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By Winthrop Muckworth Praed.
YES AND NO.
t cams Ir.to this world liko ther
And now let go hand in hand, not ono befors
Mr.LoteWi Trent! on the Ait of saying "Yes."
"He humbly answered, 'Yes! Bob.'"
"He humbly answered, 'Yes! Bob.'" ANON.
Our opinion Is very much strengthened by
tie lie Met, I mi many oi our menus win nsrein
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man, on bis entrnnco into life, limn tlint of
envina " Yes." A Hum who deiens not to
use this little word is a bull-don in society
be studies bis own gratification rather t him
thnt of bis friends, end o( rnurso nccom
p!ishes neither! in short, be deserves not to
lie culled a civilized hemp, nnd is totally un
worthy of the place be holds in the creation.
Is it not liclit to believe the possible fal
lacy of one's own opinion ? Yes. Is it not
truly praiseworthy to sacrifice our convieion,
our argument, our obstinacy, upon the shrine
of politeness? Again and again wo answer,
Yes! yes! yes!
Nothing, indeed, is lo us more gratifying
than to behold n mini modestly dilliih'iit
tlit powers winch nature hits liestoweu upon
liioi, oud assenting with n proper sen so
bis own fallibility, to the opinion of llinso
vho kindly endeavor to remedy his faults or
supply bis tleficiencc. Nothing is In us
more gratifying thnn to bear from the lips
such a man that truo li st of n complying
lisKBition thnt sure prevention of all nni
animosity thnt iniu.ediato atop to all qimr
irels thut sweet, civil, nnd complacetii, in
toflensive inonnsj liable' Yes!
Yet, nlns! bow many do we mid who,
rom an affectation of singularity, or n fool
ish love of argument, do, as it were, expunge
ibis admirHblu expression from their vocabu
laries'. I low many flu w e sceiirouiid us who
in the daily habit of loosing the most advan
tageous oilers, ol 'quarreling with stnuigeis
find of nflcnding their best friends, solely
decause they obstinately refuse to cull In their
.resistance the infallible remedy for till these
.evils, which is to bo liuiiid in the three letters
tipon which we me idl'uring n brief comment.
We are sure wo are only chiming in with
the opinion of other people, when we lament
ilia tiuiiiilbld and appuliuit evils which are
the sure consequences o( this disinclination
to oflirmalives. To us it is really melancholy
to look upon tho disposition to contradiction
dy which some of our friends are chu:ncter
j.ed, toohscive the manifest pride of some
thu unreasonable pertinacity of others.
Of a surety, if we uro doomed, at any future
jienson, to put on the vuko of wedlock, Mrs.
i-, end all the little L's shall he curly iitsiiuc
ted in the art of sayin? " Yrs."
Look into the pages of history '. You will
ind there innumerable examples in support
of our opinion. When tbo Greeks begged
Achilles to pocket his riffioiitn. und make
nd of Hector, lie refused. Very well,
invo no doubt ho did nil for the best j but
are morally sure thnt Pntrechit would not
tiave been slain if Achilles bnd known bow
lo say "Yes." Wu all know bow be cried
obout it when it was loo late. To (haw an
other illustration from tho same epoch : how
.disastrous was tho ignorance which i'liuni
slisplayed of this art, when n treaty was on
foot tor tho restoration of Helen. Nothing
Was easier than to finish ull disputes, to step
out of all difficulties, by one civil, obliging,
centlemanlv "Yes." jbit be refused and
Troy wos burned. What glorious results
would a contrary conduct have produced
It would have prevented a peck of troubles
iiolh to the Greeks nud the I'.tnniiiUH.
would have snved the ancients ten years,
end the moderns twelve hooka of bloodshed.
It is almost unnecessary to allude to the im
prudent, the luckless ilippolytits; be never
'would hnve been murdered by n marine mini
ster, it tie could but bnvo said "Yes." Hut
the word stuck in bis throat, and he certainly
puid rattier dear for his ignorance.
