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Mercury. Why didst thou not chuse and the eminence which he holds in to copy virtue then, whose reward would the art, he stood pledged to the public have been lasting and real, instead of and his profession.-The pencil which foolishly pursuing a phantom, whose immortalized Wolfe and British valpleasure is transitory and imaginary, our, on the heights of A'raham, could but whose end is certain misery, and not be expected to do otherwise than which has at length caused you shame. commemorate the death of a Nelson, fully to die by your ozun hand ?

and the most splendid victory which has Mr. P. I acknowledge your lasterer been recorded in the annals of the words to contrin the sting of truth British nary. but where lies the sin I have been so It is a j'ist prišle to the nation that guilty of.-The, gods you said have we have men amongst us, to whom may given to men riches, as a mean of hapo safely be confirled all the immortality piness --1 endeavored to attain those which the arts can bestow upon the ineans, which the gods allow, and I have splendid actions of our heroes and deacquired them

fenders. A certain French general is Mercury. Without regarding the said to have lamented, that he lived in steps you took in pursuit of them. Mr. an age so barren of literature, that he p. there lies the crime. You sacrificed could not expect even a decent epitaph the end to the means.

on his tomb stone as a compensation for Dr. P. I wish you could convince me all the laurels he had earned.* In the that my conduct was wrong.

present times there necds no such subMercury. By one touch of this rod-ject of regret. Poetry perhaps may fail, te thou convinced the fellow looks but the pencil can still perform its tas's. stupified.

The present picture represents the Mr. P. O conscience? conscience! | death of Lord Nelson, in the memora. how do thy torments rend my soul to ble victory obtained over the fleets of pieces !ấthy arrows are more piercing France and Spain, off Cape Trafalgar. than the pointed steel! thy horrors are As this picture will not appear in any intolerable! Fain would i beadlong exhibition, a description of it may not rush into the waves of the fiery unacceptable to the lovers of die ther— Methinks I could gladly dive ari, and the public in general. into the river of oblivion--and quench, The subject of the picture being lie. eternally çuench the soul's immortal roic, the artist has considered it under spark, and drown her anguish and her the head of the Epic. He has kept the hope forever..........Exeunt.

attention constantly fixed upon thic hero, and made every thing subsidiary to him. The dying Nelson is exhibited

lying upon the quarter-drck of the WEST'S PORTRAIT OF LORD NELSON. this groupe he first acts upon and ex

shir, surrounded by his officers. By The neatness and fidelity of the subse- cites the feelings of the spectators..

quent description from Balk's “La Here is the hero, and, in the language of Belle Assemblée"; the interest taken poetry, his story. The wounded and in the subject of the painting de. the dead form the episodes of the scribed ; the illustrious character of piece, and the whole raises a noble the painter, all male us eager to give climax up to the chaing Admiral. it insertion. Mr. West is admired as The point of time is the death of the an artist and esteened as a man. hero, and the victory united. Laudatus d lautato ziro, is the happy Lord Nelson lies, with his head full. fate of the English Edmiral. ing back, on the brast, and in the arms This celebrate'l artist, who has so

of his Chaplain. His face and eyes ar

clevated to Heaven. His countenance long maintained the first rank of his profession, and whose historical paintings expresses a most resigned and noble have not only contrib'itid io form the picty, a dignity, and a consciousness of modern English School, but to establish, having done his duty to li; king and an era in the art through the principal

In the countenance of Nel. acaciemies of Europe, has at length son, the painter has shewn his power completed the picture, for which in ALEXANDER ertied Achilles the justice to bis Heil earned reputa:ion puet, that recorded inis glory...Em. Edi.

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de xhibiting the most difficult and com. In the retiring parts of the picture, posite passions with the most natural and the perspective, are seen all the od tempered correctness.

rage and fury of a sea fight,-ships In Nelson there is nothing of affecta. on fire, others sinking, or blowing up i ton; every thing is as simple as was of some the masts are falling; others the character of the man; there is a are nearly buried in their own ruins. kind of serene and saint-like heroism, Here every thing is terrible and aw. the comfort and composure of a dying ful; here is sublimity in the fulness of:

martyr. This head can never be too its horrors. The groupes in this picture * much arimired; it would be inestimable are composed of nearly eighty figures,

if considered only as a portrait of the and more than fifty of them are portraits mari; for we do not hesitate to pro- of men and officers actuadly engaged in nounce it the best we ever saw.

the battle. The position of Lord Nelson on the Such is the picture ;-of which, inquarter-deck occupies the middle of dependent of its excellence as a work the picture ; he extends his left hand to of art, we may truly say, that the cir. Capt. Hardy, who affectionately presses cumstances which produced its perfecit to his bosom, whilst lie announces, tion can never occur again. It is imfrom a paper, the victory over the enemy possible again to collect, in the painting and the number of ships taken. The room of the artist, those various groupes surgeon and his mates are rendering of men whose portraits are upon the cantheir assistance, whilst an intrepid sailor vass, and whose individual likenesses spreads the Spanish flag at the feet of were necessary for the fidelity of a comthe dying Admiral. And an officer en position which aspires to be considered ters at the same time with the French as a work of historical record,-a work flag under l.iz arm, but starts back with of truth, and not of fancy. markerl emotion, upon beholding the We shall not enter into a minute cri. situation of his commander.

