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iaterary, Scientific & Jdilitury
Capt. Patridge
B KGS leave respecliiilly to uilonu tlie A*
uieiican public, that the above mention
ed institution will be opened, under his im
mediate direction and superiutendance, at
Norwich, in the suite ol Vermont, on the first
Monday ;>i September next. I he course ot
education at this seminary will embrace the
following br inches oi literature, science, and
* practic'd instruction, viz : the Latin, Greek,
?{-brew, French, and English languages, A
ritn n-tic, the construction and use ot Lo
garithm*, Algebra, Geometry, Plane and
S; h-iical Trigonometry,Planometry,Stereo
metry , Mensuration of heights and distances
by trigonometry, and also Geometrically,
practical Geometry generally, including par
ticir. y Surveying and Levelling, Conic
Segtmjis, tha use oi the Barometer, with its
application to measuring the altitudes of
mountains and other eminences, Mechanics,
Hydrostatics. Hvdrautdics, the elements of
Chemistry and Electricity, Optics, Astrono
my, Navigation, Geography, including the
,«o of Maps and the Globes; Composition,
Logic, History, Ethics, the elements of Na
N t%ral and Political Law, the Law o.f Nat ions,
Military Law, the Constitution of the United
Slates, and of the Stales severally ; Meta
physics : Permanent and Field Fortification,
Fie id Engineering generally, the construc
tion of Marine Batteries, Artilery duty, the
principles of Gunnery, a complete course ot
Vliirt.irv Tactics, the attack and defence of
fb’rtf&u places, Caslrametation, ancient For
tificatioB, the ancient modes of attacking and
defending fortified places, the ancient Tac
tics, particularly those of the Greeks and
Romans, with a description of tbe organiza
tion and discipline of the phalanx and legi
on : Book keeping, Music, Fencing, Milita
ry Drawing* Topography, Civil Engineer
ing, including the construction of Roads,
Oanala, Locks and Bridges; Architecture.
In addition to the foregoing, the students w ill
f>o regularly and correctly instructed in the
eItHnealary oi me soruici, <iuu
those of the company and battallion ; they
will iiu. vv re be taugbt the regular formation
nl military parades, ‘he turning off, mount
ing,-an i reaving guards aud sentinels ; the
duties ot Dinners of the guard, officers ot the
day, and adjutants ; the making out correct
ly til** different descriptions ot military re
ports ; in lint:.all tne duties incident to the
fold or garrison. The military exercise s air.
duties w ill be so arranged as not to occupy
any of the time that would otherwise be de
\Cted to study : they will he attended to at
hose hour* of the day whisk are generally
passed by stu leuU in idleness, or devoted
tq^jseless jmiHeraents, lor which they will
he made a pleasing an l liealtidul substitute.
Practical scientific operations will he fre
quently attended to, which will conduce e
qu'.iJIv to health and improvement.
A Reading Room will be attached to the
sera*nary, winch will contain a hsnosome
collection of some of the most respectably
newspapers fioin different parts ot the Jui
te i States, and a Is.* several oi our most a;>- .
proven ncriudic.al publications.
The qu triers are ol orick, and 'ybl be
handsomely furnished. 1 he students rooms
will br feruhshsd with single =ieep;ng hiric.-,
and also with chairs, an liroa.-, *“>»’el and
tongs, and separate closets lor nooks, ciotns,
The siuduius will be required to sleep
on maitrasaes ; no leather bed; will be al
lowed in iue estabiisniimiit Arms ®no ac
coutrements Uiil be furnished ; they be
of different i.ze*, to accommodate those ot j
d tin re nt .:ges.' . . . .
i op ’.rra purpose of giving to the ’Stunenis I
a military* appear:»a::e, when engaged on
iniiiU'i/ duty, and al^oou a principle ot eco
nomy, they will be required to wear a um
h't>.n dress, a description oi which In ie
unto annexed. In prescribing a dress, it l*a<
been emit avored t.» ottfibine. as tnr as p ssi
ble, ch-apUv ss mid a neat military appear
a nee, witii -utu a formas, while it leaves the
student the tree and undisturbed u^e oi his
limbs, will at the same time encumber Iran
the least possible. The discipline will be
strict, but Correct, and particular attention
tvill be given to tbe lull devjdopeinenl and
due cultivation of ail those liberal, manly,
liable, and independent sentiments vmien
ought to characterize every American.- whe
. ther citizen nr soldier. i he strirlf'd atten
lifio will U given to (he health, m*nners, and
morals of thestu imPs, They will be continu
ally under the personal inspection <*t he su
perintendent, who wdlbostaw upon them all
that u*re and attention which it is believed
tii^ir parents, under similar circuiuataoces,
would bestow. . ...
