« AnteriorContinuar »
audience." The lines now stand thus, the second and fourth having been added:
"Goethe in whom the present imaged lay,
The true and earnest priest of the ideal."
The poet sings in a trusting, hopeful strain, and though his performance is of unequal merit, and might be thought somewhat long for the occasion, it gives evidence of high intellectual culture. Its moral tone is pure and elevated, and parts of it certainly have no small artistic excellence.
The poem by Mr. Benjamin is in a different strain,gay, humorous, with no slight sprinkling of satire. Few of the follies, infatuations, extravagances, and pet ideas" of the day escape his notice. Yet good temper and good feeling so pervade the whole, that where a palpable hit was made, no one, we should suppose, could have felt his breast stirred to anger. The author sometimes rises into a more serious mood, as in the lines on the poet Campbell. The performance is marked by smoothness and ease of versification, and the rhymes are sufficiently exact to satisfy even fastidious criticism.
The Duties of the Citizen Soldier. A Discourse delivered in the First Independent Church of Baltimore, on Sunday, July 21, 1844, before the Maryland Cadets, and their Guests, the Boston City Corps. By GEORGE W. BURNAP. Baltimore: 1844. 8vo. pp. 20.
An Address delivered in the Court-House in Concord, Massachusetts, on 1st August, 1844, on the Anniversary of the Emancipation of the Negroes in the British West Indies. By R. W. EMERSON. Boston: J. Munroe & Co. 1844. 8vo. pp. 34.
An Address before the Literary Societies of Hamilton College, July 23, 1844. By HORACE GREELEY. Clinton, N. Y. 1844. 8vo. pp. 40.
An Address delivered at the Laying of the Corner-Stone of a House of Worship, for the First Congregational Society in Somerville, Sept. 28, 1844. By R. M. HODGES. Cambridge: Metcalf & Co. 1844. 8vo. pp. 19.
A Lecture on the late Improvements in Steam Navigation and the Arts of Naval Warfare, with a brief Notice of Ericsson's Caloric Engine; delivered before the Boston Lyceum. By JOHN O. SARGENT. New York: Wiley & Putnam. 1844. 8vo. pp. 64.
The Wealth, Industry, and Resources of Portsmouth. A Lec4TH S. VOL. III. NO. I.
ture delivered before the Portsmouth Lyceum, Nov. 12, 1844. By Rev. A. P. PEABODY. 1844. 4to. pp. 10. Remarks upon an Oration delivered at Cambridge by George Putnam, before the Phi Beta Kappa Society in Harvard University, August 29, 1844. By a MEMBER OF THE SUFFOLK BAR. Boston: Ticknor & Co. 1844. 8vo. pp. 35. We find ourselves unable to continue a separate notice of all the pamphlets which accumulate on our hands during the two months which precede our day of publication. We shall in future give the titles, however, accompanied with such remarks as our space admits. Mr. Burnap considers a "citizen soldiery" as, in the last resort, the executive arm of free governments, and argues for the right and duty of using force, if necessary, for the maintenance of order and support of the authority of the laws. Mr. Emerson's Address is a plain, truth-speaking discourse, for the most part historical, but containing some passages, addressed mostly to New England men, which are marked by great intensity of moral feeling. - Mr. Greeley's main topic is the "Discipline and Duties of the Scholar; "he is no enemy to a "thoroughly educated class," but he thinks the physical and intellectual man should be harmoniously and systematically developed, and that learning should not be divorced from manual labor. Those who may not go along with him in all his views, will sympathize with the humane spirit and elevated tone of moral feeling which pervade the performance, and will pause over some eloquent passages. Mr. Hodges's Address at the laying of the cornerstone of the Somerville church derives additional interest from the allusions he has interwoven to the different objects the eye takes in from the elevated site on which it stands, including the McLean Asylum, the Halls of old Harvard, and, resting darkly" on the horizon, "the consecrated place of graves"-Mount Auburn. -Those who wish to take a rapid survey of the late improvements in steam navigation and the arts of naval warfare will do well to consult Mr. Sargent's Lecture, in which they will find an account of Ericsson's inventions, with some biographical notice of him. Mr. Peabody's Lecture presents a somewhat sombre picture, but is full of information. A more strictly practical lecture, we venture to say, was never delivered. It points out the sources of the prosperity and wealth of our towns and villages, and the causes of their decline, and its remedies. The anonymous author of the "Remarks" on Mr. Putnam's Oration certainly writes in a transparent and graceful style, and though he dissents from the main principle stated and defended by Mr. Putnam, as well as from some of his illustrations and criticisms, he appears to be not a whit behind others in his admiration of the fresh and glowing eloquence of the Phi Beta Kappa Orator.
