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MY AIN FIRE SIDE. doors near where we were standing, before I ters addressed to the men, promising them

By Miss HAMILTOX. could retreat, I found myself involved in the the most speedy relief. These were acconicrowd, and obliged to go with the stream. panied with medicines against the scurvy, said O, I hae seen great anes, and been in great ha's, When I reached the street, I found the stran- to be of great price, but of still greater effica- | 'Mang lords and 'mang ladies a' covered wi' braws ; ger again at my side. This is very extraor. cy; many more were yet to be sent therc. The

At feasts made for princes, wi' princes I've been, dinary, thought l; and, without seeming to effects of this dóceit were truly astonishing ! Where the great shine o splendour bas dazzled my notice him, walked away. He followed ; and Three small phials of medicine were given to when we had got out of the nucleus of the each physician. It was públickly announced

But a sigbt sae delightfu' I trow I ne'er spied, throng, he seized me firmly by the arm, and that three or four drops were sufficient to imdrew me aside. Enraged and alarmed at this

part a healing virtue to a gallon of liquor. As the bonnie blyth blink o' my ain fire side. mysterious treatment, I shook him fiercely We now displayed our wonder-working bal

Ance mair, Guid be thankit! by my ain hantsome from me. For about the time that one might | sams ; nor cven the commanders let

ingle count twenty, he seemed to hesitate ; and then, into the secret of the cheat put upon the sold

Wi' the friends o' my youth I cordially mingle : suddenly coming back, repeated, in Italian, iers. They flocked in crowds about us, every Nae form to compel me to seem wae or glad, with considerable energy, “I, I am the Baron one soliciting that a part might be reserved M. This is my palace ; but I have nothing for their use. Cheerfulness again appeared on

I may laugh when I'm merry-and sigh when I'm sad,

Nae falsehood to dreed, and nae malice to fear, to eat !" I looked at the building, near the every countenance, and a universal faith pregate of which we were then standing : it was vailed in the sovereign virtues of the remedies.

But truth to deliglit memand friendship to cheer, old and ruinous: thorc was no lamp in the The herbs now beginning to spring up above of a'roads to happiness ever was tried, court-yard, and only a faint light glimmering the ground, of these we made decoctions, to There's nane half dae sure as ane's ain fire side. in one of the windows.

which worm wood and camphor were added, • Mistaking my silence and astonishment, that by the prevalent flavour of these, they

When I drew in my stool on my cozie hearth-stane, he pulled out his watch, and placing it in my might appear medicines of no mean efficacy. My heart loups sae light I scarce ken't for my ain ; hand, entreated me to give him some money. The stiff, contracted limbs were animated with Care's flown on the winds—its clean out o' sight, As I had no disposition to become a pawn. wax, melted in rapesced or linseed oil. The Past sorrows they seem but as dreams o' the night : broker, I returned it with some expressions of invention of new and untried physick was I hear but kent voices--kent faces I see, surprise, and took out my purse with the in- boasted, and, amidst a defect of every necessa- And mark fond affection glint saft frae ilk ee. tention of giving it to him, for it only con- ry and useful medicine, a strange medley of Nae fleechings o' Aattery-nae boastings o' pride, tained two or three small pieces. But here drugs was compounded. The effect however 'Tis heart speaks to heart, at ane's ain fire side. all the solemnity of the adventure terminated. of the delusion was really astonishing, for many He snatched it out of my hand, and, emptying were quickly and perfectly recovered. Such the contents into his own, returned it; and, as had not moved their liinbs for a month be

TRANSLATION wishing me good night, ran into the gateway.' fore, were seen walking the streets, sound,

OF A Hrms,‘BY ARISTOTLE TO HIS FRIEND HERXIAS. straight and whole. They boasted of their LORD'BYRON'S COMPOSITIONS. cure by the Prince's remedy ; many who had VIRTU! thou source of pure delight, The Edinburgh Reviewers appear now, not

declared they had been rendered worse by all Whose rugged mein can ne'er affright only to have become reconciled to Lord Byron, former remedies, recovered in a few days to The man with courage fir'd ; as an author, but to have enlisted among his their inexpressible joy, and the no less gener- For thee the sons of Greece have run warmest admirers. The last number repub- 1 al surprise, by taking, almost by having brouglit

To certain ills, which others shun, lished in this country contains the following to them, what we affirmed to be their gracious

And gloriously expir'd. Prince's cure. general observations on his manner. -- An unparalleled rapidity of narra

Where'er thy sacred seeds take root, tive, and condensation of thoughts and images

Immortal are the flow'rs and fruit,

POETRY. -a style always vigorous and original, though

Unfading are the leaves ; sometimes quaint and affected, and more fre

Dearer than smiles of parent kind, quently strained, harsh, and abrupt-a diction

MORAL EFFUSION.

Than balmy sleep, or gold refin'd, and versification invariably spirited, and almost

The joys thy triumph gives. always harmonious and emphatick: Nothing A Beam of tranquillity smil'd in the West, dituted, in short, or diffused into weakness, The storm of the morning pursued us no more,

For thee the twins of migl.ty Jove, but full of life, and nerve and activity And the wave, while it welcom'd the moment of rest, For thee divine Alcides strove panding only in the eloquent expression of Still hear'd as remembering ills that were o'er.

