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history concerning two celebrated for the discovery. Stella com. ladies, Mrs. Johnson and Miss plied with these conditious, knowVonhoáirigh (better known to the king the inflexibility of Swift's resoworld by the names of Stella & Van lutions; and Swift was led to offer Esse) is satisfactorily cleared up, them to quiet apprehensions about but the columns of a newspaper is her character's suffring from the rather too confined to cater tho. manner of living with him. roughly into his business;two maxims of Swift with regard to matri A great many small matters mony is all that will be offered. I have been attribuled to swift; and Onę i was, never 10 marry, unless added 10 his works, which were he was before band, possessed of a not of his production: many light decent provision for a family, ano
Things he undoubtly wrote, but not ther was unless this should be with an intention of giving their the case of a time of life when he to the world; on this subject Mr. might resonably expect to breed Sheridan says, Swift agreed with up his children and see them, pro
an intimale friend, that they perly entered into the world.
should for one whole year, write With regard to the first article, he to each other every day, and were was so far from having any thing to be upon honor that they would beforehand, in Stella's time, tha' take up no more than five min. he was still in debi; and the small
utes in composing each lettere proferment he had obtained, gave
Numbers of riddles, anglo-latin him but little prospect of ever ac
letters aud other whims of fancy cumulating a fortune.
And as lo
vere produced in this way. But the second, he had already passed
as these were only intended for that period of life, after which it private amusement, most of them was his fised rescation never to
when they had served their tnrn marry. Could Swift have entered
were commited to the flames. Some into a stale of wedlock consisieni
few however, have escaped, and ly with these principles, Stella, no
are printed in his works, which doubt, would have been the woman
may serve to gratify the curosity of bis choice. Swift actually went
of such readers, as may be desiThrough the cerenony of marriage
rous to have a private peep, as it with Stella, but it was on two con
were, at the fancy of this great
and dilions. The first was, that they
genius, when frolicsome
unrestrained she should continue to live separate
her sportive gambol, endesha ly, exactly in the manner they
abille. were used to do before; the second that it should be kept a profound
“ As a writer says,' says Donaldsecret from all the world, unless
son in his Edinburgh edition, 1766, some urgent necessiły should call
"Swift had no equal, His style
is. mostly correct, and strong ! vember, 1667, in Hoey’s-court, never diffusive, yet always clear: Dublin.. When he was but a year and if we consider it in compari- old, he was, without the knowledge son of his predecessors, he has of his mother or relations, stolen outdone them all, and is one, per away by his nurse, and carried to haps the 'chief, of those few se Whitehaven ; which place she leot writers, who have excelled was. under a necessity of visiting, in elegance and propriety of lan on account of the illness of a re. guage. In politics, his favourite lation from whom she expected, a topic, he appears like a masterly legacy; and, as is usual among gladiator; he wields the sword. Irish nurses, she bore such an af. of pariy with ease, justness, and section to the child, that she dexterity; and while he entertains could not think of going without the ignorant and the vulgar, he him. There he continued for aldraws an equal attention from the most three years; and she took learned, and the great,
such care of him, that he had
learned to spell, and could read. When he is serious, his gravi.
any chapter in the bible beforc he ty becomes him; when he laughs,
was five years old.. his readers must langh with him. In poetry he would not take pains.
At the age of six he was sent to to excel, but became, in some
the school of Kilkenny: and at 14 measure, superior to.itand assum
adınitted into the University of ed more the air and manner of a
Dublin. The expense of his educacritic than a poet..
tion being defrayed by his uncle To conchide---1
Goodwin Swift : Goodwin was a agree
with Sheridan, that no man ever de. lawyer of great eminence, and
had made considerable sums of served, better of any country than Swift did of his, a steady, preserve
money, which were for the most ing, inflexible friend, a wise, and
part squandered away in idle pro- watchful, and a faithful counsellor jects. By means of which, scon under many severe trials, and
after his nephew had entered the persecutions to the manifest
college, he found himself involved hazard both of his liberty and fore
in great difficulties; and being fatune. He lived a blessing, he
ther of a numerous offspring by died a benefactor, and his name
four wives, he was under the newill ever live an honour to Ire
cessity of reducing the stipend al
lowed to his nephew, for his sup. land
port at the university, as low as
possible. JONATHAN Swift, afterwards the celebraled Dean of St. Paco
(To be Continued.) rick's, was born on the 30th of No.
THE OBSERVER, was distressed in finances, and he
wished to relieve him; (for Stern The breast that happiness bestows,
could not be happy while a friend Keflected happiness shall bless.
was distress'd,) but it was not in
his power, at that time. Yet the Although much of our happi. ness, results from our acting ac
friend--a friend must be relieved cording to that divine precept, 'Do
at all hazards ; a friend is sacred;
Sterne finds no rest till it is done. unto others
as you would they shonld Do unto you ;'--yet it fre.
was' says he obliged to bor. frequently eludes the memory
row two hundred pounds beyond many, who exchange the pleasure
my own currency upon the occaderived from acting on it, for the
sion. I had no sufficient security sonsual gratifications of the viscious
to offer : But Capt. Le Fever propensities of these debased
happened just to have sold out of minds ; and so intermixed is the
the army; I mortgaged the story human family, the vicious and the
to him, and he lent me the money. virtuous, with one another,----that
Sterne and his friend were both difhculties will occur, because the
relieved. --but Sterne was happidifference of their principles of
cst of the two.' action, is as great as Day and Niglit.
