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NEW WORK OF MADAME DE GENLIS.
Swelling aloud in every breeze, and heard the simplicity of the times of which they
Madame de Genlis has written a large its bloom &r blighting, -when the summer smiled, planatory notes
. This collection will form volume on the employment of time, which,
The second is that of M. however, treats of almost every thing exOr Winter o'er the year's sepulchre mourned.
Petitot, which includes the memoirs from cept the employment of time. Or the twenThe Deity was there !--a nameless spirit Moved in the breasts of men to do him homage;
the thirteenth century to the middle of the ty-six chapters composing it, nine are upon And when the morning smiled, or evening pale eighteenth. Many of these are inedited. testaments, duty, vice and virtue, false Hung weeping o'er the melancholy urn, These two collections are followed by a
glory, prejudices, literary glory, sensibility, They came beneath the broad o'erarching trees, third, consisting of M. Buchon's edition of and egotism: eight other chapters are emAnd in their tremulous shadow worshiped oft,
the chronicles of Froissart, Monstrelet, the ployed on modern civilization; they are Where pale the vine clung round their simple altars, great chronicles of the Abbey of St Denis,
a long tirade against the present age, And gray moss mantling hung. Above was heard and the memoirs of Duplessis Mornay, mak- against modern inventions, and modern phiThe melody of winds, breathed out as the green ing, in all, sixty volumes. These three losophers. Whether in thus waging a beltrees
collections include the whole of the origi- lum ad internecionem against Diderot, RousBowed to their quivering touch in living beauty, And birds sang forth their cheerful hymns. Below, nal history of ancient France. The
fourth seau, Voltaire, &c. Madame de Geolis is The bright and widely wandering rivulet collection, consisting of memoirs relative
making good use of time, is a question that Struggled and gushed amongst the tangled roots, to the French revolution ; proceeds with
may be properly asked. The reader, of That choked its reedy fountain-and dark rocks rapidity, and will undoubtedly furnish the fuWorn smooth by the constant current. Even there ture historian with most valuable materials. this writer there are parts that give evi
course, needs not be told, that in a work of Where reeds grew rank on the rushy-fringed brink
. The latest that have appeared are those of dence of superior talent, and prove that her
Thibaudeau, who, having held important style has not lost any thing of its elegance And the green sedge bent to the wandering wind, Sang with a cheerful song of sweet tranquillity.
political situations under all the govern- or correctness. Such is the chapter on old Men felt the heavenly influence--and it stole ments, had opportunities of observation un
age, which she ingeniously compares, “ to Like balm into their hearts, till all was peace; der the Convention, the Directory, the the end of a great harvest in threatening And even the air they breathed, the light they Consulate, and the Empire, which are cal- weather, when we hasten to bring under Became religion,—for the etherial spirit
culated to make his memoirs very interest- cover all that we have gathered; every That to soft music wakes the chords of feeling,
ing. Two volumes are published. The moment is precious; we are unwilling to And mellows every thing to beauty,-moved
memoirs of Condorcet, extracted from his lose a single one.” With cheering energy withiu their breasts,
correspondence, and that of his friends, And made all holy there--for all was love.
have been announced, but are disavowed The morning stars, that sweetly sang togetherThe moon, that hung at night in the mid-sky
by his family. Madame de Genlis has ad- GEOGRAPHY OF NEW SOUTH WALES. Dayspring--and eventide—and all the fair
vertised six volumes in 12mo of her own life. Several important discoveries have been And beautiful forms of nature, had a voice The fifth collection contains bistorical me- lately made in the geography of New South Of eloquent worship. Ocean with its tides moirs of the English revolution; among Wales. But the most interesting is the Swelling and deep, where low the infant storni which have been published the Memoirs of discovery, by Mr Oxley, an officer attachHung on his dun, dark cloud, and heavily beat
Lord Clarendon, the Journal of his son, and ed to the government, of a large river, The pulses of the sea, --sent forth a voice Of awfu) adoration to the spirit,
Burnet's History of his own times. called the Brisbane, which discharges its That, wrapt in darkness, moved upon its face.
