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Secretary at war, " the troops in many ports | sponsibility devolving upon him by his relation | ish and embrace all the most indigent of every being reported sickly."
to society, and is ever ready to adopt any opin- | kind, in one comprehensive circle of general A disease of a most fatal character is rag ion or receive any advice that may be offered, benevolence. If your friend observes this ing in several parts of Virginia. In the coun- will expose himself to great inconsistency of , rule in its full extent, he is certainly to be ty of Stafford and King George in particular, conduct, and probably forfeit the confidence commended ; if he only partially pursues it, its lavages have been dreadful, sweeping off that may have been placed in him ; for his still he deserves, (in a less degree indeed, whole families in a few hours. The physicians want of reliance on himself, in such cases, is however he deserves) praise : so uncommon have given it the name of a putrid sore throat. sufficient proof that he does not merit the is it to meet with an instance of generosity
The United States frigate President, Com- | confidence of others ; that his abilities have even of the most imperfect kind! The lust modore Decatur, sailed from New York, last | been overrated, or that he has assumed obli- l of avarice has so totally seized upon mankind, Saturday, afternoon, with a strong W. N. W. gations, which he is conscious he is unable to that their wealth seems rather to possess breeze ; none of the enemy's cruisers had been discharge. But there are many trying scenes them than they to possess their wealth. for several ways in sight from the Hook. in the life of almost every individual, when
Melmoth's Pliny, IX. 30. Our publick papers contain a long, candid, perplexity is no dishonour, when self distrust able and specifick reply to the letter lately
is wisdom, and when he gives the strongest PITT'S PARLIAMENTARY ELOQUENCE. published by the Hon. John Randolph of Vir: proof that he both understands himself and his
subject, who is disposed to avail himself of all ginia, from the pen of the Hon. James Lloyd
As a parliamentary orator, Mr. Pitt's powthe intellectual aid he can obtain. of this town, to whom the former was addres- |
ers were various. In statement he was per
It does not sed.
spicuous, in declamation, animated. If he The contents, we trust, will calm some follow from the remark of our philosopher,
had to explain a financial account, he was of the undue alarms, which seem to have ex- that, even in embarrassing emergencies, a per
clear and accurate. If he wanted to rouse a isted among the Virginians, and at the same son ought always to adopt implicitly any opin- !
ci just indignation for the wrongs of the country, time instruct them, as to what they may rely ion, that may be suggested, or that he is to
| he was rapid, vehement, glowing and impas. on, from the determined aversion of the New. sacrifice his convictions to the judgment of a
sioned. And whether his discourse wirs arEnglandcrs to their present humiliating and friend. He is to consult and compare the views of others, the reasons by which they are
gumentative or declamatory, it always displaydistressing situation.
ed a happy choice of expression and fluency of STATE LEGISLATURE. The General supported, and govern himself by those, which
diction, which could not fail to delight his Court of this Commonwealth commenced the he thinks are the most powerful. session last Wednesday. It was ascer! Why should any man of sense decline to
hearers. So singularly select, felicitous, and
appropriate was his language, that it has often, pursue such a course ? Is he jealous of his tained that a quorum of both branches of the
been remarked, a word of his speech could Legislature was present, which being announ. reputation ? What higher ground can he
wish, than to be the umpire where there is a ced to his Excellency the Governour, he com
scarcely be changed without prejudice to its
| harmony, vigour or effect. He seldom was municated his Message, with a variety of in- variety of sentiment ? A capacity to appre.
ciate truth, when it is presented to the underteresting documents, the same day. Among
satisfied with standing on the defensive in these papers was the Report of the New standing, is what distinguishes the great from
| debate, but was proud to contrast his own acEngland states, which his Excellency says the little mind.
tions with the avowed intentions of his oppo
nents. These intentions, tou he often exposed 6 appears to have been the result of modera. Nothing is more pitiful, aspiring as it may
with the most pointed sarcasm ; a weapon seem to be, than a passion for the character of tion and firmness." In adverting to the negotiations at Ghent, infallibility. How many generals have lost
which, perhaps, no speaker ever wielded with
more dexterity and force than himself. He and the information, which we have received the battle, because they spurned to be advised
admired much, in Mr. Fox, the happy effect from that quarter, his Excellency makes a re. by a subordinate officer, though convinced he
with which he illustrated his arguments, by mark, which well deserves the attention of was correct. The counsel of a HAMILTON
the application of well known anecdotes, or every citizen, and is particularly seasonable, was sufficient to drive an opinionated, jealous
| by passages from modern authors ; but he did Executive to an opposite course, and a nation when the miuds of many are somewhat dispos
was ruined. ed to expect, that we can make war when we
not initate him in this respect :--on the other
WASHINGTON, the immortal choose, and peace on just such terms as we helmsman of our political bark, possessed a l hand, he used to condemn his habit of repetition. may consider most agreeable. “ Should the soul of a different hue. It was the glory of
Mr. Pitt's love of amplification has some. conditions of pe ce" observes the. Goverbour, his ethereal spirit to estiinate duly such a
times been mentioned as detracting from his
excellence as an orator ; but it was his own " to which we may find it convenient ultimate: mind as Hamilton's. He feared no weapon of
remark, that every person who addressed a Jy to agree, be not the most favourable, the detraction. He knew hat to perceive what fault will not consist in making peace, but in was great was to be great : and that when he
publick assembly, and was anxious to be disHAVING MADE WAR. This fault will not be acted from conviction, the action was his own.
