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not the vital question to solve in the interest of Reform-it The Case of the Late Secretary of War.
is, do the people really want a thorough Reform? We Editor of Potter's Monthly.
believe they do--but do they? If so, let them indicate it in SIR: In an article entitled, “Crime in Official Circles,"
tones that may not be misunderstood, and their wishes will be on page 64 of the Monthly for July, 1876, you say:
regarded by the chief and the entire administration, whether “Take an illustration from the painful case of the late
he and it be Republican or Democratic. But of this more fall in our National Capital. A gentleman of limited means

receives an appointment to a position of great honor and

distinction; he and his must accommodate their styles of
Belknap's Escape.-As regards Belknap himself, the living to the popular notion of what is required of them,
question of his impeachment or non-impeachment is not rather than be guided and controlled by the amount of
perhaps worthy the importance already given it. The money they can honestly command to meet their expendi-
quietest oblivion is ever hungry for this grade of man. tures. The salary is ample for all proper expenses, but
But the general attitude and manner of our government entirely inadequate to satisfy the demands of society; thus
toward official criminals may be worthy a thought or two. the legitimate income being insufficient, the deficiency must
It is in fact, a question of vital moment whether or not the be made up by illegal and criminal practices."
American government, through its Congress and Senate, is so Of course, the “gentleman of limited means" pointed at
organized that in considering Belknap's case or the case of is the late Secretary of War. Now, I am sure you would
any other man, it is made to stultily itself and to appear to not willingly do him injustice, whatever may be the verdict
call white black to-day and black white to-morrow. Better of the High Court of Impeachment. I am quite as certain
Belknap had been allowed to go quietly off with his pockets that you have been misled by untrue statements that have
full of post-traders' bribes than that the Senate of the United filled newspaper columns concerning his way of living, and
States should on one day, by a majority vote, have deliberately you have written what is not correct. I will state what I
declared that it had jurisdiction in his case, and on another believe to be susceptible of clearest proof, and leave it to
a few weeks later, by lack of a two-thirds vote, have just as yourself and the readers of the MONTHLY to judge the case
deliberately proclaimed that it had not. As it required a dispassionately.
two-thirds vote to convict on impeachment, it should have The late Secretary of War went into the cabinet in 1869.
required a two-thirds vote on all questions looking toward From that time until 1873 he lived a part of the time in a
conviction, and thus much farce and eloquence might have boarding house and a part of the time at the “ Arlington"
been spared us. But it is now all past beyond recall. It hotel. In 1873 and since, he has lived in a modest house,
seemed to us from the first, that 10 attempt an impeachment at a moderate rent, on G. street, which is a part of a row of
of Belknap out of office after his resignation had been ac- similar houses. There he gave only one evening entertain-
cepted was about as sensible as to give a man a thrashing ment, never an evening "reception,” and a very few inex-
after he was dead. The greatest sarce, however, was in the pensive dinners. He was naturally desirous of showing a
first step, wherein the investigating committee, over-elated fair degree of hospitality, in the official position in which he
with the fact that it had caught a culprit at last, determined, was placed; but his annual expenditures were always con-
in its first flush of glory, to decapitate him by demanding his siderably below the amount of his annuai salary. This is
resignation, and then, seeing its error and being slightly susceptible of proof. This statement applies to his whole
cross about it, determined to impeach said culprit to death household expenses, including those of his family when
aster he was already dead.

away in the summer, and every kind of incidental expense,
But we are not paid $5,000 or $10,000 a year to under- I have not seen a solitary item of proof that can contradict
stand and interpret the law on such points, and therefore did this statement; but there has been a recklessness of assertion
not attempt any dogmatism thereon. It seems passing concerning the ex-Secretary's private expenses, without a
strange, however, that there was not enough definitely- shadow of truth, that has cruelly wronged him because they
settled legal wisdom in the land to have prevented the ex- are, undoubtedly, utterly without foundation in truth.
pense and contradiction of this so-called impeachment trial, With a public officer's private affairs the public have no
which has really proved the greatest farce of the Centennial business to interfere, nor should I now allude to this case,
year. There was no precedent, it seems, and so the law had not the private affairs of the late Secretary of War been
doctors had to experiment to find out whether or not the pressed upon the public attention by these reckless assertions

