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Dream Iife. A Fable of the Seasons. By Ik | work of our nature, have a value infinitely beyond

MARVEL New-York: Charles Scribner. 1851. those narratives of conventional life which in our

Another beautiful book in the same vein, by the modern literature so constantly obtrude themauthor of “ Reveries of a Bachelor.” The im selves upon our notice, and so feebly awaken our mense popularity achieved by Mr. Mitchell through sympathies.. of the former is this book of Miss his “ Reveries,” will not, we predict, suffer by this Carey, and from the life—life among the original new work. It is pervaded by the same charm settlers of our western world. that fascinates us in his last. "Thoughts, feelings, and fancies, such as spontaneously flow from the The Imperial Guard of Napoleon, from Marengo to warm life of a true miud and heart, he blends with

Waterloo. By J. T. Headley. New York: exquisite descriptions of nature and touching in- Charles Scribner. cidents of life; carrying us on through youth, manhood, and old age, and setting his dreams and

The admirers of Mr. Headley will eagerly welpictures of life in the frame-work of their

appro

come this fresh work upon the author's favorite priate emblematical seasons of the year.

theme. There

The genius of the great captain of is an elegance and simplicity in Mr. Mitchell's modern warfare exhibited its gigantic proportions style that must perpetuate his name. He has in many ways, but probably in none more than in his very appropriately dedicated this book to Wash- knowledge of men, and the motives and principles ington Irving, with whom, we think, he will be which actuate them to the performance of heroic bereafter permanently associated in the minds of deeds. In the organization and training of bis all lovers of literature.

celebrated “Guard,” this was probably exhibited

in the most remarkable degree; and that also Companions of my Solitude. By the Author of acter of that wonderful man as a leader, was pro

which was spontaneous and personal in the charFriends in Council, &c. Boston and Cam. bridge: James Munroe and Company. 1852. his chosen band, than in any thing else connected

bably more palpably illustrated in the life of ihis Reprinted from the English edition.

with his military career. There is therefore unWe are constrained to add our opinion to the doubtedly a valuable meaning in the selection of consenting current, we believe of all the critics, this theme by our author. lf be bas not all the as to the unquestionable genius of the author of philosophic spirit to elucidate this, he has at least this book. Full of original and earnest thought- a most unquestionably popular graphic power, fulness, pervaded by a most delicate and pure that will furnish the materials to his readers, or at humor, his speculations and fancies charm and least interest them in graphic narratives of heroic interest us by their profound originality, and the characters and deeds of “high renown.” meditative depth from whence they proceed. This book will be the favorite companion of the solitary Manual of the Common Council for 1852. hours of many a congenial spirit.

Mr. S. D. Valentine has published another edi

tion of this valuable work, for the year 1852. As The Island Home; or the Young Cast-a-ways. a book of reference for business men, it is indispen

Edited by CheistOPHER ROMANT, Esq. Bos- sable. Besides a list of the various departments ton: Gould and Lincoln, 59 Washington street. and officers belonging to the Municipal Govern

The boys may safely name this very pleasant ment, it contains a great deal of interesting readand well-written imaginary narrative as one of ing matter relative to the history and progress of the Christmas books which they would desire to the city, from the date of its settlement by the have.

Dutch to the present time.

Clovernook; or, Recollections of our Neighborhood The Golden Legend. By HENRY WADSWORTH

in the West. By Alice Carey. New-York: LONGFELLOW. Boston: Ticknor, Reed & Fields. Redfield, Clinton Hall.

A strange performance this. It is a Middle The fair authoress of this book is so well known Age legend, quaintly and graphically told. There to the public from the beautiful poems, so full of | are certainly some passages of beautiful poetry in thought and depth of feeling, which she now and it. The plot is too obscure, and the supernatural then contributes to the floating literature of the but clumsily brought in. The author introduces day, that this, we believe, first book of hers may an imitation of one of the old religious mysteries, already be supposed to have its audience, without which certainly has a very strange sound to any critic's commendation. We must say, not- modern "ears polite." It gives us, however, a withstanding, that it is a work well worthy of very “realizing sense" of mediæval absurdities. perusal, whether the author were known or un- We have read the book with a sort of unsatisknown. “The short and simple annals of the fied fascination; but not yet deliberately enough poor,” inasmuch as they exhibit the very ground. I to pronounce upon its artistic merits as a poem.

