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portant, and can be taught in no work so effectually as in one which commemorates the character and services of Washington. It is the example of high purpose, disinterested patriotism — honor - bright honor —such as the poet and novelist have ascribed to the dazzling heroes, the chivalric hosts of fictitious story, and self-sustainment such as bard and romancer never dreamt of till the annals of republican America showed that devotion to a principle was as ennobling a motive of action as loyalty to a prince. It is this last quality, this all-glorious self-sustainment which gives its godlike halo to the character of Washington. The successful leader of party may kindle our enthusiasm in classic literature — the upholder of ancestral aristocracy stir our blood in feudal story -- we are dazzled by the Roman devotion of the one to the tenets of his political school, and fired by the knightly loyalty of tbe other to the prescriptive rights of his order; but each is, after all, nothing but the creature of circumstance-- a being that takes his form and pressure from the opinions or the prejudices around him -- a man - the breath of whose nostrils is the atmosphere that upholds him. Washington, however, lived in an atmosphere of his own; his free thoughts were generated in his own bosom, and the elements which sustained his soul were born and nursed into power within itself. Napoleon even, as compared with him, was but the skilful mechanic that works with the tools provided to his hand; a builder that carried bis art perhaps beyond his age, but was, in the end, compelled to strengthen the fabric he had reared by materials drawn from the ruins around him ; a patcher up of greatness, who, when he had reared the edifice of empire upon the popular will, had the meanness to resort to the trumpery of past ages to furnish the frieze and capitals of his mongrel structure; a climber that raised himself nobly indeed above the heads of others, but stooped to lean upon their shoulders the moment he had attained the highest rung of the lad. der. But Washington stood alone; not only among men, but among the nations. He grafted himself upon no nurturing stock, but flourished from his own inherent vigor. He did not attempt to “ make might right,” but right itself was the vivify. ing principle which gave him might; and the moral grandeur of his character places him so far above earth's proudest conquerors, that in their loftiest visions of greatness they probably never conceived of glory like his. And yet the humble and the lowly-hearted are not the less able to appreciate it on that account. Unlike its vulgar counterfeit, the greatness that springs from virtue shines like Religion herself upon the soul, and sheds its cheering rays like hers, as benignantly and as fully into the most simple mind as into the understanding that is most richly cultivated. We eschew all man-worship, even of the mighty dead; but we think it well for our race that there have been some great characters, who were as good as they were great, whose souls were moulded with every lineament in just proportion ; the perfect fabric of whose fame stands like some Doric temple, in severe and simple majesty, amid the more dazzling structures which Time may rear around them — monuments of what great minds have been, models of what aspiring minds may yet become. Their memory is a watch-tower on the Sea of Charge, to guide the barque of human hope, and bid it never despair of the best interests of mankind. It is therefore that we would unite with the author of the book before us, in commending the character of WASHINGTON “to the mothers of the United States," as the noblest study they can ever offer to their children.
Mr. Paulding's biography is written in a style of unaffected and manly simplicity, which admirably adapts it to the class of readers for whom it was chiefly intended.
Corinne, or Italy.—By Madame de Staël.—2 vols. C. E. L. Carey
8. A. Hart, Philadelphia.
We have here a beautiful reprint of one of the most brilliant novels that was ever written. It is a copyright edition, being an American revise of a new translation recently prepared for the London Library of Standard Novels; and must at once supersede the old copies of this standard work were any of them to be found upon the shelves of the booksellers. The poetic pieces interspersed through the narrative, have been translated anew by Miss Landon, more celebrated as L. E. L.; and besides the innumerable errors in the old English edition, which are corrected in this, some notes are added, which add much to the value of the present publication. Among them we find the following notice of what can only be called a direct plagiarism upon the part of Lord Byron, and which, from the popularity of the passage, it is surprising was not detected before. The third paragraph of the fourth chapter of Corinne concludes with the following glowing sentence
"— the sea, on which man never left his trace. He may plough the earth, and cut his way through mountains, or contract rivers into canals for the transport of his merchandize ; but his fleets for a moment furrow the ocean, its waves as instantly efface the slight mark of servitude, and it again appears such as it was on the first day of its creation.”
Byron, in the fourth canto of Childe Harold, without acknowledging whence the ideas were borrowed, translated this passage as follows —
“Roll on, thou dark and deep blue ocean-roll!
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain ;
Time writes no wrinkle on thine azure brow;
See Stanzas 179 and 182.
The Professional Years of John Henry Hobart, D. D.-By John
Mc Vickar, D. D.--1 vol. N. Y. Episcopal Press.