" Yes," cries a critic, ' I agree with
ibis, but it's all so old." We assent, my good
friend, and will endeavor to benefit by your
mifTTStion. Come, then, we will look
illustrations among the diameters of our own
There's Lord Durrlile, tho misanthrope.
Ho has a tolerable fortune, tolerable talents,
end tolerable person, lie plays a tolerable ac
companiment on the llule, nnd n tolerable band
St w hist. Yet, with all these tolerable qualifi
cations, tin is considered a most intolerable
man. What is the meaning of this seeming
ly anomalous circumstance ? The renson
obvious bis Lordship can't say "Yes."
This nhnniinahlo iunoronce of our ftivoiite
art, interferes in the most trivial incidents
lite t it renders biiu alike nitseraliln and (lis-
grcenble. " Will your lordship allow me
fireflx your nnme to n dedication :" says
Atlie, the sntyrist. " I must go mad first,"
stays his lordship. "Duretete! lend mo
collide of hundreds! snvs pir Hurry. "Can't,
pou honor," snys his ford.-ihip. " You dear
creature you'll open my hall this evening
snys Lady Germain. I'll be d d if I do
soys hi lordship. See the catustrophe.
Ante lampoons him j Hir Harry spits in
Ince ; nud Lady Germain votes bun n bore.
How uulurky thnt bo cant say " Yes."
Look at Y'oung I'uatucc, the ttion of honor!
lie came up to town Inst yeur with u good
dress, o good ovdress, and letters of introduc
tion to hidf-u-do7.cn great men. He iiinile
bis bow to each of them, spent n week wild
each of them, nflt'iided each of them, and
now starving in a gnrret upon independence
nnd cold mutton. W tint is the meaning
II this? Euslucs never leurued how to
'Yes." 44 Virtus post nuinmos ! Kb! voimg
man f snys old Discount, the usurer. "I can
say 1 think so," snys F.ustnce. " Here, Dus
lace, boy," snys Lord Funny, rend over these
scenes, and let me hnve your opinion !
for the honrds, I think, Lh ?" "You'll excuse
me if I don't think they are," suys Enslave.
Well ! my young friend," cries Mr. I'linnt,
we must have you in I'nrliuineiit, I suppose;
make an orator of you! You're on the right
side 1 hope? - I should voto with my con-'
science, Bir," ssya F.ilstHce. See the tiiuilo.
lie Is enlisted for life in the Crnb street corps
pud learns, by and experience, how danger
ous it ia lo any "No" to the avarice of a usu
rer, vanity of a rhymer, or party-spirit of
politician. How unlucky thnt bo cannot
Godfrey is s lover, and ha has every quoli
flration lor the office except one. Ho cannot
puj1 - )W, huuviij mtiivi, hiiw tu.v.i.,
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should be In love. "Mr. Godfrey," snys
Clilne, "ilont yon think the fonther very pret
ty ?" "Absurd'." soys Godfrey. Mr. Ond
frev." snvs tlie r.oituette."don't you think I'm
divine to-night ?" " Yon never looked worse,
by Jove !" snys the gcntlumnn. Godfrey is
men of fashion, n man of fortune, and a
; ninn of talent, but be will die a bnchelnr I
Wlinl o pity ! We enn never look on such
a man without n smile for bis caprice, end n
' tenr for its consequence. How unlucky tlint
be could not ny "Yes."
j In tbo position we nre next going In ad
vance, we Know every noiiy win agree won
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female tnoiith in n civil mid flmtermg " es.
