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illustrious creator of this kingdom, was to appoint a council of regency, to govern till the arrival of his brother Jerome. It was composed of persons, whose names are still to be found in the dramatis persona of the farce which the Sieur De Caze has been lately playing in the character of the King of France-Count Beugnot; Simeon, an old lawyer of Aix; M. Jollivet, who has been a member of all the National Assemblies and Conventions of the revolution; and General La Grange, a revolutionary parvenu, “as brave,' (his countrymen say,) .but as ignorant as his own sword.? The wretched subjects of Jerome were forced to furnish armies to the calpaigns of Moscow, of Dresden, and of Leipsick. [The frost which terminated the ten years' deluge of Europe) carried away in its débâcle, King Jerome and his court. The kingdom of Westphalia fell to pieces, and the liberated people returned to the beneficent rule of their sovereigns of a thousand years : while Counts Daru and Beugnot, and Simeon and Jollivet, found in France, under the wise and discriminating rule of Louis XVIII., that countenance and fortune, those honours and those offices, of which the tried friends of his martyred brother, and the devoted companions of his own adversity are deprived.

Quarterly Revieu. Historical Memoirs of Napoleon. Book IX. 1815. Translated from the original MS. By B. É. O'Meara. Pp. 311. 8vo. Philadelphia, Abraham Small. 1820.

Documents Historiques et Réflexions sur le Gouvernement de La Hollande. Par Louis Bonaparte, ex-roi de Hollande. 3 vols. 8vo. London. [Also an English translation of the same.)

The authenticity of this work is indisputable. It is easy to discern in the slightest particulars that character of frankness and moderation, that enlightened philanthropy, for which the author was particularly distinguished. The historical part comprises all that period after Louis Bonaparte ascended the throne of Holland, till the time when he chose rather to resign the sceptre, than become the subaltern tyrant of a people, whose destiny had been committed to his care: this part displays a full description of the interior administration of Holland ; the particular views of Louis; his long resistance to the system of Napoleon; and the motives that finally made him determine to retire; parti culars respecting the family of Bonaparte, its origin, and condition at the time of the union of Corsica with France; the elevation of Napoleon and his brothers, conquest of Italy, expedition to Egypt, the consulship, the empire, the peace of T'ilsit; the refusal of Louis Bonaparte to ascend the Spanish throne, &c. It is a pleasure to do homage to the private virtues of the author: his book every where displays that touching simplicity, that love of mankind, which form the basis of his character. It is remarkable for a singular degree of impartiality while neither the truth of its pictures, nor the interest attached to its details, is at all injured by the author's modesty in speaking of bimself, or his reserve in speaking of others. History of the late War in Spain. By Robert Southey, Esq. Lond

. The Parliamentary History of England, from the earliest period to the year 1803, from which last-mentioned epoch it is continued dowowards, in the work entitled “ Hansard's Parliamentary Debates.” 8vo. London.

Memoirs of the Protector, Oliver Cromwell, and his sons Richard and Henry, &c. By Oliver Cromwell, Esq. a descendant of the family. 4to. London.

Second Part of the Life and Studies of Benj. West, President of the Royal Academy, &c. London. 1820.

Åthene Oxonienses : The History of all the Writers and Bishops who have had their education in the University of Oxford, from the year 1500

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To which is added, Fasti Oxonienses : or, the Annals of the said Univer. sity. First written by Anthony A. Wood, M. A. of Merton College ; and now very considerably augmented, in text and notes, by Philip Bliss, LL. D. of St. John's College, Oxford. 4 vols. 4to. London.

In this republication of valuable English Biography, (containing upwards of two thousand two hundred Lives,) every word of the two former editions has been retained with exact fidelity, so tbat the curious reader has no longer to collate the book, as first published by the author, with the subsequent edition by Bishop Tanner. Besides the text of the two former editions, this contains a vast number of notes by Bishops Humphreys, Kennet, and Tanner, by Sir Philip Sydenham, Dr. Rawlinson, Mr. Baker, Gray, Loveday, Macro, Morant, Peck, Wanley, Whalley, and Watts, with several by the present editor, and many of great value, by intelligent persons now living.

