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largely indebted to the company; and the money | versation were preferred to intricate plots. He be paid into bank to meet the bills given the pub- wrote especially for the Gymnase, where Mlle. lisher was applied by the company to discharge Jenny Vertpré was in the morning of her charms. the auctioneer's debt to it; and the company sued He married her, but their union did not last long. the publisher for the bills. The publisher em. Each was fond of being master of the house, plored Mr. Powell, Q. C., to contend that the plaintiff and love of independence was stronger than love was not at liberty to use the funds for this purpose. of another. They quietly separated, and each reMr. Povellargued, moreover, that the plaintiff should verted to the old way of life. He fought two duels. be bonsaited, inasmuch as at the trial he had been In his first duel the adversary's ball hit the brim unable to produce a curtificate of incorporation. of his hat, which made up in breadth what it lacked Mr. Powell expressed fears that this contention was in thickness, and checked the ball's further proDot of much avail, as no question on this point was gress. In his second duel the adversary's ball raised by the pleadings.

buried itself in his purso, which made a needy wit BAROS BRAMWELL. “You will find, Mr. Powell, of the day place his hand upon his empty pocket, the law on this bead well stated in the 5th volume and exclaim with mock despair: “Did you ever of Mr. Conway Robinson's Practice.”

hear of such a thing? Had it happened to me, I MR. POWELL. “But shall I find anything there should have been a dead man!" He was at one that will help me, my Lord ?

time manager of the Porte St. Martin Theatre, and BAROS BRANTELL. “No; it is too well done,” he was the founder of the French Theatre at Lon(Laughter.)

don, which he managed for some years. During We have this week a legal publication which is the last few years he has lived quietly at Pierreof great interest to the historian, the statesman, fonds in easy circumstances of fortune, gay, despite and the political economist, as well as to the pro- the stone, and despite that oblivion which began fession. It is the first report of the Judicature to environ him before death. Commission appointed in 1867, and formed of Lord Charles Bataille, after surviving the loss of his Cairns, Lord Hatherley, Sir W. Erle, Lord Penzance, reason for many months, has died. He made his liteSir R. Phillimore, Sir Roundell Palmer, etc. I rary début in 1854 as a writer in the petty press, and can but note its appearance. It enters into the attracted some attention by the excessive animalegal administration of England, and this is notion of his style, perhaps even then attainted with place to analyze it.

insanity. He wrote a novel, “ Antoine Quérard," There is no trouble in procuring in single num- which had its admirers ; a drama, “ L'Usurier du bers any magazine published in England. Were Village" (with M. Amedée Rolland), which was I in America, the plan I should adopt would be to quite successful; some poems, two of which,“Frédéopen an account with Messrs. Trübner & Co., 60 rique" and " Les Mondes Interlopes,” were lauded. Paternoster Row, by sending them five or ten But—it is the old story—he was poor; the exigencies pounds to my credit. I should then order them of life in Paris are great, and it was necessary for to send me such a number of such a magazine or him to labor without respite. Had he been able magazines as I might want. I may add, in this to command time for study and reflection, he would, connection, that the book post now enables lite- his friends believe, have attained considerable disrary men to receive books at their door with tinction as a writer. As it was, he was obliged to astonishing speed, and convenience, and cheap- fritter bis gifts away in the newspapers, for they

There is no book (except the most expensive paid cash for the article, which was published at works of folio size in several volumes) published once. He expired in a private lunatic asylum. in England or on the Continent which Messrs. There were some twenty people at his funeral, Trübner & Co. could not transmit through the post which was attended by no member of his family. to the most distant country village in the United I believe he broke with them in consequence of his States. I am constantly sending books to friends entering upon a marriage which they considered in the United States, and I have never yet lost beneath him. one of them. Drafts for any amount on England We have had published a correspondence between may readily be obtained by return of post from two authors which is curious in more than one reNessrs. Drexel & Co., Philadelphia, or Messrs. spect. It shows the eager competition which exists Drexel, Winthrop & Co., New York. Literary men between them, the uncertainty of their relations, in the United States would find their convenience and the virulent envy with which successful augreatly increased if they considered (as we do thors are regarded. Messrs. Jules Claretie and here) books as thoroughly mailable matter. Petruccelli de la Gattina together wrote a drama


called “La Famille des Gueux. The scene is laid

in the Netherlands during the sixteenth century. It OUR CONTINENTAL CORRESPONDENCE. was to have been brought out in October, but the

