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DEVOTED TO POLITICKS AND PELLES LETTRES.

VOL. I.

BOSTON, SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 1815.

NO.LIV.

POLITICAL.

to take counsel for iis, are individuals who mies to enforce the requisitions of our imperi

from every relation in which they stood to the ous masters. FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR.

community, must have desired nothing but the! From the well known discretion, and en. REFLECTIONS

common good of their fellow citizens. Inde- lightened politicks of the gentlemen composPREPARATORY TO THE DISCLOSURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS | pendent of their virtuous principles, and their / ing the convention, we may be assured, they OF THE NEW-ENGLAND COXVEXTION.

sense of character, they must, from interest, will recommend no demand, that shall not be Tue regularly constituted government of a abhor and oppose every thing tending to en- / strictly just and reasonable. A sort of epi. state or nation is invested with authority to courage a factious state of society. They are demick alarm seems to have pervaded all carry its views into effect ; it decides, and the not brought from the depths of obscurity into classes of politicians at the southward. The governed obey, by choice or by force. The distinction, by their agency in the convention guilty consciences of many have excited apNew Apgland Convention is a body of a dif. I plan ; it was their long established respecta- / prehensions which have no just foundation ; ferent character ; it grew out of the alarm bility that pointed them out to their fellow and the misrepresentations of the designing and sufferings of the community ; it was but a citizens, in these perilous times, as deserving have induced some of our friends to mistrust mode of ascertaining the degree of publick their confidence, Jacobinism, anarchy, civil our prudence. But when the proceedings at sensation, and the wisest plan for alleviating commotions, offer no advantages to such men ; Hartford are disclosed to the world, the suspior obviating the general calainity, and if possi. but on the contrary, must endanger every cions of our southern friends will be removed. ble, to guard against the recurrence of the thing they hold dear. We may therefore rest They will see that our statesmen are not acevils we are now experiencing, in future. This | satisfied that their measures will have in view tuated by a vindictive policy : that they have body has i20t, therefore, nor does it claim any | !o support order, cherish unanimity, and main- kept a steady eye upon the interests of the compulsory power. It can only recommend, tain a state of general security rather than to whole republick ; that it is no project of their's either directly to the pcople, or indirectly to increase the storm. They will suggest noth- to aggrandize one section of the Union, to the their several legislatures, by whom they are ing, which, possessing the best means of degradation of another. Instead of embitterlegally represented. Yet if their propositions knowledge, they do not consider as demanded | ing local animosities and prejudices, we hope which are about to be announced are wise, by the present exigency ; nothing, which, ex- | to secure the approbation of men of sense and (and if they are not, where shall we look ercising their best jurgınent, they do not capdour, in every part of the country. The among men for wisdom) we are bound to think expedient and practicable.

only dictate we offer to any state, states, or the adopt and carry them into effect ; not by any / Deplorable indeed will be our fate, if the general government is, that they shall not legal, but by that moral obligation, which concentrated wisdom of the New-England sacrifice New England. Let us enjoy the makes it the duty of every individual in socie-states decides that nothing is to be attempted, standing we held when we united in confede. ty, to do whatever his own and the common to meliorate our condition! The alarm which, l'ation ; let us be restored to those advantages, good requires

| in spite of vapouring and romance, has evi- | and secured in those rights, which it was the Every one knows what a dreadful state of dently reached the ausbors of our calamities, professed olject of the federal constitution to things, both in reality and prospect, suggested since a convention was proposed, will be cone | cherish and maintain, and we ask no more. the expedience of resorting to a popular con- | verted into redoubled contempt, and be fol- | Does any man presume to say this is requirvention. The people in several states, with. | lowed by a vindictive persecution. Such a ing too much ? out consultation, spontaneously expressed their result would not be iinputed to a want of any real friend to our country say, we must convictions that something must be done, and nerve, in the members of the convention, for it be satisfied with less ? the Hartford Convention was appointed by would be too absurd 10 suppose men iimid, ! The present is an interesting crisis, both as then to inquire, what. Of this we feel per- wio are not expecied to act. It would be! it respects our character and our destiny ; but suaded, that this body, so con tituted, is our considered, and justly as proof, that those we are not without a hope, that the present LAST HOPE ; we have no alternative být to who know us best, think ar: appeal to our collision will terminale in an improvement of second the measures which may be proposed. spirit as fruitless parade.

our government, in a correction of abuses, or sit down in quiet despondience and meet our Precisely the same, or worse consequences which have become insupportable, and are doom, without another effort.