From vice the world to free ; strong and favourite affections, and every

For thee Achilles quits the light, where else, concise, energetick, and impetu- Serenely my heart took the hue of the hour, ous-hurrying on with a disdain of little orna

Its passions were sleep, were mute as the dead,

And Ajas plunges into night, ments and accuracies, and not always very And the spirit becalm’d but remember'd their pow'r,

Eternal night for thee. solicitous about being comprehended by read- As the billow the force of the gale that is flcd.

Hermias, the darling of mankind,
ers of inserior capacity.'
I thougiit of the days when to pleasure alone

Shall leave a deathless name behind
We are ready to subscribe to most of these
My heart ever granted a wish or a sigh ;

For the untimely slain ;
opinions ; but are at a loss to koow how the
When the saddest emotion my bosom had known

As long as Jove's brigut altars blaze, style of a poet can be « frequently harsh,” yet almost always harmonious." We think, that,

Was pity for those who were wiser than I.

His worth shall furnish grateful praise,

To all the Muses' train. in reviewing LARA, they will make some sur. I felt how the poor intellectual fire ther qualifications. It possesses much of the

In luxury loses its heavenly rays same character as his Lordship’s other pro. How soon, in the ravishing cup of desire,

The aphorism non solum nobis nati sumus" of ductions, but we doubt whether it can be said, The pearl of the soul may be melted away!

Cicero is tl.coms beautifully amplified, by the Abbe Dethat it contains nothing diluted or diffuse. The

lille. description of Lara's manners after his return, And I pray'd of that spirit who lighted the flame, in the Vth. VIth. VIIth. VIIIth. and IXth.

MAJs, ne l'oublions pas, à la ville, au village, That pleasure no more might its purity dim ; stanzas of the first Canto, and resumed in the And that, sullied but little, or brightly the same

Le bonheur le plus dous est celui qu'on p. stage. XVIth. XVIIth. XVIIIth. and XIXth. appear

Heureux ou malheureux, l'homme a besoin d'autrui ;

I might give back the gem I had borrow'd from him! to us protracted even to tediousness.

Il ne vit qu' à moitié s'il ne vit que pour lui."
The thought was extatick! I felt as if heav'n
POWER OF IMAGINATION IN CURING DIS. Had already the wreath of eternity shown ;
EASES.
As if passion all chasten'd and errour forgiv'n,

PRINTED AND PUBLISHED FOR (A PACT RELATED BY VANDER MIE, M. D).] My heart had begun to be purely its own !

JOHN PARK,
DURING the siege of Breda, in 1625, the
I look'd to the West, and the beautiful sky

BY MUNROE, FRANCIS AND PARKER, garrison was afflicted with the scurvy in a inost dreadful degree. When the Prince of Which morning had cloudede was clouded no more....

NO. 4 CORNHILL... Orange heard of their distress, and understood “O thus," I exclaim'd, " can a heavenly Eye

Price three dollars per annum, half in advarce. that the city was in danger of being delivered Shed light on the soul that was darken'd no more." New subscribers may be mpplied with preceding numbers

SELECTED.

DEVOTED TO POLITICKS AND BELLES LETTRES.

BOSTON, SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 1815.

VOL. I.

NO.LVI.

be

POLITICAL.

pen that an army could not be « raised in that in Europe. Every one knew that the evils of

mode, whence the power would have been one year of war, would be greater than those IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES. granted in vain."

of a century, resulting from impressment, in the Sir, it will never happen in a country like manner in which it was practised when the war EXTRACTS FROM MR.Wand's SPEECH.

ours, that a wise and provident administration was declared. Gentlemen may disguise it as The Conscription Bill, before Congress in the month

cannot raise an army, without resorting to force, they will, still, the passions, the feelings, and of December, was set aside in the Senate, and the excellent speeches delivered by the friends of liberty, on when the interest of the nation requires that the motives, which led to the war, will be rightthat occasion, have perhaps lost some of their interest they should have one. In a war just, necessary, ly apprehended and fully understood by our enBut we cxtract a few passages from Mr. Wann's and expedient, and wisely conducted, one in lightened citizens.' speech, of the 14th of that month, which, with many which the feelings of the people are engaged, ollier excellent remarks, in the same production, will armies will be raised with great facility. In

The following paragraph may or may not apply to

the ultimate demands of the British government. Wo apply to other cases of threatened usw pation, and ouglit always to be familiar 10 the people, and contin any other war the government ought not to conceive it very proper and seasonable, however, to ually sounding in the ears of our corrupt rulers. Hav have an army. Our government is a govern- turn publick attention to the subject : 'it mury very ing finished a copious argument, proving the Conscrip.ment of the people, was made for the people, interesting. tion Bill unconstitutional, Jir. Ward observed, for the good of the many, and not to support the • The President,through his minister, says

