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fidently expressed that Russia is about to become Catholic; 7. Protestantism, in which the present destructive tendencies of that schism are pointed out, and the evangelical and rationalistic parties are made to share equally the disgrace of their position, M. de Pressensé faring no better than Scherer and Réville. This survey covers 190 pages, and our statement of it will give an idea of the method pursued throughout.
After this are treated in order Philosophy, traditionalist, rationalist, theist, idealist, materialist, and mystico-sceptical; History, of the Monks, of Mary Magdalen, of France, of Joan of Arc, of the Consulate and Empire and the Restoration, and the "Archæology" of the year; "Literature" and the Drama, with notices of eight schools of " romance"; "Law," in its various departments; "Science," especially medical and chemical science; the Fine Arts; and finally the "Periodicals," Reviews, Magazines, and Newspapers, secular and religious, general and special.
If the Liberal thinkers of France, from their stand-point, would give us an annual volume of this kind, it would be exceedingly valuable. It would be, on a larger scale, what the quarterly summaries of the Westminster Review are in England.
IN a time of revolution, events so fast outrun men's criticism on them, that this comes more for curiosity than guidance. At this moment, our government seems to have triumphantly proved its thesis, that secession was the work of a faction, and that the majority in the seceding States have remained loyal to the old federation. But what one month proved, the previous ten had steadily belied. And it is no wonder that the social revolution, the open war on slavery, which the more conservative reserved for the last military emergency, should have seemed to the more zealous the necessary and only policy to inaugurate the campaign. We have before called attention to the singular eloquence and force with which this is urged by the author of “The Rejected Stone." It is presented again, with power far inferior, yet carefully and earnestly, in another little volume issued by the same publishers. The argument is already a little distanced by the triumphant march of events. Yet it is an argument that will keep, and may have its future uses. At any rate, the retrospect is always valuable. It is put clearly and strongly by this new writer. "Barons of the South" is the felicitous phrase in which John Adams, nearly eighty years ago, indicated the hostility his keen sense discerned between the governing class at the South and the sincere republicanism of the North. As Thierry throws a glare of light on the early history of England by teaching us to look at the Norman conquerors as an encamped army, with its general for king, and its officers for lords, — for centuries hostile and strangers in a land not theirs, so we see our political history shown dramatically as the working out of a plot against lib
*The True Story of the Barons of the South; or, The Rationale of the American Conflict. By REV. E. W. REYNOLDS. Boston: Walker, Wise, & Co.
erty, followed from the beginning by these new "Barons" on democratic soil; and there is about as much truth in one view as in the other. The story is very instructive; and the frequent telling of it will save us, we trust, from any repetition of the great calamity and dishonor that had all but issued in the overthrow of the Republic.
The later steps of this conspiracy we have seen nowhere so well and clearly traced as in the Address of Mr. Channing, delivered and published in England, and for sale by the same publishers. A timely and patriotic service when first rendered, it remains of permanent value as a brief, eloquent, and sufficient summary of the facts which justify our nation in accepting the terrible arbitrament of war, war, let us hope, now advancing rapidly toward its victorious close.
A new edition of "The Uprising of a Great People" includes the seasonable and friendly discussion of that point of controversy with England two months ago so threatening, but so happily settled since on a basis that seems to promise a better understanding of the rights of neutrals, and new guaranties of peace.
It gives us pleasure to mention, in this connection, the recent Election Sermon of Mr. Alger, careful in thought, vigorous in statement, and elevated in tone, an excellent exposition of the order of religious thought suited to the time, and the more meritorious as it avoids the temptation of entering into the details of those questions of public policy which just now may well perplex our wisest men.
It is a little trying at this day to find an old accusation of bad faith against our government brought up afresh, and that not only in such prints as Blackwood and the London Times, but in a paper which looks strangely out of place in our liberal contemporary, the Westminster Review. The charge is, that, in the settlement of the northeastern boundary, in 1842, Mr. Webster suppressed a map assumed to be that on which Franklin had traced the treaty boundary, and so deceived Lord Ashburton into assenting to unjust terms. We had supposed the controversy was long ago laid to rest by the following facts, which it seems require re-statement now:-1. That the commissioners had previously agreed to waive all discussion of the terms of the old treaty, and to decide on a new line, and therefore, even supposing the map genuine, Mr. Webster was noway bound to bring it forward; 2. That there is no proof that the map in question was Franklin's, and in fact the line on it is too rudely traced, and on too small a scale, to be of any service as authority; 3. That a map on a much larger scale, of more recent date, and of far higher claims to authenticity, having the boundary laid down according to the American claim, and certified (apparently) in the handwriting of George III. himself, lay, in fact, at that time, in the British archives, and was suppressed, by some person in the interest of the British government, until the settlement of 1842 had been agreed to. Curiously enough, the two maps were used after
The Civil War in America; or, the Slaveholders' Conspiracy. An Address by the REV. WILLIAM HENRY CHANNING. Liverpool: W. Vaughan.
ward, each by the party whose own claims it told against, to induce consent to the treaty. On the whole, the charge of bad faith had better be abandoned, certainly, by our kind cousins across the water.