| will follow, if the Convention advise to steps universaliy cepisired ; and, mimately, in a Should they recommend weak measures, or for redress, and the peopie decline to carry beiter understanding and increased confidence none at all, wo may rely upon it that it will be them into effect, it will show that our chain between the sister states, now and long rebecause these good and intelligent men, acier's have been oreirated--that we can l garding cach other, as inveterate foes. bringing with them a knowiedge of the peo-suffer', and whine, and even grubie ; but that ple whom they represent, discover such a pl. our upire is literally our breath; cer indig-| The government paper has vented its resillanimits, such a dastardly tameness in the nation vere blustering ; our love of liberty an proaches on the state, or rather the govern. publick mind, that they would prefer being idle tradition handed clown from fathers, lo ment of Massachusetts, because thai portion of Sacrificed to redressing themselves. Moruifua , wliose names and virtues we are a disgrace. the commonwealth, which lies east of Penobing as would be such a result, there is no I will rise the chains o: our vassalage. Mr. scot river is suffered to remain in the posseypossibility of saving a peopie who abandon Madison. wil recover his hearth and his confi. sion of the English. themselves. The enlightened and firm patria dence ; iis cabal will sncer at our affectation There is no doubt, now, while we apprehend ot will perceive, that he can do no more for of principles which we do not possess, of eno no expedition against any other part of the himself or his country : he must take his ergy to which we are strangers. Vo Dáy siale, but this commonwealth still has the chance through the dark day of adversity, or then “ resolve,” as we have ofien done, rict nicts at com inand, which would be sufficient bid adieu to his native soil. Witalever dis. there is a point at which oppression be- | io drive the British garrison from Casuve : tresses follow, individual effort would only comes intolerable, and will not be endured” | bui why should we undertake such an enterprod .ce disorder ; mobs and riots could pro- --our igrants will then chuckle and fciicitate prize ! duce no other effect than to strengthen the themselves ibat Yankees will never feel, that 1. The neutrality of this part of the state is ao band of Turany, and acuravate the horrors of l they have arrived at that point. Then shall real and great advantage to the United States, our situation. we receive, and what is worse, deserve

as it facilitates the introduction of immense Should they propose that some decisive “ The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely."

quantities of merchandize, of which there was steps be taken to recover our violated rights,

a general scarcity, and a pressing demand. and ward off impending destruction, let us Then shall we be left u defenceless prey to The neutrality of this part of ihe state is of hail the appeal with a hearty welcome, and an eneiny, set upon us by domestick foes-in- advantage to the rest of the commonwealth :: cheerfulls vledge ourselves io effcct our de. sultingiy told to fight our own battles, and yet | for while we are every day becoming poorer, liverance. Of this we may be assured, and it be compelled to surrender the last dollar of more incapab

be assured and it be conciled io surrender the last dollar of more incapable of paying taxes, and possesis a consideration at once yrat ful and innor- | our balli eaned property, the subsistence of sing less and less to tax, they are secure, tant. The gentiemen whom we have seiccred our chudies, to be squandered in levying ar. | prosperous, and acquiring wealth by a brisk

and profitable commerce. The British claim , constituting that compact ; as no farther valid was reported that the Constitution had fallen only a military possession, and do not interfere than they are authorized by the grants in that in with the Maidstone frigate, but that the lat. with any of the relations of the inhabitants to compact ; and that in case of a deliberate, pal ter had effected her escape, after receiving a the state. After the peace, it is expected this pable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, broadside or two, and had arrived at Halifax section will be restored to us, with all its not granted by the said compact, the states It is rumoured a third time that the Wasp “ betterments," by which the commonwealth who are parties thereto, have the right, and ) is taken, and it is now said, by a brig, manned will be considerably benefitted. are'in duty bound to interpose, for arresting

with a select crew, from a British frigate, off The inhabitants of this part of the state on the progress of the evil, and for maintaining, Charleston. ly pray that, during the war, we should suffer within their respective limits, the authorities, There are now but very few British vessels them to enjoy their repose. They probably rights, and liberties appertaining to them." in the Chesapeake. All is quiet in that quarter. wish and expect an ultimate reunion with In commenting on the last resolve, the As. The Legislature of South Carolina have au. the United States ; but they ars now free sembly adopted the following remarks. “ It | thorized the Governour of that state to ad. from all alarm. They enjoy many local, ex. I appears to your committee to be a pl.in prin- / vance to the United States troops uuder Gen. clusive advantages. The utmost the govern ciple, founded in common sense, illustrated by Pinckney 260,000 dollars, in anticipation of ment of this state could do would be to dis common practice, and essential to the nature their direct tax. possess the enemy for the moment-we could of compacts; that where resort can be had to

The spotted fever is raging with great vionot prevent his return; and were he to no tribunal superiour to the authority of the lence in Berwick, and has appeared in other return, which he undoubtedly would, they parties, the parties themselves must be the l towns, in the vicinity of Portsmouth. could not expect that easy transition from one rightful judges in the last resort, whether the ! It is not true that Mr. Crowninshield declinmaster to another, which they have once ex- | bargain made has been pursued or violated. / ed accepting the Secretaryship of the Nary. perienced. They are well aware that by be. The constitution of the United States was He has gone on to Washington. coming the theatre of war, their shores would formed by the sanction of the states, given by

CONGRESS. On the 28th December, the become the scene of horrors, which they have each in its sovereign capacity. It adds to the

Corscription bill received its quietus, in the hitherto wholly escaped. A Massachusetts | stability and dignity, as well as to the authori. | Senate, where it originated, by the prevalence army, merely to expel the invaders would ty of the constitution, that it rests on this ie of a motion to postpone the further considera.. meet with a cold reception from the inhabi. gitimate and solid foundation. The states. tion of the subject to the second Monday in tants of the neutral counties: they would im- I then being tlic parties of the constitutional | March next, when the session will have closed. pute to us no motive but that “ misery loves compact, and in their sovereign capacity, it

Another week has been spent in discussing company.” They would consider us as actu follows of necessity, that there can be no tri- the project of a National Brak ; but no plan ated rather by envy, than friendship. We bunal above their authority, to decide, in the has yet been adopied. have no motive of local honour to stimulate last resort, whether the compact made by them as to such a very expensive project ; for it is be violated ; and consequently, that as parties 1 LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS. no disgrace to Massachusetts not to perform to it, they must themselves decide, in the last

FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR. alone, what a government controling the whole resort, such questions as may be of sufficient resources, military and pecuniary, of seven magnitude to require their interposition.”

