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SEMPER REFULGET,

No. 48.

Boston, Saturday, March 28, 1807.

ORIGINAL PAPERS.

FOR THE EMERALD.

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offered in this. An absurdity so evident had but little probability of being a popular error, as the lan

guage of the heart would be heard THE WANDERER,

above all the oratory of the schools, No. 72.

and the voice of nature forever

drown the sophistry of fanatics. Sapere aude,

The solitary being that should be Ixcipe

persuaded to retreat from society Nen tu corpus eras sine pectore. Di tibi- would no longer partake the human formam

nature. The heart extends its tenDi tibi divitias dederunt artemque fruendi. drils to society and derives from it

Society opens so many advan- those principles and affections, tages that are not to be procured which are an honor to our nature. without its assistance, that it is nat. It is impossible to destroy these ural to seek its pleasures and deliglat feelings; in a bosom not as cold in its smiles.

and sterile as marble ihey are of The weakness of the individual almost spontaneous growth. The leads him to associate with others inhabitants of the same town when for mutual protection, and the de- they meet each other at a distance pendence, which is felt by each up- and among strangers become intion all, is the foundation of society. mate from the circumstance of their But in addition to the necessity of birth in the same place, although union there is a principle implanted they had formerly never been acin our nature which brings us to quainted. Citizens of the same society for all the pleasures and state have a similarity of feeling happiness of life and teaches us to which lead them when at a distance find in the reciprocal interchange from home, to mix in each other's of good offices, a virtue which it is society. We feel a peculiar interour duty to practise and an employ- est for our own countrymen when ment suited to our nature.! we meet among foreigners, and

There have however been sects should have a right to claim a fel. of pretended philosophers (for, says | low feeling with an inhabitant of a great writer, every knoøn absur- the same world, if it were possible dity has at one time or other been to meet bim in any other planet of supported by philosophers) who our system. Of the same world! have advocated a seclusion from Yes, probably of the system itself, if the world as a command of religion we were thrown together in some and made the happiness of a future distant part of infinite creation. existence to depend on a renuncia-But the pleasures of society like tion of all the pleasures which were all others of which our nature is ca

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pable must be restricted to produce institution it has certainly been protheir greatest good. The force ductive of vast benefit to society at must be collected to a point, not be large. By adopting in every coundestroyed by expansion. The feel- try a common motive and principle ings which lead us almost without it gives to every wanderer a home intention to seek our countrymen and finds for the unprotected stranand fellow townsmen from the mul- ger, friends and a country when he titude by whom we are surrounded, had no other resource. The Royal is an express negation of that gen- Academy at London and the French .eral system of undistinguishing phi- National Institute are associations Janthropy which it was once so fash- for the advancement of literature ionable to propagate and pretend to and science, which have anticipated believe. We have all predilections the unassisted progress of the mind and favorites, and it is this which by more than a century. By furgives to society most of its charms. mishing a motive for exertion and We love to collect around us a little a reward for labor they have concircle of friends whose nanners, strained that attention to important habits and sentiments are congenial intellectual subjects which would with our own, a circle in which we otherwise have been dissipated ca can lay aside the severe duties of inferior objects. business and relax the necessary

Inexhaustible are the parsuits to formalities of public life, where our which the attention of a few- assoprejudices will not be despised and ciated individuals may be directed even our weaknesses be pardoned with advantage and without embarIt is in a circle of this kind that rasement to themselves, that a solithose sentiments are first forned: tary being would find exceedingly which go to the civilization and re.. dificult if not impossible to attain. finement of society. The union of "The citizens of our own country numerous bodies of people gives to have taken an honorable part in the civil state its political strength, these useful arrangements, and we its weight and consequence among find numerous societies established nations; but the union of smaller for alt valuable purposes, and some numbers is necessary to produce of them very handsomely endowed those salutary establishmentslwhich Charity has never so suitable a constitute in a great degree the in- manner for bestowing her bounty: ternal refinement and character of as is afforded by these means.the people. The establishment of The small assessments, which are societies therefore for benevolent paid without inconveniences graduand charitable purposes; for the pally accumulate in the treasury and promotion of useful discoveries, for are ready for the necessities of the the general interest of literature, distressed at the moment of need. science and humanity,are peculiarly The assistance that is conveyed to advantageous to a commamity when poverty, which had often rather le the objects for which they are first iniserable than complain, is midisdesigned are rigidly adhered to. ftered by an almost invisible arm, The Misonic

