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and why ought not gratitude to neutralize sor. press, and speedily to be published. “I am Groan'd shaltering : frora its base Olympus vast Tow?

in haste to get it out,” said he, “ before a Reel’d to the violence of gods : the shock

friend of mine shall publish his critico heroico of deep concussion rock'd the dark abyss LETTERS TO LEINWHA,

in Z." He obligingly began to read me his Remote of Tartarus : the shrilling din

poem, when he was interrupted by his booksel. Of hollow tramplings, and strong battle strokes, Теа er of Morality in the Recesses of Latin- ier, who came to consult " whether it should

And measureless uproar of wild pursuit. guin, from a Wanderer in the West. be on wire-wove, hot-press, or imperial fools. So they reciprocal their weapons hurl'd

cap.” As there was much whispering between Groan-scattering; and the shout of either Host I am every day more and more convinced, them, I thought proper to retire ; and as I re

Burst in exhorting ardour to the stars that men labour after calamity, whilst happi- turned to my apartment the novelty of the

Of heaven ; with mighty war-cries either host ness is within their reach. Unwilling to be composition made so forcible an impression on only happy, they seek for something more ;

my memory, that I was able to write what I Encountering clos'a. and the brief candle of existence goes out, be

heard of it on paper.
Of this I send you a

Nor longer then did Jove
fore they find that the world is too narrow for faithful transcript, together with the advertise- Curb his full power ; but instant in his soul
such enjoyments! How hard it is to discover ment ; which it seems is here usually publish- There grew dilated strength, and it was filla
truth ! how easy to be deceived ! I have ac-
ed before the work itself.

With his omnipotence. At once he loos'd tually changed my opinion more than an hun

Four first lines of the poem in five cantos :' His whole of might, and put forth all the god. dred times respecting this nation, within the

The vaulted sky, tìe mount Olympian, flash'a short space of thirteen days. Their ignorance

“ Prince Polion pausid, perceiving pounded peas With his continual presence ; for he pass'd has yielded to their wisdom, and their wisdom

Plac'd parallel, presaging Punick peace.

Incessant forth, and scatter'd fires on fires. has been eclipsed by their cunning. What

Plectra's persuasive preassumptive power,
Presenting pleasure, pure perceptions pour.”

Hurl'J from his hardy grasp, the lightnings flew was at first artifice, I afterwards thought ingenuousness ; but this was only affability made

The advertisement I have extracted from Reiterated swift ; the whirling flash

Cast sacred splenclour ; and the thunderbolt one of their publick circulating prints. subservient to interest ; and I now find that

Fell : roar'd around the nature-yielding earth interest governs all, and for this they labour


In conflagration, far on every side. and are exhausted.

« Now in the press, and speedily to be published: Tl'immensity of forests crackling blaz'd : They have a national maxim which the infant is taught to lisp in

Prince Polion, a poem, in five cantos, with exits nurse's arms ; it is very long, and I do not

planatory nutes, adorned with cuts, decorated with Yea, the broad earth burn'd red, the streams that mix recollect it ; but I know it is equivalent to

engravings, and embellished with a correct portrait with ocean, and the deserts of the sea

and biographical sketch of the author, by himself. The get money ;' and I believe this useful lesson

Round and around the Titan brood of earth, uncommon velocity with which this production bas is never taught in vain. The chief men have circulated in Europe has induced the author to retouch

Roll'd the hot vapour on its fiery surge ; grown old in its practice ; and still hobble out, it in his native land, and present it to his countrymen The liquid heat, air's pure expanse divine with all their infirmities to the place of traffick, upon a beautiful, fine, light-green, wire-wove royal-fo: Suffusd : the radiance keen of quivering flame when they should be at home in their manlio paper, eleganuly bound, gilt, and lettered; the

That shot from writhern lightnings, each dim orb, sions waiting the call of death. With us, you

panegyricks which have been lavished upon this per

formance, against which the barinless shafts of malev. Strong though they were, intolerable smote, know, there is content and thankfulness with a

olence and covy fall as against a polished cone, super- And scorch'd their blasted vision. Through the void little : labour ceases with the vigour of man- sede the necessity of recommending it to an enlighten- of Erebus, the preternatural glare hood, and age sits down to enjoy what it has ed publick, and render all editorial remarks obtrusive

Spread, mingling fire with darkness. But to see acquired in the days of industry and youth.

and superfluous. The very women are not free from avarice.

“ Booksellers, living at a distance, may be supplied with human eye, and hear with ear of man,

Had been, as if midway the spacious heaven, with any number at the shortest notice ; a discount Some of them in the lower classes prefer of 2 per cent. will be made on payments made in cash

Hurtling with earth, shock'd-e'en at nether earth pleasure to employment, and prostitute their exceeding four hundred dollars.

Crash'd from the centre, and the wreck of heaven bodies for money ; whilst those of a higher de- “ Subscribers to this edition are requested to call or

Feli ruining from high. So vast the din, gree article for it in their very marriage-con- send for their books before the 31st instant, tracts !

