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VOII ° 110
No 9, Market-Square, Providence, R. I.
TERMS. —~FOUR DOLLARS per annum. To those who p-{ in
a'vauce for a year, u deduction of Fifty Cents willbe made. Siugle
papers twelve ceuts, .
l"_'r 't commuaications must be addressed to the publishers, part
a 9 paid.
Job FPrinting
OF evory description, exccuted at this Of
fice, at the shortest notice, and in the
heatest style., August 29,
THE subscriber has lately taken charge of
this Establishment, which has undergone
u thorough repair. The waters of these Springs
are extremely healthful, and have be:n found
very efficacious in a variety of discases. The
waters are chalybeate, intermingled with par
ticles of sulphur. Every variety of refresh
ments will he constantly kept on hand, for the
accommodation of pleasure parties.
Theromantic stiuation of these Springs, and
their proximity to Providence and Pawtucket,
it is believed will make them a place of popu
lar resort. GEORGE ROBYNSON, Jr.
August 15.
THE occupant of this fashionable place of
resort, respectfully informs his friends
and the public, that it is now oper for the
summer season: It is situated on an eminence,
which commands a beautiful view of the adja
cent country, and it is admitted bv all who
have visi'a‘{it, to be a delightful place of re
sort for those in pursuit of case nmr comfort :
His Peaches are now ripe, and consist of the
choicest kind; consisting of Fsench and, vari
ous other kinds; he keeps all other kinds of
Fruit that this climate aflords; his Bar is sup
lied with choice Liquors, Wines, &c. his ta-
Ele will at all times be furnished from the
choicest sclections of the market; his -very
commodious Hall is furnished with Swings,
which is an agreeable exercise for gentlemen
and ladies: his long Alleys are in the best or
der for the accomodation of those who will
gfns:: to visit his House for recreation. A few
arders can be accommodated. All those
wishing to enjoy the country during the sum
wmer season, will improve their health by visit
ing Fruit Hill, where they can inhale the pure
atmospheric air.
North Providence, Scpt. 5.
PUBLISHED and for sale by HUTCH
. ENS & CORY, ‘A System of Penman
ship and Writing Book combined’~ in four
parts, by C. Bascom.
“Part First’> comprises a course of lessons
designed chiefly for those who are just be
ginning to write. The lesson in ‘Part Sec
ond’’ are suitable for those who are somewhat
advanced. ‘‘Part third and fourth’’ are finish
ed with fine hand copies, and are intended for
the higher classes. General directions and ex
plinations printed on tiie cover of each book.
The style of ruling adoptedin this System,
admits of much more economy in the use of
paper, than the common mode of ruling. he
books are made of good paper, and afforded
at a moderate prico.—The System 18 unques
tionably better adapted to common schools,
than any other hitherto published.
The following is an extract from the Amer
ican Journal of Education:
« Mr. Bascom’s System of Penmanship”’ is
‘a great stép toward’u' a general and thorough
improvement’ in the art of writing. His ‘style
of Penmanship is neat; and his writing books
are prepared in a superior style, and at an ex
pense vastly below what has hithcrto been us
ual.’ September 8.
At No. 21, Market-Square.
E C. &T. Wells, have just received from
e the Importers in New-York and Bos
ton, their fall supply of Goods, which togeth
or with their former stock, makes their ae
gortment very complete— among which are -
Blue, black nmr fancy mixed English and
French broadcloths. One piece of superfine
olive green cloth, for Gentlemen’s coats, the
most fashionable color that is worn.
Cassimeres and Vestings, :
Gloves and Hosicry, 2 of all' kinds,
Cravats and hdkfs. ¥
On hand—a good assortwent of ready made
Clothing, made in the latest style, which will
be sold as low as at any Clothing Store in
E.C. & T. Wells, would inform their cus
tomers and the public generally, that they
have purchased of Mr. James G. Wilson of
New-York, Patentee, a new rule for cutting
Garments, on an entire new system, by which
clothes can be cut without tzo possibility of
making a misfit. The above rule has been
taken by most of the Merchant Tailors in the
U nited States, within a few months— certifi
cates from whom will be shewn by calling on
the subscribers. .
