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back and point the traveler with pride, and not to family nor any artificial distinction. This system has been carried out. Free schools have thus been brought into every neighborhood. The high and the low, the rich and the poor, are blessed with the means of education- and they are embraced. They then early understand their rights-that 'knowledge is power' - and drink in and exemplify the great lesson of human life, 'nec vero satis est habere virtutem nisi utare.' So universal is this instruction, that we are prepared to hazard the assertion, that there is not one hundred New-England families that cannot read, write, and compute numbers: that are ignorant of the geography of our country. Again, there are more quarterlies, monthlies, and newspapers - more literary, religious, and political publications- taken in Massachusetts, than in the great, populous, and wealthy State of New-York. So in the other states in proportion. They are emphatically a reading and a thinking people; they foster talent wherever found.
"There are distinctions in society-the upper and lower classes' yet they are rarely the result of wealth and family, but of moral qualities, united with high intellectual endowments. The same reverence that, in New-York, is paid to wealth, is in New-England paid to intellect. In New-England there are but few very rich, and but
few very poor.
"If we look at Massachusetts, we shall find her most literary and talented men occupying her most important stations. See Adams, Davis, Webster, Everett, Saltonstall, and Cushing, in the political department; and where are the men of equal powers employed in the empire state? With one or two exceptions, they are in private life. This constitutes the difference between the policy of the two states. There, genius, talents, and high attainments, are primary considerations - here, secondary at best.
"As to the charge of New-England's 'unaltered puritanical notions, and her claims to superior sanctity,' we would remark, that there are not ten churches there that dhere to the old puritanical platform. Cambridge and Yale have put forth an influence favorable to liberal principles, that is felt to the extremes of the Union. The night has long since closed upon that period when opinions, political or religious, were received on trust. Cambridge has done much, and Yale has done more, among the puritans. 'The new school divinity,' which is liberal in its bearing, has already gained over seven-eighths of the churches of the old-fashioned puritans.
"True, the emigrant from New-England seeks the exuberantly-fertile soil of NewYork, and undergoes a change by his contact with his new neighbors; but of the character of this change, all can judge. He is removed from a reading to a moneymaking community. He loses his taste for reading, and the New-England party-mingling spirit, and how to make money, absorbs the whole power of his soul. He thus continues of the opinion he imbibed when he read, and had materials of which to form an opinion. This is visible on the face of our Yankee or New-England population in New-York-this is the transformation a New-England man undergoes in coming to New-York; this accounts for his peculiarities.
"On the remark that emigrants become chivalrous, daring, hardy, patient under privations, upon coming here, we would observe, that the history of New-England is but a catalogue of hardships, privations, and deeds of noble daring. There was the cradle of liberty-there was the ball of revolution put in motion. Lexington, Bunker's Hill, Bennington, Saratoga, Trenton, Yorktown, and Brandywine, or in still later times, Plattsburgh, Bridgewater, Chippewa, as well as Champlain and Erie, tell of the bravery of her sons. Here we would point our author to periods and places that tried men's souls.' On these occasions, the buoyant youth, the vigorous man, the declining age, of New-England, went down to the bosom of their mother earth, in glorious fight! New-England need take no lessons of her sisters, to show that she possessed the unbought grace of life,' as Burke called chivalry. No! The fame of New-England is beyond the reach of circumstances: the pillar may fall, the triumphal arch may crumble, but each successive generation of her sons become living monuments of the excellence of her institutions of her public schools. She needs no beaming ægis to stand between her and oblivion. Her fame is unsullied and immortal." Ithaca, (N. Y.) October, 1836.
'MAKE tracks!' reader, or in other words, stand out of the way, and let 'POETASTER' illustrate the Ornithichnites, or huge stony bird-tracks, of Professor HITCHCOCK, said to have been found on the red-sandstone of the Connecticut Valley. On reading the account of these,' says our correspondent, published in the twenty-ninth volume of the American Journal of Science, it occurred to me that there was at least probability enough in the theory advanced in that work, to make it lawful to use it in verse; and as there came up in my imagination the bird that formed the enormous Ornithichnites Giganteus, perhaps fifteen or twenty feet high, and with a foot seventeen inches in length,
my long dormant muse was aroused to action; and before I was aware of it, I was astride of my Pegasus; and although, from original malformation or long disuse,
'he scrambled up and down
On disproportioned legs, like kangaroo,'
yet he did not pause till he had finished his flight.' The reader shall have a glance at his paces.
