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But sad! when the happy delusion is o'er,
We awaken, to slumber in quiet no more!
The sunshine, the flow’rs, and the summer depart,
And but leave their remembrance to torture the heart!


HEARD'st thou that dying moan of gasping breath,
The shriek of agony, despair and death?
Prone from his lofty station in the skies,
The lost adventurer falls, no more to rise;
Vain boast of earthly nature, that hath striven,
To rival in his flight, the lords of heaven!

Long o'er the azure air he wing'd his way,
And track'd the pure ethereal light of day,
On floating clouds of amber radiance hung,
And on the fragrant breeze his pinions flung;
But ah! forgetful that the blaze of noon
Would sweep his claring frame to earth too soon,
Spurning his sire, he rose sublime on high,
Lost in the radiance of the solar sky:-
The melting wax proclaims his sad defeat;
He fades before th’ intolerable heat.

The heaving surge receiv'd him as he fell,
While sadder moan'd the unaccustom'd swell,
The Nereids caught him on the trembling waves,
And bore his body to their coral caves;
His fun’ral song they sung, and every surge
Murmur'd along his melancholy dirge:
Wide o'er the sparkling deep the sound was heard,
Mixt with the wailing of the ocean bird,
Then past away, and all was still again
Upon the wide, unfathomable main;
But to that roaring sea immortal fame

Gave, to commemorate the deed-his name!
New York, 2014 Sept. 1816.


Mr. Edward Thompson, an opulent merchant of Philadelphia, has had the kindness to offer a passage to Calcutta for our missionary friends Mr. George H. Hough, his wife and two children, and Mrs. White, without any compensation. This worthy gentleman has made provision for their board on the passage, and done the whole in the way which does honour to his benevolence as a man, and as a professor of the gospel of the Lord Jesus.

In consideration of the generosity of Mr. Thompson, and as a testimony of sincere and exalted respect, the board of missions have elected him an honorary member of the convention. On a deputation of the board waiting on him to testify the gratitude of the body for his kindness, he observed that when any of his vessels were sailing for the east, he would readily accommodate any future missionaries.

A court in New-Jersey has decided that a divorce in Vermont is not valid, when the parties do not both belong there. It has also decided that a promise of marriage by a male over 14 years of age is binding.

The Rev. Mr. J. E. Worcester has issued proposals for publishing a Universal Gazetteer and Dictionary of Geography, ancient and modern. Dr. Dwight, the president of Yale college, whose testimony is entitled *o great weight, has inspected a part of this work; and he is of opinion that it will be a valuable addition to the existing means of acquiring geographical information. No publication, continues the Doctor, within his knowledge, includes so wide a circuit of geographical facts in the same compass; most libraries, he suspects, will be searched in vain for the materials, which it is here intended to supply. There are too many persons among us, who gratify their contemptible vanity, by puffing any thing that is offered to them. This is so common that the value of a recommendation from an honest man who will read a book and whose judgment deserves to be respected, as in the case before us, is now very questionable. The praciice seems to have decreased a little since the exposure, in a contemporary journal, of Henry's Family Herbal, which was ushered into notice under the auspices of some of the learned professors of New York. There is one of these recommendations in a book published in this city, signed by several persons: and it contains nearly as many faults as lines. We shall collect materials for 2 paper on this subject, hereafter.

Mr. Nicklin has published the second volume of the Institutes of Calvin, and the third is nearly through the press.

A cow, belonging to the honourable David Daggett, a sedator in congress from Connecticut, in seven months, had milk at the average rate of fourteen quarts a day, amounting to 2968 quarts. This at 44d. the quart, (the current price in New-Haven) VOL. III.


yielded $165. She was fed with hay, potatoes, bran, and oil-cake. The expense of keeping did not exceed 845-net gain $120.

General Ochterlony, who is denominated the Washington of India, and who has lately brought the Napaulese to submission and peace, is said to be a native of Boston. So also are general sir Samuel Achmuty, who distinguished himself so much in India, some years since-major general sir Roger Hall Sheaffc-admiral Hallowell, one of the most meritorious officers of the British navy, and admirals Coffin and Linzee, natives of Boston.

It is stated that the most elaborate work on the geography of the United States has been published at Hamburg, in the

German tongue. It is written by Christopher Daniel Ebeling, professor of history in the college in that city.

A singular sporting feat was lately performed upon Cambridge road, near Boston. A gentleman matched his horse upon a wager, to trot three, walk three, and run three miles within the hour. The difficulty attending this performance has been supposed in England to be very considerable; so that large bets have been offered against any animal which could be produced. The case, therefore, with which this race against time was won, was rather surprising. The three miles were trotted in nine minutes and a few seconds; the walk was done in about thirty-eight minutes; and as this insured the completion of the race, within the time, the horse was merely galloped through to win the wager. The whole time occupied was fifty-six minutes.

An Arabian author, who wrote the life of Tamerlane, describes his discomfiture in his attack upon China, in the following bold and poetic language. The same apostrophe might with equal force have been addressed to an adventurer of the present age.

“ Winter surrounded Timour's army, the sharp sleet and the cold blast opposed their progress. They were given over to the fury of the tempest. The genius of the storm entered his assembly, and was heard to exclaim in a voice of thunder, “stop thy career, thou unjust tyrant! How long dost thou intend to carry flames over an unhappy world? If thou art a spirit of hell, so am I; we are both old, and our occupation is the same—that of subjugating slaves: and most baneful is the effect of pestilential stars, when they meet in terrible conjunction. But proceed to extirpate mankind, and render earth cold! yet thou wilt find at last that my blasts are colder than thine. If thou canst boast of countless bands, who, faithful to thy orders, harass and destroy; know that my wintry days are, with God's aid destroyers also! and by the Almighty that liveth! I will abate thee nothing. Thou shalt be overwhelmed with my vengeance; and all the fire thou hast shall not save thee from the cold death of the icy tempest."