E. C. & T. Wells would inform the trade,
that they can supply them with the above rule,
on advantageous terms. Sep 19
THE subscriber has on hand a quantity of
Cum Elastic Shoes, which he can attach
40 old boots, with a lasting and elastic ce
ment, rondesing them impervious to cold and
wot—the expense will be less than repairing
with Jeather, and boots prepared in this man
per, wil! be found mucfi more comfortable,
and lighter than leather over-shoes.
8. C. SMITH.
Sept 19 No. 71 Westminster-Row.
STORES 28 and 32, Westminster-streef,
have received the principal part of their
¥all and Winter Goods. They would particu
larly mention, of the last importatians, a large
assortment of Thibet-wool Shawls; fashionable
Silks, nmon% them, plain, Flnid. and worsted
Gros de Naples;--French Embroidery &e.—-
Of Ingrain Carpeting, their assortment is larger
than usual. September 19.
]?ROM the subscriber, on the 11th wlt.
Benjamin G, West, an indented appren
tice. Whoever will return said apprentice,
ehall be suitably rewarded, but no chargos
Soptember 8
Fare reduced to $1,50 from Providenee to
: Boston. g
THE Citizen’s Coach Company have used
and are still using their utmost endeavors
to run the Commereial Eine off of the road, that
they may have an opportunity of again doom
ing passcngers to pay them three dollars for a
passage to Boston. But it secems the public
ate determined to defeat their object by the
patronage they give the Commercial Line.
l; Stages will leave Providence every mon
ing at 7 o’clock. Books kept at Wilder’s,
July 14. A. FULLER.
Tho proprictors of the Providence and Paw
tucket Post Coach, respectfully inform the
publie, that they have purchased of’ Mr. Simon
H. Arnold, all his right, title and interest in
the Pawtucket Diligence, and have placed on
the road between Providence and Pawtucket,
a POST COACH, which will run every day,
(Sundays excepted,) as follows:
Tne Post Coach will leave Providence at 8
o'clock, 12 o’clock’ 8 o’clock, and at half
past 5 o’clock; and will leave Pawtucket at 9
o’clock, 10 o’clock, half past 1 o’clock, and at
half past 5 o’clock. Books kept at Wilder’s
Manufacturer’s Hotel, and at Clarke’s Inn,
Providence, and at Edwards’ Hotel, (late
Hodges’) and at Blake’s, Pawtucket.
FARE 12 1-2 cents for those passenzars who
are taken at the several houses at which the
ooks are kept in Providence or Pawtucket,
and landed at the regular stage houses in either
of the places. Those who wish to have the
stage call for them at their places of residence,
will be charged 25 cents: way passcngers,
that is to say, those who may take passage on
the road will be charged 12 1-2 cents
May 2. E. BLAKE, Agent.
RIVER 7, ‘C7T+
ACCOMMODATI(‘N Stage lewves Fali
River at half past 6, A. M. on Tuesday.
Thursday and Saturday, returning the same
days—llcaves Providence at half past 3 o’clock
P. M. Books kept at Horton'’s, Wilder’s
(Manufacturers® Hotel) and at the Franklin
House, Providence, and at Blake's Hotel,
Fall River. tf. August 29,
THE subseriber having taken that largeand
commodious House, herctofore well
known in the occupation of Mr. Sanford Hor
ton, and fitted it up in handsome style, hopes
for encouragement, and invites his fricnds and
thc!public to call on him.
He assures his friends and the public that
«very exertion shall be made to furnish his
house with the greatest variety that can bo
procured. His bar will at all times be stored
with the best Wines and Liquors,and he hopes
by attention and industry in his business to
meet with that encouragement, which may be
expected from a liberal community.
