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IMPROMPm 1 Virgin—i—a, Virgin—i—-a, What cap 1 do, what tan 1 fay ? My wit doth himc, my pride is hit, My pride alas, cats up my wit; What; f. nd our brats, to Yankey's towns, | To learn (good God, blood,fire & zounds) Virtue I Ah ! hah ! and not to swear, To visit churches ? I declare, Fine times, to learn to read, not drink, To learn morality, and how to think, To learn fubmifiion, modesty ? No, damme, that (hall never be. From, all our vail, our old dominion, To banish each young ilarving minion, .Learn him to read, by fear of rod, To keep his word, and worlhip God ? Republicans, learn such vile tralh ? No, np, thro' thick and thin they'll dalh, Drink, garpe, swear, lie ; and lay they'll nght wifii sword, But are 100 much of gentlemen, to keep their word. Why flionld our children better than their fathers be ? Thus far I wrote my firft impromtu, and after I looked it ovei, I thought I could write a better one, so I fat down and wrote two and sent them to Mr. Os wald, as I said before, and as it took me so long to blot and write and write and blot, I thought such a preface as 1 sent him neeeffary to make folks read it, and also to shew, that all the time from the date to printing, was not taken up in writing, but in diiappointments by the obstinacy of Printers. But finding how very well people like those two perform ances, (especially the Virginians) I am induced to bring to light this last impromp tu, not last in writing but last in appear ance—As to A ms, and A s, I wilh they would.read this, and those two impppmptues, and then let them make more stories about learning the youth of Virginia virtue, if they dare They will find hard work to make either the young or the old in Virginia believe them, and besides their politics (hall be lalhed a little more by my poetry if they do not mind, pye, and mend too, for I hear they are Loth againll a war wilh Great Britain. A SUBSCRIBER. March 7thj 1794. N. B. I wilh you could print those pieces, preface, &c. of mine from Os wald's paper, that people may have one view of the whole : This impromptu is more like the Pindaric, a little irregular, but those other two are perfectly ruleable, and are what they call Hexameter, or Pentameter—l forget which. m the Independent From a Correspondent. T''ie inclosed Impromtu and explanatory Introduction have been presented to more than one Printer of a Daily Pa per in this C -y, and met with such a strange reception as induced the Au thor to fuppufe them of fufficient im poitar.ee to be presented at lead to the view of Virginians : They are now tranfinitted to you for publication, with a wish that they may appear in your A SUBSCRIBER. The following lines were written on feeing in Fenno's paper of this evening, a piece said to be from Davis's Virginia Gazette, from which the following extra# is taken to explain the Impromtu. " The noblest examples of Republican " virtues now exiltsng, are to be found "in the New-England States. There « our youth could not fail to imbibe lef " sons—perhaps superior to those former "ly furnifhed by Athens itftlf. A so " journing among these virtuous People, " previous to any public employment, " might be attended with the most bene " ficial effects," &c. March 21ft, 1794. 1 IMPROMTU. VIRGINIA listen to the sage advice 1 And fend your sons to Salem in a trice. Follow sage Fijher in the round he went; And glean the learning which to A—she lent. Despise your country, and from Yankey's learn, How your true interest jufUv to dilcern: Learn how to value Britain s sterling worth; Despise the man who'd t-ich that France brought forth Columbian States; and bid them France des pise. Learn, where aloqe you may, who's truly wife; Distinguish 'twixt the patriot and the knave ■ The fugitive from Shay's, or truly brave. • ( See in mad Jtflerfon, the deep defiga, With iVlSdilon ani Gjiitt, tp combine/ Learn how the Furtdmg Syilem to luppcrt; And how to recommend yourselves at Court. Learn how to answer all—«rho fhlitll complain; And all the myitie fyfterft of finance explain. IMPROMTU, On reading in Fenno's paper his account of the Vice-Prelident's giving the call ing vote, when the Senate were