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Transcription —The Sunday School and other Poems. By WILLIAM B. TAPPAN. Bos-
ton and Cambridge: James Munroe & Co. 1849.
Much more full of abolition than poetry. Were the genius of the au-
thor at all inflammable, he would be as mad as a March hare on the sub-
ject of slavery. At pp. 77, there are some clumsy stanzas, entitled " The
Two Ships"—the subject of which affords one of the favorite topics of
New England self-satisfaction. The following paragraph furnishes the
burden of the ditty. In the year 1620, a Dutch ship imported into Vir-
ginia the first slaves that were ever seen on the North American Conti-
nent. In the same year, the ' Mayflower' brought the Pilgrims to Ply-
mouth." There is something wanting to the Tappan verses. Let him
find the material in the history of the thousand ships launched by the Pil-
grims, sons and sires—the children of the Mayflower—to beat the drowsy
Dutch entirely out of the Slave Trade markets. Tappan's verse is rather
more truthful than his moral ; but this says little for either.


(April 1849), p. 266.



Miscellanies. By J. T. HEADLEY. Authorized Edition. 'New-
York : Baker & Scribner. Charleston : Babcock da Co. 1850.
THE words " authorized edition," in this title page, are of some
significance. It appears that a spurious edition of the writer's mie-
cellanies, gathered from periodicals to which they had been contri-
buted, have been collected by a publisher, and thrust upon the world
without authority. We shall waste no words upon this immoral, if
not illegal, proceeding ; contenting ourselves with the remark, that
in some of the northern cities the great object seems to be to realize
that condition of things, the Utopia of Communism, in which, in the
language of M. Proudhon, "proprifte c'est vol." But Mr. Headley
has made one mistake. That the private publisher has seized upon
his crude miscellanies, offers no excuse to him for publishing them
crudely. He should have subjected them to a careful correction,
which, by the way, they very much need. This correction would
have afforded a conclusive advantage to the " authorized," over the
spurious edition. The papers in this volume are seven in ntuaber
and on subjects of considerable inter'st. " Alison's Europe,"" Al-
fieri,"" Oliver Cromwell,"" the Crusades,"" the French Revolu-
tion,"" Luther" and " the Prose Writers of America." Of Mr.
Headley's style, hurried, slip-shod, but vehement and sometimes
highly picturesque, we have spoken in previous pages. We have
nothing to add. These miscellanies will not add to his reputation.
In this department of com ition, he is not destined to rise to emi-
nence. Let him seek another class of topics. A series of military
sketches, carrying us through the war with Mexico, after the manner
of his " Napoleon" and " Washington," will be much more likely to
interest the reader, than essays of this sort.
(April 1850), pp. 249-250

Note: "Propriete c'est vol" translates as "Property ownership is theft.

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