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SUMMERFIELD, or Life on a Farm. By Day sensible as Mr. Abbott, dealing so perpetually in Kellog Lee.

Auburn : Derby & Miller. 1852. matters of every day common sense, should be Pp. 246.

satisfied with the expressions he employs in reThis is a remarkable book. We have read it gard to the hopelessness of the future for a large through, and in our opinion it is a remarkable

portion of our race. This is his language : “Debook-remarkable for the effectual bringing to struction ! it is a word in regard to which all comthe very senses of the reader the sweet scented ment is useless, and all argument vain. Pervertfields and the cool air of the bill-top and shady ed ingenuity might modify and restrain such exwoods. It is not the talk of a professed writer pression as eternal, and everlasting, but DESTRUCor actor, but of a real lover, admirer- we had

Tion,-it bids defiance to caviling : it extinguishalmost said adorer-of the fair and bright things es hope.” And yet, we read in the Scriptures of Nature, the true life of rural industry and hope. the following: “Israel thou hast destroyed We cannot but think that our author would have thyself ; but in me is thine help.” Hosea xiii. 9. a remarkable success in describing the Natural

The only hope of any sinner's redemption he History of New York State, as Gilbert White in

makes to be “ creating anew.”

“ Sin once adthe “ Natural History of Selborne," or William mitted, the soul is ruined. It lies dead in tresMiller in his Spring, Summer, Autumn and Win- passes and sins ; going farther and farther away ter Books, where scenes and characters are but

from God, and sinking continually in guilt and the places and persons to introduce the attractive

misery. Sin thus does more than entail miserythings that catch the poet's eye and only find de- it perpetuates itself. The worst of all its consescription from the poet's pictorial faculty. We quences, is, its own inevitable and eternal concannot conceive of any person, except a com- tinuance." This is plain talk, and we like the pletely unimaginative soul, taking up and reading plainness,-the slightest sin gives the momentum this book without having some of the finest pic

to the soul downward, and only the direct intertures of successful Farm Life coming before him

position of God can arrest it ! with all that poetical bewitchingness that makes When shall we see books for Universalists writthe citizen who is crazed with the intense life of ten with similar high aims and published in as atthe city sigh for the orderly life of the well culti

tractive a style as these works of Abbott? vated acres, and the well observed and well enjoyed phenomena of rural boundaries. The Bear

THE YOUNG CHRISTIAN: A Magazine for Hunt, and the Lost Lamb, are fine specimens of

Universalist Sunday Schools and Families. Edi

ted by G. L. Demarest. New York : 1851. graphic description, and the seventh chapter,

The December issue of this neat little monthly “The Captive,” is one of the most perfect prose

has been received, and we perceive by it that the poems we have ever met. Any painter of Genius

first year of its existence is closed. We renewedcould make one of the finest pictures out of the

ly commend it to public notice and favor. We description there given of a morning in June.

paid it the best compliment we could pay it by We commend this book unreservedly to our

ordering 125 copies for the school of the First readers. It is elegantly printed, and is worth its

Universalist Society in Providence. It is publishprice.

ed at 25 cents a year, and is hereafter to be pub

lished by the “Universalist Paper and Book EsTHE CORNER STONE.

By Jacob Abbott. Very greatly improved and enlarged.— With nu

tablishment," New York—the establishment merous engravings. New York: Harper &

which owns and publishes the Christian AmbassaBrothers. 1852. Boston : B. B. Mussey & Co.,

dor, Rev. B. B. Hallock, agent, 333 Broadway, Cornbill.

