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a separate work on natural philosophy. I am, etc. Messrs. Cassell a right to isolate my articles from JOAN TYNDALL."
their environment, and to publish them in a form “ Sir.-We should not have thought it necessary the least mention of which would have prevented to trouble you with any remarks upon Professor me from writing them? Again thanking yon, I Tyndall's letter, which appeared in The Times' make my last bow and retire. Your obedient serof yesterday, with reference to a little work on vant, John TYNDALL." natural philosophy recently issued by us, had he “Sir.-In this remote mining district of Cornwall not omitted to mention that, before publishing it in 'The Times of Monday last has only just dow its present form, we sent bim proofs of the work, come to my hands. I have read Prof. Tyndall's and offered him the opportunity of adding any note letter relative to Cassell & Co.'s book on the 'Natahe thought necessary. We have only to add that ral Philosophy,' and I fear from the way in which all future issues of the work shall contain a notice he mentions my name in connection with two in respect to the points referred to in Prof. Tyn- essays, on “Light' and on .Heat and Chymical dall's letter, to prevent the misapprehension on the Power,' that it may be inferred that I have had part of the public which he wishes to guard against. something to do with the production of the book in We are, etc. CASSELL, PETTER & Galpin."
question. Permit me, I pray you, to state that “Sir.-I am very sorry to perceive that the point- some fifteen years since I wrote two or three essays ing out of their error to Messrs. Cassell & Co. in- for Hughes' Book of Lessons, published by the stead of exciting repentance has invoked excuse. Messrs. Longman, but that up to the present moIt appears that, because I, in the civilest manner, ment I have never seen or beard anything of those declined to correct their proofs, or to write an in- essays or of the book in which they are now so troduction to those 15-year-old Lessons,' they unceremoniously adopted. I am, etc. ROBERT Hext." deem themselves justified in giving their reprint “ The Times" publishes this, the concluding leta form and title calculated to mislead, in suppress. ter of the correspondence, under the rubrie “ A Taring a date calculated to enlighten the public, and dy Apology :in supplementing my short-comings by two upan “Sir.–At the risk of encroaching on your valunounced articles from another pen. Messrs. Cassell able space, we feel it necessary to reply to Prof. & Co., I know, will reply that the articles referred Tyndall's very pertinent question—' Have Messrs. to are announced, but how? I am reminded of Cassell a right to isolate my articles from their edthe exhortation of Luther, 'give nobly,' not in this vironment, and to publish them in a form the least way. Had this been a purely personal question mention of which would have prevented me from between Messrs. Cassell and myself, I should have writing them ?' Our reply is as follows: In taken a course different from that of resorting to March, 1868, a printed catalogue was forwarded to your columns. It is, however, a matter of more us by Messrs. Southgate & Co. of sundry books for than personal moment that those who publish books sale by public auction. Lot 1235 was thas deshould know their duty towards those who write scribed — Hughes' Graduated Reading Lessons, in them as well as to the public; and in cases where four Books,' and appended to the description of the positive and inward sense of what is right and the stereotype plates and copyright was the followhonorable is weak, there is no course open but to ing note : * Many of the most important copy. employ such outward props and influences as you, rights can be republished in a separate form. Our sir, have permitted me to use, to secure at least a agent attended the sale and bought the lot in ques. negative observance of good morals. I am, etc. tion. Upon the completion of the purchase we John TYNDALL."