Institution as it is and checks not those feelings, which the most ancient is likewise the better days perhaps badreared, nor in ist extensive and probably the woands the sensibility while it dism 13t beneficial in its operations of sipates: misfortune any that has ever been established ;.. As present arealth is no certain.: sp:aking of it oaly as a charitable security against future want, estab

lishments of this kind are univer- its striking resemblance to Steele's Con. sally interesting. To constitute a scious Lovers, can claim but little praise fund in the day of prosperity by for its originality. The first acts of this small deductions which would nev- moral without variety of character or

comedy are sprightly without wit, and er be missed from the superfluity dialogue.' The last however becomes enjoyed, which fund should be ap interesting, as the cloud which overpropriated to the future distresses hangs Fidelia begins to thicken, and in of any of the members who assisted conclusion, when it expands and dissito create it, is a favorite plan among the mind is gratified with the triumph

pates by the sunshine of good fortune, the middling classes of England, of virtue. But the incidents are not and has often been productive of the singularly striking nor is the composi. most happy consequences to a suf-tion eminent for beauty of illustration, föring family, and saved for future or strength of expression. It is a comrespectability the helpless and un- ter of forec. Faddle is contemptible,

edy which cannot boast of any charscprotected orphans, who would oth his meanness, his self conceit, his cow. erwise have been the spoil of the ardice, his hypocrisy and pitiful arts first profligate that had been ac-render him completely the object of quainted with their distress. contempt ; too ridiculous for satire and As our country grows older the sault

. Fidelia is a pleasing personage;

too frivolously corrupt for serious ag. necessity of similar institutions will but while she excites pity for her mis. be more apparent. But they should fortunes, she posseses no remarkable be formed in our infancy and grow trait which stamps a new model of sawith our growth, and though the ture's excellence. An hundred plays present generation have less need have been written, with heroines equal. of their advantages than those prob- The other parts are merely the ordina

ly beautiful, amiable and unfortunate. ably who suicceed us, yet it is cer- ry of nature's sale-work; she lias "set tainly pleasant for a man as he lays no mark upon them.". The moral may his head upon his pillow to reflect be objected to, as neither Faddle, vii. that he has passed his evening in or even any punishment. The latter

liard, nor Belmont, receive safficient, social and agreeable converse with indeed is made to repent of his designs his neighbors and friends, and con- in Fidelia, and for that repentance is tributed his mite to a fund which atrevarded with her hand, heart and for. some future period will come as a tune. Bat to acknowledge guilt ant! friend to the distressed, and illu.. even the compunction arising from it' minate the countenance of sorrow

does not exempt a man from receiving

punishment; and much less therefore with a smile.

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does it entitle hin, to all the felicity the poet can confer.

The performance as might naturally be supposed did not confer much plea.

sure ; the deficiencies both of the play THE ORDEAL.....No. 22. and the performance checked all fa.

vourable hope. Unde es quo Catius ?

We were rather pleased with the

acting of Mrs. Stanley, Mrs. Poe and The Foundling, ( Moore) and the Wags Mr. Usher, but not with the rest. of Windsor Friday, March 20. The play, we suppose was intended to

exhibit Mr. Powell in Faddle ; that his The celebrity of Mr. Moore, has a friends, the third time, might be grati.. risen from his Fables rather than his fied with his appearance. dramatic works; which consist of three plays. Gil Blass is considered ridicu. Columbus, ( Moret in and the Rival Sollous, the Gamester, being a tragedy

diers. Wednesday, March 25. written in prose, is said to betray a pov. The subject on which the play of 2113 of goaius, and The Foundiing, from Columbus is founded, affords in itself

YOR THE

EMERALD

but few materials for an interesting motive could induce a lawyer to under. dramı. The arriyal of a tribe of ad- take a voyage of hazardous experiment, venturers in the new world, the simple to discover as yet unknown regions is ideas and savage customs of the na- not easily imagined. The savages, we tives, and the rapacity of European presume, were not supposed to be litigi. avarice, seem necessarily the principal ous, and stand in need of him. But the traits of a production predicated on the author wished to hunt villany, to ridicule discovery of America. Though Mr. popery, to decry physicians and reproMoreton seemed well aware of the diffi. bate lawyers, they being then the culties of his task, he was also un most popular themes of abuse ; so he willing to relinquish it; and, by en carried over Roldan, Catalpo, Bribon deavouring to interweave new circumsand Dolores to America, and there left stances of interest in his plot, he has them to shift for themselves. Columinvolved in it a violation of fact and bus the nominal hero, hay little to say, probability, and has produced a play and much glowing expression which in which action has no unity, and time might fairly have been given to him was no limits.

omitted ; Dolores and Bribon belong to For the incidents and characters of farce, and should not be endured in ligit* this production, we are not disposed to imate comedy.

bestow much praise. The scene is laid The plot cannot boast of more merit in Peru, where Columbus never was, than the incidents or characters. The and the period which clapses in the romantic story of Alonzo and Cora, was representation is about three years, or stolen from the Incas of Marmontel : the time escaped from his first arrival and the idea of the loves of Herbert and at San Salvadore to his return from Nelti, seems to be similar to the under Spain with his third feet. The lan- plot of Coleman's Incle and Yarica.guage and ideas of the savages, are too There is no object of principal attention civilized for their rude uncultivated in the piece. The mind is distracted minds ; Nelti has the cunning of aby four or five stories; of which, that modern coquette. The effect of Indian which relates to Columbus comprises necromancy is improbable and forced : the smallest share. for, who can believe two persons to The performance of this evening, become friends merely from the tale of was not respectable ; for though the an ignorant Indian girl, who a moment strength of the company was employed, previous were inveterate foes. it failed of producing the expected

Columbus it appears carries with him antisfaction... an Englishman who is made first to dis.