• If the bill on you table is unconstitutional, pride, the weak or wicked policy or the pas. “ The United States must give up no right, or resistance is not only lawful but it is a duiy..sions, of the few. War never ought to be de- perish in the struggle." To resist usurped power, is as high a duty as clared by a government like ours,excepting for These were not the sentiments of Alexander, to submit to power lawfully exercised ; and the causes of such magnitude, and for injuries of the Deliverer, at the treaty of Tilsit ; and we freemen of the east will much sooner incur the such a nature, as to cause a general excite. have seen the fruits and effecis of the wisdom penalties of an unconstitutional law, than the ment. After having legislated for years, upon of Roioarizoff, in negociating that treaty, wonguilt of treachery to their country and poster principles hostile to the interests of the peo- derfully displayed in the battle of Boridino, and ity. We have heard much from some of the ple, and destructive of their attachment to the in the after events of Europe. No wise govmajority, : of the power of government, of re- 1 government, to expect that the people would erument, riespotick or republicans ever held bellion, and of crises” Sir, far be it from me rally round the government, and fight with en- such language, or practised upon such a printo do any thing to invite or hasten crises, but thusiasm, betrays a want of knowledge of men, ciple. A mad adherence to this principle hurif they are forced upon the citizens of this and of the pature of our free institutions.'

ried Bonaparte, from the governinent of the country, when they are defending “ the bless

Again, speaking of the state of our country; and the

fairest part of Europe, to that speck of cresings of civil liberty," they will be met with

nature of the present war, our worthy representative alion, the island of Elba. What, yield noththat fortitude which conscious integrity inspires, says :

ing! give up no righi. however unimportant, and the power of the government, exerted in The president through his minister, de- even to quiet the reasonable fears of our enean unjust cause, will be found to be impotence. clares to us, “ that the nature of the crisis in my ! not even be at peace with our red breth

From the languge of some geoliemen, I which we are involved, and thie extent of our ren," and suffer those children of nature to enshould suppose they imagine, that persons in danger, require particular attention--that we joy, undisturbed, a small portion of the lands, authority have a righe to use any powers ivbi.is ara coniendig for enisicace, and must make which the God of natuie give them! The they may deem necessary to accomplish lawful great exertions, and suffer great sacrifices, proudest monarchs, in their proudest days, ends, and are not restrained or limited to con

that we are called upon for a display of all that have often for the sake of peace, given up rights, stitutional means, and that resistance, in all

patriotis'n, which distinguished us in the first vot important to their security, to quiet the cases, would be rebellion.

great struggle--that we must relinquish no fears of a weaker neighbour. Louis the 14th, “ Whoever in auhority," said the great Mr. riglit, or perish in the struggle.

when more powerful iban any monarch in EuLocke, “ exceeds his powers, acis without Is this a true picture of the state of our coun- rope, for the sake of peace, and to quiet the authority, and may be opposed, as any other try? Are we contending for existence ? Are fears of the English and Dutch, agreed to desman who invadcs rights." Upon its being ob- we called upon for a display of those spasms troy his fortifications at Dunkirk. TheEnglish, served, that “ to tell the people they may of patriotism exhibited in our great struggle ? wien lley were conqueror's, 10 obtain peace,and oppose power when perveried or misapplied, How came we in this situation? By whose a- quici rise leurs of Spain, agreed to demolish their will lead to rebellion," the same greut man gency, and for what causes, were we thus in- forts near the bay of Honduras. No wiseigovernreplied - You may as well say, to tell honest volied? The same government, the sanie ment, to avoid a present contest, will surrenmen they may oppose robbers and pirates will nien, inrol ed us in the war, which is the der righis, which will weaked itself essentials lead to disorder and bloodshed." When the

cause of all the evils and calamities which a- ly, or give an accession of power to its enemy', famous Selden was asked, “ by what statutes wait us, who now tell us, and the world, that which will operate a serious disadvantage in resistance to tyranny could be justified, he the principle, in support of which they said the future contests. These general observations answered. It is to be ju-tified by the cus- war was declared, is not worth a serious con- I have thought it not improper to make; as netom and usage of England, which is the law of test. The same men who now call upor us to gotiation for peace is pending, I will not be the land." « We are to suppor the crown," surrender our lives, our personal liberty, our more particular.' says Bolingbroke, “ with our lives and for childll win and every thing which is dear 10 US

On the aspersions uttered against the government lunes, while ii keeps within bounds, and pro. 10 extricate our country from the state of recis and no longer.

and ; lo; le of Massachusetts. “ This is so well wretchedness in which they have involved us, settled,” as he expresses it, " that conscience now, in effeci, admit, that after the revocation

• Sir, I am not a little surprised at the rehas no occasion to battle wi:h the understand of the British orders in council, there was no

proaches, which have been cast upon the gove ing." "A king,” says Mr. Erskine, " has no adequate cause for prosecuting the war. Il is

ernment and people of Massachusetts, for suf. more authority to excee i his power, than a con- irue, as is said, after the peace in, Europe, the

tcring a part of her territory to be captured,

and bitherto 10 remain in possession of the stable.” If government usurp a power, not gi- principles of impressment, for which our encven by the constitution, they are wrong doers, my contend, will have no practical effect;" enemy. It is the more extraordinary, as the and responsible for the consequences. but what were we told when war was icclred?

censure comes from the members of a gove In the secretary's explanatory observations, It was then resounded from one end of tbe

ernment, to whom she has paid the price of i: is said, that “ Congress had a right, by the continerit to the other, that the war was a war

projection), and from whom she has a right to constitution, to raise regular armies, and no fur principli-thut sailors' righes were to be

demand is. It is owing to the improvidence restraint is imposerb in the exercise of it”- established on a basis eternal.