official corpse was really dead. But official bribery is no new The question of the guilt or innocence of the ex-Secretary,
disease among us. Belknap is not worse than some upon of the charges preferred against him has nothing to do with
whom the towers of investigating committees have not fallen. the matter. Truth is precious in whatever connection, and
The complaint ought to be understood by this time, and hal- it is only in its vindication that I send this to you, and ask
ters duly prepared for the hanging of such men, before they you to publish it.
get a chance of sliding out of office and danger by way of There is a growing evil in journalism, namely, treating
higher official or other sympathy. Not for the sake of pun accused persons as if they were already convicted. The Law
ishing a poor, dishonest man, but for the sake of our own is more merciful. It presumes a man to be innocent until
present and future sasety and dignity as a nation among the he is proven guilty.
nations of the world, ought we to have severer standards of The Ridge, July 24, 1876.
official character, and know just exactly how to hang or bury
such cases as Belknap's, without the outlays and sympathies REMARKS.–We are grateful to Dr. Lossing for the above
incident to “ High Courts” of Impeachment trials.

COM!! I ltion, and in so far as we erred are happy to be


set right. But the doctor will pardon us for saying that we “Varieties” places of amusement, and like infamous dens. feel that our inferences were kinder to the ex-Secretary than Here, in our good old moral city of Philadelphia, there are his facts. Eschewing the words guilt and crime, it must be several such places, luring our boys to crime, and to prison, admitted that the ex-Secretary received moneys other than and to hell. We cannot speak from personal inspection, his salary and from sources not authorized by law. Now, if but a person, who we are confident did not exaggerate the we accept the statement that “ his annual expenditures were terrible truth, has given us a strong description of one of always considerably below the amount of his annual salary,” these infernal vestibules to the infernal regions, and we as we are content to do upon the simple assurance of our demand of our Mayor and other law-administering officials esteemed correspondent, will not that acceptance strip the ex- that it be at once closed and the villians who conduct it Secretary of the sole palliation for receiving moneys not punished to the full extent of the law. We deem it best not allowed him by law?

to give the locality here, because some young reader might

be tempted to visit the terrible den, and the city authorities The Duty of Citizens to their Successors.--We have do not require to be told—they know not only the one we more than once spoken warmly in condemnation of the allude to but others of the same sort, every one of which pernicious papers issued in New York City for the youth of they are guilly of tolerating in violation of law. our land. But, we presume, law cannot reach this evil, and Philadelphia is not exceptional in the possession of these the only remedy we can suggest is—let an overwhelming sinks—and we demand that in every city the laws be rigidly public opinion be developed to stop it.

enforced against every immoral, indecent “place of amuseThere is another devil-begotten crime-begetter in our larger ment.” The press and people should see to it that this be cities which the law can and should suppress—we mean the I done.

RECORDS OF THE SOCIETIES. The Prince Society.–The annual meeting of this asso- died during the year 1875, namely, Thomas Waterman, its ciation, whose object is to preserve and extend the knowledge first Vice-President, and John W. Parker, its first Treasurer. of American history hy editing and printing for its members Resolved, That in the death of Mr. Drake, the literary such manuscripts, rare tracts and volumes as are mostly con- world mourns the death of a faithful historian, well read in fined in their use to historical students and public libraries, was the antiquities of our country, and a careful, thorough and held at 18 Somerset street, Boston, on Thursday, May 25, it successful investigator of the facts upon which history rests, being the anniversary of the birth of the Rev. Thomas Prince, while this Society deplores him as an efficient officer and a the annalist of New England, in honor of whom the Society friend who always had its interests at heart. is named.

