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The last scene of the first act, is the Bridge of Marchienne, occupied by the Prussians, and assaulted by the French infantry, who are in turn charged by the Black Brunswick Hussars, headed by their Duke, who is slain. The attack and defence are well managed, and the tableau exciting and effective. In the second act, a grand review takes place of the Britisb army, in which the sub-actors go through the manual exercise, and perform several military evolutions with a precision worthy of veteran soldiers. This act concludes with the battle of Quatre-Bras ; the field of rye in which the Highland Forty-second regiment form the hollow square, the destruction of the farm-house by shells, and several effective charges of tbe French heavy dragoons and lancers of the guard, who trample down men and grain alike, to the manifest delight of the audience. Some years since, accident threw us into the society of an officer who served in the Forty-second, at this very battle ; and an anecdote which he related may not be considered out of place in this burried notice. The Forty-second was one of the first regiments which charged the French with the bayonet; but in performing this gallant exploit, a sınall portion of their number, with more impetuosity thap caution, threw themselves forward, without regarding the word. Halt,' and were soon at a distance from the main body. The regiment formed the hollow square, to repel the assault of lancers, who were preparing to charge, and a mnounted officer was despatched to basten the return of the absent company to their colors. In performing this order, he was closely followed by some French dragoons, when at the jostant their swords were raised to cut him down, his horse fell pierced by a shot in the breast, aud threw his rider clear over his bead, and under the bayonet-points of his own corps! The third act presents an effective scene between Napoleon and bis wounded soldiers, which is shortened by the news of the defeat of the Old Guard, and the assault of the Prussians on his right and rear. Sauve qui peut!" is the cry, and the Great Captain fies with the rest. Wellington and Blucher embrace each other on the field of battle, and the curtain falls, amidst the waving of the Dutch, Prussian, and English flags, and the shouls of the audience. It is indeed a splendid melo-drama and military spectacle, in which the evolutions of that well-fought field are represented in an astonishing manner. All the movements, thanks to the capable direction and attention of Mr. BARRY, are managed with the precision of clock-work; and although they are necessarily rupid and complicated, and the ground on which they are displayed, confined, yet all are executed without confusion. Mr. Hamelin has fairly and honorably fulfilled his promises; haviog laid out money with a lavish hand, and left nothing wanting which experience could suggest, or wealth procure. The house has been fashionably attended every night; and it is evident that the liberal manager is reaping the reward bis enterprise so justly deserves.

The Park Theatre. – At the Park, during the month, the Woods have reigned supreme. It is unnecessary here to repeat the praises which their performances have acquired. The Beggars' Opera,' with one or two other productions, novel to the audiences of the Park, have only elicited fresh testimonials of applause, for the qualities of voice and action which have been so frequently commended in these pages.

New-YORK INSTITUTION FOR THE BLIND. -- On one of the delicious Indian Summer days of November, we had the pleasure to visit, in company with a few friends, the New-York Institution for the Blind, a little out of town, toward Bloomingdale. Designing to embrace an early occasion to do that justice in detail to this noble institution and the incidents of our visit, which our space and leisure now forbid, we shall content ourselves for the present, by recommending it to the attention of our town readers, as an object of the greatest interest, and one better worthy a visit than any other place of attraction within the limits of a drive from the city. In the festive season which is approaching, we trust that many will bear this institution in remembrance, and its inmates, 'sitting in darkness.' In the more adequate notice to which we allude, we shall introduce a little descriptive poem, by an accomplished blind girl, a pupil of the Asylum, which would do no discredit to one who had 'all her eyes about her.'

Clover's ESTABLISHMENT. We would ask the attention of our readers to the advertisement of Mr. Clover, on the cover of the present number. His establishment is one of acknowledged excellence, in the various branches to which it is devoted ; and it is but justice to add, that his enthusiasm in art, and his patronage and liberality in securing views of American scenery, and objects of historical or antique interest, have made him known to, and secured him the hearty suffrages of, a great number of Ame. rican artists, amateurs, and citizens in general.

