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of health, and her voice is sweeter language, we are silent, like slaves. than the musick of the Graces at We may say, that we have spice the banquets of the Gods. Such ships at the Philippines, and that are truly the divine effects of our cannon has cchoed among the physical purity. The French 'ice islands, at either pole. This is women are almost amphibious,, honourable, and tells our enterand this is one great reason why prise ; but here the story ends, nor they are so beautiful. I am afraid will I busily ask, if there are no my country-women are not en- spots and stains on our flag, which titled to high praise for regular at- the waters of the oceans we tratention to cleanliness. I indeed verse, could not efface. For myknow some, who use the tepid self, I think we ought to have probath and a clean papkin, instead duced a few scholars; in this opinof discolouring themselves with ion, however, all are not unani. vile washes, dews, and creams mous, but if they agree that poetry from the perfumer ; but are there is natural to any country, we must not too many gentlemen and ladies, be ashamed of our own. We who pass many months, without boast of no epick, tragedy, comedy, feeling the luxury of complete pu- elegies, poems, pastoral or amatorification ? Were I to pursue the ry...but this field is all desart, a subject to niceness of detail, { wide African sand garden, showing should have a plenty of subject for brambles, and rushes, and reeds. many pages ; but I hope that the neglect has rather arisen from for- BLUE STOCKINC CLUB. getfulness and inattention, than I know no lady in this town, and from dislike to purity or sympathy probably there is not one in the with uncleanliness. .

United States, to be compared with

Mrs. Montague, at whose house in OUR COUNTRI.

Portman-Square, London, the Blue A general inactivity is our reign- Stocking Club used to meet. Yet ing characteristick. We seem there are ladies here, who might willing to creep along in mechanic- institute and preserve a literary al routine, so that we very much converzazione on agreeable terms. resemble Dutchmen. . As for chiv. All mere fashionable women alrous, generous policy in national should be excluded, and let beauty councils it is so low, that it can find and riches alone have no right of no “ lower deep". In religion I admission. Also let no fop saunlove quietness, peaceableness, hu- ter in the room, and bar the doors mility ; and I hate the jarring of against insignificant animals, called sects, and the noisy trampling of puppies, and those brutes who rechristian combatants. But in liter- semble Yahoos. Thus some apature are there no hopes ? Surely proaches might be made to refined the descendants of Englishmen in conversation, and a pleasantness of America are not absolutely degen- intercourse be introduced, far becrate. The mother country is yond the present system of false proud of her bench of learned courtesy, shameful anecdote, licenbishops, of her retired scholars, tious inuendo, poisoned hints, and and illustrious professors in both stabbing whispers, which now riot universities. But when they ask and rule at many of the vulgar and us, why do you not do something fashionable parties, which now dig. to spread the glory of the English nify or disgrace this metropolis,

Women are beings of the highest evening with its hollow blast mure consequence, and on them depends murs of pleasures never to return." the healthiness or the contagion of But this state I do not like to insocial intercourse, they may be like dulge, for sorrow grows by musangels of light, diffusing the in- ing : I therefore rouse myself from fluence of purity and goodness, or fears that dishearten, to studies the active agents of misery and that strengthen or exhilirate me ; ruin. By a pleasant and refined and when I have lighted a cigar, socialness, between gentlemen and and put on more wood, I track ladies of cultivated minds, the pow. Park to the banks of the Niger, or er of all would be communicated I mount the walls of Rome with to each ; manners would be im- « Bourbon and revenge," and close proved; erroneous opinions would the evening with an act from be corrected ; morals might re- Shakespeare, the best of poets and ceive additional strength, and liter. the wisest of writers. ature might be adorned with new fascinations.


In the distant periods of anii. WINTER EVENING.

