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D. W. Clark has thus expressed himself concerning S. D. Hillman, Carlisle, Penn. 6. The Parsees, by it; . The recent contributions to our social melodies Dr. L. P. Brockett, New York. 7. The Divine Huhave been numerous and valuable; yet no one of man Person of Christ, by Rev. William Nast, D. D., them has appeared to me exactly to meet the wants Cincinnati, Ohio. 8. The American Pulpit, by Rev. of the Church and the times. Some have depended Daniel P. Kidder, D. D., Biblical Institute, Evanston, mainly for success upon a few new and popular songs Ill. 9. The Apostles' Creed, by G. P. Disosway, or tunes, others have been deficient in careful selec Esq., Richmond, Staten Island, N. Y. 10. Foreign tion, and still others, by the insertion of many hymas Religious Intelligence. 11. Foreign Literary Inteland tunes rarely if ever used in social meetings, have ligence. 12. Synopsis of the Quarterlies. 13. Quarbeen made too large and too expensive for popular terly Book Table. use. The real want for our social meetings is a small
(13.) Bishop Morris's Sermon. A Discourse Comand cheap volume, comprising the old hymns and
memorative of Rev. Beverly Waugh, D. D., Late Senior tunes which have become sacred by almost universal use, and also a judicious selection from the later before the General Conference in Bujalo, May 11, 1860.
Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Delirered popular songs and melodies. Rev. Dr. M'Clintock
By Rev. Thomas A. Morris, D. D., present Senior Bishop has also expressed substantially the same opinion.
of the Methodist Episcopal Church. 12mo. 'A fit collection of prayer and class meet
Published by Carlton & Porter, New York.--Clear, sening tunes I have long desired to see. It certainly is one of the serious wants of the Church.'
tentious, and pertinent. “The plan of the book is as follows: It is small (14.) PRESBYTERIAN Parlor MAGAZINE.—This is a enough to make selections always easy, and to allow new and highly-promising candidate for popular fapastor and people to become thoroughly familiar with It is devoted to science, literature, and religion. it: it is large enough to include several hymns under Edited by Alfred Nevin, D. D. 48 pp. $2 per aneach of the topics which are ordinarily introduced num. Philadelphia: Allan Pollock. into our social meetings. The great mass of the hymns are those which universal use has indicated
(15.) BLACKWOOD, for July, contains, The Russian as the best; so of the tunes. Those hymns and tunes
Campaign of 1812; Adventures in Somali Island; are put together which, in our Church usage, have Poetry; The Camden Wonder; The Royal Academy
Exhibition; Norman Sinclair; An Election in France; always been so associated. Where different tunes have been attached to a given hymn in different sec
Erionys; The Tory Party. New York: L. Scott &
Co. $3, or $10 for Blackwood and the four Reviews. tions, the two most widely known in connection with the hymn are here put with it. Where hymns in the (16.) PAMPHLETS.–1. Annual Announcement of baine meter occur on opposite pages, the intention is the Ohio College of Dental Surgery, Cincinnati, O. that either of the tunes may be used, according to 2. Chambers's Encyclopedia, Part 16. 3. The Chrispreference. For instance, on pages 94 and 95 the tian Sabbath, or First Day of the Week; Harmonized tunes 'Joy' and Commuck' are both appropriate with Creation Seventh Day, and Proven to be the to the hymns, ‘0, how happy are they!' and 'Come Day" the Lord hath Made," as the Sabbath for Man. let us ascend.' There is also, it is hoped, a sufficient By Rev. E. M. H. Fleming, Member of the Iowa selection from the popular chorus tunes, of such as Annual Conference. are superior in music and words, and likely to last.
(17.) CATALOGUES.-1. Cornell College, Mount VerThere have also been added a few grand hymns and
non, Iowa, Rev. S. M. Fellows, A. M., President, tunes from various sources--chiefly from the Ger
assisted by six professors. Number of students, 373. man.
2. Centenary College of Louisiana, Rev. J.C. Miller, The author was assisted in the selection and ar
A. M., President, assisted by ten professors. Numrangement of the music by Professor T. C. O'Kane
ber of students, 263. 3. Fairfield Seminary, Fairwhose name is a guarantee that this part of the work field, N. Y., Rev. J. B. Van Petten, A. M., Principal, has been well done. It ought to be the companion assisted by eleven teachers. Number of students, of the class and prayer meeting every-where. Nor
541. 4. Ohio Wesleyan Female College, Delaware, is it of Methodistic application only. The spirit of
0., Rev. P. S. Donelson, D. D., President, assisted sacred song is universal as the vital breath of Chris
by six teachers. Number of students, 201. 5. Wiltian life. No Christian, whatever may be his Church loughby Collegiate Institute, Willoughby, O., S. S. relation, need fear this little book. It is sold at the Sears, A. M., President, assisted by seven teachers. low price of 30 cents.
