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FOR THE BOSTOX SPECTATOR.

Taxes are still the most interesting object of atten- | days o his life, and many hours in every day, Gl’involte il mento, e su i'irsuto petto tion. The new Secretary of the Treasury has made a

when he was altogether insensible to their Ispida e folto la gran barba scende report, which will nonplus the wisest. The Federal

E in guisa di voragine profonda Republican observes, it is interesting for its franks / beauty. The little unmeaning and uninterestness. The most important disclosure is that Mr. ing details of domestick life; the usual cares

S'apre la bocca d'atro sangue immonda. Madison and Co. are bankrupt for upwards of thirteen

and concerns of female duty ; sometimes, permillion of dollars ! !" haps, the irritations and disturbances of domes

Such images are far beneath Milton's Satan The object of the Secretary, in the plan he propostick economy, produce expressions which are

who es, and which he shews will be necessary, is to adopt neither interesting nor pleasing ; and while

above the rest a system of permanent taxation, which shall raise an. they produce these, the beauty of the counte

In shape and gesture proudly eminent, nually the amount of twenty one million of dollars

Stood like a tower ; his form had not yet lost which will be required every year, until, by raising nance (however latently great) is unfelt and still greater sum,the amount of the publick debt can be ignobserved. Whenever the countenance as- All her original brightness, nor appear'd reduced. “This," says the Boston Daily Advertiser, sumes the expression of any amiable or inter- Less than archangel ruined ; and th' excess “it is feared will never happen, for this annual expen-esting emotion, the beauty of it immediately Of glory obscured; as when the sun new ris'n diture exceeds by 8,000,000 of dollars the average returns.”

Looks thro' the horizontal misty air amount of our revenue in our most prosperous days.

Shorn of his beams. The President's instructions to our ministers, which we mentioned as having been laid before Congress,

THE WRITER, No. XXIV. It is the mind in Milton's devils that is hideous; are now before the publick, excepting such omissions as were marked confidential. They are very long ; There has been much jealousy among mod and in this respect they are sufficiently diabolbut we shall endeavour to give a sketch of this famous ern nations with regard to their poets. The ical ; but to represent them with tails and thick question in Reduction descending.

Epick is usually considered as the highest bristly beards, and as vomiting blood, may create stretch of human genius and ingenuity, there- disgust, though it does not make us tremble.

Lord Kaims,in his Elements of Criticism, has fore each nation has contended for the honour LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS.

of having produced the most perfect model of given some instances wherein Tasso degenethis species of writing. Tasso, Milton, Cam- rates into quaint antithesis and low conceits,

when he attempts to delineate passion ; and in oens, Voltaire, and Klopstock have had their BEAUTY. MR. Allison, in his justly admired treatise several advocates, and the countries, to which comparing him with Milton, where love is the on “ The nature and principles of Taste," has they belong, have suecessively claimed the subject of both, it will be found that he is very given a very complete analysis of beauty, much palm of victory in this literary contest. Nay, faulty in this respect, whilst the English bard is

always tender and conformable to nature. In some of them go so far as to arrogate the su. more interesting to the ladies, than the puffs of cosmetick venders, or the most ingenious periority over Greece and Rome, and boldly the conversations between Adam and Eve, we devices of the toilette. He very boldly at

snatch the laurel from the brows of Homer have the purest sentiments of love, exprest with tacks the commonly received opinion, that the and Virgil to grace the temples of a bard of great simplicity, in the most soft and affection

ate terms. modern times. In an edition of the Italian poets

Even in the anguish of his soul, beauty of the human countenance depends on

when Eve had incurred the curse of death by the Editor says, “ Che il Ta880 afferrò l'epico the union of certain forms and colours ; and

eating the forbidden fruit, Adam's distress is con mincri difetti de'suoi emoli, antichi e novi, maintains that all the satisfaction we feel is derived from the gratification of the moral e voul dire, con muggior perfezione di tutti,natural, and the dignity of his character is sense,—from a discovery of the expression of He allows however that Virgil alone would preserved by the most appropriate language some pleasing or interesting quality. To sup- have surpassed him, if he had taken sufficient through the whole of this afflicting scene. Ån port his argument, he appeals both to reason

time and pains in correcting the great poem of equally distressing scene may be found in the and experience ; and as, to many of our fair the Eneid. And the French author Palissot Geruselenme Liberata, where Olindo and Sofreaders, who will not take the trouble to read (who, in his book of " des Hommes celebres," ronia are to be burnt at the stake. But mark

what different ideas the situation inspires accorhas not forgotten to give his own name a place, ding to Tasso ; Olindo addresses his lovely Allison, the secret of appearing beautiful may be valuable, we transcribe a few passages for

remarks of the Henriade, “Les nations voisines their perusal.

s'enorguiellissaient de leur poemes épiques, partner in distress, in puns “ I will presume to say there is no man tandis que nous n'avions rien á leur opposer

Questo dunque è quel laccio ond' io sperai who has ever felt the sentiment of beauty, en ce genre, M. de Voltaire a vengé l'honneur

Teco accoppiarmi in compagnia di vita ? de la France par son immortelle Henriade." who will not acknowledge that he has felt it in

Questo è quel foco ch'io credea che i cori

The English very justly boast of their Milton, the most various and even opposite conformation of features; that, instead of being governbut in terms of more modesty ; for I do not

Ne dovesse infiam mar d'eguali ardori ?

