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taineer is proverbially the soldier of Free. thetically is it spoken, as it were in a dom in its wildest sense. That he has a whisper,) whose taste for externals surtrue and perfect eye in this connection, we passes his (or her) care for the contents. have only room to demonstrate by a single Having succeeded-skillfully, we thinkextract.

in "cracking up” the cover, we prefer, in So, also, in the truly magnificent and any further remarks, to dilate on the inside. thrilling description of Suwarrow, forced We should care little to say anything of away from the passage of the Naefels, most of the engravings leading his army of 24,000 men through a fresh and heavily-fallen snow, over ter

“On copper, steel, and wood, and Lethean rible “ mountains, which, as far as the eye could reach, leaned along the sol. in which the present age is prolific-hav. emn sky,” where “whole companies would ing formed, we confess, no great attachslide together, with a shriek, over the edge

ment for them. But we have had these by of the precipices, and disappear in the un us so long, that we have become quite trodden gulis below," there is certainly a

familiar with their faces, and may speak power of description which no writer has from acquaintanceship, at least, if not from surpassed.

admiration. Nobody, then, will dispute with us, the The beautiful art of engraving has hardly power and distinctness of the effect pro- improved since the century or two which duced. That Mr. Headley is an artist, all furnished the compeers of Albert Durer. who have had an opportunity of judging There is increased fineness, finish, nicety of with us, will agree. But a fault we have to touch, more skill in perspective, and a find—that is, that he has carried the assured certain pervading dreaminess, which has consciousness of this power to an unplea an exquisite effect of its own, but there is sant extreme. He has forgotten something not half the bold limning, striking power of of his birth-right of knighthood, in seeking contrasts, and general force of character. for the reputation of * artist,He not of those, however, which the past year unfrequently sacrifices, the proportions and has produced, the “Universum”—which unity, to an overweening ambition to im- has been issued in monthly numbers, as it press. He gives us too much of a good is to be in future-contains some of the thing—is too dramatic-gets up too many finest. While all of them are good, many scenes—permits the Histrionic to show too are of the first merit. The title-page shows apparently through the shadowy seeming that the plan embraces a very great va. of the enthusiast. He thus spoiis some of riety. This first volume has sixty-four, his best pictures by magogueing for making five monthly. Some of them are effect. He is in danger of becoming rather humorous. Of these, the Blind Mother,” the trained and calculating, than the in. and Lizzy, you are not spinning, child” voluntary artist. These are mistakes for a

-in both of which the sunny-faced girl writer of his capabilities to fall into. We stops her household-wheel to listen to the hope he will return with greater confidence whispers of her lover, while the old to that entire abandon of manner which matron, who is guided only by her ears, constitutes the striking element of popu- gropes about to find out the cause of such larity in him. If he will do this, and lop cessation in domestic industry ;-" The off those superfluities and inaccuracies of Catastrophe," a delicate feline, caught in style which sometimes deface his page, he a relentless trap, having succeeded in turnwill and must become one of our most ing over a pan of cream-a kind of ecstacy permanently popular and effective writers. into which we have ourselves helped such This last fault is rather the result of a culinary depredators ; “ The Fast-Day," characteristic recklessness, than any other

on which a pastor surprises a peasant facause, and can be easily amended.

mily helping themselves to a bountiful

dinner, and “ The Schoolmaster in JeopPAYNE'S UNIVERSUM, PICTORIAL ardy"--are the best. The last is really one World: being a collection of engrav

of the best things we have seen. The angu. ings of views in all countries, portraits lar, fusty, old Pedagogue, with spectacles, of great men, and specimens of art, of buckled shoes, bell-crowned bat and knee: all ages and of every character. Edited breeches, vest“ entirely buttoned up”-as by CHARLES Edwards. Vol. 1. Lon

was right—and coat large enough for the don: Brain & PAYNE, 12 Paternoster man with the seven-leagued boots—trying, Row. New York: CHARLES Müller, in a general fright, to cross a narrow brook 118 Nassau Street.

on a wide plank without falling off-makes

a figure altogether unique and laughable. A year’s monthly issues of these en

There are several very good landscapes, gravings are before ns, bound up in a man river and ocean scenes. Among the best, ner-though our American binders are not decidedly, are a new view of the Bay of Nafamous for their work—quite fitted for the ples—which is beautiful always and from table of any gentleman, (or lady-paren- every point, though it can hardly be more

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LENORE.

so than the magnificent New York harbor- Peopling the smiling vale, and shaded wild“ Amalfi,” “ Drachenfals” on the ever-glo wood, rious Rhine; a hushed pausing of Catholic

