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educed from this rather biting sonnet. If woman sol “Let me tell you, then,' said he, that it was in far forgets her “mission,” as it is common to term it that chair that Fauntleroy, the banker, who was hanged nowadays, as to choose those accomplishments whose for forgery, was sitting when he was arrested !! only recommendation is that they are “the vogue," in "' Indeed!' preference to acquisitions which will fit her to be a “Fact, sir! I gave ten guineas for it! I thought, better wife and mother, she becomes a fair subject for also, to have obtained the night-cap in which he slepi the shafts of the satirical censor.
the night before his execution, but another collector
was beforehand with me, and bribed the turnkey to The following bit of gossip is especially“ Frenchy," steal it for him.' . and will remind the readers of “The Drawer" of the “I had no idea,' I said, 'that there could be any man described by the late ROBERT C. SANDS, who competition for such an article.' sued for damages in a case of breach-of-promise of “Ah, sir !' said he, with a deep sigh, 'you don't marriage. He was offered two hundred dollars to know the value of these interesting relics. I have heal his breaking heart. “Two hundred dollars !" been upward of thirty years a collector of them. be exclaimed; “two hundred dollars for ruined hopes When a man devotes himself to a great object, he --for blighted affection for a wretched existence must go to it heart and soul. I have spared neither a blasted life! Two hundred dollars ! for all this !! time nor money in my pursuit ; and since I became No-never! Make it three hundred, and it's a bar- a collector I have attended the execution of every gain!" But to the French story:
noted malefactor throughout the kingdom.' “A couple very well known in Paris are at pres “Perceiving that my attention was drawn to a ent arranging terms of separation, to avoid the scan. common rope which served as a bell-pull, he said to dal of a judicial divorce. A friend has been employed me : by the husband to negotiate the matter. The latest “I see you are remarking my bell-cord ; that is mission was in relation to a valuable ring given to the the identical rope, sir, which hanged Bellingham, husband by one of the then sovereigns of Europe, and | who murdered Mr. Perceval in the House of Comwhich he wished to retain. For this he would make mons. I offered any sum for the one in which a certain much-desired concession. The friend made | Thistlewood ended his life, to match it, but I was the demand
disappointed. .... The Whigs, sir, have swept away “What !” said the indignant wife,“ do you ven- all our good old English customs, and deprived us ture to charge yourself with such a mission to me! of our national recreations. I remember, sir, when Can you believe that I could tear myself from a gift Monday was called hanging-day' at the Old Baiwhich alone recalls to me the day when my husband ley; on that morning a man might be certain of loved me? No: this ring is my only souvenir of a seeing three or four criminals swung off before happiness, now, alas! forever departed ! 'Tis all breakfast.'" that I now possess of a once-fond husband !”
The criminal curiosity-hunter now takes his friend Here she threw herself upon a fauteuil, and covered into an adjoining room, where he shows him his her face with her hands.
general museum of curiosities, comprising relics of But the husband's friend insisted. The lady sup- every grade of crime, from murder to petty larceny; plicated-grew desperate-threatened to submit to a among them a door-mat made of oakum picked by a public divorce, as a lesser evil than parting with that “lady"-culprit while in the penitentiary; a short cherished ring—and at last confessed that she had clay-pipe, once in the possession of Burke, the ---sold the ring six months before !
wholesale murderer; and the fork belonging to the Wasn't that a climax?
knife with which some German had cut his wife's
and children's throats ! A very quaint and pretty scrap of verse is this, from the old German :
“MISERY," it is said, “ loves company.” What “Should you meet my true love,
a juvenile “company," when the last thaw cameSay, I greet her well;
(and so many came, after what was supposed to be Should she ask you how I fare,
the last snow, this season, that it would be difficult Say, she best can tell.
to count them)—what a juvenile company, we say, “Should she ask if I am sick,
there was, to lament with the skate-vender who Say, I died of sorrow;
poured out his griefs in the following affecting par Should she then begin to weep,
ody upon the late Thomas Moore's lines, “I never Say, I'll come to-morrow !"
