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TO THE EDITOR OF THE BOSTON SPECTATOR.
round the door, or swelling the chorus of their lence prevailed ; and the worthy fellow con
mother's song, are now, sad rererse! working in signed the corpse to its parent earth. He was ON perusing a small volume the other
a pent-up room, immured from freedom, and, then hoisted into the town, and the hostile day, the following remarks forcibly attracted alas ! 100 often disciplined for trivial faults, firing re-commenced.
A few days afterwards, Sir Sidney, having my attention ; and as I presume they may be inseparable from youth, not with the just and read to profit by some “ men, who delight in
Jenient hand of a parent, but by the savage and been informed of the circumstances, ordered War,” I would thank you to give them a piace oppressive hands of ignorance and passion. Dan to be called into the cabin. “Well, Dan, in the “ Spectator." Yours,
Puleness and dejection now sit upon the mate I hear you have buried the French General”
ron's cheeks, where roscate hues of health “Yes, your honour"-" Had you any body A SUBSCRIBER. ON WAR.
once glowed, and which were once animated with you ?"_" Yes, your honour”_* Why, with liberty and joy.
Mr. Spilsbury said you had not."-" But I bad It puzzles the faculties to conjecture what
Were those, who are ambitious of their your honour.”_" Ah, who had you ?"-"God can influence the ruling men of some nations to delight in war; there appears in it a charm country's renown, one moment to reflect that it Almighty, Sir.”—“ A very good assistant, in
must be purchased by the sufferings and the deed ? Give old Dan a glass of grog.” that compensates the toil and pain of all its death of thousands ; were they to picture to “ Thank your honour."-Dan drank his grog votaries ; the tears of humanity are unheeded, themselves what hardships (even if life is spar- and left the cabin highly gratified. He is now the shrieks of distress are unheard, the wided) soldiers experience, they would not so a pensioner in the Royal Hospital at Greenowed mother, and her orphan children are un
unhesitatingly be the advocates for wars. wich." pitied, and the sweet voice of peace is over
Those who are housed from the inclemenpowered by the shouts of conquest and the
cies of the weather, remote from danger, unyell of murder ! harassed by fatigue, may, without fear, fight
POETRY. Were such men to reflect, that when the
their woundless battles ; but they know not Demon of War gives the signal for battle, and the anguish of those men, whose bosoms are
TO AN INFANT. his fierce hirelings to the slaughter of unof- ! exposed to the severity of every storm, who
often stand, half immersed in water, shivering fending men, who are, perhaps, without any
in the trenches, sometimes forced to lie down LAUGH, sweetest wanton, guiltless sprile ! motives of resentment or desire of revenge :
on the cold ground, when exhausted nature Laugh-roll again those orbs of blue ; And could we survey the soldier writhing with
urges them to sleep, whilst the noble cits are And wave thy hand in mute delight, his wounds, his mangled face besmeared with reposing in soft luxurianee on their downy For, babe, to thee the world is new, gore ; could his groans be heard when he beds.
