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instructed ear at once recognises the familiar sounds. The ingenuity and care which the writer shows in this curious sort of spelling are remarkable. We incline to think it the best possible plan of obtaining a correct pronunciation for those who have not the aid of oral instruction. Whether it is advis able for persons in such case to attempt to pronounce at all, is another question. The correctness of the writer's own ear and speech may be confided in, considering the advantages he has enjoyed, and that he has taken the further precaution of testing his orthopy by conversing with members of the Institute and professors of the University, and by attendance on the debates of the House of Peers and the Chamber of Deputies." Some introductory principles are stated in the preface to help the pupil in respect to those peculiar and more difficult sounds, which no combination of letters on paper will ever represent to any other eye, than that of a Frenchman. The book is further useful, as it contains a very copious vocabulary of words and phrases in most common use, and such lists of conjugated verbs and other exercises, as will serve to give a fair knowledge of the principles of French grammar. Many instructers will probably find the work a useful
assistant in their labors.
The Rollo Code of Morals; or, The Rules of Duty for Children. Arranged with Questions for the Use of Schools. By Jacob Abbott, Author of the "Rollo " Books, &c. Boston: Crocker & Brewster.
Exercises in Elocution, Exemplifying the Rules and Principles of the Art of Reading. By William Russell, Editor of the American Journal of Education, (First Series,) Author of Lessons in Enunciation, and Rudiments of Gesture. Boston: Jenks & Palmer. 12mo. pp. 240.
A New Practical System for Teaching and Learning the French Pronunciation, in Seven Lessons; Illustrated and Supported by Numerous Examples from the Best French Poets. By C. Ladreyt. To which are annexed, A few Remarks respecting some Books published at Philadelphia, &c. Philadelphia: J. Crissy. 12mo. pp. 30.
Physiology and Animal Mechanism. First Book of Natural History, prepared for the Use of Schools and Colleges. By W. S. W. Ruschenberger, M. D., Surgeon in the United States Navy; Fellow of the College of Physicians; Honorary Member of the Philadelphia Medical Society; Member of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, &c. &c. From the Text of Milne-Edwards, and Achille Comte, Professors of Natural History in the Colleges of Henri IV. and Charlemagne. With Plates. Philadelphia: Turner & Fisher. pp. 101. 12mo.
Letters on Elementary and Practical Education. By Charles Mondelet, Esq. To which is added a French Translation. Montreal: John James Williams. pp. 60. 8vo.
Higher Arithmetic, designed for the Use of High Schools, Academies, and Colleges, in which some entirely New Principles are developed, and many Concise and Easy Rules given, which have never before appeared in any Arithmetic. By George R. Perkins, A. M. Utica: Bennett, Backus, & Hawley. 12mo. pp. 252.
An Introduction to the Greek Language, containing an outline of the Grammar, with Appropriate Exercises, for the Use of Schools and Private Learners. By Asahel C. Kendrick, Professor of the Greek Language and Literature, in the Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution. Utica: Bennet, Backus, & Hawley. 12mo. pp. 192.
Historical Letters on the First Charter of Massachusetts Government, by Abel Cushing. Boston: J. N. Bang. 12mo. pp. 240.
Reminiscences of the last Sixty-Five Years, commencing with the Battle of Lexington; also, Sketches of his own Life and Times. By S. E. Thomas, formerly Editor of the Charleston (S. C.) City Gazette, and lately of the Cincinnati Daily Evening Post. 2 vols. 12mo. pp. 300 and 204. Hartford: Case, Tiffany, & Burnham.
Collections of the New York Historical Society. Second Series. Vol. I. New York: Printed for the Society. 8vo. pp. 486.
Jane Brush and her Cow. New York: M. W. Dodd. 18mo. A Summer Journey in the West, by Mrs. Steele, Author of Heroines of Sacred History. New York: John S. Taylor & Co. 12mo. pp. 278.
Jessie Graham, or Friends Dear, but Truth Dearer. By Aunt Kitty, Author of Blind Alice. New York: Dayton & Saxton. 18mo. Pp. 124.
Charles Linn; or, How to Observe the Golden Rule, with other Stories. New York: Dayton & Saxton. 16mo. pp. 212.
The Fourth of July Book, containing Plans for a Juvenile Observance of the National Festival. By a Sunday School Man. New York. 1841.
Peter Parley's Farewell. Philadelphia: R. S. H. George. 16mo. pp. 324.
Argument of John Quincy Adams, before the Supreme Court of the United States, in the case of the United States, Appellants, vs. Cinque, and others, Africans, Captured in the Schooner Amistad, by Lieut. Gedney; delivered on the 24th of February, and 1st of March, 1841, with a Review of the Case of the Antelope, Reported in the 10th, 11th, and 12th Volumes of Wheaton's Reports. New York: S. W. Benedict, 128 Fulton Street. 8vo. pp. 135.