Resolved, That by the death of Messrs. Waterman and Mr. Dean, the President, announced the death since the Parker we lose iwo gentlemen of sterling integrity, whose conlast meeting of the Society of Samuel Gardner Drake, the scientious devotion to the duties of the offices which they filled historian, who was the first to suggest the formation of the will be long arid gratefully remembered by their associates. Society, and who assisted in organizing it. He was the first William B. Trask and Charles H. Guild were appointed President of the Society, having been chosen in 1858, and a committee to nominate officers for the ensuing year. They held the office by successive elections till 1870. He died reported the following list of candidates : in Boston, June 14, 1875, aged 76. Among the seven mem- President, John Ward Dean, A.M., of Boston; Vicebers who were elected officers in 1858 no death had occurred Presidents, John Wingate Thornton, A. M.; the Rev. Ed. till last year. The first death among them was that of mund F. Slaster, A.M., and William B. Trask, all of Boston ; Thomas Waterman, the first Vice-President, who held that and the Hon. Charles H. Bell, A.M., of Exeter, New office from 1858 to 1866, and the second that of John Wells Hampshire; Corresponding Secretary, Charles W. Tuttle, Parker, who was Treasurer from 1858 to 1863. Mr. Water- | A.M., or Boston; Recording Secretary, David Green Hasman died February 27, 1875, aged 84, and Mr. Parker, June kins, Jr., A.M., of Cambridge; Treasurer, Elbpridge H. 3, 1875, aged 66. The Society, during the last year, has lost Goss, of Melrose. The report was accepted and the gentle. five other members, namely, George Brinley of Ilartford, men unanimously elected to the several offices. Connecticut; the Hon. John Elwyn of Portsmouth, New Mr. Goss, the Treasurer, made his annual report, showing Hampshire ; the Hon. Thomas H. Wynne of Richmond, the Society entirely free from debt and a balance of $439,81, Virginia; William B. Towne of Milford, New Hampshire, on hand. and John M. Bradbury of Ipswich, Massachusetts, all well Mr. Haskins, in behalf of the Council, reported that since known as historical students.

the last meeting, the ninth volume of the Society's publicaWilliam B. Trask, after a few preliminary remarks, offered tions had been printed, entitled : “ John Wheelwright, his the following preamble and resolutions, which were utani. Writings, including his Fast Day Sermon, 1637, and his

Mercurius Americanus, 1645; with a paper upon the Genuine. Whereas

, Since the last annual meeting of this Society, ness of the Indian Deed of 1629, and a Memoir by Charles death has taken from us Samuel Gardner Drake, A.M., the H. Bell, A.M." originator and one of the founders of this Society, and its

Several other reprints are in preparation by competent President for the first twelve years of its existence.

editors and will duly appear. The next will probably be a And Whereas, Two other founders of the -Society have | translation of Champlain's Voyages to New France.



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Life of Thomas Jefferson, by THOMAS J. DAVIS. Phila- | centres, two hundred and twenty-nine candidates in altend.
delphia : Claxton, Remsen & Tlafj'eifinger.

ance. In 1874, there were seven candidates for the Harvard
In a neat little volume of 179 pages, Mr. Davis tells the preliminary examination sor women; in 1875, five for the
well-worn story of Jefferson's life and services, with a good preliminary and three for the advanced; this year, five for
deal of evident appreciation. He makes the most of Jeffer the preliminary and only one for the advanced. This small-
son's moral penetration, and shows that when quite a boy ness of numbers as compared with the English figures cannot
he endeavored to study how to avoid bad company and bad be accounted for by the opportunities which our public
habits, instead of having to study how to get away from schools offer.”
them aster getting in. It is a pleasant' instance of intelli. However, this may be accounted for, it is probable that
gent hero-worship. It is not overly.critical of Jefferson and the wider the circulation given to the fact the sooner will
his times, but seems to have been written more to give there be aroused among our American girls a spirit of
expression to the author's sincere appreciation of the influ- educational ambition that may, in a measure, tend to reverse
ence wielded by Jefferson in moulding the national Revolu- this order of things.
tion and in reforming the laws of the State of Virginia, than
as an exhaustive study of either branch of the subject. True Spells and False Spells.—The various champions

at the late spelling-bees had better rest on their laurels. A
The Seventh Great Oriental Monarchy: By G. RAWL few years hence there will not be the ghost of a chance

INSON; A work of Special Interest and Value to all Stu- of their coming off even second best. The ridiculous arhi.
dents of Ancient History, London : Murray.

trarinesses in the received methods of spelling the English
This book may be considered as the closing chapter in the language which sor a half a century have been disturbing
history of the Ancient Eastern world, to the writing of which the scholarship of British heads, and to which the London
Mr. Rawlinson has given about eighteen years of good labor. Athenæum has of late again been devoung a good deal of
It gives an account of the Sassanian Kings of Persia, a sensible «liscussion, are at last beginning to rankle a little in
dynasty which bridges the chasm between ancient and the minds of the learned on this side the ocean. The
modern history. The work displays vast research and the educational sessions of the Centennial have devoted con-
finest skill in its manner of evolving ancient history out of siderable time and attention to the matter, and there are
the most complex and multifarious materials.

