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to be contemplated without sadness and wife habitually carried the manuscript to that keen sense of personal loss which we church with her in her pocket, while on one all felt in the death of Abraham Lincoln. occasion he was obliged to bury it in the During the time that Mr. Carpenter was ground to preserve it from the insidious making studies for his picture of the foe. These facts, in themselves startling, President signing the Emancipation Proc appear yet more extraordinary on perusal lamation, he was in daily contact with of the volume, in which there seems to be him, - saw him in consultation with his nothing of perilous value. Nevertheless, Cabinet, at play with his children, receiving to the ill-regulated imagination of the Reboffice-seekers of all kinds, granting many els, this novel might have appeared a very favors to poor and friendless people, snub- dangerous thing, to be kept from ever seebing Secession insolence, and bearing pa- ing the light in the North by all the means tiently much impertinence from every in their power; and we are not ready to say source, – jesting, laughing, lamenting. It that Mr. Harrington's precautions, though is singular that, in all these aspects of

unusual, were excessive. It is true that we his character, there is no want of true see no reason why he should not have kept dignity, though there is an utter absence the material in his mind, and tranquilly of state, – and that we behold nothing of written it out after the war was over. the man Lincoln was once doubted to be, Let us not, however, give too slight an but only a person of noble simplicity, cau

idea of the book's value because the Preftious but steadfast, shrinking from none ace is silly. The story is sluggish, it must of the burdens that almost crushed him, be confessed, and does not in the least profoundly true to his faith in the people,

But the author has made a very while surveying the awful calamity of the careful study of his subject, and shows so war with

genuine a feeling for character and manner “ Anxious, pitying eyes,

that we accept his work as a faithful picture As if he always listened to the sighs

of the life he attempts to portray.

Should Of the goaded world.”

he write another fiction, he will probably We have read Mr. Carpenter's book form his style less visibly upon that of through with an interest chiefly due, we Thackeray, though it is something in his fabelieve, to the subject; for though the au vor that he betrays admiration for so great thor had the faculty to observe and to note a master even by palpable imitation; and characteristic and striking things, he has we hope he will remember that a story, hownot the literary art to present them ade. ever slender, must be coherent. In the presquately. His style is compact of the man. ent novel, we think the characters of Colonel ner of the local reporters and the Sunday, Juggins and his wife done with masterly school books. If he depicts a pathetic touches; and General Lamum, politician scene, he presently farces it by adding pure and simple, is also excellent. Brother that "there was not a dry eye among those Barker, of the hard-shell type, is less origi. that witnessed it,” and goody-goody dwells nal, though good; while Captain Simmons, in the spirit and letter of all his attempts Colonel Ret Roberts, and other village to portray the religious character of the idlers and great men, seem admirably true President. It is greatly to his credit, how

Except for some absurd meloever, that his observation is employed with drama, the tone of the book is quiet and discretion and delicacy; and as he rarely pleasant, and there is here and there in it a lapses from good taste concerning things vein of real pathos and humor. to be mentioned, we readily forgive him his want of grace in recounting the incidents which go to form his entertaining and Royal Truths. By HENRY WARD BEECHvaluable book.

Boston: Ticknor and Fields.

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GEORGE F. HARRINGTON. New York: greatly struck by the novelty of the truths
Harper and Brothers.

urged. Indeed, they are very old truths,

and they contain the precepts which we all The author of this novel tells us that it know and neglect. Except that the pres. was written in the heart of the rebellious ent preacher was qualified to illustrate them territory during the late war, and that his with original force and clearness, he might

