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The British Quarterly Review. No. 85. January, 1866. (Jackson, Watford,

and Hodder.)—Dr. Vaughan, after twenty-one years of editorial labour, has relinquished the management of this review to younger men. The present number is the that specimen of their literary apti- tude for the work which they have undertaken. It is fully up to the average at all events of its immediate predecessors. Besides a political article, written in the liberal tons to which the readers of the British Quarterly have been long accustomed, and a theological article on 4' Systematic Theology" which will please the orthodox Nonconformists by whom doubtless it will principally be read, and will displease nobody of any school of religious thought, we find a sufficient variety of fare to satisfy the wants of the general reader. The careers of Lord Palmerston and Mr. Cobden furnish materials for two well written biographical articles. An elaborate essay on "Epidemics " will prove interesting to tho sanitary reformer. "Religion in London" shows only too plainly, that in spite of Sunday schools and ragged schools, new churches and new chapels, ignorance and vice more than keep psoe with the efforts of philanthropists. Those who are not tired of the well worn subject of Eastern travel may find amusement in the recollections of " H. A." of a journey through the peninsula of Sinai, and the lovers of the gossip of history are provided with something to their taste in the paper on "Miss Berry." The "Epilogue on Books" we are glad to sea is more complete than usual, although at present no effort seems to be made, as in the Westatinaer to throw the short notices into a con- nected form. The "Epilogue on Affairs" has disappeared, and its absence is not likely to be regretted.