PARIS, February 1, 1869. manager of the Gaîté (who had accepted the piece) Death has removed from among us an old au was so much pleased with “ La Madone des Roses” thor, who had his hour of reputation, and a young that he relegated the former play to the day after the author, who went mad before he achieved fame or withdrawal of “ La Madone des Roses.” Meantime fortune. M. Carmouche tried many professions be was announced that M. Victorien Sardou was fore he adopted the profession of dramatic author. writing a drama on the same subject, and the His first ambition was to be an actor. His family, manager of the Gaîté became quite naturally disalthough of an humble station, were opposed to his inclined to bring out a play which would probably adopting this profession, and apprenticed him to a be inferior to M. Sardou's. Thereupon M. Jules painter. This trade did not suit him, and he be- Claretie addressed a letter to the manager, recallcame a silversmith. Passionately fond of the stage, ing the latter's promises. In the course of it he he was a frequent attendant at the theatre and at said: "Our piece was written and completed, and you last wrote a play. It was accepted, acted, and had read it-I remember in what terms you spoke faccessful. He wrote others, which likewise were of it-before there was any question of M. Victorien successful, and making more money by his plays Sardou's drama at the Porte St. Martin Theatre. than by his trade, he quitted the latter and became When last March I sketched to M. Sardou the suba dramatic author. It was the day of short vaude- ject of “La Famille des Gueux,' he said, 'I have villes, wlien sprightly couplets and brilliant cou. I always wished to write a piece upon that epoch.'


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Our piece was written. Two months afterwards / may have the same success as Victor Séjour's conthe newspapers announced M. Sardou's draina. I flagration. I think M. Claretie will comprehend do not pretend that everybody has not the right to that my dignity forbids my prolonging here a discut out five acts in the dramatic history of Flan-cussion which shall soon be decided on the stage. ders. The Spaniards, the Dutch, les capitans and This is the true field, where we should fight with les gueux are the property of anybody who knows, courteous arms, the public being our second. M. can), or chooses to make them act. The author of Claretie, I have the honor to salute you. Fire first. the future piece of the Porte St. Martin has seen VICTORIEN SARDOU." this corner of the earth and of the sixteenth cen To this letter M. Claretie made the following extury in his way; we have studied it in our manner. traordinary reply: “Sir, you took Les Ganaches from But you are mistaken in thinking the public may Balzac and Louis Ulbach, Piccolino from M. Florian, reproach the Gaîté for trespassing on a neighboring Nos Intimes from Barriere’s Faux Bonshommes and theatre's property. The public will see the two M. Gabriel’s Paratonnerre, Les Pommes du Voisin works and judge. You fear our inundation will be from Charles de Bernard ; you took the contract anticipated ; you fear the effect on which we count sceve of La Famille Benoiton from Barriere; the so much may be used by M. Sardou in his drama. idea of Maison Nenve from a story by Gozlan, and This is impossible. I myself told him we had in the dead body in it from Vidocq's Memoirs ; Nos 'La Famille des Gueux' a scene of the breaking Bons Villageois from Balzac's Paysans and of dykes, which we thought would produce a great Italian novelliere; Les Pattes de Mouches effect. It is not probable he has selected this very nothing but Edgar Poe seasoned to suit Parissort of scenic effect for his drama."