indications that by the time another Centennial rolls around

we, or our grandchildren, may have a new Webster and Hodgson Hall.-A pamphlet descriptive of the dedica. Worcester with such phonetic or other improved methods of tory services of Hodgson Ilall, by the Georgia Historical spelling the English language as a sensible man could Society at Savannah, should have received earlier attention. I conscientiously assent to. The trouble in this case as in The different addresses on the occasion seem to have been many others is that the resormers want to make changes pervaded with a tone of true appreciation of the objects for where no changes are needed, and the first real question to which the building was erected, and with due regard for the be decided is to what utmost extent can the English tongue liberality which made its erection possible. It is pleasant to, be accepted intact as it is to-day. Then when we have reflect that amid the perpetual push and drive of modern actually settled on the minimum of changes, the simplest life, every city and town has its centre or centres of scho- ways of making said changes can readily be arrived at. To lar!y activity, places of refuge for those who find little rest this end the linguistic reformers have our heartiest sympathy, or pleasure in the busy affairs of the world.

and until the end is reached we see no serious objection to

allowing every writer the largest possible liberty of spelling
English Girls and American Girls. The following in his or her own way, as they tried it in England some years
paragraph taken from a recent number of The Nation, ago.
seemed to us so suggestive that we thought it worth repro-
ducing here:

Thomas Wingfold, Curate. By George MACDONALD.
“One is much struck by the little interest shown in Harvard New York: Routledge & Sons.
examinations for women compared with the quick response One can truly say.of MacDonald, as a writer, what Charies
in England when university examinations were offered to Lamb once said to Coleridge, when the latter asked him,
girls. When Cambridge allowed girls to participate in its “Charles, did you ever hear me preach ?” “ I never heard
local examinations of 1863 on trial, at a fortnight's no- you do anything else,” said J amb. So MacDonald is á
tice, and with only six weeks allowed for preparation, preacher always; and a Scotch Liberal at that, with all the
eighty-three girls were presented for examination. When intensity and dogmatism of that school. Thomas Wingfold
the Cambridge Higher Local Examinations, for persons over is well sketched, the rest of the characters are over or under-
eighteen years of age, were instituted, ninety-one candidates drawn, and the burden of the novel is not sentiment, but the
attended the first examination. In 1875, there were, at en ology as conceived by MacDonald, as opposed to Positivismo

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Art that is Art, and Art that Isn't.—Blushes won't chanics, and not by the reputed sculptors at all. The known down; neither will hero worship. The one starts out upon sculptor, from Michael Angelo till now, is really not a hewer the face of a nation's work like the other upon the face of a of marble, but a modeller in clay. Nor do the terms creachild. Neither democracy nor brute force can hide the one tive and imitative, or creator and imitatcr, fully cover the or the other. And true art is the highest vehicle of express ground. In fact, nature abhors all such marked distinctions. sion for both. Hence it happens that Bismarck, the ablest There is no pure creation and no imitation that has not German of this generation, is the leading subject of some original work in it. As in the shadings of the trees, painter and sculptor in our Republican Centennial Exhibi- and the mingling of species, so creation and imitation are tion. His face is the strongest and his features the most perpetually invading each other's sphere. Who has not seen determined and impressive in tha: fiery-looking picture of coats cut and button-holes worked as only the head and the “Surrender of Napoleon after the Battle of Sedan.” | hands of artists could cut and work them? There is more Ile is the prominent foreground object in one of the richest art in many a pair of pantaloons than in lots of marble busts landscapes in the German main gallery, immediately on the and paintings we have seen; yet a tailor is said to be only right as you enter from the central hall-way, wliere he is rep- the ninth part of a man, to say nothing of a man with resented as a sportsman with gun in hand, and as social genius such as an artist must ever have. Are not our dry. parent, chatting with a little child. It is all right; Bismarck goods stores and dressmakers' headquarters, and jewelry has Germany in the brain, and Germany has Bismarck on establishments, art temples, often enough with more creative the brain. It is an old law with a new expression. The and real beauty in them than are to be found in picture gal. tradesmen as well as the artists have caught the same, and leries? It is not the work, but the quality of head that goes are sanning it in the light of Bismarck faces every here and into the work. There were ways about a man who used to there in the Main Building as well. But the work that is at come to us for advertising, that stamped him as an Artist once the most typical of the man and the nation, and the born and bred. He had an artist's head and action; was strongest piece of art in the whole Exhibition, is the heroic full of genius. Nor was it of Milton's or Grey's inglorious bronze figure of Bismarck in the rotunda of Memorial llall, kind-a kind, in fact, we don't believe in, and have never to the right as you enter from the south side. It is the seen. There does, however, seem to be a marked distinction strongest figure of a man since the days of Cæsar and Peri- in heads. There is a fineness, clearness, sullness and richness cles and Jupiter. It has all the fixedness, calm and force in the eye of an artist, a certain delicate moulding of the of the old heroes, with thousand-fold new combinations of lips, a fixed, positive harmony of head and being, all of character growing out of the mechanisms and complications which somehow manage to get into every bit of work he of modern civilization. It is the Krupp Gun and the New touches, making it and him more complete entities than any Testament ground up and together in one. It is Luther artisan or mechanic work in his line. Frequently enough and Cæsar combined. And the artist has wrought well at