loved a dear gazelle," &c. : It has been thought strange, that when a malefac
“I never wrote up ‘Skates to sell,'
Trusting to fickle Nature's law, tor is executed at “ The Tombs," that curiosity
But-when I advertised them well, should be excited to know how the unfortunate
And puffed them-it was sure to thaw. wretch behaved at the last, and at the same time
Yes; it was ever thus-the Fates great anxiety is manifested to obtain the slightest
Seem adverse to the trade in skates. relic connected with his ignominious death. This "If a large lot I chanced to buy, propensity is well hit off in the following episode in
Thinking 'twas likely still to freeze the life of “ A Criminal Curiosity-Hunter.” A friend
Up the thermometer would fly,. visits him, and he thus describes the interview:
All in a day, some ten degrees. “He received me with extreme urbanity, and
Their presence in my window-pane, asked me to sit down in an old-fashioned arm-chair. Turns ice to mud, and snow to rain." I did so.
But, after all, our skate-vender has no great need "I suppose, sir,' said he, with an air of sup- of fear. We have had deep snows in April, and May pressed triumph, that you have no idea that you are may bring him his season yet: for what sxys the now sitting in a very remarkable chair!'
Almanac of past years? Why, that “I assured him that I was totally unconscious of
“Monday, fourth of May, the fact.
Was a very snowy day!"
Austria in 1848 and '49, by W. H. STILES (Harper joined together by hooks and eyes, forms a sharp and Brothers). This work, in two octavo volumes, pointed hood, resembling those of the Venetian mari by the late Chargé d'Affaires of the United States, at nari, but higher and inore peaked. Over the crimson the Court of Vienna, furnishes the most complete his- cap, confined by a gold band upon the brow, falling tory that has yet appeared of the political affairs of with a gold tassel on the shoulder, rises this red Hungary, with ample and accurate details of the late hood, usually overshadowing such a countenance as disastrous revolutionary struggle. From his diplomatic a Murillo or a Vandyke would delight to portray. position at Vienna, Mr. Stiles had rare opportunities The brilliant rays of the long dark eye repose befor observation, of which he has availed himself in neath a thick fringe of sable lashes; but you feel a manner that is highly creditable to his acuteness that, if awakened, they must flash forth in fire. The and good sense.. He has evidently made a diligent brow, the mouth, and the nose are all essentially study of his subject in all its bearings; the best noble features ; and over all is spread a skin of such authorities have been faithfully consulted; conflict. clear olive-brown, that you are inclined to think you ing views have been cautiously weighed; but his have a Bedouin before you.” final conclusions are derived from the free exercise Our readers will remember the controversy which of his own judgment. Hence his work is quite free has recently produced some excitement in London, from the spirit of partisanship. It is critical in its with regard to a person claiming to be a Hungarian tone, rather than dogmatic. Aiming at entire impar- baroness, employed in the political service of Kostiality, it may seem too moderate in its statements suth. The following curious anecdote sets that to satisfy the advocates of extreme views on either question at rest, while it explains the romantic man. side. Mr. Stiles shows an ardent attachment to the ner in which Mr. Stiles was put in possession of the principles of liberty; he is thoroughly imbued with dispatch from Kossuth, requesting his intervention the spirit of American institutions ; but he has no with the Imperial Government: sympathy with the Communism or Red Republican. “On the night of the 2d December, 1848, when ism of Europe. An admirer of the heroic enthusiasm all communication between Hungary and Austria of Kossuth, he displays no wish to conceal the defects had ceased, large armies on either side guarding of his character. He is opposed, with strong convictheir respective frontiers, the author was seated in tion, to the interference of America in the affairs of the office of the Legation of the United States at Hungary. At the same time he deprecates the ty Vienna, when his servant introduced a young female, ranny of which she has been the victim, and presents who desired, as she said, to see him at once upon a candid and intelligent view of the nature of her urgent business. She was a most beautiful and recent struggle. His volume contains many felicitous graceful creature, and, though attired in the dress of portraitures of the leading actors on both sides. A a peasant, the grace and elegance of her manner, the number of valuable and interesting documents, illus- fluency and correctness of her French, at once detrative of the Revolutionary movement, are preserved noted that she was nearer a princess than a peasant. in the Appendix.
