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illustrious by inposing magnanimity and se

| “Or, wouldst thou with thy favourite bards retreat, ducing love of enterprize. The causes that a

POETRY.

“And hear them, still, their melodies resume ! impelled him to his inhuman mode of life, a |-

“ LO! Linus, Hesiod, Moschus, Bion sweet!

FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR. universal warfare, you content yourself with

“ Homer divine, and Pindar, bold of plume ! rapidly sketching and how fecble and unim- | The following translation of Dr. Geddes' “ Ad umbram« Eurinides the drama's nerfert pressive the result while the consequent

Gilberti Wakefield elegia,has not eppeared in print. enormities you suffuse with such a blaze of

"Eschylas there, and Sophocles resort ;

The original may be found in the Monthly Magaglory, such a glow and radiance of colouring,

“ The swain Sicilian, tunes his Oaten pipe ;

zine, vol. 12th, and is said to be the last production as would deceive, if it were possible, even

“ And, mid his snows, Anacreon still would sport!

of that cclebrated scholar. the elect.

« There, Maro, Flaccus, and the bard who fell Medora, your Lordship delineates as lovely THEE, too, the boast of every critick tongue,

" Victim to love, to love, the Art he taught ; and affectionate, and we are not inclined to 1 Has fate severe snatched headlong from our eyes- « Sublime Lucretius, whom thy toils so well question her personal loveliness, nor the amia

Snatched from a weeping wife-an offspring young-1 « Spent, while on earth, with splendor new have ble qualities of her heart ; but do not considFriends dearly loved ; and all the good and wise !

fraught. er us unreasonable, when we enxiously inquire- Who is Medora, and what character How hard thy doom ! in dungeons long enthralled, | “ There, roam they all consociate, and with these ; is she made to assume ?' This is not imper.. Scarce fies thy joyous foot their dreary bourne ; “ The British bards, ethereal Milton, Pope ; tinent curiosity, my Lord : your readers feel When, lo ! to death's dark mansion art thou called I“ Dryden ; and be, who most the soul could seize momently exposed to the inconvenience of

Whence man returns not, nor can e'er return. - 1 “With mimick terror, or celestial hope, committing a misnomer. In what relation Medora stands to the corsair, notwithstanding | True, good and bad, wise, simple, rich, and poor, “ Immortal Shakespeare ; nor remotely roves his exclamation amid the palace tumult re- l Whoe'er has drunk th' ethereal flood of day;

“Pale Cowper, still by many a friend bewailed : member we have wives'-they own themselves Kings, courtiers, beggars must alike explore,

“ Whom, melancholy to th' infernal grores puzzled to determine. Their puppy brains, Soon or more late, th' irremeable way.

“ Sent immature, e'er nature half had failed!! as Cowper humourously sings, are unable to Yet who laments not that while fools survive,

“ Bards, sages, patriots, go, attend, at will : comprehend the case, or to solve the difficul- |

While guilt grows old in infamy and crime, ty. Now, were we disposed to be uncharita- |

“ For thee, the train of heroes boasts no ch&m

I“ Spurn them-a race whom basest passions fill : ble, an imputation that would rather excite / Worth, wisdom, piety, that chief should thrive,

Fall like a rose-bud, weltering in its prime.

“Vain, proud, perverse, intent on human harm!!' our compassion than our surprize, we might be tempted to style the peculiarity of her sit Yet though too short the date to thee assigned,

He said, and straight thy favoured shade, I thought, uation, to use a phrase of softened import, ex

Not short, the genuine fame just Heaven imparts,

Thus Gilbert to the righteous judge replied ; ceedingly unwarrantable. To speak plainly, it | Yes ! thou hast lived, and long shall live behind

“ Since mine the boon to choose my future lot, appears more difficult to ascertain what Me

Thy splendid image, Wakefield, on our hearts. dora is, than what Medora is not.

“ Amid the sages let me e'er reside ; The obscure but touching song-lucus a Meanwhile, betake thee to the fields of bliss ; "Mid genuine sages, not the sophist race, non lucendo'-in which your Lordship intro- Th’ Elysian plains no cloud can e'er eclipse,

“ Whom now, as ever, from my heart I hate ! duces this mournful maiden to our sympathy, For not for thee, yawns Ereb's dread abyss,

“ Nor give me, oft mid Orators, a place ; affords indubitable proof that her heart throb

Nor pitchy Phlegeton shall soil thy lips.

“Vain senseless wranglers, full of fame and prate. bed exclusively for your ruthless Homicide of the Sea, and at the same time that her devo- No grey-beard judge shall now thy cause decide,

“ Such, mid the senate, seemed loquacious Pitt ; zion was so perfectly unrewarded, that his Impartial Minos here the balance holds !

“ To pour the wordy torrent, never loth ;

« Such Windbam, when by passion roused, he spit shedding a single tear upon her grave would Hark! as he sees thy Spirit onward glide, be-perchance the closing testimonial of con

“ His bursting Vomica, of bilious froth !

His tongue the ready plaudit thus unfolds, summate affection, the melancholy tribute to

« But, let me oftener, with the bards renowned years of remembered bliss—no verily, but “ Fear not, pure Shade, thy sufferings all, we know ;

“ My station take, and join their dulcet lay! “ These, Hermes long has hastened to reveal : • The first-last-sole reward of so much love !

