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Thomas d Becket, and other Poems. By Patrick Scott.

Tamerton Church-Tower, and other Poems. By Coventry Patmore. An Englishwoman's Experience in America. By Marianne Finch. The Longwoods of the Grange. By the Author of "Adelaide Lindsay." In three volumes.

An Abridged Statistical History of Scotland, illustrative of its Phy- sical, Industrial, Moral, and Social Aspects, and Civil and Religious Institutions; from the most Authentic Sources, arranged Parochially ; with Biographical, Historical, and Descriptive Notices. By James Hooper Dawson, Esq., of the Inner Temple, Barrister-at-law.

The great Statistical History of Scotland, originally projected by Sir John Sinclair, and which was made the basis of a new work a good many years ago, was obviously beyond the means or the book-room of most people ; while the minuteness was too full unless for special reference, or par- ticular parish history, in which points of view the last edition was undoubtedly a very remarkable work. Mr. Dawson, however, has furnished every Scotch- man, or person desirous of information about Scotland, with a capital substitute for that national work, with the further advantage of having the facts as fresh as the latest returns can make them. Old Scotland's counties are taken in alphabetical order, with the parishes of the counties in alphabetical order likewise, and then the reader learns all about their physical features, soil, population, productions, property, attendants at church, local rates, and a variety of information which we cannot even enumerate. The kingdom at, large is presented in a general introduction, and copious notes introduce a variety of miscellaneous matter that would not well fall in with the plan of the text.

Of course, in a book where nearly everything is resolvable into tabular form, a certain degree of dryness is unavoidable. But there is a remarkable degree of life iu Mr. Dawson's Abridged Statistical History. His parochial accounts are varied by biography and history when the parish has the luck to be memorable in those lines, and he presses information useful to the tourist into the service. He is not perhaps without some of that politico- economical hardness which was deemed by sentimental writers to charac- terize the Edinburgh school some years since ; but he is quick and alive te the questions of the day, and to the real interests of the working classes ; and he infuses this feeling into his book.] The Cabinet Gazetteer : a Popular Exposition of the Countries of the World, their Government, Population, Revenues, Commerce, and In- dustries • Agricultural, Manufactured, and Mineral Products; Reli- gion, Laws, Manners, and Social State : with brief Notices of their History and Antiquities. From the latest Authorities. By the Au- thor of "The Cabinet Lawyer." [The object of this publication is to furnish the reader with a handy substi- tute for the more elaborate gazetteers, or to supply their place altogether to some persons. It claims an advantage over the larger books in the lateness of its geographical and statistical facts, especially as regards the population returns of this country, France, and America. Its great feature is the execu- tion, which is remarkably judicious and neat. Appropriately chosen facts give character to a sentence even of a line, and the fuller notices of import-. taut towns are done with equal skill. The British part, whether home or colonial, is executed upon the largest scale. Altogether, it is as useful a book of its kind as has been published.] A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin ; presenting the Original Facts and Docu- ments upon which the Story is founded ; together with Corroborative Statements verifying the truth of the Work. By Harriet Beecher Stowe, Author of " Uncle Tom's Cabin." [This volume has originated in the objections that have been made to the general accuracy of the pictures of slavery in Uncle Tom's Cabin. To meet this objection, Mrs. Beecher Stowe has taken the leading persons of her novel seriatim, pretty much in the order of their appearance, Mr. Haley the slave-dealer opening the ball; and she maintains the truth of her deli- neation by adducing particulars to support the verity of the characters, or of the incidents in which they are engaged. This is done in various ways—by quotations from books or newspapers, by facts furnished to Mrs. Stowe by correspondents, or falling within her own knowledge. This first section, of course, is the most lifelike part ; though it still leaves the real objection: untowshed—that. the excellence of her slaves and the brutality of some of the slava-owners are exceptional cases. Ex- amples of brutality or crime may be gleaned every week from our police re- ports ; and they are true-enough in fact, though a novel founded on them would furnish a very false picture of the cruelty, crime, or even the gulli- bility. of the English people. Two other sections follow the part on the verisimilitude of the novel.; one of which relates to the slavery-laws of America, illustrated by cases. The third section treats of the dead state of public opinion in America with respect to slavery, and contains seine miscel- laneous facts in connexion with the "peculiar institution." The preface from the English publishers states that the copyright in this country has been secured to Mrs. Stowe, but that the Key will appear in nearly every form and price" at which Uncle Tom's Cabin was attainable.]