A regular attendance on nivmc serv ice vi iu
he required on iuindays. 1 lie requisite qua
lifications lor becoming members ot the in
stitution will be the totlowring, viz .-—That
the candidate be of goo i monl character,
that be be able to read and spell correctly', to
write a Fair legible hand, and work the
rround rules of arithmetic. Llevenor twelv
years ot age is believed Id be o» \ouug a?
one c su wiitor With id van age to hi use It.
There vvill be one vacation in each year,
which will commence on the Monday next
following the third Wednesday in August,
•and continue four weeks.
The expenses per annum tor each student
will be as follows :
Board, at respectable and genteel , bouses
in the village, twenty-two dollars fiity cents
a quarter, or ninety dollars per aim D. 9u 00
Tuition in any or allot the before
mentioned branches, excepting the
Hebrew and French languages,
Fencing and Mus e, ten dollars a
quarter, or forty dollars per annum. 40 00
Koom rent, including t'r.w use of
arms and accoutrements, (the rdbms
ft<> b<» furnished as before mention
ed,) two dollars ?n»l titty c* fits a
quarter, or ten dollar* per annum, 10 00
Forth** privilege of tile Reading
Ro-»m, thirty-seven and a halt cents
^ quarter, or one dollar and fitly
cent* per annum * 1 'r>0
C-*pt.Patridge will receive s-tudents (who
intend remaining-at the Academy more than
one year) for t wo hundred md filly doR *rs
per annum, which w ilt include all jhe t'ore
gtdng evp n*C«, an(i tlm expenses for fuel,
w tshiug and m*»ndiug. uniform clothing, the
uso of books, instruments, and bedding, in
fine, every expense incident to their stations
as students, except for the Hebrew 4* t rench
languages, Fencing and Music, These bran
, ches will not be considered as comprised m
ihe regular course of education, ami consc
quentlvthovse who attend to them will be
chained separately. The amount of this
charge will be as reasonable as possible, and
probably much less than is usually paid tor
instruction in them. Each student, enjoin
ing the Acadeny, will be required to pay one
quarter tuition and room rent in advance ;
after which, payment will he required at the
expiration ot every second quarter.
Young gentlemen, destined for a college
education, can he prepared a&t this seminary
for admission into any College or University
in the country, either as treshman, or one o
two years in advance, and, in the mean time,
will he enabled to acquire a good military
and scientific education. Y oung gentlemen,
also, destined for the navy, can here be in
structed in the scientific part ot their protru
sion, and, at the same lime, obtain a correct
knowledge of fortification, and ot military
operationsgenerally,on land, which it is be
lieved, they would find highly useful m tu
ture life. "Parents and guardians who are
desirous of placing their sons or wards at
this seminary, are requested co give notice
accordingly, to Capt. Patridge, through the
medium ot the post office, previous to the
first of September next, and to state whether
they wish them to go through with the full
course of education, and, it not, to specify
particularly those branches to which they de
sire them to attend, and also to mention their
Capt. Patrilge cannot retrain from ex
pressing his wish that those students (parti
cularly of the younger class) who do not
contemplate finishing their education with
him, should yet remain as long as circum
stances will permit, trom a conviction that
they would derive proportionally greater ad
vantages ; and he begs leave to assure the
American people, that no exertions will be
wanting on his part, to render this seminary
(which will be equally open for the recep
tion of students from every part ot the Uni
ted States) in all respects worthy of their
For the accommodation ot gentlemen,
(particularly ot' those holding commissions
in the volunteer corps and militia,) who may
not wish to go through with a regular course j
of inilita-y studies and instructions, and also
for the purpose ot diffusing military science
more generally, Capt. Patridge will deliver
annually, at the betorementioned seminary,
three courses of public lectures ; the first
co%;se to commence on the second Monday
inhiay ; the second course on the second
Monday in July ; and the third course on the
first Monday in October annually. These
lectures will embrace the following branches
ot military science and instruction, viz :
1st. Permanent and field fortification, the
construction of field works generally, and
also of marine batteries.
2d. The attack and defence of fortified
3d. The use of artillery with a general ex
position of the principles of gunnery.
4th.Military Tactics.
