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FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR.

The queru.

He was

them, nor refuse himself a satisfaction which

AvAnus is a complainer of a different cast; he had gradually acquired, from proposing

THE WRITER, No. XXIX.

he is always uphappy that the gifts of fortune extravagant entertainments, which he alone

are so partially bestowed, and thinks shc uncould sustain, and then assuming the whole WHOEVER has lived in the world with a

justly, or capriciously, withholds from him her pecuniary responsibility to himself . He was disposition and capacity for observation, must

favours, although he is too prudent to put now unprepared to meet his tutors ; to meet have had frequent occasion to remark, that af

himself in a way to receive them. Avarus them therefore became unpleasant. He incur. ter all the means provided for our happiness,

had a patrimony of fifty thousand dollars, and red their displeasure, which he repaid with a and all the opportunity afforded us for the en

by his prudence and economy 'has increased real or affected indifference. Idleness led to joyment of it, the ungrateful heart of man is

the sum to an hundred ; yet he complains intemperance and riot; these to publick cen- never satisfied : his discontented mini ij ever

that he is obliged to “ labour at the oar," sure ; this produced disgust with the Univer. ready to complain, and repines with secten en

whilst others are rowed along at their easc, sity, a connexion with the dissolute in the cap- vy at the higher enjoyments of the moce rich

and that so many of his acquaintance were born itol, gambling, debt and expulsion !

and prosperous, or laments with open wailings, under fortunate planets, whilst his nativity has Thus ruined in character, and excluded

some real or fancied misfortunes of his own. been cast with the malignant stars, and most from the honours of college, DECADENCE was Every one thinks his particular merit is neg. unlucky aspects. compelled to explain to his father his disgrace lected, whilst that of his neighbour or rival is

Thus we may often find, that those are the and his embarrassments. To stay longer in too highly praised and rewarded.

most apt to murmur, who have the least reason New England was useless, but his profligacy lous mind is never nice as to the food which

to complain ; and if we kept a fair account of had put it out of his power to return, without nourishes its discontent. Soine complain that

the pleasures of life, we should fixid that they the aid of an extra thousand dollars to dig. they are injured by slander ; some are wrong. by far outbalance its unavoidable troubles. charge all his pecuniary obligations. The ed by suspicion ; some are offended by disre.

The happiest person, I ever remember to father saw his fatal errour, in his blind indul- spect ; some are hurt by ingratitude ; some

have seen, was a poor fellow born a cripple, gence, but the discovery was too late. · Charles are persecuted by enemies ; some are afflicted

who earned his daily subsistence in the humhad expressed the utmost contrition, entreated by the loss of friends ; some are harassed

ble profession of a shoe-black. his parents' forgiveness, and the privilege of and fatigued with business, and some are weary brought every morning in a wheel-barrow and returning to submit himself implicitly to their and perplexed that they have nothing to do.

placed at the corner of a street to spend the advice and control, as the greatest and only The catalogue of human evils is written in

day, and find employment by the exercise of favour he had to ask, except the means of capitals, and may be read like a daily paper in his craft. His whole fortune consisted in the quitting the place, without the imputation of every publick place, or in the retirement of simple implements of his trade, and you found dishonesty

private families; whilst the pleasures of life, him seated on the ground, in the midst of his He was ordered to return immediately, and

and the various blessings we enjoy, are passed riches, equally prepared to entertain your the thousand dollars were placed in his hands.by, like the registers of our holy religion, al

mind, or to clean your boots ; and his pleasant He was to depart in a few days ; but having most unnoticed, or unacknowledged.

humour would brush away the care that wrinsome accounts to settle in Boston, he came to Life is undoubtedly beset with evils, and kled your brow, as easily as he rubbed off the towa ; and as it was probably the las: time an that we have much to suffer as well as some- street dirt which collected on your shoes. He opportunity would present, a few of his old thing to enjoy, I am not disposed to deny. I

was always merry himself, and made every associates proposed that they should spend the have not floated so gently along the stream body else so, who came within the sphere of evening together, before they bade adieu. He of time, as not to know that storms assail us his cheerfulness and good humour. If you consented, though with some reluctance ; and here ; that adverse winds impede our voyage, gave him sixpence,he laughed; and he appeared an apartment which had frequently been their apl often drive us from the haven of our de.

equally satisfied if you bestowed on him only a place of rendezvous, was chosen for the meets sires; yet,at the first signal of distress, Philoso

His misfortunes were never increasing. His spirits were low ; his friends, putasi phy is ever ready to buoy us up and bear us en hy repiting, nor tris mind embittered by bly with no bad intention, urged the necessity on the waves : nay niore, Religion brings us

dwelling upon evils which he knew it was in of stimulus. Induced by the unpleasant state the sure anchor of hope, or comes with kindly the power of no human aid to remove. In of his feelings and their importunity, he com- arm to save us even in shipwreck.

