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towards its object with the utmost intenseness, and establishes its conclusions with irresistible force. Its design is to show thut all true speculation leads to the peculiar truths of the Christian system,--that man gropes in darkness, ignorant of God and of himself, until he finds God in Christ, and his own high destiny in an obedient faith. It is a book to be commended to all classes of readers. The American Sunday School Upion has published a superb 12mo edition of The Life of Luther ; with Special Reference to its Earlier Periods, and the Opening Scenes of the Reformation. By Barnas Sears, D. D. This volume has received the unqualified praise of able critics. Dr. Sears has made Luther a study for many years, and in these pages has embodied the results of all previous investigations, especially of those later ones which have illustrated the earlier portions of the Reformer's life. From the year 1517 to 1546, Luther's own letters, which are voluminous and full of details, are mado a principal source from which the materials of this work are drawn. These Dr. Sears has studied with patient care, and the results of his labors may be received with confidence. The same association has issued the second part of the Rev. Charles Overton's Cottage Lectures on Pilgrim's Progress, entitled Christiana and her Children. Mr. Overton's Lectures have been much approved for their lucid exhibitions of evangelical truth. We have seldom read any practical religious work with greater advantage than his Lectures on Pilgrim's Progress. Gould, Kendall & Lincoln have published a work entitled Mothers of the Wise and Good, by Jabez Burns, D. D., which, without being specially profound or original, abounds in illustrations of maternal influence, and is adapted to do great good. Tickpor, Reed & Fields have published the Confessions of an Opium-Ealer, aud Suspiria de Profundis, by Thomas De Quincey, with the intimation of their intention to issue, at intervals, a complete collection of Mr. De Quincey's writings, uniform with this handsome volume. Mr. De Quincey has written largely for periodicals, and some of his performances, such as the memoirs of Pope and Shakspeare, in the Encyclopædia Britannica, have distinguished merit. The Confessions, published in the London Magazine, io 1822, and detailing the author's personal experience as an opium-eater, with the struggles and sufferings of his deliverance, form a work as unlike all other books as the state of mind in which an opium-eater lives is unlike the ordinary experiences of mankind. The character of the work is well-known, and its striking singularity will attract numerous readers for long years to come.
Buker & Scribner have lately issued several new works, some of which are of a bigh order. The Paradise Lost, by John Milton, with Notes, Explanatory and Critical. By Rev. James Robert Boyd. It is too true, as stated in the “reasons" for preparing this edition, that though the Paradise Lost is found on the shelves of every domestic library, and lying in beautiful bindings on every centre-table, it is read by a few only, and by the most of that few is but imperfectly understood. There are reasons for this in the inverted style, in the learned allusions, and in the boundless range of the poet's thoughts; but these difficulties yield to patient effort, and must be overcome in order to appreciate this great masterwork of man. To enable the reader to triumph over these difficulties; to put him into possession of the thoughts which sprung forth from the teeming mind of Milton, and clothed themselves at his will in language beautiful, stately, and overpowering, is the design of this work. It has been prepared as a labor of love, and with a generous enthusiasm. The editor has made diligent use of all previous annotations, and given liberally his own suggestions. We have not followed him far, but we have satisfied ourselves that the most of those who talk of admiring Milton would know far more of what they admire, by studying faithfully this edition. It is. printed on large, fair type, and makes a 12mo of 542 pages. Domestic History of the American Revolution. By Mrs. Ellet. The story of the American Revolution never becomes a weary one. Each new writer looks upon that great event from some new position, and gives a picture varied from all preceding ones, and yet perhaps not less beautiful or instructive. Mrs. Ellet, in preparing her Women of the American Revolution, found herself in possession of materials which illustrated the more secret and unobserved springs of action of those times, and leaving the details of public policy and the movements and strifes of armies to others, she has laid open those springs and presented us with more of the heart of the people who so nobly sacrificed and struggled for freedom. She has rightly estimated the value of incidents as illustrating general character, and wisely interspersed them through her book. It can hardly fail to be a popular favorite. 