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rents to read the works of a certain All these intrigues, and all these father Lejeune. Now father Leje- efforts, did not, however, produce une had been a disciple of father the intended effect. The blessed Quesnel. This affection for the Labre was in vogue in those counproductions of a Jansenist was a tries only where the Jesuits had a bad recommendation to the Jesuits; party. In Spain and Portugal his but they had advanced too far to sanctity and his miracles were obretire without shame. What was jects of derision. In France, a few of all things the most important to prelates alone endeavoured to bring them was to find food for supersti. him into fashion ; but in Rome, in tion: and the blessed Labre an- that centre of religious mummery, swered that purpose as well as any he found for some time abundance one else.

of panegyrists, and even of imitaHis credit was still more hurt by tors. It was by no means uncoma rumour, that when solicited to re- mon to meet devotees in the streets ceive extreme unction at the hour of that city begging like him ; ragof death, he had made answer that ged, and motionless like him; and it was not necessary. But what like him expecting alms from the injured it more than all was the re- passengers, but soliciting none. port made of him by the vicar of hisG reat pains continued to be taken parish, who affirmed that, notwith- to collect, upon the spot and elsestanding his entreaties, Labre would where, every particular relative to never consent to come to his church his life. The most singular one is to receive the sacrament at Easter, that to which amateurs are indebtand that his abstinence did not de- ed for his much revered portrait. serve to be so highly extolled, since A French painter, of the name of it was well known that he often Bley, who was at Rome in 1777, went to eat and drink at a neigh- and who had it in contemplation to bouring public-house, where nobody paint a picture of the calling of St. had been much edified by his fru. Peter met at the corner of a street a gality. It was also discovered that young beggar with a little red beard. his only confessor at Rome was the He looked at him; and thought priest who declared himself the de- that his head might serve as a niopositary of his prophecies, and who del for that of Christ. " Will you was notorious for his attachment to come to my lodgings, and be paintthe Jesuits. In a short time, the ed?” said he to him in Italian. The latter were the only partisans he beggar refused in a surly manner, had at Rome; but that was a great and in an accent by which the paintdeal. Their most active agent was er knew him to be a foreigner.... an Ex Jesuit of the name of Zacca. « Are you a Frenchman?"...." Yes ria, whom Pius VI, honoured with sir."....“ In that case you have it in a share of his confidence. It was your power to render a service to he who was charged to compose the one of your countrymen. I wish to life of Benediet Labre, in two vo- introduce the head of our Saviour lumes; and to furnish a list of the in a picture I am painting, and am pretended miracles. The pope, at a loss for a model. You would who never resisted with firmness answer my purpose. Pray do me the solicitations of the Jesuitical the favour to follow me.".... The party, suffered himself to be per- painters entreaties, joined to the suaded to give a bookseller the ex. word countryman, overcame the clusive privilege of printing the his- beggar's reluctance....“ With all tory of the venerable's life, and all my heart," said he, “but upon conthe writings relative to his beatifi- dition that you do not keep me cation. The congregation dci Ri- long."...." A single morning will ti was already engaged in that im- suffice." Upon this they walked portant task; and was anxious to on; and upon their arrival at the abridge the customary formalities. artist's the beggar became as mo

tionless as a statue. This was a The lame repaired thither to seek part which he had been long accus- a cure: and notwithstanding their tomed to play. When the sitting implicit faith, and the mummery of was over a reward was offered him; the priests, returned as lame as but he obstinately refused it, and re- they went. No matter ; his miratired. The painter heard no more cles were already numerous and inof him.

contestible; and what inference As he was not dissatisfied with could be drawn from a few abortive his sketch, he preserved it in a cures. It was the fault of the sick, port folio, which he left at Lyons, and not that of the physician. The in a journey that he made thither congregation dei Riti was not the in 1782. During passion-week in less busy in the beatification of the 1783, a report was spread in Rome pious beggar; but it was a work of that a young French beggar, who time. It was necessary to collect enjoyed a high reputation for sanc- information in all the places which tity, was dead : that his body was the candidate had inhabited. It exposed to public view, and attract- was necessary to have the most aued a prodigious crowd; and that thentic testimonies. It was necesmiracles were ascribed to him, sary to observe a number of slow The painter had not curiosity and minute formalities; such, in enough to go and see him. He had short, as made it impossible for something else to do. After the fraud to procure, forone of the prointerment of the beggar, the con- fane, the reward that was reserved course round his tomb, and the mie for the elect alone. It was necessary raculous result, were the same. above all, to have money; for the One day a model*, who was often church of Rome afforded nothing employed by the artist, spoke to gratuitously. This was one of the him of the dead man, whom he had most scandalous remains of those suattentively surveyed. From the de- perstitious times, when she imposed scription he gave of liim, the paints a tribute upon every species of fol. er recollected his French acquaint- ly. On some future day, indeed, it ance, sent to Lyons for his drawing, will scarcely be believed that she and ere long found his apartments dared to disfigure those brilliant crowded by the curious and the de- apotheoses, which she borrowed rout. All of them recognised the from the pagans, to such a degree fcatures of the venerable Labre. as to put up to auction the seats she To satisfy the impatience of the had to dispose of in the celestial public, he put his sketch into the court, and to knock them down, lands of an Italian engraver, by not to men known by their splenwhose means the portrait of the ho- did virtues, by some great service ly man was speedily dispersed all rendered to their country, or at least over the country.

