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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, iis 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, Como 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. N w. sations, 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 ways in sight from the Hook. in the life of almost every individual, when

Melmoin's Pling, 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 powginia, 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 ex- that, even in embarrassing emergencies, a per

had to explain a financial account, he

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 impas. on, from the determined aversion of the New sacrifice bis convictions to the judgment of a

sioned. And whether his discourse wis arEnglanders 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 displaySTATE LEGISLATURE. The General supported, and govern himself by those, which

ed a happy choice of expression and fluency of Court of this Commonwealth commenced the he thinks are the most powerful.

diction, which could not fail to delight his winter session last Wednesday. It was ascer- Why should any man of sense decline to

hearers. So singularly select, felicitous, and

appropriate was his language, that it has often tained that a quorum of both branches of the pursue such a course? Is he jealous of his


been remarked, a word of his speech could Legislature was present, which being announ reputation ? What higher grounu can ced to his Excellency the Governour, he com- wish, than to be the umpire where there is a

scarcely be changed without prejudice to its municated his Message, with a variety of in- variety of sentiment? A capacity to appre

harmony, vigour or effect. He seldom was

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. appears to have been the result of modera. Nothing is more pitiful, aspiring as it may

nents. These intentions, tou he often exposed

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

which, perhaps, no speaker over 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. Hc

admired much, in Mr. Fox, the happy effect from that quarter, his Excellency makes a re. by a subordinate officer, though convinced he

with which he illustrated his arguments, by mark, which well deserves the attention of was 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, anal 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 agreeable. “ Should the soul of a different hue.

Mr. Pitt's love of amplification has some

It was the glory of conditions of pe ce” observes the. Governour, his ethereal spirit to estiinate luiy such a

times been mentioned as detracting from his "to 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 fault will not consist in making peace, but in was great was to be great : and that when he

publick assembly, and was anxious to be disThis fault will not be acted from conviction, the action was his ow!).

tinctly understood, 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 distant period ; neither the political character, should think so, and therefore the world the

upon those points or repeat them, and that as nor the moral stain of an unnecessary war more readily did bim justice.

a speaker, he preferred copiousness to repetican be effaced, though the war should be Our views of things, independently of preju- tion of his oratory it may be observed gencontinued many years dice and passion to which all are exposed, are

Coally, that it combined the eloquence of Tul. The House ordered that 5000 copies of the so various, from other fortuitous circumstan

ly with the 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 pe

culiar, with unparalleled splendour, in a reply, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, ascertain, if possible, bow the same things

which preclude! 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

the brilliancy of language, it convinced trie CONGRESS. The two branches of this he is wise to whom it is always welcome.

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


impetuous torrent it bore down all resisiance : and it is doubled whether it will not be lost,


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. himseli influenced by a spirit of true generosi carnestly deprecated its effect.

It is unnecesty 10 be liberal to his country, bis kindred, his

sary and might be presumptuous to enter more relations and his friends ; his fuiends, I mean, minutely into the character of Mr. Piit's eloLITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS.

in distress : not like those who chiefly beszow quence ;-there are many living witnesses of FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR. 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 men Summi gubernatores, in magnis nonnunquam

as parting with any thing of their OWl; on the contrary, I consider their boun

MORAL. tempestatibus, a vectoribus ad minore, i solert

ries only as

so many disguised baits, thrown There are a thousand little offices of civila The greatest pilots gametimes, in vivieni ieinposts,

o'll with a clesign of catching the property of Ity, kindness, and respert, to be performed take adsice of the passeng ru

others. Much of the same character are every day in our interco!" with each other, thos.., who take fiom one inan in order to be

which, if we were to attend to them, would There is no stronger evidence than this of

on another, wi ai:n at a reputation by

shew our true state of mind, temper and disa truly great and gooi imi ird Cicero makes

sordid means.

The first and fundamental position, much more satisfactc: ily ihan those th: proper line of distinction. In ordinary cir. prin: iple of genuine beneficence, is

more glaring pirformances, of which we are cumstances, the man who shvinoks from ine re

iented with one's own; ard arter :hat to chcr.! apt to form ico favourable a juc, went.


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For female worth and incekness io inspire

Whether her temple, wet with human gore, A LAW to promote and enforce industry, es- Homage and love, and temper rude desire ;

She thus may raise on Gallia's ravag'd shore, pecially SPINNING, passed the legislature of Nor seldom with sweet dreams sad thoughts to cheer, Belongs to him alone, and his high will, Massachusetts, in the year 1565. And huli beguile afilietion of her tear.

