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4. In the autumn of the same year, a decisive battle was fought at the mouth of the Great Kanhaway, between the collected forces of the Shawanee, Mingoes, and Delawares, and a detachment of the Virginia militia. The Indians were defeated, and sued for peace.
5. Logan, however, disdained to be seen among the suppliants; but lest the sincerity of a treaty should be distrusted from which so distinguished a chief absented himself, he sent by a messenger the following speech, to be delivered to Lord Dunmore.
6 “I appeal to any white man to say, if ever he entered Logan's cabin hungry, and he gave him no meat; if ever he came cold and naked, and he clothed him not. During the last long and bloody war, Logan remained idle in his cabin, an advocate for peace.
7. “ Such was my love for the whites, that my country. men pointed as they passed by, and said, Logan is the friend of white men. I had even thought to have lived with
you, had it not been for the injuries of one man. Colonel Cre. sap, the last spring, in cold blood, and unprovnked, murdered all the relations of Logan, not even sparing my women and children.
8. “ There runs not a drop of my blood in the veins of any living creature. This called on me for revenge. I have sought it; I have killed many ; I have fully glutted my vengeance. For my country,
, I rejoice at the beams of peace; but do not harbour a thought that mine is the joy of fear. Logan never felt fear. He will not turn on his heel to save his life. Who is there to mourn for Logan? Not one."
THE AGED PRISONER RELEASED FROM THE BASTILE.
NO where else on earth, perhaps, has human misery, by human means, been rendered so lasting, so complete, or so remediless as in that despotic prison, the Bastile. This the following case may suffice to evince ; the particulars of which are translated from that elegant and energetic writer, Mr. Mercier.
2. The heinous offence which merited an imprisonment surpassing torture, and rendering death a blessing, was no wore than some unguarded expressions, implying disrespect towards the late Gallic Monarch, Lewis fifteenth.
3. Upon the accession of Lewis sixteenth to the throne, the ministers then in office, moved by humanity, began their administration with an act of clemency and justice. They inspected the registers of the Bastile, and set many prisoners at liberty.
4. Among those there was an old man who had groaned in confinement for forty-seven years, between four thick and cold stone walls. Hardened by adversity, which strengthens both the mind and constitution, when they are not overpowered by it, he had resisted the horrors of his long imprisonment with an invincible and manly spirit.
5. His locks, white, thin, and scattered, had almost acquired the rigidity of iron ; whilst his body, environed for so long a time by a coffin of stone, had borrowed from it a firm and compact habit. The narrow door of his tomb, turning upon its grating hinges, opened, not as usual, by halves, and an unknown voice announced his liberty, and bade him, depart.
6. Be.ieving this to be a dream, he hesitated; but at length rose up and walked forth with trembling steps, amazed at the space
he traversed. The stairs of the prison, the halls, the courts seemed to him vast, immense, and almost without bounds.
7. He stopped from time to time, aud gazed around like a bewildered traveller. His vision was with difficulty reconciled to the clear light of day. He contemplated the heavens as a new object. His eyes remained fixed, and he could not even weep.
8. Stupitied with the newly acquired power of changing his position, his limbs, like his tongue, refused, in spite of his efforts, to perform their office. At length be got through the formidable gate.
9. When he felt the motion of the carriage, which was prepared to transport him to his former habitation, he screamed out, and uttered some inarticulate sounds; and as he could not bear this new movement, he was obliged to descend. Supported by a benevolent arm, he sought out
the street where he had formerly resided: he found it, but no trace of his house remained; one of the public edifices occupied the spot where it had stood.
10. He now saw nothing which brought to his recollection, either that particular quarter, the city itself, or the objects with which he was formerly acquainted. The houses of his nearest neighbours, which were fresh in his memory, had assumed a new appearance.
11. In vain were his looks directed to all the objects around him; he could discover nothing of which he had the smallest remembrance. Terrified, he stopped and fetched a deep sigh. To him what did it import that the city was peopled with living creatures? None of them were alive to him; he was unknown to all the world, and he knew nobody; and whilst he wept, he regretted his dungeon.
