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poses, without the aid of those means, which, First, of the pleasures of rural life
FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR. in real life are usually employed. There inust be no death represented on the “Oh ! d'un simple hameau si le ciel m' eùt fait maitre,
AULD DONALD. stagc, unless by suicide. Je saurois en jouir : heureux, digne de l’être,
CHILL, chill blew the blast, and the snow fell fast; The Tragedy must be written in poetry. Je voudrois m'entourer de fleurs, de riches plants, And Donald was weary and old ; Their poetry must always be rhyme ; or, De beaux fruits, et sur tout de visages rians;
His plaidy was thin, and the storm crept in, for the want of accent, it could not be distin- | Et je ne voudrois pas qu'attristant ma fortune,
And he shiver'd and shook, for the cold. guished from prose.
La faim vînt m'étaler sa pâleur importune. Their rhyme must consist of alternate male
The wretched old man seemed haggard and wan; | Mais je hais l'homme oisif; la bêche, les rateaux, and female couplets ; that is-in every second
His bald head was bare to the blast ; Le soc, tout l'arsenal des rustiques travaux, couplet, the final syllable must be softened by
Old Donald was blind, and the wintery wind Attendroient l'indigent sûr d'un juste salaire, the letter e, thusEt chez moi le travail bannirioit la misère."
Froze the tears, down his furrows, that past. « Vous ne m'attendiez pas, madame ; et je vois bien
The storm rudely toss'd that lone lock on his brow Quc mon abord ici trouble votre entretien.
Having thus imagined a situation to his! Which time had not shredded away ;
mind, he next recommends the practice of be. And he stood, 'inid the tempest, like misery's form, Je ne viens point, armé d'un indigne artifice,
nevolence, in relieving the private distresses D'un voile d'équité couvrir mon injustice.”
Enshrouded in winter's array. of the sick and indigent.
“ Hail father,” said I, while I griev'd at the thought, The rebel spirit of Voltaire murmured loud,
That such wretches on earth should be found ; “C'est peu ; des maux cruels troublent souvent ses against some of these rules ; but he was oblig
When the beggar, both hands on his staff, as he leant ed to submit to the yoke, borne by Corneille and Racine, or avow his genius appalled by Aus douleurs, au vieil âge assurez des secours.
Turn'd his blind visage up to the sound. difficulties which they surmounted. His pride Dans les appartemens du logis le moins vaste
“ Ah, father,” said I, “ has fortune denied prevented his attempting any considerable in
Qu'il en soil un, où l'art, avec ordre et sans faste, i l Her gifts and her blessings to thee ! novation, and thus his example served to con- | Arrange le dépôt des remèdes divers
Wbilst wealth she has lavish'd, and honours and health, firm the established laws. Can we be aston- | A ses infirmités incessament offerts.
And all, but contentment, on me. ished that French Tragedies are all heavy, and | L'oisif, de qui l'ennui vient vous rendre visite, want the interest of the English ? Lofra plus volontiers, de sa voix parasite,
« Once happy, thy fortune was fairer than mine, Vos glaces, vos tapis, votre salon doré ;
With wealth and with honours in store : Why did D'Israeli, in his illustrations of Mais pour tous les bons cæurs ce lieu sera sacré.”
Perhaps too a partner and children were thine, the calamities of authors, omit so distinguished
Who forgot thee, or now are no more !" an instance as that of Lord Bacon? There is
The next is an excellent lesson. He en- “ Poor heart-broken outcast, and wanderer thou ! not, in the list of fame, a more celebrated wri- joins upon the mother sometimes to take her Thine only companion thy staff! ter than his lordship ; yet he died so poor, as l children, particularly her daughter, secretly to
Let me guide thee along ;" but I scarcely bad spoke, scarcely to leave property enough to pay his
When he set up a broad Scottish laugh. funeral expences. One of the last productions and the exercise of her beneficence, an
and the exercise, of her beneficence, and thus of his pen, was an address to King James, en learn to imitate her example.
“ Now as to your honours, and sic like," he cried, treating his protection to save him from the
“They are nae to my mind, in the least ; wretchedness of penury. “ Help me, dear “Souvent á vos bienfaits joignez votre présence ; Auld Donald is happy as happy can be, Sovereign, Lord and Master, and pity me so Votre aspect consolant doublera leur puissance,
And enow is as gude as a feast. far, that I, who have been born to a bag, be
Menez-y vos enfans ; qu'ils viennent sans témoin not now, in my age, forced in effect to bear a
“ And as to my lads, they are a' Scotchmen true ; Offirir leur don timide au timide besoin. wallet ; nor that I, who desire to live to study,
My girls, they baith married McNeils ; Que sur tout votre fille, amenant sur vos traces may be driven to study to live."