Who bids the tempests of the world be still.* “ Be it enaced by the authority of this court, that all hands, not necessarily employed in oth- LO! this her boast, and still, O Burke, be thine With joy we turn to Albion's happier plain,

Where ancient Freedom holds her temperate reign : er occasions, as women, girls and boys, shall be,

Her glowing hues, that warm, but tempered shine ; and hereby arc, enjoined to spin, according to

While whispers bland, and fairest dreams attend Where justice sits majestick on her throne ; their skill and ability, and that the selecimen Thy evening path, till the last shade descend,

Where Mercy turns her ear to every groan ! in every town do consider the condition and So may she soothe, with loftier wisdom's aid,

0, Albion ! fairest isle, whose verdant plain, capacity of every family, and accordingly do as Thymusing leisure in the silent shade ;

Springs beauteous from the blue and billowy main. sess at one or more spinners; and because sevand bid poor Fancy, her cold piniors wet,

In peaceful pomp, whose glittering cities rise, eral families are necessarily employed the

And lift their crowded temples to the skies ; greatest part of their time in other business, yer, life's cloudy skies and beating showers forget. But can hier fairest form, hier sweetest song,

Whose navy on the broad brine awful rolls, if opportunities were attended, some time might

Whose commerce glows beneath the distant poles ; be spared at least by some of them for this Soothe thee, assail'd by calumny and wrong?

Whose streams reflect full many an Attick pile ; work, the said selecimen shall therefore assess Even now thy foes with louder accents cry,

Whose velvet lawns in long luxuriance smile ; such at half and quarter spinners according to 'Champion of unrelenting tyranny,

Amid whose winding coombs Contentment dwells, • At Freedom hast thou aim'd a deadly blow, their capacities. And every one thus assessed

Whose vales rejoice to hear the sabbath bells; for a whole spinner, shall for time to come, spin And strore, with impious arm, to lay her altars low.'

Whose humblest shed that steady laws protect, every year for thirty weeks, three pounds a week of linen, cotton, or woollen, and so pro- No, Burke ! indignant at the voice we start ; The villager with wood-bine bowers hath deck'd portionally for half and quarter spinners, under We trust thy liberal views, thy generous heart ; Sweet native land! whose every haunt is deat, the penalty of 9 pelice a pound short; and the We think of those who, naked, pale, and poor,

Whose every gale is musick to mine ear ; selectmen shall take special care sor the exe- Reliev'd and bless'd, hare wandered from thy door : Amid whose bills one poor retreat I sought, cution of the order, which may easily be effecWe see thee, witb unwearied step, explore

Where I might sometimes hide a saddening thought : ted, by dividing their several towns into ten, sis, Each track of bloodshed on the farthest shore And having wandered, far, and mark'd mankind, five,&c. parts; 10 appoint one of the ten,six, five; of injured Asia, and thy s yelling breast

In their vain mask, might rest and safety find. &c. to take an account of their divisions, and

Oh! still may Freedom, with majestick mien, 10 certify the selectmen if any be defective in Horrowing the oppressor, mourning for the oppress’d.

Pacing thy rocks, and the green vales be seen: what they are assessed, who shall improve the

No, Burke ! where'er Injustice rears her head,

Around thy cliffs, that glitter o'er the main, penalties imposed on such as are negligent, for Where'er with blood her idol grim is fed ;

May smiling Order wind her silken chain ; the encouragement of those who are diligent in

Where'er fell Cruelty at lier command, this work."

While from thy calm abodes, and azure skies,
With crimson banne! marches through the land, Far-off the fiend of Discord murmuring flies.

And striding, like a giant, onward hies,

While man, a troduen worm, looks up and dies ; To him, who firm thy injured cause has fought, The following lines were addressed by the Rev. Wil- Where'er pale Murder in her train appears,

This humble offering, lo ! the Muse has brought ; LIAM LISLE Bowles to EDMUND BURKE, soon after he With reeking axe, and garments wet with tears ;

Nor heed thou, Burke ! if with averted eve, published his “ Reflections on the French RevoluiOr low'ring Jealousy, unmov'd as Fate

Scowling, cold Envy may thy worth decry. tion ;" but though occasional in design, they contain

Bars fast the prison cage's iro.: gate poetry and sentiment of standing merit.

It is the lot of man :-
Upon the bury'd sorrows, and the cries

-the best oft motra, Way mourns the ingenuous moralist, whose mind Of him, who there, lost and forgotten lies :

As sad they journey through this cloud bourse , Science has stor’d, and Piety refin’d, When ministers, like these, in fearful state,

if conscious Genius stamp their chosen breast, That fading Chivalry displays no more Upon a bloody tyrant's bidding wait,

And on the furehead shew her seal iniprest, Her pomp, and stately tournaments of yore? Thou too shalt own, and Justice lift ber rod,

Perhaps they mourn, in bleak Misfortune's shade, 1.0, when Philosophy and Truth advance, The cause of frecdom is the cause of God.