Adrian; or, the Clouds of the Mind. A Romance.| work on the subject so profound, clear, and com

By G. P. R. JAMES, Esq., and MAUNSELL B. FIELD, plete. It should be familiar to every one.
Esq. New-York: D. Appleton and Company.

Mr. James has performed many literary feats of Dream Land by Daylight. A Panorama of Ro agility, celebrated horseman as he is. The rapid- mance. By CarOLINE CHESEBRO. New-York: ity of the motions of his Pegasus (or does he keep J. S. Redfield, Clinton Hall. a stud of them, and shall we say Pegasi) have been the wonder and admiration of the reading Magazines are here presented in most elegant

Miss Chesebro's contributions the various public for a long time past. He has, probably book form by Mr. Redfield. written two or more books at once, say one with each hand, and dictated a third ; thus, as it were,

This lady's writings are marked by great delistriding three of the aforesaid Pegasi at the same cacy and beauty of sentiment, and her style is time, and yet always coming round his circle at worthy to convey her thoughts. the proper point to bow to the spectators. In the

It will be a favorite volume among the "ladies above-vamed work he demands our admiration

of the land." for a feat of an opposite character. We behold his steed coming forward, and lo! two riders so The Camel Hunt; A Narrative of Personal Ad ingeniously blended together that our senses are

venture. By JOSEPH W. FABENS. Boston and cheated, and our wonder secured. But, banter Cambridge: James Munroe & Co. aside, the story, we must say, is very well written, Although evidently written carelessly and in and has some admirable delineations of character haste, this book evinces as much genius as any and scenery.

thing of the kind that has lately fallen into our

hands. It is full of wit, pathos, and characterNovelties of the New World; or, the Adventures painting, such as is rarely to be met with. and Discoveries of the first Explorers of North which we constantly regret in the perusal, so

There is a want of consistency in the story America. By JOSEPH BANVARD. With illustrations. Boston: Gould and Lincoln, 59 Wash- and better from this writer. If we should be cor

exquisite are individual scenes. We predict more ington street

rect, Mr. Melville will have to take care of his A series for youth, very pleasantly relating the laurels. interesting adventures and discoveries of the early pioneer of America, in course of publication by the American Matron ; or, Practical and Scienthis enterprising house, of which this is one, will contribute not a little to their entertainment and

tific Cookery. By a Housekeeper. Boston and instruction. We can conceive of nothing more

Cambridge: James Munroe and Company. appropriate for all school or children's libraries. A good cookery book is a book not to be de

spised. This one bas the great merit of having

regard to economy in all its recommendations. We The Theory of Human Progression, and Natural consider it the best that has come under our ob

Probability of a Reign of Justice. Boston: servation.
Benjamin B. Mussey & Co., 29 Cornhill.

The attempt made in this work is to show that The Excellent Woman, as described in the Book of politics may be reduced to a science. The author Proverbs. With an introduction by WILLIAM says, that the truth he endeavors to inculcate is, B. SPRAGUE, D.D. Boston: Gould and Lincoln, that credence, by which he means knowledge, 59 Washington street. rules the world, determines and fixes the destiny of This elegant little volume may well claim our nations. In this he has undoubtedly stated the first commendation. In the language of Dr. Sprague, requisite of all freedom, justice, stability, and ulti. it is a work that will bear to be read more than mate progress. The author is a clear thinker and once, and each successive reading will be likely to a logical writer. We cannot consider him profound, reveal some new gem of thought, wbich, in the although the work brings out many points into a general mass of excellence, had been overlooked clearer light than they have before been presented. Before. It is a book suitable for the husband to The work is well designed, and will well repay a present to his wife, the mother to her daughter, more attentive study than we have yet been able and the brother to his sister ; and the more widely to give to it.

it is circulated, the better for the country and the

world." Elements of Logic, comprising the substance of the

Article in the Encyclopædia Metropolitana, with Young Americans Abroad; or, Vacation in Eu additions, de. By Richard WHATELEY, D. D., rope. Travels in England, France, Holland, BelArchbishop of Dublin. New Edition, revised gium, Prussia, and Switzerland. With illustraby the Author. Boston and Cambridge: James tions. Boston: Gould and Lincoln, 59 WashMunroe & Co.

ington street. So famous a work as this requires no special These boy letters are genuine, and will both commendation. The simple announcement of a anuse and instruct the juveniles for whom the revised edition by the celebrated author, will be book is intended. It must be the most interesting sufficient for the purpose. Our language has no of the books of the season to all intelligent lads.