We are happy to announce that Mr. Laurent Clerc, a deafand dumb young French gentleman, and one of the pupils of the sele:

brated abbé Sicard, has arrived in Boston; and has excited a deep interest in all of our fellow citizens to whom he has been introduced; not only from his condition, and the suavity of his deportment, but for the eminent attainments of his mind,-his knowledge of the sciences, and acquaintance with the English language-exhibited in the various answers he instantly gives to all questions propounded to him. A few months since, we are informed, he was ignorant of the English tongue. He is accompanied by the Rev. Mr. Gallaudet, and Dr. Cogswell, of Connecticut. The reverend gentleman has visited the institutions of the deaf and dumb in France and Great Britain, and is perfectly acquainted with the systems of instruction in this highly interesting department of education. One of the objects of the visit of these gentlemen, we learn, is to solicit the appropriation of funds by the affluent, to educate, gratuitously, the deaf and dumb children of persons who are indigent–belonging to this and other states—in the institution which has been organized in Connecticut-where funds have already been realized, or made certain, sufficient to complete all the buildings necessary for it. The funds, therefore, furnished from other states, will be devoted exclusively to the extension of the blessings of the institution beyond that state.

The Connecticut Asylum, for the education of deaf and dumb persons, was organized the 20th of June last. The following are the officers:

His excellency John Cotton Smith, president; John Caldwell, Dr. M. F. Cogswell, Nathan Terry, esquire, Daniel Wadsworth, Rev. Dr. Dwight, Charles Sigourney, esquire, David Porter, and Joseph Bartel, esquires, vice presidents.

An application for assistance has been made to the legislature of Connecticut.

After visiting Boston and New York, Mr. Clerc repaired to this city. On the 7th of December last, a large assemblage of ladies and gentlemen convened at the Washington Hall. The CHIEF JUSTICE of the commonwealth presided, and John Bacon was appointed secretary.

The business of the meeting was opened by CHARLES CHAUNCEY, Esq. who, in an impressive address, adverted to the efficacy of the system embraced by the friends of humanity, on the continent of Europe, and in Great Britain, but more especially to that of the abbé Sicard, in France, in giving instruction to the deaf and dumb, and delineated, in terms of much feeling, the necessity there was for establishing, in the United States, a seminary, where our unfortunate fellow-citizens, of the same class, might derive the benefits, so essential to the formation of their intercourse with society, and the advancement of their own happiness.

Mr. LAURENT CLERO then presented, by his friend, Mr. GALLAUDET, the following address, composed and written by

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himself, in the English language, the study of which he com-
menced only in the month of June last.
* Ludies and Gentlemen,

" There exists no longer, between the deaf and dumb, and those who hear and speak, that burrier which separated them for many centuries, and which a charitable philanthropist of France has had the courage and tulent to overcome.

“ The European deaf and dumb furnish a satisfactory proof of this assertion. The American, if thcy meet with your benevolence, will soon, I trust, also offer one; but as nothing that relates to any useful discovery can be matter of indifference, I dcem it my duty first to retrace the origin of the present.

“Two sisters, both deaf and dumb, resided at Paris, in the street called the Foises St. Victor, opposite to the society of the Fathers of the Christian Doctrine. The father Famin, one of the members of that ve nerable community, attempted, but without method, to supply, in those unfortunate persons, the want of hearing and speech, but he was sur prised by a premature death, before he could attain any degree of success. The two sisters, as well as their mether, were inconsolable for the loss they had suffered, when a happy event restored every thing.

“ The abbe de l'Epee, who had formerly belonged to the abovemen tioned society, had occasion to call at their house. The mother was not at home; and while he was waiting for her, he put some questions to the young ladies; but their eyes remained fixed on their work, and they gave

In vain did he renew his question: they were again silent. He did not know that those whom he addressed, were doomed by nature never to hear and to speak. The mother came in, and every thing was explained. The good abbe sympathized with ber on the affliction, and withdrew, full of the thought of taking the place of the father Famin.

“ The first conception of a great man is ordinarily a fruitful germ. Every language, said that generous philosopher, is but a collection of signs, as a series of drawings is a collection of figures, the representatives of a multitude of objects.

“ We can figure every thing by gestures, as we paint every thing by colours, or express every thing by words. Every object has a form, and every form is capable of being imitated. Actions strike our sight, and we are able to describe them by imitative gestures. Words are conventional signs: why should the gestures not be the same? There may be, therefore, a language of gestures, as there is a language of words.

“ Full of these fundamnental ideas, the abbe de l'Epeo was not long without visiting the unfortunate family again; and with what pleasure was he not received! He reflected, he imitated, he delineated, he wrote-believing that he had but a language to teach, while, in fact, he had two minds to cultivate! How painful, how difficult were the first essays of the inventor! Deprived of all assistance, in a career full of difficulties and of obstacles, he was a little embarrassed, but was not discouraged. He armed himself with patience, and succeeded, in time, to restore his pupils to society and religion.

- The novelty of that important discovery, and the wonderful progress of the French deaf and dumb, was soon known to all Europe.

Each sovereign, wishing to make their own subjects enjoy such a benefit, deputed gentlemen to Paris, to study the abbe de l'Epee's method. This respectable ecclesiastic received and treated them with the politeness and benevolence which characterized him, and communicated

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