enn our niiimon. looming in u"' p "
ciliHtis should here nirree Willi us, wnen
they reflect that they never can bo husbands
until their innmoratn shnll have lenrned the
art of saying "Yes." For the most pint, In
dued, civility and good breeding are the
characteristics of our Hrili.h fair ; and this
natural inclination to tho nllirmiitivo renders
it unnecessary for us to point out to our fair
countrywomen tho beauty nd advanl!U:es
of a word which Ibey lovo as denrly as they
do flattery. While wo are on the subject of
flattery, let us, oiiVrr, advise nil Etonians to
sny nothing but " Yes" to a lady. Hut ns a
thougtlcts coquette or n haughty prniln does
occnsinnaly forget the necessity and the
henuty of tbo word we arc discussing, we
cannot but recommend lo our fair readers to
consider attentively the evils w hich this for
get fulness infallibly entails. Lnitreliu would
never bnvo been cut by her twenty-first ndor
erj Charlotte, with 4,000 n-year lit fiflcrn,
would never hnve been an old maid at filly s
Lucy, with U good faco and not n farthing,
would never have refused a carriage, w hile
liveries, nud a neeiiii'e. if these uiifortllliate
victims had studied in early youth tbo an of
IS weel light gay quaint monosyllable. !
Tender, obliging, inoffensive, Yes! How wo
delight in thy delicate sound ! Wo love to
henr the eiuimoitil swain petitioning fur bis
mistress's picture, till the lady, overcome by
affection, or wearied by importunity, changes
the " No" of coy reluctance into the " Yes"
of final approbation. Wo lovo to henr the
belle of Ibilhorn IIHf supplicating for Green
wich nnd the one-horse chay, till her surly
partner niters the shake of unconvinced ob
duracy lor the nod of unwilling consent.
We love to sco the lieu-picked husband
humbly kuei'l for bis Sunday ;uat nud the
" Star and Garter," till Madam, conscious
thut the Captain is secreted in thn closet,
transmutes the " No" nulhoi ittitivo detention
into the "Yes" of iiniuediulo dismission.
Wo love it is time bring our treatise lo n
conclusion, nnd wo will merely obscive thut
whenever we see henuty without a husband,
or talent w ithout n place , w henever we hear
n lady considered an old maid, or a gentle
man n bore, we turn from thu sight in mel
ancholy mood, and whisper to ourselves,
'This comes of not being ulilu to say "Yes."
Mr. Oakly's Treatise on the Art of saying "No."
"My son—learn betimes to say "No."
Our opinion is not a jot weukned by the
probabilty thnt many of our friends will dis
sent fioiii it, when we assert, that no art re
quires, in n greater degree, the attention of
u vnunu man, on his entrance into life, than
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Hun ui snv ing .mi. s man woo in uiruin
to u.ic this little word is a spaniel in society ;
ho studies to please others, rather than to
benefit himself, nnd of course tails in both
objects: in short, be deserves not to bo call
ed n man, and is totally unworthy ol Hie
place ho holds in creation.
Is ho a rut'onnl being whohnsnot an opin
ion of his nvwi ? No. Is he in possession
of his five senses who sees with the eyes,
who hem s w ith the enrs, of oilier n en ?
No ! Does he net upon principle who sacri
fices truth, honor, and independence on the
shiine of servility i Agaiii und again we
Nothing, indeed, is to us more crnliring
thnn to behold a uiati relying boldly on the
powers which iiatuic has bestowed upon him,
and spurning, with u proper consciousness
of independence, the suggestion of those
who would reduce him from the rank he
holds ns n reasonable creature, to the level
of a courtier nud a time-server. Nothing is
to us more gratifying than to henr from the
lips ol such ii man Hint decided test ol u
free spirit that finisher In ull dispute thnt
knock-down blow in all arguments that
strong, forcible, expressive, incoutruvertalile
monosyllable io !
Yet, alas! buw many do wo find who nro
either unable or unwilling to pronounce this
inert useful, most necessary response I How
many do we see around us, who nro in the
daily bubit of professing to know things of
which they ore altogether ignorant, ot ma
king promises which it is impossible to per
forin, of saying (to excuse for once a soft
expression) the thing which is not, solely
because they will pet cull to their assistance
the iiihillililo remedy lor ull these evils, i Inch
is to be found in the (wo letters upon which
we nro ottering a line! comment.
It is dreadful In reflect upon the evils
Which this lieelect must udallibly produce.