“ Those gentlemen who wish this work bound in When, gods encountering gnds, the clang of arms When this is the predominant passion of a

morocco, silvered and lettered, must send their names Commingled, and the tumult roar'd from heaven.” nation, nothing can be expected but its con

to the publisher before Christmas." comitant evils. The gentler virtues are un.

This advertisement is written by the bookknown, and charity is driven into exile. Sciseller.-Farewel.

THE PILGRIM. ence is confined to the rules of commerce, and commerce erects an idol, before which all


'TWAS here the weary pilgrim diedare prostrate. The social principle is lost

He died by Arab's bloody blade ; in its contemplation ; love and friendship

Lost in the waste of desart wild are diverted to its worship ; and honesty

He sleeps not now beneath the shade. is dazzled with its golden splendour. In such

THE BATTLE OF THE TITANS. a country, genius is like the misletoe on the The following fragment is interesting, as a part of one

Stretch'd on the earth, neglected lies rock ; it seems to exist upon the barren and of the most ancient poems in the world, it having No leaf o'er his cold corpse to wave ; unyielding surface only by its own resources,

been transmitted to us, through a period of nearly No friend to breathe affection's sighs, and the nourishment it receives from the dey

three thousand years. This, and a few other excel. Or form, with pious care, his grave. of heaven. The progress of literature ha

lent passages, have redeemed the works of Hesiod

from oblivion. It bears the true stamp of Eastern therefore been very slow ; it seems just

Here pity never found her way

sublimity, and is supposed to have suggested the emerging from the clouds of ignorance, and its very similar description in Paradise Lost. This To melt this cruel, harden'd race ; lustre is yet too feeble to be seen by the eye translation was published about four years ago, by For Murder here, with haughty sway, alone.

Mr. Elton.

Asserts her pow'r, with iron mace. Nearly opposite to the house in which I “ ALL on that day rous’d infinite the war, dwell, resides one of their bards ; with him I

For him alone the loud wind feels, Female and male ; the Titan deities, have lately become acquainted, and he has

As wild it raves along the vale ; The gods from Saturn sprung, and those whom Jove even condescended to honour me with his vis

In groaning gusts his fate reveals, From subterraneous gloom releas'd to light : its and his friendship. He is of a short fat

And scatters wide the mournful tale. figurc, extremely good-natured and free in his

Terrible, strong, of force enormous ; burst discourse. The last time I went to see him

A hundred arms from all their shoulders huge ; he complained bitterly of the ungrateful pub- From all their shoulders fifty heads upsprang lick,' though he acknowledged a greater share O'er limbs of sinewy mould. They then array'd

PRINTED AND PUBLISHED FOR of favour than had been shewn to his contem- Against the Titans in fell combat stood, poraries. He told me, he had published seven And in their nervous grasps wielded aloft

JOHN PARK, poems in quarto, and five political pamphlets Precipitous rocks. On th’ other side alert in duodecimo ; and at that very moment was The Titan Phalanx clos'd : then hands of strength

BY MUNROE & FRANCIS, in debt to his bookseller 69. He informed me Join'd prowess, and display'd the works of war.

NO. 4 CORNHILL. that his last poem, consisting of five . cantos,' 'Tremendous then th' immeasurable sea six hundred lines each, making in all three Roard ; earth resounded ; the wide heaven through

Subscribers may be supplied with the preceding thousand beginning with P, was then in the











A publication like the present appears to me en eighths of its members of Congress were to be the proper one in which to examine and opposed to a measure, which was by them

consign to better times the argument on this deemed ruinous to the interests of the part of On the duty of resistance to unconstitutional or interesting question.

the country which they represented, and that oppressive laws, with reference to the par- lived, but it is probable it may be preserved motives ; is it not the imperious duty of the

This publication may or may not be long the others carried it from local and interested ticular situation of the United States.

in some historical society, and may at some citizens of the injured and oppressed part, to We have already shewn, that the duty of future day be consulted by some inquisitive bury all their political animosities, and endeav. resistance to unconstitutional and oppressive antiquary. We wish then to examine the our to act in unison for the vindication of their laws is more imperative and unquestionable in principles of our present opposition to certain violated rights, or if you please, “ Interests"? a free government, than in one whose con- measures of our rulers.

On this subject I have a word to say, and I stitution or form of government is more unde- We are accused of factious sentiments, by have introduced this term," Interests,” in or. fined.

those who would wish to silence opposition; der to say it. Although I believe Congress In a country like ours, almost every publick and even some young m n of genius and learn- have violated the letter and spirit of the con. officer is obliged to take an oath to support ing, who have been taught in a better school stitution in the late embargo act—in a manner the constitution of the United States, as well than that of Grundy and Madison, of Jefferson and to a degree that the man who would as to maintain the constitution of the Slate of and Clay, appear to believe or at least to stand to reason about it ought to be expelled which he is a member.

maintain such an illiberal and ungenerous from the society of every freeman-to a degree To the general duty, which exists in every opinion of our motives.

that precludes the necessity of argument-yet I country to uphold the rights and privileges of Will they deny, that there are distinct and cannot admit, and I beg and entreat, most earthe citizens, there is superadded, in our case, very importantly different interests in the nestly entreat, every freeman, clergy and laithe solemn obligations arising from express United States ?

ty, to weigh well my words, I cannot admit, stipulations of the most serious description. Will they deny, that men will act generally in that, in a confederated republick, you are bound

We are constantly threatened by the advo-conformity to their real or supposed interests ? | down to the words of your compact. cates of the government with the dreadful con- Will they deny, that the avowed motives of Even if a system of laws was made perfectly sequences which may ensue from a dissolution human actions are full as often as not, far le- consistent with your rights, in the words of of the Union, in case we resist or oppose any mote from the real ones ?

the constitution ; yet if a system of measures measures of the national government.