10! let the bards with soft, melodious sound “ Though right and wrong be oft misnamed below, « Though right and wrong be oft misname

“ Sooth me, revive, and all my bosom sway!! Exquisite sensibility! Prodigality of adora “Substantial justice here alone we deal. tion! The most disinterested upon record !

u

...
“ Here rank is nought, and nought imperious power ;

« But from your heroes, ever let me Ay !! What mystery of iniquity, my Lord, induced

“ Arms, impious arms ! their hands barbarian wield.

“'Tis virtue, virtue only can avail : you to couple together a sweet Eolian Mal.

- Unawed by all the terrors of the sky; “ Go, choose thy lot, command each future hour; vina, and a ferocious, demoniack marauder

| “To all the charities of nature steeled :

" All, all is thine, plain, woodland, hill, and dale. with garments rolled in blood ! Some have whimsically, and perhaps iron- | “ Wouldst thou with wisdom's sons divide the scene?

“Struck by their spear ; lo ! heavenly freedom falls : ically, defended your Lordship by suspecting,

" And countless burdens crush the crouds around!

"Lo ! Pherecydes. Solon at thy will. that, like the drooping Viola, he never told his

“ Hence ye profane, your sight my soul appals : “ The Samlan, Thales, Epicurus keen,

“ Let never tyrant near my paths be found" !!! love ; such a mysterious, unimparted, uncon

“Stagyra's sage, and Plato sager still. firmed attachment, if not supremely unnatural,

| Most wise thy choice, dear Wakefield, such to me, is totally inconsistent with the rest of the char: “ There, pride of Rome, th’illustrious Catos shine!!!

Should fate youchsafe, thy harpings I will join ;

Should acter. Fidelity to Medora you denominate his “ Brutus, and Pliny, Tully sweet of sound !

Yes ! to thy heavenly harpings will I flee ; only, his last remaining virtue. We there. | « Here, Seneca, and Marcus named Divine !

And strike, with trembling hands, the strings divine! fore feel justified in the conclusion, that if Me

“By rank imperial, less than virtue crowned ! ! dora be the undisputed bona fide wife of Con

Loud will I strike them, if the Muses smile ; rad, said Conrad may claim pre-eminence “ Compatriot with thyself, amid the throng

Sweet Terpsichore, Erota sweeter still; among the undisputed bona fide ruffians of “See Locke, see Bacon, of coequal boast ;

The Muses, every care that best beguile, your Lordship's manufacture, and have his “ See Newton; first tho sapient train among!

To me, an antidote for every ill. claim allowed. It was not without sorrow we " The fame, and glory, of the British coast !!

Hear them; my friend, and with them oft unite : saw his one, solitary, Phenix virtue evaporate “ Or does thy ear sweet Oratory please,

Soon shall I join thee, as these tremors tell, in smoke; the dew-drop from the crag fell

“With soothing sounds, and soul-compelling power ? Faint are my limbs,-already death's in sightinto the ocean ; the luminous bubble, the

“ Lo! where Eolides suspends the breeze, flood, on

But, 'tis enough-respected shade, farewell. snowy foam, mingle with the black whose surface they were feigned to be gleam

“ The honeyed stream, from Nestor's lip devour.

• We ever regretted, most sincerely, that the elegant scholar, jpg in beauty; the tempestuous hemisphere “ Feast on the tones that Pericles of old,

whose worth the original of these lints was intended to conn of clouds involve with eternal gloom the islet

orate, should ever have sullied bis brilliant literary career by “Like thunder, threw o'er deep distracted Greece ;

dabbling injudiciously in political controversy and we again te of azure. “ The torrent of Demosthenes behold !

gret that his eulogist could not bestow just praise on his deserving It may not be unamusing to dream, for a

“ The golden periods none would wish to cease !! friend, withont descending to aspersions, which no man can red moment, by what accident of food or field

without disgust.

Edita. Medora happens to find herself upon the Pi « Drink from the Ciceronian fount that flows rates' Island, and so comfortably dwelling in “ Copious and calm, there, Fox, in future time, the watch-tower of their amiable Chieftain. “ Not meanly seated, mid them shall repose,

BOSTON : PRINTED AND PUBLISHED FOR JOHN PARF To be coscluded in cor next, “Or break in tones, as cogent, as sublime.

BY MUNROE & TRANCIS, NO. 4, COBAILL

DEVOTED TO POLITICKS AND BELLES LETTRES.

VOL. I...

BOSTON, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1814.

NO.XXXVIII.

POLITICAL.

this gloomy hour, is necessary—and let us word of this now escapes them they see their hope

wise and vigorous leaders humbled in the FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR.

“... ... sed motos præstat componere fluctus.” dust—their councils defeated the capitol AFTER A STORM THE AIR IS MO

| blown up the heads of department quarrelRE1, " " ....... but first 'tis fit the billows to restrain.”

ling and dispersed their army, raised and PURE.

