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The Addresses and Messages of the Presi- Illustrated Edition of the Book of Common

dents of the United States, from Wash Prayer, &c., &c., containing upwards of ington to Tyler, embracing the Executive 700 engravings on wood, in part from Proclamations, Recommendations, Pro original designs, but principally taken tests and Vetoes from 1798 to 1843, to from the English, and adapted to the gether with the Declaration of Indepen present edition. Edited by Rev. J. M. dence and Constitution of the United WAINWRIGHT, D. D., New York. H. States. Fourth Edition. New York: W. Hewet, Publisher, 1843. No. 1. EDWARD WALKER, 112 Fulton-street. 1843. 8vo. pp. 782.

The first or specimen number of this

work does not, on the whole, strike us This volume must of course be a sine very favorably. The typography is very qua non in the library, inot only of every fine, and many of the cuts and vignettes politician proper, but also of every ge- good, but some of the latter are very inneral reader and observer of American ferior; nor does the idea of converting the history. Its merits are already familiar Prayer Book into a picture-book, to divert to the public, and that they are justly ap- and amuse the attention from its more preciated is sufficiently attested by the proper purpose, seem a very happy one. progress it has made to a fourth edition. The volume intended to accompany it, As a book of frequent reference-as in from the pen of its accomplished and judiitself a political history of the country—ascious Editor, comprising a history of the a monument of national honor-and as the Liturgy, with a commentary on the text finest existing collection of political and rubrics, will undoubtedly be of high writings, this volume of the Messages of interest and value to the denomination for the American Presidents possesses a which the whole is designed ; among sterling and substantial value which whom it can scarcely be doubted that a speaks sufficiently for itself without the ne- work so elegant as this promises to be cessity for further recommendation of ours. will be extensively patronized.

MONTHLY LITERARY BULLETIN.

AMERICAN

Females," Dr. Copeland's “Medical

Dictionary,” in monthly parts, “ HarWe hear of little doing among the pub rison on the Arteries,” &c., &c. Mr.

lishing fraternity at this time; and Norman is, we hear, reaping a golden • therefore our Literary announcements harvest of applause in the Great Me

for the month will be few. Dr. Sweet tropolis, from his interesting work,
ser's book is just finished-and from a “ Rambles in Yucatan;" a large num-
glance at its pages we predict success ber of copies of which, it seems, have
for the author as to fame and emolu been despatched to London already;
ment. It is attractively entitled “Mental moreover, the Queen has transmitted
Hygiene ;" being an examination of the instructions for a choice copy. We
intellect and passions and their influence shall not be surprised to learn presently
on health and longevity. The Lang of his being presented with the honorary
leys are the publishers, who also an. membership of the several learned in-
nounce the following for immediate stitutions of Great Britain; as has been
publication-D. Pereira's new work done by our New York Historical Soci-
on “ Diet and Food,to be edited, (by ely. We would again commend his
express desire of the author), by Dr. C. book to the notice of our readers.
A. Lee, with notes, &c. By ihe way, We have been gratified to observe, in a re-
this gentleman has just completed a cent number of the London Atheneum,
thoroughly revised edition of Dr. an extended and highly complimentary
Thomson's “ Conspectus of the Pharma notice of the new and improved edition
copeias" This firet American, from the of the “ President's Messages,” pub-
thirteenth London edition, will be lished by Walker, of this city. It is a
greatly augmented by valuable addi volume we may justly value and should
tions from recent works on Materia be possessed universally.
Medica. The same firm are about to Sears “New Family Magazine," a new
issue Dr. Clarke on the “ Diseases of issue just commenced, is of very great

success.

merit; it differs from the ephemeral A new work for the young, has just apworks of our time, its pages being of a peared, entitled “ True Stories from the sterling, intrinsic, and instructire char history of the Church," by Rev. J. acter; it cannot fail therefore of eminent King. Bentley has just commenced the

experiment of cheap prices for his pubTappan and Dennet, Boston, will publish lications-reducing them about one

immediately a third volume of “ Speech half—this is a safe and will doubtless es and Forensic Arguments of Daniel prove a popular, and therefore profitable Webster.”

expedient. We observe a new work of Rumor speaks highly of Jarvis's new fiction is about to appear from the pen

work “History of the Sandwich Isl of Mrs. Thomson, authoress of “ Wiands.” It is beautifully embellished. dows and Widowers," &c. The same firm have also just is. A new work on Egyptian researches, ensued “ Manhood, a scene from the past titled “Arts, Antiquities, and Chrono-a series of poems,” by W. Plumer; logy of Ancient Egypt," from Personal also, a little gem entitled “ Daily Food Observations in 1839. With numerous for Christians, for every day in the Illustrations, from the author's own year.”

