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sesses a value beyond the occasional interest which suggested its composition, and beyond the momentary effect which suggested its publication. The sermon is an exposition of the author's views of the life to

As a theory of that life it is wise and humane, and combines in a remarkable degree philosophic insight with Christian feeling. While it breathes the evangelical spirit which usually characterizes Dr. Osgood's writings, it is untrammelled, liberal, and hopeful. There are passages in it of great beauty, and the whole is pervaded by a tenderness and pathos which explains the charm it seems to have exercised on the congregation who listened to it.

NEW PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED.

THEOLOGY. Theodore Parker's Experience as a Minister, with some Account of his Early Life and Education for the Ministry; contained in a Letter from him to the Members of the Twenty-eighth Congregational Society of Boston. Boston: Rufus Leighton, Jr. 8vo. pp.

182. (See p. 282.) Ishmael; or, A Natural History of Islamism, and its Relation to Christianity. By the Rev. Dr. J. Muehleisen Arnold. London: Rivingtons. 8vo. pp. 524. (To be noticed.)

The Immortality of the Soul and the Final Condition of the Wicked carefully considered. By Robert W. Landis. New York: Carlton & Porter. 12mo. pp. 518.

The Sheepfold and the Common; or, Within and Without London and New York : Blackie & Son 12mo. 2 vols. pp. 592, 583. (Consisting of Narratives and Conversations, in Illustration of Evangelical Views of Religion.)

Here and Beyond ; or, The New Man the True Man. By Hugh Smith Carpenter. New York: Mason Brothers. 12mo. pp. 345. (A volume of some merit in rhetoric and fancy, and one which will be attractive and valuable to the younger class of serious readers. Its religious spirit seems wholly earnest and practical.)

A Commentary, Explanatory, Doctrinal, and Practical, on the Epistle to the Ephesians. By R. E. Pattison, D.D. Boston : Gould & Lincoln. 12mo.

pp. 244.

ESSAYS, ETC. Observations on the Growth of the Mind. By Sampson Reed. Fifth Edition. Boston : Crosby, Nichols, & Co. 16mo. pp. 99. (To be reviewed.)

The Roman Question. By E. About. Translated from the French by H. C. Coape. New York : D. Appleton & Co. 12mo. pp. 219.

Lectures for the People. By the Rev. Hugh Stowell Brown, of Liverpool. First Series, with a Biographical Introduction, by Dr. Shelton Mackenzie. Philadelphia : G. G. Evans. 12mo. pp. 414.

HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY.

The China Mission; embracing a History of the various Missions of all Denominations among the Chinese; with Biographical Sketches of Deceased Missionaries. By William Dean, D.D. (Twenty Years a Missionary to China). New York: Sheldon & Co. 12mo.

Lives of the Queens of Scotland and English Princesses connected with

pp. 396.

the Regal Succession of Great Britain. By Agnes Strickland. Vol. VIII. New York: Harper & Brothers. 12mo. pp. 379.

The French Revolution of 1789, as viewed in the Light of Republican Institutions. By John S. C. Abbott. With One Hundred Engravings. New York: Harper & Brothers. 8vo. pp. 439.

Shelley Memorials : from Authentic Sources. Edited by Lady Shelley. To which is added an Essay on Christianity, by Percy Bysshe Shelley: now first printed. Boston: Ticknor & Fields. 18mo. pp.

308. (See p. 289.) The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes and Persians, Macedonians and Grecians. By Charles Rollin. Abridged by Wm. H. Wyckoff, LL.D. 1 vol. New York: Sheldon & Co. 8vo. pp. 550.

The Life of Jabez Bunting, D.D. With Notices of Contemporary Persons and Events. By his Son, Thomas Percival Bunting. Vol. I. New York: Harper & Brothers. 12mo. pp. 389. (A detailed Biography of an eminent English Methodist preacher. A portrait is promised with the second volume.)

The History of the Religious Movement of the Eighteenth Century called Methodism, considered in its different Denominational Forms, and its Relations to British and American Protestantism. By Abel Stevens, LL.D. Vol. II. From the Death of Whitefield to the Death of Wesley. New York: Carleton & Porter. 8vo. pp. 520.