Advert. History of the Indian Archipelago, containing an account of the manpers, languages, &c. of its inhabitants. By Jobn Crawsurd, F. R. S. Late British Resident at the Court of the Sultan of Java. 3 vols. 8vo.

This work contains a full and accurate account of the Indian Islands. The Books on Agriculture, and that on Commerce, (now that the Indian trade is partially opened,) will be read with particular interest by those who are directing their capital to this little explored field of commerce.

Advert. History of British India. By James Mill, Esq. Second Edition, revised. 6 vols. London.

Biographical Memoirs of the late Arthur Young, Esq. By Dr. Paris. London.

Memoirs of the late R. L. Edgworth, Esg. Begun by himself, and finished by his daughter, Maria Edgworth. 2 vols. Evo. London.

Law. Reports of Cases adjudged in the Court of Chancery of New-York. By Walíam Johnson, Counsellor at Law. Vols. I. II. and III. Albany. 1816, 1818, 1819.

Mr. Chancellor Kent has been long before the public in a judicial character, which he has sustained with an increasing reputation, a reputation as pure as it is brigbt; and he is, at the very moment we are writing, devoting himself to the Tabours of jurisprudence, with a diligence and enthusiasm, which excite the admiration of the veteran counsellor at the bar, even more than of the ambitious student just struggling for distinction...For him the easy course of general reasoning, popular analogies, and fanciful theories, has no charms. He does not believe that judicial discretion is the arbitrium boni judicis, much less bonè viri; or that he is at liberty to promulgate rules, either of law or equity, measured by his own abstract notions of what is fit or reasonable. He contents himself with administering the common law as he finds it, without the rashness to presume himself wiser than the law, or the vanity of distinguishing himself by innovations.....He has fathomed the depths and searched the recesses of the ancient law, the black-lettered relics of former times, so much disparaged, and yet of such inestimable value....It required such a man, with such a mind, at once liberal, comprehensive, exact, and methodical; always reverencing authorities and bound by decisions-pursuing principles with a severe and scrupulous logic, yet blending with them the most persuasive equity; to unfold the doctrines of chancery in our country, and to settle them upon immoveable foundations. Mr. Johnson began the business of reporting in 1806--and has published, in an uninterrupted series, all the decisions of the Supreme Court of New York down to the present time, in sixteen goodly volumes. He has also published three velumes of reports of the cases in the period immediately preceding Mr.

Caines' reports in the same court. Unwearied in his labours, he has now added to our obligations to him, by presenting us these three volumes of Chancery cases.....He is a gentleman of great literary accomplishments, well instructed in the law, and of most comprehensive researches. His reports are distinguished by the most scrupulous accuracy, good sense, and good taste. He gives the arguments of counsel with force, precision and fluency, transfusing the spirit, rather than the letter of their remarks into his pages. One is never puzzled by unintelligible sentences, impertinent sallies, or disproportionate reasoning in his volunes. There is an exactness and symmetry about them, that satisfies the judgment. His notes are so good, that we wish we had a great many more of them..... It is, and always has been, a very able court, whose de la cisions' any man might be proud to report; and the highly commendable diligence of the judges, in committing all their important opinions to writing, while it gives the impress of authority, at the same time secures the court from the inaccuracies and mistakes of oral opinions. Who but must read with delight and instruction the opinions of such men as Chief Justice Spencer, to say nothing of his learned coadjutors and predecessors ? For ourselves, we have no hesitation in avowing the opinion, that the New-York reports, for the last twen. ty years, will bear comparison with those of an equal period in the best age of the English law, begin the selection where you will. And this, whether we examine the well considered and ingenious arguments of the bar, the deep reason, ing and learning of the bench, or the accuracy and ability of the reporter

. And as to the Chancery decisions of Mr. Chancellor Kent, they are as full of learning and pains-taking research, and vivid discrimination, as those of any man that ever sat on the English woolsack.

