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The Wilmington Expositor will be published
weekly on a Super Royal sheet, at Two Dollars pert!/
year in advance; or Three Dollars at the end of the
year. No paper will be discontinued, until all ar-|
be considered a new encasement.
Advertisements not exceeding one square, will be con-!
2Jsnic*ously inserted three times for One Dollar, nnd'ecl
for every subsequent insertion Twenty Cents. Thoscj
the eR
tablishmcnt, if sent by mail, to ensure attention ;
must be post paid. |
A young fellow riding flown a steep hill, and
doubtingthe foot of it was hoggish, called out - b
'to a clown that was ditching, and asked him if tj
it was hard at the bottom. Av, answered the ||
countryman, it is hard enough at the bottom, I
warrant you. But in half n dozen steps the
horse sunk up to the saddle skirts, which made
the young gallant; whip, spur, curse, and swear.
Whv, you s.on of a rascal, said he to the ditch- p
er, did you not tell me it was hard at the hot- G
tom? Ay, replied the other, but you are not
halfway to the bottom yet.
- ' " "
A lady who presumed to make some ohser
valions, while a physician was recommending no
her husband to a better world, was told bv the h
doctor, that if some women were admitted there j
their tongues would make paradise a purgato- j.j
ry; and if some physicians, replied the lady,
were to he admitted there, they would make i»
a desert.
Proofs of the Benevolence of mas on riu
A few short months ago. the ardent cares- so
ses of the masomc friends of M** Clay, tow- he
ards the editor of this paper, would have led an
unsophisticated mind to believe that their CO
•friendship was os durable as our mountains, fo
as pure as the streams that gush from their rock
y sides. Bnt alas! and alack a-day! The mere
mentiou of the transcendant name of William
Wirt and the hallowed cause of Antimasonn;
ttas had the same effect upon their hearts and
thunder has upon milk: Von might
almost make cheese out of their former friend
shtjn but a verv poor one; such as aunt Suse-,
used to make, who alwavk skimmed the cream f
for butter, before she pressed the curd.
'These gentlemen now manifest the utmost
rage; and it is evident that a feeling of hatred „
and revenge rankles in die hearts of these Clay
masons!—For what? For pursuing the only
means that can defeat the re-election^ of An- L
drew Jackson, and Secure the Presidency to
jlenrv Clav!!
j It is, therefore, undeniably evident, that mn- 0
sonry générâtes a had passion in the human
heart; a demoniac and furious passion, that
would glut its vengeance in blood, and seek
to gratify its malignity by every species of dire
proscription, affecting the means by which a
man sustains life ! . 4
It is, therefore, undeniably evident, tbat mn
sonrv is paramount to Country; to Liberty: to
Constitution; and to the Laws! It looks only
bloody obligations, its horrible pen
ahics: its secret orgies: and its mysterious su
premaev, and artificial importance, thence de
rived. Masonsdiscoursing with us on the sub
ject, menace us with ruin and annihilation!—
Their ancer rises to a pitch that would author
■ ize a spectator to say. they intended to plunge
a dagger into your heart! And is this the he
nevolence of masonry?
A master mason has informed us. that when
he fell into misfortune, he expected the aid ft
assistance of his brethren of the mystic tie,'—
instead of which, they immediately sent him a
notice from the lodge, that if he did not instant
ly fia; I hit dues they would suspendhim ! And
he was then under afflicting embarrassments
with a voung family. It was a cruel blow
frim brothers. It stung his heart to the core,
Titty still hohl these dues over his head, as a
sworcl suspended over it by a hair, pointed to
his heart, and piercing him at the back! Now
it is the boast of masonry, that it generates
love for masons, but even this is false; for the
obligation to succour depends on the degree,
There is no obligation on :t superior to assist
n master mason: no,—Hiram AbiflTis nothing.
You must he a Royal Arch, or a Knight Tem
plar, to have commanding claims. 1 he ma
sonic rabble are like the rabble of society, of
account, but to make feasts for those above
thi;m, and gain victories for Heroes attired in
ruval robes. „
The cause of antimasonry is tlie cause ofe
,.,«.1 liiwKtg. h nr g unit's the old Democratic*
quai Kignts; it occupies me oiu uciuulm ii#
ground of '98. It is the People against the
Secret Aristocracy—the more dangerous he-ig,
cause unseen; and invested with absolute pow
er over life and proper,,,-Pa. Wt*.
