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might call out the feelings of a partisan, both in religion and in politics, he is scrupulously guarded on those points. We have lingered over bis pages, which are rich with the memories of other days, and as we have mused upon the scenes which they revive, we have learned something more of the varied experience of human life.
Mr. Bailey was the son of a poor farmer in Rowley in this State. By his own indefatigable exertions and the aid of the minister of the town, he prepared himself for Harvard College, where he graduated in 1755, in the same class with President John Adams. The narrative of his early days, of the straits of his poverty, of his little journeys and of his labors as a schoolmaster, is given almost wholly from his autobiographical papers, and has the charm of an almost primitive or antediluvian recital. Somewhat suddenly, the young man presents himself before us as a Congregational minister, and quite as suddenly as a candi. date for Episcopal orders. His account of his poverty-stricken aspect as he came to Boston, of the kindness of his friends in arraying his outer man, of his sufferings on his voyage to Eng. land for ordination, and of his experiences there, is a most graphic and quaint sketch from real life unsurpassed by any page of romance. His labors at Pownalborough were cut short by the Revolution. As a Tory, he had his full share in the trials of that obnoxious race. Resuming his work as a missionary of the English Society at Annapolis, he closed his eventful life in a good old age. There was a vein of eccentricity and of humor in the man, which cannot fail to excite a frequent smile as one reads his journals. He appears to have been an exemplary minister, and to have borne with patience his share in the labors of a toilsome life.
The Works of Joseph Addison, including the whole Contents
of Bishop Hurd's Edition, with Letters and other Pieces not found in any previous Collection; and Macaulay's Essay on his Life and Works. Edited, with Critical and Explana. tory Notes, by GEORGE WASHINGTON GREENE. In five volumes. New York : G. P. Putnam & Co. 1853. Vol. I. 12mo. pp. Ixxviii. and 500.
We hail with much satisfaction the appearance of this volume the earnest of the early issue in the same handsome form of all the works of the first and best of English Essayists. The accomplished editor is well qualified for the task which he has here undertaken. So long as Addison continues to be praised, it stands to reason that he ought to be read. The opportunity to obtain all his works, which embrace a far greater variety of subjects than those who are not familiar with them may imagine, should secure a wide diffusion of them in this most acceptable form, and should show its good fruits in the style and culture of the growing race of writers among us. That race must be a large one, and it would tend much to the improvement of the coming generation if these volumes could be circulated all over the country. The illustrative materials which the editor has brought together serve to give the reader a running commentary on the author's own text. We shall recur to this subject again, as other volumes appear.
Memoir of PIERRE TOUssaint, born a Slave in St. Domingo.
By the Author of “ Three Experiments in Living,” etc. Bos. ton: Crosby, Nichols, & Co. 1854. 16mo. pp. 124.
The main facts in the story of this good man, which Mrs. Lee has here related with much care and skill, have been recently the theme of frequent reference in the newspapers. Their brief hints will doubtless attract many readers to this volume, and they will be richly repaid in its perusal. The principal Abolition paper in this country has raised some objections to an occasional expression by the authoress of her own opinions 'on matters upon which it is very difficult for any one to speak wisely. But this does not impair the value of the narrative, which centres wholly upon the life and character of a humble man, whom God endowed with many excellences, and who acquired and displayed others under circumstances of trial and buffeting.
The Hearth-Stone : Thoughts upon Home-Life in our Cities. By SAMUEL OsGOOD. New York : D. Appleton & Co. 1854. 12mo. pp. 290.
The title which the author has given to these fresh and vigor. ous papers is the most expressive and becoming verbal ligature within which he could have bound them. We grieve that the Hearth-Stone, both in its literal sense and in that in which Mr. Osgood uses it as a symbol, is losing some of its associations and attractions, and is passing apparently into desuetude. The scene in the Cotter's Saturday Night could not have transpired over a hole in the floor called a furnace-flue, any more than Gray's Elegy could have been written in one of our modern fancy cemeteries. The Hearth-Stone is the symbol of all those precious and delightful truths and lessons which Mr. Osgood here connects with it. In a free and graceful style, ranging from deep solemnity to the most genial and lively tone, as befits his range of subjects, he gives utterance to wise thoughts on holy things, and homely truths. His volume will find many warm hearts to which it will address itself. An eminently Christian tone breathes through it, and where religion does not directly use its own words, it speaks its own pure and benevolent lessons, only occasionally administering its rebukes or warnings.
Familiar Sketches of Sculpture and Sculptors. By the Author of “ Three Experiments in Living,” etc. Boston: Crosby, Nichols, & Co. 1854. In two volumes. 16mo. pp. 239, 230.
THESE volumes contain a sketch of the history of the sculp. tor's art, in ancient and modern times, with personal memorials of its most distinguished disciples, of both sexes, not forgetting our own Miss Hosmer. The subject is certainly a most attractive one, and the materials for its treatment are rich beyond stint, whether they are to be put in a form for young persons or for the mature in life. We suppose that Mrs. Lee had in view chiefly a work which should be suited to general readers, – that large class who ought to be thankful that so many pens are busy for them. We commend her volumes highly, not for any originality of research or of critical information, but as containing valuable information on a delightful theme.
