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disease, and his sudden death on the fourth day after his attack, were arguments of irresistible weight against farther experiments on human life, even with the most credulous. Beside, our deceased friend was summoned as his physician, by the afflicted PERKINS on his death-bed, and the story of his preposterous remedy and its fatal issue were still farther corroborative prooss of the views which Dr. McLean had taken of the man's empiricism.
“The members of the dramatic corps, by the removal of Dr. McLean from among us, have lost a friend of inappreciable value. The medical attentions of the Doctor to that prominent body of individuals commenced so early as during the HODGKINSON dynasty, and were continued with slight intermissions to nearly the close of his practice. I had a passing acquaintance with the good Doctor early in 1810, but we first met in consultation together with my excellent preceptor, Dr. Hosack,
lillness of the tragic hero, GEORGE FREDERICK COOKE. Dr. MCLEAN felt deeply the loss of this eminent man, in common with all who knew the wonderful qualities of his intellectual powers. Notwithstanding his detrimental habits, his generous nature and benevolent heart were well understood. Our departed friend, to his well-stored medical knowledge added a remarkable foodness for dramatic literature. Perhaps his equal could hardly be found for a thorough acquaintance with the old English drama. His study of the great dramatists, from JONSON and MASSIN. GER and SHAKSPEARE, down to the era of SHERIDAN KNOWLES, was demonstrated whenever conversational topics of that nature arose among the discussions of his friends. It was natural that the
ellectual gratification should create an attachment to the cultivators of dramatic representations themselves; and consequently our humane physician was rarely absent when summoned to the bed-side of the acknowledged professors of the scenic art. Will you allow me to dwell a moment longer on the professional career of our departed friend?
me allow, I might particularize many individuals whose lives his saving kuowledge rescued in seasons of peril and dismay. CHARLES BROCKDEN BROwn and WILLIAM DUNLAP are of the number. Brown, in a beautiful epistle to him, returns his gratitude for his recovery from yellow fever. DUNLAP has in one of his works written to the same effect. By the rescue of the former, our literature has been enriched with the many distinguished productions which flowed from his gifted mind; and New-York, we KNICKEREOCKRs, have the honor of priority in works of fancy and of taste, in the early appearance of Arthur Mervin,''Ormond,' etc., the forerunners of the still higher productions of our Irving and Cooper and PAULDING. By watching over the health and prolonging the life of DUNLAP, Dr. MCLEAN was instrumental in securing to us a consecutive dramatic history, a minute record of the arts of design, and a history of the State of New York, embracing many new facts from authentic sources. This is a part of the service which a kind and skilful physician, however indirectly, readers to mankind. Genius is nourished, talent is appreciated, intellect is secured, physical suffering is banished, and the recovered patient adds his tribute to the mental treasures of his country.
• It were very easy to enlarge the list of cases in which, by the salvation of the patient, effected by more than ordinary attention, and by well-considered regard to the medicina mentis,' as well as in mitigating physical evils, our departed friend conferred eminent blessings. JOHN BLAIR LINN, an esteemed man, and author of the Power of Genius' and of 'Valerian,' a poem, owed something to his medical adviser, by which, under a kind Providence, his wasting frame resisted for some time the insidious assaults of pulmonary disease ; and I may add, without invading the sanctuary of private life, that I see around me many who in their boyish days profited by the study of the elementary works which JAMES HARDIE manufactured for their mental occupation. HARDIE Was long aided by his friend McLEAN, as well as by others; and in the course of his precarious life was thus enabled to record, with the fidelity of an eye-witness, a history of our yellow fever in 1795, 1798, and in 1805 and 1822. Thus facts of value were rescued from oblivion, which now become serviceable for the medical historian. Poor HARDIE was from Scotland ; he came here early, about 1790, and brought letters of high consideration from Dr. BeaTTIE, the author of The Minstrel,' in whose family he had been domesticated, and whose favorite pupil he was. His ains at a classical professorship in this city were defeated; he resolved himself into a schoolmaster, compiled • Viri Rome,' and issued various other classical works, beside the medical narratives already referred to. He saw more of the yellow fever personally during its several visitations than any other individual of our city, and was prolific of anecdotes on the subject. Chagrined by his bumble office, a sort of corporation inspector, and nurse to the indigent sick, he became reckless in his habits; but he affirmed that the pestilence would never seize him; and he illustrated in practice the theory of JOHN HUNTER, that one poison counteracts the influence of another: and true it was, he passed with impunity through every invasion of the malignant disorder. He died at the close of the season of the cholera of 1832
just after that plague had ceased, in great indigence and bodily suffering: no unguent could heal him, no balm sootbe his anguish. I well remember his wretched abode and his many wants in his last hours. Dr. McLean's life was full of incidents of the nature I have just given. However, these
counterpart of what we find concerning Sir RICHARD STEELE and others, of improvident genius, recorded in our books of hospital or clinical medicine. Like many of the members of the faculty of physic, Dr. MCLEAN's miscellaneous studies embraced a fair proportion of theological reading; and no work stood bigher in his estimation than the 'Religio Medici'
reference to the Episcopal doctrines of faith; and in the closing scenes of his existence derived consolation from his deep religious convictions.
