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as the profoundest thinker, and one of the ablest writers of America, “the metaphysician of the New World, as Dugald Stewart called him. His name stands high both in the literary and the theological world. His treatises on the “Freedom of the Will,’ and “On the Affections,' will ever remain standard works in metaphysical and ethical philosophy. He was not less distinguished as a faithful and pious Christian minister. His pulpit discourses, while pastor of a church at Northampton, were always carefully prepared, and all his manuscripts have been preserved. He appears to have been a most voluminous writer, probably more so than any known divine except Richard Baxter. The works of John Owen amount to nearly thirty volumes octavo. Baxter's works, if collected, would, it is said, extend to some sixty volumes, or from thirty to forty thousand closely-printed octavo pages. The editor of this work of Edwards says that he has in his possession manuscripts as numerous as those of Baxter. These manuscripts have been kept together since the President's death, about a century ago, and have now been committed to the present editor, as sole permanent trustee, by the surviving grandchildren of the author. The discourses now published were prepared for the pulpit in 1738. They consist of a series of practical sermons on 'Charity and its Fruits, or Christian Love as manifested in the Heart and Life, being lectures on the 13th chapter of St. Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians. They are marked by all the depth of thought and acuteness of analysis for which Jonathan Edwards as a metaphysician was remarkable, while they also display a fullness of scriptural truth, and an aptness of practical application, which give a high idea of W. author as a faithful and useful Christian pastor. The grand bulk of published sermons in the present day are so weak and unsubstantial, that we hail such a contribution as this to theological literature, intellectually solid and mas. *ive, and at the same time addressed to the heart with the simplicity and earnestness of scriptural exposition.” Mr. REDFIELD, of this city, has reprinted in an elegant form Prof. Aytoun's celebrated work, Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers, the brilliancy and spirit of which have elicited praise from quarters not at all !. with the political tone of the work. Its ervor and animated verse, not less than its tenderness and pathos, are remarkable among the poetic effusions of the day, and have placed the young author in the very front rank of ballad-writers. We are
'old to obtain in so elegant a form this valuable work.
Layard's abridged history of the excavations at Nineveh, a work of great interest, has been handsomely reprinted by Messrs. HARPER & Boothers. . Kitto's History of Palestine has been republished in a fine 12mo, plentifully illustrated, by Gould & Lincoln, of Boston.
Kitto's continuation of the admirable Daily Scripture, Illustrations, beginning a new series, has been reprinted by Messrs. CARTER & Brotheas. The new series is to embrace the poetical and prophetical works of the Old Testament, the history of Christ and the Epistles of the New. They are among the best works of their class.
Narratives of Sorcery and Magic, from authentic sources—a work of great interest and of historical value—by Thomas Wright, has been republished by REDFIELD.
Isaac Taylor's Wesley and Methodism, which is regarded as among the greatest works of this incomparable thinker, has been reproduced by the HARPERs,
The Women of Christianity exemplary for acts of Piety and Charity, by Julia Kavanagh, has been reprinted in elegant form by D. APPLEton & Co. It is a work of rare erudition, as well as sound judgment and excellent spirit. It supplies a much needed contribution to a branch of ecclesiastical history but little cultivated.
The delightful work of Miss Mitford, noticed so favorably by the British journals, and one of the most agreeable books of the season, has been re. published by the Messrs. HARPER. Those who have sauntered in delighted mood through “Our Village,” with this most genial and agreeable author, will know what to expect in this series of gossipy critical and personal sketches.
—The following statistics of the productions of the French Printing Houses during the last ten years are interesting. There have been 7,330 works, in living and dead languages, published during 1851; and during the last ten years 64,568, making an average per year of 6,486 works. The same presses printed in 1851, 485 musical works, and in the ten years, 3,336, or an annual average of 333. There have also been published 1,014 engravings and lithographs, and during the ten years, 13,085, or an average of 1,308. 133 maps and typograhical plans have also been pub. lished during the year; during the ten years, 1,005, or a mean of 100 a year. Thus it appears that nearly in every department of presswork, the year 1851 is in advance of the average of the last ten }. The grand total of works published in rance during these ten years, engravings, musical works, maps, and plans, is S1,994.
— The Duke of Wellington's reply to Mr. Hus. kisson, “There is no mistake,” has become familiar in the mouths of both those who remember the po. litical circumstances that gave rise to it, and those who have received it traditionally, without inquiring into the origin of it. This was not the first occa. sion on which the Duke used those celebrated words. The Duke, (then Earl of Wellington,) in a private letter to Lord Bathurst, dated Flores de Avila, 24th July, 1812, writes in the following easy style: “I hope that you will be pleased with our battle, of which the dispatch contains as accurate an account as I can give you. There is no mistake, everything went on as it ought; and there never was an army so beaten in so short a time.”
— Letters from Stockholm announce the death, at seventy-two years of age, of Baron d'Olinson, the learned Orientalist, an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Honorary Presi. dent of the Royal Society of Belles Lettres in that capital. The works by which M. d’Olinson was best known are, that “On the Tribes of the Caucasus,” which he published at Paris, and in the French tongue, in 1828, under the pseudonym of Abdul Cassim;-and his “ History of Mongolia from Jenghis Khan to Timour,” written also in French, and published at the Hague in 1835.