tinctly understood, and to make an impression diminished by postponing a reconciliation to a But he had a higher object than that tho world
upon particular points, must cither be copious distant period ; neither the political character,
should think so, and therefore the world the upon those points or repeat them, and that as
more readily did bin justice. nor the moral stain of an unnecessary war
a speaker, he preferred copiousness to repeti
! can be effaced, though the war should be
Our views of things, independently of preju
tion. Of his oratory it may be observed gencontinued many years" dice and passion to which all are exposed, are
crally, that it combined the eloquence of Tul. The House ordered that 5000 copies of the so various, from other fortuitous circumstan
ly with tbe energy of Demosthenes. It was Report of the Convention of Delegates from ces, it is prudent in critical cases at Icast, to
spontaneous ; always great, it shone with pe
culiar, with unparalleled splendour, in a reply, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island,
ascertain, if possible, how the same things &c. should be printed for the future disposal may appear to others. Liglit often springs
which precluded! tho possibility of previous of the House. from a quarter where it is least expected, and
study ; while it fascinated the imagination by CONGRESS. The twn branches of this ess. The own branches of this he is wise to whom it is always welcome.
the brilliancy of language, it convinced trie body have begun another game at shuttlecock
judgment by the force of argument ;-like an
impetuous torrent it bore down all resistance :
TRUE BENEFICENCE. and battledore with their new bank project, and it is doubted whether it will not be lost,
PINY TO HIS FRIEND GERMINIUS.
extorting the admiration even of those who like the former, by the disagreement of the
I would have him, who desires to show | most severely felt its strength, and who most Senate or House.
I himself influenced by a spirit of true generosia i carnestly deprecated its effect. It is unnecesty to be liberal to his country, bis kindred, his sary and might be presumptuous to enter more
relations and his friends ; his friends, I mean, 1 minutely into the character of Mr. Pirt's elo. LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS.
in distress : not like those who chiefly bestow quence, there are many living witnesses of FOR THE BOSTOX SPECTATOR.
their presents, where there is the greatest its powers ;--- it will be admired as long as it TULLY, N. v. abiliry to make returns. I do not look upon shall be remeinbered,
GIFFORD. such men as parting with any thing of their Summi gubernatores, in magnis nonnunquam Ow; on the contrary, I consider their boun
MORAL. tempestatibus, a vectoribus ad none; i solert ties only as so many disguised baits, thrown
1 THERE are a thousand litile offices of civilCor. Pill II. The greatest pilts gometimes, in rioleni teinposts,
ollt with a llesign of catching the property of ty, kinulness, and respert, to be performed take advice of the passengers
others. Much of the same character are every day in our intercouse with each other.
nichos:, who take from one inan in order to be which, if we were to attend to them, would There is no stronger evidence than this of
O stow on another, and ai:n at a reputation by shew our true state of mind, temper and disa truly great and good miel. Cicero makes | sordid means. The first and fundamentall position, much more satisfactorily than those th: proper line of distinction. In ordinary cir:
y ciro i principle of genuine beneficence, is to be con- | more glaring performances, of which we are cumstances, the man who shrinks from ine re
Te-| tented with one's own; ard aitor :hat to cher. I apt to form tco furourable a juisinent,
For female worth and meekness to inspire
Whether her temple, wet with human gore,
She thus may raise on Gallia's ravag'd shore, A LAW to promote and enforce industry, es. Homage and love, and temper rude desire ; pecially SPINNING, passed the legislature of Nor seldom with sweet dreams sad thoughts to cheer, Belongs to him alone, and his high will. Massachusetts, in the year 1565. And halt beguile affliction of her tear.
Who bids the tempests of the world be still.* “ Be it enaced by the authority of this court,
Lo! this her boast, and still, o Burke, be thine With joy we turn to Albion's happier plain, that all hands, not necessarily employed in other occasions, as women, girls and boys, shall be, Her glowing hues, that warm, but tempered shine ; Where ancient Freedom holds her temperate reign : and hereby arc, enjoined to spin, according to While whispers bland, and fairest dreams attend Where justice sits majestick on her tirone ; their skill and ability, and that the selectmen Thy evening path, till the last shade descend,
Where Mercy turns her ear to every groan ! in every town do consider the condition and So may she soothe, with loftier wisdom's aid,
0, Albion ! fairest isle, whose verdant plain, capacity of every family, and accordingly do asThy musing leisure in the silent shade ;
Springs beauteous from the blue and billowy main. sess at one or more spinners ; and because seve and bid poor Fancy, her cold pinionis wet,
In peaceful pomp, whose glittering cities rise, eral families are necessarily employed the Life's cloudy skies and beating showers forget.
And lift their crowded temples to the skies ; grcatest part of their time in other business, yet, But can her fairest form, her sweetest song,
Whose navy on the broad brine awful rolls, if opportunities were attended, some time might Soothe thee, assail'd by calumny and wrong?
