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The Epoch of Reform, 1830-1850. By Tustin McCarthy, M.P. (Longmans.)—Mr.

McCarthy explains his object as being "to give a clear and ooncise account of the changes in our political system, from the introduction of Lord Grey's first Reform Bill to the death of Sir Robert Peel." This object he has accomplished with all the felicity and success which we should expect from him. His style is clear and forcible, never ceasing to be lively, while it never becomes flippant. The fairness and moderation of the writer are not less to be com- mended than his literary skill. The volume is intended primarily, we suppose, as a school-book, and should be profitable to sixth-form Con- servatives and Liberals ; but it will have, we hope, a wider use.