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Life and Eloquence of the Rev. Sylvester Commerce of the Prairies : or the Journal
Larned, First Pastor of the First Pres of a Santa Fé Trader during eight exbyterian Church in New Orleans. By peditions across the great Western PraiR. R. GURLEY. New York: Wiley & ries, and a residence of nearly nine years Putnam, 161 Broadway. 1844.
in Northern Mexico. Illustrated with
maps and engravings. By Josiah GREGG. Pulpit eloquence is a distinct field in ora Two volumes. New York: Henry G. tory, and its requisitions on all the resources Langley, 8 Astor House. 1844. of the speaker are as great, certainly, as We do not suppose that any number of are found in any department of the art. If books, written from personal observation its subjects are less varied than those of and adventure on the great prairies of the an every-day worldly nature--which may west, by those capable of describing what admit of doubt-they will yet bear to be they saw and met with, would weaken our more frequently recurred to; if they appear interest in a new volume depicting the same not of such immediate, and therefore press. wonderful country. There is so much of ing concern, they are yet of infinitely vaster new and varied incident still to be met with import, and present themselves to the mind --so much of her fresh solitudes still left to with such breadth and extension as belong Nature—so much that is unchangeably to the prospects of immortality. And in magnificent in its immense scenery-so this country its field is doubtless more dis much room to be free--that the imagination, tinct, and makes greater exactions, than in among its green-swelling prairies, mounds, any other. For the turn of our people is and vast rivers, with buffalo herds, and lines decidedly towards oratory; and as the mass of dark forest belting the distance, very read. here are unquestionably more intelligentily loses itself for the fiftieth time. Though than in any other land, they will expect far Pike and Long, therefore, gave such full more of their sacred teachers.
accounts of their journeys from the Missis. The discourses of the Rev. Sylvester
sippi to the mountains, and Murray, Irv. Larned have been looked for now for several
ing, and Hoffman, and more recently the years, and great expectations, founded on
graphic narrator of the “ Santa Fé Expediuniversal report, had been formed with re
tion," have added to scenes of the prairie spect to their merits. Oratorical efforts, many graces of style, the present somewhat however, which when delivered produced loosely-arranged narrative of Mr. Gregg the greatest effect, often appear, when pe.
seems effectually to reawaken our interest. rused in writings, to have no qualities justi Mr. Gregg's narrative is peculiarly ramfying such an impression ; so much of the bling; but for that very reason, it has the power of eloquence belongs to the voice, the more variety, which is, of course, in such eye, the least motion of the hand. This a work, one great element of attraction. fact, united with the great expectation He gives some new information about the which had been raised, would come in the more distant Mexican territories, and a way at once to disappoint the readers of good deal that is new about many wild Mr. Larned's Sermons now published. Yet, tribes of Indians. It is a book, in brief, though his person "combined dignity, grace,
pleasant to read, and one to which we and strength," though “his countenance should recur in writing about that region well expressed his soul, and his voice was of the continent persuasion,”-none of which aids to im. pression can now be of avail-yet no one
Elements of Logic, together with an Inof those who may peruse these discourses in
troductory View of Philosophy in genhis own chamber, can fail to be struck with
eral, and a Preliminary Viero of the their many high qualities. After reading
Reason. By HENRY P. Tappan. New them, we cannot greatly differ from the
York and London : Wiley & Putnam. opinion of his biographer, that “nothing
1844. irrelevant, nothing superfluous, is admitted ;" Prof. Tappan is most favorably known that "he enters at once, and proceeds stead. in the field of philosophical inquiry by his ily onward in his argument, never pausing, able Review of Edwa ds on the Will. The and never deviating from his main design;" present work on the very difficult field of that “his words are things, his illustra. logic will add to his reputation. It is divi. tions arguments, and even his ornaments ded into Primordial Logic, Inductive Logic, Eeem but to clasp the simple drapery and Deductive Logic-presenting, in a of great and majestic thoughts.” If with more attractive form than is usual, a full all this he had, as is urged, the rare talent discussion of all the principal elements of of being eloquent without seeming sensible the subject. It is too large a subject, howof it, of hiding from himself and others the ever, to be laid aside by us with a brief power by which he moved them, he was reference. We shall give it an extended certainly an orator.
notice on another occasion.
The Literary Remains of the late Willis Ellen Woodville: or Life in the West. Gaylord Clark. New York: Burgess, New York: Henry G. Langley, 8 Astor Stringer, & Co., 222 Broadway.
House. 1844. We have received from the publishers the This book is not particularly worth novarious writings of Mr. Clark, as edited by ticing as a work of fiction. It deserves his brother, the conductor of the “Knick- praise, however, for its general elegance of erbocker.” We regret the want of space language—a trait not always found in the for an appropriate notice of them at this fictions of the day-and for a very clear time. In our next we shall endeavor to do and truthful portraiture of the life, princijustice to a man of genius, a true poet, and ples, and practice of the western land specone of the finest humorists whom the coun. ulators, especially their extreme want of try has produced.
what we might term financial morality.
The earliest offspring of th' Eternal Soul,