In answer to a letter of inquiry, Dr. S. G. Howe has written a pamphlet of great interest, touching the work of the Sanitary Commission. He takes occasion to present the statistics of disease and death in our armies, in a very striking light; he insists on the harm of sending extra supplies of any sort to the soldiers in the field; he urges that even for military hospitals charitable gifts are no longer needed, and had better be discontinued, while money is required for the operations of the Commission; and he argues, with great warmth and force, that the watchword of Emancipation is needed, both to make the war a short one, and to animate it with a noble and inspiring motive. The writer's character and position will secure a wide hearing to his words.
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Tracts for Priests and People. By various Writers. Wise, & Co. 12mo. pp. 372. (To be reviewed.) A Commentary on Ecclesiastes. By Moses Stuart. Edited and Revised by R. D. C. Robbins. Andover: Warren F. Draper. 12mo. pp. 346. A Commentary, Critical and Grammatical, on St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians; with a Revised Translation. By Charles J. Ellicott. Andover: Warren F. Draper. 8vo. pp. 190.
A Text-Book of the History of Doctrines. By Dr. K. R. Hagenbach. The Edinburgh Translation, revised, with Additions, by Henry B. Smith. Vol. II. New York: Sheldon & Co. 8vo. pp. 558.
Christian Worship. Services for the Church; with Order of Vespers, and Hymns. New York: James Miller. Boston: Walker, Wise, & Co. pp. 260, 108. (See p. 296.)
Teach us to Pray; being Experimental, Doctrinal, and Practical Observations on the Lord's Prayer. By Rev. John Cumming. New York: Carleton. 12mo. pp. 303.
The Spirit of Hebrew Poetry. By Isaac Taylor. With a Biographical Introduction, by W. Adams. New York: Rudd and Carlton. 8vo. pp. 386.
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History of the Town of Marlborough, with a brief Sketch of the Town of Northborough. By Charles Hudson. Boston: T. R. Marvin and Son. 8vo. pp. 544.
Memoir of the Duchess of Orleans. By the Marquess de H—. Together with Biographical Souvenirs and Original Letters, collected by Prof. G. H. de Schubert. Translated from the French. Second Edition. New York: Charles Scribner. 12mo. pp. 391.
The History of the Religious Movement of the Eighteenth Century called Methodism. By Abel Stevens. Vol. III. New York: Carlton and Porter. 8vo. pp. 524. (See p. 285.)
The Missionary in Many Lands: a Series of interesting Sketches of Missionary Life. By Erwin House. New York: Carlton and Porter. 18mo. PP. 393.
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The Elements of Logic, adapted to the Capacity of Young Students. By Charles K. True. New York: Carlton and Porter. 18mo. pp. 176.
Rudiments of Public Speaking and Debate; or Hints on the Application of Logic. By G. J. Holyoake. Revised by Rev. L. D. Barrows. New York: Carlton and Porter. 12mo. pp. 230. (See p. 306.)
The Works of Francis Bacon. Vol. III. Boston: Brown and Taggard. 12mo. pp. 502. (Reviewed p. 157.)
Ethical and Physiological Inquiries, chiefly relative to Subjects of Popular Interest. By A. H. Dana. New York: Charles Scribner. 12mo. pp. 308 (To be noticed.)
Lessons in Life; a Series of Familiar Essays. By Timothy Titcomb. Tenth Edition. New York: Charles Scribner. 12mo. pp. 344.
The Uprising of a Great People. To which is added a Word of Peace on the Difference between England and the United States. From the French of Count Agenor de Gasparin. New York: Charles Scribner. 12mo. pp.
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The Young Step-Mother; or, A Chronicle of Mistakes. By the Author of "The Heir of Redclyffe," &c. New York: D. Appleton & Co. 16mo. 2 vols. Margaret Howth. A Story of To-Day. Boston: Ticknor and Fields. 16mo. pp. 266.
Addresses of the Inauguration of the Professors in the Theological Department of Yale College. New Haven: E. Hayes. pp. 29.
A Letter to Mrs.
and other Loyal Women, touching the Matter of Contributions for the Army, and other Matters connected with the War. By S. G. Howe. Boston: Ticknor and Fields. pp. 28.