Y-FREE TRADE AND SAILORS' RIGHTS » | supported at an expense of fifty, millions, wastThe course and consequences of Mr. Mad- This ridiculous imposition has now lost its

lace to a few impotent regiments—the remains

BR of the navy skolking up our rivers—the treaison's administration teach us how far our sys- charm, even among the most perverse and igen

5 sury exhausted—enormous debts accumulated tem of government, once deemed so perfect norant ; and those who lately saw it swung /

4 swing and their credit gone. A nation, whom, by security to the people, is from affording that through our 'streets, with only disgust, would L security, when the corruption or supineness | now look upon it, were it to be seen, with me

latishing our resources in provoking hostili

e thevlina ve made our enemy, assailing us of the people suffers it to fall into bad hands. dignation. What millions would the United

Teast, west-north, and south and sixty thouWe now find that an unprincipled faction, Slates now pay with cheerfulness, for that

sand of our peaceful citizens now in arms, at with the president as their chief, can provoke, free trade, which they enjoyed, wbęn Bona

the call of our state Executives, to guard our insult, and declare war against a powerful na parte and Madison began the ruin of our

native soil ! In such a scene of misery, protion, seeking peace and amity with the United commerce ? What a sad reverse in the exer- 1

fessions of confidence in our national rulers Slates—can persist in hostilities, until, from cise of American sailors' rights, since their

wotild indeed be unseasonable : these very resentment for wanton aggression, an enraged government has been fighting for the right of

men now wish to bury all distinctions—they army is brought upon our extensive seacoast, British sailors to abandon the flag of their na

are willing to suppress their politicks--they and then can leave us, or rather force a large tive country, in her hour of peril! No it is

cry to the people, Save our country, or we portion of the community in spite of our op- not in defence of Bonaparte's maritime law, vor

perish. position to the contest, and the rulers who be to gratify the cupidity of British deserters,

Yes ; let us to arms, for our families and gan it, to sacrifice our lives in self defence, or that the worthy yeomanry of Massachusetts are

our homes-but,avhen the preparation for batabandon our hard-earned property to the mercy now in arms at South Boston. They have un

tle gives us leisure, let us look back to the of an enemy, and fly like vagabonds, without furled the FLAG OF MASSACHUSETTS—they

journals of Congress, and of the state Legisla house or home, into the interior. come at the summons of our beloved gover

tures-let us red, over and over again, the We do not mean however to find fault with nour, to discharge the sacred duty of repelling

lists of Yeas and Nays on questions of Embarthe plan of our government, to the exculpation invasion-an invasion which we owe, as every

go, Non-intercourse, Non-importation, Warof those, whose iniquitous conduct has brought man of them knows, to Mr. Madison and his

raising armies--invasion of Canada, &c. Let. us into this dreadful alternative. Every sys. | supporters. Madison's fifty millions, which he

us be familiar with the names of those worthies, tem is capable of abuse ; and it is true that has squeezed from an oppressed nation, and

who have bruught us to hear the roaring of none of the evils we experience can be said ] squandered in corruption or schemes worsc

cannon, instead of the sound of hammer and 10 arise necessarily from the nature of the than useless, could not raise such an army, as

axe-to see the flames of towns and shipping, federal constitution. Such men, as governed four words, in the present cause" Citizens,

instead of flourishing villages and enrichting our country in the glorious commencement of desend your soil"- No sooner were they ut

commerce..“ Fliese molten calves be thy its political career, would have still preserved | tered, than the dust rose on every avenue to

gods, 0. Israel !" our tranquillity and our prosperity. They Boston. This is honourable, and bespeaks a would neither have sold us to France, nor ru- sentiment, which, we trust, will carry us sucined the country, for the sake of aggrandizing cessfully through the battle, if it must be en-1

COCHRANE'S LETTER. themselves. Our form of government docs countered.

Copy of a letter from Vice-dmiral Cochrane, not necessarily put villains and traitors in the British commanders must undoubtedly obey

to Mr. Monroe. higher offices, but gives full scope to those their instructions ; yet we still indulge a hope

Nis Britannick Majesty's ship the Tonnant, vulgar passions and prejudices, which have that they will not be found instructed to drive us to

in the Patuxent River, 18th Aug. 1814. tendency-and full scope to the wickedness extremities. We consider their hostile weap- ' SIR-Having been called upon by the Govof such characters, when they gain the ascen ons arrayed by Mr. Madison against us ; we | ernour-General of the Canadas to aid him in dant.

execrate his folly, but we must repel the carrying into effect measures of retaliation If we ever improve, it will be when, under blow, which threatens destruction. God grant, against the inhabitarts of the United States, the lash of bitter experience, we not only see, that while we have an arm to defend our un for the wanton destruction committed by their but feel,-feel universally; the necessity of | alienable rights, we may learn the value of army in Upper Canada, it has become imperi. improvement.

those which we have too tamely surrendered. | ously my duty, conformably with the nature of In other countries, defective systems have | Again we say, “ Free Trade and Sailors' the Governour-General's application, to issue been perfected by adversity. If the adversity | rights,” that gross, insulting imposture, would l to the naval force, under my command, an orbe not so severe as wholly to crush the spirit not have commanded the roll of a Drum, byder to destroy and lay waste such towns and of freedom, and reduce men to utter despon- state authority ; nor would " the Conquest of districts upon the coast, as may be found ag.. dency, there is reason to hope for such a Canada,” were it ever so practicable, have cal. I sailable. result.