Il is dreadful lo look round upon the liieuds
and relatives whom we see suffering tho
most uppuling caluinities from no other
misconduct than n blind aversion to neirn
lives. Il is disgusting to observo the flexible
indecision of some tho cringing. servility
others. Forgive us, reader, but we cannot
help soliloquizing: God save tbo King
Club, and may the I'mice of the lllood
early instructed in the art of sayinc " No,"
Look into the pages of history ! You will
find there innumerable examples in support
of our opinion, l'ompcy wus importuned
to give battle to Cu'sar ; he complied, l'oor
devil ! ho would never have been licked
riinrsuliu if he hud leurued from us the urt
ol suying "No." Look at tho conduct
his rival nud conqueror, Cteriir! You re
member the words of Cusca: "I snw Mark
Antony ofler him u crown, and ho put it by
once; but fur ull that, lo my thinking,
would fain have had it." Now this placid
"putting by" wus not the thing fur the Hu
mans: we lire confident Julias Ciesur would
never huve died by cold steel in the Ueitute,
If he hud given them u good, decisive, insu
perable "No! " Whatever epoch we exam-
me, we find the same reluctunce to say "No"
to the allurements of l'leusure und the man
dates of Ambition; and, alas! we find
productive of the aume couserttiences. Ju
venal tells us ol an linfurluuatu young man,
one Cabs Silius, who was unlucky enough
' I .n. U.I iiiinn I,., .1.. at i;
,v mj diiiiicw j-vu ,j mg l.lliprc?9 lUCSSUtl-
nn. The poor boy knew the danger he ran
he snw tho dnnth which awaited him; but
an' empress sue'd and he had not the heart
to sny " No." I le Inst lus neon nrst, ami ms
head shortly afterwards.
" Diim'me" snys a blood, " all thnt happen
ed a hundred years ago." An F.tonisii has
occasionally great difliculty in Carrying his
ideas a hundred years Uec. Well, then,
we will go exmplo-huiiiing nonror home.
There's Sir. Philio Plausible, the 1'arlin-
ini'tit man. Ho can make a speech of nine
hours, und a calculation ol nine pnges; no
body is n belter bund at retting up majority,
or palavering a refractory oppositionist; he
iiroff'ers nn nrtfiiinenl anil a bribe with equal
dexterity, nnd converts by place and pension,
when be is unable to convince by allitera
tion and antitithesis. What a pity it is he
can't say " No." " Kir Philip," ns an en
voy, "you'll remember my little business at
the Foreign Office ?" " Uenenil upon my
friendship," says the minister. "Sir Philip!"
sivs a fat citizen, with two votes and two
dozen children, "you'il remoinher Hilly'i
place in the Custom's!" "Rely on my
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I!MIIIISIT, ouo uiu ,iimi . ." ...,. .
savs a ladv of rank. " F.nsiuti Roebuck is an
officer most dese ving promotion!" "lie
shnll be a colonel ! 1 swenr by V onus !" snys
the minister. " F.xitus ergo nuis est ?" He
hns outraged his fr'ctidship ; Iu has forgot
ten his promise. Had bo never nil idea of
performing what ho spoke ? Quito tho re
verse ! How unlucky that he cannot say
Look nt Hob Lily ! Thero lives nn finer
poet! Epic, "elegiac, satyric, Pindaric
is all one to him!" "Ha is patronised by nil
tho first people in town. Everybody com
pliments h'un ; everybody asks him lo dinner.
Nay! there are sumo who read him. I In
excels nlik'i iu truilgcdy nnd farce, and is
without a rival in amphibious drnmns, which
may be called cither thn one or the other;
but he is a sad bungler iu negatives. "Mr.
Lily," says tbo ditches, bis patroness, " you'll
bo sure to bring that denr epiibahimiiiui Iu
my conversazione ibis evening!" "Thero
is no denying your Grace," says the poet.
"Hob," snys the youtiir marquis, "you ore
for Hrookes's to-night ?" " D.ini'me, to bo
sure," says the poet. Murk the result. He
is (roue local tripe with bis tyiauuieul book
seller; ho has disappointed his patroness;
be has cut the club! How unlucky lie can
not sny "No!"
