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many extracts from the work under review, to succeed in his object, but also to do so which, however, we are obliged to omit in a manner entitled to high commendafor want of space. Our readers will not tion for its own sake. regret this, as, we doubt not, we have Judge Hammond's work will doubtless said already enough to induce their peru- find its way into the hands of every polisal of the volume.

tician (and who in this country is or ought to be excluded from that designation?) of the State of whose history he

treats-and of many others besides. We The Life of Peter Van Schaack, LL.D., will simply say here, in general terms, that

embracing Selections from his Corres- it is written in a spirit of candor and pondence and other Writings during the impartiality, as well as with a degree of American Revolution, and his Exile in knowledge and ability, worthy of the England. By his Son, HENRY C. VAN source from which it proceeds. SCHAACK. 66 Superanda fortuna ferendo.” New York: D. Appleton and Co.

1842. The Official and other Papers of the late Random Shots and Southern Breezes. By

Major-General Alexander Hamilton. L. F. TASISTRO, Esq. 2 vols. 12mo.
Compiled chiefly from the Originals in Harper & Brothers. New York: 1842.
the Possession of Mrs. Hamilton, Vol. I.
New York and London: Wiley and In advance of the appearance of the
Putnam. 1842.

entire work, which has been retarded by The History of Political Parties in the the effects of their recent fire, the publish

State of New York, from the Ratifica- ers have sent us for inspection the first tion of the Federal Constitution to De- volume of Mr. Tasistro's forthcoming cember, 1840. In 2 volumes. By JA- work. We have read it through with no BEZ D. HAMMOND. Albany: Stereotyped slight degree of entertainment, and have and printed by C. Van Benthuysen. no doubt that the book will prove as tak1842.

ing as its title. We should be glad to

prove our words, which would be but an The above-named works, all highly easy task, by quoting a few of the pasvaluable in their respective kinds, we sages which our instinctive editorial pencil notice now only by their titles, to ac hasnoted for the purpose, but are compelled, knowledge their reception, and to indicate by the crowding pressure upon our conto our readers the fact of their publication. cluding pages, to forego the wish, with We do no more on the present occasion, the exception of a single extract subjoined for the reason that we intend to make by way of a brief specimen, on the ex uno them each hereafter the subject of a more disce omnes principle. The plan of these full-dress review. We have long con- volumes is novel and agreeable. Mr. templated the task, now too long perhaps Tasistro is something of a rover. At the delayed, of presenting to the readers of the period to which they refer, he was enDemocratic Review a pretty full and elab- gaged on a starring theatrical tour through orate article on Hamilton and Jefferson some of the cities of the South and West, the great antagonist master-spirits of their commencing with New Orleans. He respective schools of political philosophy. writes and sketches as he goes his observ. The appearance of this elegant volume of ations of places and things, men and manthe Papers of the former-worthily edited ners,interspersing the whole with a variety by the Rev. Dr. Hawks—will afford a con of miscellaneous criticism and reflection, on venient opportunity for the performance any interesting topic that may chance to of the intention.

present itself in his way. We understand The life of Mr. Van Schaack is a novel that he contemplates a similar volume evand highly interesting contribution to our ery year, so long as the public may continue national literature of the Revolution. The to find them as agreeable in the reading as task of biography has been executed by they are in the writing. Being a man of culhis son in a manner highly creditable tivated literary taste and accomplishment, alike to his good feelings, good sense, and of a happy facility of language and style, good taste. While he manifests a just with no small degree of experience of and laudable earnestness in his desire to society and knowledge of the world, he is vindicate his father's memory from any peculiarly qualified to make them pleasodium that should attach to it from his op- ant and popular. We might select many position to the Revolutionary war, he at graphic and spirited extracts from the the same time does so with so much mo- sheets lying before us. We take much desty and moderation of language, as well at random, the following sketch of his as clearness of statement, as not only fully first impression of New Orleans :

" It is an instinct of onr nature to judge by ex. a little closer, the town did not look yuite so bad. ternals. In the present state of the world, I know 80, after a great deal of trouble, confusion, and loss this instinct is apt sometimes to lead us astray; of time in getting clear of the cotton pyramids that but it is, upon the whole, a very valuable one, and everwhere obstructed my passage, I ventured into I generally, to a certain extent, yield myself up to it, and soon found myself extremely well accomit. I suffer it to influence, but not to fix me. modated at the Exchange, or, as it is more com

