9. Feeling your foot slidder over the back of a toad, which you took for a stepping-stone, in your

ornaments during the last month, in the dark evening walk.

death of Rev. SAMUEL JUDD, the author 10. Making an involuntary acquisition, in the shape of a snowball in winter, or a bit of something sticky

of Margaret, Richard Edney, and in summer, which sticks to your sole as the devil Philo. As a novel of New England life, might if he got hold of it.

Margaret was remarkable for its truth, Sen. I don't mind that, if it relieves me nature, and grace. There were passages, of itself all at once. It is so satisfactory to descriptive of character and scenery, set your foot down free on the ground again, which have never been surpassed by any of after the incumbrance is gone. But what a

our writers of fiction, for their fidelity and trial it is to a nervous man to go scraping picturesqueness. But the fault of Mr. along over the stones, and making his blood

Judd, especially in Richard Edney, was a run cold, so long that he can scarcely tell

wearisome minuteness of detail. He when the last bit departs! His imagination

strove to describe men and things so acfeels as if it were there, when the eye can detect nothing on the boot, painfully up

curately, that he became tedious; he saturned for inspection while the owner bal.

crificed effect to exactness; and when he ances himself on the other leg-tottering ought to have been impulsive and elolike a ninepin.

quent, he was precise and dry. His Philo, Tes. After your "something sticky” has

we believe, was generally considered a seemingly disappeared


—The Works of Sir William Hamil11. To enter a drawing-room and find out, when too late, that your boot has changed its manner of ton, in the press of the Harpers, will be annoyance from sticking, to--smelling unpleasant the most valuable addition made to our ly! 12. Or, on the other hand, to step on a bit of fresh

philosophical literature in many years. orange or melon peel, upon which your foot flies off They contain the ablest papers on the vaincontinently in a lateral direction, much to the perturbation of your centre of gravity.

rious questions of mental philosophy, that Ned Tes. And the gravity of the passers

have appeared since the death of Dugald by as well.

Stewart; and many of them, indeed, are 13. To have these misfortunes happen when you

superior to the best writings, not only of are in a great hurry and going along with all your that speculator, but of all the rest of the might

Scottish School. But the “Works” are Tes. Bad enough, sir, bad enough; but not confined to metaphysical criticism, this, and all the specimens of bad footing we containing besides, elaborate essays on have yet mentioned, are carpeting compared important questions of education and witb what follows, as you'll soon confess: University discipline.

14. While you are out with a walking party, after — The same publishers announce a comheavy rains--one shoe suddenly sucked off by the bogey clay; and then, in making a long and desper- plete edition, in seven volumes, of the writate stretch, which fails, with the hope of recovering ings of COLERIDGE, with an introductory it, leaving the other in the same predicament! The second stage of ruin is that of standing--or rather tot.

essay on his Philosophical and Theotering-in blank despair, with both feet planted, logical Opinions, by Professor SHEDD, ankle-deep, in the quagmire! The last (I had almost who is to be the editor. There are so said the dying) scene of the tragedy—that of deliberately cramming first one, and then the other many readers of Coleridge, in this counclogged, polluted foot into its choked-up shoe, after try, that this publication will be very acbaving scavengered your hands and gloves in slaving to drag up each separately out of its deep bed, and in

ceptable. His “ Aids to Reflection,” his this state proceeding on your walk-is too dreadful “Poetry," and his “Table-Talk," have been for representation,

separately issued here, but no complete There are worse books than this for a and uniform edition of all his works. Colepocket companion in a rail-road car, but ridge was, perhaps, the most unequal we have no doubt that the author of it writer that ever lived, and yet there is not discovered, if the reader of it should not, one of his essays, scarcely a scrap of his that one of the greatest miseries of hu conversations, which does not contain sugman life is the labor of making a book of gestive and interesting thought. For small jokes.

young minds, they are the most fasci- The Obligation of the Sabbath is nating literature that can be taken up, the title of a volume in which the two partly because of the genuine impulse and sides of the Sabbatarian question are life in them, but mainly, on account of the thoroughly discussed by Rev. J. Newton magnificent promises which constantly Brown, and W. B. Taylor, of Philadelphia; lead you on, from one step to another, but the publication being by Mr. Brown, through a bewildering but seductive maze

of fine conceits. It is true, that you sel verbal and rhetorical, the masterly use of dom come to any end, but the journey it nervous idiomatic and robust English-the self is so delightful.

