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Trick of the Democrats,
Louis 18th and Bonaparte,
Mr. Clinton's honorable affair,
Cruel Perfecution and shameful inconfiftency,
Cultivation of Barley,
Invention for renewing the vigor of Fruit-Trees,
Prefervation of Peach-Trees,
French method of ftacking Wheat,
Character of a good Husbandman,
On Shearing Lambs,
Culture of the Currant Bush,
Recipes for prelerving Turnips from infects,
On washing and cleansing the stems of Fruit-Trees,
effects of froft,
Cure for Cancers-Effects of Charcoal
Caufes of difeafes in America-cheap white paint,
Improvement in Manufacturing Salt,
Relief afforded to perfons injured by lightning,
Valuable Styptic-impermeable cloth-method of recov
Ufe of Yeaft in Malignant Fevers-Manufacture of Salt
The Atheist and the Acorn--Song of a Shoemaker,
Revolution of Words-Democratic Slander refuted,
Liberty of the Prefs-Equal and exact juftice to all men,
Capt. Holt and H. Crofwell,
Tom. Paine's flander of Washington refuted,
59, 67, 74, 82, 90, 107, 115, 123, 139, 147
Salutary ufe of the British Common Law,
Dry-Docks—the blind leading the blind-Infidelity in the
James S. Smith-Capt. Holt's bravery-Dry-Docks,
Shaving and Dreffing of Tench Coxe,
Mifer's Prayer-Anecdote of Bonaparte,
245ceffive cold in Siberia-Origin of the order of the Garter, 160
Golden Calt-method of trying Gun Power,
Cure for the Gout-Vanity of Human greatnefs, &c.
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ON THE INCREASING PREVALENCE OF
T is a folemn fact, that the practice of duelling has, for feveral years paft, been faft increasing in this country; and it seems at length, by the general patronage of the im-higher orders of fociety and thro' the tacit confent of the civil authorities, to have obtained a kind of honorary establishment. In this inftance, Europe is not followed, but is outftripped. There is not a country Whence is it that the grim idol Moloch in all Europe ;-there is not perhaps a fin- has been erected in this land of light, and gle diftrict upon the whole earth, where is worshipped, as of old, with the facrifiduelling is fo much tolerated and honour- ces of human victims-with ftreams of ed as it is in the United States. If a man blood poured around his accurfed altars ? robs another of a little cafh, he is con- -Is there a native ferocioufnefs in the demned to death or to perpetual confine. hearts of the people of thefe ftates? Are ment and hard labour; and is generally they, more than the other tribes of the viewed as an onleaft from. fociety and as earth, deaf to the wailings of woe-to the an object of contempt but the man that groans of the widow and the orphan ? Is and thus brings irreparable mifchiefs and robs another of his precious life in a duel, relentless revenge their ruling paffion? Are they prone to feaft their eyes with inconceivable diftreffes into the abodes of fpectacles of human mifery ?No.---peace and happinefs, has, forfooth, acted These horrid traits do not belong to our nahonorably. The law fleeps over his crime. ||tional character. The people of this coun
With his hands recently imbrued in blood, he is freely admitted to the focial circles. of gentlemen; and enjoys, without abatement, the wonted greetings and benignant fmiles of the fair fex. He may still bask in the fun-fhine of public favour, and the wilful homicide, that he has committed, is no bar to his rifing to any honours or offices in the flate. In fhort, the time may quickly come. when by a natural and eafy tranfition from the prefent flate of things, the honour of having flain or maimed a fellow creature in a duel will be eflected a neceffary circumftance to compicat the character of a gentleman; and when the fufhionable part of our nation fhall nearly refemble the Tartars, who at their public entertainments drink wine out of the fculls of the enemies that they have flain in battle.
