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to the Editor any Books or Publications ntended for notice.

NOV. 1, 1865.

and political economist. His son, M. Henri DuveyParis, September 15, 1865.

rier, has acquired a good deal of reputation as an You must allow me to begin this letter by repeat- African traveller. Whoever has not seen that ASTOR, LENNOXYAN Mentation over the dulness of the season. slender, tall, and still youthful form, that firm and TILDEN FOUNDATIONMipary beauty of the weather, the heat, resolute carriage, that cheerful step, that lofty and

1889apprehens ons of the cholera, the unprecedented slightly bald forehead, with a head of sparse hair image, and the constantly increasing facilities for which has just begun to turn gray, and especially locomotion, have allured more people from town that eye set in an ardent blacl brow, that enlarged and kept them longer in the country than I remem- pupil which seems eager to absorb the whole world ber at any previous period. After I have mentioned in its orbit, that glance which pierces and plunges five or six new works. I have mentioned all the new into you, knows not the man. The old Greek poets issues of interest. It is true we have had a good had but one word to express “light” and “man," quarrel between M. Emile de Girardin and M. Alex. as if man were really the lighthouse of creation. 'I Dumas, the younger. The former accuses the lat- have never seen M. Charles Duveyrier enter a room ter's friends of conspiring to make his play un- without being reminded and understanding this popular. The latter has demanded and obtained confusion of words, this association of ideas. If an inquest from the Dramatic Authors' Society, man be a thinking reed (Pascal's phrase), the reed which has acquitted M. Dumas of conspiracy, but with M. Daveyrier is constantly lighted at the top said nothing of his friends.

and luminous. In two lectures I am told he had a M. Emile de Girardin has written another play, great deal of success. As I know with what fire entitled “The Three Lovers." He has had it he speaks extemporaneously, I regretted at first printed, but it has not been published, and it is that he had not delivered his lecture extemporanot know when or where it will be played. neously ; but I have been informed that he read in

It is rumored that M. . Emile Augier, the well- a way to produce a still greater effect. This is known dramatist, will give us a novel this winter; really a talent.* However, it is not astonishing it is said do be in press.

that M. Duveyrier, who is one of our inost distinM. Rénan has in press, not only the " Evangel- guished dramatic authors, who knows the art of ists,” but “St. Paul ;" the first work will be pub- the stage and the art of dialogue, who excels in lished in October, and the latter in November. making ingenuous and eccentric personages speak,