TULLY, No. III. millions of people, does not think it judicious In another place they add " If the delibe

Nihil est aptius ad delectationem lectoris, to attempt. Fifteen hundred men drove the rate exercise of dangerous powers, palpably quam temporum ? federal government from Washington : it can withheld by the constitution, couid not justifv | tudines : quæ etsi optabiles in experiendo 1104 be no reproach that two thousand troops took tbe parties to it, in interposing, even so far as

fuerint, in legendo iamer sunt jucunda. | to arrest the progress of the evil, and to pre

Cic. Lucio. FAMIL F. near three hundred miles from our metropolis.

Nothing is better calculated to gratify readers, than | serve the constitution itself, as well as to pro- I changes There are many other reasons why we

| changes of times and vicissitudes of fortune ; things,

vide for the safety of the parties to it ; there which charm us in description, though we should be should reconcile ourselves, for the present, to would be an end to all relief from usurped very unwilling to experience them ourselves. the uti possidetis. If peace arrives with power, and a direct subversion of the rights

CICERO to Luciti Spring, it would be an officious and wanton specified or recognized under all the state This is as true at this day, as it was two waste of blood and treasure on our part, (for constitutions, as well as a plain denial of the thousand years ago, and it is certainly one of 'exchequer bills will not answer in Massachus- fundamental principle upon which our inde. the most extraordinary, unaccountable features etts), and our expedition would not be over, I pendence itself was declared,"

in the human character. It is this principle before we should learn that it was unnecessa

that keeps the press groaning under ils load ry. If peace does not come with Spring, we

GENERAL REGISTER.

of wonders, from “ The little naughty bos, shall either want all our means to defend what

who was torn in pieces by a bear," stitched in remains of our commonwealth ; or we shall

blue, up to the splendid « Book of the Marmake a peace for ourselves, which wul in. / BOSTON, SATURDAY,JANUARY 7.1815.

tyrs,” bound in calf and gilt. It is the secret clude the restoration of our eastern friends.

that enables any editor, whose grand object is FOREIGN, London dates have been re money, without regard to utility or his repuVIRGINIAN DOCTRINE.

ceived by the way of Halifax. to the 30 Nov. tation, to publish a very popular, lucrative In December 1798,the General Assembly of

Norway is not yet tranquil. The Crown newspaper, while he who soberly treats of the Virginia passed several resolutions, which wcre

Prince of Sveden has ordered his army to dearest concerns of society, is sure to fiad submitted to the consideration of the Legislatures

march in and take possession of the country / himself honoured with a very select patron. of other states. Objections having been offer. by force.

age. Deal liberally with what is usually termed either to their principles, or the application

It is said the Emperour of Austria refuses ed shocking, but what in truth is every where of them, under the circumstances which then

to resume the title of Emperour of Germany. | attractive, the mass of readers will seek and existed, they were again discussed by the

The ministers at Vienna,had not completed their peruse your publications with unsatiated avidAssembly in 1800, and renewedly adopted as

arrangements so that the Congress could be ity. Only let an article be conspicuously the deliberate and settled opinion of that body.

re-opened, so late as the 19th of October. headed-Fatal Catastrophe !-Dreadful Acci. The second of the Resolutions was as fol.

A convoy from Plymouth sailed for North dent !-Disastrous Earthquake !--Destructive lows. « The General Assembly most solemn

America the 25th of October, with about 3000 | Fire !--Tremendous Hurricane !or HORly declares a warm attachment to the union of

troops. It was reported that Lieut. Gen. RID MURDER !! man, woman, and child the states, to maintain which, it pledges all its Kempt would command in Canada, and Gen. | will even drop the bible to get the paper. I powers ; and that for this end, it is their duty

Pakenhain on the coast. Reinforcements are doubt whether Coleman, with all his sound to watch over, and OPPOSE every infraction of

still constantly collecting, destined for this sense, and promptitude in discussing importhose principles, which constitute the ONLY country. It is said many of the disposable tant questions, has, for years, issued a paper so BASIS OF THAT UNION, because a faith

troops noi required for the American war will eagerly perused, as that which contained a ful observance of them, can alone secure its be sent to India.

description of the beer vai's bursting in Lonexistence and the publick happiness."

