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The volume before us is especially valuable for the Family Registers, which, if the difference in the type be duly considered, will be found to occupy nearly one half of the entire work. These Registers include all, or nearly all, the Families in the town, This portion of the book must be highly appreciated by all who are in any way connected with any of these families : scattered, as they now are, over the whole territory of the nation. It will afford a grateful aid to future genealogists. Some of these Family Registers are very full; that of the Packard Family contains 1078 names.
We had intended to speak of the Ecclesiastical History of the Town, which is given with great fulness and with the utmost impartiality; of the Biographical Sketches of more than sixty clergymen, physicians, and lawyers, who were born in the town, or have resided within its limits : of the statistical portion of the volume, which fully represents the population, wealth, and social condition of the town at various times. We also intended to refer to the beautiful illustrations which adorn the volume, fortyone in number, more than half of which are portraits. But we have already exceeded our limits.
This volume bears throughout decisive marks of uncommon industry, care, and faithfulness. We congratulate the inhabitants of that very respectable town, on the issue of such a record; so attractive in form, and so valuable in its contents. It is a rich thesaurus of facts pertaining to the past and present condition of North Bridgewater.
J. A. V. New England's Rarities discovered in Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents,
and Plants of that Country. By John Josselyn, Gent. With an Introduction and Notes. By EDWARD TUCKERMAN, M.A. Boston:
William Veazie. 1865. Quarto, pp. 169. An Account of Two Voyages to New England, made during the years
1638, 1663. By John JOSSELYN, Gent. Boston: William Veazie. 1865. Quarto, pp. 211. Many of our readers are aware that Mr. Veazie published, in 1865, a beautiful reprint of these two books by Josselyn, and two of Capt. John Smith's works, in small quarto, the edition being limited to 250 copies. of the great value of these writings of Josselyn it is not necessary to speak; they have both been reprinted before, and have been quoted and used by many of our authors. This edition is a great acquisition, however; not only as being an accurate reprint, but on account of the valuable information contained in the preface and notes. The author, John Josselyn, was the son of Sir Thomas Josselyn, Knt., and brother of Henry J., for many years the leading mind at the settlement at Scarborough, Me. From Mr. Tuckerman's valuable essay upon the writers who have treated of the Flora of New England, it seems that Josselyn was quite a botanist, and amongst other matters he was the first to point out what plants had been introduced intentionally or accidentally by the English colonists.
His Two Voyages furnish us with brief descriptions of the increasing settlements here, and enable us to realize, in a measure, the social condition of our ancestors during the first half-century of their exile. The quaintness of the style is no impediment to our enjoyment of the descriptions, and many words and names are here preserved, which have since become obsolete.
We are sorry to add that there is no probability that Mr. Veazie will continue his - interesting series of reprints at present. We have had few publishers who have displayed as much liberality and taste in this branch of literature, and these volumes will always be highly prized by those interested in our history The Northern Invasion of October, 1780. A series of Papers relating
to the Expeditions from Canada, under Sir John Johnson and others, against the Frontiers of New York, which were supposed to have connection with Arnold's Treason. Prepared from the Originals, wilh an Introduction and Notes. By FRANKLIN B. Hough. New York. 1866. Royal 8vo. pp. 224, with a map.
This is the sixth of the regular series of the Publications of the Bradford Club, the previous issues of which have been noticed in the Register. The same judgment in the selection of the work to be published, the same care and labor upon the original matter, and the same faultless style of typography that characterized its predecessors, are found in this book.
The title indicates the nature of the contents with sufficient clearness. Dr. Hough tells us that the official documents relating to this invasion were found so full and ample, that it was thought advisable to collect and preserve them together, to the end that history might stand corrected, so far as it related to these events, although at variance with every statement hitherto published concerning them.” The documents here printed are chiefly derived from papers in the office of the Secretary of New York State, and in the New York State Library, "and with the exception of such as are copied from cotemporary newspapers, have never before been printed."
Life and Letters of John Winthrop, from his Embarkation for New
England in 1630, with the Charter and Company of the Massachusells Bay, to his Death in 1649. By ROBERT C. WINTHROP. With an Engraving of the Statue of Governor Winthrop in the Chapel at Mount Auburn. Pp. 483. Boston: Ticknor & Fields. 1867. Massachusetts may well be proud of such a founder as John Winthrop-learned, pious, liberal, honest, far-seeing, and twelve times her Governor; and she may, also, congratulate herself that she has men so well qualified as the accomplished descendant of John Winthrop to write the history of her worthies. In diction clear and elegant, the writer has ably set forth the life, the opinions and deeds of his celebrated ancestorand by happy citations from his journals, letters and papers, has brought out, in propria persona, and distinct relief, the honorable magistrate himself—so clearly and so vividly, that in reading these fascinating pages you seem to be living in the midst of his family, and to see him sitting at your side. It is a noble contribution to the biographical literature of our State ; and we are most happy to see it appear in the highest style of the typographical art.