It is not, however, fo much my design to represent the atrocioufnefs of duelling and the mifchiefs flowing from it,-a fubje&t already become trite, as it is to inveftigate the caufes of the rapid increase of this horrible practice in our country.
fubject of a memorial from the State of
[This last lullaby production of our worthy presi-ally require the force in the Mediterranean
dent has made its tour through the union. Every
object of its author. It has not, perhaps, gulled
try, it is believed, have as much of the milk of human kindness as any other na. tion, that exifts under the canopy of heav en. They do not ufually behold the public execution even of the worft of malefactors, without fenfations of anguifhBy what a ftrange concurrence of circumftances has it then happened, that among a people enlightened by the chriftian religion and in the infancy of their political exiftence-apeople too, who generally fpeak ing, have a deep-rooted abhorrence to the fhedding of human blood unneceffarily, the murderous practice of duelhing fhould become fo ftrongly eftablished as feemingly to defy all attempts to fupprefs it ?
In my next communication, I fhall atempt to answer this important queftion, by pointing out fome of the fatal caufes which have given rife and growth to a practice, that fets at defiance the laws both of God and men, flains our national character and poliutes our land with blood.
EXTRACTS FROM No. 1.
THE prefident begins by felicitating us that we are fill blefled with peace and friendship abroad; law, order and religion at home; good affection and harmony with our Indian neighbours, and that our burthens are lightened."
Is it a proof of friendship abroad, that one foreign nation has, by the "infraction of her treaty," as to the free navigation of the Miffilippi, rendered that important and valuable river no longer ufeful to the citzens of the weltern country, fo that this breach of good, faith has become the
to be augmented.
Such then being the actual ftate of things abroad, with what face can Mr. Jefferfon attempt to make the people believe that we are uncommonly bleffed with the peace and friendship of foreign nations? But it was thought neceffary to prefent a pleafing picture, and to adhere ftrictly to truth would have been to facrifice the portrait.
As to "law, order and religion at home," the firft, I fuppofe, is proved by the deftruction of the Judiciary; the next has been fhewn in the warfare which has been made on one half the community, who have been driven from their bread becaufe they would not renounce their principles; and for the laft, what doubts can reinain of Mr. Jefferfon's love of religion after the invitation to Tom Prine and his placing him at his own table?
eca, Onondaga and Cayuga Indians were prefent, we can hardly think there is much caufe for felicitation on account of the good affection and harmony of our Indian neighbours.
Laft of all, comes the burthen of every Prefidential fong, "our burthens are lightened" that is to fay, the taxes are taken off, namely, from loaf fugar, pleasure carriages and whiskey, in preference to taking them off from brown fugar, molaffes, tea, coffee and falt. What a favorable adminiftration is this for the middling and poorer claffes of fociety?
The above are enumerated by the Prefident as compofing the more ordinary pleafing circumftances under which Congress meet; but the most extraordinary one is referved to finish the climax: "We rewark, with special fatisfaction thofe [circumftances which refult from the kill, industry and order of our fellow citizens, managing their own affairs in their own way, and for their own ufe, unembarraffed by too much regulation, unoppreffed by fifcal exactions."-So ABSALOM fole the hearts of the men of Ifrael.
On this curious fentence a few queftions present themfelves. What is particularly meant by "managing their own affairs?" Did they ever attempt to manage the affairs of other rations ?" in their own way" too. What are we to underftand by this? Is it intended to convey the idea, that the people are no longer under any reftraint from Government? If this is not his meaning I am at a loss what is. "And for their own ufe." Have they not then always managed their affairs for their own ufe ?" Unembarraffed by too much regulation." What in the name of propriety does this mean? Too much regulation, or, in other words, too much law our fellow-citizens then are to blefs their ftars that they are unembarraffed by too much law! We confefs we should have been utterly unable to comprehend this, did we not fortunately, recollect a paffage in Mr. Jefferfon's Notes on Virginia, which comes in aid of our conjectures juft at the moment we were giving the thing up, as being beyond our reach. Speaking of the favage ftate of certain Indian tribes, Mr. Jefferion there fays
ernment and our Indian neighbours, or.