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Literary notices.

History of the civil war in America. By the Comte de Paris. Vol. III. Philadelphia: Porter & Coates.

We are indebted to the publishers for a copy of this book, which is beautifully gotten up in the best style of the bookmaker's art.

We have also received (we presume through the courtesy of the distinguished author) a beautiful copy of the French edition of the work so far as completed.

The reviews of the former volumes which we have published have given our readers an idea of the general character of the work. But while reserving for the future a detailed review of this third volume, we must say that the Count has had much richer material with which to write this volume, that he seems to have made a better use of his material, and that it seems to be fairer to the Confederates than its predecessors.

And yet when we come to discuss it in detail (as we hope to do by the pens of some of our most competent military critics), we expect to show that the Count still writes more in the spirit of the partizan than with the calm judgment of the impartial Foreign Historian.

We acknowledge his courteous mention of Southern Historical Society Papers and their editor, and only regret that he has not studied more carefully our pages, and made better use of the facts and figures we have given him, and to which we shall hereafter call special attention.

Meantime we advise all interested in such matters to procure the book, that they may see for themselves what this foreign prince has to say of Chancellorsville, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, etc.

Virginia Historical collections. Vol. III. New series. Dinwiddie Papers. Vol. I. 1751-1755. Edited by R. A. Brock, Correspondent Secretary, and published by the Virginia Historical Society.

This book (for a copy of which we are indebted to the editor) is a credit to all concerned. The printer (W. Ellis Jones) and the binders (J. W. Randolph & English) have done their work admirably, while Mr. Brock displays his usual taste and historic research in his introduction and in his valuable notes on the text.

It is needless to add that a collection of letters and papers concerning events which transpired during the important and stirring period of colonial history from 1751 to 1755 cannot fail to be of deep interest and permanent historic value, and as these papers are published for the first time from the original Mss. they are only now brought within reach of the historian, and will prove a rich mine in which he can work.

The Virginia Historical Society is indebted to the enlightened liberality of W. W. Corcoran, Esqr., for their possession of these papers and their ability to use them, and they have very properly accompanied the volume with a fine likeness of the great philanthropist, and his autograph letter making the valuable gift.

The few extra copies for sale will, of course, be bought up at once, as no historic collection could be called complete without the ‘Dinwiddie Papers.’

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