Will they deny, that power makes men for should be adopted, destructive of your best and There seems to be a prevalent opinion, that get right, and that the restraints of the consti- dearest interests ; if you find that the general there can be no fault, no weakness, no injus- tution have little weight against the more scope of the policy of yoar rulers must be, and tice, except on one side. That the National ru- powerful inflyence of private interest, local actually is destructive of your permanent as lers can do no wrong; but that the State rulers prejudices, and personal ambition ?

well as temporary interests, you have a right, are very liable to error, to passion, to encroach- When then we talk of the oppressive meas- a most undoubted right, either to insist on a ment on national authority.

ures of the government, is it any answer to say, change of !! 18 policy, or a modification of your If it be a settled principle, that, whatever con- it is impossible that in a free state your rulers compact. Such is the law of nature, such is struction may be given to the constitution by can wish to oppress you ? That they emanate the law of nations. the Congress or the President, must be right, from yourselves, and have the same interests Whether such a case has existed, or may and that it settles the extent of their powers ; with you


ever exist, it is for tbe people to decide. the reasoning is correct, which some people Is there any thing in common, except a I suggest this idea (10 my view extremely use, that any opposition to national authority is constitution on paper', violated every day, be- important) because it puts an end (if it be coran infraction of the constilution.

tween a planter on the Ohio, and a fisherman rect) to all the petty cavillings about the We have not so read the constitution. We of Gloucester or Marblehead, who relies on words of the constitution. If its spirit has have heretofore understood, that that sacred the cod on the banks of Newfoundland for his been violated ; if your interests are overlookinstrument was as obligatory on the rulers, as stock, and on the lent of Spain and Portugal ed and are destroyed, it is foolish, and weak, on the people-on Congress, as on the State for his market?

and unworthy of a patriot, to seek an apology sovereignties.

If then such difference of interest does ex- in the mere terms of your constitution. The These are considerations which seem to de- ist, and if men have in all ages and countries man who can deny that the present system is mand a more than usual jealousy on the part acted more or less in conformity to their inte unequal in its operation, and will, if persever, of the confederated members of our repub- rest, is there any thing facrious, any thing un- ed in, eventually destroy the Commercial lick.

reasonable in entertaining suspicions that such States, is too much blinded, or tow much prejuIt would be the extreme of weakness to de- local interests may have swayed the policy of diced, to be deemed worthy of the confidence ny. that there may exist, in a country so ex- our rulers ?

of a free people. tensive as ours, distinct, and indeed opposite Throughout the present speculation, I mean interests. It would be absurd to pretend, that to keep the fact and the evidence in support

QUOMODO ? QUANDO? a slave-holding people, averse to commerce, of it out of sight, because men may differ upon HOW frequently we express our wonder that incapable of personal industry, must have a that, though they cannot upon the reasoning. Frenchmen suffer themselves to be oppressed common interest with a people, hardy, labori. Will any man deny, that it might be the in- by Buonaparte! How justly may French, ous, and dependent on the fisheries and com- terest of Ohio or Kentucky to wage a English, and all the world wonder at us ! The me ce for their existence. We do not here which would ruin New England ? Might it principal business of the national legislature, mean to enter into the fact, for upon that peo- not be their interest to drive the Indians be. for years, has been to tyrannize with increasing ple may differ-but, theoretically, it is absurd to yond the lakes, while they would not be ma- hardihood over the people, and in this devoted suppose, that there would be very common terially affected by the destruction of all the country, it may be literally said, that “ Patience feeling in a case, where the interests were so commerce, fisheries, and carrying trade of the stands smiling at grief.” essentially different. Atlantick States ?

I would not be so absurd, as to recommend It is not because we are afraid to enter into Well, if such might be the case owing to resistance by violence. I know the goud the discussion of the actual wrongs and inju- our very extended country, does there not hearts of my fellow citizens 100 well 10 supries and violations of the constitution to which seem to be a very imperious duty on the local pose such a measure practicable.

We are we have hitherto submitted that we refrain state sovereignties to watch, and see whether so constitutionally grounderl, in what is pleasfrom displaying them, but because we wish the constitution is not perverted to such un-antly enough called love of order, that if Mr.. sober and impartial men (if there are any) to just and unequal purposes ?