short, he was contented. Let those who have plied his discretion forsook him-his passions There is no misfortune, that befals us in

higher means of enjoyment, and yet pass their returned-cards were introduced, and when this world, which may not be improved to lives in murmuring and dissatisfaction, go and their orgies were interrupted by the stage- some advantage. Under every affliction, in

learn the secret of being happy from the poor man, at three o'clock in the morning, Charles, every calamity, and amidst the sevei est trials

shoe-black. reduced to his last ten dollar bill, and scarcely of life, the wise man will not only be resigned, knowing his destination, stumbled into the car- but will see occasion 10 rejoice that he has

LUXURY. riage, and was soon out of Boston. It was a been afflicted. But the freiful, the short-sightbitter morning, which succeeding so severe a ed, and the worldly, in a word, the sinful, will

LUXURY, as it supplies employment and prodebauch, and four hours passing before they always repine ; and, forgetting what they en- mctes industry, assists population ; but it is reached the inn, to breakfast, he crawled out joy, are continually breathing out in grateful attended with a consequence, which counterof the stage, hoarse with a violent cold, aud murmurs at what they suffer.

acts and often overbalances these advantages : unable to raise his head, throbbing with pain. The injuries we receive from our fellow when, by introducing more superfluities into A severe fever was the consequence, and men we are too prone to magnify, and always general reception, luxury has rendered the poor DECADENCE never lefi the village where think are undeserved ; but if we

usual accommodations of life mo.e expensive, they stopped ! blind to our own faults and failings, we should

artificial and elaborate. The difficulty of mainHad this promising youths been limited in often see that we are not unjustly accused, taining a family', conformably with the estabhis funds by a judicious rarent, to such an and that instead of uttering the language of Jished mode of living, becomes greater, and amount as would have met nis regular bills, complaint, we ought to lay our hands upon what each man has to spare from his personal with a reasonable allowance for occasional our mouths and be silent.

consumption, proportionably less: the effect of amusement and relaxation, his ambition would AGRAVARUS is always complaining of being

which is, that marriages become less frequent, have had no scope but in the pursuits of litera- persecuted ; he is slandered without reason ; agreeably to the maxim, which lies ai the ture. He would have been honoured for his and the malice of his enemies is labouring foundation of this reasoning, that men will not merit, and not intoxicated by the plaudits of continually to take away his good name marry to sink their place or condition in socithe selfish and dissolute. Having ever before Without inquiring seriously with himself, ety, or to forego those indulgencies, which him a strong incentive to assiduity, he would whether there is not sone grounds for these

their own habits, or what they observe amongst never have indulged in those idle habits, evil reports which are gone out against him, their equals, have rendered necessary to their which certainly lead to dissipation and vice. Agravarus flies to his sectarian friends, and satisfaction. This principle is applicable to While the paths of virtue are pursued, they whilst he complains that his piety and evan- every article of diet and dress, to houses, furare delightful, but if once deserted, they lose gelical principies are the callse of the scandal, niture, and attendance ; and this effect will be their charm. Neino repente turpissimus--but he is consoled by their good opinion, and ed- felt in every class of the community. by gradual aberrations, lite best habits, princi- sily persuaded that the slander is unjust. But As long as the prevalence of luxury is conples and dispositions of early youth may be he should remember that there is often more fined to a few of elevated rank, much of the perverted, and liansformed into the worst pro- truth in invective, than in flattery, and that benefit is felt, and little of the inconvenience. persities, and the fondest hupes of friends where there is real cause for censure, com- But when the imitation of the same manners and society be blasted by the delusions of plaining can never heal his wounded horoui, descends, as it always will do, into the mass temptation, whicii might easily have been nor the breath of friendship take away the

of the people; when it advances the requisites preyented. stain.

of living beyond what it adds to man's abilities

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own snare.

to purchase them, then it is that luxury checks appointed commander in chief. The conduct My frenzied soul now loathes the day,
the formation of families in a degree that pursued by the peaceable and amiable elephant Its lingering hours I number,
ought to alarm the publick ; and becomes varies in some degree from this of the wild And dreams of horror chase away
inore or less an evil 10 alsnost every descrip. | horse : for the troops of the former arc led on The gentle pow'r of slumber.
ion of sccicty.
by the eldest, the young and the feeble march-

Despair sits brooding o'er my breast
ing in the middle, and the rear being com-

And hope has fled forever : STYLE OF GOLDSMITH. posed of the adult and vigorous. Sec Buffon,

The grave alone can give me rest, With regard to the style of Oliver Goldlist. Nat. and, Description de l'Ukraine, par

This desert world can never.

T. G. M. Baupiau, smith, he seems to have formed it on the model of no writer either precedent or cotemporane

5 ous. It is so precisely suited to the subjects NGENUOUSNESS OF MIND. he handles, and those subjects are so various, The darkness of character, where we can that it is difficult to embrace it by a definition see no' heart ; those foldings of art, through

FRIEND, COMPANION, AND WIFE. broad and characteristick enough. It has some- which no native affection is allowed to pene. In vain shalt the frowns of ill fortune deny me times the pomp and grandeur of Johnson's, trate, present an object, unamiable in every and was at all times more pliant and accom- season of life, but particularly odious in youth. My home is my kingdom–my Emma sits by me,

The bliss of Content-the best blessing of life ; modating. It possessed in a peculiar degree If, at an age when the heart is warm-when a gracefu fluency, so natural, articss, and the emotions are strong, and where nature is

And Emma's my friend, my companion, my wife. unstudied, the expression seemed to have cost expected to shew itself free and open, we can the author

The lares of ambition can never deceive me, no effort.