well have left them untouched. As it isdoes not like to hear that Samphire comes however, we think that every one who from Saint-Pierre, and Tansy from Athanareads a page in the book will learn to hon- sie, and that Jerusalem Artichokes are a or the faculty that presents them. It is not kind of sunflower, whose baptismal name is because Mr. Beecher reproves hatred, false- a corruption of girasole, and simply dewitness, lust, envy, and covetousness, that scribes the flower's love for the sun? Does he is so successful in his office. We all do this explain all the Jerusalems which are this, and dislike sin in our neighbors; but scattered through our popular flora, — as it is his power of directly reproving these Jerusalem Beans and Jerusalem Cherries? evils in each one of us that gives his words The common theory has been that the sons so great weight. He of course does this of the Puritans, by a slight theological reacby varying means and with varying effect. tion, called everything which was not quite Here we have detached passages from many genuine on week-days by that name which different discourses, not invariably select sometimes wearied them on Sundays. ed with perfect judgment, but affording for It is pleasant also to be reminded that this reason a better idea of his range and our common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) capacity. That given is not always of his dates back to Achilles, who used it to cure best ; but, for all this, it may have been the his wounded friend, and that Mint is simply best for some of those who heard it. In the Menthe, transformed to a plant by the jealchanging topics and style of the innumer- ous Proserpine. It is refreshing to know able extracts in this volume, we find pas- that Solomon's Seal was so named by reason sages of pure sublimity, of solemn and pa- of the marks on its root; and that this root, thetic eloquence, of flower-like grace and according to the old herbalists, "stamped sweetness, followed by exhortations appar- while it is fresh and greene, and applied, ently modelled upon those of Mr. Chad- taketh away in one night, or two at the most, band, but doubtless comforting and edify- any bruse, black or blew spots gotten by ing to Mrs. Snagsby in the congregation, falls, or woman's wilfulness in stumbling and not, we suppose, without use to Mrs. upon their hasty husband's fists, or such Snagsby in the parlor where she sits down like.” It was surely a generous thing in to peruse the volume on Sunday after. Solomon, who set his seal of approbation

For according to the story which upon the rod, to furnish in that same signet Mr. Beecher tells his publishers in a very a balm for injuries like these. pleasant prefatory letter, this compila- This pretty gift-book is the first really tion was made in England, where it at- American contribution to the language of tained great popularity among those who flowers. It has many graceful and some never heard the preacher, and who found showy illustrations; its floral emblems are satisfaction in the first-rate or the second- not all exotic ; and though the editor's rate, without being moved by the arts appellation may at first seem so, a simple of oratory. Indeed, the book is one that application of the laws of anagram will remust everywhere be welcome, both for its veal a name quite familiar, in America, to manner and for its matter. The applica- all lovers of things horticultural. tion of the “Truths” is generally enforced by a felicitous apologue or figure ; in some cases the lesson is conveyed in a beautiful The American Annual Cyclopædia and metaphor standing alone. The extracts are Register of Important Events of the Year brief, and the point, never wanting, is moral, 1865. New York : D. Appleton & Co. not doctrinal.

SEVERAL articles in this volume gire

it an unusual interest and value. The pa. The Language of Flowers. Edited by Miss per on Cholera is not the kind of reading

ILDREWE. Boston : De Vries, Ibarra, to which one could have turned with cheer& Co.

fulness last July, from a repast of summer

vegetables and hurried fruits ; nor can that MARGARET FULLER said that everybody on Trichinosis be pleasant to the friend of liked gossip, and the only difference was in pork; but they are both clearly and sucthe choice of a subject. A bookful of gos. cinctly written, and will contribute to the sip about flowers — their loves and hates popular understanding of the dangers which thoughts and feelings, genealogy and cousin- they discuss. ships — is certainly always attractive. Who The Cyclopædia, however, has its chief

noon.

A

merit in those articles which present re wonder of its existence may fade from our sumés of the past year's events in politics, minds; and it is well for us to remember literature, science, and art. The one on how many failures — involving all the virthe last - named subject is less complete tue of triumph went before the final sucthan could be wished, and is written in cess. And it cannot but be forever gratify. rather slovenly English ; but the article ing to our national pride, that, although the on literature is very full and satisfactory. idea of the Atlantic telegraph originated in A great mass of biographical matter is Newfoundland, and was mainly realized presented under the title of “Obituaries,” through the patience of British enterprise, but more extended notices of more distin yet the first substantial encouragement guished persons are given under the proper which it received was from Americans, and names. Among the latter are accounts of that it was an American whose heroic perthe lives and public services of Lincoln, severance so united his name with this idea Everett, Palmerston, Cobden, and Corwin ; that Cyrus W. Field and the Atlantic cable and of the lives and literary works of Miss are not to be dissociated in men's minds in Bremer, Mrs. Gaskell, Hildreth, Proudhon, this or any time. etc. The article on Corwin is too slight for Our author has not only very interesting. the subject, and the notice of Hildreth, who ly reminded us of all this, but he has done enjoyed a great repute both in this country it with a good judgment which we must apand in Europe, is scant and inadequate. plaud. His brother was the master-spirit Under the title of “Army Operations,” a of the whole enterprise ; but, while he has fair synopsis of the history of the last months contrived to do him perfect justice, he has of the war is given ; and, as a whole, the Cy- accomplished the end with an unfailing clopædia is a valuable, if not altogether sense of the worth of the constant support complete, review of the events of 1865. and encouragement given by others,

