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AMERICAN REVIEW.

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THE ADMINISTRATION: Its TREATMENT OF GENERAL Scott. By

Hon. Daniel D. Barnard, . . . . . . . .
WUTHERING Heights. By G. W. Peck, .
ATHENIAN BANQUETS. By J. D. W., . .
COLONEL SetPomeroy. By N. S. Dodge,
Hon. Joseph R. UNDERWOOD, . . .
ENIGMA, . . . . . .

. . ADVENTURES AND CONQUESTS OF THE NORMANS IN ITALY, DURING THE

Dark Ages. By Prof. Adolphus L. Koeppen,
SOCIETARY THEORIES. By J. A. McMaster, .
FOREIGN Miscellany,
Critical Notices, .
Index, . . . . . . . . . . . .

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NEW-YORK:

PUBLISHED AT 118 NASSAU STREET.

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The character of an Administration may difficult mission to Mr. Nicholas P. Trist, a often be seen in the kind of persons chiefly clerk in the State Department, who had employed by it, and the sort of treatment never shown any fitness for any public such persons receive at its hands. If it be employment requiring either capacity or mean-spirited, low, and vulgar, in its senti- character. And in the field, his favorite ments, designs, and policy, and wanting in General and confidant is Pillow, who is all generous feelings and aspirations, the utterly destitute of military talent or inagents it employs will generally be found formation, and who is proved to have been to have an original touch of its own qual- | guilty of acts which must forever exclude ity, and the highest honor will attend him from the society of gentlemen. The them., Or if, by accident, or the pressure President makes this man a Major-genof some inexorable necessity, men of high eral, and does not dare to submit the apcharacter are called into its service, they pointment to his constitutional advisers, will commonly be subjected to all sorts of the Senate, though composed of a large tricks, intrigues, and annoyances, while in majority of his own political friends. On place, and rewarded in the end for the the other hand, Taylor and Scott, in office most meritorious deeds by as much obloquy | in spite of the President, men of the as envy and malice can heap on them. | highest professional talent, and of the The general truth here announced finds a highest character, each in his own sphere, significant example and illustration, in the have found it impossible to command the administration of Mr. Polk. Men without confidence of the Administration, or even talent and without character have had the its just support. Both have had to confidence of the President, and been ad-complain, first of its neglect, and finally of vanced to stations of the highest dignity its enmityman enmity which has rankled and importance; whilst other men, endow towards them respectively just in propored with every quality which can exalt and tion to their real merits and their glorious dignify human nature, casually in the ser- services. General Taylor, to whose navice of the Government, have failed to tive dignity of character it does not belong secure his confidence or to meet with even to use the language of complaint, except common justice at his hands. In diplo- | for the gravest causes, has this significant macy, he intrusts a most delicate and closing paragraph forced from him in his

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