Number of students, 185. 6. Xenia Female Collegi(12.) METHODIST QUARTERLY.—Dr. Whedon has re ate Institute, Xenia, 0., Wm. Smith, A. M., Presiturned to the post he has so ably filled the past four dent, assisted by four teachers. Number of students, years with renewed vigor and zeal. The July number 98. 7. Indiana Asbury University, Greencastle, Ia., contains, 1. Mansell's Limits of Religious Thought, Rev. Thomas Bowman, D. D., President, assisted by by Rev. Oliver S. Munsell, A. M., President of Illi seven professors. Number of students, 254. 8. Pittsnois Wesleyan University. 2. Life of Plato, by Pro- ; burg Female College, Rev. J. C. Pershing, A. M., fessor Godman, North-Western University, Evanston, President, assisted by eleven teachers. Number of III. 3. The “Edwardean” Theory of the Atone students, 175. 9. Moore's Hill Collegiate Institute, ment, by Rev. William Fairfield Warren, Boston, Indiana, Rev. S. R. Adams, A. M., President, asMass. 4. Obligations of Society to the Common sisted by seven teachers. Number of students, 212. Law, by E. L. Fancher, Esq., New York. 5. Alex. 10. Baldwin University, Berea, 0., Rev. John Wheelander Von Humboldt and his Cosmos, by Professor er, D. D., President, assisted by eight professors.
Number of students, 388. 11. Bearer Female Semi- Mathews, D. D., President, assisted by eight teachnary, Beaver, Penn., Rev. R. T. Taylor, A. M., Pres- Number of students, 113. 16. Albion Female ident, assisted by seven teachers. Number of stu- College and Wesleyan Seminary, Mich., Rev. T. H. dents, 147. 12. Illinois Conference Female College, Sinex, A. M., President, assisted by seven teachers. Jacksonville, Ill., Rev. Charles Adams, A. M., Presi- | Number of students, 341. 17. Valley Female Instident, assisted by eight teachers. Number of stu- tute, Winchester, Va., Rev. Sydney P. York, A. M., dents, 183. 13. Worthington Female College, 0., Principal, assisted by six teachers. Number of stuRev. B. St. James Fry, A. M., President, assisted by dents, 100. 18. Wesleyan Female College, Wilmingthree teachers. Number of students, 78. 14. Mount ton, Del., Rev. John Wilson, A. M., President, asUnion College and Normal Seminary, Stark county, sisted by ten teachers. Number of students, 104. 0., Mr. 0. N. Hartshorn, A. M., President, assisted 19. Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, O., Rev. by eight teachers. Number of students, 242. 15. E. Thomson, D. D., LL. D., President, assisted by Hillsboro Female College, O., Rev. Joseph M’D. I seren professors. Number of students, 459.
Dog-days-City and Country-Rural Poetry-New Books- seem requisite to call out and duly exercise the apThe August Magazines—Works of Travel and Exploration. propriate mental activity. It is accordingly found
To write long letters, learned, piquant, and viva- that country-bred youth are often looking to the city cious, under the reign of the dog-star, with the ther- as their future home; and it is well known that a mometer at ninety and the winds gone to sleep, hic very large proportion of the leading men of our labor est. I am, indeed, almost tempted to write you American cities, in nearly every department of busithat I can not write, but then that too is labor, and, ness and calling in life, were born and brought up in worst of all, labor without recompense. Doubtless the country. The same rule applies to the human the summer, with its heat, and dust, and lassitude, product as to others; the country produces the rax to say nothing of the musketoes and kindred plagues, materials, which the city elaborates into more finhas likewise its uses and its beauties, too; but one ished forms, and which especially it consumes. Our must go beyond the area of paved streets and the cities would make but slow progress in material regions of gas-lights to become altogether sensible growth if left to depend on the natural increase for of them. In fact, I am inclined to think that great their population, and our rural districts would make cities, though real conveniences and desirable as a like progress in culture without the influence of the places of occasional resort, are most wretched places cities. On the other hand, men of meridian and past to live in, especially in warm weather, and that if meridian age often incline to exchange the city for the relative value of the two were properly appre- the country. The individuality is then more nearly ciated, nobody would reside in town who is able to complete, and the man rather shuns the tumult of live in the country. Ah! there's the rub.
