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misfortunes of his fellow creatures ; and to charms of poetry, sufficiently proves that he nor corpulent : his limbs well proportioned confirm their aspersion, they appeal to the has been able to bestow on them, in detail, nervous, and active ; serviceable in all respects similar and well known circumstances, that the interest which he has failed of communi- to his exercising the sword, in which he much whipping and
hanging, and, where it is practis- cating to the entire assemblage. Above all delighted ; and wanted neither skill nor coured, quartering alive, will attract a crowd, pro- others, he has inspired that interest which is age to resent an affront from men of the portioned to the expected sufferings of the engendered by valour. In spite of the habitu- most athletick constitution. In his diet he was victim, who is exposed as a publick spectacle. al absurdity of chivalrous combats, of the con- abstemious ; not delicate in the choice of his They allege that were the multilude stant disproportion between cause and effect, dishes ; and strong liquors of all kinds were know, that at one place might be seen a poor and of the air of raillery which seems to ac- his aversion. Being too sadly convinced how starving wretch, partaking a banquet, at anoth- company all his descriptions of battles, Arios much his health had suffered by night-studies er, an auto da fe, the scene of torture would to always knows how to excite a sort of inde in his younger years, he used to go early (selleave no spectators to the scene of relief and scribable enthusiasm of bravery, of intoxica- dom later than nine) to rest ; and rose comsatisfaction. The mob throng the streets tion of heroism, which makes every reader monly before five in the morning. It is rewhile the culprit is conducted to prison, but, burn to arm himself a knight. One of man's ported, (and there is a passage in one of his when released, he comes forth to the world greatest enjoyments consists in the develop Latin elegies to countenance the tradition) again, unobserved, unless he bear some mark ment of all his powers, of all his resources ; that his fancy made the happiest flights in the of wretchedness or disgrace.
the great art of the romance writer is that of spring : but one of his nephews used to delivI repeat it, that I am not able to account awakening confidence in ourselves, of accu- er it as Mil n's own observation, that his infor the general rage to witness or hear of mulating all the force of nature and even of vention was in its highest perfection from Sepcalamity, on any principle, honourable to either magick in opposition to bis hero, and display. ember to the vernal æquinox : however it our head or heart ; but I do not believe it is ing the superiority of individual will and cour- was, the great inequalities to be found in his to be imputed to natural malevolence. There age over all the powers that are combined for compositions, are incontestiblo proofs, that in is some plausibility, at first glance, in the in- his destruction.
some seasons he was but one of the people. ference, which some illnatured philosophers The world into which Ariosto transports us When blindness restrained hina from other draw, from such observations as have been is also one of our enjoyments. This world, exercises, he had a machine to swing in, for mentioned ; but, on the other hand, if so ex- essential y poetical, in which all the vuigar in the preservation of his health ; and diverted plained, they prove too much.
Not one in a terests of life are suspended, in which the himself in his chamber with playing on an ormillion of those who are gratified with recitals only laws are those which love and honour gan. His deportment was erect, open, affaof distress and horrour, or spectacles of mise- ( enjoin, the only actions those which they ble ; his conversation easy, cheerful, instrucry, would voluntarily contribute,in any manner, prompt and stimulate in which no factilious tive ; his wit on all occasions at command, fato produce them. Yet this would be still more want, no cold calculation, benumbs the soul ; cetious, grave, or satirical, as the subject reagreeable, were the popular passion for sighis in which all the pains and uneasiness produced quired. His judgment, when disengaged from and tales of wo, the effect of a malignant dis by variety, by the distinctions of rank or of religious and political speculations, was just position. An objection of no less force is, that riches, are forgotten ; this world of our own and penetrating his apprehension, quick ; the more amiable part of creation, the sex creation forms an agreeable relief from the his memory, tenacious of what he road ; his distinguished for kindness and sensibility, af- world of reality : we love to traverse it for reading, only not so extensive as his genius, ford the strongest illustration of Cicero's re
the sake of withdrawing ourselves completely for that was universal. And having treasured mark.
from the solicitudes which are everywhere up such immense stores of science, perhaps It is very easy to say, all this arises from
else our portion. True, it teaches us nothing, the faculties of his soul grew more vigorous Curiosity ; resort is often had to words, for the difference between chivalrous and real after he was deprived of his sight : and his where the causes of phenomena are mot at existence is so great that the smallest appli- imaginationi, naturally sublime, and enlarged all, or but imperfectly understood. But whence cation can never be made from the one to the by reading romances, of which he was much this Curiosity? I can' conceive of no motire Other : it even constitutes a remarkable cha- | enamoured in his youth, when it was wholly to any action or volition, but the real or im- racteristick of this description of poetry that it absorbed from material objects, was more at agined pursuit of some good. A correct opin- is impossible to derive from it any sort of in- liberty to make such amazing excursions into ion on an important subject in politicks, an in- struction. Yet we may find a peculiar spe. the ideal world, when in composing his divine genious reflection on manners, a moral senti- cies of enjoyment, even in an occupation of work he was tempted to range ment, all the treasures of art, science, and rcli the nind which does not pretend to the digni
Beyond the visible diurnal sphere. gion are useful : such, we should suppose, ly of a lesson, and a baseless vision” is With so many accomplishments, not to have would excite the curiosity of rational beings and most conformable to the very essence of po- had some faults and misfortunes, to be laid in give them pleasure ; yet all these yield to an etry, which ought never to be the means, but the balance with the fame, and felicity, of idle tale of the varietates temporum or the vi- is in itself alone its own proper end and object. writing PARADISE Lost, would have been too cissitudines fortuna, which makes is neither
great a portion for humanity. wiser nor better, and has not the most remote relation to our personal concerns.
