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The frequent reading of such selections from such masters, cannot but prove advantageous to the young men of this country, where, more than in any other, dependence will be placed upon the power of eloquence; and it is well that good models should be furnished to those who are, or seek, thus to sway the public mind. Bring along the great truths of the argument in a captivating style, and it will soon be found that even the most uninformed will strike into the current of the address, and be carried along thereby.-U. S. Gazette.
Among the great men in the intellectual world, who have astonished and delighted, charmed and instructed mankind, by the splendor, power, and magnificence of their oratory, none stand higher than Chatham, Burke, Erskine and Mackintosh. The speeches contained in this volume are splendid specimens of rich, ornate, powerful, and argumentative oratory, and no one possessing in the least degree a love for intellectual grandeur, can read them without feeling his heart glow with admiration, and have his soul animated with a zeal for the liberty of all mankind.-Penn. Inquirer.
This volume contains some of the speeches of these great masters of English Eloquence, speeches, which, whether we refer to the momentous character of their topics, their power of thought and display of learning, or their charms of style and graces of diction, will serve as models for public speaking, and sources of instruction, political, intellectual and moral, to all future ages.-Charleston Courier.
AN ESSAY ON THE SPIRIT AND INFLUENCE OF THE REFORMATION. A work which obtained the prize on the following question proposed by the National Institute of France: "What has been the influence of the Reformation by Luther, on the political situation of the different states of Europe, and on the progress of knowledge?" By C. VILLERS, sometime professor of philosophy in the University of Gottingen. Translated from the French. With an Introductory Essay, by SAMUEL MILLER, D. D. Professor in the Theological Seminary at Princeton, N. J.
The National Institute of France proposed the following as a prize question. "What has been the influence of the Reformation, by Luther, on the political situation of the different states of Europe, and on the progress of knowledge ?" Among the competitors was C. Villers, Professor of Philosophy, in the University of Gottingen, and to him the prize was adjudged. Villers was not an ecclesiastic or sectarian, but a philosopher, and treats the subject in a philosophical manner. Those who are interested in tracing the causes that have given direction to the course of human events, will be richly rewarded by a perusal of this Essay.
THE CELEBRATED BLUE BOOK.
A register of all officers and agents, civil, military, and naval, in the service of the United States, with the names, force, and condition of all ships and vessels belonging to the United States, and when and where built; together with a correct list of the Presidents, Cashiers, and Directors of the United States Bank and its Branches, to which is appended the names, and compensation of all printers in any way employed by Congress, or any department or office of Government. Prepared at the Department of State, by WILLIAM A. WEAVER.
"A Senator in Congress-we believe it was Mr. Leigh of Virginia-pronounced the said Blue Book-which heretofore, by the by, has been a sealed volume to the public at large, and only accessible to members of Congress; the most significant commentary extant on the Constitution of the United States. And in one sense it is indeed so: for it exhibits the Executive, or patronage and office-dispensing power, in a light that may very well make one tremble for the independence of the other branches of the government. As a book of warning, therefore, not less than as a book in which much and various information is to be found, concerning the practical operation and agents of the government, we
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commend this publication to public notice. We do not know that better service could be rendered the country than by the transmission to every county town in the Union, of some copies of this authentic Record, in order that farmers and others might see for themselves the mighty array of Officers, Agents, Postmasters, Contracters, &c. &c., which constitute the real standing army of the Executive.-N. Y. American.
Messrs. KEY & BIDDLE have published an edition of the Blue Book. It should be in the hands of every voter in the United States. It is a fearful account of executive patronage.-U. S. Gazette.
AN ADDRESS TO THE YOUNG, by JOHN FOSTER, author of Essays on Decision of Character.
John Foster is allowed by men of all parties, political and religious, to be one of the most original and vigorous thinkers of the age. His well tried talents, his known freedom from cant and fanaticism, and the importance of the subject discussed, strongly commend this book to the attention of that interesting class to whom it is addressed. All his writings are worthy of careful and repeated perusal; but his essay on "Decision of Character" and this "Address to the Young," should be the companions of all young persons who are desirous of intellectual and moral improvement.-Epis. Recorder.