For mine ain gude wife and the wee bairn Joan, He was struck with a chill, from which he | La touchante pudeur, la premiere des grâces,
I ha' left them at hame wi' their wheels. Y fasse en rougissant l'essai de la bonté, never recovered, by making an experiment, whether meat might not be preserved in snow, Par qui tout s'embellit jusques à la beauté.
“ And as for your showing auld Donald the way, Ansi, comme vos traits, leurs meurs sont votre image ; | .
ce. as well as salt ! A few glasses of the good
He kens his paith weel 'mong the snaw ; old wine, which once flowed bountifully at his Votre exemple est leur dot, leurs vertus votre ouvrage.
| Though be lost baith his een, at the fray o' Dundee,
Thou table, would probably have prolonged his use. Cæurs durs, qui payez cher de fastueux dégoûts,
And is now mair than four score and twa. ful life—but his neighbour, Lurd Broke, had Ab, voyez ces plaisirs, et soyez en jalou!"
“ And the worst o’mine ails, since that bloody affray, ordered his butler to refuse him, even a bottle
'Tis thretty lang years gane awa', of beer ; and he died, neglected-solitary
Has happ'd me just now, for did na' ye gee, poor and broken hearted.
How I lost my bob-wig i'the snaw !" I have always considered the Abbe Delille as among the most pleasing of French poets.
FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR.
FOR THB BOSTON SPECTATOR. Either owing to the constitutional hue of his
WHY glistens thine eye with delight ? mind, or to the horrors which overwhelmed his
SONG. country, and forced him to seek an asylum
Thou art happy.-Be grateful ;-but know, abroad, his style is very free froin that foppery That the sweetest enjoyments soon blight,
AIR, Vieni mio tesord. and levity, which generally characterize the And the sweeter, the deeper thy wo.
HOW sweet to me retiring recent productions of his countrymen, in his I, but lately, like thee too was blest ;
This silent hour of night! favourite department of literature. His manO how gently the hours rollèd away!
The moon's pale beam inspiring ner much resembles Goldsmith's, in his Deserted Village-abounding with fine sentiment, For my home in endearments was dress'd,
Soft visions of delight. images from nature, easy versification, and And I dream'd not they e'er could decay.
Thus fancied joys I borrow, tempered by an air of melancholy, just suffi- I then said " why do mortals complain
In fairy colours drest, cient to interest the heart, without depressing That this world is vexatious or dull ?
To charm away my sorrow, the spirits. Poor Delille—his history cannot Wealth and splendour I ne'er shall obtain,
And soothe my soul to rest. but excite sympathy. Having spent some
But iny cap of fruition is full.” years an exile in England, sorrowing over the iremendous sufferings of his native country, a! I still smil'd, as it sparkled in view ; change in the administration encouraged him | All was peace and contentment aroand ;
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED FOR to return to France. He had not long enjoyed But before I my enemy knew, that satisfaction, damped as it must have been,
JOHN PARK, One fell blow dash'd my cup to the ground ! by the vestiges of a bloody revolution, when an epidemick, which raged in Paris, suddenly ter. Affection alone was the charm,
BY MUNROE & FRANCIS, minated his life. Which had wedded my soul to its fate ;
NO. 4 CORNHILL. The following is a beautiful specimen of his
But that bosom so tender, so warm,
1. Subscribers may be supplied with the preceding train of thought and poetick talents. | Has now ceas d-0 forever ! to beat.
DEVOTED TO POLITICKS AND BELLES LETTRES.
BOSTON, SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 1814.
Mazzei, imprudently betrayed and published our differences with Great Britain. It assumes
in the Moniteur at Paris ; the interception of then a dictatorial style, and threatens our govPOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR
Fauchett's letter by a casual British cruiser : ernment with the utmost displeasure of France
the demand of Turreau to close the trade of if we should dare to listen to the terms offer. Reflections on the influence which France has
St. Domingo ; his declaration that the United ed by her enemy. had on the councils and opinions of the Uni
States were at actual war with the king of This letter was addressed, not as the Intelli. ted States.