Canto 2d, stanza 3. recollect that they have ever claimed a right to ed by any physical law of form or colour, every feature and colour has been experienced as

place him above either Homer or Virgil, or And afterwards in the next stanza pleases beautiful, when it was felt as expressive of vaunted that they had avenged themselves on

the world by producing Paradise Lost. Yet I funeral pile though not in the nuptial bed.

himself that they shall lie together on the amiable or interesting sentiment : and that in fact, the only limit to the beauty of the human

am inclined to think that this great work must, This subject might lead me into a long countenance, is the limit which separates vice among modern pretenders, stand unrivalled.

discussion, and would require me to transcribe from virtue ; which separates the dispositions

Passing by the Henriade, for it is presumed largely from both authors; but as this number or affections we approve, from those which we

that none but Frenchmen will ever contend for is already well seasoned with quotations, I shall disapprove or despise.

an equality between that and Paradise Lost, I

not pursue it any farther at present, but per« We hear, every day, the admiration of shall, in a few instances, compare this last with baps con:inue it in my next or some future beauty :- Ask, then, the cnthusiast to explain

the Gerusalemme Liberata of Tasso; and

paper. to you in what this beauty consists. Did he where the same subject is treated of in each, feel that it were in any certain conformation they are surely susceptible of a fair comparison.

HUMAN EXISTENCE. Milton's devils are always sublime ; so much of features, or any precise tone of colouring, he would tell you minutely the forms, and

so that he has been complained of for the dis- In the following extract, which opens the proportions and colours of this admired coun- nity he has continued to these once celestial second Canto of “ LARA," we trace a strong tenance. But is it thus, in fact, that the com

inhabitants, after they had fallen. But Tasso | resemblance to Pope's spirit and style. The munication is made ? Is it not, on the con

has no respect for them, and does not fail 10 passage partakes of the sombre hne, which tintrary, by stating the expression which this represent them as hideous and disgusting. ges Lord Byron's writings, even to excess, but countenance conveys to him?

it is impressive and beautiful.

Oh come strane, ol come orribil' forme ! “ When we differ, with regard to individual

Quant'è ne gli occhj lor terrore e morte !

“ Nigtzt wanes--the vapours round the mountain beauty, we do not support ourseives by any

Stampano alcuni il soul di ferine orme

curl'd, physical investigation of features. It is the

B'n fronte umana an chiome d'angui attorte Melt into inorn, and light awakes the world ; characıer of the countenance we disagree in :

Man has another day to swell the past,

E lor s'aggira dietro immense coda and when we feel that this character is either

And lead him near to jittie-but his last ;

Che quasi sferza si ripiego e snoda. unmeaning or expressive of unpleasing dispositions, no conformation of features, and no

And again,

Bus mighty Nature bounds as from our birth,

The sun is in the heav'ns, and life on eartı ; splendour of colours, will ever render it beautiful to us.

Orrida maesta' nel fero aspetto

Flowers in the valley, splendour in the beam, « Every man, who has had the good fortune 'Terrore accresce, e piú superbo il rendo

Health in the gale, and freshness in the streana. to live in the society of beautiful women, must Rosseggian gli occhj; e di veneno infelia linmortal man ! behold her glories shine, bave often obseryed, that there were many Come infausta cometa il guardlo splende

And cry, exulting itly, “ they are thine !"

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ON THE REPINEMENTS OF METAPHYSICAL PHILOSOPS.

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Gaze on, while yet thy gladden'd eye may see, ruptures ; and as the Germans are endowed

Mr. Langton Attended him constantly, and A morrow comes when they are not for ti.ee ;

with more imagination than real passion, the soothed some of his last hours with the most And grieve what may, above thy senseless bier, most, extravagant events take place with sin. pleasing, and affectionate assiduity. Once Nor earth nor sky will yield a single tear ;

gular tranquillity ; nevertheless, it is thus that whilst Mr. Langton was sitting by his bedside, Nor cloud sball gather more, nor leaf shall fall,

manners and character lose every thing like Dr. Johnson seized his hand, and exclaimed Nor gale breathe forth one sigh for thee, for all ;

consistency; the spirit of paradox shakes the with great emphasis Te teneam moriens

most sacred institutions, and there are no fix- deficiente manu." But creeping things shall revel in their spoil,.

ed rules upon any subject. And fit thy clay to fertilize the soil.” One may fairly laugh at the ridiculous airs

ANECDOTE. We do not mean to accuse his Lordship of of some German women, who are continually As Francis I. happened one day to be amusplagiarism, for the resemblance we have men exalting themselves even to a pitch of affec-Wing himself by a combat of lions, a lady, having tioned to the prince of English poets is to be tation, and who sacrifice to their preity soft- let her glove fall, said to Delorges If you found in the sound and manner, more than

ness of expression all that is marked and strik- wish me to believe you love me as much as in the sentiment.

