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I should rather think it ought to be our | that God should have created all worlds by the l be the object of an invariable attachment great study to form a DUE ESTIMATE of the word of his power, as to account for their ex- | Such are my present sentiments, and I find contingencies of life. We should then proba- | istence by supposing that they sprung sponta- | that they are of no little use to mo." bly find the catalogue of essentials reduced to | neously from matter (before matter was creaa small number, generally attainable, and suf- ted), or were exploded one after another by
SOLITUDE. ficient to excite our gratitude, if we make the volcanick eruptions.* That our great Pacif. MILTON thought that “ solitude is some. best use of them.
ick Ocean was formed by the moon's having times the best society," and Cicero, indulging Moralists may consider it judicious so to
in one of those conceits, which he was fond of address and regulate our feelings, as to make me about as rational, as that the melting of the displaying, declared himself to be o punquam us sigh for « another and a better world." polar ice causes that wonderful phenomenon, minus solus quam cum solus." But the gen. The sacred writings inculcate this sentiment, the regular ebb and flowirg of the tides, and erality of the world, it is presumed, will pre. by presenting us the prospect of unspeakable I ingenuously confess that I do not believe a fer the candid confession of Balsai. « Que la
solitude est certainement une belle chose, joys hereafter-not by undervaluing present word of either.
d. This is certainly the best source of If the publick will bear with these oddities, mais il y a plaisir d'avoir quelqu'un, à qui on satisfaction, since we know ourselves mortal ; and my readers encourage me to write, by puisse dire de tcms en tems, que la solitude for were this world all we could wish, as to even making themselves merry with my old est une belle chose.” « Solitude is certainly ils enjoyments, the assurance of their speedy fashion, and singular opinions, I shall continue a fine thing ; but there is a pleasure in havine termination would become an evil, rising in to amuse or lecture, flatter or reproach them, as some one, whom one may tell, now and then. proportion to their yalue.
my several humours may happen to predomi- that solitude is a fine thing." This is said to be a state of probation ; it nate. may be presumed so, as much as to the manner
GENIUS-RELIGION. we receive what are really blessings, as to our
YAS EST ET AB JOSTE DOCERI.
It ought to humble the pride of Genius to fortitude and patience in sustaining adversity.
consider, that it is liable to fall into the greatThe maxim of Pope is certainly not sufficiently Far be it from me to intimate that tho sen est speculative absurdities. Genius, joined comprehensive to embrace the animating i timents I am about to extract are correct.
with extensive power, and a beneficent dispoprospects of the christian ; but, with respect But unjust censure not unfrequently has the sition can indeed scarcely fail to secure the to the disposition, with which we ought to pass effect of stimulating to higher degrees of ex
happiness, the esteem, and the affection of through life, I cannot but think with him,
cellence. The best refutation the ladies can mankind. Rectitude of conduct in publick “ To enjoy is to obey."
furnish, of the slanders which have been utter life, depends much more upon a quick and
ed against them, by some elegant but profli. almost intuitive discernment of propriety, than THE WRITER, No. II.
gate men, is the unblemished tenour of their upon long and complex trains of reasoning ;
deportment. The author of the following re- | but, in the closet, the man of Genius appears Is my first number I gave some account of | marks pretended to be well acquainted with | in a great measure to lose his pre-eminence. my birth and character ; in the present I shall | the sex, and to have formed his opinion from
Human nature is so unequal to the investimake the publick acquainted with my opinions
experience and observation. The impudence | gation of truth, that a mind of the highest and manner of thinking. My readers will then I of such men grows out of that imprudept can- | powers, wbich ventures to confide in its own perceive whether what I said of myself in the dour with which they are too often treated by superiority, is quickly lost in a labyrinth of beginning will apply to me or not, viz. that I the objects of their shallow contempt. Men | perplexity and crror. am an odd sort of a fellow.
of this turn of mind are easily known-instead Truth is to be attained, as far as it is attainThat my opinions are odd, very odd indeed of attempting to avert their slander, by capti- | able by so weak and imperfect a being as man, will readily be granted by all the fashionable, vating them, a lady of sense will teach them by patient, laborious, and attentive considera
by patient. lab polite, and genteel part of įhis metropolis, when respect by reserve or dignified scorn. Lord I tion : bv
tion ; by divesting ourselves of passion and I tell them I am obstinate in maintaining that Lyttleton, the younger, boasted that he never prejudices by commencing our inquiries with honesty is a greater moral virtue, than riches, met with but one lady who made him feel doubt and diffidence, and by extending a candid and consequently that virtuous poverty ought
and equal regard to the arguments on every in a christian country to receive more counte sipation was scarcely restricted by the com side, and weighing them in the balance of nance and complacency, than splendid vice ; mon restraints of decorum. Ladies, hear the strict and impartial justice. The 'man of that no man is honest who contracts debts by language of such men ; let it touch your pride Genius is frequently deficient in almost all much above his income, as not to be and influence your conduct.