Great Britain ; the consequent interdiction of gencer asserts, to Mr. Robert Smith as a priIn all popular governments, there must be that trade ; the refusal to acknowledge a min. vate man, but to him as Secretary of State. It parties. You might as well look for perpetual ister from Ferdinand VII. the only legitimate was there received, translated, and put on file, Sunshine in the natural world, as to expect un-| ruler of Spain ; the forcible seizure of West | as Mr. Hanson in his place in Congress asserts. interrupted calms, and disinterested patriotism Florida ; the letter of Champagny, describing It remained there several months, and every in the political horizon. One party in this us as more dependent than the colony of Ja- exertion was made by the cabinet to induce country have, for the last twenty years, charged | maica, and our continuance of a minister at the French minister secretly to withdraw it. their adversaries with being unduly influenced the court of France after such an insolent dec. He was obstinate in his refusal. Nor did he by French interests. These, instead of dis- laration ; the neglect to apologize for the finally consent, until we had made the deproving the charge, have contented themselves confiscation and burning of our ships ; the ap. | manded expiation, by sending Mr. Jackson, with retorting it, by accusing their opponents probation of our embargo as an act in con- with every possible degree of insult and indigof an undue attachment to Great Britain. This formity with the views of France ; the credit nity, out of the country. course is of itself some proof of the justice of given to the pretended repeal of the French The letter then being functa officio-all the the accusation. If I was to accuse my neigh- decrees, and the still more disgraceful apology objects with which it had been written having bour of having been guilty of theft, and he for the first repeal, which admitted that the been fulfilled the submission and meanness should reply that I was an extortioner, the first was not sincere or did not exist ; all of our rulers having been put to the most seworld would consider it no small evidence of these events proved beyond the possibility of vere test and having stood the ordeal, the the justness of the charge. It is not because I reply, that our cabinet was more under the proud minister of France consented to withhope, in the present state of parties, to make influence of France than' Holland or Switzer. draw the evidence of their corruption and guilt. the people believe that their rulers have been | land.
We propose to make some future remarks influenced by motives which they ought to be Yet even these did not establish the com. on this letter, which has met with a cold and ashamed to avow, that I resume a subject plete and absolute subservience of our country indifferent reception, merely because we were which may be considered trite. . There are too to the views of France. The act declaring so accustomed to French insults. many, I know, who would consider the charge, war was necessary to give the finishing stroke But we would make one preparatory remark. even if substantiated, no reproach, to permit to the picture.
That, admitting the defence of the National Inme to hope for any immediate beneficial ef. | Just at the moment when all Europe indig. I telligencer and of Mr. Eppes, the organ of the fects. But we owe something to those who nantly threw off their chains, we volantarily government, to be true, and admitting. (if it come after us. It is our duty to explain to placed them on our necks. While Russia, and were possible for a moment to admit an incorthose who may hereafter be astonished at the soon after, Austria, declared that the pretence rectness in the assertions of such a noble, high unnatural policy of our rulers, upon what prin of France of vindicating the maritime righis minded man as Mr. Hanson,) that the letter ciples and from what causes this policy was of Europe was only intended and calculated / was instantly and indignantly sent back to the adopted.
to ruin the commerce of Continental Europe in French minister, what becomes of the impar. It is not my intention to rest upon assertion, ! order to aggrandize herself, our cabinet en- tiality and dignity of a government, that, while and still less to develope, at this time, the or- | tered fully into the policy of Bonaparte, and it would give a French minister an opportuni. igin and progress of that tremendous and de. with an infelicity, which can only be attributed ty to recal his insolent language, nay, would structive influence, which France began to es- to divine interference, connected the fortunes | intreat and persuade bim to do it, would at tablish in this country during our revolutionary of this country with the falling interests of I the same time seize the' most doubtful express war. France.
sions in the despatch of a British minister, and It will be sufficient to trace some of the But the document which fixes the character | instantly order him out of the country? We leading features of this overwhelming influ of the policy of our rulers—the fact which set. shall make some furtlicr. remarks on this dis. ence, during the two last administrations. tles the degree of French influence in this
parity of treatinent in your next. • One might premise these remarks by saying, country, is the famous letter of the French that it would seem to be extraordinary that minister Turreau, of the 14th of June 1809, France, who by the unanimous consent of all, which by an almost miraculous interference is
Do you think we shall have peace ? Europe has created a most destructive and now laid before the American people,
This interesting question is proposed a thoucorrupting influence over every country of the So long as the evidence with respect to the sand times a day. Those whom no experience old world, should have neglected the use of transmission and reception of this famous let- can teach the character of our administration, the same means over a powerful and impor ter rested on the authority of an editor of a ansiously look for a solution of their embarrasstant nation, already prepared to her hands by newspaper, the publick were not authorized to | ment from Washington. What takes place at intestine divisions.
attach so high a degree of importance to it, as Washington is not of the least conscquence. Such a neglect could only be attributed to we are now compelled to allow. The Hon. The news from Europe alone can decide our the insignificance of our country, which our Mr. Hanson, member of Congress from the fate. The renewed assurance to our governpride will not permit us to admit ; or to the su- State of Maryland, has brought this subject ment from the Prince Regent, that he is ready perior degree of virtue in our citizens, which I before the House of Representatives, and on his to negotiate, is but a repetition of what he al. fear history will as effectually refute.