GEOGRAPHY AND TRAVELS.

Tent and Harem: Notes of an Oriental Trip. By Caroline Paine. New York: D. Appleton & Co. 12mo. pp. 300.

Life and Liberty in America: or, Sketches of a Tour in the United States and Canada in 1857 – 8. By Charles Mackay. With Ten Illustrations. New York: Harper & Brothers. 12mo. pp. 413. Notes of a Clerical Furlough spent chiefly in the Holy Land.

With a Sketch of the Voyage out in the Yacht “ St. Ursula." By Robert Buchanan, D.D. London and New York : Blackie & Son. 12mo. pp. 437.

POETRY AND FICTION. Kendridge Hall and other Poems. By Leander Clark. Washington : Franklin Philp. 12mo. pp. 113.

Idyls of the King. By Alfred Tennyson, D. C. L., &c. Boston: Ticknor & Fields. 12mo. pp. 227. (To be noticed.)

The Three Eras of Woman's Life. A Novel. By Elizabeth Elton Smith. Boston: T. & H. P. Burnham. 12mo. pp. 322.

Anne of Geierstein ; The Betrothed; Count Robert of Paris ; Fair Maid of Perth ; St. Ronan's Well; The Talisman ; Peveril of the Peak; The Black Dwarf. Philadelphia : T. B. Peterson & Co. (Paper; "cheap edition.")

Walter Thornley; or, A Peep at the Past. By the Author of " Allen Prescott,” &c. 12mo. 486.

Ettore Fieramosca; or, The Challenge of Barletta. The Struggles of an Italian against Foreign Invaders and Foreign Protectors. By Massimo D'Azeglio. Boston: Phillips, Sampson, & Co. 12mo. pp. 356. (See p. 300.)

Gerald Fitzgerald, the Chevalier. By Charles Lever. New York: Harper & Brothers. pp. 150. (Paper.)

A Life for a Life. By the Author of "John Halifax,” etc. New York: Harper & Brothers. 8vo. pp. 147. (Paper.)

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JUVENILE.

The Percy Family. A Visit to Ireland. By Daniel C. Eddy. Boston: Andrew F. Graves. 18mo. pp. 255.

Little Annie's Ladder to Learning; or, Steps in Infantine Knowledge. New York: Sheldon & Co. 16mo. pp. 64.

EDUCATION. M. T. Ciceronis de Officiis Libri Tres. With Marginal Analysis and an English Commentary. Edited by Rev. H. A. Holden. First American Edition, corrected and enlarged by Charles Anthon, New York: Harper & Brothers. 12mo. pp. 315.

Roman Orthoepy : a Plea for the Restoration of the True System of Latin Pronunciation. By John F. Richardson. New York: Sheldon & Co. 12mo.

pp. 114.

MISCELLANEOUS. Napoleon III. the Man of Prophecy; or, The Revival of the French Emperorship anticipated from the Necessity of Prophecy. By G. S. Faber, D.D. New York: D. Appleton & Co. 24mo. pp. 102.

Report exhibiting the Experience of the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, for Fifteen Years ending February 1, 1858. New York, 4to.

Chambers's Encyclopædia ; a Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People, on the Basis of the latest Edition of the German Conversations-Lexicon. Illustrated by Wood Engravings and Maps. New York: D. Appleton & Co. Nos. 1, 2, 3.

Milch Cows and Dairy Farming. By Charles L. Flint. Liberally illustrated. Boston : Phillips, Sampson, & Co. 12mo. . pp. 416.

pp. 34.

PAMPHLETS.

Report of the Woman's Rights Meeting at Mercantile Hall, May 27, 1859. Boston : S. Urbino. pp. 32.

Eighth Annual Report of the Boston Young Men's Christian Union. April 13, 1859. Boston. pp. 23.

Luxury of the Fine Arts, in some of their Moral and Historical Relations. An Address delivered in Aid of the Fund for Ball's Equestrian Statue of Washington, 13 May, 1859. By Robert C. Winthrop. Boston : Little, Brown, & Co. pp. 60.