PICTURES OF PRIVATE LIFE.
Containing MISANTHROPY, and THE PAINS OF PLEASING.
"The aim of the writer is evidently to instruct as well as amuse, by offering these admirable sketches as beacons to warn the young, especially of her own sex, against errors which have shipwrecked the happiness of so many."—Gentlemans' Magazine.
"These pictures are charming, natural stories of the real living world; and of the kind which we rejoice to see the public beginning to appreciate and relish; they are delineated in simple and often beautiful language, and with a powerful moral effect."-Tait's Magazine.
"The object of the writer is to profit, as well as to amuse; to promote the love of virtue; to exhibit the consequences of vice; and, by a delineation of scenes and characters visible in every day life, not only to inculcate what is excellent, but to show what is practical."-Literary Gazette.
"This beautiful little volume can scarcely be perused without affecting and improving the head and the heart; and to young ladies particularly, would we most earnestly recommend it."-Scots Times.
"We have great pleasure in directing the attention of our readers to this very interesting volume. It is written in a style which cannot fail to entertain, and insure the anxious attention of all who peruse its pages, while the moral sentiments conveyed must recommend it to those who wish to combine instruction with amusement. The work is also embellished with a most beautiful frontispiece portrait of the heroine of one of the tales, which is itself worth the price of the volume."-Cambridge Chronicle.
THE BACHELOR RECLAIMED, OR CELIBACY VANQUISHED, from the French, by TIMOTHY FLINT.
It is a good lesson for those who are not married, and who deserve to be, for we do not hold that every bachelor deserves a wife. Things of this kind (wives we mean) are meted out by Providence with an eye to reward and punishment; and a man may stand on such neutral ground in more ways than one, that a wife for either of the above providential ends, would be entirely out of the question; but on either side of the line, there are some: and while men will sin, or must be virtuous, there will be marrying; and if a man has any regard for his character, he will look to his standing in this manner, and read this book of Mr. Flint's translation.-U. S. Gazette.
The main incidents are connected with the history of an inveterate bachelor -the worthy president of a Bachelor's Club-who despite of himself falls in love, against his principles, marries, and contrary to expectation is happy. This
great revolution in sentiment is accomplished by the power of female charms, by an exhibition of the loveliness of female character, and by the force of reason-at least such are the conclusions of the author.-Philad. Gaz.
It is, of course, a love story, and such an one as could only emanate from a French writer-light, entertaining, and with an excellent moral. An inveterate bachelor is reclaimed-his hatred towards the female sex is changed into admiration, and eventually he marries. This great revolution in sentiment is accomplished by the force of female charms-by an exhibition of the loveliness of the female character. The book should be read not only by bachelors, but by unmarried ladies-they may derive instruction from its pages.-Saturday Ev. Post.
BEAUTIES OF ROBERT HALL.
If Robert Hall wrote comparatively little, what he did write bears the impress of genius, united with piety. He was a luminary of the first order, and it is delightful to feel the influence of his beams. To those who cannot obtain his whole works, we recommend this choice selection, which certainly contains many beauties.-Episcopal Recorder.
The "Beauties of Robert Hall," which have just been published by Key & BidIdle, contain selections from his various writing. They are beautiful specimens of chastened and pure composition, and are rich in sentiment and principle. These extracts contain much useful matter for reflection and meditation, and may be perused by the old and the young, the grave and the gay, the learned and the illiterate, with advantage. We have rarely seen in so small a space so much powerful thought as is exhibited in this little volume.-Boston Ev. Gaz.
SKETCHES BY MRS. SIGOURNEY.
It is the high prerogative of women to win to virtue-it is the praise of Mrs. Sigourney, that her prerogative has been exercised far beyond the domestic circle. The influences of her mind have been felt and acknowledged wherever English Literature finds a welcome. These Sketches have been sought after with avidity, by those who would profit by the most delightful means of improvement.-U. S. Gazette.
Mrs. Sigourney has a moral object in each of her interesting fictions, which she pursues with constant attention and effect.-National Gazette.
The Tales and Sketches need no recommendation as the talents of the authoress, in this branch of literature, are well and favourably known-they will be read with great interest.-Saturday Ev. Post.