responsibility as a man of honour, and a mem ways declared ; reiterated under present cir': It has pleased the sovereign Disposer of hu- ber of that body, he has asserted, that he could cumstances of successful warfare, to prove to man events to harden the heart of the ruler of prove that this document, so insolent in its the world their magnanimity, and to put our France, as well as to betray his ininisters in tone, so powerfully supporting the most unfa- l government still further in the wrong, before this country into imprudencies, which have, vourable opinions which we had entertained of the bloody cainpaign of next summer is openfrom time to time, raised the veil which cover- our rulers, and of the influence of France on ed, if they perversely cling to the sinking for. ed his policy, and have disclosed to us partial our cabinet, was officially sent to our govern- | tunes of the French tyrant. views of his operations, which induced us to ment, at a most critical and important moment | Mr. Madison's accepting the proposal is believe, that, if the whole were fully disclosed, of our history. It was written with a view to nothing. If he even appoint Mr. King, and he we should find we had not been behind the prepare our cabinet for the rejection of Mr. should sacrifice himsejf by accepting the com. most corrupt portion of his European satellites. Jackson It commences with avowing, that it mission-it is nothing. A treaty made and She detection of Mr. Jefferson's letter to was well known that we were about to settle | before the Senate is nothing. We must not
indulge a gleam of hope, but what is counte. | own subjects, for the defence of the empire. | the revolution, and she has nothing to com. nanced by our news from Europe. The news! She is wiliing we should have our's or if they | pare to it) still she could not possibly repeat of Bonaparte's defeat has alarmed the dastard- escape from us, that we should take them in her former career. Her strong weapon was ly hypocrites at Washington. They think it our own or a common jurisdiction the high hypocrisy-by this she, in a great measure, best to prepare for the expected event. But seas. On this ground of complete reciprocity, neutralized the power of every nation, before as yet, they will do nothing to commit them- we stood during Washington's and Adams's she attempted to govern it. Her treachery is selves. They must first know the fate of the adniinistration. Mr. Madison claims the right now every where manifest in characters of champion of 6 seamen's rights"-the despot of of shielding her sailors from her control, by blood, and millions who would once have re. France and the United States. His fate may the cover of our flag, or a certificate of nat ceived her protection with open arms, would not soon be decided, though every probability uralization, out of our jurisdiction. Ostensibly now cheerfully hazard life to resist her. is against him. It will not answer them to to maintain this exclusive claim on our part, send a minister directly to London. The we have been plunged into a generally unex.
Communication. treaty might be accomplished in a week. The pected, and distressing war, prostrating at It is very much to be regretted that one of negotiation, by Mr. Madison's determination is once the unparalleled prosperity of the United our most respectable papers should persist in to take place in Sweden, a place inconvenient States, at the enormous expense of two hun. its hasty denunciation of Mr. Dashkoff. The to both governments. Suffering as we are by dred millions of dollars !! and the certain slightest perusal of the official correspondence, every month's loss of time, and the effects of embarrassment of our circumstances, for on the subject of the Russian mediation, as war, he will not send a plenipotentiary directly years to come, even if peace should soon be communicated by Mr. Madison to congress, is to Sweden. No ; it may be considered an in- effected. If reciprocity of claim and concession sufficient to convince every impartial and re. tention to accommodate, if he send first to had been regarded, we should have remained flecting reader, that Mr. Dashkoff, in making Russia, recall the ministers already there, and as we were ; with respect to England. It is the offer, was duly and specially authorized to send them to Sweden ; and this will take up true, that as France did not choose we should do so by his government. The very passage so much time, the condition of French power | remain so, a war with her might have results | quoted to prove that he acted without instruc. may be more decisively ascertained.
Ted from our maintaining our national independ. tions proves the contrary; for Lord Cathcart's No answer to the question of peace can be ence. And what 'true-hearted American would expression in his letter of Sept. 13th to the given but this. If it prove that Bonaparte is have cared? What great harm could she Russian minister, that Great Britain had deabsolutely ruined, our negotiations will go on have done us? We have sacrificed (at least clined the mediation of Russia, for reasons alrapidly. No difficulty will be found in the the Government has, for this is a distinction I ready made known to his Imperial Majesty, way. If he return to France, and there appear will ever maintain) our honour and our happi- shows that such offer must have existed, pre. a possibility of his making a third effort whichness, for nothing but to give office and viously to that time ; and must have been shall command the attention of England and emolument to thousards of democrats. By inade, simultaneously, with that which was her allies, our negotiation will be attended | resisting France in her pretensions to govern made to the American government, through with embarrassments-new difficulties will us, we should have lost her trade and the trade | Mr. Dashkoff. It is to be hoped therefore that arise-our ministers will have to send home to Holland and Italy. Have we secured them | full justice will be done to this gentleman, as for light-much expense will be incurred, and by a war with England ? No-a war with no correct policy profits by the aid of misrepnothing definitive done. If it be possible that England produces every evil that could have resentation. Bonaparte should rise from the blow, and resulted from a war with France, and others beagain jeopardize the liberties of Europe, no yond calculation, which she alone could inflict. matter what be the stage of our measures for
GENERAL REGISTER. accommodation--they will break off at once, How far the Legislature of this state ought and the war will go on ;' not for « sailors' to suffer the discharge of their duty to their
BOSTON, SATURDAY, JAN. 15, 1814. rights and free trade,” but for the perpetuation constituents, to be affected by the mere conof Mr. Madison's dictatorship, and the humili- tingencies of battles, on the continent of Eu ation of our country by both civil and military rope, is for them to judge. They are wise I ÈUROPEAN. By the arrival of a cartel, despotism.
