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perience, he confesses to have a- sary and lucrative, yet its princivailed himself of the most splendid ples are considered well worth thç works, published with a view of attention of every penman, espeillustrating the diplomatick art. cially as this art has arrived to an The rules

of distance and propor- astonishing degree of perfection, tion are as concise, as the nature and encroached upon the art of of the alphabet admits, and are ex- painting in a degree, to snatch emplified by specimens handsome. some beauties beyond the reach of ly and accurately engraved. Mr, the pencil or the graver ; as the D. has also rendered his work reiterated touches of the former, valuable by much curious histori. and the slow progress of the latter, cal information of the origin and cannot exhibit the light, easy, and progress of writing and printing, free delineations of the pen in a and of the several claims of the skilful hand. We hope Mr. Dean ancients to the invention of these will be soon enabled, by a rapid . invaluable arts. The work is writ- sale of the first edition, to add ten in an agreeable style, and is some directions to the second, that worth the perysal of those, whose may facilitate the right conception long habits of scrawling render a and ready execution of a line, so recurrence to the first principles important in every branch of chiof penmanship tedious, if not im- rography, possible. Wę regret that Mr. D. has not

ART. 50. furnished a chapter on the line of beauty ; the right conception, and

The Voice of Truth, or thoughts on ready execution of which, is the

the affair between the Leopard last perfection acquired by the fin

and the Chesapeake, in a letter ished penman. He has so well

from a gentleman at New York exemplified it in his specimens of

to his friend. New-York, printthe several hands, that we are per

ed for J. Osborne. suaded he is adequate to its ex It is to be regretted, that so able planation ; and although it may a writer, upon a topick of so much not be sụsceptible of geometrical interest and delicacy, should have demonstration, as every different indulged himself in language so text requires a different and pecu- intemperate, and expressions so liar line of beauty) yet the learner unmeasured as many which are to may be much assisted by some be found in this pamphlet. There general directions. This line is of are so many marks of a wounded so great importance in every branch and irritated mind, that we are conof penmanship, that unequal dis- strained to believe, that the writer tances or thicknesses are scarcely is an Englishman. There are too noticed where it is preserved, and many traits of national feeling, and on its preservation through the too great asperity against both parpage (especially in all capital let. ties in America, to permit us to ters) depends the beauty of the believe, that the author is a native whole. The just delineation of of this country, this line is the first principle of or However wrong a citizen may namental flourishing; and although deem the policy or measures of this branch of chirography may be his own country, his filial, patriot, justly confined to writing masters, içk piety forbids him to withdraw whose profession renders it neces. her habiliments, and expose her

weaknesses and defects to an in- mind, at a moment of so much quisitive and censorious world. If sensibility. the object of this pamphlet was It is indeed exceedingly to be simply to lash and censure the regretted, that the federalists suffederalists, without aiming at any fered themselves so readily to fall ulteriour good effect, it is for that into the errours which they have reason to be condemned. Satire so often condemned in their opponis only justifiable when it aims at ents, of appealing to the publick the correction and amendment of passions, and of inflaming, instead the person against whom it is di- of endeavouring to appease them. rected, or to warn others who may It is also to be lamented, that the be exposed to the same errours or sensibility excited by an unexpectvices. If the intent of the writer ed outrage on one of our publick was to convince the federalists of ships, should have so far made us their past errours, and to engage forget the respect due to ourselves, them to avoid falling into the like as to adopt language which, in snare in future, we must confess, cooler moments, we have had so we think, that he has managed the much occasion to blush at. subject with very little knowledge To brand an inferiour officer of human nature. Where the with cowardice, and even murder, moralist has the power to punish, fo wish him a halter as a reward, instead of persuading, it may be when we knew that he acted under well enough to display all the enor the written orders of his superiour, mities of the offence, in order to is such a violation of decency and justify the rigour and severity of good sense, that one would wish the chastisement ; but where his to expunge it from the journals of only office is to allure to duty by the day. persuasion and reasoning, where It must be admitted also, that it the address is made to men who was extremely injudicious to give have pride, sensibility, reputation, such unqualified opinions on an and resentment, it is extremely in- important transaction, without any judicious to commence the work of suitable knowledge of the facts, esreform by telling them, that they pecially too when we knew the have blasted their reputations, that prejudiced channel through which they have violated all their own our information was derived; when principles, that they have forfeit we knew that nothing would gratiall claim to publick respect. This fy certain men in our country more is no approved road to men's at than to embroil us with Greattention and confidence. No orator Britain ; and when it was certainly of antiquity, or of modern days, possible that they might have foever adopted this method of gain- mented and provoked this very ing the hearts of his audience. affair, solely with a view to widen

