The United States Review
New York: August 1855


The Watchman. Published by H. Long & Brother.

  THIS is one of the novels of local life which have recently been so extensively published by all booksellers. In one man's hand they take the form of a series of unconnected papers strung together by a slight thread into the form of a story. Such was "Hot Corn." Here again it comes out under the abolition guise as "Uncle Tom's Cabin," and in another instance takes the name and form of "Lights and Shadows of New-York Life." All sell, the cheap and nasty as well as the excellent—not that we should be willing to class any of those three under either of the above heads. This book is framed to suit the same taste. It is a tale of New-York life. Not too brilliantly, although generally well-written, with plenty, if not too much incident, all of which terminates, as we believe, happily. What more need be said of it, save that its paper and typography are alike excellent?