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It is of importance that his character, and the circumstances of his age should be accurately known; and we therefore welcome this popular reprint of Mr. Galt's volume. The editor has rendered a valuable service by supplying, in the form of notes, many of the personal details furnished by Cavendish, the earliest biographer of Wolsey. The value of the volume is thus greatly increased, whilst its power of interesting the reader is enhanced vastly. The selections made are so extensive as to 'include well nigh all that constitutes the peculiar superiority of Cavendish's relation.' The Appendix also contains a far greater number of Cardinal Wolsey's letters than have ever before been brought together, so that we need scarcely say the present edition is incomparably superior to either of its predecessors.
The Privateer's-Man, One Hundred Years Ago. By Captain Marryat, RN. Two vols. London: Longman and Co.
THIS book cannot fail to be a great favourite with the young. It is so crowded with romantic incidents, as to be well fitted to please and stimulate their imagination, while the limited nature of their experience will prevent their recoiling from the improbability of many of the adventures narrated. It is written in an easy, off-hand, careless style, as though the author had more regard for his own ease, than respect for his reader. Its philosophy is in keeping with its style, and its general tone of sentiment correct and healthful. Such productions do not, we confess, satisfy us. We are not content to receive them as substitutes for other and higher works. Captain Marryat is capable of better things, and his self-respect, and gratitude to the public, should prompt him to maintain his right position. He cannot rival' Robinson Crusoe;' but the author of 'Jacob Faithful' possesses powers, which, if diligently cultivated, will retain him no mean place amongst the writers of fiction. We do not wish to disparage the present publication, but merely remark that there is another and higher department of fiction, in which our author is more qualified to excel, and in which he has already won an honourable name.
The History of Greece. By Connop Thirlwall, D.D. 8vo. Third Volume. New Edition. London: Longman & Co.
WE have already expressed our opinion of Bishop Thirlwall's history, and of this edition of it. It is the production of an accomplished and able scholar, and has gone far to redeem our literature from the reproach under which it previously lay. The present volume brings down the history to the close of the Sicilian expedition, and to the commencement of the rupture between Alcibiades and the Spartans. We need not say one word in commendation of a work which must have a place in the library of every accom plished Englishman, or of an edition which alone is worthy of its merits. Our readers may assure themselves of a rich treat in its perusal.
The Reformers before the Reformation in the Fifteenth Century. John Huss and the Council of Constance. By Emile de Bonnechose. Translated from the French by Campbell Mackenzie, B. A., Trin. Coll. Dublin. Two volumes in one Longman and Co. NOTHING is more common in this world than for one man to do the work and another to have the glory. There is so little reasoning upon causes and consequences, that the result is generally ascribed to him who appears immediately connected with the fact of its occurrence the reaper is praised, the sower is forgotten. This has been the case with the Reformation. Those who were directly employed in giving definite shape to that event have been exalted at the expense of others without whose patient labours, when success was not either certain or probable, it could never have taken place. We rejoice, therefore, in every wise effort to make the public acquainted with the Reformers before the Reformation.' Some of them were noble men, even seeing further into truth than their successors, and working amid hardships and discouragements that would have overcome less faithful and determined spirits. The work before us is, in many respects, the sort of work that we desire to see in the hands of our people. It is carefully compiled, and well-written-but it does not deserve the comprehensive title which it bears. Huss, and the Hussites,' would have left no room for objection-but Reformers before the Reformation' is simply incorrect-at least, the notices of some of them, and of the principal of them, as Wycliffe, bear no proportion to the position which they filled, and the effects they produced.
Luther, Milton, and Pascal: three Lectures. By D. Rhys Stephen. pp. 80. Aylott and Jones.
THESE lectures are very creditable to their author. They are the wise and warm productions of a right-minded man.
Six Lectures on the Importance and Practicability of Christian Union, chiefly in relation to the Movements of the Evangelical Alliance. By J. Aldis, Pastor of the Church in Maze Pond, Southwark. Pp 152. London: Aylott and Jones, 1846.
MR. ALDIS deserves attention on any subject which he takes up with interest, but on the subject of union his claims to regard are peculiarly strong. He has a right to speak upon it. This right he exercises with much judgment and good sense. The tone of his volume is that of manliness, candour, and charity. If he seem sometimes to express his own opinions with great strength, at other times he refers to his differing brethren with remarkable generosity. We desire for his excellent sentiments and advice a wide circulation.
The Anglo-Indian Passage; Homeward-and Outward: or, a Card for the Overland Traveller from Southampton to Bombay, Madras, and Calcutta. With Letters descriptive of the Homeward Passage, and Notices of Gibraltar, Malta, Alexandria, Cairo, Suez, Aden, Bombay, Point de Galle, Madras, and Calcutta. By David Lester Richardson. With numerous Illustrations. pp. 190. Madden and Malcolm, 1845.
WE have copied the whole of the title-page, in order to give a full view of the contents of this book, which we imagine will be found very valuable to those who travel to India, and, at the same time, interesting to those who do not.
Family Expositions: on the Epistles of St. John and St. Jude. By the Rev. E. Bickersteth, Rector of Watton, Herts. Pp. 253. London: Seeley. 1846.
WE need not do more than quote the esteemed author's own account of this volume. I feel anxious that the reader should not mistake the character of these expositions. They do not at all pretend to be critical and exact. They are abridged notes, by my children, of those explanations, and simple practical remarks on the sacred text, which I gave in morning worship, and which appeared at the time likely to be useful to my own family. They were written by my children, without any view to publication for their own benefit. The manuscripts were lent among their friends, and it was only after many requests that their author, giving them such slight revision as his many occupations allowed, has agreed to their publication.'
