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· These publications of the day should from time to time be winnowed, the wheat carefully preserved, and the

chaff thrown away.”

VOL. XXV.

APRIL, MAY, JUNE, 1850.

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BOSTON:

PUBLISHED BY E. LITTELL & COMPANY.

PHILADELPHIA, Getz & Buck, 3 Hart's Building.
NEW YORK, DEWITT & DAVENPORT, Tribune Buildings.

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Arctic Expeditio , 18, 167, 191, Kent, Duke of,

Nativity, Night of, 402
233 London, Destitute,

November Day,
42

524
Age and Poverty, . 61 Lingard's Hist. of England, 364

0, that I had wings, 278
Austria, .

235
Liturgy, Revisal of,

201
409

Pride,
Australia,
425 Louis Napoleon and Univer-

Portrait,

527
Burial in Cities,
208 sal Suffrage,

36
611

· Roman Soldier,
Bishops, Overworked, 266

Requiem,

143
Bernard Barton's Life and

Maintenon, Mad. De,
49

36

Sing, poet, sing,
Medical Profession,

267
Poems,
284

School-Boy,

201
Macintosh's Caoutchouc Fac-
Buena Vista,
332

Slander,

201
Birds, Irish,

279
tory,
352

Streets,

202
Miscellany, Foreiga, 313, 378,
Browning's Christmas Eve,

,
Storm Song,

314

525
&c.,
433

Slanderer,

328
Bulwer, Sir Henry, :

Marriage Contract,

322
571

Storm and Calm,

468
Madeira, Climate, &c.,

Swallow arid Sparrow, 516
Coleridge,

7
Naturalist's Note Book, 2, 118 Sleeping Girl,

547
Carlyle's Present Time,. 69 New Books, 46, 238, 286, 334, To-day,

45
Colonial Self-Government, 70

383, 431, 575 We dearest!
Chateau Life in England,

61
92 Nightingale, The,
273 Wish of To-day,

311
Charters of Old English Colo-

News, European,
312 Write is Easy,

328
nies,

131
Newspaper Business, 323, 467

Woman's Faith,

547
Campbell vs. Denman,

189

Notes
Canada,

upon Newspapers, 619
189

Raquette River,

190
Ciphers, Value of,
217 Opium Trade,

413
Church of England,
236, 526 Orleans, First Duchess of,

393 Russian Intrigues,

406
Correspondence, 286, 382, 527 Observatories,

433 Regiment, History of,

538
California Indians,
324 Osgood, Mrs. Frances Sar-

Southey's Life and Corres-
Justice in,

354
gent,

591
pondence,

9, 97, 261
Carlyle and Howard, . 369 Poe, Edgar A.,

77 Scott, David, Life of, . 163
Cuba and the Cubans, 374 Pacca's Memoirs,

168
Scarlet Letter,

203
Condemned Cell,
427 Portrait Painting,
171 Switzerland,

327
Combe, Dr., Life and Corres-

Pope Joan, .

193

St. Paul's Life and Epistles, 264
pondence,
458 Phillips' Defence of Courvoi-

Sellon, Miss,

427
Cathcart on Russian and Ger- sier,

430
man Campaigns, 461 Parliamentary Publications, 333, Sidney Smith's Philosophy, 469
Calvin, Life and Times of, 577