Madison were to command a fifty-six to be view this question in the abstract ; to decide it Now suppose a case to exist, that three suspended round the neck of every citizen of ou principle.

fourths of one section of the country, nay sev- our free republick, we should limp about with




This ap

our ponderous medal, and inquire, 6 what is yet indignantly exclaimed, “ We be Abra- | The following is the close of the address from the news from Washington ? Is not Mr. ham's sced, and were never in bondage to any the inhabitants of Newbury. Madison going to take these things off, some inan.

“ In this alarming state of things we can time or other ?”

ro longer be silent.-When our unquestiona. But is it possible that all “ constitutional To confound and silence the advocates of ble rights are invaded, we will not sit down means” of obtaining relief are exhausted ? MR. MADISON'S WAR, we should never and coldly calculate what it may cost us to Have the people said all they have to say ? cease to inquire of them, what is the cause of defend them.--We will not barter the liber. Has our Legislature done all they can do ? it ? British Orders in Council. So said Mr. ties of our children for slavish repose, nor Has responsibility been bandied about like a Munroe, the organ of government, officially: surrender our birthright but with our lives. football from the people to the Legislature, and But these Orders in Council were annulled " We remember the resistance of our fathers from the Legislature to the people, until no one before our war was declared. The Impress to oppressions, which dwindle into insignifi. can find where it ought to rest ?

ment of Seamen. Indeed ! Will the people cance when compared with those which we are We are sinking deeper and deeper in de- of the United States support a war, on the called on to endure.—The rights which we gradation and slavery. We are every day ground that our Rulers shall make laws for have received from God, we will never yield josing, not only the freedom, but the character Great Britain ? She does not attempt to ex- to man.”-We call on our State Legislature of our fathers. The advances of oppression, ercise any authority over her subjects, the only to protect us in the enjoyment of those privilit is evident, do not excite, but appal us. An persons in dispute, while on our soil. She is

ges, to assert which our fathers died ; and to outrageous VIOLATION CONSTITUTIONAL satisfied to legislate for them, while they are defend which we profess ourselves READY TO RIGHT does not, now, produce so much ani- in her own, or a common jurisdiction--the high RESIST UNTO blood. We pray your honora. madversion, as did the slightest impediment seas. It is to give Mr. Madison the power ble body to adopt measures immediately to se. to commerce a few years ago, though unques- over Englishmen, which Englishmen choose cure to us especially our undoubted right of tionably within the specified powers of Con- their King George and Parliament should trade within our State. gress. This serious truth must have struck alone possess, that we are at war.

" We are our elves ready to aid you in seeven the most superficial observer, and it is pears too absurd to be true ; but it is as true curing it to us, to the utmost of our power, melancholy ; it is sickening ; it overwhelms as it is absurd. We have exactly turned the “ peaceably if we can, forcibly if we must,' and the mind with despair.

tables upon that country. We we it to war we pledge to you the sacrifice of our LIVES The people assemble in their turns—in their in 1776 because we would not suffer England and Property in support of whatever measure, distress, they entreat the Legislature to take to make laws for us, against our consent. In the dignity and liberties of this free, sovesome steps for their relief. The Legislature 1814, we are at war, for the privilege of mak- reign and independent State, may seem to your express their lively sense of our sufferings ing laws for her, againsi her consent.

wisdom to demand.” and our wrongs, and are ready to do whatever the people demand. The people demand pro

ASTONISHING DISCOVERY ! ! tection in the enjoyment of their unalienable GENERAL REGISTER.

We understand that an ingenious mechan. rights. The Legislature wish to know what

ick and philosopher has submitted to Mr. measure would be most agreeable and best BOSTON, SATURDAY, FEB. 5, 1814. Madison, the model of a machine which has supported. God knows whether ever this will

met with his warmest approbation, which is to end in any thing ; but this scene has become the scorn, the derision, and the triumph of been received from the immediate seat of war,

EUROPEAN. Not a word of news has conquer Canada, without the expense of a drop

of American blood. The idea was suggested our oppressors.

for sixteen days. A letter from Amsterdam of by the well known effect of five-ships, in deWe do not believe that an actual resort to

Nov 12th, states that the French custum stroying a naval enemy, without a battle force will be necessary ; but we do believe, house officers had left the Hague, Leyden and

It consists of a large Block-house, mounted and are convinced, that, until it is known

on wheels, to be propelled rapidly by steam, some other places, and that a sm | French arthere is spirit to resist further aggression, our

my had assembled near Ainkern and Deven- and mounting ten thirty-two pounders on eve chains will be made heavier, and our means

ter, the allies, according to reports, being in ry side. The guns are so constructed as to of obtaining relief be abridged ; unless Heav

be loaded and fired by mechanism. It is to be en, in mercy, decree the total destruction of force, in that vicinity. the tyrant, on the revival of whose power our

DOMESTICK. The emancipation of the placed in front of Sir George Prevo t's army, World, by the second grand defeat of the Em-operation, it will run violently among the en