DOMESTICK. Accounts have been receiv-don, which overturned houses, and buried the The third resolve was, That this Assem

ed and appear entitled to credit, that a British | inhabitants under their ruins. bly doth explicitly and peremptorily declare,

expedition, consisting of about 60 sail, arrived I shall not pretend to account for a propenthat it views the powers of the federal gov

at the mouth of the Mississippi, on the 10th of sity which has, puzzled wiser heads. Some ernment, as resulting from the compact, to December.

have referred to it as proof, that there is an which the states are parties, as limited by the

A schooner has arrived off New-London, inherent malignity in the nature of man, that plain sense and intention of the instrument which left Halifax on the 27th uit. where it I prompts him to delight in the miseries and

misfortunes of his fellow creatures ; and to , charms of poetry, sufficiently proves that he nor corpulent : his limbs well proportioned confirm their aspersion, they appeal to the has been able to bestow on them, in detail, nervous, and active ; serviceable in all respects similar and well known circumstances, that the interest which he has failed of communi-l to his exercising the sword, in which he much whipping and hanging, and, where it is practis- | cating to the entire assemblase

cating to the entire assemblage. Above all delighted ; and wanted neither skill nor cour. ed. Quartering alive, will attract a crowd, pro- | others, he has inspired that interest which is age to resent an affront from men of the portioned to the expected sufferings of the engendered by valour. In spite of the habitu- most athletick constitution. In his diet he was victim, who is exposed as a publick spectacle. al absurdity of chivalrous combats, of the con abstemious ; not delicate in the choice of his They allege that, were the multilude to stant disproportion between cause and effect, dishes ; and strong liquors of all kinds were know, that at one place might be seen a poor and of the air of raillery which seems to ac- l his aversion. Being too sadly convinced how starving wretch, partaking a banquet, at anoth company all his descriptions of battles, Arios- | much his health had suffered by night-studies er, an auto da fe, the scene of torture would | to always knows how to excite a sort of inde- / in his younger years, he used to go early (selleave no spectators to the scene of relief and scribable enthusiasm of bravery, of intoxica- dom later than nine) to rest ; and rose comsatisfaction. The mob throng the streets tion of heroism, which makes every reader monly before five in the morning. It is rewhile the culprit is conducted to prison, but, burn to arm himself a knight. One of man's ported, (and - there is a passage in one of his when released, he comes forth to the world | greatest enjoyments consists in the develop- ! Latin elegies to countenance the tradition) again, unobserved, unless he bear some mark ment of all his powers, of all his resources ; that his fancy made the happiest flights in the of wretchedness or disgrace.

| the great art of the romance writer is that of spring : but one of his nephews used to delivI repeat it, that I am not able to account | awakening confidence in ourselves, of accu er it as Milton's own observation, that his infor the general rage to witness or hear of mulating all the force of nature and even of vention was in its highest perfection from Sepcalamity, on any principle, honourable to either | magick in opposition to bis hero, and display- | tember to the vernal æquinox : however it our head or heart ; but I do not believe it is ing the superiority of individual will and cour was, the great inequalities to be found in his to be imputed to natural malevolence. There age over all the powers that are combined for compositions, are incontestible proofs, that in is some plausibility, at first glance, in the in- | his destruction.

some seasons he was but one of the people. ference, which some illnatured philosophers The world into which Ariosto transports us When blindness restrained him from other draw, from such observations as have been 1 is also one of our enjoyments. This world, exercises, he had a machine to swing in, for mentioned ; but, on the other hand, if so ex- essential y poetical, in which all the vuigar in the preservation of his health ; and diverted plained, they prove too much. Not one in a

terests of life are suspended, in which the himself in his chamber with playing on an or. million of those who are gratified with recitals only laws are those which love and honour gan. His deportment was erect, open, affaof distress and horrour, or spectacles of mise. i enjoin, the only actions those which they ble ; his conversation easy, cheerful, instrucry, would voluntarily contribute,in any manner, prompt and stimulate in which no factilious tive ; his wit on all occasions at command, fato produce them. Yet this would be still more | want, no cold calculation, benumbs the soul ; cetious, grave, or satirical, as the subject reagreeable, were the popular passion for sights in which all the pains and measiness produced quired. His judgment, when disengaged from and tales of wo, the effect of a malignant dis. by. variety, by the distinctions of rank or of religious and political speculations, was just position. An objection of no less force is, that riches, are forgotten ; this world of our own and penetrating ; his apprehension, quick ; the more amiable part of creation, the sex creation forms an agreeable relief from the his memory, tenacious of what he road ; his distinguished for kindness and sensibility, al world of reality : we love to traverse it for reading, only not so extensive as his genius, ford the strongest illustration of Cicero's re. the sake of withdrawing ourselves completely for that was universal. And having treasured mark.

from the solicitudes which are everywhere up such immense stores of science, perhaps It is very easy to say, all this arises from else our portion. True, it teaches us nothing, the faculties of his soul grew more vigorous CURIOSITY ; resort is often had to words, for the difference between chivalrous and real after he was deprived of his sight : and his where the causes of phenomena are not ať

| existence is so great that the smallest appli- | imaginatioit, naturally sublime, and enlarged all, or but imperfectly understood. But whence | cation can never be made from the one to the by reading romances, of which he was much this Curiosity? I can' conceive of no motive

Other : it even constitutes a remarkable cha- enamoured in his youth, when it was wholly to any action or volition, but the real or im racteristick of this description of poetry that it absorbed from material objects, was more at agined pursuit of some good. A correct opin is impossible to derive from it any sort of in- liberty to make such amazing excursions into ion on an important subject in politicks, an in struction. Yet we may find a peculiar spe. the ideal world, when in composing his divine genious reflection on manners, a moral senti.

cies of enjoyment, even in an occupation of work he was tempted to range ment, all the treasures of art, science, and reli. ! the mind which does not pretend to the digni- !

