7 JANUARY 1865, Page 27

The Autumn Holidays of "A Country Parson." (Longman and Co.)—

This author is really so very prolific that he quite exhausts criticism. These are the essays which he has contributed to Good Words during the past year, bound up into a handsome volume and tendered to the public before the year is out. He is really like the Nonconformist par- son he tells us of, who could not enjoy his vacation unless he wrote a short sermon every morning and every evening. However, so long as he finds readers he has a right to go on—making hay while the sun shines. This guasi-philosophic maundering seems to give pleasure to some people, and if it is not new it is generally true, and old truths are perhaps those of which we most need to be reminded.