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THE

AMERICAN

WHIG REVIEW.

“TO STAND BY THE CONSTITUTION.”

NEW SERIES, VOL. VII. – WHOLE VOL. XIII.

NEW-YORK :

PUBLISHED AT 120 NASSAU STREET.

1851.

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I N D E X.

America and Europee " Peace” and “Foreign Re- Garibaldi -Paëz, 173.

lations ;" being a retrospective and prospective Geraldin: A Play in Five Acts. By an AmeriReview of Republicanism, 251.

can, 312.
A Word of Encouragement, 115.
American Diplomacy with the Barbary Powers.
Piracies and Aggressions, 27.

Henry C. Carey: American School of Political American Aggressions on British Free Trade, 169.

Economy, 79. A Truth, 533.

Hon. John P. Kennedy, 13. An Exile's Dreams, 508.

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Bradford : Descriptive and Historical Sketch of,

Imaginary Presidents : The Ideal of a National

Administration, 289. 472. Babylon: A Poem, 407.

J. .

“ Judgment by Default:" Our position on the CenCritical Notices, 92, 190, 378, 474, 565.

tral American Question, 276. Church of England in a Minority, 372.

Junius: Lord Chatham the Author of, 484.
Coptic Song, 250.
Caveto Reipublicæ Parricidas, 7.
Civil Discord Duty-Free, 116.

Lessing's Laocoon: The Secret of Classic Compo* If the base flatterers of despotic power rise up against sition in Poetry, Painting, and Statuary, 17. my principles, I shall have on my side the virtuous | " London Assurance;" or, Sir Henry Lytton Bulman, the friend of the laws, the man of probity, and

wer versus Yankee Newspapers, 60. the true citizen."-VATTEL, Law of Nations, Preface.

| Longfellow's Poems, Review of, 369. Crossing the Ferry, from Ubland, 447.

Leigh Hunt, Autobiography, with Reminiscences

of Friends and Contemporaries, 34.
D.
Disadvantages of being Born in One's own
Country, 210.

“More of It;" being another Chapter on “ London Dr. Wayland on Collegiate Reform, 141. Democratic Review on Freedom of Trade, with

Assurance" and Newspaper Deception, 177.

Mr. Martin Farquhar Tupper: Proverbial PhilosReply, 233, 329. Doña Paula; or, the Convent and the World.

ophy on its Travels, 374.

| Madame D'Arblay, Review of the Life and Times A Tale of Peru, 419, 609.

of, 267, 305. Death Verses: A stroll through the Valley of the Shadow of Death with Tennyson, in company

Meredith Demaistre, the Pet of the Parvenus, 129,

| 220. with Shelley, Milton, Blair, Swift, Coleridge,

| Memoir of the Hon. William Wright, of NewMoore, and others, 534.

Jersey, 357.
F.

Memoir of Judge K. H, Dimmick, of California,

274. Freedom to Her Votaries, 125.

| Miscellany, 87, 187, 376.

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Steel Scissors, an over-worked and ill-used mem-

ber of the American Press, 369.
Neglected Authors. Bishop Berkeley: "Maxims Sonnet. 12.

Concerning Patrotism," 126; "The Querist,” 127.
Rabelais: his account of the great Master Gas-

ter, the Inventor of Arts, 304.
Note: Plate of Mr. Clay, 476.

The Democratic Reviewer Reviewed, 338.
" A. Ramsey, 564.

The Two Thompsons—G. P. and P. P: Being
another Chapter on “ Civil Discord Duty-Free,"

301.
Our Transatlantic Article; being a Review by an The Crowning of Quashee: A Coronation Comme-

English hand of the recent Travels of one of his! moration, 352.
Transatlantic Cousins, and now first published, The Eagle and the Ancient Elephant. By Rey-
247.

nard the Fox, 232.
Our Contributors : Col Joseph B. Cobb, of Missis | The Humanitarian Language: A Paraphrase, 311.
sippi, 113.

The Out-door Artist. From the French of Emile

Vanderburck, 464.

The Prelude, or Growth of a Poet's Mind, Re-
Pendennis and his Contemporaries, 395.

view of, 448.
Protection-Free Trade. Mr. Carey's “ Harmony

The American Avatar: Sage, Poet, and Hero, 149.

The Sorceress, 15.
of Interests," 443.
Puny Poets and Piratical Publishers, 68.

The Decenniad, 64.
Political Motives for 1851-2. 7.

The Session and the Whig Party, 1.
Political Poets: Waller and Marvell, 412.

The Fugitive Slave Law, 383.
ortrait of Joseph B. Cobb.

The Diary of Lady Willoughby, 545.
Portrait of Hon. John P. Kennedy,

The Yankee Mahomet, 554.
Portrait of Henry C. Carey, Esq.

The Rival Painters, 505.
Portrait of Henry Clay.

U.
Portrait of K. H. Dimmick.
Portrait of Hon. William Wright.

Uses and Abuses of Lynch Law, 213.
R.
Robert Soutbey, Life and Correspondence of, 187,

| Verses Written on the Walls of Bologna, 394.

Р.

399.

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Spain: Don Francisco Martinez de la Rosa, 498. “ World's Fair." The First Olympiad of Cant.
Speculative Philosophy in the Nineteenth Cen-| Flight I., 97.
tury, 458.

| William H. Crawford, Review of the Life and
Steel Scissors: The Humble Remonstrance of Times of, 193, 475.

THE

AMERICAN WHIG REVIEW:

No. XXXVII.

FOR JANUARY, 1851.

THE SESSION AND THE WHIG PARTY.

A POLITICAL party is in difficult circum-1 present administration; an unfortunate one stances when it finds itself compelled to as- at best, but one, too, which affords a great sume the responsibilities of office without ac-opportunity of exhibiting the superiority of quiring, at the same time, that without which genius over numerical force, and in which a no office can be bearable to an individual, statesman with the capacity of Montesquieu, or efficiently held for the country, the power and the energy of Napoleon would revel. of executing in government the principles We believe such an opportunity has not to which it pledged itself in opposition. heretofore occurred in our Congressional Were the objects of political organization annals, and is impossible under any form of merely the garbling of the public taxes, government but our own. We may refer such a position might fairly be considered to the times when Richelieu held France in a lucky hit ; but as in this Republic, parties hand, even against insurgent nobles and a in office must gauge their conduct so that turbulent people; or to the later period when it will bear hostile scrutiny, and deserve the younger Pitt roused all Europe against national approval, or be content to lose the modern Charlemagne, even when he within a very limited time even the taxes, was unable to command a small minority in such a position is one neither to be envied, his own Parliament; but neither illustration nor if held, one which can result in anything can give us even a faint conception of the but political ruin to the holders, unless their singular anomaly which has eventuated acts be dictated by the maturest wisdom, through the simple action of the federal and executed with the boldest statesmanship. pact. Turning our eyes to Washington, we Strength is too often taken as the test of behold the Presidential chair filled by a man capacity, and it is after all the chief induce- who was not elected to that position by the ment for the admiration of mankind. The people, and yet did not acquire it by popular mind is prone to believe that in his own act, but who, by a decision of political tactics it is better to belong to a the merciless Atropos, was compelled to party of one, if he be a free combatant in assume the office he holds, or abandon that opposition, than to belong to a party, no mat- to which he was elected; we behold an ter how old or numerous, which is burthened administration seated in the mansions of with office, and not with power. Such power, against whom are in constant array to a certain extent is the position of the the twin majorities of the Legislature

VOL. VII. NO. I. NEW SERIES.

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