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to a work as author, is a sure guarantee be to hush what is boisterous or tempesto the bookseller that its copies will not tuous in the reader ; lo soothe his rough, long lie on his shelves. This work, her angry passions, and charm him into a last publication, is written in verse and state of quiet, serene, unbroken repose, prose, and whether we should call it a refreshing to the wearied spirit, and from volume of poetry, or of prose, we know which he shall start into active life, not. It appears to be a sort of versified renewed and strengthened. journal of her late tour in England and The portion of the book which has a part of France-a sort of poetical interested us the most is the account of record of impressions and sentiments the author's visit to Newgate prison, and which she experienced or judged it proper of her meeting with the noble and phito experience on visiting certain distin- losophic Mrs. Fry. Mrs. Fry has proved guished persons or places. It opens with that none of our race do ever become so a poem to the “ Land Bird at Sea;" which abandoned that we need despair of their is followed by a poetical greeting to moral recovery. The outcasts from England on approaching its coast, very society are never utterly reprobate--are pleasantly and even simply written, and still human-still have human hearts though less interesting than the spirited beating in their bosoms; and are, even prose which follows it, quite readable. when most thoroughly depraved, capable We extract the following, which, if not of being made valuable members of very complimentary to old Ocean, is yet society, would we but go to them in the what most persons feel, is not what they true spirit of humanity and Christian say, at the end of a voyage across it ; love. It is a shame to us-it is a grave ** Would that I loved thee, Ocean!
satire on our social state—that bolts, and
bars, and dungeon walls are needed for Much of thy praise, in story and in song, And oft by fancy lured, was half prepared
human beings, our brothers and our sisTo worship thee But 'tis a weary life
ters, as if they were wild beasts, safe only To be a child of thine."
in chains. Mrs. Sigourney's plan is, on approach of the poetical pieces, none have ing the object of her pilgrimage, to greet pleased us more than the following it, him, or her-as it is a place, a man Somet, a pure offering of the heart : or a woman-with a poem or a sonnet, and then to accompany it with a plain «Tuneful and tender as thy pictured page
"TO MISS EDGEWORTH. prose account of what most interested
Flows on thy life; and it is joy to me her mind or her heart. Her prose is To hear thy welcome 'mid my pilgrimage,
And seat me by thy side, unchecked and free; never prolix or tiresome, and we have
For in my own sweet land both youth and sire, read it with interest and profit. Of the 'The willing captives of thy love refined,
Will of thy features and thy form isquire, poetical part, we cannot say quite so
And lock the transcript in their loving mind; much. Fifty-two poems, chiefly descrip- And merry children, who with glowing cheek tive of persons, places, and events,
Have loved thy Simple Susan,' many a day
Will lift their earnest eyes to hear me speak written as one writes a diary, must needs
Of her who held them oft times from their play, be of unequal merit, and somewhat more And closer press, as if to share a part
Of the pure joy thy smile enkindled in my heart." than anybody can be expected to read at one sitting, and more than anybody can With this we must take our leave of relish in one mood of mind, and more the volume, with many thanks to its than any poet ought even to give us in accomplished author, who, by her simple, succession. Those that we have read, chaste, and devout spirit, can exert none we have found superior to what could but a pure and purifying influence on the have been looked for under the circum- sons and daughters of her native land. stances; the versification is simple, unaffected, and easy; the imagery is delicate and appropriate; and the thoughts,
Poetry. A Satire pronounced before the if not always new or striking, if such as
Mercantile Library Association. By
PARK BENJAMIN. New York: J. Winlie near at hand, they are, at least, for
chester, 30 Ann street. 1842. the most part, true, moral, and religious; such as become a good Christian woman, A capital thing-in its typography and a republican wife and mother. In- worthy of its contents, and in the latter deed, the moral and religious tone, the well justifying to the more deliberate free, simple republican spirit of the book, judgment of perusal in print, the applause constitute in our eyes its principal charms; that its oral delivery, with the happiest whoso reads it, will find himself holding. elocation, drew down from the audience communion with one who will quicken which heard it on the occasion referred to his finer and better feelings, and there in the title. Though written “at a fore make him a wiser and better man. month's notice, and in the midst of enThe general influence of the book will gagements which distracted the attention
of the author,” and though not entirely What can be nobler than our lives to give free from the marks of the rapid haste of 1o rise at morning and forget to pray,
To gain the very means whereby we live; its preparation, it is in general as admira. Intent upon the business of the day: ble for the keen and bright polish of its
The day concluded, to retire to rest
And dream what stocks, what markets are the best! wit, as for the justness of its criticism and What can be worthier of immortal man the wholesomeness of its satire. This Than these grand maxims: set whate'er you can,
Keep all you get, he careful how you spend, vein is the undoubted forte of the vigorous Know well your customers, and never lend! and sharp-pointed pen of its accomplished And every turn bring comfort to your soul: author. Is there nothing else for him to So shall your bank account be figured wide, satirize in this ever-varying infinity of And every figure onthe proper side:
So shall your wife in coach and Cashmere shawl cant, humbug, vice, and nonsense, by Drive down Broadway, the wonderment of all: which we are surrounded and beset ? So shall your son, returned from foreign tour, We strain several points to make room for So shail your daughter come from boarding school,
Hirsutely horrid, fright the gaping boor: a part of the quotations instinctively in all, but French and flattery, a fool: marked by our pencil for insertion. The
So shall you smile with ill concealed disdain
On old, poor friends, whuge presence causes pain : first is a fine manly tribute to the noble So shall you, every Sunday in your pew, language of which it is itself a worthy Devoutly curse Turk, Infidel and Jew:
So shall you live, without a grief or care, specimen :
And die and go-i need not mention where." * Yet let me pay a tribute to the tongue, That o'er our infant sleep our mothers sung. Though much decried, there's music in the jar The History of the Loco-Foco or Equal of our rough, native language ; sweeter far To ears accustomed,
Rights Party, its Movements, Convenor Gallic river or Italian ude.
