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lization and freedom; caused the Sabbath to be respected, intemperance to be abhorred, and licentiousness in a great measure to disappear-what is it, in short, that has made the Sandwich Islands a peaceful and happy abode, instead of being a chaos of abominations? What but the religion of the despised Nazarene, promulgated by a few missionaries! It is even so. And here we have before us a Sandwich Island periodical, which would do honor to any country in Christendom, whether we regard its contents or the style of execution.
The contributors, and subjects treated of, in this number, are as follows:-1. Introductory observations, by P. A. Brinsmade, Honolulu. 2. A sketch of the Marquesian character, by Richard Armstrong, of Wailuku, Island of Maui. 3. Marquesian and Hawaiian dialects compared, by W. P. Alexander, Waioi, Island of Kauai. 4. The Oahu Charity School, by John Diell, Honolulu. 5. Female Education at the Sandwich Islands, by J. S. Green, Wailuku, Island of Maui. 6. Account of the alleged attempt of the Russians to take possession of the Island of Kauai, by Samuel Whitney, Waimea, Kauai. 7. Decrease of population, by Artemas Bishop, Ewa, Island of Oahu. 8. Sketches of Kauai, by J. J. Jarves, Boston, Mass. 9. Correspondence and reports on the condition of the unevangelized, by R. Tinker, Honolulu. 10. Notice of the remarkable phenomena in the tides at the Sandwich Islands on the 7th November, 1837, by T. Charles Byde Rooke, Honolulu. Then follow a table of meteorological observations, and a shipping list. Six out of the ten contributors to this number are American missionaries; one is an American merchant residing at the Sandwich Islands; and one is a seamen's chaplain, Mr. Diell, employed by the American Seamen's Friend Society. Success to the undertaking, and to the great objects which it is designed to promote. The agents for the work in this city, if we mistake not, are Wm. Robinson & Co., successors to Leavitt, Lord & Co. Price $3 per annum.
ART. XVI. MISCELLANEOUS PUBLICATIONS,
Dr. Fisk's Travels in Europe,
This work was announced in our April number as forthcoming. It has since been issued, and, as we understand, widely circulated. It is to be had of the publishers, Harper & Brothers, Cliff-st., NewYork; of the Book Agents, T. Mason & G. Lane, at the Methodist Book Room, 200 Mulberry-st., New-York; or of the Book Agents, J. F. Wright & L. Swormstedt, at Cincinnati. The work exceeds the size promised in the prospectus by a hundred pages, is handsomely executed, and contains a number of fine engravings.
It was not our object in taking this brief notice of the work before us to enter into a discussion of its merits. Justice to the writer and the public would forbid our attempting such a task without more time than we have at this moment to bestow upon the subject. We may venture to say, however, that the work will fully meet the expectation of subscribers and the public generally.
Lafayette's Legacy to the American People.
We learn from the preface of the American editor of "The Memoirs of General Lafayette," now on the eve of appearing, that it was the desire of the lamented general that these "Memoirs" of his life should be considered as his legacy to the American people-his last expression of regard. There is, perhaps, no department in literature more intrinsically valuable and interesting than autobiography, especially when it develops, as in the present instance, the career of one whose whole life was one continued expression of philanthropy and patriotism-one of the most splendid, perhaps, that is to be found on the pages of the world's history. The very mention of the name of Lafayette must still continue to excite in the breast of every true lover of his country the liveliest emotions of grateful regard; and we doubt not the perusal of these posthumous memoirs will awaken afresh every latent feeling of interest and enthusiasm with which the recollection of his splendid services, and his noble self-denial in behalf of the cause of liberty, have ever been cherished.-Boston Galaxy.
[The following items are copied from the American Biblical Repository, for January last.]
SELECT LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE.
