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charming author, who still denies her

prehensive, though necessarily rapid and

public. Her voice comes to us out of the knowledge to be found, of the various far unknown wilderness from which she contributions by American writers and sends it forth, like the clear ringing song observers to the cause of natural science, ota bird, issuing from the heart of a wood; in all the leading branches into which it although we may not see the sweet vo- distributes itself. calist, nor distinguish the particular tree within whose green shade it is hiding and singing, yet we listen with delight, and wait impatiently at every pause for an- A Treatise on Algebra; embracing, besides other strain of the merry music.

the Elementary Principles, all the higher parts usually taught in Colleges ; con

taining moreover the New Method of CuElements of Agricultural Chemistry and Geology. By Jas. F. W. JOHNSTON,

bic and Higher Equations, as well as the

Development and Application of the more M.A., F.R.S., Honorary Member of the Royal English Agricultural Society,

recently discovered Theorem of Sturm.

By Geo. R. PERKINS, A, M., Principal and Author of “ Lectures on Agricul

and Professor of Mathematics in the tural Chemistry and Geology.” 12mo. pp. 250. New York: Wiley and Put

Utica Academy, and author of “ Higher

Arithmetic." Utica: D. Hutchinson. nam. 1812.

New York: Saxton & Miles. 1842. We noticed in our last number the ap 8vo. pp. 360. pearance of Professor Johnston's larger work on this same subject-or rather of

Compared with the great mass of books the first portion of it-his - Lectures,” which are constantly falling from our

The present volume will doubtless diffuse entific works. Out of that few, many a more widely-spread usefulness, from the possess little merit, except that they may cheap and compendious form which adapts be good translations of some foreign auit to large classes of readers into whose thor, Not so with the work which is at

come. Its price (50 cents) places it newness and originality about it, which within the reach of every farmer, to few volumes of the kind seem to carry with whom, as well as to the miscellaneous them. Not that the grand principles laid reader, unwilling to remain ignorant of down are new; but that the methods of so useful and interesting a branch of gen- operating are, in many respects, original. eral knowledge, we would strongly re- The great fault with most of the existing commend it.

works upon this interesting branch of

mathematics, seems to be a want of judiA Discourse delivered upon the Opening of

cious arrangement and practical combinthe New Hall of the New York Lacor ation of its parts. To the remedy of this of Natural History. By John W.

defect, we think the present valuable FRANCIS, M.D., Member of the Wer

“ Treatise” well adapted. The new nerian Natural History Society of Edin

rules for extracting the roots of cubic burgh, late Professor of Materia Me polynomials--the extensive formula on dica, Medical Jurisprudence, Institutes

the progressions--the clear elucidation of of Medicine, and of Obstetrics and the

equations of the third and fourth degrees Diseases of Women and Children, in

together with the new and complete rule the University of the State of New

for the numerical solution of equations York, &c. New York: H. Ludwig,

of all classes, constitute an improvement

upon former works, which cannot fail to Printer, 72 Vesey street.

be noticed by all who are interested in the The distinguished reputation of Dr. subject. Francis, both in the profession of which In addition to the above will be found he is an ornament, and as a man of high a new Logarithmic Theorem, by Prof. and extensive scientific and literary culti- Catlin ; also, a very neatly abridged exvation, will awaken an expectation in the emplification, and the application of the reader taking up this Discourse, which, lately discovered theorem of Sturm, for when he lays it down at its close, he will the discovery of the number of real roots acknowledge not to have been disap- in any equation, which has now, for the pointed. It is an eloquent and elegant first time, found its way into an American production, evidently the overflowing of publication. a mind laboring only with the embarras The typographical execution of the de richesses ; and presents an outline com- book is of the best order; and it comes

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out to the world in a dress which does He may also with advantage consult the much credit to the enterprise of the science of political economy, where he publisher,

will learn the fallacy of the idea which constitutes one of the principal foundations of his reasoning-namely, that it is

Property which really pays Taxation. A Treatise on the Right of Suffrage, with

But Mr. Jones means well, and does not an Appendix. By SAMUEL JONES.

write ill, though he argues from wrong asBoston : Otis, Broaders & Co. 1812.

sumptions to necessarily wrong results ;

and there is something in the kindly spirit 12mo, pp. 274.