Sketches, By G. H. Wathen. Also, “ReA splendid Pictorial edition of the “Com port on the Geology of the County of

mon Prayer," edited by Dr.Wainwright, Londonderry, and of parts of Tyrone and has just been commenced in this city, Fermanagh.” Examined and described by Hewitt. It is to comprise some seven under the authority of the Board of Ordhundred illustrations, most of them nance. By J. E. Portlock, F.R.S., &c., from those of the London edition, but with a large colored Map, 45 Plates of many are original, from the exquisite Fossils, and 26 Illustrations on wood. pencil of Chapman. The work is to be “Icones Piscium,” by Dr. Richardson, issued in numbers, the first of which part 1, 4to., large colored plates, is just is now before us, and augurs well for out. Also, “A Life of Robert Polthe splendid execution of its typogra lok,"author of “ The Course of Time." phical appearance.

A new serial work has just been comA new and very fine edition of Fox's menced, the first part of which includes

“ Book of Martyrs,” has just been is “ The Life and Times of Girolamo sued by Moore, of this city, with fron. Savonarolo, including notices of Italy tispiece and other plates, &c. or a during the progress of the Reformation work so universally known, nothing of the 15th century,” to be followed by further need be said in its behalf than “the Life and Times of John Reuchlin, we have already done.

the father of the German Reformation," Dr. Brownlee has a new work nearly &c.

ready, to be entitled “ Romanism Re. A new Periodical issue is to be commenced viewed in the light of Prophecy and on the 1st of this month, entitled “ The History,” &c., which we hear is of a National Gallery of Pictures by the very interesting character.

Great Masters." Each number to conJ. S. Taylor & Co.,

announce “ Puseyism tain three subjects. Price one shilling. Examined,” by D’Aubigné, author of “The Monkish Historians of Britain,” is the “ History of the Reformation," with the title of another serial in course of an introduction by the Rev. W. Baird; publication. also, “ The Christian Citizen,” by Rev. “ Report of the South Shields Committee, A. D). Eddy, and “A Pattern for Sun appointed to investigate the Causes of day School Teachers,” by Rev. J. An Accidents in Coal Mines. With Plans gel James.

and Appendix.
“An Efficient Remedy for the Distress of

Nations." By John Gray.
ENGLISH.

“ Eighteen Treatises from the Mishna."

Translated by the Rev. D. A. De Sola, Mr. Theo. S. Fay's new novel just issued and the Rev. M. J. Raphall.

in London is entitled “ The Double Handsome present for the Nursery. Just Duel, or Hoboken;"— the latter, we published, price 3s. « The New Chappresume, is to form its American patro ter of Kings; or, the History of Engnymic. We are happy to observe an land in Miniature, for the Use of Childother new production from the favorite ren, with 40 Illustrations, including a pen of Mrs. Ellis, to be entitled “ The complete series of Portraits from WilWives of England;" also still another liam the Conqueror to Queen Victoria. by Charlotte Elizabeth to be called « The Schoolmaster at Home." By the “ Second Causes, or Up and be Doing.” Rev. W. Gresley.

NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

At the regular monthly meeting of this to the north unsuspected; when, reachinstitution, on the 7th February, the chair ing Red Hook, near Rhinebeck Flats, he was taken by the Hon. Albert Gallatin, stopped at a small tavern where several LL.D., the new President, supported by of the neighbors were assembled. SuspiChancellor Kent, and Vice Presidents De cion chanced to fall on him, and, accordWitt and Lawrence. About one hundred ing to the fashion of the times, they promembers and invited guests were present. ceeded to search him, and took from his The venerable President, on being con- pocket several bullets. The light weight ducted to the chair, read an inaugural of one of them was immediately remarkaddress, which was listened to with pro- ed; and, at the exclamation, “why, that found attention, and, at its close, received is no bullet; it is too light;" the spy the loud applause of the audience. The snatched it from the hand of the examiner, subject was the peculiar characteristics of and, turning round, instantly swallowed the American Revolution, which were it. He was immediately taken across the treated in an original and graphic man- river to Hurley, near Kingston, where ner, in language remarkable for its pre- Governor Clinton, with a detachment of cision and force. As this discourse is militia, was encamped ; and, on the relaalready before the public in a pamphlet tion of the facts, he was turned over to form, we forbear making extracts, recom- the medical department, with orders that mending to our readers the perusal of the they should find the ball. Emetics were whole, which cannot fail to afford them accordingly administered, and, these not the highest gratification for the sound proving effective, they were followed by views it contains, and the respected medicines of an opposite character, source from which it proceeds. Mr. Gal: which soon brought the ball to light. On latin is now eighty-two years of age, hav- examination it was found to be a hollow ing survived nearly all the prominent po- silver bullet, joined in the centre by a liticians and statesmen with whom he was slight screw, and when opened contained conspicuously associated more than forty a letter, of which the following is an exact years ago. Although apparently feeble in copy : a physical point of view, his health is

“Fort MONTGOMERY, good, and his mind retains its surprising

October 8th, 1777. acuteness, strength, and activity. He « Nous voici-and nothing between us is constantly employed in studies of an but Gates. I sincerely hope this little abstruse nature, being at present chiefly success of ours may facilitate your operaoccupied with the astronomy and arithme- tions. In answer to your letter of the tical science of the ancient Mexicans, and 28th of September, by C. C., I shall only with the dialects of the Maya or Yucatan say, I cannot presume to order, or even Indians, and of other Mexican nations. advise, for reasons obvious. I heartily At his suggestion Mr. Stephens collected wish you success. Faithfully yours, specimens of the Maya language, showing

“ H. CLINTON. its verbal forms and constructive cha 66 To General Burgoyne." racter, during his recent visit to Yuca. tan.