led a single husbandman from his harvest. I had hoped that this contest would have It is certainly not easy to see distinctly what Old Massachusetts rouses from her loved terminated, without my being obliged to resort. permanent good can grow out of our present tranquillity, because she is threatened. The I to severities which are contrary to the usage calamities. A mere change of administration contest of our national rulers is foreign to us of civilized warfare ; and' as it has been with will be but winding up the clock that it may | we detest it-and have more reason to do so extreme reluctance and concern that I have run down again, and who does not sicken at now than ever. The government which plung

found myself compelled to adopt this system the thought of repeating the process. We ed us into these calamities cannot aid us-it is of devastation, I shall be equally grauiñeda ir may safely say moremwe may be assured, if | as weak,as it is wicked-but we rather rejoice, the conduct of the Executive of the United our present trials do nol better our political that we are not to be polluted by its touch; state, they will make it worse. That misman- , it is our pride to owe it nothing but a just re- | ings, by making reparation to the suffering inagement, which has driven us to the very sentment for our innumerable wrongs.

habitants of Upper Canada : thereby manifest verge of ruin, if not pupished in an exemplary

ing, that, if ihe destructive measures pursued. manner, and guarded against by wise provi

The tone of democratick resolutions has by thcir army were ever sanctioned, they sions, will but afford encouragement to the profligate--become a precedent, and sub

I wonderfully changed. But a year or two since, I will no longer be permitted by the Gover!l

they teemed with expressions of confidence in ment. ject us to perpetual tyranny. Hope, in

111 the wisdom and energy of our rulers. Nota. I have the honour to be, Suwib 19240

[graphic]

consideration, your most obedient, humble as far from the truth as is possible. Every Now no man in his senses can supa
servant,
(Signed)

1 poiilician, in Europe and America, knows it : Madison so inattentive to the conduct of ALEX. COCHRANE, democrats as well as federalists, throughout servants, the invaders of Canada, as to be in Vice-Admiral and Commander in Chief of the country, were astounded at the news. But norant of these transactions. Yet in the for

H. B. Majesty's ships and vessels upon this canting was to be expected ; it is one of of these well known facts, Mr. Munroe has the North-American station.

the cabinet, that declared war, who writes ;-| the hardihood to boast of the regularity and The Hon. JAMES MONROE, Secretary 2 let it pass.

humanity of our warfare, and to tell Admiral of State, &c. &c. Washington.

The government, it seems, were resolved to Cochrane, flat and plain, that his vlen von

wage war on the most humane principles. The false, or, to quote his precise words, i utterli REMARKS

very first step is proof positive. The official groundless.” OŃ TRE CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN ADMIRAL COCUNANE return to the war office, of the military in- The operations of the British certainly have AND OUR GOVERNMENT.

| plements issued to the Northern Army, about been severe-they have been marked with We have now the satisfaction of exhibiting to invade Canada, will shew that government character, of which we find no traces, in their the entire letter of Admiral Cochrane, com- | prepared for them EIGHT HUNDRED TOMA- long wars against Spain, France, or any Euro. pletely proving the correctness of our sugges. HawKS !!

pean power. It is the same nation, that is now tion, that Mr. Madison's Proclamation was a War was declared, June 18th, 1812. In at war with us. Is the difference of conduct designed misrepresentation. We renewedly | July, General Hull entered Canada, and in the owing to a sudden and singular change in their entreat our readers to observe the mean, dis- | name of the United States, made proclamation, character, or to circumstances of provocation. honourable, and dangerous hypocrisy of the which has never been disavowed, that “ The which they had not before experienced? This President. He extracted the threat, stripped first stroke of the tomahawk, the first attempt is worth our examination, for, in spite of Mr. of its connexion ; sent it abroad through the with the scalping knifc, will be the signal for Madison's allegations, foreign nations will United States ; and suppressed an Ossential one indiscriminate scene of desolation. No judge of the English from their own experipart, until his Proclamation should have pro- white man found fighting by the side of an In- ence. duced an unfounded impression, and until Mr. dian, will be taken prisoner. Instant destruc

Instant destruc. If nothing more interesting present, we shall Munrée could prepare a laboured commentary, tion will be his lot"!!! We defy Mr. Mun

continue these remarks in vur next; for though to blind, if possible, the eyes and understand, roe to produce any thing like this in the an

we lament the sufferings with which our seaings of the American people. No person of nals of civilized society. ..

board is threatened, and pray that they may be common sagacity, we are confident, can read To give the history of the war, within the speedily terminated, it is highly proper and this answer, without perceiving distinctly that, I borders of Canada, is not in our power. It necessary that the American people should though addressed to Admiral Cochrane, it is a would require à volume. Invasion was be-know, that British complaints are not « utterly document prepared rather for the citizens of gun by us, and it is of most consequence to

1 groundless." This we will however add-the the United States. Mr. Munroe could not ex- | know what conduct was pursued in the earli.

British commanders must know, that retalia. pect to deceive the Admiral, as to the history i est stages ; for, as the National Intelligencer tion has its limits ; if they do not stop, when of facts ; we are too generally willing to be de- of May, 1813, correctly stated Private prop- they have done justice to themselves, their ceived.

erty is respected in war, unless when retalia- cause assumes a new character. The letter of Admiral Cochrane is short tion justifies destruction.and perspicuous. The reader can easily pe- The Greensburgh Gazette of July 30th,