12mo, pp. 308. Life Here and There: or Sketches of Society and Adventure at Farapart Times and Places. By N. P. Willis. There are some writers who, say what you will about them, are destined to find readers, always and in abundance. Of these Mr. Willis is one. We know not that he has contributed to the stores of learning or philosophy, or that the world will be the wiser or the better for his intellectual labors,—but he has found a way to the hearts of thousands, who seize his agreeable sketches of life and manners with an avidity that never fails. The title of this volume indicates its character as well as it can be done without an analysis of its contents. Its sketches are declared to be true to the manners of countries and places described, and many of its personal descriptions to be portraits of celebrated men and women .whom he has had an opportunity to know. Reminiscences of Congress. By Charles W. March. Nobody would suspect that a volume bearing such a title was no more nor less than a biography of Daniel Webster, brought down to the “Removal of the Deposits." Such, however, is the book before us. It supplies an abundance of interesting detail, and contains some sketches written with considerable power, but to us the writer's views seem narrow and his heart cold. His admiration of Mr. Webster is much like worship, and yet, with broader views and a warmer heart, he might have rendered to the illustrious subject of his Reminiscences a higher tribute in more moderate terms.-- The Psalms Translated and E.cplained. By J. A. Alexander, Professor in the Theological Seminary at Princeton. The first volume of this work appeared several months ago. The present extends from the 51st to the 100th Psalm. The third will complete the work. Dr. Alexander has brought to the preparation of these volumes the highest accomplishments of learning with the graces of a devout Christian heart; and, while he has rendered them an important aid to the Christian minister, he has made them altogether suitable for the study of intelligent private Christians. The translation, so far as we have examined, is varied just enough from the common version, on the one hand, to indicate its independence, and on the other to illustrate the excellence of that version both as correct in expression and setting forth to a large extent the very spirit of the original. The explanations are of great value, illustrating the meaning of the text in such ways as at the same time to minister to devotion and godly living. It is a pleasure to commend such volumes. We had expected for the present number an elaborate review of them from one of our ablest Biblical scholars, but have been disappointed. 12mo, pp. 349.- Lessons from the History of Medical Delusions. By Worthington Hooker, M. D. Dr. Hooker is already known to the world as a most cordial, as well as intelligent, despiser of all forms of quackery, by his observations thereon in his “ Physician and Patiept." What of justice he failed to do in that work, he has fully accomplished in this, which has the distinction of being the “Fiske Fund Prize Dissertation of the Rhode
Island Medical Society." The book is small, a 12mo of 104 pages, and we beg to call to it the attention of our readers generally, and especially of such as are in any danger of falling into any of the prevailing medical delusions. The clergy, even some of those who most dislike quackery in their own profession, are among those most frequently deluded, and we particularly request them to spend an hour or two over this Dissertation.Christianity Revived in the East: or, a Narrative of the Work of God among the Armenians of Turkey. By H. G. O. Dwight. Mr. Dwight is among the oldest and most respected of the missionaries of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, and in this work writes concerning matters with which he has been intimately acquainted. The scattered accounts of the religious reformation among the Armenians, which has been going on for many years, have indicated the special presence and grace of God, and cheered the hearts of the friends of missions, but it may be doubted whether such accounts have given to any minds an adequate idea either of the extent and power of " the work of God," or of the wonderful providences by which it has been attended. In this volume these scattered testimonies are collected, and remarkable indeed is the narrative which they embody. We hope it may be extended widely among the friends of missions. It is written without the graces of rhetoric, but it has the merit of intelligibleness, and the higher merit of Christian simplicity and truthfulness. 12mo, pp. 290.- Harper & Brothers have lately issued the History of Darius the Great. By Jacob Abbott. This volume forms an addition to the series which Mr. Abbott has been giving to the world through the last two or three years. They are written for those who have passed from childhood into more advanced youthfuldays, and with such skill in seizing the right points of the narrative, and imbuing the whole story with correct moral sentiments, as to sustain the interest of young readers, while at the same time their hearts are guarded. - Geo. P. Putnam bas published Sleep, Psychologically Considered, with reference to Sensation and Memory. By Blanchard Fosgate, M. D. This Essay is designed to show, " that during sleep, the mental faculties are as active as during wakefulness; that memory is no criterion by which to judge the mind in sleep; and that the mind is dependent upon the integrity of the organs of external sensation for a remembrance of what transpires during this state." The American Baptist Publication Society has issued, Communion: the Distinction between Christian and Church Fellowship, and between Communion and ils Symbols. Embracing a