August 29, tf. 2%
r »
THE Lessee of this fashionable place of re
sort, respectfully informs the public, and
citizen strangers, that it is now open for the
Spring and summer seasons. It is situated on
an eminence which commands a beautiful view
of Narragansctt Bay and the adjacent coun
try; and is admitted by all who have visited it
to be a delightful place of resort. Attached
to the Observatory, are two excellent Bowling
Alleys, not inferior to any in Rhode-Island.—
The Bar is supplied with the best [iquors that
can be procurcd, and other refreshments such
as Fruits, Pastry, &e. Every wttention will be
paid to those who visit the establishment; and
affords an agreeable walk, particularly to
gentlemen strangers who visit the town for ob
servation and amusement. The Observatory
will be kept open from 7 o’clock, A. M. till 9,
may 12.
TIIE subseriber has the pleasure of informg
ing his friends and the public, that owin
to the liberzal patronage he has received, he hes
teen enabled to make geveral improvements to
this clegant resort for genteel company. A
suite of apartments have been fitted up expressly
for the accommodation of private families, where
they ean enjoy undisturbed, the' finest scenery
apon Narragansett Bay. Asrespects the sour
ces of amusement necessary to a place of this de
sciiption, they will be under such a regulation
as to render it worthy of being called the Na
hant of Rhode-llsland,
DIR. SCHAFFER respectfully informs his
friends, patrons, and the public gener
ally, that his fall and winter term will com
mence at Franklin Hall, on Tuesday after
noon, September 11. Young gentlemen Who
wish to l}())rm a clage for an cvening School,
are requested to call on Mr. Schafler, at his
residence, No. 97, Westminster etreet,
August 22, tf. '
C HAIRS, ot all descriptions; Tables, Bu-
J reaus, Bedsteads, Sofas, Secretaries,
Looking-Glasses, mahogany and gilt frame ;
Brass Andirons, Brass Kettles, Feathers, first
gort; and in fact, every article ealled for in
Furnishing Ware Roomns, at Nog 103 and 105,
Westminster street, next to Llder Davip
Piexering's Meeting House, by
To Macuine Maxens. Just received,
200 gallons best Copal Varnish, warranted
pure——A. Smith’'s make. For sale at redneed
prices. August 18,
'UST received, a few dozen superfine bea
eP vor Hats, of a very superior quality.—-
Also, a very extensive assortment of castor,
roram, and imitation beaver Hats, of almest
every description and quality, comprising more
than an hundred dozen; which are oflered for
sale on the most reasonable terms.
N. B. One invariable priec strictly adhored
" Santember b
I el R
As this is an age of criticism, an age of
learning, wit and eloquence, we think, we
shall be excused, if we undertake to criticise,
or review, two of the most abstruse poems, ev
er written, and which, for some fifty years,
puzzled the brains of Doctors Johnson, Ar
buthnot, Stephens, and other sage commenta
tors, whose literary mantles we would not pre-
b ——————— e wear,
Unworthy wretches as we are.”
The first of the poetical productions under
consideration,which will engage our particular
attention and profound reflection, and conside
ration, is that entitled, '** Little Tommy Tup
per,’” and was written six and thirty years be
fore the Christian Era, by one Sinbad Haca
buke, a learned scribe, who lived in Bagdad,
and who between writing and fishing, cobbling
and tutoring, managed, as an ancient profane
writer remarks, “*to get a comfortable living.”
But to the poem: ~it reads thus,
“ Little Tommy Tupper,
Sung for his supper,
What <hadl 1 have ?
White bread and butter,
fTow shall 1 cut ity without any knife ?
And how shall T marry without any wife,”
Now, it is supposed, that the literal mean
ing of this beautiful little poem, (according to
Pomfrct) is thig. Little Tommy Tupper, the
son of old Mr. Tupper, who lived in the Strand,
Bazdad, at the carly age of ten, took it into
his head, that he would take to his bed and
board a wife, but his father Mr. Jethro Tup
per, of the Strand, Bagdad, swore he should
do no svch thing, unless he the said Tommy,
would sing for his supper;—when the afore
-Buil Tommy did sing for Lis supper, and got
it; but when the white bread and butter was
placed on the table, he could not cut the
bread, because he had not a knife;—and the
association of ideas, instantly induced him to
exclaim, ““if' I ean’t cut white biead, without
a Knife, how cun [ marry without T have a
wife?”” This may be correct, but we doubt
it; so did Doctor Johnson, who thus expressed
himself on the subject.
