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Sir John Sherbroke has left Castine, and re- 1 of other criticks of no mean name, it might be James the Vth of Scotland, of James the 1st turned to Halifax. Nothing has been attempo sufficient to cast into the opposite scale the of America. The catastophe has not yet been
ted against any part of Maine, on this side of weighty judgment of Milton, who has said, realized, but, according to the common course Penobscot bay.
that “ rhyme is no necessary adjunct, or true of events, it is probably not far distant. It is Several of the enemy's ships of war have ornament, of poem or good verse ; but the said, many symptoms of its approach are al. appeared in Delaware bay.
invention of a barbarous age, to set off wretch- ready evident. We wish some friend of Accounts from Vermont give strong assu- ed matter and lame metre, graced,indeed, since, Mr. Madison would liold this mirror before rances, that the Governour of that state, a ma- by the use of some famous modern
him. jority of the Legislature, and all the members carried away by custom, but much to their own James Vth of Scotland had thrown himself of Congress, recently elected, are federal. vexation, hindrance, and constraint, to express and his fortunes into the arms of a party among
Fort Strong, on Noddle's Island is nearly many things otherwise, and for the most part his subjects, whom he had favoured by nomincompleted, and works are rapidly advancing worse, than they would have expressed them." ating them to office, but whose consequence on South Boston Heights, and in other places If the success of many modern poets, in rhyme, depended on their adherence to a foreign powo in our vicinity.
be urged as a proof, in fact, of the excellence er the Pope). Against that foreign power, In most of the principal seaport towns, in of this mode of versifying, it will be asked, England had made a firm and bold stand, and this state, companies of Exempts are forming, whether the same genius, and the same taste, as it was no less the interest of other polenwhich will be ready to act in any neighbouring exercised without the troublesome bondage tates, than of Henry, to assert their indepenquarter, in case of attack.
of rhyming,” might not have produced per. dence, he proposed to James not only to re. By an arrival from Bermuda, it is reported formances of still higher merit. If a numerous new their ties of friendship, but to act in conthat an additional force of 10,000 troops had | band of great poets should be thought to have cert, against a tyranny, dangerous to both. arrived there, destined for our coast.
given this practice the sanction of their appro- James preferred a war with England-in pro
bation, by writing, for the most part, in rhyme, secuting which, though his nobles were under MR. Madison's editor says, “ the spirit it should be recollected, that several of the the necessity of obeying his commands, they which is now up, in our country, is almost more eminent of our English poets have ex- took no favourable interest. They knew worth a three years' war.” It is indeed our pressed their restlessness under this grievous James to be their inveterate enemy, and that only consolation in this period of universal yoke. Dryden, of whom Johnson has said, his object was to ruin them, that he might es. distress, to hope, that a spirit is up, which will perhaps, with exaggerated praise, that “to him tablish an absolute despotism. They rather never subside, until the authors of this unjust we owe the improvement, perhaps the comple- viewed the war with some complacency, as and ruinous war, are made to feel the indig- tion, of our metre,” calls rhyme,
tending to eventual good, in the punishment nation of an insulted and cruelly injured people.
of the real author of their worst grievances. “ At best, a pleasing sound, and fair barbarity."
When ordered to invade English territory, LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS.
Roscommon confesses, that rhyme is the they positively “refused to advance a step bccause of many faults ; and that,
yond the limits of their own country," and thus
James's hopes and prospects were completely “ Too strict to rhyme, we slight more useful laws.” Is rhyme an ornament, or a defect in verse ?
fustrated. The remainder of the account we But those that write in rhyme still make
Prior, in sober prose, complains, that rhyme shall give in Dr. Robertson's language. The one verse for the other's sake ; " is too confined;" and that, “it cuts off the
“ His hopes of success had been rash, and For one for sense, and one for rhyme, sense at the end of every first line, which must
his despair upon a disappointment was oxcesI think's sufficient at one time. BUTLER. always rhyme to the next following, and conse
sive. He felt himself engaged in an unnecesWHILE the sentimental reader values him- quently produce too frequently an identity in sary war with England, which, instead of yield. self upon “ being pleased, he knows not why, sound, and brings every couplet to the point ing him the laurels and triumphs that he exand cares
not wherefore,” the philosoplotal of an epigram :"_" He that writes in rhyme," pected, had begun with such circumstances, critick will not think it quite absurd,to investió says this skilful rhymer, “ dances in setters.” as exposed him to the scorn of his enemics. gate the sources of the pleasures we derive The ingenious author of Phædra and Hippoly. He saw how rain and ineffectual all his profrom literary productions; and to distinguish tus laments that "tyrannick rhyme ties the poet jects to humble the nobles* had been, and such as are the genuine offspring of truth and in needless bonds."
