16 SEPTEMBER 1876, Page 22

Jabez Ebsleigh, M.P. By Mrs..Eileart. (Samuel Tinsley.)—Mr. Mead has done

better work than this,—an acrid sketch of a provincial Radical who enters Parliament by pleading the cause of the people, spends too much, and is gradually tempted by an unprincipled wife of the most vulgar ambition to sell his one power, the power of expression on paper, for an income necessary for her to make the show which, in her mind, represents success. The story is thin, but it is not nnamusing, and there are sketches in it, particularly one of an old Quaker and his wife, which show that Mrs. Eiloart has not lost her power. The account of Bernard Rushworth, the cultivated philanthropist, is worthy of the original, whom we think we may presume to have been Mr. Denison.