5th. Garrison m i field service ot troops,
unbracing'-particularly their police, and rules
or turning oft,mounting and relieving guar i*
and sentinels, and al-o tor guard duty ; like
ly i. c castrametation.
Ctii. General rules for the attack and de
fence of a province or country, embracing
an exposition u» the principles oi base lilies
of oper a lion.
7ih. Rules for the inspection and review of
bin. A summary of ancient fortification,
and also of live ancient modes ot attaching
and defending fortified places.
9ih. \ summary of (he ancient tactics, par
ticularly those ot the Greeks and Romans,
loth. A description ot some oi the most
celebrated b.ittlcs and sieges, both ot ancient
and modern times, tor the purpose ot prac
tically illustrating the principles explained
in the lectures. In order to render the lec
tures on fortification perfectly intelligible
plans will be prepared, on which the several
parts of a work will be clearly and distinct
ly exhibited.
Particular attention will bo given to a lull
explanation of all the technical terms used
in lortihcations, as well as m all tire oilier
departments ot military science. A lull
course will comprise about twenty lectures ;
five to be delivered in each week until the
course he finished, i he terms for attend
ing a course will he ten dollars. Gentlemen
subscribing for two courses, wit! be allowed
ever utter to attend grads. Ml those attend
ing the lectures will b« entitled, during the
time ot such attendance, to practical milita
ry instruction, and a I to the privilege ot
the rending room, without any additional
I A Hussar Jack°t, ot daik blue cloth,
j tvilh three rows of white bullet buttons in
! front, the two outside rows terminating a lit
tle past the top of the shoulders, the intervals
between the buttons of each row to be one
fourth of an inch ; standing collar to rise a
high as the tipof the ear, with a button on each
side ; the cuffs indented on \he upper side,
with a button on each angle* imd a slit longi
tudinally on the under side, with tour but
tons of a similar size, set close on each :—
the Jacket terminating in a peake in front
and rear, with two buttons behind at the bot
tom c» the waist, which must extend as low
a5’the waist of (tie , erson, counter straps on
each shoulder, for the purpose of confining
the cartridge box and bayonet belts ; small
-ide pockets with lour buttons under each
flap *
Wst, white for summer, and blue cloth 1
| tot winter, single breasted, with from eight
j to ten white buttons of small size.
Pantaloons, white for summer, made either
of Kussia sheet'in? or cotton or linen cloth
i of domestic manufacture, and of dark blue
| cloth for winter ; the pantaloons to read.
; the shoes, without understraps : and, as well
as all the other clothing, made -ufficiently
large to allow of the free and unrestrained
u<e of the limbs, avoiding at the same lime
unnecessary encumbrance. i
JeftVrson shoes to rise as high as die ancle.
White linen halt gaiters for summer, with
small bullet buttons, worn under pantaloons.
Black silk or velvet stocks.
Caps, with appropriate trimming's.
Plaid GreatCoPs, lined with green baize,
with capes and folding collars : the ground
vvgtk greeu, with dark sjripes.
As a perfect uniformity {ne cutting and
making the cloths will add much to the ap
pearance of the students, Cap .on l. would
he P lad to have this woik all executed at the
Academy, wher* excellent workmen will be
provided, and where it is believed, it can he
doir‘ on as reasonable terms as at any other
place Captain F. would also be highly gra
tified to see all his pupils clothed in ioines
lic manufactures. Bills oi any oi the New
England banks, also of thebauksof ttie city ,
of frew-York,bl Albany, Tidy, and Lan- j
sinsburg, of the banks in the city ot Phila
delphia, and of the United Sta.es bank, or
any of its branches, will be received in pay- j
merit tor Academic expenses. Drafts on the
Nfew-England banks, on the banks of the
State of New York above mentioned, and o
fhe United Slates bank or its branches in New
England or New-York, will likewise be re
NO l’E.—Editors of newspapers who shall
be pleased to insert the foregoing in theii
respective papers, will confer an obligation
on Capt. P. and may perhaps at the same
time benefit the public,
march 9 d6mo
Declaration of Independence.