"No one can visit a strange country with less monly called, the St. Charles Hotel. prejudice against the inhabitants of it than I had "Notwithstanding that I was well prepared for against those of the South ; and yet my first im striking and novel sights on my first entrance into pressions of the Creacent City,' as New Orleans New Orleans, the reality of what I say far exceeded has been called, were anything but agreeable. It anything that I had imagined. Everything, indeed, seemed, at first, to contain all the horrors of New seemed to be on a larger scale than what I had York, without any of its general character of ex. been accustomed to see. I felt as if I had got on ternal grandeur. The filth of the streets, and the the surface of a larger globe than that on which eternal din of carts loaded with cotton, and driven the Northern States are situated. The steamboats by coarse, hideous looking negroes-the antithesis on the North River, for instance, are, in point of of everything spirituel in human nature-struck size, like baby toy's compared with those I have me as truly execrable. The endless succession of seen in the South. Indeed I can in no way bring plain, brown, dirty-looking bricks piled up for to my mind so striking a feeling of the contrast in houses, with plain, square holes for windows and this respect, as by fancying one of those trading bedoors, equally execrable!

tween Cincinnati and New Orleans placed at any " What a delightful thing it would be if we could of the wharves between Fulton and Bull's Ferry. habituale our minds and senses to employ them. Imagine to yourself, gentle reader, one of these reselves about nothing else save that which is pleas- gular "screamers, with its deck weighed down to ing and gratifying! to have no eyes but for beau. the water's edge by a cargo of several thousand ty, no ears but for music, no thoughts but for plea. bales of cotton, stowed in every direction, and cosantness; to admit no memory but of joy, no fore vering every inch of space, so as to leave nothing thought but of hope. But is this a possible state to but the tops of the reeking chimneys exposed to arrive at? I am afraid not: but that should not view-imagine, I say, such a thing as this, triumphdeter us from striving after it.

antly ploughing its way through the beautiful val. That which makes us content with the thing ley of the Mississippi, bellowing forth in sounds of we are, for instance, and with all that is about us, thunder, its proud defiance to the world, as if every binds us to earthly and tangible reality with a chain created object in nature, compared with it, was that is the more strong from its being invisible, and but a cipher; and then bursting into port like a from our having no desire to break it. It keeps floating mountain of merchandise, secretly put in the mind in perpetual subjection; checks the motion by some supernatural agency, elbowing growth of all its faculties except the very worst; everything out of its way that dares to come within and, in the end, inevitably destroys the very best. fifty yards of its track, and then you may have But that which induces us to fly from ourselves, some idea how these things are managed in the though it often leads to more fatal consequences South. than the other, may have a contrary effect. The “The most amusing sight to me, however, as I human mind cannot exist without love and admi. stood on the deck of the Fairfield, gazing on the ration; they are its daily food-food that is scat vast quantity of interesting objects flitting by, was tered about for it everywhere. It is true, that a curiously constructed machine, unlike anything when the mental appetite becomes vitiated, and I ever beheld, either on land or water, which the cannot relish what it finds strewed about its feet, people of the country call a flat-boat; and a very it may starve; but, on the other hand, it may be odd affair it is, to a certainty. This presents an. driven to seek its food at a distance. Hatred of other remarkable instance of that go ahead system itself and of humanity may force it to seek refuge which forms so important a feature in the Ameriin other worlds- in the world of books, the world can character, and by which the present generation of thought, the world of nature; and let it but once has been enabled to outstrip all former ages in the gain a true insight of these, and all its finer facul. great race of amelioration and improvement. Had ties must expand. Its fancy and imagination, no other mode of conveyance for the exportation of which are always progressive, and yet always provisions from the up-country presented itself young, will then travel through all the regions of except through the regular medium of a steam-boat, possible or impossible existence; and if they return New Orleans would have been deprived of many without finding a dwelling place, they will yet luxuries with which its market now is so abunbring back with them stores from which they may dantly supplied; for, whatever might have been for ever after create worlds of their own. The the demand for the article imported, the profits affections, too, will then recognise their kindred accruing from a ready sale could harely have sufwith humanity ; they will learn the true objects ficed to pay freight. The rapidity of the current, on which they should be made to rest; and will by rendering the return of sailing boats a matter of find that if they can, for a while, expatiate in ex. impracticability, placed a still greater obstacle in ternal nature as in their country, they can, after the way of trade. To the ingenious mind of the all, have no home but in the human heart. The Mississippian, however, the facility by which these mind's vitiated appetite will then be corrected; its difficulties could be obviated soon became mani. Laste for the simple and true will revive, and all fest. He saw that temporary vessels might be will be right again.

