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The body was found after a long familiar. His anecdotes of the old search, and was brought home amid court, his observations in the course the tears and lamentations of all the of his travels, and his critical re. women, and even the men, of the marks on the writers of the present surrounding country. The chame day, were all in the highest degree berlain and footman, hearing of the interesting ; but the favourite pic catastrophe, made their escape. The of Mr. Jennings was his own author. bishop, desirous of showing every ship. “ As our best conceptions (he honour to her remains, as she could said) are ever fortuitous, and never not be buried in consecrated ground, to be depended upon if not instantly had a sepulchre of bronze made for seized,” he had been in the habit of her near the place, on which a mar- writing down, for near forty years ble pillar was raised, inscribed with past, every idea that fancy supplied, the fatal story.
and which memory might only imperfectly and capriciously at subse. quent periods renew.
of taste and the belles lettres he exFor the Literary Magazine. patiated with great delicacy and
correctness ; and in pointing out the A SINGULAR CHARACTER. latent merits of his paintings, col
lected at immense expence, he disMR. JENNINGS, who is men covered the nicest perception of tioned in the correspondence of beauty, and all the sensibility of a Warion as an extraordinary cha man of genius. Mr. Jennings seemracter, was living three years ago, ed no less anxious to be distinguishand made good his claim to the ti- ed as a philosopher; he had touchtle. He might have been properly ed on variety of topics with great numbered in the first class of British perspicuity, freedom, and spirit curiosities. He resided in the pa. but many of his theories were wbima rish of Chelsea, and by the singu. sical and visionary, yet his morality larity of his dress and the oddity of was sound, and his conduct did ho. his deportment attracted considera. nour to his morality. Several fragble attention. His house was an ments of great poetical beauty and elegant retreat, with all the mate. exquisite research were occasionalrials in itself of opulent embellish. ly shown to his more intimate ment, in rare and striking abun. friends; and also a few argumentadance ; but the incongruity of their tive tracts, which, though all evicombination rather excited wonder dently written to illustrate his own than admiration ; the novelty of the thoughts, were eminent proofs of inexhibition was nevertheless exqui- tellectual vigour and ability. sitely entertaining for half an hour. Mr. Jennings' metaphysical pro
The tables the chairs, and the ductions were very elaborate ; ma. greater portion of the floor of his ny of them have already appeared beloved apartment were scattered in print, but were never intended over with books, manuscripts, pic- for general circulation. Their subtures, china, together with an accu. jects were too abstruse to afford to mulation of gold and silver coin, the writer of this account any very and dirt, which extended itself luminous or distinct ideas, but they without in:erruption to every part appeared to be valuable proofs of of his arm-chair. His manners superior intelligence, and of great were disengaged and courteous, but depth of reflection. When he spoke he seldom conversed in the ordinary of the present vividness of certain mode of dialogue. His sentences mental impressions independent of were usually brief, and rather foreign agency, as during sleep, he too weighty for ordinary use ; but, expressed his thorough and animaton happier occasions, his style be- ed" belief that the faculty of concame easy, copious, unaffected, and sciousness and recollection under
certain modifications would be ex
Copenhagen, Sept. 9, 1807, tended to spirit, and perpetuated by GENTLEMEN, the wisdom and goodness of God Circumstanced as at present, through every progressive stage of without books or papers to refer to, future existence. Several essays on I must claim your indulgence for painting, sculpture, and music, bore waving the subject of business, and the marks of a masterly hand. confining the views of my present
Mr. Jennings had rendered the respects solely to the communicaInferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso, of tion of myself and family being in Dante into very elegant, spirited, existence, unhurt, and yet in health; and classical English. His account likewise the cursory detail of those of the stage, as it existed in his incidents that succeeded the date of youth, was extremely amusing. The my last address. If my memory be comparative merits of rival candi- not affected, I think I advised you dates for dramatic fame were treat. of the appearance of the feet, army, ed with great critical skill, but pro. &c., in our roads. I shall not now duced no very splendid eulogium in follow the occurrences in succession, favour of the theatrical performers but observe, that for ten days they of the present day. Mrs. Siddons continued to experience the most he complimented judiciously, but by friendly hospitality from the inhabino means enthusiastically. He com tants, as well as aid in victualling plained of the fashionable whine of and providing of their shipping, &c., all the modern tragedians, and the both at Elsineur and here, without contagious shake of the head, that the smallest jealousy or suspicion of was utterly destructive of true dig- intended hostility. nity and grace. Of lord Orford, as At the expiration of that time, an antiquarian, he spoke contemp- Mr. Jackson suddenly appeared in tuously. His pictures of Dr. John this city with the modest demand of son were executed with infinite spi- our navy as a deposit against French rit; they differed materially from intrigue and influence, to be restorthose already in our possession, but ed at the period of a general peace. of their truth of colouring we could The demand was peremptorily renot doubtAll that remains to be fused by the junior Bernstoff, deput-, said of this extraordinary personage ed to sit here in the absence of the is, that it was his express desire prince royal, and the older minister, that his body after his decease Bernstoff. The audience and disshould be burned.
