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can authors. [For sale in New Haven by T. H. Pease. Price $1.50 per volume.]
HYMNS AND Choirs.*—Professors Phelps and Park of Andover, aided by Rev. Daniel L. Furber, have published a volume of disquisitions on the use of psalms and hymns in public worship. The matter is arranged in three chapters, entitled, respectively, “Hymnology as an expression of religious life,"_“The text of hymns," – and “The dignity, and the methods of worship in
” Song." Of these chapters the first is by Prof. Phelps, the second, by Prof. Park, and the third by Mr. Furber. Constant readers of the Bibliotheca Sacra will find that a large portion of the matter in that volume is reprinted from the able article with which the Andover Quarterly inaugurated the publication of the Sabbath Hymn book. Perhaps no other volume in the English language discusses the subject of Christian Psalmody more thoroughly or on the whole with better taste and judgment. Nor is any less interesting to an intelligent reader for the discovery which soon dawns upon him, that the volume is, essentially, gigantic advertisement of the Hymn-book upon which two of the three authors have bestowed heretofore much labor. If any man would know in detail all the principles which guided the compilers of the Sabbath Hymn-book in admitting and omitting, in altering and abridging, in classifying and arranging, he can find that knowledge here. And if at the end he is not impressed with the transcendent value of that particular collection as compared with every other, probably it will be because the authors were too modest to do full justice to their subject, by illustrations sufficiently numerous.
Considered as a treatise on the art of making a collection of hymns, the work will be of great use to the growing yet not very numerous class of hymn-book compilers. But considered as a treatise on the art of selecting psalms and hymns, from whatever collection, for use in public song, and of guiding that part of worship in a Christian assembly, it is a book to be studied by all pastors and by all expectants of the sacred office.
* Hymns and hoirs; or, the Matter and the Manner of the service of Song in the house of the Lord. By AUSTIN PHELPS and EDWARDS A. PARK, Professors at Andover, and DANIEL L. FURBER, Pastor at Newton.
Andover: War ren F. Draper. 1860.
THE UPRISING OF A GREAT PEOPLE.*_One of the best works ever written on the democratic institutions of America, is the work of a Frenchman. One of the best and most comprehensive surveys of our present crisis has likewise come to us from France. The Count de Gasparin, a liberal minded Protestant, well versed in public affairs, well acquainted with our institutions and our public men, set forth some months ago, at the outbreak of the rebellion, a calm and philosophical review of the causes which had led to the rupture between the North and South, of the results which were likely to come from the overturnings in the nation. This work, translated by Mary L. Booth, has been reprinted in an attractive style by Mr. C. Scribner.
The Essay is entitled “The uprising of a Great People,” and from this it may be inferred that the author looks upon the present contest as a regeneration of our institutions, a struggle absolutely essential to the riddance of stupendous evils. He does not seek to narrate events,—but rather to study the forces which are in conflict and the results which are likely to be gained from their contest. He speaks plainly and decidedly,--not however as a partisan but as an outsider, enabled by his distance to take in some respects a better view than we ourselves can command.
CURRENTS AND COUNTER-CURRENTS IN MEDICAL SCIENCE.This volume contains a number of Essays and Addresses by Oliver Wendell Holmes, which have been written at different times, during the period of the past twenty years. They are upon quite a variety of topics, but are all of a strictly professional character. Some persons may be deterred from looking into the book on this account, supposing that it will not interest the general reader. On the contrary, we think these Essays will be found exceedingly interesting by just this class of persons. Dr. Holmes is no particular favorite of ours, but he certainly has a rare faculty of throwing a charm around even the dryest and most forbiding subjects. From his style, who would ever suppose him to be a
* The Uprising of a Great People. The United States in 1861. From the French of Count Agénor De Gasparin. By Mary L. Bootil. New York: C. Scribner. 1861. 12mo. pp. 263.
Currents and Counter-Currents in Medical Science ; with other Addresses and Essays. By Oliver WENDELL Holmes. Boston: Ticknor & Fields. 1861. 12mo. Pp. 406. For sale in New Haven by T. H. Pease. Price $1.25.
Professor of anatomy? At any rate he has never been accused of bringing his dry bones out of his lecture room.
The subject of three of these Essays is Homeopathy, which is handled, of course, without gloves, and evidently very much to the doctor's own satisfaction. The account of Perkins's Metallic Tractors, which is given in this connection, is a bit of history which will hardly seem credible to the generation now on the stage. There is also an Essay upon “Puerperal Fever as a private pestilence,” which, if the half is true, reveals a danger to which the community is exposed which is positively fearful. There are besides various Magazine Articles and addresses which have been delivered before different Medical Associations. But the Essay which will be read with the most interest, and which gives character to the book, and in fact its name,—“Currents and Counter-Currents in Medical Science,”—is the address which Dr. Holmes delivered before the Massachusetts Medical Society in 1860. It will be recollected that it produced about as much excitement in the profession at the time, as if a bomb had been erploded over their heads. After all, it seems to be really a more harmless affair than we had been led to suppose. Dr Holmes states the view for which he contends— Dependence on nature in the treatment of disease—rather strongly, and perhaps with some exaggeration; probably with design, in order to secure attention. He is not very respectful, as might be expected, to tradition, or to great names, or even to the professional pride of his brethren, still we imagine there is less difference of opinion between himself and others than he himself represents, or has been supposed. We should like to make copious extracts from the book, but must forbear.