received from the auctioneers a list of the authors “Sir.-In reply to Prof. Tyndall's last letter, we whose works might be so published in separate are content, while repelling the unjust insinuations form. This document is now before us, and among into which he has been led, to leave the matter in the names those of "Robert Hunt' and 'Johu question with the fact still prominent that, having Tyndall.' On the 15th of June we wrote Prof. purchased the stereotype plates and copyright of Tyndall as follows: Dear Sir.-Having purchased the work, we, before publishing it, gave him the the copyright of “ Hughes' Reading Lessons," we opportunity of adding any note he pleased expla- propose to reissue your articles on "Natural Philosnatory of the circumstances under which it first ophy" in a separate form. Will you kindly say appeared. We are, etc. Cassell, PETTER & Gal- whether you would like to look over the proof
sheets or to add anything in the shape of addenda “Sir.-In "The Times' of yesterday, which I or a new preface? It is perfectly true that in rehad the pleasure of seeing late last night, Messrs. plying to this note the Professor did suggest that Cassell represent themselves as repelling' my in
ithe date and circumstances of the first appearsinuations. To my mind the case of Messrs. Cas- ance of the articles ought to be mentioned.' That sell lacks the moral elasticity out of which a repel - this was omitted we regret, and for this omission lent force could be generated. The facts adduced we owe Prof. Tyndall, as an act of courtesy, an go right into them without a tendency to rebound. apology, which we now freely offer. We had thought The Messrs. Cassell did send me their proofs, neat that the assurance we gave in our first letter to yon ly made up with blank leaves for correction and that this omission should be rectified in all future emendation. I point blank, but civilly, declined issues of the book would have been regarded by having anything whatever to do with them. At the Professor in that light. We are, etc., Cassell, the same time I ventured the opinion that if the PETTER & Galpin." lessons were published their date onght to be made I must not fail to record the promotion of Canon known. It was partly my unwillingness to take Thomas Dale, of St. Paul's Cathedral, to the Dean. up an uppecessary fragment of your space and ery of Elyell, and I should add-vacated by the partly my tenderness to Messrs. Cassell that caused elevation to the episcopacy of Dean Goodwin, as me to 'omit' these points in my first letter. Here being an omen of further distinction, were pot the vis a question for wiser heads than mine. I wrote new Dean past 72. Do not, however, lament his those articles for Hughes'. Book of Lessons' and fate, for his life has been an easy one after the obfor nothing else. They were written at the earnest stacles at its outset were overcome. Judge: before request of the editor, and because good men, who he was 38 he was Vicar of St. Bride's, Fleet Street, thought such lessons likely to be a public benefit, and distinguished as a preacher ; he was 46 when gave Mr. Hughes the aid of their pens. Have he was Canon of St. Paul's. His career is remark
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able. He was born at Pentonville the 22d Augt. I for the relief of the needy. He built, at Dean 1797. His father unexpectedly died in the West Milman's suggestion, All Saints' Church, KnightsIndies (whither he went to edit a newspaper, leaving bridge, by his energetic efforts and liberal personal his only child, Thomas Dale, an orphan without a contributions. He never married, but lived with penny in the world and only six or seven years old. a sister to whom he was most affectionately attachHe obtained through friends admission to Christ's ed. He met with an accident in youth which slightHospital (Dr. Trollope was then its presiding spirit), ly lamed him, and this infirmity led to his sudden rose to be a "Grecian” and went to Cambridge. death. In walking down the stone staircase of the He supported himself at the University by his pen, Deanery of Battle (where he was on a visit to an which turned out (among other things) “ The old curate), he fell and almost immediately died. Widow of Nain and other Poems” in 1818 ; "The His health had been impaired by age for the last Outlaw of Taurus;" “ Irad and Adah, a Tale of the two or three years, and though he attended church Flood ;and “Specimens of a New Translation of and took some share in the service, he no longer the Psalms” in 1819. The first mentioned work ran preached. Byron was his school-fellow at Harrow, through several editions. After he had taken his and a most affectionate friendship was established degree, and had been ordained, he supported him- between them, and lasted till Byron's death. Such self by taking pupils, and in this way formed a great was Harness's purity and influence. Byron never many useful friends, besides affording him the ne- wrote hinn a line " which might not have been adcessary means to live and to study. He attended dressed to the most delicate woman;" and their closely to his sacred duties (while acting as a pri- correspondence was extensive. You may find many Fate tutor, and steadily rose in the church, at- of Byron's letters to him in Moore's Life of the tracting large congregations around him by his Poet; many more are still unpublished. He was eloquence and his character. In 1843 Sir Robert himself an author of no mediocre talents, and conPeel (who had been a frequent attendant at his tributed frequently to the "Quarterly Review," "Frachurch), conferred on him a canonry in St. Paul's. zer's Magazine," and to “Blackwood's Magazine." He is the author of a metrical translation of So- He brought out an edition of Shakspeare, which sold phocles in two 8vo. volumes (which you will find well and has already become scarce. His last literawarmly commended in the “Quarterly Review"); ry labor was the introduction to the “Life of Mary “ Sermons Preached before the University of Cam- Russell Mitford.” This authoress, in one of her bridge;"
;" " The Golden Psalm ;" “ Sermons Preach- latest letters, speaks of him in these words : “ He ed at St. Bride's ;'' “ The Sabbath Companion ;'' is one of the finest preachers in London, but still " The Good Shepherd;" “ The Domestic Liturgy ;' better known as the friend of all that have been and he published an edition of Cowper's works eminent for the last forty years ; for from the mowith a memoir and critical notes.
