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After the death of his father, few at the present day can per. when George was about ten form. In his fifteenth year he years of age, his mother sent him determined to enter as a midshipto a school at Westmoreland. man in the British navy, and his Here his character for truth was trunk was actually sent on board. such, that, when the boys were When he came to take leave of in violent dispute respecting .a his mother she wept bitterly, question of fact, nothing was and told him, that her heart more common than for some lit. would break, if he left her. tle shaver to call out, "Well With all the fire of youth burn. boys ! George Washington was ing within him, he yet was so su. there ; George Washington was premely governed by a sense of there; he knows all about it; duty, that he resigned his proud and if he dont say it was so,then hopes of distinction, and imme, we will give it up;" "done,” said diately got his trunk ashore ! the adverse party. He would This was an almost unparalleled never allow his playmates to instance of filial piety. Soon fight with one another, if he after this period he was employcould prevent it; and if his per. ed by lord Fairfax as a surveyor sonal exertions wero unsuccess- in the back woods of Virginia, ful he would go to the master in which service he continued till and inforın him of their barbar. his twentieth year.
While in ous intentions.
The boys were Frederic county, he boarded at frequently angry with him for the house of a widow Stevenson, this, but he used to say, “angry generally pronounced Stinson. or not angry, you shall never She had seven sons, with whom have my consent to a practice so every evening, after the toils of shocking! shocking even in surveying, he used to run, jump, slaves and dogs !"
and wrestle on a fine green before. Washington early evinced a the house. These young men were propensity to the manæuvres heavier than George, so that at of war.
At school he divided wrestling, and particularly at the his play mates into two armies, Indian hug, he seldom had cause called the French and the Amer. for triumph. Hugh Stinson used ican, of which he commanded to tell his friends, that, he and the latter. With corn stalks his brother John had often laid for muskets, and calabashes for the conqueror of England on his drums, the two armies would back ;' but at the same time every day fight their battles with would agree, that " in running great fury. The exercise, in and jumping they were no match which he delighted, was of the for him.” For
several years af. athletic kind. He had hardly terwards he was engaged in the an equal in throwing heavy Indian war, and at the defeat of weights or jumping with a long Braddock in 1755 was wonder. pole; and as to running there fully preserved by divine provi. was nobody, that could come dence. A famous Indian warrior, near him.
He was often seen to who was in that battle, was often throw a stone across the Rappa. heard to swear, that "Washing. hannock at the lower ferry of ton was not born to be killed by.a Fredericsburg, a feat, which bullet! for,” continued he, “I had VOL. II. New Series.
seventeen fair fires at him with my " that he frequently knew rife, and after all could not bring Washington on the Sabbath read him to the ground !”
the Scriptures and pray with his The principal facts in the re. regiment in the absence of the maining life of Washington are chaplain; and also, that on sudden well known. The following an. and unexpected visits into his ecdotes, relating to this period, marquee, he has more than once are however gleaned from this found him on his knees at his de. work. After he had crossed the votions." He was very con. Delaware in Dec. 1770, and came stant at church, and no company in sight of Trenton with but one ever detained him from the house of his three detachments, destin. of God. In the winter of 1777, ed to attack tbat place, he ob. when the army lay encamped at served some symptoms of terror Valloy Forge, an old quaker by in the countenances of his sol. the name of Potts, as he was pass. diers. Riding along the front ing through the woods near head of his balted troops, he rose up- quarters, heard the sound of a on his stirrups, and waving his human voice ; he cautiously sword towards the hostile camp, approached the spot, and beheld he exclaimed, “there! my brade the commander in chief of the friends ! there are the enemies American armies on his knees at of your country! and now all prayer! I ask of you, is just to remember The following circumstance what you are about to "ght for. brings high honor to the youthMarch !” A thousand prisoners ful Washington, as it evinces his was the fruit of this enterprise. readiness to retract an error,
lo his last sickness Washington to resist the spirit of revenge. was heard once or twice to say, In the year 1754, when he was “if it had pleased God, I should colonel, he got warm in a dispute hare been glad to die a little ea- with a Mr. Payne, who raised sier, but I doubt not it is for my his sturdy hickory and levelled good.” When his bafled physi. the hero to the ground. The cians sat by his bed side, look. next day the colonel wrote a poing on him deeply affected, he lite note to Mr. Payne, and re. stretched out his hand to them, quested to meet him at the tav. and shaking his head, said, “0, Washington received him no!---don't!-don't!" then with
in a friendly manner,and, instead a smile added, “I am dying, of demanding satisfaction, acgentlemen ; but thank God, I knowlcdged that he had been in am not afraid to die.” Know the wrong, and settled the affair ing that the hour of his departure over a bottle of wine. A modern was at hand, he desired that eve. man of honor would have prory person might leave the room.
duced his pistols, and added He was accordingly left with his murder to insult ! God.
