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ministers? At what period was this great plan of conquest and constipation fully developed ! In whose mind was the idea of destroying the pride and the plasters of France first engendered ? Without castor oil they might, for some months, to be sure, have carried on a lingering war; but can they do without bark? Will the people live under a government where antimonial powders cannot be procured? Will they bear the loss of mercury? There's the rub.' Depend upon it, the absence of the materia medica will soon bring them to their senses, and the cry of Bourbon and bolus burst forth from the Baltic to the Mediterranean.'
• The Reward of Works, a Tale of God's Providence,' is respectfully declined. “Lugging in a special providence by the head and shoulders upon every little occasion, is very questionable policy; it cuts two ways; if special providence is called upon to get us out of a scrape, was it not equally special providence that brought us into it?' OLLAPOD, in one of his subsections, satirizes those persons who take every event in their lives as a matter of divine interposition; who make a shop-keeper and supercago of OMNIPOTENCE; who refer to celestial interference the recovery of a debt, the acknowledgment of a larceny, or the profits on a box of candles or a keg of ten-penny nails. He firmly believed in the general watchfulness of his CREATOR over men's wo and weal, but he deemed it impossible for the human intellect to appreciate that trifling ubiquity of intervention which some credulous persons, more devout than intelligent, impute to the supervision of the ALMIGHTY • That God is every where, admits of no dispute ; but when we ramify his discernments into the scrutiny of those minutest matters which would scarcely attract for a moment the observation even of low-minded men, we create an anomaly which has in proportion to its indifference an aspect of frivolity and an attitude of common-place.' . .. Our correspondent“ D.,' who has not been successful in three or four attempts at verse-making for our pages, intimates in the envelope to his last effusion that he has done his best,' and that if it is not accepted, he shall be discouraged from making another attempt.' lle seems to think with MARK TAPLEY, that he shall have to leave it in his will, to be writ on his tomb: “He was a man as might have come out strong if he could have got a chance ; but it was denied him.' But good Sir, never despair:
' T 13 a lesson you should heed,
Once or twice, though you should fail,
• The Last Wish,'expressing in verse the request of Wilson the Ornithologist that he might be buried under the trees' where he could hear the birds sing over his grave,' was written for the KNICKERBOCKER ten years ago by Isaac M'LELLAN, Jr. It is just now going the circuit of the American.press, attributed to ‘CHAMBERS’s Edinburgh Journal.' . DID you never meet, reader, with a condensing conversationist, like DickENS'S Mrs. GAMP?! We have heard many an old female gossip . lump’the subjects of conversation in precisely the manner of that gentle and temperate nurse. Here is a fair specimen of her power of compression, and of her skill in hitting two or more birds with one stone:
"Now ain't we rich in beauty this here joyful afternoon, I'm sure! I knows a lady, which her name, I'll not deceive you, Mrs. Chuzzlewit, is Harris, her husband's brother bein'six foot three, and marked with a mad bull in Wellington boots upon his left arm, on account of his precious mother havin' been worrited by one into a shoe-maker's shop, when in a sitiwation which blessod is the man as has his quiver full of sech, as many times I've said to Gamp when words has roge betwixt us on account of the expense; and often have I said to Mrs. Harris, 'Oh, Mrs. Harris, Ma'am! your countenance is quite a angel's!' – which, but for pimples, it would be. No, Sairey Gamp,' says she, you best of hard-working and industrious creeturs as ever was underpaid at any price, which underpaid you are --- quite diff'rent. Harris had it done afore marriage at ten-and-six,' she says, “and wore it faithful next his heart till the color run, when the money was declined to be give back, and no arrangement could be come to. But he never said it was a angel's, Sajrey, wotever he might have thought.' If Mrs. Harris's husband was here now,' said Mrs. Gamp, looking round, and chuckling as she dropped a general courtesy, 'he'd speak out plain, he would, and his dear wife would be the last to blame him; for if ever a woman lived as know'd not wot it was to form a wish to pizon them as had good looks, and had no reagion give hier by the best of husbands, Mrs. Harris is that’ev'nly dispogician!'