ment he left college he took rank as one of the best I must record the death of one whose life was en conversationalists of the day, Schoolfellow and viable in its purity, usefulness, contentedness and correspondent of Byron, he refused the dedication even tenor. Shall I confess to you I sometimes think of Childe Harold,' was the bosom friend and litthat in no country of the world do people lead as erary executor of Thomas Hope, and has lived in happy lives as people do in England. To my mind the closest intimacy with every person who comit is still as deserving the epithet “Merrie Eng. bined high talent with fair character. His father Jand” as when this phrase was first coined. I gave away my mother; we were friends in childhave heard Americans sometimes say : England hood, and have loved each other like brother and may be a very pleasant country to live in, but then sister all our lives." one must be a member of Parliament, or a lord's Your legal readers will hear with regret that Mr. son, and have plenty of money. This is a mis. W. M. Best, the reporter of the Court of Queen's take. Were you to ask me to point out the very Bench ("Best & Smith's Reports,") died recently happiest homes in England, my finger would turn after only a few days' illness. He was also known to to the rural clergy's parsonages and to the rural the profession by several legal treatises (Best on homes of the middle classes. Take the railways the Principles of Evidence, 1849, the late Baron Alin any direction from London and you may see on derson declared on the bench, exhibited more real both sides of the line tens of thousands of happy brains than any law book published during his homes such as you find in no other country in the lifetime), which are considered valuable. He was world—no, not even in the United States, for few not only a thorough lawyer, but an accomplished of your homes are mantled by family associations, scholar, a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin. Ho and contented spirits are still rarer. The late Rev. was called to the bar in 1834, and had been for seWilliam Harness's career was in many respects a veral years a bencher of Gray's Inn. It has been typical English life. Born in 1789, educated at said of him: “ He possessed all the attributes but Harrow and afterwards at Christ's College, Cam- two to have made him a remarkable and a distinbridge, he entered the church and accepted the guished man—a belief in his own knowledge, and curacy of Kilmerston, where, faithfully attending the courage to use it to his own advantage. Had to his pastoral duties, surrounded by loved books Mr. Best been ordinarily obtrusive, it is possible and thoroughly enjoying rural life, he lived so he might have met with a recognition of his great happily, his family had serious difficulty to per- abilities in promotion to some legal office; but alsuade him to place his shining light in some more though he may have died a disappointed man, he covspicious position. They dragged him up to leaves behind him a reputation as a lawyer, jurist, town, where he at once became greatly beloved by and scholar many judges of distinction might a wide circle of friends. Fond of society, and into envy."
