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It arrived only at its perfect and full deConstitutionality.
velopment within the last few ages, and It is never to be lamented when men stands immoveable, by the accumulated are driven to search into the foundation of strength of all its past existence. It came the commonwealth ; as it is necessary for into perfect being, not by revolution, not the conduct of life that the divine and ab- by a change of principles, but by the nastract principles of virtue should have a tive force of an internal life, which impellconscious existence in the intellect, and ed it to throw off a foreign incumbrance, should be frequently agitated and discuss- and stand free in the vigor of independed; so, if we intend to maintain in their ant youth. It is a government of princioriginal purity and force, those ideas of ples, not of prescription, nor of forms. authority, of right, and of obedience, upon Its traditional forms are few; it did not which all government is founded, we must come down to us loaded with the corruptoften reflect, and induce others to reflect ions of former ages, to be maintained by upon them, in their simplicity. It is ne- the timid and condemned by the wise. cessary to revive and fortify the spirit of It is a government of necessity; it arose the Constitution by frequent recurrence to from necessity, and exists by necessity ; it the rights and opinions upon which it is therefore not subvertible while its moral rests ; tracing these to their principles, and conditions exist. But the necessity which casting an historic glance upon those con- gave it birth is not that with which the ditions of society--those exigencies of hu- mathematics are conversant, nor the wants manity—from which they took their rise, and desires of the grosser nature of man. and through which they became appa- The necessity with which our laws are in rent; rights, in our own case, derived accordance is of a moral nature, and can be from a recognition of the imperious neces- found only in the operation of moral causes. sity of freedom to the full development of In the course of history, philosophers our nature; principles, grounded in human observe series of events signifying the exnature, tested by the experience of all | istence and operation of certain divine and time, and suggested as rules of legislation | moral laws, by which the superior destiny from an observation of the evils that arose i of man is distinguished above his physical upon their absence. Ours is not an hypo- and
destiny. Governments thetical government; it was not erected founded like ours upon a recognition of upon an imaginary basis; the first fibres of of justice, of faith, of beneficence, of honits roots can be traced backward into the or, of liberty and of constancy, are imperdarkness of primeval liberty ; its growth | ishable governments; and die only with has been gradual through many centuries. the races which gave birth to them. VOL. IV.
rine and fire insurance, labor, wharfage, bro- has made it impossible to live comfortably in kerage, wholesale and retail profits, and profits this country by authorship. Literature is a of manufacture ; subject also to detention in poor and precarious occupation, book-selling Massachusetts, by speculators waiting for a on the contrary has been a good and a profitarise of price--a grand subject of contempla- ble one. The consequences are that the inteltion and argument for southern statesmen. ligence of America is, in great part, educated
Georgia has gone farther still in the race of and controlled by England and France. Soon improvement, and has already 38 cotton mills; however, we shall have the booksellers in the the city of Augusta, by the enterprise and fore same predicament with the authors. sight of its corporation, has provided a water of the strangest literary novelties of the day," power sufficient to move any number of mills. says the Republic, (July 12th,) “is the fact In addition to this, other factories are being es that this country is now flooded with German tablished.
reprints, in English, of the standard classics of The consequences of these reforms and im our tongue, which are sold at so cheap a rate, provements in the South can hardly be esti as not only to force from the market English inated above their value; there will be, of editions, but to compete successfully with the course, a vast increase of the free white
American." lation, who will not be slaveholders. The “ The pioneer of this enterprise in Germany capital of the State will be diverted from in was the celebrated Tauchnitz, well known as vestment in slave property, and employed in a the publisher of those small and very accurate much more profitable kind of industry. The editions of the Greek and Roman classics, necessities of the poor white population will which have for fifteen or twenty years been keep down the price of labor for many years to used in all the higher schools of the country.