by some illustrious crime, producThis violent enthusiasm was not, tive of a change in the condition of however, of long duration. Before mankind; but most frequently to the year 1783 had elapsed, the ve- vile and indolent wretches, who niruble Libre, was a little less spo. ought at least to have been conken of; and the fame of his mira- demned to that obscurity to which cles was alredy upon the decline. they had devoted themselves. All those ridiculous scenes which, T'he contributions, however, of in France, bacl been acted at the credulity increased sufficiently in a grave of Paris, the deacon, we're few years for the congregation dei rehearsed round his tcmb..... Riti, to accelerate the first triumph

of the venerable Labre. He was * Model is the name given at Rome beatified in the course of the year to the males and females who hire 1792, when the country which had edienselves to such artists as wish to given him birth was already rescued udy the hunian form after the life.

from the clutches of superstition.

Labre was then enrolled in the num- tury should elapse from the death ber of the blessed. There remain- of him for whom that signal favour ed a still greater victory for him to was solicited; and it must be conobtain ; that which was to procure fessed, that in these latter times cahim his insertion in the calender of nonisations were become very unsaints, in other words, his cannoni. frequent. None had been pronounc sation. But the ascent to this high- ed since the pontificate of Clement est degree of celestial honours was XIII. As to that of the blessed Ladifficult and tedious. There were bre, it is more than probable, that a multitude of obstacles to be over- it is adjourned to an indefinite pe. come. It was necessary that a cen- riod.


HUDSON, Nov. 22.

34 do. Carrots, On Wednesday morning. 23

2 do. Beets, waggons arrived in this city from

2 do. Dryed Apples, New-Lebanon, loaded with provi

24 do. Beans, sions, &c. with three hundred dol

179 do. Potatos, lars in specie, as a donation from

Crossed the Philadelphia Middle the small company of Believers,

Ferry Bridge, in one week end. (vulgarly called Shakers) of New

ing 27th November, 1805. Lebanon and Hancock, to the corporation of New-York, for the 124 Pleasure carriages, relief of the poor of that city.

329 Chairs, While we record with pleasure such, 527 Heavy loaded waggons, an instance of liberality, we forbear 91 Empty waggons, expressing our feelings on the occa 237 Light market waggons, sion. The deed speaks for itself; 517 Loadedcarts, and every person acquainted with In all 6004 horses. the unostentatious character of the Taken from the account kept by generous donors, must be sensible the toll gatherer. that it was not done for praise sake. But we have strong motives for ELIZABETH-TOWN, NOV, 28. mentioning such a deed. We wish Some seamen, on board the Bri. to shew the proud rich man an ex• tish frigate that lays at the quaample worthy of his imitation. antine ground in York Bay, lateTherefore, if he has ears to hear ly concerted the following stralet him “ go and do likewise.”

tagem to make their escape : The above mentioned donation, It was agreed, at a certain hour of we understand, consisted of the the night, that the best swimmer following articles :

among the number, should fall 300 Dollars, specie*,

overboard, and drift down with 953 lb. Pork,

the tide as fast as he could, crving 1951 lb. Beef,

help! help! and the others were 1744 Ib. Mutton,

to stand ready to man the boat to 1185 lb. Rye Flour,

pick him up, but by the by, they 52 Bushels Rye,

took care to let him get a good disa

tance from the ship before they * Exclusive of 26 dollars 50 cents, reached him, and then shaped their intended for the payment of expense course for Long Island, where they of freighting the articles from this landed in safety, and made their esplace to New York.

cape, The gunner happening to VOL. I....NO. IV.


jump into the boat with them, and On Monday night of the 24th ult. after picking up the man, disco- the following prisoners broke out of vered the intention, attempted to the Portland gaol: Richard Flood, hail the sl.. upon which they Samuel Thompson, Charles Cane, threw him down, gagged him, and Stephen Hawkins, and George Pe. when they got to the shore, pushed ters. him and the boat adrift.

On Monday night, a house at Nine hundred American vessels, Beverly, occupied by Mr. A. Stone's from 39 to 200 tons, and having up- family, and three other families, wards of 9000 persons on board, was destroyed by fire The pro. were engaged in the Labrador fish- gress of the flames was so rapid, ery the present year, which proved that the people of the house had uncommonly abundant!!!! only time to escape, without clothes,

from their beds. A Dwarf is exhibiting at Baltimore, who is stated to be twenty

NEW INVENTION. four years old, and only thirty in- Jedediah T. Turner, of Cazenoches high. He is said to possess via, in the state of New York, has all the faculties of the mind, and to obtained a patent for the invention be conversant and well informed on of a THRESHING MACHINE, most subjects; was born in Meck- upon entirely new, and very plain lenburgh county, Virginia.