FRANCIS BLANDFORD. which he was welcomed by Wordsworth, Moore, Southey, Miss Mitford, Joanna Bailey, the Kembles, OUR CONTINENTAL CORRESPONDENCE. Campbell and their peers, devoted to the theatre,
PARIS, Nov. 15, 1869. nevertheless there were few clergymen in London The literary event of the week is the production who discharged with greater fidelity their parochial of a new piece, by Messrs. Henri Meilhac and Luduties, especially among the lowly and the poor. dovic Halevy. These gentlemen have a world-wide He wrote a pamphlet on district visiting, and by reputation by their "books'' for M, Offenbach's repeated and able appeals through the press, di- musical extravaganzas. As is not unusual in the rected public attention to parochial societies formed history of the human intellect, they are half angry
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with their reputation as authors of these extrava- | motives dans la Marche à contre-vapeur” (8vo. gant farces, and are extremely ambitious to be pp. 48); M'lle Catherine, "Manuel Complet de la known as writers of genteel comedy. Their new Cuisinière Bourgeoise" (46th ed.); A. Chodzko, piece, “ Froufrou,” is a genteel comedy, and portrays "Grammaire Paléoslave,” followed by Paleoslaves the consequences of the frivolous education given texts taken for the most part from MSS. of the women here, which gives them taste for nothing Paris Imperial Library and the Bologna Psalter but dissipation and extravagance, which lead to (8vo. pp. 280); " Correspondance de Napoleon I." shipwreck of domestic happiness and honor. Here (T. 31); E. de Coussemaker, “ Scriptorum de Muare pen-and-ink sketches of these authors : “Maybe sica Medii Ævi, Novam Seriem a Gerbertina" (T. you have met on the boulevard, walking side by 3, fasc. 5); “Dictionnaire Encyclopédique des side, without ever locking arms, two men talking Sciences Médicales" (A. Dechambre, editor, T. 10, in a low tone ; one of them short, the other rather 2e Partie, Bou-Bro); Abbé T. E. Darras, “ Histoire tall; the former with a fickle physiognomy, the Générale de l'Eglise,” T. 9; E. Du Meril, “ Histoire latter with an immovable face; the first has his de la Comédie Ancienne," T. 2; Abbé H. Duclos, whole person animated with the restless activity of “Mme. de La Valliere et Marie Thérèse d'Autriche,” a squirrel, the last has the phlegmatic gravity of wife of Louis XIV., with unpublished pieces and fakir. The former is M. Henri Meilhac, the latter documents ; “ Exploration Scientifique de l'Algérie," is M. Ludovic Halevy. To an ordinary observer published by order of the government; “ Physical M. Meilhac seems an indifferent person. His phy. Sciences;" “ Botany,” Nos. 18, 19, and 20 (last, siognomy lacks expression, his features seem thrown the Botany of this work is in 3 vols. 4to. 90 plates, on it at hap-hazard. But take care, there is a ras- price 300 f.); Octave Feuillet,“ Bellah" (8th ed.); cally petulant, concentrated, strange little eye, Fracastor, · La Syphilis" (1530); "Le Mal Franwhich reveals all the author's astuteness. This çais" (extrait du livre, De Contagionibus, 1546), astuteness has a thoroughly personal character. translation and commentaries by Dr. A. Fournier; M. Meilhac is assuredly the most completely 1869 J. Girard, “ La Chambre et le Microscope, Practical man there is in France. Roqueplan invented for Photo-micrography;" J. T. Guérin, “ Traitément de his last volume an essence he called la Parisine. Ia Surdité, and Buzzing in the Ear;" A. D. Gentili, It was in this essence M. Meilhac was steeped at “ L'Athéisme Refuté par la Science ;" Count d'Haushis birth as Achilles was steeped in the waters of sonville, “ L'Eglise Romaine et le Premier Empire," the Styx. His heel, I mean M. Meilhac's vulnera- T. 4; H. de Kock, “ Histoire des Celebrated Cuckble point, is too great a weakness for the Offenbach olds ;" Dr. F. Lagrange, “ Considerations sur la extravaganza. It is impossible to measure the Physionomie, and the Changes it undergoes in Disheight such talents might have attained had they ease;" H. Lasserre, “ Notre Dame de Lourdes ;" E. not paused to rhyme couplets on General Boum. G. Lessing, “ Dramaturgie de