Beyond the visible diurnal sphere. gion are useful : such, we should suppose, / 1y of a lesson, and a “ baseless vision” is With so many accomplishments, not to have would excite the curiosity of rational beings and most conformable to the very essence of po- had some faults and misfortunes, to be laid in give them pleasure ; yet all these yield to an | etry, which ought never to be the means, but i the balance with the fame, and felicity, of idle tale of the varietates temporum or the vi- is in itself alone its own proper end and object. writing PARADISE Lost, would have been too cissitudines fortuna, which makes is neither

Sismondi. great a portion for humanity. wiser nor better, and has not the most remote relation to our personal concerns.

FEMALE PIETY.

FOR TIL BOSTON SPECTATOR. As this propensity for the wonderful is al- ! Piety communicates a divine lustre to the

| Ir has been said by some that extreme

1. most universal, it undoubtedly originates in female mind. Wit and beauty, like the flowsome property of the soui, that contributes to ers of the field, may Aourish and charm for the

credulity is more prevalent among the lower its perfection. It cannot be extinguished ;

classes of people in England, than in any season ; but let it be remembered, that like but it should be directed, as much as possible, the flowers of the field, those gifts are frail

other country that has any pretensions to vie by reason and utility. Our American Cicero and fading. Age will soon oip the bloom of

with them in civilization. It is probably considered using the press to furnish food for beauty ; sickness and misfortune will not stop

more correct to suppose that the appearances

nisfortune will not stop this passion, as not only ridiculous but crimi

which favour such a conclusion are owing to the current of wit and humour; in these gloomy nal. It corrupts," said he, “ both the pub- seasons, PIETY will support the drooping soul,

the freedom of British subjects, rather than " lick taste and morals. It multiplies fables, like a refreshing dew upon the parched earth.

to any trait of character peculiar to this na

tion. In all countries there is a passion for “ prodigious monsters, and crimes, and thus “ inakes shocking things familiar ; while it

the marvellous ; but there are few countries

A FEW SKETCHES OF MILTON. withdraws all popular attention from íamiliar

in Europe where the government is so indiffer

PROM AN OLD AND RARE PUBLICATIOS. “ truth, because it is not shocking."

ent to the speculations of the populace, as In his youth he is said to bave been remark. they are in England, provided they do not

ably handsome : the colour of his hair was a assume a serious political character. Though REMARKS ON THE ORLANDO FURI

light brown); the symmeiry of his features ex- they have an cstablished religion, which is inOSO OF ARIOSTO.

act; enlivened with an agreeable air, and a timately interwoven with their constitucion of TAE poem of Ariosto, is bui a fragment of beautiful mixture of fair and ruddy : which government, it is free from that bigotry and the chivalrous and amorous history of Charle. | occasioned the Marquis of Villa to give his suspicion which takes the alarm at every apmagne ; it has no more either of beginning or 1 epigram the same turn of thought, which pearance of sectarianism, and the civil authorend than any other period detached from the Gregory, archdeacon of Rome, had employed ity interferes with no eccentricities that do not general course of time. This want of unity is above a thousand years before, in praising the most flagrantly disturb the peace. Impostors essentially injurious to its interest and imprese amiable complexions of some English youths, I of all kinds, therefore, have fuil swing, if they sion as a whole ; but the avidiiy with which before their conversion to christianity. His I do not violate the laws which are made for ali vaitons and all ages read Ariosto, even when stature (as we find it measured by bimself, did the security of life and property. his fables are robbed, by translation, of the not exceed the middle size ; neither too lean Those who visit England, or read English

newspapers, will find that there is no time bave all been fulblled, and therefore would ! And thrice a week, ahove, below,
when popular credulity has not some hobby. convince the world of the truth of her mission. The house was scour'd from top to toe,
The Cock-lane Ghost-Richard Brothers and If he is silent, no malier ; on they go, print And all the floors were rubb'd so bright
bis prophecies, Perkins's Metallick Tractors, ing copies of all that they write, and when he You dar'd not walk upright
- some prodigy or other makes a figure, and is worried into repl ing, his answers a so For fear of sliding ;
seems to engage the attention of a great por- serve to swell Joanna's books. In this man-

But that she took a pride in.
tion of the nation, either in wondering at the ner was this poor man, because he recovered
miracle, or in laughing at those who believe it. his senses, persecuted by a crazy prophetess,

Of all things else, Rebecca Strype It appears by some extracts which we have and her four and twenty crazy eiders, who Could least endure a pipe. lately seen from English papers, that Joanna seemed determined not to desist, till they She rail'd upon the filthy herb tobacco, Southcott is now the rage, and makes more made him as ripe for Bedlam, as they are Protested that the noisome vapour noise in England, and commands more col themselves.