The following facts afford the As proofs of his religion, the most pleasing proofs of his be. following facts are adduced. nevolence, Before the comOne of his aids in the French and mencement of the late war, he Indian war, colonel Benjamin used annually to visit the sweet Temple, has often declared, springs of Virginia, at which
place he always ordered the ba. the fascinating colonel Burr. A man born
to be great,-brave as Cæsar, polished as ker to supply the poor with
Chesterfield, eloquent as Cicero, and liftbread at his expense.
He often, ed by the strong arm of his country, he says the baker, paid eighty dol. rose fast, and bade fair soon to fill the
place where Washington had sat But lars a season, and that for poor alas ! lacking religion he could not wait creatures, who did not know the the spontaneous fåll of the rich honors hand, that fed them, as secresy ripening over his head, but in an evil
hour stretched forth his hand to the forwas enjoined. The poor near
bidden fruit, and by that fatal act was his own plantation were con. cast out from the Eden of our republic stantly supplied with wool, corn,
and amerced of greatness for ever. flour, bacon, clothes, &c. One of his managers had orders to fill a We have thus, for the gratifi. corn honse every year for the
cation of our readers, collocted sole use of the poor.
the principal and most interest when was a dollar per
ing anecdotes, contained in this bushel, he bought several hun.
little volume, and presented sufdred bushels for them, be.
ficient specimens of the aathor's
manner. His style in many sides giving them what could be spared from the gradary.
places approaches to what is With the following we shall
called prose run mad; but every conclude our extracts from this
part of his book is rendered in. little work.
terestiog by the peculiar ganius
of the writer. His humor is in. “When the children of years to come,
imitable. When he tells a story, hearing his great name re-echoed from
every word is most aptly chosen, every lip, shall say to their fathers, "what was it that raised Washington to
aod every circumstance however such height of glory?” let them be told, mioute, which can add any thing that "it was his GREAT TALENTS CON- to the effect, is remembered. .."-.-.-.“ What motives,
This disposition to copy closely BY RELIGION. under heaven can restrain men from after nature is, however, attend. vices and crimes, and urge them on, ed with evils, when the object to full stretch, after individual and national happiness, like those . of relig. be delineated is deformed and union ? For lack of these motives, alas! pleasant; for, in that case, we how many, who once dazzled the
are disgusted with the sight of world with the glare of their exploits, are now eclipsed, and set to rise no more !
what a different artist would keep There was Arnold, who in courage and from our view. In our opiuion military talents glittered in the same fir.
Mr. Weems is very skilful in mament with Washington, and for a while his face shone like the star of the
the execution of what he undermorning; but alas ! for lack of Washing- takes, but wants judgment to di. ton's religion, he soon fell, like Lucifer, rect him in his design. He says from a heaven of glory into an abyss of never ending infamy. There was the
much to promote the cause of re. gallant general Hamilton also a gigantic ligion; but he aduits some things, geniusa statesman fit to rule the
which must greatly counteract mightiest monarchy- Y--a soldier, “fit to stand by Washington and give com
the object, which unquestionably But alas ! for lack of religion, was dear to him.
It is to us not see how all was lost! Preferring the
a little wonderful, that a person praise of man to that praise “ which cometh from God,” and pursuing the phan- who professedly writes for the tom honor up to the pistol's mouth, he is
young, and who zealously iocul. cut off at once from life and greatness, and leaves his family and country to
cates upon them the duty of lov, mourn his hapless fate. And there was ing and fearing God, should yet
STANTLY GUIDED AND GUARDED
repeat anecdotes, in which the expressions, when he made his name of Jehovah is not treated mistake about old bon repos, with sufficient respect. We We ardently hope that these and should like therefore to see an other passages will receive some expurgation of this little volume correction from the hand of the before we could be pleased with author, who certainly bas do its introduction into schools. wish to corrupt the minds of our If the author should be inclined youth, or to accustom their ears to review his work on this point, io the dialect of Billingsgate. we would recommend to the But one word more, and we blotting of his pen all those ex. shall dismiss this work, In the pressions, which do not become twelfth chapter FRANKLIN, " the lovely mouths” of sweet MERCER, and all the virtuous little children ; such for instance deceased patriots of the rerolu. as governor Dinwiddie's oath in tion, are made to poạr forth the fifth chapter ; “ damn em !” from heaven's gate in angelic in the imaginary fight between forms to meet the ascending old England's porters and the spirit of Washington. This frog.eating foe; his majesty's may be called a flight of the im. curse on the next page; Brad. agination, but can it be justifi. dock's profanity in his reply to ed in a work which is designed Washington ; Samuel Chase's to impress the young with the terrible exclamation on the floor value of religion? Is a brave of congress, and the Waldeckers' soldier and an honest man ne. vulgar irreverence to the name of cessarily an heir of heaven? Is the Most High, in the ninth not deep, unfeigned piety essen. chapter; Washington's address tial to salvation ? And does the to Lee, at Monmouth; colonel spirit of piety often take up its Williams' first words, as he was abode in camps ? We wish not roused from the torpor of ap. to be thought deficient in charity, proaching death; the rash ex. but we cannot go the length, to pletive at the beginning of a sen. which Mr. Weems' fancy would tence near the close of the thir. carry us. teenth chapter; the irreverent In page 181 Pennsylvania is language, which follows an ac- printed by mistake for New count of the affair between York, with which state it was Washington and Mr. Payne; that Vermont had a controversy, and general Wayne's profane
MASSACHUSETTS BIBLE SOCIETY.