ian tastes. You managed all these things with M. Sardou at once replied to the insinuations con a skill and with talents I was the first to acknow. tained in the foregoing letter. He wrote: “A year ledge, for no one has applauded you more than I ago I heard through the newspapers that the Gaîté have done. I have never accused you of so much as proposed playing a drama by Messrs. Petruccelli and taking your idea from the drama which the Gaîté is Claretie, entitled 'La Famille des Gueux.' M. about to play. My co-laborer and I have not so Claretie dined with me the same day (I had some much conceit as to take out a patent for the Guerre reason to consider him my friend), and I said to him, des Gueux ; the sun of Flanders shines for everyMy dear Claretie, this intelligence vexes me a lit- body, and í should never have thought of being tle, for I promised, more than a year ago, the man- uneasy about your drama, if the manager of the ager of the Porte St. Martin Theatre a drama whose Gaîté, who is to play ours, had not seen an obsticle scenario is written, and which is laid in that same in the dreaded rivalry of a scenic splendor which epoch. Let us see if your piece is going to make is said to pass the limits of admiration. But let mine impossible, for in this event I shall renounce us restrict the discussion. Did you tell me your the subject, as you are more advanced in it than I drama was accepted by the Porte St. Martin when am. I then went on to tell him the plot of my you mentioned it to me for the first time? No; piece without asking him in return to tell me his your drama could not then have been accepted by piece's plot; I do not know even now the first incident the Porte St. Martin, because the then manager of it.

He at once dispelled my fears, assuring me asked me at that time to give him our piece, whose there was not the least connection between the subject he knew. My drama consequently was pieces further than the same country and the same accepted before yours; and if you have written a date, which neither he nor I had invented, and that drama during the last few months-a drama not I could work on without giving his piece a thought. yet finished—it is not because you have gotten Not more than a week ago (it was at Mallefille's your idea from us ; you have merely reverted to an funeral), I took M. Claretie aside, and again said to idea certainly yours, but long abandoned by you, him: You know my piece, my dear friend : if in order to take the wind out of our sails. Do you there is, in the plot 1 narrated to you, anything know why you have reverted to this subject which whatsoever which vexes you by its similarity to you had allowed to sleep in quiet? A remark you something in your piece, I am ready to chance it made to a common friend will explain everything. to give you pleasure.' M. Claretie replied, • That You said : ‘La Famille des Guenx? Oh! it never is a question which has long been settled.' I am will be played! The censors will interdirt it! The completely at ease on that subject. The plot you censors will interdict it! Yes, sir, you made this have analyzed to me is in no way like the piece we remark ; remember, you made it to a true-hearted have written. Your characters are historical; mine fellow, whose frankness I know; but allow me to are not.' 'I am glad to hear that ; but is there no believe the censors will not give you this little danger of our scenery clashing ?'' Have you an gratification. Shall I give you the whole story? inundation in your piece ?' No.' Oh! if you have The first drama you intended to write was not a no inundation in your piece, you may put in it what Dutch drama, it was a French drama, a revolution you please. You break the dykes ? Yes.' ary drama. It was entitled neither · Le Duc d'Albe,' • It will be admirable. I have not a drop of water nor. Le Siège de Leyde ;' but 'Les Tricoteuses,' • La in my piece; but even had I, I should prefer drain. Dernière Charette,' or 'Le 9 Thermidor.' You spoko ing Harlaam Lake to disobliging you.' "Thank to me about that also, dear sir (who was then my you! but feel no scruples. I am persuaded that friend); and what would you have said if I, who am instead of militating against each other, our pieces familiar with the Revolution, and who intend one will strengthen each other, for one will complete the of these days to write dramas on that epoch (I, other.' 'So I think.' • Good-bye!' • Fare you

like you, have scenarios all ready), what would well!' And we separated, shaking hands. You you have said if the Porte St. Martin Theatre had may now judge whether I have a right to be sur- accepted a drama, Camille Desmoulins' or some prised by M. Claretie's singular attack. I do not other, by me, while the Gaité Theatre was rehearsbelieve he can controvert one single particular above ing your · Dernière Charette.' It was precisely this mentioned. I leave the reader to judge the value drama on the Revolution which then tempted you ; of his insinuation after the amicable conversations and in truth I should have waited until your drama and the frank dealing of which I set an example. had been played to set to work on that same epoch, I have but one single desire, and I have reason to but an influential person had engaged you to abauhope it may be gratified, and this is that his piece don this subject, and you, always good-natured, be played before mine, and that his inundation quitted the striped casaquins of the sectionnaires for