Besides these and other extensive works waters into Moreton Bay, four hundred And when the bow of evening arched the east, which indicate the prevailing tendency of miles to the northward of Port Jackson. Or, in the moonlight pale, the curling wave French literature, numerous miniature his. This valuable discovery was only made in Kissed with a sweet embrace the sea-worn beach, tories, in one or two volumes, are publish- December last, in the course of a survey And soft the song of winds came o'er the waters, The mingled melody of wind and wave
ed; among the latest of which are those of of Moreton Bay, with a view to form a con. Touched like a heavenly anthem on the ear;
Germany, of the United States of North vict penal establishment there. The river For it arose a tuneful hymn of worship.
America, and of Poland. Two volumes flows through a rich country, and is navi. And have our hearts grown cold? Are there on have just issued from the press, under the gable for twenty miles for vessels of conearth
title of “Memoirs of Louis Jerome Gobier, siderable burden, if not drawing more than No pure reflections caught from heavenly light?
President of the Directory on the 18th sixteen feet of water. From this distance Have our mute lips no hymn--our souls no song ?-Let him that in the summer-day of youth
Brumaire.” This work is said to contain the water is perfectly fresh. Mr Oxley Keeps pure the holy fount of youthful feeling, new facts, though in no great number, and proceeded thirty miles further up the river, And him that in the nightfall of his years
to be well written. These memoirs con- without finding any diminution in either Lies down in his last sleep, and shuts in peace tinually refute the memorial of Las Casas, the breadth or the depth of it, except that His dim pale eyes on life's short wayfaring. Praise Him, that rules the destiny of man.
and other late publications on Buonaparte, in one place, to the extent of thirty yards, H. W. L.
whence it is inferred that the author, an old a ridge of detached rocks stretches across, Sunday Evening, October, 1824.
man of seventy-seven, has had some assist- having not more than twelve feet at high ance in the composition of his work. “The water; and be obtained from a hill a view
book is quite republican,” says a royalist of its apparent course for thirty or forty INTELLIGENCE.
writer, " yet the effect is not bad ; because miles further. As far as Mr Oxley went, if the author defends the directorial gov- the tide rose four teet six inches. It was
ernment of the French republic, one and impossible to pursue the investigation then TENDENCY OF FRENCH LITERATURE.
indivisible; on the other hand he victori- from sickness, heat of weather, and shortFrench literature seems to be principal- ously combats the usurpation of Buonaparte, ness of provisions; but he was to renew his ly directed, at the present time, to histori- his 'pretended election to the imperial survey early in the autumn. The country cal productions, of which great numbers throne, his violent and tyrannical govern was level all round, from south to northare constantly issuing from the French ment, his council of state, and his servile west, in the apparent southwest course of press. There are, at this time, five distinct tribunals. He does not declaim, but he the river; from which circumstance, and historical collections publishing simulta- proves; and his proofs are the more per- the slowness of the current, Mr. Oxley was neously at Paris. The first, directed by suasive, as he at the same time does justice led to conclude, that the river will be found the care of M. Guizot, embraces the first to the genius and military talents of him navigable for vessels of burthen to a much eight centuries of the French monarchy whom he assails ; and notwithstanding the greater distance, probably not less than fiffrom Clovis to St Louis. The first eight expression of his republican sentiments, be ty miles. There was no appearance of its volumes of this collection are published, not only refrains from any seditious insinu- being flooded ; and from the nature of the faithfully translated from the barbarous ation, but shows himself moderate, and even country and other circumstances, he does Latin into French, which is suitable to favourable to the government of the king.” | not think that the sources of the river will
be found in a mountainous regiun, but rather in its details, as no mention is made either By Wells & Lilly-Boston. that it flows from some lake, which will of the size or materials of the boxes em
A Peep at the Pilgrims, in sixteen hunprove to be the receptacle of those interior ployed; and there is reason to believe that dred thirty-six. A Tale of Olden Times. By the streams to the northwest, crossed by him a certain portion of air was present in them. author of divers unfinished Manuscripts. 2 vols. during his land expedition in 1818. Many Dr Edwards, in order to guard against this 12mo. conjectures have been hazarded with re- objection, took boxes about four inches gard to the ultimate sources of this river; square, and having put some plaster in the
By Oliver Everett-Boston. but whatever be its origin, it is certainly bottom, placed the toads in them, and, sur. A Collection of Essays and Tracts in the largest fresh water river hitherto dis- rounding them on all sides with plaster, Theology. By Jared Sparks. No. VIII. covered in New South Wales, and promises shut and secured the boxes. The circumto be of the utmost importance to the colo-stance to be ascertained, was, whether By Munroe & Francis Boston. ny, as it affords water cominunication with those reptiles which were deprived of air Final Restoration Demonstrated from the the sea, to a vast extent of country, a great by the contact of a solid body, or those by Scriptures of Truth, by three sufficient Arguments : portion of which appeared to Mr Oxley immersion in water, would survive longest; the Oath of Jehovah; the Love of Jehovah; the capable of raising the richest productions and it is sufficient, at present, to remark, Prayer of Faith. Also, the main objections Re. of the tropics.