Had spoild the best chintz curtains and the paper, umns in their publick journals, than the Con. The books which she sends into the world. And cost her many a pound in stucco : gress at Vienna, the negotiation at Ghent, or are written, partly in prose, partly in rhyme, And then, she quoted old King James, who saith, the war in America. About fifteen years ago, all the verse, and the greater part of the prose - Tobacco is the devil's breath." this distinguished character, then an old wo being delivered in the character of the Al. man, set the whole country in an uproar ; but mighty. It is not possible to convey an ade.

| When wives will govern, husbands must obey : her fame yielded to some more novel subject. quale idea of this unparalleled and unimag.

For many a day Her history and her doctrines are given at inable nonsense by any other means than liter Dick mouru'd and miss'd his favorite tobacco, length in “ Esprielia's Letters :" froin which transcript. Her hand writing was illegibly

And curs’d Rebecca. the following particulars are extracted. bad, so that, at lasi, she found it convenient to At length the day approach'd, bis wife must die JOANNA SOUTHCOTT.

| receive orders to throw a way the pen, and de Imagine now the doleful cry

liver her oracles orally.. JOANNA SOUTHCOTT was born in Devon;

Of female friends, old aunts, and cousins,

It is not unlikely that the woman, at first, shire, about the middle of the last century,

Who to the funeral come by dozens ; suspected the state of her own intellects ; her and seems to have past forty years of her life

The undertaker's men and mutes leiters appear to indicate this ; they express a in honest industry, sometimes as a servant, at humble subioission 10 wiser heads than her

Stood at the gate in sable suits, others, working at the upholsterer's business, own. Bút among her early believers were

With doleful looks, without any other symptoms of a disordered three clergyman, one of them a man of fash

Just like so many melancholy rooks. intellect than that she was zealously attached

ion, fortune, and volle family. When she Now cakes and wine are handed round, to the Methodists. These people were erfural

| found that persons, into whose society, noth-| Folks sigh, and drink, and drink and sigh, ly well qualified to teach her the arts of im

ing but her frenzy could ever have elevated | For grief makes people dry; posture, or to drive her mad ; or to produce her, listened to her with reverence, believed in her a happy mixture of craziness and knave

But Dick is missing, no where to be found ; al! her ravings, and supplied her with means ry, ingredients which, in such cases, are usualand money to send them abroad, it is not to

Above, below, about, Jy found in combination. She mentions in | be wondered at that she went on more boldly ; |

They search?d the house throughout, her books a preacher of an infamous characthe gainfulness of the trade soon-silenced all

Each hole and secret pantry, ter, who frequented her master's house, and doubts of the truth of her inspiration. She

In every corner, cupboard, nook and shelf, used to terrify all who heard him in prayer,

who was used to caru her daily bread by daily | And all concluded he had hang'd himself, and make them shriek out convulsively.

| labour, has been taken into the houses of her | At last they found him-c-reader', guess you where! Where such impious bedlamites as this are

wealt!y believers, regarded as the inost bles. | Twill make you stare... allowed to walk abroad, it is not to be wonder.

sed among women, carried from one part of Perch' on Rebecca's coffin, at his resi, ed at, that madness should become epidemick.

England to another, and treated every where Smoking a pipe of Kirkman's best! Notwithstanding the irregularities of his life,

with reverence little less than idolatry: Meanin the house where Joanna lived, his preten

time, dictating books as fast as her scribes can sions to 'supernatural gifts were acknowledged, write them down ; she publishes them as fast

TRANSLATION and he was accustomed 10 preach and pray ;

as they are written ; and the Joaopians buvor A SONNET, WHITTEN BY MICHAEL ANGELO, THE but after she became a prophetess herself,

them as fast as they are published. She she discovered that this Sanderson was the

PRINCE OF SCULPTORS, NEAR THE CLOSE OF HIS LIFE. false prophet in the Revelations, who is to be

Well nigh the voyage now is overpast, taken, with the beast, and cast alive with him

POETRY.

And my frail bark thro' troubled seas and rude, into a lake of burning brimstone.

Draws near the common haren, where at last Joanna's career began humbly, with proph

SELECTED.

Of every action, be it ill or good, ecies concerning the weather, such as the

DICK STRYPE

Must due accoulit be rendered. Well I kiow popular English almanacks contain, and threats

How vain will then appear the favour'd art, concerning the fate of Europe and successes

· OR THE FORCE OF HABIT.

Sole idol long, and monarch of my heart, of the French, which were at that time the

A Tale.

For all is vain that man desires below, speculations of every newspaper, and of every HABITS are stubborn things :

And now remorseful thoughts the past upbraid, politician. Some of these guesses having

And by the time a man is turn'd of forty,

And fear of twofold death my soul alarms, chanced to be right, the women of the family in

Bis ruling passion's grown so haughty, "

That which must come, and that heyond the grave ; which she then worked at the upholstering tusi

There is no clipping of its wings. ness, began to lend ear to her, und she vei)

Picture and sculpture lose thcir feeble charms,

The truth will best be shewn, tured to submit her papers to the judgment

And to his love divine I turn for aid

By a familiar instance of our own. of one Mr. Pomeroy, the clergyman whose

Who from the cross extends his arms to save.

Dick Strype: B church she attended in Excter. He listened to her with timid curiosity, rather waniing Was a clear friend and lover of the pipe ;

WEEPING BEAUTY. courage than credulity, to become her disci. He us'd to say, one pipe of Kirkman s best ple ; received from her certain sealed proph

Gave life a zest.