Their age and cares with penury repaid ; Scard at their frown, she drops her glittering lance ;

Their errors deeply scann'd, their worth forgot, Round her reft castles the pale ivy crawls,

Fair spirit! who dost rise in beauteous pride, Or mark'il by barel Injusticc with a blot.
And sunk and silent are her banner'd halls.

Wliere proud oppression bath thine arm defy'd ; If ligli they soar, and mark their distant way,
When, led by virtue, thou dost firm advance,

And spread their ample pinions to the day, As when far off the golden Evening fails,

And bathe in Gult's warm blood, thy burning lance ; Malignant Faction hears with bate their name, And slowly sink the fancy painted vales, When all thy form its awful port assumes,

And all her tongues are busy at their fame. With rich pavilions spread in long array ;

And in the tempest shake thy crimson plumes,
So rolls the enchanter's radiant realm away ;
I mark thy lufty mein, thy steady eye,

But 'tis enough to hol}, as best we may, So on the sight the parting glories fade, • So fall thy foes,' with tears of joy I cry.

Our destin'd track, till sets the closing day' ; The gorgeous vision sets in endless shaile.

Whether with living lustre we adorn But shall the musing sage for this lament,

But ne'er may Anarchy, with eyes on flame,

Our high sphere, like the radiance of the mom; Or mourn the wizard's Gothick fabrick rent? And mein distract, assume thy awful name ;

Or, whether silent in the shade we move, Shall he, with fancy's poor and pensive child, Her pale torch sheds afar its hideous glare,

Cheer'd by the lonely star of pensive love ; Gaze on his shadowy vales and prospects wild, And shews the blood-drops in her dabbled hair ;

Or whether dark opposing storms we stem,
With lingering love, and sighing, bid farewell
The fiends of discord hear her hollow voice,

Panting for Virtue's distant diadem ;
To the din picture of his parting spell?
The spirits of the deathful storm rejoice :

'Tis the unshaken mind, the conscience pure, No, Burke ! thy heart, by juster feelings led, As when the rising blast, with muttering sweep,

That bids us firmly act, or meek endure ; Mourns for the spirit of high Honour fed : Sounds mid the branches of the forest deep ;

'Tis this might shield us when the storm beats hard. Mourns that Philosophy, abstract and cold, 'The sad horizon lowers, the parting sun

Content, thougli poor, had we no other guard ! Withering, should smite Life's fancy flower'd mould, Is hid, strange murmury through the high wood run,

• These lines were written before the murder of the And many a smiling sympathy depart, The falcon wheels away his mournful fight,

late King of France, and many of the events of horror, That grac'd the sternness of the manly heart. And leaves the glens to solitude and night;

which have since taken place in that miserable coutTill soon the Hurricane, in dismal shroud,

Nor shall the wise and virtuous scan severe
These fair illusions, even to Nature dear.
Comes fearful forth, and sounds her conch aloud ;

The oak majestick bows his hoary head,
Though now no more proud Chivalry recalls

And ruin round his ancient reign is spread ;
Her tourneys bright, and pealing festivals ;
So the dark fiend rejoicing in ber might,

Though now on high her idle spear is hung,
Pours desolation and the storm of night ;

BY MUNROE, FRANCIS AND PARKER, Though time her mouldering harp has half unstrung ;

Before her dread career the good and just
Her milder influence shall she still impart

Fly far, or sink expiring in the dust ;
To decorate, but not disguise the heart ;

Price three dollars per annen, half in adorance.
wide wastes and miglity wrecks around her lie,
To nurse the tender sympathies that play
And the earth trembles at her impious cry.

New subscribers may be supplied with preceding suster in the short sunshine of life's early way;

† Milton.







Publick opinion was now loud against the new fangled doctrines. They would not ; and war, but was not awake to the advantage and Great Britain repelled the invaders of her ter

propriety of treating on such conditions. That ritory, blockaded our rivers and ports, and beThough the last accounts were generally sentiment will prevail when the season of its gan to annoy our coasts. She proposed an Inconsidered favourable, no further news from efficacy shall have long passed away.

dian boundary between us ; we would hear Ghent, and the events of the war becoming While the first overtures of Great Britain nothing of it. She took part of the District of more and more against us! The publiek were rejected, her arms, though conducted Maine, and proposed the uti possidetis. We still feeding on idle expectation, while the fol with no remarkable energy, were advancing pronounced all terms embracing any cession ly of our rulers obstinately persists in com-, upon our territory, and the war was spreading of territory whatever, inadmissible. She has pleting the ruin of our devoted country ! distress and poverty through our country. We now captured another of our few frigates, and Such is the prospect, and in solemn truth we were now every month becoming more weak, probably taken possession of New Orleans,the declare, we can perceive no end to the course and she more strong. But a small portion of key to all the country beyond the mountains, of cur sufferings and distresses. If there are our soil, however, had as yet fallen into her and will have the disposal at pleasure of seven those who see grounds for any definite hope, we possession, when she proposed to treat on the or eight millions of property !! What she will cannot discover from what quarter it is derived. principle of uti possidetisma condition some- next propose we know not ; but this is cer