TO OUR SUBSCRIBERS.

With the present number we enter upon the Eighth Year and Fifteenth Volume of the American Review. We embrace the opportunity of this usual announcement to offer a word of explanation to our friends, which certain circumstances seem to make necessary, The conductors of the Review, at the beginning of the present year, differed as to the propriety of a certain manner and tone, and the introduction of certain ideas into its discussions, more especially in reference to the foreign policy of the Government. Not being able in time to reconcile those differences, the party who introduced thein resigned bis position, and it will accordingly be perceived by an examination of the numbers since April last, that the old and standard ideas of the party, those on which the Review had heretofore obtained its wide celebrity and circulation, have been resumed. We may refer to the twelve previous volumes of the Review, all of which the present editor has been intimately associated with, for those principles of a sound Nationality, which, in accordance with the Whig interpretation of Constitutional Republicanism, shall continue to animate its pages. Our friends, we believe, are fully alive to the importance of a journal such as this to their cause ; especially on the eve of a contest that is to establish our present calm and prosperous condition, or throw us again into the political Maelstrom of quack Democracy, where the nation has so often been made the victim

of theories, generally adopted from foreign politicians or economists, who are as disinterested in the feeding of our Democracy with them as an angler, when he professes to contribute to the subsistence of his prey. This journal, however, has not been and does not mean to be merely or principally political, but from the basis of a sound political system, whilst it will always maintain and defend the Whig doctrines, will endeavor to contribute to the advancement of literature, sound philosophy, and a true national culture in learning and taste.

That we have not reached the height at which we aimed in this respect, so far even as we had boped, we must candidly confess

. But then we did not anticipate the odds against which we would have to contend-an unexampled influx of foreign pirate literature, stolen from those who do encourage their own by paying for it. We do not shrink from a comparison with any single work of the same period, taking our whole volumes through; but how can we expect to maintain a rivalry with the picked papers froin all the English Reviews and Magazines made into one, unless patriotism and self-respect, and a desire to place this important organ of our national thought in a position to rank with the rest of the world, should more animate the mind and action of the country? This may suggest the inquiry :-Have we not a large enough subscription list to support the work? In one sense we have. Our subscription numbers about 5000, but it has to be maintained by too expensive a process of solicitation and collections. And thus the means that would make each number brilliant, and foster letters and education, has to be spent too much otherwise than in paying for the fruits of genius and mental labor. The remedy for this is so simple, and the result to be expected so important, that we have concluded to state our case thus candidly to each one of our friends, and to beg, for the sake of their country's most vital interest, their individual coöperation with us to the very small extent that we ask—which is simply that they should obviate the necessity and great expense to us of personal application for the amount of their dues, by remitting through the mail at our risk; and endeavor if possible to call the attention of some one neighbor or friend to the necessity of subscribing to the work, and so keeping our list up to its necessary point, and our payments available for a rich return to themselves. We would solicit this rally of our friends to our defense, particularly at this juncture, that we may be able triumphantly to resist both our political enemies and literary rivals.

To those who will remit us the amount of four subscriptions, we will send a copy of the work free, and the postage for the year may be deducted from all payments in advance. With this we offer all the inducements we can think of, to stiinulate our friends to coöperate with us in placing this journal in such a position as will enable it to exercise a powerful influence for the good of the party and the country. The requests that we

here make of our friends are all that is necessary. They are so simple that we cannot permit ourselves to believe that there are any who will not be sufficiently interested or patriotic to comply with thenı, and so place us out of the reach of embarrassment in the good we are endeavoring to do, and out of the power of a system of literary piracy that is destroying our national literature. From those who are in arrears we earnestly solicit immediate remittances. A prompt compliance with this request is absolutely necessary for us, and will essentially assist and oblige

Your Obedient Servants,

THE PROPRIETORS. For the numerous and kind notices of the press, (especially during the last six months,) we have to express our warmest thanks. We hope in future to better deserve their commendation. We beg to call attention to a few, selected from those last received, as they kindly say for us what modesty forbids we should say ourselves :

