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From June 17th to June 24th.


Music and Manners in France and Germany ; a series of Travelling Sketches of Art and Society. By HENRY F. CHORLEY, Author of "Conti," &c. In three volumes.

History of the United States, from the Discovery of the American Con- tinent. By GEORGE BANCROFT. Volumes I., II., and IH. Ninth edition.

Hand-Book for India-and Egypt; comprising the Narrative of a Journey from Calcutta to England, by way of the river Ganges, the North-west of Hindoetan, the Himalayas, the rivers Sutledge and Indus, Bombay and Egypt ; and hints for the guidance of passengers by that and other overland routes to the three Presidencies of India.

The Fawn of Spring Vale, the Clarionet, and other Tales. By WILLIAM CARLETON, Author of " Fardorougha the Miser," &c. In three volumes.

Memoranda on France, Italy, and Germany ; with Remarks on Climates, Medical Practice, Mineral Waters, &c. To whirls is added, an appendix on some of the predisposing causes of disease, and on the advantages of travel and a residence abroad. By EDWIN LEE, Esq., M.R.C.S., &c., Author of the "Baths of Germany," &c.

The Lover and the Husband; The Woman of a Certain Age, &c. Edited by Mrs. GORE. In three volumes.

Romanian and Anglo-Catholicism ; Lectures by JOSEPH Sowrarst, A.B., of Trinity College, Dublin ; and Minister of North Street Chapel, Brighton. [These Lectures, or rather sermons, were delivered in the author's chapel at Brighton, with a view of stemming the alleged advance of the Oxford schism ; and they are published in consequence of the request of friends and the misre- presentations of enemies; their delivery having excited some sensation—as we can readily imagine. The starting-point of Mr. SORTAIN, is certain passages in the writings of St. Paul; from which he infers, as the early Reformers in- ferred, that the religion of Rome "was abominable, detestable, damnable ; foretold by sacred writ itself as the source of all wickedness and pollution." And in the treatment of this not very novel topic, Mr. SORTAIN may be re- commended as one of the ablest modern writers. He skilfully selects the pas- sages from St. Paul, and arranges them clearly, in a natural order, so as almost to win to his conclusion, by the mere statement, a person acquainted with the doctrines of the Romish Church. In support of his arguments he carries the reader well enough through the regular history of the Popedom, as well as the doctrines and practices of the Church of Rome. Ile has also a more fair and liberal spirit than sometimes belongs to theological controvertists; and lie is possessed with a more elegant literature than always characterizes Presbyterian divines,—which may arise from the fact of his having studied at Trinity College for the Anglican Church : but conscientious scruples induced lam to "become a Nonconformist Presbyter, with the loss of friendship and of prospects." In a critical sense, one fault of the volume arises from an occa- sional want of closeness, originating in its oral delivery : the restatement ne- cessary to an audience after the interval of a week is rather an encumbrance to a reader. In his exhibition of the Jesuits, we think he might have been more cogent, with less appearance of mere cloistership : the points he adduces rather wear the air of the extreme speculations of unscrupulous fanaticism and hair-splitting casuistry, than the tenets of action of a body of men : Mr. SORTAIN appears deficient in original knowledge of the Order of Jesus. Theologically speaking, we think he is scarcely orthodox on the sub- ject of daemonology and miracles. He allows that predictions and supernatural effects may be produced by other spiritual means than those of the Deity, and not be detected except by the purpose in view—in other words, that the sus- pension of the laws of nature is not the test of miracles, but the moral end of the miracle itself.] Valdenses, Valdo, and TigilanHus ; being the articles under these heads in the seventh edition of the Encyclopmdia Britannica. By the Reve- rend W. S. GILLY, D.D., Author of " Waldensian Researches."

