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truthful effect. Equally at home is he in developing the profounder principle, stirring the deeper emotion, and elaborating the severer logic. All he writes is animated with a true Christian temper, and bears the signature of a most expanded liberality and a high philanthropic purpose. It is to be desired that he should employ his intellect on topics of permanent interest, and we should bespeak for anything he would produce a general attention, with a confident expectation of its ample recompense.

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The Life of George Washington. By EDWARD EVERETT. 16mo.,

pp. 348. New York: Sheldon & Co. 1860. The late Lord Macaulay was at first invited by the editors of the Encyclopedia Britannica to write the article Washington for that work. Upon his declining, on account of numerous engagements, Mr. Everett was induced to undertake the task. It is in general a condensation of the larger works which have come from the able hands of Marshall, Sparks, and Irving. As a manual for the young, if disburdened of its present appendix, it ought to be popular and receive an extensive circulation. The example and lessons of Washington's life are a precious legacy to our countrymen.

The Boy Inventor: a Memoir of MATTHEW EDWARDS, Mathemat

ical Instrument Maker. 24mo., pp. 109. Boston: Walker, Wise, & Co. 1860. This is an unusually interesting narrative of youthful amiableness and genius. The humble birth, the early struggles, the rightful tendencies, the ingenuous aspirations of the remarkable subject are narrated by the writer with fascinating interest. The inventions produced by him at the early age of nineteen were patented, and are advertised as valuable improvements. There seems to have been, on the whole, a soundness in his early development which induces a profound regret at the incalculable loss of the scientific world by his early death.

The Four Georges. Sketches of Manners, Morals, Court and

Town Life. By W.M. THACKERAY. With Illustrations. 12mo., pp. 241. New York: Harper & Brothers. 1860. These powerful portraitures of characters, scenes, and times, transferred from Harper's Magazine, are as fascinating as they are, no doubt, truthful.

Belles Letters and Classical.

The Odes of Horace. Translated into English Verse. With a

Life and Notes by THEODORE MARTIN. 24mo., pp. 358. Bos

ton: Ticknor & Fields. 1861. When a man undertakes the translation of a classic poet he knows, if a man of sense, that it cannot be done. If verbally literal he does not transfer the poetry, for the verse has become prosaic in the operation. If he attempts to give the spirit it is not a translation, but a substitute. Mr. Martin has taken the latter horn of the dilemma, and proposes to furnish us, as near as possible, the ideal of a Horace writing for a modern public. He essays to produce in the reader a feeling identical with the feeling of a sympathetic reader of the original Horace, or, still bolder, the feeling of a Roman reader of the Roman bard. Now, Mr. Martin knows very well that he can do no such thing. Nevertheless, if his readers or ours imagine that he is therefore “a fool for his pains," he has an answer “cut and dry.” “The very difficulty of the task makes it attractive.” As Tertullian would believe because the thing is incredible, so will Mr. Martin do this thing because it is impossible. The thing will not be done, but a thing will be done, and mayhap a thing worth the doing, and worth the looking at when it is done. Such exploit, upon the whole, Mr. Martin has well achieved.

Perhaps it is in a translation like this that even the classical scholar, emancipated from the power of the stately language, best appreciates the versatile character of the Roman bard. His periodic intervals of sober meditation on the most solemn topics; his fits of demoralization compensated by moments of recollection and repentance; his riot among riotous associates, succeeded by his appreciation of purity in woman and integrity in man, are subjects for ethical observation and inference. Some day a phase of faith overtakes him, in which he realizes his running into Epicurism, and decides that it is time to reflect and retract. Such is not man under every dispensation ?

Home Ballads and Poems. By John GREENLEAF WAITTIER. · 12mo., pp. 206. Boston: Ticknor & Fields. 1860. To the genius of Whittier our Quarterly has, on former occasions, done hearty justice. The present volume abounds with those traits that render him most deservedly popular. His true native raciness, his joyously dwelling amid the scenes, legends, histories, and stirring topics of his own America, render him a true Amer. ican poet. His vivid power of darting the rays of poetic illustration through the homeliest scenes of life, lighting up the simplest and most prosaic objects and characters with a poetry hitherto unseen, belongs of all the world most properly to a “Quaker Poet.” Ticknor & Fields have most appropriately donned him with a russet coat, nearly like unto a drab. Welcome to all the hearts and homes of the land be the bard of freedom, truth, piety, and heroism.

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Legends of the Madonna ; as Represented in the Fine Arts. By Mrs. JAMESON. Corrected and Enlarged Edition. 18mo., pp.

483. Boston: Ticknor & Fields. 1861. With what wonderful extravagance the imagination of the middle ages took the simple Mary of Nazareth, mother of Jesus, endowed her with superhuman qualities, transformed her to a goddess and bowed in worship before her picture, Mrs. Jameson portrays in a style of singularly pure and graceful eloquence. She asserts that for a thousand years Christian Europe worshiped the “Mother of God.” The good and the evil that resulted from this enshrinement of the divine womanly ideal in the imagination, the art, and the devotion of those dark days, the ingenious writer essays with careful skill to discriminate. It is a beautiful, a powerful, a sug gestive book, alike for the general reader and the the theologian.