discursive yet always manageable and -Speeches by the Right Honorable compact style—the intense passion-the THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY, is the profound imagination-in short, the po title of an American book, though of Eng etry and the philosophy linked hand in lish parentage. It is the only advantage hand with a fine intellectual (not always of our piratical no-foreign copy-right sys genial) humor, which appear in these tem, that the publishers will do for great subsequent Reminiscences, Narrative Paauthors, what their engagements or lazi pers, Historical Essays, and Sketches of ness will not suffer them to do for them

Life and Manners, were all suggested by selves, gather up their fragments and pub the brief hundred pages of the Opiumlish them in a collected form. It is doubt atic disclosures, and do not surprise us. ful, now that Macaulay is in Parliament We say to ourselves, as we read, They are once more, and with the more interesting precisely what we expected from that reresearches and labors of his history on served power so strongly indicated all hand, whether he would ever take the through the subject book. A strong man, trouble to edit the speeches scattered who is master of himself, is always strong; through the Standard and the Times. Mr. and in what direction soever he shows Redfield, therefore, has done a good thing his strength, we have no fear of the result. in commissioning somebody to discharge In this respect De Quincey differs especialthe duty for him, -we presume, with his ly from Coleridge, whose prose writings approbation. A rich magazine of elo were an endless series of digressions, quence is the result,—for Macaulay dis “five thousand chapters, as Lamb said, plays the same splendid rhetorical powers, on the Transcendental Philosophy, all in the same miraculous fertility, and the same an unfinished state,”—and who, if he liberal tone of thought in his essays, his his proposed to carry you from London to tories, and his orations. He is equally Liverpool, would carry you by the way of brilliant in all.

Athens, Calcutta, Japan, California, New- We have read with great satisfaction York, and Paris,-and after all never the fine compliment which DE QUINCEY reach his destination. De Quincey listens pays to the first publishers of his collected and digresses, too, whenever some rich writings, Messrs. Ticknor, Reid and Fields, prospect allures, or some difficulty is to of Boston. In a letter to Mr. Fields-who be surmounted, but you have a pleasant having a blazon of the author as well as jaunt of it, and reach the inn in time for of the publisher, in his quarterings, knows

supper. how to do justice to both,—the opiumeater speaks gratefully of the liberal al ENGLISH.—The Shakspearean circles in lowance they make him on the sale of his England have been greatly excited by a works. We are sure that such thanks new discovery of Mr. J. Payne Collier, the will be a sweeter solace to the publishers famous annotator of the great bard. He than any amount of iniquitable profit that had the luck, in the year 1849, to stunthey might have made out of all the wri ble upon a dirty and tattered copy of the ters in the world.

second folio edition of Shakspeare printed The twelve volumes which Mr. Field in 1623 ; but it proved to be so worn that has gathered out of the miscellaneous he threw it aside in disgust. But, on takwritings of De Quincey, will exhibit him in ing it up three years afterwards, he was ina new light to a large number of readers duced to believe, from certain emendations --and yet again, not in a new light. Every of the text, noted in the margin, that it tolerably well informed man knew of him was some old actor's copy, which had as the author of the Opium Eater, but few been used, probably, near the time of its as the author of so much varied and ex publication. It was scribbled all over cellent criticism ; but we doubt whether with prompter's marks, stage directions, this large knowledge will increase the es

passages omitted in the repretimation in which he was held. We sentation, &c., many of which, of themdoubt it, not because the writings thus selves, throw light upon portions heretorevealed are unequal to the Confessions, fore obscure; but, what was of far more —for they are on the same high level importance, it was found that, from beboth of thought and execution,—but ginning to end, the text also had been because the characteristics of the Con corrected in every conceivable way—the fessions were so clear, so positively brought sense disclosed by proper punctuation, out, so decisive of the powers of the wrong words substituted by right ones, author, that nothing that he might dropped phrases replaced, and even, in some afterwards do could alter or raise our instances, whole lines restored-most esopinion of his ability. The nice criticism, sential ones—which were never dreamed