.cd Shuttle was a ilosbiiig young fellow,
who, to use bis own expression, wus "above
denying a thing ;" in plainer terms he could
not sny " No." " Sir!" says nn enraged To
ry, "you nro tbo nulhor of llio pamphlet!"
Jack never saw llio work, but he was "above
denying n thin;?," nud was horsewhipped for
ii libeller. "Sir!" says nn nnlorlnnato pi
gtail, "you had tho king in your sleevo hist
night!" Jack never snw the pigeon before,
hut he was "nbovo denying n thing," ami
was cut for n blackleg. Sir !" says n hot
Hibernian, you insulted my sister in tho
Park!" Jack never saw the lady or his
champion befiire, but bo wus "above deny
ing a thing," nud was shot through tbo head
the next morning, l'oor fellow ! Uuw un
lucky he could not sny " No."
In tho position we are next ooiiux In ad-
vance, no know everybody will differ from
us; but this only slrontflhuu our opinion.
Nothing is so becoming lo a finale motilli
tbo power ay, and the inclination to say
iN'o. ro firmly are wn attached to this
loetrine, that wo never ici'i marry u woman
who cannot say " No." For the most part,
indeed, the sex nre pretty tolerably actuated
y what the world calls a spu n ol contra
diction, but w hat wu should rather desiii-
nnti! a spiiit of independence. This liulurul
inclination to ncuatives renders it unneces
sary for us In point nut lo a fair countrywo
man tiio lieautics and advantages of a word
which they use ns constantly as their look
ing glass. Nevertheless they occasionally
forget llio love of opposition, which is the
distinguished ornament of their sex; nnd,
nlas! they too frequently render themselves
iiitscrnhlu hy neglecting our monosylablc.
H e most earnestly entreat those hi lies who
honor with their itotico llio humble clouts
of " Tho Etonian," to derive a timely warn
ing lioin the examples ol those ladies who
have lived to regret a busty and unthinking
assent. Anna would never have been
mistress of a colonel ; Martha would never
have been the wife of ii cornet; Lydin would
never bnvo been tied to neo, Dullness and
gum, if tbeso unfor'unute liclims bnd stud
ied m early youth the art of snj ing " No."
Phnit stroiic sharp ipiuiiit uionosv In
itio! Forcible, convincing, argumentative,
unlisptltulilo Io: I low wo ilcllL'ht in thy
expressive sound I We love to henr the miss
of fifteen plaguing her uncle for her Christ-
inns ball, till bquaietoes, finding vain the
excuse ol nth ction, mushes the iiegocmtioii
witn me " rso, oi authority. Wo love
hear the enamored swain pouring forth his
raptures at the feet of nn inexorable mistress,
till the lady chanires her key from Ihisuiiiut
mm , iiliiiiiui i3iu:u iu llio uecioeil "C4U
aversion. Wo love to hear the school-boy
siipiilicutiiig a remission of his sentence un
til! his sable judge niters tho I can'i" ofsor
rowful necessity lo the "No" of inflexible
iuilignutinn. We love hut it is time to bring
our treatise to a conclusion, nnd we will
merely obstrve, that whenever wo see a mail
enifiiged in a (luel against bis w ill, or in
debauch against his conscience; whenever
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wo see n patriot nccepttng of a place, or
beuuty united lo n blockhend, wo turn from
the sight ill disgust, and mutter lo ourselves,
" This comes ol not being able totuy, No.'
Cost or Alcohol. Mr. Everett. Intn
Secretary of State, computes that the use
aiconoiic lieveragea costs Hie United Slates
directly in 10 years, $10,000,000; has burn
ed or otherwise destroyed 5,000,000 mors
of property; has destroyed 3,000.000 lives;
sent 250,000 to our prisons, nud 100,000 chil
dren lo the poor-house; caused 1,500 mur
ders; 5,000 suicides; and hni beqiienthed
(be country 1,000,000 orphan children.
