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remembered with affection and ground. He baptised most of you, reverence on earth ;” and that and will shortly meet those faces at they “ shall be had in everlasting with the sacramental water.

the bar of God, which he covered

When remembrance before God, and

I have heard him talk of the events the inhabitants of heaven.” of other times, and the well known These positions are illustrated in

characters with whom he acted on a neat, perspicuous and striking the public stage, before I had exist

ence, and saw him alone amidst a manner. If there be a fault in

Younger race, I have often contemthis part of the discourse, it is, plated him as a venerable oak, which that neither of these principal once stood in the midst of the forheads is sufficiently expanded.

est :-the ruthless axe of time has Such a preacher had no reason

laid his companions low ; and now he

stands alone on the open plain, and to be afraid of fatiguing his hear

every withered leaf trembles in the ers, by a more full discussion of blasť. That trunk which seventy subjects, so rich and interesting. winters had in vain assailed, must After devoting a little more

fall at last, like the companions of his than three pages to the general youth. He has fallen, and is gath

ered to his fathers ! He no longer doctrine of the text, Mr. G.

stands alone in the open plain ; he proceeds to “ sketch the outlines is surrounded once more by the comof the history and character” of panions of his youth, and stands, we the venerable deceased. The trust, transplanted and renewed a. execution of this portion of the

mong the trees in the paradise of

God.” discourse is unusually happy. It is particular, without being tedi- The addresses, to the survivous; and every where sober and ing relatives of the deceased, and discriminating without being to the afflicted congregation over vapid. It would be happy for which he had so long presided, the literary and ecclesiastical his- close this discourse. These, also, torian, if every distinguished man

and especially the latter, are exhad found an equally faithful, cellent. We present the followable, and interesting biographer. ing passage as a specimen : We forbear to lay any part of this sketch before our readers, at

“ Yes, while his body lies insensi. present, because it is our inten

ble before you, his soul still lives in a conscious state.

He loved you tion in a future number to pre

much ; and in the abodes of bliss will, sent an abridgment of the whole.

I doubt not, often think of you. PerWe cannot omit, however, to haps he may sometimes


this transcribe a single paragraph, as

Hay, to mark how you improve the an example of that tender, poetic instructions which he left among you,

and whether you are coming after simplicity, which we believe of

him to glory. I have a strong per, ten distinguishes the composi- suasion that his former family and tions of this gentleman.

Aock will not be wholly excluded

from his present cares. Perhaps lie “ My reverend father lived to a

will sometimes visit our assemblies, age. As I have heard him to hear those tiuths repeated which say, he lived to see two worl!s die. he so often preached, and to observe He trod the path of life with those

their effects on you.

Perhaps he who have long since gone to jest. muy now be present! Sainted SpirYour fathers krew him ; and he licip. it! hast thou come to witness ed to fit those for heaven whose aged griefs ? Do I see thee hovering over dust now sleeps in that hallowed our assembly ? O! if thou wouldst Vol. III. No. 9.


good old

speak to us now, thy doctrines would

to the departed saint, and to the no longer be unheeded! - Alas! he speaks no more! His ministry among

living preacher. Vigour of his is then forever closed, and sealed

mind, taste, and piety appear in up to the judgment of the great day. every page. We sincerely re. Nothing can be added to it, or taken joice that the important station so from it. He has done what he had

long held by Dr. Macwhorter, is to do, and has returned to Him that

so ably and honourably filled. sent hinn.

-But his ministry has not done with us. Think not, that, except tears and tender remem. brance, you bave nothing more to do with your deceased pastor. As the An Essay on the Life of GEORGE Lord liveth, you shall meet him again. When the dissolving hea

WASHINGTON, Commander in vens shall open, and disclose the Son Chirf of the American Army, of Man, coming in clouds to judge through the Revolutionary War; the world, your

father, we trust, will and the first. President of the be in his glorious train. And when

United States. the convulsions of that day shall

By AARON burst the dorinitories of a thousand BANCROFT, A. A. S. Pastor generations, bis sleeping body will of a Congregational church in rise! Then, he who baptised you, Worcester. Worcester, Thomhe who catechised you, be who

as & Sturtevant, 8vo. pp. 552. varned and wept over you, shall stand with you in judgment. Then,

1807. all the scenes which have passed be

This publication - originated tween you and him shall be examined, and an account taken how you im. in the author's wish to place proved his ministry in general, and within reach of the great body of each sermon in particular. Every his countrymen, authentic hour that you sat under the sound of biography of General WASHING. his voice, shall be found to have been