of by commentators, because never seen

that his letters must be unusually agreebefore in any printed copy of the works able. of Shakspeare. “I discovered,” says -A novel by the author of Mary BarMr. Collier, " that there was hardly a page ton, called Ruth, may be chronicled as which did not present, in a handwriting among the successes of the day. It is of the time, some emendations in the the history of a young female, who was pointing, or in the text; while on most betrayed into a misadventure in early of them they were frequent, and on many life, and subsequently taken into the fanumerous." The total number of these mily of a benevolent clergyman, with a corrections he found to be not less than view to restoring her to her lost position twenty thousand. They were obviously in society. The incidents are well demade by some one (Thomas Perkins is cribed, and the characters discriminated the written name of the owner of the with great nicety. The work has been book, probably a brother of Richard Per- republished in Boston. kins, a distinguished actor of the day), --It has been very much the fashion who had access to sources of information in England for some years, to rake up never given to the public, ---we may sup the literary remains of distinguished men, pose the authentic manuscript copies pre and give them to the public. We should served in the theatre, which Shakspeare think, from the announcements, that the had himself once directed. Some speci- tendency is spreading. We have already mens of these corrections Mr. Collier laid referred to the proposed edition of Fox. before the world, about a year ago, in the The fifth volume of Chesterfield's letters London Athenæum. We find, from a no are just out; and we see besides, that tice in a recent number of the same jour two volumes of the letters of the Poet nal, that he has just issued a supplemental Gray, the papers of Sir Hudson Lowe, volume to his well-known edition of the

and the papers of Castlereagh, relating poet's works, entitled “Notes and Emen to the Congress of Vienna, the Battle of dations to the Text of Shakspeare's Waterloo, and the occupation of Paris, Plays, from Early Manuscript Corrections

are in press. in a copy of the Folio, 1632,” &c. &c., in – The Athenæum, alluding to the nuwhich these corrections, or such of them merous works, by titled authors, which as had not been anticipated by the inge are in preparation, and the lectures de nuity of annotators, make their final ap livered by noble lords to the Mechanics' pearance. Their number and value may Institute, remarks pithily: "All this is be inferred from the account given by the an expression of the immediate age in Athenæum, which states that we have which we are living even more remarkable here, in all probability, a genuine restora and important perhaps than-though by tion of Shakspeare's language, in at least no means unconnected with—its scientific a thousand places in which he has been triumphs. The good old English genhitherto misunderstood.”

tleman' looks like a ghost in the morning This is one of the strangest and most lights of the time. Contrary to long curious events in literary history. Many cherished and highly respectable theories, of the acutest intellects of the world have too, maintained by traditional saws and been busy, for nearly a century, in trying watered by elderly gentlemen's tears, no to correct the obvious errors of Shak dangerous symptoms have yet ensued. speare's text, with only an indifferent suc A perception of the community of the cess, and now an old actor's copy turns intellectual faculties is the new birth of up to cast light upon the obscurity, and the present century, and society is doing make that consistently beautiful, which as well as can be expected under the cirwas before blemished and deformed. It cumstances.” gives us pleasure to see that REDFIELD -The article in the last North British & Co. announce a republication of Mr. Review on Uncle Tom, is ascribed to Collier's volume.

ARCHBISHOP WHATELY, and the series of -A History of the Colonial Policy papers, relating to the same book, which of the British Empire, from 1717 to appeared in the London Standard, have 1851, by LORD GRAY, is among the forth been collected by the writer, CHIEF Juscoming works, and also the Life and TICE DENMAN, and published in a pamCorrespondence of Charles James Fox, phlet, with a dedication to Mrs. Stowe. by LORD John RUSSELL. The latter ought -Mr. G. S. Faber, is a writer who has to be a book of great general interest, long had the prophecies of the Bible under for Fox was so intimately connected with his particular charge, and now a new the most important events of one of the work of his, called The revival of the most important eras in British history, French Emperorship anticipated from while his private character was so general the necessity of Prophecy, undertakes and his relations to men so numerous, to show that Napoleon the First was the