As soon as it is set in rulers depend for support. Our House of Representatives nobly took

perour Napoleon, was celebrated at Annapo-emy-discharging vollies of spikes and balls their ground, with respect to the attack prolis, (Md.) on the 22nd of January. A dinner

like the very was given to Commodore Perry at Washingby annihilating the foe at once, is to put an

in every direction, and thus posed in Congress, upon the sovereignty of the states. We hear no more of the menaced ton on the 24th.

end to the calamities of war. The inventor outrage. This seems to invite to other pat- A report was circulated yesterday, that a

asks but four times the sum paid to Henry, for riotick measures-cool, circumspect, but de part of Gen. Wilkinson's army badetaken 900 his invention of a New England conspiracy

. termined. Massachusetts expects every inde- British troops, and 18 cannon, destined for the This Block-house will require but one blockpendent Legislator will do his duty.

head to set it in motion. It is not determined Falmouth, on Cape Cód, was bombarded by whether one of the heads of department or The present session is far advanced. Though we feel assured there is no want of the Nimrod, British sloop of war, Jan. 29th General W. will receive the appointment. coincidence in sentiment, among those who

which fired about 250 shot into the town. The compose a large majority in this Common buildings were considerably damaged, but no

I BEGAN to read the Communication, in the wealth, there is perhaps a want of understand person injured, as the inhabitants had been first page of this number, in sorrow. Before ing, as to the particular course to be pursued. notified of the intended attack, by the com

I had finished, the tone of my mind was invigIt is very uncertain, whether the struggle for mander of the Nimrod, and had removed.

orated, my pulse be at strong and healthily—my liberty in Europe, is yet so definitively and

Last Sunday, at noon, the British 74, Victe blood flowed warm, to the extremities. Good successfully accomplished, as to gain us peace, rious, in beating through the Race, struck, and reader, make the experiment for yourself. If as soon as we must have it. Some means we remained aground until Tuesday, when by the

you love your country, you will rejoice that trust will be devised, before our state guardi- aid of the squadron, she was got off

. She is the spirit of true patriotism is not extinct ans disperse, to inquire of the mass of the supposed to have gone to Halifax, to repair. people, at what time and how, they propose to

you will find your own sentiments faithfully de.

CONGRESS-have passed a law, increase picted-and 'will conclude by saying-—~ This be reinstated in their accustomed rights; and ing the bounty to soldiers, to 100 dollars on

is what I wished to see." that when a new General Court assembles, enlistment, and 24 dollars and a hundred acres they will bring their answer. Please Heaven, of land, at the expiration of the engagement.

To correspondents. it may not yet be too late to recover some of The present force, authorized by law, amounts

“ LETITIA CHEERFUL” to The Confidant is receir. the blessings of former days ; and though in to 6.3,000 men !! A bill, against ransoming

ed, and will appear in the next number. moments of despondence, we can see no pros- American captured vessels, has passed the

Translations from the Parnasso Italiane Vivente, and pect of a favourable change, at other times, house.

of Swiss ballads, by ancther hand, are both received. we indulge a hope, that there is a saving

STATE LEGISLATURE. An Insolvent As there is something of elegance in these productions, principle in the sentiment and nerve of Massa Law has been several days agitated, with

we regret that they are not more correct. Amang

other exceptions, thought and draught are nothing like chusetts, which will arrest our sufferings. We great interest, in the House ; but was refused confess ourselves somewhat like the Jews,

rhyme. Rays tips is not grammar. Dark is a reduna third reading, on Thursday morning.

dant epithet applied to gloom, &c &c. who though they had been slaves to Pharaoh Several Memorials have been received, from Another address to the Confidant, w

for a in Egypt, and carried in bondage to Babylon, towas in this Commonwealth, against the war. more suitable scason of the year.

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LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS. rumours and surmises, which the busy and im- engagements to Mr. - whom she could

pertinent are always propagating for their amuse. not but respect ; whose feelings she could not

ment. It was positively asserted at length, injure, without violence to her own ; and from THE CONFIDANT, No. IV.

that Mr. Sterne never intended to return to whom she could not withdraw, without exposTo the Confidant.

New England ; and he was as positively as- ing herself to severe censure. " Are you thus Sir,-All agree that to seek our own happi- sured that Miss Wilcox was engaged. At the commanded by any law, human or divine, to ness is the first dictate of nature, and I believe end of five years, the latter was true. There make yourself miserable for life ?-are you no one has ventured to say that, in this pursuit, being no conclusive reason to doubt what she morally bound to deceive a man, and in the niwe are not bound to regard the happiness of had so often heard, as the term of Mr. Sterne's

