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VII-1. Funeral Oration delivered at the solemn Re-
quiem of the Right Rev. Dr. Walsh, V. A. of the
London District, at St. Mary's Church, Moorfields,
London, on Wednesday, the 28th of February, &c.
By the Rev. HENRY WEEDALL, D.D. London:
Dolman 1849.

2. Speculum Episcopi. (The Mirror of a Bishop.)
London Edwards and Hughes, 1848.



VIII.-1. Verfassung des Deutschen Reiches. (Constitution.
of the German Empire.) Frankfurt am Main, 1849.
2. Das Deutsche Parlament und der König von
Preussen. (The German Parliament and the King
of Prussia) By Dr. HERMANN MÜLLER, Deputy to
the Frankfort Parliament for Aix-la-Chapelle.
Frankfort, 1849.

3. Frankfurt und Deutschland, (Frankfort and Ger-
many,) in the "Historisch-politische Blätter."
vol. xxiv. Munich, 1849.

4. Stenographische Berichte der Verhandlungen des
Frankfurter Parlamentes. (Shorthand Reports of
the debates of the Frankfort Parliament.) Frankfort
on Main, 1848-9.

5. Verhandlung der ersten Versammlung des Katho-
lischen Vereines Deutschlands. (Records of the
First Meeting of the Catholic Association of Ger-
many.) Mayence, 1848.

Notices of Books.


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MARCH, 1849.

ART. I.-Italy in the Nineteenth Century, contrasted with its past Condition. By JAMES WHITESIDE, Esq., A.M., M.R.I.A., one of her Majesty's Council. In three vols. London, Bentley, 1848.


HERE is perhaps no profession, from the members of which, as writers, we are naturally led to expect so much, as that of the law. Involuntarily, Cicero's description of the qualities necessary to form the perfect advocate, rises to our mind; and we look to find in the lawyer, combined with the acuteness of intellect necessary to fit him for his peculiar studies, the learning of the scholar, and the varied information and good taste of the gentleman. The title, too, of Mr. Whiteside's book, is attractive; Italy, its present contrasted with its past condition; no mere catalogue of palaces and works; no poetical description of the dress and manners of the people, their mere external condition; the social state of Italy is to be described, its inner life, in all its varied forms, to be laid open before us. In this point of view, we confess we have been disappointed. A keen observer, Mr. Whiteside has marked well what struck the eye, and has added to his own limited stores of information some details relative to the laws, agriculture, benevolent institutions, history, and literature, of the different states, collected from sources of very various degrees of merit. But his information on each of these subjects is only a compilation. from some one or two recent works, which have been in the hands of every one, and which afford no new information. Indeed, we may at once predict how far Mr. White



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