The story is one gratifying to our nation

a! love of adventurous material and scienHistory of the Atlantic Telegraph. By HEN tific enterprise, as well as to our national

RY M. FIELD, D. D. New York : pride. We hardly know, however, if it
Charles Scribner & Co.

should be a matter of regret that neither on

the one account nor on the other are we WHY Columbus should have been at able to receive the facts of the cable's sucthe trouble to sail from the Old World in cess and existence with the effusion with order to find a nearer path to it, as our which we hailed them in 1858. Blighting author states in his opening chapter, he De Sauty, suspense, and scepticism sucwill probably explain in the future edition ceeded the rapture and pyrotechnics of in which he will chastise the occasionally those joyful days ; and in the mean time we ambitious writing of this. His book is a have grown so much that to be electrically most interesting narrative of all the events united with England does not impart to us in the history of telegraphic communication the fine thrill that the hope of it once did. between Europe and America, and has the Indeed, the jubilation over the cable's sucdouble claim upon the reader of an impor cess seems at last to have been chiefly on the tant theme and an attractive treatment of it. side of the Englishmen, who found our earNow that the great nervous cord running lier enthusiasm rather absurd, but who have from one centre of the world's life to the since learned to value us, and just now can other is quick with constant sensation, the scarcely make us compliments enough.

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well have left them untouched. As it is does not like to hear that Samphire comes
however, we think that every one who from Saint-Pierre, and Tansy from Athana-
reads a page in the book will learn to hon- sie, and that Jerusalem Artichokes are a
or the faculty that presents them. It is not kind of sunflower, whose baptismal name is
because Mr. Beecher reproves hatred, false a corruption of girasole, and simply de
witness, lust, envy, and covetousness, that scribes the flower's love for the sun? Does
he is so successful in his office. We all do this explain all the Jerusalems which are
this, and dislike sin in our neighbors; but scattered through our popular flora, — 23
it is his power of directly reproving these Jerusalem Beans and Jerusalem Cherries?
evils in each one of us that gives his words The common theory has been that the sons
so great weight. He of course does this of the Puritans, by a slight theological reac-
by varying means and with varying effect. tion, called everything which was not quite
Here we have detached passages from many genuine on week-days by that name which
different discourses, not invariably select sometimes wearied them on Sundays.
ed with perfect judgment, but affording for It is pleasant also to be reminded that
this reason a better idea of his range and our common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
capacity. That given is not always of his dates back to Achilles, who used it to cure
best ; but, for all this, it may have been the his wounded friend, and that Mint is simply
best for some of those who heard it. In the Menthe, transformed to a plant by the jeal-
changing topics and style of the innumer ous Proserpine. It is refreshing to know
able extracts in this volume, we find pas that Solomon's Seal was so named by reason
sages of pure sublimity, of solemn and pa of the marks on its root; and that this toot,
thetic eloquence, of flower-like grace and according to the old herbalists, “ stamped
sweetness, followed by exhortations appar while it is fresh and greene, and applied,
ently modelled upon those of Mr. Chad taketh away in one night, or two at the most,
band, but doubtless comforting and edify- any bruse, black or blew spots gotten by
ing to Mrs. Snagsby in the congregation, falls, or woman's wilfulness in stumbing
and not, we suppose, without use to Mrs.

upon their hasty husband's fists, or such Snagsby in the parlor where she sits down like.” It was surely a generous thing in to peruse the volume on Sunday after- Solomon, who set his seal of approbation noon. For according to the story which upon the rod, to furnish in that same signet Mr. Beecher tells his publishers in a very a balm for injuries like these. pleasant prefatory letter, this compila This pretty gift-book is the first really tion was made in England, where it at American contribution to the language of tained great popularity among those who flowers. It has many graceful and some never heard the preacher, and who found showy illustrations; its floral emblems are satisfaction in the first-rate or the second not all exotic; and though the editor's rate, without being moved by the arts appellation may at first seem so, a simple of oratory. Indeed, the book is one that application of the laws of anagram wil remust everywhere be welcome, both for its veal a name quite familiar, in America, to manner and for its matter. The applica- all lovers of things horticultural. tion of the “Truths ” is generally enforced by a felicitous apologue or figure ; in some cases the lesson is conveyed in a beautiful The American Annual Cyclopa.iia and metaphor standing alone. The extracts are Register of Important Events of the l'ear brief, and the point, never wanting, is moral, 1865. New York: D. Appleton & Co not doctrinal.

