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od -- not only by the religious persuasion of which he was the head, but by a

so wide that its linits have not been told; a paltern of christian purity and moral worth. His earthly close was like that of a setting summer sun, whose beams having all day brightened, beautified the earth, and solaced the path of the wayfarer upon it, fade at last solemnly and insensibly into the mellow light of even, and leave at their departure a lingering tinge of brigbiness on the sky – a halo, commemorative of expiring day, and prophetie of the glory of the future morn.'

While the professional features of the lecture in question evince that the writer is a worthy pupil of the distinguished physician to whom it is dedicated, ils literary characteristics are equally honorable to his scholarship and his talents.

Gen. H. L. V. DUCOUDRAY HOLSTEIN. — The death, at Albany, of this distinguished officer and civilian, has been generally announced the public journals. Our readers will remember the series of articles from his pen, upon ‘Talleyrand' and the ' Secret Police of Napoleon,' which he contributed to these pages. They attracted much attention on this side the Atlantic, and were widely copied in England and France. Gen. Holstein was one Napoleon's staff, and personally acquainted with, if not an actor in, some of the most prominent scenes and events of more modern French history. He was an accomplished scholar, and filled honorable collegiate offices, at Geneva, Albany, etc. Those who knew him best, speak of him as an exemplary and excellent man, in all the relations of life.

CRITICISM UPON THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF Design. It is proper to mention, that the review of the exhibition of pictures at the National Academy, which appears elsewhere in this department of the KNICKERBOCKER, proceeds from the pen of an artist, who claims to have the honesty to acknowledge the merits of his rivals, and courage to make a temperate opposition to popular errors.' He has the advantage of having been for upward of six years a student in the Royal Academy of England, and the benefit of an intimate acquaintance with many of its most distinguished members. Having used 'all plainness of speech,' the writer desires no concealment of his name; and only affirms, that his freedom of animadversion arises from no sinister causes. He assures us, that he has no individual wrongs to avenge, nor personal pique to gratify. He has experienced no slight from the National Academy, having never been a candidate for its titles, or an applicant for its benefits, in any way. He clainis, therefore, to be considered a candid and disinterested critic; and we leave the publie to confirm or annul his pretensions.

ROMANCE OF AMERICAN History. — We have read, with unmixed gratification, if we except a feeling of regret that we are unable to quote from its pages, 'A Lecture on the Rumance of American History,' delivered at the Athenian Institute, Philadelphia, in February last, by William B. Reed, Esq. It is a rapid yet lucid sketch of prominent historical incidents, the discovery of Ainerica, the annals of Mexican conquest, the early history of tbis continent, etc., with incidental allusions to remote and foreign history, appositely adduced. The writer, though but in the vestibule, as it were, of his great theme shows conclusively, that the romance of history is the poetry of truth; that viewed I'corded truth is as picturesque as fiction; and that 'the archives of the

is red only with dry bones and shapełess mummies, but have their walls ein 's Minors which never fade, with the forms and figures that realize the spirit of departeu ages.' Adam Waldie, Philadelphia.

LITERARY RECORD. New Books, ETC. Notices of some of the following works were prepared for the review department of the present number; but owing to the length of the articles upon the fine arts and the drama, and other causes, they are necessarily excluded. We are con

com. pelled, therefore, barely to advert to, instead of adequately noticing them: 'A L'Abri, or the Tent Pitched, is the name given by Mr. Willis to a handsome volume, from the press of Mr. SAMUEL COLMAN, containing a collection of all his well-known 'Letters from under a Bridge;' "The Idler in Italy,' published by Messrs. CAREY AND Hart, in two clearly-printed volumes, is a specimen of Lady BLESSINGTON's best style, and embraces the journal of a tour in Italy, with picturesque descriptions of scenery, reflections, account of various lions, etc.; 'The Cabinet Minister,' from the never-ceasing press of those popular publishers, the BROTHERS HARPER, is by Mrs. Gore, who wrote 'Mothers and Daughters,' 'The Heir of Selwood,' etc., and has received commendation from praise worthy sources in England; 'The Phantom Ship,' by CAPTAIN Marryat, which has been to be continued so long, in many American journals, is completed in two volumes, from the press of Messrs. CAREY AND Hart, and reads infinitely better, as a whole, than in detached numbers; ‘Adam Buff, and other Men of of character,' containing eight of Douglas Jerrold's capital stories, from English and Scottish periodicals, from the press of LEA AND BLANCHARD. The works whose titles are annexed, reached us at too late a period for perusal: 'Robin Day,' a novel by the author of 'Calavar,' in two volumes, by Lea and BLANCHARD; 'Isabel, or Sicily, a Pilgrimage,' by H. T. TUCKERMAN, by the same publishers ; 'Behemoth, a Legend of the Moundbuilders,' by J. and H. G. LANGLEY ; SCHOOLCRAFT's 'Algic Researches,' in two volumes, by the BROTHERS Harper, heretofore alluded to ; 'Mr. BARNARD's Discourse on the Life and services of STEPHEN VAN RENSSELAER, with an Historical Sketch of the Colony and Manor of Rensselaerwick; “The Characters of SCHILLER,' by Mrs. ELLET ; 'Francia's Reign of Terror,' a sequel to the Letters on Paraguay,' noticed a short time since in the KNIOKERBOCKER; and 'Phantasmion,' from the press of Mr. SAMUES COLMAN.

The Beauties of DANIEL WEBSTER. – Mr. EDWARD WALKER, Fulton-street, has published, in a small and handsome volume, of an hundred and ninety-six pages, 'The Beauties of DANIEL WEBSTER, selected and arranged; with a Critical Essay on his Genius and Writings.' It is a second edition, with considerable additions, and a very good reduced portrait. The selections are made with judgment, and their subjects are various. The compiler's unnecessary preface and essay are less to our taste. They strike os, in a hasty perusal, as being ambitious and inflated, to a degree. Errors have been permitted to escape, or alterations have been attempted, in the text itself, which evince either carelessness or amusing temerity. In the last extract, for example, Mr. WEBSTER is assisted with an emphatic word, which makes the whole sentence ridiculous : 'When my eyes shall be turned to behold, for the last time, the sun in heaven, may I not see him shining on the broken and dishonored fragments of a once glorious Union,' ete. What are we to make of 'the armies and trophies streaming in their original lustre, on the gorgeous ensign of the republic? A more careful revision should have been bestowed upon fragmenis, professedly authentic, from the productions of an eininent American statesman.

Our New VOLUME. - We would respectfully invite the reader's attention to an advertisement of the FourteenTH VOLUME of the KNICKERBOCKER, which accompanies the present number. It would have been easy to have added many well-known names to our regular list of contributors, and pumerous commeudatory paragraphs to the subjoined opinions of the public press; but it is unnecessary. Reasoning from pleasant experience, we need desire no more ample support than will be voluntarily contributed by the public, nor a wider repute than will naturally accrue from exertion, which, with additional resources, shall be as untiring in the future, as it has been in the past.

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