tions and Proceedings, with short CharacOh, that our tongue were limpid as at first,
teristic Sketches of its Prominent Men. When from primeval founts it purely burst! Give me the Saxon, bubbling on the ear
By F. BYRDALL. New York: pubLike a swift stream, that sparkles cool and clear; lished by Clement & Packard, 180 I hate your Norman phrases grand and fine, That spoil the vigor while they oil the line.
1842. 12mo. pp. 192. Sesquipedalian, and of foreign sound, Transplanted logs that cumber English ground.
The author of this volume is well en. Words terse and simple best convey the thought, By Genius prompted and by Wisdom taught; titled to say of the events of which he And Truth, like perfect loveliness, can boast To be, when unadorned, adorned the most."
now appears as the historianThe other presents a contrast—“ look
“All which I saw, and part of which I was." here, upon this picture, and on this !"
Mr. Byrdsall was in the movement of whose moral is not the less useful that the the Loco-Foco party revolution in the author leaves it to be seen through the city of New York from its outset, and transparency of his verse:
the Recording Secretary of the “ Equal
Rights Party,” its own proper name, “The common objects in our paths supply Shapes that are charming to the poet's eye.
during nearly all the time of its indePictures, as soft as ever Guido drew, He finds reflected in a drop of dew,
pendent existence. It embodies a great And colors, mingled with a Titian's skill,
deal of minute detail of information On a flower's lear he traces at his will.
which no other individual probably could The golden insect, from a worm that springs, And upward soars on frail but brilliart wings;
have furnished, and which will be found Type of the soul appears, released from earth, of more than a mere local and temporary To sport and revel in a heavenly birth. Such happy fancies can the poet find ;
party interest. To the New York poli. They are the light and solace of his mind;
tician it is a book scarcely needing a They yield him inward peace, when outward life
recommendation. Whatever allowances Is one long scene of turbulence and strife. When friends grow cold and fortune's favors fail, may perhaps have to be made for the Imagination spreads her airy sail;
individual feelings, and sometimes prejuHer barque floats freely over cloud and mist To purer climes, by milder sunbeams kissed.
dices of the writer, in his sketches of the Perch'd in a garret, nearer to the skies
characters of the various persons who Than less aspiring mortals choose tu rise, He longs for wings to cleave the blue profound,
figure more or less conspicuously on his Like Shelley's lark, a spurner of the ground. pages, they are always honest, and-SO He spends his hours, with little else to spend, As if each six months brought its dividend,
far as we have read-possess the means Honest and poor, the little that he gains
of verification in the main correct and Supplies him needful books and life sustains; just. “ By such estimable men,” says Mr. Ani free from debt, in independent state, He feels no envy of the rich and great.
Byrdsall, “as Moses Jaques, Pascal B. His mind, exalted by its lofty aim,
Smith, James L. Stratton, John M. With grief may be familiar, not with shame; For, shunning vice, he runs his mild career,
Ferrier, A. D. Wilson, Robert Townsend, And looks to Heaven for bliss denied him here. Jr., John Hecker, and many others deContrast this portrait, not in fond conceit
scribed in these pages, was the Equal Sketch'd from a model long since obsolete,
Rights Party encouraged to have a deeper With one I might, but will not, dare not draw,
love for Christian Democratic principles, Because I rev'rence wealth and fear the law. No boy e'er gazed with more entire respect to seek more knowledgc of them, and to On martial hero in his trappings deck'd,
find a more abiding faith in them.” Mr. Than I on men by mighty Mammon made The sons of traffic and the slaves of trade.