divi ded, Ayes and Nays 12, on the ques tion refpedling the sale of Prizes by the French in our harbors—See the paper—Adams is complimented as hav ing saved his country from the horrors of War. LOVERS of Peace and Titles lend your aid 1 Your debt of gratitude is not yet paid. To A-m-s, utinoft stretch of praise is due ! He loft your t tics—but gain'd peace for you. Betwixt the Tivelve, the balance well he held Or at one stroke the foe, —Columbia would have fell'd. March 21, 1794. For. jhe Gazette of tie United States. Mr. Fenno, BY Mr. Z. the orator's reply to my ad dress to you the other day, he seems to have got out of his leading firings—and being now arrived to the state of manhood, he comes forward a bold hero to support men and measures calculated for piblic uffulnefs. — Happy, thrice happy America—who in this, thy adopted son, hath lo able a supporter— not only in thy Councils, bnt in the war which he so anxiously desires; it may be expected ((hould it fortunately for him and a few of his speculating friends take place) that he will lead thy armies to battle —and, like Scipio of old at the gates of Carthage, carry his thunder to the walls of Quebec —" which mull crumble to the dull at his ap proach. Having thus presaged the future exploits and glory of this truly patriotic orator, give me leave Mr. Fenno, through the channel of your paper, to liy before the public a few remarks on the little details he gives us of his eminent services in the late war.—•With great gravity he tells us 'n the firft place, that in J7Bl, he was appointed receiver of taxes for Pennsylvania, and Treasurer to the department of f nance —in which stations of great importance, he was happy in lending his aiding hand in the franfa£tions which led to the peace of 1783" —Adding, that ever since he has been employed in aflive life, and extenuvc scenes of commerce, beneficial, at once, to the country and liiinJVli'. Vain presumptuous man ! —thus to arro gate to thyfelf the mer'.trefulting from tranf aiftions due only to thy guardian angel, the financier —who among many other adts of his benevolence towards you, placed you under bis own direflions in both offices —holding himf If rrftonfble ior your conduct in them— and all :wmg you a commifpon on your re ceipts ai;t? expenditures, which laid the cor ner /lone oj our present fortune —and of the consequence you no<w afume —What claim then can you pretend to have to the public fa vor for these services of which you boast so much ?—reverfe the matter, if you please, and honestly confefs that you fer-ved your/elf alone—which in every cafe is the rulingprin ciple with you. The orator, Mr. Fenno, to shew his early attachment to the cause of American Inde pendence, tells us that in the year 1777, he took the oath of allegiance to the govern ment —to this I (hall fay with Hudibras, that— r It is he who makes the oath that breaks it, Not him who from convenience takes it. His loyalty being thus put out of the question, he concludes by telling us " that in his inde pendent career neither the -venom of private malice, nor the rage oj public faSions shall interrupt him"—Go on my truly patriotic orator —go on—you are secure from both— for you are not yet arrived to that degree of consequence in the world, to excite either private malice, or come under the serious no tice of any party —but when next you mount the rostrum, I think you will do well to confine your oration within the bounds of modesty—and learn, if you can, a little grati tude to the country which gave you birth, and to a nation which has been so generous to vour father. lazetteer. April Bth, 1794. Foreign Intelligence. RECEIVED BV THE BRUSSELS, January 7. The excursions of the Prince of Ssxe Cobourg to Guise and St. Quintin, have concluded molt unfortunately. On Thurs day last the two columns were attacked at the fame moment, with fiush impetuosity, that they were both forced to retreat to their old positions between Valenciennes and Quefnoy. There came in here last night, by the gate of Ancfcrlecht, an HONESTUS, (continued.) immense transport of wounded and sick, in no less than 84 waggons.