FOR TIL BOSTON SPECTATOR. As this propensity for the wonderful is al. Piety communicates a divine lustre to the most universal, it undoubtedly originates in female mind. Wit and beauty, like the flow credulity is more prevalent among the lower
Ir has been said by some that extreme some property of the soui, that contributes to ers of the field, may Aourish and charm for the classes of people in England, than in any its perfection. It cannot be extinguished ; season ; but let it be remembered, that like other country that has any pretensions to vie but it should be directed, as much as possible, the flowers of the field, those gifts are frail with them in civilization. by reason and utility. Our American Cicero and fading Age will soon nip the bloom of
It is probably considered using the press to furnish food for beauty ; sickness and misfortune will not stop which favour such a conclusion are owing to
more correct to suppose that the appearances this passion, as not only ridiculous but crimi- the current of wit and humonr; in these gloomy the freedom of British subjects, rather than nal. “ It corrupts,” said he, “ both the pub- seasons, Puery will support the drooping soul, « lick taste and morais, It multiplies fables, like a refreshiog dew upon the parched earth.
to any trait of character peculiar to this na6 prodigious monsters, and crimes, and thus
tion. In all countries there is a passion for " inakes shocking things familiar ; while it A FEW SKETCHES OF MILTON.
the marvellous ; but there are few countries 6 withdraws all popular attention from familiar
in Europe where the government is so indiffer4 truth, because it is not shocking.”
ent to the speculations of the populace, as In his youth be is said to have been remark. they are in England, provided they do not
ably handsome : the colour of his hair was a REMARKS ON THE ORIANDO FURI- light brown); the symmetry of his features ex
assume a serious political character. 'Though
they have an established religion, which is inOSO OF ARIOSTO.
act; enlivened with an agreeable air, and a timately interwoven with their constitution of The poem of Ariosto, is bui a fragment of beautiful mixture of fair and ruddy : which government, it is free from that bigotry and the chivalrous and amorous history of Charle- occasioned the Marquis of Villa to give his suspicion which takes the alarm at every apmagne ; it has no more either of beginning or epigram the same turn of thought, which pearance of sectarianism, and the civil authorenri than any other period detached from the Gregory, archdeacon of Rome, had employed ity interferes with no eccentricities that do not general course of time. This want of unity is above a thousand years before, in praising the most flagrantly disturb the peace. Impostors essentially injurious to its interest and impres- aniable complexions of some English youths, of ail kinds, therefore, have full swing, if they sion as a whole ; but the avidiiy with which before their conversion to christianity. His i do not violate the laws which are made for ali vaitons and an ages read Arios:o, even when stature (as we fiod it measured by bimself, did the security of life and property. his fables are robbed, by translation, of the not exceed the middle size ; neither too lean Those who visic England, or read Eagliska
PROM AN OLD AND RARE PUBLICATIOS.
In this man
newspapers, will find that there is no time i have all been fulfilled, and therefore would And thrice a week, above, below,
But that she took a pride in.
Of all things else, Rebecca Strype It appears by some extracts which we have and her four and twenty crazy elders, who
Could least endure a pipe. lately seen from English papers, that Joanna seemed determined not to desist, till :hey She rail'd upon the filthy herb tobacco, Southcott is now the rage, and makes more made him as ripe for Bedlam, as they are
Protested that the noisome vapour noise in England, and commands more coln themselves.
Had spoild the best cbintz curtains and the paper, umns in their publick journals, than the Con- The books which she sends into the world! And cost her many a pound in stucco : gress at Vienna, the negotiation at Ghent, or are written, partly in prose, partly in rhyme, And then, she quoted old King James, who saith, the war in America. About fifteen years ago, all the verse, and the greater part of the prose Tobacco is the devil's breath." this distinguished character, then an old wo- being delivered in the character of the Al. man, set the whole country in an uproar ; but mighty. It is not possible to convey an ade
When wives WILL govern, husbands must obey ; her fame yielded to some more novel subject. quale idea of this unparalleled and unimag.