Hambourg." transM. Meilhac, who began life as a caricaturist, has | lated from the Germau by E. de Suckau ; Dr. P. A. always retained something of the petty newspaper Lagrelette, “ De la Sciatique," an historical, semiowriters in his style. This is a great compliment I ' logical, and therapeutical essay; F. A. Leyh, “Anapay him, and not a reproach, for it is in the petty toiny of Domestic Animals,” 1st Part (translated newspapers the sincere and original echo of modern from the German by A. Zundel and St. Yves Melife vibrates; it is in them the diapason of contem- i nard); Abbé J. Loth, “Mgr. Blanquart de Bailleul, porary comedy must be sought. M. Ludovic Halevy 97th Archbishop of Rouen, his life, death, funeral is more self-concentrated. Pale in his black beard oration, and funeral;" Ablé Loupot, “Hinemar, and hair, he recently suggested to a comic actor of Archbishop of Reims, his Life, Works, and Infothe Varieties Theatre this ludicrous definition : ence;'' L. A. de Montluc, “Des Assurances sur la Vie • He looks like a cream cheese in a bear-skin cap.' dans leur Rapport, with the Principles of the Civil This does not prevent M. Halevy's head from being Law, Commercial Law, and Registration Laws ;" C. unarked with a very decided individuality. A will de Montzey, " Le Père Eudes, Apostolic Missionary mistress of itself is visible there. 'Tis he evidently and his Institutes (1601-1869);" Abbé J. Morel, who, in the literary copartnership, contributes co-" Incartades Libérales of some Catholic Authors, ordination and the spirit of method. M. Meilhac Priests, and Religions, pointed out to the Ecumealone would bolt forward without a plan. M. Ha- nical Council ;" A Morel, “Napoleon III., his Life, levy, who has great theatrical tact, brings order out Works, and Opinions ;" Dr. L. Marchand, “De le of this disorder, and directs the strategy with in- Reproduction des Animaux Infusoires (Etnde Mecontestable skill."
dico-Zoologique)," 8vo. pp. 95, 2 pl.; “ Mémoires These are some of the latest publications : J. de l'Académie Impériale de Médecine,” T. 29, le Autran (of the French Academy),_"Paroles de Partie; H. F. Nägele and W. L. Grenser, "Traité Salomon;" E. H. de Beaumont, “ Etudes Theo. Pratique de l'Art des Accouchements," translateit riques et Pratiques sur la Pisciculture ;'' J. R. from the sixth and last German edition, annotated Bourguignat, “ Histoire Générale de Paris, Cata- and brought to the latest progress of science by G. logne des Mollusques Terrestres et Fluviatiles des A. Aubenas ; Dr. H. Peyraud, “ Etudes ExpérimenEnvirons de Paris, à l'Epoque Quaternaire” (a sup- tales sur la Régénération des Tissus Cartilagineux plement to the great work on Paris published by et Osseux;" E. de Pressensé, “Histoire des Trois the municipal authorities); Abbé P. Brevet, “ Le Premiers Siècles de l'Eglise Chretienve" (3d series, Grand Secret du Salut, or the art of praying well;" history of the dogma); Vice-Admiral Paris, "L'Art Abbé Brasseur de Bourbourg, “Manuscrit Troano, Naval à l'Expo.ition Universelle de Paris en 1867, Studies on the Graphio System and Language of augmented by the latest maritime improvements the Mayas,” T. 1, 4to. pp. 232, pl. 36 (Scientific and inventions down to 1869;" 8vo. pp. 1293, 56 pl., Mission to Mexico and Central America); F. Cle- and 2 tables ; Privat Deschanel and Focillon, “ Dicment and P. Larousse,“ Dictionnaire Lyrique, or tionnaire Général des Sciences Théoriques et AppliHistory of Operas,” containing the analysis and quées, including Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, nomenclature of all operas and operas-comiques Mechanics, Technology, Natural History, Medicine, played in France and abroad from the origin of this Agriculture,” with figures in the text, 2 vols. 8vo. class of works to the present day (8vo. 2 vol. pp. /? col. pp. 2667; Projet de Reconstruction Territo765); Ch. Combes (of the French Institute), riale et Dynastique de l'Empire du Bresil aux “ Deuxième Mémoire sur l'Application de la Théo- depens des Republiques Américaines" (8vo. pp. rie Mécanique de la Chaleur aux Machines Loco. I 100); F. H. Ramiere (S. J. Director-General of the
