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new principles of decision, are continually spring. | with regard to the long spoken of Tehuantepec Canal, caning into view: how many thousand fresh themes of not fail to strike the reader, as it certainly did us. We, interest, in society, politics, literature, and science, site on the top of a mountain admirably adapted to the in
along with many others, (like the man who found a millcrowd upon the mental eye, and crave a share of tended purpose, in all respects, except that there was no attention! Then let them remember (what the appearance of water in the neighborhood to set the machine. witty Sidney Smith and Macaulay after him, have ry in motion,) had been in the habit of regarding this as the suggested) that men once lived near a thousand first stage to China, without asking ourselves wbere the years, and could then afford to be tasked with vo- We confess ourselves under great obligation to Lieut Maa
water was to come from that was destined to float the ships. luminous books, such books as are written for law
We wanted light, and he has given us enough to make yers ; but that the great Flood reduced man's life uz doubt all mere theory for the rest of our days. to three score and ten-a span too brief for masses This is certainly one of the most remarkable papers of of reading suited only to antediluvians. M.
the day, and whether its speculations, (which are not 10. March 10, 1848.
merous by the bye,) be just or not, must command the most serious attention. If he is a theorist, he is a very bold one ; if his paper is designed to set forth mere speculations, it cannot be denied that he is a most original thinker; if be be merely indulging his fancy, he has made a most onao. countable display of practical knowledge. We cannot belp believing that this paper is likely to produce no small de
gree of sensation, both here, and abroad. Let its fate be EDITOR'S TABLE.
what it may, however, the author will be classed among the first minds of the age.
We again commend our readers to the diligent perosal of
this paper, and a thorough understanding of its contents. A LINE OF STEAMERS TO CHINA. Although it is not a babit with us to call attention to particular articles, which appear in our pages, yet we feel con
INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGES. strained by the very peculiar nature of that, which is laid
Mons. Alexandre Vattemare, the enlig htened founder before the public, in our present number over the signature of the System of International Exchanges has made a visit of Lieut. Maury, to violate a general rule. The reader, we to our city in the prosecution of his praiseworthy designs
, are assured, will find in the essay in question, ample ground and has been received with cordiality by the Legislature of to excuse us for a departure from what we may fairly des- Virginia. He brought with him many valuable contritku. ignate as a foregone conclusion.
tions to the State Library from corporations and societies The project developed by Lieut Maury, and to which Mr. in Europe. We had the pleasure of a long conversation King awards him the title of discovery, opens to the mind's with Mons. Vattemare, in the course of which he set forth eye a boundless vision of national greatness and power. with great enthusiasm and feeling, a plan for an institution The trade of the East-the wealth and jewels of the Ori- of great interest to be established in the City of Paris ent-has been, from the earliest ages, the object to which this plan, which must address itself at once to the grati
. has been directed the attention of all the nations of the tude and national pride of every American, is (in bis own el earth. From this were derived the splendor of the Ptolemies, oquent language) “ to build up, in the most splendid edifice and the magnificence of the Caliphs. For this, Venice es of the metropolis of the old world—the Hotel de Ville-poused the Adriatic, and with the spolia opima of the In- special and enduring monument of American genius," by dies rose to an unexampled height of commercial prosperi- founding an Auerican Library to consist solely of the freety. It was, at once the day-dream of the Spaniard and the will offerings of the people of the United States to the cherished hope of “the world-seeking Genoese.” The City of Paris. In the hall set apart for this purpose, each daring navigators, who first braved the perils of the deep, State of the Union will have an alcove expressly appropri did not doulit that their barks would be borne on to
ated for the reception of its contributions, distinguished by “Where the gorgeous East with richest band
its armorial bearings, its name and the date of its incorpo. Showers on her kings barbaric pearl and gold,"
ration. Here the thousands of visitors who frequent the
Hotel de Ville will learn something at least of the institaand in more modern times-nay, even in our own day-the tions of America, here may be seen at every tura the reprofusion of the Naboh has attested the abundant rewards cords of her greatness and her glory, and here the Ameri: of the traffic of the British East India Company. To se
can citizen, who shall linger in the gayest of European cure the trade of Asia to ourselves, to cause this rich cur. capitals, may walk with a proud step and survey with a rent to flow through our land, is assuredly then an object of feeling of generous exultation what has been, in some mea paramount importance.
