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accumulated researches of the great physical inquirers of the age. Besides, she is equally eloquent and scientific; a combination of qualities not often found. One rises from the perusal with a vastly augmented insight into the physical features and reciprocal influences which mark and modify this globe of ours.

13. Memoirs of Elizabeth, second Queen regnant of England and Ireland. By Agnes Strickland. Complete in one volume. Philadelphia: Blanchard & Lea.


These memoirs are detached from the popular "Lives of the Queens of England," in order to give a separate and individual interest to the life of the most celebrated female sovereign of modern times, if not of all times. Her long and eventful career upon the throne fills so great a space in history, and is so graphically delineated by the accomplished pen of Miss Strickland, that it should not be made a mere episode, but a history itself, to be studied in its own light and results upon the destinies of mankind. The Elizabethan period is unrivaled in many respects, both for its political and intellectual achievements. No woman, whatever were many of her personal faults, ever possessed more of the attributes of a sovereign, or maintained them with more inflexible will. Here the outline of the general histories of the times is filled up, the portrait is complete, and the satisfaction we feel repays us for the length at which it is drawn. Miss Strickland's talents and devotion to the annals of her sex who have occupied royal stations leave nothing to be desired in the accomplishment of her task.

14. Memoirs and Correspondence of Charles James Fox. Rt. Hon. Lord John Russell, M. P. Two volumes. Blanchard & Lea. 1853.

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The noble editor will not have enhanced his fame as a literateur by this publication. He appears himself to be sensible of the comparative meagerness of the materials, and apologizes on the ground of his attention to public affairs. He has made but few additions to the facts left by Lord Holland, who contemplated a complete biography. Notwithstanding these defects, he has produced an account of the great Whig leader more circumstantial than any we have. But the biography of Fox is interesting far beyond its personal attractions, great as they were. It is interwoven with the web of the stirring period in which he lived, and in which he played so conspicuous a part in political affairs. He was a man of a dazzling genius and of highly cultivated powers, though radically wanting in those elements of moral character which make greatness a legacy to posterity. On these accounts the book will be read with avidity. The galaxy of statesmen, orators and wits to which Fox belonged, and the portentous measures which were agitated in his times, will induce all lovers of the romance of history to inquire what his Lordship has collected together and endorsed respecting them.

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15. The History of the Restoration of the Monarchy in France.
phonse de Lamartine. Vol. 4th. New York: Harper & Brothers.


All historians have their faults and their excellences. The drama of state affairs is viewed by each according to the political stand-point which he takes, and are colored, in the representation, by the hues of his prejudices. The position of Lamartine, his diversified talents and thorough acquaintance with the current of national history, must entitle his views to great respect. They are comprehensive and penetrating, without any of that attempt at display which we have discovered in Allison and Macaulay, and which, in despite of ourselves, we cannot admire in a writer of history. The period embraced in this volume extends from the death of Napoleon to the abdication of Charles X. in favor of his nephew, the Duke de Bordeaux. The departure of the King and his embarcation at Cherbourg is told with a most beautiful and artless simplicity; a scene which one of less rigor of taste and of style would have disfigured by an exaggerated exhibition of its tragical elements. Imagination is one of the traits of Lamartine, but is repressed in his narrative of facts, in which accuracy and truthfulness are the highest qualities.

16. Christian Titles: a series of practical meditations. By Stephen H. Tyng, D. D. New York: Carter & Brothers. 1853.

Dr. Tyng, as clergyman, is equally distinguished by his amazing fertility and his deep evangelism. Both as a speaker and writer he has become one of our American celebrities. He is an honor to the country and the church, without being ambitious of it. All his labors are directed to the practical ends of the gospel. In the "Christian Titles" he unfolds the import of those names by which the people of God are designated in the Scriptures, as containing some special mark of his favor and involving some peculiar obligation. Undoubtedly the very epithets themselves are prolific of instruction, and are a portion of the paternal legacy; themes of devout meditation. There is nothing of learned criticism in his observations. They are brief, personal, spiritual appeals to the hearts of the pious.