quity were founded the palaces and I like to sit in my study in a win- temples of Luxore. They DOT ter evening, when the wind blows p«'tly lie on the deserts of Upper clear, and the fire burns bright. If Egypt, scattered into fragments I am alone, I sometimes love to and covered with rubbish, and muse loosely on a thousand fits of partly they stand erect in the tox. the imagination ; to remark the ering heights of solitary columns, gentle agitations of the flame; to the extensive ranges of impos. eye the mouse, that listens at his ing colonnades, or the unequalled knot hole, and then runs quick a magnitude of their sculptured sides. cross the hearth ; or dwell long They attract, when in the horizon, on the singing of the wood, when the notice of scientifick travellers, the heat drives out the sap. I bee and they serve as land-marks to lieve that such reverie sostens the caravans, and as habitations for the heart, while it relaxes the body, poor and the outcast. Thus have for thus the senses are gratified in the exertions of architectural miniature. In the fire I have the science contended against the slow softest colours, and the sweetest and unceasing efforts of time, and thus most various undulations, and in the are the opulence of monarchs gentle musick of the green stick and the dignity of priesthood, there is melody for fairies. No commemorated in the ruined gran. sense is particularly excited by my deur of churches and of courts. silver grey, silken-footed, and A traveller into Egypt for the purcrumb-nibbling animal,but perhaps poses of science may honourably he might teach me a lesson of pru- employ himself in measuring the dence, not to set out on a journey, dimensions of pillars, cielings, and till I have inquired the dangers walls, and a painter may commuand difficulties of the way. While nicate knowledge and pleasure by I am in this state of lonely musing, I accurate representations of these sometimes lapse unknowingly into monuments of decay ; but the dig. grief ; for my guardians are dead, nity of a philosopher is advanced and my friends are far from me, in applying the memorials of art my years are hastening away, and to subserve the moral duties of life,

and his utility is exhibited in em- glories or the present ruins of Tep loying the materials, presented by Luxore. But I cannot forbear to

a few, for the durable advantage of remark the superiority of genius all. Our vanity is repressed by over gigantick physical exertion.

the consideration, that time has When Thebes existed in the splen2 destroyed the names of the archi- did circumference of twenty-seven

tects and founders of these mighty miles, the author of the Iliad re-
piles. Perhaps their titles and presented the indignant Achilles,
dignities were engraven on the swearing in the following noble
corner stones; perhaps their of- lines :
fices were perpetuated to succeed -

idom Onlus ing generations; and perhaps they Ainaric Ar three dérane su utána welcomed and received the awful

stītat, honours of adoration ; but no his

A? 9 xerouselại vơi, đuổGia: * ey torian has related their deeds, no

Exasny poet has sung their praises, and

'Arges Pites grūos Cun STOLPIN kai 0%irremediable oblivion covers their


Il. 9,361. names, their virtues, and their Not all proud Thebes' unrivalled walls crimes. Philosophy has deter

contain, mined that utility is the proper The world's great empress on the foundation of morals. If part of Egyptian plain ; the time the wealth and the la. That spreads her conquests o’er a thou.

sand states bour, which were expended on the

And pours her heroes through a hun

A architectural glorics of Luxore,

dred gates, had been applied to the diffusion Two hundred horsemen and two hun. of knowledge and virtue, to the practical purposes of religion, and From each wide portal issuing to the to the great objects of political

Pore's Trans. Cæconomy, the happiness of the Now this city of the gods has people would have. ennobled the dwindled to a few mouldering rugrandeur of the princes. We ins, but the Iliad flourishes in unshould then indeed have se fading purity, and with increasing riously regretted, that time has honours. Nor should the advocate covered with a garment of dark- of Homer's greatness refrain from ness all their personal and moral recording the obligations, which attributes i and though massy opulence and power owe to enterwalls and broken gateways would prise and learning; for if the priests not now be the evidence of their and monarchs of Thcbes were semagnificence; though they might `cretly compelled by reflection to not now be extolled as the benevo. acknowledge, that the corrosion of lent guardians of the Theban pec- time and the ravages of war might ple, yet philosophy would not be in future ages destroy their temples compelled to consider them as the and palaces, they would have riostentatious founders of perishable joiced in triunphs and feasts, had monuments, where robbers lurk their imagination suggested the for prey, and outlaws find protec. hope, that some of their columns, tion. The nature of the subject vestibules, and halls, would have easily allures a philosophick mind been illustrated and perpetuated in into various similar reflections, but the learned travels of Norden and the prescribed limits of this article Pococke. will not authorise any further ex. viv. 24, 1806. tension of remarks on the ancient


For the Anthology

We feel a sincere pleasure in an opportunity of inviting our readers to the waste