I •
to its
The language of truth is simple#
A young widow of very polite address, whose
husband had lately died, was visited soon after
by the minister of the parish, who inquired, as
usual, about her husband's health, when she re
plied ,' witha peculiar smile, * he is dead, I thank
0 ***
■ ■
A new made justice of the peace, into whose
t some dozen of his neighbors had follow
ed a constable, with a vagrant in charge, to see
how the magistrate would m Ice out, determin
to strike them dumb with awe. He senten-1secure
cec j the poor animah to twenty days imprison
.™nt,and,concluded with nil possible solemn!
; *y : —' And the Lord have mercy on your
| soul !"
There is much saucy wit in Lord Byron's
--anecdote of the fair astronomers:—He says,
80me literary ladies being asked how they could
- b e sufficiently interested to spend so much!mg
tj me j n watching the heavens, replied, that they
|| ac | a g rea t curiosity to sec whether there was
rcallv A man in the moon!
jf c that fearcth the Lord of heaven and earth,
p a 1ks humbly before him, thankfully lays hold 1
G f the message of redemption by Christ Jc3us, 8
ani | strives to express thankfulness by the sin- a
cerity of his obedience; he is sorry with all his
soul when he comes short of his duty; he walks
watchfully in the denial of himself, and holds
no confederacy with any lusts or known sin: if!
h e f a j| s j n the least measure, he is restless till
j 1e h as mat j e his peace by true repentance.—
j.j c j R true in his promises, just in his dealings
charitable to the poor, sincere in his devotion;
that will not deliberate 1 dishonour God. at
though with the greatest security of impunity:
ihat has his hopes and conversion in heaven;
dares not do any thing unjustly, although ever
so rouc h to his advantage; and all this because
he f ear8 H1Mf a8 well for his goodness as his
greatness; such a man, whether he he an Kpis
CO p a R an or a Presbyterian, Independent or An
ahapti&t: whether he wears a surplice or wears
no * e; whether he hears organs or hears none
whether he kneels at the communion, or, for.
conscience sake, stands up or sits down, he has
theTife of religion in him, sind that itfe acts in
him, anc ] w ill conform his soul to the image of
his Saviour and go along' with him to eternity
notwithstanding his practice or non-practice of
things indifferent. On the other side, if a mao
f carg not the eternal God, he does commit sin a
with presumption: he can drink to excess, lie.
5W ear vainly and falsely, live loosely, break his
„ ro nme«u Such a man, althongh hé cry up the
pYesbvterv; although he be re-baptized or de
daim "against it as heresy; althongh he fast all
L ent . or feast out of pretence of avoiding su
perstition; yet, notwithstanding iheae or a thou
sand more external conformities, or he jealous
0 f opposition to them, lit wants the life of re
On j ong speeches.—-A long discourse, not
on j v i san a buse of a man's leisure, but in some
degree. »3 an insult to his understanding.-
With the ignorant there is need of detail/ with
1Men of sense, something ought to ha. left, in
me!C y t o their own intelligence and discern
me nt. No people were more sensible of tfii*
neC cssary act of discretion, 'than the ancient
(Greeks. Phocion preparing to ascend the ros- "
being asked by some of those near him
cause of his pensiveness: replied, "lam
reflecting how I shall abridge what I am to say
on the occasion.' Of this Phocion, Demos
thei KS often said, "this is the axe which prunes
In our country the merit of a speech is mens
urc d by its duration. In Greece, an orator is
praised for speal ing well; In America for speak
in^r a long time: and the good people arc not
insensible of the insult offered to their jilüdg
mt , m , and of the expense of time and monev
to the nal ion: hut are themselves accomplices
ö f offence. The Governor made a speech two
hours long. Tiie Attorney General spoke two
hours and a half. The longest of tlemoso
a t l u nes' speeches mav be read in fifty minutes,
an j t h e most diffuse of Cicero is an hour.