“From an attentive consideration of the
poem of Tommy Tupper, I am cloarly of opin
ion, that the langnage employed by its author,
has been mutilated and transposed whilst go
ing through the press; for it appears to me,
that a lad of the acknowledged talent of Tom
my Tupper, never would have been guilty of
£0 gross an absurdity as to say
“How conl eut it without any L;dfv,
And how can I marry without any wife,"
for it is a well known fuct to all, and it must
havo been as well known to Tommy Tupper,
that bread cannot be cut without a knife, and
that a man cannot marry, without he has a
Doctor Arbuthnot, in his annotations on
this exquigite production, diflers with Doctor
Johnson, and though perhaps willing to discov
er his rescarch, at the expense of his labor,
““In looking over an old edition of the wri
tings of Waller, I find that he agrees with me
decidedly, in relation to the poem of Tommy
Tupper. He says, that the poem, as publish
ed by Wool, in the year 1587, is evidently
wrong, and that the hnes should read thus,
“Little Tommy Tupper, .
Sung for his supper,
But did*nt want white bread
Or any new e butter s
Yor the butter be conldnt eat
To save his very hife,
And well he knew that white bread
Would mueh displease his wife,”
Now says Waller, it is impossible for an infel
ligent mind to suppose, that any poet, should
be so stupid as to make Toinmy Tupper, speak
lines so sublimely ridiculous as those which
“Tow ean T cut it without any knifv,
And how can 1 marry without any wite,"
To be sure, a man cannot cut white bread,
withont he has a knife—nor can 2 man marry
it he has a wife, without being guilty of poly
gamy.”” Tagree with Waller exactly, and ain
of opinion that his version of the poem is cor
reet.”” Langhorn differed altogether with
both of the lcarned commentators, and was of
opinion that the stanzas, as they stand, were
correct, and ranked then among the many ex
quisite specimens of the beautiful and sublime.”’
~ After finding such a diversity of opinion,
among those who excelled in the science of
criticism, we confoss that we are not willing to
indulge an opinion, and here we leave the sub
ject, to eonsider the poem, entitled “A Trip to
London.”” We copy the poem as it stunds in
the existing and latest editions: .
“When T was a litlle Loy
1 lived hy myself,
And all the bread and cheese T had,
1 4id upon the shelfi';
The vats and the mice,
They made such astiife,
That f was lorced to roto London lo gM me awife,
The sireets were so wida
Anld the gates were so narrow,
1 was forced to take my wite home
In » wheel-harrow.
The whe=l=barrow broke, and my wife took a full
Dogs take the wheel-harrow, wile and all.”
Now, o sur minds, there is nothing in this
poem that ean in the least be eonsidercd intri
cate orabstruse, if we except the two last lines,
and even those hiave been satisfactorily explain
ed by Doctor Johnsan. To be sure, it is some
what strange, that “a little bay,” should live
by himself—but then the thing is possible—
and if a little boy did live so, it was very ra
tional for him to lay *“ upon the shelf,”” all the
bread and cheese he got; and if the rats and
mice made a strife, among the *“ bread and
cheese,” it was by no means singular, if he
went to London to get him a wife, to take care
ofit. Though it is ovident that the writer in
tended to display the meaning which his lines
convey, it cannot be admitted, that the two
lines which read thas,
| “The vt aned the mice
Chev made «ach 3 ol 1
were not originally written as they stand, and
the reason for this conclusion is very obvious,
i. e. because, “ mice’ and “strife’ da not rhywe
~~do not jingle together any better than ““char
coal’’ and ** windmill.”” We opine they orig
inally stood thus:
“ The rats and the mice,
The bedbugs and lice,
Made such a strife, >
That T was foreed to go to Londoa to Ty me a wife,"
{t 18 admitted that ‘mice’ and ‘lice’ harmon
ize exactly, and if our construction be adwitted,
the meaning of the stanzas are palpable and
feasible. The two last lines, running rhus,
“The wheelbarow broke, snd my wife took a fujl,
Dogs take the wheelbarrow wite und all,”
puzzled us for a long time, for we could not,
for the soul of us, conceive why a little boy
should carry his wife home in a wheel-barrow.