sure, the work of his own hands. In this noble enterprise We are not prepared to pass julyment upon the views of Mons. Vattemare invites the coöperation of all “ StateLieut. Maury, the subject being in a great degree new to Legislatures, cities, corporations, scientific societies, at: vs, though it undoubtedly possesses interest for all. Yet thors, artists, publishers and amateurs." We are assured there appears to go along with him so much of reason based that this appeal will not be in vain and that Mons. Vatteupon knowledye, that we consess ourselves almost half-cop- mare, when he shall recross the Atlantic, will vinced before we are half-informed. We acknowledge that him the materials for a worthy beginning of the work. It we were “startled from our propriety," when we learned, may be well to slate, for a better understanding of the for the first time, a fact, which might have been very easy scheme, that all private donations intended for the Library, of ascertainment, that New Orleans is 3,000 miles nearer should be sent in the name of the State, where the dozer in the direction of travel to China, than Panama. Upon resides
, with the donor's name subjoined, as for example, examination, we find that it so indeed. The practical know. "The State of Virginia to the City of Paris. Presented ledge which he has shown bimself to possess of all matters by —" All persons in our own State desiring to see
inbute will send their offerings to the State Librarian, who," Angels' visits,” both in paucity and value. Text-hooks is instructed by a role of the Legislature lo forward them must supply their deficiencies. to their destination.
Mr. Folsom's edition was a decided improvement. It To this System of International Exchanges, Mons. Vat. was more handsomely and correctly printed, not only than tenare has directed all the energies of his mind and body the old one, but than even Professor Lincoln's. It embrafor many years. He has spent a large private fortune in ced extracts from 40 books, and among them some of the its establishment and asks in return only a recognition of most interesting portions of the early history, and of the its high claims. Simply as tending to advance the cause decade containing an account of the Second Punic War; of Science and the Fine Arts, it deserves all the assistance but it still labored under the great defect of meager and We can afford it, but as affecting the social relations of dif. unsatisfactory notes, which rendered it inevitable that it ferent countries, as binding them togeiber by the sense of should be superseded. potual coartesies and good-feeling, we cannot too highly Lincoln's has less text, but far more commentary. commend it. We bespeak for Mons. Vattemare, wherever be may go, the distinguished recep:ion he so eminently de. what may be called the poetic portion of the work, and
He has first given some specimens from the earlier or sertes at the hands of the American people.
then some from the later or more authentic. He has the
twenty-first and twenty-second books entire, having selected them, because they describe the origin of the second Punic War, and its progress until after the battle of Cannae, and accompanied them by a map showing the route of
Hannibal over the Alps. His plan of Rome is also exNotices of New cuorks.
ceedingly useful, in connexion with a book describing so many transactions which took place in the city.
The annotations, which occupy about one third of the Titus Livius.— Selections from the Five First Books, to- volume, are brief and judicious, being usually directed to gether with the Twenty-First and Twenty-Second Books points of real importance, and making those points clearly entre. Chiefly from the rest of Alchefski, with English
intelligible. Netes for Schools and Colleges. By J. L. Lincoln, Pro
Nothing can be more erroneous, than the supposition, feasca of Latin in Brown University. With an accompa
that a very small modicum of ability and learning, suffice xyang plan of Rome, and a Map of the Passage of Hanni. to write grammars and commentaries. But the mistake bal. Nee York. D. Appleton of Co., 200 Broadway.- may well be excused, when we see so many lamentable Puladelphia. G. S. Appleton, 148 Chesnut Street.