ing in mind and character ; they are not open, you every day swear you do, go and bring

even though they are not false ; they only back my glove." It was the age of chivalry, Warms in the sun, refreshes in the breeze,

see and judge of nothing correctly, and real and Delorges immediately went down among Glows in the stars and blossoms in the trees.

events pass like phantasmagora before their those terrible animals, took up the glove, re-Ask for what end the heavenly bodies shine, eyes. Even when they lake it into their heads turned, and presented it to the owner ; but in Earth for whose use ? Pride answers "'Tis for mine." to be light and capricious, they still retain a despite of her arts and advances, refused ever -See dying vegetables life sustain ;

tincture of that sentimentality which is held in to visit her again. See life dissolving vegetate again ;

so high honour in their country. A German “ The age of chivalry is gone," but ladies Al forms that perish other forms supply, woman said one day, with a melancholy ex

may yet peruse this anecdote with advantage. By turns we catch the vital breath and die. pression, " I know not wherefore ; but those

It is dangerous to require such proofs of affec-
Essay on Mar., who are absent pass away from my soul.”., A tion, as shew the want of it in themselves.

French woman would have rendered this idea
PRETEXTS FOR WAR.

with more gaiety ; but it would have been
fundamentally the same.

POETRI.
-SOME watchword for the fight

Notwithstanding these impertinences, which
Must vindicate the wrong and warp the right :

form only the exception, there are among the Religion-freedom-vengeance-what you will,

women of Germany numbers whose sentiments A word's enough to raise mankind to kill ;

are true and whose manners are simple. Their Some factious phrase by cunning caught and spread

careful education, and the purity of soul which

is natural to them, render the dominion which You, who would be truly wise,
That guilt may reign, and wolves and worms be fed.
they exercise soft and equal ; they inspire you

To Nature's light unveil your eyes,
Lord Byron's LARA: from day to day with a stronger interest for

Her gentle calls obey :
Capt. Truly to speak, Sir, and with no addition, all that is great and generous, with more of She leads by no false wandering glare,
We go to gain a little patch of ground,

confidence in all noble hopes, and they know No voice ambiguous strikes your ear,
That hath in it no profit but the name.
how to repel that bitter irony which breathes

To bid you vainly stray. To pay five ducats fire, I would not farm it.

a death-chill over all the enjoyments of the Ham. Why then 't will never he defended.

heart. Still we seldom find among them that Not in the gloomy cell recluse, Capt. Yes, 'tis already garriscn'd.

quickness of apprehension, which animates For noble deeds or generous views, Hum. Two thousand souls and twenty thousand du.

conversation and sets every idea in motion ; She bids us watch the night : cats

this sort of pleasure is scarcely to be met with Fair virtue shines to all display'd, will not debate the question of this straw : any where out of the most lively and the most

Nor asks the tardy schoolman's aid,
wilty societies of Paris. The chosen company

To teach us what is right.
This is the impostume of much wealth and power, of a French metropolis can alone confer this
That inward breaks, and shows no cause without rare delight : elsewhere we generally find Pleasure and pain she sets in view,
Why the man dies. Rightly to be great

only eloquence in publick, or tranquil pleasure And which to shun and which pursue Is, not to stir without great argument.

SHAKSPEARE

in familiar life. Conversation, as a talent, ex- Instructs her pupil's heart.
ists in France alone ; in all other countries it

Then letter'd pride ! say what thy gain,
GERMAN WOMEN.
answers the purposes of politeness, of argu-

To mark with so much fruitless pain
ment, or of friendly intercourse : in France,
“The German women have a charm, exclu- it is an art, to which the imagination and the

Thy ignorance with art ?

DR. BLACELOCK sively their own-a touching voice, fair hair, soil are no doubt very necessary, but which a dazzling complexion ; they are modest but posseses, besides these; certain secrets by which less timid than English women ; one sees that the abscence of both may be supplied when

SONNET. they have been less accustomed to meet with necessary.Madame de Stael's Germany. their superiors among men, and that they have

War do those years which long since have passed besides less to apprehend from the severe cen- DR. JOHNSON AND DR. LANGTON. More joyous than the present hours appear! sures of the publick. They endeavour to please

Say, were they chilled by no unkindly blast, by their sensibility, to interest by their imag- Sir William Forbes has given the following Sad with no sigh, polluted with no tear ? ination ; the language of poetry and the fine account of the first acquaintance of these lite

Yes, ere they fled, they felt misfortune's storms, arts are familiar to them ; they coquet with rary friends.

And like the present had their sorrows too. enthusiasm, as they do in France with wit and When Mr. Langton was no more than six

'Tis Fancy, fruitful in her airy forms, pleasantry; That perfect loyalty which distin- teen years of age, and before he went to the guishes the German character, renders love University, having read, with a high degree

That decks them in a garb they never knew : less dangerous to the happiness of women ; of admiration, Dr. Johnson's celebrated Ram-. Fancy, unfetter'd by that clay-linked chain, and perhaps they admit the advances of this bler,” which was first published about that pe

Which, ever mingling with our present joys, sentiment with the more confidence, as it is riod, he travelled to London with a view of

The purest charms of intellect destroys. invested with romantick colours ; and disdain becoming acquainted with its author.