that, though in times of peace, a prince may nature, from those which owe their existence
endeavour to depress them, they will rise, dur“ Procrustes-like, the axe or wheel applies, to false opinion, or depraved taste, and are
ing war, to their former importance and dignity. To lop the mangi'd sense, or stretch it into size ; preserved by the mere force of habit and cus
Impatience, resentment, indignation filled his At best a crutch, that lifts the weak along, tom. That we are often pleased with things
bosom by turns. The violence of these pasSupports the feeble, but retards the strong ;
sions altered his temper, and perhaps impairwhich ought not to please us, is as true in
And the chance thoughts, when governd by the close,
ed his reason. He became pensive, sullen, and matters of taste, as in morals ; and, in both
retired. He seemed through the day to be cases, it is only by bringing our feelings to the
Even the witty Butler, who has, perhaps, swallowed up in profound meditation, and standard of reason, that we can determine
used rhyme to better purpose than any other through the night, he was disturbed with those whether they ought to be indulged.
poet, has employed his playful fancy in ridicul visionary terrors, which make impression upon If, as we daily see, it is in the power of ing it ; and has acknowledged, that in rhyming a weak understanding only, or a disordered fashion, by the capricious strokes of his harle-couplets, one verse is made for the other ; fancy. In order to revive the king's spirits, quin-wand, to vary, at pleasure, the forms of and that
an inroad on the western borders, was concertbeauty, and, in endless freaks, to make that
ed by his ministers, who prevailed upon the « Rhyme the rudder is of verses, which to-day is enchanting, to-morrow odious and shocking; why may not time and habit be With which, like ships, they steer their courses."
barons in the neighbouring provincest to raise able, by a contrary process, to reconcile us to
as many troops as were thought necessary, and
If the merit of rhyme be estimated by its absurdities; and to make us fancy beauty and
to enter the enemy's country. But nothing parentage, little can be said in its favour. It could remove the king's aversion for his noexcellence, where there is, in reality, nothing can boast no alliance with those great masters bility, or diminish his jealousy of their power. but whim and conceit? Will it, then, in this
of fine writing, the Greeks and Romans. Ho- He would not even trust them with the command age of innovation, be thought too daring an intrusion into the mysteries of sacred poetry, if
mer and Virgil knew nothing of rhyme ; and of the forces which they had assembled : that
had they known it, there can be little doubt was reserved for Oliver Sinclair | his favour. we venture to inquire, whether the modern
that they would have despised it. practice of writing verse in rhyme, be founded
ite, who no sooner appeared, to take possesin nature and reason, and consonant to the
sion of the dignity conferred upon him, than
rage and indignation occasioned an universal genuine principles of taste ?or, whether the pteasure derived from it, be not the mere ef
mutiny in the army. Five hundred English, fect of arbitrary association ? whether, if the
who happened to be drawn up in sight, attack
COINCIDENCES IN HISTORY. origin, nature, and effects, of this practice be
ed the Scots in this disorder. Hatred io the fairly examined, it will not be found, that Not long since, we extracted from Sueto- king, and contempt of their general produced rhyme, instead of being an ornament, is a denius, a sketch of the rise, the career, and fall
an effect, to which there is no parallel in hisfect in verse ? of a famous Roman tyrant, as affording a very
tory-ten thousand men surrendered to a numIf we were inclined to refer the question to striking parallel to the life of Bonaparte. In
. So our democrats denominate the Federalists. the decision of authority, such an appeal would
the following extract from an excellent histo. be ineffectual. Against the oracular decision rian of modern times, we find a singularly
+ Such as the Rensalaers, Izard, Winder, &c. of Dr. Johnson, though supported by the voice strong picture, or rather the prototype in | The hero of la Cole mills-General Wilkinson.
To be concluded in our next.
FOR THE BOSTOX SPECTATOR.
FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR.
ber so far inferior, without striking a single were Good-NATURE and INNOCENCE, and I self alone to meditate upon the imaginary blow. No man was desirous of a victory which found, whilst they were encouraged and ca- scene which had passed before me. I had no would have been acceptable to the king and ressed, the company were all pleased with hesitation in concluding to give it to the pubto his favourite. This astonishing event was each other, and every individual equally de- lick, and the only observation with which I a new proof to the king of the general disaf- rived pleasure from the society, and contribut- shall accompany it, or the only improvement fection of the nobles, and a new discovery of ed something to increase it.