cest point ? An accident has placed you in a our fellow creatures. The extent of this obli- absence had now considerably exceeded his situation, which you did not anticipate.- The gation has been differently defined, by both first expectations ; and a respectable gentle person about to marry you could not wish moralists and statesmen. It is not for me to man of considerable property having offered your hand, were he to know the involuntary and determine a point, which has perplexed sages ; his hand ; urged by the advice of a fond moth- unpremeditated state of your mind."-Such but of this I am certain, that the conduct er, the solicitations of a man, not exceptionable was the import of his replies. which is frequently enjoined or expected, as in character or circumstances, by prudential The result was, after much deliberation, that resulting from the obligation not to molest the considerations, and at least by gratitude for the Emily wrote to Mr — , giving him a full enjoyments of others, would do them a lasting marks of preference she had experienced ; and honest account of the unexpected circumand serious injury. It is true, that in doing with all these, suspecting herself forgotten by stances which forbade their union. He few what another may consider an unjustifiable vi- Mr. Sterne, and really believing her heart dis into a tremendous passion ;-declared her a olation of his peace or pleasure, where our engaged, she permitted his attentions in form. jilt-himself injured and insulted ; and proown interest is deeply concerned, we ought to In about a year, the bans were published, nounced my friend an intermeddling, dishonbe aware that self-love may bias our judgment; and in a month she would have been married, ourable intriguer. Indulgence, I confess, is we should therefore suspect ourselves-en- when Mr. Sterne returned, bis engagements due'to the subject of so serious a disappointdeavour to make the opposite side our own,

having expired, and his object being comple- ment, but that the abovementioned tribunal of

ted. and keep a conscience void of offence. If a

gossips should all take his part, in turn enrag. difference of opinion still exist, we must be After the repeated accounts he had receive

Mr. Sterne and Miss Wilcox met acgoverned by our own sense of right. A case ed, whatever impression they made at first, he cidentally, unconscious of the interest they had of this kind has recently occurred, with re.

felt now no very considerable interest in the in each other. The first interview revived spect to a very dear friend of mine, in which event. He could not reproach himself; he would their early sympathies. It was too late to all the gossips of our acquaintance are against not blame Emily, and thought it a proof that recollect Mr. 's claims. The affair me ; hut, not subscribing to the infallibility of their agreement at parting had been a pro pe may be considered an unfortunate one ; but I that sisterhood, though powerful and of very one. By accident they met, in a small par- cannot admit that my young friends are unjuslong standing in society, I appeal through you ty at a friend's.

Their intercourse was friend. tifiably selfish. Who does not say, Petrarch to an impartial publick. Allow me then to ly, and without any allusion to former days. was a whining fool, and Werter a madman ? state the facts.

My friend could see no impropriety in visiting But forsooth, from respect to Propriety, DeMy friend, Mr. Sterne, a young gentleman

an old acquaintance, and feeling an impulse corum, or some starched goddess of that of respectable connexions in the county of

too, as he has confessed to me, of the nature stamp, Mr. Sterne ought to have sacrificed Hampshire, lived in the immediate vicinity of of which he took little pains to inquire, he his happiness_Emily not only her happiness a charming and amiable young lady, Miss Em. found himself early the next day with Emily. but her integrity ; and all this to effect a ily Wilcox. They had been intimates from He then attempted, after some general conver- temporary deception, which must end in a sechildhood, and though Emily's advantages of sation, to congratulate her on her approaching verer disappointment, at last ; for, in spite of education had been somewhat superiour, she happiness. He did it awkwardly. He image the most perfect uprightness of conduct, that was not insensible to the native, sterling merit ined there was something in her countenance bosom which is the abode of tender regrets, of her friend. At the early age of twenty-one,

which indicated a latent emotion, corresponding instead of affection, will, sooner or later, betray

with the throb he felt in his own bosom. Mr. Sterne had communicated his ultimate

Her | its fatal secret. hopes, and for one year, their acquaintance

eye rested sedately upon him, though the I am aware that, in objection to my opinion, continued under the forms, which gave pub- smile, with which she received the compliment it may be inquired, why this doctrine does not licity to such attachments.

seemed to say-Yes--I am another's. The equally apply to conjugal life? Why is not With much good sense, Mr. Sterne posses.

subject was changed-the revolutions, that had happiness as precarious then, as before the sed an active, energetick mind. His prospects taken place in the vicinity, were mentioned ceremony is performed ? Can we imagine a in life did not correspond with his ambition ; but each betrayed a curiosity to know, how rite of sacred authority, which shall arbitrarily and probably the interest he felt in Emily's

far the rumours they hall respectively heard make that pursuit unjustifiable, in one case, destiny rendered him still more disposed to were justly, founded. As they conversed, Mr. which is allowable in another ? adopt some enterprize, which should improve

Sterne became sober, and he detected Emily Divine Legislation is ever adapted to the his fortune. An opportunity soon presented, suppressing a sigh. He possessed a discrimi- nature of its subjects. The marriage connexwhich invited his attention ; but it required

nating mind, as well as strong feelings. He ion, it is true, permits the indulgence of no atseveral years' absence from his native village. saw enough" to suspect that Emily would sigh tachment, incompatible with the mutual devoEmily had the fortitude to reco:nmend his again ; he felt enough to convince himself, tion of the parties. But it is as true. however improving the offer-and both of them listening she was the dearest of her sex. He left her the contrary may be countenanced by pathetick to some romantick notions, about a freedom of with regret, and every hour increased his agi- fictions, that this kind of attachment cannot exist conduct, which each seemed to wish the other tation. His own privation, was not the only without hope. By the common consent of the to enjoy, though neither expectes occasion to cause of his uneasiness-he imagined he saw world ; by laws divine and human ; by habituexercise it, they agreed mutually to suspend

her band going without her heart, and such a al opinion, the nuptial ceremony is decisive. all sense of obligation to each other ; that if life, for such a being, he regarded with horror. This both secures the tranquillity of those who ever their acquaintance were renewed, it