Whose commerce glows beneath the distant poles, be spared at least by some of them for this
Whose streams reflect full many an Attick pile ; work, the said selectmen shall therefore assess Even now thy foes with louder accents cry, such at half and quarter spinner's according to according to
Whose velvet lawns in long luxuriance smile ; Champion of unrelenting tyranny,
Amid whose winding coombs Contentment dwells, their capacities. And every one thus assessed At Freedum hast thou aim'd a deadly blow, for a whole spinner, shall for time to come, spin · And strove, with impious arm, to lav her altars low.'
Whose vales rejoice to hear the sabbath bells;
Whose humblest slied that steady laws protect, every year for thirty weeks, three pounds a week of linen, cotton, or woollen, and so pro- ! No, Burke ! indignant at the voice we start ; The villager with wood-bine bowers hath deck'd. portional»!y for half and quarter spinners, under | We trust thy liberal views, thy generous heart ; Sweet native land! whose every haunt is dear, the penalty of 9 penice a pound short; and the We think of those who, naked, pale, and poor, | Whose every gale is musick to mine ear ; selecimen shall take special care for the exeo | Reliev'd and bless'd, hare wandered from tły door : Amid whose bills one poor retreat I sought, cution of the order, which may easily be effecWe see thee, witb unwearied step, explore
Where I might sometimes hide a saddening thought : ted, by dividing their several towns into ten, six, Each track of bloodshed on the farthest shore
And having wandered far, and mark'd mankind, five,&c. parts; to appoint one of the ten,six, five, Of injured Asia, and thy swelling breast
In their vain mask, might rest and safety find. &c. to take an account of their divisionis, and
Harrowing the oppressor, mourning for the oppressid. Oh! still may Freedom, with majestick mien, lo certify the selectmen if any be defective in
Pacing thy rocks, and the green vales be seen! what they are assessed, who shall improve the
No, Burke ! where'er Injustice rears her head,
Around thy cliffs, that glitter o'er the main, penalties imposed on such as are pegligent, for
Where'er with blood her idol grim is fed ; the encouragement of those who are diligent in
May smiling Order wind her silken chain ; Where'er fell Cruelty at lier command, this work,"
While from thy calm abodes, and azure skies,
Far-off the fiend of Discord murmuring flies.
To him, who firm thy injured cause has fought, The following lines were addressed by the Rev. Wil Where'er pale Murder in her train appears,
This humble offering, lo ! the Muse has brought ; LIAM LISLE Bowles to EDMUND BULKE, soon after he With reeking axe, and garments wet with tears ; Nor heed thou, Burke ! if with averted eye, published his “ Reflections on the French RevoliiOr low'ring Jealousy, unmoy'd as Fate
Scowling, cold Envy may thy worth decry. tion ;" but though occasional in design, they contain
Bars fast the prison cage's iro. gate poetry and sentiment of standing merit. Upon the bury'd sorrows, and the cries
It is the lot of man :— the best oft mourn, War mourns the ingenuous moralist, whose mind Of him, who there, lost and forgotten lies :
As sad they journey through this cloud: bourse ; Science has stor'd, and Piety refin’d, When ministers, like these, in fearful state,
If conscious Genius stamp their chosen breast, That fading Chivalry displays no more Upon a bloody tyrant's bidding wait,
And on the furebead shew her seal iniprest, Her pomp, and stately tournaments of yore? Thou too shalt own, and Justice lift ber rod,
Perhaps they mourn, in bleak Misfortune's shade, 1.0, when Philosophy and Truth advance, The cause of frecdom is the cause of God.
Their age anıl cares with penury repaid ; Scar'd at their frown, she drops her glittering lance ;
Their errors deeply scann'd, their worth forgot, Round her reft castles the pale ivy crawls,
Fair spirit! who dost rise in beauteous pride, Or mark'l by bard Injusticc with a blot. And sunk and silent are her banner'd halls.
Where proud oppression bath thino arm defy'd ; If high they soar, and mark their distant way,
And spread their ample pinions to the day,
Malignant Faction hears with bate their name, And slowly sink the fancy painted vales, When all thy form its awful port assumes,
And all her tongues are busy at their fame. Vith rich pavilions spread in long array ;
And in the tempest shake thy crimson plumes,
But 'tis enough to hold, as best we may, So on the sight the parting glories fade, • So fall thy foes,' with tears of joy I cry.
Our destin'd track, till sets the closing day ; The gorgeous vision sets in endless shadle.