Whut a feiirful amount of responsibility rests
upon those who sanction, approve of, and
engage in a traffic which is the direct cause
of ull this waste of property, this awful de
struction of human life, and the innumera
ble evils inflicted oil the relatives and friends
of the poor inebriate. They bear a heovv
An old fogio in New Hampshire was
overtaken by a ' train of thought.'
1 rough skilful medical treatment it ilH
j ho limy survive the shock.
M. O. Kiss Me, Mamma, do Kiss Me!
The child was to ienistive so likt that lit
tle, shrinking plant, that emit at a breath, and
ibuU its heart from the light.
The only beauties she possessed were sn ex
ceedingly transparent skln,and the most mourn
ful blue eyes.
. I had been trained by a very stem, strict,
conscicntions mother, but I was a hardy plant,
rebounding after every shock ; misfortune co'd
not daunt, though discipline tamed met I
fancied, alns ! that I must go through tho tarns
routine with this delicate creature; ao ono day
ivhen the had displeased ms exceedingly, by re
peating an offense, I was determined to punish
her severely. I was very serious all day,
and on sending her to her little couch, I taid.
Now, my daughter, to punish you, and to
show you how very naughty you havo been, I
shall not kin you to-night.'
' She stood looking nt me, astonishment per
toniflcd.with her great mournful eyes wide open.
I tupposa tho had forgotten her misconduct
till then, and I left her with tho big tears
trinkling down hor check), and her lips quiv
ering. Presently I wat tent for. 'Oh, matnm, you
will kiss me, I cant go to tlccp if you don't,'
she lobbed, every tono of her voico trembling,
and alio held out her hands.
Now came tho ttruggla between lovo and
what I falsely termed duty. My heart snid givo
hertlio kist of poaco; in y stern nature urged
mc to persist In my correction, that I might
impress tho fault upon her mind. That was
the way I had been trained, until I wts a most
sulitnUiivo child ; and I remembered how often
I have, thanked my mother since for her stuight
I knelt by the bed tide 'mother can't kin
you, Ellen,' I whispered, though every word
choked mc. Ilcr hond touched mine; it was
hot, (hough I attrbutcd it to her excitement.
She turned her grieved face to tho wall.
blnmcd myself at tho fragile form shook with
half-suppressed sibs, and saying, 'mother hopes
little Kllon will learn to mind her after this,'
left the room for tho night.
It might have been about twelve when I was
awakened by the nurse. Apprehensive I ran
to the child's chamber. I had a fearful dream.
Ellen did not know inc. Slio wot sitting up
crimsoned from the forehead to the throat, her
eyes so bright that I almost urow back aghast
at their glnnco. From that night a raging fe
ver drunk up her life and what, think you,
wus tho incessant plaint poured into my an
guished heart?- , , , , .
'Oh, kist me, mother do kiss me. I can't go
to tlccp. You'll kist your little Ellen, won't
you. I can't go to sleep. I won't bo naughty
if you'll only kist me. Oh 1 kist nie, dotr
miimtna ; I can't go to tlccp.'
JIaly little child, thodi'U go to sleep ono gray
morning, and never woks again navor 1 Ilcr
hand was locked in mine, and all my veins Icy
with its gradual chill. Faintly the light faded
out In thoso beautiful eyes whiter and whiter
grew tho tromulous lipt. She never know me,
but with her last broath sho whispered. 'I
will be good mother, if you will only kiss mc.
Kist her! God knowt how passionate but
unavailing wcro my kisses upon her check, af
ter that futhl night. Qod knowt how w ild wero
my prayert that tho might know, if but only
once, that I kitscd her. God knowt how
would huvo yielded up my very life, could,
have asked forgiveness of that tweet child.
Well, -grief it unavailing now. Sho lira in
her little tomb there In a littlo urn at the houd
and a rose bush at her feet thera grow sweet
summer flowers ; thero waves tho gentle grass
thero birds sings their mutinus and vespers;
thero the bluo sky smlloi to-day, and there lies
too Irosmicss ol my Heart.