The words, thoug! already smile and deceive, what is to be exselected with care, were disposed with such pected when we shall be longer hackneyed in

For honour's too dear, won by envy ::nd strife ; consummate art, they secmed the spontaneous ihe ways of the world when interest shall

Give Misers their wealth ; but let fate kindly leave me effusions of the mind. Goldsmith studied to have completed the obduration of our hearts,

The dearest of treasures--my Emma, my wife. appear gracefully negligent. The ornaments and experience shali have improved us in all and embellishments are apparently thrown it the arts of guile ? random; but they always fall and sparkle in Dissimulation in youth is the forerunner of their proper places. His periods never fatigue perfidy in advanced life ; its first appearance THIE PARASITE-BY BEN JONSOX. as Johnson's do, by their monotonous termina- is the fatal omen of growing depravity and tions. We are fascinated with a boundless future shame. It degrades parts and learn

O! your parasite variety in their structure. He does not with ing, obscures the lustre of every accomplish. Is a most precious thing, dropt from abore, Dr. Johnson preserve an undeviating uniformi.

ment, and sinks us into contempt. The path Not bred ’mongst clods and clot-pouls, here, on earth. ty of course : at one time he towers into sub- of falsehood is a perplexing maze. After the I muse, the mystery was not made a science, limity, at another time he lowers bis flight, first departure from sincerity, it is not in our It is liberally profest ! almost and shaves the ground; at another he holds power to stop. One artifice unavoidably leads All the wise world is little else, in nature, the middle wing. He was fond and perhaps io another ; till, as the intimacy of the lab- But parasites, or sub-parasites. And, yet, too liberal of antithesis. His style of humour yrinth increases, we are left entangled in our I mean not those that have your bare town-art, was original, and his characters of real life

To know, who's fit to feed 'em ; bave no house, were drawn with such nice and imperceptible Deceit discovers a little mind, which stoops gradations of departure, they had to all ap

No family, no care, and therefore mould to temporary expedients, and never suffers us pearance the fidelity of real copies. When he

Tales for men's ears, to beat that sense ; or get to rise to comprehensive views of conduct. It touched the strings of sensibility, they vibrated | betrays a dastardly spirit. It is the resource

Kitchen-invention, and some stale receipts to his hand, and in the words of his illustrious of one who wants courage to avow his designs,

To please their grovelling appetite ; nor those, friend,“ nihil quod tetigit non ornavit.".

or to rest upon himself. To set out in the With their court-dog tricks, that can fawn and feer, Port Folio.

world with no other principle than a craliy Make their revenue out of legs and faces,

attention to interest, betokens one who is des- Eccho my lord, and lick away a moth : SPEECH AND SOCIAL REGULATIONS tined for creeping through the inferior walks But your fine elegant rascal, that can rise, OF ANIMALS.

of life. He may be foriunate ; he cannot be And stuop (almost together) like an arrow, [To many of our readers the following article will ap- happy ; the eye of a good man will weep at Shoot through the air as nimbly as a star; pear curious, and perhaps incredible, but the facts his errour ; le cannot taste the sweets of

Turn short, as doth a swallow ; and be here, rest upon the credit of celebrated writers. The exconfidential friendship, and his evening of life

And there, and here, and yonder all at once ; will be embittered by universal contempt. tract may be found in Good's LUCRETIUe, in the note

Present to any humour, all occasion : on Book V. line 1076.]

And change a visor, swifter than a thought !

He who thinks no man above him, but for AMONG quadrupeds, the elephant, the horse

This is the creature had the art born with him, his virtue ; and none below him, but for his and the dog appear to possess the greatest vice, can never be obsequious in a wrong place.

Toils not to learn it, but doth practise it portion of natural speech. They are all

Out of most excellent nature : and such sparks gregarious, particularly the two former. In

Are the true parasites, others but their Zani's. Asia, the wild elephant, and in the Ukraine, between the Don and the Vieper, the wild

POETRY.

EPIGRAM. horse, pursue one common plan of political society in numerous and collected troops, and

I Gave fair Nan a blushing rose, are regulated by magistrates, chosen by them

SONG.

And told her, beauty, like a flower, selves, selected out of their own bodies. By a

Its transitory empire owes difference of voice, combined with a difference

Wow sweetly pass'd the tranquil hour, of gesticulation, these magistrates or captains

To youth's short lived, but smiling hour

How ev'ry scene delighted, give orders, in the course of their travols from

When first affection's growing pow'r

I told her that delays were wrong, place to place, in pursuit of pasture, for the

Our kindred souls united.