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the cloth doublets of Flemish citizens. Yes, I said | liant writer” whose work he "had read with the to you then : 'I do not care! Write your piece! greatest attention ;'' but, he added, the work was ear is written.' What in good truth did I care ? rather old, and the incidents had been taken from I was persuaded both pieces would be played to- various authors; and he went on to point out the gether, or that we should be played before you. I evident plagiarisms from Dumas, Emile Augier, as ander this persuasion a week ago, at Mallefille's and Victorien Sardou. M. d'Epagny sent the manfuneral (you know Mallefille, whom you called a ager the printed piece, played in 1831, when Dumas malicious author in speaking of Les Sceptiques'); was just beginning his career, when Augier was a and this dramatic rivalry was not displeasing school-boy, and Sardou still in the nurse's arms. to me. I considered it, and I still consider it, He had but copied this old play, and sent it to the an attraction for the public, which would judge “discriminating" manager! . M. Gustave and compare the two pieces. Your piece then Flaubert (the author of " Mine. Bovary'') is writing a really was perfectly indifferent to me—or, rather, I novel whose principal character will be Duke Pasingenuously wished it a real success, such as 'La De- quier. It will open with the walk he took with rote' bas. Bat Monday, last Monday, things changed Mlle. Clairon, on the ruins of the Bastille, to see their appearance. The danger was pointed out to the inscription placed on that prison's site --" Here me You, the redoubtable author, were contrasted is dancing;” and it will end with a scene in the sith our maiden piece. I was told you eagerly, and Chamber of Peers during Louis Philippe's reign, before your piece was written, pressed forward the Duke Pasquier being President.

Signor Dall' preparation of the scenery and costumes; that Ongaro, the Venetian poet, has just completed a among these fairy-like wonders there was an inun- drama whose subject is taken from an Italian dation (my informant was misinformed on this sub- legend. The heroine, Veronica Cibo, is a princess jeet); that all these preparations were secretly who cut off the head of one of her husband's mismade ; and that we could not fail to be crushed by tresses, and gave it to him as a New Year's Day the weight of all these marvels which you were present, concealed in a lace basket. This vensecretly accumulating. Then I wrote the very geance satisfied, she retired to a convent, where she moderate letter which led you to write your acidu- so edified every body by her piety that after her death lated reply. I wished to reassure the manager of she was canonized and is known as St. Veronica. the Gaité, who is now reassured, and goes forward Mr. Robertson, the author of "Caste,” is to fit it Valiantly with us. I, a newspaper writer, wished for the English stage, on which it will be played to defend the rights of my co-laborer and friend, simultaneously with its appearance at Florence. M. Petruccelli de la Gattina, whom you have not the Signor Dall'Ongaro is translating Mr. Robertson's honor to know, to whom you have not analyzed “Caste,” which is shortly to be brought out at your dramas, and who would have been greatly sur- Florence.

