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The Life of the Empress Josephine, first wife
of Napoleon. By P. C. HEADLEY. 12mo., pp. 378. Derby, Miller & Co., Auburn, New York. There are few of the female characters of modern history whose lives abound with more interesting events than that of the Empress Josephino. Her whole courso was one of romantic, and also of tragic intereet. Ir tho illustrious husband was eminent, far above all other men of his time, for vast intellect and prodigious achievements, Josephine scemed, in the more lofty and majestic traits of character, to transcend the most distinguished of her female cotemporaries. Like her husband, she is a great subject for biography. Many memoirs have been written of her, possessing more or less morit, but none have been without interest. The author of the present book has, we think, been very successful. It is by far the most interesting hisiory of Josephino that we have yet scen. IIe seems to have had recourse to the best sources for his materials, which he has combined and put together with skill and judgment. His style is flowing, elegant, and often eloquent. In short, it is a book well worth read. ing. ll will not fail to attract the public attention. As to the mechanical execution of the book, it is but justice to the proprietors to say, that it will compare favorably with the productions of the press of any city in the Union. It contains a fine mezzo. tint portrait or Josephine, showing a beauty of person equalled only by the moral grandeur of hor character. Washington Union.
It is not without ils sparkling gema. Occarional Inshes of thought make the rea. dor pause to contemplato their srceliness and benuty, and reveal a well-stored mind in sympathy with the noblest human ernits, in cloro communion with the glories of naturo. Ilis text, too, is happily choncu. Who has not felt a lingering, peculiar, undefinablo interest in the highly extraordinary and tragic career or tho Empress Josophine? Would it not extend this notice too far, we should like to touch the moro prominent of the many eventful passnges which marked the history of this remark. ablo child of superstition, to gazo for a moment upon the vascillating star of her des tiny, and trace its Juminous ascent from the veriest depths of agonizing gloom and despair, to the loftiest pinacle or worldly splendor and renown, where she grasped for a moment the fleeting phantom of happiness, only to sink again into the arms of misfortune, and feel still more keenly the biller pangs of adversity. But all this will be found in a very readable form in this interesiing volume, and we cheerfully commend it to notice.- Utica Observer.
Wo do not know of a biography of this important and interesting personago, go completo in its historic details, and so congonial to the spirit of hor lisc, as this : whilo it has also the advantage of a popular style, and of that view of the subject which accords with the general sentiment. Mr. Headley writes in a clear, well-sus. tained and engaging style-evidently entertaining a warm approbation of his subject, and alive to the sublimity and purity of her life. Treating of one of the most important epochs of French history, the work is finely adapted to enlist the interest of the reader, and to supply a kind and degree or information not readily
accessible elsc. whero. Il can hardly fail of proving a highly popular, as it is a highly creditable work.-N. Y. Evangelist.
The writer of this book is a brother of J. T. Headley, the author of“ Napoleon and his Marshals"_“Washington and his Generals," &c. There is a strong family re semblance betwcon the two. The qualities which have given such a wide celebrity to the one, scem to be fully enjoyed by the other. Both brothers are characterized by that peculiar vividness and, so to speak, intensity of style which always makes a book readable and interosting. The " Lire or Josephino" possesses much of this peculiar charm. The author has studied his subject well and could hardly have chosen a better one to write upon. Josephine is a charmed name to many hearts. There aro few who do not feel an interest in her singularly eventsu! carcer. At firøt the daughter of a West India planter, then the wife of a French nobleman,-anon the consort of Gen. Bonaparte and afterwards Empress of France ;-her picture presents us with a scene of constantly increasing brightness, where the dark shades never chase away the light, till we behold hor ending a career of dazzling splendor an a dethroned Empress and repudiated wiso. Josephine was in many respecto a model of woman.-Amherst Espress.
The Lives of Mary and Martha, mother and
wife of Washington: by Margaret C. Conkling, with a steel portrait, 18mo, scarlet cloth. Miss CONKLING, who is a daughter er Judge Conkling of Auburn, is favorably known as the author of Harper's translation of “Florian's History of the Moors of Spain.” She also wrole “ Isubel, or the Trials of the Heart." In ihe preparation of the pretty little volume she has done a praise worthy deed, and we hope she will receive the reward she merits. She has taught us in the work
“how divine a thing
A wonian may be made." The mother and wife of Washington were, in inany respects, model women, and the daughters of America will do well to study their character · which is finely drawn on these pages.- Literary Messenger.