The style of Dr. Mc Vickar - one of the most practised writers in this country — would impart a charm to the most barren subject. In the work before us he has happily exercised his pen upon one which must interest wherever the name of the distinguished prelate, whose life he has illustrated, is known. A history of the professional career of Bishop Hobart by no means addresses itself to churchmen exclusively, although they perhaps, of whatever persuasion, may derive the greatest benefit from its perusal. The unfolding of an efficient, high-toned, and most useful character the memorial of talent and worth struggling with difficulties the most arduous; and, after elevating themselves into a sphere of ceaseless action, sugtaining themselves with an unshrinking spirit against every assault, whether froin within or without; conveys an invaluable lesson to every member of society who has a character to form or a reputation to uphold. And such is this history of “The Professional years of Hobart.”
Of one so zealous it would be impossible to say "that he never had an enemy (the worst thing, by the by, that can be said of any man,)-but those who read the memoir of Dr. Mc Vickar, however sharp may have been their prejudices against a character which was uncompromising when it believed itself engaged in the assertion of truth, though they may still differ in their views from the departed prelate, will at least now acknowledge that, in whatever controversies he was engaged and whatever course of conduct he adopted — the noblest integrity of purpose was ever his operating motive. They too, who, passing over the more genial productions of his mind — his holy teachings as a pastor - have hitherto only known him through the medium of his vigorous polemic writings, and regarded him rather as the energeiic champion of a sect than as the obedient soldier of Christ's church at large - cannot but be touched by the gentle and endearing traits of character which are here proved to have shone forth throughout all of his professional career; The softest, kindest, and most winning elements appeared to have entered as largely into the composition of his nature as did those which always command the respect, however they may awaken the hostility, of a distinguished man's contemporaries, In this union indeed — to use the eloquent language of his biographer — " In this union lay the peculiar force and attractiveness of Dr. Hobart's character. It was the lion and the lamb dwelling together: woman's warmth and gentleness -- man's energetic will; without the latter he would have been the creature of impulse and the slave of his affections — without the former he would have been the stern ruler, whom all would have feared and none loved. But how beantiful was the combination! while his spirit was as that of the war-horse, that saith among the trumpets, 'Ha! Ha!' his heart was that of the peaceful child, so full of tearful emotions, that a drop would at any time make it to overflow."
We take pleasure in recommending this volume to those of our readers, whether lay or clerical, who are lovers of biography,
*** We have still a number of new works on hand, which shall be duly noticed, but we have already exceeded the limits assigned to this department the present month.
THE AMERICAN LYCEUM. The Sixth proaching Annual Meeting, and the folAnnual Meeting is to commence in New- lowing questions have been circulated York on the 5th of May, and there is a widely among the friends of education in prospect of a larger attendance than usu- all parts of the country. These paraal, and of more varied exercises. There graphs we copy from the Circular issued surely is no reason why an anniversary by the Executive Committee, to societies of this kind may not in future prove the from which delegates are invited, as source of much gratification, as well as well as to individual friends of their opesubserve the cause of popular knowledge ration. in the country.
" Written or verbal communications With the extensive correspondence are invited, concerning the Literary Assowhich the American Lyceum maintains, ciations, Schools, the state of Education, it is easy for them to afford a large amount and the means of intellectual improve of information from the popular literary ment, in your Town, County, or State societies as well as of the schools, and “The following Questions will be prothe state of education in different states posed for discussion : of our Union and several foreigu coun. “1. Ought Monitors to be employed tries. Essays on a variety of interesting in Common Schools ? subjects have been secured for the ap
“ 2. How should the Bible be used in “Noddle's Island,” as it was somewhat Common Schools ?
facetiously designated, should have been "3. How can popular co-operation be so long neylected by the enterprising best sccured in favour of American spirit of Yankee capitalists. Schools ?
To give to the friends of enterprise, • 4. What measures should be taken both abroad and at home, some idea of the in forming a new settlement, to provide embryo city of East Boston, we reduce for progressive intellectual improve from the small pamphlet before us an ac. ment?
count of the rapid improvements which “6. By what means may Vocal Mu- have already been made there; and from sic be generally introduced into Common these may be argued the fulfilinent of a Schools ?
prophecy which we unhesitatingly make “(A supply of small cabinets of mine- of its ultimate splendid fortune as a rals, of 75 or 100 speciinens each, is ex commercial mart, scarcely inferior to the pected from the Pennsylvania Lyceum, city near which it lies. But, so near is for exchange with members of the Ame- it to the city proper, being separated rican Lyceum at its Sixth Annual Meet- only by an arm of water which can be ing:)”
crossed in three minutes, that it is now It is probable that some exercises of included within the chartered limits of the Society will be held in the evening, Boston itself. It is an extensive tract and that some of the Essays will then of land, of upland and marsh, of about be read, and perhaps an exhibition made 660 acres independent of the adjoining of particular branches of instruction or flats. It now belongs, with the exceptheir results.