ticism ; it will be sufficient to say, that The picture generally may be sail to Mr. West, in this picture, has excelled consist of two distinct groupes. The every thing he has hitherto done. figures on the left form a groupe of ficers attendant on his Lordship; their countenances express a grave and de. Cent sorrow, and are adinirably con

For the Emerald. trasted with the groupe on the right, *hich consist of sailors Aushed with

DESULTORY SELECTIONS, the sounds of victory, but checked by (ne of the surgeons who beholds the approach of death in the countenance

Mr. EMMET, the Irish advocate of Nelson.

that has flashed into fame and pracBetween these figures, all of which lice in the city and state of Neware powerfully pourtrayed and contrasted, are groupes of sailors carrying the York, is brother, we understand, to wounded to the cockpit, and others ren- another of cqual eminence that fordering their best tokers of regard to meriy flourished in Ireland, and to the dear.

Robert Emmet, Esq. the modern One of these smaller groupes we can Curtius, illustrious for mind and nerer too much commend ; we mean

misfortune, who was executed in that of an affectionate derneanor of a faithful servant, over the dead body of Dublin for high treason being conhis master, Capt. Adair.

cerned in the insurrection of the At the pocp of the ship arc station. / 230 July, 1803. On trial he made ed the marines and their wounded of no defence; but after verdict, on the ficers : the signal lieutenant, with his clerk's puting to him the common midshipman; and the master of the question, which is mere maiter of ship; with his navigating semen. der the poop are men stationed at the furni, “ What have you to say, why gun, close to which a lieutenant is judgment of death and execution. killed

should not be pronounced against you



accordingtolaw?" he took occasion " It is the accursed progeny to make the most eloquent harangue servile hypocrisy-of remorseless language can boa:t. It has very lust of power--of insatiate thirst of beautifully been said to have been gain, laboring for the destruction or " that voice, which spoke almost man under the specious pretences of from the grave; and seemned assim- religion-her banners stolen fron ilating to the energy and inspiration the altar of God, and her allies conof eternal truth.” It concludes in gregated from the abysses of Heil. the following admirabiy impressive She acts by votaries to be restrained

by no companctions of humanity, * My Lords, you seem impatient for they are dead to mercy—to be for the sacrifice. The blood, for reclaimed by no voice of reason ; which you thirst, is not congealed for refutation is the bread, on which by the artificial terrors, which sur-their folly feeds. They are outlawround your victim ; it circulates cd alike from their species and their · warıniy and unrusilcd through the Creator. The object of their crime channels, which God created for is social life, and the wages of their poble purposes, but which you are sin is social death.” bent to destroy for purposes so Such a man is not honored by grievous, that they cry to Heaven. mahing him Attorney General, ---Be yet patient! I have but a few and Master of the Rolis. He hoxwords more to say. I am going to ore the places; and could every my cold and silent grave: my lamp place of power and distinction wittof life is nearly extinguished: my in the gift of government be assigcrace is run : the grave opens to re- ed him, he could hll and make moie ceive me, and I sink into its bosom. Honorable the immensity of office. ---I have but one request, to ask öt my departure from this world ; it is Time, that moulders towering the charity of its silence.---Let no man monuinents into dust, and obliterwrite my epitaph; for as no man ates the memory of their existence, who knows my motives dare 11990 only serves to picture 10 our minds sindicate them, let not prejudice or bad acts in more horrific forms.ignorance asperse them.--Let themThe pleasures of the world may and me repose in obscurity, and my strew flowers over them, but they tomb remain uninscribed, unul other cannot hide them. Adamant may times and other nuen can do justice hold its characters perfect for ages, to my character. When my coun- yet they must wear out at last; but try takes her place among the na- tiose engraven on the conscience tions of the earth, then, and not ull Time dots not efface, but with his then, let my epitaph be written scythe continually renews, ind, at I HAVE DONE!"

erery fresh touch, sinks deeper and

deeper--they, as if written there, We have no hesitation in saying, in rubric, with the heari's blood, that if the principles of Greek and can only cease to be when that shall Roman eloquence are preserved any flow no more. where, they are in Ireland. The Roman forum is the Irish bar. The observation of MACSONIUS, Westminster hall never heard elc- which, the translator of the Albe quence, that can cqnal the following, D'Olwit has weil remarlcd, may nor an orator that can rival CURRAN. Le called the GOLDEN MAXIM, is inThe Philipic is against bigotry. deed beautiful. "Allowing the per.


'formance of an honorable action to be attended with labor, the labor is | A VICAR, long ill, who had treasured 500n over, but the lionor immortal ; up wealth, Thereas, should even pleasure wait Told his carate, one Sunday, to pray for on the commission of what is dis- Which oft having done, a parishioner

his health, bonorable, the pleasure is soon gone, said, but the dishonour eternal.”

