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selves, little or no good of him, as a him. Not long after, Vanderlyn ap-
painter. The only head of his (except peared ; grew up under Burr's patron-
his own) that we ever saw, was a very age ; went to France; and, when Burr
hard, positive sort of a thing. Good fled for his life to this country, after
judges here, however, tell us that he having shot Alexander Hamilton-
has improved surprisingly. We are when, after having had his hand upon
glad of it-nothing is more probable the presidential chair, and his foot,
we only know that he is industrious, within one step of the American throne,
and began, rather unfortunately, with he became, instantaneously as it were,
copying Rembrandt.

an outcast, and a wanderer, in a foreign
WATMULLER History and Por- country, he was found and supported,

This gentleman passes, in A. in his misery, by Vanderlyn, the
merica (since he painted his Danaë,) blacksmith's boy.
for an American. He is not-he is a Jarvis is not an American. He is
Swede. His portraits are singularly an Englishman. Eicholt is either a
beautiful ; but we never saw his Danäe. German, or born of German parents.
It has been spoken of as a masterpiece PEALE (CHARLES] father of Rem-'
-nay, as a picture, dangerous even brandı, founder of the Philadelphia Mu-
for a woman to look at. The plain seum, (an institution honourable to A-
truth is, we believe that such a woman, merica) and a respectable solid portrait-
so full of languor, richness, and beauty, painter-is, also, an Englishman. He
has not often been met with in this world. was a saddler. Jarvis painted fire-

King, C.B.-Portrait: “Loca- buckets till he was about nineteen, when
ted” in Washington : a student of he saw, and copied one of Stewart's
West at the same time with Sully.-

pictures. He is now in the foremost Very clever. Makes good faces-dis. rank of American masters. Thus, the tinct-hard and forcible; and, some chief American painters are English,by times, a rich picture. Works'most of birth or study, or both ; and most of his time upon the great men of Wash- them were mechanicks. Thus, all the ington, and the “heads of department :” statesmen were lawyers ; and almost -works hard, "improves" every hour;

all the authors are New-Englandmen,
and will be very good.

(Yankees,) and lawyers into the bar-
VANDERLYN -HISTORICAL. Stu- gain. There are only three landscape-
died in France-painted Marius, (a painters of any'note ; two of whom
noble,strong,superbly-finished picture) (Shaw and Guy) are Englishmen ; the
and Ariadne, (a rather beautiful affair) other, Doughty, an American. Shaw
in Paris. For one of which, he obé is very good ; but a mannerist and a
tained a prize, we believe. He is a na- plagiarist. Guy is middling ; but steals
tive American—a little Frenchified in very judiciously, and almost always
his notions of painting ; but, neverthe- from the same source ;--Claude, in his
less, a man of decided, strong talent.- water, sea-mist, and vapour. Doughty
We have all heard of Aaron Burr, in is young ; was a tanner and currier ;
this country-the American Cæsar has made great progress ; and will be
a very dangerous, and very extraordi- something exraordinary.
nary man.
When Vanderlyn was a

Thus much for our omissions. Now
boy, an apprentice to a blacksmith (as for two or three errors--two of which
the story goes—and we have good rea are not ours. Mr. C. HARDING was
son to believe it substantially true,) not born, as we said, in Kentucky ; he
Aaron Burr fell in his way, by acci- only broke out in Kentucky. He was
dent, while he was travelling : saw born somewhere in the back parts of
some of his pen-and-ink drawings,which New-York.-
he mistook for engravings : tried, in-
stantly, to obtain his discharge from his Thus much to relieve our conscience;
master, who was inexorable (on the avoid the recurrence of some irresisti-
discovery of hi, prize): and, failing, ble translations ; and pave the way for
counselled the boy, if he should ever our AMERICAN WRITERS ;—whom we
run away from his master, to come to now re-introduce without ceremowy.

Beazly,or Beasley, Dr. This gen. ly, and what is more, does prove, sectleman wrote a large handsome octavo, ondly, some droll blunders, to be sore, some three years ago, to prove, among upon our chief metaphysicians-oor others matters firstly, that one John high priesthood; some of which are Locke was in his right mind, when he only to be accounted for ---charitably made his book---about--if we are not or decently,--by supposing that our said mistaken---the Human Understanding; chief metaphysicians had never seen secondly, that all our Scotch metaphy. “ Locke on the Human Understandsicians (Brown, perhaps, excepted) had ing;" quoted from some other book, miserably mistaken the said John by mistake-- which had been so lettered Locke; misquoted him shamefully ; by mistake; or copied from one anothand misrepresented him like the very er, what had been hastily written down,