For many a day Her history and her doctrines are given at inable nonseuse by any other means than literal Dick mourn’d and miss'd his favorite tobacco, length in « Esprielia's Letters :" from which transcript. Her hand writing was illegibly
· And curs'd Rebecca. the following particulars are extracted.
bad, so that, at lasi, she found it convenient to At length the day approach'd, bis wife must dit ; JOANNA SOUTHCOTT.
receive orders to throw away the pen, and de- Imagine now the doleful cry
liver her oracles orally. JOANNA SOUTHCOTT was born in Devon
Of female friends, old aunts, and cousins,
It is not unlikely, that the woman, at first, shire, about the middle of the last century, suspected the state of her own intellecis ; her
Who to the funeral come by dozens ; and seems to have past forty years of her life
The undertaker's men and mutes leiters appear to indicate this ; they express a in honest industry, sometimes as a servant, at humble subioission to wiser beads than her
Stood at the gate in sable suits, others, working at the upholsterer's business,
With doleful looks,
Bút among her early believers were without any other symptoms of a disordered three clergyman, one of them a man of fash
Just like so many melancholy rooks. intellect than that she was zealously attached
ion, fortune, and rolle family. When she Now cakes and wine are handed round, to the Methodists. These people were equal- found that persons, into whose society, nothly well qualified to teach her the arts of im
Folks sigh, and drink, and drink and sigh, ing but her frenzy couid ever have elevated posture, or to drive her mad ; or to produce
For grief makes people dry ; her, lisioned to her with reverence, believed in her a happy mixture of craziness and knaveal! her ravings, and supplied her with means
But Dick is missing, no where to be found , ry, ingredients which, in such cases, are usualand money to send them abroad, it is not to
Above, below, about, ly found in combination. She mentions in be wondered at that she went on more boldly
They search'd the house throughout, her books a preacher of an infamous characthe gainfulness of the trade soon silenced all
Each hole and secret pantry, ter, who frequented her master's house, and doubts of the truth of her inspiration. She
In every corner, cupboard, nook and shelf, used to terrify all who heard him in prayer, who was used to carn her daily bread by daily
And all concluded be had hang'd himself, and inake them shriek out convulsively.
labour, has been taken into the houses of her At last they found him---reader, guess you where! Where such impious bedlamites as this are
wealt!ıy believers, regarded as the inost bles. "Twill make you stare.-allowed to walk abroad, it is not to be wonder
sed among women, carried from one part of Perch'd on Rebecca's coffin, at his rest, ed at, that madness should become epidemick. Notwithstanding the irregularities of his life, England to another, and treated every where smoking a pipe of Kirkmani's best!
'with reverence little less than idolatry. Meanin the house where Joanna lived, his pretensions to 'supernatural gifts were acknowledged, write them down ; she publishes them as fast time, dictating books as fast as her scribes can
TRANSLATION and he was accustomed 10 preach and pray ;
as they are written ; and the Jozonians buy A SONNET, WRITTEN BY MICHAEL AFGELO, THE but after she became a prophetess herself, them as fast as they are published.
PRINCE OF SCULPTORS, NEAR THE CLOSE OF HIS LIFE. she discovered that this Sanderson was the false prophet in the Revelations, who is to be
Well nigh the voyage now is overpast, taken, with the beast, and cast alive with him
And my frail bark thro' troubled seas and rude, into a lake of burning brimstone.
Draws near the common haren, where at last Joanna's career began humbly, with proph
Of every action, be it ill or good, ecies concerning the weather, such as the
Must due accouit be rendered. Well I kov popular English almanacks contain, and threats
How vain will then appear the favour'd art,
OR THE FORCE OF HABIT. concerning the fate of Europe and successes
Sole idol long, and monarch of my heart, of the French, which were at that time the
For all is vain that man desires below, speculations of every newspaper, and of every HABITS are stubborn things :
Ind now remorseful thoughts the past upbraid, politician. Some of these guesses having And by the time a man is turn’d of forty,
And fear of twofold death my soul alarms, chanced to be right, the women of the family in
His ruling passion's grown so haughty, which she then worked at the upholstering tusi
That which must come, and that beyond the grave ;
There is no clipping of its wings. ness, began to lend ear to her, id she ven
Picture and sculpture lose their feeble charms,
The truth will best be shewn, tured to submit her papers to the judgment
And to his love divine I turn for sid
By a familiar instance of our own. of one Mr. Pomeroy, the clergyman whose
Who from the cross extends his arms to save.
Dick Strypes church she attended in Excer. He listened 10 her with timid curiosity, rather wanting Was a dear friend and lover of the pipe ;
WEEPING BEAUTY. courage than credulity, to become her disci. He us’d to say, one pipe of Kirkman s best
Gave life a zest. ple ; received from her certain sealed proph
From morn to night, or griev'd or glad, ecies, which were at soine future time to be To him 'twas meat, and drink, and physick, Lucilia's looks are always sad ; opened, when, as it would be seen they had To see the friendly vapour
Her kerchief she with tears is steeping! been accomplished, they would prove the Curl round his midnight taper,
Same think the pretty wretch gone mad, truth of her inspiration : and sanctioned, or
And the black fume,
But lutely I the reason hadseemed to sanction her design of publishing
Clothe all the room
“She looks most beautiful, when weeping !" her call to the world. Mr. Pomeroy, afterIn clouds as dark as science metaphysick.