instances in which men, without clear conceptions, and
without judgment, aceumulate a inass of crudities, often The lovers of classical literature in the United States, more unintelligible, than the dificulties which they prosess amid many discouraging circumstances, have reason to re- to elucidate. juice in the increasing number and excellence of the school A real grammarian or annotator must not only possess an editions constantly issuing from the American Press. The extensive and accurate knowledge of his subject, but a clear taste and habits of our people must be completely revolu- head, filled, not with the idea of displaying his own erudiLənized, before the ponderous editions, so common in Eution, but of leading his readers along the most direct and rope, can be saleable or eren possible in America. But obvious path to a point from which they can have a clear the cheap tert-books of Felton, Dillaway, Packard, Wool- and extended view of the subject under discussion. sey, Owen, Cleaveland and many others, are ample enough The diction should be simple and perspicuous, and all far the brief time, and briefer patience of our scholars. extraneous malter should be carefully excluded. The conThat indefatigable and voluminous compiler, Anthon, has stant recurrence of pedantic technical phrases, is a wretchalmost completely neutralized the real excellence of his ed draw back on the utility of both commentaries and gramproductions by stuffing them to repletion.
We have hailed the Livy of Professor Lincoln with great One annotator not satisfied with clearing up every real pleasure, not because we resemble the valiant Baron of difficulty,“ seeks a knot in a bulrush," and writes a long Bradwardine in ever having made the author of it our vade- note on " rubro sanguinie,” in which he most scientifically Decum, or because we set any peculiar value on the work informs us, that oxyde of iron is the coloring matter of is a bistory. The Niebuhr school have succeeded in re- blood. Is it surprising, that any young man of sprightliducing it, when considered in that aspect, into the same ness, after reading one such note on a Latin poet, should class with Ivanhoe, and, like all innovators, bave adduced skip half the rest, 10 avoid being bored again by a treatise strong reasons for overthrowing this venerable fabric of on animal chemistry? bind credulity, formerly erected around the authority of Another gives notes so few and short, and so carefully I be eloquent Roman. But Niebuhr bimself has, in warm avoids every thorny passage in the original, that a learner lerns, acknowledged the matchless beauty of the compo- soon ceases to consult a help which he perceives to be sition, which is peculiarly fitted to charm all youths who merely nominal. tave the capacity, and due preparation for its intelligent Others are guilty of a far more pernicious offence, in perasal
giving liberal translations of difficult portions, without one In the United States, they have long needed a better particle of the granımatical, historical, geographical or other pride to the sense and excellencies of this admirable wri- information, 'necessary to a comparison of the two idioms, ter. The only American edition prior to that of Folsom, or a proper understanding of the anthor's meaning. Edi. which we have seen, is one printed at Cambridge, contain tions on this plan, ought to be utterly repudiated, as affording the first five books only, and without a single nole. ing strong encouragement to indolence and ignorance, by Bach editions, at least when well-printed, which this old furnishing idle parrots with words, as substitutes for ideas. edition is not, in the hands of teachers who have the abili. Prof. L. has avoided the faults to which we have alluded. 15, industry and time to give the requisite explanations His notes are brief and simple, without often pretermitthemselves, or to direct their pupils to the proper sources ting what requires elucidation; we say often, because we of information, may be made highly useful. But in these have observed some cases, in which, no doubt accidentally, days of Telegraphic education, such instructors resemble' he has overlooked passages, absolutely unintelligible to be
ginners without explanation. He appears to have bad ac. Dumas publishes his bad morality in the ‘Siécle' and Sce cess to the best annotators, and editions, and to have made cut throats principally in the · Debats:—but M. Soulié a judicious and temperate use of them.
