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underlies the doctrines of all the great schools of philosophy. His true doctrine is Spiritualism—the doctrine which subordinates the senses to the spirit. This doctrine, to use the eloquent words of Cousin, “teaches the spirituality of the soul, the liberty and responsibility of human actions, moral obligation, disinterested virtue, the dignity of justice, the beauty of charity; and beyond the limits of this world it shows a God, author and type of humanity, who, after having evidently made man for an excellent end, will not abandon him in the mysterious development of his destiny. This philosophy is the natural ally of all good causes. It sustains religious sentiment; it seconds true art, poesy worthy of the name, and a great literature; it is the support of right; it equally repels the craft of the demagogue and tyranny; it teaches all men to respect and value themselves, and, little by little, it conducts human societies to the true republic, that dream of all generous souls which in our times can be realized in Europe only by constitutional monarchy."

With these views Cousin began his studies in philosophy, with these he ends them. “Thank God,” he says, “time has rather strengthened than weakened our convictions, and we end as we began."

We have made these extracts from the preface, because they state succinctly the object of the work, and we assure our readers they will find the work to be what it purports to be. Great credit is due to Mr. Wight for his translations from this distinguished philosopher. Paley's Evidences of Christianity. With Notes and Additions by Charles

Murray Nairne, Á. A. New York: Carter & Brothers, No. 285 Broadway, N. Y. 1855.

How does this edition differ from others? In the first place, it differs from many others in being well printed and on good paper. In the second place, it differs from all others in being accompanied by a large number of notes from such men as Chalmers, Wardlaw, Hopkins, and also from the editor, explaining, correctins, and enlarging the original text. This is the best edition of Paley which has come within our knowledge. Jeanie Morrison: or the Discipline of Life. By the author of the “ Pastor's

Family.” New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, No. 285 Broadway. 1855.

It is not often that the Carters descend from the heights of learned treatises, didactic essays, religious biography and sober, substantial realities, to fiction, but when they do, we may be sure there is a reason for it-that the reader will have no ground to complain of the change of diet with which they favor him. As to Jeanie Morrison, we love the name, and the character which it represents, and so will our readers as soon as they become acquainted with her. Harper's Gazetteer of the World. To be completed in 10 Numbers. With spe

cial reference to the United States and British America. By J. Calvin Smith.

Everybody knows what a Gazetteer is, and all but the very idlest of readers know how valuable it is, as a book of reference. Such a work should be derived from reliable sources, be written in the most condensed manner, and be accompanied by good maps. The present work fulfills all these conditions. It is a most excellent Gazetteer. The Illustrated Natural History. By the Rev. J. G. Wood, M. A. With four

hundred and fifty original designs by William Harvey. New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, Franklin Square. 1854.

This is a reprint of a valuable English work, published in 1852, and written by Rev. J. G. Wood of Merton College, Oxford. It is a most interesting vol.

It is both scientific and popular. It is well written, the Scientific Latin names are accented, and the etymology given, while the engravings are life-like and original, being made expressly for the work. There is no more interesting volume on the subject.

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Memoirs of Celebrated Characters. By Alphonse DELAMARTINE. In two vol

New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, Franklin Square. 1854. The object of this work is to give to the people a knowledge of the history of the race. The author supposes that the bulk of men look only at the great and prominent facts of history, and that, since these center around the great men of the orld, the biographies of such characters

ill be the best way of imparting historical information to the mass of the people. Neither, he is of opinion, will it be necessary to go beyond the memoirs of a hundred such persons in order to give a sufficiently good idea of the progress of the race. But the anthor has a more particular reference to the French people. He says that French literature has been made for the court. “We thought, we drew, we made verses, we wrote operas, for the court. We let profanity and vice paint, write, engrave, and sing, or rather howl, for the people.” In respect to the character of what they read, the French are far inferior to the Swiss, German, English, Scotch, and above all, the American people. It is to the credit of Lamartine that he has sought to create a popular literature for the French people, which shall be suited to their higher wants. We make a single quotation. "For myself, in the matter of literary publicity, I would prefer being the little volume, held in the hand of the old man, the matron, or the child, who have given a penny for it, than the magnificent gilt-edged quarto, printed on splendid paper, illustrated with engravings, and bound in silk, and standing useless on the shelves of the rich man's library.”

