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rits—and the spirit of unpleasant egotism—though this is perhaps more pardonable-which forms a marked feature in his character. Consequently, we heartily deprecate the publication of a “ Letter,” which embodies all these unamiable characteristics. We must indulge the hope, that the author of The Pilot and The Pioneers, notwithstanding his public declaration, will yet add many more works to those which have conferred high honor upon the literary reputation of his country; and that, forgetting the imaginary injustice of the past, and adopting the mild course of Sir Walter Scott, with his critics, he will yet add greener laurels to the chaplet which he has won for his brow.
THE AMERICAN QUARTERLY Review. Vol. XV. March and June. Philadelphia :
KEY AND BIDDLE.
We have derived great pleasure in the perusal of the two leading papers in the last number of the American Quarterly. They are reviews of Sparks's Life of Washington, and the Life of Alexander Hamilton. The Life of Washington has reached three volumes; and the reviewer enters upon their discussion with the warm, patriotic feeling of a true American. A clear synopsis of their contents is given, and the extracts embrace facts and incidents of great interest, which have not hitherto transpired. The Life of Hamilton is from the pen of his son, John C. Hamilton, Esq. of this city. Owing to a want of confidence in the state of trade, a delay has arisen in the publication of this valuable work. It embraces a most complete history of the life and acts of its distinguished subject—a history, the materials for which the author possessed in ample abundance. The reviewer lauds the newness of its details—its great value, as a contribution to American history—its filial piety-and the easy, graceful flow of its style.
The article upon
“ Italian Tragedy” is an ornament to the Review. It evinces a refined taste, deep feeling, a full knowledge of the subject; and is clothed in language unaffected and pure. We take pleasure in saying, that the author is a valued contributor to the pages of this magazine. The succeeding paper, “ Cox on Quakerism,” is a review of a work by the Reverend Doctor Cox, entitled, “ Quakerism not Christianity, or reasons for renouncing the doctrine of Friends.” It could scarcely have been penned by a Friend. There are manifested far too much asperity and bitterness, to warrant the belief. The author under review is hung, drawn, and quartered. There is no quality of mercy in his executioner. There are allusions to pecuniary, and one or two other irrelevant matters, wbich would seem to evince a spirit of personal revenge or retort, which may detract from the apparent candor and good faith of the review. We were much pleased, on the whole, with the article on the “ Life and Writings of Robert C. Sands.” It does a kind justice to the memory of that gifted author, which agreeably surprised us. We say surprised, because we feared that a spirit of retaliation-not, we regret to say, altogether uncommon in that quarter-might induce a different course. It is not forgotten, that Sands was unsparing in his public expressions
against some of the worst writers for the Review; and the sketch of Mr. Green-Bice, in the Tales of Glauber Spa, evinces how completely he was enabled to embody Disdain in the Burlesque. Mr. Green-Bice is a personification of the poetical critic of the Quarterly; and ludicrous as he seems, is drawn to the life. The article on the “Decline of Poetry,” in the present number, is from the pen of the original of this Mr. Green-Bice-a person qualified, by his own melancholy experience, to speak both of the Decline and Fall of Poetry—and whose exploits in plagiarism, and failures in criticism, are perhaps equally well known. Having been galled for a great number of years by the condemnation of all the recognized literary authorities of the country, he became desperate, and turned critic himself. He seems destined, if we may judge from the ridicule that his efforts in this department have uniformly excited, to be therein as ludicrously unsuccessful, as he has been in Poetry, Novel-writing, and the Drama. One thing is certain—no one can expect consideration in literature, who does not escape his praise. “Paris and the Anniversary,” and “The Public Distress," are the closing papers. The first is an interesting, but not over-racy review of a work upon
and manners in France and Spain; and the second, as its title indicates, is a consideration of much-agitated, public topics, and political opinions. The worthy publishers do ample justice to the me-, chanical execution of the work.
PHRENOLOGY. The Constitution of Man, considered in relation to external objects. By
GEORGE COMBE. Third American Edition. 1 vol. 12mo. pp. 223. Boston: ALLEN
AND TICKNOR. LECTURES ON PHRENOLOGY; delivered before the Young Men's Association for Mutual
Improvement in the city of Albany. 1 vol. 12mo. pp. 252. Albany : OLIVER STEELE, AND HOFFMAN AND WHITE.