*********************** wards wishing to be clear of the connexion in So still he smok'd, and drank, and crack'd his joke ;
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED FOR which he had so unluckily engaged, burnt the And, had he single tarried,
JOHN PARK, sealed papers, which had been entrusted to his care. From that time all the Joannians, He might have smokid and still grown old in smoke ; BY MUNROE, FRANCIS AND PARKER who were now no inconsiderable number, re- But Richard married,
NO. 4 CORNHILL. garded him as the arch-apostale. They call His wife was one who carried
Price ihre stolia75 pxl annun, ball in adı: ice. upon him to produce these prophecies, which The cleanly virtues almost to a vive,
New sub»cribers ruy be supplied with preceding noziers abe boldly asserts, and they implicitly believe,
She was so nice ;
Zephaniah Swift, the balance due said States, and to the future defence Harrison G. Otis,
Nathaniel Smith, of the same. The amount so paid into the said treasu- Timothy Bigelow,
Caloin Goddard, PROCEEDINGS AT HARTFORD. ries to be credited, and the disbursements made as Joshua Thomas,
Roger M. Sherman, aforesaid to be charged to the United States.
Samuel $. Wilde,
Daniel Lyman, The New England Convention adjourned Resolved, that it be, and hereby is, recommended Joseph Liman,
Samuel Ward, last week, and have laid the result of their de- to the Legislatures of the aforesaid States, to pass laws Steph. Longfellow, jr. Edward Manton,
Daniel Waldo, liberations before the publick. It is not with=' (where it has not already been done) authorizing the
Benjami West, Governours or Commanders in chief of their militia to Hodijah Baylies,
Benjamin Hazard, in the compass of our limits to insert their enmake detachments from the same or to form volunta- | George Bliss,
Mills Olcott, tire publication, which consists of a pamphlet ry corps, as shall be most convenient and conformable Chauncey Goodrich, William Hall, jr. of thirty pages, every one of which merits the
to their constitutions, and to cause the same to be well perusal and attention of their fellow citizens ; armed, equipped and disciplined, and held in readi
REMARKS ON THE REPORT, &c. the reasonings and facts are of the utmost im- ness for service ; and upon the request of the Gover- As the Resolutions which accompany the portance, --calculated to animate patriotism,
n ur of either of the other States to employ the whole Report, and embrace the only measures proinstruct the publick mind, and assuage the forees of the State, or such parts thereof as may be re
of such detachment or corps, as well as the regular posed at present by the Convention, were first asperity of party spirit.
quired and can be spared consistently with the safety given to the publick without the reasons, which Our readers, we trust, will give the whole of the State, in assisting the State, making such re
induced them not to recommend any thing of paper their serious consideration; but we deem quest, to repel any invasion thereof which shall be a more decisive character, it was not surpris. it proper to republish the conclusion of the made or attempted by the publick enemy.
ing, considering our calamitous situation, and report, adopted by the Convention, and the Resolved, That the following amendments of the the anxiety of the publick mind for immediate
Constitution of the United States be recommended to Resolutions which follow it.
the States represented as aforesaid, to be proposed by relief, that a considerable portion of the come "Such is the general view which this Convention them for adoption by the State Legislatures, and, in munity thought them too tame. A perusal of has thought proper to submit, of the situation of theson such cases as may be deemed expedient by a Conven
the pamphlet, we presume, has produced or States, of their dangers and their duties. Most of the tiun chosen by the people of each State.
will produce, a general conviction that the subjects which it embraces have separately received And it is further recommended, that the said States course adopted by the Convention was dictated an ample and luminous investigation, by the great and shult persevere in their efforts to obtain such amend. | by the soundest wisdom, and that their recomable assertors of the rights of their Country, in the mtnts, until the same shall be effected.
mendations point out the most judicious, safe, National Legislature ; and nothing more could be Pirst. Representatives and direct taxes shall be apattempted on this occasion, than a digest of general partioned among the sereral states which may be iue justifiable and practicable methods of obtainprinciples, and of recommendations, suited to the pre: cluded within this Union, according to their respective ing a redress of our wrongs, and the utmost sent state of publick affairs. The peculiar difficulty numbers of free persons, including those bound to
alleviation of our sufferings that present cirand delicacy of perfirming, even this undertaking, will serve for a term of years and excluding Indians not cumstances admit. be appreciated by all who think seriously upon the taxed, and all other persons.
We cannot consider the report too tame, crisis. Negotiations for Peace are at this hour sup- Sesond. No new State shall be admitted into the for it cortemplates, conditionally, the strong. posed to be pending, the issue of which must be deeply Union by Congress in virtue of the power granted by
est step, that any intelligent friend to his interesting to all. V. mvasures should be driven - Constitution without the concurrence of two thirds which might unfavourably aifect that issue; nose which of both Houses.
country could wish ever to see realized. It should embarrass the Administration, if their professed
Third. Congress shall not have power to lay any
proposes for immediate attention several imdesire for peace is sincere ; and none, which on sup. embargo on the ships or vessels of the citizens of the portant measures, probably as much as will be position of their insincerity, should afford them pre. United States, in the ports or harbours thereof, for supported by the degree of unanimity which texts for prolongiog the war, or relieving themselves more than sixty days.
would be requisite to carry any thing into from the responsibility of a dishonourable peace. It is Fourth Congress shall not have power, without effect. It was for the discernment of this body also deroutly to be wished, that an occasion may be the concurrence of two thirds of both Houses, to interaltorded to all friends of the country, of all parties, and dict the commercial intercourse between the U. States
to ascertain, not only what might in theory be in all places, to pause and consider the awful state, to arid any foreign nuion or the dependencies thereof.