No ilan sup

of the governmeni of the United States that that " it would be absurd 10 suppose that Con posed, from the representations of the suppor-allusion is bad

the enen y now possesses the territory to which gress could not carry this power into effect, liers of the war, that the blood and treasure

A small portion of the milotherwise than by accepting the voluntary ser- which were expended, were io aver the cur

lions drawn from Massachusetts, and wasted vices of individuals”-and that "it might hap- rent sufferings by impressment, during the war

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jects, if it had been laid out in building forti- | have been very unwise to have proposed a sufficient distinctness, what we can, and what fications, and placing garrisons in them, would measure, which could not be effected, without we cannot endure. They have drawn the line, have prevented even a temporary loss of thister- the decided approbation of the mass of the like true patriots and sages, between our duty ritory. If the Unite«l States declare to New-En- people, unless it were perfectly clear that they to a government and to ourselves. They have gland, that they cannot protect them, and that very unanimously demanded it. Were every suppressed every specification of “ ulterior all expectations of the general government do- other obstacle removed, and this existed, it measures,” in case our prospects of peace do ing their duty, are mere delusions, Massachu- is decided proof that the present is not the not speedily assume a new aspect, for very setts will use her means to better purposes time to act. When it is the season for such obvious reasons. But as many of our wrongs than the United States have emp.oyed them. a step as we are contemplating, it must and and the evils which are still to be apprehendSince the adopiion of the constitution, more will be announced by the unequivocal expressed, do not depend on the question of peace or money has been reccived from Massachusettssion of the publick desire.

war, but either on original defects in the conby the United States, than they have been able The third objection arises from the circum- stitution, or a perversion of its principles, for to beg, or borrow, even at an enormous pre- stances of the case. Had the Convention been which it contains in itself no remedy, they mium, of their partisans and supporters; in qualified with ample instructions to act for have proposed certain improvements, which return for which, for twelve years past, she has their constituents without any regard to the do not relate to our present contest, but to received nothing but injuries. Moreover, the federal constitution ; and had it bcen ever so the attainment of a just, permanent, and seplace invaded is nearly ihree hundred miles popular to proceed immediately to local all- cure form of government. To every citizen from Massachusetts proper, and her whole in- | rangements, to end the calamitics of war, the of enlightened understanding and political satermediate sea coast, three hundred miles in Convention were correct in deferring to act gacity, it will appear evident, that though these extent, has been left unprotected by the United for such purposes. We actually suffer, but objects are not connected with peace, they are States, whose duty it was to provide for their we are not actually in danger. We have a as essential to our prosperity and freedom, defence ; and even her capital, daily in expec- short time in prospect, before the day of peril Here the report embraces definite propositation of invasion, was wholly neglected by the may be expected to arrive. It is only when tions ; they are adapted to our wants and jus. general government. In this situation, it did necessity leaves us no hope, no alternative but tified by our experience ; they are such as not comport with the wisdom and sound destruction, that we can resort to such a mode we must obtain, or be forever the victimis policy of the supreme executive of Massachu- of relief as that which superscdes the authori- of faction and local prejudices. Here the setts, to draw his troops from the capital of ty of an existing government. We muy have Convention were acting is within their provthe State, into the wilds of the district of peace, before the hour of trial comes ; then ince,” and express themselves with a spirit Maine, to rescue a portion of its territory from such a strong and critical step would be prov. which we devoutly hope may be seconded by a possession of the enemy, which, as it re- ed unnecessary, and of course unjustifiable. a large majority of this community, and that spects the most of it, is merely nominal, and By waiting until the storm is bursiing upon they will determine, as the Convention recom. leave the capital of the state to be sacked and ils, we are sure of unanimity ; and our situa-mend, " to persevere in their efforts to obtain destroyed by the enemy. Acts of folly and tion will then justify us to Heaven and the such amendments, UNTIL THE SAME SHALL BE weakness, of this description, are the exclus world, in practical obsedience to the dictates of EFFECTED." sive right of another'executive.'

self preservation. Why then hurry to “ deci-
sive measures ?” If they become expedient,

GENERAL REGISTER.
REMARKS

and justifiable by the law of nature, we have ON THE REPORT OF THE HARTFORD CONVENTIOX.

yet time enough to adopt them. If we adopt
Concluded from our last.
Them, and find the evil we dread, averted in

BOSTON,SATURDAY, JANUARY 21,1815. the mean time, by a national pence, we should THERE were undoubtedly many people in likewise find ourselves involved in an unpleas

FOREIGN . A mere report has reached New England who sincerely wished, and had ant predicament, and have reason to regret

us, by the way of Bermuda, that before the allowed themselves 10 expect, that the Convention would have proposed, witbup: longer our impetuosity.