the crowd as an annoyance than courts it as a pleasto live in the country" is a phrase which means,“ by ant excitement. Here, no doubt, lie the secret charms interpretation,” to combine in some suburban villa that sages bave seen in the face of solitude, and it is the advantages of both town and country by a cross probably as a retreat from undesired associations of art upon nature, in which the good parts of both quite as much as from any intrinsic excellences found are preserved and the undesirable ones removed. in them that the “sequestered shades " and "philoThat is the ideal that flits before the mind of the sophic solitudes" are coveted by the wise. wearied townsman, and he sits languidly at his desk There is a further reason for this in the fact that a or hastens along dusty streets, redolent of other just blending of art and nature seems best adapted odors than those afforded by green copges and sbady to the æsthetic requirements of man's spirit in its groves, and anticipating the while the day when he matured normal condition. The pent-up city affords shall quit the town for some rural retreat. Such is no room for the requisite expansion of the mind and ever the mirage of life. Just in adrance we conten- for its healthful exercise, while the broad wastes, plate the beautiful and lovely, we see cooling fount- whether of the ocean or the wilderness, though they ains and embowered retreats awaiting us, and, though minister to excitements, fail to afford the requisite the hopes created by the illusion are never to be real- fruition and repose. The embowered cottage, the ized, yet are they valuable, since they amuse and garden, lawn, field, and meadow, the mill by the console the spirit for the time being, and are often stream, the quiet country church, and the not farforgotten before their emptiness is seen.
distant village, are the furniture of the landscape Men's preferences for a rural or urban residence which suggest and evince the happy blending of art present a curious and instructive study. In youth and nature, enabling the contemplative mind to and early manhood the tendency is to the city. At dwell upon them and among them complacently. that time of life the social, or rather the gregarious The very general appreciation of rural poetry, when propensities are in the ascendant. Individuality of true to nature, is evidence of these things, as every character is then only partially developed, and the cultivated reader of the “Traveler" or the “ Deserted aid of associates and the excitements of associations Village" can not have failed to feel and perceive.
Take from those exquisite poems their pictures of and so I will only write about it a little. It is a cultivated rural beauty, and they are stripped of portly octavo of nearly five hundred pages, containnearly every thing for which they are prized.
ing the daily proceedings of the General conference After all, I am pretty well satisfied that, however and the various documents produced by it. Two pretty these things may be to think of or to write hundred and twenty delegates and six bishops, to about, they contributed only indirectly and remotely say nothing of the aid rendered by the lobby, labored to either strength of thought or elegance of expres- steadily for five consecutive weeks, and, it would sion. The influences of the face of nature over char seem, accomplished a good deal, though much more acter and genius have, I think, been overestimated. was proposed that never was consummated-bappily I once heard Dr. Bethune lauding some modern for all parties. As a specimen of successful journalDutch poet, whom he styled the “ Hollandish Night- izing, this volume is worthy to be consulted as a ingale," and, to set off the praises of his songster to model. Next in order I have the “Discipline of the the better advantage, he described him as writing his Methodist Episcopal Church, 1860, with an Apexquisite verses among the monotonous scenery of pendix.” It is the same little book upon which the the Netherlands, in a dirty Dutch village, with a great Methodist family have been accustomed to look muddy canal for a Helicon and a pile of herring with feelings of half dread and half affection for barrels for a Parnassus! The genesis of a large three-quarters of a century, only slightly modified as share of our poetry will show that the real Helicons to its matter, but greatly improved as to its arrangeand Parnassuses hare generally been of a similar ment, dress, and exterior. If any body should be character. Addison wrote the “Campaign" in a alarmed in reading the Journal on account of the third-story garret in the Hay-market; Johnson com
many changes made or proposed, an examination of posed his “ London" while perambulating the streets this little book will effectually quiet his fears, and of that city and drinking inspiration at the town convince him that the integrity of the Church has pump; and Campbell dreamed out his “Lochiel” in
not been disturbed; and if he chooses he may comfort bed, and Thomson described the glory of sunrise his Methodistic loyalty by finding in this example of from hearsay, as he seldom left bis bed till nearly stability among changes an analogy between his
A narrow room, styled by courtesy a study, Church and other living bodies, of which that phescantily furnished with chairs and table, and a few nomenon is a test. I next take up the Methodist books among dust and disorder, is usually the chosen Quarterly Review for July. (It has just thirteen scene where genius gives birth to its noblest produc- articles, as had one of its predecessors of which I tions. But even this outfit is no certain sign that wrote you, which fact is neither curious nor remarkagenius resides where it is found, else might your ble.) The subjects discussed are most happily varied readers have hope in my case.