New York. A. Tompkins, is the Boston pubThis is the second of Abbott's Young Christian

lisher. series, elegantly printed and illustrated. It is an

THE HAUNTED CHURCH, or the Little Organ spoken treatise for those who

Girl. By Elizabeth Doten. Boston : J. M. Ushaccept the severest forms of Christianity, and yet 1852. Pp. 76. it abounds with passages which we read with This is a story of a little girl playing an organ pleasure and profit. It astonishes us that one so and dreaming, and her dream is told. We sup

earnest and plain




posed, by the advertisement, that the story was dition and cost of the Boston Schools, we cannot some recital of strugglings and moral successes, understand why but one thousand copies of this but find we were mistaken. The story makes an Report were ordered to be printed. Mr. Bisbop interesting juvenile book, but we question the speaks of having received the utmost sympathy propriety of making an object of curiosity of one and co-operation in the outset of his labors, who only dreams what reminds us of “ Pippa and that he has witnessed in his intercourse with Passes” by Browning.

the citizens of Boston a universal espression of

strong interest in their public schools. “All unite DEVOTIONAL SONGS: A Collection of An

in desiring their continued prosperity and their thems, Chants, and Hymn Tunes, designed for increasing usefulness," and in connection with Public and Private Worship. By Geo. J. Corrie. Philadelphia : Published for the author by A.

this there seems to be as universal a feeling that Andre & Co., No. 229 Chestnut Street.

some searching reforms in the Schools is needed. This work is proposed to be issued in numbers

Out of the tax for 1850,-51, $1,266,030,40, at 25 cents each, engraved and printed in a neat

$325,126,60, or more than 25 per cent, was exstyle. We feel interested in the success of the

pended for schools. The City now pays for salaauthor's enterprise, because the music is good, ries, fuel, and the care of school-houses, at the and he is the organist of the Church of the Mes

rate of about nine dollars for each girl and twelse siah where we minister. The number before us

dollars for each boy, per annum in the large the first-contains three pieces,-a Trio, “How

schools, and in the smaller schools 12 and 15. The beauteous are their feet ;' “ Dubosq,” adapted

average expense for the last ten years, for each 1 to the 7's metre eight line hymn,

scholar in all the schools, was $10,59. In the

* Holy, holy, holy Lord ;” and “ Jubilate Deo," a double

High and Grammar Schools the cost has been chant. The first is Mr. Corrie's arrangement, the

$15, 26 ; in the Primary Schools $6, 28, per anothers are his compositions ; and having listened to the music thereof, we commend this work to An excellent portion of this Report is that the attention and patronage of our friends.

which is devoted to the “ Qualifications of Teach

This topic is discussed with great care OLIVER Ditson's Music. 115 Washington

and sufficient delicacy. The plain fact is enforStreet, Boston. 1952.

ced, that higher considerations than regard to We have before us copies of The Hungarian personal feeling should determine the contingBattle Song, air by Coria, words, symphonies and

ance of a teacher in his office. Three hundred accompaniment by J. H. Mack Naughton, with a female teachers are employed in the schools, who bold frontispiece giving a portrait of Kossuth. have the care of over eighteen thousand of the Delia’s Waltz, by W. C. Glynn ; O what a world twenty-two thousand scholars. The Report proof beauty-words by Charles Swain, music by S. poses the establishment of "a Normal School for S. Wardwell ; The Blue Bells of Scotland, as the purpose of preparing the daughters of the sung by the Berlin Choir, arranged for four voi- citizens of Boston to become better teachers than ces ; Un Premier Amour Redowa, by A. Waller- can now, as a general thing, be found to fill vastein ; Passing Away, by George Linley, arran- cancies which are frequently occurring.” A brief ged for the Guitar by Samuel Keene ; Mary El- outline of what they need to be instructed in is len Polka, by Wm. C. Glynn ; Pretty Little Chan- given, which outline closes with the following ges for Pretty Little Fingers-popular airs arran- sensible paragraph : “ Teachers need to underged in the easiest manner for two performers on stand both the nature and tendency of all the the piano forte, by J. R. Ling.–These are all passions manifested among children, and also elegant plate music, and Mr. Ditson's is the place how to restrain these passions within their proper to find whatever is wanted in this line.

limits. They should also understand the nature and

offices of the moral sentiments, and should leam : FIRST SEMI-ANNUAL REPORT OF


how these can be so cultivated as to bold the City of Boston. Read and Accepted. Dec.

passions in subjection to the decisions of Con30, 1851.