In this Thus foolish man seeks happiness in vain, and infidelity are less to be dreaded there than he succeeded, and Johnson being struck with Who striving the reality to find, elsewhere.

his great piety, love of learning, and suavity of Knows but its form by traces left behind. Love is a religion in Germany, but a poetical manners, conceived a warm affection for him ; religion which tolerates too easily all that while he on the other hand, was charmed sensibility can excuse. It cannot be denied with Dr. Johnson, whose ideas and sentiments that the facility of divorce in the Protestant he found congenial with those he had early

PRINTED AND PUBLISHED FOR states is prejudicial 10 the sacredness of mar- imbibed at home. From that period, not with

JOHN PARK, riage. They change husbands with as little standing a considerable disparity of years, a difficulty as if they were arranging the incidents most intimate friendship took place between By MUNROE & FRANCIS, of a drama ; the good nature common both to them, which lasted, without the slightest in

NO. 4 CORNHILL. men and women is the reason that so little terruption, as long as Johnson lived. When bitterness of spirit ever accompanies these easy the death of his inestimable friend drew near, Price threc dollars per annum, balf in advance.

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DEVOTED TO POLITICKS AND BELLES LETTRES.

VOL. I.

BOSTON, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1814.

NO. XLV.

FOR

THE BOSTON SPECTATOR.

Own resources.

POLITICAL.

When to bear is obviously the greatest evil, to raise a state army at the national expense, and when there is a reasonable prospect of while the nation, instead of supporting us, im

succe88 in the proposed amelioration. Not poverishes us by taxes, is mockery—a gross The Declaration of American Independence till then.

insult. is a state paper, consisting of two distinct

Without entering into any discussion of THE RECONCILIATION.

right or wrong, we take the following posiparts; the first, a series of general principles, considered to be always true, and always in

It is insinuated, in some of the southern tions to be unquestionably true-We cannot go force ; the second, a series of positions, illus- papers, that the collision between the general on in this war, as a state, without the use of trating those principles, and shewing specifi- government and the state of Massachusetts is our own resources and, the general govern. cally wherein they had been violated by our

in a train of accommodation ! We should ment cannot, and will not suffer us to use our lawful and acknowledged government, that of indeed be happy to - learn that such was the

If this may be considered a Great Britain, which, by defeating the purpos- fact ; because the only measures which will mere opinion now, a few months more will es that governinent is instituted io effect, had quiet Massachusetts, will be equally beneficial reduce it to a demonstration. There is therenot only absolved the people of these then to the whole republick. The general govern

fore no possible reconciliation between Massa

chusetts and the federal government, but in provinces, from all obligation of allegiance, but ment, it is suggested, will appoint Governour

PEACE. . had rendered resistance a duty. The occasion Strong commander in chief of such forces as of this last part was temporary ; but the first, the state may think proper to raise for its Peace we must have, and Peace we will

have ; and for the best reasons in the world. if ever good, is as good, as valid, and as in- own defence; allow him to commission his offiportant now, as ever. cers ; and will promise to reimburse to the Ist. Because the war was an atrocity-from

the first : an infamous sacrifice botb of charThere must be some very extraordinary commonwealth the expense of raising and supchange indeed in the political circumstances porting these troops.

acter and interest; a mere plot, got up by an of this country, and in publick opinion, if it Without any intercourse with the govern- unprinciplcd, aspiring cabal, to secure and percan be considered in any degree improper to ment of this state, we venture to say, no such peluate the power of a few, to the ruin of look back to this instrument, which we have propositions will answer, and for this plain

thousands and the injury of millions. been educated to value for the soundness of reason ; they do not conform, in any impor

2nd. Because the general government have its doctrines, and to respect as embracing tant point, to the spirit of the govemour's proved themselves as incompetent to the de

fence of the country, as they were profligate many of the fundamental maxims, on which message, to the report of the legislature, nor the political institutions of free governments to the present necessities of the state.

in cxposing us to the calamities of war, waged are founded.

From these documents we learn, that the against a nation, which would have gladly

been our friends. Let us attend to the wisdom of the fathers evil which the political fathers of this com. of our country, monwealth seriously apprehend and wish to

3d. Because the general government, hav

ing thrown the task of defence upon our. that all men are created equal ; that tlicy are extreme poverty, if not general bankruptcy; 1-Pharaoh like, compiands us to make brick, “ We hold these truths to be self-evident ; guard against, beside the calamities of war, is

selves, sui?! Xlorts from us the sinews of war endowed by their Creator, with certain una

and takes from us our straw. lienable rights ; that among these are life, government are distressingly heavy, and yet

41h. Because the state of Massachusetts, liberiy, and the pursuit of happiness. That they are but small, compared tvith the sweep

now in contemplation. exposed as she is by her extensive sea-coast, to secure these rights, governments are insti- ing taxes, which are tuted among men, deriving their just powers! is no doubt but they will, will be to drain the The operation of these, if they pass, and there even were she not imporerished by the ruin

ous edicts and requisitions of Congress, is not om the consent of the governed ; that when.

last cent from the pockets of nine tenths of able to pit herself against Great Britain, as, ever any form of government becomes destruc. tive of these ends, it is the right of the people any exertion, we are to be left to raise' armies the people. Thus incapacitated from making next summer, she must, if war continue.