Smile thou, that never frown hast prov'd ; breathed his last, did we behold insatiated
To a reflecting mind it is particularly as- From all but bosoms kind, remord ; slaughter still stalking over the ensanguined tonishing, that when men are conversing on field, thirsting for more victims to glut his this general topick with animation, they can
Smile thou on all, unweeting why,
Too soon thou shalt have learn'd to sigh. Great God! why dost thou suffer such horri. | forget the associated ideas of carnage and des
truction. What exultation sparkles in the What monarch's rule supreme as thine, ble calamity, such dreadful desolation ? Is it eyes when victory is announced ! A health
Fair infant, crown'd of love alone ; possible that all men were created by thy
to the brave conqueror is vociferated the hand, that thus by savage fury mankind des- cannon's thundering voice resounds—the streets
À mother's heart, thy realm divine, troy their fellow men, the noblest of thy
A mother's arms, thy blissful throne ! works ?' But the ways of Heaven are unsearch glow with brilliant illuminations-shouts of
Thy unform'd sounds, thy wordless tones, joy disturb the severity of night. Poor, able, and finite beings, limitea in understand thoughtless beings ! instead of exhibiting tok
The mother all enraptur'd owns ; ing—the slaves of passion, the bigots of opinens of such extravagant joy, rather run, if ye
And oft, while falls the tender tear, ion, of pride, avarice, and ambition, cannot
are patriots indeed, and pour the balm of ease Breathes back to thy delighted ear. presume to question the plans of that Provi- into the bosom of those groaning with anguish. dence whose power is omnipotent--whose
If pain invade that infant breast, Boston, 12th August, 1814. wisdom is unerring—whose decrees are un
And full the tide of sorrow flows, changeable. Yet our feelings for suffering
Lo! fondly to her bosom prest, humanity cannot, nor ought they to be supo He following anecdote of a British sailor is Thy eyes like dew-bent lilies close, pressed
related in “Spilsbury's Picturesque Scenery Each tear-drop shall her balmy lip It is the duty of every man, as far as the in the Holy Land and Syria ;" an amusing From thy cheek's faded roses sip ; sphere of his influence reaches, to eradicate
and interesting work published by the sur- Till e'en thy slumb'ring sigh be still, such sentiments from the mind, to convince
geon who served on board his majesty's And happy dreams thy fancy fill. the understanding that war is repugnant to ship Le Tigre during the campaign of 1799 the precepts of our religion ; that it is a violaand 1800.
But soon thou hail'st the distant hour, tion of the law of nature ; that if we consult « DANIEL BRYAN was an old seaman of When manhood wakes to freedom's day : our feelings, we shall find them invariably re- Sir Sidney Smith's ship Le Tigre : he had It comes and lo, the ruthless pow'r, volt at the idea of death.
made many repeated applications to be employ- Of all abhorr'd, whom all obey. Who does not feel the painful sensation of ed on shore during the siege of Acre ; but Necessity her reign prepares, curdling blood at even crushing to death an being elderly and rather deaf, his request was And iron is the rule she bears, insect, or a reptile ? And should the image
net acceded to. At the first storming of the of the Deity then be so wantonly, so profuse- Beach, one of the French generals fell; the
With snaky scourge, with ebon wand, ly destroyed ?-unnatural thought -Already Turks struck off the head, stripped and man
Unwrought-unmov'd of mortal hand. have too many thousands of men been sacrific
gled the body, and left it a prey to the dogs. Beneath her dark all-scowling glance, ed at this demon's shrine! What can atone
Dan frequently asked hịs messmates, when for the distracting agitation of that man's they returned from the shore, why they had
Hope may not draw the gallant bow, mind, who is torn from the soft bosom of do
Nor Fancy weave her airy dance, not buried him ; but the only reply he receiv
Nor Love's encharmed musick flow. mestick joys, from those dear native scenes
ed was, go and do it yourself. He said he where all around was melody and peace ?
There be sad adepts in her lore, would ; and having at length obtained leave to What compensation can thousands of families
Who breathe the natural sigh no more, go and see the town, he went ashore with the receive for all those hardships they are oblig- surgeon. He provided a pick-axe, shovel, and
Whose tearless eyes long vigils keep, ed to suffer in those receptacles of poverty, rope ; and insisted to be let down from an
And lose the privilege to weep. the manufacturing workhouses ? Trade being embrazure, close to the beach. Some of his ******** suspended, the pillars of their families have more juvenile companions offered to attend
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED FOR been necessitated to join the legions of their him : he replied, “ you are too young to be country; and perhaps forced forever, by the shot yet ; as for me, I am old and deaf, and
JOHN PARK, noxious climate, or the destroying sword, from
my loss would be no great matter.” In the the sight of those for whom they toiled, and midst of the firing he was lowered down, and
BY MUNROE & FRANCIS, from whom they received reciprocal, and en- his first difficulty, not a very trivial one, was to
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drive away the dogs. The French then levelFrom the lowly cottage, the sweet and sim led their pieces at him ; but a French officer
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DEVOTED TO POLITICKS AND BELLES LETTRES.