there is a close and hard chase for the mastery. Circumstances his work and succeeded. To the left of the Rotunda and as osten dull and becloud and thwart the early assertions of the a sort of companion-piece for the great Bismarck, is Mr.

artist's hand; but if the true heat be there, it comes to sunBailey's “General Blanco on Horseback.” We saw it once or light by and by. Nast saw through you before he made suctwice in the studio, and thought it rather tame-looking for cessful pictures. He now makes you see through yourselves. so much prance and apparent action, thought it lacked fire | The genius or the artist is a revealer of truth to the world. It and nerve and fibre, but did not allow our judgment to is a new mixture, working by a new method; and whether decide one way or the other, especially as man and beast in stone or wood, or amid paste-pots or kitchen utensils, the seemed anatomically correct.

In that rotunda, however, result is the same: new light and new truth for men. The surrounded by art that is art, the tameness of this piece of artisan goes on his way, the old


the world's way. No Philadelphia equestrianism seemed to touch us as the dead strange voices come to him; no fresh thought springs from wings of a ghost might be supposed to do in passing. And as him. He may model horses and busts of men, and paint we got around where the south hindquarters of the animal pictures, but they are dead and all wrong. Many a business could be seen, the menkind by seemed to have taken a

card has more art in it than is to be found in whole groups gradual case of rheumatisın, and the whole group looked in of paintings and statuary. It is when the soul touches, for danger of falling, not willfully—that might have been art- the time being, the perfection of the subject, that art proper but weakly, back into the curtains and mouldings of the may be named. Nor is all copying mere mechanism. There walls of Memorial Hall, which isn't art, but something which may be consummate art in taking a photograph, in catching passes for art in certain familiar corners of the world. the rays of heaven's light and wreathing them about the

brow of your subject; that is, as Emerson has it, in the way Artists and Artisans.—The more one thinks about it,

of “ hitching your wagon to a star." Certainly a good bar. the more it becomes apparent that the distinction between the ber is an artist, and a good cook a genius, a diamond of the artist and mechanic is not one of profession or vocation, but purest water; and the razor, shears, and frying-pan, or purely a matter of comparative quality of head, and the rather gridiron, may yet, in the good time coming, be as re work accomplished thereby. There is a plausible ground nowned as the brushes and pens and chisels old; and the for applying the term artists exclusively to painters and

veritable inverted torch of the future may not come from sculptors, but it will not hold. It is now more generally female votes, or poetry, or sculpture and painting, but from known than ever before, that the actual work of sculpturing the potato-pot, and a generally improved culinary practice, the marble is usually done by what are called skilled me. clear gone to the fine art of the future. Who knows? The


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stomach is a wonderful organ, and must be properly sed his critics, and to write not so much about himself as at before true art can flourish and artists and artisans find their | himself." We should rather say that in this volume as in true places in the world.

its predecessors, the author writes in a manner and vein most Modern Art and Art Critics.—The Centennial has had lucidly suggestive of himself and of the very highest and the effect of developing quantities of latent genius in many deepest poetic thoughts and feelings known to the human directions, but in no one line more remarkably than in that

soul. As a piece of introspective verse

se-making and a striking of the Fine Arts and the art critics. Some of us had sup

illustration of Mr. Browning's mode and being, the following posed that certain real and true standards of high art had verses are as characteristic as anything we have seen for been established, and that questions of this sort were really many a day: no longer at the mercy of men whose familiarity with the Shall I sonnet-sing you about myself? subject is too limited to make their opinions of any value.