these essential requisites for the discovery of able to pay them ; that there is more merit in « Nature had undoubtedly very wise ends in moral truth. Full of ardour and enthusiasm, feeding by secret charity the poor, than in rendering that beautiful creature so very, im- and clate with the conscionsness of superiour feasting ostentatiously the rich ; that modesty perfect, and so deficient i
perfect, and so deficient in all but personal ac-talents, he thinks it superfluous to devote that is the prettiest ornament to a female face, and complishments. Had the charms of the femalo portion of ime
portion of time and patience to the investigain the end will always have more admirers, of mind borne any proporcion to those of the fe- tion of truth, which its nature indispensably taste and sentiment, than forward imperti. male forin, that idol alone would have engrosso requires. He forms his opinions with precipnence, or the haughty assuming airs of a fashionable beauty ; that not only modesty but ation would have passed unnoticed. But na- engaged to vindicate and support them. As even learning is an accomplishment in a lady, ture, willing to be admired through the variety his feelings are strong, and the faculty of asand Cowper, Milton, and Cicero better authors
sociation vigorous and powerful, his first opinto improve a female mind, than Tom Jones, that might dispose us to turn from it, and after ions, originally formed on very slight grounds, Roderick Random, or the Mysteries of Udola
a short alteption, to seek for new objects. soon degenerate into inveterate prejudices;
« Thus, in the vegetable creation, many and in this state of mind he treats with conI believe also, contrary to the belief of most flowers that are adorned with the finest' and
tempt or indignation all arguments, but sucii of my gay neighbours, that there is more good most glaring colours, are either totally desti-as have a tendency to confirm hiin in errour ;
church, than in a l tute of perfume, or are in some measure disa- , and his superiority of Genius only serves, by play house, and that, in point of morals and the greeable. We admire their beauty, and pass supplying him with endless fallacies, to improvement of religious affections, more is to from them to be relieved by the fragrance of plunge him deeper and deeper into the abyssbe gained by attending divine service, than others.
es of absurdity and extravagance. This is a seeing the representation of any dramatick
“ Nature is perfectly wise in all her dispen.
point long ago determined by a judge, whose performance whatever, „all the fine arguments sacions, and it is our best wisdom to contorm knowledge of human nature I suppose no one which have been adduced to the contrary to her apparent purposes. Had she intended will venture to call in question. notwithstanding
woman to be the sole object of man's aiten. | These are a few of what, when I am dispcs- tion, she would have given her qualitics, of “None are so surely caught when they are catch'd ed to be humourous, I call my moral eccentri. Il power enough to fix his constant regard., But As wit turn'fool ; folly, in wisdoin hatch'd, citics. I have also some physical, oves, for I from this, she seems to have had views entire. | Hath wisdom's warrant, and the help of school. always eat when I am bug and drink it I ly different. She has given so much lovily | And wit's own grace, tu grace a learned fool." thirst, and never look at the town clock to and vanity, so much fickleness and inconsiste
Love's Ludour Lost: know if I have an appetite, nor wait for the ency, such a wandering head and such a trilling bells ringing to judge of a proper time to spirit, to the female character, that she cer
I have always, however, thought a aan of break my fasts.
tainly never meant so variable a creature to
feature to Genius, entangled in absurdity, an object of I have also some strange notions respecting
compassion, rather than of ridicule. To exult the natural world, believing it full as rational
• See Darwin and others.
over an antagonist of this description, is to tri.
Those leaves, alas, no more would close ;
Relax'd, exhausted, sickening, pale ; They left her to a parent's woes,
And Aed before the rising gale. WALLIR
NO radiant pearl, which crested fortune wears No gem that twinkling hangs from beauty's ears, Not the bright stars which night's blue arch adorn, Nor rising suns that gild the vernal morn, · Shine with such lustre as the tear that flows Down virtue's manly cheek for others' woes.
DARWIS " Beauty's cass, "-" That's a vile phrase.”
umph over the weakness of human nature. ! "On doit,” says the Marquis de Mirabeau, very generously, “une indulgence presqu’illimitée aux grands hommes quand ils ont evidemment tort."
It is a prevailing opinion, and I think it is an opinion founded on fact, that melancholy is a very frequent attendant on genius. How is this to be accounted for ? Enthusiasm, or ardour of mind, is certainly a striking characteristick of genius : but this is a quality apparently incompatible with melancholy, which deprives the mind of every degree of force and vigour, and leaves it without any proper stimulus to action. The difficully may perhaps be solved by supposing that enthusiasm is natural to genius, and melancholy only an accidental and adventitious quality. None are so liable to disappointments in the world as men of genius, and melancholy is the natural consequence of disappointment. Their feel. ings, too refined for their own happiness, are wounded by neglect ; sometimes, perhaps, by insult. Their taste for beauty and order, is shocked by the scenes of folly, vice, and mise. ry, perpetually presented to their view ; the common concerns of life appear to them flat, insipid, and uninteresting. They first grow weary of the world, and then of themselves. The best remedy for this disease of the mind is religion ; I mean that religion which is founded on reason and on truth, and which inspires a firm belief in the existence of an infi. nitely powerful, wise, and beneficent Being ; and a full persuasion, that the present system of things is, in all its parts, consistent with the natural and moral perfections of its divine author ; and that the course of events is tend. ing to a happy and glorious consummation. This religion, sublimed by faith, and invigorated by hope, exacts from us, first, the deepest reverence and gratitude to 'God, and next, unbounded love and benevolence to mankind. It informs us, that the great 'object of life ought to be the advancement of human happi. ness-A truly noble and animating principle of action in itself ; but how much more so, when we have ground to believe, that no effort directed to this end shall be finally lost. No effort wholly lost, perhaps, with respect to others ; and as to ourselves, we have a divine assurance, that even a cup of cold water, givon in the true spirit of Christian benevolence, shall not fail to meet with its reward.