G. S. prised, I suspect, to hear his drama was not played because your drama was about to be brought out. I

NOTES ON BOOKS AND BOOKSELLERS. wished, above all, to prove that if we came in

CHARLES SCRIBNER & Co., New York, expect to second, and were defeated, at least we started first. have ready, by the 25th of this month, “Waterloo; I have the honor to salute you. JULES CLARETIE.” a Sequel to the Conscript of 1813," by Erckmann

I hope you will agree with me that, long as this cor- Chatrian; and “Foreign Missions: their Relations respondence is, it is so curious, and throws so much and Claims,” by Rev. Rufus Anderson, LL. D. light on literary life in Paris, that it is well worth the President Woolsey's “Essay on Divorce and Diplace it occupies. Immediately after the appear- vorce Legislation ;” and Dr. Horace Bushnell's ance of M. Claretie's letter, M. Sardou sent a chal- “Women's Suffrage, the Reform against Nature,'' lenge to him. The following card, published in the are announced by Charles Scribner & Co. to be pubnewspapers, explains how the dispute ended : “In lished about June. The appearance of the last volconsequence of articles published in ‘Le Figaro,' M. ume especially is awaited with considerable interest. Sardou requested two of his friends, Messrs. de SCRIBER, WeLFORD, & Co., New York, exhibit, in Najac and Alfred Mayrargues, to demand explana- our advertising columns, a list of works which, for tions from M. Claretie. M. Claretie charged Messrs. attractiveness and variety, deserves the attention Jules Amigues and H. Pessard to represent him. of the trade, and of the reader interested in the The four undersigned, after having examined the supply of standard literature. Among these are elements and the terms of the polemic engaged, have “The Bampton Lectures for 1866,” and “Sermons agreed that the articles contained nothing which Preached Before the University of Oxford,” both by was of a nature to compromise personally either of Henry Parry Liddon, M. A. These serions have the parties, Messrs. Claretie and Sardou never hav- been received with such favor that the former has ing had the intention to transform a literary dis-reached a second, and the latter a third edition. cussion into a personal discussion." This card was in the “Family Library” there is scarcely a work insigned by the four seconds. The public are look-cluded which has not recognized value and interest. ing forward with unusual interest to M. Sardou's maiden appearance as a dramatist.

WILLIAM Wood & Co., New York, present to the I mentioned in my last letter M. d'Epagny's

trade in our advertising columns a copious list of death. I heard a few days since an anecdote of sterling medical and scientific works. To their own him, which is not only too good to be lost, but which very valuable list of publications they have added shows that when a dramatic author is silent too

a heavy stock of English books in nearly every delong, and drops from the social circle in which au

partment of science. thors more, he cannot hope to have a play brought

JOHANN GOTTLIEB Fichte -" The Science of out, however meritorious it may be.

A few years

Rights,” by this celebrated philosopher, has been since, M. d'Epagny wished to reappear on the translated by A. E. Kroeger, and just published by stage. He had been manager of the odeon, and J. B. Lippincott & Co. he naturally sent to the then manager of this thea E. Steiger & Co., New York, announce that they tre the piece he had written. It was declined. He are exporting every week to the Continent of Europe waited some weeks, and sent the manager another American books and periodicals, which are introplay. It likewise was declined. In the letter an- duced to the European market at an expense conswering its refusal, the manager was extremely siderably less than that which has hitherto attended courteous to the “dear master," and to the “bril- their introduction by way of England.

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We have received from Brotherhead & Co., 129 Fisher & Denison, New York, are pnblishing a East Seventeenth Street, New York, a copy of their musical series entitled “The Vocalist.” It is a Library Catalogne. It is a fine looking pamphlet collection of popular songs both of the drawingof one hundred double-column pages. Including room and glee club, of many of which the music is duplicates, this library contains upwards of twenty- given. Four parts have already appeared, and three thousand volumes, in nearly every depart- they are published at the low rate of five cents each. ment of current literature. In English, German, From Turner Brothers & Co., Philadelphia, we and French novels, especially, the collection is very have received Nos. 3 and 8 of their“ Select Novels.” select and extensive. That this institution will No. 3 is “ Common Sense,” and No. 8 is “ Only prove a success is scarcely a matter of doubt, as no Temper," both by Mrs. C. J. Newby expense or care seems to have been spared in mak

Rosy Dawn Stories (Boston, Henry A. Young & ing the library " worthy of the support of persons Co.). There are six volumes in this series, pripted of the most cultivated and fastidious taste."