5th. Because Great Britain shews a disposito alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government, Jaying its foundation on such

and defend ourselves! If government stription to make peace, on terms which would be principles, and organizing its powers in such

us of the means, how can this be accomplish- favourable to the inierests of Massachusetts, of form, as to them shall seen most likely to efed? We cannot raise troops but with non- New England, and in fact of all the Atlantick

States; and noi injurious to the nation. fect their safety and happiness. Prudence, ey. If we give our money to the general gov. indeed, will dictate, that governments. long es. ernment, to support armies on the frontiers of 61h. Because, if the general government

will tot make peace, when it is so obviously tablished, should not be changed for light and Canada, and in the Floridas, we cannot have it 10 support state troops.

practicable, the Essiern stales can undoubledtransient causes ; and accordingly, all experi.

must borrow-involve the state in ly secure this grea:cst tí all blessings, io ence hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than debt, and the federal government will pay ihemselves, whenever they choose, and with.

cui ile least danger of civil commotion. Our to right themselves by aiolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long such a step would ruin it. The state cannot

The credit of this state is good now ; but intchesis in these eastern states are one. Pen

sions and places still command partizans ; but. train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to

give security of itself, for the amount that it the minions of our oppressors among our. reduce them under absolute despotism, it is would be necessary to expendl, 10 orender our

selves, will r.one of them hazard a drop of their right, it is their Du'IY, 10 THROW OFF

situation secure, and the promise of the gene- blued against the people and the South, if SUCH GOVERNMENT, and 10 provide considered nope. Backed by such a promise find full employment, without disturbing our

ral government is no security, and would be they choose to carry on the war alone, will: newv guards for their future security."

alone, state paper would not command any tranquillity. But when are such principles to be brought considerable sum ; for let it be observed, the

7th. Because it is in our power to turn the into operation? Who are judges of the time Union has owed us a balance of the very

tables upon cur tyrants. They have made when ihey become authoritative and obligato-same kind, for upwards of ibiy years, which war against us and our prosperity, rather than ry? These are important questions.

it will not pay. With such a warning, shall against Great Britain. Whenever New-EngIt is clear rulers will never admit that the

we trust to future indemnification ? Besides, I land chooses to say, “ we have done with the time bas come. The people therefore, the the promises of the government are now accu

war,” what follows ? Probably a

state of aggrieved people, must be ihe judges. How mulating at market, Lelow par, owing to more things which our blind, headlong rulers have are they to know when they ought to “ alter recent evidence of bac! fairl. Vill such in- not yet contemplated-but which the pressure or abolish” their form of government? The dorsers enable our state 10 Lorrow - Never. of their insupportable measures ray reduce Jeason of the thing docs not point out the par. The case is a simple and a clta" one--if con

to reality, within a few ronths - The I. s'eli ticular day or month, wlien their original gress take from his our resources, it laie's states at jeace--free ircal war-tattice rights revert to them, but circumstances will. I from us :be mcalis. of defcr.cc, and jernission from the dul.ger of invasion, troci a?:

But we

us !

quents !!

-restored to their profitable occupations- Sec. 3. Marshals and assessors are to deo , Thus ends the invasion of Canada, in ibat our farmers busy, preparing their produce for termine the precincts or territorial Divisions quarter. the market our ships again afloat, and our of each Class, so that the property in each Sackett's Harbour. A letter from this post, commerce reviving with all the world-wealth, Division shali be as nearly equal as possible-- dated the 28th ult. states it as the general beginning once more to flow into our seaports and give notice to each resident in the Dis expectation that an attack will be made on and spread through the interior.-The South- trict of the number of the precinct to which he that place, in a few days. It is supposed that ern states, in the mean time, or as many as belongs, &c.

