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moans in the night, seen in no writing except that made on the face by the slow months of suppressed anguish and early morning tears. Many an inherited sorrow that has marred a life, has been breathed into no human


George Eliott, now Mrs. Lewes, has won for herself the first place among living female novelists. We think she deserves it. But this is only to express a regret, amidst all our admiration of her genius, that the first rank in that company should not be very much higher than present necessity compels it to be. 3.- A Brief Biographical Dictionary. Compiled and arranged by the Rev. CHARLES HOLE, B. A., Trinity College, Cambridge ; With Additions and Corrections by WILLIAM A. WHEELER, M. A., Assistant Editor of Webster's Dictionaries, and Author of “ Dictionary of the Noted Names of Fiction," etc. New York: Published by Hurd and Houghton. 1866.

We have already referred to Mr. Wheeler's Dictionary of the Noted Names of Fiction, in terins of high commendation. This is a book to be placed on the same shelf with that. It supplies a want which, we venture to say, every scholar has felt a thousand times without having ever thought, perhaps, in what way the want might be supplied.

The work is properly what the American Editor calls it in his introductory note, a biographical index, giving, usually in a single line, name, description, and date of birth and death, thus : Webster, Daniel, American Statesman and Jurist .... 1783. • . . 1852. The Duke of Wellington has four lines, and George Washington six, containing reference to the published biographies of those men,

Mr. Wheeler has done a good deal more than to edit the English work, as his title page indicates. Finding the list of American names very meagre, he has extended it largely, and has also added many European names which Mr. Hole omitted. He has likewise corrected the orthography of names in not a few instances, and supplied the proper accents in French, German, and other Continental names, besides other changes of minor importance, but yet, as we think, real improvements. We are glad to see the announcement in Mr. Wheeler's introductory note, that “it is in contemplation to follow this work with a companion volume, on the same general plan, devoted to distinguished living characters." 4.- A Memorial of the Life, Character and Death of Rev. Ben

jamin F. Hosford. Cambridge, Riverside Press. 1866.

A most companionable volume, full of the spirit and genius of the lamented subject of it. The preparation of it was a debt due to


one of nature's best gifts, to a rare mental culture, and to a deep, tender, genial piety. Social life, letters and the pastorate lost much, does not often lose more, when Mr. Hosford was 66 delivered out of life,” August 10, 1864. The leading excellence of the Memorial lies in being made up mostly of his own writings. In this policy the biographer has shown good judgment, while his selections are much in the taste and spirit of his subject. Mr. Hosford was a varied, racy, and able writer, as our own pages would testify, could they reveal, and his pen has yet a power, while the hand that moved it so grace. fully and energetically is still. As a theologian, a preacher, and a pastor, Pauline in his views and labors, many ministers, and his own people, and a wide circle of occasional hearers, mourn deeply his departure, and will delight in this faithful and beautiful tribute to his memory. We also say: Manibus date lilia plenis.

5. Life and Death Eternal : A Refutation of the Theory of Annihilation. By Samuel C. BARTLETT, D. D., Professor in Chicago Theological Seminary. Published by the American Tract Society, 28 Cornhill, Boston,

This book is not merely an argument against the theory of annihilation. It presents the whole subject of the punishment of the wicked according to the Bible representations. It is learned, vigorous and quite exhaustive. If we should venture any criticism, it would be that the treatise is too long to be thoroughly read and mastered by the common reader. The last chapter is devoted to the tendencies and affinities of the system of annihilation. These are stated to be : Rationalism : a Disposition to disparage and override God's word : Sympathy with the Universalist and infidel, and conversions to them : Materialism : the Denial of the Spirit's existence, and Gross Sensualism.



6.-Charles Lamb. A Memoir. By BARRY CORNWALL. ton : Roberts Brothers.

16mo. pp. 304. 1866. In his seventy seventh year, the author of this memoir of Charles Lamb writes: "Assuredly, I knew him more intimately than any other existing person, during the last seventeen eighteen years of his life.” This fact, together with the fact of knowing we are reading a book by Barry Cornwall, is more than sufficient to interest us in another book about Lamb. After all that has been said and written concerning Lamb, we the world still looks upon him as a punster, who did little else than joke. His years —thirty three- of uncongenial work at the South Sea House and India House ; his care of an imbecile father, who,

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though dependent, exacted the utmost deference ; his terrible grief at seeing his mother murdered by his sister, in a moment of insanity; his loving care for that sister after her recovery from that, as well as subsequent fits of insanity; his desolation after leaving his former place of employment, bearing the dreadful burden of nothing to do, these seem to us to be lost sight of, by the mass of those who retail his fine repartees and enjoy his delightful prose.

The book is a charming one, giving the inner, every day life of this rare


7.-The Shepherd and His Flock. By J. R. MACDUFF, D. D., author of “Morning and Night Watches,” etc. New York : Robert Carter & Brothers. 16mo. pp. 275.

