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umes told the story of America from the days of , be seen but huge portions of plaster models. The discovery to the opening of the troubles between central figure of the pediment represents America England and her colonies. The second series, now standing on a rock, against which the waves of the brought to a close, carries on the story during these ocean are beating. She is attended by the eagle of troubles. The next stage of the journey brings the his. the country; while the sun rising at her feet indi. orian to the War of Independence. As yet we have cates the light which accompanies the march of lib. not come to the resistance by force; but we close erty. In one hand she holds the rewards of civic this new volume with the blare of trumpets and the and military merit-laurel and oak wreaths ; her neighing of the war-horse in our ears.
left hand is extended toward the pioneer, for whom “The historian goes at a canter over a vast deal she asks the protection of the Almighty. The pi. of uneven ground in this volume. The narrative is, oneer is the athletic figure of a backwoodsman as usual, animated and pictorial; but it is perhaps clearing the forest. The Indian race and its exon the whole less picturesque than in former vol- | tinction is explained by the adjoining group of the umes. It is so of necessity. Penn in the midst Indian chief and family. The son of the chief is of his Indians-the Pilgrim Fathers on the deck of returning from the chase, with a collection of game the Mayflower-make striking and pictorial figures slung on a spear over his shoulder. In the statue with little aid from the artist ; but the case is differ- of the Indian chief, Mr. Crawford has endeavored ent when the foreground is occupied by George the to describe the despair and profound grief resulting Third's pigtail and Franklin's bob-wig. The writer from his conviction of the white man's triumph. is not always to be blamed because his personages The wife and infant of the chief complete this group are commonplace and his materials intractable. of figures ; while the grave, being emblematic of the The action of this volume takes placé chiefly in the extinction of the Indian race, fills up this portion. King's antechamber; and, like the locality and the The opposite half of the pediment is devoted to the men who people it, it is sometimes a little tedious. effects of Liberty and Civilization. The first figure
" The next portion of the historian's labors, if he on the right of America represents its Soldier. He shall find time and courage to continue them, will is clothed in the costume of the Revolution, as behave a more exciting theme and a nobler field. ing most suggestive of the country's struggle for Meantime, we have now acquired from Mr. Ban- independence ; his hand upon his sword indicates croft a clear, connected, readable narrative of the the readiness of the army to protect America from long series of events which in North America pre- insult. By the soldier is placed a Merchant, sitting ceded the war which made it an independent em- on the emblems of trade; his right hand rests upon pire.
the globe, by which the extent of American com
merce is symbolized. The anchor at his feet conThe recent admirable contribution to Shakspearian nects this figure with those of two boys advancing literature by Mr. White is thus spoken of by the cheerfully to devote themselves to the service of London Leader:
their country. The anchor is easily understood to “ Under the reverential title of Shakspeare's be the emblem of Hope ; behind them sits the Scholar, an American journalist, Mr. RICHARD Teacher instructing a youth. The Mechanic com. GRANT WHITE, undertakes to rescue his great pletes the group. He rests upon the cog-wheel, master from the hands of Dryasdust. Profoundly without which machinery is useless. In his hands and undisguisedly he hates the tribe of comment-are the emblems of trade ; and at his feet are some ators, and unmeasured is the contempt which he sheaves of corn, expressive of fertility, activity, and entertains for Mr. Collier's folio of 1632. Therein abundance, in contradistinction to the grave at the he finds that poetry is turned to prose, dullness sub corresponding corner.” stituted for wit, dramatic propriety exalted, the context disregarded, and the really important altera A pleasing tribute from one nobly gifted mind to tions destitute of novelty. According to Mr. White, 1 another of like stamp is found in a sonnet just adShakspeare is his own interpreter. “It is folly to dressed to Miss MITFORD by WALTER SAVAGE say that the writings of such a man need notes and LANDOR : comments to enable readers of ordinary intelligence to apprehend their full meaning. There is no pre
TO MARY RUSSELL MITFORD. tense for the intrusion of such aids, except the fact
The hay is carried; and the Hours that Shakspeare wrote two hundred and fifty years
Snatch, as they pass, the linden-flow'rs;
And children leap to pluck a spray ago; and this seems to be but a pretense.' We
Bent earthward, and then run away. gladly welcome this addition to Shakspearian lit
Park-keeper! catch me those grave thieves erature from the other side of the Atlantic.”
About whose frocks the fragrant leaves,
Sticking and fluttering here and there, The correspondent of the Atheneum at Rome has No false nor faltering witness bear. the following notices of American artists :
I never view such scenes as these, “A pupil of Gibson's deserves honorable mention, In grassy meadow girt with trees, Miss Hosmer, daughter of an American physician
But comes a thought of her who now
Sits with serenely patient brow at Boston. She has done two or three busts, which
Amid deep sufferings : none hath told are beautifully chiseled, and a head of Medusa
More pleasant tales to young and old. young, lovely, and graceful, her locks are growing
Fondest was she of Father Thames, into tangled snakes.
But rambled to Hellenic streams ; “From Mr. Gibson's I pass to Mr. Crawford's Nor even there could any tell studio; where every thing now yields to the grand The country's purer charms so well work ordered by the United States Government. It
As Mary Mitford.
Verse! go forth is to be of statuary marble, and is to be placed at
And breathe o'er gentle breasts her worth. the eastern extremity of the Capitol extension at
Needless the task....but should she see Washington. As it engages much of the attention
One hearty wish from you and me, of the artistic world, I will give a detailed descrip A moment's pain it may assuage.... tion of what it is to be ; for at present nothing is to A rose-leaf on the couch of Age.
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