Whether with living lustre we adorn But shall the musing sage for this lament,
But ne'er may Anarchy, with eyes on flame, Our high sphere, like the radiance of the morni Or mourn the wizard's Gothick fabrick rent ? And mein distract, assume thy awful name ;
Or, whether silent in the shade we move, Shall he, with fancy's poor and pensive child, Her pale torch sheds afar its hideous glare,
Cheer'd by the lonely star of pensive love ; Gaze on his shadowy vales and prospects wild, And shews the blood-drops in her dabbled hair ;
Or whether dark opposing storms ve stem,
Panting for Virtue's distant diadem ;
'Tis the unshaken mind, the conscience pure, No, Burke ! thy heart, by juster feelings led, As when the rising blast, with muttering sweep,
That bids us firmly act, or meek endure ; Mourns for the spirit of high Honour fled : Sounds mid the branches of the forest ceep ;
'Tis this might shield us when the storm beats hard, Mourns that Philosophy, abstract and cold, The sad iorizon lowers, the parting sun
Content, though poor, had we no other guard ! Withering, should smite Life's fancy flower'd mould, Is hid, strange murmurs through the high wood run,
• These lines were written before the murder of the The falcon wheels away his mournful Right, And many a smiling sympathy depart,
late King of France, and many of the events of horror, That grac'd the sternness of the manly heart. And leaves the glens to solitude and night;
which have since taken place in that miserable coutNor shall the wise and virtuous scan severe Till soon the Hurricane, in dismal shroud,
† Milton Comes fearful forth, and sounds her conch aloud ; These fair illusions, even to Nature dear.
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Publick opinion was now loud against the new fangled doctrines. They would not ; and
war, but was not awake to the advantage and Great Britain repelled the invaders of her terFOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR.
propriety of treating on such conditions. That ricory, blockaded our rivers and ports, and beTHOUGH the last accounts were generally sentiment will prevail when the season of its gan to annoy our coasts. She proposed an In. considered favourable, no further news from | efficacy shall have long passed away.
dian boundary between us; we would hear Ghent, and the events of the war becoming l While the first overtures of Great Britain nothing of it. She took part of the District of more and more against us! The publiek were rejected, her arms, though conducted Maine, and proposed the uti possidetis. We still feeding on idle expectation, while the fol, with no remarkable energy, were advancing pronounced all terms embracing any cession ly of our rulers obstinately persists in com-, upon our territory, and the war was spreading of territory whatever, inadmissible. She has pleting the ruin of our devoted country ! | distress and poverty through our country. We now captured another of our few frigates, and Such is the prospect, and in solemn truth we were now every month becoming more weak, probably taken possession of New Orleans,the declare, we can perceive no end to the course and she more strong. But a small portion of key to all the country beyond the mountains, of our sufferings and distresses. If there are our soil, however, had as yet fallen into her and will have the disposal at pleasure of seven those who see grounds for any definite hope, we possession, when she proposed to treat on the or eight millions of property !! What she will cannot discover from what quarter it is derived. | principle of uti possidetisa condition some-next propose we know not ; but this is cer
Did this downward fate of our nation depend that more unfavourable than the former, as tain, if our ministers do not agrec to some entirely on the perverseness of our govcin- | our ministers had been fairly warned to expect. preliminaries, it will be in her power, on the ment, we should not feel that there was any | Sinking as was our country under the bur- opening of the next campaig11-not to conquer use in writing or speaking on the subject. thens of a contest, yet scarcely begun, our our country, and this she will not attempt They have long proved themselves deaf to er ministers' peremptorily refused this second but to spread ruin and devastation along our ery remonstrance, and blind to every conse proposition. The American people now be sea coast from Maine to Georgia. Is it not quence of their abandoned conduct. But we gan to perceive, that an engagement to re time then, high time, that the publick mind have seen with the most anxious concern that fain from encroaching on Indian territory should be directed to the simple object, their mismanagement has, from step to stop would have been no sicrifice_but the uti pos. Peace, on the best terms that can be obtained ? met with but too much encouragement in the sidetis was pronounced, under existing cir- | Is it not nonsense to talk or think of honour, tone of publick opinion ; while that is the cumstances, inadmissible.
when all this misery and disgrace are but the case, we are certain our rulers will proceed, Great Britain multiplies her expeditions ; work of a wretched faction at Washington, though national ruin stare them in the face, her preparations wear a new and solenin as-wbo have sucked the life blood of the people, and the execrations of posterity threaten to pect. The course of the war, since her first and are now spending their worthless breath blast their memories. Publick opinion in conditions of negotiation, has been such as to only in devising new schemes of domestick proves, but it comes with a limping step, for: assure us, if we are not infatuated, that she oppression. Let us bave Peace, such a peace ever behind the exiger.cy of circunstances, will not recede from any proicnsion that she as can be secured, before we lose more, and and therefore forever ineficient.