I shall make of the subject, is to express & his weakness and want of authority. Incapa- Whilst we were in this state of pleasant hope that I may see this vision actually repreble of bearing these repeated insults, and una- enjoyment, other company was announced ; sented, in my observations on society; and ble to revenge them, his spirits sunk altogeth- immediately the door few open with a sudden that Envy and Scandal, these two great ene. er. The deepest melancholy and despair suc- swing, and a most stately figure, with lofty mies to friendly intercourse, may be banceeded to the furious transports of rage and step, and proud, disdainful eye, entered the ished from every circle, by GOOD-NATURE and indignation. All the violent passions, which room, and the cheerful voices of the company INNOCENCE. are the enemies of life, preyed upon his mind, were soon awed to silence by her imperious and wasted and consumed his constitution frown, or drowned in the noise of her rustling Some authors of that age impute his untimely silks. This lady I found was Pride, and she
POETRY. death to poison ; but the diseases of the mind, was attended (which was still more unfortuwhen they rise to an height, are often mortal; nate for the harmony of our party) by her two and the known effects of disappointment, rage, daughters, Envy and Scandal Without much
NATURE AND ART. and indignation, upon an impetuous temper, ceremony, she thrust herself into the first sufficiently account for his unhappy fate." seat in the room, and with her ill-looking pro- LET others *exult in the dark mountain's pride,
geny by her side, assumed the direction of I love the gay village which blooms on its side ;
the society, and very soon changed the pleas. The art-smoothen'd lawn, and the art-lighten'd shade, THE WRITER, No. XX. ant aspect which was worn before, to the gloom The soft purling rill and the gay promenade. I was, not long ago, in a very large com
of distrust, the jeer of contempt, and the dispany, who are frequently assembled together torted smile of hypocrisy, under the mask of I'd not wholly use Art, but Nature improve, on terms of friendship at each others' houses ;
friendship. Our two, pleasant companions, Restrain the swift current, with flowers deck the but I could not but take notice, that the conwho had till now been the life of the party,
grove ; versation on one side of the room, and the re
were abashed, and drew off into a neglected In short, I'd not doze away Life in a calm, marks made there, upon the people on the
corner ; whilst the secret but powerful ivflu- Nor exult in the tempest, and ride on the storm. other side, might induce a stranger to sup
ence of the new comers, spread through the pose, they were great enemies. Yet, as they
room and began to obtain guilty dominion. But the friends whom I lov'd and esteemed should be shifted about, friends and enemies were mix. Envy was a little, black-looking, lean, and
there, ed promiscuously, and two persons might be
shrivelled figure, and seemed to observe a Then all Nature would smile, and all Art would look seen sitting by each other's side, in great har- | kind of morose silence, but her malignant
fair, mony, who, at opposite corners of the room,
eye was busy, and she was constantly exciting you would have judged, would never hold her sister, Scandal, to mischief. Scandal, al- For the scenes which we rove o'er, with those whom friendly converse together. though ugly enough, wore some smiles, and
we love, With such facts and circumstances before affected mirth, but it was always envenomed Need no Nature to charm, and no Art to improre.
E me, I could not but reflect, with some degree by sarcasm ;„she was very loquacious, and
• Byr. et al.
+ Not ilyme. Editur. of sorrow, upon the loss of those real pleas- though often loud and noisy, she also said ures, which society sustains for the want of great deal in whispers. She had a most dissincerity, and by the intrusion of the hateful gusting mouth, black and rancorous ; bat
FOR THE BOSTON SPECTATOR. vice of Envy, and one of her near relations, what was most observable, she seemed to
THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER Scandal. These two evil beings are the bane have two tongues, and, as naturalists say some of friendship, and spoil all the happiness which serpents have two kinds of teeth, one set 'Tis the last rosc of summer, we might rationally hope to enjoy, from so- through which they convey their poison, so
Left blooming alone ; cial intercourse. The folly, the wickedness, Scandal had a tongue only to wound, and a All her lovely companions and the disgraceful nature of these vices, will touch from this tongue produced a most pois
Are faded and gone ; sufficiently impress our minds, if we would onous effect. I observed that wherever Envy
No flower of her kindred, realize to ourselves, what would be our feel fixed her eye, it was soon followed by a lash
No rose-bud is nigh," ings, were our hearts laid open to publick from the tongue of Scandal, and that persons were no sooner touched by it, than they grew
To reflect back her blushes view, whilst possessed and influenced by them. What sinner so hardened, what wretch so black, ill-shaped, and distorted, and occasioued
Or give Sigh for Sigh! impious and abandoned, as not to shrink back every body to stare at them. I was glad, how
I'll not leave thee, thou lone one ! appalled at the idea of being thus exposed ? ever, to see these persons brighten up again
To pine on the Stem ; Yet it is to be feared there are few bosoms upon the approach of InnocENCE, who usual
Since the lovely are sleeping, entirely exempt from Envy ; few tongues that ly slid along behind, brushed them with her
Go, sleep thou with them ; Scandal has not polluted ! These unhallow. hand, and dropped something into their bosed spirits, so haunted my mind, that I could oms which had a wonderful effect to remove
Thus kindly I scatter
Thy leaves o'er the bed, not get rid of them for the whole evening, and all the spots and marks of Scandal, and make after I got home I was still plotting to have them often appear fairer and more engaging Where thy mates of the garden ihcm banished from society. Whilst I was than ever. GOOD-NATURE also, helped to do
Lie scentless and dead. sitting alone in my chamber, with my mind away the power and arert the evil of these two malicious spirits, for those under her in
So soon may I follow, employed upon this subject, I fell into a sort of reverie ; I will not say it was a dream, lest fluence would not take notice of any blemish
When Friendships decity, my readers should also drop asleep : But I es unless they were very glaring ; and more- And from Love's shining circle
The stems drop away! thought I made one of a very large assembly, over, after taking lessons from her, a person all of whom were decently merry, and appear
was not half so liable to suffer from the pois- When true hearts lie wither'd, ed to be in the full enjoyment of that happionous tongue of this hateful genius.