Review of the Arguments of the Rev. Robert Hall and the Rev. Baptist W. Noel in favor of Mixed Communion. By T. F. Curtis, A. M. The author of this volume is Professor of Theology in Howard College, Alabama. Though, if we mistake not, still a young man, his work exhibits maturity of mind, and especially a disposition to settle the questions discussed on ultimate grounds. “The object of the work is to exhibit the principle that the Lord's Supper is a symbol of church relations between those who unite in its celebration.” The volume came into our hands so lately that we have not had time to examine it with anything like thoroughness; but such examination as we have been able to give it, impresses us strongly in its favor. Though on a much controverted subject, and reviewing counter arguments, it wears very little the appearance of a controversial work. It is rather a lucid exhibition of a practical subject for the edification and establishment of our own churches; and we are much mistaken if it is not found to promote the highest ends of practical godliness. We shall be glad if it is in our power to recur to this work again, and more at length. The volume is a handsomely printed 12mo, of 303 pages. We have received likewise from the same source, and just on the eve of going to press, the first volume of a series of Bunyan's Awakening Works, with an introduction by the Rev. John Newton Brown, who is editor of the Society's Publications. The present volume contains, the Greatness of the Soul, Sighs from Hell, and the Resurrection of the Dead. Mr. Brown has expended on the volume a good deal of editorial labor, but we are not certain that we can fall in with the principles by which it has been regulated. The selection determined may be wise for practical purposes, but corrections of Bunyan's style are doubtful endeavors. We say this, however, only by way of careal, and not to condemn what we have but lightly examined. The volume is finely executed, and that its circulation will do good is not to be doubted.- M. W. Dodd has issued the third edition of The Mercy Seat: Thoughts sug. gested by the Lord's Prayer. By GARDNER SPRING, D. D. The value of this work, as a means of Christian edification, has been well tested. Its author is among the wisest and most successful of American pastors, and his practical works are always welcome. 12ino, pp. 382.---M. H. Newman & Co. have published A Neo Method of Learning the German Language: Embracing both the Analytic and Syn hetic Modes of Instruction; Bring a Plain and Practical Way of Acquiring the Art of Reading, Spenking and Writing German. By W. H. WOODBURY. The author presents this volume as the fruit of many years' study of German, both at home and in Germany, conducted with special reference to the objects proposed in his work. It proceeds on the principle throughout, that theory and practice are to be combined in the acquisition of the language, and aims to conduct the learner along by natura) stages. It includes Reading Lessons, and the necessary Vocabulary. We commend it to the attention of teachers. A Practical Treatise of Book-keeping, by Single and Double Entry, on a new plan, which embraces methods for farmers, mechanics, professional men, &c., as well as those for merchants and retailers. The work contains likewise an appendix of Definitions, Directions, and Practical Forms. Its author is P. MACGREGOR. 12mo, pp. 274.-_Pratt, Woodford & Co. have published the third edition of Prof. Brocklesby's Elements of Meteorology, for Schools and Academies. It is a pleasure to see such a science successfully introduced among the studies of youth, with such facilities as are furnished in this work. This volume has the conclusive endorsement of Professors Olmstead and Silliman, as well as of other gentlemen of high standing. - The same firm issues First Lessons in Greek, Introductory to the Greek Grammar, by Rev. Dr. BULLIONS, whose grammars have been in extensive use for many years. - Nafis & Cornish have published among their approved school books, the sixteenth edition, revised, of Stoddard's American Intellectual Arithmetic, and the Juvenile Mental Arithmetic, a smaller work for younger persons, introductory thereto. The attention of teachers is invited to these works.- Lewis Colby has published within a few days, The Churches and Sects of the United States. By Rev. P. DOUGLASS GORRIE. This manual, a 12mo of 240 pages, contaios “a brief account of the origin, history, doctrines, church-government, mode of worship, usages and statistics of each religious denomination, so far as known," and will be found convenient and useful for reference. We have room to do no more than announce the appearace from the press of Baker & Scribner, of the second volume of Mrs. Anita George's Queens of Spain, in which the life of Isabella is drawn in darker colors than those in which Mr. Prescott has recorded her fame, and of two volumes by the Rev. Dr. Ruffner, late President of Washington College, Va., entitled, The Fathers of the Desert : or an Account of the Origin and Practice of Monkery among Heathen Nations ; its Passage into the Church; and some wonderful Slories of the Fathers concerning the Primitive Monks and Hermits.
This work is the fruit of extensive research on a subject both curious and i nstructive. It will form the subject of a future notice.
Several pages of both Notices and Intelligence are crowded out.