28th of November, Lord Hill had been at We are aware of an argument against this

Portsmouth, prepared to embark for America, delay, the very measure that Mr. Randolpin , delay. It is said that if we proceed to make

but that he had returned to London ; and that and probably many others at the Southward propositions, while they may in some sense be

this was considered as favourable to a pros. apprehended-to abandon Virginia, and her considered voluntary, the enemy, as our gore

péct of peace. Nothing further from Ghent war abettors to their fate, and seek our own ernment have made them, will be more fa

or Vienna. security, at once, in an accommodation with vourably disposed towards us, than if we post

DOMESTICK. The British expedition the enemy. We do not deny that the general government

pone it to the last moment. There is probably against New Orleans, began 10 enter Like some justice in this remark; but it proves no

Ponchartrain on the 12th of December, advan. has so violated the principles of the federal more than that we have before us, a choice of ced up the lake, and on the 13ih a fleet of compact, and not only defeated but counteract

evils, and it will be wise to choose the least. barges attacked our only raval defence in that ed the purposes for which ours and every The British know too well the relation be- quarter, five gun beats and one schooner, good government is instituted, that the people tween government and the governed, to ex

which were taken after an obstinate resistance. are, both as a nation and as distinct states, in

pect we should dissolve this relation, unless It is said many of the enemy's barges were fact absolved from their pledged allegi nce. reduced to an extremity. To whatever ex- previously sunk. Allier report says, that on We do not deny that the outrages we have en- tremity we may be reduced, the advantage to the 17th, the Bri:ish were landing, 18 miles dured, and the sufferings we are now encoun- them of terms, which we could not admit, in

from the city. That the defence of the city tering, strongly urge to the immediate re-as

preference to such as might be reasonable, actualiy consisted of but about 4000 men, sumption of our delegated rights. But there

would probably be too dearly purchased, by regulars and militia ; but that on the 18th were tlıree very substantial reasons why the encountering the united efforts of a desperate General Coffee with 1300 troops from Tennes, Convention should not recommend any measpeople. Besides, we have no reason, in this

see, and about 3000 Kentucky militia passed ure interfering with the powers given to Con

quarter, to anticipate a vindictive spirt in the Baton Rouge, descending the river, and ex. gress, or the Executive of the Union. The enemy. We have had little part in the war, pected to arrive at New Orleans, in twentyfirst is stated in their report it was not with- bu: as we have been the unwilling victims of four hours. Some letter-writers rely princiin their province.They were appointed to its miseries, and the world know it. Nor was pally for their security on the extreme swampconfer on the state of our publick affairs, to

the policy which brought on this war, osteirsi- yless of the land all around New Orleans, digest if possible some plan of relief; and re

bly waged against Great Britain alone, more except certain passes, which they say, were dress; but not to infringe upon the authority inveterately hostile to her, than to this hated, or could be strongly fortiaed. General Jackof the federal constitution. Whatever the proscribed, and persecuted section of the Uni

son has issued a Proclaination in the true legislatures, who acted on this occasi »n might ted States. This, every intelligent New-Eng French idiom. conceive to be their rights, they appointed landman knows and feels ; and to this the

On the 13th instant a transport arrived at their delegates, for the present, with this ex- English are no strangers.

Castine, with 200 men of the 29th Regi. press restriction.

But to return to the more immediate sub-men, from Bermuda. Four hundred more The second objection was, that however ect--if it be not considered presumption in us were expected there from S: Joha's. zealous many may be that we should now un

to offer an opinion, on the conduct of men It is now certain that the Maidstone frizate dertake a local management of our external venerable by their wisdoin, experience, and in

has been at Taifax, since her reported enrelations, independent of the national Execu-tegrity, we venture to say, that the result of sagement with the Constiution, and that they tive and Congress, there would have been, as the Hartford Convention has been preciseiy did not ineet. yet, too many opposed to such a ep, not to what we ought to wish, and what circumsti!).

All the ulmy Su geons on urlaugh are orhave endangered its practicability. It would ces required. They have pointed out, wath' dered to round to duty, by o.ders tiom the

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Secretary at war, “ the troops in many ports sponsibility devolving upon him by his relation | ish and embrace all the most indigent of every being reported sickly."

to society, and is ever ready to adopt any opin- kind, in one comprehensive circle of general A disease of a most fatal character is rag- ion or receive any advice that may be offered, benevolence. If your friend observes this ing in several parts of Virginia. In the coun- will expose himself to great inconsistency of, rule in its full extent, he is certainly to be ty of Stafford and King George in particular, conduct, and probably forfeit the confidence commended ; if he only partially pursues it, its ravages have been dreadful, sweeping off that may have been placed in him ; for his still he deserves, (in a less degree indeed, whole families in a few hours. The physicians want of reliance on himself, in such cases, is however he deserves) praise : so uncommon have given it the name of a putrid sore throat. sufficient proof that he does not merit the is it to meet with an instance of generosity

The United States frigate President, Com-confidence of others ; that his abilities have even of the most imperfect kind ! The lust modore Decatur, sailed from New York, last been overrated, or that he has assumed obli- of avarice has so totally seized upon mankind, Saturday, afternoon, with a strong W. NW. gations, which he is conscious he is unable to that their wealth seems rather to possess breeze ; none of the enemy's cruisers had been discharge. But there are many trying scenes them than they to possess their wealth. for several cays in sight from the Hook. in the life of almost every individual, when