constructed with very little cost by knitting a few " After all, the approach to New Orleans, if not shapeless logs together, which could easily be set the most pleasing, is by far the most remarkable atloat, and then sold for waste timber as soon as part of the journey up the Mississippi. But the the object was accomplished. When the first of view of the city itself from the wharf, or rather these primitive specimens of naval architecture the hollow which it occupies, is the most singular made its appearance at the wharves of New Orleans, sight I ever beheld. I really, at the first view of it, the apparition must certainly have excited consi felt quite a shock at the idea of living in such a derable merriment. The crew of a flat boat is ge. place. In the low countries of Europe they have nerally composed of five or six dare-devils, armed dikes, and are otherwise well guarded against all to the teetti with bowie-knives and pistols; the chances of inundation ; but here the whole city is sworn foes of unadulterated water; equally alive exposed to inminent danger from every overflow to the attractions of a fight as of a mint julep; the of the river, which is apt, at times, to play the most loudest in their applause of a theatrical performextraordinary freaks, destroying property to an ance, and invariably noisy everywhere : they are, immense amount, as an earnest of what it might in short, a concentrated essence of good and evil, do, should it, one of these fine days, think proper and may truly be said to constitute, not the cream, to erect its crest a little

than usual, wher but the cayenne and mustard of ordinary life in not all the saints in the calendar could save the New Orleans." city from utter devastation. However, on coming



Tyrol, on separating from the Romish

church, and embracing the Reformed MR. COOPER'S NEW WORK. - A new faith.

work by Cooper, entitled “Le Feu. It is stated that Mr. WELTHAM, a former Follet, or Wing-end-Wing, a Nautical husband of Mrs. Kenney, who was acTale,” is nearly completed and will soon cused and acquitted of murdering her be put to press. The scene of the nar third husband, has in press a “ Life" rative is the Mediterranean, the time of the lady; and that it will shortly be 1799.

published at Bangor, Maine. A New WORK BY LONGFELLOW.-PRO- A work of considerable attraction and

FESSOR LONGFELLOW, prior to his depart value has just been published by MR. ure for Europe, placed in the hands of

SEARS, of this city, entitled “ Bible Bihis publishers the manuscript of a new ography," comprising the history of the Dramatic Poem, entitled “The Spanish lives and characters of the leading perStudent,” which the public may expect sonages mentioned in Holy Writ. This to see during the summer.

volume should unquestionably find a Mr. BRYANT has a New Volume of Poems

welcome at every fireside throughout the just ready, entitled The Fountain and

country: its contents are as interesting other Poems,” comprising his recent fu as they are important and instructive, gitive pieces.

and the judicious editor has, by the aid WILEY & PUTNAM have in press a new of numerous pictorial embellishments,

work by Mr. A. J. DOWNING–Designs contrived to present us with one of the for Cottage Residences, adapted to most attractive and at the same time North America; including elevations useful books that have appeared this and plans of the buildings, and designs side the Atlantic. for laying out the grounds.

J. C. RIKER, of this city, has in preparThere-publication of PROFESSOR BRANDE'S ation for the fall season, an exceedingly

excellent Dictionary of Literature, Sci ingenious and attractive novelty in the ence and Art, has recently been com

way of Albums, which is to be called menced in this city by WILEY & Put “Å Floral Scripture Album ;the inNAM, In a former number we invoked

tention of which is, as we gather from the attention of our readers to the dis

a cursory glance, to teach Scripture histinguishing merits of this important Cy tories and incidents, by Floral Language. clopedia. It comprises the entire circle The work will comprise about twenty of knowledge, including all the modern floral plates finely colored, with which improvements of science down to the scroll work and scenic etchings will be present day, a feature peculiar to the

incorporated—the effect of which is exwork: each department having been ceedingly beautiful. It is to be richly under the su tendence of the most bound and gilt. proficient scholars of Europe, whose A Literary Novelty in the form of a Dicnames alone afford a sufficient guaran. tionary of the English language for tee for their able and faithful accom schools, constructed on a plan entirely plishment of their task. It is cha

original, and embracing some important racterised by a succinctness and brevity features not found in the works of Johnso desirable in a book of ready reference; son, Walker, Webster, &c., is about to and although the entire work will be be published shortly, by Mr. J. C. complete in one handsome octavo, so RIKER. admirably condensed are both matter A Manual of Toxicology, on the basis of and style, that it will in fact contain not