in good type, on stout paper, with illustrations, Messrs. Claxton, Remsen, AND HAPFELFINGER and put up in boxes. The style is such as will will shortly publish “Gems of German Lyrics,” please the youthful reader, and all the stories are translated into English verse, by Henry D. Wireman. pervaded by a highly religious sentiment. It will consist of selections from Rueckert, Lenau, Chamisso, Freiligrath, Prutz, Seidl, Mueller, Mund, shortly issue a new medical monthly, to be entitled

MESSRS. JAMES CAMPBELL & Co., Boston, will Sallet, Traeger, Vogl, and others. The English and the " Journal of the Gynæcological Society of BosGerman will be printed side by side. We are

It will be under the editorial management assured that no care or expense will be spared to of Drs. Winslow Lewis, Horatio R. Storer, and Geo. render the new volume creditable both to the pnb- H. Bixby. Each pumber is to consist of not less lishers and the author. Inasmuch as the selections than 64 pages. Snbscription price, $3 per year, or will be from authors who have rarely had the honor of an English translation, the work, if fairly exe

35 cents per number. cuted, will be quite likely to meet with a welcome

The “Honter's Guide and Trapper's Companreception as well by the German as the English ion” is the title of a small book filled with inforreader.

mation valnable to those who, as its title implies, The same publishers will also shortly issue"Taopi are interested in whatever relates to the hunting and His Friends; or, The Indian's Wrongs and and trapping of wild animals, the preservation of Rights.” In this volume will be included the cele- their skins, &c. Many thousand copies of this brated Report of the Indian Peace Commissioners.

book have been sold. This new edition may be MR. LORING, Boston, has published “Farming by

had of A. Wineh, Phila. ; it is published by Hunter Inches, or · With Brains, Sir,”” in a style uni & Co., Hinsdale, N. H. form with “My Ten-Rod Farm," and like it is

“Little WOMEN,” published by Messrs. Roberts designed to beget a taste for agriculture, and im- Bros., Boston, has been received with remarkable part knowledge in its practice.

favor. The fourteenth thousand is now printing. The “Christian Quarterly” is a new religious

Bossange's monthly “Bulletin Bibliographiqne," periodical by R. W. Carroli & Co., Cincinnati, the comprising a selection of the best new books issued second number of which appeared in April. It is in France, will contain in the April number a list devoted “ to the advocacy of primitive Christianity of the principal French periodicals, arranged sys. as distinguished from the religion of sects,' and tematically, with prices per mail to the United is edited by W. T. Moore, assisted loy W. K. Pen- States. This feature will be continued in subsedleton, Isaac Errett, Robert Graham, Dr. S. E. Shep-'quent numbers. This Bulletin has been forty ard, Thomas Munnell, and Alexander Procter. The years in existence. It has proved highly risefn! titles of the articles of this number are, Galileo to the public and the trade, and gives promise of inand the Church, Phases of Religion in the United creased efficiency. It is distributed without charge States, The Glories of Mary, The Royal Priesthood, by all the correspondents in America of Gustave Christology, The Kingdom of God, Church Officers, Bossange, Bookseller, 25 Quai Voltaire, Paris. together with notes of foreign and domestic publi ERNEST Rexan's new book, “The Life of Saint cations, religious intelligence, etc. In its typo- Paul,” of which Carleton, New York, will publish, graphical appearance the new quarterly is not a translation this month, is said to contain a special surpassed, or perhaps we should say it is not map of the travels of Saint Paul from the date of equalled, by any issues of its class, and the con- departure on his first mission until his arrival at tents give evidence not only of erudition, but of a Rome. thorough appreciation of the current theological The same publisher will issue, in a few days, and ecclesiological questions of the day.

simultaneously with the London edition, “ Artemus H. H. Bancroft & Co., San Francisco, have pub- Ward's Comic Lecture," delivered in Egyptian Hall, lished a complete map of the White Pine Mining and illustrated profusely with drawings from the District, compiled by Gen. Allen Cadwalader, to-famous Showman's Panorama, and a steel portrait

of the author. gether with a descriptive text giving the facts connected with the locality in question.