—Thii day large quantities of amunition and ilores were dilpatc'icd to the army at Mons. RATIONAL CONVENTION. December 15. " J. B. Lacofte and Baudot, representatives of the people, with the army of the Rhine and jVLlelle, to the Naional Convention. " Hiad-quarten at Nuairhrum, Dec. 11. " The defenders of the republic, citizens colleagues, have just obtained a iignal victory over the Auftrians. Yoji know that the sa tellites of the kings, relying more upon the strength of their cannon than their own cou rage, had intrenched themlelves upon the heights of Reichfhofen, Genderfhofen, pe chevillers, and Werth, before Haguenau, re doubts of three Itoiies, not less formidable those of Jemappe " The front of their intrenchments was attacked this morning with the greatest suc cess. The soldiers of the republic took 26 pieces of cannon from the enemy, 20 tum brils, and made upwards of joo prisoners, among whom is the colonel of the firft re giment of the emperor, bedecked and covered with crofles and ribbands, and eight other officers. The number of their killed is very considerable ; we would not make any pri soners till we were tired of killing ! Our !oi -I'es have been but trifling. " It would be too long to give the details of all the prodigies of valour on the part of our brave soldiers ; their fucceifes repref-nt them better than all we might fey: the gene rals, in other refpe<fts, will be eager to give you all the military particulars. This vic tory is the more important, as it is the open ing which will condudl us to Landau. " We have been all day long in the field of ba'tle with our brothers in arms.—We ourselves discharged the cannon upon the enemy ; and it (hall not be our fault :f this victory is not followed up without relting, and with the greatest ardour.— Greeting and fraternity. (Signed) «'J. E. LACOSTE, . " M. A. BAUDOT." January 3. CAPTURE OF SPIRES AND Guermersheim by the French. Extract of a letter from General Hoche, to the Minister at war. Head Quarters, Landau, Dec. 31. "We are in pofleffion of Guermer iheim and Spires with its magazines, arms and an immense quantity of forage. '' Landau has coll us (not fncluding 200 men killed, and 800 wouuded. _ - '■ I The representatives of the people of Toulon write (23d December) " Since our lait letter we have been enabled to as certain, from the different points of attack, the lols of our enemies ; and we with pleasure inform you, that it amounts to jooo men k: f .led and w'ounded, exclulive of prisoners, of whom there are a great che PARIS, December 27. SITTING of the JACOBINS. Hebert—" We need not doubt, that there exiils among us a confpiraey. To fiuftrate it, we ought to go to work. By purifying ourselves with the greatefl ri gor, we (hall without obtlacle do themoft eflintial service to the common weal. " I denounce to you Beurdon of Oife, whose conduct, ever ambigous, cannot in. spire us with great confidence. Remem ber he has been a Briffotine, and propo sed to expel Marat from our focietv. Is such a man worthy to fit among us ? I move for the endure of his name from the Socisty. " 1 do not confine myielf to this sole denunciation. I accuse Philippeaux, who has sometimes the impudence to come to deliberate with the Jacobins. He has writ ten works which ought to exclude him from our bosom. " 1 accuse Camille Defmoulins, who formerly could render great service to the Repuhlic. Since he has married a wo man who brought him a certain fortune, he thinks he may despise the true Jaco bins, and become the friend of the Arif tociats and Mufcadius, with whom by his own confeffion, he lives upon familiar terms. He proteas Dillon : He believes T urenne to be a man of fupenor genius. He kept silence for some time; and now he only takes up the pen to devote Bou chotte to ridicule—Bouchotte, whose pa triotism cannot be queitioned. He said in his journals, that George Bouchotte was governed by Pitt Vincent. Is Bou chottc so imbecile as to be governed by the perion who governs the Britirti minif tfcr ? I demand the exclusion of C&mille Defmoulins. " I here is another individual, under whom the persons above' mentioned only 3ft in a secondary manner. is 3 Jau- V } gerous ierpent, who, by his tortuous windings, infijiuates hinifelf every where, moves the machine at his pleasure. This