science. Perhaps on this point, more than on The superintendent of the Boston public schools any other, both parents and teachers are liable is Nathan Bishop, Esq., who was the superintend

to make the most ruinous mistakes in the moral ent of the Providence public schools for nearly training of children. Some persons seem to re

He presents a very able, well gard the existence of the lower propensities, comtoned and tempered Report. Considering the

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mon to us all, as evils, and address themselves to peculiar feeling just now alive towards the con

the task of eradicating them from the hearts of

twelve years.


children, rather than to the cultivation of the high- is not for him. That is an impossibility ; for ever moral elements of our nature, evidently de- ery man's deed to be his own, must have a dissigned to confine the lower passions within their tinct, an original and unborrowed character.” proper spheres of action, and thus make them Let the spirit of these sentiments be felt, and minister to our happiness.”

there would not be the perpetual talk about moWe have a large number of school teachers tives where all that a fair mind has to deal with among our readers, but we are sure they have no is the argument. We trust that more and more need of this caution, as their religion impels them this spirit will be diffused among our Ministry and to the method here recommended. Their office the Denomination ; and certainly the Members is a noble one ; and the successful discharge of of the Church of the Paternity could not have a its duties gives them, to the eye of the Great handsomer compliment paid to them, than they Judge, a place among the most honorable of the have rendered to themselves by requesting the earth,

publication of this discourse of our excellent

brother. Its tone is as clear and sweet as silver SELECTIONS FROM THE WRITINGS

bells at sea. SPEECHES OF Wm. LLOYD GARRISON. With an Appendix. Boston: B. F. Wallcut, 21 Cornhill. 1852.

REPORT OF THE BOSTON POLICE DEPARTThis is a handsome volume of plain spoken

MENT For 1851. By the City Marshal. things, fairly representing the gifts and methods

This is one of those documents that set a Chris. of Mr. Garrison by between sixty and seventy se

tian reader to thinking what evil there is in the lections from what he has said and written.

world to be overcome by good. First of all, we

give thanks for the appointment of “An officer DIVERSITIES OF Gifts. By Rev. Charles H. for the schools," who looks after cases of truanLeonard, Chelsea, Mass. Printed (and in a hand-cy which are reported to the mayor by the masters some manner) by Bazin & Chandler, Cornhill,

of the Grammar Schools. He keeps a record of Boston. 1852.

idle and vagrant children, and in many instances This sermon was preached in the Church of the

successfully aids the efforts of their parents to Paternity (a beautiful name !) last November,

keep them regularly at school. The Massachusetts and was requested for publication. It has a good

Legislature sor 1849 and 50, passed a law giving and timely theme, which is well discussed and in

the power to cities and towns to make by-laws in an excellent spirit. When we wish to enter at

reference to the evils of truancy, and that is ceronce into the spirit of a preacher, we always turn

tainly a power that should be most faithfully exfirst to the last pasagraph in his sermon, and in ercised. Among the items of crime under the head this case we were not disappointed. There we

of Complaints and Arrests, we find Gambling on read this fine sentiment: “ We do not know the

the Lord's Day, 144 ; Violations of License law, ultimate of our powers ; we do not know our en- 718 ; Common Drunkards, 311; Drunkenness, tire being. Let us be serene and joyous, howev

1,565. The whole number of Complaints and er, because we can learn what we are designed

Arrests, was 5,419, of which number 1,110 were to do, by doing what we have the might to do.”

minors-over one-fifth of the whole. In obediThe sermon is a plea for comprehensiveness in

ence to an order of the Mayor and Aldermen, the judging Men and Methods ; and the preacher following facts were ascertained ; that the numgoes earnestly against that great vice of the Pul

ber of places where intoxicating drinks were sold, pit, Imitation. He says : “ The subject which

(Nov. 1851) was 1500 ; by Americans, 490, by has thus far occupied onr thoughts, is full of in

German, English and Swedes, 110, by Irish, 900 ; struction. The most obvious lesson which it

in cellars, 300, above ground, 1,190 ; by males, teaches is, first to find our work, and then to do

