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The work is beautifully printed in clear, bold type, and (ner of the author, we see the best evidence of her saturalis for sale by Drinker & Morris.
The men:ion of her familiar duties, her frieadiy visits, the lament for the Redbreast,-all these little incidents
we might suppose would scarcely find a place and the The WANDERINGS AND FORTUNES OF some German stormy events of the Revolution, but we should recollee:
EMIGRANTS. By Frederick Gerstäcker. Translated by that, as the daisy will spring up again after being crushed David Black. New-York: D. Appleton & Company,
beneath the wheel of the tumbrel, so the wares of 200 Broadway. 1848.
cominotion, though they may disturb for a time, can get
never obliterate the sacred delights of the domestic circe. It has often occurred to us, in looking at a ship-load of emigrants just landed from their voyage across the Atlantic, that if the individual history of each one of them could be laid before us, wjih the trials of the past and the incidents ROMANCE OF The History of Louisiana. A Series of of the future, the mournful experiences they have under
Lectures. By Charles Gayarre. Utile Dulci. New York. gone and the strange scenes they are yet to encounter, that
D. Appleton & Co., 200 Broadway. 1818. we should read the fish act of many an unwrillen tragedy We welcome this volume as a graceful and valoalle al and laugh over many mirthsul misadventures The book dition to the stores of Southern Literature. The hot teg before us is full of such passages, at times irresistibly comic Lectures of the series were delivered last year hy in the and again possessing a melancholy interest. It purports to tion before the People's Lyceum of the City of New Ore describe the Wanderings and Fortunes” of a party of leans and were afterwards published in De Bow's Com Germans, who came over to America in 1844, on board the mercial Review. The favorable notice, (so well deserved) good ship Hoffnung from Bremen, under a mutual contract which they received both from the desk and in the pages of to purchase and cultivale western lands as a social commu- the magazine, induced the author to continue bis labors and nity. The party consisted of sixty-five persons, all of whom the present volume is the fortunate result of his determidacame as steerage passengers, except a committee who had tion. His design has been (as indeed the title of the 10been deputed to exercise a general supervision over the ume indicates) to gather up the romance, rather #bas to eldwants of the whole. The account of the steerage passage cidate the philosophy, of the history of the Staie, and a is at once novel and entertaining, for although the luxurious executing it, he bas made a very attractive work. When far niente of the cabin and its gilded saloons has often been the statistical history of Louisiana shall be usitten, and it described, we do not recollect ever to have met with any shall be necessary for the author to leave the adventures of details of the forward deck. Debarking at New York, our De Soto, for figures in “ the collon trade and sugas lat," emigrants meet with many impositions and, in a few days, we trust she may be as fortunate in her prosaic, as ta ber are cheated into a purchase of 160 acres of land on the Big poetical historian. Hatchee River in Tennessee, which, after many perils, they reach only to find their bargain an intractable marsh. The narrative of the settlement at the Big Hatchee is highly graphic, though we suspect rather exaggerated. At this Half-HOURS WITH The best AUTHORS. Selected and point of the “ Wanderings," the parties become involved in Arranged, with short Biographical and Cruical Solce. a love-story, which progresses in due form to the marriage
by Charles Knight. Vol. Il. New York. Joba Wiebe of the lovers in the last chapter.
161 Broadway. With much that is improbable and incorrect, this book An excellent compilation that we cannot too highly comcontains some excellent suggestions to Emigrants and very mend. It has been adopted, we learn, as a Reading Bus agreeable reading for all.
in some of the best Female Seminaries in the Union, ad we think it might be placed with advantage in the bands a
every young lady. If such books were read more, and Some Further Portions of the DIARY OF Lady Wil- namby-pamlıy novels less, we might hope for the presalere
LOUGHBY, Which do relate to her Domestic History, and of a better taste and belier judgment. The book is divuston to the stirring events of the latter years of the Reign of into papers on various subjects to be read every day in lje King Charles the First, the Protectorate and the Resto. week, the Sunday reading being composed of selei Hobs ration. New York: John Wiley, 161 Broadway. 1848. from Jeremy Taylor, Heber, Dr. Young, Baxter, Burze
and other writers of similar character. The beautiful seyit The quaint appearance of the Diary of Lady Willoughby of its publication, uniforin with the Library of Choice in the original London Edition, with its ribbed paper and Reading,” renders it the more acceptable as a reading comantique type, itttracied great attention as a literary curiosity, panion. wbile the style of the work, ils curious idiom and Spense.