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Apostolat), “Recueil de Prières à l’Usage des Asso- gleamed with ingenious reflections. It is rumored ciés du Sacré Cæur de Jesus et de l'Apostolat de la his poems may be republished. He was at Sainte Prière ;” B. Ratsch, "La Russie Lithuanienne jusqu' Beuve's, and in less than a fortnight thereafter died à la Chute de la Pologne," materials to serve the at Dr. Blanche's asylum. history of the insurrection of 1863, being a continua. It is fearful to think how many noble intellects tion of the same author's work ; “La Question have undergone total eclipse and found no suitable Polonaise dans la Russie Occidentale,” translated retreat except a madhouse. M. Eugene Forcade from the Russian; Abbé A. Ricard, “ Nouvelles did not die in an insane asylum, but he was sudMéditations sur l'Eucharistie ;" A. de Rochambeau, denly transferred from the eminent position he oc“ La Famille de Ronsard,"gepealogical, literary, and cupied to one of these mournful retreats, which he historical researches abont P. de Ronsard and his quitted leaving the better part of him as absolutely family ; F. Rouget, “ La Photographie Mentale des lost as when he crossed its portal. I feel unusual Esprits Devoilée," knowledge of the cause which melancholy in considering M. Eugene Forcade's produces the natural and magnetic effects of spirit-career. He labored long, assiduously, and successism from antiquity to the present day; Abbé Roux fully, and he brought to his task unusual talents. Lavergue, “Un Sentier à Travers le Siècle, Ideas One of them who knew him best has been able to and Men;" C. Rozan, “ La Bonté;" Rüstow, "L'Art say of him without contradiction : “M. Forcade was Militaire au XIX. Siècle, Strategy, Military His- not only an eminent publicist, he possessed a politory;" translated from the second German edition tical intellect of a really superior order. To a most by Lieut.-Col. Savin de Larclause, 15 f.; Dr. P. open intelligence and to prodigious faculties of peneSpillman, " Des Syphilides Vulvaires ;" V. de St. tration and assimilation he joined that which is Genis, “ Histoire de Savoie," from original docu- the highest mark of a truly liberal spirit, toleraments from the most
distant epoch to its annexa- tion, and complete comprehension of adverse opintion, 3 vols. 18 f.; F. Tommasi, “ Le Flux-Moteur," ions. His name will chiefly remain associated or the tide used as motive power at any distance with that bi-monthly 'Chronique of the Revue des from the sea (8vo. pp. 34, and fig.); P. Veron, Deux Mondes,' which he wrote during a great many “Les Grimaces Parisiennes ;” and G. Zeuner, years with incomparable facility and constantly “ Traité des Distributions par Tiroirs dans les Ma- increasing brilliancy, and which, in the universal chines à Vapeur Fixes et les Locomotives,” trans- silence of the first years of the empire, amid the lated from third German edition by A. Debize aud eclipse of the daily press, was almost the sole gleam E. Merijot.
of intellect and liberty. A day sufficed him to write It is stated with an air of authority that at least each of these articles, which were so many masterseveral unpublished works of the late Heinrich pieces, and which had invested their author with a Heine are in the havds of a German publisher, who European reputation. Nevertheless, we venture to coutemplates bringing them out this winter. Al. say, M. Forcade has not given his full measure. though Messrs. Michel Levy Brothers, who held the circumstances were not propitious to him. He copyright of “all” the works of this author, have was capable of managing public affairs as well as not contradicted this statement, it may scarcely be of discussing them; and if liberty, which he underrelied upon for true.
stood and served, had governed France, his destiny There has passed away from among us a man had, perhaps, been different." I say I feel an 1who once might without presumption have dreamed usual melancholy in considering M. Forcade's of passing to posterity as the peer of Victor Hugo, career, because nothing remains of all his industry Alfred de Musset, Sainte-Beuve, and Alfred de Vig- and talents. The author of a book is assured of a ny.
