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all the accomplishments which ren- Harper, formerly of this city, mer. der human creatures lovely can chant. afford us a moment's assurance of New-York.......Miss Catharine life. And they stimulate us to virtue, Clarkson Rutherford, of the city of by affording us the comfortable as- Trenton, in the 18th year of her surance, that if we lead an amiable, age. well spent life, however short, we January 14. Philadelphia.....In are sure, when dead, to be embalmed the sixty-seventh year of his age, with the tears of the virtuous. after a severe illness of twenty days,

In the North Parish in Weymouth, Mr. Zachariah Poulson, printer, on the 14th instant, Widow Mary father of the editor of the American Ripley, who had attained, (wanting Daily Advertiser. He was a native a few days,) the age of one hundred of Copenhagen, the metropolis of and four years. Her existence was Denmark, and emigrated with his commensurate with one entire cen- father from thence to this city in the tury, and a part of the preceding and year 1749, where he has since genefollowing century. Till within a rally resided, and has always been very short time before her death she esteemed, by those who knew him, possessed very considerable bodily for his integrity, for the sincerity strength and alertness, a sense of and ardor of his friendship, and for hearing which was remarkably good, the amiable and inoffensive deportand a distinctness of vision by which ment. He bore his affliction withshe could recognize people without a murmer, and departed with whom she was acquainted, by the that resignation and humble confi. features of the face, without the help dence which is inspired by religion of glasses. She early made a public and a consciousness of a well spent profession of religion, and through life. On the following day his reher long life, gave evidence, that its mains were born to the cemetry of doctrines and precepts were deeply the Moravian church, by respectengraven on her heart. A few days able brethren of the typographical before her death sensible that the art, and interred in the presence of time of her departure was at hand, a considerable number of his friends. she expressed a firm and stedfast . 14. Of a consumption, hope in the divine mercy, and a in the twenty-fourth year of his age, desire to depart and be with Christ. Mr. Charles Bush. As he was deShe died without a struggle or a servedly respected while living, so groan, leaving a very numerous he died lamented by all who had the train of descendants; the number, pleasure of his acquaintance. from their local situations cannot easily be ascertained. Blessed are When blooming youth is snatched the dead which die in the Lord.

away, New-York....Mrs.Mary Bancker, By Death's resistless hand ; wife of Christopher Bancker, Esq. Our hearts' the mournful tribute pay,

January 22. New-London....Mr. Which pity must demand. John Tom was found drowned in a While pity moves the rising sigh, well pond at Hebron.

O may this truth impressid 24. Chambersburg, Penn- With awful pow'r, I too must die ! sylvania.... At the dwelling of the Sink deep in every breast. Franklin Repository, Mr. Benjamin January, bookbinder, late of the John Tucker, a soldier in Ashcity of Philadelphia.

ford barracks. He died at 4 o'clock 24. Philadelphia....Caleb in the morning ; before twelve, on Jackson, an aged and respectable the same day, his widow was marinhabitant of this city....formerly of ried to another man, and in the Chester county.

evening the happy couple followed 29. Mrs. Margaret the corpse of the first husband to Harper, relict of Mr. Thoma the grave as chief mourners.

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page. Robinson Crusoe....

323|| Extracts from the correspondence Fame ....

326 of an American in France.... 353 Cui Bono?...

327 | On the use of the words “ Shall” The Culture of Cotton.... 329 and “ Will”...

355 Anecdotes from my Port Folio... 331 || Biographical Sketch of Louis of Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist 332 Bourbon, Prince of Conde.... 357 Critical Notices....No. 1V....... 336 || The Man in the Iron Mask...... 366 On the Salubrity of Warm Rooms 341 || Memoirs of Dr. John Moore..... 369 Agricultural Essays.... No. I..... 343 | Character of Mr. Burke........ 374

Picturesque View of London.... 376 REVIEW.

Anticipation of Major Lewis's
The Life of Cowper........

345
Journal....

377
Anecdote of General Lee....... ibid
POETRY....ORIGINAL.
Account of a Fire Ball.

378 Meteoric Stone...

379 Invocation of the Spirit of Poesy 248

History of Philip Dellwyn ibid
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Biographical Memoirs of Doctor
Darwin..

384 The Winter Traveller....... 349 || Whence arises the Diversity of

Opinion?......

388 SELECTIONS.

Extraction of Sugar from indigeAccount of the Re-appearance of

nous Plants....