Melmoth's Pliny, IX. 30. Our publick papers contain a long, candid, perplexity is no dishonour, when self distrust able and specifick reply to the letter lately is wisdom, and when he gives the strongest

PITT'S PARLIAMENTARY ELOQUENCE. published by the Hon. John Randolph of Vir proof that he both understands himself and his

As a parliamentary orator, Mr. Pitt's pow. ginia, from the pen of the Hon. James Lloyd subject, who is disposed to avail himself of all of this town, to whom the former was addres. the intellectual aid he can obtain. It does not

ers were various.' In statement he was persed. The contents, we trust, will calm some follow from the remark of our philosopher, spicuous, in declamation, animated. If he of the undue alarms, which seem to have exthat, even in embarrassing emergencies, a per

had to explain a financial account, he was

clear and accurate. If he wanted to rouse a isted among the Virginians, and at the same son ought always to adopt implicitly any opintime instruct them, as to what they may rely ion, that may be suggested, or that he is to just indignation for the wrongs of the country,

he was rapid, vehement, glowing and impason, from the determined aversion of the News sacrifice bis convictions to the judgment of a

sioned. And whether bis discourse wis ar. Englanders to their present humiliating and friend. He is to consult and compare the distressing situation. views of others, the reasons by which they are

gumentative or declamatory, it always display

ed a happy choice of expression and fluency of STATE LEGISLATURE. The General supported, and govern himself by those, which Court of this Commonwealth commenced the he thinks are the most powerful.

diction, which could not fail to delight his

hearers. So singularly select, felicitous, and winter session last Wednesday. It was ascer- Why should any man of sense decline to tained that a quorum of both branches of the pursue such a course? Is he jealous of his appropriate was his language, that it has often

he

been remarked, a word of his speech could Legislature was present, which being announ- reputation? What higher ground can

scarcely be changed without prejudice to its ced to his Excellency the Governour, he com- wish, than to be the umpire where there is a

harmony, vigour or effect. He seldom was municated his Message, with a variety of in- variety of sentiment ? A capacity to appre

satisfied with standing on the defensive in teresting documents, the same day. Among ciate truth, when it is presented to the underthese papers was the Report of the New standing, is what distinguishes the great from debate, but was proud to contrast his own ac

tions with the avowed intentions of his oppoEngland states, which his Excellency says the little mind.

nents. appears to have been the result of modera.

These intentions, tou he often exposed Nothing is more pitiful, aspiring as it may

with the most pointed sarcasm ; a weapon tion and firinness." seem to be, than a passion for the character of

which, perhaps, no speaker cver wielded with In adverting to the negotiations at Ghent, infallibility. How many generals have lost and the information, which we have received the battle, because they spurned to be advised

more dexterity and force than himself. He from that quarter, his Excellency makes a re- by a subordinate officer, though convinced he

adınired much, in Mr. Fox, the happy effect

with which he illustrated his arguments, by mark, which well descrves the attention of

correct The counsel of a HAMILTON every citizen, and is particularly seasonable, was sufficient to drive an opinionated, jealous by passages from modern authors ; but he did

the application of well known anecdotes, or when the minds of many are somewhat dispos- Executive to an opposite course, and a nation ed to expect, that we can make war when we was ruined.

WASHINGTON, the immortal

not iinitate him in this respect ;--on the other choose, and peace on just such terms as we helmsman of our political bark, possessed a

hand, he used to condemn his habit of repetition. may consider most agrecable. “ Should the

Mr. Pitt's love of amplification has somesoul of a different hue. It was the glory of

cimes been mentioned as detracting from his conditions of pe ce” observes the. Governour', his ethereal spirit to estimate duiy such a * 10 which we may find it convenient ultimatemind as Hamilton's. He feared no weapon of

excellence as an orator ; but it was his own ly to agree, be not the most favourable, the detraction. He knew hat to perceive what

remark, that every person who addressed a was great was to be great : and that when he

publick assembly, and was anxious to be disfault will not consist in making peace, but in This fault will not be acted from conviction, the action was his owo).

iinctly widerstood, and to make an impression diminished by postponing a reconciliation to a But he had a higher object than that the world

upon particular points, must cither be copious

upon those points or repeat them, and that as distant period ; neither the political character, should think so, and therefore the world the nor the moral stain of an unnecessary war more readily did him justice.

a speaker, he preferred copiousness to repeti

tion.