right and expedient, but wbat would be pracwhich pernicious counsels, and blind passions, baye Fifth. Congress shall not make or declare war, or tically adapted to the views, the feelings, and brought this people i he number of those who per. authorise acts of hostility against any foreign nation the energy of those, for whose conduct they ceive, and who are ready to retrace errours, must, it is without the concurrence of two thirds of both Houses, were assembled to devise a plan. In this rebelieved, be yet sufficient to redeem the nation
except such acts of hostility be in defence of the terriDecessary to rally and unite them by the assurance, tories of the United States when actually invaded.
spect, we sincerely believe, and trust the that' no hostility to the Constitution is meditated, and Sixth. No person who shall hereafter be naturaliz
event will prove, that they have been admi. to obtain their aid, in placing it under guardians, who ed, shall be eligible as a member of the Senate or
rably successful. alone can save it from destruction. Should this fortu. House of Representatives of the United States, nor
But we cannot content ourselves with an kate change be effected the hope of happiness and hon. capable of holding any civil office under the authority expression of general approbation ; we liave our may once more dispel the surrounding gloom of the United States.
experienced the warmest respect and gratiOur nation may yet be great, our union durable. But Seventh. The same person shall not be elected lude towards the authors of the excclleni apshould this prospect be utterly hopeless, the time will President of the United States a second time : not Bot have been lost, which shall have ripened a general shall the President be elected from the same State, peal, now before us, while examining its con. sentiment of the necessity of more mighty efforts to two terms in succession.
ients, and we wish to be indulged in pointing rescue from ruin, at least some portion of our beloved Resolvcd, That if the application of these Statcs to out, more particularly, why we hare been so Country,
the government of the United States, recommended in much gratified. Therefore Resolved
a foregoing Resolution, should be unsuccessful, and The introduction sets in its true light, the That it be and hereby is recommended to the peace should not be concluded, and the detence of delicacy of the circumstances under which the Legislatures of the several States represented in this these States should be neglected, as it has been since
Convention were assembled to act. The real Convention, to adopt all such measures as may be the commencement of the war, it will in the opinion necessary effectually to protect the citizens of said of this Convention be expedient for the Legislatures of character of important measures very often States from the operation and effects of all arts wbich the several States to appoint Delegates to anotier depends more on the circumstances atiending have been or may be passed by the Congress of Convention to meet at Boston, in the Staie of Massa- them, than on the rature of the measures the United States, which shall contains provisions, chusetts, on the third Thursday of June next, with themselves. The very step, which at one sul,ecting the militia or other citizens to forcible such powers and instructions as the exigency of a cri- time is indispensably necessary, at another, drafis, conscriptions, or impressments, not authorised sis so momento's may require.
may be not only useless but criminal. It is by the Constitution of the United States.
Pecorred, That the Hon. George Cabot, the Hon.
almost certain that if ever we are blest with a Resolve.t, That it be and hereby is recommended to Chaunce: Golrich, and the Hon. Daniel Liman, or the said Legislatures, to authorize an immediate and any two of them be authorised to call another meeting good administration, under a republican form earnest application to be made to the Government of of this Convention to be holden in Boston, at any time of government, we shall sce demagogues comthe Cited States, requesting their consent to sime before new Delegates shall be chosen, as recommend bining against the constituted authorities, and arrangedient, whereby the said States may, separately ed in the above resolution, if in their judgment the their measures, and they will claim counteor in concert, be empowered to assame upon them. situation of the Country shall urgently require it. nance from the precedent, which they wii
sel: as the defence of teir territory gainst the crie HARTFORD, Jan. 4th, 1815. my ; " da reasonable portion of the taxes, collected
allege exists in this Hartford Convention George Cabot,
James Hillhouse, within said States, may be paid into the respective | Nathan Dane,
This is an evil, which every well inford
man must have contemplated, and in spite of all | tain the burden of the national taxes.” Hav- | bankruptcy, the treasury has been beggared by precaution, it will have some effect, on the ing said this, they do not consider it necessary foreigners. It is by foreign renegadoes that minds of the undiscriminating multitude ; it to predict what must and will be the conse- our elections are decided. It was for the prowas therefore wise and necessary to define in quence, if the war continue, and the Govern- tection of foreign fugitives and deserters that strong and explicit terms the bounds which ment persist in both these requisitions. Their war is said to have been declared. And it is the convention set to their views. They have opinion however is obviously this that each by raising foreign adventurers to the head of faithfully discharged this obligation, hy laying state must for itself decline the contest, or the treasury, that the money has all disappeared down a series of principles, which can neither withhold from the grasp of the administration, and the credit of the government has sunk too be perverted to the purposes of jacobinism, such a portion of its pecuniary means as may low to be raised again. When our elections when no real grievance exists, nor be quoted be necessary for its local security. But as an are decided by foreigners, and the government against those who may at any time find open expedient to prevent a resort to either of these is managed by foreigners, is it at all surprisresistance an imperious duty. These princi- serious alternatives, we understand the Con- ing that we have no national character ? Fed. ples are valuable, and should be kept con- vention to propose, that the New England Republican, stantly in the view of a republican people, to states should offer to the General government aid them in distinguishing between the friends “ to assume their own defence, and be allowand the foes of their liberty.