That the curate ought rather to wish

he were dead, NAMERTES, the Spartan, being

“For my truth,” says the curate “let

credit be given, styled by a stranger, The happy, on I ne'er pray’d for his deatlı-but I have account of tlie number of his friends, for his living." asked him,"How such, as had many, should know whether they were Dr. BLAIR, somewhere in his lecsincere or pretended ?" « Ile could cures, talks of the moral sublime, not tell" was the answer. “ Learn and quotes the daring speech of the then,” said Nainertes, “ BY AD- adventurous Cesar, to the timid piTERSE FORTUNE."

Jot, tossed by the waves :

" Quid times ? Cæsarem vehis." To give physic to a dead body, said DIOGENES and advice to an old of the above quality, found in a re..

The following modern instance man, is the same thing.

cent journal, will please the reader : TINON, the Athenian, being ask

An old German soldier having

lost both his arms in a severe bated wlay he hated all inankind, sullenly answered, “ I hate the bad for

tie, liis commanding officer proposbeing so, and thc rest for not hating

ed to reward his bravery with a dole

lar. « ou certaialy think, capthe bad.”

tain," exclaimed the veteran, with The same antient pronounced becoming spirit, “ that I have only ATARIcr. and FANITY the principal

lost my gloves !" Clements of all cril.

[The Cilcutta Føst.

With pleasure, ve insert the fublowing Toc pose one's self to great dan

Charge to an English Grand Jury, d. & -rs for smali maters, Argus- livered by a well meaning näistrate TUS, is to fish with a golden hcok.

and illustrious law character, about the year 1752 It qunintly correys

the ideas of a gooil puritan of old Perhaps the best remark that ever

time......Players at the close of the fell from a Cynicis contained in this first head, will desire to thank God happy and forcible similitude of for the progress of civilization and DIOGENES. “ Such as have virtue liberal thought; and belles, who look clways in their mouths and negleei to

forward with glad expectation to the live agreeably to the standard of it,

approaching balls and assemblies and

have already their new dresses preare like a harfi, which yields a sound

pared, will not think the judge very fileasing to others, while itself neither courtly for liis remarks on the last. hears nor is sensible of the music.' WITELOCK BULSTRODE's opinion of

Pr.ATS & MASQUERADES, in a speech

to the Grand Jury of Middlesex, Eng. A vine bears three hird of grapes, said ANACHARSIS; the first of pleas

'Tis to be vish'd there were none lire, the second of drunkenness, in the kingdom, because of the evil the third of repentance.

they do to mankind.





These poets, ev'n after they are MR. EDITOR, dead, if their plays survive them, From the difficulty of condensing by their vicious plays, help Satan the meaning of the Latin epigrana to ruin mankind in this world, and in your last, within the same num utterly to destroy them in the next. "ber of lines in English Hexameter, What reckoning, what accompt, will there will not be found much poctry those witty, unthinking poets have in the following, but the sense of to make for these great erils at the the original is, I believe, fairly predreadful day of judgment! Let served. then remember the direful woe our Saviour pronounces against them of the Latin Epigram in our last. which give offence; that is, occasion mankind to sin.

The moon blushes, looks pale, grows These plays being contra bonos

big, by night walks Mores, both the poets and the actors And wanders; these does each feare presentaule; the patent they

male, they say. have not warranting them herein ; Horns does the moon make; these also

makes woman ; and the king's proclamation for fsuppressing vice, iinmorality and

That once a month changes, but this

every day. prophaneness, being directly against such doings. These plays are a nu

TO CORRESPONDENTS. isance to the virtuous part of mankind who happen to see them, and Delia will not think us unzallant in sink the vicious deeper in the mire not receiving her with open arms. of destruction.

Communications may seem insignifi.

cant to her, which to others are respecAL y next head is, touching Masquerades table. Our cabinet is proud of many and Balls.

of the rings,” which contain such Had masquerades, alias balls, been posies.” The same hand, under a in use at the time of the apostles, it

different signature, has furnished our

columns with diamonds of the first wawould have beer impossible chris

ter and weight. There are paths enough tianity could have any success; to Parnassus. Those, who climb, need could have gainidany ground, where not quarrel for room. Delia is wild as those had been practised. One nias. Diana and winds the horn of the kutress. querade or ball would have carried We apply to her the lines of Sexofl more christians from the chris

O Perce, ta jonder clarion 7", tian faith, and the purity of a chris- That drosuns the uses' lyre.!!!" tian life, than the raising ten men

We invite R** to continue his transfrom the dead vould have kept in it. lations from the Greek. One of his

versions of MELEAGER we have of late

diligently compared with another of A LADY'S the same production, published some





time since in a work of literrry merit, FLAVIA the least and slightest toy

and without hesitation, pronounce it Can with resisiless art employ :

decide-lly superior. "Perge quo capisti." This Fan, in meaner hands, would prove Would CASTIGATOR but attend to An engine of small force in love : his precepts, Horace, though dead, Yet she with graceful air and mien would yet speak in his own words. (Not to be told, or safely seen!) Fungar vice cotis." His communi. Directs its wanton motions so,

cation should be well set to give it edge. That it wounds more than Cupil's bow. We are pleased with his thoughts. The Gives coolness to the matchless dame, blade has good stuf; but it wants whet. : To every other breast--a fiume.


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