and patriotick; and, we trust, well aware of intelligence of the highest importance is re
the high responsibility, which devolves onceived from Europe ; that Bonaparte, after MR. Madison's declaration to the Prince them, particularly at a time, when their fellow heavy losses in his retreat, several of his geneRegent, through his secretary Munroe, con- citizens are suffering, severely, under the rals having been cut off and drowned at the tains at least one flagrant untruth. We are evils of a foreign war, aggravated, bcyond all passage of the Saalle, was finally overtaken by sorry that the occasion should require such a anticipation, by domestick oppression.
the Bavarians, compelled to cut his way denunciation, but if our President will so fool. We indulge a sincere hope that, early in through them, crossed the Rhine at Mentz, ishly commit his honour and his veracity, be- the session, we shall have further accounts with the wreck of his army ; and even aban. fore the whole world, it is not just that all from Germany, which will render the prog- i doned this last place : so that the end of his Americans either participate in the disgrace,or pect of peace more certain.
career is fast approaching. be-supposed dupes of bis imposition. He says,
By the same arrival, the capture of the Scheldt « whenever the United States may treat, they How prosperous and happy we were before Deet is also confirmed. Ten sail were taken, will treat with the sincere desire they have re France disclosed her ambition to govern Eu. and two driven ashore : the intelligence was peatedly manifested, of terminating the pres. | rope, all remember. We remember too, that i communicated to Plymouth by telegraph, and ent cổntest with Great Britain, on CONDITIONS at this very time of America's highest pros announced in the Truro papor. of RECIPROCITY.”.
perity, Great Britain, like all other maritime The subject of restoring Holland to indeNow it is notorious to all who have examin nations, claimed and acted upon the principle pendence has occupied the attention of the ed, though probably unknown to a great por which we are now opposing by war. It will | British Parliament. tion of the American publick, that Great Brit be observed through all the conduct of our Pampeluna, the principal fortress on the ain has always acted upon the most perfect last and present administrations, difficulties north of Spain, had surrendered to the besiegreciprocity, on the point, which is the cause with Great Britain, as they are improperly ers before the 31st of October..in of our present pitiful warfare against her ; called, rose, in proportion as French power and has never intimated a desire to maintain increased. But even with America, chained UNITED STATES AND GREAT BRITfor herself, what she did not concede to us. to the imperial car, Europe reyives and Gal. AIN. The despatches from the Prince ReShe insists upon her right to take those who lick despotism shrinks
gent to the American government are now ofare native subjects of Great Britain, from our
Nova sævit in armis
ficially before the publick. The Prince demerchant ships, if she wants them. She has
. Libertas, jactatque jugum.
clines pegotiating through Russia ; but pronot a statute or order in force, which does not
« Recover'd LIBERTY now stalks in arms,
poses to treat directly with ministers from this allow us the same privilege, or rather right.
And shakes the galling yokę."
country, either at London or Gottenburgh, on The government of the United States hape May the liberty of Europe bring peace to in. | the basis of the established laws of nations, been called upon, again and again, but in vain, fatuated, degraded, self punished America and principles of reciprocity. Mr. Madison to show a single instance, wherein her prac
has accepted the proposition, and chosen Gottice had differed from the spirit of her laws. | BONAPARTE may die hard, but of this we feel tenburgh. No instance could ever be produced. She al- the most perfect confidence, that the spell of ways has acted on this correct principle-that | French despotism is dissolved. The govern- ! WAR AT HOME. The British, in small she could give no more to an alien born indi- ments of Europe are improved the people parties, are advancing unopposed, in the westvidual, than was consistent with the prior are instructed. Had France the samc physi-ern frontier of New York. The wretched ivrights of his native country. She wants her cal force, which she had in the early stages of 'habitants, left by our government without the aid of men, arms, or ammunition are flying in nature and passion, that the compositions pos. | pects delight us. to persons of refined imagconsternation. On the western frontier, they sessed of it must ever appear valuable to the ination, few causes produce a stronger emo. threaten the army at French Mills, and anoth- discerning part of mankind."
tion than natural scenery in all its variety and er expedition to Plattsburgh. On the 4th inst. But this is not the only charm. Time con contrasts. But the delight subsides as the a small detachment from the latter place went secrates every thing that survives his destruc- landscape continues before us, until it becomes on a secret expedition, fell upon one of their tive power ; we look into Homer and Sopho- | indifferent, or perhaps fatigues. We admire own piquet guards, one of whom they killed. cles, with the same emotion that we look on superlative execution in musick-but ere
the ruins of Grecian architecture. While we long, the performer, who first riveted attenTHE STATE LEGISLATURE met on read, all the glory of Greece, the elegance of tion, will find the company walking about the Wednesday. On Thursday the Governour made her arts, the wisdom of her sages, the magnifi-room, or grouped in parties. his communication, bearing the strong features cence of her publick institutions—the splen- But APPROBATION is a state of the mind, of dignity, firmness and patriotism, for which | dour of her arms-tho imperishable fame of which can subsist unchanged. It is the dictate his publick services have long been distin her heroes and patriots, are all before us ; of our reason. If just, it does not weaken, guished.
