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The Delaware register, or, Farmers', manufacturers' & mechanics' advocate. [volume] (Wilmington, Del.) 1828-1829, July 11, 1829, Image 5

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that are laid out now-a-days, there is no mention made
in the scripture, because they were not yet come to be
so far out of order." But Latimer is no more.—
" That Sun is set—O, rise some other such !
however, that we suppose there will any other such
man spring up in these degenerate days, to chas'ise
these fair sinners for their extravagances ; and there
fore, as the evil is sore in the land, and as patience
with us, upon this subject, has long ceased to be a
virtue, we believe we must e'en give the sweet crea
tures a
bout to go as far as Latimer would have done, or to
declare war upon the cantellos, and bishops, and oth
unsightly articles which grace certain windows in
Broadway, exposing to the uninitiated the manner in
which many a sylph-like form is finished, which hap
pened unfortunately to be sent into the world "
hdf made up." It is only with the outward integu
ments that we have now to do ; and if the ladies are
willing to tolerate these unseemly exposures of an ex
tensive branch of the arts, surely the coarser sdx can
hive no great objection,
of which we have a right to complain. Take, for ex
ample, the enormous dimensions of the hats worn for
the last, eighteen months, and the ridiculous manner in
which they are adjusted, to say nothing of tile " top
iui'its," hows, and flowering shrubs and plants upon
the tops of them. Well, indeed, might old Latimer,
if he were alive, ami a Virginian,.say, that they put a
" pnnvr" of trumpery upon their heads. Formerly,
the object of broad brims, was to overshadow the fair
complexions beneath. But not so during the present
march of mind. The wide rim before is brought ver
tically up, like the back side of an old-fashioned three
cornered cocked bat—so that the fair possessors not
only encounter the broad blaze of the sun —but the
broad gaze of all the sons of Adam who pass them
in the streets. They have no longer an opportunity
of stealing those sweet timid glances—" furtive glan
ces," Mr Cooper would call them—from beneath j
their modest cottage hats and neat little ■" bonnets of
straw." All is open, hold, masculine. Look at them
again at church—at public meetings—and fashionable
exhibitions. Who can see over these wildernesses of
bonnets ? Who can see through them ? And who can
hear for their very rustling ? It is a sober fact that the
late great religious and charitable anniversaries, were
not near as well attended as formerly, because of the
perposterous dresses of the ladies. We ourselves, for
many months, excepting on rainy days, have been en
abled only to catch occasional glances of the preach
er's face, through the bows, or among the blossoms of
the intervening hats. The sieves en gigot —how un
utterably preposterous, and vexatiously ridiculous are
these detestable abominations. Oh ! that Solomon's
seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines
had once gone to court in them ? It would have re
quired a palace hall as large as all Palestine ; and the
monarch would have given us another chapter upon
"vanity and vexation of spirit." Look into our
churches; Sleeves en gigot, two feet in circumfer
ence, enclosing little beautiful, slender, ivory arms, of
lour or five inches ! We know not wherewith to liken
them. Their shoulders and arms appear as huge and
unnatural as though they were afflicted with elphanti
asis, and they hang to the body like the copper con
ductors from the cap to the worm of a still, gradually
tapering down, though not becoming " beautifully
less." What with their hats, and sleeves, and hoops,
and buckram, and foundation muslins, three ladies
now make a pew full. We have no objection to a la
dy's encasing herself in a frock pattern of seven-and
forty yards, provided their husbands and fathers can
pay for them, and provided also, that they will roll i
themselves up like so many silk worms. But to have
seven-and-forty yards befrilled. and berufled, and ex
panded almost to explosion, is asking a little too much.
Here ends our first lecture, and we hope it will be ta
ken as kindly as it is meant. Should any fair brow
darken upon us with a frown, however, or any bright
eye emit a spark of indignation, we can only tell
them the story of the boy, his mother and the gun.—
When the boy was first summoned to the train-band,
his mother fitted him out with all a courageous raotk
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er's pride, and charged him to bemean himself like a
man. When on parade, however, although he loaded
his peice at the order, his heart failed him at the word
"fire." But every order to " prime and load," was
obeyed through the day. On returning to his mother,
she questioned him so closely as to his prowess, that
the truth came out. Like the Spartan mother her
charge on presenting the shield would have been 'with
it or on it.' Indignant therefore, at the recreant
conduct of her chicken-hearted son, she seized the
musket of which he was so unworthy, and fired it off
herself. As may be supposed, the musket being over
loaded, it kicked her over as flat as a flounder. As
she attempted to rise, her hopeful son exclaimed—
" Lie still, lie still, mother : there are twelve more to
come yet !" _
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AMERICANISM.
The following articles, (samples of many such that
we have seen,) are copied from newspapers printed a
thousand miles apart. They serve to show that there
is a consentanenusness of genuine national feeling in
the country, however the din and dust of party squab
bles may sometimes drown or obscure it. The re
marks of the Tennessee paper are particularly enti
tled to credit, originating where they do.— Nat. Intel.
From the Clarkesville, Tenu. Gazette, June 13.