As to the general merits of the a breach, which all their conduct pamphlet, there are undoubtedly for twenty years had been directed many truths in it deserving most to make and increase. serious attention ; but unhappily But still we repeat it, that we do they are so decked with foreign not think, that the pamphlet in prejudices, they are so blended question is calculated to display with the national feelings of an this subject in so clear, calm, and Englishman, that they lose much dispassionate a manner, as to proof their effect upon the publick mise any good effects to the cause

of virtue, good order, and correct on the management of pigs. More principles.

than one third of these papers are original and useful communica

tions, and the selections from other ART. 51.

publications are judiciously made. Papers, consisting of communications made to the Massachusetts

ART. 52. Society for promoting Agriculture. Published by the Trustees I'wo sermons, on quitting the old, of the Society. Boston, printed and entering the new meetingfor Young & Minns, printers to house, in the first parish in Newthe state, by Greenough & Steb bury. By John Snelling Popkin, bins. 1806. 800 np. 90.

A.M. Newburyport, W. & J.

Gilman, printers, for A. March. SINCE the last publication of

8vo. pp. 71. 1806. the trustees,' say they in the preface, 'a munificent provision has With the same kind of pleabeen made for the establishment of sure that we observe the meandera professorship of natural history, ings of a deep and gentle stream, and a botanick garden, at the uni- do we look into the pages of a clear, versity in Cambridge. The trus- strong, and unobstructed mind. tees of the Massachusetts Society Such is the sort of mind, which we for promoting Agriculture consti- believe the author;of these sermons tute a major part of the visitors of to possess. His manner of thinkthis institution. They hope to be ing and writing is somewhat pecuable to discharge this part of their liar ; yet his peculiarity is not oftrust in such a manner, as to pro- fensive. He seems determined to mote the interests of agriculture, choose his own words, and to place as well as of other arts, connected them in his own order, even though with the science of nature.' We he should differ from polished have no doubt that they will. This writers ; yet the generality of polninth number of their papers con- ished readers will be satisfied with tains a letter on the culture of pota- his taste. The texts, which he toes,by Hon.T.Pickering; account

has chosen to affix to the sermons, of the Millward family ; account are such as none, perhaps, except of the Egyptian millet, by N. Ad himself, would have selected; yet ams ; letter on the same subject, that person must be deficient in by R. Webster; on planting osiers understanding and sensibility, who and willows ; on boiling potatoes; does not perceive their aptitude to on the agriculture of the Nether- the subject, and that of the subject lands ; on the propriety of bruis- to the occasion. In the first of ing oats for horses ; on the use of these sermons, from Ps. xc. 1. our parsley as food for horses and cat- author follows a series of reasoning tle ; food of plants ; cider press on the excellence of religion, by a improved ; experiment shewing copious and minute history of the the importance of selecting the first church in Newbury, and by a first ripe seeds, by Rev. J. Free- luminous and pathetick appeal to man ; on the management of the the heads and hearts of his hearers. dairy ; account of the manner of He seriously and tenderly recals to making cheese in England ; com- their imaginations the (venerable. munication on the same subject ; forms and fabricks of antiquity;'

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and pleasantly retraces the strong the remote observer, are deviations, character, the firm principles, and commotions, and uncommon facts,

which do not often appear in a course the pious spirit of the fathers of of tranquil duty. If Adam and his posNew-England. In the second, terity had remained in a state of inno. founded on Luke ii. 14. he charm- cence, they might have had hymns and ingly illustrates the benevolence discourses of piety and virtue ; but they and beauty, the purity and useful- would probably have had few and short

histories ; genealogies of good men, ness, the design and the effect' of drawn from father to son along the the christian dispensation. Al.

same path of righteousness and peace; though he seems rather desirous without violence, without intrigues, of awakening fervent feelings and without efforts against the selfish, the devout sentiments, than of filling rash, and the artful; without any of his discourse with cool reasonings of the world.

those events, which furnish the annals and exact speculations,' his words

Mr. Toppan continued a long minare, however, as happily suited to istry without much variation. In all enlighten the conscience, as to

this time he was labouring diligently warm the affections.