and uniformly well chosen, and the several themes Your correspondent, dear editor, has told you are ably discussed. In all these several points the something of his surroundings, and, further, he pre Review is manifestly improving, while the editorial sents his case as a proof that, like other shrines, that contributions constitute its special attraction. The erected to genius is sometimes unfrequented by notes interspersed through the standing article, its inspiring divinity. If I should charge my own “Synopsis of the Quarterlies," are eminently Wheemptiness of thought to the barrenness of the season donian, hitting the nail precisely at a single blow, and the scantiness of the literary harvest, I should and sending it home without needing a second stroke. be insincere; for, however that may be relatively as The same characteristics appear in the “Quarterly compared with other times, there is, no doubt, enough Book Table.” Book notices are like the figs which abroad to repay research and observation. Besides, the prophet saw in his vision, either very good or what does real genius care for dearth or fertility in
Occasionally one meets with some of the others? its resources are in itself, and upon these it better kind, while the worse may be found almost at chiefly relies. But herein I make only small preten will. I will not attempt to say how they should be sions, and so I must content myself with noting the written, but will only remark that Dr. Whedon's few things that come within the narrow circle of my facility of perception, by virtue of which he seizes own little horizon.
the salient points of whatever he considers, aided by I presume a large number of valuable works have his epigrammatic style of writing, by which he been published within a few months past, so the pub- | throws off wholesale thoughts and conclusions in a lishers' circulars tell us, and the book notices of the single paragraph, peculiarly fit him for that kind of periodical press confirm the statement. But I will writing, and impart a special value to his literary confess to you that as to many of them I have not paragraphs. From the Quarterly and its editor the even seen them, and of those I have seen I have ex transition to Dr. Whedon's Commentary is natural amined a large share only partially. A pretty large and easy. The selection of that kind of writing by pile lies accumulated on “our table," of which some the author of this volume was peculiarly happy, since have been read, some glanced at, and some are for several reasons he is specially adapted to the awaiting further notice. To the first class belongs kind of work, and just such a production has long the “ Journal of the General Conference of the Meth been greatly needed. To write disquisitions and odist Episcopal Church,” for 1860. I have read it learned Biblical or theological essays is quite another through, and, were that in my line, I might feel thing than writing a good commentary on the holy tempted to write a review of it. It would certainly Scriptures, while on the other hand mere annotations afford all necessary matter, and I think it could be on detached texts scarcely deserve attention at all. made truly interesting. But that is not my province, Of the latter kind are most of the older class of com
mentaries, whose five or six great volumes seem, in- up what is given only in outline, and that on account deed, to be what Robert Hall styled one of them, a of their brevity they often only suggest thoughts continent of mud, while some of the later works are which the reader must elaborate for himself. Sermons rather disquisitions and essays than expositions of as preached must concede to the hearer the indulgthe sacred text. Dr. Whedon's method combines the ence of mental indolence, and, therefore, every thing good qualities of the two systems and avoids the must be given at length and fully elaborated; but objectionable points of both. Learned and scholarly, they who read sermons should come to their business but without pedantry, it will compel the respect of prepared to think. But may not printed discourses erudito critics, and yet, by the plainness and natural- be studied as models as the tyro in the arts uses the ness of the expositions given, the unlearned may use models given him by his instructor, or the more adit without fear of stumbling constantly among unin- vanced art-student meditates upon the works of the telligible matters, and be enabled to apprehend the great masters? I doubt, but if so, then I would things that are taught him in his New Testament. commend this volume. I am glad Dr. Whedon was ever induced to under- “Life in Sing Sing Prison," by Rev. John Luckey, take the preparation of such a work; and now that it has recently made its appearance from the press of is published, I congratulate all the parties in interest N. Tibbals and Company. For some cause its publion that event. That the book will have a large sale cation has been delayed till this time, and it now and wide circulation there can be no question. It is comes forth in a snug volume of nearly four hundred especially adapted to the necessities of Sunday school pages. Of the character of the book I can speak teachers and of the more advanced pupils in Bible confidently, for I have read the whole of it carefully, classes; and whoever uses it with proper diligence and I do not hesitate to pronounce it a work of very will not fail to come to a rational understanding of great value. A further notice will be given hereafter. the evangelical story and just comprehension of the The magazines for August are out; Harpers' as doctrines of the Gospel system.