The writer supposes a geologist, solus, examining traces of the Ornithichnites Giganteus on the sand-stone, whose shade he apostrophizes thus :
A THOUSAND Pyramids have moulder'd down,
O for a sorceress nigh, to call thee up
"Let the light of science shine!
The sorceress vanish'd; but the earth around,
Awhile, surveying all, the monster paus'd;
The mountain, valley, plain the woods, the fields,
Each beast and bird. Next the geologist
Was scann'd, and scann'd again, with piercing glance,
His bitter, taunting plaint he thus began:
'Creation's lord? The magic of those words
I stood acknowledg'd as creation's head ;'
But now - O strange degeneracy! - one,
In dignity, yet moving at my nod.
Then Mega, Plesi, Hyla, Saurian tribes,
The curious Ammonite, and kiudred forms;
Scarce seen, except by Ichthyosaurian eye. t
Grow o'er their graves! Here, too, where ocean roll'd,
Or these inclement skies would cut him off.
The sun himself shines but with glimmering light —
Her vital warmth departing, and her tribes
Organic, all degenerate, puny, soon
In nature's icy grave to sink for ayc. §
Strangely and suddenly the monster sunk.
That he could solve no geologic doubts,
Nor learn the history of sandstone days,
He pour'd out bitter words 'gainst sorcery's arts:
• Before the discovery of these Ornithichnites, the most perfect animals that had been found, as low down in the rocks as the new red-sandstone, were a few reptiles, called Saurians: so that birds must have been decidedly the most perfect animals that then existed: though it has been recently announced in the journals, that the tracks of quadrumanous animals have been found on new red-sandstone in Germany. But until I have seen the details of this discovery, I am not disposed to let it spoil my poetry: for as to some quadrumanous animals, I think that birds might successfully compete with them for the palm of superiority.
↑ The Ichthyasaurus, another huge and extinct Saurian animal, was remarkable for the size of its eye; the orbit in some specimens measuring ten inches in length, and seven in breadth.
The organic remains found in the rocks of the temperate and frigid zones correspond more nearly to those now found alive in the torrid zone, than to those in the temperate and frigid zones. Indeed, there can be no doubt but the northern hemisphere was once covered with tropical forests: such as the palm and the ferns of huge size. The Calamite, Stigmaria, and Voltzia, are names given to plants found in the new red-sandstone, which do not correspond to any now found upon the globe.
If it be admitted that the climate, vegetation, and animals of this valley were tropical, when this bird lived, who will say that its present condition would not seem, even to a rational being, in similar circumstances, to be one of deterioration and approaching rain?
THE following embraces, in a brief space, valuable facts and conclusive argument, and is from the port-folio of an able writer and ripe scholar:
In a volume denominated 'Pensées de Leibnitz,' or 'Thoughts of Leibnitz,' I find the following very just observations upon what that Newton of Germany calls ancienneté du dogme de l'immortalité de l'âme, or the antiquity of the dogma of the soul's immortality.
'Monsieur Toland a prétendu dans un de ses ouvrages, que le dogme de l'immortalité de l'âme étoit une invention des Egyptiens. Mais il est très évident que les Grecs des âges les plus reculés ont crue cette même immortalité. Elle étoit aussi reconnue par les Druides Gaulois, suivant le témoignage de Lucan. Les peuples de la Virginie, dans l'Amerique, croient que les âmes des morts habitent au delà d'une haute chaîne de montagnes. Et qui ne sait pas que l'opinion de la mètempsychose, que suppose evidemment l'immortalité de l'âme, est tres ancienne dans les Indes.'