A valuable class of foreign emigrants, Printed on fine and white paper, and with a mechanics and operatives, will be drawn toward beautiful type, they compare at infinite advanthe South. Slaves will be gradually excluded | tage with the bad editions of the best authors, from inventive and mechanical occupations, with which booksellers and the reading portion which will pass into the hands of free white of the American people have too long been conmen; and while the current prejudices against tent. Before us are editions of Shakspeare, slavery in the minds of the poorer classes will Byron, Moore, Bulwer, and Sir Walter Scott, be by no means diminished, and a necessary together forming a collection of about sixty amelioration take place in the condition and volumes, each of which the publishers are able treatment of slaves, the state sovereignty itself, to send to America, pay duties, and sell at thirwill, at the same time, by the increase of wealth ty-one and a quarter cents per volume. The and power in the State, become better able to above are but a fifth portion of the works printprotect itself against the encroachments of for-ed by Tauchnitz, his library containing the eign reformers, and to subdue the great domes-chefs-d'auvre of the modern and fashionable autic evil of its institutions, by its own free and thors. These books are to be had of all the unassisted force. It will soon be beyond the German booksellers in the country, and, in power of any combination of free States to these days of bad type, and worse paper, are drive or compel the South into an unwilling re luxuries." form of her institutions.
When Germany does all our publishing and
printing, England all our manufacturing; when The Necessity for Protection to American Book France makes our hats and shoes, and the EngPublishers.
lish philosophers regulate our politics, what The vast number of foreign books and peri
an intellectual, happy, shrewd, and prosperous odicals reprinted and sold cheap in America,
people we shall be !
Last Lenres of American History; comprising | under consideration with its sister tongues, or Histories of the Mexican War, and Califor- with its mother tongue, where the existence of nia. By EMMA WILLARD. New York : this is certain. But in a grammar for young George P. Putnam, 155 Broadway.
people, such comparisons must be in a great
measure veeless ; and all that can be done Mrs. Willard in her preface to this history, with advantage, is to apply to the language unobserves," Washington Irving once said in con- der consideration such principles as may have versation, 'pure truth is as difficult to be ob- been established by comparative philology. The tained as pure water; though clear in appear- present grammar does not lay claim to novelty, ance, it is ever found by the chemist to contain for the author has purposely abstained from extraneous substances.' In recording the por- making any material alteration in the arrangetion of my country's history, here presented to ment usually adopted in grammars for schools; the public, I can only say, that pure truth has partly because he thinks that such alterations been my earnest aim; for history is truth, and as have recently been introduced in school truth is history.
I am not conscious of any grammars are little calculated to benefit the prejudices, or prepossessions, either as it re- learner, and partly because he is of opinion spects individuals, parties, or sects, by means that sound information can be given without of which, I should incline to error or be led i obliging the teacher to abandon the order 10 astray. And I have spared no pains in my which he has been accustomed from his youth, power, to make myself acquainted with the and which he may, not always be able or wilstate of facts concerning which I have written. ling to abandon. But doubtless there are mistakes; for what book ever existed which had none? There may be errors of the press ; authorities may mislead; and that mind must be clear indeed, which never misapprehends. But whenever History of Queen Elizabeth. By JACOB ABan error is found, of whatever nature, and BOTT. With engravings. New York: Harwhether pointed out by a friend to serve, or a per
& Brothers. foe to injure, that error will be corrected as supas discovered.” Mrs. Willard writes clearly This history is one of a most valuable seand interestingly, and her book is a valuable ries--the author and the publishers are entitled addition to our American history.
to much praise. The narratives are not tales founded upon history, but history itself, without any embellishment or deviation from the strict
truth. The author has availed himself of the Grammar of the Latin Language. By LEON- best sources of information within his reach. HARD SCHMITZ, Rector of the High School, Edinburgh. Philadelphia : Lea® & Blanchard. 1819.
A Grammar is a classified collection of the Manual of Ancient Geography and History. rules or laws regulating the language of which By WILHELM Putz, Principal Tutor at the it professes to be an exposition. Every lan- Gymnasium of Düren. Translated from the guage is subject to changes, either for the bet
German. Edited by the Rev. THOMAS ter or for the worse'; and although in the case
KIRCHEVER ARNOLD, Á. A., Rector of Lyn: of a dead language a grammarian must consider
don, etc. Revised and corrected from the and illustrate it mainly as it was at the time of
London edition. New York: D. Appleton & its most perfect development, still he cannot
Co., Broadway. Philadelphia: G. S. Aparoid taking into consideration the earlier and pleton, Chestnut street. kter forms of words and expressions ; for in many instances the language, in its perfect This is a very useful book, and contains a state, cannot be fully explained without re- clear and definite outline of the history of the coorse being had to those forms of speech, out principal nations of antiquity; and to render it of which it has arisen. Very great advantages more clear, a concise geography of each counmay also be derived, especially in the etymo- | try has been added. Professor Greene furlogical part, from a comparison of the language nishes a well-written preface.
