« PreviousContinue »
triumphs; where the great scenes of majestic nature invite ; and where history points the eye of the poet, the painter, and the sculptor, to the virtues of WASHINGTON, and the plains of Saratoga and York-hown. But one who passes for having good sense, avowed to me, some time ago, that he would rather see a well-clad and active population, than the finest antique groupes of naked fawns and satyrs, with a Lazeroni populace. And a thing that has raised great wonder in me, is this, that some of these fair-hair d Dryads of the woods, have manners more polished than the shining beauties of your splendid court. Where they got it, or how they came by it, I know not; but on the chaste stem of native purity, they seem to have engrafted the richest fruits of foreign cultivation. And as the ladies in all civilised nations will, covertly, or openly, have the sway, I think these dangerous persons ought to be well watched ; and I am not indisposed, my lord, to keep an eye upon them, provided I may be encouraged by your lordship's approbation, I shall not then regret the situation in which it has pleased the wisdom of his majesty's councils to have placed me, and I shall labor to the end of my life to make a suitable return.
In this view, I think it right to mention, that the young ladies have imbibed French principles ; some of them can express any sentiment, grave or gay, by a motion of the head ; speak any language with their eyes, and tell an affecting story with the points of their toes. Those cotillions, my lord, are dangerous innovations.. .
It is, for the reasons I have mentioned, extremely important, that Mr. Weld, and the Anacreontic roet, should write down the American ladies, The kind and frank hospitality they received from these unsuspecting fair ones, has afforded them an opportunity of taking a noble revenge, worthy of their masters. And if the finest genius, like the fairest beauty, is to be selected for prostitution, MOORE is the man.
But, if this system of detraction be followed up, you will do well, my lord, to keep your Englishmen at home. They will be very liable, coming over with such 'notions, to be surprised-perhaps put in voluntary chains. It has already happened to more than one of my acquaintance, and may befal many nore. • There need come no more with toys, from Birminghai. There is one Langstaff here, that has . done them mischief. He gives himself out for gouty,
and sits writing in an elbow-chair. When the fit leaves him, he announces it in the news-papers, and appoints an hour for his visits: all doors are thrown. open, and scouts sent out to watch for him. He runs about in a yellow coatee ; and in the course of the morning will have kissed the hand of every pretty lady in the town. It provokes me to see a little fellow lie in a lady's work-basket, and make laughing sport of grave men. And it makes me feel more mortified, at my own growing corpulence, lest my bulk should be no recommendation in the eyes of the fair, whose favor is the chiet object of my wishes ; I shall therefore, before the evil grows
worse, go immediately to press, be squeezed into
I have the honor to be,
No. I.—Page 5.
WILLIAM KENNEDY was prosecuted for being aiding and assisting to an armed mob. The principal witness against him was Lieutenant Heppenstal, noted alike for cowardice and cruelty. It was he who called himself the walking-gallows, from his custom of strangling men with a rope drawn over his shoulders. To support his testimony, a witness named Hyland was produced, who swore that he knew the prisoner, but that, by the virtue of his oath, he never knew any harm of. him. It appeared from the cross-examination of the walkinggallows, that he had knocked this Hyland down, and drawn a rope very tight about his neck, but could get nothing from him. Nevertheless, Hyland was ordered off the table. A bill of indictment was sent up to the Grand Jury. He was ... tried, convicted, and sentenced instanter.
Under the impression of this terror, the trial of the prism oner Kennedy proceeded, and he was found guilty. But on account of his good character, and the polluted nature of the evidence, several gentlemen, Grand Jurors and others, presented a petition in his favor. It appeared also, that one of the petty jurors, who refused to find him guilty, was threatened to be thrown out of the window. Kennedy, notwith. standing, was also sentenced to death, and executed. .
The Judge was TOLER, now Lord NORBURY, the same to whom Robert Emmet said in his defence, that if all the blood he had shed was collected into one great reservoir, he might swim in it. And who, on another trial, uttered that inhuman raillery, that if the person put to death was innocent, he was gone to a better world—if guilty, justice had been done."
Heppenstal since died of rottenness, at a very early peod of life.
O'BRIEN. The following short extraets from Mr. Curran's speech on the defence of Patrick Finney, are well worth the attention of the reader, who may be curious to know to what necessi
thereinets Whitemas oro furion soinet ties a profligate system of oppression against the general interest and feelings of a people leads: $20" Oh honest James O'Brien !-honest James O'Brien! Let others wainly argue on logical truth, and ethical falshood, if I can onee fasten him to the ring of perjury, I will bait him at it, until his testimony shall fail of producing a 'verdict, althangh human nature were as vile and monstrous in you as she is in him...ooo ;
. . 6 Shall the horrors which surround the informer ; the ferocity of his countenance, and the terrors of his voice, cast such a wide and appalling influence, that none dare approach and save the victim, which he marks for ignomy and death?
“ Are you prepared, when O'Brien shall come forward against 10,000 of your fellow citizens, to assist him in dig. ging the graves, which he ḥas destined to receive them one by one?...
. . I have heard of assassination by, sword, by pistol, and by dagger, but here is a wretch who would dip the Evangelists in blood! If he thinks he has not sworn his victim to death, he is ready to swear, without mercy and without end ; but oh! do not, I conjure you, suffer hiin to take an oath ! The arm of the murderer should not pollute the purity of the gospel ; if he will swear, let it be on the knife, the proper synbol of his profession! .....