TON.” When we consider of big with life or death. The effects of improving or resisting his minis. what importance it is, that the try, shall be felt through every hour example of this illustrious man and moment of eternity !-Oh! be presented to the view of Amerdid you consider this while your min. ican citizens of every class, in ister lived ? Did you consider this the present and in every future while his agitated soul was pleading over you? Did you consider this age, and at the same time, how while you were bearing his clay.cold extensive is the plan, and how body to the house of God? Did you costly are the volumes, of the consider, that you were attending one Life of Washington by Judge who must be a witness, either for or against you, in the day that shall de. Marshall

, we must allow this decide thé destinies of all men, and sire, and the Essay to which it whose ministry must either help you has given rise, to be highly to heaven, ov sink you deeper in hell?commendable. The plan of the I, see some of you tremble. the half has not been told you. If a work is, “to notice no individual review of his ministry be so over

or event, further than was neces. whelming at present, what will it be sary to display the principal in the day of judgment! If in the land character.” The author professof peace, wherein you trust, it has wea

es to offer but little original matried you, then how will you do in the

“ The few facts, which swelling of Fordun?"

have not before been published, On the whole we consider this were received immediately from sermon as doing equal honour confidential friends of General


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WASHINGTON, or from gentle- authority, obtained attention, if men who, in respectable official not credence ; it concerns us to situations, were members of substantiate every iota that we his family during his military record, that we may effectually command.” The author con- correct the mistakes of ignotents himself with mentioning, rance, and silence the calumnies in his Preface, his general author- of malevolence. We mean not ities, without a distinct reference the slightest insinuation of doubt, to them in the work itself. This in regard to the authenticity of procedure will be satisfactory to the additional articles, published the readers for whom this volume in the volume now before us. is peculiarly designed; but we Our knowledge of the author's cannot suppress a wish, that for character gives us perfect confiall the facts, not before publish- dence in his own declaration, ed, however “ few,” the authori- concerning the sources from ties had been expressly given, which they were derived. unless considerations of delicacy But we proceed to consider the absolutely forbade.

When a

execution of the work. This foreigneret after a temporary corresponds with the design and residence in our country, has plan of the author. By extraduced the very subject of the cluding all matter foreign to the present work, and, on his own precise object, the volume gives

a full exhibition of the MAN, R. Parkinson, author of a Tour whose character 'is professedly in America. This man came delineated. All is pure biograAmerica from motives of speculation. He designed to take a farm under Gener: phy, the biography of Washingal Washington, to whom he was recom

We say not, there is no mended by Sir J. Sinclair ; but the terms history ; but there is none, save proposed did not meet the sanguine ex- what takes its rise from him ; peciations of the English agriculturist. centres in him ; or terminates in Hinc illæ lachrymæ. He went home, and abused the soil and the landlord, the him. When he is not the agent, country and its inhabitants. A scurrilous he is the object; when we see anecdote concerning General Washing, not his person, we are conversant ton, in itself absolutely incredible, and with his acts. Were we to call certainly not admissible on such authori. ły, is taken from Parkinson's Tour, and the work a portrait (and such it inserted in one of the English Reviews, may justly be called,) we should to give it currency. The Reviewer him- say, it is one of full length, showself notwithstanding concedes, that there ing the individual distinct, promiare many instances,in that work, "in which the rancour of disappoint- nent, entire. We say not, that ment is much more evidenë than liberali. no other figure is to be seen on ty or good sense." What regard then the canvass ; but there is none, has he shown to the obligation of truth, that is not essential to the design; or to the dignity of criticism? We are

there is none, that does not serve glad to find, at another English tribunal, to set off and give impression to a more equitable verdict. See CRITI. CAL Review for January, 1807, which the principal. To drop the begins the review of Parkinson's Tour allusion, you are never presentthus : This book is avowedly written ed with any character, or event, for the purpose of vilifying America." which allows you for a moment The whole adjudication corresponds with this exordiuri.

to forget the Man, with whose


P. 364.


birth you begin the volume, un- public building, of the general and

field officers, of an othcer from each til, at its close, you consign him

company, &c.” p. 296.-" As the to the tomb.

General passed, unperceived by him, The style of Mr. Bancroft is

a youth by the aid of machinery let generally chaste. It is character- down upon his head a civic crown." ised for that “ simplicity,” at

“ At Trenton, the ladies presented which he professedly aimed.

him with a tribute of gratitude for the Here are no pompous words, or protection which, twelve years before, laboured sentences. The reader he gave them, worthy of the taste and is neither wearied with the state- refinement of the sex.” Ibid.-..“ The ly swell of the Gibbonian period,

members of Congress, in opposition

to the measures of administration, nor disgusted with the course

obtained the knowledge of the arrival phraseology of vulgar dialect.

of a son of the Marquis La Fayette." While “the unlettered portion p. 466. of the community” will understand, the literati will seldom be