17. The Bourbon Prince. The history of the royal Dauphin, Louis XVII. of France. New York: Harper & Brothers. 1853.

The recent controversy on this subject has assumed an extraordinary interest, not to subside with the present publication. It is not the settlement of a mere historic doubt, but the claims of a living American missionary to the throne of France. If the assumption be a priori ridiculous, as in fact it would seem, the web of circumstantial evidence adduced by Mr. Hanson converts it into a question of sobriety, not to be disposed of by French ingenuity or dogmatism, but by a direct solution of the most astounding developments of modern times. The work of Beauchesne, of which this little volume is an abstract, has been pronounced an unanswerable refutation of the story of Eleazar Williams. It is to us no answer at

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all. Viewed by itself it is conclusive, but not by the mysterious and well attested events in the life of the Indian missionary. A chasm in the life of the Dauphin remains to be filled, and it will startle the world if the history of a nation has been falsified in one of its principal facts, and if bribery and perjury have exhausted their resources to turn the truth into a lie of state. We yet await the issue, and will yield to the balance of evidence. In the meantime, let every one read all that has been produced and pronounced satisfactory on the part of France, which he will here find condensed for his benefit.

18. Footsteps of our Fathers: What they suffered and what they sought; describing localities and portraying personages and events conspicuous in the struggles for religious liberty. By James G. Miall. Boston: Gould & Lincoln.

The title is an index. The book is an historical treatise on religious liberty, recounting the corruptions and perils of state alliance with the church, and the painful processes by which she has reached that freedom which she now enjoys. It is interwoven with picturesque descriptions of the scenes principally implicated in the struggle. The author is no tyro in his task. A very slight glance will satisfy the reader that he has drunk at the fountain-head of information. The antiquities of the times, as well as the elements at strife, are presented with the evidence of a careful scrutiny. It is a well written and instructive, as well as a most captivating sketch of the conflict between ecclesiastical and political prerogatives. The writer has imbibed the spirit of his subject, as is manifested in the staunch and stern reprobation of every form of religious domination.

19. Startling Questions. By the Rev. J. C. Ryle, B. A. New York: Carter & Brothers. 1853.

The two works of this author, "Living or Dead?" and "Wheat or Chaff?" already noticed, give a very just idea of the style and object of this. His vocation seems to be to arouse the conscience. His talent, consecrated by zeal, is well adapted to impress, by its remarkable directness and energy. The questions which he plies, in these pages, are: "Where art thou? Are you an heir? Shall you be saved? How readest thou? What think you of the Cross? Have you assurance ?" and they have a truly startling effect by the manner in which they are presented and pressed upon the soul.

20. Female Piety: or, The young woman's friend and guide through life to immortality. By John Angell James. New York: Carter & Brothers. 1853.

If we knew nothing of the character and contents of this volume, the knowledge of the author's other productions would warrant a most favorable anticipation of it. His pious solicitude has already found vent in some very useful treatises on religious subjects, and established his reputation as

a Christian guide. The influence of Christianity on the condition of woman; her place in the Scriptures; her mission; early female piety; female zeal; the young woman at home, and away from home; character of Rebekah; the ornaments of an early female profession of religion; the history and character of Martha and Mary; young mothers; and Solomon's description of a good wife, are topics which show what a rich treat awaits the reader. A better book of the kind cannot be put into a young lady's hand.

21. The Young Lady's Guide to the harmonious development of Christian character. By Harvey Newcomb. Revised edition. With an address on female education. New York: M. W. Dodd. 1853.