North Am. Rev. Extract. Trial of Robert M. Goodwin, on an indictment of manslaughter, for killing James Stoughton Esq. in Broadway, in the city of New-York, &c. Taken in short hand by William Sampson, Counsellor at Law. pp. 195. New-York. 1820.

This work contains a most laborious, faithful, and instructive account of a very interesting criminal case. It is not a mere popular narrative, intended to gratify the vulgar love of the marvellous and the horrid ; but is such a report of a celebrated cause, as will satisfy professional readers, whilst it gratifies the natural curiosity of the public respecting such transactions. All the procedure is minutely detailed, and we are informed that the speeches of the Counsel are taken down with verbal accuracy, which, indeed, we might presume should be the fact, from the known reputation of Mr. Sampson

as a short hand writer, and his experience in.criminal law.

North Am. Rev. Extract. Summary of the Trial of R. M. Goodwin, for killing James Stoughton, Esq. 8vo. pp. 45. New-York.

Trial of Michael Powars, for the murder of Timothy Kennedy, before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. 12mo. pp. 35. Boston.

Trial of Holmes, Warrington, and Rosewain, on an indictment for murder on the high seas, before the Circuit Court of the United States. 8vo. pp. 20. Boston.

Law Lectures.-Judge Cooper, of Pennsylvania, is preparing a course with a Commentary on the Constitution of the United States

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history of the questions which have arisen under it, legal and political.

The Journal of Jurisprudence ; a new series of Hall's Law Journal Orders to be addressed to J. E. Hall, Philadelphia. The price will be $5 per vol. This work is intended to embrace an Annual Digest of the American ani

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English decisions—the latter so far as they are applicable in the United States -the former, of Cases not embraced by regular reports. Under the head of translations from eminent civilians, some articles have been communicated by the editor, P. S. Duponceau, Esq. to whom the readers of the Law Journal are so much indebted :-Cases communicated by T.Day, Esq. of Connecticut; The decision of Judge Bee, in the case of J. Robbins, and an anonymous defence, attributed to C. Justice Marshall; on the patent law of the United States, by W. A. Duer, Esq.

Port-Folio. Proceedings in the House of Commons and in the Court of King's Bench, in the case of Mr. Hobhouse.

Reports of Trials in the Courts of Canada, relative to the destruction of the Earl of Selkirk's settlement on the Red river, with observations ; by A. Amos. 8vo. Lond.

Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of King's Bench, by George Maule and William Selwyn, Esquires, &c. 4 vols. Wells & Lilly. Boston.

These Reports are well known, and highly esteemed by the profession. They form a continuation of East, commencing where he leaves off, with the year 1813.

Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of King's Bench, by Richard Vaughan Barnewall and Edward Hall Alderson, Esqs. vols. 1st and 2nd. 1817, 1818. Wells & Lilly. Boston. 1820. These Reports are a continuation of MAULE and Selwyn.

MEDICINE. Vegetable Materia Medica of the United States; or Medical Botany: containing a Botanical, General, and Medical History of Medicinal Plants indigenous to the United States ; illustrated by coloured Engravings, &c. By P.C. Barton, M.D. Surgeon in the Navy of the United States, &c. and Professor of Botany in the University of Penosylvania. Vol. I. M. Carey and Son. Philadelphia.

POETRY—NOVELS, THE DRAMA, AND THE FINE ARTS. The Poetical Works of John Trumbull, LL.D. containing M-Fingal, a Modern Epic Poem, revised and corrected, with copious explanatory notes ; The • Progres of Dulness,' and a collection of Poems, on various subjects, written before and during the Revolutionary War. 2 vols. 8vo.

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412. Hartford. S. G. Goodrich. 1820. Transallegania, or the Groans of Missouri ; a Poem. 18mo. pp. 24. For the Author. New-York. 1820.

Yusef Caramalli, or the Siege of Tripoli, a Dramatic Spectacle ; by M. M. Noah, Esq. New-York.