WE have no authentic copy of this most
important state paper, the very basis
that supports the proud column of American
liberty ; none, at least, on which the eye oi
taste can rest, fora moment, with satisfac
tion. Why have we not l
The English nation, still proud of their
MAGNA CHARTA, though every provi
sion it contains has been trampled upon by
the bold ambition of their rulers, have pub
lished edition after edition of this instrument,
each more splendid than its predecessor.—
Sir William Blackstone has collated and
commented on it—his fine copy ol Magna
Chart? has been excelled by later specimens
of art, and the fac-similes of the seals and
signatur uhave made every reader ol tas’e
in Great Britain acquainted, in some de
gree, not merely with the state ot knowledge
and of art at the period in question, hut witii
the literary attainments, also, ot King John,
King Henry, and their “ Barons bold.”
nurely the ueciaraiion oi American niuc*
pendence is, at least, as well entitled to the
decorations ot art as the Magna Chirta of
England ; and iI the fac-sitniles of the sig
natures of the p /lriots who signed it were
published in America, it would serve to gra
tify a curiosity, at least as laudable as that
which calls for imitations of the correspon
dent- of ,/nnius or of the aristocracy that
wrested the English Charter from the reluc
tant monarelisot the day.
We are firmly persuaded that the more
the principles oi our Declaration of indepen
dence are spread out before the eyes oi the
world, tho more they will he admired, by
foreign nations as well as our own : an i eve
ry innocent and honest device that may serve
to attract attention toward them, will serve,
also, to promote the great cause of public li
berty. Such an embellishededilion as will ;
render it an ornament to an apartment, will
have a tendency to spread the knowledge ot j
its contents, among those who would other
wise have turned their thoughts hut lightiy
towards the subject. Such an edition will
serve to place it continually under the eye
of'man, woman, arid child in a family—it
will associate the pleasurable ideas oi ele
gance and ornament with the history of the
transaction itself—and familiarize those
principles which form, or ought to form, the j
very bond and cement of political society.— j
Nor is it of small moment that such an erit- j
tion, well executed, vv ill serve as a specimen i
of the state of (he Fine Arts amongst us a! !
the present day. Actuated by these views,
the subscriber proposes to publish
Declaration of Independence, j
Which shall be, in all respects, Jimeri- j
can. VII the necessary materials shall be i
manufactured in this country and express
v for this publication. 1 be designs, the
engraving's shall be ihe work of American
Vrtists ; the publication throughout shall af
ford evidence ot w hat our citizens have done
in politics and can do in art.
From the arrangements made, and the
dispositions manifested by the artists, it is
confidently expected that Ibis engraving will
be, when finished, a splendid and truly na
tional publication The Publisher thinks he
can promise that it shall he ready to deliver
to Subscribers in February next, at PEN
dollars each copy, to be paid on delivery.
The engravings will be accompanied by a
pamphlet, containing the official documents
connected with the publication as authori
ties, a -d a list of the Subscribers' Names.
It is contemplated to have a few copies
printed on paper prepared to carry colors,
to have the shields accurately tinctured in
the modern style ; and the plants, &c- color
ed by one of our most approved water co
lours. The price ot those superb copies
will be THIRTEEN dollars each. As no
more of those copies will be printed than
-hall he subscribed for, gentlemen who
wish for them, arc requested to add the
word ** colored” to their subscription.
Chesnut-street, Philadelphia,
dec 30 dlf
' diaries Scott,
OF.TURNSliis sincere thanks to his
■< Yfrielids and the public generally, and in
forms them that he s*iil continues lo keep
private entertainment at liis new establish'
merit on the south side of King-street, be
tween the Diagnal Pump ?nd Butts and Cay
wooip* Flour Store—rhaving thirteen moms
handsomely furnished, independent of the
front room now occupied as a grocery stbre,
enables him to accommodate a number of
Gentlemen and Ladies, either by the day or
week—having also a new stable .furnished
with good bay and grain, and attended by a
ostler that is well acquainted with his busi
ness, is a great inducement for travellers to
stop, as horses will be taken by the day,
week or month at reduced prices.—T hree
more genteel boarders can be accommodated
at 150 dollars per. year. I have a good se
cond hand Gig, with plated harness, and
Horse, which will be sold for one half their
value for the cash, or will he sold (or *good
paper or goods at their real value.
I March C eo3w
-\ .
Respectfully informs the trade that
he continues to manufacture the
Screw aiul Rutliven
The funner, in its present improved slate,
wil.'i iron beds, &c. be has obtained a pmeut
for J'he estimation in ivhtch this press i»
held, is perhaps best shewn by the demand
t'or It_nearly Gob being ;n use ot his make ;
3iul every exertion -hall still be made to
render it as complete as possible.
(33-All other articles in his line, as usual.
the ruth vex press.
