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Life, Poetry, and Letters of Ebenezer Elliott, the Corn-law Rhymer. With an Abstract of his Politics. By his Son-in-law, John Watkins, Author of the "Life of James Myers," &c.

Institutes of International Law. By Richard Wildman, Esq., of the Inner Temple, Banister-at-law, Recorder of Nottingham, &c. Vo- lume II. International Rights in time of War. The Prelude, or Growth of a Poet's Mind; an Autobiographical Poem. By William Wordsworth.

Poems. By William Allingham. [A collection of miscellaneous poems, with a tale or two ; published, it would seem, less for themselves than for the promise the author appears to think they contain of future performances. How this may be we cannot tell. The poems before us are Imitative in manner, and somewhat literal both in thought and imagery. The school of Mr. Allingham is the merely natural; of which Wordsworth, Leigh Hunt, (to whom the book is dedicated,) and Tennyson, are in various ways the principal exemplars. It requires more depth and comprehension of thought, more poetical spirit, and greater felicity of diction than this writer yet displays, to give attraction to that kind of composition.] The Illustrated Book of Songs for Children. The Engravings from Designs by Birket Foster. [A very_ handsome volume, well printed, and profusely illustrated by wood- cuts. The songs are mostly translated from the German, and are altogether of &higher pitch than juvenile poetry generally lain this country, without losing the character appropriate to verse designed for children. The incidents of childhood, the external objects within its ken with the morals they contain, and pious addresses in the spirit if not exactly in the manner of hymns, form the principal subjects of the songs. The style of the originals has been aimed 4 and appears to have been well caught, if the tranAator has not indeed added a dramatic manner, and a variety of pause,. beyond what he found. Some music is occasionally married to the verse; being, we believe, the ori- ginal German airs.] The Poetical Works of Moschus. In two volumes.

Whether these two volumes contain a collection of poems that have already been printed, or " Moschus " has resolved to appear before the world in all his force at once, we do not know ; nor is the subject worth pursuit. The collection consists of dramas, tales, and miscellaneous poems.]

A Compendium of Universal History, from the Creation to the Present Time. Translated from the twenty-fourth edition of the German ori- ginal. By Charles Theomartyr Stafford.

[Less a regular history than an account of leading events and persons at im- portant epochs, with a species of essays on the origin of some of the prin- cipal arts. The "twenty-fourth edition" shows its popularity in Germany: it strikes us its utility must greatly depend upon the addenda of the master.]

Chambers's .Papers for the People. Volume III.

Of the reprints, "A Week at Killarney" is the most notable at this season. The authors have visited Killarney to test the former account in their capital book on Ireland, and collect the latest information. This, so far as it relates to the practical objects of the tourist, is contained in an appendix. The book is as handsome for the drawingroom-table as it will be found useful in the tourist's portmanteau.

Blades "Guide through Edinburgh" and about its environs, is well known and appreciated ; but the seventh edition, with some additional cuts and im- provements, appears opportunely for the great scientific gathering. "The Christian Parent" appears to be a reprint from an American book. It is a highflown sketch of the duties of parents in giving their children a moral and religious training and education.

A Week at Killarney. By Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Hall. Black's Guide through Edinburgh; with Pleasure Excursions in the Environs. Illustrated by a Plan of the City, and numerous Views of the Public Buildings and neighbouring Scenery. Seventh edition. The Christian Parent. By Reverend A. R Murray, Author of "The Young Maiden," &c. Gorham v. the Bishop of Exeter. The Arguments, with the judg- ments, verbatim. To which is added, the Bishop of Exeter's rejected Protest. Fourth edition.


Voices of the Night. Longfellow. With Illustrations by a Lady. [A handsome quarto volume containing Longfellow's Voices of the Night, with outline illustrations by Mrs. Lees. In published designs by amateurs the question always arises, how far they may have been touched by professional assistants : we are always haunted by the recollection of Stedman's ludi- crously bad illustrations to his Surinam, made celebrated by the adaptation which they anonymously received at the hands of Fuseli. In some eases a certain inventive power in the design may indicate a faculty too fundamental to depend on aid; but that is seldom the case. We must speak of Mrs. Lees's work conditionally : if it is her own, unaided, she is a very able and grace- ful artist. The style is something between that of Flaxman and Retzsem ; without the power of either, especially the mastery of the German, but with much of the feeling in both.] 27w Conservative Magazine; a London Journal of Politics, Literature, and Science. No. I. August 1850. [The object of this periodical is to supersede Blackwood as the Tory maga- zine, or at least to take the pas of him ; Maga, it seems, being "old," and published in Edinburgh, with sundry other objections. For so bold a pro- ject;the specimen should have exhibited more originality.: instead of novelty either in form or matter, The Conservative Magazine is to a great extent an imitator of Blackwood. The appearance of the letterpress is the same. The political article is as little measured in manner, and has a variety of statistical tables ; but it wants the wild though wordy vigour of the North- ern Magazine, as well as its artificial elevation and philosophic tone. Blackwood has frequently been distinguished for a half-burlesque sort of diablerie : a tale of mystery and horror begins and is carried on with due seriousness, tall the close when a strange conclusion leaves the reader in doubt of the real earnestness of the writer. Such a tale is "Purses and Coffins" in the Conservative Magazine; and there are several other things that one would not have been surprised to meet in Blackwood. One of the


best papers is the "Historic Doubts relative to the Existence of Mr. George Hudson "which ; which is made the vehicle of a cleverish though coarse attack upon the daily press. If the Conservative Magazine is to be considered as a recognized organ of the Tory party, it merely shows to what a state that party is reduced ; having no intelligible principle of action, and neither ideas nor manners adapted to the time. The general style of this periodical is that of the literary party-man twenty years ago, and is exploded now among per- sons who have any thought or purpose.]


The Present Circumstances of the Poor Displayed, and the Means sug- gested for their Improvement. By the Reverend William Stafford Finch. (Prize Essays on the Church of England Self-Supporting The Condition of the Labourer in Agricultural Parishes. By the Re- . verend W. B. A.dy. The Destitution and Miseries of the Poor Disclosed, and their Remedies suggested. By the Reverend Henry Smith. _Highland Destitution. First Report of the Edinburgh Section of the Central Board for the Relief of Destitution in the 'Highlands and Is- lands of Scotland, for 1850. Lattcr-Day Pamphlets. Edited by Thomas Carlyle. No. VIII. Jesuit-