that they lived much longer in the plaster futed. Designed to vindicate the Character of than in water. A fact sufficiently re
God, and justify his Ways to Man. By Philo-BePROFESSOR GURNEY'S IMPROVEMENT OF markable, but what appears more extraorHARE'S BLOWPIPE. dinary still, is, that they lived longer when
By True & Green-Boston. Professor Gurney, of London, bas made enclosed in a solid body, than in air. Four
Memoirs of the Campaign of the North an additional improvement upon the cele- frogs were contained in a dry jug, and an
Western Army of the United States, A. D. 1812. brated blow pipe of Dr Hare, and has appa- equal number were placed in dry sand ; the in a series of Letters addressed to the Citizens of rently made this most potent agent quite third day, all those confined in air, were the United States. With an Appendix, containing safe, both to the operator and the spectators, dead, except one, while all those enclosed a brief Sketch of the Revolutionary Services of the which was very far from being the case, in sand were alive, except one; from which Author. By William Hull, late Governor of the even after the improvements of Dr Clarke, it would appear, not merely that these rep; the Service of the nited States.
Territory of Michigan, and Brigadier General in and others. For, notwithstanding the re- tiles can live when surrounded by solid duction of the jet to the smallest possible bodies, but that placing them in this situa
By George Davidson-Charlestown, Ms. diameter, and the interposition of screens of tion is a means of prolonging their exist
The Political Writings of Thomas Paine, wire-gauze, explosions would sometimes ence; a conclusion which is in accordance take place where the oxygen and hydrogen with those well authenticated narratives of Secretary of the Committee for Foreign Affairs dur? gases were employed in a mixed state. animals of this class having been found in ing the Revolutionary War. To which is prefixed
a Brief Sketch of the Author's Life. 2 vols. 8vo. Professor Gurney, therefore, has construct the centre of solid masses, where they must ed his gas magazine, not of iron or copper,
have been enclosed during periods, concern- By Mark Newman-Andover, Mass. whose fragments, in the event of an explo-ing the duration of which, it would be in
An Abridgment of the Writings of Lewis sion, were the chief cause of mischief, but vain for us to indulge in conjecture. of a bladder, or bag of varnished silk, press
That the sand employed in the last men- Long Life. By Herman Daggett, A. M., Principal
Cornaro, a Nobleman of Venice, on Health and ed upon by a pasteboard cover, as lightly tioned experiment contained air, is obvious; of the Foreign Mission School. constructed as the requisite pressure will and that the plaster was pervious to air, Dr permit, and connected only by strings for Edwards proves by a very satisfactory ex- By R. Donaldson-New York. effecting the pressure, by drawing down the periment. But, as it might be said, that
The Case of Gibbons against Ogden, cover upon the solid parts of the apparatus although some air passed through the plas- heard and determined in the Supreme Court of the beneath. From this flexible magazine the ter, yet enough to sustain life could not be United States, February Term, 1824, on Appeal gas passes throngh a pipe, not immediately supposed to find its way through so dense a from the Court of Errors of the State of New York,
and involving the Constitutionality of the Laws of to the jet, but into a small strong safety body, toads and salamanders were chamber, the lower part of which contains closed as before, and the boxes buried in wa- Exclusive Navigation of its Waters by Steamboats.