And fond ones are flown, ness, and all those pleasures, derived from Although INNOCENCE and Good-NATURE
Oh! who would inhabit agreeable society and friendly intercourse. drew back, as we before observed, upon the
This dark world alone ? The company of two persons particularly, entrance of these more bold and forward guests,
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DEVOTED TO POLITICKS AND BELLES LETTRES.
BOSTON, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1814.
occurred, has in fact resulted from the conduct the surrender of any of our national rights, is of the President himself.
a position, which, though countenanced by
The proposal for direct negotiation, it is Presidential conjecture, fortunately has not MR. Madison's Message is now a story of true, came from the Prince Regent, and it can- the least shadow of proof. a week old, but so few remarks have appeared not be forgotten, that, in his proposal, he ex- “ This increased violence," continues the on the occasion, in the publick journals, we plicitly stated the ground, on which the parties President, “is best explained by the two imporshould feel ourselves remiss in duty, were we
were to meet-a recognition of the laws of tant circumstances, that the great contest in 10 pass it over in silence.
nations, as sanctioned by the practice of the Europe, for an equilibrium guaranteeing all On the loud calls for money-more money
powers of Europe, and of the maritime rights its states against the ambition of any, has been -“ beaucoup d'argent”—we shall say noth of Great-Britain. On receiving this, Mr. Mad- closed without any check upon the overbearing. On that subject
, we presume, by this ison commissioned his plenipotentiarics to meet ing power of Great-Britain on the ocean ; and, time, the feelings of the people are sufficiently at Gottenburgh, but did not accept the condi- that it has left in her hands disposeable armaalive, and that they begin to have some glimp- tions, which, by the Prince's offer, were indis- ments, with which, forgetting the difficulties ses of the effect the war is producing upon pensable. The English officers had found, of a remote war against a free people ; and their pecuniary interest. It is a plain case, among the prisoners they took in Canada, twen- yielding to the intoxication of sucoess, with and needs no commentator. But what says
ty-one British subjects in arms, against their the example of a great victim to it before her Mr. Madison on the cbance of Peace? what, sovereign and country. Such men, by the un- eyes, she cherishes hopes of still further agof the negotiation ?
disputed law of nations, are traitors,; and they grandising a power, already formidable in its * The result,” says he, " is not yet known. were sent home for trial. In consequence of abuses to the cranquillity of the civilized and If, on one hand, the repeal of the Orders in this, Mr. Madison, contrary to the law and commercial world." Council , and the general pacification in Europe, usages of nations at war, and to the most ob- It is true that the pacification of Europe has
vious principles of justice, had seized as many been completed, and the maritime pretensions pressments from American vessels were prac- British prisoners of war, and confined them as of Great-Britain have not been abridged. It tised, suggest expectations that peace and hostages for the twenty-one British traitors !! | is as trúc, thai no desirc has been discovered amity may be re-established; we are compel. Persisting in this outrage, his ministers, rep- among the continental powers that they should led, on the other hand, by the refusal of the resenting the Executive of the United States, be abridged. It is another very important British government to accept the offered me
sail for England. The British government truth, that Great-Britain claims no maritime diation of the Emperour of Russia, by the de- said, “ this pretended retaliation is contrary to rights, that are not claimed by every maritime lays, in giving effeci to its own proposal of all law ; give up the men, and disown the power in Karope ; they well know, that the a direct negotiation ; and above all,' by the principle.” Our ministers were not authori. clanour, which for years has rung through principles and manner in which the war is now sed to do it. " Then,” said the ministry, “you both the eastern and ilie western world, was arowedly carried on, to infer that a spirit of bare not accepted our sovereign's offer; when but the hypocritieal cant of aspiring France, hostility is indulged, more violent than ever, you do, we will enter upon vegotiation." liere originatiin Sulely in her own viewe of univers against the rights and prosperity of this the business necessarily rested, until it could sal empire, and echoed by the dupes of her country.”
be ascertained by the President's agents, policy. That policy has been defeated ; naThe result of the negotiation is not yet whether he would qualify them to act, or not. tions are restored to their common rights, and known! What an important piece of informa- “ The result is not known,” but it is surmised! ; invectives against British usurpation on the tion to Congress, who well knew that negotia- all the hostages have been given up, though ocean are heard no more, but in the dull epition bad not begun ! The times are too serious one at least of the English traitors was hug. logue of the French revolution, Mr. Madifor ridicule, or such a senseless remark might -Such is the true history of those delays son's proclamations and messages. It seems well be treated with severity. It is of more which have been so much regretted. Let the to be implied, by the Presideni's argument, consequence to examine ibe reasons why the impartial world determine, who has been that England has just escaped from some rePresident would damp our hopes and expecta- whilling ; who has created the obstacles that straint upon the exercise of her naval puver. tions of peace. The refusal of Great-Britain hare postponed negotiation.
