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THE IMPERIAL Dictionary, Exglish, Clontarf, Tara's halls and harp, the ungracious TECHNOLOGICAL, AND Scientific; adapted St. Senaus, the cruel-hearted St. Kevin, Malachi to the present state of literature, science, and and his collar of gold, and the lady who carried art; on the basis of Webster's English Diction- the wand and wore the gems so rich and rare. ary, with the addition of many thousand words Dr. Young's “ Outlines” are succinct. The very and phrases from the other standard dictionaries doubtfulness of his narrative of pagan Ireland and encyclopædias, and from numerous other possesses great interest. Thus, the island “is sources, comprising all words purely English, thought to have been known to Ilimilco, the and the principal and most generally used tech- Carthaginian voyager, about 500 years before nical and scientific terms; together with their Christ, or, as some say, 1000.” A chronological etymologies and their pronunciation according to dubiety of 500 years. Again, “ Partholan was the best authorities. Edited by Jony OGILVIE, a Scythian. There is a very accurate, but the LL. D. Illustrated by about two thousand En more suspicious, account of his having landed in gravings on Wood. Volume I.
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indispensable for the completeness of the “OutAn exposition of the author's beau idéal of lines," and show at once the guess-work of the society, as he sees it when he is transported in a dream to the land of Philotophia. In that Uto- thor comes on to surer ground, such, for instance,
early history of the sister isle. When the aupia every man is enabled to get a comfortable existence by working eight hours a day, and by ford to his death in Dublin, or that of Shane
as Strongbow's career from his landing at Waterlimiting the wealth of the individual to a circum- O'Neill in Elizabeth's day, the narration is rapscribed compass.” The circumscription is not, id, vigorous, and clear. Modern times are very however, very rigid, since it allows “ an income summarily dismissed; the reigns of George IV., of 30,000l. per annum” (page 35). Perhaps William IV., and Victoria occupying a page and Mr. Henry J. Forrest meant a fortune of thirty
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS. we should not be surprised if he meant an income-tax. His facts are not always more correct than his fancies are clear. He talks (page Sketches of the Last Naval War. Translated 122) of English barristers who can command from the French of Captain E. Jurien de la “ 20,000i. or 30,000l. a year" for their services. Gravière, by the Honorable Captain Plunkett, In discoursing of the Church, he thus lucubrateth R.N., Author of The Past and Future of the
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MEMOIR OF WILLIAM ELLERY CHANNING,
WITH EXTRACTS FROM HIS CORRESPONDENCE AND MANUSCRIPTS.*
The essays and writings of the late Dr. Chan- like many of the other inhabitants of New Engning were more popular in this country than land, had English feelings hidden in his heart, those of any other American writer of his time. and that they crept out sometimes when he was His publications were chiefly confined to topics hardly cognoscent of their influence. The young of a theological or of a political character ; but Virginian schoolmaster was deeply interested in the felicitous combination of a chaste and elo- the battle of the Nile, and anxious that the ruquent style with clear and powerful reasoning mor of Sir Ralph Abercrombie's land victory placed his writings before his age generally, and might be confirmed; and yet, at the same time, far before his age in the United States. His be was expressing fears of the consequences literary talents were, we believe, more accurate that might result from British naval superiority. ly measnred and valued on the eastern than on Our somewhat undutiful progeny seem to have the western shores of the Atlantic. He wanted always been jealous on that point; and they many of those qualifications that are necessary have taken great pains to make themselves sailto secure popularity amongst his countrymen. ors and manufacturers when they should have He was a kind, but, at the same time, a rigidly been ploughing the earth : to plant distant colorighteous critic. His opinions were not easily nies, under the name of New States, when they formed; and, when matured, they were not should have been settling the next parish; and easily concealed. He did not, therefore, flatter to cover the sea with their flag, when they either his party or his people, but dealt with should have been covering New York and Philboth in pure integrity of heart. Thus he be- adelphia with good roads, for even yet their culcame the opponent of many favorite objects in tivation is only edging their rivers or canals. the United States. He opposed slavery, with Dr. Channing's essay on Napoleon's character, out always following the line of conduct adopted and his various papers on the French war, and by the extreme abolitionists. He was extreme French alliance, made him early known as a and immediate. No man could be more so; and writer in this country, and his works were exyet he was unable to approve of all the proceed tensively read. He opposed the last United ings adopted by the most noisy, if not the most States war with Great Britain, at the time when active, party of abolitionists. He opposed many it was highly popular amongst bis countrymen, of the measures that, during his lifetime, were whose conduct in that matter was not chivalpopular in the States. The admiration of the rous. He remains a witness against them in the first French Revolution, and of the principles business, who cannot be easily confuted. To that for a time disgraced the French nation, ex war, and to standing armies, he was opposed; pressed in the States, was opposed, in his case, and if he had lived to see, he would have also with intense hatred. He considered the French lived to condemn the last crime of the United alliance extremely dangerous. His estimate of States in that department. In this case, howevthe character of Napoleon was severe, but we ever, as in the abolition movement, he dissented are bound now, with time and opportunity to from the enthusiastic views of some of his counview more calmly the meteor's course, to call it trymen. He opposed war as a necessary evil
, but just. It was sternly just. Dr. Channing had not as necessarily a crime. He could not have no sentimentalism. Sinning genius was a sad joined the peace societies, and yet he was emider spectacle to him than guilty mediocrity. A nently a man of peace. These societies, latterly, profusion of intellect did not weigh any thing have embraced more than the religious body with in his estimate against a profusion of immorality, whom they originated. Many of their members, except towards weighing the latter down. He in recent times, are in their place in a peace did not, therefore, participate in that foolish society, for, in the advocacy of their views, they opinion somewhat prevalent at one time amongst display feelings that would render them hotthe Liberals of this country regarding Napoleon
headed and quarrelsome in any other connec-- an opinion that, reversing Scripture, claims tion. Channing believed that Washington comfor genius the power of covering a multitude of mitted no wrong in guiding the armies of his sins. We suppose, also, that Dr. Channing, countrymen, opposed the parties who denounce
all war as criminal, and teach perfect submission * Three vols. Svo. John Chapman, London.
