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RECENT BRITISH PUBLICATIONS.
DR. LARDNER’s Railway Economy, published in experiences amongst the curiously mixed population London by Taylor & Co., and republished in a neat of Barbary; with many important facts and much 12mo. vol. by Harper & Brothers, New York, is mestic life and habits as they exist in the states of
useful intelligence. In acquainting herself with dothus characterized by the Railway Times :
Barbary, from the marble palace of the “Sultan of No work has as yet appeared—(certainly not in the Camp" to the hovel of the most impoverished England)—which has so thoroughly and comprehen-Morisco, our fair voyageuse has exhibited extraor. sively investigated the elements of the railway dinary zeal, courage, and perseverance. Her de system.
scriptions of the inner penetralia of the luxurious
Harem bring very close to reality the gorgeous picThe Athencum speaks of it thus :
tures of the Arabian Nights. It informs the student of all that is at present known of the general outlines of the subject. It
Ripley's History of the War with Mexico, origiwarns him of the difficulties that remain to be overcome, -indicates the truths which appear to be al nally published by HARPER & BROTHERS, New ready established,—and, at all events, places before York, and republished in London by Low, the Athehim a comprehensive and frequently a minute chart noum speaks well of it: of the entire field of inquiry.
The vindication of the American policy is asserted The Builder thus:
in Mr. Ripley's volumes. The author is a brevettant matter written in a style excellently well adapt. pears in many respects to be sufficiently well qualA great compendium of interesting and impor- major in the United States Army, and first lieuten
ant of the second regiment of Artillery; and aped to a miscellaneous public perusal, and ought to
ified for giving a professional analysis of the interbe in the possession of every shareholder, and of all
national conflict which he has undertaken to record. indeed in any way interested in railways.
It was after thirty years of peaceful government Tait's Magazine thus :
that his own republic found itself engaged in war The most elaborate work on railways—their ten
with a neighboring one.
The real cause of the condency, their origin, progress, advantages, defects, test, however, was much older than its immediate and prospects of amendment--that we have yet occasion. Mr. Ripley traces it to the difference in
origin of the two Republics :- to their differences in
character and in religion. Life of H. R. H. the Duke of Kent, by Rev. Ers
Reginald Hastings, a new historical Romance, by kine Neale, M. A., published by Bentley, London, is Elioi Warburton, has been reprinted by HARPER & spoken of as a very interesting work. The Specta- BROTHERS. The press generally lauds the work. tor says:
The Literary Gazette says: The author has given us a clear narrative of the
As a historical romancist, Mr. Warburton takes principal features of the Duke's Life. He appears a first rank. The present romance possesses all the to have had access to the Papers and Correspon. I value of a history. It is replete with power and dence of the personal friends of the Duke. For his
interest. The work must be read with the vivid gallant conduct in the West Indies the Prince feeling created by powerful descriptions of events received the thanks of both Houses of Parlia
which no invention could surpass, and exhibitions of ment,--the only member of his family who earned character excited to the highest pitch of which huthat compliment for services actually rendered in
man nature is susceptible by the most extraordinary the field.
circumstances of national crises and individual The Britannia remarks:
perils. The interest attaching to this work is unbounded.
The John Bull says: The biography and vindication of the father of Mr. Warburton's “Reginald Hastings” belongs to Her Majesty cannot but conmand attention. All a high order of historical romance.
The story is must acknowledge the ability, earnestness, and de- told with great dramatic effect, the characters are votion with which it is written. The biography is delineated with admirable distinctness, society in full to overflowing with interesting details.
those troublous times is depicted with no less fidel
ity to truth than artistic power. The contrast be. Leaves from a Lady's Diary of her Travels in tween the high-toned cavalier and the fanatical
puAfrica. 2 volumes, published by COLBURN, London. ritan is admirably drawn. The Chronicle says of the work:
The Morning Herald says: These exceedingly interesting volumes contain a We do not hesitate to predict for this work a popvery lively and graphic narrative of the author's ularity commensurate with the historical importance
of the events therein so truly and so charmingly humble origin, he, by his own exertions, attained portrayed. Never have the Civil Wars of England high distinction among his countrymen. His life been invested with greater fascination or interest. was, “ in great part, that of a student. His youthFew works of fiction could present us with more ful days were passed in preparation for his professtartling incidents or more striking contrasts. In sion. His manhood was engrossed by forensic “ Reginald Hastings" we have the high-minded and labors. Old age found him crowned with the honors chivalric cavalier communicating to us his own dash of a faithfully earned judicial renown.” Yet, amidst ing and dangerous career, and making us familiar all the engrossing avocations of his active career, he with the social life and manners of the eventful neglected none of the amenities of life. His interperiod in which he lived, and bringing vividly before course with a wide circle of friends, seems to have us the leading distinguished personages who had so been "embellished with all the graces which a large a share in the military and political events of benevolent heart, a playful temperament, and a hapthe time. We have the courtly and crafty Digby, py facility of discourse, were able to impart;" and as the court wit and beauty Lady Carlisle, the gallant a natural consequence, he was beloved by all who Rupert, and the high-minded Falkland; Charles, had the advantage of being acquainted with him. with his crowd of fawning, selfish favorites ; Crom- From the fragment of an autobiography extending well, Pym, Holles, and Felton; and along with the over ten years of Wirt's childhood, are given some more stirring incidents of the war is skilfully inter- | interesting extracts, in the form of reminiscenses of woven as tangled a maze of love as ever tried the that period of the future Attorney-General's life. constancy of gallant knight.