SONNET. AŞ. some fair flower in a foreign soil
Shuns the embraces of a noon-tide breeze, Till the slow gardener's persevering toil
Recals those fragrant charms again to please. So does pale sorrow prey upon the mind
Insensible to comfort's genial smile ; Mocks resignation though by heaven design'd
"Of grief the war-worn bosom to beguile. But soon the voice of friendship cheers the gloom
And long-lost reason reassumes her reign ; The faded cheek regains its native bloom, "And happiness no longer pleads in vain. Thus Time all-powerful heals the wounded breast And lulls the sorrows of the soul to rest. Awon.
SELECTED. THE TULIP AND THE MYRTLE. 'Twas on the border of a stream
A gaily-painted Tulip stood, And gilded by the morning beam,
Surveyed her beauties in the flood. And sure, more lovely to behold,
Might nothing meet the wistful eye,
In streaks of fairest symmetry.
Ah me! that pride with beauty dwells !
And thus in empty fancy swells. “O lustre of unrivalled bloom !
“ Fair painting of a band divine ! “ Superiour far to mortal bloom,
« The hues of Heaven alone are mine! “ Away, ye worthless, formless race !
o formlese race! . “Ye weeds that boast the name of flowers ! “ No more my native bed disgrace,
“Unmeet for tribes so mean as yours ! “ Shall the bright daughter of the sun,
“ Associate with the shrubs of earth ? “ Ye slaves, your sovereign's presence shun!
“ Respect her beauties and her birth.' “ And thou, dull, sullen ever-green !
“Shalt thou my shining sphere invade ? “ My noon-day beauties beam unseen,
“ Obscured beneath thy dusky shade! “ Deluded fower !” the Myrtle cries,
“Shall we thy moment's bloom adore ? “ The meanest shrub that you despise,
“ The meanest flower has merit more “ That daisy, in its simple bloom,
“ Shall last along the changing year ; « Blush on the snow of Winter's gloom,
“ And bid the smiling Spring appear. « The violet, that, those banks beneath,
“ Hides from thy scorn its modest head,
“ When thou art in thy dusty bed. “ Ev'n I, who boast no golden shade,
“ Am of no shining tints possessid, • When low thy lucid form is laid,
“Shall bloom on many a lovely breast. “ And he, whose kind and fostering care
* To thee, to me, our beings gave, u Shall near his breast my flowrets wear,
“ And walk regardless o'er thy grave. “ Deluded flower ! the friendly screen
" That hides thee from the noon-tide ray, " And mocks thy passion to be seen,
« Prolongs thy transitory day. “ But kindly deeds with scorn repaid,
“ No more by virtue need be done ; “ I now withdraw my dusky shade,
“ And yield thee to thy darling Sun. Fierce on the flower the scorching beam
With all its weight of glory fell ; The flower exulting caught the gleam,
And lent its leaves a bolder swell. Expanded by the searching firos
The curling leaves the breast disclos'd ; The mantling bloom was painted higher,
And ev'ry latent charm expos'd. But when the Sun was sliding low,
And ev’ning came, with dews so cold, The wanton beauty ceas'd to blow,
And sought her bending leaves to fold.
A SHORT STORY.
Some time ago,
'Twas wise, for Jack was poor ; and what bespoke it
A Doctor's wife hard by,
Who much delighted in his company, For Jack to please the ladies had the skill, .. Began to think him ill; So sent her servant Thomas to assure bim That if by fell disease he was assaild, And would but freely tell her what he ail'd, She'd got some draughts that very soon sbould cute
him. The message hearing, thus replied young DashFriend Tom, then tell your mistress I will thank ber,
As my disorder's only-want of cash,
SPENCER'S FAIRY QUEEN. WHEN Sir Philip Sidney had read a few stanzas of Spencer's Fairy Queen, which was sent him by the author, he was so transported by the poem, that he turned to his steward, and ordered him to give the person who brought it, fifty pounds ; but upon reading the next stanza he ordered the money to be doubled ; and upon reading another stanza, he increased his bounty to two hundred pounds-saying to his steward" prithee be expeditious, or I shall give him my whole estate.”