Byrdsall does not seem to aim to go very
deeply into either the philosophy or the On the allotted evening the people assemble ; poetry of the movement of which he
the trained troops, punctual lo che ininute, nomi
date and elect the officers ; the trained chairman writes; but he does what we like better, cannot hear any names but those of the trained and what will be much more useful, in committee; who in turn make a trained legiving us facts, names, dates and docu- port: the trained secretary is ordered to publish
the trained proceedings in the official trained ments in abundance and detail, with a
newspapers, and the untrained people are then general liveliness of style, not deficient in permitted to go home.! force and energy, though of no high
“So much for the Ward meetings; we shall
quote from the same author on county meetings : degree of elegance. The following nar
• Everything being arranged, the sovereign peorative of the memorable meeting which ple are again called upon to approve or disapprove gave rise to the nickname since so widely the acts of their nominating appointing)
comspread, and so gloriously raised on high, great room are opened from the inside, to the we quote both as a favorable specimen, congregated hundreds on the outside ;--when and for the sake of the historical interest lo! the actors by some secret passage are alreaof the occasion :
dy on the stage and perfect in their parts. Order being partially obtained, the tickets are read, the
vote is taken and declared in the affirmative; " The memorable 29th of October, 1835, was the farce is over, the meeting is adjoumed, and drawing near, yet the encampment of the two the “regular ticket” is announced next day to democracies, that of monopoly, and that of Equal those who always submit to the majority, and Rights, appeared to be undisturbed. But where never vote any other.' was he, the fearless knight-errant of humanity ? “The clock has just struck seven, and the doors Where was William Leggett, the herald of of Tammany Hall are opening for the democracy. truth? He had been beset on all sides, until the What a mass of human beings rush forward into overtasked man was exhausted by superhuman the room! Yet they are late, for George D. exertion, and he lay prostrate on the bed of dis Strong, who came up the back stairs, has already ease. The Evening Post was berest of the nominated Isaac L. Varian, who also ascended mighty spirit which gave it power over men's the same way, for the chair, and the latter is munds, and it seemed as if the sun was standing hastening towards it before the question is heard still in the political world. So deep and intense by a fifth part of the crowd. Joel Curtis is nom. was the interest felt by the friends of Equal inated as the room is tilling up, and the loud Rights in behalf of the champion of the cause, *aye' of the Equal Rights Democracy calls him that it threw an aspect of solemnity over their
to the chair. The honest workingman approachcouncils, which perhaps induced more caution in es it, and now begins the contest between their preparations, and the more necessity for monopoly and its opponents. There is a struggle reliance on themselves in the approaching con of gladiators on the platform around the chair ;test. Even the scheme of going to the county the loudest vociferations are heard, and Tammeeting at Tammany Hall with Loco Foco Inany trembles with intestine war. The contest matches, and candles, which in other circum at length becomes more furious; men are strug. stances would have excited merriment, was gling with each other as if for empire, while the resolved on in serious earnestness of mind and multitude in the body of the room are like the somewhat of solemn mystery.