The author of the first of the above-named works, George COMBE, of Edinburgh, is well known in America as an eminent writer on Phrenology, and as a distinguished pupil of the lamented Spurzheim. His essays upon Craniology have been distinguished for clearness of reasoning, and great force of argument. In the “ Constitution of Man," he endeavors to show that the science of Phrenology has its foundation in nature; " that it will aid the study and progress of intellectual philosophy; that for want of its aids, this philosophy has hitherto necessarily been imperfect;" that, in short, Phrenology is susceptible of a wide and useful application, and is destined to exert an important influence over the whole circle of human interests. The work is characterized throughout by the ability to which SPURZHEIM often adverted during his brief career in this country, as distinguishing the author. The Lectures by Mr. Dean, are based upon Mr. Combe's original work upon Phrenology and an experience of four years in comparing cerebral development with mental manifestation, together with an intimate acquaintance with the most approved works upon Phrenology, have given to the author ample means of coming to authentic conclusions; and he
declares his belief " that the doctrine of Phrenologists, in some of its applications, is true; that certain faculties of the mind are more particularly resident in certain parts of the brain." The author apologizes for the hasty preparation of the Lectures, amid the cares and perplexities of his profession; but indulges the belief--induced by the flattering reception which they have already met—that they will not be unacceptable to the public, as an elementary work upon a science, which, however “ caviare to the general,” is numbering among its advocates many distinguished and powerful minds, both in Europe and America.
The BacheloR RECLAIMED, or Celibacy Vanquished. From the French. By TIMO THY Flint. 1 vol. 12mo. pp. 288. Philadelphia : KEY AND BIDDLE.
Mr. Flint has performed a most acceptable service, in presenting the American reader with a good translation of this interesting work. The interest does not flag for a moment. The incidents of the tale are admirably managed; the plot is excellent, and brought about with fine dramatic effect—and the moral is capital. It is a work which will be sought and read with avidity—in an especial manner by the ladies. It has no mawkish sentiment in its pages, and yet it treats much of the tender passion. The translator well observes: “True, it turns chiefly upon love. I admit it disgusts me to hear a heartless dandy, with his bristled face, curl the lip, and designate such a work as a puling, lovesick tale. A tragedy has its catastrophe, an epic its hero; and on what should a novel turn, but love? Our country swarms with bachelors, the most useless of all bipeds, and apparently only born to eat up the corn. This book shows how to bring the race of drones upon their knees, while they are glad to put on the wreath of wedlock. * Let ladies look to it, how they smile upon those who would gain their suffrage by affecting contempt of love. It is to encourage female suicide.” We have seldom perused a work with more interest. The style is admirably terse and sententious.
New-YORK AS IT 18 IN 1834; and Citizen's Advertising Directory, with Maps. Edited by Edwin WILLIAMS. New-York : J. DI&TURNELL.
We have before had occasion to speak of the utility and excellence of the maps which accompany this neat and useful little volume-a work comprising more necessary information, for the citizen and the stranger, than any with which we are acquainted. It contains a general description of the city and its environs, a list of officers, public institutions, and other useful intelligence. To the citizen it is invaluable, as a book of reference, as it records the numerous changes and alterations which are constantly taking place in the varied concerns of this great and increasing metropolis, and to the stranger it is particularly essential, as a correct and authentic guide. It is embellished with a finely engraved view of the Battery and Castle Garden.
when it was $73,854,437. The value CONGRESS.-Congress has been much of all exports, foreign and domestic, was occupied, during the last month, in dis- never before so great, except in 1818, cussing two reports, from the majority when it was $93,281,133 ; 1801, when and minority of a committee upon the it was $94,115,925; 1805, when it Post Office Department. Thirty thou- was $99,535,388; 1806, when it was sand copies of both were ordered to be $101,536,963; and 1807, when it was printed. The leading features of the $101,343,546. two reports are annexed :
In a summary statement of the value The Majority represent the balance of the exports of the growth, produce, against the Department, on final settle- and manufacture of the U. States, thé ment of all its accounts, to be $803,625. following aggregates are put down :
The Minority, on the other hand, con- Products of the sea, $2,402,469 sider that the actual insolvency of the Do. of the forest-skins & furs, 841,933 Department does not exceed $300,000.
183,194 The Report of the Majority animad
wood, lumber, &c. 3,961,212 verts upon the increased expenditures of Do. of agriculture,
13,396,348 the Department, which it considers en tobacco,
5,755,968 tirely disproportioned to the increase of cotton,
36,191,105 mail transportation. The Report of the Do. of manufactures, 7,256,571 Minority has a different view of the case. AMERICAN TONNGAE.-From the ReThe amount of mail transportation is port of the Secretary of the Treasury stated by the Department as follows: recently made to Congress, the RegisOn the first day of July, 1829, 13, 700,000 miles. tered, Enrolled and Licensed Tonnage of
1833, 26,854,485 " the United States amounts to 1,439,450 The Majority report the amount as tons, divided among the States and Terfollows:
ritories as follows: First of July, 1829, 15,209,039 miles. Maine
192,714 1833, 21,156,844 " New Hampshire
17,126 It will be seen, that there is a differ Massachusetts
395,924 ence between the two calculations of Rhode Island
40,607 7,209,690 miles.