4 This Press has been adopted, from pos
sessing advantages over all di Iron .an t orte j
pull presses that are known to be m u,e in
America or Europe, in some particulars; that
is to say, its construction combining immense ,
power in a compact form, (given by it vers j i
to durability and lightness. It is particular-1
ly adapted for being moved and compriseu j
in a space ot small comparative hulk. I lie
manner of giving the impression is entirely o
riginal, and different from other presses, cal
culated to save the type. The term is uni
formly stationary, and die ptatten passe' o
ver by means of rollers, and a channel or
tail ways, until brought parallel with the
form, it rests, and the impres>ion is given
with ease, and in an instant, by turning the !
rounce or handle with the left hand, exactly
corresponding with the running in ot die car
riage and form of die old press, the two
surfaces being ot iron, and true to the great- ■
esi perfection, bad work cannot be done on I
them, when the press is once adjusted, the j
pull regulated, and the beating attended to. i
The smallest cards may be printed on them
vvilhout bearers or mackling-—they 111:13* al
he us«d, when the form is off, for taking!
copies from manuscripts, seals coins. 4*c— :
They require no levelling or fixing, and the j
Press, ot a large royal size, occupies only a
space of forty inches square.
Each Press will be accompanied with a
copper plate engraving, and printed direc
tions. . , ,
He wil’only add, that it is his determina
tion to make them as complete and cheap as
possible, and is now selling diem as low as
they are sold in Great Lritain. wiui some
improvements, and at least not interior in
workmanship. .
i nis press is mi gcutrirti U5c jii
has the recommendations ol Printers ol the
highest standing in their favor
The opinions otsome ol those who have u
sed them here, is respectfully submitted.
Philadelphia, {Nov. 24, 1818.
Mr. A. Ram age :
Dear Sir—1 consider the Ruthven Press
as a very valuable improvement ; and think
the trade generally, are under great obliga
tions to you lor your zeal and perseverance,
in naturalizing so useful an invention.
The Press combines a vast accession ol
power, with a considerable diminution ol la
bor to the workmen ; and so lay as ielate'*
to the one you manufactured lor me, i can
safely say, that it is impossible lor any press
to produce a move equable impression. The
plattmi and be<i tor the form being both ol
cast iron, i fully expect that this most essen
tial quality will be permanent.
fEidi hearty wishes for that success to youi
manufactory, which it so wet: deserves, I
am sir, your obedient servant,
Philadelphia, jXov. 24, 1818.
We, the subscribers, having had the Kuth
ven Press in operation for some time past,
are oiopinion, that it is equal in every re
spect to any Press now in use. Ps peculiar
merits consist, in the form remaining station
ary—the mode of giving the impression, and
the ease, and facility with which the necessa
ry power is applied by the workmen. Re
hesitate not to declare ourentire satisfaction
with the press, and that we look upon the
preference given it, by the different work
men engaged, as conclusive testimony in its
(avor. (Signed) /PILLI AM BROWN.
Mr. Ram age.
Philadelphia. JVov. 25. 1848.
Sir—Solicitous as we leel lor tire encou
ragement of American genius, we cannot
withhold the praise due a ioreign invention
of manifest advantage. The Kulhven Press,
upon which we are desired to give an opi
nion, we consider the most complete machine
for printing, wc have ever examined. For
ease in working, we have never seen its e
qual. From its peculiar distinction, ingenius
as it is novel, we conceive it to be admira
bly calculated for the performance cl good
printing. /Pith regard to its celerity, our
short acquaintance with the machine w'illjiot
permit us to speak positively; but we believe
it will not be louiid inferior to any on the
/Pith respect, &c. &c.
1 . . I JOWUl’i!'.
To Adam Rainage.
jYerv-York, July 8. 1819.
Dear Sir—I have for tome time past been
threatening to write to you, to let you know
how well I am pleased with the Iiuthvcn
Press, improved and made by you ; but a
variety ol circumstances have prevented it.
1 ha\e had it in constant operation three
mouths : during winch time nearly all the
printers cf this city, and a numhei of our
most ingeniou- mechanics, have called to ex
amine it. They have pronounced it as com
plete in every respect, as any machinery
they have ever seen.
The following is the idea I have of it.
No Printing Press has ever been construct
ed, on which more or better work can be
done in a given time.
Tiie exertionof working it ts no more than
healthy exercise for a hoy of 15 vears of age.
(1 have a boy of that age to work on mine.)
It is well made, the different parts admira
bly proportioned, and not more liable khan
other presses H get out of repair.
1 am, ycj&i respectfully,
Mr. A. Ramage.
AV»»- York, April 25, 1818.