From “Parker's Journal,” New-York, October politician and statesman in our land. In another 18th, 1851.- We are more pleased with this maga-column we publish the prospectus to this work, to zive every month. Either it grows better, or we which we call the attention of our readers. grow more appreciative. The number for October

From the “ Northern Tribune,” Sept. 23d, 1851. takes rank with the best English magazines. Oc- - The American Whig Review. The September copying a kind of middle ground between the number of this valuable organ of the Whig party heavy philosophic quarterly and the more roman in this country is before us. We wish the whole tic tale-telling monthly, it blends enough of the contents of the number, and especially the leading dignity and force of the one with the grace and article, entitled "Unity of the Whigs,” could be amusement of the other, to make it at once popu- brought under the observation of every member lar and instructive. Our known neutrality on all of the party throughout the length and breadth of questions of mere politics will protect us from any the entire country. We imagine that an article misconception as to the motive of our strong praise. written with so much candor and ability, and pub. Its politics we have nothing to do with. Its Ameri lished in a periodical so well entitled to be recogcan merits we bave every thing to do with. We nized as the standard of the party, will not fail never see a thoroughly good American magazine, to meet the approbation of all who hereafter shall novel, poem, book, picture, statue, or intellectual claim to be Whigs. creation of any sort, that we do not feel as if we

From the “Dansville Herald," Nov. 5, 1851.were enjoying a personal success or reaping a per. The American Whig Review for this month bas copal benefit. The Whig Review, for October, re- been received, but we bave been so busy we have flects credit upon American magazine literature, not bad time to even look at it. That it is a good and seems to point strongly to the time when we number, the past excellence and present prospershall produce here, at home, within ourselves, ity of the Review effectually guarantee. enough, in quality as well as quantity, to satisfy

From "The Democrat,” Fellowsville, VA., Aug. the largest possible demand. A little international honesty, in the way of international copyright,

9th, 1851.-It is truly a national work. The powould soon bring out our “ Yankee” workmen, and

litical and literary matter are of the very highest put upon the literary sea “ faster craft” than ever the due encouragement of sound principles, we

order; and for the benefit of the Whig cause and Uncle Joba's philosophy dreamed of; for, with all his strengh, Uncle John is shockingly "slow.”

hope to see it circulate extensively in Western

Virginia From " The Freeman," Fremont, Ouro, November 220, 1851. This valuable magazine will enter

From the "IIerald,NORFOLK, Aug. 6, 1851.upon the eighth year of its existence in January by every Whig, containing as it does not only

The work is one which should be taken and read next. The leading objects of the Review are, of course, political. It is designed to set forth and political treatises from the ablest pens, but also defend the principles, the measures, and the men

interesting productions on general subjects, in of the United Whig party of the Union ; but at the prose and poetry, by the best authors. same time every attention is paid to the literary

From the “Binghamton Republican," Oct. 30th. department of the work, making it one of the most -The October No. of this staunch champion of desirable and useful publications in the country. Whig principles and able vebicle of literature is An engraved portrait of some distinguished person unusually interesting. * * * We are glad to see will be found in every number of the Review. the prosperity of this able magazine. " The North Carolina Argus," September 20th,

From the “ Truth Teller," New York, Nov. 8th, 1851.—The American Whiy Review.—This is a 1851.—This Review is steadily improving, and at work of great merit, and deserves extensive patron present holds the highest rank in its peculiar deage throughout the broad range of the United partment. States. The great object at which it aims-an From the "Medina Citizen," October 23d, 1851 unbroken history of political parties and of the - This work commends itself not only by the leading crents of the times-are considerations literary merit of its articles, but especially by its which should entitle it to the patronage of every high tune of morality.

From the "Star," RALEIGH, Sept. 24, 1851. --|T. B. Thorpe, of La., is very interesting, and writThe American Whig Review. We have received ten in fine style. The Political Department, which the August and September numbers of this able is conducted with great ability, contains much valand interesting magazine. They contain portraits uable political information. I'he Literary Departof Seargeant Prentiss and D. A. Bokee, and a rich ment presents some choice reading from the pens variety of valuable matter, prepared in the most of some of the first writers in the country. The elegant and agreeable style. No intelligent reader finest magazine literature that we have, is found in should be without this work.

