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to originate and develop an indigenous system of laws. Still, the influence of the civil law has not been unfelt even in England, and it is necessary to a thorough appreciation of the legislative achievements of the nation, that the elimination of the civil law doctrines incorporated in their system should first be accomplished. The time is now ripe for the performance of this preliminary labor, and the work before us is to be considered as a contribution towards it. It is but just to our author to say that his design is to ascertain not how little, but how great is the debt of the English to the civil law. With that object he selects Bracton's work as the earliest scientific commentary upon the English law. It is undeniable that large portious of Bracton are taken from the civil law, but it has been asserted that those portions are introduced by him merely by way of ornament and illustration, and are not to be considered as valid authoritative law in England at the time. Our author holds and we think conclusively proves the opposite view. His volume is divided into two parts, of which the first treats of Bracton and his work, and the second is a detailed investigation of the Roman law in Bracton's work. In the first part are discussed Bracton's life, the date of his work, its character, sources, and authorities, and the importance of the Roman law in Bracton. The chapter upon Bracton's influence in England is the most unsatisfactory in the volume, being mostly confined to a history of the editions and of the favorable opinions entertained of Bracton by later authors of eminence. Yet it is obvious that a just determination of the influence of Bracton upon the development of the common law is of great importance. Granting to our author as we are disposed to do that the Roman law contained in Bracton was valid authoritative law in England in Bracton's time, that Bracton was not an innovator who incorporated foreign law in a treatise upon the laws and customs of England, but a faithful commentator who stated the law as it then existed, the question arises, were the doctrines derived from the civil law, as laid down by Bracton, preserved in subsequent ages, and if so, did they remain unaltered, or did they participate in the growth and development of the rest of the system? This defect in our author the translator intended to supply in a note, but the design was afterwards abandoned on account of the great time and space required to do justice to the subject. We trust, however, that the translator has not relinquished his design, which indeed may well occupy years to complete it, but which must be done by some one, and we know no one more competent than himself, before the great question what is the amount of the debt due by the English to the Roman law can approach a solution.

The second part of the work is, as is indicated by its title, a minute examination of the Roman law in Bracton. Our space will not permit us to follow our author here. Suffice to say he shows very clearly that a large part of Bracton's "Laws and Customs of England" is copied from the civil law, being taken either from the Digest and Institutes or transcribed from Azo, a commentator on the civil law, who was very popular in Bracton's time. One striking feature in this part of the book is found in Bracton's variations from the civil law, which are of constant occurrence. Another is his employment of civil law terms in a common law sense, of which dos, donatio, and præscriptio, are familiar instances.

English law, and upon the author, and contains valuable illustrations drawn from the civil law of the various subjects under discussion. One thing in this work has somewhat surprised us, the high authority accorded by our author to Dr. Biener. We had supposed Biener to belong to a class of writers not uncommon in Germany, who are remarkable rather for the amount of their learning than for their profound judgment and penetrating sagacity. Yet our author classes him with Gneist and names him with Savigny.

The translator's share in the work is above criticism, and he has greatly increased its value by his numerous and erudite historical notes. As a specimen of book making the appearance of this book does great credit to its publishers.


The South Since the War; as, shown by Fourteen Weeks of Travel and Observation in Georgia and the Carolinas. By Sidney Andrews. pp. viii., 400. Boston: Ticknor & Fields.

Mr. Andrews spent the months of September, October, and November, 18 5, in the States of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, as the correspondent of the "Boston Advertiser," and the "Chicago Tribune." Most of the matter which appears in the present volume has already appeared in letters to one or the other of those two papers. Campaigns of a Non-Combatant, and his Romaunt Abroad during the War. By Geo. Alfred Townsend. pp. 868. N. York: Blelock & Co.

In the early part of 1863, Mr. Townsend wrote for the "Cornhill Magazine" a series of chapters on the rebellion, the result of his experiences as a correspondent. He has reproduced them here with some sketches of American life in Europe, and some European estimates of American life. The style is spirited, and the book is altogether quite an agreeable one of its class.


Rescued from Egypt. By A. L. O. E. pp. viii.,

465. New York: Thomas Nelson & Sons.

In this neat little volume we have, in the blended form of lecture and conversation, a sketch of the life of Moses and of the lessons which it teaches. The work is written with the conviction that the Gospel is preached in the Pentateuch, and this impression is the paramount one sought to be conveyed by the book.

A Nutshell of Knowledge. By A. L. O. E. pp. vi.,

224. New York: T. Nelson & Son.

In this little volume one of our most popular writers of juveniles seeks by entertaining narratives to impart some useful information about every day objects, and the attempt appears to be quite successful.

School and Home; or, Leaves from a Boy's Journal: a Tale for Schoolboys. pp. 383. New York: Robert Carter & Brothers.

An English story of schoolboy life is here presented with such incidents as are well calculated to impress religious convictions on the minds of youth.

The Evil Tongue. By Nellie Grahame. pp. 213. The Sunny Mount and its Peaks. By the Rev. W. P. Breed. pp. 216.

Bob Walker; or, the Boy who Couldn't Get Up in the Morning. By Nellie Grahame. pp. 72. The Presbyterian Board of Publication, Philadelphia, has added these three volumes to their Series

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The Boys at Dr. Murray's; a Story of School Life. By Glance Gaylord. pp. 340. Boston: Graves & Young.

This is a good story, full of scenes and dialogues which will interest young school boys; and the manufacture of the book, too, is in excellent style. FICTION.

