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to make Home Happy,” etc. The present volume is indica. tive of her deep interest in the proper education of her sex, and we are glad to learn, from her preface, that she intends, in future volumes, to “consider the character and condition of the wives and mothers of England.” We think her peculiarly qualified to write on these important topics. Her style is such as to interest, and her thoughts and sentiments are deeply imbued with the spirit of Christianity.
One can scarcely help feeling that woman must be benefited, if woman will but read her remarks with a right mind. In the present work, she begins with “ Important Inquiries," then proceeds to treat of "
Economy of Time," " Cleverness. Learning, Knowledge,” “ Music, Painting, and Poetry,” “ Taste, Tact, and Observation,” “Beauty, Health, and Temper," “ Society, Friendship, and Flirtation," " Love and Courtship,” “ Artifice and Integrity,” etc. Under all these topics there will be found most judicious observations, well worthy the serious consideration of the Daughters of America. We cannot re. frain from giving our readers one extract from her remarks on Music. “If the use of accomplishments be to make a show of them in society, then a little skill in music is certainly not worth its cost. But if the object of a daughter is to soothe the weary spirit of a father when he returns home from the office or the counting-house, where he has been toiling for her maintenance ; to beguile a mother of her cares, or to charm a suffering sister into forgetfulness of her pain ; then a very little skill in music may often be made to answer as noble a purpose as a great deal; and never does a daughter appear to more advantage, than when she cheerfully lays aside a fashionable air, and strums over, for more than the hundredth time, some old ditty which her father loves. To her ear, it is possible, it may be altogether divested of the slightest charm. But of what importance is that? The old man listens until tears are glistening in his eyes, for he sees again the home of his childhood, he hears his father's voice, he feels his mother's welcome--all things familiar to his heart in early youth come back to him with the long-remembered strain, and, happiest thought of all! they are revived by the playsul fingers of his own beloved child." The remainder of the passage is beautifully touching, but we are obliged to desist, praying that Mrs, Ellis may be long spared to the world!
17.-HARPERS' FAMILY LIBRARY :
No. 154. History of the Expedition under the com. mand of Captains Lewis and Clarke, to the sources of the Missouri, thence across the Rocky Mountains, and down the river Columbia to the Pacific Ocean : performed during the years 1804, 1805, 1806, by order of the Government of the United States. Revised and abrudged, with an Introduction and Notes, by Archibald M'Vickar. 2 Vols. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1842. pp. 766.
The Oregon Territory is just now attracting considerable attention; and it is but a few days since we had the intelligence of the departure of a large colony from the “far west” of western Missouri, to the farthest west of Oregon. The republication, therefore, of the travels of Lewis and Clarke, and of their exploration of this interesting country almost a half century since, cannot but be welcome. Although this Expedition may be familiar to those who are now among the grey-headed, there are, doubtless, many of the middle-aged and of the young, who will be glad to have so easy access to the history of it, as is provided in these volumes.
This Journal must always possess interest, as the narrative of the first voyage made up the Missouri, from its mouth to its springs, and as the first visit of white men to those almost boundless prairies, which stretch out from the Mississippi to the Rocky Mountains, and which were then the play-ground of numerous tribes of the Red Men, and of immense herds of buffalo, deer, and other animals,
To the original Journal there is added, in these volumes, "ą sketch of the progress of maratime discovery on the Pacific coast, a suminary account of earlier attempts to penetrate this vast wilderness, and extracts and illustrations from the narratives of later travellers.”
18.- The Great Commission : or the Christian Church constituted
and charged to convey the Gospel to the world. By the Rev. John Harris, D.D., President of Cheshunt College, author of " Mammon,” “ The Great Teacher,” etc., with an Introductory Essay, by William R. Williams, D.D., Pastor of Amity Street Church, New York. Boston : Gould, Kendall, & Lincoln. New York: Dayton & Newman, 1842.
this excellent work on Christian Missions is
already favorably known amongst us, as the author of several prize essays, on subjects intimately connected with the best interests of the Church. It is well that Dr. Harris, endued as he is by God with superior qualifications, is disposed, by his grace, to devote his strong intellect and richly furnished mind, to the promotion of an evangelical spirit amongst the disciples of Jesus. The Essay before us presents the “great commission” before the Church, with great power, and in an aspect adapted deeply to impress the heart with a sense of obligation. It first unfolds the scriptural theory of Christian instrumentality, as presented and enforced in the word of God. In the second part, the benefits arising from Christian Missions, are portrayed in four chapters, in such manner as to il. lustrate their claims and awaken an increased zeal in the noble cause.
Part third exhibits the encouragements to advance in this glorious enterprise. Part fourth proves that the objections commonly offered are but arguments for redoubled effort. In part fifth, is considered the want of entire consecration to this cause as a great defect, and in the sixth and last part, the principal motives are pressed, which should urge us to entire devotedness to the great objects of this grand enterprise.