Did this downward fate of our nation depend "what more unfavourable than the former, as tain, if our ministers do not agree to some entirely on the perverseness of our govern- our ministers had been fairly warned to expect. preliminaries, it will be in her power, on the ment, we should not feel that there was any Sinking as was our country under the bur- opening of the next campaign-not to conquer use in writing or speaking on the subject. thens of a contest, yet scarcely begun, our our country, and this she will not attempt They have long proved themselves deaf to evs ministers peremptorily i refused this second but to spread ruin and devastation along our ery remonstrance, and blind to every consee proposition. The American people now be- sea coast from Maine to Georgia. Is it not quence of their abandoned conduct. But we gan to perceive, that an engagement to re- time then, high time, that the publick mind have seen with the most anxious concern that fræin from encroaching on Indian territory | should be directed to the simple object, their mismanagement has, from step to step, would have been no sacrifice—but the uti pos- Peace, on the best terms that can be obtained ? met with but too much encouragement in the side is was pronounced, under existing cir- Is it not nonsense to talk or think of honour, tone of publick opinion ; while that is the cumstances, inadmissible.

when all this misery and disgrace are but the case, we are certain our rulers will proceed, "Great Britain multiplies her expeditions ; work of a wretched faction at Washington, though national ruin stare them in ihe face, her preparations wear a new and solemn as- who have sucked the life blood of the people, and the execrations of posterity threaten to pect. The course of the war, since her first and are now spending their worthless breath blast their memories. Publick opinion im- conditions of negotiation, has been such as to only in devising new schemes of domestick proves, but it comes with a limping step, for- assure us, if we are not infatuated, that she oppression. Let us bave Peace, such a peace ever behind the of circumstances, will not recede from any prctcnsion that she as can be secured, before we lose more, and and therefore forever ineficient.

considers just, for she sees and we may see, involve onrselves in further calamities, from, We began in the wrong--the English were that her means arc ample, and that the com- wlich rúry have not, and never can save, the determined to keep us so, and we have shown parative strength of the two powers is inces- mcans of extricating us. Then let us reduce no disposition to defeat their plan. We com- santly changing in her favour and against us. those upstar i pluncierers, these peliy typlained on grounds principally fictisious--but Yet at every successful step, she makes over. rants, to their primitive nothingness, und set They sent ministers to adjust all differences ; lures which we refuse-- we talk of an honour- out anew for character and consequence. As their overtures were evaded, or they them- alle peace, and prolong the war, while it is yet the enemy, though jusly exasperated, selres were rejected, louded with gross per's obvious, the longer we fight, the weaker we have but taken a portion o the fruit ; the tree sonal insult. The American publick regreto become, and as every armament Britain is sound. Coder the mild influence of Peace, ied the event, but proiicunced the British gov- fits out is entered in an accolint current ii will yet prosper ; and even shouid some of ernment and its ministers 100 functilious on against us, the heavier will be the account we the ingrafteil branches be lopped off, the orig. their points of honour, with an administration must finally settle, the higher will be ler ulti- inal tank might possibly flourish veter.. which had grown out of democrary. Finding mate requisitions. the outrage this pailiated, our rulers declared These we know are “ hard sayings” to a

XDI OILLINS war, Had publick opiniou been as

people who have been for years inflating their We have scen it intimated in the papers., the subject of its merits as it is now, and as own vanity and deceiving themselves with ri. and heard it observed in conversation, that if freely expressed, hostilities would probably Niculous notions of our relative power and im- | New Orleans is taken by the Britisli, it woiit have ceased, wlien an armuistice is offered. portance in the scale of national consequence. have a tendency to prolong the war. But the propose<l armistice, a prelude to de. The illusion templed us to exchange peace for For the sake of many worthy individuals, sensive warfare, was rejected. The British While our mistake was speculative, it who might suffur severely by such an creriton probably intended our government should was not surprising that we should go on to de- lic is one we siould sincerely regret ; but we make a bad causc worse, and they succeeded. ceive ourselves, and rush into danger : but do not readily comprehend, how this is to be

