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the north-west coast of America, a large tract of land, embracing four degrees of latitude. The deed or deeds for the same were given for a valuable, and satisfactory consideration. In 1811, John Jocob Astor of New York established a factory on the Columbia river. In 1812, the establishment was broken up, and fraudulently sold to the North West Company by one of Mr. Astor's agents, and taken possession of by the British. But the United States claim that the sale to the North West Company does not affect the national jurisdiction, which continues of right in the United States. The various historical facts and argumentative considerations pertaining to this interesting subject are exhibited by Mr. Cushing with great clearness and force, in a pamphlet of fifty pages.
13.--An Address delivered before the Mercantile Library Associa.
tion, Boston, September 13, 1838, by Edward Everett, and a
Poem by James T. Fields. pp. 58. Non tanget quod non ornat, may be applied to all which Governor Everett does. His resources of fact and happy illustration seem to be absolutely inexhaustible. No matter what be the subject or the occasion, every thing is fresh, pertinent, eloquent. The poem of Mr. Fields is no unworthy accompaniment. The lines are flowing and graceful, and the wit is sparkling.
14.—Poems by George Lunt, New York : Gould and Newman.
1839, pp. 160. This little volume contains true poetry. While no piece falls be. low mediocrity, there are several compositions which, in sentiment, imagery and versification are of very high order. We have been much gratified with the tone of moral purity which pervades the whole volume.
15.- Travels in South-Eastern Asia, embracing Hindustan, Malaya,
Siam, and China, with notices of numerous Missionary stations, and a full account of the Burman Empire ; with Dis. sertations, Tables, etc. By Howard Malcom. In two vol
Boston : Gould, Kendall & Lincoln, 1839. pp. 273, 321. These volumes are beautifully executed, accompanied with maps and numerous illustrations in neat and tasteful engravings; but they have come to hand too late to allow us time to peruse them. We shall examine them hereafter and give a more extended notice in the next No. of the Repository. In the mean time we have no doubt the interest felt in the subjects and the character of the author will secure for them a wide circulation.
16.- Additional Notices of New Publications. The following books have been received, some of which will be further noticed hereafter.
Notes Explanatory and Practical on the First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians. By Albert Barnes. Second edition. New York : William Robinson; Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1838. pp. 357. The reputation of these ** Notes" is evinced by the rapid sale of the first edition. From an occasional reading and the known ability of the author we have no doubt of their practical value.
Notes, Critical and Practical, on the Book of Genesis; designed as a general help to Biblical Reading and Instruction, By George Bush. In two volumes. Vol. I. second edition. New York: E. French, 1839. pp. 364. This book has also obtained a deserved reputation. We shall hope hereafter to examine it more thoroughly than has yet been in our power to do.
Lectures upon the History of St. Paul, delivered during Lent, at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Upper Chelsea. By the Rev. Henry Blunt, A. M. First American, from the seventh London Edition. Philadelphia : Hooker & Claxton, 1839. pp. 3o2. Mr. Blunt is a sensible writer, and this is doubtless a good book.
Union; or the divided Church made One. By the Rev. John Harris, author of " Mammon," " The Great Teacher,' etc. etc. Revised American edition. Boston: Gould, Kendall & Lincoln, 1838. pp. 301. Mr. Harris's works are always read with interest.
The Crook in the Lot; or a display of the Sovereignty and Wisdom of God in the afflictions of men. By Rev. Thomas Boston. Philadelphia: W. S. Martien, New York: Robert Carter, 1839. pp. 162. An old book, republished ;-a good specimen of the quaint and homely style of the author's age, pious and comforting to the afflicted, whose taste is not revolted by its oddities.
Rambles in Europe ; or a Tour through France, Italy, Switzerland, Great Britain and Ireland, in 1836. By Fanny W. Hall. In two volumes. New York : E. French, 1839. pp. 228, 246. These volumes are written by a young lady, in an easy and pleasant style, and will not suffer in comparison with most books of travels by transient visitors to Europe.
Wales, and other Poems. By Maria James; with an Introduction by A. Potter, D. D. New York : John S. Taylor, 1839. pp. 170.