M. Martin, the historian, has in press a work on should have known how to give to what he read Russian encroachments.

accent, tone, and physiognomy, and that in a long M. Edmond About is working on a novel of which soliloquy he should have diversified the parts. He this-au incident of real life here-is the theme : reached the mind and heart of his auditors of all A young man of enormous wealth is extremely in ranks. He must, for instance, have told admirably love with a young girl, but he cannot marry ber, well anecdotes like the following, to show the freso great is the disparity between their social posi- quent contradiction between ideas and manners tions. He goes to a school-fellow who is very poor, aud customs. On the night of the 4th of August, ignorant of the world, and absorbed by a love of that immortal night when the privileges and distincchemistry, which is to some degree a platonic love tions of nobility were abolished and sacrificed all in consequence of his poverty, and he says to him: together by the nobles themselves, M. Duveyrier's You care for nothing on earth but chemistry; now, father, then a young lawyer, patriot, and one of the if you will agree to my proposition, I will give you ardent voters of '89, awaited with impatience for money enough to enable you to devote your whole Mirabeau to return from the Assembly. He was in time and attention to your favorite study. This is the study of the eloquent tribune, who, according my proposition : Ask Mlle. in marriage ; she to his habit, had ordered that a bath should be will not refuse you; I have arranged all that with kept ready, that he might recruit himself immeher. After marriage you both will take up your resi- diately on his return. At last Mirabeau came; he dence with me, and you will be the nominal, I will entered in an enthusiasm easily conceived; said be the real husband." The poor student accepted the he: “Ah, my friend, what a night! No more proposition. The two lovers launched their bark abuses! No more distinctions ! The cities, the into the sea of pleasure without giving a thought Estates, the greatest names, Montmorency, La to the poor fellow whose igpoble connivance they Rochefoucauld-we have, all of us, sacrificed our had purchased, and who, absorbed in his science, privileges on the altar of the country!" While gave no thought to them. They, by degrees, ran speaking and gesticulating, he entered the bath, through his. estate, and when poverty came the which he found icy. . He rang violently; the bodywoman discovered that her lover was a giddy and servant, to whom the driver had communicated the heartless fellow. All this time the chemist has proceedings of the Assembly, hastened in and labored; he has made discoveries which have began to excuse himself: “I can assure you, Monbrought him wealth. He has looked around him, sieur,'” said he, "the water is of the same temperaadmires his wife, falls in love with her, and when, ture as yesterday.” “Monsieur!" exclaimed Miraone day, the last cent of her lover's estate has been beau. “Ah, you rascall come here.” Mirabeau spent, she comes to him for bread; he feeds her, seized him by the ear and plunged his head into the her children, and her lover, and becomes in reality water, exclaiming, "Ah, torturer! I shall be greatly her husband. What a corrupt society that must disappointed if I am not still Monsieur le Comte, as be in which such a revolting story can be accepted far as you are concerned." as a faithful picture of real life! you read this letter, and exclaim, “MotI joyfully turn from this gewage to the following ley is the only wear!" I shall revertheless lay excellent photograph of M. Duveyrier by M. Sainte before you this sketch of M. Victor Hugo and his Beuve : Remember this portrait, for in a short time sons while travelling in a post-chaise on the banks you will hear a great deal of the original. He is of the Rhine: “We are four companions; three the chief editor of the great Encyclopædia, to which Frenchmen-M. de Hauteville and his two sons, the best writers of France (I might almost add of Charles and François—and one Belgian. M. de the world, for he has engaged inany eminent foreigners to contribute to it, among them Command- # Is not this a sigh drawn by the little effect M. Sainte er M. F. Maury, the eminent hydrographer) will Beave produced, and the great effect M. Saint Marc Girardin contribute.

He is, to, an excellent play-writer commanded, at the last annual meeting of the French Aca

NOV. 1, 1865.

Hauteville is not a young man, for he has sons as / with her father; she married there, and lived for old as I am; but he is the youngest and liveliest years at Kiackbta. Florence is in monrning for man I know.

He is not a stranger to grave Prof. Michel Angelo Migliazivi, keeper of ancient thoughts ; le has his word-a profound word, monuments of the Royal Galleries, at the great age about all questions of politics or philosophy; he of 86; his labors in archæology have made his name has even touched some of the social problems of our familiar to antiquarians throughout Europe. Prof. day; and it may be said that he holds a pen which Gaspard Cezioli, the Nestor of Italian physicians, is not a tavern pen with which everybody can died recently at Cremona in the 84th year of his write withal. In fine, he is a man of quality who age; he owed his reputation to his investigations has tasted literary success. All these distinctions into the nature of nicotina. suit well with him, and he is forgiven their posses- The Academy of Fine Arts have awarded the sion for his good humor's sake. You should hear Deschaumes's prizes to M. Lalluyé, author of two him laugh. You know that hearty laugh full of pleasing comedies, one of which, " Au Printemps," carelessness, that laugh full of confidence, which is is now played at the French Comedy; and to M. an overflow and not a precaution—such is M. de René Clement, author of "L'Oncle de Sycione.” Hanteville's laugh, and consequently such is our The Belgian Government have expelled from their laugh. We find everything good ; a fantastic sign, territory M. Rogéard (who had to leave France in an ill-humored hostess, a slight accident, and the consequence of his "Propos de Labienus"); he hazards and piquancy of conversation. Everything had just published at Brussels a volume of prose delights us. I must tell you one of our amusing and verse hostile to the French Empire ; it was inventions. All of us have great respect for women. entitled “ Poor France.” The Belgian press is opThe least skirt makes our conversation chaste. But posed to this act. how can men talk freely in an inn where women I may mention among the new works a very are seated near you? We speak macaronic Latin, interesting volume by Count de Gobineau (who was the Latin of Molière. Suppose Charles, François, for some years French Minister in Persia), “The and I have some perilous and sombre promenade Religions and Philosophies of Central Asia ;" Dr. to describe. This is our commencement : Vidimus Hoefer's “ Chemistry Taught by the Biography of respere tres feminas, non vieillas sed horribiles : dieta its Founders ;” the fifth and sixth volumes of M. de pulsante risquavimus aventuram. M. de Hauteville Lamartine's “Speeches ;" “ Still Woman's Luxury,” does not tarnish his classic tongue with these La- by Mme. Constance Aubert (which I note to tell tino-Gallic audacities; in the whirlpools of con- you this authoress is nobody less than a daughter versation he is kept on shore by his dignity of of the Duchess d'Abrantes-who hasn't read her pater familias. Then he opens an album and draws' memoirs !—who has for years earned her livelihood -what? Objects he has seen in the visible or by writing descriptions of the fashions of the day); invisible world-landscapes, odd houses, fortresses, Dr. Henri de Saussure's "Memoirs in Aid of the ruins, chimeras, fantastic depths, things and ani- Natural History of Mexico, the Antilles, and United mals of night. You are to know that M. de Haute- States," 3d and 4th numbers; the second edition ville is an ardent draughtsman. He is both ardent of M. Fetis' " Biography of Musicians and General and original. Charles is a man of sincere temper. Bibliography of Music," forming 8 vols. 8vo.; and François has an ultra-refined education. Charles M. Littré’s “ Death of Alexander the Great" (provhas all sorts of defects; he has horror of punctual- ing the conqueror died of paludal fovers, and not ity, quick temper, puerile whims, and tyrannical by poison).