This Book may be found at the Store of Nash & Wood rian spelling, left the reader in doubt u helber it was or not
house. an authentic Diary of the seventeenth century, written at the time. This doubt has been dispelled at last in the pre. face of the present publication. It is not a relic of ihe
Southern LITERARY Gazette: An Illustrated Wees. times of Cromwell, and yet we could not have had a more
Journal of Belles-Lettres, Science and the Arts. W.C. touching and instructive narrative, had a real Lady Wils loughby recorded her daily thoughts and some virtuoso
Richards, editor, Athens, Georgia. Nos. 2 and 3. brought to light the mouldering manuscript from the dusky There prevails, among certain periodicals of our country, cabinets of a castle. It is a beautiful transcript, from the a ridiculous practice, based upon affected superiority, af pen of a woman, of the chequered nature of early married passing over sub silentio contemporary inagazines, and yule life, the gentle endearinents of bone, the thousand sueet disdaining to notice the first efforts of a literary enterprise humanities that cluster around the social hearth, ihe prattle with thein, the attractive and neatly printed journal, a huge of children that filled her habitation with music, and the caption we have written above, would perhaps ire consatpains that must of necessity attach to the purest and most ered altogether beneath the “ dignity" of the mobilt.es tranquil of earthly enjoyments. No real diary could be For ourselves, we are proud to buil it as a promising costmore truthful and life-like. In the quiet, unaffected man. 'jutor in the field of letters, the more especially as it is 15€
thini new southern work which we have had occasion to mentaries are wholly, and, from the nature of their plan, notice in our present number. We regret that we did not were intentionally excluded. In some respects, the merits receive the first issue of the Gazette, as we could have of the authors, as displayed in their respective works, hear
wished to read the salutatory address of its editor. We haz. a striking resemblance. In the logical powers of analysis ard nothing, however, in declaring, from the evidences be. and definition and arrangement-in the ralent of condensa. fore us, in the well-filled columns of Nos. 2 and 3, that he tion--the power of compressing a vast fund of information is a man of taste and judgment, and will " walk worthily of within narrow limits, yet leaving on the mind of the reader the vocation wherewith he is called."
a clear and strong impression of its import and value, they both, and perhaps equally, excel, and in these respects they
both surpass all other juridical writers, that our language De Bow's Commercial Review of the South and West. can boast. I would not venture to affirm that the admira. 1 monthly Journal of Trade. Commerce, Commercial
ble precision, the luminous brevity, and the idiomatic ease Polig, Agriculture, Manufactures, Internal Improve
and elegance, that distinguish the style of Blackstone, have Dents and General Literature. Conducted by J. D. B. been reached, in the same degree, by his American rivalDe Bow, New Orleans. April, 1848.
yet the style of the latter, although more diffuse, is just as
perspicuous, and is equally pure ; his diction, although not We are persuaded that no more useful publication than in all instances as select and appropriate, is more copious this is issued from the American press. Its range of topics and varied, and he rises occasionally-both in sentiment is indeed a wide one, but it is always filled with valuable and language-10 a higher strain of eloquenre than BlackBalistical papers, and its literary department is highly in- stone, as it seems to me, has ever attained. If we comteresting. Mr. De Bow is well known as a scholar and a pare the works in respect to the value of the information Bilet. A recent address delivered by him before an Agri. that they convey, considered in its relation to the existing tnboral Soriety has pleased us so much, ihat we could find state of the law, the superiority of the American Comment in our heart to quarrel with him, for not contributing taries is strikingly manisest. A very large portion of the more frequently, in propria persona, to the pages of his mag-learning that the volumes of Blackstone contain, is, in this Ezine. The present number contains an excellent article country, obsolete or inapplicable ; while the principles and >> " Essay Writing and the Press," from the pen of the rules of law that the American commentaries set forth and Hon. J. T. Nesbit.