to all wrong.
Dr. Channing was born at Newport, Rhode | the most devoted members of the Federal party. Island, on the 7th April, 1780. His biographer At the beginning of the French Revolution, he gives a short narrative of the condition of New- shared in the universal hope and joy which it port at the time of his birth, which is a more inspired; but I well recollect the sadness with amusing than instructive effort to persuade the which le talked to us, one Sunday afternoon, of
the execution of Louis the Sixteenth; and from public that even then Newport was something that moment his hopes died.” above provincial villageism, and that Newport society contained the elements of greatness in fash
The characteristic of the existing revolutions ion, in sin, and in social conviviality, from being in Europe — that total absence of the scaffold — the resident city of retired West India traders, is their strongest hope ; and yet, while we do and a kind of Bath - a bathing place to the not justify the guillotining of Louis the Sixchivalric South. Dr. Channing's father was one
teenth, it would occur to us, that the men who of the many lawyers of the colony who seem to
had the death of Major Andre on their heads have economically combined the functions of at- and consciences, had not also any particular torney and barrister in one person. His mother reason to be squeamish in these matters. Dr. was an individual of superior mind, but who had Channing refers to his father, and his family a life of difficulty to meet, and met it vigorously. circumstances, which were straitened, in the His grandfather was a merchant of Newport, a following extract from one of his letters: slave-owner; and the following extract, afford
“ He prospered in life, but without being able ing a glimpse of days long gone by, in the north- to leave a competence to his large family. His ern states, is of interest. The slave population labors were great; but I have no recollection of in the middle of the last century, a hundred seeing him depressed. I should place him among years ago, occupied a position superior to their the happy. He was taken away in the midst of present circumstances.
usefulness and hope. The disease of which be Slavery deteriorates the
died was not understood. I remember that be buyer and the bought, and unless it had been used to complain of feelings which we now | now and then checked, would have transformed should consider as dyspepsia; but that disease the earth ere now into a demonagerie :
was little thought of then, and the name never
heard. “ On one subject, I think of his state of mind
“ These are very scanty reminiscences; but with sorrow. His father, like most respectable merchants of that place, possessed slaves im- twelfth year, and as nearly fifty years have
as I hardly saw my father after reaching my ported from Africa. They were the domestics of the family; and my father had no sensibility that I can recall no more of his calm, uniform
passed since that time, it is not be wondered at to the evil. I remember, however, with pleas- life. The career of a professional man, creuure, the affectionate relation which subsisted between him and the Africans (most of them pied with the support of a large family, oflers aged) who continued to live with my grandfather.
no great events. These were liberated after the Revolution; but much ; but the pleasure which all men take in
"I little thought, when I began, of writing so nothing could remove them from their old home, the virtues of parents has led me on insensibly. where they rather ruled than served. One of the females used to speak of herself as the for his toils for my support, and his interest in
“My father died before I could requite him! daughter of an African prince; anıl she certainly of her aspect and manner bespoke an uncommon though a very small one, of my great debi. I had much of the bearing of royalty. The dignity my moral well-being; and I feel as if, in the
present instance, I was discharging some part, She was called Duchess, probably on
owed bim much; and it is not my smallest obliaccount of the rank she had held in her own country. I knew her only after she was free affectionate esteem and reverence with my in
gation that his character enables me to join and had an establishment of her own. Now and
stinctive gratitude." then she invited all the children of the various families with which she was connected to a party, The author very naturally dwells somewhat and we were liberally feasted under her hospi minutely on the little records of the Channing table roof. My father won the hearts of all his family — who were merely estimable persons domestics. One of the sincerest mourners, at his death, was an excellent woman who had long of whom, happily for this world of ours, there lived with us, and whom he honored for her are millions busily engaged in quiet but imporpiety.