ed a reasonable portion of the taxes raised in GENERAL REGISTER. We have ever been decidedly of opinion, each state, to be appropriated to its defence, and have constantly so expressed ourselves, and to be accounted for to the United States.” BOSTON,SATURDAY, JANUARY 14,1815. that a dissolution of the union of the states We are happy to find that the Convention would be one of the greatest evils that would have recommended that the states, to whom befal us, though not the greatest. We do
FOREIGN. Nothing recent from Europe. their Report may be addressed, should ats From Canada, we learn that General Procter not hesitate to say it would be a far less tempt such an arrangement with the general has been brought to a evil, than to endure forever, that destructive
court niartial, for his government. We discover in the course of fight before General Harrison, nearly a year system of policy under which we have been the remarks contained in the Report on this since, and from the ample and specifick nasinking, for the last seven years, and are now most urgent and interesting topick, all the ture of the testimony which had been given, experiencing. The only question therefore is, spirit, that can be desired
, that can be desired. It is the touch- his condemnation was supposed unquestiona: whether it is best, at once, to encounter the stone, which will develop our true situation, ble. On the 25th of December, the Psyche, former, which would, in its nature, be an in- if New England adopts the proposed plan. It said to be a very beautiful frigate, was terminable evil, or submit for a time to the
aunch: paves the way directly for those bold but inev. ed at Kingston. Four hundred regular Britlatter, which may possibly be removed : not itable steps, which a large portion of the peo, ish troops have arrived and taken post at passively submit; for in that case we see no hope of amelioration ; but adhering to the ple now wish and which all will demand, if
Mackinaw. the war continue, into summer. Nothing principle of Union, until we have used the last that we write will ever be read in England or
DOMESTICK. The arrival of the Brits means for redress, and manfully given our ul. in Ghent, therefore we feel at liberty to pre: ced beyond a doubt-their force from 10 to
ish expedition, in West Florida, is now platimatum to the authors and abettors of our dict, that our government is too determined wrongs. The arguments on both sides of this
12,000. We are not informed what was the upon the liumiliation and vassalage of New subject are briefly and forcibly stated in the England to leave in our own hands, our only number of American troops at New Orleans. report, preponderating decidedly, as wc con- means of defence. It may be asked, and it A detachment from Kentucky, under General ceive, against a rash attempt to dissolve the ought, for form's sake, to be asked as a fa Thomas, passed the mouth of Cuinberland
vour, or demanded as a right; but in either river, the latter part of November, and 5000 But unconstitutional, oppressive, dangerous case, it will be refused ; and these states can
Teanesee Militia, under General Caroll, arriva measures of administration may be opposed,
ed at Clarksvilie in Tennessee, on their pasthen do no other, than interdict the surrender even to forcible resistance, without disloyalty of their pecuniary resources, or part with sage down the river, about the same time. A to the constitution of the federal government ;
these, and make the best possible terms with body of 25110 men, commanded by General and when exercised in gross aggressions on
M'Intosh left fort Hawkins in Georgia for the enemy. A peace, settled by negotiation at the state sovereignties, the latter are “ in duty
It is double Ghent, or neutrality by local arrangement, is Mobile, on the 18th December bound to interpose.” The report ably discus
not far distant, or the tone of the New Engful whe:her they may not be intercepted. ses some of the prominent assumptions, in the land
Last Thursday, agreeably to the President's several conscription bills, which have been be. been deemed,is beyond the spirit of the people. Union, as a day of national Fasting, Humilis
Proclamation, fore Congress, as of this description ; and as But it is not so. The minds of our fellow. demanding, if ultimately adopted by that body, citizens are faithfully represented in this Re
tion and Prayer. “ a firm and decided opposition from the indi. port Our government profess to be now ne
The Legislature of this state will assemble, vidual states." A more spirited recommenda- gotiating for Peace. Though the enemy are
for the regular winter session, next Wednes
day. tion, on this alarming subject, surely could not making very formidable preparations for the be desired ; yet no more is recommended than next campaign, at present, they are quiet, and
Governour Smith has issued a Proclamation, the New England states, certainly, and prob- we consider ourselves, for three or four months requiring the Legislature ofConnecticut to meet bly, many others, if exposed to the test, will
at Hartford, the 25th inst. longer, free from danger. By May we shall put into execution.