explain, are living truths of daily importance and constant application. The plan of Blackstone is indeed the most
extensive, but it is imperfectly executed, and it embraces I DISCOURSE on the Life, Character and Public Services many subjects of subordinate use and value ; but the Amer
of James Kent, Late Chancellor of the State of New ican Commentaries, although more limited in their plan, York; Delivered by requesi, before the Judiciary and contain a full and elaborate discussion of every subject Bar of the City and State of New York, April 12, 1848. that they embrace, and the knowledge that they convey, By John Dee. New York, D. Appleton & Company. is exactly that which every lawyer, as essential to the 1548.
discharge of his duties, finds it necessary to acquire. I
am very far from thinking or meaning to assert, that the We have been accustomed to regard the late Chancellor labors of Kent have entirely superseded those of Black. Lent with feelings akin to veneration. We have therefore stone, so as to render a study, in this country, of the Comtad Mr. Dner's Discourse with great interest. It is in mentaries on the Laws of England, no longer necessary or pd a worthy and affecting tribute to the memory of the expedient; but I do not hesitate to affirm, that the utility losinous deceased, not in a strain of undiscerning eulogy, and value of the Commentaries on American Law, both as ke - some flattering, false insculption on a lomb,” but sim- a work of elementary instruction, and of consultation and by recording his many and valuable services, the good reference, are far more certain, and far more extensive. eeds that distinguished a long life of labor. We confess They contain all the learning of real and perinanent imporle were not prepared to learn that in early manbood, Chan- tance, that is lo be found in the Commentaries of Blackellor Kent had so signally displayed his eminent talents, stone, if we except that portion of his work which relates 3 appears from this narrative; our acquaintance with them to the English constitution and government, and they supaving been acquired through the mediun of his Commen- ply deficiencies that all the readers of Blackstone adinit ares, the work of a serene old age. . This production, and regret. They are indeed exactly the work that the bbieb will be, in after times, the most splendid monument condition of our country and of the law, and the daily of his learning, was written, after his compulsory removal wants of its students and professors, had long deman,led; mon the bench, under the requisition of the Law of the nor would it be easy to define the extent, or limit the du. State of New York, and Mr. Duer tells us that but for that ration of the benefits that have flowed, and must continue aw, it might never have been transmitted to posterity. to flow, from its general reception, 11se and authority. It is
Mr. Duer thus draws a parallel between Kent and Black. now in the hands of every student, and of every practition3000€ as writers on jurisprudence.
er of the law, and it ought to be in the hands of every leg.
islator and statesman, and indeed of every map of cultiva. * The similarity in their titles, naturally suggests a com-ted mind and liberal studies. I find it difficult to quit a rarison, between the Commentaries on American Law, and subject that has long and frequently engaged my attention, thouse of Blackstone on the Laws of England-yet, in rebut, mindful of the limits to which I am restricted, I conally, the two works differ so widely, not only in their plan, clude with saying of the entire work, that vast, various and best in their mode of treating the subjects which they em complex, as are its subjects and topics, the knowledge of
rare, ibat a just comparison is difficult to be made. The the author embraced, his mind comprehended them all; his Ersi, second, and third volumes of the Commentaries of masterly analysis and logical arrangement, have condensed Krat, are devoted to subjects, which although mostly incluihem all into an harmonious whole, and he has illustrated 2004 in tbe plan of Blackstone, he has either wholly failed to and illuminated them all, by the varied graces of a pure and
insider, or bas treated in a very slight and superhcial man. Aouing and lucid and animated style. In the language that pri while on the other hand, the third and fourth volumes Paterculus applies to Cicero, "animo vidit, ingenio complex- the Commentaries of Blackstone, and the larger portion us est, eloquentia illuminavit.”