tant duties, and forming its stay and security. "I recollect distinctly the great interest he Dr. Channing bad a great advantage. His took in the political questions which agitated mother lived long with her son - an advantage the country. "Though but eight or nine years of that may not be easily estimated, if the natural age, I was present when the Rhode Island Con- influence of that relationship be rightly exervention adopted the Federal Constitution ; and
cised: the enthusiasm of that moment I can never forget. My father entered with his whole heart “ She lived for more than fifty years after his into that unbounded exultation. Ile was one of | birth, and their relation throughout this long, and
for the most part unbroken, period of inter- went on a Sunday afternoon to read in the Bible course,
was as beautiful as it was rich in mutual or some good book, repeat hymns, and join in blessing."
simple prayer. At home, too, his mother was
accustomed to call the children together in the Like all other little boys and girls at that time best parlor, which was open only once a week, in a country town, young Channing was early or on great occasions, and to read with them sent to a dame school, with the view, more prob- from the Seriptures. With the then prevalent ably, of being kept out of harm's way than of views of deference due to parents, she exacted learning. His first teacher used a rod of porten- found it difficult to keep, for the large room in
at these times a decorum which the young ones tous length -- a long pole like a fishing rod
winter days was cold, and they shivered in their that brought the school under her arm without seats, and as the wind found its way through the great personal trouble. His progress at school crannies, and swelled the carpet, the house-dog No. 1 is not noted, but he was removed : would, to their great amusement, chase the
waves across the foor. William, however, was “From this guardian of decorum, be passed always sedate. He was influenced, too, not a into the keeping of two excellent women, and little, by a respected confidential servant, Rachel good teachers, under whose care he improved de Gilder, a woman of masculine energy, kind, rapidly, and with whom he was so much of a though firm, and of a strong religious principle, favorite as to be constantly set up as a model for who exerted a sway over the children second the other children's imitation. The regard in only to their mother's, and to whom William felt which he was held by his young companions, a gratitude so warm that he befriended her was pleasantly shown by an answer given to the through a long life. Rachel was a Baptist, conmistress, when, one day, she said to an unruly verted and instructed by Mr. Eddey, of Newurchin, “I wish, in my heart, you were like port, who was afterwards known to have been a William Channing.'
. 'Oh! exclaimed the poor Unitarian. Her views were uncommonly cheerchild, 'I can't be like him, it is not half so hard ful; and it would be interesting to learn how far for him to be good as it is for me.?"
suggestive words, dropped by her in conversa
tion, became germs These little anecdotes are to be easily had of which ripened into the theology of his manhood.”
the boy's receptive heart, every great man. We could pick them up of almost any child whatever, and they are worth “This development of religious sensibility" is little. Latin was one of Dr. Channing's first one of the commonest things in the world. All
We do not much wonder at the diffi- children practise occasionally a little in that way. culties he experienced. As then taught, Latin We were in the babit of preaching frequently was hedged round with sorrow to the young. to a small and select audience, and, we add with The educational policy of our ancestors was some regret, of even dispensing ordinances. We dark. They endeavoured to make their children confess that with “some” regret; because we feel the results of the confusion at Babel from cannot remember that there was any wilful infancy. It does not appear that the boarding irrevence shown, and none was intended. Anand day school of Mr. Rogers, Newport, Rhode other little family of dear friends of ours pracIsland, U. S., in or nearly 1790, was any excep- tised in the same way, and our congregation tion to the rule of mental and moral torture gen- went sometimes to hear their service. It does erally pursued in these establishments. “Wil- not occur to us that this was “ a development of liam” was thought stupid there until he got over religious sensibility:" certainly it was not owing the bar, and could read Virgil. Then he was to the influence of a religious maiden aunt, and clever. IIis biographer, we fear, hardly knows did not indicate the future profession of the parall the pranks of happy imitative childhood, for ties. Dr. Channing's biographer has, in fact, he says:
little to tell of his youth. It contained nothing “He seems from the first to have shown a bent unusual, and hence we have these small narratowards the pursuit that occupied his mature tives of quite common-place occurrences. “Wilyears, and early earned the title of " Little liam,” it appears, talked theology from bis childMinister.” When yet very small, he was wont hood, and to arrange a room with seats and desk, and to summon the family with blows upon the warm “ In relation to this period, he has also said ing-pan, by way of a bell, to a religious meeting, I can distinctly recollect unhappy influences where he preached with much seriousness and exerted on my youthful mind by the general energy. At other times, he would summon his tone of religion in this town,' referring at once playmates, for a similar purpose, upon the steps to the dry technical teaching which he heard of the door. This development of religious from the pulpit, or the dull drilling which the sensibility may have been owing, in a measure, children weekly underwent from the Assembly's to the influence of an aunt of his father's, who Catechism on the one side, and on the other was an invalid, and a woman of much piety and to the profanity and jeers of infidelity which sweetness, to whose room the nephews and nieces | reached him on the street.”