| and with these, the recollection that all is now but becomes confirmed, by contemplating its Though it is not compatible with our plan silence and desolation, where was once the object. of publicacion to insert publick documents, of pride of civilized man. Which would most ex- In judging, however, of attachments, it must any kind, we take an extract from his Excel cite the sensibility of a cultivated mind to con- be remembered that violent is a relative term ; lency's speech, as deserving the serious atten. template the broken column of the temple of and lest mistrust unnecessarily destroy confition of every citizen of the commonwealth, at a Minerva at Athens, or the capitol at Wash-dence, the general character of the individual time when many have been disposed to think ington ! A model of that temple would give should be considered. We must form our every individual bound to act with the govern- us pleasure-so do translations, but not like conclusion, not so much from comparing perment, reserving to themselves only the right the original. The Greek was sung at the sons one with another, as with themselves. It of attempting, at elections, a change of rulers. games, by Homer, where no English was ever is an elevated departure from the predominant a When the Government of a Nation enga. | heard.
tone of the mind, that is to be esteemed fugiges in a war that is unjust or unnecessary, the A love for the classicks leads us back tive, rather than any appearance of fervour. people are bound, notwithstanding, to submit through the mazes of ancient history, and thus The approbation of the constitutionally ardent to the laws which are enacted agreeable to the stimulates to the acquisition of useful knowl. mind may resemble the delight of the habituConstitution, and are justified in defending | edge; while the enthusiasm, arising from ally phlegmatick. The latter cannot be perthemselves against hostile invasion. If they | ideas associated with these pursuits, tends to manent, but the former may last through life. do nothing more, the Government alone is an expand the best affections of the heart. swerable for all the sufferings endured or in
VALERIUS MAXINUS gives us a considerable flicted. But though, at the first view, almost
It has long been a question whether the list of reformed Rakes, who became men of every man is shocked with the idea of war, as
merit of literary productions ought to be de- superior worth. Young men are apt to be a violation of the obvious principles of human
termined by the voice of the publick, or of dazzled by such instances, and to indulge in ity ; yet there is danger, that, from the contin
professed criticks. The truth is, neither of their favourite irregularities, in the shallow uance of it, or from selfish considerations, a
them are to be considered a correct standard. belief, it would seem, that they are thus in the sense of justice and the influence of moral
In instances without number, writers have high road to distinction. They appear to forget principles will be lost among the people. In
been definitively inscribed on the list of clas- that these are noted as remarkable occurrenthe tumult of arms the passions of men are
sicks, whom contemporaneous criticks have ces; while the millions, who have imitated easily inflamed by artful misrepresentations
decried, and whose just fame, they have, for a and even surpassed them in debauchery, finish they are apt to lose sight of the origin of a
time suspended. On the other hand, such is their career, neglected by their contempora. contest, and to forget, either in the triumph of
the caprice of the multitude, that what, at one ries, and are never known, even for their infaa victory, or the mortification of defeat, that
time, meets nothing but noglect or perhaps my, to posterity. As honourable distinction the whole weight of guilt and wretchedness
reprehension will at another command applause: arises from the virtuous, not the vicious part occasioned by war, is chargeable upon that
Voltaire relates a humorous anecdote of of the character, why not aspire, at once, to Government which unreasonably begins the
himself, which forcibly illustrates popular ca- | imitate the virtue ? conflict, and upon those of its subjects who
price. He wrote a tragedy, with great pains, voluntarily and without legal obligation, en
and succeeded, very considerably to his own . Among those who will liait the return of courage and support it.”
satisfaction. It was brought forward in Paris. peace, literary gentlemen will be among the
It was hissed without mercy, and the indignant most eager. Unless occasionally at an auction To correspondents.
poet withdrew bis manuscript, in despair of of old books, it has for some time been impos“ PHILOPATER” to the Confidant is received, but too
conquering censure so unequivocal. Some sible to purchase a classical work, in this town, late for this number-We have neither room for the
years afterwards, being in the country, he except the ordinary editions of those used in communication, nor for the remarks, with which we wish to accompany it. We wish the favours of Cor.
heard of a tragedy's being performed at Paris, schools. The war has indeed been a very unrespondents as early in the week as convenient.