LITERARY RECORD. 'American Melodies.' – Messrs. LINNEN AND FENNELL have just given to the public a handsome little volume, of some two hundred pages, entitled as above, and purporting to contain selections from the productions of two hundred American writers; compiled by our contemporary, Gen. GEORGE P. Morris, of the 'New-York Mirror.' We have looked through this volume with some attention, and have found in the labors of the editor many things to commend, and some which candor compels us to condemn. The object of the volume is sufficiently praiseworthy; but it does not altogether an. swer its title. In the first place, not a third of its contents can with any propriety be classed under the head of melodies ;' and in the second place, they are not all American. Among the exceptions, we notice a piece of doggerel by Mr. Burton, a low comedian, and Englishman, of Philadelphia, entitled “The Dollar Song,' which is justly pronounced by the able editor of the 'New-Yorker to be 'a characteristic specimen of blackguardism, fitted only for the meridian of Wapping.' Another contemporary, in allusion to this 'Song,' and one or two kindred efforts, and in reply to a request of the compiler to 'be informed if he has omitted any American song of merit,' calls his attention to 'Jim-along Josey,' 'Jenny Get your Hoe-cake Done;' "Nigger you Cant come In,' etc., as possessing far more merit than the vulgar abor. tions which are cited. The good nature of the editor should not have yielded to Importunity that which makes the title of his book a misnomer, and arraigns his taste so universally at the bar of public opinion. With the exceptions alluded to, the beautiful volume before us is in all respects praiseworthy. The embellishment that most pleases us, is the wide-spread and picturesque landscape, from the promising graver of Mr. L. P. Clover, Jr., which illustrates Bryant's noble lines 'To a Waterfowl.' The frontispiece is a spirited portrait of General Morris, taken in the popular act of imploring the woodman to spare that tree.' Halleck's fine 'melody' to the memory of DRAKE, is illustrated by a picture of the author, seated upon a very long grave, engaged in lamentation. The likeness is not striking; but of this Mr. HALLECK does not so much complain: we are authorized to state, however, that he considers the low.crowned beaver which has been given him by the artist, as altogether a 'shocking bad hat,' and one which reflects little credit upon LEARY.

"GEORGIA ILLUSTRATED.' – This is a monthly quarto publication, of which the state of Georgia should be proud, and to which we doubt not it will extend an ample patronage. Its design is to present, in a series of views, pictures of her natural scenery and public edifices, to be engraved on steel by those well-known artists, Messrs. RAWDON, Wright, Hatch, and Smillie, from sketches made expressly for the work, by T. Addison RICH A RDS, accompanied by Historical and Topographical Sketches, by the best writers in the state. The views in the present number are from the burin of Smilie, and are of the highest order of excellence. They are the State House, at Macon, the Oglethorpe University, and the 'Rock Mountain. The latter engraving will compare favorably with any previous effort of Mr. Smillie; and higher praise we need not award it. The work has our warmest wishes for its success.

THE AMERICAN ALMANAC.— We have this important volume for 1841 ; and can say of it, as has often been said before, and always with truth, that it is altogether one of the most useful and comprehensive works of its kind known to American readers. Aside from the ample astronomical department, which has become so well known under the capable supervision of Mr. Paine, as to require no praise at our hands, the information from the several States, and the general intelligence, important to every reader, is so well selected and disposed, as to leave nothing to be desired. The statis. tical and other information embraced in the new census of the United States, however, will add even a new interest and value to the work. Mr. C. S. FRANCIS is the NewYork publisher.

PARKER'S EDITION OF THE WAVERLY Novels. - Little need be said in relation to the merits of PARKER's edition of the Waverly Novels and Tales of a Grandfather, beyond the advertisement of the publisher, on the cover of this Magazine. The surpassing cheapness of the volumes, and their acknowledged excellence of matériel and execution, have been the theme of marvel and of praise in every quarter of the Union. Forty-two volumnes have already appeared ; and the remainder will issue at intervals of two weeks. The following have been published: Waverley; Guy Mannering; The Antiquary; Rob Roy; Tales of my Landlord, First Series: Black Dwarf - Old Mortality; Tales of my Landlord, Second Series: The Heart of Mid-Lothian; Tales of my Landlord, Third Series : The Bride of Lammermoor A Legend of Montrose; Ivanhoe; The Monastery; The Abbot; Kenilworth ; The Pirate; The Fortunes of Nigel; Peveril of the Peak; Quentin Durward; St. Ronan's Well ; Redgauntlet; Tales of the Crusaders : The Betrothed – The Talisman; Woodstock ; Chronicles of the Canongate, First Series : Highland Widow – Two Drovers, etc. ; Chronicles of the Canongate, Second Series : St. Valentine's Day. The following are yet to appear : Anne of Gierstein; Count Robert of Paris; Castle Dangerous, and Tales of a Grandfather, First Series ; Tales of a Grandfather, Second Series; Tales of a Grandfather, Third Series ; Tales of a Grandfather, Fourth Series. This edition is for sale in NewYork by C. S. FRANCIS, under Peale's Museum, and by the booksellers throughout the United States.