Oh name the bappy morn, I cried ; necessary dispositions and arrangements. They

The world no higher bliss could give,

She felt the moral of my song, are extremely vigilant and active, and maiotain their ranks and brigades, with as much regt

Nor earth a purer pleasure,

And was, next morn, my rival's bride.

Had heav'n decreed me thus to live larity and precision, as if they were conducted

Possess'd of such a treasure.
by man. Among the wild horses of the Uk-
raine, the captain general is commonly ap-

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My soul regrets the blessing fown

BY MUNROE, FRANCIS AND PARKER, pears to have a right to propose himself for Of love and friendship blended ;

NO. 4 CORNHILI.. the office, the ex-commandant not excepted; Nor can my aching heart subdue

Price three dollars per annum,

Its once indulg'd devotion, if no new candidate offer, the latter is re-elect

half in advance. ed for the same term of time ; and if he be When every sentimeat it knew

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POR THE BOSTOX SPECTATOR.

DEVOTED TO POLITICKS AND BELLES LETTRES.

VOL. I.

BOSTON, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1814.

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BOSTON SPECTATOR.

measures.

POLITICAL,

but unable, in any shape to meet it, the Phe- Publick credit has received a blow, from nix offspring of patriotism, the popular coun- which we do not see that it can ever recover,

cil about to assenible at Hariford, is our only as long as our government, through all its When we reflect on the recent prosperity hope and consolation. To this, and this alone, departments, depends on the caprice of popuof our beloved country, when we think what

we must look, under heaven, for relief ; and lar opinion. Supposing the direction of the it might now be, and what it is, by the ill fat every day, and every threatening event in national concerns were placed tomorrow in ed exertions of Mr. Madison, we are struck crease the anxiety with which the publick are

the hands of men of the first talents and un

spotted integrity-who would place their propby the seeming resemblance of this man's dis. awaiting the decision of its character.

It is not surprising, since the people are at ery in the national funds, when four years or position to that of the execrable tyrant of

last awake to the reality of their danger, that less may see these honest men superseded by Rome.

much solicitude should be felt on this subject. swindlers ? A government cannot mcrit conwould bitterly complain and rail at the happi- Many express fears Jest this project, like ev- fidence, if it depend for its character on the ness of the times in which he had the ill luck .cany thing we have heretofore witnessed under reputation of individuals by whom it may hapto reign ; for nothing is so pleasant and divert- the name of spirited measures, should termin pen to be administered, and they be liable to ing as publick calamities. He envied the ate in a mere recital of our grievances and a sudden and frequent change. It becomes a felicity of Augustus, whose reign was honour | declaration of our rights. Many are impatient mere abstract idea, a something responsible in able, and remarkable in the slaughter and

that some efficient purpose should be explicit-name, but not in fact ; it is identified with no destruction of the legions under Quinctilius ly avowed, and some pledge given, of perse human being. An unprincipled demagogue Varus; and that of Tiberius, whose fame verance, until that purpose shall be accom- rises from the mass of the the people into

power; he abuses it, and mises again with the would remain till after ages, by the ruin of plished. the theatre of Fidenæ. Some emperours, he

We venerate the men, who are appointed to multitude the culprit is seen no more ; his said, were illustrious by the burning of cities

is solemn and important office ; we conside crimes are the crimes of that inaccessible

in their wisdom and firmness. It is useless crealure of the brain, government, which the and stately edifices, the depopulation of coun. tries, murdering men and producing general to indulge conjecture as

to indulge conjecture as to their particular people may feel, accuse, and curse, but cannot distress ; whereas his reign would soon be

Please God, they are to save the punish. buried in oblivion, by a series of continued states or communities, by whom they are con

GHENT NEGOTIATION. prosperity : and therefore repeated his wishes stituier, from ruin ; the best means must deto the gods to send some plaque and famine pend on circumstances, as they unfold. They

Could we believe that the prospect of into his dominions, or that the earth might | lick will; what that will may demand, three

are but agents, who are to execute the puls- peace depended on the disposition of the Britswallow up the inhabitants, to render bis reigo

ish government, we should congratulate our the more remarkable." or four months hence, cannot even yet be

country on the favourable aspect of the desforeseen. They will be ready for any exigen- patches brought by the Chauncey : we should

cy; their duties must be conditional ; the indulge a hope that our sufferings were, at HARTFORD CONVENTION.

general object alone adnits of no condition, last, to be soon relieved. We have no doubt it will be ascertained, as and that is, they must see us restored to our soon as the news of the arrival of Nir. Müdi. rights and to the blessings of peace. Without containing all the correspondence that had oc

The despatches are to the 31st of October, son's last instructions at Ghent shall reach us, these, every other step must be insignificant ; | curred since the date of the former. that the riegotiation is to be broken off, and und in every exertion to secure these, they The British minister's had dispensed with that cvery chance of a peace between Great will be supported by the grateful zeal of the their sine qua non, and agreed substitute a Britain and our rational government will van. people, who have chosen them as our shield simple stipulation that the Indians should be ish. Our ministers will requin, or seek their against domestick tyranny, and the intolera- | included in the peace, if a treaty should be several destinations, and England be left to ble nuiseries of war. Why should we fear | effected between the two countries ; and this, complete her formidable preparations for a that they will « flinch ?" As individuals, subject to the ratification of our government. serious war with the United States, on the iheir dearest interests are at bazard in common

Thus olie great point was settled. opening of Spring, when we shall see burst- with their fellow citizens; and to stimulate Thcy had demanded a recognilion of the ing upon us, the accuniulaicd resentment of them 10 firm and noble efforts, the glory right of his Britannick majesty to take British fourteen years' provocation.