waves of a tempestuous sea. But who is he, " At length the evening of the 29th October is that man of slender form and youthful appear. come, on which the Democratic Republican ance, the foremost in the struggie ? Equal Electors of the city of New York are to assern. Rights men, your chief should be a man of ble in Tammany Hall, to decide on the nomina stalwart frame ; but there is hope, for your cause tion of their agents, into whose hands they have is good, and the indomitable spirit of equality is foolishly confided their political right of con in that slender man Cheers for Ming science, as regards the right of suffrage. There What! is that the office-holder? He who is is a dense throng collecting in front of the hall, always up with every rising of the people? He and the leading passage and great stairway to openly dares the majesty of monopoly, even in the large room, is crowded to a perfect jam, as is its temple ;-he disregards the tenure of his human beings were wedged together and bound office, for the elevating principle of Equality of fast. Already those at the head of the stairs, Rights-the honest war-cry of opposition to all hear the tramp of persons in the room. How monopolies' has aroused the democratic enthu. comes that? Know you not, questioner, that siasm of his heart, and he counts not the cost. there are back stairs, and that up those back It is so !-he is unconsciously, for the occasion, stairs the caucussed officers with the caucussed and the time being, the natural hero of humanity, proceedings, (for the democracy must be striving with all his energy of character to place left to do its duty to itsell), have ascended into Joel Curtis in the chair, as the representative of the roorn ? But in order that you may have a the masses. Unquestionably it is a contest for clear knowledge of the mode of doing business empire between man and monopoly. under the regime of the time-honored usages in
Behold! a broad banner is spread before the times gone by, the following is quoted from a eyes of the vast assemblage, and all can read its sagacious politician :-On every political occa inscription : *Joel Curtis, the Anti-Monopolist sion, a caucus composed of the oldest and chairman' wisest" is convened in anticipation of any an. “The efforts of Isaac L. Varian and the mononouncement to the people. These obliging poly democracy are futile to obtain order, or to and immaculate sages, with the most pater. read their ticket of nominations so as to be heard, nal and disinterested motives, consult and or any decision had thereon. They are struck exchange opinions with each other on the course with amazement at the sight of another banner necessary to be pursued for the good of the with the inscription, ' Anti-Monopolist Democrats whole. Once decided upon, the wires are put in are 'opposed to Gideon Lee, Ringgold, West, and motion. If in New York, the Tammany Society, Conner ;' and another with “We go all gold but a secret and select one by the by, commences its Ringgold.' What a desecration of the usages! operations ; the Ward leaders have a private “ But behold-there is the broadest banner of interview, and decide upon the chairman, the all, and it is greeted with cheers. It is the whole secretary and the retiring committee; the office of the anti-monopoly ticket for Congress and the holders receive their instructions to be present Legislature, so that all can see and read where with their dependents, and a call is finally pub none can distinctly hear. The shouts of the ished for the Independent Democratic Republic Equal Rights Democracy are still more deafen. an electors to meet and transact the business. ing. But heartfelt cheers are given to that ban
ner which declares for Leggett: ‘The Times river of life, which runs through it in a must change ere ve desert our Post.'
** The struggle is drawing towards a close thousand little rills of peace and joy." Isaac L. Varian believes the evidence presented to his senses, and in attempting to leave the chair, to which he is forcibly held down by George Historical Tales and Ilustrations. By D. Strong and a member of the Common Council AGNES STRICKLAND, authoress of “ The since dead, he exclaims, 'Let me get out, gentle.
Rival Crusoes," &c., &c. With Enmen, we are in the minority here! They held him fast ;-but there! the chair is upset, and gravings. 12mo. pp. 276. Boston: Isaac L. Varian is thrown from it. Instantly Joel Munroe & Francis, J. H. Francis, 128 Curtis, the true-hearted workingman is in it,
Washington street, Boston. New York: both by right and fact, while two banners speak to the Democracy, * Don't adjourn'--'Sustain the
C. S. Francis. chair.' There is clapping of hands and triumphant cheers. What can the discomfited do?
It is needless to add to the recom" They have done it. When they got down stairs they turned off the gas. It is half-past mendation contained in the name of the seven, and the darkness of midnight is in Tam- authoress of this entertaining little volmany Hall. Nothing but the demon spirit of monopoly, in its war upon humanity, could have
ume. Combining the instruction of history been wicked enough to involve such an excited with the pleasure of amusing story-telling, throng in total darkness.
it is a sort of juvenile application of the host of fire-fly lights are in the roomloco faro conceived, well executed, well printed, it ** Let there be light, and there is light." A principle of the historical romance. Well matches are ignited, candles are lit, and they are held up by living and breathing chandeliers. It is will also be very welcome to the class of a glorious illumination! There are loud and readers for whom it is destined. long plaudits and huzzas, such as Tammany never before echoed from its foundations. Reader, if this were not a victory over Monopoly, a blow, at least, was struck upon the hydra: Tales from the Arabian Nights' Enterheaded monster, from which it never recovered." tainments, as related by a Mother for the
amusement of her children.