The Night Watch, or Pirates' Den ; a Melo Drama, in two Acts. By a Gentleman of Boston. 12mo. Boston.

Sullivan's Island, the Raciad, and other Poems ; [William Crafts, reprinted. 8vo. pp. 100. Charleston, S.C.

American Bards; a modern Poem, in three parts. 8vo. pp. 52. West of the Mountains.

This was evidently borrowed from Hunt's “ Feast of the Poets”-though perhaps the author did not intend to lay claim to originality in the plan of his poem, especially as he appears to be unambitious and indifferent to his own reputation. His design seems to have been to lash others, rather than raise himself

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'Sdeath, I'll print it, And shame the rogues.” The preface says—The following may be considered as the offspring of chance, rather than of design. They were commenced without any idea of

writing a Poem, and continued without any view to their publication.--As 'mere verses, they claim no superiority over the monthly sing-song, nor rank

above the diurnal jingle of the press. There is no approach to poetry in "them: they are indeed unblest even with its madness, that modern succedane"um for inspiration. They may, however, serve to distinguish between the * ability to judge and to execute; and as additional, but unnecessary proof of 'the ease and facility with which poems may be written, without one ray of 'original genius, or one thought of a poetic character; in the absence, indeed

, of every Muse, and without the knowledge of the god. After this confession of their demerits, it may perhaps be necessary to assign a motive for their publication. That motive is at least half expressed in the motto. It is indeed .no other than to excite a feeling of contempt for that literary affectation, false 'taste, and pitiful itch for newspaper and magazine fame, which are so strik'ingly exhibited by the would-be bards, the catch-penny authors, and conundrum

wits of the day. But of the poem.- Apollo having commissioned his deputy, who, we suppose, must, as usual, be Mercury, sends him on a voyage of discote. ry, and directs him to examine and report, a la critique. He arrives, and sweeps from the shores of the South,' by Passamaquoddy bay, through the western world. The third part contains the report of the Deputy God-enrolling in his list, some who are not, perhaps, entitled to the honour, and omitting many others, of real merit. This report on American Poetry, as drawn up by our author, was received by Apollo with the strongest expression of contempt. This might have been expected ; since the genius and taste of our country are by no means represented; and the amanuensis of the deputy, or in other terms, the author of this satire, was not, in all respects, qualified to draw up the report

. He pos sesses, it is true, a lively imagination, boldness of conception and imagery, and, generally, a discriminating judgment. But he has many faults. His taste is not always correct and delicate; his satire is often too bitter; his wit sometimes gross. 'The poem contains some instances of bad grammar, several of defective measure, and many of bad rhyme. But notwithstanding these blemishes, we think the author a man of genius and talent.

N. Y. Statesman. (Mr. Southey, the British Laureate, it is said, is engaged in writing a poem on the history of King Philip, a famous Indian Chief of New-England that the scene of the poem is laid in Connecticut-and that he intends, in the work, to remove any impressions that may have been received on this side the Atlantic of his unfriendliness to this country. The celebrated chief, however

, was of Rhode Island,--and it appears that the same design has been conceived, and nearly executed, by the late Rev. Mr. Eastburn. The following is from a communication of the Rev. Dr. Jarvis, to the Editor of the Daily Advertiser.

"That Mr. Southey will produce exquisite poetry, no one I presume will doubt; and that he will construct an epic which will be read with delight in England, must be expected from the author of Roderick. But I am inclined to think it impossible

that he can satisfy the American public unless he will take the trouble to visit this country. His delineations of our scenery as well as of the Indian character will to us want the charm of reality. The colouring may be fine, but there will be a defect in the keeping. None therefore but an American, or one who has resided for some time in America; one who has well studied the character of the Indians, and observed their modes of thought, action and expresa sion; one

who has become familiar with the scenes which have been rendered famous by their deeds; one who has collected the traditions, which like the spectres of their departed warriors, hover around their graves;

can be compro tent to do justice to such a theme.

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