Among tl , e mlmerl)US follies which excite the
derision of the satirical, and reprehension ot
t he wise, no one is more flagrant and degrading
t h; in t h e modern extravagance of female dress,
T hat t | loae W | 1Q partake of the gift of reason.
w hich is lauded as the ennobling power that
of distinguishes the human from the brnte creati
on< should subvert its principles or neglect its
dictates in this obvious and pertinacious man
„er, is to be accounted for only by assuming,
t ii a tthe V at least are very weak or extremely
ii# ignorsnt, .
If females propose thus to obtain the notice
he-ig, esteem Q f those whose good opinion is val
uable bccau8e it arise5 f rom a source virtuous
& intelligent, they are the victims of the most
obvious delusion. l'he softness and beauty
with which the Creator has especinllv distin-^nt
guished ttie feminine pciaon, were certainly
not designed to be obscured by negligence in
the arrangement of their dress or by the coarse
ness of vulgar apparel: and hence, a judicious
regard to neatness of personal appearance, may
be considered as indicative of laudable senti
ments and good taste. But it is not an osten
tatious display of costly raiment, nor an exhi
bitien of the varied combinations of color and
shape. which the impetuous demand of fashion
extort from the exhausted invention of the mil-,
liner, that can add lustre to female beauty, or
senten-1secure the esteem & affection of a single mind
that is worthy of being called rational. The!
proudest achievement that external embellish
ments are capable of, is to gam the notice of
the retailers of false compliments and insincere
But he who looks upon woman as designed
to be the rational companion of man: who re
jgsrds her in her intended high capacity, as be
endowed with tenderness, truth, and sym
jpathy: whose affection should irradiate the
hour of gloom, or adorn the sunshine of pros
perity, and whose outward beauty should be a
faithfulindcx of indwelling loveliness, will not
allow the blandishments of fine apparel to atone
for a wilful deficiency in the solid qualities of
1 the understanding and the heart. He will con
8 >dtr and feel that she is incapable of inspiring
a rational and lasting attachment: and regard
her as vain and insipid: like the gaudy flower
that is destitute of fragrance, though adorned
with many colors,
_ It does, indeed appear, that to attract atten
tion, to behold the eye of the passing stranger,
or the lounging fop, dilated with amazement at
the deformity of a prodigious bonnet, or the
attenuation of a compressed waist, is sufficient
satisfy the omnivorous vanity of some of our
fashionable females, But how remote from
virtuous ambition are those who compel us to
form such a conclusion! How far do they un
derrate the value and beauty of that intrinsic
excellence, which shuns and detests display,
which abides in simplicity, and, unconscious
of its charms, secures the respect and affection
°f the intelligent and good»
How shall we excuse or palliate that irreve
rent display of the skill of the milliner which
infests every place of worship. What a pre
ponderating strength must, vanity .have acqui
red » when it thus carties its pride and ostenta
dop into that house in which theespecial pres
of the Almighty is invoked! A church re
ally appears rather like a bazaar for finery; than
a house of prayer and spiritual improvement,
It »» far fo° m m y wish l p introduce any of that
saintly mawkishness which passes with many
for the purity of revealed religion. I approve
and applaud neatness and gentility in dress; but
where vanity so far predominates over even
those feelings which are, or ought to be, in
spired by the influence of the gospel, females
ought to be reminded of what is their duty, and
'y liat their disgrace. By these church exhibi
tions—I had almost said, these sacrilegious dis
plays, not only is vanity indulged, but hypoc
r *sy implanted. The worship of God is the
ostensible reason for visiting the church, while
the real latent intention is that of displaying
their dress and being admired.
Much of the infelicity which exists in the do
me&tic circle results from principles which are
primarily instilled by the immoderate love of
tlress: nor is this the least surprising, when it
" ,a remembered, that the devotee of fashion, in
adoration ofthat which is without, first ne
gleets and gradually acquires a contempt for
that which ought to be within. Envy towards
'hose who exceed her in external adornment,
» fretful anxiety for trifles, which in her esti
mation are swelled into immense importance!
a multitude of frivolous desires, whose frequent
disappointment induces petulence or secret
mortification, are the inseparable concomitants
°f **'* inordinate love of fashionable attire.
^ ° reason, to the susceptive feelings of
the fair sex # 1 would appeal, and implore them
to dismiss the evil of which I complain. Eve
ry suggestion of the understanding, every die
late of an unsophisticated heart, must lean to
,he side of simplicity and unostentatious dress.