12. At the name of the Bastile, which he often pronounced and even claimed as an asylum, and the sight of his clothes which marked his former age, the crowd gathered around him; curiosity, blended with pity, excited their attention. The most aged asked him many questions, but had no remembrance of the circumstances which he recapitulated.
13. At length accident brought to his way an ancient domestic, now a superannuated porter, who, confined to his lodge for fifteen years, had barely sufficient strength to open the gate. Even he did not know the master he had served; but informed him that grief and misfortune had brought his wife to the grave thirty years before; that his children were gone abroad to distant climės, and that of all his relations and friends, none now remained.
14. This recital was made with the indifference which people discover for events long past and almost forgotten. The miserable man groaned, and groaned alone. The crowd around, offering only unknown features to his view, made him feel the excess of his calamities even more than he would have done in the dreadful solitude which he had left.
15. Overcome with sorrow, he presented himself before the minister, to whose humanity he owed that liberty which was now a burden to him. Bowing down, he said, "Restore me again to that prison from which you have taken me. I cannot survive the loss of my nearest relations; of my
friends; and in one word, of a whole generation. Is it pos sible in the same moment to be informed of this universal destruction, and not to wish for death?
16. This general mortality, which to others comes slowly and by degrees, has to me been instantaneous; the operation of a moment. Whilst secluded from society, I lived with myself only; but here I can neither live with myself, nor with this new race, to whom my anguish and despair appear only as a dream."
17. The minister was melted; he caused the old domestic to attend this unfortunate person, as only he could talk to him of his family.
18. This discourse was the single consolation which he received: for he shunned intercourse with the new race, born since he had been exiled from the world; and he passed his time in the midst of Paris in the same solitude as he had done whilst confined in a dungeon for almost half a century.
19. But the chagrin and mortification of meeting no person who could say to him, "We were formerly known to each other," soon put an end to his existence.
ACCOUNT OF COLUmbus.
TO Christopher Columbus, a native of Genoa, is deservedly ascribed the first discovery of America: an event which opened to mankind a new region of science, commerce and enterprize; and stamped with immortality the name of its projector.
2. He was born in the year 1447. He early showed a capacity and inclination for a sea-faring life, and received an education which qualified him to pursue it. At the age of fourteen, he went to sea, and began his career on that element, where he was to perform exploits, which should astonish mankind.
3. He made a variety of voyages to almost every part of the globe, with which any intercourse was then carried on by sea; and became one of the most skilful navigators in Europe. But his active and enterprizing genius would
not suffer him to rest in the decisions, and tamely follow the track of his predecessors.
4. It was the great object in view at this time in Europe, to find out a passage by sea to the East Indies. The Portuguese, among whom he now resided, sought a new route to these desirable regions, by sailing round the southern extremity of Africa.
5. They had consumed half a century in making various attempts, and had advanced no further on the western shore of Africa than just to cross the equator, when Columbus conceived his great design of finding India in the west: The spherical figure of the earth, which he understood, made it evident to him, that Europe, Asia and Africa, formed but a small portion of the globe.
6. It was an impeachment of the wisdom and beneficence of the Author of nature, to suppose the vast space, yet unexplored, was a waste, unprofitable ocean; and it appeared necessary that there should be another continent in the west to counterpoise the immense quantity of land, which was known to be in the east.
7. In the sea, near the western islands, pieces of carved wood, and large joints of cane had been discovered; and branches of pine trees, and the bodies of two men, with features different from the Europeans, had been found on the shores of those islands after a course of westerly winds.
8. These reasonings and facts, with some others, convinced Columbus that it was possible to find the desired land by sailing in a westerly direction. He had a genius of that kind, which makes use of reasoning only as an excitement to action. No sooner was he satisfied of the truth of his system, than he was anxious to bring it to the test of experiment; and set out on a voyage of discovery.
9. His first step was to secure the patronage of some of the considerable powers of Europe, capable of undertaking such an enterprise. Excited by the love of his country, he laid his scheme before the Senate of Genoa, offering to sail under their banners. But they, ignorant of the principles on which it was formed, rejected it as the dream of a visionary projector.
10. He next applied to John II. king of Portugal. But he being deeply engaged in prosecuting discoveries