She sat and conversed for some time before she ven. The following description of the Seressäners, a tured to communicate the object of her visit. As portion of Jellachich's troops, presents a favorable soon as the author perceived that in the exercise of specimen of the picturesque style in which the author the utmost caution she desired only to convince ner. osten temperately indulges : .
self that she was not in error as to the individual she “ Seressäners are the wild border soldiers from sought, he told her that, upon the honor of a gentle Montenegro, and bearing a stronger resemblance to man, she might rest assured that the individual she the Indians of the North American forests than to saw before her was the diplomatic agent of the the ordinary troops of the European continent. The United States at the court of Vienna. Upon that frame of such a borderer seems to be nothing but assurance, she immediately said, “Then, sir, I am sinew and muscle; and with ease, nay, without ap- the bearer of a communication to you.' She then pearing to be at all affected by them, he endures asked, “Have you a servant, sir, in whom you can hardships and fatigues to which the most seasoned rely, who can go with me into the street for a few soldiers are scarcely equal. A piece of oaten bread moments ?". The author replied that he had no sery. and a dram of sklikowitz (plum brandy) suffice him, ant in whom he could rely, that he feared they were on an emergency, a whole day, and with that refresh- all in the pay of the police, but that he had a private ment alone will march on untired, alike in the most secretary in whom he reposed confidence, and who scorching heat and the most furious snow-storm; and could accompany her. The secretary was immediwhen night comes, he desires no other couch than ately called, they descended together into the street, the bare ground, no other roof than the open sky. and in a few moments returned, bearing with them Their costume is most peculiar, as well as pic- the rack of a wagon. This rack, which is a fixture turesque. There is something half Albanian in attached either to the fore or back part of a peasant's some portions of the dress-in the leggings and full wagon, and intended to hold hay for the horses during trowsers fastened at the knee, and in the heavily a journey, was composed of small slats, about two gold-embroidered crimson jacket. But that which inches wide and about the eighth of an inch thick, gives decided character and striking originality to crossing each other at equal distances, constituted a these sons of war is the cloak. Over these giant semicircular net-work. As all these slats, wherever framnes hangs a mantle of scarlet cloth, fastened they crossed, were fastened together with either woodtightly at the throat; below this, on the breast, deen or iron bolts, with our unskillful hands an hour pends the clasp of the jacket, a large silver egg, made nearly was consumed before we could get the rack in so as to open and serve as a cup. In the loose girdle pieces. When this was accomplished, we saw nothing are to be seen the richly-mounted pistols and glitter- before us but a pile of slats; but the fair courier, tak ing kandjar--Turkish arms chiefly; for every Seres. ing them up one by one, and examining them very sáner is held, by old tradition, to have won his first minutely, at length selected a piece, exclaiming. Weapon from the Turk. The mantle has a cape, cut . This is it!' The slat selected resembled the others somewhat in the shape of a bat's wing, but which, so completely, that the most rigid observer, unapprised
of the fact, could not have detected the slightest dif- guishes his recent publications. This is a more am. ference between them; but, by the aid of a penknise, bitious effort than the former productions of the auto separate its parts, this slat was found to be com- thoress, displaying a deeper power of reflection, a posed of two pieces, hollowed out in the middle, and greater intensity of passion, and a more complete affording space enough to hold a folded letter. In mastery of terse and pointed expression. On the this space had been conveyed, with a secrecy which whole, we regard it as a successful specimen of a onabled it to pass the severe scrutiny of the Austrian quite difficult species of composition. Without the sentinels, the communication addressed to the author aid of a variety of incident or character, with scarceby Louis Kossuth.
ly a sufficient number of events to give a fluent move“The mysterious personage, as intrepid as she ment to the plot, and with very inconsiderable referwas fair, who undertook the conveyance of this dis.ence to external nature, the story turns on the de patch, at night, alone and unprotected, in an openvelopment of an abnormal spiritual experience, show peasant's wagon, in a dreadful snow-storm, through ing the perils of entire freedom of thought in a pow he midst of the Austrian army, when detection erful, original mind, during the state of intellectual would have been certain death, was (as M. Pulszky | transition between attachment to tradition and the has just informed the author) then a single lady, has supremacy of individual conviction. The scene is since married, and is now the Countess Motesiczky. laid in the interior world—the world of conscious.
