A Series of Familiar Essays. By Charles Scribner. 16mo.. New York :
WHO is more popular than honest Timothy ? Opening this, his latest volume, we read on a fly-leaf fronting the title-page that twenty-six editions of the “Letters to Young People,” fifteen editions each of “ Bitter-Sweet ” and “ Gold Foil,” and thirteen editions of “Miss Gilbert’s Career” have gone the way of all good books. The author says, in his modest preface to the “ Lessons,” that he can hardly pretend to have done more than to organize and put into form the average thinking of those who read his books, and he only claims for his essays that they possess the quality of common sense. He herein pays a very high compliment to the crowd which demands over the bookseller’s counter so many thousands of his volumes. Wisdom, admirably put, is not a commodity glutting the market every day. We find in the pages of this new venture so many healthy maxims and so much excellent advice, that we hope the volume will spread Itself farther and wider than any of its predecessors. This wish fulfilled will give it no mean circulation. “ The Ways of Charity,” one of the papers in this volume, ought to be printed in tract form, and scattered broadcast everywhere. And there are.other articles in the book quite as good as this.