the first, treat of subjects that from the American Com
In concluding his memoir, Mr. Duer says, with great plished in all the arts which can adorn the gentleman, stored simplicity and beauty,
with all that classic and scientific learning that make the
scholar, bold, original and inventive, at the same time to “ And here I close my review of the life and labors of servant and capable of accurate discrimination, he presentthe deceased; and I have utterly failed in its purpose, ined a rare combination of qualities which peculiarly fried any further observations can be requisite to convey to your him for the difficult task of arresting the current of mediminds the impressions I have desired to make. I have ut- cal science, which was then rapidly drifting along the strong terly failed, if from the farts that have been stated, you are ride of theory, and turning it into ils proper and legitimate at any loss to form your own judgment of the nature, ex channel of observation. I need not tell you with stat tent and value of his public services, or of that rare union vigor and energy he set about this work; how, u ith all the of the choicest gifts and endowments of the intellect and power of his eloquence as a lecturer, of his force and bri: of the heart, of learning and of temper, by which he was liancy as a writer, he opposed, what was then pompessy enabled to render them. For myself, when his character as called, systematic and classical inedicine, and how sucdeveloped in the narrative that has now been given, rises cessfully he made war against that great stumbılıng block to before me, in all its integrity and truth-its nolleness and all students, that friend to all routine practitioners and on purity—and when I reflect on the magnitude of his labors ponent to every advance in scientific medicine, medical and upon their vast and most beneficial results, I feel em nosology. I need not repeat to you all of the many emaaa. boldened to say—and I feel assured of your sympathy in tions from his brilliant mind, which have contributed sa saying—that great as our country is, in all the elements of greatly to the elevation of our profession and to the goed of a just renown, and illustrious as its annals have beconie by mankind, and which have extracted, from his bitterest etethe labors and by the exploits of statesmen and of heroes, mies, the confession that he was an honor and orsament it may yet be doubled whether, hitherto it has produced a
to his country and profession, and did good service in tak man more worthy of its entire veneration, gratitude and cause of medical science. This is the bright side of the love, than bim, whose services to his country and to his picture, and while, with a natural and excusable partuzy, race, we are this day met to commernorate.
we should greatly prefer to duell upon it, justice requires
that the other, the darker side, shouid also he presented. “Regio." “Rebus opima bonis, multa munita virum vi,
While successfully battling against the medical doctrine of
Cullen, and, with a masterly band, pointing out the lateNil tamen hoc habuisse viro præclarius in se,
nable nature of the data upon wbich it was based, be stea Nec sanctum magis, et mirum carumque videtur.
ed to think that the science would call for some new explanation of the phenomena of disease, as soon as the doelne then prevalent was exploded. Seeing most clearly the eza
rors of his predecessors, be could not perceive that when An Address on the True Mode of Medical Inrestigation, De he had pointed them out and left the science free from the
livered before the Society of Alumni of the Medical De- incumbrance of all theory, he had done just what was ne partment of Hampden Sidney College. By Carter P. cessary: but, deluded by the alluring prospect of a gloriets Johnson, M. D. Published by order of the Society. immortality, in giving to the profession a new, and, as he Richmond. Printed by Shepherd & Colin. 1848. vainly conceived, a true explanation of the phenomena of
disease, he proposed his celebrated theory of “the unity of All those who were fortunate enough to be present at disease," a theory which, while supported by his eloquence, the recent Commencement of our Medical College will and carrying with it the almost irresistible prestige of 838 recollect with pleasure the very finished and elegant Ad- nanie and wide-spread reputation, at the same time that it dresses of Professor Gibson and Dr. Johnson. We offered the most simple explanation of disease thai bat have looked with eager expectancy for the publication of ever been presented to the profession, met with the alvoti the former, which was designed as a Valedictory 10 the unanimous reception of medical men in this country, and Graduating class, but, so far as we know, it has not yet made some progress on the otber side of the Atlantie. But appeared From the title page of Dr. Johnson's Address, now, that its author and his immediate popils have pasted which we have given above, the reader will see that it was from off the scene, and the positions and data upon whirla called forth by the invitation of the Society of Alumni, beiore the theory was based, can be calmly and without prejadice whom it was delivered. The style of it is remarkably per discussed and considered, the unhesitating serdict of the spicuous and attractive. Indeed we could not look for profession of his own country, pronounces it false, uopht anything commonplace from Dr. Johnson who to great losophical and dangerous: and while we look back with professional learning unites the stores of classical erudi- feelings of pride and gratification at the mighty grsrca tion. We regret that our limits admit of but one quotation which has shed a bright halo of glory around the medical from this address, which we would gladly notice more at profession of America, we cannot fail most deeply to do length. The author is speaking of the unfortunate effects, plore the blighting effects upon that genius, of theory, these of theory in the practice of medicine, as exhibited in the bane of all irve science, and most truly to regret, that career of the gifted but eccentric Brown, and proceeds,
mind so capable of enriching the science of medicine and “ But, gentlemen, Scotland alone was not destined to
of extending its usefulness, should, so far, have wasted ts afford illustrations of the banesul influence of theory on
energies in useless and unprofitable speculation." the minds of the most illustrious members of our prosession. There is a name enrolled in the annals of fame, in characters that can never be effaced, a name, at the men. tion of which, every American beart must lbrob with pride
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otherwise be tempted thither. The beautiful words
of Pindar are impressed with a painful truth : BULWER, BULWER'S LUCRETJA,
και που τι και βροτών φρένας AND SOME STRANGE PHENOMENA OF
υπέρ τον αληθή λόγον OF INTELLECT.'