üsaits them of having saved their constituents, mariners from American merchant vessels. Such are our prospects from abroad. At possibly the country, fiom impending ruin. They agree now 10 wave entirely the discussion: home, we find ourselves arrived at llie catas

of this subject; and Mr. Madison had instructed troplic, which has long been foretold ;--our It is in vain that the present administration our ministers 10 the same purpose. So this government has fairly struck the rock-its pretend that they are friends 10 a republican obstacle to a creaty is removed. condition is helpless and hopeless. The Sec- form of government. Their unprincipled con- The fisheries, where they could not claim retary of the Treasury has announced iis fute, duci, by which publick faith has been violated an exclusive right, they did not pretend to and ine last crash may be daily expecied ! and publick credit ruined, has exhibited a molest in their first propositions. The priviEvery scheme of profligate ingenuity bas practical objection to republicanism, which no lege of fishing in their waters, and of curing been exlausurd in aiicmpıs 10 conceal our sophistry can refute. · Individuals who have fish on their shores, which we had obtained by situation and postpone the evil day ; but in relied on the integrity of government, and ad- l'ealy, they still maintain, cannot be reneweci, vain. The government, which was appointed ranсed their property for its use, have been burby our proposing some equivalent. To the for our security and defence, has not only cheated. Their losses will forever remain a equity of this proposal, we have seen no objecsquandered all our treasure, but used ihe pub. warning to check confidence, and will go far tion from any quarter. lick credit, until it is officially declared that towards preventing any government, of a pop- They have likewise agreed to adopt as the " publick opinion, manifisted IN EVERY FORM, ular, elective character, from benefiting, in its north western boundary, a line from the Lake and in EVERY DIRECTION, hardly permits 5, emergencies, by the wealth of affluent citizens. of the Woods to the Mississippi, as contemplaa; the present juncture, io speak of the exis- The evil, it is evident, is not confined to ied in the treaty of 1803. tence of publick credit;" and this confession such an administration as we do not approve. Thus far the negotiation has advanced, the of national insolvency will have scarcely reach- nor esteem honest, The administration of British pow claiming no condition as a sine ed the extremes of the Union, when an enemy, Washington was such as naturally inspired qua non of peace. probably thirty thousand strong, will be ready confidence, ard men cheerfully leni their mo- With respect 10 cther boundaries, they say, to begin the work ef destruction.

ney. But those who retain claims for property, they “ are willing to trcat on the principle, This surrounded by horrors of every de advanced in those days of imaginary security, that each party shall retain whatever conquests scription, which language calinot magnify, the are now suffering in commor with the credit- they may have made, at the time a treaty shal! government of our country still seeking var, ors of Mr. Jefferson and Madison.

be signed

Our ministers object to this the British, arise, which did not appear to exist at September to repair to Norway, and Prince then require of them " to bring forward, in the Ghent.

Christian is to return to Denmark in an Enform of articles or otherwise, as they may

INDIAN LANDS.

glish frigate. prefer, those specifick propositions, upon PERHAPS it will be gratifying to some that the

The commerce of the Baltick is again proswhich they are empowered to sign a treaty of English have receded from their sine qua non, ecuted with great activity ; 1166 vessels pas. peace between the two countries.” This last and agree that we shall have the right of pos- sed through the Sound, in the month of Sept. request is dated on the 31st of October, and sessing ourselves of Indian lands“ by conquest

Austria has ceded all the country between here the correspondence closes.

or by purchase.” For ourselves we sincerely the Mincio and the frontiers of Piedmont, to How mortifying must it be-how disgrace- regret it. It leaves an important point to be the Grand Duke of Tuscany, who is to assume ful to our rulers, who waged war against seuled among ourselves, which we had hoped the title of King of Lombardy. Great Britain, for the avowed purpose of con- 10 see determined, by a treaty with a foreign

On the 5th of September a cloud exploded quest, that, after prosecuting hostilities with country. We must not have new states form- over Agen, in France, with a noise resembling their utmost vigour between two and three ed in the western wilderness, to hold New. continued thunder, succeeded by a large showyears, a proposition that each party shall hold England, and indeed all the Atlantick states, er of stones. They have been examined and their conquests is objectionable on our part! in perpetual vassalage. It leaves business for found to resemble others which have frequentIt is not a colony of the United States, remote the Hartford Convention, which we had Hat-ly fallen from the clouds, except their being from the body of the nation, and difficult to tered ourselves could have been transacted at of a clearer grey. defend, that the English have conquered, and Ghent. In every point of view, it is desirable