We have received the first sheets of Prof. Bush's Exposition of the books of Joshua and Judges. His main object is to afford facilities for the correct understanding of the sacred text-to aid the student of the Bible to ascertain with exactness the genuine sense of the original. Though the general aspect of the book is critical, yet practical remarks have been inserted to such an extent as to adapt it happily to popular use. One of the excellences of the author's commentaries on the Scriptures is, that he grapples with the really difficult passages, instead of adroitly passing them over, as some commentators do, with a cursory practical remark. We are glad to learn that it is Prof. Bush's purpose to go over all the historical books of the Old Testament on the same plan. The book of Genesis is already in a considerable state of forwardness.
The first part of Prof. Nordheimer's Critical Grammar of the Hebrew Language has come to hand. It is printed at New-Haven by B. L. Hamlen, and apparently with great accuracy. The paper is good, and the whole appearance is neat and prepossessing. The work will be completed in two volumes, of about 300 pages each. The first volume (the first part of which, of 120 pages, is now published) will contain the whole of the Grammar as far as the Syntax; the second will contain the Syntax and a grammatical analysis of select portions of the Scriptures, of progressive difficulty, including those portions usually read in the principal institutions of this country. The whole will be published in the course of the present year. The price of the two volumes will probably be about $6.
We have just received the following items of information from Mr. Perkins, of Ooroomiah:-"You inquire respecting European
travelers now in these regions. I know of but few. Mon. Auchet Eloy, a French botanist, recently traveled through Persia and the adjacent regions. He had gathered a large and very valuable collection of botanical specimens, and had reached Constantinople on his return; but in that city of conflagrations his lodgings took fire, and his collection of plants and flowers-the fruits of almost endless toil-were all consumed in the flames. I think he will repeat his botanic excursions in these regions, as I believe it was his intention to publish. Mr. William Hamilton, a young English gentleman, has recently traveled in Asia Minor, and, I believe, to some extent, also, in Mesopotamia. He is a very able young man, and it is understood that he will publish the result of his travels. James Brant, Esq., his Britannic majesty's consul at Erzroom, has traveled extensively in Asia Minor, and an interesting article from his pen, on the regions over which he has traveled, together with a map the same, recently appeared in a periodical magazine of the Royal Geographical Society, published at London. I was kindly entertained by Mr. Brant, during my late visit at Erzroom, and he mentioned to me his intention of soon making a tour into Kûrdistán, as the result of which he will doubtless be able to give to Christendom important information respecting regions which have never yet been visited by a European. The English embassy in this country are at present doing little of a literary nature. Its members are too fully occupied in political matters to allow them the necessary time. Mr. M'Neill, the ambassador, is a man of very high literary standing. Many interesting and able articles from him have, within a few years, appeared in Blackwood's Magazine. All the articles on Persia that have been published in that work are from his pen._The lithographic press which was formerly at Tabreez is now at Teherán, employed in publishing a periodical newspaper, under the auspices of the king. This is the first newspaper ever published in Persia. Four numbers have been issued; and though it is a small thing in itself, it is a day-star of glory for the civil regeneration of this country. It is edited by a Persian Meerza, who was once ambassador to England, who speaks the English language, and is ardently desirous to see the light and civilization of Europe introduced into Persia. And as this light rolls in, how important is it that the gospel should come with it, and give it the right direction! We have nothing new respecting Mount Ararat. On my late journey to Erzroom, I again passed along its base; and I never felt so strong a desire to ascend it as in this instance. The earliness of the season, however, forbade the attempt. The snow extended down,
at that time, (May,) almost to its base. But I have no doubt that it may be ascended, on the north-west side, which is by far the least steep, with the aid of proper facilities and preparations, and at the right season of the year. In August and September the snow covers not more than one-third of the mountain. The region west and south-west of Ararat presents striking indications of having felt the effects of former volcanic action. For a distance of fifteen or twenty miles the surface of the ground is almost entirely covered with stones, each weighing from five to ten or fifteen pounds, which give indubitable evidence of having been in a state of partial fusion.”