" This house to let-Inquire next door." Thus 'read Bannister to Wilson, on the front of a dwelling, which had been apparently unoccupied for some years. " I'll make some inquiry about it,” said Charles. « Will you be so kind as to inform me, wir, what is the annual rent of that empty house ?”_" Fifty pounds, besides the taxes.”_" Will you let any thing with it ?" No, why do you as ?" “ Because if you let it alone, it will tumble down."
MATRIMONY-AN EXTRACT. 1 Tou prais'd his friend, who chang'd bis state, | For binding fast himself and Kate
In union so divine ; 1 " Wedlock's the end of life” he cried ; “ Too true, indeed !” said Jack, and sigh'd,
“ Twill be the end of mine."
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| DESTRUCTION OF LIFE BY THE WAR. , deep and able in all their other plans, could
not be so consummately shallow in this, as to FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR.
have expected the reduction of Canada, by can vouch, from a remote part of the District
such a process as they have pursued. They The Legislature of Massachusetts is again of Maine, bas informed the Editor, that, in his
could not have wished it. And why not? assembled, and in this body, though much al. vicinity, sixteen persons enlisted for the con
Because the local situation of Canada is such, tered for the better, will be recognized the quest of Canada. A letter was lately received
that an acquisition of territory in that quarter, face of many of those sturdy approvers of from one of the sixteen, stating that he was
would probably, in the event, rather weaken commercial restrictions, and war, who have the only survivor of the number, and he was
than strengthen their political influence. done all in their power to bring our devoted severely wounded. We know not why this i
But, if we turn our attention to another country to its present degraded and forlorn | may not be considered a scale from which we
quarter, we shall sce the same policy which situation! What must now be the reflections may infer the fate of the early enlistments,
rendered Canada indifferent, or not desirable, of such men ! They did not expect that the generally. What a subject for reflection !
strongly illustrated, by a very different conarın of the Almighty would be stretched out with all this sacrifice of life, not a foot of
duct. Under pretexts, which it has scarcely against the imperial dictator, their support and conquered territory ; but defeats and disgra
been thought worth while to state to the pub. their confidence ! Will they pretend to apol ces, enough to fill volumes.
lick, the Indian countries on the back parts of ogize to an indignant people, by confessing
South-Carolina and Georgia are invaded. A 6s in whom they put their trust," and their cru
PEACE NO SECURITY.
sanguinary war against the Aboriginals, the el disappointment at his fall ? The honest and inquiring have never mis.
I av well aware that, in spite of all the ef. | yet acknowledged owners of the soil, has been | forts which have been adopted to make the
prosecuted with vigour and effect. No terms taken the nature of American democracy. It
war with England popular, by seizing on every of accommodation are admitted, and their towas the foster child of the French revolution. It received its poisonous aliment across the
means of irritation, and inflating our national | tal extirpation is announced as almost com Atlantick ; it assumed the appearance of force
vanity, it has been considered so great a ca- / pleted. Here will be vast tracts open for a and vigour ; but for its seemingly firm step,
lamity, that the publick mind is ready to hail | new population ; and population here will give
the return of peace, as about to bring with it a certain increase of strength to the southern it depended on its monstrous parent. It could
the end of all our political evils. Peace cer- | section. War has already driven thousands never stand alone. Now the parent has faltainly is desirable ; it will seem a great re
and thousands from New-England and the len ; and we shall see a hopeless stare of mis
1 lief; and it is with reluctance I would offer a middle states to Kentucky and Tenessee. trust. To drop the metaphor-our democrats
The lands of our butchered “ red brethren" humble suggestion to damp the joy, which have ever boasted, that they were governed by such a prospect affords. Yet a moment's re
will be offered cheap to the impoverished emthe purest principles of patriotism. Why are flection must convince any one, that a war
igrant from the East. He will be glad to fly they cast down by the triumphs of a cause, in with Great-Britain was not the ultimate object
from a country, which subsists by commerce ; which all the nations of Europe rejoice? Why
of our rulers. There is a radical policy by
| by a commerce, which must, hereafter, be comdo they mourn, when France herself begins which they are actuated, which merely seized
paratively very limited ; and yet be loaded, for to exult in her liberation ? Because the world has never received such that opportunity of working popular prejudices ages to come, with the debes which are now and passions up to the war pitch, for the sake,
accumulating. :'htis, though democracy is. a lesson of instruction as the recent history of
and as a means of acquiring power. Though becoming defunct in this section of the Union. France has afforded. The lesson is now com
this war-scheme has availed them much, as an | that part of the country which pow rules the plete ; an experiment is finished, which we
I expedient, it is by no means the only one on whole, will gain more political weight by this must suppose cannot soon be forgotten. We
| which they have relied.