A Treatise on the Law of Sales of Personal Property. By Francis Hilliard, Author of "An Abridgment of the American Law of Real Property." New York: Halstead & Voorhies. 8vo. pp. 365.
A Treatise on the Rights and Duties of Merchant Seamen, according to the General Maritime Law, and the Statutes of the United States. By George Ticknor Curtis, of the Boston Bar. Boston: Charles C. Little & James Brown. 8vo.
MEDICINE, ANATOMY, AND SURGERY.
A Practical Treatise on the Diseases of Children. By James Stewart, M. D. New York: Wiley & Putnam.
An Examination of Reviews, contained in the British and Foreign Medical Review, and the Medico-Chirurgical Review, of the Medical and Physiological Commentaries. By the Author, Martin Paine, M. D., A. M., Professor of the Institute of Medicine and Materia Medica in the University of New York. 8vo. pp. 56.
The Chess-Player, with Engravings and Diagrams; containing Franklin's Essay, Introduction to the Rudiments of Chess, by George Walker, The three Games played at one and the same time, by Philidor, and Sixty Openings, Mates, and Situations. By W. S. Kenney, Teacher. Boston; Nathaniel Dearborn. 1841. 12mo. pp. 155.
The fascinating and truly "royal game" of chess has fewer votaries in this country, than might be expected from its reputation and solid merits. We have no clubs established in different cities, and waging a protracted warfare with each other by blows which lose none of their force in their slow transmission by mail. We have no places of public resort exclusively devoted to the game, where the patient combatants cheat the night of its hours in their noiseless and absorbing contest. The glory belongs to the chess clubs of the old world, to the "Royal Divan at London, and the Café de la Régence, at Paris. Still, we can boast of a few heroes in this war; vixêre fortes even on this side of the Atlantic. Dr. Franklin was a proficient at the play, which he has illustrated with his own inimitable humor, good sense, and Socratic moralizing. His shrewd, penetrating, and happily balanced intellect was admirably adapted to the stratagems and tactics of the noble game; his self-command was equally conspicuous in success and defeat, and it enabled him, O incredible glory for an accomplished player, to render the mimic engagements subservient to what the world deems higher and more important objects. On more than one occasion, a challenge at chess was the cover for an informal though weighty negotiation, and while seated at the mystic board, decisive steps were taken for check-mating a powerful king. Besides his example and writings, the wonderful automaton of Kempelen and Maelzel, when exhibited in this country, created some interest in the game, and once or twice, powerful combatant as he was, he found his match among our countrymen. Of course, we speak relatively, when alluding to the want of national cultivation in this respect. There are smatterers enough to be found, but real proficients are few and far between, and none but a chess player knows the immense interval between a first and second rate performer.
The manual published by Mr. Dearborn seems to be skilfully made up from various English publications of merit, and to be well adapted to the wants both of novices and of experienced players. Beginners may take their first lessons from it with safety, while there is no person living, who may not derive instruction from the recorded games of the matchless Philidor. We hope the sale of the work will prove that the amusement is gaining ground in this part of the world, for it has high claims to cultivation and respect. As an intellectual exercise, no other mere sport can be mentioned in comparison with it. The skill of Philidor depended, perhaps, on as rare natural endowments and as thorough training, as the mathematical triumphs of a Laplace or a Bowditch. The game is seldom or never polluted by being made an excuse for gambling, for its intrinsic interest requires no foreign excitement. In many cases it may well be recommended to the young from its tendency to cultivate those habits of close attention and forethought, and accurate calculation, which are most difficult of formation in early life, though they are essential to a well-regulated intellect, and to the successful practice of any profession.
Essays on the Origin of Pauperism and Crime, first published in the Boston Daily Times. Boston: S. G. Simpkins. 32mo. pp. 48. Suggestions on the Banks and Currency of the several United States, in reference principally to the Suspension of Specie Payments. By Albert Gallatin. New York: Wiley & Putnam. 8vo. pp. 124.
The Addresses and Messages of the Presidents of the United States, from Washington to Harrison. To which is prefixed the Declaration of Independence, and Constitution of the United States. Together with a Portrait and Memoir of W. H. Harrison. Boston: Little &
Brown. 8vo. pp. 732.
Retrenchment; or, Ways and Means. Family Sketches in the Nineteenth Century. Boston: Whipple & Damrell. 18mo. pp. 106. A full Description of the Daguerreotype Process, as Published by M. Daguerre, Illustrated by Numerous Wood Cuts. New York: J.
R. Chilton. Svo. pp. 16.
Tragedies of the Wilderness; or, True and Authentic Narratives of Captives who have been carried away by the Indians from the various Frontier Settlements of the United States, from the Earliest to the Present Time. By Samuel G. Drake. Boston; Antique Book Store. 12mo. pp. 360.