GENERAL REGISTER, ruse it, and judge of its obvious import. The just after the war had commenced,states : “ A amount is plainly and simply this :-" The ar- messenger to government from General Hull, my of the United States in Upper Canada has reports that a party of Americans took 300

| BOSTON, SATURDAY, SEPT. 17, 1814. committed outrages, unauthorized by the rules barrels of flour and 200 bushels of wheat, from

it, from DOMESTICK. Of the reports, mentioned of war. I am about to retaliate ; but, regret- the English mills, up French river.” ting the necessity of this severity, I cannot A Chilicothe article of August 8th, states,

in our last, it is not true that 3,000 British had

"I landed at Gravelly point near Sackett's harbour. commence my operations without giving you,“ on the authority of Capt. Sutton and Lieut. even now, an opportunity to prevent them. | Van Horne, messengers from Gen. Hull to

It was not true that obstructions had been

placed in the river Potomack, to prevent the Disavow these outrages, that this system of Gov. Meigs, that our army, in addition to four warfare may be arrested ; make restitution to and blankets, had taken 800 Merino sheep !"

descent of the English squadron, at Alexandria. suffering individuals, and I will proceed no l Were these government sheep, or Lord Sel

On the 4th. Sept. Commodore Gordon, barfarther.»

ing with him, beside his naval force, about 16 kirk's ? The letter was sent, and the British began General Winder's official account, Nov, 27,

sail of loaded merchantmen, set sal down the to advance towards Washington. It received 1812, gays : « The whole Canada frontiers, 16

Potomack, with a good breeze. Captain Porno answer until the 6th of the following month! | miles distance, was laid waste and desolate."

1 ter commanded an ill provided battery of 12 during which time Washington and Alexan. In a report to General Smythe, very early

guns, a little below Mount Vernon. Opposite dria were attacked; but yet, in neither of these in the war, it is stated, that " a number of sai.

to this, the Commodore rounded to, and in 30

minutes silenced the battery, all the guns but places, was the threat put in execution. Both | jors went over to the Canada side, in the pres.

one being dismountei, 12 men killed and 17 were in their power, and might, like some of ence of the whole army, and BURNT several the towns in Canada, have been laid in houses, a store, and barn, and were employed

wounded. The Sea-horse continued to cover ashes. The publick buildings were partially

the fleet, as they passed, then an hour and a half in catching hogs and fowls

fired a stem destroyed, in Washington ; property, to tlie and killing them, and other plunder.”

chaser and proceeded with her convoy. Com

modore Perry commanded another fort, a few amount of one hundred thousand dollars' 1 “A gentleinan from the frontier," says the worth, taken from Alexandria, and both the Editor of the Centinel, May 15, 1813, « has in

miles below, but to no effect. The squadron army and naval force voluntarily withdrew.

passed them all, with no essential injury. So formed us that he saw, in the taverns, for ma

much for our new general Munroe's efficient We shall now take some notice of Mr.Mun| ny miles, articles of furniture which had been

I preparations. roe's reply.

plundered and sold." As it is published entire in our

Bal imore. On the 5th and 6th the Potomack newspapers, and is too long for our limits, we

We have taken up but three Newspapers, and such are the facts that inmediately pre

and Patuxent fleet, excepting two or three shall extract the passages, that appear most to sent themselves. Judge from these, what a

vessels, stood down the bay, to Smith's point, deserve attention.

where they anchored. On the 8th, they were • It is seen, with the greatest surprise, that

narrative might be produced. Judge, if such < this system of devastation, which has been

facts came before the publick, from Americans,

I joined by 13 sail from below, when the fleet practised by the British forces, so manifestly and principally from those friendly to the admin-1

I again made sail up the bay. On the 11th they istration, what scenes must actually have been

| were discovered entering the mouth of Petapcontrary to the usages of civilized warfare, is • placed by you on the ground of retaliation. exhibited to the Canadians. We have taken

sco river, the name of that arm of the bay, these as mere specimens of our humane mode

which extends up to Baltimore. «No sooner were the United States compelled

That ity is

undoubtedly the next point of attack. A let (to resort to war against Great-Britain, than of commencing the war in Canada, never dis

ter from Baltimore, dated Sunday afternoon, 6 they resolved to wage it in a manner the most

avowed, and occurring before the British be(consonant to the principles of humanity, and gan their ravages on the Atlantick coast, and

says “ Sixty one sail in sight-The British

are landing at North point, and the alarm guns 6 to those friendly relations, which it was delong before our army burnt Newark-before

are fired. the famous conflagration of ships, buildings and sirable to preserve between the two nations,

The fate of the city will be decid

| edir. 12 hours. All is confusion."

property at York, or, as the Canadians allege, 6 after the restoration of peace.”

We learn is the atrocities committed at Queenstown,

35 In the first place, that the United States

that letters received in this town, yesterday, | Doyer, St. David's, Long Point, and Chippewa."

say, a part of the Baltimore force had descende were compelled to resort to war, is a position

Shippew to led on the banks of the Potapsco, and were 151

within two miles of the spot where the British are, in their tendency, exceptionable, if not read | in some, and perhaps raise a conscious blush, had commenced landing.

with caution. We regret that our correspon- in a few, were it known, that the secrets of Still later. A New-York paper of Thursday dent's style is not as chaste, as his sentiments their hoarts could be so well understood, by last was received last night, which states that are correct. Strange that the pomp of words, only minutely observing their manner of walkthe British had been met on the road to Balti- to many writers, possesses such a charm. ing, or wearing their clothes. I shall only more, and REPULSED, their loss unknown, but

say, that I have seen many a gloomy heart supposed to amount to 2500 killed and wound.