The Women of England: Their Social Duties and Domestic Habits. By Mrs. Ellis, (late Sarah Stickney,) author of “ The Poetry of Life," “ Pictures of Private Life," etc. New York: D. Appleton & Co, 1839. pp. 275. This book is doubtless in the very first class of its kind. The reputation of the writer is established for beauty of style, good sense, and purity and elevation of sentiment.
A Discourse delivered before the Connecticut Alpha of the R. B. K. at New Haven, August 14, 1838. By Heman Humphrey, S.T. D., President of Amherst College. New Haven: L. K. Young, 1839.
The Choice of a profession : An Address before the Society of Inquiry in Amherst College, August 1838. By Albert Barnes. Amherst : J. S. & C. Adams.
Annual Circular of Marietta College, with the Inaugural Address of the President, delivered July 25, 1838. Cincinnati, 1839.
The Harmony of the Christian Faith and Christian Character, and the Culture and Discipline of the Mind. By John Abercrombie, M, D. F.R.S. E. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1839. pp. 146.
Dr. Bell's Lessons on the Human Frame. Designed for Schools and Families. Ilustrated with upwards of fifty engravings. Philadelphia : Hen. ry Perkins, 1839. pp. 158.
An Inaugural Address, delivered at Marshall College, Mercersburg, Pa. September 1838. By Albert Smith, Professor of Languages in that Institution. Chambersburg, 1838. This is a sensible discourse, in which the author maintains with learning and ability, that education separated from religion furnishes no security to morality and freedom.
LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE.
United States. Postscript.- Presbyterian Controversy :- The Law-suit decided. [We have delayed the present No. of the Repository a few days for the purpose of obtaining the decision of the court in the great cause referred to, (page 497,) as “ pending in the courts of Pennsylvania.” We insert it, as furnished by Mr. Benedict, who was present at the trial, and, (though necessarily out of place,) as a supplement to his Article closing on page 500. The principles laid down by Judge Rogers are the same which the author has so ably defended in his Article referred to, and with him and the friends of constitutional liberty at large, we gladly unite in expressions of profound gratitude to God that justice in this case has been honored, and a result so propitious obtained. May wisdom be granted from above to guide the suc. cessful Assembly in the discharge of their now confirmed and increased responsibilities.-Ed.]
The cause came on to be tried at the Philadelphia nisi prius before the Hon. Judge Rogers of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, on the 4th March inst. The court and jury were addressed by the following counsel : -On the part of the friends of union by Josiah Randall, Esq. and William R. Meredith, Esq. of Philadelphia, and George Wood, Esq. of New York. On the other side by F. W. Hubbell, Esq. and Joseph R, Ingersoll, Esq. of Philadelphia, and the Hon. William C. Preston of South Carolina.
It need not be said that the merits of the cause were fully and ably dis- · cussed, when it is known that ten days in the aggregate) were devoted to the addresses to the jury by counsel of such distinguished ability. The charge of the learned Judge was given to the jury on the 26th day of March. It was in writing, and occupied an hour and a quarter. It was characterized by great simplicity, force and beauty. The breathless anxiety of an assembly crowded almost to suffocation showed the intense interest which was felt in the opinion of the court, while the friends of constitutional Presbyte. rianism were gratified with hearing the great principles for which they have
been contending, clearly and ably vindicated. The following conclusions of the learned Judge were distinctly and emphatically laid down, with other subordinate points, as the law of the case.
First—That such a suit was the appropriate and best mode of determining the matters in controversy.
Second--That the Plan of Union was constitutional, and, at the time, expedient under the early policy of the church ; and that the General Asseinbly and the General Association were competent to make it, and to rescind it.
Third–That if it were void, the existence of the four synods could not be destroyed by its abrogation, because from the nature of the Plan they could not have been attached to the church by virtue of that Plan, and the fact was undisputed that they were created like all the other synods, by the General Assembly and in the same manner.