But on opening Mrs. Pozza’s conversations with
Doctor Johnson, the problem was solved “in
less than a pig's whisper.”” Hear what Mrs.
Pozza savs: -
“ Doctor Johnson, on reading the remark
able lines, whick had so much puzzled me,
thus explained what had cost me hours of la
bour and intense meditation. As tor the
wheelbarrow, said he, it was not a modern
vehicle of that name, but was a carriage simi
lar to the modern Chaise, conveyed upon two
wheels, and was called a *“wheel-bearer,”
and not a wheelbarrow. But the innovations
of the age, have corrupted the language,
hence the name of *¢ wheelbarrow.” Those
wheelbearers, were very wide, ofien gpread
ing thirty feet, henee the reason, t‘nt the
gates were too wide, and the streets too nar
I observed to Doctor Jolinson, that his ex
planation did not seem to be very satisfacto
ry, and asked why the wheelbearers were
made so wide, when he replied—** Madam,
that’s none of your business.”
For our single selves, we mhst say, that we
do not think that Doctor Johnson, or Mus.
Pozza's illustrations, throw much light on the
gubjoct matter of the poem, and as we are
certain that we cannot divest the two last
Jines of the production, of the mystery that
envelopes them, we submit the poem to the
critical dissceting knife, of the Editor of the
American Quarterly Review, Mr. Robert
I our last, we found it impracticable to close |
the *“ Review of the Review,”” but we shall
now do so, with as litile delay s possiblé, and
as we Lope, to the infinite satisfuction of eur “
readers as well as ourselves, It is far from |
our intention, to seck for the faults only
of the performance under censideration—we
look for its merits also, and shall be happy, if
we can find any worthy of pointing out,
In the course of the ** Review,”” the writer
stops te pay a merited compliment to the gen
tleman, whoe, at Lis own expense, procured a
copy of the Book, procured from the University
of Oxford, and in deing so, indulges in the fol
lowing remarks:
“This gentleman appears to have travelled
according to the precepts of Lord Bacon. Tt
i#, indeed, gratifying to observe among the
multitude of our young countrymen who per
petuaily tiwong the packet ships from New-
York, to squander their patrimony upon idle
gazing and demoralizing habits in Furope, one
animated by patriotie rather than selfish feel
ing. Such a ene was the gentleman whe oh
ta:ned this precious relie for his fellow citizens,
for which, together with the excellent sketch
es, (published in the Journal) of the scenery,
chimate, s#oil, gocial and industrio? habits ol
Britain—he deserves their unfeigned thanks,™
We are By no means disposedto be querulons
or “‘over fastidious,’ bt it does appear to ue,
that there 1s something in the above para
graph, equally singular, inaccurate, and ridie
ulous; and we shall respecttully ask the wri
ter, what he means by the ¢ idle, gazing, and
demoralizing habits of Burope.”” Idle and de
moralizing habits, exist in aimo:t every coun
try;—but *“gezing habits,” are altogether
new to us;—we never had the good fortune to
discover them—although, we have witnessed
enough of the ““idle and demoralizing habits
of the world. *“ Gazing habits! !""—we never
before heard that habits, were capable of
“gazing.” |
In the same paragraph, often passing anen- |
comium on the gentleman, who procured the
“ kny," or *“ precious rclie,”’ as the reviewer
calls the ook, and remarking, that it is grate- ‘
ful to find one individual, who has travelled
througi Europe, animated by patriotic, rather
than selfish motives, he adds: ¢ Such @ [an]
one was the gentleman, who obtaincd this
precious relic for his fellow citizens, for which,
together, with the excellent sketehes (pubiish
od n the Journal) of the seenery, climate ®oil,
social and industrial habits, of Britain he de
gerves their unfeigned thanks.” Take the
sontence as it stands, and it in neither mare
nor lesy than a downright abeurdity s ond the
writer,/instead of making the public indebted
to the gentleman for the Book and the Sketch
es, makes tho gentleman indebted to him
self for both, when ho would threw the debt
of gratitnde onthe gentleman’s fellow citizens!