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when the names of that day will be farniliar dressed to the body; while all that is di
in our mouths, as those of Člaverhouse, Bur. dactic, and meant for use, is more particu
ley, Rob Roy, or Rebecca; and that the larly adapted to the soul
. Without stopping A Peep at the Pilgrims, in Sisteen Hundred charm of classic association will be added to inquire how far his distinction is accu- Thirty-Six. A Tale of Olden Times. By to the native beauties of the mountains and rate,-how far wit or patbos may be said to
the Author of divers unfinished Manus- streams of our country; gratify the bodily taste, we must remark, cripts. Boston. 1824. 2 vols. 12mo.
"Fitz-James' horn Niagara's echoes wake, that he does not appear to us to be emi. The author of this work has entered upon And Katrine's lady skim o'er Erie's lake." nently successful in either department of a field, which we have long considered as With such expectations, it cannot be surhis labours. He has not made a very en- one that promised an abundant harvest to prising that we should be apt to regard evtertaining work; and can hardly hope to the enterprising and skilful adventurer. ery writer on this subject with a jealons carry many readers fairly through his two The high and resolved characters of the eye, as one who may possibly turn out an volumes, unless they are bound, as review- leaders among our pilgrim ancestors, the unlicensed intruder on our land of promise, ers, fairly to make an end of them; or are dangers which they defied, the sufferings nor that we should be disappointed by alpleased with the book for some excellence which they endured, and their various ad- most any thing that is written, and ready entirely independent of its literary merits. ventures, whether peaceful or warlike, with to handle with some severity of criticism As a didactic work, we think it can have their savage neighbours; their courage, what, in other circumstances, we might no effect whatever, excepting upon a cer- zeal, and piety, and even their weaknesses think deserving of nothing worse than the tain class of readers; we mean those who, and foibles, afford abundant materials for damnation of faint praise. already believing that the author is in the the novelist and poet. Other sources of We intend, however, to resist the temptright, are prepared to have their opinions interest are to be found in the habits, man- tion to hypercritical in the present inconfirmed by the expression of similar opin- ners, and superstitions of the aborigines; stance, for two reasons, first, because it is ions, and by such arguments and illustra- and characters of less importance than no fault of the author, if he has not fulfilled tions --if we may so call them, -as are Massasoit, Sassacus, Philip of Mount Hope, expectations, of the existence of which he here used.
or his martial kinswoman, have figured with could not be aware, and would not have Dr Freeman, the bero of the story, is the effect on the pages of romance. It may be intentionally disappointed if he had been; Rector of a large parish in a large town in objected, that the habits of the first settlers and secondly, that there is much merit in England, and represents our author's beau were of too grave and stern a character, the book, of which, without further preamideal of a regular clergyman of the estab- and their lives a scene of hardships too ud- ble, we proceed to give an analysis. lishment. He is sincere in his belief, and varied, to admit of that admixture of light Major Atherton, a gentleman, and a solfaithful in his obedience to all the requisi- and comic description, which is demanded dier in the service of his majesty Charles I., tions of his office. He performs all his du- by the taste of the novel-reader of the is induced to take a voyage to New Eng. ties with zeal and wisdom, and enjoys inno- present age. But it is not so. The adven- land, by the favorable representations of a cent pleasures with moderation, and with turers were not all stern enthusiasts, nor friend, and the love of novelty and advenout remorse. He is, in one way or anoth- rigid sectaries. The leaders, it is true, ture natural to youth at any period, and er, successively engaged in circumstances were too often persecutors, as they had been which was particularly prevalent in many which are made to afford an opportunity for exiles, for conscience' sake. But many of countries of Europe during the sixteenth showing what the author supposes to be the their followers sought the shores of New and seventeenth centuries. His attention character and consequences of a religious England from other motives. The res an- was attracted, on the evening of his arrival, belief differing from his own. The Doctor gusta domi, the desire of gain, the love of by the melodious sounds of a female voice, meets, and holds long conversations with Uni- novelty, or a truant disposition, impelled engaged in singing a devotional hymn; and tariaps, Fatalists, and those sectaries who / many to a land, which was described as al on the morrow, chance favors him at the