This is bint a fechite and fallacious attempt to to accept the mediation of Russia was never As to « the principles and manner, in which conceal the wilful blindness of his policy in considered, by those who wished for peace, in the war is now avowedly carried on," Mr. plunging us into war, ior it is not supported this country, as in the least degrec unfavoura- Madison undoubtedly alludes to Admiral Coch
by fact. Since Nelson's last victory, her sway ble to such an event. The reason given by rane's letters ; yet it is impossible to conjec- on the ocean has been uncontrolled, but by the British government was substantial, obvious, turc, in what part of that communication he her sense of justice. Perhaps he means, that and satisfactory. The orders in council were can discover the least intimation, to check our Admiral Warren's instructions were qualified already abolished-the only remaining pietext hopes from the negotiation in Europe. It con- by a fear of the interference of Russia, Prusfor the war, was a law of that realm, with rela- tains not the remotest reference to the diplo- sia, Spain, or Portugal in our favour! If such tion to its own subjects. On such a point, she matick concerns of the two countries. He an absurdity was intended, it deserves no reply. could allow no foreign power to sit in judg. threatens to settle Canadian accounts upon the It is indeed amusing to find the President ment; it would be an abandonment of sove- Atlantick coast, but not without proposing an
of the United States racking liis ingenuity to reignty to which no independent nation would alternative. When Mr. Madison shall have furnish Congress with a clue to ibe "increase submii. This was her reply to the Emperour shown that the invaders of Canada were not ed violence" of British warfare ; but unfortuof Russia, and he appears to have readily per- the aggressors, then it will be admitted that Dately, his logick is as weak, as were his mili. ceived, and acquiesced in, its correctness. If the alternative could not be accepted, without tary plans at Washington. Let us examine Mir. Madison were not himself actualed by degradation.
his second explanation. He says "the great " a spirit of hostility more violent than ever," The British nation were forced into this war,
contest in Europe (probably meaning the close he would not have referred to this as a ground in spite of the utmost efforts to preserve
of this great contest) has left in her hands disof accusation.
peace ; she found a new, malignant, irrecon- poseable armaments." What mighty armaHis next reason for doubling the disposition cileable enemy in the government of the ments bare been employed in this increased of the British government towards pence, is United States, when all the world were held in violence," which England could not have fur. Its alleged - delays in giving effect to its own awful suspense, as to the event of her arduous nished, during her continental war ? Short of proposal of a direct negotiation.”. As there is struggle against the colossal power of French
five thousand men landed at Benedict, inarcha considerable degree of impatience in the despotism. The attack was attended with ed forty miles to Washington, and blew up publick mind, with respect to these delays, every circumstance of aggravation, and a war the capitol ! A frigate and two or three smalwe hope our readers will consider attentively of bitter resentment could not but have been
ler vessels ascended the Potomack to Alexaowhat we have to observe on this charge, for expected. But that Great Britai contem
dnia, and took the city! These are the online we are conaident that whatever of delay has plates to demand, as the future basis of peace, instances of violence, mentioned; and willMr.
FOR THE BOSTOX SPECTATON.
Madison pretend that England, in her dark-, taking all the horses and provisions they could sacred grove, where Numa Pompilius held est day, could not have supplied such humble put in requisition. Last Friday, a squadron of his mysterious interviews with the divine means as these ?
one 74, six ships, and two brigs lelt the bay, Egeria. We descended with trembling steps The object of this part of the message is steering S. S. W.
into the catacombs of saint Sebastian. We evident. The President perceives the horrors Though ship news does not come within passed under the triumphal arch of Titus; of his war thickening upon our country. He our province, it may be proper to mention the we contemplated the spot where “Great Cæsar finds his means totally insufficient for its de arrival at Salem of the ship Stranger, a prize, fell ;" measured the dome of the majestick St. fence. He is aware that a distressed and containing 66 large cannon, a great abundance Peter's, and tumbled over the manuscripts of indignant people will exclaim against the folly of military stores, blankets, &c. bound from the Vatican. Silent but gratified companions, of exposing us to these sufferings. What England to Halifax.
we made excursions with our friend to Tivoli, apology can he make? We have it in sub- CONGRESS assembled on Monday the and entered the palace of the generous and stance, before us. 6 Human wiscom could 19th. and on Tuesday the President sent his splendid Mecenas ; we closed our travels and not foresee the events, which have terminated Message. On Thursday, the usual Commit- speculations by a pleasant little jaunt to Fras. the war in Europe. I began hostilities with tees were appointed, and theis respective por- cati, which, though now a pile of stones, was prospects totally different from those which tions of the Message assigned for their con
once Tusculum, consecrated by the residence exist. My means were adequate to your de- sideration. Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, moved of the inmortal Roman orator. fence and even your success under any cir- that a committee be appointed to inquire into What could be more delightful, but an ac, cumstances, which could be rationally antici- the causes of the capture of the city of Washi- tual survey of these regions and monuments, pated. The capture of Washington, the inva- ington, &c. A petition of a number of the cit- made sacred by time, and connected with the sion of your coasts, the danger to which your izens of New-York was presented for a Na- inost brilliant history of man, the arts and litcities are exposed, are owing to no improvi- tional Bank.
erature ! dence of mine, but to the peace in Europe, It is conjectured by some writers of letters, But, as I have already remarked, while which has unexpectedly let loose upon us, the from Washington, that Government will re- some of us were so pleasantly occupied, with whole physical force of Great Britain.” If move to Philadelphia.