A Treatise on the Steam-Engine. From the seventh edition of the Encycloptedia Britannica. By JOHN SCOTT RUSSELL, M.A., F.R.S.E., &c. [Two of the series of valuable reprints from the Encyclopeedia Britannica, which are placing the cream of that gigantic undertaking within the reach of persons who could not afford or do not desire the entire work. The first pub- lication, little more than a pamphlet, contains the historical and biographical information essentially belonging to the Waldenses or Protestant Christians of the Conlin Alps : the biography consisting of a life of their nominal founder, TALDO Or WALDO, and of VIGILANTIUS, a Christian of the fourth century, who strenuously protested against the errors that subsequently grew into the Romish doctrines. The Treatise on the Steam-Engine is a volume in which Mr. RUSSELL lays claims to no more merit than that of bringing down • Hume, England : Henry the Eighth ; " Digression concerning theEeelesiastical State—Origin of the Eetbrmation." the information to the present time, and arranging the early history of the subject, written by Dr. Ronisou, the friend of W.ssrr ; which history was subsequently revised by WATT himself, who also added notes. The reader has thus the original account of the invention, in the words of those who were actually engaged in it ; Mr. RUSSELL marking by typographical figures the respective parts of ROBISON and WATT, whilst he himself presents a remunli of all that has been done since their time.] The Handmaid ; or the Pursuits of Literature and Philosophy considered as subservient to the interests of Morality and Religion. Fire Disser- tations. By the Reverend J. DAVIES, B.D., Rector of Gateshead, and Master of King's College Hospital, in the county of Durham ; Author of " An Estimate of the Human blind," &c.

[A series of dissertations or discourses delivered at a literary and philosophical institution, and now published. Their aim, no doubt, as the titlepage expresses, is to render literature and philosophy subservient to morality and religion; but this object is not constantly obtruded, nor presented in a direct shape till the last lecture; and then treated broadly and generally, so that any one without regard to creed may acquiesce in the views. The other dissertations are on general subjects ; and exhibit considerable scholastic acquirements, a mind of wide range, and powers of composition approaching to eloquence.] The Secret Foe ; an Historical Novel. By Miss ELLEN PICKERING, Author of " Nan Darrell," &c. In three volumes. [This novel is constructed upon the plan of a riddle ; the first two volumes being occupied by a concatenation of mysterious circumstances, which it is the business of the third to explain. The ingenuity of the authoress is in this in- stance directed to prevent her hero, and the reader also, from discovering who is "the secret foe," that employs spies, detractors, a rival, and an assassin, to betray, traduce, torment, and pistol a foundling soldier of fortune. The object of these machinations is protected by a guardian angel in the shape of an old beggar-woman, and through her agency is saved from a military execu- tion: so critical is the emergency, however, that Cromwell, who ordered and countermanded the sentence, arrives only in time to knock up five out of the six muskets levelled at the prisoner ; and, luckily, the sixth shot is not fatal. The staple of the plot is a love-story, spun out with artificial dialogue and romantic incidents; but, being interwoven with an adventure of Charles the Second on Salisbury Plain, and some scenes where Cromwell is introduced, it is termed an historical novel.] The Chivalry of the Mercantile Marine, illustrated by some remarkable passages in the life of Captain John Lennox.

A .Ararratice of the Erperience and Sufferings of William Dodd, a Fac- tory cripple. Written by Himself. Giving an account of the hard- ships and sufferings he endured in early life ; under what difficulties he acquired his education ; the effects of factory-labour on his mind and person ; the unsuccessful efforts made by him to obtain a livelihood in some other line of life ; the comparison he draws between agricultural and manufacturing labourers, and otter matters relating to the working classes.

English Melodies and other Poems. By THOMAS JOHN OUSELEY, Author of "A Vision of Death's Destruction," &c.

[These "English Melodies" remind one too strongly of Moostu's "Irish Me- lodies"; which, however, they resemble more in the flow of the verse than the felicity of the ideas: indeed, throughout the volume, the sense is subordinate to the sound, and in some instances is sacrificed to it.] The Round Table ; a Collection of Essays on Literature, Men, and Manners. By Wir.raem HAZLITT. 'Third edition. Edited by his Son. [A repri,nt of one of Dezrrrr's most popular works ; the papers of his coad- jutor, LEIGH HUNT, being retained. More unity of variety is perhaps given to this edition, by the omission of all papers of a class, in order to print them with corresponding subjects in other works, forming part of this complete edition published by his son : as the papers on " Milton's Eve," and some other critical subjects, were printed in the Lectures on the English Poets; whose appearance we noted the other day.] Black's Picturesque Guide to the English Lakes : with a copious itine- rary, a map and four charts of the Lake district, and engraved views of the scenery. [A compact and elegant little guide-book for the tourist ; the beauties of the district being illustrated with quotations from the Lake poets, and prose de- scriptions of the scenery by popular writers. The topographical, picturesque, and antiquarian information is copious ; and the itineraries not only note the places and distances, but describe the objects and prospects along the route : the tables of mountains, lakes, and falls, and the index to names of places and persons, are very convenient for reference. The type is clear; the maps are full and distinct ; and the four views on copper and wood are beautifully painted and engraved.]