With Forty The Seasons. By JAMES THOMSON; Gems
Engravings by BUTLER, from designs by
J. GILBERT. Third Edition. New from American Poets; A Collection of the Promises of Scripture, under their
York: J. & H. G. Langley, 57 Chat
ham street. 1843. proper heads, &c. By SAMUEL CLARKE, D.D. New York: D. Appleton & Co. Robin Hood and his Merry Foresters. By
STEPHEN PERCY, author of “ Tales of These pretty little 18mo. volumes are
the Kings of England.” With ten finely the commencement of a series which the
colored plates. Fourth Edition, imsame publishers have in progress, entitled proved. New York : J. & H. G. Appleton's Miniature Classical Library, Langley, 57 Chatham street. 1843. comprising chiefly works and selections whose sterling merit is attested by their The popularity of these really very wide and long established popularity. pretty perennials, calling forth repeated The Gems from American Poets appear editions, is not likely to diminish at the to be in general tastefully selected. Of present season, when they will be found Dr. Clarke's “ Promises," a book of among the most appropriate presents of which the circulation has been probably this kind which the crowded tables of the second to no other of the various manuals bookstores presen!. of devotion that have been prepared by many a pious hand, we are induced to quote the following from the recommenda- The Young Islanders, a Tale of the Last tion to the original edition, by Dr. Watts, Century. By JEFFERYS Taylop. 12mo. in 1750 : “ The materials which are col
pp. 306. New York: D. Appleton & lected here are all divine, and the dispo Co., 200 Broadway. sition of them is elegant and regular; so Work and Wages, a Tale. By MARY that it is an easy matter to find something Howitt. 12mo. pp. 178. Same. suited to the frame of our souls, or our present wants, upon every occasion. .. The first of these little volumes is a Those who have little leisure for reading, Robinson Crusoe sort of story, of a may find their account in keeping this company of lads cast away on a desert book always near them, and with the island, illustrated by pretty wood cutsglance of an eye they may take in the a never failing source of interest to that riches of grace and glory, and derive class of readers for which it is designed. many a sweet refreshment from hence, The other is another number of the amidst their labors and travels through publishers' series of " Tales for the Peothis wilderness. It is of excellent use to ple and their children”-a continuation lie on the table in a chamber of illness, of Mary Howitt's former 'story of “Litand now and then to take a sip of the tle Coin, Much Care."
MONTHLY LITERARY BULLETIN.
the celebrated “ Clinical Lectures on
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est specimens of bibliography ever at man is also engaged in the translation tempted is the forthcoming miniature of a new French production, by Reg. edition of Shakspeare, the type of nault, of great interest, “ The Criminal which is half the size of diamond, the History of the English Government smallest in use--so minute, indeed, as from the Massacre of the Irish to the to render the aid of a glass indispens Poisoning of the Chinese.” able. This, which will not exceed in The following are among the new Christsize the dimensions of the present para mas Gift-Books published by that wellgraph, inverted, will cost between two known caterer for literary taste, Mr. and three thousand dollars, the entire Samuel Colman, of this city,--all of fount of type being cast expressly for which are distinguished by great beauty the work, independent of the other ex of embellishment and internal excelpenses incident to so novel and difficult lence :—66 Thulia,” a poem, by Dr. J. a fabrication. W. H. Colyer, of this C. Palmer, of the U. S. Navy. Splencity (the publisher) will, doubtless, re didly embellished with a series of twelve ceive the thanks of the curious, and highly finished engravings, and elereap a rich harvest from his great en gantly bound. The literary merits of terprise.
this new production are, we are inSCOTSMEN IN THE REVOLUTION.—The formed, of no mean order, and the no
prospectus of a new and interesting velty of the subject,-comprising the work on the times of seventy-six has only recorded account of the exploring just been issued by H. Montgomery, expedition of the “ Peacock” to the Adam Ramage, J. K. Mitchell, and South Seas, will doubtless constitute a E. D. Inghram, a Committee of the St. work of peculiar attraction, especially Andrews' Society of Philadelphia, en during the ensuing holidays. The new titled “ Biographical Memoirs of the juveniles, which form an elegant little Scotsmen, who by their Civil or Mili series, and at very low prices, are entary Services, assisted in achieving the titled “ Arthur's Story-Book for 1843," Independence of the United States." « Little Gift," 6 Useful Stories,” It will contain the memoirs of Doctors “ Poems for Little Folks,” “ Little Wilson and Witherspoon (signers of Keepsake," and the new issue for 1843 the Declaration), and of Paul Jones, of the “ Ladies' Annual Register." Generals Lord Stirling, M'Intosh, Mer “ The Dawnings of Genius,” by Miss cer, and St. Clair, Colonels Macpher Pratt, and “ Adventures of Captain son, McLane, Lenox, &c., and be issued Jno. Smith,” are now ready, forming at cost to the Society-$1, or there part of Appleton's Series of Juveniles, abouts. A copy of the prospectus may
entitled a “ Library for my Young be seen at the Mechanics’ Institute, Countrymen "_also Mary Howitt's City Hall, where Wm. Lyon Macken new and very interesting tale, called zie, the Actuary, will receive the names “ Work and Wages"_" The Young of persons who wish to become sub Islanders,” with beautiful cuts, a story scribers, and forward them to the pub of the Robinson Crusoe school: and lisher at Philadelphia.
new numbers of “ Handy Andy” by New editions are now ready of those po the laughter-loving Lover, and « Hector
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with Cowper and Burns. J. S. Redfeld announces i wislation of Ure's Dictionary of the Arts has just ar