usual rich in its abundance of matter and the afiluThe “Life of Jacob Gruber" is Dr. Strickland's ence of its illustrations, and the Atlantic in the latest contribution to Methodist biographical litera-classical purity of its style and matter. The first ture-I believe it is yet the latest, though probably paper in the latter, entitled rather fancifully “ The it will not be so much longer-and one of the best. Carnival of the Romance,” is a remarkable piece of Gruber was a real character, a genuine man, and a criticism, evincing a high degree of culture and of Methodist preacher of the old type, and so strongly æsthetical appreciation, such as we seldom fod in marked was his individuality that he was unlike every any other magazine in this country. Articles of the other. It seems to have been the writer's purpose to same general character have occasionally appeared delineate the man in his true character, rather than in the Methodist Quarterly-more formerly, I think, to make a book of fine writing and of elegantly-con-than lately. The“ Professor" continues his "story" structed chapters and periods. I read the book without any abatement of vivacity. A decidedly through because I liked it, and I can commend it to good little poem of some rty-five lines is found in any who desire to sup on plain common-sense seasoned this number headed, “ Anno Domini 1860,” and with real humor, and to contemplate an earnest, hon-beginning, “My youth is past." I did not write it, est Christian man. Again I say, success to Dr. that is certain, but I really think there is somewhere Sirickland, the Belzoni of our Methodist literature! within me the elements of just such a piece. Did
Next in order comes “The Homilist," a work, no you never experience that feeling, sometimes in readdoubt, you have seen, and its author, too. Now, ing or hearing a felicitous statement of a theme upon shall I confess to you that I have a kind of instinct- which you have busied your thoughts, that undue ive aversion to the whole class of “Helps for the liberties were taken with things that belonged to Pulpit," and “Preachers' Assistants,” and whatever yourself? I have. else comes properly under the head of "preaching Within a few years past our friends, the Harpers, made easy?” I know of but one expedient for secur- have issued a large number of valuable books of ing good preaching abilities, and that is diligent travels and explorations. Upon one of the shelves study, devoted to both matter and method. I have of my bookcase stand, side by side, four stately doubted whether or not it is advisable that a preacher, volumes, than which no better are found in the coland especially a young one, should read serinons at lection. They are Livingstone's South Africa, Atkinall; as to the inexpediency of using them as set son's Siberia, Page's Paraguay, and Ellis's Mada. models after which to form their own discourses, there gascar, all published by that one house since the can be no question. The only collection that has spring of 1858. Other valuable works in the same seemed to me likely to benefit a young preacher by department have been issued by them during the way of affording him valuable models for the pulpit, same period, and especially have they contributed is Robert Hall's fourth volume, which is made up of largely to the public knowledge of the interior of sketches taken by others of that great man's ordinary Africa. Still another volume is now promised as extempore sermons; to others, quite possibly, they forthcoming-Explorations in Eastern Africa, by may seem otherwise. After saying so much, you Burton—which, we are told, will fully equal in interwill readily believe that I opened your friend's book est any of its predecessors. Other publishing houses with some misgivings, but, I trust, without undue also promise some good things, which I hope to prejudice. As a book of sermons for reading, these attend to in due time, but just now the weather is have some advantages over most, especially in that too warm and my feelings too much inclined to the they leave something for the reader to do in filling luxury of repose to allow me to write further.
TINTED ENGRAVINGS.—We give to our readers an- "Twilight of the Heart," “ The Lesson,” “The other of our tinted steel engravings in this number. Child's Curse," "The Deluge,'
" " Several Memoirs,” The mellow richness which this new art gives to a “ An Hour with an Itinerant,” “Hope the Anchor,” landscape scene must be felt and acknowledged by
“ The Parry,
,” “From Quaker Valley to Science Hill," all.. We are proud of this achievement of art. Of “Greedy of Gain,” “Up and Down,” “ Educationall the magazines in the country the Repository was its Purpose,”
"“Review of Mrs. Poems,” the first to employ it. Even now we believe it is the World's Curse," " The Days of Other Years," “ Our only one that gives original tinted steel plates. In Better Thoughts," " The Student,” “ The Love of this respect it has become the patron of art as well Life," “Spirit Longings,” “Power and Goodness of as the cultivator of literature.