Longbow's rapid and diversified conversation, such a defence is well founded and satisfactory,
another part of the company appeared to be let all the people say, Amen, and await their destiny without a murmur ; but if it is absurd
LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS.
perfectly listless, or rather, disposed, by oc.
casionally rallying the speaker, to interrupt and false, let Mr. Madison be held to his
our amusement ; at times, when he held us responsibility [We are obliged, for want of room to postpone the
THE CONFIDANT, No. XIII.
deeply engaged in his most interesting adven
tures, I could observe them looking at one remainder, to our next number.]
To the Confidant.
another with a sort of significant malicious Sir.--I HAVE often heard it remarked of a per.
stare, and then smile,as much as to say GENERAL REGISTER. son,and not without something like a sneer, that
- that's a good one.” he was a very good matter-of-fact man ;--now,
On the breaking up of the company, I reBOSTON, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1,1814. what there is ridiculous, in sticking close to
turned home with one who had been staring, the truth, I never could discover ; but I pre
or tittering, or yawning all the evening ; and DOMESTICK Chesapeake Bay. Chesapeake Bay. Admi
sume the sarcasm is levelled rather against expressed to him my astonishment that severral Cochrane in the Tonnant, 80, with 2 two those plodding minds, which are rich in stores
al of the party, including himself, evinced so deckers, 4 frigates, I rocket ship and 4 or 5
of observation, but cannot « reason, from what much impatience during a relation with which armed brigs, with the merchant vessels taken they know.” However this may be, I am cer
I could not but be very much gratified. “I at Alexandria, , a
The Admiral has replied to Mr. tinguished as such, is one of the greatest bores our old friend Longbow. If you had known Munroe, informing him, that he had no authorin society, and that, for this blemish, neither him as well as some of us did, you could only
have been amused at the unqualified latitude ity to enter upon any kind of discussion rela elegance of address, learning, nor genius, are tive to the points contained in Mr. Munroe's any compensation. With the most splendid of his invention. We know too the whole bis. letter of the 6th..and that until otherwise talents, he must always be a tax upon the pa- tory of his voyage up the Mediterranean. He instructed by his government, he cannot revoke
was a month at Naples, it is true, but was tience and civility of his associates, and instead the orders given to the fleet under his com
of being what nature seems to have designed scarcely.ever out of the ship,unless when busily mand, unless remuneration be first made to him, an amusing and interesting friend, he is employed in disposing of her cargo. He nev
er was at Rome, at all; but having perused the the private inhabitants of Canada, for depre- but a tedious if not irksome prattler.
account of a famous tourist, had acquired some dations, committed by the American invading quainted with a gentleman of this description, knowledge of what was to be seen in that army.
Plattsburgh appears to be in no danger of by the name of Rusport Longbow. He had great city and in its vicinity, and had learned, another visit from the enemy, at present." A received a genteel education, possessed by something from the same source, of the manpart of General Prevost's forces remain at
ners and customs of the modern Italians. All constitution a lively fancy, and great volubility Champlain, and detachments have been sent to
of tongue ; was fond of society, and withal his personal observations, all the flattering different quarters, in that province. The
seemed to be what is generally called a good civilities he had received from great personAmerican feet and prizes are repairing. hearted fellow. He had just returned from a
ages, all his pleasaat incidents, and in fact, Sacket's Harbour Commodore Chauncey's voyage up the Mediterranean, on business, whatever was not in the book of his traveller, feet has sailed, with Gen. Izard and his ar
was sheer fabrication ! He is by no means and on the evening that I was first introduced
deficient in understanding or wit, and is a somy, their destination conjectured to be against of friends, about the half of whom were of his cial, benevolent. conviviai soul; but if we ever Fort George.
suffer him to begin a story, no matter what it Fort Erie. On the 17th General Brown, afforded him a fund of matter for narrative and is, or where the scene lies, his passion for
old acquaintance. Longbow's recent voyage commanding in person, made a sortie, carried lwo of the enemy's batteries, spiked the guns, posed to lead the conversation. * I was particanecdote ; he seemed both prepared and dis- cmbeilishment is so vivid, that we cannot rely
on a word he utters. It will never answer to built , destroyed great quantities of ammunition ularly pleased, but was soonstruck
by a very for ten to one they might prove otherwise."