à considerable force,from Sir George Prevost's choose it, persevering in the war ; sinking Sec. 4. In case of failure, each Class to pay army, are at Kingston, ready to come over. under enormous taxes ; sometimes attacked a penalty, which if not paid in days shall be Chesapeake. The British have landed about by the enemy ; always in terrour and in arms; collected of the taxable inhabitants of the dis- 1000 men on Tilgman's Island, in Choptank cut off from all intercourse with the world ; trict in proportion to property real and per- river, where they have plenty of fresh provis. no revenue from commerce-Flour and rice sonal to be decided by the T'ax list, or any ions, and have prepared themselves comforta· perishing by vermin-Tobacco rotting-ne- other just and equitable standard by which ble winter quarters. groes absconding, if not worse employed- the actual wealth of the party may be ascer

Castine. The British are severing this stores in cities closed, and plantations lying tained, &c. &c.

town from the continent by .a Canal, and are waste.

actively engaged in making fortifications. The

Every inan who has read the Constitution naval force remaining there, last Saturday, was Does any political bigot, any determined vassal to Madisonian despotism tell me, these

knows, that all powers not expressly given to the frigate Furicse, two brigs of war, a gorsuggestions are out of order and incendiary– Congress, by that instrument, are reserved to

ernment schooner and several transports. A the several legislatures of the states, or if not reinforcement of 500 troops were shortly exThis is my reply. The picture I have given will most certainly present itself to every

cxpressly delegated to them, to the people at pected from Halifax... New Englandman's mind, when the horrours large.

A court of inquiry has been held at Portsof next summer's campaign open upon us

Every man who has read the Constitution mouth, composed of Captains Hull and Smith, when houses, lands, occupations, furniture, and knows, that it provides no mode of access, by

knows, that it provides no mode of access, by on the loss of the United States ship Adams, clothing are subjected to the intolerable tax

Congress, to the militia of the United States, by which it was decided that the officers and es, now preparing by Congress-wben we but by application to the respective state au. crew had done their duty, and they were hon

thorities. must either see ourselves at the mercy of an

ourably acquitied. incensed enemy, or glean, after the desolating

Yet this bill passes by the state authorities, Spirit of reform. A report by a joint comhand of the federal government has passed

in utter contempt; and, without the least form mittee of the legislature of Connecticut, in faover us, for a remnant of means to keep up

or ceremony, or even saying, by your leave, vour of appointing seven delegates to attend

empowers officers of the federal government the Convention at Hartford, has been accepted, the unnecessary, self-immolating struggle empowers officers of the federal government when the conscript system, now plotting by

to class the militia--regulate draughts-drag by 150 to 30. A communication from the the national legislature, shall drag the father,

the citizens from their houses and families, or, Gorernor of Massachusetts on this subject husband, son, and brother, by force, from his

in case any class fails of complying with this has been laid before the legislature of Verhome and kindred, to fight for the right of unconstitutional Turkish requisition, the mar

mont, by Governor Chittenden. driving Indians from their own, unconquered,

shals are to seize on the property of the delin- Hon. Isaac Tichenor, a federalist, is apundisputed, unalienated soil ! When these

pointed Senater to the Congress of the United things present themselves on one hand, as A measure so outrageous in its nature ; so States, for six years, as successor to Mr. Robthey shortly will, the alternative I have de

daring and unqualified in the terms, in which inson, a democrat. scribed will obtrude itself on the mind of the it is announced; so distressing to the people

CONGRESS. in its operation, needs no comment. Let it multitude, in spite of every artifice to check

The report of the Commit

tee of ways and means on Taxes, principally such views. The law of self-preservation come it will result in good. It will wind will then triumph over every subordinate obli- the career of the President and his cabal ; for occupied the attention of the House of Repre gation. In justice it should, and in fact we doubt whether a single state in the Union, sentatives from the 22nd to the 27th of Octoit will. however democratick, will submit to it.

ber. Tax resolutions, have passed by large Under no circumstances do we apprehend

majorities, and been referred to the Commit

tee of Ways and Means to report bills. a permanent severation of the proper territory GENERAL REGISTER.

On the 27th, a letter was communicated of the United States ; it is neither 10 be de

from the Secretary at war, suggesting the sired nor feared. We warn our present

BOSTON, SATURDAY, NOV. 5, 1814. principles of the bill, taking the direct.comsouthern masters to beware how thcy make an

mand of the militia, mentioned under our poexperiment of relative independence ; it may teach them a lesson more humiliating than

FOREIGN. A report has reached. us,

litical head.

The subject of taxes was resumed ; a rethe past proofs of New England's superior said to be brought to Portsmouth, N. H by a

solve passed in favour of adding 50 per cent. prosperity. In the second compact they will gentleman who left Aberdeen, in Scotland, on never see the conditions of the first. Give as

the 3rd of September, that Lord Hill had been to the present duties on foreign merchandise a new administration, give us peace, and re

ordered to Holland, with a part of the force retailed. form may prevent revolution. destined for America, and that the expedition,

On the 28th a resolve passed in favour of under him, was, for the present abandoned establishing a National Bank 93 to 54. This news has not been confirmed.

This bank, according to Mr. Secretary Dal. TYRANNY!...CONSCRIPTION !...WAR UPON

From Berinuda, we learn, that about a

las's plan, is to embrace a capital of 50 millOUR UNALIENATED RIGNITS !

thousand troops remained there on the 19th of ions, 20 to be subscribed by the U. States, in A BILL is now before Congress, of a char.

October, but no expedition was preparing from 6 per cent stock; and 24 millions by compaacter, which, if it pass into a law, as it proba

that quarter.