G. S. exigencies. He is, nevertheless, devotedly loved. I don't know how he manages to win people's affec

NOTES ON BOOKS AND BOOKSELLERS. tion; but I suppose it is his nature, which is bril

WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY: LARGE PAPER, IMPERIAL liant, animated, so to say, seething, which enables Folio Edition.—Messrs. G. & C. Merriam will issue, him to carry everything before him, his own faults during the autumn, a fine edition, on large paper, and other people's resistance. It is impossible to of the recent edition of Webster's Dictionary, tó be more sprightly on every subject and every occa- be sold to subscribers only. It is to be printed on sion than he is. I have never seen so much mental fine sized and calendered paper from Grant, Warren activity united to such laziness of body. His usual & Co.'s Cumberland mills ; the size of the unallowance of sleep is twelve hours. He is always trimmed page, 10 by 15 inches, and it will be in behindhand and always gay. I do not know where the best style of the Riverside Press. The number that spoiled child finds all the grace he spends, but to be sold in this country is limited to two hundred he has a way of being charming even when he is and fifty copies, with the right reserved to the pubunbearable. He is often unbearable. François is lishers to supply not exceeding twenty-five or thirty punctuality, conscientiousness, moderation itself. copies abroad. Subscriptions are limited to one, or He has no violent lines, no oddness, no stiffness, no

at most two copios to an individual. solemnity, however. He is naturally attentive and Ecron.-Mr. Horace W. Smith, Philadelphia, has careful. He is the traveller, always ready, always republished " The History and Antiquities of Ecton, desirous of seeing everything, on the watch for in the County of Northampton (England),” by John every curiosity of art or landscape, enjoying and Cole, editor of “ Herveiana," etc., pp. 51, with index. understanding everything. He has a vigorous and The republication has been made from the Scarsupple mind, knowing well how to devote one or borough edition of 1825, and only seventy copies two hours every morning to an historical work he have been printed. Ecton was the birth-place of has undertaken, and which he prosecutes amid all Sir Augustine Nicholls, and the residence of the our promenades and adventures.” M. Victor Hugo parent stock of Dr. Franklin, whose ancestors, it is called M. de Hauteville from his house at Jersey. seems, had “a freehold estate of about thirty acres His son Charles is the writer of some novels. at Ecton, for the space of at least three hundred François is François Victor Hugo, the translator of years, where they resided carrying on the trade of Shakspeare.

blacksmith.” It is also said to receive high honors I must record the death, at Dorpat, in Russia, of from its connection with Bishop Percy, Cumberland, Mme. Andelew, a well-known authoress of works of Hogarth, and other worthies. In the library of Ecton political economy and Sclavonic literature, some of House, the mansion of Samuel Ister, Esq., is conwhich have been translated into English and tained the “very manuscript which forned the Tcheque. Her yonth was passed away in Siberia basis of the Bishop's (Percy's) celebrated "Reliques;

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