“The statement, therefore, of a person assuming ness, of reflection, of passion. In this twilight rethe title of Baroness de Beck, and who, in a work gion, so osten peopled with monstrous shapes, and upon the Hungarian war, published in England about spectral phantasms, the author treads with great two years ago, claiming for herself the credit of hav- firmness of step. With rare subtlety of discriminaing been the bearer of the dispatch referred to, is al- tion, she brings hidden springs of action to light, un together without foundation. This authoress, whose twisting the tangled webs of experience, and reveal. character, as well as untimely and remarkable death, ing with painful minuteness, some of the darkest and was involved in so much mystery, and excited for a most fearful depths of the human heart. The chartime so much discussion in Europe, was (as M. acters of Isa and Stuart, the leading personages of Pulszky represents) the servant of the Countess Mote the story, certainly display uncommon insight and siczky, and thus became possessed of a knowledge originality. They stand out from the canvas in of the incident above detailed.”
gloomy, portentous distinctness, with barely light Stringer and Townsend have issued the fourth enough thrown upon them to enable us to recognize edit ion of Frank Forester's Field Sports of the United their weird, mysterious features. For our own part, States, by HENRY WILLIAM HERBERT, with several we should prefer to meet this writer, whose rare gists addītions and new pictorial illustrations. One need we cordially acknowledge, in a more sunny atmos. not be a practical sportsthan in order to enjoy, with phere ; but we are bound to do justice to the depth keen zest, the racy descriptions of silvan life which and vigor of the present too sombre creation. flow so charmingly from the practiced pen of this ac The Howadji in Syria, by GEORGE W. Curtis complished “Forcster.” In the woods, he is every (Harper and Brothers). Another fragrant record of where at home. He not only knows how to bag his Oriental lise by the delightful pen which dropped game, but he studies all their habits as a book, and spices and honey so luxuriantly in the unmatched never leaves them till they have fulfilled their destiny Nile Notes of a Howadji. This volume is written in on the table of the epicure. Writing, in a great a more subdued strain-the radiant Oriental splenmeasure, from personal experience, his style has all dors gleam less dazzlingly, as the traveler approaches the freshness of a mountain breeze. With a quick the West-the pictures of gorgeous beauty are soft. eye for the picturesque, he paints the scenery of our ened down to a milder tone-and as the pinnacles American sporting grounds, with admirable truthful. of the Holy City appear in view, a “dim religious ness and spirit. He has made free use in these vol- light” tempers the glowing imaginative sensuosity umes of the works of distinguished naturalists, Au- which revels in the glorious enchantments of the dubon, Giraud, Wilson, Godman and others, and has sunny Nile. As a descriptive writer, the Howadji been equally happy in his borrowings and in his own has few equals in modern literature. He is indebted productions. We recommend his manual to all who | for his success to his exquisite perceptions of external cherish a taste for rural life. To sportsmen, of nature, combined with a fancy fertile in charming course, we need say nothing of its merits.
images, and a vein of subtle reflection, which often The Golden Christmas, by W. GILMORE SIMms is gives an unexpected depth to his pictures, in the the title of a slight story, presenting many vivid midst of what may at first seem to be only the flashes sketches of social life on a Southern plantation. In of a brilliant rainbow coloring. His notices of facts its execution, it is more careless than the usual have the accuracy of a gazetteer. They are sharp, writings of the author, but its ease and vivacity will firm, well-defined, and singularly expressive. The make it a favorite with indulgent readers in search most prosaic writer could not give a more faithful merely of amusement. Its prevailing tone is "genial | daguerreotype copy of Eastern scenery. Read his and gentle, tender and tolerant, not strategetical and account of the Camel, in the description of his pastragical." (Published by Walker, Richards, and Co. sage across the Desert from Cairo to Jerusalem. The Charleston, S. C.)