The circumstances of Europe look a new now when we have made and are still making a !;ew obstacle to peace. Were we so much. and unexpected turn, highly favourable to an experiment, which proves all our concep- stronger than the English before, that this cir: Great Britain, and leaving her at liberty to tions vain, why adhere to our refuted opinions, i cunstance is to equalize our capacities for a prosecute the contest into which we had forced unui we sacrifice every valuable enjoyment, Berg and doubtful struggle ? Or if we were alsher, with irresistible vigour. But she had beggur ourselves and our children, and exhibit really exhausted,und our national government so offered to negotiate, and the respective minis- most striking manner to the world, the wck, as 10 throw the local defence of states ters met at Ghent. After all our efforts to very thing we are so-anxious to conccal, that upon the states iheniselves, will the loss of a annoy and distress her, and to seize a portion we overrate our strength ; that we could pro. country which cost us tifteen millions of dolof her empire, what were the tcrins on which voke, but cannot conquer.

lars, and with it, the loss of several' millions, she offered us peace ? The only sine qua non It is of so much importance that the publick more of property, will tliis su recruit our was-security in the independent aboriginals, should be induced to contemplate attentively strength that we can now go on with some that their country, wbich we do not pretend the course of the war, we beg leave to reca- hope of success ?. We should not so reasons 10 own, should not be taken from them by war pitulate a few of the leading iacts. After the in common cases. Were we to see iwo comor purchase. Our government, which had war was declared and begun on our part, and battants engaged, and one were to break the declared an unjust var, and refused a proffer before the British had struck a single serious arm of his almost breathless antagonist, we ed armistice, by its minister's rejected these blow, there can be no doubt, but we might should probably imagine the controversy was singularly favourable terms, with real or af- have returned to peace and all its prosperity, approaching in a close. fecied indignation.. if our government had mcrcly abandoned iis

But we presume neither of these isu.di

correct on



viers are entertained. It is supposes that time, the General was considered to have an | uries, to be credited, and the disbursements so made

as aforesaid to be charged to the United States. with the conquest of New Orleans, and the army nearly 8000 strong, and above two thous

The above Resolutions have passed both command of the Mississippi, Great Britain and more expected in a day or two from Ken

branches. mit, until uncil when emnul web cose mother suchom the 23rd, a party of the British, various- The Hon. Mr. Crowninshield reached Washfarge tracts of territory, other armies, other ly estimated, from one to three thousand cros- ington, and, it is said, entered immediately up

on the duties of his office. [Doubted.] millions of property ; then she will be under sed from lake Ponchartrain, and struck the the necessity of lowering her tone, will she ? Mississippi, about 8 miles below the city. A No—but this fresh loss and disgrace are to

We are gratified that The Writer has renewed his severe engagement took place, in which it is rouse a war spirit in the country, and bring stated that the British were repulsed, but it contributions, and hope he will now attend us through

the short remainiler of our journey. forth resources which have not yet appeared! does not appear that they retreated. A few If, unfortunately, uccasion should be given prisoners were taken, including two majors.

LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS. to such a rash calculation, we entreat our fel | They rate the force of the enemy at upwards low citizens to consult their good sense and of ten thousand. A desperate battle was exsuppress their feelings. We ailıit that there pected the next day, but here our information THE WRITER. NO. XXXV. is physical strength in our country, which has stops. A rumour prevailed at Washington, on

AFTER having formally resigned my office not yet been brought into operation ; we ad- the 20th inst. that the city had fallen, but it

as a “ Writer," some apology may be thought mit that there is a spirit in the people, which could be traced to no authentick source.

necessary why I should so soon resume it. would do wonders, were it tried. But what A verbal report was likewise received Thurs

But if my courteous reaccrs will remember will this strength or this spirit avail us in a day night, from N. York, stating that the expect

my unconquerable propensity to the quill, they war, where our enemy need never encounter ed battle aad taken place, and that the British

will easily imagine that I could not so suddenthem, and yet find full scope for his own ener- were defeated; but this we presume, is a mis

ly abandon it altogether. They may also con. gies? We repcat the warning, we submitted take, grounded on the first rencontre. If the

sider that I left them in a sort of pet at not on a former occasion. The British will not fact, that the enemy had almost surprized ihe attack us, where our strength is collected, but city, may be considered as a specimen of Gen having been more read and adnireci

, and will

therefore be the less surprised to find me rewhere it is not. If we advance in force to any eral Jackson's vigilance and ability, we have

turn to them again upon the return of my spot they may possess, they can quit it, and little room to expeci any other than an unfatake another that is unguarded. They can

good humour. But as it is always mortifying vourable result. thus lay the whole country successively under In addition to these uncertainties, we hare

to ati inpe a reconciliation unsolicited, I shall

endearour to sure my pride by introducing the contribution, and waste our warriors in detail, another unpleasant incident to rclate, which is

following letters as diediators. They were in spite of all that our strength, circumspec. decisive. The United States' frigate Presi tion, or zeal could do. They will not pene- dent, Commodore Decatur, sailed from New written before the authors knew that I was trate to Saratoga, to risk an army in the heart York, on the 14th inst

. The next morning about to lay down my office, and as they seem

have been intended for the publick ere, I of a wilderness. They will not attempt to

she discovered the Majestick, razee--the Emarch through the states. Their business is dymion, Tenedos and Pomone frigates. After shall take the opportunity of coming out again not now to quell an insurrection, but to make a chase until four in the afternoon, the En. myseil to present them.

