23 JANUARY 1909, Page 25

The Life of Richard Steward. By the late Nicholas Pocock.

(Masters and Co. 3s. 6d.)—This work was left in MS. by its author at his death in 1897, and scarcely called for publication. It seems to us to lack the historical spirit ; Mr. Pocock was too much of a partisan. Dr. Steward was an Anglican extremist, as that personage was in 1845,—very different from what he is now, and not a little different from what he was sixty years ago, the time of our author's " flourishing." A more interesting book would have been the reprinting of Dr. Steward's sermons, if they are like in vigorous eloquence to the specimens of them which are here given.