Life of the Amir Dost Mohammed Khan, of Kabul: with his political proceedings towards the English, Russian, and Persian Governments, including the victory and disasters of the British Army in Affghanistan. By Mohan Lal, Esq. 2 vols. 8vo.
A Memoir of the Life and Character of Thomas Wilson, Esq. By his Son.
The North British Review. No. X.
Discourses and Essays, by J. H. Merle D'Aubigné, D.D.
Introduction, by Robert Baird, D.D.
The Modern Orator. Edmund Burke.
A Manual of the Baptist Denomination for the year 1846.
The Biblical Repository and Classical Review. Edited by John Holmes Agnew. July.
Monthly Prize Essays. No. II.
The Pictorial Gallery of Arts. No. XIX.
The English Hexapla, consisting of the six important vernacular English Translations of the New Testament Scriptures. Part XII.
The Life of Wesley, and Rise and Progress of Methodism. By Robert Southey, Esq., LL.D. Third Edition. With Notes by the late Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Esq., and Remarks on the Life and Character of John Wesley, by the late Alexander Knox, Esq: Edited by the Rev. Charles Cuthbert Southey, M.A., Curate of Cockermouth. In 2 vols.
AПOKAAYVIE; or, The Revelation of Jesus Christ minutely interpreted and considered, in relation to the church's expectation of the nearness of the Lord's appearing and Kingdom. By the Rev. John Hooper.
The use of the Body in relation to the Mind. By George More, M.D. Thoughts on some important Points relating to the System of the World. By J. P. Nichol, LL.D.
Mental Discipline, or Hints on the Cultivating of intellectual and Moral Habits, addressed particularly to Students in Theology, and young PreachBy Henry Forster Burder, D.D.
The Biliad, or how to Criticize. A Satire, with the Dirge of Repeal, and other jeux d'esprit. By T. M. Hughes.
Sermons occasioned by the death of the Rev. Hugh Heugh, D.D., Glasgow, delivered in Regent Place Secession Church, on Sabbath June 21, 1846, with the Address before interment. Published by request.
Thoughts on Christian Union, with reference to the present efforts to bring about a union of all Evangelical Christians.
The Duties solemnly binding on the various sections of the Church of Christ for suppressing the Emulations and Strife which prevent its fulfilling its Mission to the World. By the author of A Revived Ministry our only hope for a revived Church.'
Lectures on Ethics. By Thos. Brown, M.D. With a Preface, by Thomas Chalmers, D.D.
England's Colonial Empire: an Historical, Political, and Statistical Account of the Empire, its Colonies, and Dependencies. By Charles Pridham, Esq., B.A. Vol. 1.-The Mauritius and its Dependencies.
Elements of Physics. By F. Peschel, Principal of the Military College at Dresden, &c. Translated from the German, with Notes, by E. West. Vols. 2 and 3.
The Dream of the Opium Eater. By Owen Howell.
Political Dictionary, forming a Work of Universal Reference, both Constitutional and Legal, &c., &c. Part XIV. First Half.
The Spiritual Claims of Teetotalism, addressed to British Christians. By Newman Hall, B.A.
Apostolical Loosing and Binding, or Remitting and Retaining Sins, together with the Keys and Loosing and Binding, as given to Peter, explained and illustrated by the Rev. W. Blackley, B.A.
The Macaulay Election; or, the Designs of the Ministry. By John Robertson.
The People's Dictionary of the Bible. Part XII.
An Initiatory Grammar of the English Language, with numerous Exercises. By John Millen, Teacher of English, George Square, Glasgow. A New Universal Etymological and Pronouncing Dictionary of the English Language, embracing all the Terms used in Art, Science, and Literature. Part X.
Gilbert's Modern Atlas of the World for the People. With an Introduction to the Physical Geography of the Globe, and an Alphabetical Index of the Latitudes and Longitudes of 24,000 Places. Part VI.
FOR OCTOBER, 1846.
Art. I.-1. The Proclamation of War by the Governor of the Cape of Good Hope against the Caffres. Cape Town: 31st March, 1846.
2. The Times, Morning Chronicle, and other London Papers, of July and August, concerning the Invasion of the Cape Colony by the Caffres, in May, 1846.
THE subject to which we are now desirous of calling attention, is calculated to excite most diversified feelings. The fearful event to which it relates has many bearings, and all of them are exceedingly important. Hordes of infuriated barbarians have turned a flourishing and rich settlement into a vast and smoking ruin. The vengeance of a civilized government will come next, and remorselessly crush the fellow-creature, whose better qualities might have been cultivated with good effect, if set about in earnest. A great plan of benevolence, after making for a little while remarkable progress, is signally disappointed; and its failure throws undeserved discredit upon a cause, which wants only wise guidance to insure complete success. things would justify a tone of indignation, that might be thought unbecoming a calm inquiry, even when the calamities at the Cape are traceable to local faults, for which there is no excuse, and to a system of administration at home, abandoned even by the statesmen who have so long permitted it.
On the other hand, there is a compensation even for such calamities, in the deep attention which they will compel to the whole of South African affairs; so that indignation may well give way before the hope of better prospects, which the right use
*The wool of the Cape, in 1845-6, exceeding 3,200,000 lbs., and of a higher price than the Australian, comes extensively from the invaded districts.