Ecclesiastical Record. The pulpit at Leominster, which was vacated by Mr. Stebbins's removal to Meadville, is again permanently supplied by the acceptance of “a call” given by the people to Mr. Withington, who recently graduated from the Divinity School at Cambridge. Rev. Mr. Alger, late of Chelsea, has accepted an invitation to become their minister from the Society at Marlboro', of which Rev. Mr. Morse has for some time had the pastoral care. Rev. Mr. Upham has been compelled to dissolve his connexion with the First Church in Salem, of which he had been either associate or sole pastor twenty years, in consequence of a chronic affection of the throat incapacitating him for public speaking. - Rev. Mr. Wood has resigned his ministry at Tyngsboro', and entered upon the duties of minister-at-large in Lowell. - Rev. Mr. Sargent has resigned his office as a minister-at-large in Boston. - Rev. Mr. Smith has resigned his ministry at Warwick.-Rev. Mr. Barry of Framingham being obliged, by the illness of one of his travelling companions, to return home from Europe sooner than he had intended, Rev. Mr. Bulfinch has engaged to supply the pulpit of the First Congregational Society in Waltham through the winter. — Mr. Rufus P. Cutler, a member of the class last graduated at the Cambridge Divinity School, has made a similar engagement with the Unitarian Society at Nashua, N. H. Rev. Mr. Morse, a like engagement at Tyngsboro'.- And Rev. Mr. Thurston, at Billerica. - Mr. Herman Snow, of the class of 1843, has taken charge of the pulpit of the Unitarian congregation in Brooklyn, Conn., intending also to preach a part of the time to the new society in Norwich, Conn. -The congregation in Salem under Rev. Dr. Flint have commenced the erection of a new house of worship, the corner-stone of which was laid with religious services November 7, 1844. — The Unitarian Society in Hartford, Conn., have engaged the services of a regular preacher, and have also made arrangements for the erection of a meeting-house. - Measures have been taken for the formation of new societies in Worcester and Roxbury. As the season approaches for making the annual subscription to the Missionary Fund, we hope our churches will give the subject attention. We understand that Mr. Channing, the Agent of the Board, is actively engaged in the discharge of the duties of his office.
Protestant Episcopal Church. The increase of this Church in the United States, notwithstanding its internal troubles, we are inclined to think, exceeds that of most other sects. At least they who have the care of its interests are making provision for its future growth, as what they confidently anticipate. At the late Triennial Convention held in Philadelphia, three new Bishops were consecrated ;Rev. Carlton Chase, D. D., for the diocese of New Hampshire; Rev. N. H. Cobbs, D D., for the diocese of Alabama; and Rev. C. S. Hawks, D. D., for the diocese of Missouri. The election of Rev.
F. L. Hawks, D. D., as Bishop of the diocese of Mississippi, occasioned a long and sharp discussion, which resulted in the "reference of the election back to the diocese." Besides these appointments at home, Rev. Alexander Glennie, Rev. William J. Boone, D. D., and Rev. Horatio Southgate, were appointed Missionary Bishops respectively for Africa, China, and Constantinople, or the Turkish Empire, dioceses, whose extent of surface may perhaps compensate for the infrequency of churches. Bishop Onderdonk of Pennsylvania was deposed from office in consequence of delinquencies painfully affecting his character; and since the adjournment of the Convention, we observe that the Bench of Bishops have been summoned, and are now in session, to consider charges against Bishop Onderdonk of New York, from which we both hope and believe he will be able to clear himself. There are now twenty-three Bishops of the Episcopal Church, in the United States, besides the three sent to foreign parts. The number of the clergy in the several States and Territories is thus given by an accredited authority:-In Maine, 8; New Hampshire, 11; Massachusetts, 55; Rhode Island, 26; Vermont, 23; Connecticut, 101; New York, 192; Western New York, 106; New Jersey, 52; Pennsylvania, 121; Delaware, 10; Maryland, 100; Virginia, 102; North Carolina, 29; South Carolina, 50; Georgia, 19; Ohio, 56; Mississippi, 16; Kentucky, 24; Tennessee, 12; Alabama, 12; Michigan, 23; Florida, 7; Louisiana, 11; Indiana, 15; Missouri, 13; Illinois, 19; Wisconsin, 10; Iowa, 4; Arkansas, 4. Total, in the United States, 1,231.
