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thony, returned the following acknowledge of those gentlemen whose lives are given, will
of itself secure it a wide circulation. ASHLAND, 17th June, 1848. Dear Sir :-I have been requested by Mrs. Clay to say that she has received yonr note, with the portrait of myself which accompanies The Planetary and Stellar Worlds. A popular it; and to express her thanks and obligations exposition of the great discoveries and theories for it. She regards it as an excellent likeness. of Modern Astronomy. In a series of Ten
Allow me to add an expression also of my Lectures. By O. M. MITCHELL, A.M., acknowledgments, and my entire concurrence Director of the Cincinnati Observatory. New in her judgment as to the accuracy and fidelity York: Baker & Scribner. 1848. of the portrait.
I am afraid that a recent event may diminish Many of our readers in this city, and in Bosthe remuneration which you anticipated from ton and New Orleans, who attended Mr. Mitchthe sale of this portrait; but at all events Iell's lectures when he visited those places, will tender to you my ardent wishes for your success be glad to see them presented in the form of a and prosperity, in all respects.
volume. They are full of interest and inforI am, truly,
mation respecting the most sublime of all sciYour obedient servant, ences, and will be found to abound less in
H. CLAY. conjecture and rhetorical display than most Mr. EDWARD ANTHONY,
popular works of a similar character. The pre205 Broadway, N. Y.
face, 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 History of the United States of America, de- in that clear unpretending manner which be
signed for Schools. By Egbert GUERNSEY, longs to a true scholar. ”Mr. Mitchell is an A.M. Second edition. New York: Cady enthusiast in his science, as one must needs be & Burgess. 1848.
who would devote himself to its cultivation suc
cessfully-one of the few in that department of The events and dates in this little volume are whom our country has real reason to be proud. given with general correctness, and though it s not altogether free from irrelevant matter, he circumstance of its having reached a second edition, is a gratifying evidence of its fa- A First Book in Spanish; or a Practical Invorable reception by the public.
troduction to the study of the Spanish Language : containing full Instructions in pronunciation, foc., fc. By JOSEPH SALKELD,
A.M., author of a Compendium of Classical Tistory of Congress, biographical and Politi
Antiquities. New York: Harper & Brothers. cal : comprising Memoirs of Members of the
1848. Congress of the United States, drawn from authentic sources; embracing the prominent erents of their lives, and their connection with This appears to be a book well adapted to the political history of the times. By Henry its purpose. The Spanish is the most easy of G. WHEELER. Illustrated by numerous Steel all the European languages, and may almost be Portraits, and facsimile Autographs. New learned from book alone. A knowledge of it is York: Harper & Brothers. 1848.
becoming every year more necessary to an
American citizen. Even now it is much in The author of this work has been long a re- use among the numerous and highly respectable yrter in the House, and thus possesses pecu- class of returned volunteer officers who disir advantages for the publication of such a tinguished themselves in the late conflicts in ork. The book is well executed and very Mexico; and the war has also given birth to a adable; the incidents in the lives of the gen- great many dispatches and writings of all sorts, men whose biographies are given are proba- for a ready comprehension of which a familiariy in general reliable, they being collected and ty with the Spanish is requisite. It is possible epared, as it were, under their own eyes. that a few years may see Spanish representaome of the portraits are extremely well done. tives sitting in the House from new States mong the principal biographies we notice sliced out of Chihuahua, Durango, and Quereose of Hon. J. R. Ingersoll, Washington taro; and an acquaintance with Spanish may unt, R. C. Winthrop, and Charles Hudson. then become very necessary to our public le author proposes to continue the work by men, to enable them to sustain our free institu> publication of other succeeding volumes, tions under the demoralizing influence of New epared in a similar manner. The patronage Mexican ideas of civilization.