He allotted himself the task of translating niche in bibliographies and in biographical dictionDavte into French verse, and succeeded tolerably aries, and occasionally a pious hand will be found well in its execution. Unfortunately in the midst to wipe the dust from the volume and question it of it his mind, overwrought by the flights of the about the author. But who would think of huntItalian's imagination, became shattered, and An- ing in the pages of a collection of magazines for a toni Deschamps was obliged to seek refuge in the few pages ? What bibliographer, what biographer famous private insane asylum of Dr. Blanche, who would give place to one so utterly forgotten? Some was so kind and so considerate to literary men and years since M. Eugene Forcade was made chief artists. How many of them lost reason in the editor of "La Semaine Financière,” which was a chronic fever of Paris life and were restored to self- very lucrative position, and, as he continued to possession by that excellent physician's care, atten- hold the place he had so long filled in the “ Revue tion, and skill. Avtoni Deschamps's insanity was des Deux Mondes,” his income was quite large. intermittent, and, in the lucid intervals, he was There was not the least reason to apprehend the fully conscious of his painful affliction. During existence of any mental disease until he accompareason's eclipse his favorite freak was to empty his nied Manin's body to Venice. He was one of the purse into the hands of the poor he met, copper, deputation sent from here. When he reached silver, gold, bank-notes-everything went until the Venice he (who was a reserved quiet man) became purse was emptied. In four years' time Dr. Blanche extravagantly gay, played practical jokes on people, cured him. Meantime he had formed an attach- and at the official ball insisted that a common effort ment to the house, an insane asylum as it was, should be made to dethrone the French Emperor. and he made it his home for five and thirty years. His companions did not know what to make of hiin ; Dr. Blanche died and his son succeeded him, still they thought him drunk, until, on his return to there poor Antoni Deschamps remained, making a Paris, he went to Baron de Rothschild's and inmad-house his home! He has left, under the title sisted he had several millions of dollars at his Dernières Paroles, besides satires and poetical re- credit. He imagined himself Emperor of France collections, descriptions of his hours of madness one day, minister of finances the next; his friends which make the blood run cold, and in them be had him placed in a celebrated insane asyluin near accuses himself of being the author of his fearful Rouen, from whence he dated this letter, which malady; he allowed himself to be intoxicated at is autobiographical enough to warrant insertion the Pierian Spring; he selfishly loved chimeras here :overmuch and humanity too little. His conversa
“ASILE QUATRE MARES St. Yox, Rovex, tion is represented as having been singularly at “Since your admirable essay on Goya I follow tractive; it was full of anecdotes, and frequently I all your literary labors, and I see you think I have
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been overworked. Since my sixteenth year I have to door. She determined to give him a good eduwritten de omni re scibili, and as I am now forty-, cation, and when he completed his studies she eight years and a half old, my political and literary expressed a desire to see him enter a dry-goods' career has lasted thirty-two years and a half. I shop. His good fortune, however, led him into began to write in the 'Revue des Deux Mondes,' in an apothecary's shop. He became infatuated with 1842, and for ten years I have written its Chronique chemistry, made rapid progress in it, had his Politique. This really seems enormous. Well, attention tarned to physiology, studied under Ma. this political and sometimes literary history I have gendie, who took a fancy to him and pushed him written playing. It cost me only twice six hours up with all his influence. Two or three years ago of labor a month. I wrote with the alacrity, agil. M. Claude Bernard fell ill at St. Julien, avd was ity, free-easiness one feels in epistolary commerce,' confined to his bed for six months. His wife, who the day one would liquidate old debts and discharge after her first visit positively refused to return to old balances of correspondence with friends. DO "that horrible hole," did not go to see him once not imagine, my dear sir, the trip to Italy fatigued during his long illness. He deeply felt this exhime. It gave me nothing but pleasure. M. Paulin ,bition of indifference, and it is said to have been Talabot (President of the Paris and Marseilles the last, the decisive wrong which led him to bring railway) carried me there admirably; and there I suit for divorce. Two children, daughters, issued found in Italian society so much tender and charm- from this marriage. You knos he is now a meming attention, the journey will forever remain in my ber of the Academy of Sciences and of the French memory, like the souvevir of an Eden-like festival." Academy, a senator, a professor at the College of This letter betrays his mental derangement; in his France and at the Garden of Plants, all of which saner days he was far from boasting: and it is places yield him an income of some $10,000 gold shall I say painful, or is not such oblivious dull- anuually.