Our views of things, independently of preju. Ceally, that it combined the eloquence of Tulcan be effaced, though the war should be

Of his oratory it may be observed gencontinued many year's

dice and passion to which all are exposed, are The House ordered that 5000 copies of the so various, from other fortuitous circumstan

ly with tbe energy of Demosthenes. It was Report of the Convention of Delegates from ces, it is prudent in critical cases at least, to

spontaneous ; always great, it shone with peMassachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, ascertain, if possible, how the same things culiar, with unparalleled splendour, in a repiy,

which precluded tho possibility of previous &c. should be printed for the future disposal may appear to others. Light often springs of the House.

froin a quarter where it is least expected, and study; while it fascinaied the imagination by CONGRESS. The two branches of this he is wise lo whom it is always weicome.

the brilliancy of language, it convinced tre

judgment by the force of argument ;-like an body have begun another game at shuttlecock and battledore with their new bank project,

TRUE BENEFICENCE.

impetuous torrent it bore down all resistance : and it is doubted whether it will not be lost,

Puy TO HIS FRIEND GERMISTUS.

extorting the admiration even of those who like the former, by the disagreement of the

I would have him, who desires to show most severely felt its strength, and who most Senate or House, himself influenced by a spirit of true generosi

earnestly deprecated its effect. It is unnecesty 10 be liberal to his country, his kindred, his sary and might be presumptuous to enter more

relacions and his friends ; his friends, I mean, minulely into the character of Mr. Piit's eloLITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS. in distress : not like those who cliefly bestow

quence ;-there are many living witnesses of their presents, where there is the greatest

its powers ;---it will be admired as long as it TULLY, No. V. ability to make returns. I do not look upon

shall be remeinbered.

GIFFORD. such med Summi gubernatores, in magnis nonnunquam

as parting with a'y thing of their OWI ; on the contrary, I consider their boun

NORAL. tempestatibus, a vecioribus adstone, i solent

ties only as

so many disguised baits, thrown THERE are a thousand litile offices of civila

Car Di II. The greatest pilots gometimes, in violent tempests,

0!it with a vlesign of catching the property of Ity, kindness, and respeil, to be performed take advice of the passeng 14

others. Much of the same character are every day in our intercourse with each other, thosi', who take from one inan in order to be

which, if we were to attend to them, would There is no stronger evidence than this of Slow on another, ach airn at a reputation by

shew our true state of mind, tempap and disa truly great and good id. Cicero makes

sordid

The first and fundamental / position, much more satisfactorily than those th proper line of distinction. In ordinary cir.

isrin: iple of genuine benefici e, is to be con- more glaring performances, of which we are tumstances, the man who shriioks froin ite re

leated with one's own; ard arter :hat to cher. I apt to forin tco furourable a judo sent,

HAVING MADE WAR.

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FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR.

means

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jects, is it had been laid out in building forti. have been very unwise to have proposed a sufficient distinctness, what we can, and what fications, and placing garrisons in them, would measure, which could not be effected, without we cannot endure. They have drawn the line, have prevented cven a temporary loss of thister- the decided approbation of the mass of the like true patriots and sages, between our duty ritory. If the United Siates declare to New-En- people, unless it were perfectly clear that they to a government and to ourselves. They have gland, that they cannot protect them, and that very unanimously demanded it. Were every suppressed every specification of “ ulterior all expectations of the general government do- other obstacle removed, and this existed, it measures," in case our prospects of peace do ing their duty, are mere delusions, Massachu- is decided proof that the present is not the nol speedily assume a new aspect, for very setts will use her means to better purposes

time to act. When it is the season for such obvious reasons. But as many of our wrongs than the United States have employed them. a step as we are contemplating, it must and and the evils which are still io be apprehendSince the adoption of the coustitution, more will be announced by the unequivocal expres- ed, do not depend on the question of peace or money has been reccived from Massachusetts sion of the publick desire.

war, but either on original defects in the conby the United States, than they have been able The third objection arises from the circum-stitution, or a perversion of its principles, for to beg, or borrow, even at an enormous pre- stances of the case. Had the Convention been which it contains in itself no remedy, they mium, of their partisans and supporters; in qualified with ample instructions to act for have proposed certain improvements, which return for which, for i welee years past, she has their constituents without any regard to the do not relate to our present contest, but to received nothing but injuries. Moreover, the federal constitution ; and had it been ever so the attainment of a just, permanent, and seplace invaded is nearly ibree hundred miles popular to proceed immediately to local ar- cure form of government. To every citizen from Massachusetts pro;er, and her whole in- rangements, to end the calamitics of war, the of enlightened understanding and political satermediate sea coast, three hundred miles in Convention were correct in deferring to act gacity, it will appear evident, that though these extent, has been left unprotected by the United for such purposes. We actually suffer, but objects are not connected with peace, they are States, whose duty it was to provide for their we are not actually in danger. We have a as essential to our prosperity and freedom. defence ; and even her capital, daily in expec- short time in prospect, before the day of peril Here the report embraces definite propositation of invasion, was wholly neglected by the may be expected to arrive. It is only when tions ; they are adapted to our wants and jus. general government. In this situation, it did necessity leaves us no hope, no alternative but lified by our experience ; they are such as not comport with the wisdom and sound destruction, that we can resort to such a mode must obtain, or be forever the victinis policy of the supreme executive of Massachu- of relief as that which superscdes the authori- of faction and local prejudices. Here the setts, to draw his troops from the capital of ty of an existing government. We muy have Conven:ion were acting as within their prov. the State, the wilds of the di ict of peace, before the hour of trial comes ; then ince,” and express themselves with a spirit Maine, to rescue a portion of its territory from such a strong and critical step would be prov. which we devoutly hope may be seconded by a possession of the enemy, which, as it re- ed unnecessary, and of course unjustifiable. a large majority of this community, and that spects the most of it, is mcrely noniinal, and By waiting until the storm is bursiing upon they will determine, as the Convention recomleave the capital of the state to be sacked and us, we are sure of unanimity ; and our situa-mend, " to persevere in their efforts to obtain destroyed by the enemy. Acts of folly and tion will then justify us to Heaven and the such amendments, UNTIL THE SAME SHALL BE weakness, of this description), are the exclu- world, in practical obedience to the dictates of EFFECTED." sive right of another executive.'

