|Boston Evening Transcript - Thursday, December 3, 1857|
MERCANTILE LIBRARY LECTURES. At the Tremont Temple, last evening, a large audience listened with evident satisfaction, to the description of the various sculptures of the Eternal City, by Herman Melville. The pleasant bookmaker proved himself as much at home in the lecture-room as in prosecuting his peculiar vocation, i.e., the weaving of sparkling fancies into a web of incident and fact—the result of extended observation and travel. The lecture contained many trenchant passages, similar to those which have made Mr. Melville’s works so highly prized by the large class whose literary appetite relishes only richly-flavored dishes. There was but one defect about the evening’s entertainment—the subject was too vast for an hour’s consideration; but enough was done, in the time allotted, to convince the auditory that the lecturer had a keen eye for the beautiful in art as well as in literature.Related melvilliana post:
Mr. Melville will be succeeded, on Wednesday evening next, By George W. Curtis, Esq.