of his book, which wins from our good

nature a forbearance of severe criticism, Had this work appeared but a few a forbearance even to a heresy so justly months ago, we should have expressed provocative of democratic wrath. some surprise at beholding any writer coming before the public, at the present day, in this country, with a grave and formal treatise on this subject, to argue backward in favor of such propositions as Facts involved in the Rhode Island Contro-a general property qualification for the versy, wilh some vienos upon the rights of elective franchise; a real estate qualifica- both parties, Boston: B. B. Mussey, tion for the franchise as exercised in the 1812. election of one of the two branches of the legislature; and for naturalized citizens, a A Discourse delivered in the Meeting House ten years' residence, and real estate in the of the First Baptist Church, Providence, district of residence, of the clear value of May 22, 1842. By FRANCIS WAY$1000. But after recent events, instead LAND. Providence: R. Comstock & of surprise, we must content ourselves Co., and H. H. Brown, 1842. with a simple expression of regret. We recommend the book to the Charter Party Review of Dr. Wayland's Discourse on the in Rhode Island, and to their friends the Affairs of Rhode Island. By a Member Whig Party elsewhere. It will hardly of the Boston Bar. Boston: B. B. find much sale among democratic readers, Mussey. 1842. -unless they should seek to confirm their own different faith, by the feebleness of the In our notice of these three pamphlets, best argument that can be made by an in- we place Dr. Wayland's in the middle, to telligent and well-meaning writer on the typify how completely he is crushed beopposite side, To Mr. Jones we would tween the other two as by the upper and recommend Dr. Franklin's story of the the nether millstones. The learned PreAss, worth the prescribed property qualifi- sident has added nothing to his past laucation, which passed successively from one rels by this publication; and the day is owner to another, carrying with him the not distant when he will sincerely regret, elective franchise; and would invite from that he ever allowed himself to be so far him an answer to Dr. Franklin's shrewd overcome by the contagious excitement question, which of the two possessed the surrounding him, as to give the double franchise, the Man or the Ass? And before utterance of speech and print to all the he should issue a second edition (assuming falsehoods of fact, the fallacies of reasonthat the first will be promptly absorbed by ing, and the uncharitable errors of judgthe Rhode Island demand), we would re- ment contained in his pamphlet, and so commend to him to consider what greater pungently and forcibly exposed in the “ stake” any man can have in a commu- Review of it by a very able “Member of nity, than his existence, his humanity, his the Boston Bar.” We would recommend body and his soul, his head and his heart, this with the first named of the above, parhis wife and his children, his past, present ticularly to our democratic readers, as and future, his memories and his hopes,- containing together both a valuable and and whether the poor man has not all these succinct summary of the historical facts as well as the rich man. We would ad- of the case, and a lucid and unanswerable vise him to reflect, too, whether the poor statement of the argument in justification man, hanging ever over the gulf of starva- of the popular side of the question. The tion, and holding on to subsistence only by ablest of the writers on the opposite side the unrelaxing clutch of perpetual toil, may safely be challenged to the attempt bas not quite as great an interest in whole- at refuting them, some and wise government, as his rich heighbor, who has but to curtail a luxury vhere the former yields a necessary of life,

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The American in Egypt, with Rambles A Meinoir of India and Avghanistaun, with through Arabia Petrea and the Holy Observations on the present Exciting and Land, during the Years 1839 and 1840. Critical State and Future Prospects of By JAMES EWING Cooley. Illustrated those Countries. Comprising Remarks with numerous steel Engravings: also on the Massacre of the British Army in with Designs and Etchings, by John Cabul, British Policy in India, a Deston. 8vo. pp. 610, New York: tailed Descriptive Character of Dost MaD. Appleton and Co., 200 Broadway. homed a.d his Court, fc. With an Ap1842.

pendix. By J. HLARLAN, late Counsellor

of State, Aide-de-Camp, and General of An odd, rambling, but entertaining vol the Staff to Dost Maliomed, Ameer of ume, beautifully printed and “ got up,” Cabul. 12mo. pp. 208. Philadelphia : and copiously and richly illustrated. The J. Dobson, 106 Chesnut-street; R. author is well known in this city, as hav Baldwin, Paternoster Row, London; ing formerly been for a number of years H. Bossange, 11 Quai Voltaire, Paris. the conductor of the semi-annual book 1842. trade sales. He has now so far modified his vocation as to manufacture the books This volume appears very seasonably he once only sold; and he proves that he at the present moment, to convey reliable can do the one as well as of old he did information from a source eminently able the other; for we doubt not this volume, to funish it, in relation to the scene of which is laid on our table in advance of the late disastrous military operations of its public appearance, will prove one of the British in India, and of the future ones the most popular and saleable of those which they are now preparing. Of the that were formerly wont to pass under personal history of the author, and of the his hammer. There is a great deal of adventures which placed him in the vagood writing and good sense in it, though rious important posts indicated on his titlerather more profusely intermixed than page, and which have again brought need have been with nonsense; and we hiin back to the plain capacity of a citisincerely hope that in the next volume, zen of his native country, resident, we which is hereafter to follow the present believe, in Philadelphia, we are not inone, when he is to carry us with him on formed. He is evidently, from the inhis travels out of Egypt into Arabia and ternal proof of this volume, a man of Palestine, he may not again fall in with a high order of ability, and he writes the Builderdashes, Rimtapers, the Reve from the abundance of great familiarrend Mr. Dunderblix, Dr. O'Squeebey, or ity with his subject, as well in its more any of the English acquaintance who minute details, as in its larger general figure so largely in the present narrative aspects. It is pervaded also by an air of his adventures and observations on of truthfulness which wins the entire and about the banks of the Nile; through confidence of the reader. It is accompawhich we shall probably in an early nied with a topographical map of Cabul Number follow him a little more closely and the surrounding country. General than we can do on the present occasion, Harlan writes in a spirit of strong hostility when our chief purpose is to announce to the British dominion in India, which is, the appearance of the book; and to re- indeed, as it has ever been, in the words commend it as a novelty quite unique in of Burke, “an awful thing.” Their its plan, and containing a great deal late disaster, while he freely bestows on of agreeable information and amusement, so much human suffering the sigh which presented in a very elegant style of pub- it must extort from every human heart, he lication,