ed. Other engines. of artificial, forced population, than it will lose
Other engines, of have seen levellers and demagogucs strike at
various kinds, are at work ; and if we, in this by the increasing unanimity of New England. the first principles of government. We have
part of the Union, look no further than the seen a nation involved in all the horrors of
war, and we confess its real cause seems yet LETTER OF LOUIS XVIII. anarchy. From anarchy we have seen to arise the most unrelenting despotism. We have to be but imperfectly understood, we may find
IN THE ORIGINAL FRENCH. .. ourselves in the full enjoyment of tranquillity, witnessed the progress of despotism ; a na
Dr. Park, It may gratify some of your tion proud of their chains, with no remaining as to our foreign relations, and yet the veriest
readers to see a copy of the original letter domestick slaves in the world. ambition but to make all mankind as wretched
I know it is an ungracious task to preach
transmitted by Louis XVIII. to Charles IV., as themselves. We have seen the end of
king of Spain, on occasion of the latter sendaların ; that the publick naturally hug their these things, and thank heaven that the scene repose, and are little apt to thank him
ing Bonaparte the insignia that had been pre.
who is closed so soon. What can our unfledged
viously sent to Louis, and which this noble predicts danger, or recommends active vigi. tyrants now expect? France no longer daz.
emigrant disdained to retain in company with zles : she can no longer enslave nations, nor lance against impending evil. Yet, in the full
the usurper of his throne. encourage those who would. Our rulers and
belief that the enemy is busy-that by peace,
« Calmar, ce 3 Aout, 1805. their minions are now left to manage us by
I us, little is accomplished towards our local se. " M. mon frère et mon cousin, the sole instrumentality of our own wicked curity, silence would be criminal.
" C'est avec regret que je renvoye à votre passions, and that 100 with an awful warning
The grand object of those who now rule us, majesté insignia de ” ordre de la toison before us. It is no wonder, then, that demo
I repeat it, is party power. War was but an
lor, que j'avais reçu da roi, votre père, de crats look aghast, or that the countenances of accessary consideration. Defeat, in this one
glorieuse mémoire. Il ne peut y avoir rien de good men brighten. You, federalists, who project, is no defeat of the main purpose ;
commun entre moi et le grand criminel, que have stood firmly attached to your country's good, in despite of all the lures of corruption
and we shall soon see that the dominant fac. sa propre audace, aidée de sa fortune, a mistion are as prolifick in means, as they are aban
sur mon trône. Un trône, qu'il a taché avec and apostacy, you now have the reward of doned in principle.
le sang pur d' un* Bourbon ! La religion your patriotism and perseverance. You can
Can any man seriously suppose our govern
peut me disposer à pardonner un assassin, hold up your heads; while your revilers are covered with confusion. Their predictions
ment have sincerely intended the conquest of mais 13 faut que te tyranne mes peuples colt Canada, and exerted themselves to the utmost
toujours être mon enpemi. are proved false their hopes are blastedto effect it? The history of the manner, in
Dans notre situation présente il est plus their confidence is gone. The faction, which enlisted themselves as the allies of Bonaparte,
which the pretended invasion has been con- glorieux de meriter un sceptre que de régner.
I ducted, is positive proof to the contrary. (Dien,dans ses ordonnances impenetrables,m'a, have survived the power of their principal ;
Handfulls of men have been sent to the fron. | peut-étre, condamné à finir mes jours an but standing ALONE, in a regenerated world,
| tier, in succession, to skirmish, to be slain, or éxile ; mais ni la postérité ni l'âge present they cannot survive it long. | to perish. Men who have shewn themselves
* Duc d'Enghein.
ne pouvront jamais dire que je me suis ren oh, say, shall Glory's partial hand
olent feelings to be brought into exercise. du moi-même indigne d'être, placé et de
Withhold the meed to Pity due,
How do they succeed ? asked a stranger. “ Not
- When plaintive Sorrow's grateful band mourir sur le trône de mes ancêtres.
well," replied a citizen; “they cannot get even For wreaths to deck their patrons sue! (Signé) · LOUIS.” |
a boy to break a window for them, for love or A tear-enameli'd chaplet weave
Round BOWDOIR's venerated urn, GENERAL REGISTER.
Such is the happy situation of Boston. We Where all the patriot virtues grieve,
are aware, however, there are not wanting And votive lamps of Science burn ;
those abroad, who affect to deplore these gen. BOSTON, SATURDAY, MAY 28, 1814.
Sweet Charity on RUSSELL's tomb,
tle fruits of forbearance, and mutual charity, A shower of vernal flow'rets throws ;And bays of fadeless verdure bloom,
as the apathy of infidelity. Let them visit our EUROPEAN. Within the present week, O'er classick MINOT's calm repose.
churches, and judge, so far as man is authowe have received a full confirmation of all
rized to judge of the heart of man, whether our recent good news from France, by the ar Religion lights her hallow'd fire,
infidelity fills the temples of God, Let them rival of the Regent, at New York, from Nantz,
Where pious STILLMAN's relicks rest ;
search the scriptures; they will there find one day later than former accounts.
New-England's worthies grace the pyre,
abundant authority to suggest a more favoura• brings no additional intelligence.
Whence B&LKNAP soar'd, for ever blest!
ble construction. DOMESTICK. A Quorum of both branch
While pondering o'er the roll of death?