tion of certain parts, which have been One of the most interesting exercises sold, to an incorporated company. Subof the American Lyceum, has ever been ordinate to this are several other compathat of communicating reports from Ly. nies, whose operations all materially tend ceums, schools of education, from differ- to the extension of the place and the acent places and districts in the order of celeration of its prosperity. the states; and the numerous societies A fine wharf has been built (by a formed within a few months, in different company whose capital is five hundred parts of the Union, as well as the flou- thousand dollars), the sides of which are rishing condition of others, afford reason of solid granite-which comprises a surto anticipate more than usual interest face of over eight acres. Another comthis season.
pany have established a line of FerryThe New York City Lyceum, the boais, running from East Boston to one Brooklyn and Naval Lyceums, all'flou- of the largest commercial depôts in the rishing and most respectable associa- city. The distance across the Ferry is tions, will doubtless, as heretofore, be ful. 600 yards, being 120 yards less than ly represented on the occasion, and in the Fulton Ferry at New-York. Con. the reports to be expected from them, nected with this ferry is a fine level road our citizens must feel particular interest. to the smaller Eastern cities of Salem,
The exercises will be open to the pub- Portsmouth, &c., and there is now every lic as usual, and the meetings will pro- probability that a rail-road will be conbably be held, as heretofore, either in the structed whose depôt shall be in East U. S. District Court room, or in the City Boston. This, however, we do not reHall.
gard as absolutely material to its success.
Its vicinity to Boston will constitute its East Boston. The elder inhabitants security. One important fact has been esof New-York remember vividly the ap- tablished by the experience of the late sepearance of Brooklyn forty years ago. verc winter ;-that intercommunication Where now is a large population and a can never be arrested by the obstruction rapidly rising city, there were seen green of ice. The boats can ply during the sepastures and uncultivated fields. The verest cold. The confluence of two rigood people of Boston, forty years hence, vers at this comparatively narrow spot when they look upon the streets, and produces so rapid a current as to prevent houses, and stores, and wharves of East the ice from making there, even when Boston, will tell their children that they the harbor, both above and below, is can remember when the project of set completely frozen. The Boston Sugar tling this highly-favored "spot was Refinery is an establishment of great thought chimerical and a plan of wild value there located. Besides these inspeculation. We are surprised, in ex- corporated companies, there are several amining the improvements now going others with large capitals—such as the on--and which are well described in a Boyden Malleable Cast Iron and Steel small pamphlet recently printed-that Company, whose buildings are large and
numerous: the East Boston Timber Maverick House, affords to strangers a Company; the Merchants' Marine Rail. delightful place of resort during the sumway; the Water Power Company, &c. mer months; and the attractive situaThese factories and establishments of tions for country houses will be improved course bring many inhabitants to the place, by the wealthy residents of Boston. and, in consequence of the cheapness of Streets, squares, and avenues have been houses and living, many mechanics from laid out, upon which, we predict, that in the city are induced to make it their resie less than forty years as elegant rows of dence. The population is now, from stores and dwelling-houses as those of these causes, rapidly on the increase. Brooklyn will be seen, tenanted by as
A very splendid Hotel, the property of busy, thriving, and constantly increasing the East Boston Company, called the a population.
Rev. Wm. Kirby (M. A. F. R. S. &c.) on the Power and Goodness of God as
manifested in the Creation of Animals, and in their History, Habite, and Instincts.
Philadelphia, Carey, Lea, and Blanchard, 1 vol. Life and Times of Rienzi, Philadelphia ; Carey & Hart. In 1 vol. The Early Called, the Stoic, and the Landsby of Landsby Hall; I vol. Carey, Lea
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Long, New-York.' Thomas Dick (L. L. D.) on the Mental Illumination and Moral Improvement of Mankind; or an Inquiry into the means by which a general diffusion of Knowledge and Moral Principle may be promoted. "Illustrated with Engravings; 1 vol. Key & Biddle, Philadelphia.
Works announced as being in Press. The Life of Thomas Jefferson, with a part of his Correspondence never before published, by George Tucker, Professor of Moral Philosophy in the University
of Virginia; in 2 vols. 8vo. Dunglison's General Therapeutics, or Principles of Medicinal Administration, with
Tables of the chief remedial Agents, and their Preparations, employed in the
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gravings--bound in embossed Morocco. The Moral of Flowers—beautifully illustrated. A Lady's Gift, or Woman as she ought to be; by Mrs. Stanford. The Young Husband's Book. Nimrod's Hunting Tours; in 2 vols. 12mo. The Encyclopædia of Geography; illustrated by upwards of one thousand Cuts and
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The Adventures of a Gentleman in Search of a Horse.