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BOSTON:

PUBLISHED BY BENJAMIN H. GREENE,

124 WASHINGTON STREET.

1850.

CAMBRIDGE:

METCALF AND COMPANY,

PRIXTERS TO THE UNIVERSITY.

No. I.

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56

BROWNSON'S

QUARTERLY REVIEW.

JANUARY, 1850.

Art. I.-Remarks on the Science of History; followed by an

a priori Autobiography. Boston: Crosby & Nichols. 1849. 12mo.

pp. 164.

This work appears without the author's name; but we presume we betray no confidence in saying that it is by a Unitarian minister, in whom, while he was pursuing his preparatory studies, we took a deep personal interest, and who was one of our most intimate and highly esteemed young friends. If we submit, in the course of the following remarks, some of its reasonings and speculations to a severe, this fact may assure the author that it is to no unfriendly, criticism.

The author inscribes his work to “Citoyen Pierre Leroux, Republican and Philosopher," and tells us that the materials requisite for its construction are to be found in the works of Jacob Boehme, Fabre d'Olivet, and P. J. B. Buchez; but this, though creditable to his independence and frankness, can hardly be regarded as a recommendation of his work itself. We have, it is true, never studied the writings of Jacob Boehme, but we have looked into them far enough to see that their author was a wild enthusiast, who ristook his own beated fancies for the illuminations of the Holy Ghost. Fabre d'Olivet we know only as cited by Leroux in his L'Humanité ; but we hazard nothing in classing him with those profound scholars who draw their erudition from their theories, and then support their theories by it. Buchez, best known to our public as the first President of the French National Assembly, appears to be a man of moderate abilities and respectable attainments, a half disciple of Lamennais, and a visionary, who would conform NEW SERIES. – VOL. IV. NO. I.

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