To the Writer." us feel, that we have made a ation our foe, dymion came up, and a running engagenient

Sir, I have a complaint to make, which, who can not only refend herself, but annoy as took place until half past 10, when the to our ruin. Let it be observed and rewarked, mainder of the squadron joining them, the being of such a grievous nature, I hope you

will ihink it unnecessary to trouble you with that the present war no more resembles that. President struck. Cominodore Decalur was of the revolution in its nature, than it does in wounded, and Lieutenants Babbit, Hamilton, without further introduction, before you. I

any apology for laring it inmediately, and its merits; and before we talk of a LONG and Howell, are mentioned as killed ; and

presume, sir, that you are sufficiently acquaistSTRUGGLE, let iis reflect on the situation of about 50 men killed and wounded. The surour country, on the obvions policy of the eneo viving Anericans were sent to Bermuda, and ed with good brecling and genteel company

to know, that it is extremely vulgar to be my, and then decide, whether we may confide: private letters from Comniodore Decatur and in our ability to sustain a long atruggle, and other officers, were sent to the blockading punctual with respect to time, to any engage

ments or invitations, or appointments whatever, whether it is not madness to continue it anoth- squadron, vĩ New Lon.on, and sent up 10 er day. that city, with a far.

and very inconsistent with one's dignity, not CONGRESS. The Senate voied, on the

to slow your consequence by making o:ber

people wait for you. To be the first at church, 20ch inst. to racede from their amendoients to GENERAL REGISTER.

at the theatre, or at a ica party, is perfectly rithe bank bill, so that, at last, it wants but the

diculous. signature of the President to become a law

Ever upon so sulemn an occasion BOSTON,SATURDAY JANUARY 28,1815. STATE LEGISLATURE. The commit

as a funeral, this sort of fushionable criquette ee on the Governour's Message have made a

must be complied with; and no lady would

think of risking lier charac!er, by going to FOREIGN. We have accounts from Hal- report, in part, expressing the inghest satisfac; the house of inourning short of an hour later ifax to the 31st ult. where a vessel bad arriva tion in the proceedings of the New England than the time appointed ; and if she gets ed, with London dates to Jan. 91h. We m

Convention, and their readiness to adopi the derstand the probability of peace was much measures recommended by them. The report the better; for although it may disturb the

there after the solemnities are begun, so much talked off at Halifax, and said to be countenan

concludes with the following resolves. ced by mercantile letters from England ; but highly approve the proceedings of the Convention of she had been cooped up ever so long in a

Resolved, That the Legislature of Massachusetts de company, yet she will be more noticed than if we cannot learn on what grounds. DOMESTICK. The accounts which have icut, and Rhode Island, and the Counties of Cheshire thought proper to display herself. But what

Delegates from the States of Massachusetts, Connect. melancholy group, where it would not be been received from New Orleans, since our and Grafton, in the State of New Hampshire, and the I have principally to complain of is, that upon last, are of a very vague and suspicious chars County of Windham, in the State of Vermont, convenacter. We can only give the few facts as they ed at Hartford, on the 15th day of December, in the every occasion of publick eshibition, the places

are so eariy taken by that class of people who are hastily sketched in private leiters. The ear 1814 ; and that the advice and recommendation capture of our Lake Ponchartrain flouilla, we

therein given are entitled to, and shall receive the have no character to lose, that a lady who have already mentioned ; this happened on the

most respectful consideration of this Legislature. comes in decently belated, sometimes loses

Resolved, That His Excellency the Governour be, and her seat ; and though ever so well dressed, 13th of December.

he hereby is authorized and empowered to appoint or well attended, has the mortification to be On the 16th, martial law was proclaimed in

Commissioners to proceed immeçliately to the obliged to stand in the crowd, whilst those New Orleans by General Jackson, and the mi

seat of the National Government, and in pursuance of litia called out, en masse ; the Legislature apsuch instructions as His Excellency may think

who are so unfashionable as to be punctual.

