The Seat of Empire

By CHARLES CARLETON COFFIN, “CARLETON.” Boston: Fields, Osgood, & Co.
THIS thoroughly practical book is the fruit of Mr. Coffin’s observation in Minnesota and the Red River country, which, according to Mr. Seward (whose gift of prophecy was so much distinguished during the first year of the Rebellion), is destined one day to be “ the ultimate last ” centre of the Republic. Thither Mr. Coffin last summer accompanied a party which united business with pleasure, and explored all that promising wilderness beyond the Minnesota towns, and listened with a pleased sense to its brag, through climate, soil, and scattering inhabitant, concerning the great things it intends to do. Whereupon he has patted that shaggy wilderness on the back, and praised its prospective virtues so that we can scarcely think of Boston without a blush as a place that has miserably failed to do what the wilderness is going to do very shortly indeed. We suppose Mr. Coffin is right, and that the great Northwest does offer the prizes of life now to courage and vigor. At any rate, we can commend his book to any one seeking knowledge of the region he has visited, for the like of whom indeed he declares it directly written, though it is not without pleasant, unpractical glimpses of life in the woods and stories of personal adventures, nor without such literary blemishes as have hitherto attended the author on his vast course of travel.