δεδαιδάλμενοι ψεύδεσι ποικίλους
εξαπατώντι μύθοι. (Concluded from the April number.)
It may seem strange, or even inconsistent, that Let it not be sopposed that in our strictures on we should make these admissions after having inthe spirit and the tendency of the age, we have troduced our remarks in such a tone of reprehenhad any disposition to Jaod former times at the ex- sion. But the inconsistency is merely apparent, pense of the present. We have no inclination to and will disappear with the further prosecution of roll back the rides of the ocean ; we would rather our inquiries. We would only premise that the follow the natural course of the stream, than fool moral character of a work is to be estimated not ishly and rainly endeavor to force back the floods from its professed design-not from the role of its upon their sources. The law of nature is the rule personnages—not from the sentiments maladroitly of right; and progress is the great canon of the put into the mouths of the actors--nor from the world. The desire to go back is the wisdom of conclusion which winds up the plot—but from the the pedant, or the witling; far be such hallucina- impression which it leaves behind, and the effect tion from us.
But every age brings with it is which it is calculated to produce. It would be difown dangers as its own benefits—and with the ficult to name a book with a better professed deteeds of every advance in civilization are mingled sign than The Monk: none can be more dangerthe seeds of new error and difficulty. The lares ous in its tendency, or more disgusting in its peru. will spring op with the wheat. We admit and ad- sal. mire the wonderful progress of the world in recent Whence then does the pernicious influence of Lutimes ; bot while others have been gazing only on cretia proceed ? the blossoms and early fruits, we have been exam- If we had not postponed until so late a day onr ining the parasites which have clustered round the notice of this novel, we should have answered this trunk and threatened its existence. We must tend inquiry at length. As, however, more than a year the tree and prune its branches, if we would long has been suffered to elapse since its publication, espect to gather from it good fruit. The dangers we shall endeavor to make our response as brief that are mixed up with the present social system as possible. It is sufficient to indicate the nature have been too little regarded : by care they may of the poison, and its general mode of operation, be avoided, or rendered comparatively innocuous; without tracing it through all the vessels into which bat the few 10 which we have adverted, and which it is infused, or investigating all the shapes in which it is Bulwer's object in Lucretia to exhibit, are cer- it acts. tainly portentous, and merit the gravest considera- The lapse of time would have prevented us from tion of all thoughtful men.
now detaining the public with our views upon a Bolwer's ostensible object in the composition of novel, which has had its day, were it not, that in the present work, was, as he has avowed, to illus- pointing out its character, we are unveiling a disfrate and set prominently before the eyes of the tinct form of literary contagion, which is diffused public those solemon phenomena in the present as- more or less through nearly the whole atmosphere pect of society, which we have just been discus- of our modern romance, and indicating a plague sing. We have no doubt that this was indeed his which may continue to infest us from other sourreal design. No aim could be more praiseworthy, ces that the single novel of Bulwer. Our text may or promise more wholesome results. He chose to possibly have been read, cast aside, and forgottenconvey his views under the form of the novel, be the dangers we apprehend are not on that account canse fiction has for many minds a charm, which removed. The particular romance may have prothe annunciation of unadorned truth has not; and duced only a fleeting impression : this type of diswill woo to serious speculation those who could not ease has not therefore fully run its course. We
are investigating a permanent form of corruption, Lucretia, or the Children of Night. By Sir E, Bul- no matter how transitory may be the immediate mer Lytton. New York. 1847.
subject which has prompted our inquiries.