Christ is the “Shepherd,” the world the “Flock.” In the successive divisions, the “ Flock is found, and returns to the Fold; the Shepherd gives his life for the sheep”; and the reader is taken along to "the paths of righteousness in which the flock are fed” and soon to the final gathering and eternal folding of the Flock. A book full of Christian consolation and incentives to Christian love. 8.-The Old Picture Bible. By the author of “ Doing and Suffering,” etc. New York: Robert Carter & Brothers. 12mo.

Pp. 312.

An interesting book for children. The family Bible is brought out, on a cold Christmas day, and what with the pictures and the instruction of a Christian mother, the children are interested and profited. 9.-Doctor Johns ; being a Narrative of Certain Events in the Life of an Orthodox Minister of Connecticut. By the author of “My Farm of Edgewood.” In two volumes. New York: Charles Scribner & Co., 654 Broadway. 1866.

Tuis is one of the stories, which the Atlantic Monthly has been publishing, to undermine the system of faith received from the fathers. It follows in the wake of “The Minister's Wooing," and Elsie Venner; and seeks to accomplish the same end Ridicule and travesty may shake the faith of the superficial and ill-grounded, but not that of the intelligent believer. Is Ik Marvel a minister's son?

He writes with all the bitterness of a renegade. 10.-—Poems. By ELIZABETH AKERS (Florence Percy). Boston:

Ticknor & Fields. 1866.

A New American poet! This volume is carefully written, has fine descriptions of natural scenery, and some beautiful pieces suggested by the war. We have noted many similes, that are both

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striking and original. We hope the author will find that her “Ship” has now come in.

11.— Temperance Recollections, Labors, Defeats, Triumphs. An

Autobiography. By John MARSH, D. D., Secretary of the First Three National Conventions, and Thirty Years Corresponding Secretary and Editor of the American Temperance Union. Quorum Pars Fui. “We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen.” New York: Charles Scribner & Co., 650 Broadway. 1866.

A book full of interesting statements of the progress of the Temperance cause from the commencement down to the date of its publication. If it is sometimes gossipy and egotistical, it is none the less readable. Henceforth, it will be regarded authority as to facts and statistics in reference to the great Temperance Reformation, in which Dr. Marsh has played so prominent a part.

12. - The Wycliffites, or England in the Fifteenth century. By


This is a historical narrative of much interest, showing the power of Gospel truth to comfort and support its possessor in the midst of trial and suffering.

The scene is laid in troublous times, when the Wars of the Roses were wasting and desolating England, and the spirit of religious intolerance and persecution was at its height. It cost something in those days to follow Christ; if a man read the Scriptures, he did it at the peril of his life. If the “Wycliffites,” “Lollards,” or “Gospellers," as they were called, met for prayer and exhortation, it was in some secret place, at dead of night, and expecting, if discovered, to be escorted thence to the dungeon or the stake. The story is well told, and its aim is to do good, as well as to give a truthful picture of the times.

Books awaiting for Notice in our Next Number, being crowded out of this :

Lea's Superstition and Force, Henry C. Lea; Ward's Life and Letters of Percival, Ticknor & Fields; Treasures from Milton's Prose, Ticknor & Fields; Frank's Search for Sea Shells, Boston Tract Society; The Church and Her Services, E. P. Dutton & Co.; McCosh's Defence of Fundamental Truths, Carter & Brothers; Clarke's Truths and Errors of Orthodoxy, American Unitarian Association ; Recollections of Mary Lyon, Boston Tract Society.



OUR NEXT VOLUME. New England Theology has never been of a single exclusive type. In its discussions it has oscillated between the two extremes of thought. It has fairly represented the different tendencies of different minds, the different experience of different hearts. Probably, there is no single Congregational church within our limits that does not include representatives of both schools of theology. This is as it should be. No one man, no one style of man, no one style of thinking, no one style of experience is sufficient for the rounding out of the whole truth. No one man is princely enough in mind, is sanctified and illuminated enough in spirit, to claim that the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, is with himself. Such empire of thought it is not safe for any man to possess. If given to him he would abuse it.

Discerning, as we thought we did, a tendency in some New England Theologians of the present day to depart widely from the standards of the Scriptures and the fathers, to wrest the language and the views of the fathers from their legitimate direction, and to assume to interpret them with authority, six years ago the Boston Review was established for the purpose of creating and giving expression to a reactionary movement in the theological world. It was started without funds, and for several years, conducted not only without remunerative returns, but at a dead loss to its proprietors. It has made its way to a respectable position in the literary and theological world, and a constantly improving financial basis. It has secured patrons and contributors from among some of the most substantial thinkers among the older ministers and laymeu in New England, and other portions of the country, as well as from some of the most energetic and promising of those just coming upon the stage of action and influence, and has been permitted to see that reactionary and conservative movement well established and going forward. Its principles and policy are now well understood. It will still hold to them. Its conductors still invite the co-operation of those who have proved themselves tried friends in the past. They invite independent thinkers to make it the channel of communicating to the world their best thoughts on all literary, religious, and theological subjects; to suggest to its conductors errors that are making silent and insidious progress around hem, that the antidote may be provided ; to assist in giving it a

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