WALKER ON FEMALE BEAUTY. — The Messrs. LANGLEY, Chatham-street, have published, in a volume of nearly four hundred pages, a work by ALEXANDER WALKER, author of the volume on 'Intermarriage,' entitled 'Beauty; illustrated chiefly by an Analysis and Classification of Beauty in Woman. We have not found leisure to peruse the volume; but may express our faith in the notice of a candid and discriminating English contemporary, the London Examiner :

• It is rather remarkable that an object of paramount interest and importance in the eyes of man, such as the female form is, should never have been treated philosophically and physiologically. No one, until now, has investigated the principles of beauty in the form of woman, in reference to its uses as an organic structure, and with a view to its iofluence on the individual and society. To Alexander Walker belongs the merit of being the first to deinonstrate, that beauty in woman is the outward visible denotement of sound structure and orgaoic fitness; and of attempting its analysis and classification on physiological principles, with reference to its perpetuation in posterity. We cannot follow Mr. Walker through his elaborate refutation of the errors and sophistries of Burke, Payne, Koight, and other writers on the philosophy of the beautiful. Suffice it to say, that he demonstrates the fallacy of many of their arguments, by showing that they had not in view that there are different kinds or classes of beauty. On the characteristics of each of these kinds of beauty and stages of perfection, Mr. Walker descants with eloquent minuteness. The concluding chapter furnishes a clue to the observation of form in woman, through the concealment of drapery and the aids of dress.'

Poems by J. N. M'Jilton. — Messrs. Otis, BROADERS AND COMPANY, Boston, have published a very beautiful volume, of some three hundred pages, entitled as above It is by a young poet of Baltimore, many of whose effusions, as they have appeared from time to time in the journals of the day, we have found occasion to admire, for various merits. Mr. M'Jilton exhibits his powers to the best advantage, when he permits his muse to illustrate the affections, and to depict the outward semblances of nature. He has an ear for the melody of verse; we may assume, an excellent heart; and at all times a regard for the moral influence of his writings. We cannot affirm, however, without doing violence to our honest convictions, that in addition to being correct, pleasing, and moral, he evinces the possession of brilliant imagination, or a profound conception of the beautiful; and yet in neither of these important attributes is he glaringly deficient. Mr. M'Jilton is, in short, a writer of decided promise; and should his naturity fulfil the promise of his spring, he will hereafter need no 'friends' to fall back upon, in questionable taste, as an excuse for publication. We have pleasure in warmly commending his volume to general perusal.

CHRISTIAN BALLADS.' — A small but handsome volume, bearing this title, has been issued from the press of Messrs. WILEY AND PUTNAM, Broadway. Although published anonymously, we believe it is no secret that its author is Mr. A. CLEVELAND Coxe, one of our most promising young poets. Most of the poems in this collection attracted general admiration in the columns of the Churchman,' and subsequently in other religious, literary, and secular journals; and many of them are characterized by striking beauties, both of thought and execution. Our young friend will pardon us for saying, that in his brief prefaces he has, we fear, directed the reader's attention unnecessarily, and not over-humbly, to the religious influences by which he has been impelled to write. These would be inferred from the poems themselves, and should be, as it strikes us; without an apparent ostentation, which some might be uncharitable enough to consider as adscititious boasting, in relation to that which should rather be inserred than proclaimed; which 'vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.'

*THE POLITICAL DUTIES OF SCHOLARS.'—Mr. Samuel G. RAYMOND, an alumnus of Columbia College, before the alumni of which this address was delivered in October last, has performed an acceptable service to the public, in the enlightened views which he has taken of the political duties of scholars. Passing the cherished associations connected with the history of the venerable institution, we would commend to the reader the writer's democratic inculcation of the individual importance of every citizen; his comments upon the history and nature of our political institutions ; the essential spirit of true freedom; and his deductions from these themes. We are glad to perceive that he pays an incidental tribute of praise to Mr. ALEXANDRE VATTEMARE, for his enterprise in the matter of international pictorial and literary exchanges. The Address, to which it is but justice to say we here barely advert, reflects credit upon the orator, as does its outward execution upon the press of the publishers, Messrs. CARVILL AND COMPANY, Broadway.

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Dr. Webster's Address. — We can scarcely do more than acknowledge our obligations to our friend the author, for a 'Lecture, introductory to the Course on Anatomy and Physiology, in Geneva Medical College, in October, by James Webster, M. D.,' Professor of Anatomy and Physiology in that flourishing institution, whose advantages and admirable location he has well set forth in the opening of his discourse. The sound and healthful advice to the medical student, and the sketch of the important branches of medical art to which his labor would be devoted, are not less forcibly than felicitiously set forth, in the performance before us, which we commend with confidence to our young medical readers, in the various institutions of the Union, as well as to the general reader.