has been ubiquitous, printing his volumes in every journal. In his preface he thus gives his plan of writing notes, and accomplishing the most extraordinary and incredible “The notes have been prepared with chief reference to the seats of composition. Let it not be supposed from what grammatical study of the language; to the illustration of we have said, that we are at all familiar with the works of its forms, constructions, idioms, of its usages in general, M. Soulié. We know them (a few of them) only by their and in particular of the usage of Livy. Wherever it was titles, Ernest Clemenceau is the first that we have read. possible, it has been thought best, simply to furnish apt re- We are sorry, however, to see this in an English version, ferences to such grammars and auxiliary works, as were for it is kindred in its style with those more fascinating and supposed to be in the hands of the student; but important dangerous serials, whose pernicious effects we have so difficulties, which required more ample means of investi- often deplored. We do not mean to quarrel with la belle gation and study, have been more fully discussed and ex- France for sending us such a literature. We like ber is plained. It is hoped that the notes will be also found 10 many points of view: we admire her people, her public iaembrace all necessary information relating to the history, stitutions of learning, her politesse, her patés and ber geography and antiquities, together with useful references gloves! We admire M. Thiers,—the fame of Very's and the to such standard works as are accessible to the student.” Sorbonne has reached us,-we respect the genius of Blin,
This plan is, on the whole, an admirable one, and admi. But in the name of a great republic, we protest against ber rably carried out; he is more clear, copious and satisfacio- novelists. ry on the use of the moods and tenses, and some other important grammatical points, than any other brief annota
“One little favor, O Imperial France, tor whom we have ever read. We differ from him in only
Still teach the world to cook, to dress, to dance; one particular, and in that, not so much, because we con.
Let, if thou wilt, thy boots and barbers roan, sider him intrinsically wrong, as, because his scheme does
But keep thy morals and thy creeds at home!" not suit the actual condition of things.
This novel before us was published originally in 1843, we It would greatly promote brevity, and, what is far more think, under the title of " Le Bananier." Its purpose is important, habits of industrious investigation in those who manifestly political, to expose the designs of England upua use notes, if they were confined, as much as possible, to the French colonies in the West Indies with regan to “mere references to grammars and auxiliary works.” But slavery. A Frenchman with his bosom swelling with hatred they will of course be useless to persons not in possession for his old enemy, writing upon such a subject might Fery of the works to which reserence is made. Now it must naturally be expected to care little for bis statements and be manisest to all acquainted with the real state of the case, accordingly we find charges of the most serious and at that a very large number, probably a majority of those who cious nature, made against the East India Company and will read his Livy, will not have access to his works of the British Government; charges amounting, indeed, tu as reference. The name of “grammars and auxiliary works" intention, through the instrumentality of a secret agent, to is Legion, and scarcely any two schools or colleges in the pillage the island of Guadaloupe by exciting the slates to country use the same. Besides there is a lamentable par- rebellion and massacre. That the pseudo philanthropy of simony among our students generally, in the purchase of England in meddling with the institution of slavery, (Enge expensive text books. We should therefore consider ii far land, with her Hindostanese slaves and Irish paupers,) has better, that the grammatical principle, the fact in history, given cause of offence to the Creole slave-owners, we are geography, or antiquities necessary for illustration, should really to believe, but that the Hon. East India Company or be always clearly and distinctly stated in the outset, and any Premier of the realm could stoop to the pitiful malizfollowed by appropriate references for the benefit of teach- nity which M. Soulie develops, is absolutely incredible. M. ers, and all readers who have access to the authorities, and Soulie becomes very poetical in his description of the conleisure to consult them. This improvement, as we con- dition of the slaves in Guadeloupe. Not content with tepceive it to be, may easily be made, without any inconveni- resenting them as comfortable and well-cared for, (doubio ent increase in the size of the second edition, which we less the true state of the case) he makes their existence a foresee will soon be required. We shall hope also for dreamy round of delights and amusements, they work but correction of the typographical errors, which, although not six hours a week; the men are more intelligent than their very numerous, are more frequent, than might naturally master and the women far more lovely and accomplished have been expected in a work prepared, in most respects, than their master's daughter. But this is the couleu de rase with such admirable care.
of an extravagant and volalile Frenchman and finds an er: We can most heartily recommend the edition, both to cuse readily enough in the inherent eumity he cherishes far those who design reading Livy for the first time, and also to John Bull. such as desire to refresh their old recollections of this de- The translation of Ernest Clemenceau is well-done and lightful writer. An acquaintance with its merits, will make attests a very intimate knowledge of the French language. us look forward with peculiar interest to one of Horace by the same hand, said to be now in the course of publication.
