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easy to do well. How much study and preparation, with, and fetches on the rare occasions when it occurs what industry and what care, are necessary to the very long prices. The literary value of the work bas arrangement and cataloguing of books, Mr. Blackburn received ample recognition from Ranke, Hefele, and shows. Very far from arduous is, however, the task of all writers on ecclesiastical history. The reprint will be reading, and even of studying, his volume. In the por executed in facsimile. Twenty-eight marks per volume tion in which he describes " A Private Library and the is the subscription price. Society of Books,” giving in so doing a catulogue rai. sonné of the contents of a few shelves, the author is positively entertaining. We heartily commend the

Potires to Correspondents. volume to general circulation. There are few biblio.

We must call special attention to the following notices: philes who will not be glad to possess it,

On all communications must be written the name and Letters of William Cowper. Edited, with Introduction.address of the sender, not necessarily for publication, but

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We cannot undertake to answer queries privately. An edition of Cowper's letters handier, prettier, and in To secure insertion of communications correspondents every way more desirable than is supplied by Messrs. must observe the following rule. Let each note, query, Macmillan is scarcely to be hoped. full knowledge or reply be written on a separate slip of paper, with the of the poet is possessed by Mr. Benham, who is known signature of the writer and such address as he wishes to As editor of the Globe edition of Cowper's Works.

appear. Correspondents wbo repeat queries are requested This possession bas been turned to account in the colla

to head the second communication "Duplicate." tion of the letters and their disposition in chronological order. To the work Mr. Benham has prefaced a sketch of

EDWARD R. VYVYAN (" Twelfth Night, II. iii.").the poet's life whicb, while short, is all that is needed,

Testril in the passage you quote stands for tester. The supplying as it does the principal facts in Cowper's life

name, derived from the king's head (teste or téte) on it, and a sketcb of his correspondents. To praise the letters

was variously written teston, tester, teslern, testorne, of Cowper is now superfluous. They have won accept

testril, &c. A teston, the original French coin, was once

worth eighteen pence, but was reduced to sixpence, at ance as among the most delightful compositions in their

which value it is estimated in the Twelfth Night. "I class, and will assuredly be known as long as the language in which they are written, Next to the letters of

think truely all the town would come and celebrate the Lamb, perbaps, in charm of style, the letters of Cowper

communion to get a teslorne, but will not come to rebave sincerity, justness of observation and humour that

ceive the body and blood of Christ" (Latimer's Sermons). cannot easily be surpassed. A specially delightful fea E. P.-Etienne Pivert de Senancour, a well-known ture in them is their appreciation. How pleasant, for French writer, was born in Paris in November, 1770, instance, are the passages addressed to Unwin (p. 57) on died at St. Cloud, January, 1846. Educated as a priest, Vincent Bourne ! Passages in some letters to women he refused to take the vows and fled to Switzerland, might almost be supposed to have been written by Lamb. where he married. He is a voluminous author, bis best

known work being Obermann, first published in Paris, The Annual Register for 1883. New Series. (Rivingtons.) 1804, and subsequently reprinted with a preface by THE utility of the Annual Register is now 80 fully re-Sainte-Beuve, and still later with an introduction by cognized, one no more thinks of praising it than of prais. George Sand. See Sainte-Beuve, Portraits Conten. ing the Post Office Directory. To the student it is ser- porains, tom. i.; Quérard, France Littéraire; and La viceable, to the scholar it saves much arduous research, Nouvelle Biographie Générale. to the ready writer it is indeed indispensable. Its C. G. M. (Orebro).- In the first case cited from obituary alone is sufficient to establish it in favour with Scott, “the” is to be regarded as bearing two aspects : the worker. The latest volume yields in no respects to when inserted between the Christian name and surname its predecessors.

it is probably a corruption of “de," the cbarter form of THE Contemporary has a valuable paper on “The

the surname; when used, as you will sometimes find it, Historical Assumptions of the Ecclesiastical Courts Com.

with the surname alone, it resembles the usage prevailing mission," by Edwin Hatcb, D.D., and one by Mr. Bryce,

in certain Scottish clans of prefixing the definite article M.P., on an Ideal University.” — “Le Style, c'est

to the chief's dame by way of eminence, as, e.g., “The

Chisholm," &c. But the modern form of the surname l'Homme : a Causerie," by the Earl of Lytton, an essay by Mr. Sendall on Charles Stuart Calverley, and one by

may also be used, and then neither of the above uses is Prof. Butcher on Sophocles, attract attention to the app

applicable. The different styles of the other writers Fortnightly, in which also appear the first three cbapters

you name, and the different subjects treated, sufficiently of the new novel of Mr. George Meredith - The Nine

account for your not finding the same class of expressions teenth Century has papers by the Hon. Mr. Justice

in their writings. “ The more happy that," &c.=the Stephen on “The Unknowable and the Unknown," and

more happy for having, or in that he had, done such s on "Forgotten Bibles" by Prof. Max Müller.- Mr.

deed. Mew writes in the Gentleman's on the Seigneur des

BARUM.—The question concerning “Cu. Ld.” (ante, Accords, as the whimsical author of Les Bigarrures et

med ex I p. 428) is too unimportant to justify a second insertion. Touches elected to be called.-Macmillan contains a

The substitution of Cw." for Cu. was due to your mangpoem, hitherto unpublished, by Charles Kingsley, called

script. “Cu. Ld.” are the letters tbe signification of ir Juventus Mundi.""

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