He determined to know, before it was irrevo- seal their vows at the altar, and prevents the should be from the impulse of unequivocal cably fixed, and soon saw her again. His at-importunate aspirings of new admirers. It preference. Neither of them was much pleas. tempts were checked, by remarks on the im. may go far to obliterate impressions already ed with the compact ; but it had been men- propriety of such inquiries ; but the result was received ; but such an event is too critical to tioned, and now to attempi reversing it, would

à conviction that Einily's heart was his own. tempt the discreet to so important a hazard. look like a wish to bind the person, without His argument was, that if such were the case, Injudicious legislators have frequenily. by liregard to sentiment. On the contrary, it was

she was under the inost solemn obligation not centious regulations, loosened ihe bands and likewise settled, that in their situation, it

to sacrifice herself to the world's notions of liminished the decisive character of the mar. wonld be inproper to correspond.

correctness-for by the sacrifice, she could riage compact. The experiment has wiformThe unabating fervorir of early attachments but injure bim, for whom it was made.- Thatly been found to foment domestick discontent. makes a much greater figure in novels, than in she would be guilty of the most cruel decep. The reason is obvious—by such lass even the real life. Mr. Sterne went, by the inviration tion, and destroy the peace of all three con- married constaritly remain cand:dats for new of an uncle, to Virginia, ani w:is connected cerned.

connexions ; the irritable passions are encourwith him in commerce, with unremitting at. It would be tedious to repeat the reasonings, aged ; under the excitement of a trivial collis. tention, but various success, for six years. Af- by wluch Einily was at last induced to relin- ion, objects probably little known, appear more ier a separation of some time, the inquiries of quish fur first posizioni ; that her fate was de amiable, and a rash separation ensues, lingthese friends for each other,were damped by the terinized, and that she was bound to fulfil hering in its consequences,misery and regret.


Translated for the Boston Spectator.


THE PLEASURES OF REVERIE. charming ecstasies, which for fifty years had his visit, he gave me a paper full of verses,

supplied the place of fortune and of glory ; which he said were written by a lady of his ac[The following translation of passages, selected from and without other loss, than that of time, had quaintance, to whom he has promised to intro

Rousseau's description of his mode of life, during a rerdered me, even in idleness, the happiest of duce me. She is a woman of great literature summer which he passed in the island of St. Pierre, mortais."

and uncommon virtue. I transcribe these in the middle of the lake of Bienne, was communica

verses for your collection of writings. ted by a young lady. A partiality for such produc


SONNET TO A RED-BREAST, tions displays a refined taste ; mld I doubt not but many of my fair readers will share, with the amia- Teacher of Morality in the Recesses of Latin-Wha flew in at my.window while I was asleep, and fies ble translator, a serene satisfaction, from Rousseau's guin, from a Wanderer in the West.

out before I awoke.

""Sweet roseate songster of the leafy grove, picture of a state of mind, which every person of


Return again ; sweet bird, again return; sensibility must have frequently experienced.]

Though the people of this country are a Warble those strains that Echo told to Love,

nation of merchants, their passion for letters is Before bright Phæbus could awake the morn. LES REVERIES, PROMENADE 5 ET 7.

not extinguished by trade. It is continually
struggling with the obstacles that oppose it, and when I hear thy note from yonder trees,
and in its efforts to surmount them you may Thy note shall meliorate the perfum'd breeze,

Silence and Taciturnity shall sleep ; throw myself, alone, into a boat, which I guided versity, and smiling superiour to neglect.

behold the glory of genius vanquished by ad. And the soft breeze on wings of down shall creep. to the middle of the lake ; and there, extending my whole length in the boat, my eyes turned

I always thought that a severe law in La- Then shall the musick of the spheres be still,

Or if not still, less sweet, fair bird, than thine ; towards the heavens, I suffered myself to be tinguin, which prohibits any one to write a moved and gently wafted along, at the plea- | book, until he shall have passed an examina-Thy voice shall rise, the air shall seem a bill

, sure of the water ; sometimes, for several !ion by the great Crity upon the penalty of los. Round which to heaven thy melody shall twine. hours, plunged in a thousand reveries, confused | ing the thumb and first finger of his right Return, sweet bird ; sweet bird, again return;

hand, and liaving his belly blown up with the Nor let this breast thy absence, Red-breast, mourn." but delicious, and which, without having any same quill which was instrumental in commit

DELLA AURORA BORBALIA, very definite or constant object, were uniform

ting the offence. The lawgiver here has been ly, to my taste, a hundred times preferable to the sweetest enjoyment I have ever realized, literature in all their code. Every one has an more humane ; there is nothing so hostile to.