Cerise; a Tale of the Last Century. By G. T. Whyte Melville, author of "The Gladiators," etc. pp. 441. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co. This is a London printed book, with the impriut of Chapman and Hall, as well as of the publishers above named. The portions of the story which we have read have impressed us favorably, and it will probably find favor with novel readers. In addition to "The Gladiators" Mr. Melville is the author of Digby Grand" and "The Brookes of Bridlemere." The Queen-Mother and Rosamond. By Algernon Charles Swinburne. pp. 232. Boston: Ticknor


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Whatever may be thought of the judiciousness or the success of Mr. Swinburne's attempt to reinaugurate the semi-antique type of the drama, all will admit that his general poetic power and frequent felicity of expression are of a high order. His admirers of course will take notice of these two new plays from his pen. We may add, that the volume is produced by Ticknor and Fields in a most unexceptionable style of neatness. It is a beautiful specimen of the handiwork of the University Press.

The Gold Brick. By Mrs. Ann S. Stephens. pp. 514. Philadelphia: T. B. Peterson & Brothers. This is Mrs. Stephens' last, though we presume it will be soon followed by another "last," for, although not as prolific as some of our novelists, her "complete works" are rapidly accumulating. Asphodel. pp. 224. Boston: Ticknor & Fields.

On a slender thread of story there is here suspended a weighty body of refined disquisition about life, manners, character, etc., expressed in a style of very grand rhetoric. The introduction informs us that "it is a fortunate lot to be born in New England, to find one's self stepping from the cradle out into the fore world of thought stirred by breezes fresh with the freedom of humanity, &c.," and if we step at once to the conclusion of the volume, as the stalwart babes of New England are thus said to be able to step even from the cradle, we shall find the following horticultural peroration, which will be appreciated in "the fore world of thought," if not elsewhere: "Thus the measure of days was fulfilled, while by the good fight of every hour was nourished the sacred flower which is planted by the rivers of the world. One who had pressed life's fading blossoms to his breast, and felt their cool frail petals, had learned from them that even he and such as he may hear from afar the coursing winds as they fan the Asphodel, and, listening, know that the true lily of love waves forever to the faithful in those far unfading gardens."


The Great Cities of Bashan, and Syria's Holy Places. By the Rev. J. L. Porter, A. M., Author of "Five Years in Damascus," etc. pp. 377. New York:

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The author, during a long residence in the East, had opportunities of visiting places seldom-some of them never before-trodden by European travellers, and he tells us that as he could not undertake a survey of all the Bible lands over which he wandered, he thought it best to confine himself in the present volume to those which appear to furnish information in some measure fresh and new. Accordingly,

while we find but little concerning Bethlehem and Nazareth, Hebron and Jericho, Tiberias and Shechem, our curiosity is gratified with sketches of Philistia and Sharon, Lebanon and Palmyra, Hamath and Bashan. The regions through which the reader is carried are Bashan and its cities, the Jordan and the Dead Sea, Jerusalem and its environs, the land of the Philistines, Galilee and the sea-coast, and the northern border land of Lebanon, Hamath, Palmyra, and Damascus. The style is lively and agreeable, and the narrative is made up not only of personal sketches, but abounds in interesting historical, geographical, and scriptural illustrations.


Beechenbrook; a Rhyme of the War. By Margaret T. Preston. pp. 94. Baltimore: Kelly & Piet. The poetry of the authoress claims its inspiration from sympathy with the South in the recent conflict, and she dedicates her verses "to every Southern woman who has been widowed by the War." The versification is smooth, and the literary merit of the volume compares not unfavorably with that of most of the poetic effusions which the war has called forth.

South Songs; from the Lays of Later Days. Collected and edited by T. C. De Leon. pp. x., 153. New York: Blelock & Co.

We have here a collection of the poetry of the South during the war. It contains forty-seven productions, and the authors named are John R. Thompson, S. Teackle Wallis, James R. Randall, Henry Flash, W. S. Hawkins, William Blackford, Paul H. Hayne, J. Barron Hope, Joseph Breman, Henry Timrod, Frank Ticknor, J. W.Overall, Susan Archer Tally, Mrs. G. A. H. McLeod, and Frank Key Howard. The verses as a body, are characterized by the merit and viciousness of the war poetry both North and South, while some of them exhibit literary qualities of a high order.


Speeches by the Rt. Hon. Thomas Babington Macaulay, M. P. 2 vols., pp. viii., 403; iv., 401. New York: W. J. Widdleton.

There are about sixty speeches collected in these two volumes. These are now brought together we are told for the first time, and are reprinted in a complete and connected series from "Hansard's Parliamentary Debates." The subjects are diversified, and some of the questions discussed are among the leading topics of English politics, while there are others on historical, educational, and literary topics, which will interest the general reader. Mr. Widdleton has done good service in preparing these volumes. They complete the record of the life, the thinking, and the brilliant utterances of Lord Macaulay.

Petroleum; a History of the Oil Region of Venango County, Pennsylvania; its Resources, Mode of Development and Value, embracing a Discussion of Ancient Oil Operations, with a Map and Illustrations of Oil Scenes and Boring Implements. By Rev. S. J. M. Eaton, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church, Franklin. pp. x., 209. Philadelphia: J. P. Skelley & Co.

Whether the Reverend gentleman who writes this book is the "oily man of God" of whom the poet speaks, we know not, but certainly his book is less of a bore than some of the implements he describes. As a popular description of the Venango region, of the early history of petroleum operations, bringing oil to the surface and preparing it for use, it will be found quite interesting to readers who have no unfortunate reminiscences connected with the subject.

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