considers just, for she sees and we may see, involve onrselves in further calamities, from Ve began in the wreathe English were that her means arc ample, and that the com- ; wlich rúry have not, and never can liave, the determined to keep iis so, and we have shown parative strength of the two powers is inces. | mcans of extricating us. Then let us reduce 10 disposition to defeat ilicir plan. We com santly changing in her favour and gainst us. I these upstat i plunderers, these petiy typlained on grounds principally fictitious-bul | Yet at every successful step, she makes over. rants, to their primitive nothingness and set ihey sent minister's jo adjust all difierences ; lures which we refuse-- we talk of an honour. out anew for character and consequence. As their overtures were evaded, or they them- | able peace, and prolong the war, while it is yet the enemy, though justly exasperated, selres were rejected, loaded with gross per obvious, the longer we fight, the weaker we have bnt taken a portion o! the fruit ; the tree sonal insult. The American publick regret become, and as every armament G.eat Britain is sound. Under the mild infuence of Peace, ied the event, but pronounced the British gove | fits out is entered in an account corrent ! it will yet prosper ; and even shouid some of ernment and its minister's 100 functilious on against us, the heavier will be the account we the ingrafted branches be lopped off, the orig.. their points of honour, with an administration must finally settle, the higher will be her ulti- inal bank might possibly flourish vetter.. which had grown out of democracy. Finding mate requisitions. the outrage tloris palliated, our luiers declared Those we know are « hard sayings" to a
XCİV Oi:LLANS.. war. Had publick opinion been as correct on people who have been for years inflating their We have seen it intimated in the papers.. the subject of its meriis as it is now, and as own vanity and deceiving themselves with ri. and heard it observed in conversation, that if freely expressed, hostili:ies would probably | diculous notions of our relative power and im- | New Orleans is taken by the British, it will have ceased, wlien an armistice was offered. portance in the scale of national consequence. I have a tendency to forolong the war. But the proposed armistice, a preluide to de. The illusion templed us to exchange peace for for the sake of many worihy individurils, fensive warfare, was rejetted. The British ! war. While our mistake was speculative, it who might suffer severely by such an event, vrobably intended our Forernment should was not surprising that we should go on to de- it is one we should sincerely regret ; but we inake a bad cause worse, and they succeeded. ceive ourselves, and rush into danger : but do not readily comprehend, how this is to be
The circumstances of Europe took a new now when we have made and are still making a new obstacle to peace. Were we so much and unexpected turn, highly favourable to an experiment, which proves all our concep
sironger than the English before, that this cirGreat Britain, and leaving her at liberty tv | tions vain, why adhere to our refuted opinions, i cuinstance is to equalize our capacities for a prosecute the contest into which we had forced untii we sacrifice every valuable enjoyment, long and doubtful struggle ? Or if we were als her. wish irresistible vigour. But she had beggur ourselves and our children, and exhibit / reariyexhausted,and our national government so offered to pegotiate, and the respective minis- | in a most striking manner to the world, the web, as 10 throw the local defence of states ters met at Ghent. After all our efforts to very thing we are so anxious to conceal, that
| upon the states theniselves, will the loss of a annoy and distress her, and to seize a portion we overrate our strength ; that we could pro- ! conotry which cost us fifteen millions of dol... of her empire, what were the terms on which voke, but cannot conquer.
lars, and witbit, the loss of several millions, she offered us peace? The only sine qua non It is of so much importance that the publick | more of property, will this so recruit our was_security to the independent aboriginals, I should be induced to contemplate attentively strength that we can now go on with some that their country, which we do not pretend the course of the war, we beg leave to reca hope of success ?. We should not so reason. 10 ovn should not be taken from them by warpitulate a few of the leading lacts. After the | in common cases. Were we to see iwo comor purchase. Our government, which had | war was declared and begum on our part, and battants engaged, and one were to break the declared an upiust war, and refused a proffer- | before the British had struck a single serious arm of his almost breathless antagonist, we ed armistice, by its ministers rejected these blow, there can be no doubt, but we might i should probably imagine the controversy was singularly favourable terms, with real or af have returned to peace and all its prosperity, l approaching to a close. fecied indignation.
| if our government had mcrely abandoned ils | But we presume neither of these wou.d! viers are entertained. It is supposed that time, the General was considered to have an uries, to be credited, and the disbursements so a
as aforesaid to be charged to the United States. with the conquest of New Orleans, and the ariny nearly 8000 strong, and above two thous.
The above Resolutions have passed both command of the Mississippi, Great Britain and more expected in a day or two from Ken.!
branches. will not consent to such terms as we can adi- | tucky. mit, until - uncil when ?-until we lose other On the 23rd, a party of the British, various
The Hon. Mr. Crowninshield reached Wash.
ington, and, it is said, entered immediately uplarge traçts of territory, other armies, other | ly estimated, from one to three thousand cros
on the duties of his office. [Doubted.] millions of property ; then she will be under sed from lake Ponchartrain, and struck the the necessity of logering her tope, will she ? Mississippi, about 8 miles below the city. A
We are gratified that The Writer has renewed his No-but this fresh loss and disgrace are to severe engagement took place, in which it is
contributions, and hope he will now attend us through rouse a war spirit in the country, and bring stated that the British were repulsed, but it
the short remainder of our journey. forth resources which have not yet appeared! does not appear that they retreated. A few If, unfortunately, uccasion should be given prisoners were taken, including two major's.
LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS. to such a rash calculation, we eitreat our fele | They rate the force of the enemy at upwards low citizens to consult their good sense and of ten thousand. A desperate battle was ex
FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR, suppress their feelings. We aclmit that there pected the next day, but here our information THE WRITER. NO. XXXV. is physical strength in our country, which has stops. A rumour prevailed at Washington, on
After having formally resigned my office not yet been brought into operation ; we ad the 201h inst. that the city had fallen, but it
as a “ Writer," some apology may be thought mit that there is a spirit in, the people, which could be traced to no authentick source.