o seventh head” of the Beast mentioned pretensions of the Rev. Eleazer Williams, in the Revelations, while Napoleon III., come two thick octavos froin Paris, enti is the “eighth head.” The subsequent tled Louis XVII., Sa Vie, son Agonie, sa parts of the same prophecy, according to Mort, (Louis XVII., his Life, Last Illness his interpretation, indicate clearly a very and Death), by M. A. D. BEAUCHESNE, a terrib state of war and confusion soon to pious legitimist, who has devoted twenty come, "a time of trouble such as never years to collecting all the incidents in the was since there was a nation.” This war imprisonment of Louis XVI., and his will end in the extermination of all Anti family, and especially whatever relates to Christian power in the year 1864, when his unfortunate son. In fact, as the title comes the millennium.

of the book indicates, the story of the - Gulistan,a translation of a work boy is its focus, to which every thing else of mingled prose and poetry, written as in the tragedy is but subordinate and far back as the middle of the thirteenth illustrative. The author seems to be anicentury, by Sadi, an accomplished orien mated by the most sincere desire to estabtal traveller and poet, is a curious revela lish the exact truth with regard to him. tion of the tone of thought and manners As he says in his Introduction, he has in that period. It possessed in the origi- spared neither care nor researches, nor nal a vast popularity at the East, but the study, to arrive at this truth, and his dililiterary merits, as they appear in the gence has been well rewarded. We translation, scarcely justify its fame. translate a passage from the Introduction.

-A new novel by Mrs. Gore, named the Dean's Daughter, or The days already known ; I have put myself in rela

“I have gone to the source of all the facts we live in, in the vein which she has worked successfully for many years, is

tion with all the living persons whom chance well spoken of by the English critics. As

or special duty admitted into the Temple

during the revolution; I have gathered a the leading event, on which the interest

great deal of information and have correct. turns, is an attempt to allure a faithful

ed many errors. I have intimately known wife from her family, we can easily ac Lasne and Gomin, the two last keepers of the count for its reception in certain circles, Tower, in whose arms Louis XVII. expired. It requires piquant incident to excite thé I have not consulted traditions gathered by jaded taste of the devotees of Fashion. children from the lips of their fathers,

-"A Tour of Inquiry through France but the recollections of eye-witnesses reand Italy,by a gentleman already well

collections that in spite of years have been known as a traveller through his works on

religiously preserved in their memories and hearts,"

“I am then able to afTurkey and Circassia, Mr. EDMUND SPENCER, contains more description and more

firm upon personal investigation, and with speculation, than the title-page justifies,

certainty, the least circumstance of the events

that I recount." but furnishes, nevertheless, a great deal of new and instructive matter. What he Judging from the internal evidence, says of the condition and aspirations of this is a perfectly honest book. We have the people, both in France and Italy, carefully read it through, and are imstrengthens the opinion generally enter pressed with the spirit of truth and fidelitained on this side of the water, of the ty which appears to breathe in all its pautter uncertainty that society in Europe ges. Beginning with the birth of the can remain as it is. But Mr. Spencer Dauphin, it narrates each event of his life argues that the great cause of discontent with the affection of a devotee and the is the Romish Church, which, wherever accuracy of a mathematician. The first it works in connection with the State, is volume ends with the execution of his the most fiercely despotic of all known father, and the second is almost excluinstitutions. Hence, throughout Europe, sively occupied with the incidents of his but in Italy especially, he observes the separation from his mother, his subse most bitter hatred towards the ecclesias quent imprisonment, and death. Many tics, and the people, he says further, are of the facts related are new, and all of driven to such desperation that they would them are marked with the most tragic gladly accept Louis Napoleon, or any and touching interest. other power that would be likely to root On the third of July, 1793, the Dauout their present oppressors.

