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soil. Its great value constituted it an invaluable base for a work of enduring permanence, needing but those modifications which time is ever suggesting.
To the present magnificent edition contributions are furnished in the different departments of thought by the most eminent masters. In philology, the most important point, Dr. Mahn, of Berlin, has furnished the results of years of labor. In Geology, Natural History, etc., we have Professor Dana; in Music, Lowell Mason; in Jurisprudence, Hon. J. C. Perkins. The immense value of pictorial illustrations for the purpose of defining to the eye has been amply realized. Valuable appendices are added, of which the most important are the vocabularies, exhibiting the pronunciation of modern historical names, both of persons and places. Brought down to the latest demands of the day, Webster's Dictionary is still a national institution.
Poems by David Gray; with Memoirs of his Life. 12mo., pp. 239. Boston: Roberts Brothers. 1864.
Should we receive from a slender country boy a missive written to secure our acquaintance, beginning with lines like the following,
O for the voweled flow of knightly Spenser,
we should not doubt that we were accosted by what is about as rare as an angel's visit-a new real live poet. So thought Sidney Dobell, himself a poet, when he received such lines from David Gray. David was born in 1838, eight miles from Glasgow, on the banks of the river Luggie; and the river Luggie is rewarded for being his natal stream with a poem of sixty pages, abounding in passages which it is a rare fortune for a river nowadays to inherit. Following his apotheosis of the Luggie are some thirty pages of poems, "In the Shadows." Whence these shadows were cast is thus indicated:
David Gray died in 1861. His biography is beautifully written. The Roberts Brothers have done up the whole in a delicate volume, quite in keeping with the genius it commemorates.
Diary of Mrs. Kitty Trevylyan; a Story of the Times of Whitefield and the Wesleys. By the Author of "The Schönberg-Cotta Family." With a Preface by the Author for the American Edition. 12mo., pp. 434. New York: M. W. Dodd. 1864.
Mr. Dodd has lent us his proof-sheets of this work, and we have been deeply interested in our hasty perusal. The talented authoress, who in her "Schönberg-Cotta Family" so vividly transferred us back to the era of Luther and his cotemporaries, has in the present work set us down amid the scenes of religious interest awakened by the labors of Whitefield and Wesley. Her quoted authorities are "Wesley's Journal" and "Stevens's History of Methodism." In her present as in her former works she exhibits an extraordinary power of so graphically reproducing the past as at once to inform the understanding, excite the imagination, and improve the heart. We anticipate for it a broadcast popularity, and a great influence in dissipating prejudices and diffusing truer views of the "great movement.' The volume contains a genial preface addressed by the authoress to her American friends. We should be glad to give her name, but that Mr. Dodd tells us is a forbidden utterance.
The Seer; or, Common-Places Refreshed.
By LEIGH HUNT. In two volumes. 12mo., pp. 334, 290. Boston: Roberts Brothers. 1864. Very suitably, the publishers have clad this refreshing of "commonplaces" in a fresh and living green. Leigh Hunt, like Hazlitt, and - still more Charles Lamb, won a well-deserved reputation as an Essayist at a period when a blaze of literary competition made such an attainment possible to genuine genius alone. He had the seer's true gift of detecting occult novelties in common things, of dealing subtle touches and delicate coloring in their description, and leaving unique and quaint utterances in the memory of the reader.
Philosophy as Absolute Science, founded in the Universal Laws of Being, and including Ontology, Theology, and Psychology made one, as spirit, soul, and body. By E. L. & A. L. FROTHINGHAM, Vol. I. 8vo., pp. 453. Boston: Walker, Wise, & Co. 1864.
A splendid volume externally, presenting a system of modern Gnosticism internally; Swedenborgian in its apparent affinities, but having at any rate the merit of opposing the universal dominion of the two false gods, dead Matter and blind Force. We may give it an ample notice.