man is I'abre d'Eglautine. Firfl Ramp ant at the feet of the Aristocrats, hecoin pofed counter-revolutionary works. Find ing that Aiiitocracy would not thrive,he,* through mean nets' and intrigues, ihifted himlelt among Patriots, wiio elected him a Deputy of the. Convention. Figaro Eglantine, not contented to intrigue for himfelf, caballed also for Fabre Fond, his brother. Do you, Citizens, know the merits of Fabre ? It is true, that for this long while palt, he has been drefled in Hussars regimentals; but it was only for the purpofc of feljiog Balm on the Square of Toulonfe. This Balm-merchant be came a General of Brigade. Andonin can certify to you, that Eglantine intrigu ed for his brother the HiiiFar ; and that, as soon as the latter had obtained his commission of General, be wished that a Ccurier Extraordinary be sent to an nounce that extraordinary appointment! Do you know why Eglantine accuses Roniin ? It is because Ronfin reproached his Brother with the luxury he difplsyed in Da Vendee, and because he reproach ed him with having never once fired off the priming of a gun. This is the enig ma, and the origin of the hatred of Fab re d'Eglantipe again (I Ronfin. 1 de mand that he be flruck off. r " I know my enemies—l know how powerful they a-- ; I expose my life in aceivng them : But nothing shall intimi date m= ! And I (hall be always fupport cd by the jacobins, not forfake me wlien I was under the dagger of Arif toeracv. If my enemies accuse me if they have power fufficient to thiow my liberty into chains—Jacobins ! I suppli cate yon to demand my speedy trial, 'that I if I (hould not fall, I may loose no time j to serve the People, who iland in need of I mC ' " I demand that Camille Defmoulins, Bourdon, the red haired Phihppeaux, and Fabre d i" ''antine, be bani'htd from this oocie:y ; that a petition be presented to the Convention, to demand "the speedy trial of the accomplices of Brifibt, and the report of Arcar refpe&ing the con ; fpiricy announced by CliaHot and Bazire j in mortj thf¥t this Society do declare that co:' ti ience." Mizuel arrived to notify, that tfje vil lain FaKre d'Eglantine had c.used a de cree of arrcll to be palled againll him and that he vent to obey the law. A member " Livaux ought like' wile to be expelled fiom this Society," ' ■\fter a very animated difcuflion, the So tv resolved, that Fabre d'Eglantine, B.urdon of Oife, Camille Definouliiih, and Lavaux, (hall be invited to to thsf next meeting, to answer the charges exhibited againll them ; that an extras ot' the proceedings of this fitting be pre fenttd to Ron fin and Vincent, to convince them that the Society preserve, with re fpeft to them, its attachment to their principles, add its fraternal unity; and that commifiioners (hall announce to them the said extract. LONDON, January 11. It may gratify cui iofity to know, that Hoche, to whom the chief command was given, when the afmies of the Rhine and Mozelle joined, who out-generalled both Wurmfer and the Duke of Brunfwic, & whose letters are so laconic, was formerly oneoi the French King's postilions, and afterwards a k-.jrsnt in the guards, the highest rank to which he rcfe before the Revolution, Monday a lad? about nine years of age, lon of Mr,' Brown, Pilot, of Cowes, playing wuh a pii,ol, (not being known to be loaded) he put a na;i, made hot in the fire, into the pi'.tol, which caused it to go oft" at the instant iie was locking into the barrel, and lodged the nail in his head, which occa sioned the loss of one eye, Friday morning a oerfon gave a loaded gun to a little boy to hold, in the Rope-Walk, Bnftol, while he went en some bufintfs, when tilt child accidentally let the gun fail, which caused it to go off, tne contents lodged in the temple of a hide g it l, caused her immediate oefth, The d«flriw»bnof Tout a is certaiWan objert of thefirfl coaftqoflgfc to try.— ihu;m pl great ffiafure effected. The French: will do the reft; for they raze the city, contdl betveta Ward and Mfcrfoza dr» a vast contoorfc of people tn HouH>WH<§h vtirerday monx •'l*Vl thc civ ' ic P o *" a3ifhrd by a party ot Jjo.dur', viry properly interfered broke the , an : - tJ»-fe rufi-.an* f.om ex fi.ch a dbgracct'ui fjK&aelc.