THE WRITER, No. XIX. covered by a gay breast-knot and blooming ed, and hopes were entertained that the rest

When I belonged to the corps of observa

flowers, and detected some roguish desires could not re-imbark. The ships that attacked

tion, and performed duty regularly on Corn

| under a very modest tucker. Fort Henry had been silenced and sheered off. hill, it was the practice of our detachment, as

Mankind have always a disposition to pry Plattsburg. On Tuesday, the 6th. a division with all men in actual service, to pay a vigi

| into futurity, and the same sort of curiosity of the English approached Plattsburg, in the

leads them almost equally to a desire of knowlant regard to parties marching near our renwoods; were met by the regulars and militia,and repulsed. Another division approaching by the dezvous, and make our salutes according to

ing the secrets and the “thoughts of the heart"

of their fellow-men ; it would however be ve. beach, Commodore McDonough opened a fire

fire the rank and merit of whoever passed in review upon them, from his row gallics, which drove before us ; so that whenever a lady appeared,

ry difficult to determine what effect such

knowledge would have upon our behaviour : them back with loss. The enemy took pos.

it was easy for any one, acquainted with our
signals, to know if she had ten or twenty | reason wby it should not, as well as many

but if my system should prevail, (and I see no session of the village north of the river Sara. nac, which runs through Plattsburg, where thousand, or whether she was pretty, handsome,

others) and finally be exalted into a practical I or irresistible, by our manner of bowing to they encamped, in sight of our batteries. To

science, it would undoubtedly produce a new deprive them of shelter, our troops fired hot her; although they might have known nothing

| era in human life, and place my name at once shot into the village, and the court-bouse, jail,

of her before. It was also common for us to

| among the Seers. and several other buildings were set on fire. communicate, by this kind of dumb shew, a va

There is, in one of the papers of the British It is said Gen. Macomb has acknowledged

Tiety of other circumstances, relating to the
character and condition of the fair passengers of a coquette, but as this knowledge was obtain-

Spectator, a curious description of the heart that, without very considerable reinforcements,

subject to our observation ; as, whether sheed from the tedious and uncommon process of he cannot defend himself more than three days. Some reports say the Vermont militia are was pledged, as our term was, or, still wore

dissection, we can have very few opportunities

dissection, we can have ve, the “ Toga candida" ; whether maid or widow, of knowing the properties of this little world collecting rapidly, and in great numbers ; others, that they advance slowly. a miss in her minority, or a lady whose per

of wonders, or to expose its failings. But I On the Ilih, at half past eight in the mornson and fortune were at her own disposal.

hare the charity, I have the great pleasure, to ing, a bloody engagement took place between

Even their business was generally known believe, that neither such cxperiments, nor Commodore McDonough's fleet and that of the

| among us, and so accurate were our observa- the fear of being subjected to the most critical enemy, in which the former were victorious. tions on the ladies in this particular, that we

researches of a human eye, are necessary, in No precise accounts are received ;--report

could determine whether they were really order to discountenance vice and folly, or to states, that the English Commodore was killed

spending money in the shops, or only spending promote virtuous feelings, in the hearts of my the first shot ; that every British vessel was time ; if they were in search of new goods, or fair countrywomen : La

fair countrywomen ; I am persuaded that they captured except three gallies ; that four of the

only hunting for a pair of old gloves or a par- | love virtue for her own sake, and that, in their largest are in our possession that the loss asol, which they had designedly left, for a pre

| lives and conduct, the purity of their motives on board the British ship was 106 men killedtence to shew themselves along these walks

| has no reference but to that all-seeing eye that the Growler had but 5 men alive, when a second time.

which no art can deceive, and which nothing she was taken—that Commodore Macdon

These observations were general amongst us,

but innocence and virtue can ever aspire to nough had escaped without iniury, though ev. but, as it regarded myself, being an odd sort of

please. ery officer on board his ship was killed or

a fellow, I believe I indulged fancies and wounded, and 60 men killed. Possibly some | speculations, different, and deeper than the

LETTER TO LORD BYRON. of these particulars are incorrect ; but we

rest of my companions. The mere externals,
have no doubt that Commodore McDonough,
or the transient and temporary concerns of

Concluded.
I the inhabitants of this great town, were not

My LORD;You leave too much to be sup. who is a young man of sterling merit, has gained a complete victory,and a high reputation.

alope sufficient to occupy all my thoughts plied by imagination ; and, even if all deficienIt is added that at the moment of the attack,

and attention, but I presumed to glance into cies were supplied by a man of principle, we which was made by the British upon our

their minds, and reconnoitre the character, are apprehensive they would no more harmo. fleet at anchor, a part of their army crossed

| disposition, and secret propensities of every nize with your groundwork, than noon with the Saranac, and drove the New-York militia,

individual upon which this attention was fixed.midnight. You embody no glimpses of youththree miles, but the Vermont militia then com

Having been early acquainted with Lavater's ful loves, glimpses that emulate the pure lusing up, the British in their turn were compel

system of Physiognomy, and made some con- | tre of prismatick light ; and had you so unfolled to retreat, with great loss.

siderable progress in the study of this science,ded them, as to have interested us in regard Maine. What further operations the ene