The whole christian dispensation was per. eş of the Legislature of this state assembled Afresh her keenest sorrows rise,
fectly adapted to the nature of man, for whose on Wednesday last. . A joint committee wait
With EMERson's departed breath!.. benefit it was communicated. Thus, as the ed upon his Excellency the Governour, who
divine founder of the system gave instructions, with the Legislature attended divine service
Ah! heaven again demands its own,
personally, to the first converts, a perfect upain 'the Old South meeting house, in the after.
Another fatal shaft is sped,
nimity was demanded, for it was practicable ;
And Genius, Friendship, Learning, mourn noon. An excellent sermon on the occasion,
Their BUCKMINSTER among the dead !
but the apostolic teachers did not aspire to the was delivered by President APPLETOX, of To Elior's tomb, ye Muses bring,
authority of their master. They reasonedBrunswick College. Above two thirds of the
Fresh roses from the breathing wild,
they could not demonstrate. There will be, Senate and more than 'three fourths of the
Wet with the tears of dewy Spring,
there must be, shades of variety in the deducHouse are federal.
For he was Virtue's gentlest child !
tions of human reason. They were convinced On Thursday, the joint committee, appoint
of this they governed themselves accordingly,
Ye sainted Spirits of the just, ed for the purpose, examined the votes for
Departed friends we raise our eyes, ;
and charity became then the first injunction of Governour and Lieutenant Governour. Whole
From humble scenes of mould'ring dust,
Where Faith and Hope, their trials past,
· THE WRITER, No. III. sermon), was delivered before the convention
And Charitr's blest reign shall last,
As I am a man of leisure myself, and find a
While heaven's eternal courts endure. of Clergy. Sermon by the Rev. President
great many of my acquaintance and townsmen Appleton. Collection 580 dollars.
who appear to have equally nothing to do, I In the evening a concert of Sacred Musick,
commonly join these my fellow labourers, and by the Park Street Singing Society, and an LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS. whether they lounge about the Exchange Address by the Reverend Mr. Everett. The
foor, or reel round the principal corners in
FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR. object, a donation to the Boston Asylum for
Cornhill, am seen among them in these their Indigent Boys.
usual places of employ. When the general Yesterday at 11 o'clock A. M. an Address
court is in session, we have more business in was delivered at the meeting house, in Ghaun
I trust that many good things may be just
things may be just | hand, and very industriously crowd the lobbies cey Place, before the Massachusetts Society ly said of the good town of Boston ; but I
that we may bear testimony to the spirit and for the suppression of Intemperance, by the know of nothing more honourable to the char |
eloquence of this representative body. Thus Reverend President Kirkland. acter of its inhabitants, no stronger evidence
| it may be said that we have promoted laziness In the afternoon, an Address before the that they are an enlightened,liberal people,and,
to a scicnce, and, by a sort of community of Massachusetts Charitable Fire Society, by B. what is a higher encomium, attached to the
| interests, a mutual support of each other's Whitwell, esq.
true spirit of Christianity, than that candour burdens, and that countenance and confidence
which prevails among all religious sectaries. I which number gives to each individual, we The following Hymn and Ode for the Annihave ever enjoyed a pleasure in the reflection
have nearly cleared ourselves of that disgrace versary of the Massachusetts Charitable Soci. that, to an observing stranger, the Sabbath, in
which, in notable times, used to attach to habety were composed by John Lathrop, jun.esq.
this town, must make an impression of philo its of idleness. But here I wish it to be dissophick complacency. On this sacred day, il
tinctly understood, that although I join in the HYMN.
is a prevailing habit among all classes of peo | daily employment of this fraternity of gentle. ETERNAL GOD, accept our song, ple to attend divine service. At a particular
| men, I solemnly protest that I am never with To thee our grateful lays belong ;
hour, the streets, from the most perfect still. Yet what can feeble mortals bring,
them when they assemble round the gaming ness, are immediately crowded with the inhabMeet offerings to Creation's King !
table at night. This they say is one of my itants. Congregationalists, Episcopalians, BapWith humble confidence we bend,
oddities, and so it passes off ; and I am receir. tists, Methodists, Roman Catholicks, and yariBefore thy throne, our Sire and Friend,
ed amongst them in the morning with as ous other denominations, flock at once to their With Angels and Arch-Angels raise
much good humour, as though I had wasted The universal hymn of praise. favourite place of worship. The diguity and
the whole night in winning their money. When tempests rage, and foes assail, solemnity of the object seem to be impressed
This manner of passing our time is certainWhen fell Disease and Death prevail, on every countenance. But while crowds are
ly very amusing to us, but whether it affords In Desolation's darksome hour,
pressing in different directions, bringing to
nging to any pleasure to the active part of the commuWe own thy justice and thy power.
mind not only that they are of different tastes nity, is another question : it is very pleasain to But, soon thy mercy's cheering ray, but of different tenets, there is, among all, a
see what is passing in the streets, and to make Dispels the gloom, restores the day,
respectful deportment, which seems to say, l our remarks on the character, dress, or gait of And joyful tribes ia sweet accord,
"We are going to adore the SAME CREATOR l the passengers : but it may not be equally Proclaim the goodness of the Lord.