Ordinations. Rev. THOMAS DAWES, of Cambridge, was ordained as Pastor of the Washington Street Church and Society in FAIRHAVEN, Mass., October 30, 1844. The Sermon was preached by Rev. Mr. Gannett, of Boston, from Colossians i. 21, 22; the Ordaining Prayer was offered by Rev. Mr. Muzzey of Cambridge; the Charge was given by Rev. Mr. Peabody of New Bedford; the Right Hand of Fellowship, by Rev. Mr. Pope of Kingston; the Address to the People, by Rev. Mr. Briggs of Plymouth; and the other services, by Rev. Messrs. Brigham of Taunton, Morgridge of New Bedford, and Ware of Fall River.
Rev. AMORY GALE, of Scituate, was ordained as an Evangelist, at Kingston, Mass., November 19, 1844. The Sermon was preached by Rev. Mr. Moseley of Scituate, from 1 Corinthians i. 23; the Ordaining Prayer was offered by Rev. Dr. Kendall of Plymouth; the Charge was given by Rev. Mr. Richardson of Hingham; and the Right Hand of Fellowship, by Rev. Mr. Briggs of Plymouth; the other services being conducted by Rev. Messrs. Osgood of Cohasset, Leonard of Marshfield, and Pope of Kingston.
Dedication. The Meeting-house of the First Congregational Society in BILLERICA, Mass., having been remodelled, was dedicated anew, October 30, 1844. The Sermon was preached by Rev. Mr. Knapp of Nantucket, from Matthew xxv. 40; the Prayer of Dedication was offered by Rev. Mr. Miles of Lowell; and the other services were conducted by Rev. Messrs. Woodward of Bedford, Whitman of East Bridgewater, and Loring of Andover.
New Works.-James Munroe & Co., of this city, have published a new volume of private devotions, by Rev. Charles Brooks, under the title of "The Christian in his Closet, or Prayers for Individuals, adapted to the various ages, conditions, and circumstances of Life.”—They have also issued "Lays of the Gospels," by Rev. S. G. Bulfinch, in one volume, 16mo. And, "Proverbs arranged in alphabetical order, in two Parts," by William H. Porter.-John Owen, of Cambridge, has just published "The Waif, a collection of Poems. With a Proem by H. W. Longfellow;” forming a small volume in 16mo., and containing, as the title indicates, contributions from various writers. Also, "Conversations on some of the Old Poets. By James Russell Lowell.”—The tenth edition of Prof. Longfellow's "Voices of the Night," the eighth edition of his "Ballads and other Poems," and the sixth edition of "The Spanish Student," are now in press. Mr. Lowell's "Poems," published a few months since, have already reached a third edition. - The next volume of Mr. Sparks's Biography will contain a Life of Roger Williams, by Professor Gammel of Brown University.- The anticipation of the New Year has called forth the usual variety of Annuals for readers in the drawing-room, and of story books for children. Of the latter, we have seen none which deserve special mention. Of the former we can notice only one, the pages of which have been filled almost wholly by writers known to those who read our journal; we refer to "The Diadem," published by Carey & Lea of Philadelphia. It is in the quarto form, and in its general appearance has been surpassed by no American publication of this class. A large part of the contents consists of translations from the German, particularly from Zschokke and Richter. The tales which have been selected for this purpose breathe a pure moral sentiment, and the translation is free and graceful. - Lea & Blanchard of Philadelphia have issued specimen pages of the "Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition," which visited the Pacific ocean and the Antarctic regions in the years 1838-42. It will be published in five volumes, of imperial octavo size, and will contain "about twentyfive hundred pages of letter press," besides numerous steel engravings, some hundred wood-cuts, and thirteen maps and charts, all executed in the best style. Should the work be completed in correspondence with the "specimen," it will constitute a beautiful as well as important addition to the libraries of our wealthy citizens.
The rapid sale of Miss Martineau's "Life in the Sick Room," has already caused a second American edition to be put to press. An article which we had hoped to give upon this work, we have been obliged to defer till our next number.—Mr. Crosby has just issued a third edition of" Domestic Worship. By W. H. Furness," first published in Philadelphia, and which we are glad to learn has found so many readers.
Two new Collections of Hymns for the use of Unitarian congregations, we learn, will soon be published. One has been prepared by a Committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association, and will contain about eight hundred hymns, but will be printed in a style that shall allow it to be sold at a low price. The other will be prepared by the Pastor of the Harvard Church in Charlestown, for the use especially