The London Spectator,' in the course of a review of our friend KENDALL’s ‘Santa Fe Expedition,' observes : “Mr. KENDALL is not a bad fellow. (Guess he is n't a bad fellow!) Notwithstanding the national looseness of his public morals, and notions by no means strait-laced in other respects, he seems a good-tempered give-and-take personage; not very forbearing, perhaps, but able to bear; philosophically submitting to any hardships or misery, if he can but tell his troubles to the world, and determined to meet death itself for the honor of the star-spangled banner.' · The Saturday Emporium' family journal which has taken the place of the · Brother Jonathan,' will prove a valuable acquisition to the New-York weekly press. Mr. EDWARD BREWSTER GREEN, the editor, is practised in his vocation ; and will leave nothing undone, we may confidently assume, which can add to the interest or value of his gazette. We commend - The Emporium' to public attention. .. CORRESPONDENTS, whose papers are not referred to, are desired to possess themselves in patience. We have received many which we have not as yet found leisure even to glance over. That duty, however, we shall soon perform, and advert to the result in our next.
POETS AND POETRY. - We find on our table no less than eight new poetical volumes, elegantly bound, or in the pamphlet form, to some of which, although sorely pressed for space, we cannot resist the inclination to advert. From the press of Mr. H.G. LANGLEY, Astor-House, we have, in a beautiful dress, the poetical works of WINTHROP MACKWORTH PRAED, now first collected, by Rufus W. GRISWOLD. It opens with the delightfully imaginative poem of Lilian;' and contains, beside the equally beautiful pieces of The Red Fisherman,'' The Bridal of Belmont,' etc., a large collection of those lively and graceful compositions, by which the writer, through the pages of English and American literary journals, has made himself so widely and favorably known. • • • JOHN PENNINGTON, Chestnut-street, Philadelphia, has sent us a volume, notable for its refined luxury of execution, containing the collected poems of Mrs. FRANCES ANNE BUTLER, a lady of rare gists, whose portrait as Miss KEMBLE, by the eminent SULLY, fronts the title-page. We recognize among the various faithful transcripts from the generous and feeling heart of the author, several poems which were originally contributed to the pages of this Magazine. Certain of the later effusion, of our fair and facile poet are ‘sieklied o'er with the pale cast of thoughts' which should (and would) be strangers to the bosom of a happy wife and mother. The strains are so melodious as often to disguise their sadness; yet the under-tone is plaintive and solemn, as if “Sorrow brim'd the cup' which is commended to the writer's lips. ... 'Records of the Heart is the appropriate title of an unpretending collection of various articles of verse, contributed within the last two years to different American journals and periodicals, by Mrs. Sarah ANNA LEWI9, of Troy, New-York. The lady has an easy, flowing style of versification, a good degree of imagination, and no small facility of execution. If there are occasional weak passages in her book, they may justly be considered as overbalanced by the fact, that there are no infractions of good taste, at least none that are visible on a cursory perusal of the volume. Its externals are creditable to the press of Messrs. APPLETON AND COMPANY, the publishers. • • • 'Mount Auburn,' the well-known rural cemetery, near Boston, has furnished themes of graceful verse to Miss CAROLINE F. ORNE, which she has embodied in a neat and tasteful little volume, recently put forth by Mr. JOHN OWEN, of Cambridge. Among the 'miscellaneous poems' which assist in forming the volume, we recognize several acceptable contributions to the KNICKERBOCKER. • . • 'Charlotte Corday,' a tragedy in five acts, by Ayos C. Morey, suggested by the
Dogr Rebellion' in Rhode Island, we have only found leisure to glance over. That cursory glance, however, has impressed us with the belief that the thoughts which the tragedy contains are far superior to the garb in which they are for the most past clothed. • • • "The Strife of Brothers,' from the press of Messrs. APPLETON AND COMPANY, a poem in two parts, with copious illustrative notes, is a production excellent alike in tendency and in literary execution. It deserves a more elaborate consideration than we have at present time or space to award it. We can but commend it to the reader's attention. · ... The Wife of Leon, and other Poems,' by two Sisters of the West, we have but just received, owing to inadvertence on the part of the publishers. We have read only. enough of the volume to know that it contains many beautiful poems, imbued with natural feeling and unaf fected sentiment. It will well repay purchase and perusal.