BOSTON, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1814.
FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR.
plead guilty to the world and the world will character and control its measures, had no not condemn us. We opposed Mr. Madison's part in this unprincipled war, but had made
election ; we gave our suffrages against his every possible exertion against it, but actual OUR COUNTRY'S DISGRACE.
partisans--we wrote, spoke, petitioned, and pro- insurrection that this body of men, probably
tested against his measures. We have unhap- as large proportion as would be found to act Yes-our country is indeed disgraced pily been a minority : this was not our crime, correctly in any country where all açt, stood sufficiently disgraced to make angels and the but our misfortune. We were obliged to sub- high in every respect, but political power. spirits of our departed patriots weep to see it. mit, and sustain the evils, heaped on us, by That of this they had none--and were not But is not the sensibility to national character profligate rulers, or abandon our country and therefore responsible for its abuse. T'hat, conwhich now pervades the publick mind as incor- every thing dear ;-for, being a minority in scientiously disapproving the war, and not rect, as it is tardy? It is not that general af- exercise of our suffrages, we could not even believing that the act of a rabble government ter general sinks into infamy on the frontiers promise ourselves success, nor safety and hon- made that right, honourable, or expedient, of Canada—it is not that regiment after regi- our to our country, by a just rebellion. The which wys in its nature wrong, they could not ment is cut up, or perish by hunger, disease, government of our nation is engaged in a and did not engage in the contest, while the and nakedness-it is not that the British scour shameful cause and manages its cause in hostilitie, of the enciny appeared to be solely our coasts, at pleasure, and not a sail to op- character. Let us draw the line, as reason directed against the means of the administra. pose them-and, last of all, it is not that a few dictates ; we have a right to the sympathy of tion, and not against the lives or property of troops land in the centre of our territory the world, and do not deserve its scorn : but individuals. That it was not the quarrel of the and with scarcely the name of opposition take we must shew our consciousness of innocence, people, but of a party; and that the party, with possession of the capital of the United States, by honestly declaring we feel no disgrace; their chi-fs, were allowed to be as improvident, and the many millions of publick property, and above all, at this late hour, when all'op- or as cowardly as they chose, and to take the which have been deposited there, as if by the position has proved fruitless, and the folly of consequences. To shew the difference between hand of a traitor, that it might be destroyed. our rulers has whelmed them in embarrass- a war of our nation, and the war of a faction, I These are but the consequences, the probable, ments of their own creating, let us not enlist would revert to the history of our revolution natural consequences of placing such men in either in feeling or action, in their cause. to our cheerful sacrifices-our noble exertions power, as now possess it, and of their declar- The administration and their friends are des and our success. As to personal contempt, I ing an unjust, criminal war, at which the perate-they calculate to force us into their should fcar none, having never been a demomind of every good man in the United States ranks, by proclaiming that the country is now crat--never a supporter of Mr. Madison-never revolts with horror and disgust. This is the "invaded--they exert their utmost ingenuity by an advocate for his war. I was not given up foul blot on our national character', which we insidious appeals to our patriotism, which they by Hull and never ran with Wilkinson. ought truly to regret ; the cause, both of our would pervert to their own purposes. But, The bistorian of our republick will state, calamities and our disgrace-and it is the thank kind Heaven, which still watches over that from the establishment of our indepencrime for which we must expiate, by suffering human events, the conduct of a powerful but dence, te the year 1800, our country rose in the evils, which, is the common couree of linu- discriminating encmy, niaguarsimolisly gives i posir, Wealth, and national respectability, in a man events, such crimes produce. The con- the lie to the impostures, which our rulers manner unprecedented in the annals of natemptible drunkard is not disgraced by the propagate. They do not make war on unof- tions--but that at that time, owing to the too particular kind of folly he utters, in his state of fending citizens—they have proved, in the most popular cast of our political constitution, the inebriety, nor by his staggering, falling, or get striking and honourable manner, that they | wise and virtuous patriots who had guided ting his face bruised: by running against unof- have not come for conquest or to deal ven- our publick concerns, were superseded by fending passengers. His disgrace is that he geance on individual citizens. Where they men, who had availed themselves of those ingot drunk-wilfully abandoned the exercise of find Mr. Madison's instruments of war, there trigues and false professions, which, in a dehis reason, and the commans of his physical they direct their attention. There they march mocracy, promise success to the base and unenergies that he swallowed the dose, which --destroy them, and stop. We have already deserving: That the administration was chanhe might know would at once render him in- this consoling evidence that the ignominy of ged, and from that time, all its measures solent, and iinpotent, a just subject of the de- the governing party will not be affixed to the were directed, not by a regard to the publick rision and scorn of mankind.