I should doubt the prosessed
friendship of a man, who uiffles How often do we perceive fam- with my feelings, and tantalizes inc ilies, in which nothing is known
till I weep; then telling me 'uis but conunual discord and conten.
merely in kindness-Hume thot" tion. One party will not bear the
it not. unbecoming the character most gentle rebuke fiom theother,
of a hero to melt into tears at disand one refuses to give 10. the
tress, otber, even the complaisance duc: which they would not hesitate to He thus gives an affecting picbestow on a stranger ;----nay to ture of Ullyses weeping over his harrass and distess, appears the favorite Argus, when he expires at grcai aim ;--to disturb the peace - his feet. destroys the usefulness-and, ren der miserable, the scope
Soft pity touch'd the mighty master's of many:
soul : No wonder contentment flies from
Adown his cheek the tear unbidden such habitations, and woe-appears stole : as the scourge of their lives. Stole unperceiv'd, he turn'd his head,
and d ied Benevolence to our friends. The drop humane.delineates the image of a noble
But the sofi tear in pity's eye, mind - The following fact is mėn. Outshines the diamond's brightest tioned of Sterne.-A fiend of his, it beams.
There never was a more elegant the day of execution he was placintellectual display of Humanity, ed in the position for death, the than is recorded in the sacred company surrounded him, and six scripture,of our Divine Redeemer, men by lot were chosen to fire the who is represented at the grave of fatal bullets, when the word was his deceased friend Lazarus ; it given to make ready, the comwas surrounded by the weeping manding officer went up to him friends of the deceased, -his two and said,- Rowland put the cap sisters were present they both
face.' The did wept-the saviour himsell did not All eyes were fixed on the interest refrain, for it is said, Jesus wept. ing spectacle.---Rowland ! said the
officer, Sir! answer'd the conPoor is the friendless master of a world: A world in purchase for a friend is gain. demned soldier, in a firm tone of
voice. The king grants you 'a But magnanimity shines forth free pardon.--He immediately fell in the forgiveness of an enemy,this on the ground, took the cap from may be said to be the hardest duty his face, crept toward the officer, we are called to discharge, but if and kissed his feet. it is, it affords one of the sweetest rewards. A man having forgiven
The serious minded reader in a foe, may retire to his closet, and spiritualizing this anecdote,will enjoy the satisfaction of having, find a sweet consolation flow into conquered one of the most power.
his bosom, worthy the enjoyment ful propensities of his nature,--he
of a rational and intelligent crea
ture. can congratulate himself on having conquer'd his own spirit for revenge, for the seeds from whence The practice of young men's it springs, lurks in every bosom. moving along in groupes, and inScipio will ever be venerated for sulting females in the streets, esthat noble action, when he liberat. pecially on Sunday cvening, deed the captive maid, and her lov serves most certainly the severest er, though be admired her bim-reprehension ;--it is a humiliatself, and had the excercise of ing'reflection to a generous mind, power.
that there are men, who take plea
sure in abusing women, while goI lately heard the following an ing or returning from their proecdote related to me as a fact,
per avocations -but that men's which happen'd in the colony of
mind must be low and debased inN. Y. before the late revolutiona
deed, who pursues such a disposiry war.--A man by the name of tion to gratification. Rowland had deserted, and was afterwards taken -tried by a court It is said by many, that they do martial, and condemned. On it only to terrify and frighten the
female sex. The writer of this The stranger ran to the assista was lately informed that a young ance of the unfortunate female. Gentleman had a short time past! Though pale as the tenant of the met a young women, and having grave, a lovlier object never met taken her up in his arms and tarn.
his view. Her dark hair fell looseed her round two or three times ; ly on her cold bosom. She was. then ren away, and all in sport.,
lifeless. He raised her in his arms,
and bore her to the hamlet at tbe It would be well for such prac. foot of the hill. titioners, if they would abandon
By the assistance of the cotta. such mean pursuits, and act the
gers, Mary was soon sufficiently remore manly part.
stored to be removed to the house. Surely were they personally
of her father, which was not far known to the public, shame would
distant. A fever ensued, and be the reward of their folly and
William, whose extensive studies, imprudence.
had given him some knowledge in medicine, attracted by a charm
which he could neitber resist nor From the desk of poor Robert the Scribe define, resolved to remain and
prescribe for Mary until her fate One afiernoon in the month of
should be determined. October, a young gentleman from
Mary was just eighteen, when Philadelphia, who had visited Lu
the accident happened which inzerne to enjoy the pleasures of the
troduced the accomplished and chase, was standing with his rifle on the verge of one of those high fascinating stranger to her know precipices which bound the river
ledge. By his kindness, and that Susquehanna, watching the cagle
of her parents, she slowly recovere as she sailed far below him along
ed, but the lively radience of her the breast of the cliff, when he
fine blue eyes was changed to a was suddenly awakened from his
mild and pensive sweetness, less reverie by the shriek of a female
dazzling; but, oh! to the heart of voice. Turning suddenly a ound, sensibility, how interesting. The
lilly stole the rose's blossom, the he saw a young horse, which being frighiered, had run away with his throbbing heart, and expressive
flush that rose when William enrider, and was rushing impe!uously towards the precipice. He was
'ered the room, too plainly told, 100 far off even to attempt to throw
that love, obtrusive urchin, had himself before the affrighted ani
left the city, and entered the cote mal. One expedient only present tage of Mary with the stranger. ed itself. With unerring aim ne William was the most accom'drew up his rife, and the horse plished man Mary had ever seen, fell on the very brink of the cliff. Pleasing in his manners, insinuat