Sir—The Ruthven Press arrived safe, aim
is in successful operati&n. Many cf e*r
.Pi i!»-.Li*> *ra\o been broking tit. ^ih!*'
press their unqualified a}»p?.>bnt:^11 oli»;
Vqur Tress is better made dun,,,*
have horn ItuthveiTs manutactoiy. ij -."'
fact, an excellent machine, as powerr11*
tlte Columbia!!, and to be preirried in•
lightness and simplicity. ,or i:
H. 4* G. KKl’CP
• Mr. A. flam age._lf_ |.n-ccin!*r [l
(fcj* Notice.
DIFFICULTIES arising bom the nat>
ol the following work, tin- pnhlishtrb*
been compelled to remove to I'lniac^.r'
tor the better execution of Lis plan. . ‘
editorial department has in CMisequtijcc.V?
len into other I fuds. Mr. Ai.lkjTs ere?41,
engagement rendering it impossible to
intend it in another city. The fiend***
relations of the ditiVuent signets to the ly?
ration of Independence are then foie
ed to direct their favors to the publisher V
443, Market-street, Philadelphia.
for Publishing by Subsc."ip/tott
A "Biography of the Signer
Declaration of Independence
Accompanied with Mates.
To which will bo annexed a History of iu»
Proceedings olCougre-s, during the pav,-,c
of I lie Law, and the Declaration itself,
the iac simile Engravings of the Signatures
When we consider the personal quality
"of the statesmen whose names ar° affixed to
the Declaration of Independence, the pn
Ions occasion which demanded H.e emtioa
ol their wisdom and deliberation, and the
influence of their councils on the interests ot
mankind, we must acknowledge that very
rarely a more imposing spectacle has Leeii
offered to the world, and we shall seek in
vain in the annals of nations, tor an event
more worthy ol commemoration, and of being
cherished forever in die hearts of a graitiu]
ami generous people. The love of iudepen
deuce is interwoven with tlie.trame amicon
stitution of the human mind, it is almost
the iirst sentiment that animates the infants
features in the cradle ; and amongst all the
actions and enterprizes of man, none has
awaked into activity a greater exertion of the
virtuous energies of his nature, none has ex
cited a greater warmth ol veneration, and
has more imperious claims upon our grati
tude, than resistance to tyranny and political
(n all republican slates the first tribute ot
genius has been paid to the patriot or the he
ro who has promoted the cause ot liberty and
j maintained the independence and dignity oi
man. The animated canvas and breathing
marble have rescued his features trom the
grasp of death, and the pen ot the historian
has inscribed the achievements to the impe
rishable records ol fame. It would indeed
lie no favor d>le prognostic of the perpetuity
of our republican institutions to discover m
insensibiiify to the obligations we owe the
memory oi die illustrious pat ions ot Americsn
iitedom. They have raised u«, by their
magnanimity, from tne arbitrary dominion o!
a foreign power, to the distinguished elevation
of a sovereign and independent people ; they
have asset ted and maintained the imprescrip
tiole rights of humanity by the “mutual
pledge ol their pledge ol tin ir I»v es, their for
tunes and their sacred honorsand, as long
as virtue holds her empire in the hearts or
their successors, the example of these gene
rous benefactors will not he lost to the world;
their names will not pass away nor be (oigoy
ten, or their glorious deeds be confounded in
tin-* common and casual transaction ot lile —
Ingratitude is a vice that in nations, as wed
as individuals, indicates the last degree ol
degeneracy and corruption ; it is a vice that
implies the absence nt every virtue ; it was
in the age ol Caligula that the name ot the
Scipios was proscribed, that the stale cl
Brutus brought death on its possessor.
“ The glory of our ance-tt rs is the hjrMot
posterity,” and the homage ot thelivi. g can
j not Oe ottered to tne merits oi me iuumjw^
i dead with an effectual or sterile admirstion.
Great and splendid actions will seidoni
achieved hy men who have hum ale or ordi
nary object? in prospect. Ii isb' contend-3*
ting the life and character of those who arr
marked out from the multitude by theinnu*
nent qualities, that we become < rr.uloua ci
tbeir virtues and their renown. 1 he tiopluy*
ofMiltiades interrupted the sleeps ot 'I In nay
tocles ; and Theseus, hearing the exploit*f!
Hercules, was fired with his spirit, and be
came the successful rival ol his fame.
rude savage of die desert listens with raptui*
to the deeds of his ancestors, and hangs a*
| round his hut the emblems of his father’s'a*
loUr* ■ . <«
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