Harrington : a Story of True Love. By the Author of "What

Cheer,” “ The Ghost," "A Christmas Story," "A Tale of Lynn."

12mo., pp. 558. Boston: Thayer & Eldridge. 1860. This book is one of those terrible grievances committed by the encroaching North upon our innocent and lamb-like “southern brethren,” to wit, the slaveholders. It is graphic and pictorial, drawing with an unsparing truthfulness the portraitures respectively of southern despotism and northern, especially Bostonian, flunkeyism. It belongs to the extreme school.

Periodicals. THE CHRISTIAN ADVOCATES are now so large a body that they constitute not only an important agency of the Church, but a cognizable feature of the intellectual and religious character of our country. Their power is exerted over a wide extent, and with a salutary effect. Their prosperity is evinced by the cheering tokens they give of enlargement and improvement, and furnishes good proof that the General Conferences, so far as they are concerned, mostly wisely “manned the posts.”

Our QUARTERLY, in order to exhibit an advance with every advancing year, presents itself in a new type of larger size and well marked beauty. We need five thousand subscribers in order that we may open a future year with another increase of pages. Let our ministry, while doing duty for the Advocates of their section, carefully remember their Quarterly, which is the common interest of all. Let each ministerial recipient procure us one new subscriber.

Beauty of Holiness. Edited by Rev. M. and Mrs. A. M. FRENCH. New York: M. French. Philadelphia: P. Peterson. Boston:

J. P. Magee. This periodical has been renovated in beautiful style since its removal to New York. Its contributors are among the best writers of the Church. We may name Drs. Bangs, True, Hibbard, Thomson. It is perhaps the ablest and truest periodical advocate of its high theme in the country.

Juvenile. The Sunday-school Celebration Book. A Collection of Dialogues, Speeches, Hymns, etc., for Anniversaries and other occasions. By GRACE and Ida MURRAY. Philadelphia : Perkinpine &

Higgins. 1861. Grace and Ida, our young folks may be assured, are acceptable poets and dramatists; and, for ladies, excellent orators. A new species of addresses is here introduced, namely, welcomes and farewells to the coming or departing pastor. These may suggest the propriety of dealing cordially with the faithful minister who is appointed by the Church to our particular pastorate.

The following works our space does not allow us to notice in full:

A Course of Six Lectures on the various Forces of Matter, and their Relation to each other. By MICHAEL FARADAY, D. O. L., F. R. S. Delivered before a Juvenile Auditory at the Royal Institution of Great Britain during the Christmas Holidays, 1859-60. Edited by WILLIAM CROOKES, F. O. S. With numerous Illustrations. 16mo., pp. 198. New York: Harper & Brothers. 1860. [A great man on a great subject writing a little book for little folks.]

Bible Stories in Verse ; for the Little Ones at Home. By Anna M. HYDE, With Illustrations, 16mo., pp. 87. Philadelphia: James Challen & Son.

The following are late issues from the METHODIST Book Rooms, Carlton & Porter, New York:

Pretty Stories for Little Boys ; or, Mother's Gift to her Dear Boy. Three Illustrations. Square 12mo., pp. 101.

Little Johnny and his White Mice; with Eight other Stories. Two Illustrations. 18mo., pp. 116.

Little Fish-peddler; or, Mackerel Will and his Friend Emma. Three Illustrations. 18mo., pp. 134.

Happy Mike; or, How Sam Jones became a Good Boy; and, The Little Gardener. By CATHARINE D. BELL. Two Illustrations. 18mo., pp. 114,

Clara, the Motherless young Housekeeper; or, The Life of Faith. By Rena LOOKE. Three Illustrations. 18mo., pp. 122.

Little Mabel, and her Sunlit Home. By a Lady. Four Illustrations.

Daisy Downs ; or, What the Sabbath-school can Do. By the Author of the Willie Books. 18mo., pp. 306.

Benjie and his Friends ; or, Coming Up and Going Down. By Mrs. C. M. EDWARDS. Three Illustrations, 18mo., pp. 196.

Gerald Kopt, the Foundling, The Fisherman of Heligoland, and Joseph Massena; or, The Jewish Convert. Two Illustrations. 18mo., pp. 161.

Rosy's Fourth of July, Antonio and his Angel, and Kitty's Dream. By the Author of "Daisy Downs,” Four Illustrations. 18mo., pp. 85.

What Catharine Did, and What Came of it. Three Illustrations. 18mo.

The Lost Money Found; or, the Voice of Conscience. Translated from the French by Miss Julia COLMAN. Two Illustrations. 18mo., pp. 123.

Miscellaneous. A Commonplace-Book. Designed to Assist Students, Professional Men, and General Readers in Treasuring up Knowledge for Future Use. Arranged by Rev. JAMES PORTER, D. D. With

an Introduction by Rev. WILLIAM RICE, A. M. 8vo., pp. 400. Clergyman's Pocket Diary and Visiting Book, 186–. Arranged

by James PORTER, D.D. 16mo., pp. 200. Carlton & Porter. These valuable manual aids, prepared by Dr. Porter for the use of students, ministers, and others, are not only a convenience for doing things well, but, when properly used, are disciplinary aids for the mind, and reminders securing their being done at all. Let the practice of using them be once well tried and see the result.

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