The Problem " What is the Church?" Solved.

mince Father Newman's celebrated Essay on Development appeared, various answers have been given to it, says the author of this volume, "of a de- structive or negative character; . . . . but still where is the counter- oharm ? "—a something, as we understand, which shall furnish a substantial theory, set forth with similar attractions of style. The style of The Problem is not amiss ; the substantial theory is, that all good men will be saved- " The inference which I gather from Scripture is, not only that Christ died for all, but that sufficient grace is•in fact bestowed upon all who do not wil- fully reject it Where positive resistance is not offered in the heart of the recipient, there universal divine grace works out the effects of His In- carnation, whether it be through external ordinances or without them." (Page 17.) This is intelligible enough : whether the opinion will secure much acceptance except with those who already hold it, may be doubted. It probably might have been more successfully enforced by greater boldness in dealing with ecclesiastical dogmas : the controversial parts against mere church-assertion is too timid.]

Specimen of the Stratford Shakspere.

[Nominally a prospectus of a new edition of Shakspere by Mr. Knight, which is to contain the text without annotations, but accompanied by va- rious readings, with commentaries, a glossary, and an "analytical view" of the plot and characters of each play. In reality, however, it is an attack upon Mr. Collier's new text founded upon the manuscript emendations of the old book which he bought of Mr. Rodd. Mr. Knight handles the new nsadings with little ceremony ; though perhaps the most reasonable, and the richest, will find their way into his ,Stratford Shakspere, either as emenda- tions or as matter of annotation, grave or gay.] Early Italy. The Empire and the Papacy. By the Author of a "Short History of Ireland."

[An attempt to trace, in a summary manner, the effects upon Italy and Eu- rope which followed the downfall of the Roman Empire, the rise of the Popedom, and the revival, as some people call it, of the Empire under Charlemagne, and the subsequent German Empire. The subject is too vast to be successfully treated in so small a space as this volume supplies, even if the writer were competent to the task ; which may be doubted.]

Elements of Psychology. Part I. By J. D. Morell, A.M. ArnolcEs4.%hool Classics. The Beeches of Euripides, explained by F. G.

Scbone. Translated from the German, by. the Reverend Henry

Browne, M.A., Canon of Waltham. Footsteps to History : being an Epitome of the Histories of England and France ; to which are added, slight Sketches of Literature, Arts, and Manufactures. By Louisa Anthony. Second edition. Essays on the Principles of Morality, and on the Private and Political Rights and Obligations of Mankind. By Jonathan Dymond, Author of "An Inquiry into the Accordancy of War with the Principles of Christianity, &c. Fifth edition.

English Grammar and Style. By Richard Riley, Principal of the Leeds Collegiate and Commercial School, Sec. Fifth edition.


The week has been productive in maps, Ancient, Modern, Physical, Scrip- tural, and of the Railways of Great Britain ; all, with the exception of the Railways, emanating from Messrs. Longman. They rest their claims to excellence upon the execution and accuracy, none of them possessing any remarkable novelty.

