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Literary Messenger

Southern States and Institutions; with semi-serious observations on men and manners, by Louis F. Tasistro, a traveling play actor.

There are notices of Mrs. Wm. C. Rives' "Tales and Souvenirs of her Residence in Foreign Lands;" of "Pocahontas," a long poem, by a lady of Richmond, Mrs. Mosby; of "Lewis and Clark's Famous Expedition," just published by the Harpers; of R. W. Griswold's "Poets and Poetry of America" and hosts of other productions.

As to addresses, the Messenger had been so liberal that a rule of excluding them was adopted; but when the old veteran educator, James M. Garnett, appeared before an Education Convention, in Richmond, an exception was made in his favor. Another exception was made for Judge Beverly Tucker, who had spoken before the Temperance Society of William and Mary. The editor said that the Judge's contributions had become "like angels' visits and he would fain woo him again into his columns."

There is an abundance of poetry and much of it real. The editor took pains to collect 16 "beautiful little pieces of poetry," which he publishes together as "Minstrelsy from Yankee Land." Besides, he has several of his approved authors from that same land and elsewhere. Yet the volume closes with something peculiar about poetry. A friend of Mr. White addresses an