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girls,” through the preliminary examinations in the village and the trials in Salem, to the final termination of this terrible story in the release of those prisoners, who, more fortunate than the others, had escaped the first fury of the storm. Every part of the narrative is illustrated and strengthened by citations from the original and unpublished documents ; and, through Mr. Upham's unrivalled familiarity with the actors and the localities, every incident is described so vividly, and yet so minutely, that the reader finds it difficult to persuade himself that he is not in the presence of an eye-witness. At the same time, our author nerer identifies himself with the contemporary quarrels and prejudices, but uniformly preserves his candor and impartiality. The narrative is followed by a general survey of the subject, and by some judicious and well-cousidered observations on the characteristics of the delusion, on the motives which led so many persons to confess that they were witches, on the testimony of the witnesses, and on the general topic of intercourse with spirits at that time and in our own age.
A Supplement considers and answers several of the questions which must occur to every reader, and embodies much information in regard to the subsequent history of the prominent actors, the contemporaneous and more recent opinions on the subject of the prosecutions, and other kindred topics ; and in the Appendix are several illustrative documents.
We have written of Mr. Upham's labors in terms of warmer praise than we are accustomed to use ; but the rare merits of his work fully justify the highest commendation of its thoroughness, its impartiality, and its interest. There are, however, a few criticisms in respect to the mechanical part of the work which must not be omitted. The convenience of the reader would have been much promoted if the several parts had been broken up into chapters ; if an analytical table of contents had been prefixed to each volume; and if the Index had been placed at the end of the second volume. The occasional use of the direct, personal form of address, which was originally adopted in the “Lectures,” is also a defect in the literary execution. C. C. S.
News has just come of the death of the most eminent of German philologists, August Boeckh. Although his season of productive activity was over, and he had nearly reached the ripe age of eighty, his death is none the less a loss to classical scholarship, even more by the influence of his refined tone and high aims in investigation
and discussion, than by the instruction that he had, until very lately, continued to give in the University. German scholars are not famed for comity and good temper in debate, and will wrangle over a Greek particle or a new emendation with the true fervor of theologians; but Boeckh has been habitually as courteous in argument as earnest and eloquent. His features and manners expressed a nobility and kindness of nature which were thoroughly characteristic of him, and made him one of the best loved as well as most honored of his class.
Boeckh's fame is founded upon services of a deeper and more enduring nature than even the books he wrote and the discoveries he made. He was founder of a school of philology, which has carried with it most of the younger scholars of the day in Germany, and which ought before now to have redeemed German philology from the bad name of “ Dryasdust.” The great impulse given by Wolf to verbal criticism, with its priceless results in the way of restoring the texts of ancient authors, had at the same time directed the energies of that generation chiefly to this work. It was indispensable that it should be so. Without correct texts of the classic writers, no certain or valuable results could be derived from them. But this work, which, after all, was only a preparation for the real study and interpretation of antiquity, came to be pursued as if it were itself an end. Hence the dry and uninspiring school of which we have all heard enough.
Boeckh's first labor was in that line, which was then most energetically pursued; and we owe to him the restoration of the text of Pindar. But, having thus broken ground in the study of antiquity, he was not long in making his way to that field to which he felt most strongly attracted, — the restoration, not merely of the words of books, but of the life of the nations themselves. We owe to him an accurate and nearly complete picture of the political life of Athens, in the “ Staatshaushaltung der Athener," and other works which followed. Once the way pointed out, other scholars followed it, according to their bent. The work of textual criticism had not by any means been completed, — indeed, it is far from completed even now; and those lovers of Homer, Æschylus, Demosthenes, and Plautus, who are so fond of laughing at the painstaking labors of the Germans, would perhaps be astonished to learn how much of their pleasure they owe to men like Gottfried, Hermann, Lachmann, Bekker, and Ritschl. But the school of Boeckh has become the prevailing one; the men of antiquity and their thoughts are studied rather than their mere words; and every year is making the life of the Greeks
and Romans, in all its relations, — political, religious, literary, domestic, - more easily and better understood by our generation. No doubt this school would have come into existence even if its founder had never lived. Ottfried Müller would have established it if Boeckh had not. But we none the less owe thanks for the profound scholarship, the clear judgment, the liberal thought, and the long life devoted to the investigation of truth, of August Boeckh.
W. F. A.
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Teetotalism, as a Rule of Duty, unknown to the Bible, and condemned by Christian Ethics. By D. R. Thomason. With a Commendatory Letter by Howard Crosby, D.D. pp. 136. New York: Richardson & Company.
Reply to Dr. Marsh on Teetotalism. By D. R. Thomason. Including a letter from Howard Crosby, D.D. pp. 30. New York: Richardson & Company.
History of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States of America. By Abel Stevens. Vols. iii., iv. pp. 510, 522.
Popular Amusements : an Appeal to Methodists in Regard to the Evils of Card-playing, Billiards, Dancing, Theatre-going, &c. By Hiram Mattison. pp. 96. New York: Carlton & Porter.
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NEW SERIES, VOL. IV.
JULY TO NOVEMBER, 1867.
Basis and Superstructure (Address
by Rev. 0. Dewey, D.D.), 137-
of Egyptian antiquities, 306 —
- epochs, 332.
- charges, 222 — what is implied,
as part of a university course, 243
- plans discussed, 244. . .
attachment of its members, 1-4 —
Cities of the Past, 272 — Broken
son and character, 285.
lite, 8 — colonial bishopric, 9 —
of study, 47-post-graduate course,
preparatory course, 60.
and Court, 258.
187-208 — his life, 191 --- literary
as a statesman, 215.
Elliott's Holy Land, 250.
Alumni of the Cambridge Divinity
J. F. Clarke's statement, 299.
99 — his prophetic consciousness,
of Shedd's Homiletics, 100-106 —
of theology, 110.
- after the fall of the empire,
industry, 67 – preservation of
Noyes's Translation of the Hebrew
Prophets, 15–31 — its established
History of, 157–175 — the French
Pastoral Theology, 99-106.
129 — its early history, 116 -
294 — influence of science, 289-