•A Sabbath Discourse on the Death of Hon. Rufus Choate, together with the Address at his Funeral. By Nehemiah Adams, D.D. Boston: J. E. Tilton & Co. pp. 64.

Debates in the Unitarian Society for the Diffusion of Christian Knowledge, respecting the Election of a Committee and Office-Bearers for the Year 1859 -60. Belfast (Ireland). pp. 107.

EDITORIAL NOTE. IN Art. IV. the oversight is committed of speaking of Dr. Leonard's predecessor as an unmarried man, — inaccurately so stated. — Again, Dr. Lamson's close relation to the Dublin case, and the importance of his testimony, is less precisely described in the text than it would be by designating him as an expert on the whole subject of ecclesiastical history.

THE

CHRISTIAN EXAMINER.

NOVEMBER,

18 5 9.

Art. 1. — KINDERGÄRTEN OF GERMANY.

1. Les Jardins d'Enfants, Nouvelle Méthode d'Education et d'Instruc

tion de Frederic Froebel. Par la BARONNE DE MARENHOLTZ.

Bruxelles et Ostend. 1858. 2. Woman's Educational Mission. By MADAME DE MARENHOLTZ.

London: Danton & Co. 3. A Practical Guide to the English Kindergarten, being an Expo

sition of Froebel's System of Infant Training. Accompanied by a great Variety of Instructive and Amusing Games, and Industrial and Gymnastic Exercises ; also numerous Songs, set to Music and arranged to the Exercises. , By Joh. and BERTHA RONGE. London: J. S. Hodson. 1855.

WHILE the hopes of political freedom for Germany have again and again been blighted, its intellectual life has gone on developing in every form of science and art. To the German mind we owe the vast flood of light which has been thrown on Biblical interpretation and theologic science. Every department of natural history has been filled with students of deep insight and laborious research. History and Belles lettres have, put on new charms, and Art counts her votaries by thousands. Amid all this intellectual life, the subject of education has received the attention of both government and people, and the public-school systems of Prussia and Saxony surpass all others in thoroughness, extent, and efficiency. No wonder that in this country of intellectual activity and vigorous thought has appeared the new system which aims to begin edu

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cation at the very threshold of life, and to conduct the child by progressive steps from its first instinctive yearnings after knowlledge up to its highest development. The Kindergarten must pave the way for the Gymnasium and the University. A full knowledge of this new system in its details may be gathered from the works named at the head of our article. We shall preface a slight account of its leading aims and methods by a notice of the life of its founder, Friedrich Froebel, condensed from the pages of Madame Marenholtz.

Friedrich Froebel was born in 1782, at Oberweissbach, in the principality of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt. His father, a humble country curate, brought him up in the principles of the Christian religion, and in the daily practice of piety and charity. Friedrich lost his mother early; and in his deep sense of the deprivation of her tender, intelligent, and unwearying affection, may be found the source of his devotion to the cause of maternal education.

The visits which he made with his father to the cottages of his parish, the sufferings and domestic troubles which he witnessed, developed in the soul of the young man the love of humanity, and the desire to remedy the evils which had come under his observation. He was an ardent lover of nature, and an earnest student of the natural sciences, mathematics, and agriculture. After passing some years in Switzerland, under the direction of Pestalozzi, he took part in the war for German independence, in the regiment of Lützow, whose daring exploits are commemorated in “ Lützow's Wild Chase.” He was afterward inspector of the Mineralogical Museum at Berlin, but abandoned this lucrative position, preferring, even at the expense of hard privations, to consecrate his whole time to the realization of the idea which possessed him, — the improvement of early education.

He founded his first establishment at Keilhau, a small village of Thuringia, where his school, supported by the people of the neighboring villages, is still in existence. His farm-house being too small to contain his pupils, while additional rooms were building poor Froebel was obliged to lodge in the henhouse. He scarcely allowed himself the necessaries of life; often, in his journeys, passing the night in the open air, to save

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