This beautifully printed and elegantly bound little work, reflecting the highest credit upon the skill and task of the publishers, contains biographical sketches of Mary, the mother, and Martha, the wile of the Father of his counıry. It is a most valuable contribution to the history of the American people, embracing not only the great public events of the century during which the subjects lived, but those pictures of hoine lite, and that exhibition of social manners and customs, which constituto the most important part of life, but which, from the fact of their apparent triviality and intangibility, the historian generally passes over. The authoress evidently sympathises earnestly with her subject, and feels that in the exhibition of those womanly virtues which characterized the heroines of her narrative, she makes the most eloquent plea in favor of the dignity of her sex. It is dedicated to Mrs. Wu. HI. SEWARD, and contains a finely execuied engraving of the wife of Washington. We cordially commend it to the public, and most especially our lady readers. Syracuse Journal. This acceptable and well written volume goes forth upon a happy mission,
“ To teach us how divine a thing
A woman may bo made," by unfolding those charms of character which belong to the mother and wife of the hero of the Land of the Free; and in the companionship of which, while they illustruled the watchful tenderness of a mother, and the confiding allections of a wise, is shown those influences which made up the moral sentiments of a man, whose moral grandeur will be felt in all that is future in government or divine in philosophy; and one whose name is adored by all nations, as the leader of man in in the progress of government, to that perfection of human rights where all enjoy liberty and equality. To say that Miss Conkling has fultilled the task she says a “100 partial friendship has assigned her" faultlessly, would perhaps boloo unincasured praise, for perfection is seldom attained; bui it will not be denied but thai her biographies are traced in the chaste elegances that belong to the finished periods of a refined style, which fascinales the reader with what she has thus contributed to our national literature.
The design of the volume is, to picture a mother filling the “Father of his Country" in a light sull of the inexhaustible nobleness of woman's nature, and yet as possessing that subdued and quicl simplicity, where Truth becomes the Topo on which Faith looks at the future with a smile. The mother of Washington was tried in a school of practice where frugal habits and active industry were combined with the proverbial excellences of those Virginia matrons, who were worthy mothers of such men as Washington, Jefferson, Marshall, and Henry. Miss C. has pictured with fidelity and elegance, her views of this remarkable woman;, not less beauti. fully has she sketched the character of Martha, the wife ; following her from her brilliant manners as the Virginia belle, through the various phases of her life, sho gives a rapid but comprehensive view of those characteristics which make up the quiet refinement of manners native to her, and which ever gave her the reputation of an accomplished wife and lady: And with peculiar delicacy Miss Conkling has portrayed the thousand virtues with which she embellished a honie ; her amiablo disposition and winning manners made the happiest to the purest and best of all mon fame has chosen for its noblest achievments. - Syracuse Star.
The Odd Fellows' Amulet: or the principles of Odd
Fellowship defined ; the objections to the order answered ; and its advantages maintained; with an address to the public, the ladies, and the order. By Rev. D. W. BRISTOL, Pastor of the M. E. Church, and P. G. of Osco Lodge, No. 304, at Auburn, N. Y. The Rev. Mr. Bristol, the author of the above work, is a popular clergyman of tho Methodist church. He appears to have written the work not merely for Odd Fellows, but to disabuse the public mind, if possible, of prejudices formed against the Order. A spirit and design of apparent sincerity appears to pervade the entire work, and tho writer discusses his themes and meets the objections urged against Odd Fellows, with a great deal of candor and respect. No person, wo think, can read it, whatever may havo beon his prejudices hithorlo, without having thoso prejudices at least, considerably sofonod, if not wholly laken away. The Blylo of the writer is captivating, while the arrangemont and classification of his subjecu adds interest to the volume. Wo havo no hesitancy in recornmonding tho Amulet as a book that may be road by the public -Genesee Evangelist.
We have wiled away several hours pleasantly and profitably in its perusal, and can recommend it as a work deserving of a large circulation. The principles of the Or. der are set forth by its author, the Rov. D. W. Bristol, a distinguished Methodist clergyman, in a masterly manner, objections instituted by many to the Order, aro fairly tested, and answered in a mild and satisfactory way. It is a cheap and useful work, and we cheerfully recommend it to public favor.-Mirror of the Times.
Able and exceedingly interesting articles, that we would most cordially commend to tho attontion of overy reader, while we aro gratified at being able to bring them under the notice of members of the great Order. The work contains also Addressos by Rev. D. W. Bristol, and is embellished with soveral ine Steel Engravings. Fully and correctly defining the principles of 0. F., it should fill a niche in the library of every Odd Fellow, where it will furnish a mine of valuable matter whence he can draw at all times for the facts illustrative of the great principles of the noblo institu. Lion of Odd Fellowship.-Golden Rule.
