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he had resisted the temptation to publish these, and had treated them as private communications, which they clearly were. The practice of publishing private letters is unfortunately too common in this country. It deserves the rebuke of Cicero ; “Quis enim unquam, qui paulum modo bonorum consuetudinem nosset, literas ad se ab amico missas, in medium protulit, palamque recitavit ? Quid est aliud, tollere e vitâ vitæ societatem, quam tollere amicorum colloquia absentium ?

18. — The Poems of John G. C. BRAINARD. A New and Au

thentic Collection ; with an Original Memoir of his Life.

Hartford : E. Hopkins. 1841. 12mo. pp. 191. MR. BRAINARD was one of those poets, whose works gave promise of something better in the future than the performances of the past. Every thing he wrote was hastily written amidst the pressure of editorial labors, and to serve a present purpose. Time and labor are as necessary to the poet as to the painter, if he would produce finished works. There is no such thing as striking out a poem for immortality at a heat. Single thoughts of exquisite beauty, stanzas of ravishing melody, may spring from the poet's pen, (like sparks from the blacksmith's anvil,)

while he is hammering out, with desperate speed, something to fill a corner in the daily or weekly sheet. But a well-proportioned work of poetic art, – the thoughts fully unfolded, and linked together by the golden chains of harmony; - each part well-proportioned, and nicely adjusted to the rest, -expressed in language fitly chosen, through which, as through a transparent medium, the thought shines undimmed and unrefracted, - cannot be wrought by the finest genius without toil and care, and nice comparison and selection.

Mr. Brainard never had time to do full justice to his powers. But his works contain many passages that show a brilliant genius. Several of his shorter pieces, are marked throughout by very melodious rhythmical movement and felicitous imagery.

His lines on Niagara Falls have often, but not very judiciously, been referred to as remarkable. They are what any one, who had never seen the Falls (as was the case with Brainard) might have written ; very commonplace and vague. But “ The Sea-Bird's Song,” and “ The Storm of War," shine with all the vividness of his genius. Some of his humorous pieces are excellent.

The present edition is very neatly and correctly printed. The “ original memoir," is not a tasteful tribute to a poet's memory. The poetical character of Brainard is not drawn in it with any force, or finished with discriminating touches.


ANNUALS. The Rose of Sharon ; a Religious Souvenir, for 1842. Edited by Miss Sarah C. Edgarton. Boston: A. Tompkins. 12mo. pp. 302.

The Violet; a Christmas and New Year's Gift, for 1842, with eight elegant Illustrations from Engravings on Steel. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart. 12mo. pp. 216.

The Dahlia, or Memorial of Affection, for 1842. Edited by a Lady. New York: James P. Giffing. 12mo. pp. 180.

The Gem; a Christmas and New Year's Present, for 1842. Philadelphia: Henry F. Anners. pp. 288.

The Gift; a Christmas and New Year's Present, for 1842. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart. 12mo. pp. 322.

Friendship's Offering. Edited by Mrs. Catharine H. W. Esling. 1842. Boston: E. Littlefield. 12mo. pp. 320.

The Annuallette ; a Christmas and New Year's Gift for Children. Boston: William Crosby & Co. 32mo. pp. 137.

The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge, for ihe Year 1842. Boston: D. H. Williams. 12mo. pp. 328.

The Lady's Annual Register, and Housewife's Almanac, for 1842. Boston: William Crosby & Co. 12mo. pp. 108.

The Child's Gem, for 1842. Edited by a Lady. New York: S. Colman. 32ino, square. pp.

144. The Child's Token. New York: S. Colman. 32mo, square. pp. 119.

Youth's Keepsake; a Christmas and New Year's Gift for Young People. Boston: William Crosby & Co. 16mo. pp. 191.

The American Pocket Book, for 1842; containing a Complete System of Portable Book-keeping. Arranged for the Day, Week, Month, Quarter, and Year, together with an ample Diary and Almanac, &c. &c. By a Philadelphia Editor. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co. 16mo. pp. 72.


The Life of Gilbert Motier de la Fayette, a Marquis of France; a General in the American and French Revolutions; the Competitor and Friend of Washington; the Champion of American Independence, and of the Rights and Liberties of Mankind. From Numerous and Authentic Sources. By Ebenezer Mack. Ithaca, N. Y.: Mack, Andrus, & Woodruff. 12mo. pp. 371.

pp. 94.

pp. 216.

