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6 wave” brought upon the great ma. At what period of the day or night I jority. He stated to me, as indeed Sir do not now recollect and not having William Hamilton relates, that, in Sir William's book with me cannot as order to avoid the imminent danger at- certain with precision, nor indeed is it tending the fall of houses in the town, of importance,) the exact hour ; but by which several persons had been on the instant a tremendous rare was killed, the greater part of the inhabi- seen approaching the beach, which, tants ran to the large beach extending exaggerated perhaps by the terror of along the shore from
the point of Scilla, the beholders, seemed to be of from towards Reggio, where they erected forty to fifty feet in height, and before tents, and remained part of the day they had power to take measures for and night in perfect security. It was escaping, swallowed up, “ at one fell the good fortune of this gentleman to swoop, as Shakspeare expresses it
, be too infirm to accompany his son the whole of this devoted party, conand his family to this place of shelter, sisting in all of from twelve to fifteen and he remained in his garden, which hundred persons. was a little out of, and above the town.
The Serapíad. A MAN of sensibility is always either the impossibility of equalling it, as ta in the attic of ecstacies, or the cellar of give up all attempts at imitation. sorrow; either jumping with joy, or groaning with grief. But pleasure and It is beauty whose frown is the most pain are like a cucumber,—the ex- awful : no tempest equals that of a tremes are good for nothing. I once summer sky. heard a late minister compared to the same vegetable, “ For," said the pun
The best way to silence a talkative ster, « bis ends are bad.”
person is never to interrupt him. Do
not snuff the candle, and it will go That the style of such writings as out of itself. are intended to attract the public eye be more elevated than that of private
Anger is most fearful when upacletters, is as requisite as it is for the companied by tears : it is lightning pulpit of a preacher to be somewhat without rain. above the level of his auditors.
When first we enter a crowd, there By too constant association, the is little to be done but to push on sincerest friendship may be estranged, through those before us, while our or rather, obliterated; as the richest limbs are fresh and our spirits high; coins are defaced by the friction of but we soon feel that multitudes are each other.
gathering behind us, and that the Different periods of time, when their most we can hope, with probability of order has faded from the memory, success, is to maintain our ground in
all consolidated into one ; as advance of the new comers. And the distant horizon appears to mingle thus it is in a literary life. We set with the sky
out, with a view of overtaking our
forerunners in the chace ; but eventAn open countenance is like the face of a dial,-showing clearly what ually find it sufficiently toilsome to
preserve our advantage
youthful competitors who are noIf persection were ever once beheld, mently threatening to outstrip us. we should be so fully convinced of
or two alphabetical irregularities grown cub of the lion (as we have
- Britons-let each prefer his own superabundance of sweet sauce, or country, as he would his own mother; Cayenne pepper.-No-if you treat let each be partial, if you please, in of America at all, do it soberly--rightany reasonable degree, to his own eously-in the main however, you country,—for that is natural—(nay, to may have to sprinkle it, now and then, be otherwise, were so un-natural, that with fire and brimstone, for the palaté we should suspect any man's heart,and of the over-fed. pity his understanding, who should not And so, too, -if you would be se be somewhat partial —so far as affec- vere on the Americans ; severe, we tion, or judgment, but not veracity, mean, to any good purpose, either for were concerned--to his own country; yourself, or for them-for your counjust as we should his understanding try, or for theirs; severe, beyond the and heart, who should not be partial petty tingling sarcasm of the hour; to his own mother :)-- but, while we severe, beyond the miserable sere, itv say this; while we encourage a natural of that miserable insect, which cannot partiality, in every man's heart, for his sting but once-and then, dies; own country, and his own mother ; that noisy nothing, which, when it is and are ready to forgive much-very exasperated, strikes in a hurry--and is much, that proceeds from an affection glad to escape in a hurry-always losso honourable to humanity, even when ing his weapon-ofien his life-never it influences the head-Yet, we see drawing blood-and sometimes hackno reason for encouraging anybody in ing out, like the scorpion by downright running afoul of other people's coun- suicide-or, as the fashion is to call it tries and mothers :-and are not very now, be derangement, visitation, or willing, either to overlook or forgive, accidental death :if you would be the folly and wickedness of that man, severe on the Americans, in a better be he who he may, who, in the super- way—a way more worthy of yourself, fuity of his affection and zeal, for if you are a man-speak the truth of what relates to his own country, and them. Nothing cuts like the truth:his own home, is eternally breaking or, as the Quarterly would have it, in in upon the repose of every other a late criticism, not anything-cuts man's country and home. -Defence like the truth. is one thing - attack another. A brave In one word - Let us understand manly quarrel, in withstanding aggres- what we are talking about, whether sion, is always creditable :-but, where we praise and condemn these brother we are the aggressor, shameful. Fam- Jonathans, these western Englishmen; ily feuds are „absurd : national feuds, these children of our fathers on the worse. Nothing was ever gained by other side of the world.—To illuseither - not even reputation.