Christison and Orfila, by D. P. GARDonly more than ten times the amount of

NER, M. D., Professor of Chemistry in valuable information to be found in any Hampden Sidney College, Va., Corressimilar work extant, but be equally ponding Member of the New York Lylegible.

ceum, &c., is in preparation for the C. K. Moore, of this city, has issued in a

press, and will be published by J. & H. neat volume 18mo. “The Protestant Ex

G. LANGLEY, early in the fall, in one iles of Zillerthal ;-a narrative of duodecimo volume. deep interest, detailing the story of their This work is published to answer the de. persecutions and expatriation from the mand for a treatise on poisons. It is

intended to furnish the student with a formity and beauty, with which it acmanual, and the practitioner with a complishes its purpose. It is peculiarconcise treatise on the means of detect ly adapted for engraving maps, plans. ing poisoning, administering antidotes, surveys, &c., and as it will accomplish and appearing before the coroner with the labor of eight or ten hand engrasatisfaction to himself and benefit to the vers, it offers every inducement in the community. Hitherto the subject has way of economy. This valuable mabeen neglected both in the schools, and chine, which is of English invention, amongst the physicians of this country. has been recently brought over to the It was undertaken in part from the ne United States by Mr. Jones, the patent cessity of such a book in the medical of which has been secured. department of the New York University, where Toxicology is a recognized study, and from the probability that this

ENGLISH. improvement will extend to other colleges. The treatise is for the most part The following are among the recent litercompiled from the standard European

ary novelties on the other side of the works on the subject, and the cases

Atlantic : from American periodicals. There is The Civil History of the Jews, from Joshalso a chapter on poisonous reptiles, ua to Adrian ; with Incidental Notices and the common families of dangerous of Manners, and Customs, Geography plants indigenous to the United States. and Antiquities, by the Rev. 0. CockMR. LE BLANC, of this city, has just com

ayne, M. A. menced the re-publication of Miller's Lord Londonderry, the well-known tourist new work, “Godfrey Malvern, or the and diplomatist, has nearly ready for Life of an Actor." The works of this publication, a Narrative of recent Traauthor are peculiar for minuteness and vels and Voyages through Germany, delicacy of touch, as well as verisimili Austria, on the Danube, into Turkey, tude and simplicity of delineation. This Greece, the Ionian Isles, Italy, Spain new production, from the specimen be and Portugal, entitled the “ Journal of fore us, bids fair to enhance the already a Tour to Constantinople by the Danwide-spread fame of the basket-maker ube, in 1840–41, and of a Tour to the author. It is to be completed in fifteen South of Spain in 1839.” 2 vols. with numbers, each to comprise two very illustrations. spirited engravings, by Phiz.

Mr. Vigne's work of Travels in Cashmere, Mexico in 1842. A complete description Tibet, &c., with numerous illustrations,

of the Country, its Natural and Politi is nearly ready, and will, it is stated, cal Features, with a sketch of its His supply some important particulars of tory brought down to the present year. those remote parts of the world not To which is added an account of TEXAS hitherto possessed by our geographical and YUCATAN, and of the Santa Fe Ex knowledge.

pedition. C. J. Folsom, of this city. A rather singular work, under the title of We have had the pleasure of inspecting The Life and Apology of Edmund Bon

the new and exquisite miniature of ner, D.D., sometime Lord Bishop of General Jackson, the octogenarian London, is nearly ready for publication, chief. This, the last portrait of the in one vol. 8vo. General, is a perfect gem, both as to its English Surnames; a series of Essays on elaborate workmanship and its resem Family Nomenclature, Historical, Etyblance to the living original. Mr. John mological, and Humorous ; illustrated W. Dodge, the successful artist, has by Anecdotes, &c., by M. A. Lower. done himself great credit by presenting There is announced for publication, by to the country so valuable a memento subscription, a New, and, if made out, of one, destined to take his station with certainly, a very curious, Elucidation of the highest of the true nobility of our the subjects on the celebrated Barberini land. Mr. D., who has just returned to or Portland Vase, and those on the Sarthis city, is about to place his picture cophagus in which it was discovered, in the hands of Mr. Danforth, one of the attributing them to Galen, the Physician first engravers in the country, with a and Surgeon of Pergamus; by Thomas view to its speedy publication.