Arctic Researches and Life among the Esquimaux: being the Narrative of an Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin in the years 1860, 1861, and 1862. By CHARLES FRANCIS HALL. With Maps and One Hundred Illustrations. 8vo., pp. 595. New York: Harper & Brothers. 1865. One of the best volumes in the Harpers' great library of Travels and Explorations.
The Hawaiian Islands: their Progress and Condition under Missionary Labors. By RUFUS ANDERSON, D.D. With Illustrations. 12mo., pp. 450. Boston: Gould & Lincoln. New York: Sheldon & Co. Cincinnati:
G. S. Blanchard. 1864.
A most complete view of a Mission work of absorbing interest, and worthy of most profound study. We regret our want of space to do it justice.
State Rights: a Photograph from the Ruins of Ancient Greece. By Prof. TAYLER LEWIS, M.D. 12mo., pp. 96. Albany: J. Munsell. 1864.
A production called forth by a great occasion, and worthy to take a permanent place in our political literature.
God's Way of Holiness. By HORATIUS BONAR, D.D. 12mo., pp. 261. New York: Carter & Brothers. 1865.
A choice volume, practically and doctrinally, in a beautiful exterior. Cousin Alice: a Memoir of Alice B. Haven. 12mo., pp. 392. New York: Appleton & Co. 1865.
A graceful tribute to departed genius and piety.
Crusoe's Island: a Ramble in the Footsteps of Alexander Selkirk. With
The Trial: More Links of the Daisy-Chain. By the Author of "The Heir of Redclyffe." Two Volumes in One. 12mo., pp. 389. D. Appleton. Emily Mayland; or, The Faithful Governess. By M. H. Cox. 12mo., pp. 288. Philadelphia: James B. Rodgers. 1864.
Memoir of Mrs. Caroline P. Keith, Missionary of the Protestant Episcopal Church to China. Edited by her brother, WILLIAM C. TENNEY. 12mo., pp. 392. New York: Appleton & Co. 1864.
Uncle Nat; or, The Good Time which George and Frank had, Trapping, Fishing, Camping-out, etc. By ALFRED ÖLDFELLOW. 24mo., pp. 224. New York: Appleton & Co. 1865.
Arizona and Sonora: the Geography, History, and Resources of the Silver Region of North America. By SILVESTER MOWRY. Third Edition, Revised and Enlarged. 12mo., pp. 251. New York: Harper &
Queens of Song, being Memoirs of some of the most celebrated Female Vocalists who have performed on the lyric stage from the earliest days of Opera to the present time. To which is added, a Chronological List of all the Operas that have been performed in Europe. By ELLEN CREATHORNE CLAYON. With Portraits. 12mo., pp. 543. New York: Harper & Brothers. 1865.
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METHODIST QUARTERLY REVIEW.
ART. I.-CHRISTIANITY AND THE WAR POWER.
THE times in which we live naturally suggest inquiries relative to the lawfulness and morality of war. Taught as we are, and rightfully too, that the tendency of Christianity is to produce "peace on earth and good-will toward men," there will arise unbidden the doubtings of a tender conscience, and the fear lest in grasping the "carnal weapon" at the call of his government a man should be doing violence to the principles of that "holy evangel," in whose provisions and precepts he hopes to find "the way of life," and to secure endless felicity. Opinions on this subject greatly vary. With reference thereto, men of equal conscientiousness have assumed antagonistic positions. In the same community, and oftentimes in the same family, from whence will go forth with brave heart the men of stalwart frame to do battle even to the death against armed foemen, there may be found those who, while sympathizing with the objects to be accomplished, will by no means voluntarily enter upon active warfare, nor suffer their resources, except under distraint, to be applied to the support of the Government in its struggle to maintain "by force and arms" its legitimate authority, its national status, or the integrity of its domain. Now, by whatsoever number of such men there may be in any country, by so much is the military arm of the nation weakened. And this weakness consists not merely in the FOURTH SERIES, VOL. XVII.—11