Not satisied with the manufacture of sueh
a bundle of absurditics, the writer, in the next
placo, turned his attention to the manufacture
of words, and has introduced to the langnaer,
4 word never betore heard of. Wo allude to
we word “ industrial,” and if the gentleman
an find any authority for its wee, of malke
enee out of ity application, we will adopt it.
nd make it a member of our vocabulary.
There § Mo suchh word in the Tonguage: a
we do protest against the manufacturer of
words, unless the ** raw material,”” as the cot
ton spinners Laveit, is capable of making them
Speaking of the injustice heretofore extend
ed to the aborigines, the Review remarks, that
the original eougrants, were not very sgrupu
lous, whether thev ousted the natives by force
of arme, or procured their lands by purchase:
and then proceeds to say, that to the practice
there were two exegptions; and afler speaking
of William Penn, thus alludes to Roger Wil
“The scecond exception is * Roarr WiL-
Lrams,’” the bare wention of whosge name ex
cites such a commotion in my Rhode-Island
blood, as almost to compel me to leave the so
ber paco of an essay, to gallop ofl into decla
matory eulogy and invective, like a war-Lerse
upon the sound of the battle charge ™
That's what Sir John Moody vould call a
smasher; and it is to be hoped, that the gen
tleman will not often meution the name of
Roger Williams, as it excites such a commo
tion in his breast,"as to transfo, o hivo infto a war
horsg, and compels him te go oil'in a gallep;—
perhaps the name of Roger Williams, if men
tioned two or three times in his presence, might
throw him ivto a “ guiloying eonsttmption!”
Only think of that, Judge Martin—think of it
. -
Mrs. Royall, and i you should ever chance to
fall in company with our Reviewer, we beg
you wiil not mention the namme of Roger Wil
Having already ocenpicd too much timo and
space with this subject, we shall close, alter
making one more extract, It is the paragraph
in which the writer descanis on the necessity
and expediency of encouraging the Rhode-is
land Historical Socicty. Thus it reads:
¢ Altheugh our community is among the
smallest in the Union as recards territorial ex
tent and population, we can boast of men and
actions, which would conter unfading renown
upon the greatest state or nation, It is meet,
then, that any institution conducive to co lau
dable an end as the preserring the memerials
of these actions, should be fostered hy the pub.
lic hand, and any freeman objecting ta it is a
niggard, devoid of gratitede and patriotiom,
and his name ought to Le engraven on the pule
lie monuments and yecorded in the arelives of
the State in eternal infamy, that a republicau
posterity may kiow who desited to loosen the
key-stouc to the arch of their emypire.”
" We confuss that we have not, o vet, been !