Venerable PRESIDENT: I will trespass but a moment longer. You, Sir, I am sure, feel persuaded that the law is a severe profession; your declaration of the fact is enough for me; but rest in the
ief, Sir, that the conscientious and benevolent medical man, true to his trusts, has toils and responsabilities equally corroding, and of at least equal weight. I adopt no Lilliputian standard w en I say that our esteemed friend devoted his life to his high vocation. He was eminent in his profession among the eminent men of his day. His first severe illness proved to be his last. He died in the seventieth year of his age.
· I am in part consoled, in the midst of our professional bereavement, in being enabled to close this report by stating, that a remarkably excellent state of health has marked the physical condition of the Sons of ST. NICHOLAS during the past year. Notwithstanding our long solstitial heat the past summer, we bave had among us no deaths by cold-water-drinking! The KNICKERBOCKER blood loses by intermixture none of its original qualities; and if philosophy be true, acquires new excel. lences by amalgamation. The learned President of the ST. GEORGE Society, who at this time honors our reeting, has on former occasions given countenance to the validity of this assertion ; and without attempting to urge my own theory, I am content to abide by the decision of his enlighted mind. I will add no more.'
Mr. James De Peyster OGDEN, first Vice-President, in a silvery voice, and with much animation, spoke mainly in these words :
MR. PRESIDENT : I am well aware, Sir, that politics, as a subject of debate, or theme for discussion. are not permitted in the deliberations of our society, and are excluded from our festive halls. And it is right it should be so. Still, as individuals, we all are, or should be, politicians, in the enlarged and liberal sense of the term; and I hold it, Sir, that there are three great parties in the State to which we are all bound to render allegiance : Our Union, Our City, and Our Society. The first stands as a pyramid of Fame, supported by those whom, in its turn, it protects ; the second has an independent foundation of its own, and yet is dependent upon the aid and protection of the first; the tbird springs from the foundation of the second, takes its rise from its very roots, and like the thrifty vine around the sturdy oak, aspires to shoot upward toward its lofty top, while it shelters itself beDeath its wide-spread branches. Our Union reposes in conscious pride upon the extended circle which forms alike its strength and security ; that magic circle, which admite of extension, but not contraction, formed by the union of those links, which, connected by a firm and mighty grasp, preclude the possibility of disruption. Our city, proud of the integral part it forms as an independent link in this lengthened chain, adds to the power and efficiency of each and of all. Our Society, glorying in the growth and prosperity of our city, still looks fondly and proudly to our Union, in the maintenance of its integrity and continuity.
It has been said, Sir, with the semblance of truth rather than fiction, that if a scion be taken from an ancient but still vigorous and fruitful tree, and grafted upon a rising sapling, for a time it blooms and flourishes, shooting its branches upward and outward, courting the sunbeams, and defying the storm; but when the parent stock begins to feel the approach of age, and bends beneath the weight of years, the offspring yields to the same influence, and feels the same symptoms of decay; and when at last the parent stock bows to the stroke and lies prostrate on the earth, the once vigorous offspring yields to its destiny, and falls by its side. Be it our care to preserve our parent stock, wbich is not subject to these laws of nature, from feeling the effect of age, by eradicating every symptom of decay. Sir, the escutcheon of our country's fame received its first rays as it looked to the east from the broad Atlantic; as it now turns, in its westward course, to the great Pacific, may we behold its lengthened rays from ocean's mirror still reflected bright: and if it be our late to stand with either foot on either ocean's shore, still may we stand erect in freedom's cause. Then may we teach the olden world which way the rightful march of Empire tonds; then may we flaunt in air, what now so proudly floats on land and sea, our flag of stars and stripes; that banner destined through all time, in might and right, to court and brave 'the battle and the breeze! 'I give you then, Sir, the Three great Parties in the State:
OUR UNION, OUR CITY, AND OUR Society.'