History of the Apostolic Church, with a General Introduction to Church History. By Philip SCHAFF, Professor in the Theological Seminary at Mercersburg, Pa. Translated by EDWARD D. YEOMAMS. New York : Charles Scribner. 1853. 8vo. pp. 684.
PROFESSOR SCHAFF was a pupil of Neander, but he does not make his distinguished teacher his model in all things pertaining to their common task. We find more of dogmatism, sometimes too in a hard and sharp form, in the pages of the pupil than in those of his master. Amid the many excellences of this work which we would gratefully accord to it, we are constantly struck with the unnecessary obtrusion of Calvinistic formulas and the catch phrases of Trinitarianism., Having notified our readers of that offensive element in the volume, we can commend it to them on the score of its many merits. In laying out his ground for the treatment of each part of his subject, the author seeks to find a methodical arrangement, not in any fanciful devices of his own mind, but in the simple development of the subject itself, each leading theme or topic being made to suggest its own importance through its relation to others. The whole material for an elaborate Church history is arranged by him under five divisions, naturally distinguished by dates or marked events, and the full completion of his plan, which embraces our own generation, will require nine generous volumes. This volume is abun. dantly filled with a review of the Apostolic Church. We shall take pleasure in a more extended criticism of the author's labors.
The Priest and the Huguenot : or, Persecution in the Age of
Louis XV. Part I. - A Sermon at Court. Part II. – A Sermon in the City. Part III. – A Sermon in the Desert. From the French of L. BUNGENER. In two volumes. Bos. ton: Gould & Lincoln. 1853. 12mo. pp. 408, 480.
The great and well deserved popularity of “ The Preacher and the King,” by the same author, will attract multitudes of readers to this, which is a still more able work. As it is now a well. understood condition, that we must have more or less of fiction even in our most truthful histories, it matters little to us as to the precise amount or form in which that fiction shall be mingled. M. Bungener has a way of his own, and a very brilliant and agreeable way too, of working up the incidents of historic verity with dialogue and narrative, one of every two of his interlocu. tors representing stern fact, while the other is not always an imaginative character. In his former work, the court of Louis XIV. made the centre around which he grouped the characters of his story. The reign of Louis XV. is portrayed, under many of its bearings upon the interests of religion, in these two volumes, but the field is far wider than that of a court, and the tale embraces vastly more of variety in character and incident. The author is occasionally oracular and sententious, and drops maxims often of exceeding terseness and wisdom. His skill in sketching the personalities of men of mark is admirably illustrated in these pages. With an evident superiority to the acerbities of relig. ious disputation, M. Bungener does even-handed justice to the virtues which were possible under the training of the Roman Church, and gives to Father Bridaine a portraiture worthy of his fame. When we are transported from Paris to the Cevennes, the mountain air raises our spirits and our faith. Our sympathies are intensely enlisted in behalf of the Huguenot martyrs, and we are called to a renewed glow of reverential admiration towards the constancy with which the Gospel has enabled millions to bear the dread penalties which have been the price of its knowl. edge and hopes. We close our notice of this admirable work by assuring those who have the privilege of its perusal in store, that they will find in it food for thought and deep sentiment such as few of the publications of the day will supply.
Memoirs of the Life of the Right Honorable Sir James Mack
INTOSH. Edited by his Son, ROBERT JAMES MACKINTOSH. From the second London Edition. In two volumes. Boston:
Little, Brown, & Co. 8vo. pp. 499, 525. Memoirs and Correspondence of FRANCIS HORNER, M. P.
Edited by his brother, LEONARD HORNER, Esq., F.R.S. In two volumes. Boston: Little, Brown, & Co. 8vo. pp. 554, 575.
We announced some time ago the promised American edi. tion of these two admirable works, and have now the pleasure of noting the fulfilment of the promise. The two works should never be separated from each other's companionship. Indeed, to complete the effect of their best influence upon an appreciative reader, they ought to be united in a trio with the Life and Let. ters of Sir Samuel Romilly. What honored and eminent men, distinguished in talent, high in the esteem of the good, and fol. lowed by the praise due to unsullied purity of life, were those three British lawyers !
In these four volumes now before us are pages of profound wisdom, conveyed through channels which give it a grateful access to the mind of the reader. The noble purposes which both Mackintosh and Horner recognized were such as actuated but few of their contemporaries, and their characters are there. fore worthy of close study. Sir James, writing after the death of Governor Duncan, at Bombay, says: - “Sunday. I went to the funeral sermon. The principal part consisted of some arguments for the immortality of the soul. In the eloquence of Cicero, of Fénelon, and Addison, the reasons in behalf of this venerable and consolatory opinion had appeared strong and sound ; but in the preacher's statement, they shrank into a mortifying state of meagreness. Contemplations passed in my mind which I should be almost afraid to communicate to any creature." A wise hint to preachers to beware how they reason on such themes.
After reading the beatitudes Sir James writes: — “Of their transcendent excellence I can find no words to express my ad.
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