CLARK'S 'LITERARY REMAINS.' — The 'Literary Remains of the late WILLIS GAYLORD CLARK' have just been completed by Messrs. BURGESS, STRINGER AND COMPANY. The last two numbers conclude his ‘Miscellaneous Prose Papers,' and embrace all of his poems which were deemed worthy of preservation by the editor. Speaking of the ‘Ollapodiana' papers, as they appeared in the KNICKERBOCKER, the Columbian' Magazine remarks: “They delighted all the town for montlis, perhaps we may say years in succession, with their beautiful alternation of quaint conceits, thoughtful illustrations of life, character and manners, shrewd satire, mirth-provoking humor and genuine pathos. WilLIS GAYLORD CLARK was a man of rich talents and fine taste; of a deeply sensitive nature, yet genial, and as many-sided, to use an expressive German phrase, as almost any writer of whom we have knowledge. He could write in every style, upon all classes and kinds of subject; always he wrote well, often with singular felicity of thought and expression. Withal, he was a diligent reader, especially of the earlier English authors, from whom he gathered many a gem and fragment of intellectual gold, which he knew right well how to polish and set among the jewels of his own intellect. His best productions were the picces now collected by his brother; they were written con amore, to promote the interest of one whom he loved with a twin-affection ; written at leisure, and only when the effort was congenial to his present mood, and if that happened to be for fun, as was often the case, there was a great laugh over the next number; a laugh, by the way, in which we have just been joining almost with a roar.' We cannot close this closing notice of the “Remains,' without thanking the liberal publishers for the admirable manner in which the work has been executed. The poems, the most popular perhaps of all the author's writings, are printed upon large 'clear types, the lines widely "leaded,' and the whole beautifully printed upon paper of the finest color and texture; and yet the five numbers, of an hundred pages cach, are sold for one dollar.
NARRATIVE OF A 'Patriot' PRISONER AT VAN DIEMAN'S LAND. — An interesting pamphlet has been issued from the office of the New World,' containing the “Narrative and Recollections of Van Dieman's Land, during a three years' captivity of STEPHEN S. Wright; together with an account of the Battle of Prescott, in which he was taken prisoner; his imprisonment in Canada; trial, condemnation and transportation to Australia; his terrible sufferings in the British penal colony of Van Dieman's Land; and his return to the United States: with a copious Appendix, embracing facts and documents relating to the Patriot War, now first given to the public, from the original notes and papers of Mr. Wright, and other sources.' We never take up an account of the battle of Prescott, without a renewed emotion of pity for the poor dupes of those three or four blustering cowards who first deceived them into a fool-hardy, ridiculous contest, and then betrayed them to their enemies. Von SCHULTZ, the leader at Prescott, was a man worthy of a better fate than that which befel bim. lle was, by all accounts, of noble extraction in his native Poland; a gentleman of rare personal arpearance and attainments; a fine scholar, with manners of remarkable elegance and grace; of undoubted bravery, and well versed in the art of war. He was betrothed, at the time of his death, to a lovely and accomplished lady, who was the theme of general admiration of our fellow-students, in past academic days; and the letter which he addressed to her the night before his execution is a most manly and touching tribute of generous sorrow and sincere affection. He was not afiiicted for himself; he was ready to die, and rejoiced at rather than lamented his untimely fate. I shall soon know,' said he, in the letter to which we have alluded, the great mystery of the glorious sun, of the moon and the stars; I shall look with renewed eyes upon the works of my CREATOR, which I have beheld blindly and in dim wonder while on the earth. His whole bearing and conduct were noble, and unstained by a single act of weakness.
FOURIERISM.' — Mr. PARKE GODwin, by a work which has speedily passed to a second edition, has enabled many hundreds of readers to obtain the requisite information touching the life, character and doctrines of CHARLES FOURIER, the great founder of Association,' a matter concerning which one hears so much at the present day. The volume, which is very full and complete upon its theme, and written in an attractive style, will serve to correct many false impressions which have been made upon the public mind, and may tend in many instances to make new converts to the 'social theory, which is said to be fast gaining ground in different parts of the country. The work is handsomely stereotyped by the publisher, Mr. J. S. REDFIELD, Clinton IIall.