EDUCATION. The Common School Grammar. A Concise and Comprehensive Manual of English Grammar; containing, in addition to the First Principles and Rules briefly stated and explained, a Systematic Order of Parsing; a number of Examples for Drilling Exercises, and a few in False Syntax; particularly adapted to the Use of Common Schools and Academies. By John Goldsbury, A. M., Teacher of the High School, Cambridge, Mass. Boston: James Munroe & Co. 12mo.

A System of Latin Prosody and Metre, from the best Authorities, Ancient and Modern. By Charles Anthon, LL.D., Professor of the Greek and Latin Languages in Columbia College, New York, and Rector of the Grammar School. New York: Harper & Brothers. 12mo.

The Principles of English Grammar, comprising the Substance of the most approved English Grammars extant, with copious Exercises in Parsing and Syntax, for the Use of Academies and Common Schools. On the plan of Murray's Grammar, Fourth Edition, Revised and Crrected. By the Rev. Peter Bullions, D. D., Professor of Languages in the Albany Academy, Author of Principles of Greek Grammar. Albany: 0. Steele, 1842. 12mo. pp. xii. and 187.

The Principles of Latin Grammar, Comprising the Substance of the most approved Grammars extant; for the Use of Colleges and Academies. By the Reverend Peter Bullions, D.D., Professor of Languages in the Albany Academy; Author of Principles of English Grammar; and Principles of Greek Grammar. New York: Collins, Keese, & Co. 12mo. pp. viii. and 303.

A Grammar of the Greek Language. Part First. A Practical Grammar of the Attic and Common Dialects. By Alpheus Crosby, Professor of the Greek Language and Literature in Dartinouth College. Boston: Crocker & Brewster. 12mo. pp. 239.

HISTORY. American Antiquities, and Researches into the Origin and History of the Red Race. By Alexander W. Bradford. Boston: Saxton & Pierce. 8vo. pp. 435.

The History of Connecticut, from the first Settlement to the Present Time. By Theodore Dwight, Jr. New York: Harper & Brothers. 18mo. pp. 450.

An Historical and Descriptive Account of Iceland, Greenland, and the Faro Islands. New York: Harper & Brothers. 18mo. pp. 360.

History of Michigan. From its earliest Colonization to the Present Time. By James H. Lanman. New York: Harper & Brothers. 18mo.

The History of Christianity, from the Birth of Christ to the Abolition of Paganism in the Roman Empire. By the Reverend H. H. Millinan, Prebendary of St. Peter's, and Minister of St. Margaret's. Westininster. With a Preface and Notes, by James Murdock, D. D. New York: Harper & Brothers. 8vo. pp. 528.

pp. 269.

pp. 400.

JUVENILE BOOKS. Florence Arnott; or, Is She Generous ? New York : Dayton & Saxton. 18mo. pp. 120.

Cousin Lucy's Stories. Stories told to Rollo's Cousin Lucy, when she was a Little Girl. By the Author of the Rollo Books. Boston: B. B. Mussey. 18mo. pp. 180.

Eastern Arts and Antiquities; mentioned in the Sacred Scriptures, with numerous Illustrations. Boston : Saxton & Pierce. 24mo, square.

Cousin Lucy's Conversations. By the Author of the Rollo Works. Boston: B. B. Mussey. 16mo. pp. 180.

The Simple Flower; And Other Tales. By Charlotte Elizabeth. New York : John S. Taylor & Co. 16io. pp. 166.

The Little Forget-me-not. A Gift for all Seasons. Philadelphia : Henry F. Anners. Miniature quarto, 32mo. pp. 167.

The Young Observers, or how to Learn without Books. Salem : John P. Jewett. 181o. pp. 180.

Grandfather's Chair. History for Youth. By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Author of “ Twice Told Tales." Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged. Boston : Tappan & Dennet. 32mo. pp. 139.

Stories to Teach Me to Think. By T. D. P. Stone. Second Edition, Improved. Boston: Tappan & Dennet. 32mo. pp. 180.

Stories Illustrative of the Instinct of Animals, their Characters and Habits. By Thomas Bingley, Author of “Stories about Dogs.” New York: Wiley & Putnam. 32mo, square. pp. 201.

A new Series of Short Tales for Children, in a Familiar Style. By M. J. Crabb. Philadelphia : Henry F. Anners. 72mo, square, pp. 144.

Little Stories from the German; Translated by Mrs. C. M. Sawyer. Boston . A Tompkins. 18mo. pp. 68.