DOMESTICK. Since the Canada side of hold in possession ; it is an integral part of that the Indian lands should remain untouch- Niagara was abandoned by our army, Generthe Union-an important, valuable tract of ed. If we conquer them, it must be at the al McArthur, with a few troops, has made a country ; taken by about two thousand troops, expense of war, of which, states, that would be plundering incursion of a few miles, in which and kept, we must presume, in spite of all injured by its success, would bear the princi- he burnt three mills and took 300 embodied Mr. Madison can do, by a few hundred !-a pal burden. If obtained by purchase, it must militia prisoners. They have been paroled. few hundred men, three thousand miles from be with funds from the national treasury, de

Nov. 24. One hundred troops left Plattstheir native country, occupying a portion of rived principally from states that would be in burgh for Chazy ; and two hundred have the United States, and our ministers seeming jured by an addition of territory to the Union. marched for Sackett's harbour. to confess to the world our government's in. If acquired in either of these ways, it must be General Jackson has issued a proclamation capacity to drive a small garrison from Cas. for the purpose of creating new states, as auis- to the free negroes and mulattoes, in New tine, from their very objection to the princi- iliaries io Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Ten- Orleans, calling on them to enlist in the serple of uti possidetis ! This is a dose for the nessee, to rivet upon us our present political vice of the United States, and to receive the friends of our administration, if there be real- degradation. In this section of the Union, same bounty and pay as is given to the whites. ly any such, which we should suppose would though comparatively abounding in population, [Exchequer bills, sinking in value like French cover them with shame.

we want liberty, more than we want land. We assignats.] But we, FEDERALISTS, who have nothing to have too many masters already, and while we Nov. 23. Thirty American deserters ardo with the wicked origin and disgraceful man- are able, must recover the privilege of having rived at Montreal. agement of this war, we, like the rest of the a voice in our own destinies.

BENJAMIN WEST, Esq. has been elected, by world, are but spectators of the disgrace to

an assembly from 24 towns in Cheshire Counwhich a wretched faction have exposed them- GENERAL REGISTER.

ty, Newhampshire, as their delegate to the selves. We can justly reproach our own gov

Hartford Convention. ernment, as having produced by its folly and

CONGRESS. Our most important intelliBOSTON, SATURDAY, DEC. 10, 1814. incapacity every obstacle, that has appeared to

gence is from Congress. On the 27th of Nothe immediate restoration of peace on such

vember, Mr. Dallas, Secretary of the Treasu. terms as the whole

FOREIGN. There are no later advices, sent a letter to the select committee to -country would approve. The proposal to constitute the Indians, an infrom Europe than those received by the

whom the project of a national bank was redependent barrier between the territories of Chauncey, of which we have already given the ferred, in which the most gloony predictions the two nations arose from the pitiful attempt prominent particulars.

that have any whcre appeared, as to the state

The entry of the Emperour Alexander into of the national finances and credit are fully to make a conquest of Canada. And now, the objection to a treaty, confirining to each power

Vienna, on the 24th of September was un- verified. He states that on coming into that

inet by : whatever it may have in possession, at the commonly magnificent. He was

office, be found the « Treasury suffering urtime the treaty is signed, arises from the ina- large cavalcade, in which were the Emperour der every kind of embarrassinent-demands bility of our government to retake the town of Francis, King of Prussia, King of Bavaria; upon the government to a very great amount, Casline !

Prince Eugene Beauharnois, Prince Royal of while the means to satisfy them were comBut let it be observed, there does not yet German Princes and noblemen, foreign am- | fragment of an authority to borrow money,

Bavaria, Prince Swartzenburg, and many other paratively small. These means consisted of the appear any formidable obstacle to a successful negotiation, if an accommodation on our part

bassadors, and gentlemen of dis'inction from when nobody was disposed to lend, and to is. were sincerely desired. The British have only the city he was every where received with the

every nation in Europe ; and on arriving in sue Treasury notes, which none but necessisaid they “ were willing." to adopt the princi

lous creditors, or contractors in disiress, &c. ple of is uti possidetis" as a basis of a treaty. most arderit proofs of regard and adıniration, seemned willing to accept-of bank credits,

scattered through the Union, but principally They have not said it must be admitted. On by the inhabitants.

