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While the same sun-beam shines upon
The guilty and the guiltless one,
And hymns of joy proclaim through Heaven
The triumph of a Soul Forgiven!

" Farewell, ye odours of Earth, that dię,
“ Passing away like a lover's sigt;
“My feast is now of the Toobe I'ree 1)
4 Whose scent is the breach of Eternity!

'Twas when the golden orb had set,
While on their knees they linger'd yet,
There fell a light, more lovely far
Than ever eame from sun or star,
Upon the tear that, warm and meek
Dew'd that repentant sinner's cheek:
To mortal eye this light might seem
A northern flash or meteor berm-
But well th' enraptur'd Peri knew
'Twas a bright smile the Angel threw
From Heaven's gate to hail that tear
Her harbinger of glory near!

“Farewell ye vanishing flowers, that shione

“In my fairy wreath, so bright and brief, " Oh what are the brightest that eer have

blown, "To the lote-tree, springing by Alla's Throne,

“ Whose flowers have a soul in every leaf! “ Joy, joy for ever!--my task is done “ The Gates are pass , and Hear'n is won!"

ude, Mahometas havinnud Hif Eternands in the

“ Joy, joy for ever! my task is done
" The Gates are pass'd, and Heaven is won!
« Oh! am I not happy! I am, I am

"To thee, sweet Eden! how dark and sad
' Are the diamond turrets of Shadokiam,(9)

And the fragrant bowers of Amberabad!

Jewels. Amberaded is another of the cities of
Jinpistan

(1) The tree Tooba, that stands in Paradise, in the palace of Mahomet.-vide Sale's Prolun. Diss.-Touba, says D'Herbelot, signifies beatitude, or eternal happiness.

(2) Mahomet is described, in the 534 Chapter of the Koran, as having seen the Angel Gabriel " by the lote-tree. beyond which there is no pas sing: near it is the Garden of Eternal Abode. This tree, say the commentators, stands in the seventh Heaven, on the right hand of the Throne of God.

(9) The Country of Delight, the naine of a Province in the kingdom of Jinnistan, or Fairy Land, the capital of which is called the city of

LITERARY INTELLIGENCE.

The American Philosophical Society have in the press, another volume, of those disquisitions which they have published under the singular title of Transactions. The first five volumes being very scarce and difficult to be procured, the present will be called the first of a new series. All the pepers in this volume, have been read before the society, and have been selected for publication, by members appointed for that purpose. They will be found to be various in their subjects, and valuable in the augmentation which they will bring to the domestic stock of science.

Thomas R. Peters, Esq. of this city, is engaged in the compilation of Memoirs of the late Maj. Gen. Anthony Wayne-one of the most gallant among those who achieved our revolution. These memoirs will be composed chiefly from papers, with which the author bas been furnished by the son of the deceased; but as many documents and anecdotes, illustrative of the services and character of Gen. Wayne, may be preserved among his cotemporaries, it is hoped that they may be freely contributed to Mr. Peters; that he may complete the laudable task which he has undertaken. with justice to the subject and honour to himself.

Mr. Harrison Hall, of Philadelphia, has in the press a new edition, with additions and improvements, of bis Distiller, which will be published before Christmas. The rapid sale of the last edition, and the opinions which have been publickly expressed, concerning the merits of this practical treatise, fully authorise us to announce it as the standard book, on the subject of which it treats,

FOR
DECEMBER, 1817.

Embellished with a view of the City Hall at New-York, and an engraved

title-page.

CONTENTS. Correspondence.

LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. Life of sir James Mackintosh, 443 Montbel's Homer---Millin's Agrarius Denterville, or the Homer-Hazlewood's Mir

Victim of Discontent, 458 ror for Magistrates-QuvaAccount of the celebration of roffs Eleusinian Mysteries-the Daupbin's birth-day in

Remusat's Rewards and PunPhiladelphia, in a letter from

ishments among the ChiDr. Rush to - - - 464 nese-Rivet's Literary HisLetter from Alexander Hamil

tory of France-Gibbon's ton, esq. to the Marquis de Miscellaneous Works

la Fayette, - - 469 Hunt's RiminiLady Mor. Letter from Gen. Washington gan's France-Wirt's Life to the University of Pennsyl

of Henry-Good's Lectures vania, - - - 470 -Greek Seminary--The Letter from Dr. John Ewing