repeat any of his narratives, as matter of fact, and took about 400 prisoners . British killed his discourse, on his new and old companions been in Longone's company, but the charm
Since this first interview, I have frequently and wounded estimated at 400 more. side, the loss is rated much less. Cols. Gihtention ; we enjoyed the civilities, which, it of talking, and would indeed be one of the
The former, like myself, were rivetted in atson and Wood killed ; General Ripley badly
his cloquence was gone. He is always fond wounded in the neck. Col. Aspinwall of this would appear, were lavished upon our countown, lost an arm. tryman ; we went with him to his parties; it not for his notorious fuibic. Bui, as it is im
most agreeable companions in the world, wero The South Frontier. It is again reported
we revelled with him in the palaces of the that a considerable British force has landed at poor but shewy Neapolitan nobility. With a
poor but shewy Neapolitan nobility. With a possible to know whether he is telling the Pensacola, the object supposed to be New Or.
sort of pious enthusiasm we attended him to truth, or bouncing, one is not a whit the wiser leans,
for any thing he says. I seldom know posiThe news comes by a letter from
the tomb of Virgil. He next conducted us to Tennessee, where it was received, by express
the city of the Cesars. We made our pilgrim- tively, that he is sporting untruths, yet as ! from Gen. Jackson to the Governour. age to the mausoleum of Augustus. We ries, though well related, are dull and tire
can never feel assured of the contrary, his stoCastine. On the 20th instant 1200 British i gazed upon the column of Trajan. We even troops embarked and fell down the river, after drank with him from the pure fountain, in the
some, in the extreme-words without mean"
I am extremely at a loss, Mr. Confidant, to whenever Nestor spoke, the listening multi- | Lord, said I, don't be angry, I'm sure, I nover thought comprehend what motive can induce any per- tude was awed, and Greece in arms attended you so :
You know, I horgur the cloth ; I design to be a son to indulge in this ridiculous disposition with silence.
parson's wife ; It never
The attention and respect which are paid to I never took one in your coat for a conjurer in all my was indulged, in any considerable degree,without loss of character ; that certain the aged, as well as to the softer sex, usually lite." ly cannot be an object. If it proceed from a mark the degrees of civilization in any country, desire to communicate pleasure to others, a and very fairly denote the rudeness or refine
As far, however, as the pleasure of rhyme is reputation of this kind defeats even that inten- ment of its society and manners. But if we
to be referred simply to the frequent recurtion ; the human mind loves truth, and the would deserve these tokens of reverence as
rence of similar sounds, it perhaps arises chiefly, sole use of language is to communicate it. we descend into the vale of years, we must be
if not entirely, from the surprise excited by If speech be perverted to a different purposc, careful to avoid Ignorance and Vice, as our cd as belonging to the lower species of wit. In
unexpected combinations, and is to be considere it is worse than insignificant ; it renders him companions in our uphill journey of life. If conversation, such combinations of similar who is guilty
of the abuse absolutely contempt wisdom and integrity mark our footsteps sounds seldom occur; and therefore, when they ible. Å man who is not believed when he amidst the flowery paths of youth ; if temper happen, we usually notice thein with some despeaks, no matter what are the moral or religious principles of those with whom he as- truth is our guide and honor our friend and gree of surprise. It is the continuation of the sociates, no matter what appearance of atten- companion in early life, then will grey hairs
same perception which we experience, when tion civility may procure him, deals in sound, be honorable, and we shall find that indulgentsudied verse : and hence it is, that in reading
wc hear thc frequent return of rhymes in of no more consequence than the purring of nature amidst her varied stores, has yet many
long works written in rhyme, the pleasure, as a cat.
PHILALETHES. pleasures in reserve for those who are bending
far as depends upon the rhyming words alone, an advert with great delight to a venera
grudually decreases, till, at length, the surprise THE WRITER, No. XXI.
