The first proceeding under the New Patent Law Act, in England, was the application for a writ to examine a machine, used in the Bank of England, for lettering the pages of books. The applicant was J. Shaw, who made the application, he believing that the Bank of England was infringing his patent, and having requested an examination of the machine was refused. The order for inspection was granted by the Court. Literary Notices Speeches of T. F. Meagher-Published by Red- field ; Nassau street, New York.—Mr. Meagher, the Irish patriot whose escape from exile was hailed with such enthusiasm by his fellow countrymen, some time since, and who lately lectured on Australia at Metropolitan Hall, has now presented to the American reading public a neat volume of hi3 speeches in Ireland. They are arranged in eonseeu- tive order and enrich ed with notes and explanations from the pen of the eloquent orator himself. His title to this appellationno odq can gainsay, for even in reading, his speeches manifest extraordinary talent, and when united with the tone and gsstuie of one speaking evidently from the heart, their effect was undoubtedly omnipotent. Ireland has always been distinguished for her poets and orators, the character of the people -being' more iDCtned to the imaginative th an the really practical, and to some extent many of her misfortunes are attributable to this cause. The daring impetuous tenor of these speeches, and likewise their poetical flights ,vith so little of the calm dispassionate statesman in their composition, were exactly suited to the feelings of their isteners. Mr. Meagher was the orator, iHir excd/ence, of the Irish confederates. The Olive Branoh—This is a paper that we have been in the custom of taking to our fireside and reading at our leisure for several years It L'i cot tilled with lengthy love-sick profitless stories . like too many literary papers, but is well stored with in teresting and profitable reading, nearly every article ending with a good .moral or imparting some.useful hints to. some particular class of its readers. A new volume of l'he Olive Branch “ commences with the new year, therefore now is the 'Very “best time tC') subscribe for it Address Thos. E. Norris, publisher, Boston, Mass. Book of the World—No, 4: : Weik&“Wieck, Philadelphia.—An entertaining number with three capital engravings—a Highland scene in Scotland, and two coiored piu.tes to illustrate natural history. Tbe publisher keeps to his word, and fulfils all that he promises in hi.'i prospectus. This is an important point, for wo have known many worksbrought out iu numbers to be .sadly deficient in quality after the first two 01' three. Water Cure Journal—Vol.iv.No 6; Fowlt'r& Wells, New York . 1 ..-recent number of this Journal is fully equal to its predecessors, and contains a vast amount of readable matter; tt is also a very cheap periodical and ably edited. As the organ of the Hydropathic party, it itS not very indulgent to the o tber schools of medicine, at which it gives some hard pokes at times. '"Who shall decide when doctors disagree " Phrenlogioal Journal—Ditto—This is another serial by the same enterprizing publishers, who are fully deserving of all the success they meet. Chronology 01 the American Stage—This is a new book, by Francis C. Wemyss, of the Ameiican stage also, and published by Wm. Taylor&Co., 151 Nassau street, N. Y. It gives a short sketch of every actor and actress that have appeared on the American stage ; it is quite pithy in some of its remarks, and is very entertaining. MlNIFIB'a MROnANIOAL l)RAWING BOOK—No. 2 of this excellent work is for f.aie by Dewitt&Davenport, 156 Nassau street, this City. No young tnecha-- nie can find a shadow of an excuse for not purchasing this book. The Cavaliers of Francis—This is a very neat and thrill ing volume, by H. W. Herbert, 80 famous for such works, and published 'by Redfield, 130 Nassau st., this city: it contain-. the legend of Iiug-ues de Coucy ; the tale of JCusta,che de St. Pierre; the Fortunes of the Maid of Arc—the heroine of ro- manee ; and the heart-throbbing tale of Claud Hamilton, or the Massacre of St. Bartholomew.