to give them, to make an earnest application to the lurry themselves into convenient places. I batteries, &c.; an embargo' was imposed for consent them some herangement, and there on the State of careful, upon all suck occasions to crowd three days, and individuals were impressed to Massachusetts, separatels, or in concert with neigh. myself into the assembly among the very last, work on the fortifications. The militia of bouring States, may be enabled to assume the defence and conformably to the strictest rules of genand General Jackson's regular troops, appear said States may be paid into the respective treasures full, before I attempted to enter it; but then New Oricans and the neighbouring country, end a reasonable portions of the taxes collected within tility, always waited till I knew the house was to have been estimated at between three and thereof, and appropriated to the payment of the bal- I ever calculated upon obtaining a seat, and four thousand men. On the 20th, about 4000 ance due to the said States, and to the future defence also of dispiaying my importance, by kring men arrived from Tennessee, so that, at that of the same : The amount, so paid into the said treas. somebody turned out of thcir’s. But rexati .us







to relate, I have once been disappointed. At be the best appeal to their favour), that they i ject. When we inquire how such a doctrine a late dedication, I had none of this attention may judge of my deserts ; and if they think can be admitted ? every thing is boldly resolv. paid to me ; and although the genteel hour proper to encourage me by not listening to ed into the power of Deity! They maintain at which I arrived at the new house, entitled the officious reports of these my rivals, I think that every human being is, by the constitution me to more respect, yet I was absolutely I shall soon become the oracle of the Ex- of his mind, at ermity with the divine perfecobliged to remain in the aisle during the change, and the idol of all those places in its tions yet that the sovereign Power of the whole performances, and with the mortification vicinity, where the only worship seems to be Creator is exercised in selecting some for of seeing the pews and seats taken up by peo- paid to the god of news. MERCURIUS. happiness and consigning others to perpetual ple to whom I should not condescend

wretchedness !* Thus we are first taught speak in the street. To prevent therefore

certain definite notions of the virtues. We such unmannerly treatinent in future, the


are taught that they exist in the highest pospublick should be admonished that we always

sible degree of perfection, in the supreine Beexpect to be provided for, (I speak in behalf of

Equum est homini, de potestate Deorum tim. ing : and such cscellence we are instructed all ladies who have a proper sense of their ide et раиса dicere. Cic. PRO LEGE MANLIA. to adore. But in the mean time we must reown dignity), and that all those who presume

Men should speak little and cautiously of the power

concile ourselves as we can to such decisions to take their seats in less than an hour after of Deity.

of the divine will, and such exertions of di. the time appointed, must be held liable to give them up to us who show our respect for pro

It is only from observation on that, probably, which we believed to unite in the Deily, con

vine power as outrage the very principles priety by being unseasonable. very small part of the works of creation, which

stiluring his just claim to our adoration. It is LETITIA HIGHLIFE.

comes within the contemplation of our senses,
and the dictates of consciousness, that we

not surprising that such dogmas shock the

rational mind, drive the weak to distraction, I should be sorry to forfeit the good opinion form any notion of the attributes of the Crea

and the superficial inquirer to practical Athewhich Miss Letitia seems to have of my good tor and Governour of the universe ; yet these ism. breeding, but I must confess, that I cannot see teach us rather to worship and adore, than to

Whatever may be within the scope of inwhy fashion should voluntarily pay such a tax

attempt to scan. We see sufficient reason to to caprice. Why is it not as easy for those

finite power, abstracted from every other conconclude that every moral trait, which we con

sideration, ought we not to be cautious of repwho lead the style, to make it fashionable to sider great or excellent in our nature, exists resenting it as despotick in its nature ? Let be in good season at whatercr they srish to in a degree of perfection, of which we have no adequate conception, in the great dulging a propensity to magnify this divine at

us speak of it with awe, and beware lest, inTo the Writer. first cause.” It cannot be improper that we

tribute, we irreverently derogate from that Sir, I am what the malice of the world should speak of the existence of these attri- justice and benevolence, which are equally calls an idle man ; but onc, wlio, as having no butes ; they constitute a theme of the most

important in our humble conceptions of the regular profession or en ploy, I should choose sublime meditation, in which we ought fre

most High. to denominate a man of elegant leisure. quently to indulge, as a privilege, a pleasure,

If there's a Power above, In either of these characters, however, I and a duty. It is only with regard to their And that there is all nature cries aloud am peculiarly qualified to fetch and carry operation, or the mode in which they are de- Through all her works, fle must delight in virtue. news'; accordingly, for several years, I have reloped in the divine administration, that we ought to be circumspect in our speculations. pression in Jeremiah, is confidently urged in support

