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of practical wisdom more numerouiš than Don Quixote’s garrulous squire cited gave birth under his hand to a current proverbial philosophy; and his effigy is, therefore, the familiar symbol of independence, of popular education, and self-culture. Those shrewd and kindly features, and that patriarchal head, are as precious to the humble as the learned ; and in every land and every language Franklin typifies the "greatest good of the greatest number.” Mignot rightly defines him as “gifted with the spirit of observation and discovery;” Davy calls his inductive power felicitous; Paul Jones augured success in his desperate sea-fights from the "Bon Homme Richard;" and the memorable epigraph of Turgot is the acknowledged motto of his escutcheon :

Erupuit coelo fulmen
Sceptrumque tyrannis."

schools established there.” He added the bequest of a fund, of which the income should be annually applied, in silver medals, to be awarded to the most merito rious boys in these schools.





By William H. Prescott. With Portraits, Maps, Plates, &o Two volumes, 8vo. Price, in muslin, $2 per volume.

The reign of Philip the Second, embracing the last half of the sixteenth century, is one of the most important as well as interesting portions of modern history. It is nodossary to glance only at some of the principal events. The War of the Netherlands - the model, so to say, of our own glorious War of the Revolution - the Siege of Malta, and its memorable defence by the Knights of St. John; the brilliant career of Don John of Austria, the hero of Lepanto; the Quixotic adventures of Don Sebastian of Portugal; the conquest of that kingdom by the Duke of Alba ; Philip's union with Mary of England, and his wars with Elizabeth, with the story of the Invincible Armada; the Inquisition, with its train of woes; tho rebellion of the Moriscos, and the cruel manner in which it was avenged - these form some of the prominent topics in the foreground of the picture, which prosents a crowd of subordinate details of great interest in regard to the character and court of Philip, and to the institutions of Spain, then in the palmy days of her prosperity. The materials for this vast theme were to be gathered from every part of Europe, and the author has for many years been collecting them from the archives of different capitals. The archives of Simancas, in particular, until very lately closed against even the native historian, have been opened to his researches; and his collection has been further enriched by MSS. from sone of the principal houses in Spain, the descendants of the great men of the sixteenth century. Such a collection of original documents has never before been made for the illustration of this period.

The two volumes now published bring down the story to the execution of Counts Egmont and Hoorn in 1568, and to the imprisonment and death of Don Carlos, whose mysterious fate, so long the subject of speculation, is now first ex plored by the light of the authentic records of Simancas.


The Catholic.

By W. H. Prescott. With Portraits. Three volumes, 8vo. Price, in muslin, $2 per volume. “Mr. Prescott's merit thiefly consists in the skilful arrangement of his materials, in the spirit of philosophy which animates the work, and in a clear and elegant style that charms and interests the reader. His book is one of the most successful historical productions of our time. The inhabitant of another world, be seems to have shaken off the prejudices of ours. In a word, he has, in every respoct, made a most valuable addition to our historical literature." - Edinburgh Review,



, With the Life of the Conqueror, Fernando Cortez, and a View of the Ancient Mexican Civilization. By W. H. Prescott. With Portrait and Maps. Three volumes, 8vo. Price, in muslin, $2 per volume. “ The more closely we examine Mr. Prescott's work the more do we find cause to commend his diligent research. His vivacity of manner and discursive observations scattered through notes as well as text, furnish countless proofs of his matchless industry. In point of style, too, he ranks with the ablest English historians; and paragraphs may be found in his volumes in which the grace and eloquence of Addison are combined with Robertson's majestic cadence and Gibu bon's brilliancy." — Athenæum. HISTORY OF THE CONQUEST OF PERU ;

With a Preliminary View of the Civilization of the Incas. By W. H. Prescott. With Portraits, Maps, &c. Two vols., 8vo. Price, in muslin, $2 per volume. “The world's history contains no chapter more striking and attractive than that comprising the narrative of Spanish conquest in the Americas. Teeming with interest to the historian and philosopher, to the lover of daring enterprise and marvellous adventure, it is full of fascination. A clear head and a sound judgment, great industry and a skilful pen, are needed to do justice to the subject. These necessary qualities have been found united in the person of an accomplished American author. Already favorably known by his histories of the eventful and chivalrous reign of Ferdinand and Isabella, and of the exploits of the Great Marquis and his iron followers, Mr. Prescott has added to his wellmerited reputation by his narrative of the Conquest of Peru." Blackwood.

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By Rev. John Stetson Barry. To be comprised in three volumes, octavo. Volume I. embracing the Colonial Period, down to 1692, now ready. Volumes II. and III. in active preparation. Price, in muslin, $2 per volume.

Extracts from a Letter from Mr. Prescott, the Historian.

BOSTON, June 8, 1856. Messrs. Phillips, Sampson, & Co.

Gentlemen, - The History is based on solid foundations, as a glance at the al horities will show.

The author has well exhibited the elements of the Puritan character, which he has evidently studied with much care. His style is perspicuous and manly, freo from affectation, and he merits the praise of a conscientious endeavor to be impartial.

The volume must be found to make a valuable addition to our stores of colonial history.

Truly yours,




From the Invasion of Julius Cæsar to the Abdication of James II., 1688. By David Hume, Esq. A new edition, with the author's last corrections and improvements; to which is prefixed a short account of his life, written by himself. Six volumes, with Portrait. Black muslin, 40 certs per volume ; in red muslin, 50 cents; half binding, or library style, 50 cents per volume; half calf, extra, $1.25 per volume. The merits of this history are too well known to need comment. Despite the author's predilections in favor of the House of Stuart, he is the historian most respected, and most generally read. Even the brilliant Macaulay, though seeking to establish an antagonistic theory with respect to the royal prerogative, did not choose to enter the lists with Hume, but after a few chapters by way of cirsory review, began his history where his great predecessor had left off.

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MAN EMPIRE By Edward Gibbon, Esq. With Notes by Rev. H. H. Milman. A new Edition. To which is added a complete Index of the

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