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Two Addresses, delivered at Oxford, Ohio, on occasion of the Inauguration

of the Rev. George Junkin, D.D., as President of Miami University. Cincinnati. 8vo. pp. 48. 1841.

The first of these Addresses is by the Rev. HENRY V. D. Jouns, the Rector of one of the Episcopal Churches of Cincinnati. The object of it is to illustrate and sustain the proposition—" That a religious and patriotic obedience to duly constituted authority, is a primary obligation of American citizenship.” The author has executed his task well. He is manifestly a sound thinker, an enlightened patriot, and a polished, impressive writer. We do not, indeed, think the style faultless. It is occasionally circuitous, and exhibits the use of some words in an unusual sense. But the whole address possesses so much substantial excellence, that we have no disposition to dwell on minor blemishes.

The second Address is from the pen of the Rev. Dr. Junkin, and delivered by him at his Inauguration as President of the Miami University, Ohio. It is well known that Dr. Junkin was, for several years, the President of La Fayette College, at Easton, Pennsylvania, where his character for talents, learning, piety, energy, and unwearied diligence, were the means of securing to that infant Institution, amidst many difficultie a large measure of success. Early in the present year he was called to the Presidentship of the Miami University, a much older, and more amply endowed Institution, over which the venerable Dr. Bishop had presided for a number of years. Dr. Junkin accepted the appointment; entered on the duties of his office on the 12th of April last; and on the 11th of August following, was inaugurated, with much solemnity, and in the presence of a large assembly. It was on that occasion that the addresss before us was delivered.

It was gratifying to the friends of Dr. Junkin, when he thought it his duty to remove to the West, that he had the prospect of entering on a larger and more important field of action than he had occupied in the East. It was their earnest hope that, placed at the head of one of the most wealthy and powerful literary Institutions in the valley of the Mississippi, his vigorous mind, ample furniture,

and large views, might prove an eminent blessing in that country of gigantic character and influence. We confess that the Address before us has raised our expectations still higher that these hopes will be realized. The author has acquitted himself as “a workman that needeth not to be ashamed.” Instead of dwelling on “common places,” he has taken strong, clear, comprehensive views of a subject seldom treated on such occasions, and yet lying at the foundation of all order and useful progress in Seminaries of learning. His subject is- The Origin, Unity, and Power of Moral Law, especially in regard to College discipline.

Dr. Junkin discusses no subject superficially. He is in the habit of resorting to first principles. His ideas of Collegial government and discipline appear to us to be sound, wise, and well adapted to practical use. We hope that both the old men, and the young men, who have any thing to do with the Miami University, will duly appreciate their excellence, and cordially bear him out in carrying them into execution. We have long been of the opinion that both the honour and usefulness of literary institutions are more deeply involved in conformity to these principles, than the popular impression bas hitherto recognised. Our best wishes attend him on the great theatre on which he is called to act. We hope he will find in the West, that just and elevated sentiment which will honour and sustain a gentleman so well qualified to bear onward the cause of sound education.

An Ecclesiastical Catechism of the Presbyterian Church; for the use of Fa

milies, Bible-Classes, and private members. By Thomas Smyth, Pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church, Charleston, S. C. 18mo. pp. 124. 1841.

Mr. Smyth must be regarded as among the most efficient and active authors in the Presbyterian Church. His valuable work on the Apostolical Succession, reviewed in a preceding part of this number, is a monument of his reading and industry which has been extensively acknowledged. The Ecclesiastical Catechism before us is another present to the Church with which Mr. Smyth is connected, which we think adapted to be universally esteemed and highly useful. It is, as all such manuals should be, brief, comprehensive, simple, adapted to weak capacities, and yet sufficiently instructive to gratify the most intelligent minds.