trate our observations, to some purWould
flatter the Americans ? pose--from recent occurrences-we -Don'i puff them-don't exagger- would ask what can be more absurd, ate-stick to the truth. There is no in the estimation of a statesman; or fattery in falsehood. Acquaint your- more wicked in that of any person, of selves thoroughly with your subject : common-sense, or common humanity, and, whatever else you do, speak the than to hear the people of America plain truth.
Poetry, declamation, called our inveterate enemies, our ixrhetoric, and all that, are out of place; placable enemies-and, worst of all, wit, is mischievous; and humour, pro- our NATURAL enemies,
-Our noiafane, (unless employed for seasoning; ral enemies !--for what? Why, and only for seasoning,) on a subject forsooth, because (if they can help it of such importance. No:hing can be —which is very doubtful) they won't worse, for the stomach of this public, let us manufacture for them: and, be nor in much worse taste, than to dish cause, if they can (which is, also, very up anything American-game or not doubtful) they will manufacture for game; wild meat,* or not, with a themselves. Does that make them
• As the late case of Mr. John D. HUNTER---for example, of whom a word by and by.
our natural enemies? - we have no look about us--and if they are, in the fear-nor they, any hope, (unless their name of God, where are we to look for heads are turned), of their ever being our natural friends ?--If we cannot able to out-manufacture us; or to un- look to them, who are of the same dersell us, in any but their yn mar- blood, and the same religion; whose kets : nor even there without a system language is the same; whose laws are of taxation, which, whatever may be the same; whose very form of govern
the ultimate good, operates in a very ment is more like ours, than any other it
equivocal manner, now, by obliging government upon earth ; whose litera-
est. They do not want anybody to This is their look-out-not ours flatter them. They know, for they.
- They won't employ us for ever are a shrewd people, take them all in granted--but what right have we to all that highly-colored,romantic stories, complain ?- They do not become our & superfine rhapsodies,about anything, natural enemies, by refusing to em- which is really excellent, only serve to ploy us—it is only by out-working us ; make it ridiculous : that eulogy, howevor underselling us to a third party. - er well meant, or delicately favoured,is O, but they are our natural enemies, pretty sure to do more harm than good; nevertheless.-Why ?-Because they that intemperate praise provokes intemmultiply so fast_empire upon empire rate ridicule, or censure ; eulogy, sa
- from ocean to ocean. Alas! if tire and that, the bitterness and as they were not their own enemies—the perity of the counteracting dose, are most unnatural of all enemies—they intended, wisely enough, to overcome would roll back again to their ancient the nausea, which is natural to him, boundaries-retreat into their citadel, who has unexpectedly, or accidentally, the thirteen Original States—or, at swallowed a small quantity of unadulleast, build a wall of brass about them, terated eulogium- accidentally, we for a place of refuge, in the time, that say, because nobody-not even the will come.-They are, now, in a fair subject of eulogium, will swallow it, if way to fall asunder by their own he knows what it is. weight-or perish, like a mopster, by “ Praise undeserved, is censure in exhaustion of the heart, while the ex- in disguise.”—This is a favourite copytremities are preternaturally enlarged. slip in America." Heaven save us -New England is the heart of the con- from our friends! we will take care of federacy-New York and Pennsylva- our enemies”—they say, also, when nia, the back-bone-but, at the rate they read such beautiful books, as have they are now going on, they will soon been made about them lately. They want a dozen such hearts, and as many know well, that the droll, stupid blonmore such back-bones, to keep them dering of Messieurs Fearon, Faux, and in shape.