The report of the rencontre between the know, whether the overtures which the British On the interesting subject of defence, the have repeatedly offered, are met by a spirit of Constitution and Maidstone frigate has evapo
rated. report first reviews the injudicious, unequal, reconciliation or not. By May we shall know unjust and inefficient measures which have whether our government will allow us to 1180
A vague report that the Preliminaries of a thus far characterized the management of the our own means of defence, since they leave us treaty of Peace had been signed at Ghent, publick force. The picture is strong and sup- to defend ourselves; or whether they will received at Philadelphia, excited some interported by notorious facts. It then contem- continue to plunder us, and expose us naked
est in this town on Wednesday and Thursday,
but it is not credited. plates the present and future prospect-the to the rage of an incensed and powerful enenational government, at last, incapable, if ever my. By May the enemy will be prepared to
The New England Convention adjourned so well disposed, of affording us the means of fall on our sea board, and execuie the threats,
on the 5th instant. Their report is before protection. “ The ranks of the American ar- which have long been conditionally impend the publick, and affords ample proof that the my thinned by the casualties of war-recruits ing ; and by May, there will not be a man in confidence placed in the wisdom, moderation, discouraged by the uncertainty of receiving Massachusetts who will not see that the reign and firmness of that body was well deserved. pay--the NATIONAL TREASURY, as appears of “ NECESSITY" has begun, that necessity
The act increasing the Postage on letters from authentick documents, extorted by ne. which justifies any thing-every thing that one half, goes into operation, on the first of
next month. cessity from those whose inclination might self preservation requires.
The House of Delegates of Maryland perlead them to conceal the embarrassments of
severe in displaying a bold front against the the government, bankrupt, and its credit prostrate." The actual situation of these states
menaced usurpations of the General governand the causes which made it such as it is, Since the reign of democrary, there have ment. On the 2nd instant, Mr. John Hanson are then described, leading to the inference, been three secretaries of the treasury. The
Thomas brought forward a proposition, exwhich the Convention pronounce in the most first was an Italian ; the second a Scoichman, pressing the utmost detestation of the despoexplicit terms, that “ the New England states the third a Tortolese, or Englishman of French tick principles, embraced in the several concannot possibly defray the expense, requisite extraction. It is some consolation to the na- scriprion bills, which had been agitated in Confor their own protection, and continue to sus- fives, amidst all their distress, dishonour and gress, and concluding with the fol.owing hon
To be co icludtJ in next number.
ourable testimony of respect to Mr. King, oficine is a much more common foible, than not contain, nor for the practical errours of the Senate, for his manly and successful stand, want of confidence.
those who support them. When thus assailin defence of the liberties of his countrymen. In a figurative sense, our motto admits of a ed, it is but just that it be heard in its own
Resolved, That the thanks of this house, in great variety of application, equally true ; but defence, and no other defence can be so powbehalf of the freemen of Maryland, be, and it is our intention, at present, to give it a se- erful, they are presented to the Hon. Rufus King, of rious turn, as it may yery well be expressed, the Senate of the U. States, for the seasona- in allusion to cHRISTIANITY..
AN INTERESTING MARK OP RESPECT TO THE Our holy religion, ever since its promulga
MEMORY OF NELSON. enced wisdom and elevated influence of char- tion, has been subject to the assaults of inti- A GENTLEMAN recently informed us of a acter, in averting the meditated operation of a delity, which employs every weapon, with a circumstance, which came under his own obmeasure, hostile to the immunities of constitu- singular malignity, in its warfare against prin, servation, that we do not recollect to have seen tional freedom, offensive to the pure genius of ciples, that tend, in the highest degree, to mentioned among all the honourable tributes independence, and fraught with consequences dignify human nature, and increase human
of respect, paid to the heroick virtues of Lord taleful and appailing to the social order, tran- felicity. The subtilty of the logician, the van
Nelson. We do not know by whose authority quility and well being of this United Repub- ily of the philosopher, the sneers of the wit, it was executed, but there is something uncomlick.
and the shallow contempt of the profligate, monly striking and refined in the idea. And this house would accompany the re- have all been levelled against this systein, It is well known that Lord Nelson received spectful tribute, which it has specially offer. though no substitule has ever been proposed, the shot which was fatal to bim, on the deck ed, with a general expression of the grateful which civilized society has considered adequate of the Victory.
of the Victory. On the spot, where he fell, e sense which it also entertains of the distin- to its exalted purposes and evident utility. portion of the surface of the deck has been guished merit of other members of the minore Among the host of assailants, with whom it removed, and a large star, of mahogany of ity, who so steadfastly and ably co-operated at has had to contend, are those who upbraid re- some durable and ornamental wood, was sunk every renewal of the struggle in both branch-ligion itself with the moral imperfections of upon the plank. This is considered sacred es of congress, in combatting against the in- those who enlist under its banners. In reply
ground ; a sentry is constantly standing by it, sidious introduction of an authoritative con- to such, we may with propriety borrow the and neither man, officer, nor visitor is ever script establishment, more specious in the language of the Roman philosopher. The suffered to put his foot upon the star; a device form of its approach, but not essentially differ- mere profession of Christianity, or even a spec- which both designates the spot as an object of ent from that, whose intense oppression has ulative belief in its truth, is not sufficient, it is veneration, and brings to mind the glory of just vanished from the continent of Europe, true, to raise man above the reach of tempta- the event which it commemorates. with its guilty author, the blood-stained Usur- tion ; it has not, that we can conceive, any miper of France. raculous power over the mind, which at once
THE GREEK LANGUAGE. Ordered, That the Hon. the Speaker of this converts its nature into that of a superiour
The language of Greece is confessedly the house, be requested to transmit to the Hon. order of beings, Rufus King, an authenticated copy of the
most polished, exquisite, and powerful of all nec funditus omnes
modes of speech known to the western nations, present proceeding.