Strictures of less importance offended. In the perusal, how

are suggested, for the considerever, the remark which the ation of the author, in case of a spectator applied to one of his

future revision of his work. modest characters, occurred to

P. 39. “ On which" acres, &c.-P. us, that he wanted a dash of the

335. “ On both which," &c. The coxcomb in him. A little more relative, in each of these passages,

is ornament, and a little

unnecessarily severed from its antece. rotundity of period, would, we

dent by a full period. p. 39. “The think, not only have been admis

rights [rites] of hospitality were

liberally exercised.” şible, consistently with the auth

P. 40.

“ Arrangement of military or's design, but have given an resources.” 261. “ embraced the additional value to his work, inactive period.” 268. “ fruits of

on the side of the The author is happier in the victory were selection, than in the arrange of inetaphors.

English.” An incongruous mixture ment of his words. The rule of P. 47. “ The Welsh mountains in Quinctilian ought never to be Cambridge” we have never been able forgotten : “ Non solum ut

to discover. intelligere possit, sed ne omnino possit non intelligere curandum.”

A suppression of the aspirate This rule is repeatedly violated; improperly intended, in the fol

in words beginning with h seems by the relative from its antecedent,

lowing examples :
P. 49. 99. 114.

an heary bur. and sometimes by an unhappy den,” “a mile and an half,” “ ar heary collocation of words.

cannonade.” “ If the necessary cooperation of G.

72, 87, 14, 158, 256. “Works vero Britain, to enable ihe clony to drive fung up,” “The Americans had forg the enemy from the Ohio, were un

up a small redoubt." “ Entre nchi. attainable, which would prove a radical

ments were fiung up.” “ Thej meri. cure of the evil, he strongly recom

can line was fing into disorder." mended, that a regular force of two

Arnold furg off the disguise." thousand men should be raised.”

Should this term be fiung out, anp. 20.-“ An anonymous paper was circulated, requesting a meeting at other might advantageously be eleven o'clock, on the next day, at the thrown in.


142. “ His humane heart relucted." are more substantially paid, by So do our ears.

the pleasure we have derived 157. “ Attacked (attack] the right from the perusal of this volume ; wing."

161. "The defences were beat and had we aimed only to appre[beaten) down."

ciate it, we should not have been 161. « Fifteen hundred men thus minute in its examination. [were] necessary.” 197. He ordered the troops to lay in the opinion, that this bio

On the whole, we are decided [lie) on their arms."

229. “Thirteer foreign (sovereig!} graphical essay does great jusstates."

tice to the subject, and is calcu253. “ The purity of his own mind lated to be highly useful to the forbid[forbade.]

community. It proves Washi404. There was that in his character which forbid, &c.

ington to be, what we were pre321. “ Ke bid them a silent adieu.” pared to expect; in public life

256. Ey order of his Sir Henry great ; in private, estimable. Clinton."

At Mount Vernon he is mild 260. Note. “The settlers (suttlers] and beneficent, methodical and of the garrison."

268. " Admiral de Turney" [ Ter. diligent, attentive to agricultural nay] •

D'Estanches" [Destouches.) improvements, and patriotic in 319. "

Congress was not, &c. but encouraging the useful arts : in they were.

camp, thoughtful and vigilant, 397. “ Principle” (principal.] 450. “ The office of Attorney Gen

cautious of danger, and provieral become vacant.”

dent to meet it, accommodating 390. “ The first diplomatic transac. his plans to his means, and less tions of the President."

anxious for personal glory, than 442. “General Washington had the

for the safety and happiness of firmness to loan his personal infiu

his country : in battle, cool, yet

determined, daring, yet prudent; If the Saxon term loan is le- in victory, moderate ; in defeat, giti mate, as synonymous with

unsubdued : at the head of the lend; yet use has so restricted it to Republic, comprehensive, yet pecuniary objects, that we prefer minute, equable, and impartial; some other word, in this connex- prompt to concede the just claims ion. On the memorable occa

of other nations, but resolute in sion, here referred to, and on

vindicating the rights of his own; many other occasions, the “


unawed by menaces, unserluced sonal influence” of WASHING. by flatteries ; deliberate in deterTon was of more importance to mining, but, when determined, his country, than all her loans. inflexible ; attentive to the wisb

es of his countrymen, but not 466. This young gentleman did not obsequious ; respectful, but not remain for a length of time in the Uni.

servile; with a rare felicity comted States,”

bining the tenderness of a parent Although we have endeavour- with the energy of a sovereign ; ed to separate the chaff from the and perpetually giving new wheat, yet we are better reward- proofs of his claim to the august ed, than the ancient critic, who title of FATHER OF HIS COUNwas sentenced to receive the chaf only for his pains. We



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