19.--The Golden Censer, or a Visit to the House of Prayer:
Boston: Gould, Kendall, & Lincoln.
Appollos, or Directions to Persons just commencing a Religious Life. Boston: Gould, Kendall, & Lincoln.
Growth in Grace, or the Young Professor directed how to attain to eminent Piety. Boston: Gould, Kendall, & Lincoln, 1842.
Such are the titles of three small books, put up in neatly printed covers, and with gilt edges. They are part of a “miniature series of practical religious works,” to be issued by the same publishers. The author of the first is the Rev. Dr. Harris. The design of the second is apparent from the title, and we can safely commend it to the recently converted. The third consists of choice selections from the works of Jonathan Edwards and John Angell James. This series of miniature volumes, if completed as commenced, will doubtless be a blessing to the Church.
20.- The Life of Willbur Fisk, D.D., First President of the
Wesleyan University. By Joseph Holdich. New York:
The subject of this Memoir, before his death, published his travels in Europe, and it is not too much to say of them, that they were remarkably interesting. We now have his life, well written by the Rev. Mr. Holdich, and we presume it will be sought after, with eagerness, by the Methodist Connexion generally, as well as by many of other denominations. Al. though Dr. Fisk was strongly attached to the doctrines of his denomination, and entered somewhat into controversy with those who differed from him, his conduct of the controversy and his whole deportment were such, as to secure the respect and love of all who knew him. The volume before us proves him to have been a man of great energy and excellence, and one who labored not in vain. He entered, with zeal, into the great work of Missions and of Temperance, and seems to have been one of those who, in all his ways, acknowiedged God, and sought frequent communion with him in prayer.
21.-A Family Exposition of the Pentateuch. By the Rev.
Henry Blunt, M.A., Rector of Streatham, Surrey, Chap
The « Lectures” of this author, on the Life of Christ, of Paul, of Abraham, Jacob, Elisha, etc., published in seven uniform volumes, by Mr. Hooker, have had a wide circulation, and acquired for the writer a merited popularity. The present volume is one of a series of Family Expositions, embracing Exodus and Leviticus, intended to give a brief view of the history of Moses in his relation to the children of Israel. The several expositions are founded, each on a passage of the Scriptures of some length, and are brief summaries of the history, with such explanations as are required, and such practical observations as would be naturally suggested. The book might answer a good purpose to be read, as Jay's Exercises are, one exposition each day. In Exposition xliii., are some remarks on the advice of Jethro to Moses, well worthy the consideration of those in this land who exercise the elective franchise. 22.-H KAINH AIAOHKH. Novum Testamentum Græce. Post
Joh. Aug. Henr. Tittmannum, Olim Prof. Lips. ad fidem optimorum librorum sccunais curis recognovit lectionumque varietatem notavit Augustus Hahn, in Acad. Vratisl. Prof. Edilio Americana Stereotypa curante Edvardo Robinson, S.T.D. Neo-Eburaci: Sumtibus et typis Leavitt et Trow. Bostoniæ : Apud Crocker et Brewster, 1842. pp. 508.
It is needless to say much more of this edition of the New Testament, than to announce it through the title page. It is a reprint of Hahn's editioni, superintended by Professor Robin. son, and printed at the University Press by Trow, whose fount of Greek and Hebrew is decidedly the best in the country. We should, therefore, expect it to be, as we think it is, the very best edition of the Greek Testament ever published in the United States. The paper is good, the margin sufficiently large, the type the best, the leading such as to relieve the eye in reading, and the size of the volume convenient. Besides the text, we have references and various readings at the bottom of the pages, and as introductory matter, the Prefaces of Tittmann and Hahn, together with notices of the principal manuscripts, translations or versions, and citations from the New Testament by the Fathers and others.
23.—A Descriptive and Historical Account of Hydraulic and
other Machines for raising water, ancient and morlern; with Observations on various subjects connected with the Me. chanic Arts : including the progressive development of the Steam Engine. In five Books. Illustrated by nearly 300 engravings. By Thomas Ewbank.
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1842, pp. 582.
This is a large octavo volume, on a subject that must be in. teresting to a numerous class of readers. It supplies a want which was early felt by the laborious author himself, and is probably the only work of the kind in existence. It enters at large into the whole history of machinery for raising water, from the earliest periods down to the present time, and must be invaluable to the practical as to the inventive mechanic. It abounds in information of the machinery of the ancients, illustrated by engravings, which is well worthy the study of the philosopher and the antiquarian, and is not devoid of interest to the expositor of the Scriptures. He will find, in this volume, much that relates to the manners and habits of the