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to originate and develop an indigenous system of English law, and upon the author, and contains laws. Still, the influence of the civil law has not valuable illustrations drawn from the civil law of been unfelt even in England, and it is necessary to the various subjects uuder discussion. One thing à thorough appreciation of the legislative achieve in this work has somewhat snrprised us, the high ments of the nation, that the elimination of the authority accorded by our author to Dr. Biener. civil law doctrines incorporated in their system We had supposed Biener to belong to a class of should first be accomplished. The time is now ripe writers not uncommon in Germany, who are refor the performance of this preliminary labor, and markable rather for the amount of their learning the work before us is to be considered as a contri- than for their profound judgment and penetrating bution towards it. It is but just to our author to sagacity. Yet our author classes him with Guuist say that his design is to ascertain not how little, and names him with Savigny. but how great is the debt of the English to the civil The translator's share in the work is above critilaw. With that object he selects Bracton's work cism, and he has greatly increased its value by his as the earliest scientific commentary upon the numerous and erudite historical notes. As a speciEnglish law. It is undeniable that large portious men of book making the appearance of this book of Bracton are taken from the civil law, but it has does great credit to its publishers. been asserted that those portions are introduced by him merely by way of orvament and illustration,

THF WAR. and are not to be considered as valid authoritative The South Since the War; as shown by Fourteen law in England at the time. Our author holds and

Weeks of Travel and Obserration in Georgia and we think conclusively proves the opposite view. the Carolinas. By Sidney Andrews. pp. viii., His volume is divided into two parts, of which the

400. Boston: Ticknor & Fields. first treats of Bracton and his work, and the second

Mr. Andrews spent the months of September, is a detailed investigation of the Roman law in October, and November, 1815, in the States of North B racton's work. In the first part are discussed Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, as the corBracton's life, the date of his work, its character, respondent of the “ Boston Advertiser," and the sources, and authorities, and the importance of the “ Chicago Tribune.” Most of the matter which apRoman law in Bracton. The chapter upon Brac-pears in the present volume has already appeared ton's influence in England is the most unsatisfactory in letters to one or the other of those two papers. in the volume, being mostly confined to a history of the editions and of the favorable opinions enter- | Campaigns of a Non-Combatant, and his Romaunt tained of Bracton by later authors of eminence. Abroad during the War. By Geo. Alfred TownYet it is obvious that a just determination of the

send. pp. 868. N. York : Bielock & Co. influence of Bracton upon the development of the

In the early part of 1863, Mr. Townsend wrote for common law is of great importance. Granting to the “Cornhill Magazine" à series of chapters on our author as we are disposed to do that the Roman the rebellion, the result of his experiences as a corlaw coutained in Bracton was valid authoritative respondent. He has reproduced them here with law in England in Bracton's time, that Bracton was some sketches of American life in Europe, and some not an innovator who incorporated foreign law in a European estimates of American life. The style is treatise upon the laws and customs of England, but spirited, and the book is altogether quite an agree. a faithful commentator who stated the law, as it able one of its class. then existed, the question arises, were the doctrines derived from the civil law, as laid down by

JUVENILE. Bracton, preserved in subsequent ages, and if so, Rescued from Egypt. By A. L. 0. E. pp. viii., did they remain unaltered, or did they participate 465. New York: Thoinas Nelson & Sons. in the growth and development of the rest of the

In this neat little volume we have, in the blended system? This defect in our author the translator form of lecture and conversation, a sketch of the intended to supply in a note, but the design was life of Moses and of the lessons which it teaches. afterwards abandoned on account of the great timeThe work is written with the conviction that the and space required to do justice to the subject. Gospel is preached in the Pentateuch, and this im. We trust, however, that the translator has not re- pression is the paramount ove songht to be conveyed linquished his design, which indeed may well by the book. occupy years to complete it, but which must be done by some one, and we know no one more com- A Nutshell of Knowledge. By A. L. O. E. pp. vi., petent than himself, before the great question what

224. New York : T. Nelson & Son. is the amount of the debt due by the English to

In this little volume one of our most popular the Roman law can approach a solution.

writers of juveniles seeks by entertaining narratives The second part of the work is, as is indicated by to impart some useful information about every day its title, a minute examination of the Roman law objects, and the attempt appears to be quite success. in Bracton. Our space will not permit us to follow ful. our autbor bere. Suffice it to say be shows very School and Home ; or, Leaves from a Boy's Journal : clearly that a large part of Bracton's “ Laws and a Tale for Schoolboys. pp. 383. New York: Customs of England” is copied from the civil law, Robert Carter & Brothers. being taken either from the Digest and lustitutes or An English story of schoolboy life is here pretranscribed from Azo, a commentator on the civil sented with such incidents as are well calculated law, who was very popular in Bracton's time. One to impress religious convictions on the minds of striking feature in this part of the book is found in youth. Bracton's variations from the civil law, which are The Evil Tongue. By Nellie Grahame. pp. 213. of constant occurrence. Another is his employment of civil law terms in a common law sense, of The Sunny Mount and its Peaks. By the Rev. W. which dos, donatio, and præscriptio, are familiar

P. Breed. pp. 216. instances.

Bob Walker; or, the Boy who Couldn't Get Up in It would be a mistake to suppose that this part the Morning. By Nellie Grahame. pp. 72. of the work is a dry collation of parallel passages

The Presbyterian Board of Publication, Philadelfrom Bracton and the sources of the civil law. It phia, has added these three volumes to their Series is replete with commentary and criticism upon for Youth.