regards as but the just retribution of Providence upon their own rapacity, cruelty, and injustice; and prophesies the speedy

advent of the day which shall witness the Tales for the People and their Children. crumbling into the dust of all that stu

Little Coin, Much Care. By MARY pendous blood-cemented structure of the Howitt, 18mo. pp. 171. New York: Anglo-Indian Empire. At the conclusion D. Appleton & Co., 200 Broadway. we find announced, as in preparation for 1812.

the press, what we shall look for with

much interest, a personal narrative of the A nice little tale, in Mary Howitt's author's eighteen years' residence in Asia, easy and natural vein, presenting at the comprising an account of the manners same time a sad picture of the hardships and customs of the various Oriental na and sufferings of the poor in an English tions with whom he has had official and manufacturing town.

familiar intercourse.

MONTHLY LITERARY BULLETIN.

AMERICAN

splendid style; and that Governor

Seward has taken measures to enrich The first edition of Mr. GRISWOLD's it by an Introduction, contributed from

elegant and valuable volume of Ameri the pens of various scientific and litecan Anthology, The Poets and Poetry rary gentlemen, to whom he has adof America,” which is more particularly dressed himself for the purpose, denoticed in another part of our present signed to present a general view of the Number, having been exhausted, ano industrial, educational, literary, and ther is to be issued, incorporating some moral history, progress, and present improvements, probably as soon as the greatness of the State. present announcement of it reaches the We are happy to find that a new work is eye of our readers. Mr. Griswold, we about being prepared by Messrs. STEunderstand, has nearly ready for the PHENS and CATHERWOOD, embodying press his “ Curiosities of American Li the result of their recent additional exterature," a work for which the Puritan plorations in Central America. Their period of our history especially affords materials, we understand, are abundant, much valuable material, and which and exceedingly novel. The illustramust prove one of the most entertain tions are already progressing in the ing and curious performances yet pub hands of the engravers, and from the lished in this country. Mr. Griswold s pecimens we have seen, are of a deeply is, without doubt, better qualined than interesting character. any other person to prepare a book of Dr. ANTRON is rapidly advancing with the the kind. In this connection we take printing of his new Archæological work, pleasure in noticing the fact, that this —a Sequel to his Classical Dictionary, gentleman, who possesses peculiar WILEY & PUTNAM have just issued qualifications for such a post, has been Jonhston's new volume on “ Agriculplaced in the editorial charge of one of tural Chemistry.” The same publishour most popular monthly miscellanies, ers have nearly ready, DOWNING's Graham's Magazine ;' in which capa “ Cottuge Architecture," with beautiful city he has made arrangements with a illustrative designs, uniform with that number of the ablest writers in the writer's former work, “ Landscape country to contribute to its pages. Gardening." Also, the third, and will Cooper is to furnish a series of sketches in a few days, we believe, publish the of naval biography, and Bryant, Long fourth, number of Prof. BRANDE's invalfellow and Hofl'inan, are to be regular uable Cyclopædia, to be completed in contributors to its poetical department. one handsome octavo. The change of editorial policy denoted D. APPLETON & Co. are about immediin these announcements promises to ately to publish Mr. COOLEY'S “ Ameriraise this magazine to the level of a can in Egypt,in one handsome octavo, literary rank to which it has heretofore with numerous illustrative engravings, scarcely pretended, and which we deem some of which are beautifully executed; a just subject of congratulation to the of its literary character we have already public as well as to the enterprising spoken. The same firm have the folpublisher.

lowing just completed "The Book of A new edition of Dr. CROLY's celebrated the Nary," with many plates; the vol. romance, “ Salathiel, a Story of the umes already announced, under the Past, the Present, and the Future,” will general title of "A Library for my be published in a few days by Mr. L. Young Countrymen.Also some new Johnson, of Philadelphia, and Mr. volumes of the series « Tales for the James, of Cincinnati. “Salathiel ” is People and their Children;" “The Faone of the best romances in the lan vorite Child,and “ First Impressions," guage, and it will always be eminently by Mrs. Ellis, and“ Work and Wages," popular. It has been out of print for and Little Coin, Much Care," by several years, and the new edition will MARY Howitt. Dr. URE's valuable therefore be eagerly sought.