"THE MYSTERIES OF THE HEATHS.'— HENRY G. LANGLEY, Astor-House, ha published in a handsome pamphlet volume, · The Mysteries of the Heaths; or the Chateau de Chevalaine. From the French of FREDERICK SOULIE: translated by GEORGE FLEMING.' The Heaths' are vast expanses of sterile soil, in the north-west region of France, which remain in the same condition, unaltered by nature, unimproved by art, as when trodden by the barbarian Celt in the pursuit of fame and wild animals, in which they still abound. Being remote from civilized haunts, the scattered population which inhabits them is abject, savage, and vicious; akin to, if not remnants of, the Bohemian gipsy race of the fifteenth century. In the midst of these heaths, and within the walls of an ancient feudal mansion, the stirring of the narrative before us occurred. They are recorded by one among the most distinguished of modern French writers, and present pictures of varied and extraordinary interest.
Day's 'HINTS ON ETIQUETTE.' — A second edition of Hints on Etiquette and the Usages of Society ; with a Glance at Bad Habits,' by CHARLES WILLIAM Day, has been issued by Otis, BROADERS AND COMPANY, Boston. This work, it will be remembered, was erroneously attributed to Count D'ORSAY, by a New-York publisher. It has already been noticed at large in these pages, and requires at our hands no additional commendation, save of its proper adaptation by the accomplished author to society in this country. The volume is in a very convenient form, and is handsomely executed. Some good-natured friend has been kind enough to take from our table 'The Marims of Agogos,' by the same author. We have not perused it, but we have the verdict of those in whose judgment we have been accustomed to confide, that it is an excellent work, and one calculated to effect much good.
NATIONAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS. — Messrs. JAMES MUNROE AND Company, of Boston, have issued the second edition of a 'volume entitled . An Elementary Treatise on the Structure and Operations of the National and State Governments of the United States; by CHARLES Mason, A. M.' The book gives a concise yet clear and exact statement of the actual construction of onr political and civil institutions, in all their various branches, and of the processes and means by which they are in fact conducted and sustained. It furnishes information upon matters relating to government and civil polity, with which every citizen should have at least a general acquaintance; and presents within a reasonable compass the means of acquiring a knowledge of those subjects, adequate for all common purposes. The work is remarkably full and complete, and illustrated by several important tables of statistics.
THE MUSICAL MONTHLY.'— We have before us two numbers of this publication, from the press of the publisher, Mr. SAMUEL C. JOLLE, 385, Broadway. The first professional talent in the country is engaged upon the work; and the publisher has agents in all the principal European cities, to forward the successful operas, and all other musical compositions of merit, as soon as they are produced. Songs, duetts, marches, waltzes; selections from operas arranged for the piano-forte, as fantasies, mélanges, pot-pouris, etc.; will be given. The numbers before us contain the celebrated Polka Dance, with a fine engraving, representing the movement;' airs from the popular operas, as sung by BORGHESE and others; and a very charming ballad, as sung by the accomplished M'me BURKHARDT. All foreign songs embraced in this publication, we are glad to perceive, will have an English version or adaptation. The style of the work is unexceptionable.
AGRICULTURAL TRANSACTIONS.-Wefind ourselves indebted to HENRY O'REILLY, Esq., Recording Secretary, Albany, for a large illustrated volume containing the “Transactions of the New-York State Agricultural Society, together with an Abstract of the County Agricultural Societies;' a work which must prove of great value, at a time when the noble pursuit of agriculture is attracting such increased attention throughout the State, and indeed the whole country at large. Reports of agricultural commoittees; procecdings of cattle-shows and fairs; annual addresses, prize essays upon various important themes, etc., etc., are here to be found, reported with accuracy, and arranged in a convenient form for ready reference.
WORKING A PASSAGE, OR LIFE IN A Liner.'— 'This pretty little volume is published for the benefit of young travellers, by • B.C. F.' It is decidedly one of the neatest publications that lias been produced by the cheap system. It is just the book for the pocket of a traveller; and though not pretending to the character of a young man's vade mecum, it may well be taken for one. vouch for the truth of the narrative, but the lessons it teaches are as true as truth. To those who have never travelled in a liner, it will convey a very graphic account of some of the peculiarities of a seavoyage which do not generally find their way into the journals of literary travellers; and to homecleaving youths, it will give pictures which they could not see in reality save at the expense of a good deal of money and suffering.