I had often amused myself in forming an to the fortunes of this ill-mated pair, the web

opinion of a character, from the shape of an of your fable, we fear, would have been even er any, is yet uncertain. A letter of last Mon- | eyebrow, or some pecunarity in the lobes of more

eyebrow, or some peculiarity in the lobes of more improbable : we might have justifiably day evening from Wiscasset,states that a large

| the ears ; and had carried my researches so demanded Coulil an individual, on whom force is off that place ; and another that 30 1

far, as at last to be able to give a very good the smiles and blessings of Heaven were beamsail were off the mouth of Sheepscut river, on

| account of a person's temper and disposition | ing and showering in richness ; one, who which Wiscasset is situated.

merely from observing their air and gait, or could taste and appreciate the ineffable sweetį Here, all classes are taking an active part,

even their manner of dressing Des jupes ness of domestick affection ; one, who was cain providing against danger. Excellent corps

long, and a long trailing gown, I considered pable of centering the bliss of the universe in of militia are daily arriving, and bring with

to denote what the French call une Salope, and a lovely and dearly beloved object; could such them a spirit, which, united with our own exer

upon a farther acquaintance, I always found a character pursue, with self-rewarding satistions, we trust will preserve the Capital.

my opinion correct, A bonnet turned smart faction, the soul-debasing life of a plunderer ?
ly up before, so as to form an obtuse angle We think it utterly impossible. Your Lord."

with the forehead, betrayed a disposition for ship seems to have thought otherwise, and we LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS.

l'omping ; and a shawl thrown carelessly over | esteem it a powerful presumptive argument, Tur denborable state of our country and one shoulder, a cold heart and lack of sensi. | that you attribute softness of soul and milkithe melancholy events which are crowding

: bility. I could also tell a fop at a considera- ness of humanity altogether gratuitously. You spon every part of the community, leave us

ble distance, by the flirt of his cane, and have are ambitious, my Lord, of being original; but little leisure, at this moment, to attend to the

seldom been mistaken in rating a man's good such inconsistencies form a species of crigiliterary part of this paper. We hope more

sense and abilities, inversely as the number of nality, of which few will envy your Lordship tranquil hours await us ; in the mean time, we | his cravats.

the possession. thank those who give us any assistance, and

It would carry me far beyond the limits of my Upon the lineaments of the Corsair we

therefore brand inde bly the 'INCREDULUS sball be happy to receive the communications ! paper 10 describe the half of my system, or of those who can pause to write.

I give but a small portion of the various traits | Opi' of your friend Horace. We revolt at beWe have inserted the letter to Lord Byron. I and cireumstances about persons, by which lieving that he was peculiarly formed for softDecause we think, with the writer, that the 11 could form so accurate a judgment of ness, pure as the dew upon the leaves of the Droductions of this element and monulan poet' them; and it might occasion great uneasiness! Tree of Life, and whose early conformatios

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was maiured by the rosy atmosphere of Para-, ber that sin enters-to employ the language | And hark !-the green wave with a sullen sound, dise : we rather entertain the sentiment, that of a beloved friend and distinguished advocate, Receives him on its breast, he bore a family resemblance to a gentleman, now receiving his reward in the bosom of his The circling rocks re-echo round, of a cast of character somewhat different, who Father and his God--that “ sin enters, not by And he sinks down to rest. in an evil hour disclosed his blasting visage in breach or escalade, but by cunning or treache How vast, how dread the fall from hearinly virtue pure the Garden of God. A spirit, thus matured, ry. It presents itself, not as sin, but as inno

To where unmanly vice and joyless pleasures lure ! however injured and disappointed, we imagine, cence, when watchfulness is hushed to sleep, could never become so warped to evil, so rad- | or the eye of reason diverted. Vice gains its And thou, false woman, thou shalt still ically transformed, as to delight in carnage and power by insinuation. It winds gently round Feel Conscience' scorpion sting, horrour. It will be wisdom in your Lordship, the soul, without being felt, till its twines be O'er thy lone path, ils veil of wretchedness and ill, speedily to wipe away the aspersions, you have come so numerous, that the sinner, like the Affliction dark shall Aing. so liberally cast upon human nature. wretched Laocoon, writhes in vain to extricate

When cast from each succeeding haunt, Notwithstanding these unjustifiable and de- himself, and his faculties are crushed, at

Of misery and shame, famatory insinuations, which make some insen- length, in the folds of the serpent."*

Who then will cheer thy life of woe and want, sible and others indifferent to what is really Admonition is equally ungrateful to the giv

Or thy sad steps reclaim ? meritorious and admirable, you compel us to er, as unwelcome to the receiver. By unfold

L'ESPIOS weep at sufferings a thousand-fold deserved, ing before your Lordship a brief retrospect of and which the sufferer himself had inflicted your misdeeds and misadventures, we may

FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR. upon thousands. It is treating us unfairly. have involuntarily awakened your impatience To excruciate our sensibilities in favour of a and resentment ; but had we not anticipated

TO CIdesperado, is a wanton and impolitick misuse from the attempt some rays of advantage, how

THERE is a grief that shuns the light, of power. With the pathos of the concluding ever feeble and unpromising, we should have stanzas we were agonized ; never more som wept that you were wholly given to idols, and

And shows not to a vulgar heart ; not even with the heart-rending, convulsive have silently abandoned you in despair. There

Though smiles around the face may play, tenderness of The Orphan, Isabella, The is yet room for reformation, and we cherish

Yet inly rankling lies the dart. Gamester, or the Shipwreck of Falconer. It enlarged hopes of your Lordship's reforming.