meeting-house with a sight of the face and, which led to nothing particular. She discov- finement, and Atherton condemned to the figure appertaining to the voice, which ered, at last, what her friends had discov- stake and torture. In the mean time, Monoproves to be that of Mirian Grey, the fairestered for her long before, that she was in love notto, another chieftain, and the real owner damsel in New England. Young Adam with our hero, and that, as it was impossi- of the female prisoners, returns, and accepts Cupid, he who shot so trim in the case of ble they could ever be united, they were in the terms which Sassecus had refused ; MiKing Cophetua, drew his bow in the pre- a situation, which, besides being bad in its riam and her companion are released, and sent instance with as little regard to the present aspect, was not likely to mend. nothing now remains but the deliverance of fitness of things, or, to forbear metaphor, She communicates this opinion to her lover, Atherton, which is accomplished by a party the high-church cavalier fell in love with which affects him powerfully, and induces from the sloop, at the critical moment, the Puritan maiden. Major Atherton is him to leave her suddenly, and repair to when he is beginning to be enveloped in soon introduced to Mr Winslow, Mr Brad- Boston. Miriam soon follows him, on her smoke. The lovers once more meet and ford, and other worthies of the time, among way to the neighbourhood of Saybrook, on part. The lady returns to her home, and whom is Captain Standish, the military com- the Connecticut, with her cousin, who had the gentleman accompanies the English mander at New Plymouth, and a kinsman been lately married, and chance conducts soldiers, whom he finds at Saybrook, on of our hero. At the house of Mr Winslow her to the same inn; no very improbable their expedition against the savages; he withe meets with Peregrine White, the first circumstance, by the way, if it conducted nesses the two bloody attacks upon the Peborn of New England, who is made to act her to any one in Boston, in 1636. The meet- quod entrenchments, by the troops under the part of the gracioso or Jack Pudding ing was, of course, distressing, but as nei- Captain Mason, which resulted in the deof the piece, of whom we shall speak here-ther any good reason could be given why struction or dispersion of that fierce people, after, directing our attention, at present, she should not proceed with her cousin, nor returns at the close of the campaign to Bosto the main action, namely, the loves of why Major Atherton should accompany her, ton, and proceeds from thence to Plymouth. Atherton and Miriam Grey. The reader they were again compelled to separate. The story now draws to a close. Mr Grey, will need no ghost to tell him that these Rumours of war soon after arose between while these events were taking place, had encountered many obstacles; two were the Pequods and the colonists, and the returned from England, and, after some in the form of rivals, of whom one was danger was particularly threatening to the hesitation, finds himself unable to refuse a Puritan with close-cropped hair, an settlers on the banks of the Connecticut the hand of his daughter to him who had ungainly manner, and a reasonably good An army was to be raised, and our hero twice saved her life; he accordingly conopinion of his own gifts, but honest withal, was, of course, among the volunteers; but sents to the match, provided that Miriam is and upright, and a sincere lover, whom we being unwilling to wait the tardy motions willing, and, as her consent is obtained withsometimes respect, but oftener laugh at; the of the equipment, took passage in a Dutch out much difficulty, Major Atherton is made other a gallant Virginian, one of the know. vessel belonging to New Amsterdam, which happy, and, in process of time, becomes a ing ones of the day, a contemner of things proposed to touch at Say brook. The proy. Puritan, and lives to a good old age in the sacred, or a hypocritical observer of them, erb which intimates the difference between usual manner. The subordinate personages a cajoler, or a bully, as the case might haste and speed, proved to be applicable in are all properly disposed of by death, marbe; one, in short, of that numerous class, the present instance; for, besides, that the riage, or otherwise, and the survivors made who