MR. Rockwell's Poem. We are left but little room to record our admiration of ‘Poem delivered before the Literary Societies in Amherst College, (Mass.,) in August last, by Henry W. Rockwell, Esq., of Utica; having but space to say, that it is imbued throughout with the best characteristics of its author's poetical productions, with the merits of which, we may add, our readers are familiar. It is indeed a fitting tribute to our fathers, and the noble heritage which they have left us; and is admirable alike for its general conception and execution, and the firm American spirit which pervades it.

TREASON OF ARNOLD. — Our readers, who have had their interest in the story of Arnold's treason newly awakened by an article in a recent number of this Magazine, will find many additional particulars in relation to this memorable event, in a published lecture recently delivered before a Society of Young Men in Northampton, (Mass.,) by WINTHROP Atwill, Esq., Editor of the 'Troy (N. Y.) Mail.' We have perused the pamphlet with a pleasure which we had designed to share in part with our readers; but our tether forbids.

AMERICAN HUSBANDRY.' – Nos. 128 and 150 of Harpers' invaluable School District Library are devoted to 'American Husbandry :' being a series of essays on Agriculture, compiled principally from "The Cultivator' and 'The Genessce Farmer,' with additions. By Willis Gaylord and Luther Tucker.' Aside froin the favor with which we should naturally regard a work from the tried pen of a kinsman, we may affirm, that these volumes really contain what they purport to embrace, such general principles and courses of practice as will conduce most certainly to benefit and improve the condition and prospects of the tiller of the soil ; and that the work is in all respects such a manual as will be found instructive to all who are engaged in the great undertaking of producing a nation's wealth and a nation's bread.'

'Yankee LAND AND THE Yankee.' — This thin pamphlet-volume, by Mr. DANIEL March, contains two good poems, one of which, “The Iron Horse,' a very spirited and imaginative production, appeared originally in the KNICKERBOCKER. We cannot, with our space, better characterize the poem which gives the title to the work, than by saying, that the promise afforded by "The Iron Horse' is fully sustained by this more elaborate effort. Mr. March will yet make his name honorably and widely known to the American public. Mark the prediction.

Geimes' PHRENOLOGY. -- We have received a small pamphlet from Albany, containing the 'Outlines of Grimes' New System of Phrenology, with Prof. Horsford's Report to the Albany Phrenological Society, on Grimes Classification. The committee, to whom the consideration of Mr. Grimes' Classification was submitted, report, through their chairman, that distrusting their own abilities, they entered into correspondence with several phrenological writers, who pronounced the Classification alluded to, a 'decided improvement,' in their estimation, upon preceding phrenological systems.

'Heroines of Sacred History.' – This is a very interesting moral and religious work, by Mrs. STEELE; in which the various heroism of Miriam, Deborah, Ruth, Queen Esther, Jehosheba, Jeptha's Daughter, and Judith, are illustrated by sketches which adhere closely to Scripture history, and are rendered the more life-like and attractive, by being drawn with the costumes, scenery, and manners of the several periods in which they lived. Like all the volumes from the press of John S. Taylor, the present is characterized by great neatness of typographical execution.

BIOGRAPHICAL ANNUAL.' -- Messrs. LINNEN AND FENNELL will publish, during the present month, a beautiful volume thus entitled, containing lives of eminent persons recently deceased, with fine portraits : edited by Mr. Rurus W. GrisWOLD. Among the contributors are Bryant, THEODORE SEDGWICK, HORACE GREELEY, Epes SARGENT, Esq., and other able writers. It can scarcely fail to be a valuable and attractive work.

"GALLERY OF THE APOLLO Association.' – Our verdict on this collection of pictures has been more than confirmed by the public. The exhibition will remain open for a few days longer; and all who have not yet enjoyed the pleasure, should seize an opportunity to visit it. Apropos : We attributed, in our last, Number 26, 'Fishmarket at Rome,' to the owner instead of the painter of the picture. The artist is the celebrated Robert, a Frenchman, who committed suicide several years ago.

A MUSICAL FESTIVAL. Dame Rumor is whispering slily around town, that we are to have, during the present month, a splendid Musical Gala, or Festival, under the competent direction of the public's favorite, Mr. C. E. Horn. Most of the operatic talent, of the highest order, now in the country, will be brought together; and we learn that a selection of the nost popular music will be presented. If all the portents are true, this festival will prove an unexampled attraction.



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