cussion at the end of this demand lasted but an hour, when Mr. Jackson took leave and refuge on board
the feet. The second morning af. For the Literary Magazine. ter, the town was in a convulsed
state, from the well authenticated BOMDARDMENT OF COPENHAGEN. report of twenty thousand troops
having landed, at about the distance THE following letter from a res. of six English miles. Such was the pectable merchant in Copenhagen confidence of this government, in exhibits a melancholy picture of the the characteristic honour of yours, consequences of the late bombard. that the necessity for preparatory ment of that city by the British, opposition was wholly overlooked which will be read with a lively ine until this latter event was fully terest by every feeling mind. The proved and established. In this peculiar situation of this unfortunate state of affairs, and being without country renders this statement dou. any regular troops, the defence of bly interesting to Americans, and the city was left to about six thou. has induced us to preserve it in this sand militia, the burghers, students, miscellany,
&c., all of whom exerted themselves.
day and night in fortifying the ram- having ended, a fag was sent in, parts round the city, and making but indignantly dismissed. every necessary preparation for de On Friday, after Thursday night's fending the honour of their king and hostilities, a second appeared but was country.
refused ; the consequence was obIn this occupation they were em. served in the determined resolution ployed, I believe, twelve days in- of the enemy to exert their every cessantly, when a flag of truce ap- power on Friday night, in reducing peared for the governor, Peyman, the city to ashes. About ten o'clock with a demand similar to Mr. Jack- of that night, two of the principal son's, that met the same fate. churches were assailed by shells This brought forward, the day fol. and rockets; these took fire, and, notlowing, a proclamation from Gam- withstanding the continued exerbier andCathcart, explaining the cir- tions and persevering activity of the cumstances that impelled the king, firemen and engines, communicated their master, to adopt the measures to, and totally destroyed, upwards which menaced the refusal of their of 430 large and commodious newly. demand through Mr. Jackson, and erected houses, two churches, renwishing to impress the ideas of dered more than 800 houses unfit friendly intention towards the go. for winter-dwelling, and left, after vernment, in case it would yield to cursory examination, scarcely 160 the object of their expedition. This houses without more or less injury. proclamation brought forward fre. The loss of inhabitants cannot be quent interchanges of flags and es. yet ascertained, but from the many tafetts, that eventually terminated missing whom I have individually in the surrender of the town being known, I fear it is great indeed. demanded, with this addition, that, The governor, burghers, &c., if refused, the bombardment would now saw the impossibility of further on the following day commence. resistance, and capitulated on Satur
For many nights previous to this, day, with the delivery of the citadel, several skirmishes took place be. the two arsenals, and the whole of tween the enemy and a corps of the feet; further as to particulars volunteers, composed of youths I am not able to go, therefore will from the different respectable fami cease with hostilities, and endeavour lies of the city, whose active ardour to impress you with the idea of efand spirit merited a better fate than fects. eventually awaited them, as up: Besides the houses consumed and wards of 80, besides double the damaged in the city, the governor number desperately wounded, fell in ordered those of the leading avenues the detached conflicts.
and suburbs to be burnt ; of these it Intended hostilities being now an is supposed 380 were levelled, so nounced, it was time to provide that, on the whole, at the present lastly for the women and children. moment, it is supposed that nearly Having of this description 16 in 10,000 people of various descriptions number under my protection, I are and will be exposed to every was constrained to appoint a cellar inclemency of weather, present and 16 feet square, as the only place of approaching, without the possibility refuge or seeming safety. In this we of being provided for at this late remained from Wednesday the 2d of season, having lost every chance of September until the Sunday follow- repairs by the loss of the various ing (God be praised), unhurt, not. deposits of public and private timwithstanding the front of my house, ber, that would otherwise assist in the offices, with every window- affording temporary shelter. frame and glass being hurt and de. Take this, my dear friends into stroyed by the showers of shot that consideration : were you but half an struck and burst around me.
hour witnesses of what I have yeşThe operations of the first night terday and this day beheld, I am
satisfied you would be more affected lishing, by subscription, a New than if I were days employed in de- Translation of the Sacred Scriptailing the existing miseries and dis
The Old Testament from tresses, and, here without the pros- the Greek of the Septuagint; and pect of even temporary alleviation, the New Testament from the most so generally are they felt and distri correct Greek Text; with occasionbuted. Let me conjure you there. al notes. By Charles Thomson, Esq., fore as friends, as men divested of late secretary to the congress of the those principles that now appear to United States. be adopted by your government, to come forward, arrest the attentions and considerations of the hu. Kimber, Conrad, & Co, intend mane and charitable publicly and shortly to publish, from the second privately, in behalf of thousands who London edition, enlarged and imhave fallen victims to the most wan. proved, Accum's Chemistry, in 2 ton instance of unprovoked aggres- vols., 8vo., with plates ; price, neatly sion at this day on record. Where bound and lettered, five dollars. is the boasted national character ? Henceforth lie still anti-jacobins, Mallet du Pan, flowery preachers, C. & A. Conrad & Co. have late. orators, and pamphleteers, for now ly published the first volume of the your labours are in vain, and be. American Register, or General Recome vague and futile. The drum pository of History, Politics, and beats for a war of extermination ; Science, for 1806–7. piracy and plunder are now the order of the day.
