|Auburn, New York Northern Christian Advocate - April 3, 1850|
WHITE-JACKET; or, the World in a Man-of-War. By Herman Melville. New York: Harper & Brothers.The Northern Christian Advocate was edited from 1848 to 1856 by William Hosmer (1810-1889), as related in Elliot G. Storke's History of Cayuga County.
This work purports to be a narrative of the author's personal observations and adventures as a private sailor on board of a United States frigate. We know nothing of Mr. Mellville's personal history, and hence cannot say whether he was ever at sea or not. The "note" which prefaces the work, taken by itself, would lead us to say, the story is a fiction. But, however this may be, the writer has made a book that any one may read with profit. It is not always that we find so much good sense mingled with nautical phrases. Mr. Mellville is a fascinating writer. For sale by J. M. Alden.