necessary why I should so soon resume it. would do wonders, were it tried. But whatA verbal report was likewise received Thurs
But if my courteous readcrs will remember will this strength or this spirit avail us in a day night, from N. York, stating that the expect
my unconquerable propensity to the quill, they war, where our enemy need never encountered battle bad taken place, and that the British
will easily imagine that I could not so sudden them, and yet find full scope for his own ener- / were defeated ; but this we presume, is a mis
ly abrandon it altogether. They may also congies? We repcat the warning, we submitted take, grounded on the first rencontre. If the
sirler that I left them in a sort of pet at not on a former occasion. The British will not fact, that the enemy bad almost surprized the
having been more read and adnireci, and will attack us, where our strength is collected, but city, may be considered as a specimen of Gen
therefore be the less surprised to find me rewhere it is not. If we advance in force to any eral Jackson's vigilance and ability, we have
turn to them again upon the return of my spot they may possess, they can quit it, and little room to expect any other th. n an unfatake another that is unguarded.
good humour. But as it is always mortifying They can thus lay the whole country successively under In addition to these uncertainties, we have
to atti inpt a reconciliation unsolicited, I shall contribution, and waste our warriors in detail, | another unpleasant incident to reiate, which is
endeavour to save my pride by introducing the
following letters as diediators. They were in spite of all that our strength, circumspec. decisive. The United States' frigate Presi.
written before the author's knew that I was tion, or zeal could do. They will not pene dent, Commodore Decatur, sailed from Now i
about to lay dowo my office, and as they secm trate to Saratoga, to risk an army in the heart York, on the 14th inst. The next morning
to have been intended for the publick ere. I of a wilderness. They will not attempt to she discovered the Majestick, razee,-ihe Es
shall take the opportunity of coming out ugain march through the states. Their business is dymion, Tenedos and Pomone frigates. After not now to quell an insurrection, but to make a chase until four in the afternoon, the En
myseil to present ilieni.
: To “ the Writer." us feel, that we have made a nation our foe, dymion came up, and a running engagenient
Sir, I have a complaint to make, which who can not only riefend herself, but annoy is took place until half past 10, when the res
I being of such a grievous nature, I hope you to our ruin. Let it be observed and remarked, mainder of the squadron joining them, the
I will think it unnecessary to trouble you with thal the present war no more resembles that. President struck. Cominodore Decatur was of the revolution in its nature, than it does in wounded, and Lieutenants Babbit, Humilton,
any apology for laging ii iinmediately, and
without further introduction, before you. I its merits ; and before we talk of a LONG and Howell, are mentioned as killed ; and
presume, sir, that you are sufficiently acquaintSTRUGGLE, let us reflect on the situation of about 50 men killed and wounded. The sur
ed with good breeding and genteel company our country, on the obvions policy of the enc- ! viving Anvericans were sent 10 Bermuda, and
to know, that it is extremely vulgar to be my, and then decide, whether we may confide: private letters from Coniniodore Decatur and in our ability to sustain a long atruggle, and other officers, were sent to the blockadiusz
punctual with respect to time, to any engage.
ments or invitations, or appointments whatever, whether it is not madness to continue it anoth- squadron, of New Lon 011, and sent up to er day. that city, with a flag.
and very inconsistent with one's dignity, not CONGRESS. The Senate voied, on the
to s!10w your consequence by making or her 20ch inst. to recede from their amendoients to
people wait for you. To be the first at church, GENERAL REGISTER. the bank bill, so that, at last, it wants but the
at the theatre, or at a ica party, is perfectly ri. signature of the President to become a law
diculous. Even upon 50 sulein an occasion BOSTON,SATURDAY JANUARY 28,1815. STATE LEGISLATURE. The commit.
as a funeral, this sort of fashionable cliquetic ee on the Governour's Message have made a
must be complied with ; and no lady would
think of risking lier character, by going 10 FOREIGN. We have accounts from Halreport, in part, expressing the sighest satisface
the house of inourning short of an hour later ifax to the 31st ult, where a vessel had arriv.
tion in the proceedings of the New England ed, with London dates to Jan. 9th. We mnConvention, and their readiness to adopi the
than the time appointed; and if she gets derstand the probability of peace was much measures recommended by them. The report
there after the solenoilies are begun, so much talked off at Halifax, and said to be countenanconcludes with the following resolves.
the belter ; for although it may disturb the ced by mercantile letters from England ; but
Resolved, That the Legislature of Massachusetts do
company, yet she will be more noticed than it we cannot learn on what grounds.
bighly approve the proceedings of the Convention of she had been cooped up crer so long in 2 DOMESTICK. The accounts which have
Delegates from the States of Massachusetts, Connect. melancholy group, where it would not be
|icut, and Rhode-Island, and the Counties of Cheshire thought proper to display herself. But what been received from New Orleans, since our and Grafton, in the State of New Hampshire, and the I have principally to complain of is, that upon last, are of a very vague and suspicious char.