Records of the Descendants of Hugh Clark, of Watertown, Mass., 1640–
1866. By John CLARK, A.B. Boston : printed for the Author. 1866. 8vo. pp. 260. With 15 Portraits.
This is a beautiful monument, ære perennius, and raised with much care and labor, for the perpetuation of the memory of one of the Clark families in this country. Though young in years, the author has shown himself a veteran in genealogical research. With an ardor which no indifference on the part of others could repress, he has examined original records; visited personally hundreds of the name of Clark; written letters numberless, and indeed omitted nothing which could throw light upon the history of his family. The materials thus drawn together he has presented in a lucid and attractive form upon a large, open page of tinted paper, and with indices so copious, that any member of the family may in an instant trace his pedigree. This has been a labor of love. But love's labor is not lost—some will appreciate the labor. It will tend to “turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to the fathers;” and will any living, thinking, progressive Clark, whose name it so beautifully enshrines, fail to possess this volume
Charlie Wheeler's Reward. By Mary DWINELL. Boston: Henry Hoyt. pp. 295. 1866.
A sprightly and well told story for boys, illustrative of the power of religion in breaking up habits of indolence, arousing the intellect and changing the condition of the family of a poor inebriate from destitution to prosperity. The publications of Mr. Hoyt are, both in substance and in form, unusually attractive. Obsequies of Abraham Lincoln, in the City of New York, under the
auspices of the Common Council. By D. T. VALENTINE, Clerk of the Common Council. New York: Edmund Jones & Co. 1866. 8vo. pp. 254.
This elegant volume preserves a history of the honors which the city of New York paid to the memory of the martyred President as his remains passed through that city on the way to their final resting place in Illinois. To state that the volume has been prepared by Mr. Valentine, whose Manuals of the Common Council of New York have been 80 frequently commended in the Register, is sufficient to inform our readers that taste and judgment have been used in its preparation.
Ilon. ISRAEL WASH BURN, JR., of Portland.
Hon. HAMPDEN Cutts, A.M., of Brattleboro'.
Prof. Calvin E. STOWE, D.D., of Hartford.
Hon. Millard Fillmore, LL.D., of Buffalo.
Hon. John H. B. Latrobe, of Baltimore.
Hon. John Wentworth, A.M., of Chicago. Wisconsin.
Hon. Increase A. Lapham, LL.D., of Milwaukee. Iowa.
Rt. Rev. Henry W. Lee, D.D., of Davenport. District of Columbia. Hon. George P. Fisher, of Washington. Missouri.
Rev. William G. Eliot, D.D., of St. Louis.
Rev. Elias Nason, A.M., of North Billerica.
John Ward Dean, of Boston. Joseph Palmer, A.M., M.D., of Boston. William B. Trask, of Dorchester. Hon. George W. Messinger, of Boston. Rev. Henry M. Dexter, D.D., of Boston. John M. Bradbury, of Boston.
William H. Whitmore, of Boston. Charles W. Tuttle, A.M., of Boston. William S. Appleton, A.M., of Boston.
| Rev. Elias Nason, A.M., of N. Billerica. Trustees of the Bond Fund and the Cushman | William B. Towne, of Brookline. Genealogical Fund.
Committee on Finance.
Frederic Kidder, of Boston.
Hon. George W. Messinger, of Boston.
Hon. Geo. C. Richardson, of Boston. Trustees of the Barstow Fund and the John W. Candler, of Brookline. Towne Memorial Fund.
Committee on the Library. William B. Towne, of Brookline.
Jeremiah Colburn, of Boston. Col. Almon D. Hodges, of Roxbury.
George Mountfort, of Boston. Hon. Charles B. Hall, of Boston.
| John K. Wiggin, of Boston. Committee on Lectures and Essays.
Deloraine P. Corey, of Boston. William Reed Deane, of Brookline.
Committee on Heraldry. Rev. W. Gilbert, A.M., of Longwood. William H. Whitmore, of Boston. Hon. Chas. Hudson, A.M., of Lexington. Abner C. Goodell, Jr., of Salem. Rev. Dorus Clarke, A.M., of Waltham. Augustus T. Perkins, A.M., of Boston, David Pulsifer, of Boston,
J William S. Appleton, A.M., of Boston.