able to dizcover the meaning of our :ml.".'}:’:;
and heyond the obecurity of the paragrapb, it
is fraught with extravagant bomwbast, and is full |
of that driving policy, which is always sure to
defeat any project that i undertalen by human
enterprize: ¢ And,’ says the gentleman, Cany
freeman objecting to it, [the Historical So
ciety,] is a niggard, devoid of gratitude and
i patriotism, and his pame ought to be engraven
on the pnblic monuments, and recorded i the
“archives of the State, in cternal infimy, that
a republican posterity, may know who desired
to loosen the key-stone to the arch of their
cmpire!” Whew! whew! whew! There's a
a dreadful anathema, fbr every man who does
not encourage the Rhode-Tslantd Historical So
ciety. How, or m what wyy, thof wko do
not enconrage the Rhode-I+land Historical So
ciety, are to * loosen the key-stome to the sreh
of their empire,” is what we have ndt yvet learn
ed.—-nor shall we learn, until light 15 thiown
on the subjest, DBu! a~cording to the Re-
viewer, il the institutiom in question, is nnt ep
conraged and :‘n*,‘pnr‘.u.?, the areh of empire
will be' destroyedd—there will b wars and ru
mors éf wars—ua gencral hlow-up, and the
carth will be last in chaotic darhnes To
avert a calannty so diwetil Jet every gbod citie
zen of the four guarters bt the globe, contri
bute to the atd of the Rhode-Isdund Fuistorical
Gpom the whole, we do not discover in the
Review, anything that caft entitle it to thut
appellation; and setting avide the absurdities
and extravajrances with whieh it abonnds, it
possesfes numetous faults which for the sake
of brevity, we have omi:fted 8 mention. The
arriter has uleo in‘roduced geveral strange
words, not laid Jdown by any LexieSgrapher,
such as *““industrial,” and ¢ ameliorate ** As
v said ina former paragraph, the first i€ not an
Enclishword, neithes ioat Greck, Latin, Vrench
or &panish, nor can gense be made fromiteap.
plication. *“ Ameliorate,”” tor meliorate,”’
the legitimate word, is sometimes used by eare
less and bad writers, but is never emploved by
thase who plaee any valic on their wntings,
To whom the word is indebted for the addition
of the leter a, we are unable to tell<bat thas
muech we dé know—no cueh word as amelior
ate can be found in any madern Langimge.
The eccay, to which the wiiter, has prefixed
the title of ** A Review," has by little, or nd
connesion with the Book it pretends to eon
sider, and almost any other name, wouid huve
been as propeily applied.
«=“Aly patienee® my
patience,** eprevlated aunt Hannah the other
day, A< she dmpped one of the newspapers from
hiee hands, *“ my paticnee, my patience, W hat
do folks mean, by bringing so many sicam
boats inte eur river only look here—thero are
now no less than fonr steam-boats plying be.
tween this port and the eity of Now-Yurk, and
here is the fifth announced to maka her ape
pearanee, to run for five dollars-~what will
this extravagant age €oma te! my patiance,
my patience, when I was a Youlty \Mm?‘. Cap
faln Sam Goliter ¥ dacter weed to £ Mdvin
all the travel between this town and New
York—now we have five Steam Boats and .
dozen packets employed in the same business'
It *wont do—somebegdy will be ruined—there
will be *“ sad times amgng the dry bones,”” aw
Ilder Cornell—Hecaven rest his sgul-~used to
tell his eoygregation, and 1 have vot a doubt,
that many a man now ergaged i the business,
will rye the day, that be embarkeB in such an
enterprite! ** My word for it”” she canilnyed,
‘“ this eompetition will not answer the exigen
cies of the times! There is the Washington,
commanded by Captain Bunker tle older, the
I'ulton, by Robert the yofinger, the Connecti
cut, by our towngman, Captain William Coms
#toch, and the Long Branch by the excellent
Captain Mather,—and yet the extravagance
ol the age says that we must have another
boat, and so the Chapcellor Livingston is put®
in requisition=—a fifth is added fo ‘the list.
Heaven proteet us, what shall we come to!”
And then again, she added, ¢ these boats are
running a race of competition, and strive 1o
destroy cach othgr. Such things will not doss
Low wy trst husband would be astonizhed,
and how Lie would grieve, if Le were ouly here
to witness the folly of the thnes!”’