Do I live in a house you would like to see? But it now looks as though some American Ruskin would

Is it scant of gear, has it store of pell?

“ Unlock my heart with a sonnet-key." have to make a martyr of himself, in order to preach a gospel of art that shall at once be universal, and all convincing to For a tickei, apply to the Publisher.” the Western mind. Soon after the Centennial Exhibition No: thanking the public, I must decline. opened, the art critic of one of our city papers discovered A peep through my window, if folks prescr; that Rothermel's “ Battle of Gettysburg” was a low-toned,

But, please you, no foot over threshold of mine! disgusting and prejudiced diub, giving all the glory of Outside should suffice for evidence; character to the Northern soldier and planting brutality on And whoso desires to penetrate the brows of our Southern foes. It is sufficient to say that Deeper, must dive by the spirit sensethe critic in question seems to be the only person that such No optics like yours, at any rate! an idea has ever occurred to. The picture is a powerful

“Hoity toity! A street to explore, treatment of a very difficult subject, and the best art judges Your house the exception ! With this same ker have long ago decided in its favor. The same writer thought Shakspeare unlocked his heart,' once more!" that Mr. Aiken's painting of “Prosessor Gross at a Clinic" Did Shakspeare? If so, the less Shakspeare he! was one of the few Philadelphia pictures that ought to have been admitted, but were there space and time we could give

Did Lord Houghton Plagiarize Tennyson, or Tenreasons upon reasons why the rejection of it was the proper nyson him? or are the following verses another illustration thing to do. It was of bold but very imperfect execution,

of a natural strenk o' nature? A Mr. Erl Rygenhoeg, in the and the judges again followed the true laws of art.

American Bibliopolist for August, says : In a recent review Another day we noticed that the Bulletin man had got on

of Lord Houghton's poems (London Academy, June 3d, a track of his own, and displayed his unwisdom by dubbing 1876), the writer defends this poet from a suppositious Turner “the wrong-eyed painter.” But the man might as

charge of plagiarizing the Laureate's well-known lines: well have called Shakspeare the crack-brained dramatist.

“I hold it true, whate'er befall; The English have brought one old and soiled painting of

I feel it, when I sorrow most; Turner's, and put it in the northwest pavilion of Memorial

'Tis better to have love and lost

Than never to have loved at all." Hall, a room with a side light never intended for paintings,

(In Memorian, xxvi. and probably this poor Turner of the earliest period of the painter, and in this worst of light, is the only painting of the

Dy assigning the date 1830 to the following extract fum great Master the Bulletin man has ever seen. It is not disti.

one of the poems under review : cult to conclude, under the circumstances, where the wrong.

“ He who for love has undergone

The worst that can befall, eyed faculty comes in.

Is happier thousand-fold than one Another singular instance of the infelicity of our Philadel

Who never loved at all; phia art critics was that wherein the Times man styled the new Philadelphia Public Buildings “a tomb." Wait till

A grace within his soul has reigned, those buildings are finished, Mr. Critic, and you will find

Which nothing else can bring

Thank God for all that I have gained your art reverence and admiration rising instinctively toward

By that high suffering." the structure. The stone-cutter's have not in all cases ex. ecuted with fidelity the modelling of the designer, but there

The death of Tennyson's bosom friend and brother-in-law, will be more original, strong and good work about that build

Arthur Hallam, which event furnished the occasion of that ing when it is done, than in any other single structure in any

noblest and most long sustained of elegies, In Memoriam, city in the Union. And it is not by books and newspapers,

(most melodious strain of sorrowing friendship and philosobut by the influence of this kind of buildings, and of the phic-Christian resignation) !-occurred in 1833. Appended to works of Fine Art approved by the best judges, that the tastes

the invocation, which forms an introduction to In Memoriam of our people are to be educated to true standards of art and

as commonly printed, is the date 1840-nineteen years subarchitecture.

sequent to the date assigned to Lord Houghton's poem.

Of course the Laureate is no more to be suspected of Mr. Robert Browning's new volume of poems has its plagiary than Lord Houghton is; assuming the absolute full share of the author's characteristic thought and style. originality of both passages, however, they present one of The London Athenæum says, “if there is a defect in it, it the most remarkable examples of parallelism” in idea and is that Mr. Browning betrays a tendency to quarrel wii! literal expression, ever pointed out.

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