It is reported that the Archduke Charles is where the banks had stopped payment in spethe contrary, when our ministers declared positively that they could hear no such condi

soon to marry the Princess Oldenburg, sister ciemand of the current supply of money from tion, they wished to be informed on what of the Emperour Alexander.

imposts, internal duties, and the sales of pubground we would treat ; implying clearly, that

On the 6th of October a grand festival took lick land, which would not even provide for the refusal of this proposition did not defeat

place in the Augustin, to celebrate the peace, the dividends on the funded debt. the object of the negotiation.

and in honour of the Austrian veterans, attend- He states that the act authorizing the receipt Our hopes would therefore be sanguine, ed by all the august sovereigns, the Princes, of Treasury notes, in payment of subscriptions were we not persuaded that Mr. Madison's ceremonies consisted of processions, races, ise relief that “a large amount of Trea

to a publick loan, was passed too late to prominstructions of last October were such, as will raise the tone of our ministers. What they were, and a superb illumination, which displayed that the hope of preventing further injury and

gymnastick exercises, banqueting, fire works, sury notes had already been dishonoured ; and we know not ; but that thoy will prevent

80,000 lamps. peace may be inferred from several circum

reproach, in transacting the business of the

A military force has entered Cadiz, to com- Treasury, was too visionary to afford a pers ; and we are confirmed in this belief, | mand a contribution of a million of dollars, for ment's consolation ! !"_That publick opinfrom observing that the Intelligencer, contain the purpose of an expedition, destined for ion, manifested in every form, and in every ing these documents, which the whole country

direction, hardly perniitteil him, at the present will consider as of a promising and encouragceeded in postponing at least for some months, credit.” He supposes that government, by a

The English ambassador at Mairid has suc- juncture, to speak of the existence of publick ing character, checks any expectation of a pacifick result. This cannot be from the im- troduction of English woolen and cotton goods. Plying its present wants-• Bue” continues

the execution of the order prohibiting the in- great exertion, might fini ile means of sup. port of the despatches. It must be either

Tranquillity is perfectly restored in Norway. She, “ when ihe wants of 10-day are supplieste dictated by Mr. Madison, or by the consciousness of the Editor, that other difficulties would. Sudermania left Gottenburgh, on thc 25th of the wants of tomorrow ?"

The Prince royal of Sweden, and the duke of rhat is the new expedient that shall supply

FOR THE BOSTOX SPECTATOR.

one.

On the reading of this thundering annuncia- and one day, when I was upon the point of | with my fair widow, because I thought she tion of ruin, Congress stood petrified and the making serious proposals, and, as preparatory had concealed this circumstance from me, in first effect was to give up the project of their to it, had intimated the pleasures of love and order to take me in. Here also I made some paper bank. They have done nothing else of the married state, she, very inopportunely as severe reflections upon those jealous and sorconsequence. I thought, repeated from Pope :

did husbands, who, if they do not require that For the Import of the Despatches from

their wives should expire on the same funerGhcnt, see our political article “Ghent Nego

Love free as air at sight of human ties

al pile, pr be shut up in the tomb with them, tiation."

Spreads his broad wings, and in a moment flies.

yet manage their concerns, as if they would deof In the last “CONFIDANT""for department, read Such a libertine sentiment as this, treasured prive them of all comfort and happiness after deportment ;—for, space of a very young gentlemax, read

they were gone. The lady in question, howup in the mind of a young lady, I thought arsphere of a young gentleman. gued dangerous desires and inclinations. I ever, had the good fortune or good inanage

ment to break the will, and secure the estate LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS.

did not delay to make my valedictory bow
here, and applauded my own discretion in left her, my officious friend married her him-

to her own use forever ; and very soon after I
THE WRITER, No. XXX. loose principles. But, if I had not been hurri. self, and enjoyed the fortune with her.
ed away by my fears, a little time and expe-

I had now passed thirty, and, as I grew oldI HAVE already informed my readers that rience would have proved them groundless ;

er, my caution increased; and yet I was aware I was a bachelor': but have not yet told them by what misfortunes I have so long remained for the lady has long since permitted her love item ise mistakes

. I had already made, and to be bound by human ties, and has worn the

the disappointments I had met with, that I The history of my life and amours will chains of wedlock with honour to herself, and wife, or be constrained to travel the dreary

must be less scrupulous in the choice of a convince the world that I have not been in

very much to the pride and credit of a happy and vacant road of life without one. I theredifferent to hymeneal honours ; but that sev.

husband. eral untoward events, which frequently occur

fore drew up a list of females, out of which I in the vicissitudes of human life, and perhaps accomplishments, who prided herself ia being worse." My plan was to visit them successive

I next paid my addresses to a young lady of

was resolved to take one (i for better for some fastidious notions of my own, have hith

the first to appear in any new and fashionable erto tliwarted my desires, and kept me shut out from the pale of matrimony. dress ; and she was generally so much in adly, and, as I discovered a fault

, dash her name

from the list, and hold to the last that remainvance of the rest of her companions in this As I had always a high opinion of the pleas.

ed. But when I once began to dash, I found ures of a married life, I considered it of the

respect, as very often to be thought out of there was no ending. My list consisted of utmost importance, in selecting a companion, to it. Going to wait upon her one evening to a fashion because none of the rest had got into

fifteen respectable names, but, in less than as make a prudent choice. I remembered that party, I was very much surprized to observe ing resolute, I made out another list of twenty;

many weeks, they were all crossed off. Still, be“Of earthly things the best is a good wife- an unusual increase of size about her waist, but being so imprudent as to show it to one of “ A bad, the bitterest curse of human life ;" and which was more apparent as she sat down.

