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years have elapsed since they were laid before nople—which would not encourage, rather than the British Ministry from our Department of rebuke, the free expression of the views of their State, and that during this time they have been representatives in foreign countries.” P. 207. suffered to remain, although presented in the course of a correspondence having special ref
To which Mr. Wesbter stri kingly and conerence to the subject, without confutation, must clusively answers :be deemed conclusive evidence. Surely the
“ What other construction (than as a protest or spirit in which Mr. Webster so well laid down
remonstrance) your letter will bear, I cannot per: the law has proved more happy in its resultsceive. The transaction was finished. No letter than that which Mr. Cass would have had our
or remarks of yourself, or any one else, could un government manifest on the occasion. Discus- do it, if desirable. Your opinions were unsolicitsion and concession-a desire, to use a homely ed. If given as a citizen, then it was altogether phrase,“ to do what is right,” are much better unusual to address them to this Department in an calculated to promote those amicable relations official dispatch ; if as a public functionary, the on which depend the welfare of nations, than whole subject-matter was quite aside from the that “ spirit of resistance” which Mr. Cass duties of your particular station. In your letter deems " worthy the character of our people.” you
did not propose anything to be done, but obThe contrast between Mr. Cass's policy and jected to what had been done." P. 214. the course of Mr. Webster is placed in strong
Like all citizens of the republic, lights in the course of the correspondence here you are quite at liberty to exercise your own published. Mr. Cass writes from an impetuous But neither your observations nor this concession
judgment upon that as upon other transactions. and choleric temper, that does not permit him to see how often he commits himself. Under public minister abroad, it is a part of your offi
cover the case. They do not show that, as a Mr. Webster's clear examination, all he ad- | cial functions, in a public dispatch, to remonstrate vances resolves itself into mere presumptuous against the conduct of the government at home wrongheadedness. Thus, for example, in the in relation to a transaction in which you bore no reply to the letter from which we have above part, and for which you were in no way answeraquoted, Mr. Webster says :
ble. The President and Senate must be permit
ted to judge for themselves in a matter solely “Your letter appears to be intended as a sort
within their control. Nor do I know that, in of protest, a remonstrance, in the form of an offi- complaining of your protest against their procial dispatch, against a transaction of the govern- ceedings in a case of this kind, anything has been ment to which you were not a party, in which
done to warrant, on your part, an invidious and you had no agency whatever, and for the results unjust reference to Constantinople.” P. 216. of which you were no way answerable. This would seem an unusual and extraordinary pro
In reading this passage, one cannot but be ceeding. In common with every other citizen of struck with the extreme propriety and elegance the republic, you have an unquestionable right
of Mr. Webster's diplomatic style. His mind to form opinions upon public transactions, and
seems to select from a hundred points of view the conduct of public men; but it will hardly be
the precise one which best illustrates a subject, thought to be among either the duties or the privi- and he gives it in language which, though leges of a minister abroad to make formal re. careful, grave, and dignified, is yet natural. monstrances and protests against proceedings of For this quality we admire these letters more the various branches of the government at home, than his early orations. upon subjects in relation to which he himself has Dot been charged with any duty or partaken any responsibility.” P. 195.
Angela. A Norel. By the Author of “Emilia
Wyndham,” “ Two Old Men's Tales,” etc. Mr. Cass, in reply, says that his letter is not New York: Harper & Brothers. 1848. “a protest or remonstrance," and defends himself as follows :
In moral bearing, and so far as we have
been able to examine it, in the conduct of the “ Is it the duty of a diplomatic agent to receive story, this tale is unexceptionable. But the all the communications of his government, and to characters are elaborated with a minuteness that carry into effect their instructions sub silentio, 1 is not sustained by depth of thought, and in a whatever may be his own sentiments in relation style not poetic and elevating, but too intense, to them? Or, is he not bound, as a faithful rep- and too close an imitation of the language of resentative, to communicate freely, but respect- real life. The tale is probably intended, and fully, his own views, that these may be considered and receive their due weight in that particular readers. But we dislike to believe, either that
will be generally recommended for young lady base, or in other circumstances involving similar ponsiderations! It seems to me that the bare it will be very popular with them, or that we enunciation of the principle is all that is neces
have grown so old and wise as to be no longer ary for my justification.” P. 106. * * " And able to judge of what interests them. I may express the conviction that there is no gov- In the first chapter we have a description of rnment certainly none this side of Constanti
a young man reposing under “ that wild,
straggling hawthorn, where the huge twisted What a love of an animal! How delightful! branches, hoary with age, have assumed almost But not half so poetic as Amanda Fitzalan in the character of those of a forest tree.” This is the Children of the Abbey. interrupted by an apostrophe to the “ teens,” from which we extract the following:
“ He lay-lounged, I should say—under this
old, twisted hawthorn tree, upon a bank covered “ The teens! Oh what a gush of promise is with that green branching moss which is so soft there in that first burst of fervent life into and so beautiful; and the harebell and the flower! But the wind of the desert has passed lichens, and the little white starwort were growover the blossoms, and where are they?
