This is a book that will have a permanent value as a traveling companion. It is written in a very plain and natural manner, and with good taste and feeling, giving, with regard to the places described, just those leading facts that the visitor desires to know.
Those which relate to Monte-Video—Huguenot Fort—the Charter Oak at Hartford—the Moravian settlements at Bethlehem and Nazareth—and the story from the Vale of Wyoming, were the most interesting to ourselves.
We extract a part of Huguenot Fort as a fair specimen of the book:
AT OXFORD, MASSACHUSETTS.
I stood upon a breezy hight, and marked The rural landscape's charms; fields thick with corn, And new-mown grass that bathed the ruthless scythe With a forgiving fragrance, even in death Blessing its enemies; and broad-armed trees Fruitful, or dense with shade or crystal streams That cheered their sedgy banks.
But at my feet Were vestiges that turned the thoughts away From all this summer beauty. Moss-clad stones That formed their fortress, that in earlier days Sought refuge here, from their own troubled clime, And from the madness of a tyrant king, Were strewed around.
Methinks, yon wreck stands forth Is rugged strength once more, and firmly guards From the red Indian's shaft, those sons of France, Of purple vintage, found but welcome cold