self preservation. Why then hurry to “ deci-
sive measures ?" If they become expedient,

GENERAL REGISTER.
REMARKS

and justifiable by the law of nature, we have ON THE REPORT OF THE HARTFORD CONVENTIOX.

yet time enough to adopt them. If we adopt BOSTON,SATURDAY,JANUARY 21,1815

them, and find the evil we dread, averted in Concluded from our last.

the mean time, by a nacional peace, we should There were undoubtedly many people in likewise find ourselves involved in an u pleas

FOREIGN. A mere report has reached New England who sincerely wished, and had ant predicament, and have reason to regret

us by the way of Bermuda, that before the allowed themselves 10 expect, that the Conour impewosity.

:8ch of November, Lord Hill had been at vention would have proposed, witbuot longer We are aware of an argument against this

Portsmouth, prepared to embark for America, delay, the very measure that Mr. Randolpi, delay. It is said that if we proceed to make

but that he had returned to London ; and that and probably many others at the Southward

this was considered as fiirourable to a pros. propositions, while they may in some sense be apprehended-lo abandon Virginia, and her considered voluntary, the enemy, as our gove

pect of peace. Nothing further from Ghoot war abettors to their fute, and seek our own ernment have made them, will be more fa

or Vienna. security, at once, in an accommodation with vourably disposed towards us, than if we post

DOVESTICK. The British expedition the enemy.

pore it to the last moment. There is probably against New Orleans, began to enter Lake We do not deny that the general government some justice in this remark; but it proves no

Ponchartrain on the 12th of December, adran. has so violated the principles of the federal more than that we have before lis, a choice of ced up the lake, and on the 13th a fieet of compact, and not only defeated but counteract evils, and it will be wise to choose the least barges attacked our only raval defence in that ed the purposes for which ours and every The British know too well the relation be

gun boals and one schooner, good government is instituted, that the people tween government and the governed, to ex

which were taken after an obstinate resistance. are, both as a nation and as distinct states, in

pect we should dissolve this relation, unless It is said many of the enemy's barges were fact absolved from their pledged allegi nce. reduced to an extremity. To whatever ex

previously sunk. A luier report says, that on We do not deny that the outrages we have en- tremity we may be reduced, llie advantage to

the 17th, the British were landing, 18 miles dured, and the sufferings we are now encoun- them of terms, which we could not admit, in

from the city. That the defence of the city tering, strongly urge to the immediate re-as

preference to such as might be reasonable, actualiy consisted of but about 4000 men, sumption of our delegated rights. But there were three very substantial reasons why the encountering the united efforts of a lesperate would probably be too dearly purchased, by regulars and militia ; but that on the 18th

General Coffee with 1300 troops from TennesConvention should not recommend any meas- people. Besides, we have no reason, in this see, and about 3000 Kentucky militia passed ure interfering with the powers given to Con

quarter, to anticipate a vindicrive spirit in the Baton Rouge, descending the river, and ex. gress, or the Executive of the Union. The enemy. We have had little part in the war,

pected to arrive at New Orleans, in twentyfirst is stated in their report it was not with- bu: as we have been the unwilling victims of

four hours. Some letter-writers rely princi. in their province.They were appointed to its miseries, and the world know it. Nor was pally for their security on the extreme swampconfer on the state of our publick affairs, to

the policy which brought on this war, osteirsi-yness of the land all around New Orleans, digest if possible some plan of relief; and re

bly waged against Great Britain alone, more except certain passes, which they say, were dress; but not to infringe upon the authority l inveterately hostile to her, than to this hated, or could be strongly fortified General Jackof the federal constitution. Whatever the proscribed, and persecuted section of the Uni

son has issued a Proclaination in the true legislatures, who acted on this occasi on might ted States. This, every intelligent New-Eig. French idiom. conceive to be their rights, they appointed landman knows and feels ; and to this the

On the 13th instant a transport arriver at their delegates, for the present, with this ex- English are no strangers.

Castine, with 200 men of the 29th Regi. press restriction.

But to return to tie more immediate sub- ment, from Bermuda. Four hundred more The second objection was, that however ec-if it be not considered presumption in us

were expected there from S: Juha's. zealous many may be that we should now into offer an opinion, on the conduct of meo

It is now certain that the Maidstone fri, ale dertake a local management of our external venerable by their wisdoin, experience, and in

has been ät Halifax, since her reported enrelations, independent of the national Execu- tegrity, we venture to say, that the result of sagement with the Constitution, and that thiy tive and Congress, there would have been, as the Hartford Convention has been preciseiy

dire not ineet. yet, too many oppos to such a step, not to what we ought to wish, and what circumst 1).

All the army Surgeous on surdough are ore have endangered its practicability. It would

ces required. They have pointed out, wich' dered to raiurn io duty, by u.ders tion into

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