County of Windham, in the State of Verrnont, convenacter. We can only give the few facts as they ed at Hartford, on the 15th day of December, in the
every occasion of publick exhibition, the places are hastily sketched in private letters.
are so eariy taken by that class of people who year 1814 ; and that the advice and recommendation
The capture of our Lake Ponchartrain flouilla, we
thercin given are entitled to, and shall receive the have no character to lose, that a lady who
most respectful consideration of this Legislature. comes in decently belated, sometimes loses have already mentioned ; this happened on the Resolved, That His Excellency the Governour be, and her seat ; and though ever so well dressel, 13th of December
| he hereby is authorized and empowered to appoint or well attended, häs the mortification to be On the 16th, martial law was proclaimed in
Commissioners to proceed immediately to the
obliged to stand in the crowd, whilst those New Orleans by General Jackson, and the mi
seat of the National Government, and in pursuance of litia called out, en masse ; the Legislature apsuch instructions as His Excellency may think proper
who are so unfashionable as to be punctual, propriated 50,000 dollars for the erection of
to give them, to make an earnest' application to ibe hurry themselves into convenient places. batteries, &c. ; an embargo was imposed for
Government of the United States, 'requesting their must confess, that I have been particularly
consent to some arrangement, whereby the State of careful, upon all such occasions, to crowd three days, and individuals were impressed to Massachusetts, separately, or in concert with neigh. myself into the assembly among the very last, work on the fortifications. The militia of bouring States, may be enabled to assume the defence and conformably to the strictest rules of gen. New Orleans and the neighbouring country,
of their territories against the enemy ; and that to this and General Jackson's regular troops, appear end a reasonable portion of the taxes collected within
tility, always waited till I knew the house was to have been estimated at between three and said States may be paid into the respective treasuries
full, before I attempted 10 enter it ; but then four thousand men. On the 20th, about 4000
thereof, and appropriated to the payment of the bal. I ever calculated upon obtaining a seat, and
ance due to the said States, and to the future defence also of dispiaying my importance, by bring men arrived from Tennessee, so that, at that of the same : The amount, so paid into the said treas. | somebody turned out of thcir's. But rexatius
FOR THE BOSTOX SPECTATOR.
to relate, I have once been disappointed. At be the best appeal to their favour), that they ject. When we inquire how such a doctrine a late dedication, I had none of this attention! may judge of my deserts ; and if they think can be admitted ? every thing is boldly resolvpaid to me; and although the genteel hour proper to encourage me by not listening to ed into the power of Deity! They maintain at which I arrived at the new house, entitled | the officious reports of these my rivals, I think! that every human being is, by the constitution me to more respect, yet I was absolutely | I shall soon become the oracle of the Ex of his mind, at enmity with the divine perfecobliged to remain in the aisle during the change, and the idol of all those places in its / tions yet that the sovereign POWER of the whole performances, and with the mortification vicinity, where the only worship seems to be Creator is exercised in selecting some for of seeing the pews and seats taken up by peo- paid to the god of news.
MERCURIUS. happiness and consigning others to perpetual ple to whom I should not condescend to
wretchedness !* Thus we are first taught speak in the stree:. To prevent therefore
certain definite notions of the virtues. We such unmannerly treatment in future, the
are taught that they exist in the highest pos
TULLY, No. VI. publick should be admonished that we always
sible degree of perfection, in the supreine Be. expect to be provided for, (I speak in behalf of Equum est homini, de potestate Deorum tim. ing : and such excellence we are instructed all ladies who have a proper sense of their ide et pauca dicere. Cic. PRO LEGE MANLIA. to adore. But in the mean tiine we must reown dignity), and that all those who presume
Men should speak little and cautiously of the power
concile ourselves as we can to such decisions to take their seats in less than an hour after of Deity.
of the divine will, and such exertions of di. the time appointed, must be held liable to give
rine power as outrage the very principles
It is only from observation on that, probably, them up to us who show our respect for pro
which we believed to unite in the Deily, convery small part of the works of creation, which priety by being unseasonable.
stituting his just claim to our adoration. It is Letitia Highlife. comes within the contemplation of our senses,
not surprising that such dogmas shock the and the dictates of consciousness, that we
rational mind, drive the weak to distraction, I should be sorry to forfeit the good opinion form any notion of the attributes of the Crea
and the superficial inquirer to practical Athewhich Miss Letitia seems to have of my good tor and Governour of the universe ; yet these
ism. breeding, but I must confess, that I cannot see teach us rather to worship and adore, than to
Whatever may be within the scope of inwhy fashion should voluntarily pay such a tax , attempt to scan. We see sufficient reason to
finite power, abstracted from every other conto caprice. Why is it not as easy for those conclude that every moral trait, which we con
sideration, ought we not to be cautious of repwho lead the style, to make it fashionable to sider great or excellent in our nature, exists
resenting it as despotick in its nature ? Let be in good season at whatever they wish to in a degree of perfection, of which we can
us speak of it with awe, and beware lest, inenjoy ? have no adequate conception, in the “ great
dulging a propensity to magnify this divine atTo the Writer. first cause." It cannot be improper that we
tribute, we irreverently derogate from that Sir,-/ am what the malice of the world should speak of the existence of these attri.
justice and benevolence, which are equally calls an idle man ; but one, who, as having no butes ; they constitute a theme of the most
important in our humble conceptions of the
important in regular profession or employ, I shouid choose sublime meditation, in which we ought fre
most High. to denominate a man of elegant leisure. quently to indulge, as a privilege, a pleasure,
If there's a Power above, In either of these characters, however, I and a duty. It is only with regard 10 their And that there is all nature cries aloud am peculiarly qualified to fetch and carry operation, or the mode in which they are de Through all her works, He must delight in virtue. news ; accordingly, for several years, I have veloped in the divine administration, that we
• I am aware that an allusion hy St. Paul to an ex. been wlioily engaged in this important and ought to be circumspect in our speculations.