whole nation. The British appear to know good, but to the aggrandisement of party. The depiurable situation into which our well that their enemies are our curse—their sole That it was considered the interest of this country is reduced has not been brought upon object is to humble a base, provoking, mis party to destroy our commercial prosperity, it by surprise. The men, who have elected chievous faction, and neither to conquer ter- and they destroyed it to sacrifice our rights and supported Mr. Madison and his coadju- ritory, nor to spread devastation, where they and honour to the tyrant of France, and they tors, chose him, because his language and con- need not expect offence.
were sacrificed-o foment prejudices and a duct were a pledge for the measures he has But will it not be disgraceful to the whole na- hatred against Great Britain, and carry them adopted. He did not even redeem his pledge tion abroad, that a few troops took possession of 10 an extent, leading directly to the catastrorashly. He advanced step by step--the ten- the federal seat of government, and were re- phe, wa!,--and war was declared-on pretendency of his measures was as plain as noon- sisted but by five thousand men ? who can ces which the world know to be insignificant day-consistent and undeviating. His party shew his face in Europe, and bear such a re- or false, and for which, the party using them, all saw ilmthey stimulated-they applauded proach ? Such remarks are now frequently felt not the smallest interest. they threatened if he faultered. A WICKED, made ;-and to them I will reply.
Such will be the record of the historian CAUSELESS WAR was the inevitable con- We should always have the fortitude to and it is this revolution alone that disgraces sequence of the system of administration he seek only and value only the good opinion of our COUNTRY--the consummate folly which adopted-and as this was effected for the sole the intelligent part of mankind and disregard has marked every stage of the war, attaches purpose of securing party power, it was to that censure which is founded on ignorence. exclusively to the PARTY IN Power, who had have been expected, and it has been the fact, Let us act well our part with boldness and the resources of the nation at command, and that the measures, pursued under tlie garb of integrity, and truth will triumph at jast. either were totally incapable, or did not dare carrying on the war, would not be to defend Were I to visit Europe, after such an event, to use them. or strengthen the country, but TO STRENGTH- or any other event of the kind, the bearings Would we now attempt to redeem the charEN THE PARTY. But we, whose hands are of such facts must either affect me as belong- acter of the country, il cannot be done, but by clean, and whose hearts are pure, from this ing to the American nation, or personally. In shewing that virtue again triumphs-by putiniquity, what share have we in the infamy of defence of my country I would say, that nearly ting down base, profligate, ignorant men. By its perpetrators ? In justice, we have NONE. one half of the citizens of the United States, meeting nations who are willing to be just and Let us vigorously, loudly, and perseveringly and those such as, in any government but one honourable, in a just and honourable manner. claim our right of exemption. Let us not constructed like ours, would decide the nation's This we must do, if we feel for our honour
or regard our prosperity. We cannot consis- | cutive's to guard the publick property at They have taken possession-the feelings of
safety of their own families and property, could
abandoned them, kept them from the scene of TION OF THE CAPITOL AND ARSENAL. action ; nor were they even called, until the
AS was to have been expected, the demoblow was struck.