From morn to night, or griev'd or glad, ecies, which were at some future time to be To him 'twas meat, and drink, and physick, Lucilla's looks are always sad ; opened, when, as it would be seen they had

To see the friendly vapour

Her kerchief she with tears is steeping ! been accomplished, they would prove the

Curl round his midnight taper,

Same think the pretty wretch gone mad, truth of her inspiration : and sanctioned, or

And the black fume,

But lutely I the reason hadseemed to sanction her design of publishing

Clothe all the room

“She looks most beautiful, when weeping !" her call to the world. Mr. Pomeroy, aster

In clouds as dark as science metaphysick. wards wishing to be clear of the connexion in

urnt the So still he smok’d, and drank, and crack'd his joke ; / PRINTED AND PUBLISHED FOR which he had so unluckily engaged, burnt the | So stil

JOHN PARK, sealed papers, which had been entrusted to And, had he single tarried, his care. From that time all the Joannians, He might have smok'd and still grown old in smoke ; !

BY MUNROE, FRANCIS AND PARKER, who were now no inconsiderable number, reBut Richard married,

NO. 4 CORNHILI. garded him as the arch-apostate. They call His wife was one who carried

Price ihre Joliero pui annuni, balf in adesice. upon him to produce these prophecies, which the cleanly virtues almost to a vive,

| New subscribers ruy be supplied with precedin; zderai abe boldly asserts, and they implicitly believe, | She was so nice :

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DEVOTED TO POLITICKS AND BELLES LETTRES.

VODI.

BOSTON, SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 1815.

NO.LV.

data

POLITICAL
| treasuries tbereof and appropriated to the payment of William Prescott,

Zephaniah Swift, the balance due said States, and to the future defence Harrison G. Otis,

Nathaniel Smith, FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR. of the same. The amount so paid into the said treasu Timothy Bigelow,

Calvin Goddard, ries to be credited, and the disbursements made as Joshua Thomas,

Roger M. Sherman, PROCEEDINGS AT HARTFORD. aforesaid to be charged to the United States.

Samuel S. Wilde,

Daniel Lyman, The New England Convention adjourned Resolved, That it be, and hereby is, recommended Joseph Lyman,

Samuel Ward, last week, and have laid the result of their de to the Legislatures of the aforesaid States, to pass laws | Steph. Longfellow, ir. Edward Manton,

inne before the publicle liberations before the publick. It is not with="1 is not withe

Daniel Waldo, (where it has not already been done) authorizing the

Benjami West, Governours or Commanders in chief of their militia to | Hodijah Baylies,

Benjamin Hazard, in the compass of our limits to insert their en-1 make detachments from the same or to form volunta. | George Bliss,

Mills Olcott, tire publication, which consists of a pamphlet ry corps, as shall be most convenient and conformable Chauncey Goodrich,

William Hall, jr. of thirty pages, every one of which merits the to their constitutions, and to cause the same to be well perusal and attention of their fellow citizens ; l armed, equipped and disciplined, and held in readi

I REMARKS ON THE REPORT, &c. the reasonings and facts are of the utmost im.neşs for service ; and upon the request of the Gover. As the Resolutions which accompany the

nur of either of the other States to employ the whole portance,-calculated to animate patriotism,

| Report, and embrace the only measures proof such detachment or corps, as well as the regular instruct the publick mind, and assuage the

posed at present by the Convention, were first forees of the State, or such parts thereof as may be reasperity of party spirit.

given to the publick without the reasons, which quired and can be spared consistently with the safety Our readers, we trust, will give the whole of the State, in assisting the State, making such re

| induced them not to recommend any thing of paper their serious consideration ; but we deem) quest, to repel any invasion thereof which shall be a more decisive character, it was not surpris. it proper to republish the conclusion of the made or attempted by the publick enemy.

ing, considering our calamitous situation, and report, adopted by the Convention, and the

Resolved, That the following amendments of the the anxiety of the publick mind for immediate

Constitution of the United States be recommended to Resolutions which follow it.

relief, that a considerable portion of the comthe States represented as aforesaid, to be proposed by

munity thought them too tame. A perusal of « Such is the general view which this Convention: them for adoption by the State Legislatures, and, in

the pamphlet, we presume, has produced or has thought proper to submit, of the situation of these such cases as may be deemed expedient by a ConvenStates, of their dangers and their duties. Most of the tjun chosen by the people of each State.

will produce, a general conviction that the subjects which it embraces have separately received And it is further recommended, that the said Slates course adopted by the Convention was dictated an ample and luminous investigation, by the great and shall persevere in their efforts to obtain such amend. by the soundest wisdom, and that their recomable assertors of the rights of their Country, in the monts, until the same shall be effected.

mendations point out the most judicious, safe, National Legislature ; and nothing more could be First, Representatives and direct taxes shall be ap

I justifiable and practicable methods of obtainattempted on this occasion, than a digest of general partioned among the several states which may be in principles, and of recommendations, suited to the precluded within this Union, according to their respective mga

ing a redress of our wrongs, and the utmost sent state of publick affairs. The peculiar difficulty

alleviation of our sufferings that present cirand delicacy of perfirming, even this undertaking, will serve for a term of years and excluding Indians not cumstances admit. be appreciated by all who think seriously upon the taxed, and all other persons.