Windus, F.S.A. We would also invite attention to the Romantic Biography of the age of Eliza

new method of Engraving by the Om beth ; or Sketches of Life from the nigraph, by BURR, JONES, & Co., 192 Bye-ways of History, by the Benedictine Broadway. The merits of this ma Brethren of Glendalough. Edited by chine consist in the great expedition W. C. Taylor, LL.D., of the Trinity and extreme accuracy, as well as uni College, Dublin. 2 vols. 8vo.


The Recreations of Christopher North, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain,

vol. 1, was to have been published on Germany, Turkey, the Holy Land, and the 25th inst.

Egypt; with his Select Correspondence, Brief Notices of Hayti, with its Condition, and Remarks on Arts and Artists. By

Resources and Prospects; by John Allan Cunningham, Esq., 3 vols. 8vo. Chandler.

It is with pleasure we observe the anTour in Austrian Lombardy, the North nouncement of a new work of fiction,

ern Tyrol, and Bavaria; by John Bar by the justly celebrated author of row, Esq.

“ Tales of the O'Hara Family,” entiNearly ready-Narrative of Various Jour tled “ Father Connel.”

neys in Balochistan, Afghanistan, and A Life of Dr. John Scott, late chaplain to the Panjab, including a residence in Lord Nelson, is also shortly to appear, those countries from 1826 to 1838. By which is said to be full of interest. Charles Masson, Esq., 3 vols. 8vo., We are glad to see announced as nearly with Illustrations.

ready for publication, in a 4to. volume, Stonehenge; or the Romans in Britain: a Discourses delivered to the Students of

Romance of the days of Nero. 3 vols. the Royal Academy, by Sir Joshua ReyA new and beautiful Drawing Book, con nolds; illustrated by explanatory Notes

taining elementary instructions in the and Plates, by John Burnet, F. R. S., Art, has been commenced in monthly whose own productions in and on the parts, under the patronage of the Coun. Fine Arts designate him as being fully cil of the Government School of Design able to perform this task in a worthy

at Somerset House. Also, the First Number of a series of Di. The Portable Commentary, containing the

agrams illustrative of the principles of Authorised Version of the Old and New Natural Philosophy, published under Testaments, with many thousand Exthe superintendence of the Society for planatory Notes, by the Rev. Ingram the diffusion of Useful Knowledge. No. Cobbin, M. A., and the Analytical Bi1, is devoted to the Lever. The plates ble, with upwards of 50,000 original and are drawn on stone and colored.

selected References, in a centre column, The same institution intend to publish a and concluding Observations to each

complete Biographical Dictionary: the Book.
first half volume will be published early
the present month. It was the original
intention of the Society to include in

CONTINENTAL. their undertaking only the period from A new edition of Juvenal by Heinrich, the the commencement of historical records

late professor at our university, is claimto the close of the year 1543 of our ing that attention among philologists Æra; but it has since been determined to which it so justly merits. Heinrich devotundertake the entire work at once. ed a great part of his life to the editing of This new biographical work will pre this author, and it was not till after his sent many new features of improve death that it was found how much new ment over those of Chalmers, Garton matter he has furnished for the illustraand others, but we regret our limits will tion of this classic. The bookseller only permit us to refer the reader to the Koenig, already so well known as the printed prospectus issued by the pub enterprising publisher of some of the lishers.

best Sanscrit works lately produced in Mr. and Mrs. Hall's “ Ireland, its Scenery Germany, has added another to his list

and Character," has progressed to a of oriental publications; it is “Kammusecond volume. This is

unques ra,

liber de officiis sacerdotum Buddhitionably the most beautiful, as it is the corum,

," in Pali and Latin, edited with most valuable work on the Emerald Isle notes, by F. Spiegel. that has ever appeared.

Dr. Lipsius has been appointed Professor The Great Western Magazine,” is the of Archæology, and he is on the eve of

cognomen of another Literary Miscel publishing his work upon the Egyptian lany which is designed for the piratical Antiquities and Oscan inscriptions. purposes of culling from the fugitive M. Panofka is at Berlin, He is likely to American literature as our mammoth succeed M. Koehler in the office of the journals do here without leave or li keeper of the antiquities at St. Peters

burg. « Japan in the 19th century," described “Die bedingte Pressfreiheit, historisch

from the visits of recent Dutch travel kritisch entwickelt und beleuchet von

lers, is just published, in 1 vol. 8vo. Theodor Heinsius," is a work which at Preparing for publication—The Life of this moment is attracting attention in

Sir David Wilkie, R. A., his Tours in Prussia.


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