With airy beings, faint yet strangely fair ; boatmen as the “ave Maria” steals over the Telling me all the sea-born breeze was water; a wild Polar scene of whalers at

saying,

While it went whispering thro’ the willing tacked in their boats by shoals of white

leaves, bears—which are accustomed to swim out Bidding me listen to the light rain playing, miles at sea; and “The Land's End," Its pleasant tune, about the household where the heavy and dark waters of the Atlantic roll in upon the iron-bound coasts Tuning the low, sweet ripple of the river,

Till its melodious murmur seem'd a song, of Cornwall. The engravings of Cathedrals

A tender and sad chaunt, repeated ever, are quite beautiful, especially of those in Co

A sweet, impassion'd' plaint of love and logne and Strasburg. There is a full-length

wrong! statue of Mozart—very noble ;-a spirited, Leave me not yet! Leave me not cold and full-length of Otho, king of Greece, in a lonely, rich, Suliote dress—somewhat idealized, Thou star of promise o'er my clouded we should judge; a fine, thoughtful face path! of Schiller, another of Lord Nelson, and Leave not the life, that borrows from thee several effective fancy pieces. But quite

only the best things of this kind, and perhaps

All of delight and beauty that it hath ! in the volume, are a figure of Goethe, in “ Lenore” is a specimen of delicate and an antique, Aowing robe, reclining on an unique versification. The language, also, old Roman wall, and looking off, as it were, accords finely with the measure. The oninto the world of his own creations—and a ly fault is the use of several wrong acyouthful face of the Scottish Burns, with cents. The same fault is to be found in that eye which Walter Scott, who in his the succeeding piece, which is otherwise boyhood saw the poet, declared was such exceedingly beautiful. as he never beheld in any other human head.

The letter-press illustrations are very unequal in merit, though mainly satisfactory Owl fragile and fair, as the delicate chalices, since the chief interest lies in the objects Bright relics, that tell of the pomp of those

Wrought with so rare and so subtle a skill, illustrated. We eschew, however, those palaces, which are “ done into verse."

Venice—the sea-goddess--glories in still. On the whole, we are greatly pleased with these engravings, and think they will Whose exquisite texture, transparent and obtain, as they demand, an extensive cir

tender, culation. To this end their very low price

A pure blush alone from the ruby wine is in their favor.

takes; Yet ah! if some false hand, profaning its

splendor,

Dares but io taint it with poison,-it Poems, by FRANCES S. Osgood. New

breaks! York: Clark and Austin.

So when Love pour'd thro’thy true heart his What shall we say of this authoress? lightning, That she has genius? But we all know

On thy pale cheek the soft rose-hues that this word means a great deal-has, in

awoke,fact, almost an infinite significance of So when wild Passion, that timid heart

frightening, twenty for whom it has been claimed-by

Poison'd the treasure--it trembled and their friends, or oftener by themselves

broke! since Homer wrote, probably not one has really possessed it. Nature is sparing of

WHAT CAN BE THE MATTER WITH LIZZIE? such peculiar gifts. But then she scatters over many minds light, lightness, grace,

What can be the matter with Lizzie toearnestness, the touches of passion, the so

night? lemnities of deep self-consciousness; and

Her eyes, that in tears were so touchingly

tender, of these qualities Mrs. Osgood has such a share as places her among the acknow

For twenty-four hours have been filling with

lighi, ledged female authors of the country. We Till I scarcely dare meet their bewildering shall quote some passages in proof of what splendor. we have said. Some lines from the first piece," To the Spirit of Poetry,” are cha- You'd almost imagine a star had been lighted racteristic of her more serious tone.

Within her-a new-born and beautiful

flame, Thou that cam'st to me in my dreaming To bless with its pure ray her spirit bechildhood,

nighted, Shaping the changful clouds to pageants And smile thro' those eyes to which sorrare,

row's cloud came.

What can be the matter with Lizzie !-her

a very great advantage-for if we do not cheek,

altogether believe that our stalwart critic That of late has been dimpleless, colorless, deals his blows from a spontaneous pur

cold, Has gather'd a glow and a glory, that speak pose, they at once lose, for us, half their

force. Like an eloquent voice of a rapture untold.