The scriptural quotations to illustrate and establish the principles which he lays down, are perhaps, in some cases unnecessarily numerous; and, in a few instances, of questionable application. But it is, on the whole, so well executed, and possesses so much solid merit, that we hope it may be extensively circulated and used. The Life and Times of Red Jacket, or Sa-go-ye-Wat-Ha; being the Sequel to the History of the Six Nations. By William L. Stone. 8vo. pp. 484.

ew York: Wiley & Putnam. 1841. Our readers will recollect, that, in the volume of our Review, for 1839,

we took a highly favourable notice of a larger work by the same author, containing an account of the life and times of Joseph Brant, the famous Mohawk Chief. We have here another volume from his pen, on the Life and Times of Red-Jacket, a celebrated orator of the Seneca Nation. We propose to give a more detailed account of this highly interesting work in our next number. All that we intend by the present notice is, to announce iis appearance to our readers, and strongly to recommend it to their perusal. The Poetry and History of Wyoming: containing Campbell's Gertrude, with

a Biographical Sketch of the Author, by Washington Irving, and the History of Wyoming, from its discovery to the beginning of the present century. By William L. Stone. 12mo. pp. 324. New York: Wiley and Putnam. 1841.

Colonel Stone wields so able and pleasant a pen, that we are glad he does not permit it to be idle. Here is another real favour conferred by him on the public. Who has not heard of the beautiful Valley of Wyoming? Who has not heard of the controversies, and the sanguinary conflicts of which that valley has been the theatre? And what admirer of poetry has not perused the “Gertrude of Wyoming,” by the author of the “Pleasures of Hope?"

Col. Stone, we think judged well in supposing that the Poem by Campbell, would make an acceptable prefix to the main subject of the volume. He has, therefore, given it at large, with a highly interesting Biographical Sketch, by Washington Irving, and adorned with plates. These occupy fifty pages. The remainder of the volume, divided into eight chapters, is devoted to the “History of Wyoming, from its discovery to the beginning of the present century." These chapters have given us the most distinct and satisfactory impression of the real character and bearing of the Wyoming controversy that we have ever received. We feel ourselves debtors to the author for this production of his pen. He has shown himself well qualified to describe at once, and with spirit, the beauties of nature; the terrors of the battle-field; and the smiling improvements of cultivated society. Address delivered in Easton, Pennsylvania, August 18th, 1841, on the occa

sion of the Author's Inauguration as President of La Fayette College. By John W. Yeomans. 8vo. pp. 32. Easton : 1841.

The ceremony of inducting into office the Rev. Jeun W. YEOMANS, A. M., as President, and the Rev. Curles W. Nassau, A. M., as Vice President, of La Fayette College, took place in the Presbyterian Church, in Easton, Pennsylvania, on the 18th day of August, A. D. 1841, in the presence of the Board of Trustees, the Faculty, and a large audience. On this occasion, after an appropriate address by JAMES M. Porter, Esq., President of the Board of Trustees, and a solemn induction of the President elect into office, President Yeomans delivered the Address of which we have above given the title.

President Yeomans is an original, vigorous, and polished writer. Any competent judge, who attends on his instruction, either from the pulpit or the

press, cannot fail to feel himself in the hands of a master. Clear, profound views, and unusually lucid and happy expression, appear in all his writings. The whole of this address will reward the perusal. We were especially interested in his remarks on the connection between the cultivation of the intellectual faculties in the present state, and the elevation and enjoy ment of the niind in the life to come. On this subject we have no objection to his inge. nious thoughts; and they are certainly very happily expressed.

We think that La Fayette College, after losing so able a head as Dr. Junkin, has been fortunate in gaining one so accomplished as President Yeomans. We trust that his success in his new station, will equal the high hopes entertained by the friends of the Institution over which he presides. Old Age: a Funeral Sermon, preached in the F Street Presbyterian Church,

in Washington, September 15, 1841, on the occasion of the death of Josepi Nourse, who was fifty-three years in the service of the government, and still longer a member ot the Church. By Cortlandt Van Rensselaer a minister of the Church. Washington, D. Č. 8vo. pp. 23. 1841.

This is an excellent sermon. It does equal honour to the head and heart of the author. It is a simple, unostentatious, and yet striking portrait of a most amiable and exemplary Christian.