So stricken by some hunter's arrow, was impossible to advance : even your ma We would likewise hope, that, like the Am

The wounded deer retires to die ;rauder's necta Cup of Immortality, your effusions may

Unheard his last breath spent in anguish, HELPLESS-HOPELESS-BROKENNESS OF HEART

flow, not only unbarming, but purifying, to the
lips of the pure.

Unseen the hot tear in his eye. was overwhelming.

Forgive, my Lord, the unreservedness of These things we mention as a candid and these intimations, and believe us to be, what Jiberal acknowledgment of your powers. Your we truly are, two of your Lordship's sincerest FROM A LATE ENGLISH PUBLICATION Lordship's details, more particularly the deep friends,

CHRISTIANITY, workings of passion, are often masterly, and

Which has not appeared in this country.

CRITICISM. some of your minutiæ of illustration and de

« AMONG the miscellaneous poems is « the scription are inimitably accurate and impres.

* See Rey, J. S. Buckminster's admirable sermon Curate's petition to the Chancellor" ; and it is sive ; we want your Lordship's force and exu

urged with such earnestness, that we should not berance of diction to convey the warmth of

be surprized to hear that H. H. hiniself was a our admiration ; but we lament your choosing to dwell-even with fond delay- upon the un.

POETRY.

poor curate ; yet we should be sorry to have

our conjeciure verified, for surely so uncerefavourable and unlovelier features of human

monious an application to the giver of livings

YOR TAE BOSTOX SPECTATOR. kind.

is not likely to gain a living. The curate "The power of thought, the magick of the mind,'

WRITTEN AFTER READING GEORGE BARN. threatens his Lordship that he will turn cob-
WELL

ler, unless he be comfortably beneficed : animate whatever your Lordship touchos ; your images live, breathe, and move ; still, SEE you not yon mountain high

HEAR, generous Lawyer, hear my prayer ! with whatever perfection of skill you may have Proudly rising in the sky ?

Nor let my freedom make you stare, finished your subordinate parts, we occasion How far it rears its clifted head

In hailing you " Jack Scott !" ally detect, in your general outline, a remarka

Above the Ocean's rocky bed !

Tho' now upon the wool-sack plac'd, ble deviation from nature, an unprofitable and Hear you not the surges roar;

With wealth, with power, with title grac'd ; undeligbtful violation of probability, which all

Foaming round the shelving shore ! the illusions of your Lordship's mighty magick

Once nearer was our lot! are unable wholly to conceal.

Should one fall thence-dash'd by the fatal blow,

Say, by what name, the hapless bard
The more transcendent powers you may be
Ne'er would he rise from darkest depths below.

May best attract your kind regard,
allowed to possess--and who more warmly
His life is up, his voyage is done,

Plain Jack, Sir John, or Eldon ; than ourselves pay homage to their suprema

Adieu earth, seas, the skies, and sun !

To give, from your vast power of giving, cy !-the fuller of venom, the greater moral fuller of venom the greater' moral | His corse shall be hid by the loud dashing wave,

A hungry priest some “ little living ;" anomalies, your performances must be esteemAnd the white foam forever shall cover his grave.

And make the world say—“ Well done!” ed. If your genius resemble a column of fire,

This wouldst thou see ?-approach and view, cmerging from mid-ocean, and flaming through

In vain, without a patron's aid,

See you not yon witching maid, the clouds that cluster round the circumfer

I've pray'd and preach'd, and preach'd and pray'd ; With flowing locks and eyes of blue ence,--suffer it no longer, we entreat you, to

Applauded, but ill fed ! shed a disastrous effulgence, denouncing woe

The smile how sweet, as o'er her cheek it play'd !

Such vain eclât let others share ; to the inhabitants of earth : like the sun, it was

How soft her eye beams on that youth !

Alas ! I cannot feed on air ; granted you to diffuse the secret influences of Can she be aught, but heav'nly truth

I ask not praise, but bread! light and warmth and life....to call forth the im- Ah no-beneath that beauty's charms, lurks matchless perishable verdure of the soul. Are you con

guile,

For me, unless hard fate's obduracy, scious, my Lord, under what infinite obligation Delusion in her eye, and cunning in her smile.

Relenting, grant me some “ rich curacy," you might lay mankind, by illuminating the purities, the social refinements, the love Oh youth-fond youth, beware,

The cure of human souls resigning ; Ty charities, the sublime comforts, the un Oh see behind you, where

Prebends, for cobler's stali, declining, speakable delights of christianity ! This The precipice abrupt, and clifted steep,

I'll mend the soles of shoes ! would be a worthy and anobling ambition. So high o’erlook the troubl’d deep.

Yet scarcely “nine dark lustres” past, But alas, these rich and flavorous fruits are Destruction and impending fate not the growth of infidelity and vice. Amid Thy backward steps await,

'T were hard to see me at my “last," your mad and hurrying career, pause for a mo

An awful warning giving

Oh stay-before it is too late. mont, and tremble for the evil you are pro

Such dire reverse, good Lord ! forbid it ; ducing. Remember that man is an imitative Ah no! entranc'd by beauty rare,

Aid me, and let me say, “ You did it ;" being, and that the dissemination of your And heedless of his doom,

On whom depends my “ living !" Lordship's imposing principles may prove to . At one false step, he sinks to where millions the first step to perdition ! Remem Sits Death enthrond in gloom.

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