Mr Everett's Speech. —We take great pleasure in
laying before our readers the speech of Mr Everett,
the Representative in Congress, delivered at a dinner
given to him by the citizens of Nashville, " without
(lie distinction of political parties." We are gratifi
ed to observe in the intelligent citizens of our infant
metropolis, by this manifestation of esteem and res
pect to a distinguished statesman and scholar, a dis
position to discard and overcome all sectional feeling
and prejudice—all malignant and hostile partyism,
and to cultivate, with our northern brethern, harmony
and good feelings. There is nothing so calculated to
excite in the bosom of an American, patriot feelings
of most profound regret, as the existence and mani
festation of local prejudices and sectional mtescsts ;
they are inconsistent with our advancement and char
acter as a people, speaking the same language, living
under the same government, enjoying the same light
and liberty, and connected, as States and as individu
als, one to another, by the same national ties.
We have observed, with regret and mortification, in
the people of the Western and Southern States a deep
rooted prejudice against our brethren of the North,
which is assiduously extended and cultivated, and kept
alive by a set of inflammatory politicians, who have
no well founded claims to popular confidence ; and
can only hope to ascend the ladder of political promo
tion by fanning the prejudices of the people into a
flame, instead of soothing and allaying them. It is
difficult for the best informed men to account for the
origin of the prejudices and feelings which are so
prevalent in the South and Wc3t against the people of
the Northern States. Are the people of the North
more immoral and depraved than the people of the
South and West ? No ; consult the records of the
criminal courts, and a complete refutation of such a
charge will be readily found. Are they less enlight
ened and industrious ? No ; a reference to their sys
tem of common schools—their liberaliy endowed clas
sic institutions of learning—tlieir universities and col
leges ; and but a slight view of the state of public im
provements—their roads and canals, and their practi
cal advancement in agriculture, commerce and manu
factures, and the arts, will amply disprove the charge
of idleness and ignorance. Have they less public
spirit and benevolence ? No ; to silence this calumny,
it is only necessary to point to the many asylums and
hospitals, and tlieir numerous temperance societies,
and societies for charitable purposes, spreading the
gospel, &.c. Are they less patriotic, or less devoted
to the Constitution under .which we live ? No ; if
consult the annals of the Revolution, we shall there
find them freely devoting tlieir best blood and treasure
to the cause of liberty, and tlieir country. During
our mighty struggle for independence and national ex
istence, in what portion of our Union was to be found
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wiser heads or stouter hearts, than in the Northern
States. That they were tiie first to sprinkle their na
tive soil with blood in defence of American freedom,
let the memorable scenes of Lexington and Bunker
Hill attest : and we are sustained by facts when we
say, that no portion of the " Old Thirteen States"
displayed more devotion to the cause of .liberty, or
more readily furnished men and money to sustain the
" good cause," than the six New England States. In
the late war with Great Britain, we stand indebted for
our many glorious triumphs on the ocean to the skill
and bravery of our Northern seamen ; for it will be
found on examination, that nine-tenths of our officers
and seamen were front the Northern States.
The object of Mr Everett in visiting the West was
to view the state of our moral and physical improve
ment ; and a desire to become thoroughly acquainted
with the habits, manners, character and resources of
our country. It would be well, if all the members of
Congress could find it convenient to take an occasion
al tour to the different parts of the Union. By thus
becoming acquainted with the whole country, from
personal inspection, they would be better enabled to
promote such measures as would tend to advance the
general good ; and it would have a tendency to recon
cile sectional animosities, and promote harmony
and good feeling, between the fancied conflicting in
terests of the different portions of our country.
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From the Boston Patriot, June 23.
Dinner to Mr Everett .—We have read the account
of the dinner to Mr Everett, at Nashville, with great
pleasure. This attention to our fellow citizen was of
fered as a mark of respect to his distinguished litera
ry attainments, and we believe no one who knows the
real merit of Mr Everett as a scholar will deny, that
there are few scholars of his years in our country
more deserving of so honorable a mark of distinction.
His speech on the occasion was apt and eloquent, em
bodying within a small compass a mass of valuable
and interesting facts.
But we look to the remote effects of this and other
similar manifestations of good will and interchange
of civilities between the citizens of different States
and of the distant sections of our common country,
as far more important than the gratification of indi
vidual feeling or the expression of personal respect.
They serve to bind us together, to draw tighter the
bond of union, to hallow and endear to us those in
stitutions and that system of federal government which
make us the citizens of one wide extended Republio.
They teach the West to sympathise with the East, they
bind the North to the South, making us all to know
and feeythat our great and essential interests are the
same, and that in the union of the States is our safety
and strength. This feeling of attachment to the uni
on of the States is indeed all important to our nation
al prosperity, and every meaps of encouraging it de
serves the sincere commendation of the patriot; while
on the other hand, hardly any censure can be too se
vere for those who should raise the parricidal hand to
strike a fatal blow at this foundation of our blessings
and our hopes. The effect of such meetings as that
at Nashville, must be to break down the walls of pre
judice which separate different portions of our coun
try, to produce in their stead feelings of good will,
and thus to fortify and strengthen our attachment to
the Union—to pve-dispose us to discountenance those
local jealousies, which apparently adverse interests,
when brought in conflict, tend to produce. We ap
plaud the honorable liberality with which the citizens
of Nashville have paid a flattering attention to a dis
tinguished scholar and citizen of New England and
Massachusetts ; but we rejoice more, that the effect of
such attention will be to awaken feelings of attach
ment between citizens of the same great Republic,
whose essential interests are in fact the same, although
extended over a wide region and through almost every
variety of climate.
Washington, July 7.—In the Circuit Court of the
United States yesterday, Chief Justice Cranck deliv
ered the opinion of the Court upon the motion of the
counsel of the United States to instruct the Grand Ju
ry to make an Indictment in certain technical terms

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