cratick papers begin to howl in a woful strain With that freedom, which we claim as the
Now can we regret that Mr. Madison has
of alarm, that the British have come to conright of a citizen of the United States, and which we trust will not be denied us by pub- not been so wise in wickedness, as to have pre-quer this country, and place it on the list of
vented his disgrace ? Can we wish that it her colonies. Such impostors would do well lick opinion, we have endeavoured to make a had been practicable for citizens voluntarily to
first to stop all accounts from the southward. proper distinction between the disgrace of the have braved the danger, and won a triumph The British marched to Washington, a small administration and the disgrace of the nation, for Mr. Madison and the administration, and body of about 6,000 men. They destroyed and particularly of the large and honourable that they had done it ? Do we wish to see
some three or four publick buildings and a few class, called federalists. We have said, to
millions' worth of ships, cannon, military and make a distinction, but it was rather to recog
that power perpetuated which has brought us
naval stores-then quietly and voluntarily stepnize the distinction, which is already made, by capitol is no subject of lamentation. It pur- ped into their boats and went on board their the true state of facts. We wish no other
chases a grave for democracy ; there let it transports ! General Winder, or somebody distinction than appears to us obviously exist. lie buried in infamy, and America will be else, has looked up Mr. Madison and the Secing in the nature of the case. The British have taken possession of Wash
born again and rise in a new existence. Ir netaries-informed them that the British had ington, the desert seat of government—they
our ill-fated country is no: to suffer for its mad- quitted terra firma ; and they are again safe
ness, for its spurning the best blessings heart and sound, waiting at Washington to receive have blown up the Capitol, where a cabal denounced war against them, and the President's
en could bestow, this event is the precur- the congratulations of Congress on their health sor of national regeneration, and we cannot
and spirits. All this looks mightily like an house, where the declaration was signed: but incline to this hope with patriotick enthu- | intention, in the British, to colonize America! They have taken or destroyed the publick
siasm. arsenal, which was under the immediate guar
But it may be otherwise. The genius of dianship of the Executive.
GENERAL REGISTER. We have so many real subjects of regret has more than once, perverted what might
folly, which has long presided over our nation, and mortification, it is worth while to inquire have been the occasion of a happy revolution, BOSTON, SATURDAY, SEPT. 3, 1814. whether this is so or not. It is a loss to the nation—but a loss, which, into the means of plunging us deeper into
errour and embarrassment. There is but FOREIGN. London dates to the 16th of considering the present scale of expense,
plain unsophisticated love of country on the July are received by the way of Halifax. amounts in comparison to a mere trifle. One week of that expense, to which the nation is fish, aspiring though blind passions, to draw yet, to a state of publick tranquillity. Since
one side ; and on the other, a host of petty, sel- In Spain there seems to be no approach, as now every week exposed, will replace every
us into the vortex, which, if shunned, could Ferdinand returned, he has caused no fewer thing. So far, and no farther is the nation
We trust that sad than 4000 arrests. A considerable disturbance concerned. But it affects Mr. Madison-the only engulf democracy.
experience and our accumulating calamities look place at Madrid early in June, but the cabinet-the whole administration deeply.
may at last direct us in the path of wisdom. ringleaders were secured. Ferdinand's adviAn army of twenty or thirty thousand regu
We trust the mass of the people will feel that lar troops have been placed at the disposal of
ser is said to be the Duke del Infantauo. the President. The whole militia of the coun
the failure and utter degradation of our rulers A serious riot has likewise taken place in
will open to us the prospect of peace, happi- Strasburgh, between the garrison and a corps try, amounting to some hundred thousand men,
ness, and future glory; and that their triumph of 3500 prisoners, who refused to wear the were at his command. The arsenal of the United
would only protract an unjust and ruinous war, white cockade. The Parisians are likewise States at Washington alone, contained some
and ultimately fix upon us an unprincipled ty said to avail themselves very freely of their hundred pieces of artillery, with abundant mu
ranny. Let them once completely involve the newly obtained liberty of speech nitions of war. For months, it has been proclaimed in this
whole physical energies of the republick in The Emperour of Russia, the King of Prus
their cause and then country, and perfectly well known to the Exe
sia, and a large number of foreign princes and cutive, that, besides the considerable force
" Prosperum et felix scelus nobility left Londen, on the 22d of lune. The already stationed by the British in the Chesa- Virtus vocatur, Sontibus parent boni.
king of Prussia has returned by the way of peake, a large reinforcement was soon to be Jus est in armis, opprimit leges timor."