Corporeæ excedunt pestes-
and probably no language that ever existed, has been discussed in Congress and passed to
Its operation on the heart, and consequently can be placed in competition with it. It unites,
on the fruits of the heart, will generally be in a degree far surpassing other tongues, 'all a third reading.
the valuable properties of speech, harmony of A Uniform Bankrupt Law has been twice progressive, fur passions when naturally strong read and referred to a committee of the whole.
or become so by indulgence are not readily sounds, copiousness, facility of formation, derA bill has been engrossed for a third read
controlled, even by the clearest convictions of ivation and composition, and a happy flexibility, ing, in the house, the professed object of which
the understanding: But let any christian sou equally adapted to the boldest Aights of oralory is to prevent intercourse with the enemy, in ciety be conipared, as to their moral rectitude and poetry ; the graces of narrative and conthe northern frontier. It threatens another
with the same vumber of avowed infidels, and versation ; or the didactick precision of argualarming stretch of power, by authorizing the
who wiil say this divine inedicine is without ment—" a musical and prolifick language" as employment of military force, at the pleasure power? Who can say that any individual, pro- it is expressed by the historian, “ that gives a of the President, or of the officers appointed fessing christianity, is not a more correct man, soul to the objects of sense, and a body to the
than he himself would have been, had he abstractions of philosophy.” Aiken's Rev. under the act.
spurned the christian character ?
If we consider the subject more attentively, EXTREME POVERTY OF THE SICILLIN NO. DP The Editor to his Subscribers. we shall find that this ground of aspersion is
BILITY. I have already announced to the Patrons of this pubo altogether unfounded. The christian Cedevas Bioxx evening, as I happened to be return
from Gall's Travels, lication, that it will be discontinued, at the close of next month. All the leisure that I could reserve from other oc.
(if it be not an excess of charity to admit such ing horne, I fell in with a procession of monks cupations, for upwards of a year, I have employed, a description of men) will confess, embraces and soldiers bearing an image of St. Francis ; with no inconsiderable satisfaction to myself, in writ. the most perfect system of morality that has and, not baving seen any thing of the kind ing and selecting for this paper. I have not yet re- ever yet appeared. A law is not to be cen. before, I went with the crowd into a church, ceived a cent in recompense for my labour ; but in ad.
sured, because actions are committed which it towards which the procession was moving. dition to what has been paid by subscribers, have ad
interdicts. But it is asked, if the nominal While reckoning the number of the friars as vanced about a hundred dollars to my publishers, to whom I am yet several hundred dollars in arrears.
christian transgresses, where is ihe power of they entered, and having reached a hundred Their claims upon me have become URGENT, and I
his religion? The reply is, it is the want of and seventy, all excellent subjects for soldiers, shall esteem it a GREAT FAVOUR, if Subscribers both in religion, and not its inefficacy, that occasions a well-dressed gentleman came up tu me, and, town and country will take an early opportunity, and crlour. A man may be more or less my friend. bowing, pointed to some of the ornaments as send to them or me, the amount of the whole sub. Because he does me an injury, shall I then objects worthy of a stranger's curiosity ; but, scription, which from the first No. Jan. 1st 1814 to No 61, which will be the last, is 3 dollars 50 cents. If sigmatize friendship as an unprofitable virtue? perceiving me shy of entering into conversation Shall I not rather say, that in this instance he
with him, and the procession entering the my friends will be so kind, the trouble of the pecuniary concern will cease with the pleasure of editorship. was not my friend?
church at the same time, he walked, or was The siinile we have quoted from Cicero, forced by the current of the crowd, away.
holds good in another respect, which has given • The idol being placed near the high altar, LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS.
rise to many aspersions on christianity from the crowd began to chaunt a hymn. As they FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR
the exceptionable conduct of its professors. all fell on their knees, and my tight prejudices TULLY, NO. IV.
The passions of men have combired, with its and small clothes would not permii me to do Æger quia non omnis convalescit, non idcir- tures, which are sedulously inculcates, as a simple and pure precepts, innumerable impos. the same, I turned into one of the side chapels,
and, leaning against the railing of the altar, co nulla medicina est. De Nat. DEORUM.
part of the system, though not to be found in began to speculate on the spectacle before med It does not follow, beralise every patient does not the original guide of our faith. Happily for
when the stranger again accosted me. Some recover, that there is no power in medicine.
us, in this country of religious liberty, we what disconcerted by the interruption, and by Ix. the literal sense, the world generally bave free access to the standard of truth, and the forwardness of the man, I abruptly quitted evince their belief in this adage ; for Physi- may thus detead it, against the censures which my place. But, before I had moved a wo steps, cians are never out of fashion. Lawyers are justly rest on the unwarranted devices of in. I he approaches, and, bowing, said, I am the in sone countries proscribed, but Doctors nev- terested men The g spel is not responsible Baron M-, and my palace is just opposite.
Extreme credulity in the power of med-' for the absurdity of doctrines which it does | At this instant the worshippers rose, and the