WESTMINSTER REVIEW FOR DECEMBER. -- Leonard, Scott & Co., 112 Fulton street.
We acknowledged the reception of this Review a few days since; but not having then read it, we could give no opinion of its contents. Having now perused it, we have no hesitation in pronouncing it one of the best Reviews of the quarter. The article on Macgregor's Commercial Statistics, is a powerful one in favor of free trade, and that on the Proposed Railroad between Cairo and Suez furnishes the best view of the English argument -- for a railroad in preference to a canal -- that we have anywhere seen. "The Legislation of 1844" is a novel article, being a critical summary of the laws of the session, but highly interesting to those who duly estimate the importance of British legislation. Readers who are not aware of the fact, may learn from it, that 'INTERNATIONAL COPY-RIGHT' IN BRITAIN WAITS ONLY THE RECIPROCAL ACTION OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES. The review of the "Life and Correspondence of Thomas Arnold" we comment to all readers, but not more than the book itself, which is one of the very best of the day. Dr. Arnold was a man whom all unite to praise, and not to know whose character is an injury to one's self. The Life and Correspondence have just been reprinted by the Appletons.
The other articles in the Review are well worth reading. We know no foreign Review, whose general tone is more favorable to American institutions or to American productions, and this should secure its successive numbers a favorable reception amongst us.
[This item was attributed to Poe by Hull as, "probably Poe's." (Hull links it to the Westminster Review article of January 17. ) T. O. Mabbott seems to reject this notice of Westminster Review, with note "Curiously without determinants . . . Omit . . ." but also "Reread this, Feb. 66."]
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