Paris; the Emperour Alexander passed through expected under Admiral Cochran, and that the
Holland, visited the house of Czar Peter, and Chesapeake was the point of his destination. We have very often heard persons exclaim,
the dock where he engaged himself a workCommon sense must have informed the Pres- with a reference to Mr. Madison, “ What does
man. ident, that the destruction of the depot of mili
The intended marriage of the Prince of Orthis madman expect-does he not see that his tary and naval stores at Washington would be
war will ruin him? From the federalists, he ange and the Princess Charlotte is not to take the most important object to the British. He cannot get assistance nor countenance, and place. The Prince has returned to Holland. took no step for its defence. On the contrary,
Lord Wellington arrived at Dover on the even his own party, the democrats, will soon 3rd of July, and was attended by the shouts he continued to strip that place and the whole grow tired of their reverses and the common and acclamations of the people to his residence Atlantick coast of its best means of security suffering." he sent both his troops and scamen to the
in Hamilton place. western frontier, for the invasion of Canada! Mr. Madison is not deep enough to manage Clay were at Ghent, on the ist of July. Mr. It remains yet to be ascertained, whether
Our ministers, Bayard, Adams, Russel, and He waged a war of the most aggravated pro- the whole country, as he pleases ; and by this Gallatin was expected immediateiy. vocation-placed his army as far as possible very war, to bring the federalists themselves from the threatened scene of the enemy's into the list of his supporters, which he never
No British ministers had arrived, nor does operations and thus,as though he had received could have done in peace. We see the pro
it appear that they had left London. the wages of iniquity, invited the British to the gress of his deep-laid scheme with sickness at very step they have taken. heart. Mr. Madison is on the very brink of
DOMESTICK. On the 16th of August, a is not such conduct outrageous and criminal destruction—the crisis of his policy has arriy-British squadron arrived in Chesapeak bay. in the blackest degree? Was it Governoured. He provoked the British into the Chesa-18. A part of their ships entered Patuxent Strong's duty-was it Governour Smith's, peake-he lured them to Washington, by its
river, and a part ascended the Potomack. Snyder's, or any other man's duty but the Exe' stores of munitions of war and its weakness. 19. British troops began to land at Bene
dict, on the Patuxent, 47 miles east of Wash. She brought no splendid gifts to the publick
altars of the Muses, but loved them in retire- By far the largest proportion of those count: 20. 21. On their march towards Washington. ment, and sought their favour among their less productions, which are thrown upon the 22In Nottingham, 17 miles S. E. of Wash- secret haunts.
publick, under the description of Novels, are ington. Commodore Barney's flotilla, in the Let not my fair and fashionable friends written only for the purpose of gratifying the Patuxent, blown up. Removal of the pub- startle at the idea of a lady of learning ; Cor- feelings, by holding them engaged in an interlick papers from the several offices in Wash
nelia neglected nothing in favour of her book, esting story, and closing the narrative in such a ington.
which would make her more useful at home, manner as shall leave the mind pleased with 23. British at Oden's farms and Marlborough. or which was necessary to enablo her to ap- the result. Some writers have aimed to give 24. British advance. General Winder com- pear, with the nicest propriety, at a party or a this species of composition another recommen
manding our troops, falls back upon the city. ball. It has been already said, that she had no dation-they draw their pictures as accurately A battle takes place at Bladensburg. Gen- taste for ornaments ; but she had a very cor- as possible from life, with a view to inform the
eral Winder retreats to Washington. rect one in dress. In this particular, she was mind, by thus illustrating the human charac25. British about 6,000 strong, under Lieut. always plain, but the best judges pronounced ter. Others again indulge the still higher aim,
Gen. Ross, take possession of Washinglon! her elegant. None of her time was wasted in of luring the reader to the perusal of moral blow up the Capitol and President's house
planning new decorations or altering old ones; essays, by interspersing them, in occasional destroy the navy yard, and munitions of war and she would get through a volume, whilst chapters through the story. T method has to a great amount. General Winder re- others were new setting a cap or trimming a been adopted by some very celebrated writers, treats into Virginia. bonnet. As her dress was simple, she saved
but we have been inclined to think, with very 26. The British withdraw from Washington also a great deal of time in putting it on. I little success. If the narrative be conducted and proceed towards their points of embar have known her assist a whole afternoon in with talents our curiosity and sympathies will cation-unmolested ! !