ugly beast is made as familiar to the eye as the horses Falkenburgh is a recent novel by the author of " Mil- in a Broadway omnibus. A few authentic touches dred Vernon,” which is well worth reading, for its give a more vivid impression of this unwieldy “ship of piquant delineations of character, apart from the cur- the desert" than the labored details of natural history. rent interest of the plot, which is one of great power But this fidelity to nature is by no means the ulti. and intensity. The scene is laid in the picturesque mate aim of the Howadji. It is only the condition of regions of the Rhine, and suggests many delightful a higher sweep. Its serves as the foundation of a pictures to the rare descriptive talents of the writer. series of delicious prose poems, sparkling with beauty, (Harper and Brothers.)
electric with emotion, and seductive to the ear by A new work of fiction by CAROLINE CHESEBRO,' their liquid melody of expression. The Howadji is entitled Isa, A Pilgrimage, is issued by J. S. Red. no less loyal to feeling than he is faithful to nature. field, in the style of simple elegance which distin- I With not the faintest trace of sentimentalism, he is
not ashamed of the eyo and the soul susceptible to The translation of Moshe's Commentaries on all beautiful influences. He writes out his experi- the State of Christianity before the Age of Constantine, ence with a cordial frankness that disarms prejudice. by James MURDOCK, D.D., is a valuable contribution This union of imagination and fact in the writings of to the literature of Ecclesiastical History. This work the Howadji must always give a charm to his per- is well known to the students of theology as one of sonal narratives. No one can listen to the relation great learning and research, and has not been superof his unique adventures without delight. How far seded by the more elaborate and ambitious produc. his admirable success in this line of composition tions of a later period. Dr. Murdock's name is a would insure his success in a purely imaginative sufficient assurance of the fidelity of the translation work, we do not venture to predict. We trust he (Published by S. Converse.) will yet give us an opportunity to decide the experi. A new edition of Madame Pulszky's delightfil
Tales and Traditions of Hungary has been issued by A Commentary on the Book of Proverbs, by Moses J. S. Redfield. They are full to overflowing of the STUART. In a characteristic Preface to this volume, genuine Magyar spirit, presenting a series of rich which is the last that came from the press previous and beautiful portraitures of the old Hungarian life. to the lamented death of the author, Professor Stuart In the prevailing interest which is now attached to maintains that the Book of Proverbs was not wholly the country of Kossuth, this volume can not fail to composed by Solomon, but that it consists of a selec- find a welcome reception with the American public. tion of the proverbial sayings that were current among | Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers, by WILLIAX Edthe wise men of the Hebrew nation. These were MONDSTONE AYTOUN. The brave martial spirit of digested and arranged by Solomon, and received his these poems of the olden time is finely sustained by sanction by passing through his hands. Most of the the ringing melody of their rhythm. Combining a maxims are the offspring of sound common sense, of fervent admiration of the Cavaliers with a desout inuch experience, and of acute discrimination. They hatred of the Covenanters, the author has embodied present a vivid picture of the internal Hebrew man his political feelings in resonant strains. The neal
-of his genius, feelings, morals, industry, social edition of his volume brought out by Redfield wil condition, and, indeed, of the whole state of the He- make him better known in this country. brews, and their rank among the society of nations. Harper and Brothers have published Notes on the The commentary by Professor Stuart is adapted to Book of Revelation, by Rev. ALBERT BARNES, formibeginners in the Hebrew study, giving minute atten. | ing the eleventh volume of Barnes's Notes on the New tion to all the philological difficulties, whether in Testament. The character of this popular commentform, idiom, or syntax. It exhibits a profusion of ary is too well known to require any critical remarks. grammatical and exegetical learning, a devoted study | In the preface to the present volume, the author makes of the original text, and considerable analytic acumen. some interesting statements with regard to the pre(Published by M. W. Dodd.)