- we won't say what--as Dr. B., if by somebody, from recollection-and our recollection serves, is a clergyman put a wrong name to it; and, thirdly, of what is called the “Church of Eng- Dr. B. does prove, not only as much as land"* in America ; and is, or was, a he undertook to prove respecting appaProfessor (perhaps of ethicks), or one ritions, &c. &c.--but (after the fashion of the government, at Princeton Col- of his countrymen, who do everything lege, New Jersey, to boot--where, if so thoroughly) rather more. It remisSalmagundi may be trusted," all the ded us of Dr. Hayden ; who proced Professors wear boots :" and, thirdly, the universal deluge, and the Bible

, at that some of the best authenticated ap- the same time, from the water-rolled paritions and ghosts, that bave ever pebbles on one side of a brook (Jones's been heard of--are---probably--mere Falls) in America ; of Ira Hill

, who humbugs ; while others are only delu- proves that there was a universal de sions ; and the rest very true---to a cer- luge-in Europe, because all North tain extent-in a certain way. Nor is America arose instantaneously out of this all. Surprising as the work may the water ; and that all North America appear so far, the best part of the story arose instantaneously out of the water, is to come. The book is a very clever because there was a universal deluge book, done up in good style ; and Mr. in Europe, and because there is no B. or Dr. B. does prove-firstly—that other way of accounting for it ;-and John Locke was in his right mind—in of Paul Allen, (all three native born times and places when and where, to Yankees) who, while attacking slavery, tell the plain truth, (for which we take went rather out of his way to prove, no little credit,by the way,to ourselves) that the Africans were nothing more we had often had our doubts; and, nor less, “ according to the received moreover, that he, the said John Locke, opinion,” than the children of Canaan, knew very well what he was driving at, whom the Almighty, by the mouth of many a time and oft, when—we did Noah, doomed forever to slavery(Gen. not, while studying him, (although, to ix. 25.) saying, “ Cursed be Canaan. come up to the scratch manfully, we A servant of servants shall he be to confess, that we never spoke of the his brethren." matter at the time, lest it might, one BIGELOW.-A Yankee : formerly day or other, turn out, as it has in more editor of a magazine,or journal

, in New than one case, that John Locke was York---now,nobody knows where : one right, and ourself wrong, after all; he of those rolling-stones that gather no surprisingly clear, and ourself a block- moss,which are so common in America. head-pass that, if you please, to our He was a bold,saucy,unprincipled wricredit).-Well, having proved this ter; and was the first of those who firstly, (to our satisfaction, and surprise ventured, headforemost, at Byron. Mr. of course,) he goes on to prove,second B. began with Lord B.'s “ Lament of

* Episcophư CHURCH.--- It is not a little remarkable, but we are assured (and believe it) from good authority,---that this Church, without any privilege or patronage, in any way, (except what is private,) is now increasing faster than any other in America. We knee. that, in a wordly point of view, it is always more respectable there.

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Tasso, or Prophecy of Dante ;" wrote obliterate them : and, withal, to fasten
a furious, blackguard, clever article, to himself, with such tremendous power,
prove that Lord Byron lest out his upon a common incident, as to hold the
rhymes. He gave examples, which spectator breathless.
proved---either that Byron was writing His language was downright prose
blank verse at the time; or that he, the ---the natural diction of the man him-
critic, had mistaken a stanza for a self---earnest---full of substantial good
couplet---we forget wbich.

sense, clearness, and simplicity ;---very
BOLMAN-Dr.a pamphleteer : wrote, sober and very plain, so as to leave
very sensibly, opon many questions of only the meaning upon the mind. No.
importance ; and somewhat about a body ever remembered the words of
metallic currency,and the precious met- Charles Brockden Brown; nobody ev-
als, at a time (during the late war, in er thought of the arrangement ; yet
America) when there were no precious nobody ever forgot what they convey-
metals in the country (out of Massa- ed. You feel, after he has described a
chusetts, and that neighbourhood)— thing--and you have just been poring
not enough silver and gold, if they could over the description, not as if you had
have been diluted to the consistence of been reading about it; but as if you,
moonshine, to wash over a thousandth yourself, had seen it ; or, at least,---as
part of the scoundrel trash that was in if you had just parted with a man who
circulation, for money—of course, there had seen it--a man, whose word had
was a fine opportunity for speculation, never been doubted ; and who had
hypothesis, and theory, among the been telling you of it--with his face
newspaper-people,and pamphleteers- flushed. He wrote in this peculiar
concerning a substitute for money. Dr style, not from choice ; not because he
B. did some good, nevertheless : and understood the value or beauty of it,
one or two of his pamphlets would be when seriously or wi sely employed---
worth looking into, now ; and that, as but from necessity. He wrote after his
we take it, is no common praise for any peculiar fashion, because he was una-
pamphlet or political squib, some ten ble to write otherwise.

