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Ashland, 17th June, 1848. Dear Sir:—I have been requested by Mrs. ly to say that she has received yonr note, iti the portrait of myself which accompanies an J to express her thanks and obligations ■ it. She regards it as an excellent likeness. Allow me to add an expression also of my knowledgments, and my entire concurrence her judgment as to the accuracy and fidelity the portrait.
I am afraid that a recent event may diminish : remuneration which you anticipated from ; sale of this portrait; but at all events I ider to you my ardent wishes for your success i prosperity, in all respects. I am, truly,
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story of the United States of America, designed for Schools. By Egbert Guernsey, A.M. Second edition. New York: Cady & Burgess. 1818.
Hie events and dates in this little volume are ren with general correctness, and though it not altogether free from irrelevant matter, ! circumstance of its having reached a seci edition, is a gratifying evidence of its farable reception by the public.
story of Congress, biographical and Political: comprising Memoirs of Members of tlie Congress of the United States, draion from authentic sources; embracing the prominent irtnts of their lives, and their connection with the political history of the times. By Henry G.wheeler. Illustrated by numerous Steel Portraits, and facsimile Autographs. New York: Harper & Brothers. 1848.
The author of this work has been long a rerter in the House, and thus possesses pecur advantages for the publication of such a •rk. The book is well executed and very idable; the incidents in the lives of the genmen whose biographies are given are probar in general reliable, they being collected and spared, as it were, under their own eyes. >me of the portraits are extremely well done, nong the principal biographies we notice y$e of Hon. J. R. Ingersoll, Washington int, R. C. Winthrop, and Charles Hudson. ie author proposes to continue the work by .i publication of other succeeding volumes, cpared in a similar manner. The patronage
of those gentlemen whose lives are given, will of itself secure it a wide circulation.
The Planetary and Stellar Worlds. A popular exposition of the great discoveries and theories of Modern Astronomy. In a series of Ten Lectures. By O. M. Mitchell, A.M., Director of the Cincinnati Observatory. New York: Baker & Scribner. 1848.
Many of our readers in this city, and in Boston and New Orleans, who attended Mr. Mitchell's lectures when he visited those places, will be glad to see them presented in the form of a volume. They are full of interest and information respecting the most sublime of all sciences, and will be found to abound less in conjecture and rhetorical display than most popular works of a similar character. The preface, in which the author details the circumstances which led him to prepare them, in connection with the history of the Cincinnati Observatory, is highly interesting, and is given in that clear unpretending manner which belongs to a true scholar. Mr. Mitchell is an enthusiast in his science, as one must needs be who would devote himself to its cultivation successfully—one of the few in that department of whom our country has real reason to be proud.
A First Book in Spanish; or a Practical Introduction to the study of the Spanish Language: containing full Instructions in pronunciation, dec, cfc. By Joseph Salkeld, A.M., author of a Compendium of Classical Antiquities. New York: Harper & Brothers. 1848.
This appears to be a book well adapted to its purpose. The Spanish is the most easy of all the European languages, and may almost be learned from book alone. A knowledge of it is becoming every year more necessary to an American citizen. Even now it is much in use among the numerous and highly respectable class of returned volunteer officers who distinguished themselves in the late conflicts in Mexico; and the war has also given birth to a great many dispatches and writings of all sorts, tor a ready comprehension of which a familiarity with the Spanish is requisite. It is possible that a few years may see Spanish representatives sitting in the House from new States sliced out of Chihuahua, Durango, and Queretaro; and an acquaintance with Spanish may then become very necessary to our public men, to enable them to sustain our free institutions under the demoralizing influence of New Mexican ideas of civilization.
Lcllurs from Italy, the Alps, and the Rhine. By J. T. Headley. New and Revised Edition, (with a good portrait of the author.) New York: Baker & Scribner.
We cau only say of these Letters, that when they first appeared, we read them with delight. Mr. Heudley's free and glowing imagination appears in none of his writings to better advantage than these. His descriptions of Alpine scenery, and of the impressions of foreign manners and historic associations, are certainly brilliunt and delightful; and he has as great power of holding the attention, as any modern writer with whom we are acquainted.
The Taylor Anecdote Book. Anecdotes of Zachary Taylor, and the Mexican War. By Tom Owen, the Bee-Hunter. Together with a brief Life of General Taylor, and his Letters. Illustrated with Engravings. D. Appleton & Co. New York: 1848.
The title of this book is enough to attract readers, and we can assure our readers they will rind it richly worth the purchase. After they have read the capital anecdotes of the war, of which there is a large assortment, let them peruse the letters of the General himself, and oon.sider the virtue of honesty, and whether it would do the country any material harm to have an honest man for President! Only one will do: a single four years' interruption of the dynasty will put such life into the nation that it will go on of itself almost for a long time afterward.
The following are some of the anecdotes in this book; we take them at random:—
"In the early part of the action of the 23d, when the enemy had succeeded in turning the left wing of our little army, and secured a seeming advantageous position in rear of our line, at the base of the mountain; when a portion of our troops, overpowered by the superiority of numbers, were forced to retire in ' hot baste;' when, indeed, the fortunes of the day seemed extremely problematical, to every one save the indomitable and self-poised old hero, an officer of high rank rode up to General Taylor, and announced the temporary success of the enemy, and expressed his fears for the Buccess of our army.
"Old Rough and Ready's reply was perfectly characteristic of the man. 'Sir,' said he, 'so long as we have thirty muskets, we can never be conquered! If those troops who have abandoned their position, can be rallied and brought into action again, I will take three thousand of the enemy prisoners. Had I the disposition of the enemy's forces, I would myself place them just where they are.'
"The officer resumed his duties with a light
heart, considering that the battle, in spa tf appearances, was already won."
"During the battle of Resaca, Corporal Fi?rel of the Fourth Infantry came with oalrta men to Lieut. Hays, of the same regiment nclaiming,' Lieutenant, if we had but an caer to lead us, we would tame that piece,' «t a same time pointing to one that was desurnia? numbers of our men. 'You shall not ay tt«J you had no officer to lead you—follow rwas the reply from Hayes. They J**f forward, stormed the battery, and earriei £
Besides those mentioned in our last, the £** ing additional errors (some of -which hs« occasioned by the indistinctness of the orej» manuscript, others are alterations made tf# words by the author,) occur in the article * -< "Adventures and Conquests of the Normm- J Italy during the Dark Ages," in our numteu June.
for Ralph read Rolph.
clam a. Tetare read velare. Danmartes read Damns* Matthai Taris read Mattk « prastolibantur read p*1
bantur. singules read singulis. Tyen read Fycn. Nermann read Normanm officiatur read efficiatur. Falcaud read Falcand lors read tors, tribue read trfbue. Chronologio read Chnw*V*;" Albufeda read Abolfeda