of an original writer. They form a rare curiosity in the modern Lyceur which invention has stocked with monsters, and where plagiarism has es hausted her powers in deforming, what she could not disguise. The essays Mr. Foster exhibit in all the novelties of genius the vestiges of Nature, which, among the paste-board scenery and painted passions of our mechanic scribblers, is as delightful,as a rude rock and wild oak,among the chinese gardens and smooth-sllaven lawns. Mr. Foster has certainly thought much, which is a peculiarity in our times, when books have supplied the place reflection, and the writings of others have supplanted our own conceptions and judgment. His. researches have not been directed by a wish to the authority of great names, but to make his own name an authority in his own sentiments. He has not laboured to give form and system to the suggestions of others, but to develope and impress his own sentiments His energy supports him through an enterprize, in which he demands submission to his doctrines, and enforces his demand by his own resor: ces. Mr. Foster writes us he thinks. He has expressed bold thought in the words, in which they were conceived. His arguments are support. ed by the language, in which they controled his own judgment. His opinions, in the moment of their conception sturdy as Hercules in the cradle, he has not cramped into form and symmetry with the swaddling bands of rhetorick. His style exhibits the manly majesty of a giant in the games, who challenges superiority more from the vigour of his muscles, tha excellence in the art. He has all the ease of courage without the grace of taste, The letter we have selected, as a specimen of his style and sentiments, forms i part of his essay “ On decision of character.” After considering the evils of an unsettled and irresolute mind, and the advantages of a firm and settled pur; purpose, he proceeds to examine the elements, which compose a decided character. The third letter contains part of this examination.

ON DECISION OF CHARACTER. This indispensable basis, con- ing no effective forces to execute fidence of opinion, is however not its decrees. enough to constitute the character It is evident then, and I perin question. For there have been ceive I have partly anticipated this many persons of clear independent article in the first letter, that afunderstanding, who have been sen- other essential principle of the sible and proud of a much harder character is, a total incapability of grasp of thought than ordinary surrendering to indifference, or men, and have held the most de- delay the serious determinations cided opinions on important things of the mind. A strenuous will to be done who have yet exhibited,in must attend on the conclusions of the listlessness or inconstancy of thought, and constantly, as they their actions, a contrast and a dis- are matured, go forth to the ac. grace to the operations of their complishment of them with a ner. understandings. For want of some vous agency which nothing can di. cogent feeling impelling them to vert or control. The intellect of such ward the practical assertion of ev. a man is invested, if I may so des: ery internal decision, they have cribe it, with a glowing atmosphere been still lefi where they were ; of passion, under the influence of and a dignified judgment has been which the cold dictates of reason scea in the hapless plight of har. take fire, & spring into active powers,

Revert once more in your This display of systematick enthoughts to the persons most re- ergy seems to indicate a constitumarkably distinguished by this de- tion of mind, in which the passions cision. You will perceive that in- are exactly commensurate with the stead of quiescently regarding the intellectual part, and, at the same conclusions, which reason has un- time, hold an inseparable corresdergone some labour to form, as pondence with it, like the faithful an apology for labouring no fur- sympathy of the tides with the ther, they consider them simply phases of the moon. There is as the preparation for experimen- such an equality and connexion, tal enterprise, and as of no more that subjects of the decisions of worth, till so employed, than the judgment become proportionally entombed lamps of the Rosicru- and of course the objects of pascians. They cannot be content sion. When the judgment delong in a region of such tenuity, as cides with a very strong preference, that of mere intellectual arrange that same strength of preference ments: they go thither, as an am- takes place also on the passions, bitious adventurer anciently went and becomes intense devotion. If to Delphi, to consult, but not to this strong preference of judgment reside. You will therefore find continues, the passions will therethem almost uniformly in deter- fore be fixed at a pitch of constant mined pursuit of some object, on energy, and this will produce the which they fix a keen and steady style of conduct which I have delook, and which they never lose scribed. When, therefore, a firm sight of while they follow it through self-confiding judgment fails to the innumerable multitude and make a decisive character, it is eve confusion of other things, of which ident, that either there is in that the world is full. They pursue it, mind a deficient measure of pasas a sportsman does a fox, at all sion, which makes an indolent or hazards, over hill and dale and irresolute man ; or that the pasbrook, through wood and brake sions perversely sometimes coinand every where ; and they will cide with judgment and sometimes grasp it at length unless it go into desert it, which makes an incon-, the earth.

sistent or versatile man. The manner of a person actu. There is no man so irresolute ated by such a spirit, seems to as not to act with determination in say,... Do you think that I would many single cases, where the monot discain to adopt a purpose tive is powerful and simple, and. which I would not devote my ut- where there is no need of plan most force to effect, or that, hay- and perseverance ; but this gives ing thus devoted my exertions, I no claim to the terın Character, will intermit or withdraw them, which expresses the habitual ten. through indolence, debility, or ca- our of a man's active being. The price, or that I will surrender my character may be displayed in the object to any interference except successive unconnected undertakthe uncontrollable dispensations of ings which are each of limited ex, Providence ? No, I am linked to tent, and end with the attainment my determination with iron bands; of their objects. But it is seen to my purpose is become my fate, the greatest advantage in those and I must accomplish it, unless grand schemes of action, which arrested by the sterner force of ca- have no nccessary pericd of cor, lamity or death.

clusion, which continue onward

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