The Glasgow and Ayr and Glasgow and Greenock Railway Companion ;

containing a description of the railroads; with notices of the towns, vil- lages, antiquities, noblemen and gentlemen's seats in their vicinity ; of the memorable events which have taken place in and the celebrated characters who have been connected with the districts which they in- tersect. By JOHN WARDEN.

[A very intelligent though unpretending little guide-book to one of the most picturesque as well as thriving districts of Scotland.]

A Catalogue of Plants collected in the Neighbourhood of Banbury. By GEORGE GULLIVER, F.R.S., F.Z.S., Assistant-Surgeon to the Royal Regiment of Horse Guards. [The utility of this local flora to the botanist is obvious; and the influence of such publications in directing the attention of country dwellers to the study of nature is so beneficial, that we hope every neighbourhood will have its cata- logue of plants : the information in the present one is minute and well ar- ranged.] Digestion ; the Influence of Alcoholic Fluids on that function, and on the value of Health and Life. With a scheme for rendering the working. classes independent of parish relief. By ROBERT DUNDAS THOMSON, Physician to the Blenheim Street Free Dispensary.

Herr 011endorff's German Grammar; or a novel method to learn to read, to write, and to speak the German language, in six months. Translated from the last Paris edition, witls, illustrations and observations, by LUDWIG GOTTHELF BECKER, Phil. Doctor. Part First, containing a lucid exposition of the origin, progress, and final success of the system, together with the first eleven lessons.

Low's Comparative Register of the House of Commons at the Dissolution in June 1841, and at the ensuing Election.


A Cyclopedia of Commerce, Mercantile Law, Finance, and Commercial Geography. By WILLIAM WATERSTON, Accountant, Author of "A Manual of Commerce." Part L [A work of reference for the counting-house, comprehensive in its range of subjects, and concise in its information : the various commodities of commerce, as well as the usages and details of mercantile arrangements, are described with minute distinctness ; and the places and countries with which trade is carried on are briefly characterized with reference to the objects of the trader.

It is promised to be finished in six parts at the utmost, forming one thick octavo volume.] Cumming's Fox's Book of Martyrs, Part V.


Engravings after the best Pictures of the Great Masters, Part 111. Scenery and Antiquities of Ireland Illustrated, Part V. Canadian Scenery illustrated, Part XVL


The Quarterly Review, No. CXXXV.

(The temporary attraction of this number is "The Budget and the Dissolu- tion." As regards style, this article is not powerful or effective; and its eco- nomical views are vulgar, and deficient in any specific knowledge of the ques- tions. It is also characterized by the old Tory swagger, but without the strength of former times. One point, however, is clear: the Tories seem prepared to take up Free Trade in some way. The Quarterly does not stand upon the existing rate of the Corn-law duties—it "would have been a fiiir matter of opi- nion and discussion (on the part of the Ministers) that the rates were too high "; nor for protecting-duties except as special cases—" In fine, we say, protecting-duties ought not to be laid on without a clear necessity, nor removed without the greatest caution and examination of the bearing of each individual case"; and it is observed that the "principle of a further revision of the tariff of Import-duties has been under the consideration" of everybody since 1825. Another article of interest is a notice of Sir AUGUSTUS FOSTER'S Notes on the United States ; a book printed for private circulation, by a diplomatist of the old school, who seems to possess all the tolerance and ease of a gentleman of his age. If the extracts be a fair specimen of the work, we agree with the reviewer that it should be given to the public.]


The Marriage Law Considered, in a Letter addressed to C. J. Blomfield, Lord Bishop of London ; containing friendly auknadversions upon a Speech delivered by his Lordship in the house of Peers 14th May 1841, relative to the repeal of the 5 and 6 Wm. IV. c. 54, (being "An Act to render certain marriages valid, and to alter the law with respect to certain voidable marriages.") In which is also involved an inquiry whether the marriage with a deceased wife's sister be contrary to the Levitical code. By PHISEHAS PHILOGAMOS, A.M., Barris- ter-at-Law.

27toughts on the Corn-laws ; with a few prefatory Remarks addressed to the Middle and Labouring Classes. By MONTAGUE Goan, Esq. Third edition.

Read, Compare, and Judge Facts. Addressed to all classes.