The CzAR ; His Court and PeoPLE. By John S. Maz
well. New York. Baker & Scribner. 1848. Ernest CLEMENCEAU : or British Philanthropy Illustrated. A Tale of Guadaloupe in 1838. Translated from the
Kohl, Stephens and other accredited travellers hare given French of Frederick Soulié. By a Lady of Charleston. us interesting accounts of Russia ; but the peculiarities of Charleston. Burgess & James.
the country are as yet but imperfectly appreciated in conse
quence of the reserved manner in which many of ber insti. M. Frederick Soulié is one of that class of writers—the tutions are conducted and the diplomatic relations which she French feuilletonists--which pours forth from the daily press sustains with the rest of Europe. Perhaps the only naof Paris such an inexhaustible supply of romances. And tion towards which the Emperor has reason to feel perseci. M. Frederick Soulié is, perhaps, the most voluminous of ly candid is our own; and this is the reason why he has some. them all. The other prominent writers of the class have times extended facilities to American inquirers into Rusconfined themselves, for the most part, to a single gazelle,- 'sian character, policy and condition not accorded either to
the English, French or German. At all events, we prefer prove the good-nature with which he pursued his wanderthe testimony of one of our own countrymen-not only beings, never disconcerted by any unforeseen change in his cause be is likely to see more than is open to other eyes, plans, or vexed by the misadventure of getting drenched in but on account of the comparatively unprejudiced point of the Highlands. view in which he will regard everything. Besides, books If we were disposed to find fault, at all, we should ques. of travel are confessedly the forte of our writers. They lion the propriety of calling the book a “Summer in Scotcertainly have a liberality of tone and accuracy of obser- land,” when Scotland is not reached until the 130th page vation only occasionally met with from other sources. The and we should assuredly take just exception to his views teat volume before us justifies this assertion. There is no of slavery in the District of Columbia; but we forbear attempt at fine writing, and the sanctities of private life are comment upon this latter, which is verata quæstio, as this is respected; yet we bave a vivid picture of Northern Eu- not a proper place to discuss it. rope drawn with spirit and judgment. The author is con- The book is for sale by Messrs. Drinker & Morris. cise, sensible and evidently a faithful narrator. As Secretary of Legation at the Russian Court, he enjoyed excel. lent opportunities which he has obviously improved. We Hawkstone-A Tale for England in 184–. New York : believe this is his first production, and we trust it will re
Stanford & Swords. 1848. ceive the favorable recognition it so eminently deserves.
The questions which divide the church, at this moment,
both abroad and at home, are very ably presented in this Historical VIEW OF THE LITERATURE OF the South of difference between the Catholic and the Episcopalian,
work. A discriminating view is given of the true grounds OF EUROPE. By J. C. Z. Simonde De Sismondi. New and the evils of fanaticism are described with severe, but York: Harper & Brothers. 1848.
incontrovertible illustrations. In fact, “ Hawkstone,” under The reputation of Sismondi for thorough and accu. the guise of a novel, unfolds the present condition of relirate research, philosophical insight and cultivated taste- gious opinion among a large body of Christians. All are bas teen very warmly recognized since his death. His more or less interested in the points at issue ; to those who name is bonorably identified with the science of Political are actually partizans, we can imagine no recent volume Economs-(of which throughout his life he was a devoted balf so attractive. As a story, it is vivid and dramatic; Studert.) with standard history and general literature. Re. while as an exposition of theology, il conveys a vast amount tesise men doubtless find his “Italian Republics” the of information as to the existent state of the Church of biost suggestive of his works; but readers imbued with a England at once authentic and agreeably conveyed. On
Beanine love of belles-lettrez cannot fail to turn with de- the whole, Hawkstone is a remarkable work and we com- light to the volumes named above. Upon renewing our ac- mend it to our readers as worthy of a careful perusal. The Equaintance with them, after an interval of many years, we same publishers have just issued Mark Wilton, or the
bere been agreeably surprised to find the interest awaken- Merchant's Clerk,” by Rev. Charles B. Tayler, the popued by them as fresh as ever. Indeed, the account of the lar author of “ Lady Mary,” and other religious novels. Troubadours and of Italian literature abounds not only in tarious information and personal anecdote, but traces the progress of the human mind and especially its relations A System Of ENGLISH Versification; containing rules with language and poetry in a discriminating and attractive for the structure of the different kinds of verse, &c., banner. The work is very neatly printed and should adorn &c. By Erastus Everett, A. M. New York: D. Applethe library of every man of taste. The same publishers ton & Co. 200 Broadway. 1848. hare just issued a sparkling book entitled " The Bachelor of the Albany." Its characteristic is an unflagging liveli
This is really a very excellent little volume and will be. Bess, and it is the cleverest thing of the kind which has ap- come, we do not doubt, the vade mecum of a large class of peared for a long time, a most entertaining companion upon bardlings. Of the good effects of its publication, however, a purney and by the fireside.