Here we see that Leibnitz combats the opinion of Toland, that the doctrine of the soul's immortality had its origin in Egypt, by alleging that it was prevalent in Greece from time immemorial, and that it prevailed also among the Druids of Gaul, and still subsists among the American Indians, as well as the inhabitants of Hindostan. To this argument, may be added, that it is a doctrine which has been held by the Chinese, who pretend to trace back their history to a much more remote era than that in which Egypt was formed into a regular community, and that no nation has ever been discovered so savage and ignorant as not to recognise it, together with the belief in a God the Patagonians and Hottentots. This universal belief, then, is a moral phenomenon, which it is the province of the philosopher to explain. How shall he account for it? If the Egyptians, or any other early civilized nation, had invented it, this would not have conveyed it to all mankind. Unless its foundation had been deeply laid in the principles of human nature, it would soon have passed away, among those delusions which time and advancing science invariably destroy. Instead of this, Science, when she brought it into controversy in the schools of Greece and Rome, although, as was to be expected, she produced her skeptics about this as about every other truth, yet upon the whole, enlisted her best sages in its behalf. Do not these considerations confirm the doctrine of immortality, and prove that all that Egypt did in this respect was not, as asserted by Toland, to invent it, but to add to the simple suggestions of nature the decorations of fancy, and give to the airy conceptions of men about it, a fictitious habitation and significant symbols?
'SCENE IN A Wood' is evidently from an unpractised hand; but the writer has a heart to feel the beauties of Nature, and possesses a treasure in the quiet satisfaction with which he enjoys a communion with her visible forms. We subjoin an extract:
THE changing shadows thickly fall around,
And seems to greet with its sweet joyous sounds,
That nodding gently to it, seem to list
To its glad, gentle language, and then leaps
At intervals o'er blue rocks in its bed,
In gentle waterfalls.
We counsel the author of these lines to study the best English models of poetry, and to revise with patient labor.
THE annexed, from the pen of a gentleman favorably known to the literary public, is submitted without comment :
REASON AND REVELATION.
To the Editors of the Knickerbocker:
GENTLEMEN: In Locke's Essay, B. 4., c. 19., ɛec. 4., you will find the following: 'Reason is natural Revelation, whereby the eternal Father of light and fountain of all knowledge communicates to maukind that portion of Truth which he has laid within the reach of their natural faculties. Revelation is natural reason, enlarged by a new set of discoveries, communicated by God immediately, which reason vouches the truth of by the testimony and proofs it gives that they come from God. So that he who takes away Reason to make way for Revelation, puts out the light of both, and does much the same, as if he would persuade a man to put out his eyes, the better to receive the remote light of an invisible star by a telescope.'
In this celebrated passage, you will observe that Locke makes Reason the criterion of Revelation. Let us admit this to be true. Then, whenever Revelation does not coincide with Reason, Revelation must be rejected. I humbly conceive that if this were true, there would be little room for Faith. Locke says, that Reason is natural Revelation; and that Revelation is natural Reason, (however modified.)
In the first place, natural Revelation is a contradiction in terms; and in the second place, natural Reason can mean nothing more than Reason, since there is no other reason but natural. Locke must be understood to say, that Revelation is Reason enlarged by the Almighty; now when he says that Reason is enlarged by the Almighty, he can only mean that the things about which our reason is engaged, are multiplied and extended- -not that Reason itself is enlarged, but only its objects. Revelation is the bringing out of hidden facts, not the enlargement of our reasoning faculties. Revelation, therefore, is not the enlargement of (natural) Reason by new discoveries. Beside, Locke makes Revelation to be Reason enlarged by new discoveries communicated by the Almighty, and then would have Reason try its validity. The enlarged Reason must be the judge of that which has enlarged it-of that which constitutes its very essence-which is impossible.
If I am wrong, I wish that Dr. BEASLEY, or some other of your able correspondents, would set me right.
The tyranny of space may not be resisted; and we are compelled to close our 'drawer' for the present, leaving many literary claims unliquidated.
WORK FOR AMERICAN COLLEGES.-We learn that DR. BEASLEY, a learned divine and able metaphysician, of New-Jersey, has in preparation a volume for the use of colleges, which will make classes familiarly acquainted with metaphysical science —— with all that has been discovered in it by others, as well as all that the capable author can communicate from his own liberal stores. The president of one of our first colleges has expressed his decided approbation of the work, and his intention at once to introduce it into the institution over which he presides. Dr. BEASLEY, it will be remembered, is the author of a cognate book, entitled 'Search of Truth,' so highly and justly commended in these pages by Mr. FLINT. Messrs. SWORDS, STANFORD AND COMPANY, of this city, are, we believe, the publishers of the volume in question.