bio friend, who has, in an eminent degree, all ceasing, the repetition becomes tiresome. Old age is a season of life in which, it is the qualifications to experience and enjoy the
“ Rhyme (says Lord Kaimes) rouzes the atten
tion, and produces an emotion moderately gay, generally supposed, there are few pleasures highest honor and happiness of virtuous old
without dignity or elevation." to anticipate, and but little cappiness to be en-age. He has travelled the lengthened road of
If this be the true explanation of the pleasure joyed. Yet who is willing to give up the ex- life surrounded with those he loved; has arising from rhyming words, it is evident, that pectation of years to come, and be suddenly shared their affcction and esteem, and followed arising from rhyming words, it is evident, that arrested on the flowery road of youth or man. them one after another to the grave. His co
the use of this ornament, if it must be called
such, is a kind of low wit ; and that the ear is hood, that he may escape the dreary and temporaries are no more: he stands alone, gratified by it, for the same reason that the eye barren waste of feeble old age ? If then we like a rock in the midst of the sea, and lifts
is amused by anagrams and acrosticks. It may are travelling towards a country climate, his head above the waves of time, to bless the
then be fairly asked, what alliance is there where there are sone severities to encounter, prospect of declining years, and make even
between the puerile amusement of jingling and we do not choose to forego this unprom- wanton youth in love with hoary age. He is ising journey, we should prepare to meet the adınired for his social virtues, and lis useful syllables, and the sublime and elegant pleasevils we expert, and provide ourselves with ness in society is acknowledged to be invalua
ures of genuine poetry? We are displeased weapons to overcome them, or suitable ar. ble ; he is esteemed for his friendship and
when Shakspeare intrudes a pun in the midst
of his noble fights of fancy, or tender strokes mour to shield us from their attack. A con- integrity, respected for his learning, beloved sciousness of such a preparation, would soon for !iis kindness and benevolence, revered for
of passion : what, but custom, could enable us
to endure, in the more elevated kinds of versc, dispel the gloom which usually hovers round his piety, and almost adored for his spotless the perpetual intrusion of a still lower species the picture we form to ourselves of old age, fame and holiness of life. When he ministers
of wit, in the unusual combinations of similar and we might then look forward to this period in the sacred duties of his office, we look up to
sounds. The noble exertions of creative geof life with complacency rather than disnlay, him with that sort of veneration and love
pius are degraded, and great things are conand grey hairs would assume a lustre, in the which are most appropriately mixed with
founded with small, when the poet clothes his eye of wisdoin at least, as bright as the ring things divine. Whenever we see him, we endeavour to seek in ourselves, some affinity to
grand conceptions in the fantastick dress of rhylets of fair and ruddy youth. The varied year, under this our temperate the good old man, and even feel a kind of ders us insensible of the incongruity. Could
ming couplets ; and it is habit alone, which renzone, affords a beautiful similitude of the pride in belonging to the same order of beings, ders us insensible of the incongruity. Could
we divest ourselves of the prejudice arising several ages of man, and the moralist as well of which he is at once the ornament and de
from bit, it would be impossible to read two as the poet, bas often seized with eagerness light. and happy effect upon a figure, so favourable, Old age like this has surely no terrors; on
passages of nearly equal poetick merit, one in
rhyme, the other in blank verse, such, for either to impress truth, or please and enter- the contrary we may look forward to it with
example, as Pope's celebrated imitation of Holain the imagination. In moral essays it desire, only endeavouring that our lives may is usually brought forward to illustrate and be like the righteous man, that oũr last days book of the Iliad, and Milton's description of
mer's Night-piece, at the end of the eighth enforce the important obligation of all account may also be like his.
Night in the fourth book of Paradise Lost, withabic beings, to make a proper improvement
out feeling, that, while, in the latter, just and of time. Youth is the spring, Old age the
IS RHYME AN ORNAMENT, OR A DEFECT IN beautiful imagery appears without alloy in all winter of life ; and the intermediate scasons
VERSE ? [CONCLUDED.]
the dignity of poetical language, the former are emblematical of ripening and decaying
In order to estimate, correctly, the value of
loses some portion of the effect of imagery manhood. Thus if we sow good seed in the spring time of youth, we shall be rewarded, this improvement, let us endeavour to analyse equally just and beau:iful, by an unseasonable
and incongruous mixture of the trivial and in the summer and autumn of life, with rich the nature, and investigate the operation, of
playful. and racy fruit, to gratify our taste as we pass rhyme. Rhyme is the repetition of the same
An objection of still greater weight against along, and with the golden harvest which will sound, or sounds, at intervals, either regular, remain with us to gladden as well as to or irregular. Sometimes the rlıyming syllables
the use of rhyme, arises from the restraint are single, sometimes double ; sometimes the
which it unavoidably lays upon the writer's strengthen our hearts, during the more gioony rhymes occur uniforınly in couplets ; sometimes conceptions, and expression, I cannot be
supposed, that, of the words which are most provident, with such a wise and prudent man- taey are placed alternately, or in forms still more complex. In all these varieties, it is very
proper to express the poet's ideas, a suffiagement of the early season, erery part of the
cient number shall have similar endings ; and year will have its pleasures, and if winter has evident, that the pleasure which rhymes afford, not the flowers and perfumes of spring, it will
that these very words shall exactly fall into that does not altogether arise from the repetition boast its hours of ease and the repose of the of similar sounds. No ear would be gratified
place which best suits the numbers and gramfireside ; and though we viay not be delighted from a spelling-book, or a rhyming dictionary. with the recital of a columu of rhyming words,
matical construction, and is the proper interval
of the rhyme. with the singing of birds, yet, safe from storms within, the rude biast, that whistle round our In lines of unequal length written without any
For the same reason thất the rhyming poet walls, is musick. regard lo numbers, the effect of the rhymes is
must drop many thoughts and expressions, lost ; as will be easily perceived, in the follow.
which he might have wished to introduce, he The wisest nations of antiquity, have ever
must be often guided in the choice and arrangebeen the most noted for the highest respecting lines frona Dean Swift's Mrs. Harris's Petition :
ment of his ideas by the words which he finds and veneration for old age. Among the Spar
it necessary to place at the close of his verses. tans, the people rose up with reverence when “ I nerer was taken for a consorer before, I'd hare you
It will seldom bappen, that both lines of a an old man came into their asscmblies, and to know ;
couplet will be entirely dictaicd by fancy or