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The Boys at Dr. Murray's ; a Story of School Life. while we find but little concerning Bethlehem and

By Glauce Gaylord. Pp. 340. Boston: Graves & Nazareth, Hebron and Jericho, Tiberias and SheYoung.

chem, our curiosity is gratified with sketches of This is a good story, full of scenes and dialogues Philistia and Sharon, Lebanon and Palmyra, Hawhich will interest young school boys ; and the math and Bashan. The regions through which manufacture of the book, too, is in excellent style. the reader is carried are Bashan and its cities, the

Jordan and the Dead Sea, Jerusalem and its enFICTION Cerise; a Tale of the Last Century. By G. T. sea-coast, and the northern border land of Lebanon,

virons, the land of the Philistines, Galilee and the Whyte Melville, author of " The Gladiators," etc. Hamath, Palmyra, and Damascus. The style is pp. 441. Philadelphia : J. B. Lippincott & Co. lively and agreeable, and the narrative is made up

This is a London printed book, with the impript not only of personal sketches, but abounds in inteof Chapinan and Hall, as well as of the publishers resting historical, geographical, and scriptural illusabove named. The portions of the story which we tratious. have read have impressed us favorably, and it will probably find favor with novel readers. In addition

POETRY to " The Gladiators” Mr. Melville is the author of Beechenbrook; a Rhyme of the War. By Margaret Digby Grand” and “ The Brookes of Bridlemere.” T. Preston. pp. 94. Baltimore: Kelly & Piet. The Queen-Mother and Rosamond. By Algernon

The poetry of the authoress claims its inspiration Charles Swinburne. pp. 232. Boston: Ticknor from sympathy with the South in the recent conflict, & Fields.

and she dedicates her verses "to every Southern Whatever may be thought of the judiciousness woman who has been widowed by the War.” The or the success of Mt. Swinburne's attempt to re- versification is smooth, and the literary merit of the inaugurate the semi-avtique type of the drama, all volume compares not unfavorably with that of most will admit that his general poetic power and fre- of the poetic effusions which the war has called quent felicity of expression are of a high order. forth. His admirers of course will take notice of these South Songs ; from the Lays of Later Days. Coltwo new plays from his pen. We may add, that lected and edited by T. C. De Leon. pp. x., 153. the volume is produced by Ticknor and Fields in New York : Blelock & Co. a most unexceptionable style of neatness.

It is a We have here a collection of the poetry of the beautiful specimen of the handiwork of the Uni- South during the war. It contains forty-seven proversity Press.

ductions, and the authors named are John R. The Gold Briek. By Mrs. Ann S. Stephens. pp. Thompson, S. Teackle Wallis, James R. Randall,

514. Philadelphia: T. B. Peterson & Brothers. Henry Flash, W. S. Hawkins, William Blackford,

This is Mrs. Stephens' last, though we presume Paul H. Hayne, J. Barron Hope, Joseph Breman, it will be soon followed by another'"last,” for, Henry Timrod, Frank Ticknor, J. W.Overall, Susau although not as prolific as some of our novelists, Archer Tally, Mrs. G. A. H. McLeod, and Frank Key her " complete works" are rapidly accumulating.

Howard. The verses as a body, are characterized Asphodel. pp. 224. Boston: Ticknor & Fields.

by the merit and viciousness of the war poetry On a slender thread of story there is here sus

both North and South, while some of them exhibit pended a weighty body of refined disquisition about literary qualities of a high order. life, manners, character, etc., expressed in a style

MISCELLANEOUS. of very grand rhetoric. The introduction informs us that it is a fortunate lot to be born in New Speeches by the Rt. Hon. Thomas Babington MaEngland, to find one's self stepping from the cradle

caulay, V. P. 2 vols., pp. viii., 403; iv., 401.

New York: W. J. Widdleton. out into the fore world of thought stirred by breezes fresh with the freedom of humanity, &c.,'' and if we

There are about sixty speeches collected in these step at once to the conclusion of the volume, as the two volumes. These are now brought together wo stalwart babes of New England are thus said to be are told for the first time, and are reprinted in a able to step even from the cradle, we shall find the complete and connected series from “ Hansard's following horticultural peroration, which will be Parliamentary Debates.” The subjects are diverappreciated in “ the fore world of thought," if not sified, and some of the questions discussed are elsewhere : “Thus the nieasure of days was fulfilled, among the leading topics of English politics, while while by the good fight of every hour was 1100

there are others on historical, educational, and literished the sacred tower which is planted by the rary topics, which will interest the general reader. rivers of the world. One who had pressed life's Mr. Widdleton has done good service in preparing fading blossoms to his breast, and felt their cool these volumes. They complete the record of the frail petals, had learned from them that even he life, the thiuking, and the brilliant utterances of and such as he may hear from afar the coursing

Lord Macaulay. winds as they fan the Asphodel, and, listening, Petroleum ; a History of the Oil Region of Venango know that the true lily of love waves forever to the County, Pennsylvania ; its Resources, Mode of Defaithful in those far unfading gardens.”

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Whether the Reverend gentleman who writes this The author, during a long residence in the East, book is the "oily man of God” of whom the poet håd opportunities of visiting places seldon—some of speaks, we know not, but certainly his book is less them never before-troddeu by European travellers, of a bore than some of the implements he describes. and he tells us that as he could not undertake a sur- As a popular description of the Venango region, of vey of all the Bible lands over which he wandered, the early history of petroleum operations, bringing he thought it best to confine himself in the present oil to the surface and preparing it for use, it will be volume to those which appear to furnish informa- found quite interesting to readers who have no untion in some measure fresh and now. Accordingly, fortunate reminiscences connected with the subject.

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