are as commonly to be found in novels ordinary motions of the Dutch dogger were as happy as their respective cases would as in real life, and are governed by no par- not particularly expeditious, the skipper, admit. ticular principle, except a regard to their alarmed by some reports of the numbers We have few remarks to make upon the own immediate interest. A more serious and power of the Pequods, chose to omit characters of the hero and heroine; they impediment existed in the righteous horror, visiting the river, and proceed directly to are necessary evils in a novel, and provided with which the father of the damsel re- New Amsterdam. Their passenger was in the latter incurs and escapes a proper vagarded the idea of a connexion between his dignant at this tergiversation; but as his riety of dangers and delicate distresses, the daughter and a member of the persecuting wrath produced no other effect than that former kills his giant with due discretion, church of England. It would not, proba- of exciting the astonishment of Mynheer, and both are happily brought together at bly, have been of much advantage to his he was fairly landed at Manhattan, and left the conclusion, every reasonable reader cause, that he was not bigotted to forms, to rail against bis desting, and employ him- ought to be contented; we say, if they are but disposed to respect modes of worship self, as well as he could, in prevailing upon happily brougbt together; for, we take this not entirely consonant to those in which he the Dutch to despatch a vessel to Saybrook. occasion of entering our protest against had been educated. Charity, of this kind, This desirable end was, after many delays, a practice, which has sometimes obtained, was a virtue of very equivocal value in at last accomplished, and our hero once more of destroying one or both of the parties. those days, and more likely to fix upon the on his way towards the scene of action. The We believe that this is seldom or never possessor the character of a Gallio, than any purpose of the expedition was the ransom necesary. novelist, in our opinion, bas more favourable one. Fortunately, the op- of two females, who had been captured by the same right over bis principal characters, portunity which occurred to him of saving the natives, in a late inroad upon the town that a husband formerly had over his wife; the life of the daughter, while it served to of Weathersfield; and on board the sloop he is only precluded froin destroying life or distance his rivals in her opinion, did much were embarked some distinguished Pequod limb; and we give future writers fair warntowards removing the prejudices of the fa- prisoners, who were to be exchanged for ing, that we shall always resent any such ther against him. The objection to his them. With the chief of these, Cushmi- infringement of their cbarter. It is idle for form of worship, however, was still insur- naw, Major Atherton succeeds in forming him to talk of difficulties, who has gods and mountable, and an intimation of his purpose an acquaintance, which afterwards proves machines at his disposal ; and we insist, of seeking the band of Miss Grey was re- of service to him. On reaching the place that where the matter is within our jurisbutted with the decision of principle. Time of their destination, a negociation is opened diction, life shall be saved at all hazards. rolled on, however, and the affair continued with Sassacus, the chief of the Pequods; We have always thought the death of Clara undecided. Mr Grey left the Colony, on a but the terms of the cartel could not be sa- Mowbray a very unbandsome thing on the visit to the mother country; a matter which tisfactorily arranged. Atherton, in the part of the Great Unknown, as well as a required more time two hundred years ago, mean time, discovers that one of the cap- dangerous example to aspirants, and one than it does at this day, when a man may tives is Miriam Grey; and on the failure which, after this intimation of our view of travel over Europe and return, before his of the treaty, takes measures to rescue her; it, they will follow at their peril. friends in the next street have noticed his and, following the directions of Cushminaw, Many characters in this work are well absence. He left Major Atherton to con- nearly succeeds in his attempt. The whole sustained. We would mention among them, tinue his attentions to Miriam, and Miriam party, however, are seized just as they those of Standish, and Peregrine White, to imagine, in some indistinct manner, that are about to gain the boat, and Miriam is who, as we have hinted before, is described these attentions were agreeable things, carried back to her former place of con- as a wag, upon the authority, we suppose,