dressing her cousin Livia for a ball, and pre- be warmly excited for the fate of the hero or Baltimore is making every possible prepa pare herself, in less than half an hour, for the heroine ; not one in a thousand will have' paration that circumstances will permit, for de- same party. She was neither a votary to fash- tience to read the moral chapter, but rush on fence, expecting its zeal for the war may have ion, nor transgressor of her laws. Her ap- with the history. We should even venture to entitled it to the next attack.
pearance was always regulated by her sense say, these essays however cxcellent in themA town meeting is called in this town this of propriety, and this taught her equally to selves, had better be totally omitted ; and genday, to consider the report of a committee on avoid a negligence of the prevailing modes in erally do more harm than good. Thus introour present state of defence.
dress, or a studied attention to them. The duced, they give the lecture an obtrusive We regret to state that his Excellency Govt person of Cornelia, therefore, had none of that character, and probably create a prejudice in ernour Strong was so indisposed on Wednes-glare about it, which usually attracts the no- the minds of many, against this kind of reading day, as to be unable to attend Commencement. tice of the generality of men, but, when once in any shape; they produce a sense of disap
this notice was attracted, it was fixed; there pointment, not unlike that which we experiCOMMENCEMENT.
was a sort of charm about her, which increas- ence at finding an advertisement of Lottery For want of room, we are obliged to set cd its magick as you approached the object, Tickets, in our publick journals, tricked out aside our notice prepared. The exercises and which, upon a near acquaintance, men of in disguise, and inserted among articles of were all respectable, and several of them were taste would not easily resist. The sentiment, important intelligence. marked with very rare excellence. however, which she inspired, was pure and
Miss EDGEWORTH ^ Belinda" is constructThe Phi Beta Kappa oration, on Thursday, elevated. She was never toasted in a tavern, ed on a plan for combining all the excellenattracted a brilliant assembly of the literary for she was not celebrated as a belle, and the cies of this class of productions. The tale is and fashionable ; and Mr. Ticknor did ample most rude of her acquaintance would have deeply interesting, abounding to an uncommon justice to his own reputation, as an elegant felt it a sort of profanation to make use of her degree in lively incidents. The denouement classical scholar, and to the respectable literary name, at any improper time or place. She is so well concealed that it is impossible to ansociety, which had appointed him their orator. was not followed about by a train of lovers, ticipate it to the very last pages ; a circum
for she encouraged no one to tell the secrets stance which keeps the imagination in full
of bis heart, till she felt a prepossession in her exercise throughout. Human nature is faithLITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS.
Cornelia had this prepossession at
fully represented in most of the characters; twenty-one, and she united herself, at that age, and though the rank of some of the agents THE WRITER, No. XVII. to a man altogether worthy of her.
are foreign to our country, where we have In the cultivation of her mind she had learn.
neither Lords nor Ladies, the occurrences are Pierias umbras secessus Camoenarum exquirit.
ed the appropriate duties of the female char- not without their parallels, even in Boston. In my last essay I introduced to my read acter ; and she always made them her pecu
The work is rich in valuable sentiment, and ers two Ladies, to whom I claimed the honour liar study. If therefore her deportment was practical morality ; not detached from the body of being related ; and having given the lead amiable and becoming as a single lady, she is of the relation, but flowing in the language of ing trails in the character of one of them, with still more dignified and respectable since high- the leading personages, so as to constitute an the result of that system of education which er duties have devolved upon her. She is ever essential part of the story. The reader canis the most favoured at the present day, I referred to as an example for her sex ; and, in not wish a more interesting plot, and on conshall now return to the other, and, in continu- the interesting relations of a wife and a moth- cluding it, will be strongly impressed with ing the story of Cornelia, give the picture of er, the example is most perfect. She consid- these grand truths, that virtue is the true road a person very different from that of her cous. ers home as her proper sphere of action ; here to happiness; and that in our intercourse with in, and perhaps in the sequel, afford an oppor- she delights to shine ; her ideas of happiness | the world, our passions are dangerous guides, tunity to judge, of the comparative advantages principally centre here, and whoever sces her and our safest pilots, reason and religion. of their differenı manners and accomplish in the midst of her family, will be impressed ments.