Lour work is holy-pass in peace.” Then, mortals, with united voice,
agreeable to a stranger who visits the town, or Several attempts have been made to introIn your protecting God rejoice,
to ladies who daily frequent the shops on duce a spirit of persecution and intolerance Angelick choirs shall join the song,
their necessary concerns to support the steady And heaven and Earth the notes prolong:
into this happy metropolis ; but the catholi- stare of an idle group who are always at their
cism of the people prevails over every such | posts. It is true that, amongst our fraternity, ODE
cabal. Sectarians who are disposed to it, can it is the general opinion that, with respect to
neither persecute nor excite persecution. A WRITTEN FOR THE TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE
the ladies, there is many a pretty female who society was once instituted here, whose avow | Aaunts along these frequented walks on purMASSACHUSETTS CHARITABLE FIRE SOCIETY.
ed expectation was to make a noise, and pro- | pose 6 to be seen of men.” Dedicated to the memory of the deceased Patrons of the Insti
I declare, hower. tucion. voke those uncharitable remarks, of which
1ks, of which er, that I never gave any heed to the scandal, IF on the haughty warrior's brow they themselves were so liberal. But their
but on the contrary have used many good aro Is plac'd the crown of deathless fame right to their opinion was so cheerfully recog
| guments to prove the accusation false ; and And Earth's applauding Lords bestow
| nized, their purpose failed for want of malcv- I have often plead the propriety of retiring Their proudest titles on his name ;
from these haunts and to sacrifice the pleasure the native country of Alexander so like the censured or absolycd. He sustains his own we enjoy, rather than give pain to others. But birth-place of Henry the Fifth. “ There is a good opinion, perhaps, by the hope that he I am sorry to say, that instead of convincing / river in Macedon, and there is also moreover a | shall be able to discover his true sentiments these gentlemen that they are wrong, I only l river at Monmouth."
when he has attained his object. But if he convince them that I am an odd fellow, and It has been remarked as a singular fact, ! suffers shipwreck before he gains the haven, bave strange. notions. I am however deter- that the map which Mr. Pope composed, mere- | if he is banished, when, like Brutus, he counmined to withdraw from these lounging resorts | ly from the perusal of the Iliad, is no bad rep- | terfeits the madman, vainly would he attempt myself. and hereby promise, if the ladies will resentation of the plain of the Mendere. It to explain what were his intentions and his read my papers, I will stare at them no more. I would be singular if it was a fact, but it is | hopes. Actions are always more prominent
not. The fact is, that Mr. Pope's picture (for than commentaries, and what is said upon HOMER'S GEOGRAPHY.
it is not a map) bears not the least resemblance the theatre is never effaced by what is written It has been shewn, I believe, that the an. to the spot in question.
in retirement. What they can be a greater cient topographers looked for the scene of the Hobhouse's Journey through Albania, &c. / calamity, than to have acquired a reputation Iliad on the shores of the Straits ; and that
which our true character contradicts ! the present state of the country corresponds
The man who views himself in the same sufficiently with their accounts, to enable us The pains which are connected with the light which publick opinion has sanctioned, pot only to understand, but to form a judgment pursuit of ambition begin with its first steps, who preserves in his own breast all the digniof the accuracy of their conclusions concern- and the term to which it leads affords more fied sentiments which accuse his conduct, ing the city of Priam and the plain of Troy. unmixed enjoyment, than the path which you who can hardly suppress his real character in Whether the fable of the poet was founded on must traverse. If a man of narrow under- the intoxication of success, must be placed ir fact, or was altogether fiction, (a point wbich standing endeavours to attain an elevated sta- | the most painful situation in the moment of it has been my wish entirely to leave out of this tion, can there be conceived a more painful calamity. It is from an intimate acquaintance inquiry,) I see no necessity for allowing, with situation, than that which arises from the in- with the traces which ambition leaves in the Mr. Blackwell, that Homer, although he may cessant hints which interest gives to self-love ? | heart after it experiences reverse, and the im. have been acquainted with Phrygia, had a per- In the ordinary scenes of life, we impose upon possibility of fixing its prosperity, that we are sonal knowledge of the precise site of his war, ourselves as to the degree of our own merit : enabled to judge of the extent of the horror or had fixed upon any distinct spot for the but an active principle discovers to the ambi- which it must inspire. scene of his action. It is true indeed that antious man the extent of his talents, and his We have only to open the book of history, inimitable air of truth is to be found in his de passion opens his eyes to his own defects, not to discover the difficulty of preserving the scription ; that he is simple, distinct, and every as reason to deter from the attempt, but in success which ambition attains. The majority where consistent with himself ; but this is a l the shape of desire, fearful of its success. of private interests is hostile to its permaportion of his art, this is the characteristick of Then he is employed chiefly in deceiving oth-nence. Men join in demanding a new lottery, his genius ; it is an excellence less likely per ers, and in order to succeed in this object, be as they are dissatisfied with the tickets which haps to be found in a painter of real scenery, must never lose sight of himself. To forget, they have drawn. The ambitious man is opthan in one who trusts' altogether to his in- for a moment, the part which it is necessary | posed by the irresistible propensity of the vention, and is not incumbered with the to support, would be fatal : he must arrange publick to judge and to create anew, to bear adjustment of actual localities ; and the pool with skill the knowledge he possesses, and di-down a name too often repeated, to experi. et is equally minute, particular, and, it may gest his thoughts with art, that every thing ence the agitation of new scenes and new be almost said, credible, in his detail, when which he says may be considered, only as events. In a word, the multitude, composed be conducts his delighted guests into the hinting. what his discretion conceals. He of obscure men, desire to see, from time to coral groves of the ocean, or the silver pala- | must employ able agents to second his views, i time, the value of private stations raised by ces of Olympus. It is hardly necessary to add, without betraying his defects, and attach him- the example of signal falls, and lend an acthat he cannot be affected by any of the diffi-| self to superiors, full of ignorance and vanity, tive force to the abstract arguments which exculties attendant upon the examination of the whose judgment may be blinded by praise. / tol the peaceful advantages of ordinary life. question, and that there is no confusion in the He onght to impose upon those who are de
e. Putronc38 Start on the Passions. descriptions of the Iliad, except when they are pendent upon him by the reserve which he compared with the topograghy of the Troad. | maintains ; and deceive, by his pretension to
1 The pain which is felt when we are first The author of the Inquiry into the Life and talent, those from whom he hopes for assist
transplanted from our native soil, when the Writings of Homer, talking of Demetrius's ance. In a word, he must constantly avoid ev.