Aunt Hannah, thongh she is a goodly ma- 7
tron, and one of the eleet, knows, but httle
about the bosiness of the age, and in makng
her estimates, makes but little allowance for
the increase of population, and the increase
and facility of travel, When she was a young
woman, and listened to the sighings and ¢oo
ings of her *“spark,” a steam-boat was not
known: —the population of the country was
sparec—Stage Coaches had hardly been in
troduced. and the travel of the country was
performed on “horsebaek, or in a cart. A
journey from this town to Bestoa, was consid
cred equal to a pilgrimage to Mecca, and cilo
it was undertahen, a deal of ceremony was
Luds -the ntended journey was made know '
o the whole neighlorhiood, some days belore
it was commenced, and the friends and neigh
' hors were on the tip-toe of anxety, to know
! the eauso of it, and to ascertain how the ex
penditures, incident to such an undertaking
l could he defrayed. Preparatory to the jour
| ey, the old roan mage, was talken {rom the
t feld where the poor old ereatare had almost
L atarved for the three months previous; huge
i “esses” of bean were adininistered to het
appetite; new shoes wern placed upon her
| shoeless hoofs ke traveller made hie willy
the parson was requested to remember lum in
lLis prayers; and when !l things we'e ready,
{¥o husband, dressed in a blue coat, seal skin
vest and leather inexpressibles, mounted tho
‘ back of the roan mare; and the wife, with an
| avmful of love, clad in a linsey woolsey petti
: coat, & cooler, and red cloak, seated herself
«nugly on the pillion, behind her * bosow’s
lord and master,”” and away trotted the roam
mare with her burthen for Boston. A wallet,
eontaining a goodly numbor of rye dough-nuts,
a pounrd dr two of cheese, and a jug of
’ sapitehel,”” aflforded a loarty repast, asthey
journeyed along the road; and +1 the al’uce of
| two or three weeks, the pilgrigs returncd to
their homes, to the parson and h's flock, and’
by the autwmnal fire-side, tobd o the wonderg,
they had seen in Boston eity, eracked their
, jokes, and teld niany a ** elencher.”
Such was the plain aud imestentafious man
ner, in which our ancestors ueed fo perform
their journdys, Bat times are alteretd, the fu-.
cilities for travelling have increased with the
population of thie country, and a journcy to
Boston, or ¢ven *o Washington, is lnoked upon
25 a mefe ride, and is now perforioed o half
the time, that svas formesly exhausted in trave
elling to the * Taterary Emporinm.*
Steam Poate and Stages are at all tima2 (8
be had, end a traveller, after having ordered
the porter to take his (rnk from the Frauker
lin Houze te the eharf, jumps aboard ¢f a
E:eam Boat, dines in New-York, takcs ‘ea in
Philadelphia, dances a eotillion at Waching=
ton, onles the ladies of the Federal Stroct The
atre, flourishes at the Exchawge, and r toens
to Provadence, ere his fricnds are aware of Li®
übsence. All this ig dane, at half the expeimes
that u jonrney one fourth of the distance, wiw
forinely peiformed; and those who at an carli=
er period, viewed a ten mile ourney as 4 mon=
eirous undertaking, can scarecly malize the
reahity of the present oxpeditions mode of
Ye My Datiencr, My Palience.' This
expression, has by vanous wriers and Lexi
cographers, been lud down as a ** Yankere
isur ongmating mothe wlom of theumiversal
Yankeo nation. To prove the tallacy ot tins
assumption, we will pause fora noment, s
give what Dr. Robison calls a suceanet his
tory of the rice and progress of the expresston.
Tn tha days of Ila dicanute, there dgolt on
the Banks of the Avon, an old lady who had w»
daughter Patience, in wlhose nawe #he even
atfiemed to all her assertions, and when brought
to the bar of justice, buving =erupulous abou:
an cath, she swote by * My Pationce.” The
oath or athrmiation for many years eusted,
and when Roger Williame located hinaselt’ m
fthode-Islaud, he introduced it among his col
ony, and m all cases of hitigation, tne depo
neuts, #wore by ** My Pationce,”” the nano
of Patience hgging, a maiden lady, who at
that time dweit on the margin of the Scel.onk
River, aud wak supposed to be gified with the
attributes of witeheraft, Butas to tbonron
ong, * Goody Gracious, By Cream, By Jings,
and by allireloek’” we cannot gam any tras
cea of thayr ongin, and therefore seb x
down among the common idiém of Mg *
®oral Yanke# daling’,
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