Forgive me, gentlemen, if any By a report of adjutant-general personal feelings urge me thus Hunt, lately laid before the assemharshly to anticipate the future re- bly of New Jersey, it appears that sult of late operations here; but, in the militia of that state amounts to the mean time, pardon my once 33,360 men. more calling your attention to the numerous crowds of widows, aged, and orphans, that now look up to Mr. Kellogg, of New Marlbo. the benevolent and charitable, and rough, has invented a shearing maimploring your individual exertions chine, which promises to be very in behalf of their wretchedness and useful, not only to clothiers, but in sufferings. Were it possible for promoting the woollen manufacture only ten gentlemen who daily meet in this country. The machine is at Lloyd's to take a moments glance worked either by water or hand, into my house, offices, and cellars, and is said to shear cloth, by a mo. alone, I am confident the object of derate movement, at a rate of two my solicitations would be accom- yards per minute. plished. Yours, &c.
N. B. I have scrawled this over in a state of mind not the most en The Pennsylvania Academy of the viable, and at a hazard when or Fine Arts has received an imporhow it is to be conveyed.
tant aid in the loan of sixteen pic. tures for the term of one year ;
those works, the property of Robert For the Literary Magazine. Fulton, are in the most exquisite
style of painting, and are now exhiLITERARY, PHILOSUPHICAL, COM:
bited at the academy, where public MERCIAL, AND AGRICULTURAL
curiosity and a fine taste may be
gratified. MR. THOMAS DOBSON, of The first picture, thirteen feet this city, has issed proposals for pub- long by ten high the figures as large
as the life, is painted by our immor. true style of classic composition, tal countryman, West. It repre- and, while they excite the highest sents King Lear in the storm, and respect for the talents of the artist, at the entrance of the hovel. This they reflect great honour on the gework is in the most heroic and poe. nius of our country: they are of tic style of composition : the gran. themselves a basis for forming a deur which is displayed in the figure good taste in our new school of art. of the grey-headed old man ; his The third picture is painted by distress, approaching to madness, Mr. West's eldest son, Raphael, and contrasted with the calmness and is the only one which he ever exe. kind attentions of his friends, Glo cuted of the size. It is from the cester and Kent; the silly indiffe. play As You Like it, representing rence of the fool, and the sullen me. Orlando and Oliver in the forest, lancholy of mad Tom, are admira. This picture has something very bly conceived; the drawing and original: it approaches to the style drapery of this picture has never of Salvator Rosa, is, well imagined, been surpassed by any artist; the finely drawn, and boldly executed. colouring is very fine, the clair ob- On examining it we have to lament scure well observed ; the burst of that the world is not in possession lightning and glare of torch light of more of the works of this gentlethrough the storm of rain and gloom man, for his genius is certainly of of night produce an effect, a tout en, the highest order. semble, which cannot be described, The next are the Colombiad and must be seen to be sensibly felt paintings, eleven in number, taken and understood.
from different scenes in that elegant The companion to this picture is and patriotic poem of Joel Barlow, of the same size, and is also painted lately published in this city. They by Mr. West. It is taken from a are each thirteen and a half inches scene in Hamlet, represeisting Ophe- long by ten and a half inches wide, lia before the king and queen, who, painted by Smirke, and in a style of seated on the throne, appear struck delicacy and high finish which has with conscious guilt; the beautiful not been seen in this country : the Ophelia is one of the most elegant compositions are sublime and poetic, figures we have ever seen : she is the colouring rich, the tonings warm robed in white; her faxen locks and harmonious. These works, rehang in loose disorder over her fore. lating chiefly to the history of our head, and down to her waist ; with country, are extremely interesting, her left hand extended, she care. and may be considered as gems in lessly strews around her the rue and the art. thyme, while her eyes exhibit a Added to these is a portrait of wandering of mind and a delirious Mr. and Mrs. West in one picture, indecision. Yet she is mild and painted by Mr. West. Also, a porgentle ; rage makes no part of her trait of Mr. Fulton, painted by Mr. character : in her we contemplate West. They are executed in a the most beautiful and interesting of masterly style. her sex, whose sensibility has be. The Angel appearing to the Shepreaved an elegant mind of reason; herds, by Pynaker, is a most charm. and we feel inclined to sympathize ing work for effect and transpain all her sorrows.
rency. In these works, the Lear possess The Troubadour playing on the es the boldness, grandeur, and dig. violin, by Skalkin, is good. nity of a mind accustomed to com The Slaughtered Bullock, by Os. mand, &c. The Ophelia has all the tade, a very curious piece of still softness and delicacy of execution life. which is necessary to the female The Flemish Boors, by Brower. character.
Portrait of an Old Man, by RavinThese two paintings are in the tine, curious for its high finish.