Although addressed to the same interesting class as the one above, and for the same benevolent purpose, it is altogether different in its structure, as its title imports. It discusses, in order, all those points which constitute and complete the Christiau virtues in woman. Supposing the subject to have commenced the Christian life, it is a full directory to her subsequent attainments. The copiousness of its instructions forbids even an analysis. But we are assured of their utility, and adaptedness to the wants of those for whom it is intended. If we consider how frequently piety in them is marred and distorted, the necessity and incentives to its harmony will strike us as worthy of an able and a zealous pen, and of an ardent desire to be thoroughly furnished unto all good words and works.

22. The Trial and Acquittal of John the Baptist, the apostles, and evangelists, under the charge of dipping and plunging persons under water, in the official acts of their several administrations. By Thomas Clelland, D. D. Louisville: Norton and Griswold.

Amidst the multifarious forms in which the subject of Baptism has been treated, we have met with none so full of novelty and strength combined as this. It is limited exclusively to the import and mode of the ordinance as taught in the Bible. It is forensic. A regular trial is instituted. The judge is seated; the jury are empannelled; the charge is delivered; the counsel for the commonwealth and the defendants argue the question; the verdict is rendered with applause, and the court adjourns, sine die. The new mode of treatment renders it attractive, and we hasten with anxiety to hear the result. The position of immersionists is stated with fairness and brevity; the reply is given with fullness and force of argumentation. The best authorities are introduced when indispensable; and references to the original are made with great felicity, without entangling the attention with criticisms. We greatly wish this little book to be circulated. Its convenient size and its ability will do good to the cause of truth.

23. Philip Doddridge, his life and labors. A centenary memorial. By John Stoughton, with an introductory chapter by James Miall. Boston: Gould and Lincoln. 1853.

The name of Doddridge is a tower of strength. It is a mountain of fragrance. Few ministers of the gospel have ever been brighter ornaments of the sacred profession, or left a sweeter memorial behind them. His endowments, his accomplishments, his labors, his success, his writings have embalmed his memory in the grateful recollections of all evangelical Christians. And although his life has long been written, this tribute will be read with undiminished pleasure. The occasion of it, and the approbation which it received, greatly enhance its value. It was delivered, by appointment, in his own church in Northampton, on the centenary of his death, in the presence of the convention of the Congregational Union of England and Wales. It contains a strikingly beautiful account of the distinguished man in all his phases, with several incidents before unpublished and a prefatory chapter, on dissent, in the reign of William III. If Doddridge was not elevated to the first rank of talent, by one dazzling faculty, the perfect harmony of all his faculties and the subordination of them all to the most exalted piety, place him in the grade of Christian noblemen, and make him a model of lofty imitation.

24. The Old and the New; or the changes of thirty years in the East, with some allusions to oriental customs as elucidating Scripture. By William Goodell, missionary, in Constantinople, of the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign missions. With an introduction by Rev. William Adams, D. D. New York: M. W. Dodd. 1853.

All Christian denominations have an interest in and are enriched by the enterprise and achievments of each other. How lamentable is that sectarian spirit which does not rejoice in the prosperity of any except its own adherents. The whole Christian world has been laid under obligation to the enlightened and eminently successful labors of the Presbyterian missions in the East. They really constitute one of the most pregnant signs of the times. Literature and religion have both received a glorious impulse at home and abroad by their evangelical operations. An illustration of these remarks is found in the volume of Rev. Mr. Goodell, for thirty years a missionary in the East, and principally in Constantinople, where he preached perpetually in several different languages, and published salvation to its motley population. To the learning and labors of Mr. Goodell alone, we are indebted for a translation of the entire Bible into the Armeno-Turkish language, and for thus opening the gates of the new Jerusalem to countless thousands of heathens. Having, at the solicitation of the Missionary Board, visited his native land for two years, he has left this book as a token to his brethren and returned to finish his course. It evinces, especially, the changes which the stagnant East has undergone since he first visited it, and the hopes of that great harvest which the church will one day reap upon its ancient and fertile plains.

25. Yusef; or a journey of the Frangi. A crusade in the East. By J. Ross Browne. New York: Harper and Brothers. 1853.

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