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feeding the interest which it awakens. And a work like that of Mr. Bartlett, got up in the splendid style in which it is offered to the public by the Messrs. Harpers, is an important addition to Egyptian lore. It contains 33 engravings, drawn on the spot with the Camera Lucida, and 17 wood-cuts. The paper and typography are unexceptionable.
CUBA in 1851; A Survey of the Island, its Resources, Statistics, etc. From official
documents in connection with the recent revolt. By Alexander Jones. Stringer & Townsend.
It is yet too early to write the history of the late expedition to Cuba, but Dr. Jones has compiled some interesting matter in relation to the condition of the island, and offered some judicious remarks upon recent occurrences. They are, however, involved in too much mystery for any one to attempt explaining at present. Some statements have been published by returned members of the expedition, but they have the air of “ State's evidence” too palpably to be implicitly relied upon. Dr. Jones strongly espouses the cause of Cuban independence.
Drayton : A Story of American Life. Harper Brothers.
The multiplication of American novels is remarkable. The attention of our writers seems now more turned within us, and less to the follies and toibles of the old world. This is an excellent indication, and a marked feature in the progress of a national literature. In the case before us, American manners are treated with much skill and nicety.
A WREATH AROUND THE Cross; Or, Scripture Truths Illustrated. By the Rev. A.
Morton Brown. With a recommendatory preface by John Angel James. Gould & Lincoln, Boston.
This little volume breathes a sincere and devout spirit, a firm reliance upon gospel truths, and that clearness and force of exposition which always proceeds from a mind earnest in its work.
Negro Mania: Being an examination of the falsely assumed equality of the various
races of men, demonstrated by the investigations of Champollion, Wilkinson, Rossellini, Van Amringe, Gliddon, Young, etc., etc., etc. Together with a concluding chapter, presenting a comparative statement of the condition of the negroes in the West Indies, before and since emancipation. By John Campbell, author of A Theory of Equality, &c. Campbell & Power, Philadelphia.
The subject of the position of the negro race in the scale of humanity, is here ably treated by Mr.Campbell; not by what he has himself written, but by the mere arrangement of paragraphs from the great writers upon the subject. Passages are taken from Prichard, the leading "unityist," and from Van Amringe, the able expounder of the psychical distinction of the races. It is to be remarked, that the abolition excitement is producing this great good, viz., to attract the popular mind to the real value of the negro in the scale of humanity, and thereby to extinguish that absurd and false philanthropy which would sink the whites to the level of an incapable race, for the sake of establishing equality ; like a boon companion who lays down in the gutter by the side of his friend, who is unable to rise. Such works as this of Mr. Campbell ought to be widely circulated.
The GirlhooD OF SHAKSPEARE'S JIEROINES. By Mary C. Clarke. !8mo., pp. 70.
New-York : G. P. Putnam.
This is certainly a commendable enterprise, and thus far it bas been executed with much literary merit. Its aim is to present a complete sketch of the lives of Shakspeare's heroines drawn from the imagination, but still as consistent with the character of the original as it is possible for the writer to portray them.
The series has been exceedingly well received by the public, and has now reached its 7th and 8th numbers. The 7th is comprised of the tale of Katharine and Bianca, and is illustrated with a beautiful steel cut of the Town Hall of Padua ; the story of Ophelia, with an engraving of Elsinore. The Royal Palace of Denmark comprises the 8th.
THE ILLUSTRATED AMERICAN News. T. W. Strong, New-York.
We have watched the progress of this new weekly with some considerable anxiety, for we will confess that, at the outset, we did not think it destined to live long. We are now happy to believe that our fears were groundless; it comes to us with some new improvement upon every issue, and merits success more fully than any work of like nature heretofore attempted. The “Great State Fair" supplement was really a gem in
The Methodist Church PROPERTY Case. Report of the Suit of Henry B. Bascom,
and others, vs. George Lane, and others, heard before the Honorable Judges Nelson and Betts, in the Circuit Court of the United States for the Southern District of NewYork, May 17—29, 1851. By R. Sutton, Special and Congressional Reporter. Lane & Scott, 200 Mulberry.street, New-York.
This extraordinary case, in which the whole issue between the northern and southern Methodist Church is passed in review by Messrs. Lord, Reverdy Johnson, and Johnson, Jr., on one side, and Rufus Choate, Geo. Wood, and E. L. Fancher on the other, is presented in full, and is reported with extraordinary ability by Robert Satton, Esq., long and favorably known to the public as the reporter of the Senate proceedings in Washington, of the Kentucky and New-York State Constitutional Conventions, and many other important national bodies. It is a matter of congratulation to the Methodist Society, as well as to the public, that the services of that eminent reporter were obtained, in the vacation of Congress, to put this great case before the public in a proper shape. It is now presented to the public in a most complete form, with all the pleadings, embracing a full historical account of the Methodist Church, with all the official papers and references. It will be remembered, that Mr. Calhoun, in his great speech, described this schism in the Methodist Church as “one of the links" of union which had been broken through the violent workings of a perverse and antichristian spirit among those who profess only the mission of love among men. The division took place in 1844, when the Church was composed of 7 bishops, 4,828 preachers. 1,109,960 members, spread over the whole Union. These persons owned what is called the Book Concern, worth $750,000, of which the profits are mostly devoted to make up salaries of preachers in poor locations, and provide for the families of superannuated and deceased preachers. The norihern members of this society sought to compel a southern bishop to resign his functions, because his wife in her own right had inherited some slaves, over which he had no control. The whole South and many at the North resisted this injustice. The whole conference, the North and South, by a large vote, decided that the South might organize a separate church, and take their share of the property. They did so: but when they came for the property, the North refused to give it up. The great number of poor Englishmen who had become preachers at the north, thought that they could put their philanthropy to profit by keeping at the north the whole of the money. The case turns on its possession. The thieving spirit of
philanthropy which bred this schism for the sake of robbing the South, originated with the English immigrant Methodists, who are so numerous at the North, but not at the South. As we intend, however, to review the book more at length, we will here do no more than recommend it to the public.