– Frederic Ricci, the composer, lately died in the prime of life and talent. Ricci was the author of many operas, more successful in Italy than else. where, but whose names are well known to the musical public everywhere. The Prigioni d'EdimBurgo is the most famous of his operas, among which Rolla, Estella, and Griselda are not unknown.
— The Literary Gazette thus notices the arrival and mission of our countrymen, Dr. Robinson :
“Professor Robinson is now at Berlin, and expects to be at Beyrout on the 1st of March. He intends to occupy most of his time in visiting the more remote districts of the country, and those villages off the usual routes, which are least known to travellers. Towards the completion of the topography and geography of Palestine, we may expect many new facts to be thus obtained. One of the American missionaries in Syria, the Rev. Eli Smith, and Mr. William Dickson, of Edinburgh, are to join Professor Robinson at Beyrout, and accompany him in the journey. The identification of the site of the Holy Sepulchre, about which there has been much dispute lately, is one object to which special attention will be given. Dr. Robinson was in London, on his route to the continent, and attended the meetings of the Geographical and other societies. We wish that the learned Professor could ascertain the genuineness of the Sinaitic inscriptions, of which, in reviewing Forster's • One Primeval Language,' we gave an account. Dr. Robinson has expressed great doubts on the subject, but if at all practicable during his journey, he would do good service both to science and religion by either verifying or disproving the conjectures raised by the hitherto imperfect examination of these remains.”
— It is stated in the last English journals that the Emperor of Russia is not opposed to Lieut. Pim's proposed overland expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, upon any grounds of political feeling toward Great Britain. , Lieut. Pim has had an audience of the Czar, who desired him to reduce his proposition to writing. There is no difficulty about the transit across Siberia, but it is thought impracticable to penetrate the countries of the Tchutski and Esquimaux.
— The Parisian painter Chavenard has already completed twenty of the * great pictures, illustrative of the progress and development of the race, which he was commissioned by Ledru Rollin, when Secretary of the Interior, to paint for the Pantheon. They are fifteen by eleven feet, and are highly praised.
— Mr. Eliot Warburton, prior to the loss of the Amazon, published a new novel called “Darien; or, the Merchant Prince,” in which are related the incidents connected with two shipwrecks, and also the awful occurrence of a ship on fire.
– Among the Louis Philippe tapestries are several executed from Cartoons of Rubens, with hunts in the great Flemish forests, several subjects from Watteau, and five pieces of the time of Louis XIII, representing the months of the year by small figures.
— Macaulay's third and fourth volumes of English History are delayed, it is stated, in consequence of new information he has recently obtained in relation to King William the Third, who is the hero of the narrative.
— Robert Burns, grandson of the poet, was recently murdered by pirates, on the coast of Borneo.
— A monument has been erected in the church. yard of South Leith church, Scotland, to the memory of Robert Gilfillan. The pillar bears a profile of the poet, with national and masonic ornaments, he having been at his death grand bard of the Scottish lodges. The inscription bears the date of his birth, 4th July, 1798; of his death, 4th Dec, 1850; and that the monument is erected in testimony "of his worth as a man, and his genius as a writer of Scot: tish song.”
— Lord Mahon, the Historian of Condé and of England, will assist in the Editorship of the Peel papers. It is said, on good authority, that the Duke : Yolmon has confided his papers to the same an
THE WESTMINstER Review—Our present num; ber contains an article from the January number of the Westminster Review on American Literature, which, having been copyrighted by its author, we are enabled to copy by permission of the publishes in London. Its friendly and candid tone, as well as the intimate knowledge of the literary men and is bors of this country it displays, will #. our readers as a pleasant novelty in English journalism, and * an agreeable presage of the leaning of this highly influential Review under its new auspices. . It may not be known that with the January number, this work went into new hands—the proprietorship west ing in Mr. John Chapman, long known as an exto sive importer and republisher of American works and a man of letters as well as of business; and the editorial care being intrusted to the competent bands of John Stuart Mill, the celebrated writer on Logic, and for many years one of the principal to tributors to the pages of this Review. With the brilliant and fearless staff of writers which the editor relies upon, and the liberal views and purposes" the present publisher, there is reascn to expect some decided advance in the literary ability and influence of the Westminster, and perhaps the opening of a new era in the annals of journalism. The Review has become a great social and political power. " none appreciate more truly, or know how to wield more successfully, the influence which the eman. tions of genius and learning gathered in the Revie" exert, than those who have now the charge of the Westminster. That a genial tone is to be observed ou subjects relating to America, is evident; and that an enlargement of scope and purpose is also to be aimed at, is not less so. We expect to derive much benefit from its pages in future numbers of our magazine, and feel assured that those who desiring more of its contents than it will be pract. cable for us to extract, shall subscribe for it, will find it a suggestive and attractive work, finely at cordant with the best spirit of the age, and replete with the highest results of scientific and literary culture.
The January number of this Review has not yet appeared in America; the publication of two copy: right articles in its pages having prevented Messrs. Scott & Co. from issuing it, unless in a mutilated form. Friendly negotiations, we understand, * now pending between those gentlemen and Mr. Jay, of this city, the legal counsel of Mr. Chapman, which will result either in the issue by Mr. Chap: man of an English edition for the States, or an ar. rangement with Messrs. Scott for the continuance" their reprints, on terms beneficial to both parties. and simultaneously with the London copy.