Mr. Ogden was succeeded by John A. King, Esquire, of Jamaica, (L. I.,) second Vice-President, who in a few brief but very forcible and admirably-delivered remarks alluded to the adventurous spirit of commerce and discovery which led the early settlers of New-Amsterdam to our favored shores and noble harbor. They first planted a colony; and, imbued with the love of trade, founded the commercial capital of this western world, and only yielded the colony thus early settled, and already starting in the career of enterprise and trade, to enable another race of men, as distinguished as themselves in all that leads a free people to wealth and power, who loved and cherished commerce as they did. Under their auspices, the growth and prosperity of New-York kept pace with the increasing numbers of those who flocked to these shores, until the period had arrived when they who owned the soil here, and were filled with the principles of liberty and self-government, resolved to sover the bonds of allegiance to the mother country; and having successfully accomplished the great object for which they struggled, they and their descendants, with the aid and infusion of the enterprise, the capital and the industry of all who have come among us, and still continue to add to our numbers in each revolving year, have nobly carried out the great object of its early settlement, and rendered themselves and the city they inhabit remarkable in the annals of the world. Be it then the duty of the Sons of St. NICHOLAS, and the friendly sons of all the patron saints here assembled, to guard this rich inheritance, the common property of us all; and in every way to strive to open new channels of trade, new avenues to wealth ; and thus to swell our own and add to the commerce and prosperity of the world; remembering always, that • Commerce hath a thousand sons, that one by one pursue.' Mr. King closed his remarks by offering the annexed toast:
FOREIGN COMMERCE AND INTERNAL TRADE ; the elements of a nation's strength. The city that enjoys the first, may fairly struggle to acquire the last.'
Hon. Hamilton Fish, the third Vice-President, offered some appropriate remarks, introducing an excellent toast ; as did also Colonel James Watson Webb, who in a few sententious and felicitous sentences rendered high homage to the character and genius of WASHINGTON IRVING, whom he gave ; but through inadvertance, no report of either was sent to the chair. Mr. Charles King, associate editor of the Courier and Enquirer' daily journal, and the fourth Vice-President, being called upon from the chair, said:
* AFTER attending to the speeches and proceedings of the evening thus far, he could not but be struck with what seemed to him in some sense a type of our country and its institutions, in the mingling around the board of our patron saint of men of all nations, on an equal and harmonious footing. The disciples of the good ST. NICHOLAs seem to practice upon the spirit of a maxim of the great FREDERICK, who used to maintain tbat' victory was in the belly of the soldier;' feed him well and he would fight well. So here, not victory but harmony and good-fellowship were promoted by good cheer; and men of all nations were fused into one harmonious whole, in a manner kindred with that by which FREDERICK's soldiers were made invincible. We have had this evening contributions from the sister societies of different European peoples; all concurring to inlay the Mosaic platform of American liberty. There was tho iron-stone of England, the cairngorm of Scotland, some shining gem from the Emerald isle, and a brilliant from France; and from our Dutch Vaderlandt a sea. shore pebble; all set in the primitive granite of our own our native land ;' and this beautiful mosiac,
so brilliant in its variety and so strong in its unity, seemed a fitting type of our country as she is. Mr. KING therefore proposed this toast, as embodying what he had attempted to express :
"The Mosaic PAVEMENT OF THE AMERICAN PLATFORM: broad enough to receive all - strong enough to sustain all.'
At a subsequent period of the entertainment Mr. King again rose, and having obtained permission of the PRESIDENT, said he was anxious to propose a toast which he was sure all would unite in. We have already in our regular toasts drank to the Army and Navy; but he was about to propose a toast somewhat more specific. We had an army in an enemy's country; and without stopping then to inquire or to discuss how wisely or otherwise the war with Mexico was undertaken ; or whether it could or should bave been avoided, we all knew that our soldiers were in the enemy's country ; that our glorious flag was flying there; and wherever that was unfurled there our hearts would be, and at need our arms. Without farther preface, therefore, he would give:
GEN. TAYLOR AND HIS GALLANT ARMy.'