The Sketches before us are worthy of the enticing form in which they appear -Mrs. Sigourney is a writer of great purity, taste and power; she seldom exag. gerates incidents: is simple and unambitious in her diction; and possesses that magical influence,-which fixes the attention, even in a recital of ordinary events. Her sentiments are touching and true, because they spring from the holy source of an unhackneyed heart. They will add a virtuous strength to the heart of every reader, as well as be an ornament to the library of the owner.Commercial Intelligencer.
To parents the work particularly commends itself, and has only to be known to be eagerly patronised. Young Ladies may learn a valuable lesson from the story of the "Family Portrait;" one which they will not be likely soon to forget. -Poulson's Daily Advertiser.
This is a beautiful volume in every respect-the style of its execution, its engraving which teaches with the force of truth, and its contents, are alike excellent. The graceful simplicity, good taste, classic imagery and devotional spirit, which distinguish Mrs. Sigourney's poetry, are happily blended and presented in living forms in the prosaic "Sketches" before us. In this department of letters, as in poetry, she will be read with interest and delight, be introduced by Christian parents to their children as an accomplished guide and teacher, and receive the well merited commendation of thousands.-Southern Religious Telegraph.
FRANCIS BERRIAN, OR THE MEXICAN PATRIOT, by TIMOTHY FLINT, Esq.
This is an all absorbing novel, we think Mr. FLINT's best.-N. Y. American.
THE YOUNG MAN'S SUNDAY BOOK:
A practical manual of the christian duties of piety, benevolence and self government; prepared with particular reference to the formation of the manly character on the basis of religious principle, by the author of the Young Man's own Book.
This is one of those useful little volumes that will find its way through the world, pleasing and doing good wherever it may go. It professes to be a 'Manual of the Christian duties of piety, benevolence, and self government, prepared with reference to the formation of a manly character on the basis of religious principle.' It disclaims all sectarian views, or the desire to make proselytes for any party; desiring but to diffuse something of the spirit and practice of Christianity among the rising generation, and to establish as widely as possible those principles of virtue and goodness which all men profess to respect.-Penn. Inquirer.
It is a summary of moral and religious duties, and is full of useful precepts and excellent admonitions.-Christian Gazette.
We have not read it entire-but the evangelical sentiments and ability evinced in parts of it which we have examined, commend it to public favour and especially to the attention of young men, to whom it may be a useful and valuable counsellor. It contains in a series of essays of moderate length, a summary of Christian duty rather than doctrine, drawn from the writings of those whose names command respect throughout the Christian world. Its design is noble-it is to establish young men in the observance of those grand principles of virtue and goodness, which the holy Scriptures enforce with the sanctions of God's authority, and which all men, the profane as well as the pious, respect.-Southern Religious Telegraph.
The Young Man's Sunday Book is a Practical Manual of the Christian duties of Piety, Benevolence, and Self-government, prepared with particular reference to the formation of the manly character on the basis of Religious Principle. It professes to be a Summary of duty, rather than of doctrine. Its articles are generally short, and have been drawn from the writings of men whose names command respect throughout the Christian world. It is admirably suited both in its character and form (being a small pocket volume of 300 pages) for a present to one just verging to manhood, whether a friend, an apprentice, or a son: and such a book as is likely to be, not only looked at, but looked into: and that, not only on Sunday, but daily; till its contents become familiar.-Chr. Spectator.
A book that should be possessed by every young man. It is a sequel to the Young Man's Own Book.-Saturday Ev. Post.
FOLCHETTO MALASPINA, an historical Romance of the twelfth century, by the author of "Libilla Odaletta," and translated from the Italian by DANIEL J. DESMOND, Esq.
The story is one of deep interest, and the translator has allowed nothing thereof to escape; of the fidelity of the work we cannot speak, having no access to the original; but as a novel, whether original or translated, the work is good.-U. S. Gazette.