gress of the work from its commencement to its com The Story of a Sou, by HENRY W. PARKER, is pletion. It was begun more than twenty years ago the title of an anniversary Poem, read before a literary | It was intended only to comprise brief and sitople society of Hamilton College, devoied to a retrospect Notes on the Gospels, for the use of Bible classe of the supposed experience of a soul, and of the and Sunday-school teachers. Contrary to the origina progress of society during the nineteenth century. plan of the author, his Notes have been extended ! It shows a lively imagination, a familiar acquaint- eleven volunes, and embrace the whole of the Nes ance with human nature, and an uncommon fluency Testament. They have been written entirely in the of expression. The alternation in the poem of grave early hours of the morning, before nine o'clock, the reflections on the spiritual life, and touches of sar- rest of the day having been invariably devoted to other castic humor on the current events of the day, gives pursuits. In studying the Apocalypse, without any a lively air to the composition, and well sustains the pre-conceived theory as to its plan, Mr. Barnes disinterest of the reader. (Sold by Evans and Brittan.) covered that the series of events recorded by Gibbon
Lippincott, Grambo, and Co. have commenced the bore a singular correspondence to the series of syropublication of a series of Cabinet Histories, embrac bols made use of by the sacred writer. This fact ing a volume for each State in the Union. The presents a point of literary curiosity which we apprework is intrusted to the charge of T. S. ARTHUR, hend has escaped the notice of previous writers. The and W. H. CARPENTER, whose names may be taken remarks upon it by Mr. Barnes are quite to the par. as a guarantee that their task will be performed with pose: “The symbols were such as it might be supexactness and fidelity, and that no sectarian, section. posed would be used, on the supposition that they were al, or party feelings will bias their judgment, or lead intended to refer to these events, and the language of them to violate the integrity of history. It is intend. Mr. Gibbon was often such as he would have used on ed to present a brief narrative of the domestic policy the supposition that he had designed to prepare a of each State ; and, at the same time, to give a pe- commentary on the symbols employed by John. It culiar prominence in the personal history of the peo- was such, in fact, that, if it had been found in a ple, illustrating the progressive development of the Christian writer, professedly writing a commentary social state from the rude forest life of the earlier on the book of Revelation, it would have been regardday to the present condition of refinement and prosed by infidels as a designed attempt to force history perity. The design of the series is excellent. If I to utter a language that should conform to a preably carried out, as we have no doubt it will be, it determined theory in expounding a book full of sym must prove an important contribution to the interests bols. So remarkable have these coincidences ar of popular education. We have already received the peared to me in the course of this exposition, that a Histories of Kentucky and of Georgia, which are ex. has almost seemed as if he had designed to write a ccuted in a manner that furnishes the highest prom commentary on some portions of this book, and I ise for the future volumes of the series. The style have found it difficult to doubt tha: that distinguished is marked by rare simplicity and clearness. The facts historian was raised up by an overruling Providence ase well arranged, and apparently based on authentic to make a record of those events which would evet evidence. A fine portrait of the veteran pioncer, afterward be regarded as an impartial and unpreju: Daniel Boone, embellishes the History of Kentucky. I dieed statement of the evidences of the fulfillment al prophecy. The historian of the Decline and Fall | his translation of Farini's History of the Roman State. of the Roman Empire' had no belief in the divine This volume carries on the story from the flight of origin of Christianity, but he brought to the perform the Pope, to the landing of General Oudinot at ance of his work learning and talent such as few Civita Vecchia. “ The narrative is interesting," says Christian scholars have possessed. He is always the Leader, “but, like the two previous volumes, patient in his investigations; learned and scholar-like narrow and peevish in its spirit. One regrets more in his references; comprehensive in his groupings, than ever, on reading these volumes, that MARGARET and sufficiently minute in his details ; unbiased in Fuller's History of the Italian Movement has been his statements of facts, and usually cool and candid lost to the world'; it would have told the story of the in his estimates of the causes of the events which he Roman Republic in so different a spirit from that of records; and, excepting his philosophical specula- the crabbed Farini, who, though he writes well tions, and his sneers at every thing, he has probably enough, is precisely one of those men who would act written the most candid and impartial history of the like vinegar in any cause, souring all, and helping times that succeeded the introduction of Christianity, nothing. By-the-by, Saffi, Mazzini's young and that the world possesses, and even after all that has gifted colleague in the Triumvirate (one of the few been written since his time, his work contains the men of whom even Farini speaks well, and who is best ecclesiastical history that is to be found. What- precisely the man to win golden opinions from all ever use of it can be made in explaining and confirm sorts of people, and what is more, to deserve them), ing the prophecies, will be regarded by the world as is writing a History of the Roman Revolution of impartial and fair, for it is a result which he least 1848-49. We believe part of it is already written, of all contemplated, that he would ever be regarded if not published by the Italian press of Switzerland." as an expounder of the prophecies in the Bible, or be referred to as vindicating their truth.”