Two hundred American prison. nicş or individuals, if they choose, in six per bly will, sets the Constitution and the spirit of

ers were there, destined to England. The are cent. stock and treasury notes. Six millions the people at defiance. It is headed

rival of Admiral Cochrane, .who left Halifax only are to be paid in gold and silver coin. An Act to provide for filling the Ranks of the on the 12th, wag duily expected.

Government are to have a right to borrow 30 Regular Army by classifying the free White

DOJESTICK Niagara Frontier. Oct.

millions, at 6 per cent. Male popalation of the United States.

19. General Izard crossed Chippewa river, Sec. 1. All the white male Inhabitants be.

six miles above the main British ariny, after a tween 18 and 45 to be classed-classes of 25

LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS skirmish, in which his loss is stated at about in each, in every Township, Parish, or other 70, killed and wounded . On the 23d the Territorial Division, are to be made under the

American army had fallen back and were staauthority of the U. S. assessors where there tioned opposite Black Rock.

THE WRITER, No. XXV.

In the mean are no Assessors under Marshals-assessors time, the British Ontario squadron, now com.

I HAVE often thought that the class of and Marshals bound, under penalty to com- manding the lake, had passed up to Niagara,

women who are usually denominated old plete the Classification in a given time. with considerable reinforcements to General mairls, instead of the reproach which this term Sec. 2. Each class shall furnish one able

Drummond. Since which, and latest, is generally meant to convey, have a considebodied man between 18 and 45 to serve during counts have arrived from Buffalo, that the

rable claim to merit, and are really deserving the War-to be delivered over to the Asses- whole of General Izard's army, including that of approbation and applause. sor or Marsbals, and by them to be deliver- lately commanded by General Brown, had

In the early ages of the world, when the ed over to the U. S. officers authorised to re- crossed the Niagara, to the American side, earth wanted inhabitants, it might be a grierceive hiin,

having first destroyed the works at Fort Erie. ous complaint not to be able to raise up.chila

FOR THE BOSTOX SPECTATOR.

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for a

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dren, to people and cultivate it. But why at I have had little expectation of falling into It is the mirror that reflects one's image back thigh late period, when the human race have their

Yandes

There are many situations in life, with more than original charms. Narcissus, multiplied to such an inconvenient excess, as where a female requires protection ; where indeed, fell in love with his person, reflected that exterminating wars are necessary to thin feebleness denies the power, or delicacy will by a silver stream, but then it seems the their crowded ranks, we should consider it not permit her, lo act in her own defence. In youth was handsome ; but vanity is a comdisgraceful to die without descendants, is a these cases, there can be no friend .so useful plaisant representative, that asks no native sort of paradox which I am not casuist enough and disinterested as a husband; but, as it unfor- beauty in the object, but can render deformity to explain.

tunately happens that this connexion often itself agreeable to the self-beholder. Vanity In China, it is said, that the population is brings difficulties, embarrassments, and dis- acts the part of every kind of speculum ; it so immense, that the women throw their chil-grace, to countervail the advantages of it, it lessens the defects, magnifies the beauties, and dren into the canals, because they will not be is at least prudent in a woman to weigh them multiplies the merits. If the severe brow of encumbered with more than they can support. together, before she inconsiderately binds her wisdom repels thy airy phantoms, how wel. In such a state,it would surely be more honour- destinies to another. Considerations like these, come art thou still to the empty head and able to live an old maid, than voluntarily to ex- if they have not kept me aloof from the male aching heart, thou divine artificer of human pose one's self to such a wretched and unhap- part of the world, nor induced the ridiculous harpiness! Vanity is a moral mason, that, of py alternative.

fear, that every man I met would endeavour dirt and straw, can build a palace wall ; and, If it were really a moral or religious duty, to trepan me into the matrimonial snare, have from the worst materials, raise the inost su-for every female to be married, as it is to be determined me to act considerately in a mat- perb architecture. Who would rob frail hu. honest or to be christened, we could then ac- ter, where disappointment or error might em- man nature of this great support ?" count for the stigma which attaches to a sin- bitter my future life. As I never had an idea gle life, and for the consequent eagerness, in of shunning the men, I early determined that some, to avoid the penalty of violating such my behaviour amongst them should neither in

COW PER. an obligation. Or if it was invariably true dicate a desire of their notice, nor a disposition

The general excellence of Cowper's works that every woman, who had sufficient charins to repel such notice with coldness or disdain. may be said to consist in their ease, simplicito engage a lover, was always ready to accept I was desirous, equally to avoid the suspicion ty, and occasional strength. His defects art, of his hand, as soon as it was offered ; if 110 of wanting a husband, or the affectation of de- that the pursuit of these qualities has often led one ever refused to enter the Temple of Hy- termining never to have one. It was a matter

him to their extreme-to the point where men, when the gales were ready open to re- of little concern to me, whether. I was destin. they cease to be an excellence, and fall into ceive her, it might be supposed, that the few ed to be a wife, or not ; but if this should ever

their adjacent defect. It is thus that the ease who linger round the walls, were undeserving happen, I knew I must “be woo'd, and not un

of Cowper is too often carelessness, triteness, the favours of love, and were of those foolish sought be won."