there may well be two opinions. On the one hand it may be urged (in objection to Mr. Everett's design) that as the
race of ballad-mongers is increasing among us, to a most A SCHMER IN SCOTLAND. By Jacob Abbott. New York: alarming extent, any book that promises to facilitate their Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 82 Cliff Street. 1848.
efforts and swell their ranks is a serious evil and ought to
be discountenanced. On the other, it may be said that as The kingdom of Great Britain, from John O’Groat's to great numbers of young gentlemen and ladies will write Land's End, has been so extensively traversed of late verses, at all hazards, it is a laudable undertaking to teach years that there is scarcely a nook or cranny in either isl. them to write good ones ; at least, to place within their and, a bich bas not been described to us a: length in the reach a manual which will give some notion of the cæsura jurnal of the tourist. No obscure book-stall within sound and induce a regard for allowable rhymes. We incline to tí Bow-bells, but has been set down with the minutest par- the latter way of thinking, and we therefore look upon Mr. beslarity-no loch or burn of bonnie Scotia, invested with Everett as a public benefactor. Let all such as meditate le traditions of many centuries and endeared to us in the an epic or would indite a ballad, read this book with attenpages of Sir Walter and the poet ploughman, but has been tion. depicted by the traveller, with the aid of wood-engraving and quotations from Marmion. Indeed the field has been so frequeatly trodden, that little remains to be said of it, SHAKESPEARE PROverbs: or the wise Saws of our wisest besides the mere personal incident of travel. In the volume before us, the author disclaims the attempt
Poet collected into a Modern Instance. By Mary Cow. to produce anything that shall be new to the reader. “The
den Clarke. New-York: Wiley & Putnam: London book," says he, claims no higher province than that of
Chapman &. Hall. offering a rational source of entertainment to the reader in The first thing that strikes us in opening this little book leisure hours.” As such, we can commend it very highly. is its exquisite typography, the next is the fact that Mrs. His refections are always sensible and we cannot but ap- 'Clarke has changed her manner of spelling the name of
Shakespeare, since the "complete Concordance to Shaks. I have issued the first numbers of these magazines. The pere" was published.
Virginia Historical Register, a projet of the Virginia His. “Patch grief with proverbs,” says one of the characters torical Society, must become, as their organ, an interesting of the immortal bard, and in doing this, we should resort to and valuable publication. The Editor, Mr. Wm. Maxwell, him aster the inspired lessons of Solomon.
long favorably known to the literary world, introduces the The arrangement of the “Shakespeare Proverbs" is al work with a graceful Editorial, in which he marks out the pbabetical, with reference to the initial letter of the line; course it will pursue and invokes (we hope not in vain.) which may be best illustrated by citing a few examples. the generous encouragement of the public. With the inWe open at the letter H.
creasi interest manisested throughout our State in the Hope a lover's staff.
prosecution of historical studies, we predict for the Regis. He that dies pays all debts.
ter a large circulation and an extended field of usefulness. Hold, or cut bow-strings. He is well paid that is well satisfied.