52,878 On the 24th ultimo, the Senate re Vermont
1,531 jected the nomination of ANDREW STE New York
319,209 VENSON, as Minister to England, and of New Jersey
33,143 Roger B. TANEY, as Secretary of the Pennsylvania
88,162 Treasury—the first by a vote of 23 to 22, Delaware
13,265 and the latter by a majority of 10. Maryland
80,702 ANNUAL COMMERCIAL STATEMENT. District of Columbia
17,225 The value of imports into the United Virginia
43,877 States, during the year ending 30th Sep North Carolina
32,142 tember, 1833, was $ 108,118,311-being South Carolina
15,560 more by about five millions, than in any Georgia
8,651 former year, since the period immedi Ohio
9,683 ately subsequent to the last war. The Tennessee
3,047 exports during the same year, ending Michigan
1,753 30th September, 1833, amounted to Alabama
7,240 $90,140,433-of which $70,317,698 in Mississippi
926 value was of domestic origin. The va Louisiana
61,171 lue of domestic exports was never before Florida
1,911 so great in any one year, except in 1818, Key West
REVENUE FOR THE CURRENT YEAR.- On Registers of 11 Boys' } 3354 The duties which accrued from the cus Schools, toms in the first quarter of the present Do. 11 Girls' do.
2795 year, 1834, amounted to $5,344,540 40. Do. 3 Boys'& Girls' Schools,
450 227 The amount which accrued in the cor viz. No. 1, 6, and 9, responding quarter of last year, 1833, 7 primary departments, 1412 1412 was $5,798 70. The actual receipts for 17 Schools,
745 870 the first quarter of 1834, were $4,435,386 13, and for the corresponding quarter
5961 of last year, 1833, $6,966,437 07. The
Girls, 5304 revenue ffom customs for the year 1834, Showing a total of 11,255 children will be equal to that of last year, and now belonging to the public schools in will exceed the estimates by more than this city. one million. The nett income for the There are at this time in the employ of two first quarters of 1834 will be about the public School Society, 49 teachers, $7,500,000. The receipts from lands 28 assistant teachers, and 75 monitorsduring the first quarter of the present the aggregate of whose salaries for a year, were $1,398,204 10; for the first year amount to 35,650 dollars. quarter of iast year, $668,526 66. From The following is an account of the the two first quarters of the present employment and improvement of the year, the receipts for lands will not fall children during the past year: short of two million dollars.
The first class learn the alphabet, and Specie.— The importations of specie the ninth is the highest reading class. and bullion during the year ending Sep 2259 have been promoted from 1st to 2d cl. tember 30th, 1833, beyond the export, 2343 do do 2d to 3d “ amounted to about $5,000,000 2546 do do
3d to 4th From Oct. 1, 1833, to June,
2525 do do
4th to 5th“ 11, 1834, over
10,000,000 1557 do do 5th to 6th“ Brought by emigrants, not
1621 do do 6th to 7th“ less than
2,500,000 1303 do do 7th to 8th Gold produced in the U. S. 2,500,000
562 do do 8th to 9th“ Increase of specie and bul
1820 do to writing on paper. lion since Jan. 1, 1833, $20,000,000 3291 do to addition and substraction. The whole amount of specie in the 2375 do to multiplication & division. country, previous to these importations, 1143
do to the compound of 1st four was estimated at $20,000,000.
714 do to reduction. (rules.
497 do to rule of three. NEW YORK.
963 do to practice. EDUCATION.- The 29th Annual Re Of the 6826' children in the Schools, port of the Trustees of the Public Schools as distinguished from those that are priof the city of New-York, has been pub- mary, and the primary departments, lished, and shows gratifying results of there aretheir extensive and faithful operations. 1838 studying Geography. It appears from the report of the Trus 874 do Grammar. tees, that there were last year, on the 93 do Book-Keeping. registers of the 26 schools, contained
History. in the 11 buildings belonging to the so 523 do Astronomy. ciety, and in the school at the Alms 126 do Algebra. house,
7,034 This report is signed by Peter A. Jay, And of 6 primary schools, 792 President, Robert C. Cornell, Vice Pre
sident, George T. Trimble, Treasurer, Making a total of
7,826 Lindley Murray, Secretary, and 73 at that time under instruction in the Trustees. schools of the society. Since that pe CANALS.—The amount of tolls receivriod, there have been 14,214 received ed on the canals this year, up to the into, and 10,774 have left, the day- first of June, was $300,160 43; last schools; and there are now attending year, $325,334 04; in 1832, $271,584 them the greatly increased number, 46. At last year's rates of toll, the which is classed as follows :
receipts this year, to the first of June,