How far this was a maxim and familiarity. He will appear, in many pasvirgins who had not kept their lamps trim- with the young ladies of my time, or those of sages, even to his most partial admirers, to med and burning. But we know that this is the present day, I shall not undertake to say ;

have adopted Wycherley's definition of easy not the case. There are many fine women, but I have often thought the men had more

writing, which is ludicrously said to be, that, who have trod the walks of life alone, and encouragement given to them, than their mer

which every one can write easily. Of that la probably with more pleasure and satisfaction it generally deserved ; and I have sometimes boured ease, that natural, but not too obvious to themselves, than if with partners and con. wished that it was not quite so easy, a matter facility, which, with all the effort of labour has nexions, with whom they must have shared man to get married, who had but few nothing of its appearance, he seems to have their “ bliss or woe.” qualifications to make the woman he chose a

sought or to have attained nothing. His ease As we ought not to suppose, that the whole happy wife. I should therefore recommend

will be thought to consist in little but the rebusiness of a woman is to endeavour to get to our young ladies, to set a better price upon jection of every thought, sentiment, and immurried, we have no right to consider those themselves, and not to suffer their persons to

age, the employinent of which was an affair of wbu escape, as failing in their enterprize, and be bid-oft under value. They should consid. labour and difficulty. He has little of rapture, therefore as incurring the disgrace of a de. er themselves as sterling, while most of the and less of sublimity. It is in the same man. feat. young men now current have a great deal

ner with his simplicity. He is not contented Many not only very amiable, but sensible alloy ; and remember that when bad money with neglecting those tawdry ornaments which and desirable women never enter the bonds of is cried down, there will be more

pure coin

are indeed the disgrace of our more modern matrimony; and, among my acquaintance, there brought into circulation. If women would

poets,-he sometimes passes over those nate are several who are highly respected and es. frown upon vice and dissipation, men would

ural embellishments, which may be considered teemed as being Old Maids from principle. be reclaimed. But, whilst we consider intem

as the life and soul of poetry. His simplicity They have perhaps no unconquerable objec- perance as frolick, le :vdness as gallantry, and

is thus nothing less than nakedness. His tions to the marriage state, but only have not profaneness and gaming as venial faults that moral vein is very discernible, and runs pure preferred it, at the hazard of their peace of time and our influence will curc, the

and unadulterated with any singularity from mind, or the sacrifice of their affections. They grow worse instead of better, and the preacher the varying fashion of time and place ; and have not been willing to unite themselves to a of morals or religion will find his hopes of several passages in his poem on “ Truth" are man of bad character, or of no character at reformation vain. I have no wish to increase highly characteristick of a soul enamoured of all ; and bad rather retain their own responsi- the number of our sisterhood, nor do I envy her divine dictates. A single instance will at bility and happiness, than to marry a man in. the advantages of any who have surrendered

the same time serve to mark the neatness and cautiously, whose vices might disgrace them, their independence, and put themselves under even sublinity of the thought, and the rough, or whose ill humour might often pledge them the protection and control of a husband ; but unmanageable structure of the numbersin a cup of sorrow.

I would acquaint all young ladies, who may Having received a letter from a sensible and have prejudices against a maiden life, that we

“ Oh! bow unlike the complex work of man, agreeable old maid, who treats this subject have inany pleasures, and are exempt from

Heaven's easy, artiess, unincumber'd plan! very much in the same light in which I have numerous cares-cares which are so often been accustomed to view it, I shall give it a

No meretricious graces to beguile,
suffered by others, from their dearest friends
place, entire, in this paper.
and connexions. In fine, that we are happy,

No clustering ornaments to clog the pile ;
To « the Writer."
and that the best way for them to continue, or

From ostentation as from weakness, free,
become so, will be to live single till they are

It stands like the Cærulean arch we sce, Sir, I am an unmarried lady of forty-five,

sure of being united to a man of character and Majestick in its own simplicityand consequently what the world calls an old virtue.

Inscribed above the portal from afar, maid ; and although this appellation is gene

Conspicuous as the brightness of a star, rally considered as a term of reproach, yet, for

IN PRAISE OF VANITY.

Legible only by the lightness ihat they give, myself, I can answer, that I never dreaded it

Stand the soul-quickening words- Believe and live." as such : on the contrary, I have ever felt " What a magnanimity there is in praising proud of the spirit and principle which has one's self, when not one of our hearers enbeen the occasion of its being applied to me. ters into the merit of the subject. Is it right which abound through all his didactick poems,

Notwithstanding the “ sesquipedalia verba," I will not pretend that I was always predeter- for a good Protestant to leave infallibility unmined in favour of a life of celibacy, nor deny contested to the Pope of Rome? It is im- his verse, by the natural and easy turn of the

the reader is much relieved at the close of that there are men in the world with whom í possible to live in such a state of indifference period, which in some measure repays him might have been willing to have shared the joys and sorrows of life ; but I must confess should it be but one's dear inseparable self? for the briars through which he must gather

the fruit. that there are so few of these in our days, that 'How transporting are the pleasures of vanity

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