IN CINCINNATI, OHIO.
To be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,
The 19th, 20th and 21st of April, 1853.
10 tno l-rienut oi universal Liberty, we
again tend forth our earnest call to como to
gethcr in Convention. .
FuiiunoM is an incstimablo blesssing, Slavery
an unspcukiimo evil; all history beurt rocord
to tho struggles of the wise, tho good, and the
great, in behalf of Freedom. The noblest
men, and the greatest of tho nations, havo al
ways valued it ubovo all price. In our day
cortainly ouht to bo no lest preeiout. And
Slavery being tho very opposito of Freedom,
its deadliest foe.-
Can wo then, Fellow Citizens, be engaged
a better work than that of assembling in zeal
ous and Christian spirit, to consult how most
cffootually tho Abolition of Sluvcry may
brought about ?
The Slave-holders and their numcrout allies
havo boon me tho ruling power in thit nation
this Slavo Power controls tho two great Politi
cal Parties, makes Presidents, governs ollieiul
apointmciits, directs legislation, nnd what
worse than all, corrupts tho sources of Religion
and Meruit, making our Christianity a Pro
tcneo, and our Republicanism a Sham i It do
sires abovo nil things to bo let alone, quietly
perpetrate its abominations, and determines
Humanity, Duty, and Interest, on tho other
htnd, call aloud on the friends of Freedom
agitate without coasing, and to maintain an ac
tive and unflinching opposition to tho Power
Fully persuaded of the Righteousness of
cause, and confiding in tho blessings of mighty
Clod, wo invito all without rolerence
sect or party, tex or color (so they bo agreed
hi ono thing, an honest hatred of Slavery,)
come together in counsel, to encourage, and
plan for ronowed and increasing efforts :
unito in tending forth a voice from the Metro
polis of the Ureat West, declaratory of
growing hatred of the pooplo, to thit cruel in
iquity. That veteran champion of - Human Rightt,
William I.loyd Oaiuiisom, of boston, intends
to take part in tho Convention to alto does
Mist Sai.lib Hoi.lby, of Massachusetts, and
many other distinguished speakers will be spe
cially invited, and are expected to attend.
Curistian Donaldson, Sabah Otis Ernst,
Elikaiietk C. Tolkmn, . Julia IIahwood,
Andrbw II. Eunbt, Wu. IIbnrt Buiibanb,
Mart M. Guild, Mart W. Mank, John
Jolwb, Amanda E. Lewis, Euwakh IIahwood,
Nathan M. Guild,
Boat4 of Managers of th Ladies Anti-Slavery
. Cvcls of Cincinnati, . .
LITTELL'S LIVING AGE.
Extracts of letters from Judge Story, Chancellor
Kent, and President Adams.
CAMBRIDGE, April 24, 1844.
I hats: read the nrosnectus with great
pleasure; and entirely approve tho plan. If j
il can only obtain the public pntroungn long
enough, and largo enough, and securely
enough, to alts'in its true ends, it will eon
tribute in nn eminent degree lo give healthy
tono, no! only to our literature, hut to public
opinion. It will enable us to possess, in a
moderate compass, a select library of the
best productions ol the age. It will do morel
it will redeem our neriodicnl literature from
the reproach of being devoted to light and
superficial reading, to transitory speculations,
to sickly and ephemeral sentimentalities, and
false and extravagant sketches of life nud
NEW YORK, 7th May, 1844.
I approv k very much of the plim of the
" Living Age;" and if it he conducted with
the intelligence, spirit nnd taste that the pros
pectus indicates, (of which I have no reason
to doubt,) it wiil ha one of the most instruc
tive and popular periodicals ol the dav.
WASHINGTON, 27th Dec. 1845.