Saratoga Waters, or, The Invalid at Saratoga. By M. L. North, M. D., a Resident Physician. New York: M. W. Dodd. 16mo. pp. 70.
An Argument on the Unconstitutionality of Slavery, Embracing an Abstract of the Proceedings of the National and State Conventions on this subject. By G. W. F. Mellon. Boston: Saxton & Pierce. pp. 440.
Federalism: or the Question of Exclusive Power, The True Issue in the present Monetary and Political Discussions in the United States. By John W. King, M D., Covington, Ky. Cincinnati: U. P. James. 12mo. pp. 68.
The Philosophy of Storms. By James P. Espy, A. M., Member of the American Philosophical Society, and Corresponding Member of the National Institution, Washington. Boston: C. C. Little & James Brown. 8vo. pp. 552.
Proceedings of the Friends of a National Bank, at their Public Meeting, held in Boston, Fifteenth July, 1841, including an Address to the People of the United States, showing that, to give Healthful Action to the Vital Functions of the Constitution of the United States, a National Bank, (not a Government Bank,) invested with the Powers herein described, is indispensably necessary. Boston: Dutton & Wentworth. 8vo. pp. 32.
A Review of the Principal Events of the Last Ten Years in the Life of Mrs. Hannah Kinney: together with some Comments upon the Late Trial. Written by Herself. Boston: J. N. Bradley & Co. 12mo. pp. 87.
Journal and Correspondence of Miss Adams, Daughter of John Adams, second President of the United States, Written in France and England, in 1785. Edited by her Daughter. New York: Wiley & Putnam. 12mo. pp. 247.
A Vindication of the Character and Condition of the Females employed in the Lowell Mills, against the Charges contained in the Boston Times, and the Boston Quarterly Review. By Elisha Bartlett, M. D. Lowell: Leonard Huntress.
Reasons for the Inexpediency of Chartering a National Bank. Dedicated to the President of the United States. New York. Wiley & Putnam.
Principles and Practice of Book-Keeping. By Thomas S. Jones. New York: Wiley & Putnam.
Texas and the Texans: or Advance of the Anglo-Americans to the Southwest. By H. Stewart Foote. Philadelphia. 2 vols. 12mo. Thomas, Cowperthwaite, & Co.
A Visit to Thirteen Asylums for the Insane in Europe, with a brief Notice of similar Institutions in the United States. By Pliny Earle, M. D. Philadelphia: J. Dobson.
The American Housewife; Containing the most Valuable and Original Receipts in all the various Branches of Cookery; and Written in a Minute and Methodical Manner. Together with a Collection of Miscellaneous Receipts and Directions relative to Housewifery. By an Experienced Lady. Also, The Whole Art of Carving, Illustrated by sixteen Engravings. New York: Dayton & Saxton. 12mo. pp.
Every Body's Book; or, Something For All. New York: Wiley & Putnam. 18mo. pp. 216.
Counsels to Young Men on the Formation of Character, and the Principles which lead to Success and Happiness in Life. By E. Nott, D. D., President of Union College. New York; Harper & Brothers. 18mo. pp. 312.
A Phrenological Guide, Designed for Students of their own Character. By T. Barlow, of the New York Phrenological Cabinet. New York: L. N. Fowler. 18mo. pp. 54. The Pavilion Fountain at Saratoga. Thompson & Hart. 16mo. pp. 100.
By D. McLaren. New York:
The New England Gazetteer; containing an Account of all the States, Counties, and Towns in New England; also, Descriptions of the Principal Mountains, Rivers, Lakes, Capes, Bays, Harbours, Islands, and Fashionable Resorts within that Territory. By John Hayward, Author of the Columbian Traveller, &c. &c. 14th Edition, Revised and Corrected, with an Appendix, containing the Census of 1840, and numerous other Additions. 12mo.
The Victims of Chancery, or, a Debtor's Experience. By the Author of "A Week in Wall Street." New York. 12mo. pp. 208.
A Treatise on Domestic Economy, for the Use of Young Ladies at Home, and at School. By Miss Catherine E. Beecher. Boston: Marsh, Capen, Lyon, & Webb. 12mo.
Allyn's Exchange Tables, designed to Furnish the Public with an Accurate Set of Calculations for Computing Profit and Loss, Interest and Exchange, and to facilitate the Merchant in Advancing on Invoice Prices of Foreign and Domestic Merchandise, a Convenient Reckoner, and Test of Computations of Small or Great Magnitude; also, presenting to the Broker, Banking Institutions, and Public Offices, Discount and Advance Tables, for abstracting Foreign and Domestic Exchange, with several Tables of Foreign Moneys, Weights and Measures, each compared with the Standard of the United States. By William G. Allyn. Buffalo: Faxon & Read; and Robert D. Foy. 4to. pp. 180.
The Sabbath School, as it should be. By William A. Alcott. New York: Jonathan Leavitt. Boston: Crocker & Brewster. 12mo. pp. 299.