The Iris is a very unpretending though excellent public &c., &c., &c.
cation, at the low price of $1 50 per annum, edited by an 19 For sale by Nash & Woodhouse.
association of gentlemen, whose names are not given to me the world. The editorials are written in a pleasing style and are marked with good taste. We hope to see it prus
per. CHESS FOR Winter EVENINGS. By H. R. Agnel. New
York: D. Appleton & Co. 1848. This valuable and interesting manual should be in the hands of every votary of the noble game to the illustration BLACKWOOD's Magazine and the English QCARTEL of which it is devoted. It contains, in the first place, the
LIES. New York. Leonard Scott of Co., 79 Fulton Street Rudiments of the Game-then-Elementary Analyses of her most popular openings exemplified in games actually played
We have too long delayed the expression of car thanks 23 by the greatest masters, and a series of Chess Tales. These to the American publishers, for copies of these excellent materials have been derived from the most authentic and works, sent to us regularly through the Richmond Agents, desirable sources. The volume consists of more than five Messrs. Nash & Woodhouse. To say anything in their hundred pages and is very handsomely printed. In the praise would, surely, be quite unnecessary, as their meris preface the Editor eloquently vindicates his subject from are well known throughout the United States, Black wood the character of a mere diversion and quotes both the pre
is, by far, the best of the English monthlies and is still the e cepts and practice of illustrious men in support of its same brilliant, good-humored, delectable falsifier that it bar 2claims to an admirable exercise of the reasoning powers.
ever been. We always take it up with avidity and lay it He quotes from Franklin's Morals of Chess to prove that down in a pet. There is invariably a high-tory article for Foresight, Circumspection, Caution and Self-reliance, are
home consumption, followed by two or three admirable all cultivated by the habit of Chess-Playing. But if any sweetest of lyrists, Delta, strikes the chords,) a pleasan".
sketches, with some bursts of poetic melody, (when that one is a skeptic on the subject, the attractive manner in which the subject is unfolded by Mr. Agnel in his volume, story in the department of fiction and very mang absurd is would soon convert him. There are four admirably con
fictions and stories about America. Indeed we have long ceived illustrations, (besides the diagrams.) representing the since ceased to look for fairness in anything that it publisk playing of the celebrated games. We understand the de. es. But we cannot be so far swayed by prejudice as not signs were prepared expressly for the work by Weir.
to award to it the highest literary excellence.
The American reader will peruse wiih great satisfaction the article in a recent number of the Edinburghi on Sir
Francis Head's Administration of Canada. The PRINCESS : A Medley. By Alfred Tennyson. Boston: W. D. Ticknor & Co. 1848.
It may be proper to state here, that by an arrangement
with the English publishers, Messrs. Leonard Scout & Co. This is the most extended poem which has yet appeared receive the sheets of Blackwood in advance of its potkifrom the pen of Tennyson. It contains numerous passa. cation and are thus enabled to issue it, before the English ges of exquisite beauty; especially those where minute copy reaches this country. description is blent with singular refinement of language. We have been struck with many of the comparisons which in their simplicity and boldness, remind us of the choicest lines in the old English dramatists. But while the beau
LITERARY News. ties peculiar to the genius of the author are widely scattered through these captivating pages, he sins against the dig.
J. C Riker, of New York, has in press, and will shortly nity of the Muse by frequently resorting to a free and easy H. T. Tuckerman, greatly enlarged and improved
publish, a new edition of the “ Italian Sketch Book," by style-almost colloquial and in striking contrast with his more elevated strains ; occasionally, too, some petty affecta.
volume is the result of two visits of the author to Italy and tion mars the effect of a delicious effusion. Yet this Med. will contain sketches, tales and essays, suggestive of the ley abounds with fresh poetical conceptions that cannot but land. The style of Mr. Tuckerman is familiar to all read
most attractive features of that beautiful, though unhappy delight every reader of refined sympathy or delicate fancy.
ers of the Messenger, and we know they will be glad to
welcome the appearance of this revised edition of his THE VIRGINIA HISTORICAL REGISTER AND LITERARY
Mess. D. Appleton & Co. have in press an elegant wort March, 1848.
entitled “The Romance of the History of Louisiana." Our enterprising publishers, Macfarlane & Fergusson,' from the pen of a distinguished native of that State.