Fourth-That the acts exscinding those synods and all their constituent parts, without notice or trial, were contrary to the eternal principles of justice, to the law of the land and to the constitution of the Presbyterian Church, and were null and void, and that of course the commissioners from their presbyteries were entitled to their seats in the General Assembly of 1838.
Fifth—That the clerks and moderator in excluding these commissioners and preventing their cases from coming before the house, if it was the result of concert with a party to carry out those exscinding acts, was grossly erroneous, and called for the notice of the house, and the house was competent to remove them by appointing others.
Sixth—That those who are present and have an opportunity to vote and decline to vote, no matter for wbat reason, are bound by the majority of those who do vote,
Having stated to them (without intimating an opinion) the questions of fact upon which they were to pass, he adjured them in the solemn language of their oath,“ as they should answer to God at the great day,” that with unprejudiced minds they should decide according to the evidence. The ju. ry having been out about an hour returned with a verdict for the plaintiffs.
Thus has closed this most remarkable trial! Its result is matter not for selfish triumph, but for devout gratitude to the Great Disposer of events, that thus another beacon-light has been kindled on the highway of time, to light up the onward path of the friends of religious liberty! Let the victims of ecclesiastical oppression in their " night time of sorrow and care” look to its “ pillar of fire," thank God and take courage !
March 27, 1839.
Robinson & Franklin, New York, and Crocker and Brewster, Boston, have in the press and will soon publish, Notes, critical, explanatory and practical on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah ; with a New Translation. In two Volumes, 800. By Albert Barnes. A few sheets only of these volumes have been furnished us by the publishers, from which we have derived favorable impressions of the thoroughness and general excellence of the work. The author is already too well known, as an annotator on other portions of Scripture, to require our commendation, and we need only add that his forth-coming Notes on Isaiah have been in preparation for a series of years past, and, in his own language, are « the production of many a laborious, but many a pleasant hour.” Our readers may expect a more extended notice of these volumes hereafter.
Hooker & Claxton, Philadelphia, are about publishing Winer's large Greek Grammar of the New Testament, translated by Professors J. H. Ag. new and 0. G. Ebbeke of Philadelphia. In the German it is a volume of about 600 pages 8vo. and is spoken of in the highest terms by those who are qualified to judge. The translators are also making arrangements to offer to the public Winer's Greek Lexicon of the New Testament, which they prefer to either Wahl or Bretschneider.
Henry Perkins, Philadelphia, has in the press the first American edition of Greenfield's Polymicrian Testament, on which he is sparing no pains to secure typographical accuracy.
Harper & Brothers, New York, have in press Indian Tales and Legends, in two volumes. By Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, being the first of a series of volumes in preparation by the same author, denominated “ Algic Researhes, comprising inquiries respecting the mental characteristics of the North American Indians." From the character of the author and his familiar acquaintance with these subjects, as superintendant of Indian affairs on our North-western frontier for many years past, the public may expect some interesting and instructive developments in these volumes.
Perkins & Marvin, Boston, will publish, in the coming month, a Memoir of Mrs. Sarah L. Smith, wife of the Rev. Eli Smith, missionary in Syria.
C. C. Little & James Brown, Boston, have in press " the complete works of the Right Hon. Edmund Burke in 9 vols. 8vo, also the poetical works of Edmund Spencer, with notes, etc., in 5 vols. 8vo. and 12mo.
We are happy to learn that George Alexander Otis Esq. of Boston, the translator of Botta's History of the American Revolution, has translated, at the suggestion of John Quincy Adams, the Tusculan Questions of Cicero. We have every reason to suppose that this noble production of the orator has been rendered into English by Mr. Otis with accuracy and elegance.
Scotland. It affords us much pleasure to announce that the Edinburgh Biblical Cabinet, (noticed in the Repository Vols. V. 485, and IX. 319,) is still continued by its enterprising projector and publisher, Mr. Thomas Clark. The series has reached the twenty-third volume. It consists of translations, mostly from the German, of commentaries and other treatises designed to explain and illustrate the Scriptures. We earnestly commend the work to our readers. It may be procured for about one dollar a volume. We shall revert to it again at an early day.