At a late meeting of the “ Bible Society of Massachusetts,” the fol, lowing members were chosen. WILLIAM PHILLIPS,Esq. President.
Rev. JOHN LATHROP, D. D. Vice
Rev. JOSEPH S. BUCKMINTER, Cor. Resolutions of a Meeting
for Promoting responding Secretary.
a due Observance of the Sabbath. Rev. John PIERCE, Recording Secre, At a general Meeting of the In. tary.
habitants of the Town and Castle of TRUSTEES.
Windsor, held at the Guildhall on Rev. John Eliot, D. D.
Tuesday, the 26th of April, 1808, Rey. Joseph Eckley, D. D.
for the purpose of adopting such Rey, James Freeman,
resolutions as should be thought Rev. Eliphalet Porter, D. D. most effectual for promoting the betRev. Abiel Holmes, D.D.
ter observance of the Sabbath, withRev. Thomas Baldwin, D. D. in the Borough and its neighbour. Samuel Salisbury, Esq.
hood, J. Eglestone, Esq. Mayor, in Hon. William Brown,
the chair, Resolved, That the prac. Francis Wright, Esq.
tice of opening shops, or otherwise Hon. Isaac Parker,
exercising trades or callings on SunHon. Peter C. Brooks,
days,--the delivery of goods by the John Tucker, Esq.
common carriers, and the admission Joseph Hurd, Esq.
of person's into public houses, and Joseph Sewall, Esq.
suffering tippling therein during diRedford Webster, Esq.
vine service, are gross breaches of Samuel Parkman, Esq.
the Sabbath, and tend greatly to the Joseph May, Esq.
corruption of morals and the increase Henry Hill, Esq.
of dissipation.-Resolved, That the
persons present at this Meeting do FOREIGN
hereby pledge themselves to discounOBSERVATION OF THE SABBATH,
tenance such practices; and that they
will not apply or send to any shop The following address was sent
whatsoever for goods, provisions, or by the venerable Bishop of London,
any other article, on Sunday, nor suf. to the Clergy of his Diocese. It is
fer their servants, or any of their res. dated Fulham House, November 23, pective families so to do ; and they do 1808
recommend to the inhabitants generAddress to the Clergy of the Diocese of ally to conform to this Resolution.
London, dated Fulham House, Nov, Resolved, that this Meeting do re23, 1 808.
commend to the several trades peo. Rev. SIR,
ple of this town and neighbourhood HAVING obtained a copy of the to keep their shops close shut during following Resolutions, which have the whole day of every Sunday (exbeen lately entered into by all the cepting where it may be unavoida. most respectable inhabitants of bly necessary for light; and, in that Windsor, they appeared to me so case, to remove all appearance of ex. well calculated to promote the great posing goods for sale from the win. object they have in view (namely, the dows ;) and not to sell any thing, exsuppression of those gross profana - cept in cases of absolute necessity, tions of the Lord's Day, which are nor to permit the carriers to deliver now most prevalent and most obnox. goods at their respective houses durious) that I thought I could not do a ing the day. Resolved, That it be more material service to the inhabi. recommended to all persons who em. tants of my diocese, than by request- ploy workmen, labourers, and others, ing the clergy to promote similar res- weekly, to pay all such their wages olutions in their respective parishes, in sufficient time, to preclude the wherever the same profanations, or necessity of their purchasing proviany other flagrant violations of the sions or other necessaries on a Sun. Lord's Day, have taken place. I hope day.--Resolved, That these Resolu. therefore, you will have the goodness tions be signed, and copies thereof be to exert yourself with zeal in the ac. printed, together with extracts from complishment of this most laudable the several acts of parliament, relapurpose ; and am, Reverend Sir, your tive to the Due Observance of the affectionate brother,
Lord's Day, and circulated through. B, LONDON. out this town and neighbourhood.