Or nil tho Periodical Journals devoted In
literature nnd science which abound iu Eu
rope and in Ibis country, this hns appeared
to me the most useful. It contains indeed
the exposition only of the current literature
of the I'uglish language, but this, by its im
mense extent nnd comprehension, inelcnles n
portraiture nl the human mind in the ut
most expansion ol the present nut'.
J. Q. ADAMS.
This work is conducted in tho spirit of l.it-
tcll's Museum of Foreign Literature, (which
was favorably received by the public for twen
ty years, )hut as it is twice as hn ge.nnd nppenrs
so often, we not Only give spirit anil Ireshlipss
to il by mnny things which were excluded
by a month's delay, hut while thus extending
our scopq ond gathering a greater nnd more
attractive variety, nro uhhi so to increase the
solid and substantial part of our literary, his
torical, nnd political harvest, ns fully to sat
isfv llio wauls of the American render.
I'ho elaborate nnd stalely Kssays of the
ttilinbwr, Uuitrterlii, und other K.iviows
and lilackivood's noble criticisms on Poetry,
lus keen political Commentaries, highly
wrought lules, und vivid descriptions of
rural nnd mountain Scenery; and tbo con
IrihiitiouH to Literature. Hislorv. nnd Com
mon Life, by the sagacious Spectator, I ho
sparkling .rnHu'tirr, the judicious .llhnteenm,
the busy nud industrious Literary Gazelle,
the sensible and comprehensive Hritnnnin,
the robernud respectable Christian Observer;
these nre intermixed with the Military nud
Nuvul reiricuisceiicus of the United Strvice,
anil witn ciio best articles ol the Dublin Un
iversity, .Veto Monthly, Praters Tail's, Ains
toorlh's Hood's nnd Simrting Mtgazines, nud
of Chambers' admirable Journal. We do not
consider it beneath our dignity to borrow wil
ami wisiiom iiom I 'u ilea ; and, when we
think it trood enough, mnko use of tho tbtiii
uer oi me nines, vt e snail increase our
variety hy luiHrlntions from the continent ol
I'jiropc, uiul from lbs new growth of llni
1. -.T I.I?
The steamship hns hi'might Eurntio. Asi
nnd Africa, into our neighborhood ; and w ill
greeny multiply our connections, as Mtr
charts, 1 revellers, nnd Politicians, with nil
put ts of tho world ; so that much more than
ever it now becomes every intelligent Amer
ican to ho inlormed of llio condition nud
changes of foreign countries. And this not
only hecntiae of their nearer connection with
ourselves, mil iiecuuse llio Millions seem In
be hastening, through rapid process of
change, to some new statu of things, which
the merely political prophet cunnot uutiipiitu
Cicogruphicu! Discoveries, the progress
i.ii.iiiAiiuoo, pviueii ia extending over Hie
wuoio woriii.janu Voyages ninl Travels, will
bo favorite matter for our selections: and. in
general, wo ahull systematically and very
limy iicqiiiiiiii our re.iiiers Willi llio great do
piirlment of Foreign affairs, without eutireh
neglecting our own.
W bile wo aspire lo make the Living Age
desirable lo ull who wish to keen themselves
informed of tbo rapid progress of the move-
mem lo Statesmen, Divines, Luwyers, und
Physicians lo men of business and men
leisure it is still a stronger object to make
il nllroclivo and useful to their Wives and
Children. Wo believe thut we can thus do
some good in our day nnd generation; and
nope io make tno work uuhqieiisiblo in
every well-informed fii.nilv. Wo sav indis
pensable, bccniiso in this day of chean liiern-
turn n is noi possinie lo guard against the
influx of whnt is had in tnsto nnd vicious
morals, in any oilier way than by furnishing
a sufficient supply of a healthy character.
llio mental nnd mural appetite must
Wo hone that. ItV " ict'lllioim'tin- Ihr. tuhrnl
from the chiff," by providing iibuiiduntly for
the imagination, and by a large Collection
lliography, Voyngeg, Travels, History, and
more solul mutter, wo may nroilnen a work
which ahull be popular, while at the sninn
lime it will uspire to ruite tho standard
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