9 JULY 1864

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T HE week has had but one topic,—the division. The country has been reading the debates, but politicians have been framing, place-holders studying, and place-hunters inventing...

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tude France might think fit to assume. So that while

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Mr. It may be argued that all three speeches cover one single Disraeli would not fight Germany, but would follow the lead meaning,—an expression of want of confidence in the...

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MR. GLADSTONE'S DEFENCE. T HERE can be no doubt that Mr.

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Gladstone's speech made a great impression on the House of Commons,—the more impression perhaps that there were so many there who wished to be convinced that the Government...

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W HEN the intelligent foreigner for the first time visits "the banks of the Thames" he naturally betakes him- self to sight-seeing, and in the list of public institutions open...

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111 - 11. COBDEN, in the splendid speech in which, on .1.VJL Tuesday night, he denounced manliness as a crime, called the "balance of power" a "mere figment," and in the sense...

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T FIE Home Secretary, the Commissioner of Woods and Forests, and officials generally, will have it that London is a city. Mr. Doulton, member for Lambeth and for the Board of...

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N OTHING in politics puzzles the average middle-class English- man so much as an allusion such as Mr. Herman made the other night to the influence of the Court. The notion that...

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W E are accustomed to think of moral contagion, of the in- fective power of human sympathy, as so common-place that it fails to excite even our speculative wonder,—but few have...

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rinI1011AS LORD BERKELEY is described as a "very wise 1. and provident person," but he seems to have been chiefly remarkable for his magnificence of living, keeping 200...

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To THE EDITOR OF THE 66 SPECTAiOR." SIB, — The speech of Mi. Cobden on Tuesday evening is generally acknowledged to be one of the ablest ever delivered in the House of Commons...

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tiT arts.

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THE INSTITUTE OF PAINTERS IN WATER COLOURS. Ix may appear rather late to be reviewing pictures that have been exhibiting for the last two months, but of the many galleries...


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To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR." SIR,-I am much obliged by your insertion of my letter, and grateful for the remarks which you have made upon it. I had not indeed supposed...

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MIREL L.A. Ms. MAPLESON having substituted M. Gounod's last composition for the originally promised Tannhauser, Mirella was produced at Her Majesty's Theatre on Tuesday last,...

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ARCHBISHOP WHATELY.* THERE are some kinds of minds,—and Archbishop Whately's was certainly one of them,—which so far resemble crystallized substances that the minuter fragments...

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THIS is a charming book, written in the lightest and most con- versational of styles, but as full of " meat " as if its author had been a worshipper of the dignity of history....

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LESLEY'S GUARDIANS.* Caen HOME has dispelled a fond illusion. We

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had hitherto supposed that the law of England possessed, among its other transcendent merits, this pre-eminent one,—that by its glorious complexity, and especially by the beauty...

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BERTRAND DU GUESCLIN.* Tim preface to this book bears the

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date of February of last year, when the inhabitants of Charleston must have already begun to watch for the approach of the Northern fleet and army, and the author—an active...

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Dhar not Restored. By John Dickinson, F.R.A.S. (P. S. King.)—

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A well and, on the whole, temperately written pamphlet. It seems to be undeniable that Lord Stanley in 1858, and Sir Charles Wood, in 1860, pledged themselves in the House of...

A Walk from London to John 0' Groat's, with Notes

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by the Way. By Elihn Burritt. (Sampson Low, Son, and Marston.)—If the substance of this book was such as the title indicates it would deserve consider- able praise. Wherever Mr....

Sonnets onthe Months and Other Poems. By John Askham. (Gratton.)

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• —When a poet prefaces his poems with the statement that he eats his bread in the sweat of his brow, and that be knows that they are written under the least favourable...

After Breakfast; or, Pictures Done with a Qui/L By George

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Augustus. Sala. (Tinsley Brothers.)—A collection of articles which have "for the most part already appeared in All the Year Round, and Household Words," and are a fair specimen...

The Termination of the Sixteenth Canto of Lord Byron's Don

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Juan. By Harry W. Welton. (Trnbner and Co.).—It is an old remark that poets always write good prose ; if the converse holds good, Mr. Welton cannot write poetry. The whole...

Hymns for the Church of England. (Longman and Co.) — If Convoca-

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tion were to set about compiling a book of hymns to be used by authority in place of the compositions of Tate and Brady, they would be much better employed than they are at...


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Notes and Letters on the American War. By an English Lady. (Ridgway.)—These are very sensible notes and letters by an English lady who knows something of the politics of which...

The Antediluvian History. By the Rev. E. D. Bendel]. Second

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edition... (F. Pitman.)—The author, who is not apparently a clergyman of the Establishment, holds the first seven chapters of Genesis to be allegorical. Adam is a religious...

Wayside Thoughts. By a Christian Pilgrim. (Emily Faititfull.).— Poems or

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rather hymns written by an invalid as "the recreation of weary days and the solace of suffering nights." They have all a directly religious character, and a tone of earnestness...

Guy Waterman. By John Saunders. (Tinsley.)--" Guy Waterman' is the

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kind of failure a clever novelist makes when he goes out of his natural line to enter on one which he thinks better suits his readers. Mr. Saunders's power, which of its kind ia...

ERRATUM.— " The Berkeleys."—In our last number we are made

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to say that "Maurice and his son Maurice" quarrelled with the citizens of Bristol. It should be "Thomas and his son Maurice."

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A Plea for the Abolition of Tests in the University

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of Oxford. By Goldwin Smith. (Wheeler and Day.) A Letter on Southern Independence . By Goldwin Smith. (Macmillan and Co.)—The opinions of the Regius Professor of Modern History...


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Mysterious Legends of Edinburgh, by Alexander Leighton (William Nimmo)—Quits, by the Author of Initials ; Nothing Venture Nothing Have, by Anne Beale, 3 vole ; Memoirs of...

Speculative Notes and Notes on Speculation. By D. Morier Evans.

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(Groombridge and Sons.)—Everybody likes to read about money and money-making, and they will find what they like here in the lightest and most readable form. The first paper is a...

The History, Position, and Treatment of the Public Records of

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Ireland. By an Irish Archivist. (J. Russell Smith.)—A slashing attack on the two volumes of a calendar of the Irish State Papers which were pub- lished by Mr. Morrin, a clerk in...

Co.)—Unlike the harmonies with which most English readers arc acquainted,

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Dr. Wieseler does not set out the texts of the Gospels piece- meal in parallel columns, but sets himself to ascertain the date of the leading events in our Lord's life, and then...

Shakespeare's Garden. By Sidney Beisly. (Longman and Co.)—A moat unjustifiable

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publication, which will nevertheless be welcome to a certain class of readers. The introduction has absolutely nothing to do with the subject of the essay, and contains no...