• Ilughess• Physical Atlas aims at the same object as the great work of Hingham, suggested by Humboldt—to present to the eye the lead- ing features- and phienomena of the globe, as well as mere places mil their relative positions. This idea has been repeated in various forms ; but greater clearness is possibly given to the Atlas of Mr. Hughes by a greater subdivision of subjects; separate maps, for example, being,devoted.to botany and zoology. Political divisions and staple pro- ductions also form separate features. With the exception of the British tales, the atlas is confined to the great continents, including Australasia. The maps are neatly engraved, and accompanied by letterpress. M`Leod's Atlas of Scripture Geography is the most extensive of any popular work on the subject, and, being founded on the latest surveys and travels, is of course the most correct. It is very admirably engraved and coloured; the physical features, such as mountains, coming out distinctly, and the regions being well divided by colour. These maps are also accom- panied by letterpress of an historico-descriptive kind. The junior Ancient and Modern Atlases of Dr. Butler are selected from his larger work, " with a view to supply. the junior classes in schools with such maps as are most important to beginners, at a price which should be within the reach of all." Although not pretending to the character of a physical atlas, the modern contains several of its features in the form of direct indications on the map, or marginal notes : so widely, and now-a-days so quickly, does the discovery of a broad principle influence the intelligent world.

Size and a consequent distinctness is the characteristic of Cheffins's Rail- way Map. It is drawn upon a scale of ten miles to an inch, is full 4 feet by 2 feet in size, and marks the various stages of completion or advancement in which the lines may be. The date of the map, however, is 1850: what de- layed it so long we do not know.

A School Atlas of Physical, Political, and Commercial Geography. With Descriptive Letterpress. By Edward Hughes, F.R.A.S., &c. The Maps compiled and engraved by Edward Weller, F.R.G.S.

An Atlas of Scripture Geography; adapted for the use of Training Colleges &c. With Illustrative Letterpress by Walter M'Lcod, F.R.G.S., Head Master of the Model School, and Master of Method, Royal Military Asylum, Chelsea. The Maps compiled and engraved by Edward Weller. An Atlas of Modern Geography, for the use of Young Persona and Junior Classes in Schools. Selected from Dr. Butler's "Modern At- las," by the Author's Son, the Reverend T. Butler, Rector of Langer, Notts.

An Atlas of Ancient Geography, for the use of Young Persons and Ju- nior Classes in Schools. Selected from Dr. Butler's "Ancient Atlas." Cheffins' s Hap of the Railways in Great Britain. From the Ordnance Survey. 1850 Edition. Children's Books.. The Child's-First Letter Book. The Child's Second

Letter Book; for Teaching Reading and. Writing at once. The Child's First Word Book ; for Teaching Spelling, Meanings, GraMmar, and Reading. The Child's First Reading Book.. All by G. J. Holyoake. [Alphabet books and easy reading books, with unmistakeable explanations how to form letters and how to use the simpler parts of speech ;. sold at a price suitable for the pockets of the working classes.]


Emigration-Fields Contrasted. The Diggings. Practical Hints on Emigration, &c. By Charles Hursthouse junior, Author of " Emi- gration," &c.

Industrial Instruction in England. Being. a Report made to the Belgian Government, by Chevalier de Cocquiel, Doctor of Laws. Translated into English, by Peter Berlyn, Author. of "A Popular Narrative of the Great Exhibition," &c.

Coalition Cabinets, Past and Present.

The Condition of Education of Poor Children in English and in Ger-

man Towns. By Joseph Kay, Esq., of Trinity College, Cambridge. A Survey of the System of National Education in Ireland. By Charles

Buxton, Esq.

Cobden and his Pamphlet Considered ; in a Letter to Richard Cobden, Esq., M.P. By Alfred B. Richards, Esq.

Princes against Peoples; or the Fall of Hungary. By the Reverend Henry Birch.

The Amendment of the Law. Being a correct reprint of Articles that recently appeared in the North British Daily Mail. By a Scotch Lawyer.

Elements of Taxation. By X. + Y., Authors of the Prize Essay on Taxation.

A Third Letter to the Reverend S. R. Maitland, D.D., on the Genuine- ness of the Writings of Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage. By E. J. Shepherd, A.M., Rector of Luddesdown, &c.