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DR. BEECHER'S Autobiography, etc., has been republished by Sampson Low (London), and is re
ceived with decided favor.
THE COLLECTED WRITINGS OF EDWARD IRVING.
han & Co. 1864.
Ar a later stage we purpose to direct special attention to this new edition of Irving's works. Meantime we emphatically announce this first volume of the best writings of that "bright particular star" among modern preachers, before whom all the most richly gifted minds of the last generation were spell-bound and subdued. Much of Mr. Irving's pulpit oratory is among the grandest, the stateliest, and yet withal ofttimes the most pathetic, which our language knows; some of it is unapproachable in its prophet-like sublimity. The rich antique style is most musical. Irving and Spurgeon-how absolute the contrast! yet each legitimately popular. The latter bids fair to be more happy and far more useful in his life; the former will doubtless live the longest in his writings. In the days of Spurgeon it will be more than a little profitable for preachers to retire into the past and listen to the strains of Irving. We may add that Mr. Carlyle, the editor, is a nephew of Mr. Irving's, and in every way competent for a task which is to him a labor of love.London Quarterly Review.
DIARY OF MARY, COUNTESS COWPER, Lady of the Bed-Chamber to the Princess of Wales, 17141720. London; Murray. 1864.
A VALUABLE and very interesting contribution to our information respecting a period of English history of which less is known than of almost any other belonging to modern times. Lady Cowper was the second wife of Lord Chancelor Cowper. The Diary is perfectly simple and unaffected, written not for publication, but merely for the lady's own use; and on this account is both more piquant and more trustworthy. It reveals a condition of social and political morality with which, | after making all due correction for what is dependent merely on fashion or circumstance, our own times very favorably compare. "This day Monsieur Rohethon procured the Grant of the King of Clerk of Parliament, after Mr. Johnson's Death, for Anybody he would name. He let my Brother Cowper have it in Reversion after Mr. Johnson for his two Sons for £1800.” Let this scandalous transaction, so quietly told, as a thing
of course, be duly noted. "Anybody he would name!" and. for two lives in reversion! The editor's annotation here is worth quoting. "Spencer Cowper, M.P. for Truro, and one of the Man agers on Sacheverel's Trial, was made a Judge in 1727. His two sons, William and Ashley Cowper, held this lucrative employment in succession from 1716 to 1768; and their nephew, the late Henry Cowper, of Tewin Water, was Deputy Clerk of the Parliaments from 1785 to 1825."
Our next quotation reveals the dawn of a better day of public morality, though the long succeeding reign of Walpole is in proof that that day was very late in making its appearance. 1716, Jan uary 17th. This Month used to be ushered in with New Year's Gifts from the Lawyers, which used to come to near £3000 to the Chancellors. The Original of this Custom was presents of Wine and Provisions. In process of Time a covetous Chancellor insinuated that Gold would be more acceptable; so it was changed into Gold, and continued so till the first Time my Lord had the Seals. The Earl of Nottingham, when Chancellor, used to receive them standing by a Table; and at the same Time he took the Money to lay it upon the Table, he used to cry out, O tyrant Cuthtom!' (for he lisped.) My Lord forbade the bringing them." With a king who created, and who was able to create, his German mistress, Mademoiselle Schulenberg, an English duchess, Duchess of Munster, and who paraded both this woman and his other concubine, Madame Kielmansegge (a third, Madame Von Platen, was instated in Hanover), in the face of the English nobility and in precedence of the highborn English ladies, making them the mistresses of fashion and the depositaries of state-secrets and state-power; with a prince who in this respect trod closely in his father's steps, and who, being indisposed in bed, had his princesses' ladies into his bed-chamber to play at ombre with his lords; with such court manners as permitted, nay, required, all the ladies of the court, including vir tuous and accomplished women such as Lady Cowper, to pay visits of congratulation to the German frau or fräulein, Schulenberg by name, on her taking the oaths upon her advancement to the rank of an English duchess; we are not sur prised even at such revelations respecting Lady Mary and Lady Harriet De Vere, daughters of the last and twentieth Earl of Oxford of that name, as are disclosed in this Diary. What a compendium of infamy is there in this one sen tence! "I told him (Bernstorff) that Mrs. Kirk” (proposed by the Duchess of St. Albans, sister of the Ladies De Vere, as Bed-chamber woman to the Princess of Wales) "had managed all the Intrigues between Lady Mary Vere and the Duke of Ormond, took care of the child, was Manager of all the Intrigues of the Oxford Family, had an ill reputation as to herself, and had been the Duke of Somerset's Mistress."
In one of the letters contained in the Appendix there is a striking passage relating to the Czar
Peter. Mr. Clavering, Lady Cowper's brother, is the writer. "His Czarian Majesty did us the Honour to pass by Hanover, and stayed two or three days at Herrenhausen, a Country House of the King: so I had the Honour to eat at his Table several Times, which I was not very ambitious of; for he never uses Knife or Fork, but always eats with his Fingers; never uses his Handkerchief, but blows his Nose with his Fingers; therefore, you may guess how agreeable it is to be in his Majesty's Company."-London Quarterly.
ENOCH ARDEN, etc. By ALFRED TENNYSON, Boston: Ticknor & Fields. 1864.
THIS new and eagerly-expected volume by the poet-laureate will be welcomed by his numerous admirers on both sides of the Atlantic. It contains some twenty poems, and takes its name from the first and chief one in the collection.