He seizes

to teach and exhort his people, and and uses all the advantages of the they were receiving the benefit and sat

heal their bodies and their minds; and occasion for purposes of instruc- isfaction. But this is all said in a few tion, and suffers neither circum- words. Dr. Tucker in the first half of stance nor appendage to pass un

his ministry suffered much tribulation,

and of this we have some accounts, noticed. Many of his remarks are unexpected, yet natural ; and if, But, if we wish to know, what he was

doing through the long peace of his in some instances, they border on latter days, we must go to his works, the abrupt, they have every mark that are extant; and to his surviving of partaking largely of the heart, friends, who will tell us in a word, and accordingly convey conviction that they esteemed him very highly in

love for his work's sake, and that he and delight to the hearts of others.

was an example of what he taught. The author's notes, contained in

Yet it may be useful, to recover what the appendix, are written with the remains of the times that are past, and utmost freedom, and are extreme. which is rapidly departing from mem, ly entertaining; they display more

ory ; it may be gratifying to those, who of history and character in a very

are in any degree connected, or inter

ested in these subjects ; and it may few pages, than is sometimes to be lead us to consider the ways of Provi. found in as many volumes. We dence, and the ways of mankind, and close our 'notice of these valuable from all to derive some improvement, sermons with the remarks, which Mankind are the actors, and may be finish the appendix :

studied in the smaller affairs of a par.

ish, as well as in the greater transac* An obvious remark must make the tions of an empire. One reflection, at conclusion. The history of mankind, least, let us make and retain, when we of a nation, of a town, a parish, or any

search into the records of the dead other society, I had almost said, of an

that we shall soon be numbered with individual, is a tristory of changes, them, and perhaps be subjects of future troubles, contentions, and revolutions. inquiries. May we so live, that our For this, two reasons may be given. memories may be blessed by future The first is, that “this is the state of generations. And, O Lord of mercy, man." The other is, that while per may we be held in thine everlasting and sons or societies proceed in the still gracious remembrance, through the re. and even tenor of duty and felicity, his. demptioti which is in Jesus Christ.' tory can only say, it is well, they do well

, and reap the fruits of well-doing: The objects, which meet the eye of

ART. 53.

genious address' opens thus bril

liantly : Masonick and social address, a8 piro

• And is the Grand Lodge of New. nouneed, &c. &c. &c.&c. &c. &c. Hampshire assembled on the brow of at the laying the corner stone of the hill where the cassia blooms over Št. John's episcopal church, in the graves of the faithful and true ? ample form, (where?) on the And are we convened on the right and 24th of June, A.L. 5807. By the

the left of those tombs, where the wor. Grand Chaplain of the Grand death?

thy and good repose in the silence of

P. 9. Lodgie of New-Hampishire. Printed by William Treadwell, Ports Referring to the burning of St. mouth, N. H.

John's church, in Portsmouth,

which, to speak vulgarly, took fire And have we lived, kind read at the steeple, he rapturously ers, to behold sublimity itself so

breaks forth : far out-sublimated ?-Longinus a “Behold! that little, trembling, al. wake ! spirit of Burke arouse, and most dying spark! Ah see it light on animate once more the mortal yon tall spire ! and gathering strength frame now mouldering in the cem

from every breath of air ; and tenfold etery's cold mansions! We call energy from passive weaknesses of you to no. fancied, fictious scene;' troyer runs adown its sides ! How ra.

wood, O see ! how swift the fell des. 'tis all reality, reality indeed’!! pidly he shoots along the kindling roof! We bid your venerable manes How soon he wraps the dome within

turn the retrospective eye' to that his blazing arms! infolds it to his gloweventful day, the twenty-fourth of ing breast! and sinks beneath the openJune, last past, when at the laying stant ruin sits enthroned on heaps of

ing gulf, that yawns below! while in of the corner stone of St. John's living coals! and ruthless desolation church, somewhere within the lim- waves her sceptre, round a gloomy, horits, if to us conjecture may be law- rid void !'

P. 11. ful, of our sister state New Hamp

Apostrophe to fire : shire, the venerable chaplain of said state's Grand Lodge towered, thou despot of an hour! 0, why repeat

• Then why, thou tyrant of a day! 'towered sublime, within the com

the vain attempt ? Why clothe thy fiery pass of an oblong square, enkindling studs in living fames anew Why raptures in the mason's soul.-But speed thy glowing chariot round this ah! these times are past, forever hill the second time ?" P. 12. past! That festał morn, that sol

A new method of extinguishing emn noon hath ceased,' &c. &c. &c. fire !

Most patient gentlemen subscribers,'' accept, we entreat you,'

* And charity alone can quench the some slight specimens of the truly

fiery flame in balmy oil.' wonderful literary performance on Water has hitherto been made that occasion, with our most res use of for this purpose : ' but the pectful felicitations, combined with present is an age of discovery ; those of the whole fraternity' of and the oil of charity may differ in criticks throughout the United its nature from all the other oils States, and every where else, in with which we are acquainted. having it in our power to quote The author of this elegant and from it a few passages unutterably ingenious address,' has however

magnifical,' and sublime beyond made another discovery, which it rivalship. The elegant and in- is our opinion may be turned to as

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