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On the Cam. By W. Everett, MA., Trinity College, Cambridge.

(Beeton.)—It is impossible not to feel grateful to Mr. Everett for this volume. The son of an illustrious American, he completed his educa- tion amongst us, and at once proceeded to use the influence that he naturally possessed in his own country and the knowledge that he had acquired in this for the purpose of drawing together the ties between the two, at a time, too, one would think, when he must have incurred some obloquy by doing so. Under the circumstances it is ungraceful to criticize too minutely the result of his labours. In a aeries of lee-

turns delivered at Boston, he has entered fully into the details of University life at Cambridge, and thoroughly enjoying this himself, and placing a high value upon the advantage to be derived from it, he has endeavoured to create the same impression in the mind of his

audience. He describes everything couleur de rose, at least until he gots on the subject of -gyps and bedmakers ; the vested interest in robbery is too much for him, and in a chapter sternly contrasting with the rest of the volume he gives vent to the indignation that evidently had been accumulating during the four years of his residence. Accom- plished and urbane as he is, he is still a free-born American, and the serfage to which the English undergraduate is reduced by the college, servants was unendurable. On the whole Mr. Everett has given his countrymen an interesting and intelligent account of the English Uni- versity system, and will in this country enjoy at least a succes destime. He has not derived much advantage from the assistance of an English editor, who has encumbered the book with some flippant and perfectly valueless notes, and a preface which begins in this pleasant style, " Wits jump! Adams and Leverrier sprang at a star simultaneously, and while A Don," &c., and afterwards wanders into a proof of the expediency of acquiring knowledge—where we left it