G. S. ness blessed ?-as showing his forgetfulness and want of perception of the distressing malady which NOTES ON BOOKS AND BOOKSELLERS. befell him in Italy. As soon as his mind became ANNOUNCEMENTS.-In sending in their lists of ancalmer he was brought to his residence in one of nouncements, publishers are requested to observe the suburban villages, where he vegetated with the following rules : I. To place the name of the fitful crepuscular gleams of reason, until death firm, and address, at the head of the list. II. To stilled even the brain's feverish vagaries. | condense the titles of the works so that, if possible,
M. Fernand Desnoyers's friends insist that he did they will not occupy more space than one line. not give the full measure of his talents before he III. To send the titles of such works only as have died. It was his own fault, then, for his life was not been actually published up to date of making singularly disjointed. Instead of working, he was up the list, but are in preparation. IV. To be careidle; his delight was to stroll down the banks of ful not to send the same titles twice over. V. To the Seine, and to wander in the woods of Meudon write the list legibly. It constantly happens that and St. Cloud. Maybe this mode of life best suited we receive lists without any name attached, and with his intellectual exertion ; perhaps the rivulet are therefore obliged to leave them out altogether, of poetry was so shallow and narrow its drops could and others are so badly written that the names of be gathered only one by one; and his mind was so authors, or titles of books, are unreadable. We pliant impressions made on it by other, and espe- cannot hold ourselves responsible for the insertion cially superior minds, were so deep as to destroy of any list, unless these rules are strictly observed. its own individuality. There are such minds. Books FOR SALE.—This department of the LiteOne of his friends received with the funeral ticket tary Gazette is intended for the use of subscribers this note in the handwriting of the deceased, writ- who have overbought, who have had good books ten by him, and ordered to be put in the post-office thrown upon their hands, or who have become posas soon as he saw himself dying: “My dear Duch- sessed of good or rare books, unsalable in their esne, if you still remember Fernand Desnoyers, I own localities. There is no limit as to the nuniber would say to you he begs you from the bottom of of books, but a charge of twenty cents each is made his retreat (de profundis) to publish a notice of the for the first five, and ten cents for each succeeding little book which accompanies this. I earnestly one-the description, if possible, not to exceed one recommend it to you. It is written with great care. line; and the prices should in every instance be Wholly yours, Ex-FERNAND DESNOYERS. I write appended. my name this way, being no more."
Business CHANGE.—Mr. M. W. Dodd, 506 BroadI read the other day some bibliographical notes way, New York, has retired, having trausferred the about M. Claude Bernard, the eminent physiologist, business to his son, Mr. Frank H. Dodd. With Mr. which are worth translating. He was born at St. F. H. Dodd will be associated his cousin, Mr. EdJulien, a small village near Villefranche, Rhone ward S. Mead, and the new firm will trade under County, to which, unlike most Frenchmen (they the name of Dodd & Mead. They will shortly reare absolutely indifferent to their birth-place ; M. Sainte-Beuve never once revisited his, although it Dodd has been connected with his father's business
move to their new premises, at 762 Broadway. Mr. is only a few hours from Paris ; M. Théophile Gautier for the past ten years, and during that time has once revisited his native town, and remained there forty-eight hours), he is devotedly attached." He gained for himself many friends in the trade, by has added to the patch of vineyard his parents by the uniform courtesy and politeness shown to
the business-like qualities he has displayed, and possessed, and now possesses quite a large vineyard. all who have come in contact with him. We He regularly goes there to superintend the vintage, wish the new firm God speed in their venture and a and remains there until he has sold his wine. He continuance of the success enjoyed by the old. retains the friendship of his old playfellows and his parents' contemporaries, and delights to grasp
CHANGE OP ADDRESS.—Messrs. Hurd & Honghton, their hard hands when they greet him with Good 459 Broome Street, New York, will remove early in day, Bernard, how art thou ?" To which he replies: March to more commodious premises at 13 Astor “ Thank, thee, Frisé, and thou ?" You know thou is Place. The new store extends through to Eighth used here only between intimate friends. M. Ber- Street, and is within a few doors of Broadway. nard's parents were extremely poor. His mother We understand that during the present session, used to carry eggs to Villefranche to sell from door Congress will again be petitioned to make sone