The real danger, then, which we apprehend from sense from encountering this peril, yet even they Lucretia, and any similar work which might be le cannot close their eyes to the melancholy fact that gitimately comprehended under the same category, the sources of our literature have been poisoned arises parıly from the nature of the subject, but from the prevalent disposition of authors to pandez principally from its mode of treatment. We have to the popular appetite. Their dury is plain : they no doubt that Bulwer regards these as the strong. are bound for their own sake, and for the sake of est proofs of the moral excellence of Lucretia. Their fellow-men, and of coming generations, to re• If,' (we may conceive him to say,) .we recog- sist the progress of the pestilence: if determined nize the truth of Pope's maxim, that
resistance when tried should prove ineffectual, they
have nothing to do except to protect themselves Vice is a monster of so hateful mien,
against contagion, and lament for the delusion which As to be hated needs but to be seen.
has exposed their fellows to the terrible shadows 'then the minute anatomy of crime, the curious
of moral death. But this resistance has not been 'investigation of the origin and remote causes of
tried : a year has passed over, and we have seen 'vice, and the accurate delineation of various and no suitable exposition or censure of Lucretia ; bat criminal characters, must warn men to avoid ini- the damning stream of pollution is suffered to 'quiry, and excite snch dread as will repel them sweep through our literature, and deposit its slime • from the commission of wickedness.' The argu- sluices, or overwhelm its fountain head. What
in every house, without any attempt to fill up its ment is plausible, but it is not true.
To the pure and untainted mind the naked de Hercules shall cleanse the Angean stables of madformity of vice would bring horror and dismay : accumulate every year at its present rate ?
ern literature, if we suffer the trash and ordure to but when the wolf comes in sheep's clothing so elaborately disguised. so exqnisitely concealed be
The familiarity with vice and crime which enneath its borrowed dress, that its features are not
siles from the publication and general circnlation of detected, it would not necessarily be hated until
such vehicles of corruption as Lucretia, The Wanstripped of its adventitious garb. When the dan- dering Jew, The Mysteries of Paris, &c.,-nay, ger is not suspected, its approach will not be dis
we might even say the familiarity with iniquity covered until the injury may have been done. But
which such novels presuppose, is the first great even if there be no such concealment the constant
source of their pernicious tendency. Carlyle quaintexhibition of vice and crime will gradnally para- their ruler would be naturally Bobissimus quidam :
ly remarked that when the people were Bobuses lyse the moral sense, and produce that callousness of feeling which will enable the spectator to regard may we not much more truly say that when the with steadfast gaze that from which he would once object of our admiration is Nequissimus quisque, have averted his eyes in disgust. The first exhi
The adorers must themselves become Nequieres? bition of vice may indeed produce alarm : freqnent
When a monkey is the God, what must we supacqnaintance with it takes away the consciousness pose the idolaters to be who have established for of danger, and thus breaks down the natural bar themselves such an object of adoration ? " By their rier which Providence has implanted in the inoral fruits ye shall know them," was the maxim given constitution of man for the protection of innocence.
to us as an infallible test between good and evil.
And when we notice such fruits as the present But seen too ost, familiar with her face,
springing spontaneously from the prolific soil of We first endure, then piry, then embrace. modern literature-welcomed with such eager sal
isfaction by thousands of readers—propagated and There is a lamentable tendency in the present disseminated by sea and land over the whole face day 10 render our literature a literature of crime- of the earth—what opinion must we form of those 10 seek for heroes in Newgate and heroines in the who have produced and those who have so readily stews. The list of excitement has become so ar- received this contaminating harvest ? And what dent, so corrupted and depraved, that all true feel- must we think of the condition of the society in ings of taste are utterly forgotten, and instead of which such productions are generated, or of that seeking for mental gratification in those healthy into which they are so congenially transplanted ? pictures of life, which may fit us for the better dis- Since the first part of this Essay was written, the charge of our great duties to God, society, and recent Revolution in France has illustrated by its ourselves, we are driven by our morbid fancies to phenomena the tendencies of the people among welcome the more intoxicating stimulants provided whom the Littérature Extravagante principally by the chronicles of vice. Thus we seek that fa- arose ; yet so largely have the communities of the miliarity with vice, which we ought most sedulous- civilized world been intoxicated and denaturalized ly to shun—we rush wildly into the atmosphere of by the copious draughts which they have drank from infection, and expect to live unscathed in the midst these Salmacian waters, that they remain, for the of the putrefaction around us. If the better few most part, utterly blind to the solemn significance are restrained by native purity, or their own good of that tremendous event. In this case, however,