It is emphatically a fanciful and engaging work, and no one can sit down to its perusal without being chained by its magical influence, to an attention, which will be kept actively alive until the last chapter. In this there is no exaggeration,-it is a novel to make the reader feel,-to have his curiosity and sensibilities awakened,-and to produce upon the heart those striking impres sions, which can only be excited by nature when portrayed by the enchanting descriptions of a master. The scenes, the characters, the dialogues, and the incidents, are so graphically sketched, and forcibly delineated, that we are compelled to admit that the production is of a more than ordinary character.
Our space will not admit of pointing out particular beauties, or interesting passages; to the work itself we must refer our readers for a rich intellectual banquet, which is only to be obtained by its perusal.
In dismissing this production, we remark that it is beautifully got up, and will form a graceful ornament to the most classical library.-Penn. Inquirer.
From parts which we have read, of Mr. DESMOND's translation, we have drawn a very favourable inference concerning the execution of the whole; and we know that Malaspina's pages are held in high estimation by competent European and American critics. We have noted in the Paris Révue Encyclopédique, a strong encomium on the works of this Italian novelist.-National Gazette.
WORKS PUBLISHED BY KEY & BIDDLE.
TODD'S JOHNSON'S DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. To which is added a copious Vocabulary of Greek, Latin, and Scriptural proper names, divided into syllables, and accented for pronunciation. By Thomas Rees, L. L. D., F. R. S. A. The above Dictionary will make a beautiful pocket volume, same size of Young Man's Own Book, illustrated by a likeness of Johnson and Walker.
The editor states that "in compiling the work he has endeavoured to furnish such an epitome of Mr. Todd's nlarged and valuable edition of Dr. Johnson's Dictionary, as would enable the generality of persons to understand the most approved American and English authors, and to write and speak the language with propriety and elegance. The most correct definitions have been given in a condensed form, and especial care has been taken to indicate the classical and fashionable pronunciation of every word." The style of printing is really very handsome; and the embellishments, consisting of an engraving of Johnson and another of Walker, enhance the value of the edition. It is neatly bound and would be an ornament to the study of any young lady or gentleman, while the traveller, on his summer tour, would find it an appropriate companion for his guide book and Stage Register.-Boston Traveller.
This really beautiful and useful little work should be possessed by all who wish to spell and write the English language correctly. The publishers have rendered it so attractive in its appearance as to be an ornament to the parlour centre table. It will add very little weight to the trunk of the traveller, and will often relieve him from painful embarrassment.-U. S. Gazette.
This is the age of improvement. The simple elements of education so long lying in forbidding print and binding, are now appearing as they ought, in the finest type and most beautiful and ornamental form. The Pocket Dictionary published by Key and Biddle deserves to be commended to the public generally, not only for the beauty of its execution, but for the intrinsic merit it possesses.— Charleston Courier.
This beautiful little Dictionary should be the companion of every young lady and gentleman when reading or writing, whether at home or abroad.-N. Y. Commercial Advertiser.
THE MORAL TESTAMENT OF MAN.
Key & Biddle have just issued under this title, a beautiful little volume made up of the sayings of the wise and good, in olden and modern times. These apothegms are all upon most interesting subjects, each one carrying with it a wholesome as well as a most agreeable influence. This little volume is to the mind and heart what a flower-garden is to the eye and nose. It delights and regales.-Commercial Herald.
Good taste, judgment, and a love of doing good, must have influenced and directed the industrious compiler. This little selection of precious thoughts has been printed and bound in a style suited to the worth of the contentsapples of gold in pictures of silver.-U. S. Gazette.
MRS. SOMERVILLE'S CONNEXION OF THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES.
The style of this astonishing production is so clear and unaffected, and conveys with so much simplicity so great a mass of profound knowledge, that it should be placed in the hands of every youth, the moment he has mastered the general rudiments of education.-Quarterly Review.
OBSERVATIONS ON THE CHARACTER AND CULTURE OF THE EUROPEAN VINE, during a residence of five years in the vine-growing districts of France, Italy, and Switzerland, by S. I. FISHER, to which is added, the Manual of Swiss Vigneron, as adopted and recommended by the Agricultural Societies of Geneva and Berne, by Mons. BRUIN CHAPPIUS, to which is superadded, the art of wine making, by Mr. BULOS, member of the Institute of France.