There was no or a dozen years after it has burnt self-denial in it; no strong judgment; out.

no sense of propriety; no perception Brown, CHARLES BROCKDEN.—This of what is the true source of dramawas a good fellow; a sound, hearty tic power (distinctness-vividness.) specimen of Trans-Atlantic stuff. While hunting for a subject, he had Brown was an Amenèan to the back- the good luck to stumble upon one or bone-without knowing it. He was a two (having had the good luck before, novelist; an imitator of Godwin,whose to have the yellow fever) that suited Caleb Williams made bim. He had his turn of expression, while he was no poetry; no pathos ; no wit ; no imbued, heart and soul, with Godwin's bumour; no pleasantry; no playful- thoughtful and exploring manner : and ness ; no passion ; little or no elo- these one or two, he wore to death. quence; no imagination---and, except The very incidents, which were often where panthers were concerned, a most common-place, are tossed up, over penurious and bony invention--meagre and over again with a tiresome ciras death,--and yet---lacking all these cumstantiality, wher

natural powers--and working away, in these particular

style with nothing remarkable in it-- ered, at last pe
except a sort of absolute sincerity, like men have don
that of a man, who is altogether in use in the disco
earnest, and believes every word of his easier to suit the
own story-- he was able to secure the than the style to ti
attention of extraordinary men,as other matter to change
people (who write better) would that cast off your identity
of children ;--to impress his pictures ality-but mighty easy
upon the human heart, with such un- nian would say, to change ;
exampled vivacity, that no time can Brown was one of the only

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four professional authors, that America with it—but whither were they to fly! has ever produced. He was the first. how ?-in dead carts, with a yellow He began, as all do, by writing for the flag steaming over them to the hos. newspapers—where that splendour of pitals, where the detestable matter,' of diction, for which the Southern Amer- which he speaks, was accumulating by icans are so famous—is always in cariloads. —No, it was better to die blast : He was thought little or noth- at home with his own family-dising of, by his countrymen ; rose, grad- solve in his own house, at least ;—and nally, from the newspapers to the mag- keep out everything_even to the very azines, and circulating libraries ; lived sunshine and air of heaven, both of miserably poor ; and died, as he lived, which were smoking with pestilencemiserably poor ; and went into his by barring the windows--securing the grave with a broken heart.

doors and making the whole house He was born in Philadelphia ; lived dark. in Philadelphia-or-as his country He lived in Eleventh Street –(Fe men would say, with more propriety, mention this for the information of bis e put up'-(as he didwith every- townsmen—not one in a thousand of thing-literal starvation—and a bad whom know it: of his countrymenneighbourhood, in the dirtiest and least net one in a million of whom, out of respectable part of the town)—“ tar- Athens, ever would know it, but for ried”-lingered in Philadelphia ; and us)—between walnut' and chesnor had the good luck—God help him--to -on the eastern side—in a low, dirty

, die in Philadelphia, while it was the two-story brick house ; standing a little Athens of America'—the capital city, in from the street-with never a tree in truth, of the whole United States. nor a shrub near it-lately in the oc

He was there, during the yellow cupation of-or, as a Yankee would fever of 1798—(Hence the terrible real- say, “ improved” by, an actor-man, ity of his descriptions, in Arthur Mer- whose name was Darley. vyn, and Ormond)—a pestilence, that, By great good luck, surprising perlike the plague of London, turned a severance, and munificent patronage city into a solitude-a place of sepul- –for America*—poor Brown succeedture-till the grass grew in the streets. ed—(much, as the Poly-glott Bible

-He had no means of escape-he maker succeeded, whose preface alhad a large family—a wife (to whom ways brings the tears into our eyes he was greatly indebted for the accom- in burying all his friends outliving plishment of his works—a very supe- all confidence in himself-wasting forrior and interesting woman) and seve. tuve after fortune-breaking his legs

, ral children-daughters.-- Yet-yet and wearing out his life, in deplorable - he had no means of escape. The slavery, without even knowing it. fever raged with especial malignity in Even so, poor Brown succeeded in his neighbourhood - he, himself

, and getting out, by piece-meal, a small, several of his family, were taken down, miserable, first edition-on miserable

* A few facts will show what is reckoned munificent patronage' in America. Two budred dollars (about 451. )---payable partly, or wholly, in books--- the bes! of paper money by the way---are now, even to this hour, considered a good price, for a good novel, in 10 American volumes, (which make froin three, to four, here.) When R. Walsh, Jr. Esquire was the Jupiter of the American Olympus, (having been puffed in the Edinboro'