my brother bachelors, who unfortunately hadi and as I knew there were some unhappy mar. I was extremely troubled and mortified the

not so high an opinion of the sex nor of the riages in the world, I was disposed to impute

whole evening at this glaring deformity, and marriage state as myself, he very unfeelingly them to a too precipitate connection ; a want the more so to observe with what boldness

drew a pen across the whole list at once, and and unconcern, she withstood the accusing dashed them all out together. I could not of penetration, in the man,to discover the faults of his mistress, or want of resolution to over- glances, which her unhappy and shaineful site come his partiality towards her, when these uation drew upon her.

but coinpare him in this act of barbarity to The next day I wrote

Nero, who wished that all mankind had but faults were no longer concealed. I was there- to her, that I had no farther pretension to her

one head on their shoulders, that he might fore determined to be wise ; and the moment

farours; and as she had too much pride to strike it off at a single blow. And I verily I began to value myself for my foresight and seek or make any explanation, the connexion believe, if I had presented him with a univerprecaution, I found I should have fuil employ there closed forever. I was so anxious to

sal catalogue of women, he would, with the ment for these sage qualities. And, as every avoid the scandal and raillery, which would

same sang froid, have crossed out the whole virtue in its extreme is said to approximate to fall to my share from the faulty of one whom some kindred vice, my precaution became I had distinguished by my particular atten

My whims began now to be known, and my unwarrantable suspicion, and my foresight was tions, that I immediatcly set off upon a jour; company was rather shunned than courted by only employed to spy out faults or magnify ney to a distant part of the country, where I

the ladies. If attempted to associate with slight imperfections.

remained nearly two years. When I returned, the young ones, they called me an old bachelThe first young lady, upon

whom

my
affec- I found that every female I met was in the

or ; and if I visited those who were a little ions were placed, I believe now, was, in all same situation, which had so alarmed me in

more advanceil, they would ask me, in derirespects, amiable and innocent ; she was cer- my intended spouse. If my readers remem

sion, if they were or my list? In short, I, who tainly handsome and very engaging, and, had

ber my age, they will readily judge that this had always considered that almost every wonot my chimerical notions of getting a fault. period of my history was about thirty years

man would have thought herself honoured by less wife led me to conjecture faults where ago, when it was the fashion to

wear hoops,

my hand, could now find no one willing to acthere were none, I believe I should have been and that what I had mistaken as certain dis.

cept it. And I have been langht, when it is very happy in marrying her. She had a fine grace, my mistress expected would add to her

too late, that slighted joys will be revenged blooming complexion, and one day, as I acci- credit : and in fact she not a little increased dentally called at her housc, I surprized her her fashionable fame, by being the first to lead upon the head of the vifender; and that he who running up to her toilet chamber with a cup of out in a hoop petticoat, I was now sensible love, must not put on an armour which will

hopes for the virtuous and lasting pleasures of red paint in her hand; my suspicions imine. of my error, and would have been glad to be

wholly resist his sbafis, nor be too sharp-sightdiately conceived it to be rouge, and concluded reinstated in her favour ; but she was engag- ed, when he would sacrifice to that Deity, who

ed to a gentleman, who soon afterwards receiv- is always represented blind. that the beautiful glow on her cheeks was not natural. I soon left her, as it would have been ed her hand, and has ever since been very imprudent to marry a girl who painted. I found, happy in his choice.

MATHEMATICAL REASONING. however, when it was 100 laie, that she only Í next courted a young widow, and although painted flowers ; and that what had so offended she was handsome herseif, yet I must confess Nothing is less applicable to the conduct and alarmed me, was only some vermilion, tha: a very handsome fortune, left by her first of life than mathematical reasoning : a propowhich was to be innocently applied in colour- husband, was among the number of her charms, sition in figures is either deciledly false or ing a rose.

and had no inconsiderable influence to induce true ; in all other relations the true mixes itIt was not long before I became attached the desire of possessing them all. I was in self with the false in such a inanner, that often to a second person, who was equally beauti- the high road of success, when one of my instinct alone can make us decide between ful with the first, but who had a different taste friends hinted to me, that if I only wanted a different motives, which are sonietimes equally for amusement As one had a turn for paint wife, I might be happy, but I should be dis- powerful on either side The study of the ing, the other had as great a passion for poe appointed if I expected a fortune ; for that mathematicks, accustoming us to certainty, try; and what is singular, these innocent and Brama, the first husband of my widłow, hud irritates us against all opinions, opposite in eleg.!t refinements were each the occasion left her his property only during her widow- our own ; while that which is most important of losing them a lover. My new acquainthood, and that, by bis will, the whole of his es- to our conduct in this world is to understand ance, as she thought me rather pleased :vith, tate, upon her second marriage, would pass to our fellow creatures, that is to say, to comthan opposed to poctry, was often epeating the heirs at law. I was not pleased at the idea prehend all that induces them to think or in ome favourite couplets from the best authors; of losing a fortuoc, and more out of temper feel differently from ourselves. The mathe

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