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writer, so well qualified to make a good head of all single subjects of historical reuse of them as Mr. Irving, and that the search, so there is no one of our writers credit of producing the first adequate to whom the united voice of the country memorial of this all-important event should would with such cheerful unanimity have have been thus secured to the United intrusted their composition. States by their most popular author, is From the time that he entered for life certainly a very pleasing coïncidence. upon a literary career, Mr. Irving gave
The limits of this occasion require me himself almost exclusively to its pursuit. to pass over two or three popular works He filled the office of Chargé d'Affaires of a light cast, for which Mr. Irving col- for a short time in London, prior to his lected the materials while carrying on his return to the United States, and that of historical researches in Spain, as also those Minister to Spain from 1842 to 1846. His which issued from his industrious and fer- diplomatic dispatches in that capacity are tile pen after his return to the United among the richest of the treasures which States in 1832. At this period of his life lie buried in the public archives at Washhe began seriously to contemplate the ington. preparation of his last great production A more beautiful life than Mr. Irving's The Life of Washington. This subject can hardly be imagined. Not uncheckerhad been pressed upon him, while he was ed with adversity, his early trials, under yet in Europe, by Mr. Archibald Consta- the soothing influence of time, without ble, the celebrated publisher at Edin subduing the natural cheerfulness of his burgh, and Mr. Irving determined to un- disposition, threw over it a mellow tendertake it as soon as his return to America derness which breathes in his habitual should bring him within reach of the ne- trains of thought, and is reflected in the cessary documents. Various circumstances amenity of his style. His misfortunes in occurred to prevent the execution of the business, kindly overruled by a gracious project at this time, especially his ap- Providence, laid the foundation of literary pointment as Minister to Spain, and his success, reputation, and prosperity: At residence in that country from 1842 to two different periods of his career he en1846. On his return to America, at the gaged in public life; entering without close of his mission, he appears to have ambition; performing its duties with applied himself diligently to the long- diligence and punctuality; and leavmeditated undertaking, though he pro- ing it without regret. He was appointed ceeded but slowly, at first, in its execu- Chargé d'Affaires to London under Gen. tion. The first volume appeared in 1855, Jackson's Administration, and Minister to and the four following in rapid succession. Spain under Mr. Tyler's, the only instances The work was finally completed the pre- perhaps in this century in which a dissent year — at the close of the life of its tinguished executive appointment has illustrious author, and of a literary career been made without a thought as to the of such rare brilliancy and success. political opinions of the person appointed.
It would be altogether a work of super- Mr. Irving's appointment to Spain was erogation to engage in any general com- made on the recommendation of Mr. mentary on the merits of Mr. Irving's two Webster, who told me that he regarded it great historical works, and the occasion is as one of the most honorable memorials of not appropriate for a critical analysis of his administration of the Department of them. They have taken a recognized State. It was no doubt a pleasing cirplace in the historical literature of the age, cumstance to Mr. Irving, to return in his and stand, by all confession, in the front advancing years, crowned with public rank of those works of history of which honors, to the country where, in earlier this century and especially this country life, he had pursued his historical studies has been so honorably prolific. Reserv- with so much success; but public life had ing a distinguished place apart for the no attractions for him. The respect and venerable name of Marshall, Mr. Irving affection of the community followed him leads the long line of American historians to his retirement; he lived in prosperity
first in time and not second in beauty without an ill-wisher ; finished the work of style, conscientious accuracy, and skili- which was given him to do, amidst the ful arrangement of materials. As his two blessings of his countrymen, and died works treat respectively of themes which, amidst loving kindred in honor and for purely American interest, stand at the l peace.
ARCHAIA; or, Studies of the Cosmogony and, the trials and sorrows of a tender and loving wife,
Natural History of the Hebrew Scriptures. By or even those of an erring and repentant one.