, for some blackguard thuoder and lightning about Napoleon, whose character neither party ever of derstood,) he was employed by a confederacy of publishers, to edit a Quarterly Journal

. They paid nothing to contributors, of whom Walsh made continual use.--spared no trouble ---stuck at nothing, in the experiment ;---paid him fifteen hundred dollars (3401.) a-number ---and failed.--of course. Allan was to have had 3000 dollars (6801.) for the Am. Revolution -- but he never wrote a word of it. Neal and Watkins wrote it. Allan got nothing; Wakkins the same : Neal, 1000 dollars, in promises---which

produced some 3 or 400 dolls. (754) --- It is in two vols. 8vo. Breckenridge got 500 dollars (1101.)

cash, for

the copyright of bis American War : Neal 200 dollars (451.) cash, for the copyright of Keep Cool, a small corel, two vols. his first literary essay ---Cooper published the Spy on his own account. It bas promo duced about six hundred pounds--- in every way, to him : but would not have sold for fiju in MS..---Think of that -- when Mr. Irving gets fifteen hundred pounds---for the second edition of some tolerable stories, which altogether, would not make one volume of a Yaukee novel.

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paper (even for that country)—a first never till then-(we were the first) volume of one or two of his works did they give tongue on the other side the second volume following, at an in of the Atlantic.—We puffed him a terval-perhaps of years, the second little. They have blown him up.skyedition never-never, even to this hour. high.'—We went up to him reverently - Yet will these people talk of their – they, head-over-heels. We flattered native literature.

him somewhat-for he deserved it; There has never been; or, as the and was atrociously neglected. But Quarterly would have it there has they have laid it on with a trowel.not ever been, any second edition, of He would never have been heard of, any thing that Brown ever wrote in but for us.—They are determined, America, we mean. We say this, with now, that we shall never hear of any some positiveness (notwithstanding thing else.-We licked him into shape: the most unprofitable uproar lately they have slobbered him-as the anamade about him there,—for which we conda would a buffaloe (if she could shall give the reasons, before we have find one)—till one cannot bear to look done with Brother Jonathan--cut at him. We pawed him over, till he where it may-hit or miss)—because was able to stand alone-in his own we know, that, very lately, it was im- woods—they—till he can neither stand possible to find, even in the circulating nor go; till we should not know our libraries of his native city (Philadel- own cub, if we saw him. phia) any complete edition of his The talking about him began, clumworks :-Because we know, tbat, when sily enough-and, as usual, with a they are found, any where (in America) most absurd circumspection, in the they are odd volumes of the same North American Review : All the edition, so far as we can judge-print- newspapers followed-of course-all ed all of a heap'-or samples of some the magazines-tag, rag, and bob-tail : English edition :-Because a young And then, just in the nick of time, Maryland lawyer told ourself, not came out proposals from a Newlong ago, that he had been offered an Yorker, to publish a handsome ediarmful of Brown's novels—(by a rela- tion of Brown's Novels ; at less, we tion of Brown's family)—which were believe, than one dollar (4s. 6d.) a lying about in a garret, and had been volume— worthy of him-worthy of lying about, in the same place, the the age-and-worthy of America, Lord knows how long-if he would by subscription. carry them away-or, as he said, “ tote There the matter ended. Nothing


But being a shrewd more was done-of course. The fayoung fellow-not easily. cotch ;' hav. mily were scattered -- very likely to ing heard about an executor de son the four winds of heaven ;-and what tort, for meddling with a dead man's if there was a niece living in Philagoods—and suspecting some trick (like delphia—that was no business of theirs. the people, to whom crowns were of. They talked about his books; but nofered, on a wager, at sixpence a-piece,) body thought of subscribing. They he cocked his eye-pulled his hat over called him the “Scott” of America one ear-screwed up his mouth, and and there the matter ended. walked off, whistling 'Taint the truck

It was one thing to make a noise ; for trowsers, tho'

another to pay money.

His countrySome years ago, we took up Charles men had kicked up a dust, about his Brockden Brown ; disinterred him ; grave—talked of the “star-spangled embalmed him; did him up, decently; banner”-and what more would ye and put him back again—(that is expect

of his countrymen ? The whole one of us did so.)—Since then, poor community were up in arms—people Brown has had no peace, for his coun were ready to go a pilgrimage trymen. We opened upon the North birth-place-if there were no toll to American creature-making bim break pay—but not one in a million can tell, cover; and, riding after him, as if he to this hour-where he was born were worth our while. Then-but where he lived--where he died-or

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