Columbus, by Mr. Fennel, had every cover land ; this circumstance may verything done for it that the character well consist with the partiality of the would admit of, and more than it de author to his country, however it may served. He was highly impressive in contradict the tenor of history. Be- the scene where his soldiers revolt.sides, this English man has wit and re- His emphasis throughout was judiciYinement originating in too modern a ous ; and we think his voice has never period to be naturally introduced in an appeared more clear, or his articulation expedition of the fifteenth century.

more distinct. He is made to tell Columnbus how much

Mr. Usher's Alonzo was deficient is credit his own country did him, at the tenderness, and force of expression very period when England had reject- At times indeed we were gratified with .ed ihe solicitations of Columbus to fa- him, but in general his performance vor his scheme ; and so far from being was indifferent. high in the rolls of honour and fame,

As to Harry Herbert by Mr. Fox, could not then boast of having conduct- the character was spirited, but he hur ed any enterprize or promoted any uscried so much in his delivery, that * ful discovery.

lost half his part in his confusion of u:With this ebaracter, there are a law- terance. There may be spirit witheu: yer and a physician, a priest and a villain impetuosity; and Mr. Fox, of all the per tantroduced to make up an agreeable va- foriners on our stage, should, in the riety. That three of these persons tempestof passion, study to acquire that might be on board the feet of Colum. temperance which may give it şmacth bus we can readily conceive; but w!iat ness." The characters of Delores, by

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mit cause for a revolution in metaphy

Mt Bernard, and Bribon, by Mr. Dick. Jon literature as uron dress, upon enson, were supported by all the ex: philosophy as politics. - Every tramgance of drollery and overstrained change arises from the increase of great exertions of Mr. Downie, was wealth, or knowledge, or industry, Keard; but not aceurately understood. or the love of novelty, and it were

Mr. Poe, as Orozimbo,.was equally as easy to discover an adequate as simple, as a savage chief of uncivil. ized America could be expected to have sics as for the fancy in the shape been. Cora, by Mrs. Powell

, possessed all of a new shoe buckle. the interest that all the talents of the

The fashion of dress, is always the actress could inspire ; in the scene of the earthquake she deported herself re. subject of criticism ; in 1770 it was spectably. But in truth shc is, in re thus humourously described. A spect to person, not adapted to attract modern fine, fellow has a coat on the lover; and one is apt to believe, with sleeves too small for the arms, when witnessing her performance in love scenes, "it is delusion all;" it is and buttons too big for the sleeves; no imitation of reality..

a pair of - Manchester fine stuff Nelti is a part by no means suited to breeches, without money in the the talents of Mrs. Stanley. 1.ow com: pockets, clouded silk stockings but ody is no more calculated for her, than no legs; a club of hair behind larlieroic tragedy. Mrs. Poe would have been better adapted to the part.

ger than the head that carries' it, There was a general defect as to cos.. and a hat of the size of a sixpence tume and characteristic appearance on a block not worth a farthing. throughout this play. The Indian men and women of San Salvadore or Peru, We have eften been surprised were of a light copper colour ;. and that the OBERON of Wieland, transtheir dress, when they had any, was lated by Sotheby was not better rather of feather, than of spangled muslin, and thrown loosely over their knuwd among us. The copy is limbs rather than tortured into festoons scarce and not to be found even in 'or tlán cut into various shapeg. : For our circulating libraries. The folwhere there is nothing sharper than lowing description from it will regold, the cutting out of clothes is a

ward attention. work of labour.

Art's boastful pow'rs to conqu’ring For the Emeralu.

nature yield;

Alone so lovely Venus' doves complain. DESULTORY SELECTIONS. Her soul that breathes sensation on the

strain;

[reveala.

Warm 'to his soul her kindling wish Nihil magni nunc fit in literis, Persuasive tones that clear and clearer says Leibnitz. Yet of how many sighs that enforc'd the sounds they sud

(den broke, great writers he was the cotempo Cheeks deepers dy'd, the bosoni's rary. That which lasts long is gel quickening play, dom popular at first, and that which - Each heightening each, the omnipo." immediately pleases seldom con

tence betray tinues to please.

of passion's, wild excess to thrilling

frenzy woke. A writer in a work of no small cha. At last, in varm o'erpow'ring feelings racter has the following observations :

tranc'd,

(hand : I bave observed that the influence Th' unnotic'd lute fell silent from her

But at the instant that her arms expand of fashion enters into every concern

Huon, whose eye with scornful virtue and its various tapis and changes

glanc'd,

[wire, have almost as sensible an effect up-1 Grasps with enthusiast'haste the falling

AND ORICINAL REMARKS.

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