The present volumes contain the memoirs of Nelson, Heloise, Columbus, Ber-
nard de Palissy, the Potter, Roostam, Cicero, Socrates, Jacquard, Joan of Arc,
Cromwell, Homer, Gutenberg, Fenelon ;-a medley of names, but to be re-ar-
ranged in the concluding portion of the work. The memoirs are very attract-
ive, and will find readers far beyond the bounds of France-and if not sold for
& penny, we presume it is at a sum which any one can afford.
The Life and Epistles of St. Paul. By the Rev. W. J. CoNYBEARE, M. A., Late

Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and the Rev. J. S. Howsox, M. A.,
Principal of the Collegiate Institution, Liverpool. In two volumes. New
York: Charles Scribner, 145 Nassau street. 1854.
The English edition of this work has already passed under review in our
pages.

It received notice and just commendation in our February number, a year ago. We are glad to see this American edition from the press of Mr. Scribner, who has issued the work, without abridgment, at only half the cost of the London edition. In reference to its value we have little more to say. Let every religious teacher, and especially every candidate for the ministry, consult, peruse, and study it. It invites this attention and will repay it well.' It contains a noble picture of the great Apostle, taking us with him on all his missionary journeys, and taking us to his heart by the view it affords of the experiences of his inner life. It is an unequaled picture too of his times, abounding in Geographical and Bistorical information, and bringing before us places and scenes with the distinctness of descriptions from an eye-witness. It is replete with the results of patient and accurate scholarship, and is scarcely less interesting than instructive. No work has appeared, for a long time, which, in our judgment, contributes so much to elucidate the New Testament portion of the sacred word. The minister of the gospel, who studies it, will find his mind enriched and his heart quickened. Many an old idea will be vitalized, many a new one received. The boundaries of his knowledge of the Bible will be widely extended, and he will thus be qualified for worthier ministrations in the pulpit.

Sor do we commend this work to ministers alone, but also to intelligent private Christians. It will be found a fascinating picture of a wonderful man, full of noble thoughts and inspiring scenes in the career of Paul. We think too that the new version of his epistles, which it contains, will contribute not a little to give freshness, and so an added interest to thoughts which, from being often read in the common version, have, in a measure, lost their real sig. nificance to the reader's mind. We wish the work an extensive circulation,

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The Life of P. T. Barnum. Written by himself. Redfield, 110 and 112 Nas

sau Street, N. Y. New Haven: T. H. Pease., pp. 404.

We have read this book, impelled partly by curiosity, and partly by its amusing character. But though we have read it, we are somewhat at a loss to know what to make of it. For Mr. Barnum is so fond of mystification, and we learn from the book he lays his plans so far ahead of their execution, that for aught we know, we may be lending our pages to some new imposture in noticing it.

However, supposing it to be a veritable autobiography, and only an ordinary book-selling speculation, we will give our views of it.

Mr. Barnum belongs to that large class of Yankees who delight in a practical joke, and he has in addition the rarer quality of perfect good humor. He has done his part in that line of fun, but he has not escaped unscathed himself, and he is too fond of a good thing, not to acknowledge himself taken in, when it is well done. We conjecture it is this feature of his character that has led him into his various impositions upon the credulity of men, not less than the direct object of interest. We doubt not the gains have been acceptable enough, but we fancy the laugh in his sleeve as he saw one after another of his shrewd friends entrapped, has been no small part of the remuneration. But what shall we say of the many things said which were not, in the various impositions he has practised upon the community? Of course, there is but one name for them. But, still, there are degrees of guilt in falsification. We will give him the benefit of his ploa:that the business of a showman is a trade, and that every trade has its tricks. That is very true, and in point of principle, we see no difference between Mr. Barnum's saying that Gen. Tom Thumb was eleven years old when he was but five years, than the trader's saying that his goods cost eleven dollars when they did not cost but five dollars. We see no difference between the untrue statements by which Mr. Barnum converts an old negro woman of 80 into Joice Heth of 160 years, than those extraordina. ry book notices which can convert “ Fashion and Famine" into the Great Work of the age, or those yet more extraordinary puffs by which tons of solid divinity have been traded off as if it were so much light literature. No doubt there are tricko enough in trade, but that fact does not settle the question.