We cannot consider the report too tame, crisis. Negotiations for Peace are at this hour sup Sesond. No new State shall be admitted into the

for it contemplaies, conditionally, the strongposed to be pending, the issue of which must be deeply Union by Congress in virtue of the power granted by

est step that any intelligent friend to his interesting to ali. 1. measures should be deals the Constitution without th: concurrence of two thirds - which might unfavourably aifect that issue; no le which of both Houses.

country could wish ever to see realized. It should embarrass the Administration, if their professed Third. Congress shall not have power to lay any proposes for immediate attention several imdesire for peace is sincere ; and none, which on sup. | embargo on the ships or vessels of the citizens of the portant measures, probably as much as will be position of their insincerity, should afford them pre. United States, in the ports or harbours thereof, for supported by the degree of unanimity which texts for prolonging the war, or relieving chemselves more than sixty days.

would be requisire to carry any thing into from the responsibility of a dishonourable peace. It is

Fourth. Congress shall not have power, without

cffect. It was for the discernment of this body also deroutly to be wished, that an occasion may be the concurrence of two thirds of both Houses, to inter

to ascertain, not only what might in theory be Horded to all friends of the country, of all parties, and i dict the commercial intercourse between the U. States in all places, to pause and consider the awful state, toard any fureign nation or the dependericies thereof.

right and expedient, but wbat would be pracwhich pernicious counsels, and blind passions, bave Fifth. Congress shall not make or declare war, or tically adapted to the views, the feelings, and brought this people i he number of those who per. authorise acts of hostility against any foreign nation the energy of those, for whose concluct they ceive, and who are ready to retrace errours, must, it is without the concurrence of two thirds of both Houses, were assembled to devise a plan. In this rebelieved, be yet sufficient to redeem the nation. It is except such acts of hostility be in defence of the terri

spect, we sincerely believe, and trust the Decessary to rally and unite them by the assurance, tories of the United States when actually invaded. that' no hostility to the Constitution is meditated, and Sixth. No person who shall hereafter be naturaliz

event will prove, that they have been adni. to obtain their aid, in placing it under guardians, who | ed, shall be eligible as a member of the Senate or

rably successful. alone can save it from destruction. Should this fortu- House of Representatives of the United States, nor But we cannot content ourselves with an hate change be effected, the hope of happiness and hon- capable of holding any civil office under the authority expression of general approbation ; we liave our may once more dispel the surrounding gloom of the United States. .

experienced the warmest respect and gratiOur nation may yet be great, our union durable. But Seventh. The same person shall not be elected

lude towards the authors of the excclleni apshould this prospect be utterly hopeless, the time will President of the United States a second time : nor

peal, now before us, while examining its connot have been lost, which shall have ripened a general shall the President be elected from the same State,

ients, and we wish to be indulged in pointing sentiment of the necessity of more mighty efforts to two terms in succession. rescue from ruin, at least some portion of our beloved Resolvcd, That if the application of these Statce to

out, more particularly, why we hare been so Country,

the government of the United States, recommended in much gratified. Therefore Resolved

a föregoing Resolution, should be unsuccessful, and I The introduction sets in its true light, the That it be and hereby is recommended to the peace should not be concluded, and the detence of delicacy of the circuims

delicacy of the circumstances under which the Legislatures of !he several States represented in this These States should be neglected, as it has been since

Convention were asseinbled to act. Convention, to adopt all such measures as may be the commencement of the war, it will in the opinion

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character of important measures very often necessary effectually to protect the citizens of said of this Convention be expedient for the Legislatures of States from the operation and effects of all acts wbich tie several States to appoint Delegates to another

depends more on the circumstances atiending have been or may be passed by the Congress of Convention to meet at Boston, in the Staie of Massa them, than on the rature of the measures the United States, wbich shall contains provisions, chusetts, on the third Thursday of June next, with themselves. The very step, which at one suliecting the militia or other citizens to forcible such powers and instructions as the exigency of a cri. time is indispensably necessary, at another, drafts, conscriptions, or impressments, not authorised sis so momentolis may require.

may be not only useless but criminal. It is by the Constitution of the Cnited States.

Pesoleeu, That the Hon. George Cabot, the Hon.

almost certain that if ever we are blest with a Resolved, That it be and hereby is recommended to Chaunce? G:oclrich, and the Hol). Daniel Liman, or the said Legislatures, to authorize an immediate and any two of them be authorised to call another meeting

good administration, under a republican form earnest application to be made to the Government of l of this Convention to be holden in Boston, at any time of government, we shall sce demagogues comthe United States, requesting their consent to some before new Delegates shall be chosen, as recommend. | bining agaisist the constituted authorities, and arrangenient, whereby the said States, may, separ:tely led in the above resolution, if in their judgment the their measures, and they will claim counteor in concert, be empowered to assume upon them. situation of the Country shall urgently require it.

| nance from the precedent, which they will sel:-s the defence of their territory gainst the vie HARTFOND, Jan. 4th, 1815.

allege exists TY ; * da reasonable portion of the taxes, collected | George Cabot,

James Hill.015€,

in this Hartford Convention within said States, may be paid into the respective | Nathan Dane,

Joho Tiendrell,

This is an evil, which every well infance

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