;" “ Tho New-Born Soul,” and “Sca-Side Ram
bles." THE REST AT Eve is one of those calm, dreamy
The following poems must also be placed in the scenes so peculiar to a late summer or early autumn
same category: “ The Motherless," “ The Three day. Not only does it invite to repose, but it teaches
Homes, a duty. Those still waters, that quiescent
,"?“ Lines to a Friend,” “My Future Home,”
“ The Father's Home," "The Past," " Beauty," ocean of flecked ether high above and around, those
“ Twilight," “ The Last Dream," “ The Serenade," manifest intuitions of the animal creation, are so
“My Native. Home," “ To Mrs.
" " The Lord many utterances of nature teaching busy, restless,
turned and Looked upon Peter,” “The Spring," craving, importunate man-that there is a time to
“ The Bereaved Mother's Relief,” “Poesy's Home,” rest as well as work.
“Cast Down but not Destroyed,” “Go to God in EDUCATIONAL CHANGES have been numerous with us Prayer,” “What I Like," “ The Little Flower," this year. No less than eight of our colleges have “ The Maiden's Dying Words,” “God's Power,” changed their presidents. There have been also some “Our Darling" “Death of Mrs. F. S. Osgood," dozen changes in the professorship departments. “River of Intemperance,” “ The Voice of Nature," The coming educational men of the Church need not "The Dying Schoolmaster,” “Bianca,” “To my fear but that a place will be open to them.
,” “A Flower," “ Cast thy Bread upon the WaDANCING AND THE CHURCH.-H. A. M.” and “oth
ters,” “Gratitude,” “Where is thy Home?” “A
Pleasant Summer Day," “ Hope,” « The Little ers who desire to see something on the subject of
," " The April Rain,” “The Runaway Canarydancing in the Repository," have only to turn to the
,"“ Riches of Spring,” “ Aurelia,” “I Love the June number for 1855, page 374, and they will find
Spring,” “Itinerant's Farewell to IIome,” “ Absent an elaborate discussion of the subject. Or, what is
,” “Sabbath Day,” “My Mother's Prayers," better, they can find the same article, as reproduced
“ Lines on the Grave of Mrs. -," “ The Ungrateby the Tract Society of the Methodist Episcopal
ful Daughter,” and “Resigned." Church, in tract form, No. 492. This can be had for
The articles below were anonymous: “Death and $1 per hundred. Let it be purchased and circulated.
." "He Giveth his It will contribute something at least toward checking
Beloved Sleep,” “Twilight Musing," "Our Soulan evil, the tendency of which is to consume the life
Life," and “Hope.” blood of the Church.
“ Letter to an Aflicted Mother" is well written MRS. HEMANS vs. Mrs. SIGOURNEY.—The poem on
and expressive, but hardly adapted to our the 6 death of an infant,” attributed by one of our “Sounds from Life's Silent Places” is prettily versicorrespondents to Mrs. Hemans, is the production of
fied, but would need correction. “Recollections of Mrs. Sigourney. It was published in a collection of
Sunday School Days” has some good parts, but we Mrs. Hemans's poems by mistake.
will hardly use it. The author of “Spirit Risings OLD MACKINAW is the title of a new work from the
will do well to use her pen.
« Nettie's Letters” are prolific pen of Dr. Strickland. It has not yet reached neatly written, but will hardly do for us. " The New us; but from the almost inexhaustible resources of
Bonnet” is good in its teaching, but is too essay-like
for narration. traditionary and historical romance connected with old Mackinaw and its adjacent islands and waters,
THE METHODIST appears well in type, and shows no we look for a book of rare interest.
little amount of editorial labor. Were it merely a ARTICLES DECLINED.—We have a large account to literary and religious paper we should be disposed to settle with our contributors this month. The inter- welcome it, and hope for its usefulness. But coming ruptions in our editorial labors during the past few as the dying echo of the celebrated “Ministers and months, occasioned by annual and General conference Laymen's Union," of New York city-a Church poduties, have thrown us back in this department. We litical organization-we can hope for but little good hare now read up, and give the result.
to the Church from it. The history of some of our The following prose articles are respectfully de- more independent organs," in times past as well as clined: “ The Voice of Nature," "Show Mercy," in the present, is eminently suggestive. The modest