392 Sicard, Teacher of the Deaf and Dumb in Paris.... 350 1 Remarkable Occurrences

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which it usually affords to children.

Twenty years have since elapsed, THIS evening was a most unwel- and during that time, it has laid come one. The weather would not quietly in my book-case, Numbersuffer me to go abroad, and I had less times have I ran over my books planned business abroad of the most in search of something to beguile a agreeable nature. At home there lonely hour. “ Robinson Crusoe,” was no employment or amusement, have I said, as my eye glanced overit, for which I had any relish.... I took that's stale. I have ransacked the my seat, therefore, by the fire, in the bowels of that long ago. Besides, most irksome and impatient mode it is a tale only fit for children.' imaginable, and after sitting an half- Now, however, I began my task hour away in listless musing and with desperate resolution; but very fruitless regrets, betook myself, at soon did I discover sufficient realast, to my book-case. As it con sons for continuing it in the book tained nothing new, I went thither itself. Every thing was new to me. in the dark, determined to bestow Either the particulars had been enan hour on the first book on which tirely forgotten, or they appeared my hand should accidentally light. to me in a light entirely new, and

The volume, thus taken up at suggested reftections which had random, proved to be Robinson never before occurred, and which, Crusoe ; and, agreeably to my pre- indeed, could not possibly occur to vious resolution, I began the perusal the raw and unexperienced imagiof it. I received this book, as a pre- nation of a child. I never read a sent, when a child of ten years old, work which appeared before me and read it with all the raptures robed in so much novelty and singu

larity as this work now wears. I absurd. I should like to see an know of none, whose plan is, in any edition of Robinson Crusoe, in which degree, similar to it, and which has nothing was retained but what was more importance and dignity. I no connected with the island. longer see in it, the petty adven I begin to suspect that some distures of a shipwrecked man, the advantages arise from reading valurecreations of a boyish fancy, but able books at a very early age. A the workings of a mind, left to abso- child can comprehend very imperlute and unaccustomed solitude; and fectly the feelings and conduct of a picture of the events by which men; and though the young and old the race of man is dispersed over of the same species must always the world, by which desert regions have something in common, and are colonizeil, and the foundations therefore every narrative in which laid of new and civilized communi- men perform a part, must be, in ties.

some degree, intelligible to men of l'he felicity with which the story all ages, yet the conceptions of the is expanded....the exquisite judg- young are always crude and erronement displayed in giving conduct ous; and experience proves, that and feelings to the hero of the tale, the first impression is extremely suitable to his education, character, obstinate. As the present age

has and situation are truly admirable, furnished numberless books expressand form a subject for the medita- ly designed for the young, in which tion of the strongest and most intel- the characters, reasonings, and inci. ligent minds. No quality is more dents are adapted to their compreconspicuous in this narration than hension and sensibility, it is inexgenius, or the power which supplies cuseable to tie them down to works the place of experience; and images suited to a riper age. to itself, the feelings flowing from Henceforth, when any of my situations in which the author never friends are particularly auxious for was, and perhaps never could be something new and interesting in actually placed.

the literary way, I shall recommend This tale is said to have been them to Robinson Crusoe, provided founded on the adventures of an they have not read tlie book since Alexander Selkirk ; but if Selkirk's their fifteenth year. story be truly related by Sir Richard Steel, it appears merely to have

FRIENDSHIP. suggested to Defoe his plan, and not to have supplied him with materials. How many harangues have been There is nothing in common between delivered upon friendship from old the real and fictitious characters, Cicero's speeches to his friends unbut the mere circumstance of pass- der a plane tree, to my friend ing some time, alone, upon a desert T......'s last night by my fire-side. island. In all other points, their T......, indeed, is no servile copyist, destinies and characters are not only for his notions of friendship are di different, but opposite.

rectly the reverse of Cicero's..... It is somewhat remarkable, that According to Jack, this passion, Robinson's adventures are exceed- which all the world have combmed ingly trite, or absurdly marvellous, to extol as a virtue, is no better than before his shipwreck, and after his a specious vice. It is merely one of departure from his island. Capti. the innumerable forms which selfvity, in Barbary, was a favourite love assumes. He measures every theme with the fabulists of that age, man's affection for another by the and as this misfortune frequently gratification which his pride asbefel the mariners of Christian sumes. Tom loves Will merely Europe, it is surprising that inven- because Will shews respect for tion, when it expatiated on this sub- Tom and interest in his concerns. ject, has ever been so barren and Tom values and esteems Will, be

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