We also give Mr. Barnum the benefit of the plea that people have got the worth of their money, but still the original fault—the untruth-remains and cannot be done away with by any subsequent aet. We do not think it possible that any sound moralist can justify these faleifications.

It is with sincere regret we are obliged to condemn this, which is so important a feature in his biography. For there are many things we like. We believe that there has never been anything immoral in his shows and that the American Museum has been carefully guarded against administering to the vices of men. We feel under the greatest obligation to him for the great en. terprise of bringing Jenny Lind into this country. We feel grateful for his many exertions in the cause of temperance, and we think no one can read the account of his conversion, as he calls it, to the total abstinence principle without believing in the sincerity with which he adopted it and with which he has continued to labor in the cause of temperance. The manner in which he speaks of his wife and children would save him, with us, from any undue severity of criticism which might seem to be called for; and we cannot but think that Mr. Barnum himself will yet confess the weakness of his defense for the misrepresentations and untruths which he has used in his calling, as a showman. Scripture Portraits : or Sketches of Bible Characters, especially designed for

the Family Circle. By JONATHAN BRACE. New York: M. W. Dodd. 1854. 12mo. Pp. 311.

These sketches of prominent personages in the Old Testament were origin. ally prepared for the Mother's Magazine and Family Monitor. They were re.

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ceived with so much favor, that the publisher issued them in a collected form. They are short, simple, written in an attractive style, and animated with a religious spirit. They are well fitted for the Sunday reading of young persons, and will, we doubt not, be welcomed and valued in many families. A Practical Grammar: in which words, phrases, and sentences are classified

according to their offices, and their relation to each other. Illustrated by a complete system of Diagrams. By S. W. CLARK, A. M. Sixth edition. New

York; A. S. Barnes & Co. 1855. 12mo. pp. 218. Analysis of the English Sentence, designed for advanced classes in English Gram

By A. S. Welch, A. M., Principal of Michigan State Normal School. New York: A. S. Barnes & Co. 1855. 12mo. pp. 264.

Both these works lay claim to a more philosophical method of Grammar and Analysis, than the ordinary English Grammars exhibit

. We commend them to the examination of teachers as worthy of their attention. Colton's Greek Render.--A Greek Reader, consisting of new selections and notes

with references to the principal Grammars now in use. By J. 0. Colton, M. A., formerly Tutor in Greek in Yale College. Third edition, revised and furnished with new References and Notes, together with the Notes and Lexicon of Hoyt's edition. By Henry M. Colton. New Ilaven: Published by Dur. rie & Peck. 1855.

The above title sufficiently indicates the origin and structure of this work, which in its general character is well-known in many portions of New England. We notice it now only to point out the qualities peculiar to the present edition. The minute references to Grammars in order to verify and explain the structure and sense of the text-a feature which has distinguished the book from the first-have been arranged according to the successive topics in which the substance of grammar usually appears. Crosby's Greek Grammar has been used throughout the work, along with that of Sophocles. The last, named Grammar is not the latest or “New Edition," but the one before that, called the 2d edition; which was issued by Mr. H. Huntington & Co., of Hartford, and, as we understand, is kept still in print. Another excellence, peculiar to this edition, is the analysis of words and sentences made in accordance with the beautiful principles of the new or Beckerian philology-principles which accord with the truest and deepest philosophy of language, and are fast gaining an extensive sway over the scholarship of the land. Publicly and highly com. mended by some of our most eminent classical students, and issued mechanically in the best style, this edition is confidently presented to the notice of American teachers.

DOOKS RECEIVED.

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Lady's Almanac, for 1854. Boston: John P. Jewett & Co. Cleveland, Ohio:

Jewett, Proctor & Worthington. New Haven: T. H. Pease. The publishers have made a most acceptable offering to the taste of those for whom this little volume was prepared. The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge, for the year 1855. Boston : Philips, Sampson and Company. London: Trubuer & Co., 12 Pat

ernoster Row. Paris : Hector Bossange. New Haven: T. II. Pease. A Sermon preached at the Dedication of the First Congregational Church, Natick,

Mass., Nov. 15, 1854. By Rev. Elias Nason, Pastor of the Church. Boston:

8. Whipple & Co., 100 Washington street. The Library Reporter and Book-buyer's Guide. A Quarterly Record of old and

new books, American and Foreign, principally Theological. Terms Seventyfive cents a year. Boston: Press of the Franklin Printing House, 210 Wash ington street.

