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CONTENTS OF No. XIII.
I. BYRON'S LETTERS AND JOUrnals,
Letters and Journals of Lord Byron, with Notices of his Life. By
1. Chansons de P. J. De Béranger.
2. Chansons Inédites de P. J. De Béranger, suivies des Procès.
III. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DANIEL DE FOE,
Memoirs of the Life and Times of Daniel De Foe: containing a
Review of his Writings, and his Opinions upon a variety of important
matters, civil and ecclesiastical. By Walter Wilson, Esq. of the In-
IV. MURAT'S LETTERS ON THE UNITED STATES,
Lettres sur Les Etats-Unis. Par Le Prince Achille Murat, fils de
The History of Painting in Italy, from the period of the revival of the
Fine Arts, to the end of the eighteenth century. Translated from
the original Italian of the Abate Luigi Lanzi. By Thomas Roscoe.
VI. STEAM-ENGINE AND RAIL-ROADS,
1. Popular Lectures on the Steam-Engine. By the Rev. Diony.
sius Lardner, L.L. D. Professor of Natural Philosophy and Astrono-
my, in the University of London, F. R. S. &c.; with Additions; By
James Renwick, Professor of Natural experimental Philosophy and
Chemistry, in the Columbia College, New-York. Illustrated with
2. Treatise on the Steam-Engine. By James Renwick, L.L. D.
Professor of Natural experimental Philosophy and Chemistry, in
3. Report to the Directors of the Liverpool and Manchester Rail-
way, on the comparative merits of Locomotive and Fixed Engines,
Observations on the comparative merits of Locomotive and Fixed
Engines, as applied to Railways. By Robert Stephenson and Joseph
"An Account of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. By Hen
4. The Commercial Power of Great Britain, exhibiting a complete
View of the Public Works of this Country, under the several heads
of Streets, Roads, Canals, Aqueducts, Bridges, Coast, and Maritime
Ports. By the Baron Dupin, Member of the Institute of France, &c.
The Siamese Twins; a Satirical Tale of the Times, with other
Harper's Family Library, No. 15. Life and Times of George IV.
ART. I.-Letters and Journals of Lord Byron, with Notices of his Life. By THOMAS MOORE. In 2 Vols. Vol. ii. NewYork. J. & J. Harper, 1831.
THE second volume of Mr. Moore's work is one of the most interesting books in the language. The success of the author is exactly in the inverse ratio of the space which he occupies in his own pages-of which he has, for this time, yielded the almost exclusive possession to the hero of his story. He has, indeed, presented us with the "Confessions" of Lord Byron, made up of the most authentic and least suspicious of all possible materials-his letters, journals and the like relics, thrown off with the impression of every varying mood upon them, and apparently without any intention, or even the remotest idea of giving them to the public. They exhibit, accordingly, without disguise or palliation, a view of his whole course of life during his last residence on the continent. We need not say that the life of which the secret post-scenia and deepest recesses are thus unexpectedly laid bare to the gaze of the world, is that of a man of pleasure-dashed, it is true, with the gloom of a complexional melancholy, or more brilliantly diversified by the mingled glories of genius and literature, and abruptly and prematurely terminating in a high tragic catastrophe-an atoning self-sacrifice, and a hero's grave. A book of this character, it may very well be conceived, will, in spite of its attractions, or rather in consequence of them, find a place in the Index Expurgatorius of the sterner sort of censors-along with the "Mémoires de Grammont," and the "Amours des Gaules" of the Count de BussyVOL. VII.--No. 13. 1