The volume is got up (a horrid phrase, What can be the matter with Lizzie !-her but apparently used inversely to its grace)

tone, That was doubting and faint in its low historical works of the same author.

with much elegance, and uniform with the melody, As the morning ray rising thro' mist-tears alone,

The History of Silk, Cotton, Linen, Wool, Or the sound of a bell ringing soft in the and other fibrous substances, including sea,

Observations on Spinning, Dyeing and Has suddenly thrilled to a richness and Weaving; also an Account of the Pasfervor,

toral Life of the Ancients, Social State, A passionate sweetness, untroubled and

and Attainments in the Social Arts. deepYou would think in her heart had arisen to

With Appendices on Pliny's Natural nerve her,

History; on the Origin and ManufacAn angel,--awaken'd from sorrow and

ture of Linen and Cotton paper ; on sleep.

Felting, Netting, &c. Illustrated by

Steel Engravings. New York: Har. Of course the cause is love; but we

per & Brothers, 1845. can't go into that. We only wish, in con

The above title, which is given in full, clusion, that Mrs. Osgood would write sufficiently proves the very great value of more from the depths of her nature.

the work. It is crowded with the most

curious and useful information, and on Biographical and Critical Miscellanies, topics which are constantly attracting

by WILLIAM H. PRESCOTT. New York, more of the attention of this country. The Harper & Brothers.

proficiency, still more the processes, of We are very well pleased to see the move the ancients, in the useful arts—especially ment of a mind like Mr. Prescott's in light in the culture and manufacture of silk, cot. er works than those which he has before ton and linen-are very little known. Hisacknowledged to the public. With most of tory has been, in this respect disastrously them, it is true, we had been familiar, as partial. The author, in his preface, rethey are all but one taken from early vol. marks justly and well to this point. umes of the North American Review ; but The book is a most interesting and imwe did not know their paternity. They portant one to all in this country who are are principally reviews of books and lite engaged, or engaging, in the culture of rary characters. Charles Brockden Brown, silk, cotton and Max. This class, especialIrving's Grenada,, Cervantes, Walter Scott, ly of silk and flax growers, is becoming Brancroft's United Stötcs, Molière, Scottish larger every day, and they ought to lay Song, and the Poetry of Romance of the hold of whatever sources of information are Italians, form the principal subjects. Mr. opened to them. They cannot fail to find Prescott's style in these critical essays is this volume worth to them its full price. not of the slashing order of most modern It is even curious and interesting matter to reviewers. It has not the loud tone of a the general reader. The book is every man who means to be heard, like Macau way well executed, with fine paper and lay's_nor the studied sneer of Jeffrey's— ampie illustrations. We recommend it to nor the unstudied but severer wit of Sidney the agricultural and growing West. Smith's-nor the cutting of fine flesh with a coarse knife, like Gifford's and Lockhart's There are several other books on our -nor the dashing, designed, uncertain, table, of which we designed to speak, but abandoned mingling of gentleness and brute must forbear at present from want of space. force-like a tape bull among mirrors—that Among them are, " The Border Wars of characterizes Kit North. Perhaps, indeed, New York.” “ The Life and Times of it may be said that Mr. Prescott's critical Henry Clay, Vol. ii.” “Mrs. Hewitt's style has not the point, variety and brillian- Poems,” from Ticknor & Co., Boston ; cy that are most effective, and therefore, “ Father Ripa's Residence at the Court of most desirable in such writings. But it Pekin; and Junkin on the Oath,” from has nearly all the singular purity and grace, Wiley and Putnam ; with other volumes joined with a certain equable strength of their Series; “ Hoffman's Poems;" like the flow of a full river-that belong to “Parker's Aids to English Composition,” his historical works; and, besides, an evi. &c., from the Harpers, as also several Nos. dent sincerity that does not always appear of their really cheap, valuable and comin the feats of the truculent badger-baiters plete maps, executed by the Cerographic above-named. This last quality is in truth

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No subject, of a national interest to us, government have apparently compro. within the last twenty years, has elicited mised the question, offering a division of 80 various and contradictory opinions, as claims and a definite boundary line-had the character and value of the western been nearly unanimous in supposing coast of this continent, and the question England to have, in the case, actual inheof territorial possession in a portion of rent rights of territorial possession, a parthose regions. When it was made a amount title to a part of the country. matter of diplomatic correspondence, un The ground of this conclusion was quite der the administrations of Monroe and reasonable ; for it was hardly to be supAdams, it lay under the disadvantage posed that so many commissioners and of not being sufficiently understood. ministers, on the part of the United States Within the last two years, it has arisen and of England, could have conferred so to public interest under the still greater often without settling the question, in its disadvantage—the greatest that can befall broader merits, beyond the possibilty of a national question-of becoming, to an dispute-certainly beyond the possibility alarming degree, a field for partisan ex of being discussed, in the end, by pocitement and warfare. A few words on sitions differing in such important rethis point will not be out of place. spects from those first assumed and for

The more sober and reflecting portion a long time vigorously defended. Those, of the people--remembering, simply, that on the other hand, who have for some in two or three distinct negotiations our twenty years practiced deepening of their

* I. The History of Oregon and California, and the other Territories on the NorthWest Coast of North America. With Documentary Proofs and Illustrations. By Robert Greenhow, Translator and Librarian to the Department of State. New York ; Appleton & Co.