We have also received Beecher's Papal Conspiracy Exposed and Protestantism Defended.

ECCLESIASTICAL REGISTER.

Quarterly list of Ordinations and Installations. Rev. B. R. Allen, installed Pastor of the First Church in Marblehead, Mass. Mr. I. A. Bent, ordained Pastor of the Church in Cornwall, Ct. Rev. Edmund K. Alden, installed Pastor of the Church in Lenox, Mass. Mr. Stephen Fenn, ordained Pastor of the Church in Torringford, Ct. Rev. William C. Scofield installed Pastor of the 2d Church in Milford, Ct. Rev. J. D. Farnsworth, installed Pastor of the Church in Scotland, Mass. Mr. Henry M. Parsons, ord. Pastor of the First Church in Sprinfield, Mass. Rev. H. B. Elliot, inst. Pastor of South Ninth st. Ch. in Williamsburg, L. I. Rev. Edwin H. Nevin, D. D., inst. Pastor of the Church in Walpole, Mass. Rev. Willis Lord, installed Pastor of the First Church in Fairfield, Ct. Rev. Charles Packard, inst. Pastor of the Church in New Gloucester, Mass. Rev. Joseph Vaill, D.D., inst. Pastor of the Second Church in Palmer, Mass. Rev. C. H. A. Bulkley, installed Pastor of the Second Church in Winsted, Ct. Rev. Jonathan Crane, installed Pastor of the 26th st. Church, New York. Rev. J. B. Arnold, inst. Pastor of the First Church in South Coventry, Ct. Mr. Charles D. Lothrop, ord. Pastor of the Second Ch. in East Attleboro, Mass. Rev. Lewis Pennell, inst. Pastor of the Ch. in West Stockbridge Centre, Mass. Rev. H. Beebe, installed Pastor of the Church in West Haven, Ct. Rev. F. B. Wheeler, installed Pastor of the Church in Saco, Me. Mr. Edwin Hall, Jr., ordained Pastor of the Church in New Hartford, Ct.

Rev. Nathaniel Richardson, inst. Pastor of the North Cong. Ch., Lane's Cove, Gloucester, Mass.

Mr. Orrin W. White, ordained Pastor of the Free Cong. Ch. in Olmsted, O.

Rev. William A. Stearns, D.D., inaugurated President of Amherst College, and installed Pastor of College Church.

Mr. J. E. Barry, ordained Evangelist at Boston, Mass.
Rev. J. R. Brown, installed Pastor of the Church in East Longmeadow, Mass.
Mr. S. Bourn, ordained Pastor of the Church in Flushing, L. I.
Mr. G. W. Connitt, ordained Pastor of the Church in Deep River, Ct.
Rev. J. A. Hood, installed Pastor of the Church in Pittsford, N. H.
Mr. Timothy Hazen, ordained Pastor of the Church in Dalton, Mass.
Rev. Eusebius Hall, installed Pastor of the Church in Aquebogne, L. I.
Mr. Charles A. Aiken, ordained Pastor of the Church in Yarmouth, Me.
Mr. I. II. Patrick, ordained Pastor of the Church in Bedford, Mass.
Rev. George Thatcher, installed Pastor of the Church in West Meriden, Ct.
Rev. S. P. Fay, installed Pastor of the Church in Dayton, O.
Mr. Henry Pratt, ordained Pastor of the Church in Dudley, Mass.
Mr. Lyman Cutler, ord. Pastor of the Elliott Church in Newton Corner, Mass.
Rev. James O. Murray, inst. Pastor of the Second Ch. in South Danvers, Mass.
Rev. Franklin B. Doe, installed Pastor of the Church in Lancaster, Mass.

Mr. Edward D. Chapman, ordained Pastor of the First Cong. Ch. East Sugar Grove, Pa.

Rev. W. H. Phelps, installed Pastor of the Church in Monterey, Mass.
Rev. Henry Adams, installed Pastor of the Church in Peoria, İll.

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