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brandy, one, or all conjoined, as herein direct- to read this history, we should read it with a ed, to check the diarrhea in its first stages, 1 microscope. The least flaw would strike us. seems to be all that is necessary. The disease The least bedizenment, or touch of patriotic is in the organs of the circulation, and its first rouge, pearl-powder or burnt cork, would raise and principal symptom is a rapid escape of the our critical spleen. It is the author's own watery part of the blood into the intestinal fault; we cannot help it. Come on my lads, canal. To prevent this escape by the use of says he, and I will show you how to write a astringents and narcotics is, of course, the good, plain, straightforward, history. treatment indicated. We commend the pamph- The most curious symptoms of our modern let especially to the attention of our Western literature is perhaps the very prevalent affectareaders. Dr. Cox is good authority in New tion of simplicity and hardness, à la CarlyleYork.

ending, for the most part, in a rattling together of the Saxon dry bones of English, in a very un

melodious fashion. Surely, grace and kindly. The History of the United States of America, ness, a full and easy manner, are greater re

from the discovery of the Continent to the commendations of a writer, than a coarse, inOrganization of the Government under the solent, frowning style, whose very force deFederal Constitution. By RICHARD Hil- generates into impertinent quickness and hardDRETH. 3 vols. New York: Harper & Bro- ness, and which seems adapted for the torture thers, 1849.

and exasperation, rather than for the pleasure

and consolation of readers. As far as we have examined the first volume of this History, in a cursory manner, it seems to be a plain, direct narrative, written in å sharp and clear, but somewhat dry style, with The Hand-book of Hydropathy, for Profes

, occasionally a critical remark or a severe sional and Domestic use : with an Appendix stricture. The spirit of the author is that of a on the best mode of forming Hydropathic man fully satisfied that he is master of his sub- Establishments; being the result of twelve ject and of the motives and principles of the years' experience at Graefenberg and Frei. men whose actions he describes. His advertise- · waldau. By Dr. J. Weiss, formerly Diment is perhaps the key to his sentiments and rector of the establishment at Freiwaldau. intentions. “Of centennial sermons and Fourth From the second London Edition. Philadel.. of July orations, whether professedly such or phia : J. W. Moore, 139 Chestnut-street. in the guise of history, there are more than 1849. enough. It is due to our fathers and ourselves, it is due to truth and philosophy, to present for This is unquestionably the treatise of the once, on the bistoric stage, the powers of our

We have seen none comparable American nation, unbeda ubed with patriotic with it for completeness and simplicity. The ronge, wrapped up in no fine-spun cloaks of ex- publishers inform us that already one large cuses and apology; without stilts, buskins, tin- edition is nearly exhausted, though it has but sel or bedizenment, in their own proper persons,

lately issued from the press. often rude, hard, narrow, superstitions, and mis- of all theories of medicine, we esteem the taken; but always earnest, downright, manly Hydropathic to be the most innocent. and sincere. The result of their labors is motes cleanliness-a virtue which comes next eulogy enough; their best apology is to tell to godliness-it leads to a careful observance their story exactly as it was."

of all the rules of diet and exercise, and it preAfter a declaration of so much literary vigor, serves the constitution from the horrid inroads we had almost said of so much moral ferocity, of quack purgatives and pills of all descriptions. the reader is to expect nothing but a hard, plain, Next to our own theory, which is to bave no and fearfully “earnest" account of the actions theory, but to consider that practice the best, of our fathers. In ourselves, indeed, it breeds .which is most successful, we prefer the hya feeling of critical responsibility. Were we dropathic.

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