The late Joseph Nourse, of the City of Washington, was a native of the city of London. He was born in 1754, and bred in the bosom of the Episcopal Church. After his removal to America, his religious preferences, we are told, induced him to become a member of the Presbyterian Church. Of that church he was a beloved and edifying member, and for many years, a Ruling Elder, distinguished for his holy example, and for every good work, up to the close of a long life of eighty-seven years. He was appointed by Washington to the office of Register of the Treasury of the United States, which office he retained, amidst all the changes of party, for forty years—having served his adopted country previously, in various offices, for ten years. He was President, Vice President, Patron or Director of many Societies, religious, and benevolent, so that he might be considered not only as a leading, but as a constant and indefatigable labourer in the cause of religion and humanity, until he was called to his reward in 1841. It was our happiness to know this ercellent man, long and intimately; and we think that Mr. Van Rensselaer, in drawing his portrait has executed his task with great fidelity. Address to the Alumni Society of the University of Nashville, on the Study of

Theology as a part of Science, Literature and Religion. Delivered at Nashville, Tennessee, October 5th, 1841. By the Rev. Le Roy J. Halsey, A. M. With an appendix, containing a Catalogue of the Alumni, and certain proceedings of the Society. Nashville. Svo. Pp. 48. 1841.

This is an address of no common merit. It abounds in sober thought and correct sentiment, well arranged, and happily expressed. Instead of contenting himself with mere rhetorical display, or the recitation of mere every-day topics, on such an anniversary occasion, the author pleads the cause of Theo.

logy, as a part of liberal education, with the dignity of a scholar, the skill of a theologian, and with the ardour and solemnity of one'who deeply felt the practiical mportance of bis subject. We have seldom met with a pamphlet containing more just and weighty opinions ; more sound thinking; more wise counsel. We hope it will mark the commencement of a new era, not only in the Institution in which it was delivered, but in many others in our land. It is truly gratifying to see a young man, himself having just left the elementary hall of the science of which he speaks, making such a just estimate of its importance ; taking such large views of its extent; and urging its universal study with so much ardour, and true eloquence. Pantology; or a systematic survey of Human Knowledge; proposing a clas

sification of all its branches, and illustrating their history, relations, uses, and objects; with a synopsis of their leading facts and principles; and a select catalogue of books on all subjects, suitable for a cabinet library : the whole designed as a guide for advanced students, in Colleges, Academies, and Schools; and as a popular directory in Literature, Science, and the Arts. By Roswell Park, A. M., Professor of Natural Philosofity and Chemistry in the University of Pennsylvania, and Mem. Am. Phil. Society. Philadelphia : Hogan and Thompson. 1841. 8vo. pp. 587.

This large and sightly volume professes to afford nothing less than a classification of all human knowledge; an outline, which may direct the learner, and serve for the storing away of his successive acquisitions; and index to all other volumes; indeed a system of systems. The classification of Profes. sor Park bears some resemblance to that of Ampère, from which, however it was not borrowed. All human knowledge is divided into four great Provinces: 1. Psychonomy, including the laws of Mind, or Intellectual Sciences; 2. Ethnology, or the study of Nations, geographically and historically; 3. Physiconomy, or the Laws of the material world; and 4. Technology, or the study of the Arts. These provinces are further divided into Departments. Thus, under Psychonomy, we have four, viz. Glossology, Psychology, Nomology, and Theology ; under Ethnology, four, viz. Geography, Chronography, Biography, and Callography; under Physiconomy, four, viz. Mathematics, Acrophysics (including Mechanics, Astronomy, Optics, Ceraunics or the Electro-magnetic field, and Chemistry,) Idiophysics or Natural History &c., and Androphysics ; and under Technology, four, viz. Architechnics, (which includes Hylurgy, Machinery, Architecture, and Navigation) Chreotechnics, or the Useful Arts; Machetechnics, and Callotechnics.

The partition is by no means inelegant, and will be recorded with some which have engaged the attention of the greatest minds. In is no small recommendation of the nomenclature, that with few exceptions, the new terms explain themselves to any Greek scholar. We have not been accustomed to set a very high value upon works of this kind, yet they have their uses, and it would be the height of presumption in us to disparage a species of labour which occupied the assiduous thoughts of such men as Plato, Bacon, and

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