with higher notions of human felicity than ." I looked upon her as one of the thoughtless, Cornelia began early to cultivate her un- they ever entertained before. The manage. good-natured people, who, as the common say. derstanding ; and in proportion as she enrich- ment, and the education of children, she con- ing is, do nobody any har, but themselves.” ed this, she thought the less of those external siders ought always to be the most important “ It is difficult in society," said Mr. Perci. and showy acquirements, which catch the concern of a parent, and the appearance, be- val, “ especially for women, to do harm to idle gaze of the world, but never bring, to the baviour, and improvement of hers, are delight themselves, without doing harm to others, bosom panting for durable pleasures, any fu! proofs that she has never neglected They may begin in frolick, but they must end real enjoyment, nor any happiness that is last this charge. Her own talents have qualified in malice. They defy tile world-the world ing. She considered the mind, as the pearl of her to direct and supportend their education, in return excommunicates them--the female great price ; and that all the time, laid out or and instruct them in the rudiments of literature, outlaws become desperate, and make it the spent upon her person, must be lest, when, in the principles of virtue, and honour ; and Cor business and pride of their lives to disturb the a few years, that person would fade and decay; nelia not only shews these children as her peace of their sober neighbours. \Vomen but that every moment, given to the improve richest jewels, but has the merit also of hav- who have lowered themselves in the publick ment and polish of the mind, was ei hoyed 10 ing given them their polish with her own opinion cannot rest without attempting to higher advantage, and would be repaid with hands.
bring others to their own Icvel."--Belinda, vol. unabating pleasures even in old age.
** By accident, the following inotto, for the head of
II. p. 10. Wells and Lilly's edition. She did not court learning for the fame of the last Writer, was omitte. it, but for its advantages and its real pleasures. -Illa neque Lares ueque Pengtes veneratur.
+ The Letter to Lord Byron" will be inserte?
FOR THE BOSTOX SPECTATOR.
An altered and incorrect Copy of the following having appeared in the Analectic Magazine, the poem is now offered for publication in the Boston Spectator, as originally written.
Boston, September 1, 1814.
ON A VIEW OF NEWSTEAD PARK, BELONGING TO A SEAT
LATE THE PROPERTY OF THE RIGHT HONOCRABLE LORD BIROX.* 1813.
Painting the flow'ret and the stone,
Sweet scene, farewell.! Although these eyes
But thou whose meed it was to knoty The substance of this shadowy show, At will to visit such a shrine, With the high consciousness—'twas thine ; Could'st thou-whate'er the Syren callFrom such an Eden fly-self driven ? Its social bower, its festive hall, Its lawns, its waters, woods, its all ;“ O how could'st thou renounce, and hope to be
FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR.
WRITTEN FOR A MEETING OF THE CLASS, WHO RECEIVED
THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARTS.
FROM scenes like these, that far and wide,
Degenerate Gordon ! not like thee
Son of the Muse-celestial guide !
Alas! for thou hast sold yet more
If so--the burning blush suffuse,
Yet must the mind misgive thy lot,
From courts and camps, in groves like those,
Beside that bright and tranquil stream
Where opes yon vista to disclose
Or where that hill's serener brow
By a Member.
'une...“ Ye Mariners of England."
And when its temposts roll. *********** from this probak kiak**eftes that the marketi
• Since sold by his lordship, for a sum passing the Writer's recollection. See British papers of the time. " The pearl of the soul may be melted a way."
BOSTOS : PUBLISHED DI JOHN PARK.