Mr. Moxon has called in the Shelley Papers, in Romanism at Home, by KIRWAN, is a controversial two volumes, published in January last, it having been work against the Roman Catholic Church, in a series discovered that the whole work was a collection of inof Letters to the Hon. Chief Justice Taney. Bold, genious sorgeries, deceiving alike publisher, editor, vehement, and enthusiastic-of a stringent polemical | and public. The first suspicion raised of their genutone—and abounding in striking local and personal | | ineness was by a correspondent of the Literary Gazette details-it is adapted to make a strong impression, drawing attention to the singular identity of whole and can not fail to be extensively read. (Harper and paragraphs of some of the letters, with an article in Brothers.)
the Quarterly on “ Fine Arts in Florence” in 1840,
and contemporaneously, Mr. Palgrave discovered the Lurd COCKBURN's Life of Francis Jeffrey is wel- embodiment of a whole article of his father's, con comed by the London Press as one of the most charm-tributed to the Edinburgh Review. This led to furing books of the season. The Correspondence is ther examination and strict inquiry, and there appears spoken of as being singularly delightful. “The gen- at the present time, says the London joumals, but erous humanity," says the Atheneum, “the genial little reason to doubt that the letters which were purgood-will, the ever-recurring play of the noblest affec- chased at auctions for high prices can be traced 10 tions of the heart endear to us the writer of these the “George Gordon Byron, Esq.," whose projected letters, and claim the sympathies of all who are alive publication in England, some years since, of some to what is beautiful in human nature. They exhibit alleged secret unpublished papers of Lord Byron much of the vivacity and freshness of Walpole, com- was prohibited. bined with the literary grace of Chesterfield and the We believe it has not yet been stated, with refer. sweet tenderness of Cowper. In their union of emo-ence to these forgeries, that they were made, not to tional feeling with refined sense and bright concep-impose on autograph collectors, for which purpose tion, their character is almost poetical. They are their value, in relation to the time and pains spent in re velations of Jeffrey's heart as well as of his head, their fabrication, would offer no inducernent; but and will make him known and loved by countless they were produced to authenticate a new memoir readers. His fascination as friend and companion of Lord Byron, but this publication having failed, can be easily understood after reading these effusions and the author falling into distress, was compelled to of a mind whose genial feeling could not be stifled or part with his alleged "original MSS." depressed by forensic or literary toil, or by the snows of age."
The London Critic says that the Messrs. “Rout
ledge have presented to the British lovers of poetry The ninth and tenth volumes of Mr. Grote's His-the collected works of JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, one tory of Greece are now out. They bring down the of the foremost in local fame of the poets of America, history from the period of the culmination of the but who is less known in England than some of his Spartan supremacy, to the accession of Philip of brethren of lesser merit. This reprint, at a trifling Macedon. “A very remarkable thing about these price, will, we trust, introduce him to the better actwo volumes," says the Leader, “is the amount of quaintance of our readers, who can not but be pleaspolitical teaching they contain, adapted to the presented with the vivid imagination, the fruitful fancy, the hour. The volumes are, we may say, pervaded with exquisite transcripts of nature, and the lofty senti a lesson of contrast between the results of a government that pervades his productions." ment founded on despotism, and those of a govern. mcnt founded on free speech. Invariably in Greece, We learn from the Atheneum that Margaret Fuller, where free speech was permitted, and democratic on the eve of that visit to the Continent which was spirit prevailed, the developments of society were to prove so eventful and disastrous, left in the hands better, greater, and more orderly, than where matters of a friend in London a sealed packet, containing, it were managed hy long continuations of military des- is understood, the journals which she kept during potism, or occasional coups d'état." Three or four her stay in England. Margaret Fuller contemplated columes more will conclude this great work. at that time a return to England at no very distant
date ; and the deposit of these papers was accomMr. Gladstone has published the third volume of panied by an injunction that the packet should then