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6. Regulations of the Laurel Hill Cemetery, on

the River Schuylkill, near Philadelphia ; &c.

7. Cemetery Interment : containing a Concise

History of the Modes of Interment practised by the

Ancients ; Descriptions of Père la Chaise ; &c.



1. Speech of MR. Choate, of Massachusetts,

on the Case of Alexander McLeod, delivered in

the Senate of the United States, June 11th, 1841.

2. Speech of Mr. Benton, of Missouri, on the

Case of McLeod. In Senate, Monday, June 14th,


3. Opinion delivered by Mr. Justice Cowen, in

the Matter of Alexander McLeod, in the Supreme

Court, on Habeas Corpus, July Term, 1841.

4. Message from the President of the United

States, (July 14th, 1841,) &c.


Biographical Memorials of JAMES OGLETHORPE,

Founder of the Colony of Georgia, in North

America. By Thaddeus Masox HARRIS, D. D.

VII. Stephens's Travels in CENTRAL AMERICA . 479

Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chia-

pas, and Yucatan. By John L. Stephens, Au-

ihor of " Incidents of Travel in Egypt, Arabia

Petræa, and the Holy Land," &c.

VIII. Wright's Translation of La Fontaine . 506

Fables of La Fontaine. Illustrated by J. J.

GRADVILLE. Translated from the French by



1. Park's Pantology


2. The Token


3. Magnetic Observations


4. Western Poetry.


5. Vail's Literature of the United States 523

6. Schlegel's History of Literature


7. Felton's Aristophanes

8. Letters from Abroad to Kindred at Home 529

9. The Poetry and History of Wyoming 533

10. Combe's Phrenological Visit


11. Miniature German Romances


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Art. I. – 1. Introduction to the History of Philosophy.

By Victor CouSIN, Professor of Philosophy of the
Faculty of Literature at Paris. Translated from the
French. By Henning GOTFRIED LINBERG. Boston :

Hilliard, Gray, Little, & Wilkins. 1832. 8vo. pp. 458. 2. Specimens of Foreign Standard Literature. Vols. 1.

and II. Containing Philosophical Miscellanies, translated from the French of Cousin, JOUFFROY, and B. CONSTANT. With Introductory and Critical Notices. By GEORGE RIPLEY. Boston: Hilliard, Gray, & Co.

1839. 12mo. pp. 383 and 376. 3. Elements of Psychology; included in a Critical Exam

ination of Locke's Essay on (the) Human Understanding, with Additional Pieces. By Victor Cousin, Peer of France, &c. &c. &c. Translated from the French, with an Introduction and Notes. By the Rev. C. S. HENRY, D. D. Second Edition, prepared for the Use of Col leges. New York : Gould & Newman. 1838. 12mo.

pp. 423.

The writings of Cousin form the popular philosophy of the day. Their success in this country'is attested by the appearance of the three translations, of which the titles are given above, one of which has already passed to a second edition, and has been introduced as a text-book in some of our principal colleges. There must be some grounds for this popularity, apart from the bias inanisested by many people to VOL. LIII. NO. 112.


adopt as their favorite system of philosophy, the one which happens to be the last published. Such a bias operated to swell the favor with which the writings of the late Dr. Brown were at first received, and in its reaction to depress his reputation with quite as much injustice as it bad at first been elevated. We do not anticipate for Cousin such a rapid fall in public estimation, because his great learning and the merits of his style, to carry the comparison no further, give him a decided advantage over the Scotch professor ; and his lectures, moreover, are not a posthumous publication. His manner, after all, is not much to the taste of sober and accurate thinkers; but it has qualities which are sure to please the majority of readers. Evidently formed in the lecture room, it is sometimes eloquent, but more frequently declamatory. Profound subjects are treated without any affectation of profundity of manner, — the capital vice of the German melaphysicians; and the general lucidness of the views set forth is due partly to the clearness of the writer's mind, and partly to the superficial character of his inquiries. He never fatigues the reader with a long train of argument, either because he dislikes the subtilties of logic, or is incapable of that severe exertion of mind which is necessary in order to bridge over the vast interval, that often separates ultimate truths from primitive perceptions. His conclusions lie but a step from the premises, when they have any premises at all, and they are repeated with a frequency, that marks the habits of a lecturer to a mixed audience, while it spares any severe effort of memory to those, who have the good fortune of being able to study the matter in print. We find nothing like terseness of manner, or simplicity of statement ; and the rhetoric, though highly wrought, in our judgment at least, often appears cold and artificial, instead of being penetrated with real warmth of feeling. But there is great copiousness, and not unfrequently much dignity, of expression ; and the swell of diction often gives prominence and effect to the enunciation of simple and familiar truths. The fairness and candor, which, with one great exception, he displays in estimating the services of other metaphysicians, are quite as manifest as the complacency, with which he alludes to his own merits.

Apart from the excellences and defects of manner, the favor shown to the writings of Cousin is due to the skill with

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