From HAY-TIME TO HOPPING.*—Many of our readers will remember a charming little English book which was republished some months ago in this country, with the title “ Our Farm of Four Acres and the Money we made by it.” It was no less popular here than in England, where edition after edition was eagerly called for. The author has now made another trial of the favor of the public, and has attempted a regular story, which is rather more ambitious in its style, though it hardly comes up to the mark of her first publication. However, it gives us many
* From Hay-time to Hopping. New York: Rudd & Carleton. 1861. 12mo.
, glimpses of English country life which are fresh, and pleasant, and the book is quite readable.
EIGHTY YEARS' PROGRESS THE UNITED STATES.* -In these two large octavo volumes there is presented in a compact and easily accessible form an amount of valuable information with regard to the progress which the people of the United States have made in all the various channels of industry since the days when they were British colonists, which is not to be found in any other single work with which we are acquainted. The subjects which are treated are as follows: Agriculture; Cotton-Culture; Sugar Cultivation and Consumption; Commerce of the United States; Banks in the United States; United States Mint; Insurance; Immigration; Social and Domestic Life; Books; The Arts of Design in America; Education and Educational Institutions; Mining Industry; Travel and Transportation; Steam; Cotton Manufactures; Paper-its Manufacture; Woolen Manufactures; Leather; Fire-Arms; Hats; Individual Industries; Humanitarian and Corrective Institutions. Each one of these subjects is amply illustrated with engravings, of which, there are over two hundred in all. The different chapters have been prepared by well-known literary men who have each made the subjects about which they have written the study of years. We have examined the work repeatedly, and with much care during the past three months, and each time have been impressed anew with its value. There is not an intelligent family in the nation who would not be interested and instructed by it, and find it a most convenient book of reference with regard to everything pertaining to the industrial interests of the country.
Lloyd's MAP OF THE UNITED STATES.—Messrs. H. H. Lloyd & Co., of New York, are publishing an excellent colored map of the United States, six feet by four, which they will send to any purchaser, by mail, on receipt of the price, which is one dollar for two copies. Postage stamps not accepted in payment.
* Eighty Years' Progress of the United States ; showing the various channels of industry and education through which the people of the Thirteen States have arisen from a British Colony to their present national importance. Two volumes. pp. 457, 455. Large 8vo. 1861. L. Stebbins, New York, 31 John street, and Worcester, Mass.
THE PULPIT AND ROSTRUM.—We have received two new numbers of this excellent periodical, which is published "now and then,” by Messrs. H. H. Lloyd & Co., of New York, 25 Howard street. Number Twenty contains, in good form for preservation, the paper contributed recently by Mr. Motley, to the London Times, on the “Causes of the American Civil War." Number Twenty-one contains Mr. Everett's Speech on the “Questions of the Day," delivered in the Academy of Music, in New York, on the Fourth of July, 1861. These numbers will be mailed to subscribers on receipt of the price, ten cents each.
MEMORIAL VOLUME, A. B. C. F. M.*—It will be felt by every friend of the American Board, that there is much reason for congratulation that Dr. Anderson has been able to prepare such a suitable “Memorial Volume" as this, of the operations of the Society during the past fifty years of its existence. The volume cannot fail to arouse fresh interest for missions in the hearts of all Christian people. We hope it will find a place immediately in the library of every family in the land. We shall revert to the book again. [Price $1. For sale in New Haven by F. T. Jarman.)
MCCLELLAN'S MANUAL OF BAYONET EXERCISE.-Gen. Mitchell expressed the opinion, some time ago, that it was not rifled cannon that were to settle this war with the rebels, but it was the bayonet! Whether this is so, or not, there can be no ques. tion that it is very important that all our volunteers should be taught something of the use of the bayonet in fencing. According to Gen. McClellan, the full advantage of this peculiar drill will be found only “when the men are isolated, or in very open order; as, for instance, when employed as skirmishers, in assaulting breaches, field works, or batteries, or when broken by cavalry;” but he says, even when drawn up in line-of-battle, “ the men will be more steady and composed in the shock of a charge, or when awaiting the attack of cavalry,” if they are conscious that
* Memorial Volume of the first fifty years of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Boston: Published by the Board. 1861. Svo.
+ Manual of Bayonet Exercise. Prepared for the use of the Army of the United States. By George B. McClellan. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co. 1861. 18mo. pp. 118. Plates XXIV.