pression in Jeremiah, is confidently urged in support agreeable service. I think I can sar, iscasti:13 This, it is to be presumed, was the idea in of this anctrine ; but among others, Doctor McKnight, apart, that I have told more news upon tended to be conveyed by the Roman moralist, in his notes on Rom. IX. 21 has given an explanation, 'Change since the first emba!"yo, than all the land no more ; for he omits no opportunity, in which perfectly reconciles this passage to the general rest of the idlers put together. I was the his own writings, to allude in terms of vener- tenour of scripture language with respect to the divine
character. first who announced the great revolusion ination to the ineffable characteristicks of the
, Spain ; and soon afterwards brought into Siale eternal mind.
Messieurs WELLS AND LILLY have publishstrect the account of the first insportation of But do we not often find the caution, which Cicero recommends, disregarded by those, who
ed their second volume of the Works of Cice. a great dearth of matter in excite or occupy are permitted to drink from a purer fountain
ro, beautiful as the first, and executed with
the utnost care. We again recommend this the curiosity of 6 an anxious publick," mul of knowledge than ever he was suffered to country was as much obliged to me for this approach ? Of all the divine attributes, pow.
undertaking to the patronage of every scholar,
who wishes an elegant and cheap copy of this seasonable piece of intelligence, as it has | er scems to be tha!, io which some theologians since been benefitted by the produce and in- give the most presumptioui construction. 1
į valuable classick, crease of these important and useful animals. Uuder pretence of ascribing to it ils full laci. I next distinguished myself in the batile of tude, they so represent the character of the
LIFE OF HORACE. Tippacanoe, and by a sort of coup de main, Deity, ay to shock the moral sense, and di- | Faon Tax PREFACE TO Boscawa's TRANSLATOS Ot by which I surprised the multitude with an vest Him, who is not only Alınighty but in
HuaACE. account of this victory, acquired as much glo. finitely good, of every amiable perfection.
The work, from which the following article of clas. ry in Staje-street, as the heroes who fought 'The power of God, we may say, with rever sical biography is taken, is scarcely known in this our red brothers gained upon the field of bat- ence, is not without its limits, though it knows coun'ry. The poems of Horace are usually introdutle. Nor am I solely devoted to politicks, but no limits but those wbich exist in his own ced, in our counmon editionis, with a few y'eneral outalso obtain the earliest account of all civil and nature. He cannot be unmerciful, for he is
lines of the author's history, and Leipriere's account
is in less satisfactory. We presume therefore many tragical events which have a tendency to de. infinitely benevolent ; He cannot favour wick.
of our literary readers may be gratified with the light the publick. I am the first to know and edness and punish virine, for he is infinitely 1
result of Mr. Boscawen's researches communicate the price at which any real es. I just. To insist on absolute power, to the extate has been sold, who has stopt payment, clusion of any other property essential to the Quintus lloratius Flaccus was born on and what mischief has been done by mad character of a perfect being, is to destroy that the eighth day of December, in the year of Rome dogs. I was the author of the first notification harmony which is its excellence.
688, or, according to the chronology of Varro, in ihe newspapers of the weight of extiaordi- | The general tendency of virtue is undoubt. | 689, at Venusium, a town on the confines of Bary squashes, and sub rosa whispered the ediy to happiness, and of vice to misery, in Apulia, and Lucania. His fanily as he tells first report of the coup d'amour by which a their direct and immediate consequences ; us hiniself, with the just pride of a man, selfcertain general carried off a lady, as gallantly l but we constantly sec exceptions to ibis rule, ennolled, was of tic lowest rank : the father as he had previously carried off a mace ; and if we confine our views to this life. This led of our poet, being the son of a freeduan, and other noble trophies, by a brilliant coup d' philosophers, even before the full lustre of conscquently the grandfather having been a armes. But, sir, great talents, and especially christian truth burst apon mankind, to hope slave. Yet, to the liberal sentiments, the pea. those which by their usefulness begin to ac- and believe that there was another and a bet- | etrating judgment, the tender aflection of quire a little fame always excite envy; and I ter world, where our destinies would corres. | his father, may, in a great measure, be ascribfind I have several rivals, wbo are not only pond with the moral distinctions of our char | ed, those talents of the son, which have so striving to get before me in this race of glory, acters.
long delighied mankind. Though his income, but who endeavour to depreciate my former But there are those who would destroy the arising froin a very small farm, and the eniservices and raise themselves upon my ruins. | sufferer's hope, who wouid deprire us of the ployment of tax-gatherer, might have justified Now, sir, what I desire of you, is, that my sirongest mojive to virtue", by assigning Famire the confined education of an inferior school ; tlaims to pati onage may be fairly brought he rewards and punishments, without any regard yet, perhaps observing in the youth, a capaci: fore the publick, (and perhaps ibis letter will '10 the actual conduct or disposition of the suu ty for the highest attainments, he carried him