1,374, by females, 162. These drinks are sold it in our own way,-to be no copyist, and not to

at 65 oyster and ice cream saloons, and in 90 quarrel with ourselves because we cannot do the

bowling alleys ; 947 places for the sale of these work and speak the words of another ; and not

drinks, are open on the sabbath ; 1,031 places to quarrel with other people becarise they do not

keep only these drinks ; 469 groceries keep them. adopt our methods and speak our words.”—“In

And all except four of the “first class hotels” any department of moral effort, each must work

have open bars for the sale of intoxicating drinks. in his own way, use his own gifts, reap his own Here is an item that may serve to point a moreward. He may incorporate the qualities of oth- ral: " • The ascertained average expenses of a boy er persons, imitate the example of larger souls, at the State Reform School at Westborough is labor in their spirit, but to do precisely their work about $34 per annum ; while the average costs

borne Love's Cross nobly, and now receives her most sweet reward."

of the inmates of eleven State Prisons, is $67 per annum.” The costliest thing for any community is the support of criminals. The cost to the city of Boston its day and night police, is $150,000 per annum ! Fifty thousand dollars appropriated for the support of the day police.


This is designed as an Almanac for the Bookseller, Librarian, and Reading Man, fashioned according to the new idea of almanac making of summing up statistics and information in the most concise manner. The little annual before us bas quite a collection of matter touching literary projects, books, libraries, and the dead of the past year among authors and writers. It is edited by the conductor of “Norton's Literary Gazette"a valuable periodical for those interested in books and literary pursuits.

ARVINE's CYCLOPEDIA ANECDOTES. Boston: Gould & Lincoln. 1852.

This serial maintains its character for interest and value, and we renew our commendation of it as worthy the attention of our readers.


The LIFE AND WORKS OF ROBERT Burns. Edited by Robert Chambers. In four volumes. Vol. I. New York : Harper & Brothers. 1852. On sale at B. B. Mussey & Co.'s, Cornhill, Boston.

Mr. Chambers says rightly when he speaks of the idea that Burns was “ only a wonderful peasant” as giving way to the fact that “ he was one of the greatest poetical spirits, without any regard to the accidental circumstances of birth and education-circumstances which may enhance his merits, but ought not to take from them.” The works of Lockhart and of Allan Cunningham on Burns, we have always highly prized, and Carlyle's Essay is a fine thing, but we find in Chambers' first volume a spirit of larger comprehensiveness and deeper insight than in what either of the other writers have given. Mr. Chambers has wrought bis work upon the plan of presenting the poems of Burns in strict chronological order in connection with the Memoir, thus making the Poems open the Life and the Lise give significance to the Poems. We learn that the youngest sister of Burns is still alive, Mrs. Beggs, and her memory has aided this new effort; and by the labors bestowed by the new editor, there is given not only a larger amount of biographical detail, but “ a new sense, efficacy and feeling” has been imparted to the Poet's writings. Mr. Chambers finely speaks of those writings as giving an “Undying Voice for the finest sympathies” of mankind. This work must be popular.


“Say, have you found the heart I lost

and I last night The fragrant, new-inown meadow crossed,

Beneath the sweet starlight ?"

" I have a heart ; but ere I show it,

'Tis fair thou shouldst define The private marks by which thoul't know it ;

No doubt the heart is thine."

- Well, 'twas not hard, nor very strong,

A loving, little heart, Filled with sweet raptures and wild song,

But all unskilled in art.

'Twas like, in its free, joyous youth,

A bird upon the wing,-
A worshiper of love and truth,

And every blessed thing."

CRIMORA : or Love's Cross. By G. Leighton Ditson. Boston : Published by the Author. 1852.

This volume is by the author of the work on Circassia, or “ A Tour to the Caucasus," which we favorably noticed when it appeared, and which has been flatteringly received throughout the country. Here we meet our author in a new field, with powers for bold description and passion-painting which will make him to be read with deep interest. “Crimora" signifles “ a woman of a great soul,” (page 11) and we have the development in the story of the fitness of the name for the character around whom the interest is woven, till the coronation of victory comes,

This is indeed a woman of great soul !said the king, deeply affected by the scene before him. She is worthy the name CRIMORA! She has

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