By J. Mortimer-Granyille, Bogue : 1880.
Tiie effort of collecting and storing information in readiness for future use is one on which to a great extent must depend the ultimate success of the professional and the business man alike. That the method best adapted to this end is not commonly appreciated is evident enough to all who are familiar with the A manual, therefore, that educational schemes in vogue. serves to enunciate rules for developing the powers of recollection possessed by the brain, must have a useful purpose. This Dr. Mortimer-Granville has essayed to achieve, and with a considerable degree of success. Having first described the meaning attached to memory, and sketched in outline the mechanism connected with its operations, he proceeds to consider the subject of " Taking in and storing ideas." The distinction between apprehending and learning is pointedly drawn, and the necessity of well-formed impressions rightly insisted on as a first essential to permanent retention of ideas by the memory. On the "ways of remembering" a most instructive chapter is written, and much assistance will be obtained from it by such persons as find a difficulty in bringing their powers of recollection to cope efficiently with the demands made upon them. The final section is a resume of directions and suggestions, and the whole work is a well-constructed guide to the acquisition of what is an essential attribute of every cultivated scholar. It is to be hoped Dr. Mortimer-Granville's little manual will meet with the success it so conspicuously deserves.