I have not yet discovered the schools of the

philosophers. I have however met with a from what are called, the pleasures of life.

unlimited right to think for himself, and write proclamation in a common paper, from one of When evening approached, what he pleases. Almost all classes avail their learned societies, purporting to be the I descended from the heights of the island, themselves of this indulgence. The mechan

contents of a new book. I wished much to and following the impulse of inclination, seated ick, when the day is done, lays down his in- send it to you, but as I could not, its matters myself on the margin of the lake, in some struments and retires to his apartment ; he

are here faithfully transcribed. sweet retreat, on the sandy shore. There the

examines the edicts of his national assembly, whispers of the waves, and the agitation of the and furnishes the printer with his comments

“1. Dissertation on the zibeta occidentalis. water fixing my senses, and banishirg from

2. A new method to kill ducks. on their proceedings. He arraigns their judg

3. An account of a spot seen on the sun's disk, July my soul every other emotion, busied it in dement, or commends their wisdom. He calls

13, 1731. lightful contemplation, until night often sur

upon his fellow-citizens to co-operate with 4. Origin of the word Dun. prised me before I was sensible of its advan- him in opposing their designs, or adopting

'5. Thunder and lightning, the cause of. ces. The ebb and flow of the water, its contheir measures ; and concludes with declaring

6. Account of a bone, dug up near a salt mountain. tinued but occasionally swelling sound, strik-his disinterested zeal for the welfare of him

7. Account of the discovery of longitude. ing without cessation my ear and eyes, suppli- self, his country, and posterity:

8. Commerce of the United States, how best promo

ted. ed those internal impulses, which the state of There are others, who write in a manner 9. Concerning the planetary system. reverie had extinguished in me, and made me called “ periodical," Many of these produc- 10. Short and easy method for writing. perceive my existence, without the labour of tions I sent you by the last caravan. By them

11. Anecdote of Dr. Franklin, and his whistle. thought.

you may devise the pursuit of these authors. 12. Improvements in agriculture.
Such is the situation in
You will wonder perhaps at what you may im-

13. State of the treasury." which I am often found, in the island of St.

agine a want of method, the choice of expresPierre, in my solitary reveries. Whether ly.

sion, and the typographical negligence, which ing in my boat, moved spontaneously by the sometimes seem to violate the rules of compo

POETRY. water, or seated on the shore of the rippled sition. But, as they are written for the lake ; or elsewhere on the bank of a beautiful

whole world, they are conveyed to the publick river; or by a stream murmuring on its pebbly by the same vehicle, which contains the wants The following elegant lines, in imitation of a passage bed. Such is the manner in which I have

of the needy ; a schedule of the merchant's in the Medea of Euripides, are from the pen of Docpassed my time, during the stay I made there. articles which he offers for sale ; an account tor Warton. Let any one tell me now, what there is in

of foreign and domestick intelligence ; with a this so attracting, as to excite in my heart, catalogue of murders and marriages. To this

HINT FROM EURIPIDES. regrets so lively, so tender, so lasting, that af

may be added another reason : the writers are ter a lapse of fifteen years, it is impossible for generally those, who wisely study originality,

Queen of every moving measure,

Sweetest source of purest pleasure, me to think of that dear habitation, without berather than elegance ; tlicy are not restrained

Musick ! why thy powers employ ing affected with the transports of desire. * by those forms, which would only serve to

Only for the sons of joy ; I have sometimes thought profoundly ; but abridge their performances ; nor overloaded rarely with pleasure ; generally against my in with reading, which would unavoidably steal

Only for the smiling guests clination and as it were by compulsion. Re- into their compositions ; and, as their avowed

At natal or at nuptial feasts ? verie revives and amuses me ; reflection fa

Rather thy lenient numbers pour tigues and makes me melancholy. Sometimes surely none are better calculated than they,

On those whom secret griefs devour : my reveries terminate in study ; more fre- whose minds are unbiassed by any favourite Bid be still the throbbing hearts quently my studies in reverie ; and during system, and unoccupied by any thing but their

Of those whom wrath or absence, parts ; these rambles, my soul wanders and skims object.

And with some softly whisper'd air through the universe, on the wings of imagi. I find the women here are also writers ; and Smooth the brow of dumb despair. nation, in ecstasies which exceed all other de. some of their productions are not inferiour to lights. So long as I enjoyed it, every other those of the men. They are free from unoccupation was always insipid to me ; but necessary exactness, and minuteness of style,

PRINTED AND PUBLISHED FOR when once engaged in the literary career, by beautifully miscellaneous, and abounding with an external impulse, I felt the fatigue of men- tales. The lore of imitating the bards prevails

JOHN PARK, tal labour, and the importunity of an unfortu- with these females ; in this character they asnate celebrity ; I perceived, at the same time, suage the pangs of love, when they describe By MUNROE & FRANCIS, that my secret musings had become languid its delight. My friend, whose poem I so late

NO. 4 CORNHILL. and cold ; and soon forced to occupy myself ly mentioned to you, told me be had sold all with my unhappy situation, against my dispo- his “copies." I suppose him to mean the Subscribers may be supplied with the preceding sition, I could find, but very rarely, those printed books of his poem. In the course of



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