He inti phin was committed to the cruel care of mates also that the aforesaid Louis Na Siinon the cobbler, and his wife, who conpoleon may yet betray the Jesuits or the tinued in charge of him, either one or the Church, as he has already betrayed other being constantly in his presence, France.

until the 19th of January, 1794. With

regard to this period, Mr. Beauchesne FRANCE.—Quite apropos to the discus gives the testimony of those women who sion excited by the romantic history and were intimate with the wife of Simon, and

frequently saw her during her residence said, “I want to see her once, oh! let me at the Temple, as well as before and after. see her again before I die, I pray you,” Thus they gathered day by day from her Gomin took him by the hand and led own lips the narrative of the brutal treat him to a chair. The child fell upon his ment of the young prince. Their recol bed in a fainting fit, and, when he came lections, added to the facts already noto to himself, burst into loud weeping. rious, render this chapter the most inter When Laurent resigned he was sucesting in the book. After Simon left, the ceeded by a house-painter named Lasne, Dauphin was immersed in a dungeon, the who, with Gomin, remained until the door of which was nailed up, all light be end. The new-comer took particular ing excluded, and his only communication charge of the Dauphin, while Gomin bewith the world was through an iron lat came the jailer of his sister. tice, which was opened from time to time Lasne ňad often seen the young prince to admit his food.

before his imprisonment, and in his conIn this cell he remained until the 27th versation with Mr. Beauchesne says: “I of July following, a little more than six recognized him perfectly ; his head had months, when the downfall of Robes not changed, it was still as beautiful as I pierre and the advent of the Directory had seen it in better times; but his combrought a change in his treatment. Å plexion was dead and colorless, his shoulman named Laurent, a native of St. Do ders were high, his breast hollow, his legs mingo, was appointed by Barras, keeper and arms thin and frail, and large tumors of the children of the ex-King. A hu covered his right knee and left wrist." mane and well educated person, although

Lasne treated him with the greatest kindan ardent believer in the revolutionary ness, and was not absent from him a sinideas of the time, he was filled with hor- gle day. On the 6th of May, on the deror on discovering the state of the Dau mand of his keepers, who represented that phin. He brought him out of the pesti his life was in danger, M. Dessault, a phylential dungeon, washed him, dressed his sician, visited him, and recognized him as sores, and caused him to be provided with the Dauphin. The boy refused to take clothes, When they entered the dun the medicine ordered until the second day, geon, the child, who was not ten years when Lasne, telling him that he should old, was lying in a mass of rags, filth and take it himself, and that he ought to save vermin, and so reduced and broken that his friend such a necessity, the child said, he did not move, and paid no attention to “ You have determined then that I shall the many questions that were put to him. take it; well, give it to me, I will drink Finally, one of the deputies who was pre it.” On the 31st of May M. Bellanger, sent, and who asked him several times a painter, happened to be the commissary why he had not eaten his dinner, which on service for the day, and brought some stood untouched on the shelf of the lat drawings to show the little invalid. The tice, drew from him the reply, “No, I latter looked at them, finally replied to want to die.” From this time until his the questions of the artist, and sat for his reported death his keepers were compa own portrait. At this interview with ratively kind, and did all that they dared Bellanger the child gave signs of intellito render his life tolerable. On the 8th gence by word and look, and indeed there of November Laurent received as col seems to have been no good reason for league, Gomin, and on the 29th of March, supposing that he was ever idiotic, an idea 1795, the former resigned his charge. originating in his usual obstinate silence During this period the boy used often to alone. But the very day before he died play draughts with Gomin, and to walk he said to Gomin, who told him of the aron the terrace of the Tower until the rest of a commissary who had often been 25th of January, when his disease made on duty at the Temple, “I am very sorry, it necessary that he should be removed. for you see he is more unhappy than we; He had tumors at all his joints, refused he deserves his misfortune." He died on to move, and could hardly be made to the 9th of June, at about two o'clock in speak. Still he understood every thing the afternoon. On the night previous he that was said to him, and on several occa said to Gomin, who expressed pity for his sions when alone with Gomin, whom he sufferings, “ Be consoled, I shall not allearned to love, showed by gestures and ways suffer.” Some time afterward Gomin expressions that he knew who he was, said to him, “I hope you do not sufand remembered the father, mother, and fer any pain now." "Oh yes," was the sister whom he was never to see more. answer, “I suffer, but much less; the : Once, by his looks and movements, he music is so beautiful.” As no music was asked Gomin to take him into his sister's audible, Gomin asked, “From what direcprison, which was in the same building, tion do you hear music?” “From up yonand when told that it was impossible, he der.” Presently the child exclaimed. in

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