It is an excellent work, and worthy of the patronage of the Order. The objections often urged against our institution, are most thoroughly examined, and ably answer. ed. The book is got up in good style, and is offered at a low price.- The Ark.
Wo should think that every lover of the Order which this book upholds would adorn his library with it; and overy person that is opposed to it should also havo one so that they could see their objections answered. We would say to every lover of the poor and amicted, buy ono and peruse it for yourselves and see what the Odd Fellows do for them. Ils mollo is “Do unto others as yo would have others do unto you."- The Boe.
This is a clear, forcible, and well written exposition of the subjects abovo named; and a book that every Odd Fellow in the country should be in possession of. Tho work is well got up, and embellished with several fine engravings appropriate to the subject of which it treate. It is sold at the low price of one dollar, and can be mailed to any part of the United States.-Banner of the Union.
The Missionary Offering, a memorial of Christ's
Messengers in Heathèn Lands, dedicated to Dr. Judson, 8 engravings, 12mo., muslin.
We have seen nu book of late which, upon a hasty examination, we could more checrsully and confidently recommend. The history of the labors of Missionaries in foreign lands has always been one of unsurpassed interest to a great class of every cominunity, by whom such enterprizes are conducted, and in no similar work bave we seen this history more ably and truthfully set forth than in the one before us.Buffalo Commercial Advertiser.
Here is a volume of about four hundred pages, neatly printed and illustrated, made up of the most interesting matter, from the pens of the first writers. Such a work cannot fail to interest. What a glorious band have cast aside the heart.cling. ing ties of home, country, and friends, and borno the peaceful emblem of Chris. tianity to the darkest climes. Bloody rites have ceased, the suneral llainu is extinguished, the crushing car has ceased to roll, and mental and moral darkness has given away before the silent labors of the missionary. The records of such a history cannot but interest, revealing as they do, some of the sublimest leatures in the character of man -- sacrifices and toils and triumphs, before which the brightest achievements of earth dwindle into folly.- Cayuga Chief.
THE MISSIONARY OPPBRING is composed of poetical and prose writings of rare excellence, reminisceoces and incidents connected with foreign and home missions, &c. We consider it a valuable and interesting book, especially to the Christian and philanthropist, and all who look upon the missionary enterprise as an institution, under the guidance of Providence, for the moral regeneration of the world. —Geneva Gazette.
Rational Psychology, or the subjective idea and the
objective law of all intelligence: by Laurens P. Hickok, D. D., Professor of Christian Theology in the Theological Seminary, Auburn. The few, not the many, will find pleasure and improvement in tho study of a treatise like this, discussing with much ability and research, indicative of close and patient thought, the abstruse scienco of mind, and reaching principles by a careful induction of well arranged and considered facts. The author has favorabiy intro. duced himself, in this work, to the thinking portion of the religious public, and will calmly await the verdict of the learned world upon this elaborate performanco. Il is a handsomely printed octavo of 700 pages.- N. Y. Observer.
The American Fruit Culturist : By J. J. Thomas;
containing directions for the propagation and culture of Fruit Trees, in the Nursery, Orchard, and Garden; with descriptions of the principal American and Foreign varieties cultivated in the United States: with 300 accurate illustrations. 1 volume, of over 400 pages, 12mo. A cheaper, but equally valuablo book with Downing's was wanted by tho great mass. Just such a work has Mr. Thomas given us. We consider it an invaluablo addition to our agricultural libraries.-Wool Grower.
We predict for it a very rapid salo ; it should be in the hands of every fruit grower and especially overy nurseryman. It is a very cheap book for its price.- Ohio Cultivator.
It is a most valuable work to all engaged in the culture of fruit trees.- Ulica Ilerald.
It is a book of great value.- Genesee Farmer.
Among all the writers on fruits, we do not know of one who is Mr. Thomas' superior, is his equal, in condensing important matter. He gels right at the pith of the thing -- he gives you that which you wish to know at once ; stripped of all useless talk and twattle. No man has a keener eye for the best ways of doing things. Hence we always look into his writings with the assurance that we shall find something new, or some improvements on the old ; and we are seldom disappointed. This book is no exception. It is full. There is no vacant space in it. It is like a fresh egg - all good, and packed to the shell full.- Prairie Farmer.
In the volume before us we have the result of the author's experience and obser. rations, continued with untiring perseverance for many years, in language at once concise and perspicuous.- Albany Cultivator.
We can say with confidence to our readers, that if you need a book to instruct you in the modes of growing trees, &c., from the first start, the systems of pruning, etc., etc., you will find the American Fruit Culturist an extremely valuable work. The million who purchase it, will find matter adapted to their wants, superior to any work as yet published. - Cleveland Herald.
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