ing, with a few lingering primroses and violets " What is the summer to this spring ?
in the shaw (how intensely Saxon!) which " Alas! alas!
stretched behind and beside him. This hawthom “ Most deeply, deeply pathetic sight!
tree stood out by itself a little in front of the “ He was like the rest of them, dear, earnest, shaw (O pshaw ?) which stretched along the field delightful young creatures
upon that side in front of a very high and thick
hedge of hawthorn and maple, traveller's joy How much of such writing must a critic (new plant) and brambles, boneysuckles and read in order to form a respectable opinion upon
eglantine, such as our youth loved in his heart." it? If twenty pages, there is one that must resign the profession.
The London Critic ranks this authoress " at On turning over the leaves we find that the the head of female novelists ;” the London whole book is paragraphed as in the extract Spectator thinks her “ Norman's Bridge surabove.
passes everything” this writer or perhaps ang Whence has arisen this fashion of making chef d'euvre; the John Bull thinks her humor
other writer has done, if we except Godwin's each separate sentence stand by itself?
From imitating Tupper,cockney philosopher? approaches that of Molière and Addison.
The American Review begs to be excused Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are print- luctantly compelled to admit that the above
from perusing this, her last work, and is reed in this fashion also.
Was it invented by printers to save labor in specimens. of puffing, bad as they are, cannot the correcting of proof? They have lately make it think more lightly of the opinion of the at school, should persist in spelling theatre forbid we should be thought angry with ittaken in hand our orthography. A boy who, London press than it did already. The novel
is well enough, perhaps, as a sofily book-Grud " theater," as the Messrs. Harpers do now in their books, should be reprimanded, and if that
but it is not to be compared with any of Mrs.
Austen's or a hundred others. did not suffice, chastised, until he amended.
Possibly this overmuch paragraphing was invented by the printers; but very plainly, The Seat nf Gorernment of the United States however it came into use, it is only a new de
By Joseph B. VARNUM, Jr. New York: vice of the enemy of souls, who wills not that men should love what is beautiful, but delights
Press of Hunt's Merchant's Magazine. 1848 to have them running into all manner of foolishness.
This is a full history of the City of WashBehold how easy it is to follow his sug contains a review of the discussions in Core
ington, and view of its present condition. It gestions ! men and ladies be watchful not to fall into vul- including a particular notice
of the Smithson.23 But let all earnest, delightful young gentle-gress and elsewhere on its site, and plans and
minute descriptions of its public works, &c. gar and degrading affectation. It is the pecu- Institution, with a map. It is published in : liar literary vice of our time. Often, when we consider how it infects and spoils our pamphlet form, and must necessarily, from the whole literature, we fancy that we have fallen good sense which is manifest in the work.
interest of the subject and the industry and upon dry days—days when the truly poetic is command a very extensive sale. no longer sought for or felt when found.
One more paragraph has caught our eye, which is so nice it must be given :
ERRATA. " He was a tall, fine young man—not very tall,
In the article on the “ Adventures and in neither, for he was beautifully proportioned-aquests of the Normans in Italy, during the Mubis very model—the very ideal of the English Āges,” in the June number, the following error youth. His eye so sweet, so ingenuous, so almost occurred, in consequence of inability to send a child-like in its truth and innocence, yet so deep, proof to the author:so thoughtful, so full of indistinct meaning and On p. 619, for Mons Fovis read Mons Jopis. hidden melancholy (bad grammar); his mouth On p. 622, et seq., for Malfi read Melf. was rather full, and the soft, silken moustache On p. 627, for Palermo read Paterno. just gave character to the upper lip."
On pp. 629, 680, for Barajgoi read Bapánu