principles, calculated for the threshOn the night of the 27th of Octo

ing all kinds of grain, from wheat ber last, a certain Mr. James How

to beans, peas, and corn. The ard in conjunction with myself,

machine is turned by horses, oxen,

wind or water, and the operation were travelling down the Ohio river, with a number of negrocs,

is performed by whipping, so that bound to the Natchez; unfortunate

smutty grain is not broken, as is ly some of the negromen meditated

the case with many other modes of the sanguine intention of murder

threshing; it will thresh from 50 ing us as we were lying asleep, and

to 150 bushels per day, and clean accordingly attempted to carry

it at the same time. The expense their object into execution; one of of bu

of building the machine, will not them with an axe and another with

generally exceed 40 or 50 dollars. a loaded whip, terminated the life

The Patentee intends selling the of the said Mr. Howard; I fortu

patent right on the most reasonable nately got overboard, receiving a

ternis. stroke on my wrist, and swin ashore. The fellows were allcaught

NEW YORK, SEPT. 8. and committed to jail in Kenawha

On Sunday afternoon, between county, two of whom have received

the hours of 4 and 5 o'clock, as a sentence of death, the others have

beautitul female child of the late been ordered to be hired out, and

Mr. Samuel Levy, aged somewill be detained until the friends of thing more than four years, was Mr. Howard come forward.

standing at the corner of Broad

and Friend-streets, a chair drove Staten Island, Woodbridge, Pis furiously out of Friend-street, and cataway, September 27th, 1803. before the infant could get out of About 9 o'clock P. M. an earth. its way, the wheel passed over its quake was heard and felt in those body, and in consequence of the parts. The sound seemed to pro- bruises it received, died about 9 ceed from the west or north-west, o'clock the same evening. It may and to pass off to the east or south- be recollected that Mir. Levy was east : It very sensibly shook the drowned on his passage last year, houses for the space of half a mi- from New York to Albany, having Rute or more.

been knocked overboard by the

boom of the vessel. These two Mr. John Bacon, of Colchester, melancholy accidents leave the sur New-London county, Connecticut, viving widow and mother in a state at his decease some time ago, left of distress which can be better con- property to the amount of thirty ceived than described.

thousand dollars, to be appropriat

ed as a fund for the erection and On Saturday evening, the 12th support of an academy. This acainstant, Chilberry House, the ele demy has been built, and was opengant seat of the late James Phillips, ed on Tuesday the 1st instant, for Esq. in Hartford county, Maryland, the reception of students, under was entirely consumed. By the the direction of John Adams, A. bursting of a chimney then on fire, , M. late of Plainfield Academy, that destructive element was in principal. The building is of brick, stantaneously communicated to 75 feet by 34, and three stories every part of the roof, and in less high, in a pleasant and eligible situthan two hours, that extensive edi. ation, on the new turnpike road fice, occupying nearly one hundred from New-London to Hartford, in and fifty feet in front, was razed a neighbourhood where living is to the ground.

cheap, and the society respectable.



Miss H. Rowen. T'he parties were

strangers on Saturday, and were December 16. Charleston....Cap- man and wife on Sunday evening. tain J. Stiles to Mrs. M. S. Wilkon

20. Philadelphia....Mr. J. son.

Neale, principal of the young ladies 22. Newtown, N.Jersey... academy, to Miss C. Palmer. S. W. Fisher, Esq. to Miss S. W. - Mr. J. Brown, of BalCooper.

timore, to Miss A. Smith. 31. Baltimore......Jerome - 21. Mr. B. Harbeson Bonaparte, youngest brother to the to Miss S. Lawler, daughter of M. first consul, to Miss E. Patterson, Lawler, Esq. daughter of William Patterson, Esq. - 23. Mr.C.P.Wayne merchant, of that city.

to Miss M. Stokes. - Philadelphia....Mr. J. Cou.

27. Charleston....T.Pinck. lon to Miss H. Armstrong.

ney, jun, Esq. to Miss E. Izard. - Mr. Laban Hill to Miss A. Dawson.

- Captain S. Crosswell to Miss M. Watt.

DEATHS. January —, 1804. Athens, Vermont....Mr. Silas Chaplin, aged 15, December 9. Charleston.... After to Miss Susanna Powers, aged 13. a short, but severeillness, Miss Eliza

- 7. Captain P. Geyer, Edwards, daughter of JohnEdwards, aged. 62, to Miss Polly Sancry, Esq. deceased. She had lately araged 14.

rived from the north, in the full - Greenwich, Connecti- bloom of perfect health. The death cut....Mr. Z. Lewis, editor of the so unexpected, of a person in all New-York Commercial Advertiser, respects so excellent, so amiable, and Spectator, to Miss S. Nitchie, fills the mind with awful and afflict

- 12. Philadelphia....Captain ing emotions.... Yet such have their. J. Coffin to Mrs. Adams.

"use.... They admonish us (in this 19. Haddam, Connecticut.... instance strikingly) that neither Mr. R. Keene, of Providence, to health, youth, virtue, beauty, nor

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