478 Swimmer, Great,

496
Catholic Church Rampant, . 617 Parker, Theodore,

481

Scenes from the Life of a Sol-
dier,

609
43 Polynesians and New Zea-
Death, Appearances after,
D’Israeli, Ben.,

183
land,

497 Ticknor's Spanish Literature, 12
Dutch Byron,

Prussia and Germany,

613 Traitors among us,
430

81
Emerson's Representative POETRY-

Turkey, and its Destiny, 135
Men,
37

Thom the Sculptor,

411
Angelic Guards,

76
Evidence, Exclusion of, . 40

Angel in the House, 271 TALES —
Evelyn's Diary and Corres-

Angel of Raphael's, 557
pondence,

Balance of Life,
133

Burns' Highland Mary, 556
Eastern Europe,

62
337

Cashiered, The,
Christ Risen,

202
China Plate,

209
England, France, and Russia, 611

Dreamer,

17

Cousins in the Country, 315
Fettered Free Trade,
68 Dwight, Theodore, 365

Deborah's Diary, 115, 414,607
Franklin, Letters of,

79
Exeter Cathedral,

479

Family, Story of a, 366
Footprints of the Creator, 145

France,

392
Grant, Phoebe, .

269
French Elections,

234, 324
Godiva,

174
Linné,

65
Frivolousness,
268 Genius,
392 La Tour in Boston,

219
Federal Convention,

357
Guidance, Prayer for, 174

L'Homme Propose,

517
Game of Twenty Questions, 40

Hen,

36
Lettice Arnold,

557, 593
Gotha Almanac,

73
Household Dirge, 200

Micmac's Bride,

175
Greece and England, 126, 236,

Indian Serenade,

45
Maurice Tiernay,

385
572, 618 Incident,

46
Iron Horse,

Pourpagne, Legend of,
Germany, 233, 234, 378, 417, 616

218
Self-Sacrifice,

. 213
German Popular Prophecies, 529 Inevitable, The,

285
Three Pictures,

. 139
Gagern and the King of Prus- Infant, Death of,

555

Tale of the Camp, 410
sia,
615 Jeffrey, Lord,

218
Lesson, The,
271 Virginia Britannia,

1
Helen Abercrombie,

38

Liking and Disliking, 278 Voices from the Press, 78
Hesperos,

84
London,
321 Village Notary,

128
Hindoo Converts,
124 Landor, w.S., 328 Vesuvius,

466
Hurricane Ride,
127 Love in Death,
508 Wind, What's in it?

75
Hymnology, English, 241 Laborare est Orare, 592 White Jacket,

230
Hunterian Oration,

. 264
Music,

17 Williams (W. R.) Miscel-
Jamaica, Letters from, 125, 325, Midnight Musings, 76

lanies by,

232
372, 412
More Blessed to Give, 208 Wordsworth,

546
Jeffrey, Francis,

Mahmoud the Image Break- War Song of Peace, 610
Japan, Mission to,

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LITTELL'S LIVING AGE.-No. 307.-6 APRIL.

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From the Spectator. fession Strachey was a lawyer; his turn seems to STRACHEY'S VIRGINIA BRITANNIA.* have been for out-of-the-way learning and pedantic The present volume of the Hakluyt Society is casuistry ; Destiny as clearly made him an advennot perhaps so generally interesting as most of its turer. The allusions in his book prove him to predecessors, but in a literary point of view it have been in France and the Levant; and if the is as curious as any. Although “ William Stra- records of the original Turkey Company are still chey, Gent., the first secretary of the colony,” | in being, some biographical particulars might posderived a good deal of matter from his own ob- sibly be found there. The inference is clear that servation, he deals not at all in narrative or ad- he had been in the West Indies ; probable that venture, and little in the direct presentation of he had visited Spain, Italy, and Germany ; he personal experience. The first book of his His- speaks from actual knowledge of the size of the torie of Travaile is a description of the geographi- bears of “ Muscovia and Tartaria'' - which, howcal features of Virginia, and its political divisions ever, a traveller like himself might have observed (if the word political can be applied to savage in collections. In 1610, he went to Virginia, as tribes ;) an account of its natural productions, secretary to Lord Delaware ; the expedition arrivand the manners, customs, religion, institutions, ing just in time to prevent the abandonment of the and character of the natives, with some incidental settlement. He seems to have remained there till notices of the proceedings of the colonists, and of 1612 ; and on his return he engaged in the busithe actions of men who are famous in the early ness of colonization, of which this volume was one history of the colony. The second book appears fruit : but of his subsequent career, or of the time to be part of an historical summary of the discovery or place of his death, no memorial, as Mr. Major and colonization of British North America, from tells us, is known. the voyages of the Cabots to the writer's own The attraction of the book is derived from cirtime. It breaks off with the abandonment of the cumstances in the life and character of the author. first attempt to found a colony in New England, His description of the physical features and divisnear the river Penobscot, in 1607-8; and as it now ions of Virginia as they were nearly two centuries stands would seem to have more properly formed and a half ago, in the style of the age and with an introduction than sequel to the description the illustration of Captain Smith's map, have inof Virginia. It is a mere compilation, and rather deed an interest; though it will be stronger in brief and jejune.

Virginia, perhaps, than in England. The inciAlthough this work has remained in manu- dental indications of colonial struggles and manscript (at Oxford and the British Museum) until agement in those times, with passing remarks on now, Strachey appears to have been a person of names that are now the property of romantic his, some colonial activity in his own day, as well as tory, have also attraction ; but the true interest of a writer upon the subject. So little is known of the book arises (as is usually the case) from the bim, however, that the industry of his editor, Mr. writer's mind. His experience leads him into a Major, has been unable to glean sufficient materials frequent and not injudicious comparison of the on which to found a biographical notice. The people and productions of Virginia with those of place and time of his birth and death are unknown, other countries ; his scholarship is shown in illusas well as what family he belonged to; which trations drawn from a wide range of readingseems singular, as we learn from his dedication pedantic, and presented digressively, but striking (to Bacon) that he was a member of Gray's Inn, in itself, and not more pedantic than was the fashwhere some such particulars are usually entered. ion of his day. The great quality of the book, He was a man of very quaint and curious schol- however, is its earnestness and reality. Although arship, especially as regards geography, history, there is a deal that to us seems needless, it was and the law of nations as then understood : he not so to the author and his age. Much of his was also learned in Latin and Greek, so much so learning may be false in itself, and his arguments. as to argue an university education ; but Mr. Major (with our lights) unfounded; but the author has doubtless searched the books of Oxford and firmly believed what he urged, ill-grounded, not: Cambridge, as well as of Gray's Inn. By pro- to say absurd, as some of it now appears; and

* The Historie of Travaile into Virginia Britannia ; in this faith consists the author's strength. To. espressing the Cosmographie and Commodities of the those who are curious in considering character, Country, iogether with the Manners and Customes of the William Strachey exhibits in remarkable combiPeople. Gathered and observed as well by those who went first thither as collected by William Strachey, Gent., nation the learned and practical character of the the first Secretary of the Colony. Now first edited from Elizabethan age. the Original Manuscript, in the British Museum, by H.

For the introduction of much of his learning R. Major, Esq., of the British Museum. Printed for the Hakluyt Society.

and his arguments this reason may be alleged 1

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