Harpers' Monthly MagazinE. New-York: Harper & Brothers.
Harpers' Magazine has proved, thus far, the most decided hit ever made by this publishing house. The proposition to issue monthly the choice contents of all the English literary periodicals took the public by surprise, and the low price at which could be ob. tained the fruit of the talents, the education, and the accomplishments of the best literary writers of the old country was too great a temptation to be resisted. It is now fifteen months since the publication was commenced. For mass of matter, tasteful letter-press, fine paper, and handsome and attractive appearance, the work is far before anything of the kind previously published. Its contents are taken from every bower, recess, temple, and, in one or two instazces, stall of English periodi. cal literature. The names of those whose thoughts and writings enrich its pages have long been familiar to the popular ear. Goldsmith, Thompson, Coleridge, Bulwer, Leigh Hunt, De Quincey, Howitt, Guizot, Elliott, and a host of choice spirits, have been its regular contributors. Such a galaxy was never before witnessed in a single constellation. The public have been satisfied, and voted their approbation by heaping some additional thousands on the subscription list every month.
ALBAN: A Tale of the New World. By the author of " Lady Alice." Geo. P. Putnam,
The first novel by the present author, viz., Lady Alice, received much censure in certain quarters, for some accurate delineation of manners which were supposed not decorous. The North American Review, very much in the spirit of that respectable lady who advised her blooming grand-daughter not to use the swing in the garden, because the potatoes have eyes, was horrified at the idea of the two sexes bathing together, as if bathing in “ bloomers” was mɔre indecorous than riding in petticoats. However, the author survived the attack, and is again before the public in a new work as pleasing and spirited as the other.
VAGAMUNDO; OR, THE ATTACHE IN Spain. Including a Brief Excursion into the Em.
pire of Morocco. By John Esaias Warren. Charles Scribner, 145 Nassan-street.
The author of this little volume was attached to the embassy of Mr. Barringer to Spain, in 1849, and the work before us is a very agreeable account of what he saw and heard in the course of his movements. It is another book upon Spain, but it is an agreeable and amusing one. It is printed and published in the handsome and substantial style that characterize Mr. Scribner's books.
Tue INDICATIONS OF THE CREATOR;.or, the Natural Evidences of Final Cause. By
George Taylor. Charles Scribner, 145 Nassau-street.
This work contains a very sound view of the natural sciences, drawn from the best authorities, and adduced as evidence of the existence of great and overruling intelligence. None can search into the mysteries of creation without being firmly impressed with the profound wisdom that pervades all nature ; and a perusal of Mr. Taylor's book is admirably calculated to impress the mind and direct the understanding.
ARTHUR CONWAY; Or, SCENES IN THE TROPICS. By Capt. E. H. Milman, late of H. R.
33d Regiment. Author of the Wayside Cross. Harper & Brothers,
This forms No. 159 of the library of select novels, and detracts nothing from the well acquired fame of the series.
THE CONFESSOR. An Historical Novel. Philadelphia : A. Hart.
A very spirited novel, founded upon circumstances which occurred during the troubled period of England's history—the reigns of the two Charles', and the intermediate time of the Commonwealth.
Posthumous POEMS OF WILLIAM MOTHERWELL. Ticknor, Reed & Fields, Boston,
For this collection of Motherwell's posthumous poems, we are indebted to Mr. Wil. liam Kennedy, an old and tried friend of the poet. This volume contains the off-and-on scribblings of the poel, while his more elaborate works were published in two volumes, several years since. These poems are very uneven, varying from mediocrity to excellence, but the volume will take its place by the side of its predecessors, and in no wise do discredit to the genius of Motherwell, or the good taste of Mr. Kennedy.
De Quincey's Writings. Literary Reminiscences, from the autobiography of an English Opium Eater. By Thomas De Quincey. Ticknor, Reed & Fields.
This admirable edition of the works of De Quincey has, by the publication of the ten volumes of Reminiscences, been extended in the uniform binding and beautifully sub. stantial typography of Messrs. Ticknor, Reed & Fields. The singular and striking character of the “Confessions," written by one who had carried the habitual use of opium to 320 grains per day, has given a wide-spread notoriety to the writings of its author, and that fame has been well supported by the highly-finished scholarship which they exhibit. They are become exceedingly popular on this side of the Atlantic.
The History of the RestoraTION OF MONARCHY IN FRANCE. By Alphonse De La
martine, author of the “ History of the Girondists." Harper Brothers.
M. Lamartine's histories partake altogether too much of the character of political pamphlets, written to promote the personal views of the writer in his tortuous political course, to obtain any standing as histories. There is, however, a wonderful charm about his writings that, despite the indescribable repulsions which its palpable hollowhearted egotism excites, chains the attention of the reader. The first volume of the new work has made its appearance, from the press of the Messrs. Harpers.