Dictionary, No. 12, is just out; also No. We understand that the Report of the 6 of Handy Andy, and No. 3 of Hector Geological Surrey of the State of New O'Halloran, all of which need no fresh York is in process of printing in a very commendatory notice.

DAYTON & NEWMAN have just put out a

volume by Prof. OLMSTED, of considerable interest, a “ Biographical Sketch of Ebenezer P. Mason,” a youth of singular precocity, who exhibited indications of extraordinary genius, and whose premature decease imparts an additional interest to the narrative. The biographer ranks the subject of his memoir not merely with Kirk White as a poet, but even with Herschel, Galileo, and Newton, for his surprising attainments in philosophy and the abstract sciences;--but here, of course, allowance must be made for the enthusiastic

admiration of the writer. Carey & HART will, we observe, com

plete the publication of QUAIN's splendid work of Anatomical Plates, edited by Prof. Pancoast, of Jefferson College, early this month. They also announce for speedy publication, a new volume of “The Gift for 1843;" which is to include a series of superb illustrations, after Chapman, Cheney, Sully, Inman, and several other of our leading artists. This new Annual is to exceed all its predecessors, we understand, in the exquisite beauty of its embellish

ments. We would again remind our readers of

the announcement by Mr. Riker, of a new Dictionary of the English language, designed for Schools, on an original plan; also his other novelty, before alluded to, of a Scripture Floral Album, with finely colored embellishments, &c. A clever little elementary work on the

study of Conchology, has just appeared, entitled “Lessons on Shells," with ten plates, exhibiting upwards of eighty specimens, drawn froin nature. This popular Manual has already passed through three editions, and the present is greatly improved by the editor, Mr. Cozzens, Librarian of the New York Lyceum. Scarcely any scientific subject can be selected more agreeable and amusing for youth, as well as adults, or one from which may be educed a finer moral than this favorite study. Pub

lished by Folsom, of this city. A new and elegant Annual is announced

by Williams, of Boston, for the 15th prox. It is entitled “The Christian Souvenir for 1843;" its embellishments will be well executed, and literary matter characterized by a high religious tone, &c.

entitled, " Masaniello." Much new light, it is said, is about to be thrown on the history of the unfortunate Mary, Queen of Scots, by the publication of her recently discovered correspondence at Hampton Court Palace, by Prince Labanoff. The Memoirs of Prince Charles Stuart, the Pretender, are also about to appear; and a new work of fiction is in progress from the pen of Bulwer, to be called "Mabel Meredith, or the Bride of the North ;" the scenes of which are laid in Russia, during the luxurious and dissolute reign of the Court of the Empress Catharine. A superb work has just been completed, of which only 50 copies have been struck off, embellished by 75 sumptuous illustrations in colors, entitled “ Vestiarium Scoticum,by John Sobieski Stuart. This extraordinary work comprises a historical account of the tartans of Highland clans, and the feudal times of Scotland--the price is ten guineas. A new work on the Seat of the Eastern War is announced, as follows:-“ Narrative of various Journeys in Balochistan, Afghanistan, and the Punjab; including a residence in those countries from 1826 to 1838.” By Charles Masson, Esq. My Bee Book, by the Rev. W. C. Cotton, with many plates. Travels in Kashmere, Sadak, Iskardo, the countries adjoining the mountain course of the Indus and the Himalaya north of the Punjab. By J.

T. Vigne, Esq. 2 vols. many plates. The posthumous fame of poor Theodore

Hook seems to be rapidly increasing, and his publishers will not be at fault at any rate if it shall not become greater than his reputation when living. Already we have had “Fathers and Sons," and even now observe two others, Peregrine Bunce, or Settled at Last ;and « The Man of Sorrow.” This last, however, is said to be edited by him only. We hear of several other new works of fiction, such as “ Stonehenge, or the Romans in Britain ;" The Marchioness, a strange but true tale," by Mrs. Thornton; and The Hungarian Castle," by Miss Pardoe.

CONTINENTAL. Necrology.-France, as it appears from

the last foreign news, has to register the death of several of her distinguished men, and among them two literary characters--J. N. Bouilly, a moralist and dramatic writer, and a member of the Academy, in which it leaves a new vacancy to be filled; the Count of Las Casas, the field companion of Napoleon

ENGLISH. We observe the announcement of a new

work from the pen of Horace Smith,

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