“ with unbounded applause," under his old fortunate check upon that taste tor literature, title. On inquiry, he found it was the same ! | which was becoming almost a passion, and a
An actor bad retained a copy, unknown to the truly laudable one, among young men, now LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS. author, and having neither pride to gratify, just entering on the stage of active life.
nor character at stake, submitted it again, with FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR.
the most complete success. It is now inserted The deep and delightful interest, which the in his works, and shares the lasting favour of
LETTERS TO LEINWHA; ...; scholar enjoys, in the study of ancient litera- the rest. ., tures, compared with what he feels from mod.
Teacher of Morality in the Recesses of Latin. ern productions, has, by some, been consider. Tuat « violent attachments cannot last longues | guin, froin a Wanderer in the West. ed affectation, by others a want of correct is proverbial, and like most aphorisms of the [A few of the first of these letters have appeared, taste. Both of these look, in translations, for kind, it has becomg proverbial, because it is some time since, in one of the most respectable the charm, which produces such an effect, supported by general experience and observa- |
periodical works America has produced. Ill healtha and in the coldness of their uninspired criti- tion. The certain remission of fervid attach
induced the writer to leave his native country, in cism, pronounce the scholar visionary. .
search of a more favourable climate ; and in his ab. ment results from its nature. It is emotion : It is true that the admiration, commanded and though it is not absolutely impossible that
sence, he added considerably to the number. They by the writers of Greece and by some of the the mind should be exercised, for a long time,
were found among his papers (for the amiable au
thor is no more) and handed to me for the Spectator, Romans, is not perhaps due to compara | by a succession of emotions, it is unexception To present the series entire, in one publication, I tive excellence in the sentiment commu- ably true, that the same cause produces a con
shall first copy the introductory, then proceed with nicate, but in part to the manner, in which it is startly diminishing effect. This fact is not ap
the original, numbers.) conveyed. Hume has well described this ex- plicable solely to the affections-it ought not
LETTER . cellence. « On the origin of letters," says he, therefore to be humiliating to their object. When I call home to my heart the fields « among the Greeks, the genius of poeis and The sensibility both of the body and the mind and the mountains, the groves and the vallies orators, as might naturally be expected, was is universally governed by the same law ; all of Latinguin, the very shore on which we distinguished by an amiable simplicity, which causes of excitement, in continued or ofte i re- parted; there is something, thou friend of whatever r'udėness may sometimes attend it, is peated application, act less and less in both, my bosom, which language can never express. so fitted to express the genuine movements of unul, at last, the effect ceases. Some pros- | Though separated by an ocean thousands of
leagues wide, I still wander with thee on the their orator from his holy eminence expound.' The buds put forth, but blighted soon
Then opening Youth ingenuous came, gether, was the gift of a friend ; I have read through the unfaithful robe !. No fair propor.
With health, with transport, in its train ; it with the eagerness of devotion : it is my tion of the leg, no contour of the ankle are But soon it fled, 'twas but a name, morning meditation, and my evening solace discovered, but all is modesty, loveliness, and Another name for pain : Methinks, at every line in which thou depre- innocence.
Insidious beauty saw and smil'd, catest the folly of the world, I see thy finger The city of Shawmut and the chief province Whilst falser friends my heart beguild ; lifted to enforce thy frown, and thy dark eyes of Latinguin, are not more different in appear- ) Till where the gilded prospect shone, penetrating the hearts of those about thee, as | ance, than they are distant in situation. T|I wander'd, wretched, and alone. it were, with a beam of discovering mercy should tremble for thy invaluable life, my prethink not I can ever forget thy precepts,thy ceptor, amid the confusion of this metropolis. And what of Manhood's sterner state?. last injunction shall be religiously obeyed, The streets are irregular and unclean ; in To me, no grateful change it brought ; when I write to thee concerning the manners none are to be found two houses alike, except No tales can memory relate, and morals of this nation.
the place of their Philosopher ; in this there But such as wound the thought : Though at present, the fickleness of this is a crescent, divided into sixteen mansions. Amidst the maze of life's turmoil, climate has scarcely suffcred me to wander | There are many houses appropriated to the
to the Year after year, they saw me toil, two days together, without being incumbered accommodation of the pilgrims ; but for this a
Victim of loss, disease, and grief, with the weighty garments in which the in- pecuniary satisfaction is invariably required ; habitants of this country are obliged to infold
In death alone, I hop'd relief. hospitality, which with thee is a pleasurable themselves, I have much for thy perusal, Lein- duty, must here be recompensed. The civili. And now I sink beneath the load, wha, son of Tsifo-vang. Verily it would dis-ty a stranger meets with will be proportioned Which presses slow consuming age ; turb the gravity of thy countenance couldst to his riches ; and if destitute of these, though Unnumber'd pains incessant goad, thou behold the ludicrous appearance of this he may have spent his substance in supporting
And thro'my vitals rage : people contrasted with the physiognomy of an aged parent, or in strengthening the walls
No tender relative is nigh, our own. Here, the eye may weary itself in of his country ; though he may be virtuous as
. To catch my last, my parţing sigh ; vain for the long heads, and double handed the children of Changti, or pious as those of arms of Latinguin. Their stature is thrice Tein-fo, he will be neglected and forgotten ;
I touch the margin of the grave, taller than ours, their arms longer, and their for here, talents and virtues are only rewarded
What from despair my soul can save ? ' heads nearly oval! On them, instead of by the mouth of the tomb.