A new story, “The Vicar of Bullhampton,” by Mr. J. MUNSELL, Albany, has issued an additional Anthony Trollope, will be begun, as a serial, simulvolume—the third-of the late Professor Dean's taneously, in “ Lippincott's Magazine,” and “ Once“History of Civilization.” It relates to Rome, the a-Week,” in July. sources of its history, its industry, religion, govern! The forthcoming “Comic History of the United ment, society, philosophy, and art, and contains an States," by John D. Sherwood, with original designs, index to the first three volumes. For general portraits, maps, &c., will be published by Fields, readers, this is one of the most desirable works, in Osgood & Co., Boston, and is intended to be pleasits completeness and intelligibility, they can pro- ingly humorous, “not on the plane of the buffoon

Mr. Munsell has also published an essay by the mere punster or word-player-but elevated Dr. John V. Lansing entitled “Frogs, their Contri- and intellectually healthful.” In this it will occupy butions to Science," read before the Albany Insti- a higher place than Gilbert A. A'Beckett's “ Comic tute. It is not only a pleasant, but a very instruc- History of England,” which is overpoweringly filled tive paper.

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BEIDOMAN & Childs, Northampton, Mass., have public is restored. I may not want the money, in issued an improved edition of “Todd's Index which case I will buy into the funds, and make some Rerum."

cash by it. But I think it would be most neces“ VULGARISMS, AND OTHER ERRORS OF Spbech," sary, and even improper, not to be fully prepared. published by Claxton, Reisen, & Haffelfinger, has

By all that I can learn, this is just such gube into another edition. The reader who is fond an embarrassment as may arise when pickpockets of verbal niceties will be interested in the author's cry 'Fire !' in a crowd, and honest men get trampled review of G, Washington Moon's “ Dean's English" to death. Thank God, I can clear myself of the and “ Bad English,” which is appended to this edi. melée, and am not afraid of the slightest injury. If tion.

the movey horizon does not clear up in a month or By the death of Mr. Henry Kempshall, the firm two, I will abridge my farming, &c. I cannot find of Darrow & Kempshall, of Rochester, N. Y., is will do equal mischief. I need not say this is con

there is any real cause for this; but an imaginary one siszolved, and Mr. Erastus Darrow will continue the fidential. Yours truly, Walter Scott.” “ Decembook and stationery business.

ber 16, Edinburgh.—The confusion of 1814 is a joke The Globe edition of Charles Dickens', published to this. I have no debts of my own. On the conby Hard & Houghton, New York, is completed by the trary, 30001. and more lying out on interest, &c. production (12mo., pp. 420 and 604 pages) of a It is a little hard that, making about 70001. a year, volume containing all of the “ Uncommercial and working hard for it, I should have this botheraTraveller," “ Master Humphrey's Clock” (not in- tion. But it arises out of the nature of the same eluded in the author's own edition), and seven addi, connection which gives, and has given me a fortional Christmas stories. There is also a general tune, and, therefore, I am not entitled to grumble." Index of Characters and their Appearances, as well as an index of fictitious places, popular sayings, &c.

At the Annual Dinner of the Royal Literary Fund, There are two engravings on steel, from original in London, on the 6th of May, Lord Stanley was in designs by Darley.

the chair. Twelve out of the fifty-two stewards wero Gustave Bossange (late Hector Bossange et Fils), directly newspaper men or popular authors. Mr. 25 Quai Voltaire, Paris, offers his services to the stewards. The dinner ticket costs a guinea, but

Reverdy Johnson and the Belgian Ambassador were trade and the public for the purchase of books, each steward is expected to pay ten guineas for the stationery, philosophical apparatus, etc. logues, price lists, and information promptly fur- honor of having his name advertised in very good


After dinner a subscription list goes Dished on demand.