CASSELL'S ILLUSTRATED BIBLE. — This beautiful This is no common book which the publishers and magnificent work, which has been illustrated have kindly sent us from the Canada press. The at vast expense, is about to be republished in this talent, learning, research, and critical acumen of country by Mr. JOHN CASSELL, of London, who is the author of this book will command the atten now in this city making the needful arrangements. tion and respect both of scholars and all candid Mr. Cassell is ono of the working noblemen of this inquirers into the cosmogony of the Bible. The age, and the honored friend of good men and noblesubject is one of prime importance. It is no easy men of England. He has long been celebrated as matter for common minds to read the two first the publisher of Knowledge for the Million. The great chapters in the history of our planet—the beauty of Cassell's Illustrated Bible, its large quarto first chapter of Genesis and the first chapter in form, the richness of its sacred historic scenes as the geological history of the world. They are presented in the very well-executed cuts, and its ex. hermonious in the eye of the Creator, even if the ceeding cheapness, should secure it a place in many minds of men can not discern it. This book is a thousands of families in our country. Part I., in great chapter of light on the subject, and inquir- large quarto form of thirty-two pages, with thirtying minds will find much therein to repay its three beautiful cuts, some filling an entire page, is attentive perusal.
sold singly for fifteen cents; or about ten copies for
one dollar, to one address, can be sent by mail. New MISCELLANIES. By CHARLES KINGSLEY, Rector
of Eversley, Chaplain in Ordinary to the Queen. Pages 375. Boston: Ticknor & Fields. 1860.
THE HOME JOURNAL. —General Morris and N. P.
Willis, Esq., continue to enrich the columns of Our readers are no strangers to the name, the Home Journal with the attractive fruits of their character, and writings of the author of this gifted pens. The flowers of poetry blossom, the book. His gifted pen graces and illuminates luscious fruits continue to ripen, and the boughs every subject which he takes thoroughly in hand. of their wide-spreading literary trees bend down The reader will find in this volume many brilliant every week, all the year round, with choice prothoughts clearly and beautifully expressed. The ductions to which every one may have constant book comprises fourteen topics, subjects, or mis access and pluck freely and refresh himself or hercellanies of diverse character, all standing out in self for the small and convenient sum of $2 per bold relief before the mind of the reader for his year. inspection and mental gratification, or like fourteen literary repasts which can be devoured as THE GOLD BEDSTEAD. - The golden bedstead appetite may crave.
which was lately presented to the Queen, and
conveyed to Windsor Castle under the charge of The Bor-Tar; or, a Voyage in the Dark. By Colonel Willoughby, has been exhibited, by the
Captain MAYNE REid, author of the Desert Home, gracious permission of Her Majesty, at the conthe Young Voyagers, etc. With twelve illus- versazione of the Great Western Literary Society. trations by Charles S. Keene. Pages 356. Bos- The bedstead attracted, as may be supposed, imton: Ticknor & Fields. 1860.
mense interest and attention, and by the descripThere is to many minds a charm in sea-life and tion of it in a weekly cotemporary, it seems to its descriptions of wind and storm, dangers and merit commendation from the beauty of its workescapes, strange and exciting incidents. The manship as much as from its sterling value. The author of this book wields a graphic pen, and bedstead, and the carpet on which it stands, are
valued at £150,000. sketches his word-pictures of sea-life with admirable skill and artistic truthfulness, with which this
VALUABLE DIAMOND.-A letter from Paris says: neat volume abound.
"By the arrival of the Bombay mail came hither Tue WIFE'S TRIALS AND TRIUMPHA. By the author
a Mr. Amunn, having for sale a considerable par of Grace Hamilton's School Days, Heart's Ease cel of diamonds, some of them quite extraordinary in the House, etc. New-York: Sheldon &
for size and importance. He has disposed of a Company. Boston: Brown, Taggard & Chase. few, the prices ranging from £1000 to £15,000. 1860.
An uncut" brilliant of unusual magnitude he has
refused to part with for seven million francs, and The title of this neatly-executed volume almost stands out for £320,000, which, if he can not get tells its own touching story. There are few chap- in Paris, he carries the gem to Amsterdam or St. ters in human history and experience so suited Petersburg. The 'diggings in Lucknow and to touch the vital chords of sympathy in the some other favorite hidden localities during the hearts of men as those which describe and depict ' mutiny were not unproductive.”