LAW. National Rights and State Rights. A Review of the Case of Alexander McLeod, recently deterinined in the Supreme Court of Judicature of the State of New York. By a Member of the Massachusetts Bar. Reprinted from the Law Reporter. Boston : Bradbury & Soden. 8vo. pp. 46.

Review of the Opinion of Judge Cowan, of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, in the Case of Alexander McLeod. By a Citizen of New York. Washington: Thoinas Allen. 8vo. pp. 28.

MEDICINE, ANATOMY, AND SURGERY. A Synopsis on the Prevention and Cure of Disease. By Andrew Gerrish ; Physician. Boston: Saxton & Pierce. 12mo. pp. 208.

A Treatise on the Diseases of the Breast. By M. Velpear, Surgeon of the Hospital La Charité ; Professor of the Faculty of Medicine of Paris, &c. Translated from the Freuch by S. Parkman, M. D., Fellow of the Massachusetts Medical Society, and Member of the Boston Society for Medical Improvement. Philadelphia : Carey & Hart. 8vo.

On Involuntary Seminal Discharges. By M. Lallemand, Professor of the Faculty of Medicine, of Montpellier; Translated from the French by William Wood, M. D., of Portland, Maine. Philadelphia : Carey & Hart. 8vo. pp. 100.

pp. 80.

A Treatise on the Pneumonia of Children. By M. M. Rielliet and Barthez. Hospital Internes, Member of the Anatomical Society at Paris. Translated from the French by S. Parkman, M.D., Fellow of the Massachusetts Medical Society, and Member of the Boston Society for Medical Improvement. Philadelphia : Carey & Hart. 8vo. pp. 100.


Essays for Summer Hours. By Charles Lanman. Boston : Hilliard, Gray, & Co. 12mo. pp. 175. A Token of Affection;

or, Sketches by a Christian's Way-side. By Mrs. A. M. Mead. Philadelphia : Hooker & Agnew. 72mo.

pp. 196.

Rambles and Reveries. By Henry T. Tuckerman, Author of " The Italian Sketch Book,” and “ İsabel, or Sicily." New York : James P. Giffing. 12mo. pp. 436.

Letters of John Adams, Addressed to his Wife, Edited by his Grandson, Charles Francis Adams. Boston : C. C. Little & James Brown.. 2 vols. 12mo. pp. 285, 282.

The Seaman's Friend; containing a Treatise on Practical Seamanship, with Plates; A Dictionary of Sea Terms; Customs and Usages of the Merchant Service ; Laws relating to the Practical Duties of Masters and Mariners. By R. H. Dana, Jr., Author of "Two Years before the Mast.” Boston : Charles C. Little & James Brown. 12mo. pp 223.

Illustrations of the Law of Kindness. By Rev. G. W. Montgomery. Utica: 0. Hutchinson. 12mo. pp. 216.

Reminiscences of a Ruined Generation. By Rev. Daniel A. Clark, Author of " Cogniae Club,” &c. Boston: Saxton & Pierce. 16mo.

pp. 106.

Five Years in a Lottery Office; or An Exposition of the Lottery System in the United States. By Thomas Doyle. Boston: S. N. Dickinson. 16mo. pp. 62.

The Young People's Library. Vol. I. Christmas Eve. Translated from the German, by a Lady. Boston: William Crosby & Co. 18mo.

Gems from the Works of Travellers; Illustrative of Various Passages in Holy Scripture. Published under the Direction of the Committee of General Literature and Education, appointed by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. New York: D. Appleton & Co. 12mo. pp. 320.

Democracy. By George Sidney Camp. New York: Harper & Brothers. 18mo. pp. 249.

Conjectures and Researches concerning the Love, Madness, and Imprisonment of Torquato Tasso. By Richard Henry Wilde. New York : Alexander V. Blake. Vols. I. and II. 12mo. pp. 234 and 270.

Mission to England in Behalf of the American Colonization Society. By Rev. Ř. R. Gurley. Washington : William W. Morrison. 12mo. pp. 264.

Slavery of the United States to Sinful and Foolish Customs. By Charles Simmons. Pawtucket: Printed for the Author. 16ıno.


2Ă. An Inquiry into the History of Slavery; its introduction into the United States ; Causes of its Continuance; and Remarks upon the Abolition Tracts of William E. Channing, D. D. By Rev. T. C. Thorn

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