This toast was drank standing, with three times three' and 'three more.' Thero were several other brief speeches interspersed, like their predecessors, with toasts, instrumental music, song and anecdote ; but of these we can give only a 'sample.' Mr. John D. Van Beuren, being called upon for a toast, said that the gloomy weather of the day had disposed him to grave thoughts. Heretofore he had attempted to move their siniles; he should now ask their tears. He was inclined to be pathetic. Suffering from the blues, his thoughts had naturally run on in the direction of the blacks; those faithful standing members of the society, who had been too much overlooked. Since he last met with the society, Death had been among them- black death. Black Sam was dead.* As the able head of the corps of waiters, all must remember him. He had gone to the shades ;' he had sought a shade darker than his own; and to those who remembered the decided hue of his surface, this last act of his proved him a man of most immoderate desires. He was a man of shining qualities; it was only since his polished face had disappeared from behind the PresiDENT's chair, that Mr. JENNINGS had thought it necessary to place there the brilliant mirror that now adorned that quarter of the room. He was the only man who had ever filled, to its full measure, the society's livery. Clad in the red-and-white hose of that livery, his noble calves looked more like a pair of prize-oxen; or rather, when he remembered their peculiarly fat and lazy look, he should compare them to a couple of striped pigs; but knowing Sam's decided KNICKERBOCKER feelings, he dared not connect his memory with any thing of eastern origin. “But I came,' added Mr. VAN BEUREN, ' to bury CEBAR, not to praise him ;' and I will say no more. We ne'er shall look upon his like again. He was unmatched, unmatchable ; himself alone could be his parallel; and him we never shall behold again; for it is proverbial with what tenacity grim Death sticks to his prey when that prey is ' a dead nigger.' He concluded by giving, 'The Memory of Black Sam,' which was drank standing and in silence
And thus it went on until the 'wee sma' hours ayont the twal,' at which period we left the hazy atmosphere of the hall; lamenting, like the boy who longed for a more frequent Christmas, that “St. Nicholas comes but once a-year.'
* It is not amiss to explain in this place that the speaker had been misinformed. If he had tears to shed there was no urgent necessity that he should have been prepared to shed them there; for * BLACK SAM,' erect as an arrow and proud as the Great Mogul, was grinning with amazement and delight from his position on the left of the chair ; his livery complete ; his sturdy calves no whit abated; 'not a stripe erased nor a spot obscured.'
Gossip with READERS AND CORRESPONDENTS. — The Romans clothed the symbol of Time with the form of Janus, whom they represented with two faces, the one retrospectively and the other prospectively viewing the past and the future ; glancing from year to year and from century to century, and with steady eyes pervading the events of ages and nations; the consequences that had resulted or might be excited from them; the good and evil actions of mankind, and their probable influence upon particular individuals or society at large. At this starting-point of Time, in his onward race; when, more than at other periods, we realize that we are going from eternity onward to eternity, that blank time is before and behind us, is it not well for us all to take a lesson for the future from the past ; to ask ourselves how many things we have done which we ought not to have done, and how many we have omitted to accomplish which we might have achieved ? Above all, let us remember, as we review the past year, and enter upon the confines of another, how much needless annoyance we have often given ourselves about that which after all eventuated for good; how many fears of coming evil we have nursed, which were never realized. But we would not read a homily to our friends; we would the rather, in that feeling of the heart which could only spring from the long and intimate relation we have held with our readers, a relation strengthened and endeared with each revolving season, wish them, one and all, and every where, a Happy New Year. · · · The following amusing adventure, given by a correspondent writing from Buffalo, actually took place in the town of Min Ohio, two years ago. It would have made even the late Isaac Hicks laugh at a solemn meeting on “Seventh-day:' • Farmer — had two daughters, very interesting young ladies, yet in their teens, who were quite romantic in their notions. The father was an aristocratic member of the Baptist church, and of course was very particular as to the company' his girls should keep.' Now it happened that these two pretty girls became acquainted with a couple of young bucks, clerks in an adjoining village, and, to use a common phrase, 'took quite a shyin' to 'em. To this the old gentleman was very much opposed, as he intended to match his daughters himself. But "'t was no use' talking to them; while week after week wore away, and found the young men constant visitors. At length, in order to enforce obedience, the old man found himself driven to the necessity of locking up the foolish children who had presumed without his consent to fall in love with a couple of poor tradesmen. The sweet girls were accordingly confined on Sunday afternoons in the back bed-room in the second story, which fronted the barn-yard ; a very romantic lookout.' Under the window was a pile of stones, which had been left after repairing the cellar-wall in that corner. For two or three successive Sabbath evenings, the usual period of visiting their inamoratas, the lovers had climbed, by means of the sheets of the bed, which were let down from the window by the heroic girls, up to the apartment of their imprisoned lovers, and from nightfall until rosy morning did revel in the 'ambrosial delight of love's young dreams. But this clandestine courtship could not be continued without being at last discovered. One lovely Sabbath, just at twilight, the father, coming in from the barn, thought he saw something rather ominous hanging out of the back-window ; so he walked noiselessly around to ascertain the nature' of it. There hung the fatal · flag of surrender ;' and the old man, giving it a slight jerk, commenced the ascent. He was lifted gently from off his feet, and felt himself gradually rising in the world.' 'T was a very heavy weight,