Enoch Arden is a poem of elaborate finish and great power-quite equal, it seems to us, to any thing that Tennyson has written. We can not do better than give our readers a specimen or two. The actors are:
"Three children of three houses, Annie Lee,
Annie is truly loved by the rich miller's son, but is wooed and married by the manly sailor. Three children are born to them; and to get the means to educate and provide for them, Enoch resolves on a long voyage. The parting is after this wise:
Cast his strong arms about his drooping wife,
When Annie would have raised him Enoch said
But Annie from her baby's forehead clipt
A tiny curl, and gave it: this he kept
After ten long, weary years' waiting for his return, the wife finally marries Philip, whose love had only grown the stronger by years' delay, and who had truly been a father to the two surviving children. Meanwhile, after great vicissitudes, Enoch returns; but, learning the state of the case, he generously resolves to remain incognito:
"But Enoch yearned to see her face again;
"For Philip's dwelling fronted on the street,
But Enoch shunned the middle walk and stole
That which he better might have shunned, if griefs
"For cups and silver on the burnished board
To tempt the babe, who reared his creasy arms,
Now when the dead man come to life beheld His wife his wife no more, and saw the babe Hers, yet not his, upon the father's knee, And all the warmth, the peace, the happiness, And his own children tall and beautiful, And him, that other, reigning in his place, Lord of his rights and of his children's loveThen he, tho' Miriam Lane had told him all, Because things seen are mightier than things heard, Staggered and shook, holding the branch, and feared To send abroad a shrill and terrible cry, Which in one moment, like the blast of doom, Would shatter all the happiness of the hearth.
"He therefore turning softly like a thief,
"And there he would have knelt, but that his knees Were feeble, so that falling prone he dug His fingers into the wet earth, and prayed.
"Too hard to bear! why did they take me thence?
So like her mother, and the boy, my son.""
The death scene is vividly painted. He has told all to Miriam Lane, but made her swear not to reveal it till he was dead. When she would persuade him from his purpose, he exclaims:
"Womar, disturb me not now at the last,
"Then the third night after this, While Enoch slumbered motionless and pale, And Miriam watched and dozed at intervals,
"So past the strong heroic soul away.
PERSONAL AND POLITICAL BALLADS. Arranged and
THIS is the fourth volume in this elegant series
"THE crisis presses on us; face to face with us it stands,
This day we fashion Destiny, our web of fate we spin;
"By all for which the martyrs bore their agony and shame;
By the future which awaits us; by all the hopes which cast
And in the awful name of Him who for earth's freedom
O ye people, O my brothers! let us choose the righteous
And mountain unto mountain call: PRAISE GOD, FOR WE
usual products native to this latitude. Its chief value in this respect consists in its peculiar adaptation to the grazing of cattle. The climate is that of the hill country of New-England.
it should have been suffered to lie so long undeveloped by the spirit of enterprise and active industry which surrounds it on all sides, is indeed a marvel." This book will contribute to this end.
LIGHTS AND SHADOWS OF EARLY DAWN; or, Sketches of Christian Life in England. By the Author of the "Schönberg-Cotta Family." With an introduction by Prof. H. B. Smith. New-York: M. W. Dodd. 1864.
Few works of its kind ever achieved a more decided success than the Schönberg-Cotta Family. Its freshness, truthfulness, and graphic portraiture of ing her attention to other fields. She is sure of Luther and his times, won for it a quick and general appreciation. We are glad the author is turnnumerous and delighted readers.
The present volume has not the advantage of a
NAOMI TORRENTE: The History of a Woman. By
simply the history of a woman-an imaginative
These political lyrics, though for the most part possessing but little literary merit, will be interest-artistic instincts, and gifts, and unsullied purity-a ing and valuable materials of history, and we are glad that they are gathered up and preserved. woman's love, secret, yet enduring and profound, and finally breaking her heart-that is here deAZARIAN: An Episode. By HARRIET ELIZABETH pen. It is woman putting woman's heart and strongpicted with the intensity and grace of a feminine PRESCOTT. Boston: Ticknor & Fields. 1864. MISS PRESCOTT is sure to command readers. This and not often marred by extravagance. It belongs est passion into intense, burning words. The style imaginative and charming story is told with that not to the sensational school, and will compare is easy and flowing, at times vigorous and felicitous, exceeding grace and truthfulness which are charac-favorably with other works of its class. teristic of the fair author.
THE FOREST ARCADIA OF NORTHERN NEW-YORK; embracing a view of its Mineral, Agricultural, and Timber Resources. Boston: T. O. H. P. Burnham. New-York: O. T. Felt. 1864.
THE publisher has given us this book in elegant style-and it seems worthy of it. The region here described lies on the western slope of the Adirondac Mountains, and thus far has escaped the notice of the descriptive tourist. The author gives us much valuable information respecting its mineral and agricultural value, which, he says, will hereafter make a large item in the productive wealth of the Empire State:
Immense ranges of magnetic iron traverse the country, and there are also indications of more valuable minerals in a few localities. Of its agricultural importance, too much can not be said. The soil is rich and strong, and yields abundantly the
MARIE ANTOINETTE.-A volume of letters written
by Marie Antoinette, the unfortunate Queen of France, will very soon appear in London. very few; and have been carefully copied from the are, we are assured in the preface, now given to the They public for the first time, with the exception of a originals in the possession of the editor, Count d'Hunolstein, formerly deputy for the department of the Moselle. Marie Antoinette's orthography was not the most correct, and the only change made by the editor was the rectification of the spelling, which, in some cases, would be hardly intelligible. The correspondence embraces a period of twenty-three she was only fifteen years old, to 1792, a year beyears, from 1770, the period of her marriage, when enter France as dauphiness until some months before fore her death; from the time she was preparing to she stood before the revolutionary tribunal, and soon after on the scaffold.