A drum-head court-martial was forthA letter from Sir James Edward Alexan- with summoned, and the bearer of the der, returning his thanks to the Society for bullet was tried and condemned as a spy, electing him an honorary member, was read and hung, in pursuance of his sentence, by Mr. De Peyster, the Corresponding from the limb of a tree standing close by, Secretary. The Librarian, Mr. Gibbs, bearing south and east from the present presented an interesting and valuable Hurley church. Report on the state of the Library.

The important bearing of this event General James Tallmadge related an will be appreciated when it is remembered interesting and curious Revolutionary in- that Burgoyne was delaying his march cident, relative to the capture of a British toward Albany to hear of Clinton's prospy sent by Sir Henry Clinton to General gress, and had he learned the news comBurgoyne, after the capture of Fort Mont- municated by the letter, that Clinton had gomery, by a large force under Sir Henry's captured, and was waiting at, Fort Montcommand. The man pretending to be a gomery, the meditated junction of the two cattle-dealer, in search of provisions for armies might have been effected, to the the army, was gradually working his way great detriment of the American cause.

General Tallmadge, after detailing 6. Fragment of a Maya manuscript, these circumstances, produced the veritable written by an Indian at some period of silver ball, with the letter still contained in it, time not designated, and entitled “ Prinwhich was taken from the spy, and had cipal Epochs of the Ancient History of come into General T.'s possession, as one Yucatan," purporting to give the series of of the administrators of the Clinton es “ Katunes,” or epochs of fifty-two years, tate. Quite a sensation was created “from the time of the departure of the among those present, by so practical an Toltecs from their country of Tularan illustration of this interesting historical until their arrival at this, as it is called, event.

island of Chacnou-itan." Several gentlemen were proposed as

7. Verbal forms, and other illustrations resident members, and the balloling for of the grammar of the Maya languages, those previously nominated was postponed procured in Yucatan according to memoto the next meeting.

randa previously furnished by the Hon. Mr. Folsom moved certain amendments Albert Gallatin. to the constitution, which, on motion of 8. A vocabulary, in manuscript, conDr. Stevens, were also laid over.

taining more than four thousand Maya Mr. John L. Stephens presented the words. Society a number of valuable MSS which

9. Table of thermometrical observahe had brought from Central America on tions made at Merida, the capital of Yucacompleting his last exploring tour, and tan, by the Cura Villamil for one year, which he has made use of in his forth, beginning on the 1st of September, 1841, coming work on the newly discovered an and ending on the 31st of August, 1842. tiquities of that region. Some of these On motion of Mr. George A. Ward, the MSS. are of vast importance, as determin. thanks of the Society were voted to Mr. ing the vexed question with regard to the Stephens for his donation; and, on motion date of the ruins of Uxmal, and the iden- of Mr. Schoolcrast, it was resolved that tity of the people of whom they are the Mr. Hoffman be requested to deposit in sole remains. Mr. Stephens accompanied their archives a copy of the lecture de. his offer with explanatory remarks in re- livered before them several weeks since, lation to each MS. They are as follows: and which embodied a good deal of inter

1. Ancient Calendar of Yucatan, or esting traditional lore. The Society then exposition of the method used by the adjourned. Aborigines of that country to compute

Refreshments of a simple character time. MS in Spanish, by Don Juan Pio

were provided in an adjoining apartment, Perez, of Pito.

and the remainder of the evening was 2. An Almanac, according to the an- passed, as usual, in conversation. The cient Indian system, for ihe year, from the presence of many distinguished gentlemen, 16th of July, 1811, to the 15th of July, and among others Chancellor Kent, in. 1842, being a key or supplement to the creased the interest excited by the inauCalendar. MS. in Spanish, by Don Juan guration of the President, and the delivery Pio Perez.

of his spirited and instructive address. 3. Ancient map found among the ar

We understand that the petition of the chives of Mani, the first place in Yucatan Society in behalf of Mr. Brodhead's misthat submitted to the Spaniards, bearing sion was favorably regarded at Albany, date A. D. 1557, fifteen years after the and that a bill has passed the Senate apconquest; Uxmal being one of the places propriating tive thousand dollars towards laid down upon it.

its completion. We trust it will meet 4. Act of partition, and for settling the with no opposition in the Assembly. The boundaries of lands between the caciques object is one of such great public moof various villages, endorsed on the back ment, and such universal interest, that, of the above map; Uxmal being one of were other motives wanting, due regard the places mentioned therein, written in to the wishes of their constituents, and the Maya language, and accompanied by their own reputation, ought to be suffia translation in Spanish.

cient to prevent the rejection of a mea5. Record of an agreement for the par- sure, without the passage of which the tition of lands bearing date A. D. 1556, in history of New York cannot be written which Uxmal is again mentioned, written for want of the necessary materials, now in the Maya language, and accompanied actually within our grasp. by a Spanish translation.

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