Every wilful & excessive deviation from them
13 a positive breach of moral duty and integri
ty: while a consistent adherence to neatness,
not only evinces the strength of good princi
P«* 3 which cannot be subdued by the preva
lence of bad custom, but enhances the charms
t * iat l°vri ,ness winch is, when unadorned,
adorned the most.
„ . _ _ T»,* aTTTT
the great mathematician, dabbled not
p Bttle in infidelity; he wasrather too fond of
introducing this subject. Unce, when he had
descanted somewhat freely on .t, W the pre
sence of his friend Sir, Isaac Newton, thelat
ter cut him short with this observation: " I al
.._, . n _ .
ways attend to you, Dr, Halle}, with the great
est deference when you do us the honor to con
verse on astronomy, or the mathematics, be
cause these are subjects you have industrious
[y investigated, and which you well understand
distin-^nt religion is a subject on which I always hear!
you with'pain, because it is one which
you have not seriously examined, and
therefore do not comprehend, you de»
spise it because you have not studied
it, and you will sot study it because
you despise it.*
Tis wonderous strange, how great the change
''"UT'n j 8
And jnined the gayest scenes
But lovers now have ceased to
No way they now contrive
To Poison, hang, or drown themselves—
•"rcou.r 1 « wcnty-Jivt.
Once, if the night were e're so bright,
1 ne'er abroad would roam,
Without —'• thebliu, the honor, Min,
Fatigued! and scarce alive—
Through all the dark without a sparlc-w
Betaute l'm Twenty-five.
About my health, so frail :
And thought aride would help my side,
And turn my cheeks less pale ;
Bu^now^a. Ml I «UW
And my pil ie Che ek in vain may speak,»
Because Tm 7\uenty-Jive.
Abp if * ride improves my side,|
1 m forced to take the stage ;
£ p^sin ofmy an! eproper or
And then no hand i9 offered me,
To help me out aliv
They ttok it womhart me to f.U
Bee Jm txoenty-Jrve
^ „ téim ...
!O dear—-'t»s queer, that every year
I'm blighted more and more ;
For not a beau pretends to show
^ :
N S n ^ n t 0 . r n"w r i"ve° *
And y „£ might near „ ^ ell ^ dMt)
. 1 , say-i't, Twinn-nvE.
DREN of The free school,
Give us the light of knowledge,
While lifei» in its bloom,
To chase away the darkness.
That covers us with gloom :
And we will bless the k>ndne6S,
That taught our youthful mind
To look to such pure sources,
True happiness to find.
Oh, lend the hand of pity,
To lead in our race,
Where virtue, truth, nn9 goodness *
We early may embrace.
And all our young emotions
With gratitude shall swell,
For every brightning prospect
On which
eyes now dwell.
Without this light celestial
How dark
Ito mental light or beauty
Or vision could
But cheer'd by fostering kindness,
We'll rise a grateful band,
Diffusing what we'er gaining
Through all this happy land.
And as thro* life we wander^
This day shall be enshrined
In memory's fairest tablet,
For benevolence to find.
Then pour the light of learning
Around our youthful ways
And we will rise to bless you
Thro* all life's fleeting days.
springs enthroned so high
Where the mountains kiss the sky ?
Tis that thence there streams may flo
r er tilizing-all below.
Why have clouds such lofty flight,
Basking in the golden light ?
.Tis to send down genial showers.
On this lower world of ours.
Why does God exalt the great ?
Tis that they may prop the Statt,
So that toil its sweets may yield,
And the sower reap the field.
Riches why doth lie confer ?
That the rich may minister
In the hour of their distress
To the poor and fatherless.
Does he light a Newton's mind ?
Tis to shine on all mankind.
Does he give to Virtue birth ?
Tis the Salt of this p
Stranger wlioniso'er thou art
What thy God has given 1 impart,
Hide it not within the ground—
Send the cup of blessing round.
Hast thou power ?—the weak defend, '
Light?—give light thy knowledge lend.
Free?—be brothe^jp
Called a blessing to inherit—
Bless, and richer blessings merit.
Give—and nv. re shall yet be given,
Love, and serve, and look for Ileavcu.
m who gave,
the slave»

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