These are written with great spirit, and in a pleasing Leigh Hunt's Autobiography, a most interesting style, and serve to awaken regret that the autobio
graphy was not continued. It must, however, work, about to be issued from the press of the Haro | be allowed that the numerous letters which are PERS, in this city, is pleasantly viewed by the given afford no mean substitute for a regular narrajournals. The New Monthly Magazine introduces tive, since they afford much insight into the mind of its critique in the following way:
the amiable writer, and relate to persons of note and Everything that comes from the pen of Leigh events of great interest at the time they were writ
ten; penned, as they were, without the most distant Hunt is pleasant reading. However desultory and
view to publication, they exhibit the writer in his wanting in method and continuity, however redolent
moments of free and unreserved communion with of the perversities and idiosyncracies of the indi.
those whom he held in the highest esteem ; in the vidual, there is an agreeable naïveté, a love of all that is simple, good, unaffected, and a charm of style dicate the character of his manners ;" and they as
words of his biographer, “his letters sufficiently inand language, which never fails to win the reader's fully illustrate his affection toward his family, his attention and interest.
attachment to his friends, his charity and benevoMr. Bayard Taylor's Eldorado, originally publish- lence toward mankind, his courage, bis self-respect, ed by Me. Putnam, of New York, and reprinted by and his integrity.” Bentley, London, is highly spoken of. The Athe
Tennyson's New Poem, In Memoriam, about to be næum says:
This is a capital book :-in whichever way it is republished by TicknoR, FIELD, & Co., is enthusiasticonsidered, brimful of instruction. Wbat à com
cally praised by the London literary journals. The ment on and illustration of the times we are living Atheneum has a fine critique. The Westminster in, is the fact that the new Eldorado is already an
Review thus speaks of it: old story! Not only bave its towns, churches, courthouses, theatres, burst up from the earth so rapidly of a surety there is but one known poet, now that, like the grass in Wordsworth's ballad, - you living, who could bave produced this exquisite can almost hear them growing," —but we distant volume. David and Jonathan, Damon and Pythias people have already been treated to a golden libra. --all that old tradition has given us of devoted, ry almost voluminous enough to satisiy Miss Kil. loving friendship between man and man-highmansegg herself. The marvel has not lost its bright-souled man—is here embodied. No mere sense of ness, but the shining thereof has lost its wonder by attachment, which may exist among the commonest reason of its plenteousness. This premised, we of mankind, but the perfect perception of all that is must add that, among the hundred volumes already highest and finest-all that is true, and beautiful, issued on the subject, Mr. Bayard Taylor's seem to us and religious, in the noblest sense, linked these two altogether the best and liveliest. Not merely does great hearts together. Alas, that they should have he possess an open mind, - he has also a discerning been separated ! eye (as a pilgrim to Eldorado should have), and a neat hand at description. An entire early chapter
“ Death put our lives so far apart, of the discovery, for instance, is conveyed in the
We cannot hear each other speak." grumbling complaints of a woman with whom Mr. Bayard Taylor fell in while sheltering from the rain
Not now can this volume be dwelt on, for it is not one evening near the Sacramento.
of the ephemere. Suggestive of all high and holy
thoughts, we leave its sympathetic appreciation to Memoirs of William Wirt, by John P. Kennedy, be dealt with in a future number. Meanwhile, we and originally published by LEA & Blanchard, bid all weary-laden spirits receive it for a hymn. Philadelphia, is highly commended by the West- book, that cheers even in its mournfulness—the poet
breathings of a heart whose sorrow seventeen year's minster Review :
lapse has served only to chasten, not to extinguish. An interesting memoir of one of the most emi. May some kindred spirit one day be found to wed nent men of his day. Sprung from a comparatively | them to fitting music.