The Crayon Miscellany. By Washington | the pride, the leisure, and the stomach, reject
Irving. New York: George P. Putnam, Homer until they can comprehend him in the 155 Broadway.
original; until they can sit down, and without
thought of grammar or metre, read a book of This forms the ninth volume of Irving's work, him at once, as they would of Milton or Job, and contains a Tour on the Prairies, Abbots- rapidly, and with a vivid insight ; for short of ford, and Newstead Abbey; these works have that, they will never comprehend him; but for always been great favorites with the public, the inass of men, let us have perfect, literal and ihe beautiful manner in which they are translations, like those of our English Bible, now published, will add to their value.
and this of Dr. Carlyle’s. A very tolerable, though rather pedantic, prose version of Homer has been published at Princeton, in New
Jersey. To read this literal Dante, and the History of King Charles the Second of Eng. literal Homer, side by side with the literal
land. By JACOB ABBOTT. With engravings. Job! what an adınirable employment, how New York: Harper & Brothers.
enlightened and elevating!
An Autobiography and Letters of the Author of
“ The Listener," "Christ our Law," &c. Philadelphia : J. W. Moore, 193 Chestnut
street. 1819. History of the war between the Uniled States
and Mexico, from the Commencement of Ilostilities to the Ratification of the Treaty of Caroline Fry, whose works, say the publishers
The life of a pious and very talented woman, Peace. By John S. JENKINS, Author of have had a large sale in this country. We « The Generals of the Last War with Great Britain," &c. &c. Auburn: Derby, Miller,
are not acquainted with the works of the good & Co. 1818. 8vo.
and pious lady, but from a casual reading of
her autobiographical memoir, have conceived This work is a very full and tolerably well that she must have been a truly delighưul and written account of the war. It has the usual valuable member of society, and a worthy fol. accompaniment of portraits of the distinguished lower of the faith to which she devoted her generals, badly executed. It is a work calcu- calm and innocent existence. ated for a ready sale.
Dante's Dirine Comedy, The Inferno. A literal
Typee; a Peep al Polynesian Life, during a prose translation, with the text of the original.
Fire Months' Residence in a Valley of the Collated from the best editions, and Explan
Marquesas. The revised edition, with a
Sequel. atory Notes. By John A. CarlyLE, M.D.
By HERMAN MELVILLE. New York: Harper and Brothers. 1849.
York: Harper & Brothers. 1849. 1 vol.
This is a very elegant edition of the popular Dante's Divine Comedy, so called only be work of Mr. Melville, with his own revisal and cause it ends happily, though it begins sadly, is
improvements. counted among the greatest productions of genius. The Paradise Lost, the Inferno, the Æneid of Virgil, the Iliad of Homer, and the Book of Job, are generally regarded as the grandest works of imagination in their class.
Selections from Catullus for the use of Classical The Drama indeed contends with the Epic;
Students. With English Notes. By G. and Shakspeare, Sophocles, and Calidas, stand
G. COOKESLEY, M. A., one of the Assistant upon the other equal summit of the glory
Masters at Eton. Revised, with additional smitten Parnassus, but only at an equal, not a
Notes, by C. A. Bristed, late B.A., Scholar grander altitude.
of Trinity College, Cambridge. New York: To make these wonderful works common in
Stanford & Swords, 137 Broadway. 1819. all languages has been the task of the most accomplished scholars. A wretched, we had The most elegant poems of Catullus, with almost said an inhuman pedantry, has forbid- the indecencies omitted ; very properly, we den currency to accurate translations of Ilo-think. Age, surely, does not sanctify obscer. mer, and had it happened that Dante were a ity, at least among the living ; why, then, college book, we might have been deprived of should antiquity ? Besides, if we have a tooth, this valuable translation. Let those who have l there is Moore and Byron, and Paul de Kock