Behold that cheering, temperate ray, feathers, nothing is to be seen but long minute Money, money, is the great object of all ; to
Which darts on one so sad its light... filaments to which they give the name of | hoard up money, to accumulate wealth, I am
It comes from empyrean day, " hair !” This in the younger classes (and I told, is the genius of this nation ; they are in.
In sweet effulgence bright : believe you will set them down for the wisest) defatigable to get money. For this, their ora
Now every dark’ning mist is gone, is curtailed behind. But, in the elders, indulg. tory is made greatly instrumental. In the
Thyrsis no more complains alone, ed to an unconscionable length and woulded grand strcet of their business orators are to be with a silk stuff, tapering like the tail of a seen daily elevated above their audience, and
But angels, bending from their skies . quadruped. On this hair (God of my fore. | as eloquent and zealous in the recommendation
Unfold the gates of paradise. fathers !) on this hair is sprinkled a white of their goods, as our philosophers for the in Religion, heav'nly maid, appears, dust, administered with grease.
culcation of virtue. They speak with rapid With Hope's fair daughters in her train ; · "Nothing can be more fantastical than the fluency, and often tell their hearers they are
Dispelling from this vale of tears, dress of their adoption. The venerable stola “ going,” to extort from them money, who are
Each more tormenting pain ! . . of our ancestors is here unknown. Cloth, always so benevolently disposed as to bid them
m She makes the seasons brighter bloom, somewhat thicker than the pagnes, (for which stay, by offering something more. they are indebted to the looms of Europe) but. Not an illuminated clock is to be seen in
Takes from each stage of life its gloom ; toned close to the bodies of the then, with a this city ; the benighted traveller is left to
And gives to man's desponding eye case of the same stuff on each side, make conjecture the flight of time, and if it should
The view of IMMORTALITY. what they call a coat ; beneath this is a short have outrun his judgment, he may be seized er cloth generally of a varied dye. Their legs by men with long poles, who have a right to are encompassed with tubes of another manu suppose him a robber or incendiary Fare.
FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOD) facture, which in some I have observed extend well : I will write to thee again when I shall
LEIPSIC FAIR. only to the knee ; beyond this are“ kose," have seen more of this people. May the spir.
it of peace rest upon thy dwelling ! thou friend of my youth, “ hose" mingling as
Bony hates trade, and well he may, many colours as the sun-burnished clifts of
He makes bad bargains,--gets foul play. Miscorvor. These are inserted into yet other
He bought his Dresden ware too dear, lubes, made from the hide of some animal, and
And lost his crown at Leipsic Fair.
POETRY. prepared for this purpose. They are black and varnished, covering the feel. These mem
HULL'S TRIAL. . bers with us are unworthy of attention ; but
Court. here, they receive a most honourable educa
THE SOLACE OF LIFE. tion, and are taught by the hiokouan, or master,
Hull, you lost all our wigwams without fighting . to move with incredible velocity. I ljave seen
" Rari pollicitus data
Hull. their publick damsels, who dance for money “ Æquamur : et minor loquaci
What then! upon stages, turn their feet and legs into eve. « Religio solet esse vote."
I sav'd all your powder, provisions, and men. . Jy known position, before I could express the
Small saving, I own ; but with these, for my neck, shortest exclamation of my joy !Yet on no · AS on his couch, with anguish pale,
I would not have ventur'd one mile tow'rds Quebeck. feet have these eyes beheld the pedax of my . The mourning Thyrsis was reclin'd;
Here is Madison's order-d'ye think I would break it! country, on no shoulders the robes of Latin- A storm which rent the village vale,
I obey'd—and advis’d the Canadians to take it. guin. But their women, their women, my Loud thunder'd in the wind : preceptor, are more beautiful than the sisters And thus, he cried, have I been toss'd of Kobi, more comely than the virgins of the
PRINED AND PUBLISHED FOR valley, and their modesty surpasseth their | Thro'life's disturb'd and gloomy sea, charıps. ' Couldst thou but view them in the | No friendly gales have favour'd me.
JOHN PARK, house of their God ; couldst thou but behold
BY MUNROE & FRANCIS, them in the fervency of their devotion, while 1 I hail'd the spring, when first it beam'd they veil their faces with the glittering open On Childhood's careless hours,
No. 4 CORNHILL. work instrument called. “ fan," thou wouldst . For still it came, I fondly dream'd,
** Subscribers may be supplied with the preceding praise them with the Janguage of love ; As With fragrance and with flow'rs :
And thus ;