II. History of the Oregon Territory. By Thomas J. Farnham. New York : William Taylor & Co.

Ml. The History of Oregon-Geographical and Political. By George Wilkes. New York: William H. Collyer.

IV. The Oregon Question; or a Statement of the British Claims to the Oregon Territory. By Thomas Falconer, of Lincoln's Inn, London.

V. Documents accompanying the President's Message: Correspondence of the Der partment of State. VOL. III.-NO. II.

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voices with shouting for the largest other points, were generally agreed upon. liberty”—which means, in effect, the but how these discoveries, treaties, ofliberty of progressing, in whatever way, fers, did actually affect the ultimate right outside both of the Constitution and the and title to that immense region between Country-having found the Texas affair the Rocky Mountains and the Ocean was (in which nearly every step was in vio- by no means understood, except by a lation of some law, legislative or inter- few diplomatists, congressional or parnational) to prove an easy transaction, liamentary debaters, and delvers in mat

easy as lying,” and of great popular ter-of-fact history--and by most of these effect-set up forth with the similar cry, to an extent not equal to the perplexities and for the same purposes,

the whole of the subject. The great body of the of Oregon !". On the other side of the politic-mongers—defenders of national Atlantic, again, the English and French honor-enjoyed extraordinary freedom of Journals, and the talking mass of the speech, from the unusual limits of misEnglish people, spoke confidently of the apprehension afforded them. preponderance of British claims in all This thorough confidence of knowing the Pacific region north of the Columbia. in the thorough absence of knowledge, But did either part of the community in was not, perhaps, to be wondered at. It this country, or the journalists and po- certainly was not first displayed by the litical talkers of Great Britain, give forth public on this subject. The leaders of their opinions on any grounds of know- popular opinion, when a national question ledge in the premises ? We confidently arises, are obliged to appear informed. affirm—not. "We dare assert—without The public dislike to appear uninformed. fear of finding ourselves in error, could The former, accordingly, forth with dethe truth be known-that not a hundred clare the subject--as the clown said, in persons in America, not fifty in Europe, the Old Play—“enveloped in great light.” till the publication of Mr. Greenhow's The latter swear by their leaders, and book, and not many times that number imagine themselves illuminated. till the appearance of the late Diplomatic This general ignorance, however, on Correspondence, were aware of the va- the subject of Oregon, was not in reality rious grounds, on which the claims of a matter of surprise. The question was either nation are supported, in any de- eminently complicated, as well as far gree warranting the constant positive removed from the common view. It assertions made on every side, that the demanded, for an adequate understanding United States had, or had not, a superior of its merits, not only much investigation title to the entire extent of Oregon. A among obscure historical documents, but few historical facts were familiar to every a very thorough acquaintance with the one. The voyaging of the old Spaniards principles of international law. Most along the Pacific coast, the subsequent evidently the opinions of the mass, explorations of English navigators, the under these circumstances, could only be discovery of the Columbia by a Captain entertained at second-hand. But before Gray, an American, the expedition of the appearance of Mr. Greenhow's* book Lewis and Clark, the Nooika Sound no opinions sufficiently guarantied by Convention ; that Spain had made over authorities were before the public at all ber claims to us, that we had a sha- large. Not but that the knowledge disdowy claim, it was thought—though few played, and the expositions presented, by could explain how-tbrough the pur- the American Plenipotentiaries and leadchase of Louisiana, that the language of ing Statesmen in the earlier Discussions, the Nootka treaty seemed to recognize for from 1818-19, the date of the Florida England certain positive territorial rights, Treaty, to 1827 when the final convention and that we had afterwards, in two or of joint occupancy was signed—were three negotiations, made offers that im- very full and evincing great ability. The plied a compromise—which offers, how- management of our claims by Mr. Rush, ever, were not accepted; these, and some for some years resident at the Court of

* We take this occasion to say of Mr. Greenhow's volume, that it is, in all respects, the most valuable work which has appeared, on the subject of the Pacific Coast and the Oregon question. We do not agree with all its representations, geographical and his. torical, nor always with its deductions on disputed points; but it is replete with information, and its statements are candidly and clearly presented. No one can do without it who wishes to obtain a full knowledge of the subject.

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