round, and from a thousand to fifteen hundred TORNER BROTHERS & Co., Philadelphia, have pub- pounds are often collected in this manner. lished, in a very neat volume, “ Beautiful Snow" and oiher Poems, by J. W. Watson. With each

There has lately been published, in London, a copy is issued (we must say with due acknowledg- volume on the Byways of Literature, entitled “ Handment) the account, in our last number, of the au

book of Fictitious Names: being a Guide to Authors, thorship and composition of the principal lyric.

chiefly in the Lighter Literature of the XIXth Cen

tury, who have written under Assumed Names; and The late Charles 0. Rogers, of Boston, left an to Literary Forgers, Impostors, Plagiarists, and Imiestate valued at $800,000, and the “Boston Journal,” | tators.” By Olphar Hamst, Esq., author of“ A Notice worth $500,000.

of the Life and Works of J. M. Quérard." It might William LAIDLAW, the friend, amanuensis, and pay to republish it here as a companion to Mr. inally "factor” (or land steward) of Sir Walter William A. Wheeler's admirable" Dictionary of the Scott, was himself a writer of verse, though not to Noted Names of Fiction,” which was issued in 1865 any large extent. He is best known by his song of by Ticknor & Fields. * Lucy's Flitting," a simple and pathetic picture of a poor Ettrick maiden's feelings on leaving a service Parker & Co. promise the second part of Dr. Pusey's

Murray's announcements are very few. James in which she had been happy; a song, Lockhart says, Eirenicon, in Letters to the Rev. Dr. J. H. Newman, which “ has long been, and ever must be a favorite with all who understand the delicacies of the Scot- into accentuated English verse by the Rev. Love

a nearly literal translation of Homer's Odyssey tish dialect, and the manners of the district in which the scene is laid.” Laidlaw survived his patron, the Subjection of Women, by John Stuart Mill;

lace Bigge-Wither. Messrs. Longman announce and, it appears, carefully preserved the various Ecce Christus, or Jesus of Nazareth tried by the notes and letters he had received from him. Some Tribunals of his Country; Mopsa, the Fairy, by Jean of these, under the title of “ Abbotsford Notauda,, Ingelow, with eight illustrations. Tinsley Brothers are now publishing in the" Gentleman's Magazine,” have nearly ready Stretton, a novel, by Henry Loudon. The following appeared in the April num- Kingsley; The Girl to be Married, by Capt. James ber; and is curious as showing how unconscious, Grant; and False Colors, by Mrs. Pender Canlip, even on the verge of ruin which soon crushed but formerly Miss Annie Thomas. Macmillan & Co. did not destroy him, he was of the darkness of his have in the press the Book of Worthies, by Miss actaal situation : “ December, 1825. — MY DEAR Yonge ; and among other promised and promising WILLIAM : The money market in London is in a works, are True Love, by Lady Di Beauclerk ; the tremendous state, so much so that, whatever good Life and Labors of Cæsar Malan, of Geneva, by one reason I have, and I have the best, for knowing that of his sons ; Selections from the Writings of the Constable and his allies, Hurst and Robinson, are late Viscount Strangford ; and the Life and Correin perfect force, yet I hold it wise and necessary to

spondence of Mary Russell Mitford. prepare myself for making good my engagements, which might come back on me suddenly, or by

The Rev. Alexander Dyce's Shakspeare has been taking up those which I hold good security for. For completed in nine volumes, including a glossary; this purpose I have resolved to exercise my re

the latter is sold separately at twelve shillings. served faculty to burthen Abbotsford with 80001. Mr. Gladstone has given a pension of one hunor 10,000l. I can easily get the money, and having dred pounds per annum to the widow and daughters no other debts, and these well secured, I hold it of the late William Carleton, the Irish novelist. better to 'put money in my purse,' and be a debtor This is one-half of the pension enjoyed since 1847 on my land for a year or two, till the credit of the l by Mr. Carleton,

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