Co., on one side of the water; and the Some people talk of staying the worse than blundering--the lies—of northern inundation, by making use the New-ENGLAND-Man,' on the of Mexico. This cannot be done- other; and the everlasting misreprethe very idea is absurd-childish— sentation, falsehood, and confusion, Mexico would be swept away, before of the newspaper-gentry, on both sides, it could muster on the frontiers—but are soon laughed out of countenance ; if it could, why should it be done - overborne by weightier proof; smothIs it either wise, necessary, or expedi- ered in their own dust, or consumed in ent ?--Are the people of the United their own acrimony. States are they indeed our NATURAL
The brother Jonathans will never enemies ?-If they are, it is time to think the worse of us--whatever they
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may think of our common sense, if, on sed into these remarks by the occurrentaking up one of our papers, they come ces of the day.--Let us proceed, nox, upon a paragraph headed' AMERICAN on our course. Io speaking lately of ABSURDITY;' and containing an extract the AMEIRCAN PAINTERS, we omitted from one of their papers,* wherein they one, who is an American ; one, who had spoken very handsomely of two or passes for an American ; and some three English travellers ; (recommend- three or four, actually in London, of ing them with emphasis, to the hospi- whom we knew little or nothing. - We tality of the Americans ;) and express- shall despatch the whole of them, thereed a proper anxiety for the promotion fore, in double quick time. of a good understanding between A R. Sully : (nephew of T. Sully, merica and Great Britain : -No- touched off in our former number.) nor will they think a whit the better Portrait. A native American (Virof Mr. Matthews, when they come to ginia)-young-enthusiastic; and wilhear that after the first night represen- ling to work hard : has good notions tation of his · Jonathan in London' he of drawing ; has been under a capital left out-precisely the best thing in it* master (his uncle, T.S.); handles the -in consequence of a little shuffling in crayon remarkably well—for an Amerthe pit, made,probably, by some junior ican; has had some practice in paintAmericans (fresh from the dinner table) ing from life ; and, if he have patience, —who never well understood what will undoubtedly make a figure. they were shuffling about, at least, we Bouman — PORTRAIT. A patite should hope so, in charity.
American we believe : now in London, But enough. We have been surpri- a worthy man ; but we know, of our
* Speaking of American Papers---one word on a late MIRACLE, taken out of the Norfolk Beacon; which seems to be doubted here, while it is going the rounds. We care netbing for the 200 persons who saw it; nor for the testimony of the Rev. gentleman that swore to it; but, we rely on the probability of the story:--- It proves itself.--- What is it?.-Ooly that the face of Miss Narcissa Crippin, on the 19th of August, say, about 8 o'clock' (he being so operated' upon by some spirit at a camp-meeting,) became 100 bright and shising, for mortal eyes to gaze upon,' &c. &c.---' It resembled the reflection of ibe suo opea a bright cloud'-.-The appearance of her face for forty minutes was truly angelic-00 doubt, only observe the reason)---during which time she was silent ---(this, we take, to be the MIRACLE).--. After which, she spoke---when her countenance gradually faded !--- There ! that is all. Now, we ask what there is improbable (bating the silence---wbich we have high authority to believe possible---for the same length of time, where women are supposed to be---to wit---in heaven)---in all this !--- Do you still doubt ---make the experiment for yourself. Persuade any woman, if you can, io hold her tongue for "forty minutes:' and fee if her face doesn't shine---aye, and fade away, too,--when she opens her mouth.
+ The passage was to this effect. We were not present on the first night; but we are assured of what we say.--and know "of our own knowledge," as the law-people say--that, wbatever it was, it is left out noro. The English negress tells the Yankee "nigger"--a slare ---that, having set foot on English ground, he is free.--.“ FREE!--. What is that?" says be “I have heard a great deal about him, in America ; but never knew what he meani.". Now---why is this passage left out ? --- Is it untrue---absurd---or what ? --- Does an Ameriran slave know anything about what liberty means---jo America ? No-she does not. Why, then, do the blockheads leave it out ?--- Because other blockbeads bave chosen to kick op their beels about it. What! is it come to this --- Are we to be intimidated in this way, by boys !--- Are our publiek performers afraid of speaking the truth !--- Are we to feed the Americans with sop and caudle ? --- The young of ihe British Lion, with pap --No---kets rather give them that.--if it be medicine---which will take the hair off---try what they are made of---their“ bone and gristle,"---about which Edmund Burke said so many fine things ---Ay, and give it scalding hot, when justifiable, though it take the skin from their plated ware---raise a blister on the solid metal below, whatever it be, gold or brass, iron or steel, set fire to their tipsel, and show what there is underneath. Grant everything in favour of the Uoited States ; grant everything against ourselves; grant, if you please, that we keep slaves in our colonies ; that we introduced them into America (which is not strictly true, by the way); that Virginia herself made the first proposal that ever was made, for the abolition of slavery, (as the Marquis of Lansdowne asserts, on the authority of • Mr. Joax RANDOLPH of ROANOKE,'---a very splendid---very honest---and very crazy gentleman, who represents Virginia in the Lower House of Congress); that the work of emancipation is going on, gradually, in America ; that slavery is unknown throughout Nex-England, and some of the other States ; that there has been everything but open war to prevent ii, ta fertain of the new States ; that America was the first power to declare the taking of saves piracy; grant all this--- Yet---yet---enough remains of inconsistency in herself--aed of truth in the sarcasm, to justify it entirely.