The following review of "Hammersmith; his Harvard Days," from the last number of the Yale Lit., in point of date is quite in accord with the spirit of that venerable periodical. In point of spirit it is exceedingly breezy and most extraordinary, and therefore worth quoting: "Having never seen nor (we confess it) heard of this book before, we picked it up with the reflection: 'The man that could perpetrate a story of five hundred pages about Harvard - or any other college for that matter - ought to be flayed. Conceited undergraduate, no doubt. Confound him!' 'God bless him!' we say now. He is a gentleman, and a very noble one, or he could not have written such a book as this. It is the best story of college life we have ever read - 'Tom Brown at Oxford' not excepted. A friend tells us that it does not fairly catch the spirit of the 'fast set' at Harvard. We presume it does not; but it has done better still - it has caught the spirit of true manliness, and will find an answering sympathy in more breasts than those of 'the fast set.' It is tender; it is joyous; it is beautiful; it is noble. Fresh from the reading of it, our heart still brimming over with laughter and with tears, our brain still teeming with - no! we will not believe them the creatures of imagination. Dear Tom! sweet Ellen! brave, great-hearted John Breese! life seems nobler from contact with you - we cannot write soberly of it. Here in this sanctum of sobriety, here in strait-faced, solemn 'Book Notices' we propose three rousing cheers for Tom Hammersmith! Three cheers more for Mark Sibley Severance, chronicler! Yes, and three more for 'Fair Harvard!' 'May they live long and prosper!'" Well done, Rip Van Winkle!
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