• I am aware that an allusion by St. Paul to an exbeen wlioily engaged in this important and ought to be circumspect in our speculations. agreeable service. I think I can sar; i:casti:3 | This, it is to be presumed, was the idea in- of this anctrine ; but amung others, Doctor McKnight, apart, that I have told more


tended to be conveyed by the Roman moralist, in his notes on kom. IX. 21 has given all explamation, 'Change since the first embargo, el all the and no more ; for he omits no opportunity, in which perfectly reconciles this passage to the general rest of the idlers put together. Is the lis own writings, to allude in terms of vener- tenour of scripture language with respect to the divine

character. first who announced the great revolution in ation to the ineffable characteristicks of the Spain ; and soon afterwards brought into Stocco ciernal mind. street the account of the first iniportation of But do we not often find the caution, which

Messieurs WELLS AND Lilly have publishMerino shecp; and as there was al that line Cicero recommends, disregarded by those, who

ed their second volume of the Works of Cice.

ro, beautiful as the first, and executed with a great dearth nf matter to excite or occupy are permitted to drink from a purer fountain

the utinost care. the curiosity of “ an anxious publick," my of knowledge than ever he was suffered to

We again recommend this country was as much obliged to me for this approach? Of all the divine attributes, pow.

undertaking to the patronage of every scholar,

who wishes an elegant and cheap copy of this seasonable piece of intelligence, as it has er scems to be thai, to which some theologians

valuable classick. since been benefitted by the produce and in- gise the most presumptious construction. crease of these important and useful arimals. Uuder preience of ascribing to it its full laciI next distinguished myself in the batile of tude, they so represent the character of the

LIFE OF HORACE. Tippacanoe, and by a sort of coup de main, Deity, as to shock the moral sense, and di- Faom tak Paurace to Boscawer's TRANSLATON or by which I surprised the multitude with an vest Him, who is not only Almighty bui in

HORACE. account of this victory, acquired as much glo finitely good, of every amiable perfection.

The work, from which the following article of clas. i'y in Staie-street, as the heroes who fought The power of God, we may say, with rever. sical biography is takea, is scarcely known in this our red brothers gained upon the field of bat. ence, is not without its limits, though is knows counr. The poeins of Horare are usually introdutle. Nor am I solely devoted to politicks, but no limits but those wbich exist in his own ced, in our common editions, with a few general outalso obtain the earliest account of all civil and nature. He cannot be unmerciful, for he is

lines of the author's history, an Lemp:iere's account

is in less satisfactory. We presume therefore many tragical events which have a tendency to de. infinitely benevolent ; He cannot favour wick

of our literary reallers my be gratified with the light the publick. I am the first to know and edness and punish viride, for he is infinitely result of Mr. Boscawen's researches. communicate the price at which any real es- just. To insist on absolute power, 10 the extate has been sold, who has stopt payment, clusion of any other property essential to the Quintus lloratius Flaccus was born on and what mischief has been done by mad character of a perfect being, is to destroy that the eighth day of December, in the year of Rome dogs. I was the author of the first notification harmony which is its excellence.

688, or, according to the chronology of Varro, in the newspapers of the weight of exti aordi- The general tendency of virtue is undoubt- 689, at Venusium, a lowo on the confines of hary squashes, and sub rosa whispered the ediy to happiness, and of vice to misery, in Apulia, and Lucania. His fanıily as he tells first report of the coup d'amour by which a their direct and immediate consequences ; us hiniself, with the just pride of a mali, selfcertain general carried off a lady, as gallantly but we constantly sec exceptions to this rule, ennolled, was of the lowest rank: the father as he had previously carried off a mace ; and if we confine our viens to this life. This led of our poet, being the son of a freelınan, and other noble trophies, hy a brilliant coup d philosophers, even before the full lustre of conscquently the grandfather having been a armes. But, sir, great talents, and especially christian truth burst upon mankind, to hope slave. Yet, to the liberal sentiments, the pe:la those which by their uscfulness begin to ac- and believe that there was anoiber and a bet- etrating judgment, the tender affection of quire a little fame. always excite envy; and I ter world, where our destinies would corres. his father, may, in a great measure, be ascribfind I have several rivals, wbo are not only pond with the moral distinctions of our chai- ed, those talents of the son, which have so striving to get before me in this race of glory, acters,

long delighied mankind. Though his income, Lut who endeavour to depreciate my former But there are those who would destroy the arising froin a very small farm, wnd the enservices and raise themselves upon my ruins. sufferer's hope, sho wouiti ceprve as of the ployment of tax-gatherer, might have justified Now, sir, what I desire of you, is, iliat my sirongest motive to virtue, by assigning fruire the confined education of an inferior school; tlaims to patronage may be fairiy brought he rewards and punishments, without any

yet perhaps observing in the youth, a capacifore the publick, (and perhaps this letter will 10 the actual conduct or disposition of ke suu ty for the highcst attainmens, he carried him

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