living branch is cut froin the parent trec-is commentary, says, “ there he ascertained the ery trial to which his true value might be as
one of the most poignant which we have to real places of Homer's descriptions, and poin- certained. Thus, harassed like a criminal
endure through life. There are after griefs ted out the scenes of the remarkable actions. who dreads the discovery of his guilt, he
which wound more deeply, which leave behind He shewed where the Greeks bad drawn up knows that a penetrating mind can detect the
them scars never to be effaced, which bruise their ships ;, where Achilles encamped with starched ignorance, in the reserve of gravity, the s
the spirit and sometimes break the heart : but his Myrmidons ; where Hector drew up the and discover, in the enthusiasm of flattery,
never, never so keenly do we feel the want of Trojans; and from what country came the the affected animation of a frigid heart. The
e love, the necessity of being loved, and the auxiliaries.” It is astonishing with what bold- efforts of an ambitious man are constantly em
sense of utter desertion, as when we first ness these things are said, and with what fa- ployed to display and to preserve the laboured I leave the haven of home, and are, as it were. cility they are admitted. If any judgment is manner of superior talent. He at once expe.
pushed off upon the stream of life. to be formed of Demetrius's whole work, from riences the uneasiness which arises from the
Southey's Life of Nelson, the allusions to, and extracts from it in Surabo, trouble he must undergo, and from the conhe destroyed rather than established the re sciousoess of his own humiliation. In order
HABIT. ceived opinions upon the subject, and as for to attain his object, therefore, bis attention the particular points abovementioned, we have must constantly be turned to the recollection
An action to become habitual is at first atno hint that he touched upon them at all. of his own contracted abilities.
tended with a low degree of pleasure, and ofThose who have seen the plains near cape If you suppose, on the contrary, that the ten even with a sensation of considerable pain. Janissary, or even have looked at the map of ambitious man possesses a superior genius, an
| Taking snuff, smoking tobacco, and drinking the country, may with Homer before them, be energetick soul, his passion demands success. ferimented or distilled liquors, are not origiable to find obicctions to the supposed site of He must repress, he must curb every feeling | nally pleasing. Men are influenced to begin the war, which have escaped Mr. Bryant, and which could raise any obstacle to bis desire. such habits by some other motive than the Other inquiries, but they may, perhaps, be in. He must not even be deterred by the wounds | gratification of the senses, such as regard to clined to think, that if the Greeks of Phrygia of remorse, which attend the performance of
health, the love of company, emulation, and were wrong in their conjectures, no such dis actions at which conscience revolts ; but the
the like. covery will ever be made of the true positions, | constraint which present circuinstances re. The speediest and surest method of acquiras shall be allowed on all hands to be unobjec- quire, is a source of real pain. The dictates / ing a habit, is by the repetition of the action at tionable. The present plain of the Mendere of our own sentiments cannot be outraged
regular and moderate intervals. A rapid suctowards cape Janissary is certainly the plain of with impunity. He whose ambition prompts
cession in a very short time, or a very slow Troy of those Grceks; but the only l'esem. I him to support in the tribune an opinion which I succession through a considerable length of blance which a threc weeks residence on the his pride disdains, which bis humanity con- | tiine, or an irregular succession of actions in spot, with the poet in my hand, enabled me to demns, which the justice of his mind rejects, | iny tiine, will not produce the habit. In the find out between that plain and Homer's scene, experiences a painful feeling, independent | first case, the organs would grow weary, the was that which, in the eyes of Fluellen, made 'even of the refiection by which he may be ' vibrations would not have time to fix, pain