the Whig Review. To the Political Department The Independent,” Troy, Ohio.—The American some of the first statesmen of the nation conWhig Review.—The November number of this tribute frequently. The Whig Review is a work monthly is before us. It has a beautiful portrait that should be in the house of every Whig in the of Leslie Combs. The Review, as its name indi. Uniun. It is a great national, conservative workcates, is a Whig periodical. In addition to general the organ of the Whig party. That party should literature, it aims at the prevalence of Whig prin- extend to it an extensive patronage. It is worthy ciples. It is an able and well-conducted journal of being the organ of any party whose aim is for well adapted to promote general intelligence and the good of the whole country. The articles in its the particular interests of the party it labors to columns bear the mark of the statesman. We serve. Those who wish to arm themselves with wưuld be glad to see it more extensively circulated the best weapons for Whig attack and defense, throughout Tennessee as well as the whole Union. will find it to their advantage to obtain this Re It is a duty every good Whig owes his party to view. And those who wish to acquaint themselves support such enterprises. Especially should every with the position, strength and tactics of their foe, leader in the ranks of the W big party patronize will also find it a great help. The number before the Review. The great conservative principles of us has about 100 pages of well-written matter, ex- his party are discussed, advocated, and defended, hibiting a high order of native and cultivated through its columns. Is it not all-important that talent, and is very suitable to embellish the study every mau who engages in political warfare should of any professional man, as well as the cases of the be armed with such a shields industrial part of our population. Why should not From The Carroll Free Press," November 7th, more give their patronage to the more substantial 1851.-We have received the October number of periodical works? Many a five dollars is put to the above-named excellent periodical. To those à far less profitable use, even in the purchase of who desire to keep posted in the politics and literareading matter. Where one man does not feel cure of the country, it is an invaluable treasure. able to pay for the work alone, several might unite, and have each number to peruse during the month.

From“The Fredonian,” November 19th, 1851. Four might take an able Review, and in the four American Whig Review. This Review for Noweeks all have an opportunity for its perusal.

vember is an excellent number, and its contents

will deeply interest the many subscribers which it From “ The Old North State,Nortu CAROLINA' possesses. The articles are varied in tone, and are November 25th, 1851.– The American Wbig Re- l of a character to demand attention and perusal. view for September and October has been received. We have the continuation of the life of Santa Rosa, The “Remiviscences of S. S. Prentiss,” in the Sep- Louis Kossuth and his country, Journalism in Newtember number, is worth the whole year's subscrip- York, and other articles which are liberal and contion. The Review stands deservedly high with the sistent in their tone, and written with much vigor party whose principles it advocates.

and force. We cheerfully commend this work to The Dansville Herald,DANSVILLE, N. Y., the patronage of our Whig friends. 1851.-American Whig Review.-We bave received this able and valuable Review for August, October 22d, 1851.-American Whig Review.

From “ The Washtenau Whig," ANN ARBOB, and take occasion to express the bigh opinion we The October number of this popular magazine entertain of the work. Since its establishment by contains its usual quantity of excellent matter.

r. Colton, its first Editor and Proprietor, we be. This is one of the best publications of the kind in lieve it has uniformly commanded the respect and this country, and should be read by all.

It is enjoyed the confidence of the Whiy party gener: I thoroughly American in its predilections, and on ally, many of the most distinguished and ablest members of the party having from time to time all points of political interest in the history of the contributed to its pages. While we pin our

politi

: times, is standard authority. It is conducted with cal faith to nobody's sleeve, we gladly bear witness much ability, dignity, and discrimination. to the Review's general soundness and catholicity

" The Chenango Neros," September 30, 1851.of opinion: its marked ability cannot be questioned. The American Whig Review, for August, we have The literary character of the work is deservedly received. As respects originality and variety of high, and each number is embellished with a por- matter, purity of style, and high-toned sentiment, trait, on steel, of some distinguished person. we regard it as one of the first publications of the From “ The Expositor," SHELBYVILLE, Tenn.

kind on thecontinent. The American Whig Review.-We have upon our The Express," St. Anthony's Falls, Sept. 27th, table the September number of this valuable work. 1851.- The American Whig Review for SeptemIt is embellished with a splendid engraved likeness ber has been received, and we welcome it with of the lamented Seargeant S. Prentiss, of Missis. great pleasure. Every Whig should take this sippi. It contains much choice reading matter, as sterling monthly, even if he is obliged to deny himusual. The “ Reminiscences of S. S. Prentiss,” by self some of the necessaries of life to pay for it.

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