Letters from Italy, the Alps, and the Rhine. By | heart, considering that the battle, in spite of
J. T. Headley. New and Revised Edition, appearances, was already won." (with a good portrait of the author.) New During the battle of Resaca, Corporal FarYork: Baker & Scribner.
rel of the Fourth Infantry came with only ten
men to Lieut. Hays, of the same regiment, exWe cau only say of these Letters, that when claiming, · Lieutenant, if we had but an officer they first appeared, we read them with delight. to lead us, we would tame that piece,' at the Mr. Headley's free and glowing imagination same time pointing to one that was destroying appears in none of his writings to better ad numbers of our men. You shall not say that vantage than these. His descriptions of Alpine you had no officer to lead you—follow me! scenery, and of the impressions of foreign was the reply from Hayes. They dashed manners and historic associations, are certainly forward, stormed the battery, and carried it." brilliant and delightful; and he has as great power of holding the attention, as any modern writer with whom we are acquainted.
Besides those mentioned in our last, the follos. The Taylor Anecdote Book. Anecdotes of
ing additional errors (some of which have been Zachary Taylor, and the Mexican War. By occasioned by the indistinctness of the original TOM OWEN, the Bee-Hunter. Together
manuscript, others are alterations made after
words by the author,) occur in the article on the with a brief Life of General Taylor, and his Letters. Illustrated with Engravings. D. Italy during the Dark Ages,” in our number for
“ Adventures and Conquests of the Normans in Appleton & Co. New York : 1848.
June. The title of this book is enough to attract
Page 615, for Ralph read Rolph. readers, and we can assure our readers they
Ralph read Rolph. 619,
“ Fuleo read Fulko. will find it richly worth the purchase. After
620, “ Cotentin read Coutances. they have read the capital anecdotes of the war,
623, Budolphus read Rudolphus. of which there is a large assortinent, let them
623, “ Betena read Bebena. peruse the letters of the General himself, and
“ Giannono read Giannone. consider the virtue of honesty, and whether it
623, Jerard read Gerhard. would do the country any material harm to
Kalayers read Kaloyers. have an honest man for President! Only one
625, King Trode read King Frode will do: a single four years' interruption of 627, beg read be at. the dynasty will put such life into the nation
627, Jiaretta read Giaretta. that it will go on of itself almost for a long
628, “ 1071 read 1061. time afterward.
628, “ Trainæ read Traina. The following are some of the anecdotes in
Läuderverwaltung read Lander this book; we take them at random :
verwaltung “ In the early part of the action of the 23d,
629, “ Chaligate read Khalifate.
629, Rev. Italic read Rer. Italies.. when the enemy had succeeded in turning the
629, “ Maratori read Muratori left wing of our little army, and secured a
629, accipitrium read accipitres. seeming advantageous position in rear of our
Vareblanc read Vaublancline, at the base of the mountain; when a por
630, aufugiant read aufugiunt tion of our troops, overpowered by the supe
630, Cotentin read Coutances riority of numbers, were forced to retire in hot
630, Estrap read Estrup haste;' when, indeed, the fortunes of the day
630, Genita read Geniti seemed extremely problematical, to every one
631, perderat read præerat save the indomitable and self-poised old hero,
631, Gyrant to dama read Gitart an officer of high rank rode up to General
clama. Taylor, and announced the temporary success
631, " vetare read velare. of the enemy, and expressed his fears for the
631, Danmartes read Danmaz success of our army.
631, “ Matthai Taris read Matthae Pass “Old Rough and Ready's reply was perfectly
631, præstolibantur read pa
bantur. characteristic of the man. Sir,' said he, so long as we have thirty muskets, we can never
631, “ singules read singulis
631, * Tyen read Fyen. be conquered! If those troops who have
631, « Normanii read Normann abandoned their position, can be rallied and
631, * officiatur read efficiatur. brought into action again, I will take three
“ Falcaud read Falcand. thousand of the enemy prisoners. Had I the
lors read tors. disposition of the enemy's forces, I would myself
631, tribue read trébue. place them just where they are.'
Chronologio read Chracat “ The officer resumed his duties with a light 631, * Albufeda read Abalie