HARPERS' LIBRARY OF SELECT Novels,' with which we find it very difficult to keep pace, has had two recent additions made to it which we cannot permit to pass unnoticed. The first is “The Prairie-Bird,' by the Hon. CHARLES AugustUS MURRAY, a gentleman whom we, in common no doubt with very many of our metropolitan readers, remember with pleasure, as a former temporary resident among us. It is an admirable production, replete with stirring incident, and the most graphic sketches from nature, in the great West. The style is exceedingly spirited and unaffected; and there are scenes which would do no discredit to Cooper, when in his best vein. The second is "Chatsworth, or the Romance of a Week,' a work from the pen of the author of Tremaine, ‘De Vere,' etc.; a circumstance which will secure for it a general perusal.
THE CHRISTIAN Parlor MAGAZINE. – Two numbers of a very handsome Monthly Magazine, thus entitled, lie before us. The work is printed in a very tasteful manner upon fine white paper, and each issue is embellished with one or more engravings, which are above the average merit of the pictorial attractions so prominent in many of the monthly periodicals of the time. The work is edited by the Rev. DARIUS MEAD, who discharges his functions with much ability; and he has secured the services of several able writers. Mrs. SIGOURNEY, we observe, is a frequent contributor. Among the papers in the number for Junc, is one entitled “The Family Institution,' which is distinguished not less for the excellence of its inculcations than for the force and beauty of its style. We have pleasure in commending the Christian Parlor Magazine' to general acceptance.
HEWET'S ILLUSTRATED SIIAKSPEARE. - We have omitted until now to notice the American pictorial edition of SHAKSPEARE, edited by GULIAN C. VERPLANCK, the illustrations designed, selected, and arranged by Robert W. Weir, and published by Mr. H. W. HEwer, 236 Broadway. Twelve numbers have already appeared ; and public expectation has been in no respect disappointed in them. When completed, the work will contain upward of fourteen hundred spirited illustrations, engraved on wood, from designs by WER, KENNY MEADOWs, Harvey, and others; with prefaces, introductory remarks, and copious notes, by the editor. The paper and typographical execution are in keeping with the other features of the work. The enterprise cannot but prove highly successful.
DANIEL BOONE. - 'Uncle Pullip,' whose Conversations have furnished the matériel for several volumes from the press of Messrs. APPLETON AND COMPANY, has recently put forth a little work of interest to every American reader, entitled “The Adventures of DANIEL BOONE, the Kentucky Rifleman.' It is an authentic and exceedingly interesting history of Boone's parentage, early passion for hunting, wandering in the woods, early visits to Kentucky, and his subsequent career in the great West. The manner of 'Uncle Philip' is as usual lively and pleasing; and his theme on the present occasion has afforded himn an opportunity, which he has well improved, of making a very entertaining little volume.
Ned BUNTLINE'S MAGAZINE.' - This free-and-easy title designates a Monthly Magazine, published at Cincinnati, Ohio, by E. Z. C. JUDSON, and edited by Edward BUNTLINE, Esq. Your hand, shipmate, “whoever you may be, or not! Your craft makes a right gallant appearance, and seems manned by a hearty crew, who have abundant ability, and do their work with a will:'
*Take with you gentle winds your sails to swell"
Mr. BUNTLINE ; and if the OLD KNICK.' can serve your interests at any time, let him know the hou and the whrn. That you will deserve encouragement and substantial patronage, is quite certain.
DISTURNELL'S "TRAVELLERS.' – Mr. DISTURNELL has just issued two of his cheap and useful little books; the first is entitled “The Northern 'Traveller, containing the Hudson River Guide, and Tour to the Springs, Lake George, and Canada, passing through Lake Champlain; with a description of all the places on the route most worthy of notice.' It is well executed, and furnished with faithful maps. His ‘Western Traveller,' embracing the canal and rail-road routes from Albany and 'Troy to Buffalo and Niagara Falls, and the steam-boat route from Buffalo to Detroit and Chicago, is the second.
"THE LIVING AGE' is the title of a work recently commenced at Boston by Mr. E. LITTELL, 80 long and favorably known as the proprietor and editor of that excellent publication, the Philadelphia Museum.' "The Living Age' will be a compilation of the best articles in the English reviews and magazines, and will be issued immediately upon their arrival in this country. That it will be a pub. lication well worthy of encouragement and support we cannot doubt.