SEVERAL articles in this volume give

it an unusual interest and value. The pro The Language of Flowers. Edited by Miss per on Cholera is not the kind of reading

ILDREWE. Boston : De Vries, Ibarra, to which one could have turned with cheer. & Co.

fulness last July, from a repast of summet

vegetables and hurried fruits ; nor can that MARGARET FUller said that everybody on Trichinosis be pleasant to the friend of liked gossip, and the only difference was in pork ; but they are both clearly and sathe choice of a subject. A bookful of gos- cinctly written, and will contribute to the sip about flowers — their loves and hates, popular understanding of the dangers which thoughts and feelings, genealogy and cousin. they discuss. ships — is certainly always attractive. Who

The Cyclopædia, however, has its chief

cess.

;

merit in those articles which present re wonder of its existence may fade from our sumés of the past year's events in politics, minds; and it is well for us to remember literature, science, and art. The one on how many failures — involving all the virthe last - named subject is less complete tue of triumph - went before the final sucthan could be wished, and is written in And it cannot but be forever gratifyrather slovenly English ; but the article ing to our national pride, that, although the on literature is very full and satisfactory. idea of the Atlantic telegraph originated in A great mass of biographical matter is Newfoundland, and was mainly realized presented under the title of “ Obituaries," through the patience of British enterprise, but more extended notices of more distin yet the first substantial encouragement guished persons are given under the proper which it received was from Americans, and names. Among the latter are accounts of that it was an American whose heroic per. the lives and public services of Lincoln, severance so united his name with this idea Everett, Palmerston, Cobden, and Corwin; that Cyrus W. Field and the Atlantic cable and of the lives and literary works of Miss are not to be dissociated in men's minds in Bremer, Mrs. Gaskell, Hildreth, Proudhon, this or any time. etc. The article on Corwin is too slight for Our author has not only very interesting. the subject, and the notice of Hildreth, who ly reminded us of all this, but he has done enjoyed a great repute both in this country it with a good judgment which we must apand in Europe, is scant and inadequate. plaud. His brother was the master-spirit Under the title of "Army Operations,” a of the whole enterprise ; but, while he has fair synopsis of the history of the last months contrived to do him perfect justice, he has of the war is given ; and, as a whole, the Cy- accomplished the end with an unfailing clopædia is a valuable, if not altogether sense of the worth of the constant support complete, review of the events of 1865. and encouragement given by others.

The story is one gratifying to our nation

a! love of adventurous material and scienHistory of the Atlantic Telegraph. By HEN tific enterprise, as well as to our national

RY M. FIELD, D. D. New York : pride. We hardly know, however, if it Charles Scribner & Co.

should be a matter of regret that neither on

the one account nor on the other are we WHY Columbus should have been at able to receive the facts of the cable's sucthe trouble to sail from the Old World in cess and existence with the effusion with order to find a nearer path to it, as our which we hailed them in 1858. Blighting author states in his opening chapter, he De Sauty, suspense, and scepticism sucwill probably explain in the future edition ceeded the rapture and pyrotechnics of in which he will chastise the occasionally those joyful days; and in the mean time we ambitious writing of this. His book is a have grown so much that to be electrically most interesting narrative of all the events united with England does not impart to us in the history of telegraphic communication the fine thrill that the hope of it once did. between Europe and America, and has the Indeed, the jubilation over the cable's sucdouble claim upon the reader of an impor cess seems at last to have been chiefly on the tant theme and an attractive treatment of it. side of the Englishmen, who found our earNow that the great nervous cord running lier enthusiasm rather absurd, but who have from one centre of the world's life to the since learned to value us, and just now can other is quick with constant sensation, the scarcely make us compliments enough.

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