Arch Duke Charles on War on Godfrey's Quadrant, - 500 --Roche's Ponsonby-Dufief Epitaph on Tom Paine, · 471 in London,

514 The Play at Venice, - - 472

POETRY. An Author's Evenings—The The Deaf and Dumb, .. 525

Contrast—The Great Ser Geraldine, (a ballad), - '. ib. pent-Epigramon G. Rose Beattie's Hermit, in Italian, The river Missouri_Popu Nemorin to Estelle, - 526 lation of Great Britain, 477 To her I love, - . Professor Cooper's Introduc To Time, - -

ry Lecture on Mineralo The Blind Man's Lament, - ib.

gy, - - - 482 Signs of Love, . . 527 On the Philosophy of Criti Address to Lord Byron, - ib. cism, . 505 The Departed Year,

528 On Blue Laws and Witches, 508 Lines written at Bristol, Baptism in Abyssinia, 511 Farewell, · ·

ib. Manners of the Athenians, 513 Epigrain, - - ' ib.

ib.

ib

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When the direction of this establishment was committed to the present Editor, it was proposed to publish a sppplemental volume which should contain a history of the passing times. The three volumes would have been so moulded as to contain an annual register of history, science and literature. The plan of such a work had been submitted to the public by the editor, in 1812, when he sought refuge in this city from the fury of a ferocious and uprestrained populace, in a neighbouring state. When The Port Folio was offered to him, it appeared that this work might be extended so as to comprehend what he had proposed to publish under the title of “ The Chronicle.” Not long after that proposal was submitted to the public, Mr. Dobson offered an Annual Register, which should “comprise, a sketch of the political history, foreign and domestic, of the six months immediately preceding the appearance of each volume an exposition of domestic and foreign literature for the same interval," &c. (see the Prospectus in The Port Folio, vol. i. 1816, p. 263.) Our work was therefore suspended, because our chief inducement was to supply a desideratum which was loudly demanded. Mr. Dobson bas published two volumes, which, in the opinion of their accomplished editor, “fully rəalize the idea of a Register, (vide pref. 1.) As we had contemplated something materially different from this plan, we resume our offer of publishing a supplemental volume.

It shall contain-a HISTORY OF EUROPE, taken chiefly from the Edinburgh Annual Register, a work decidedly superior to any similar journal in Europe-a HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES-an annual view of LITEBATURE, compiled from the best sources—an annual view of the progress of the SCIENCES-STATE PAPERS, &c. &c.

The history of Europe will be commenced with the second restoration of the Bourbons in France, and that of the United States, with the accession of Mr. Monroe. In treating of our domestic affairs, we shall confine our selves to facts, and avoid comments as much as possible.

The price of the Supplement, which will be published with a distinct title, index, &c. will be $ 6-or $5 to those who pay in advance. The subscribers to The Port Folio and Supplement, may receive the three volumes for $ 10, if paid in advance. If the subscriptions actually paid shall not be equal to the necessary augmentation of expense, the sums paid will be returned or passed to the credit of the individual in his account for the Port Folio.

We have received Mr. Ackerman's letter and thank him for his politeness. He will find in our present number that we are indebted to his splendid work for a scene in which a melancholy truth is illustrated by sacar. stic wit.

The life of Mr. Mackintosh was published some years ago, and we regret that we are unable to continue the article to the present time.

We have received translations of M. Dejony's Ode, from a correspondent in New York and from one in Richmond, Va. but neither of them is sufficiently correct for publication.

“A.” atBaltimore was too late. His amendment shall not be neglected.

We expect to be able to present a series of papers on classical subjects to the readers of our next volume. If instructors of seminaries and their pupils would co-operate with us, we think this journal might be made a powerful auxiliary in the important business entrusted to them.

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CONDUCTED BY OLIVER OLDSCHOOL, ESQ.

Various; that the mind
Of desultory man, studious of change
And pleased with novelty, may be indulged.-COWPER.

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We are fully sensible how difficult it is to comprise, within the narrow limits allotted to our biographical sketches, any thing like a satisfactory account of the life and writings of men distinguished for genius, and eminent for learning. But we are equally sensible how curious the public must feel to learn whatever particulars may be collected of persons, who, like the gentleman of whom we are now proceeding to speak, are enabled, by the direction of their talents, so powerfully to influence the opinions and the taste. of the nation. Respecting such men, we think it better to say even z little, rather than remain wholly silent; always anxious to exert ourselves to gratify the laudable curiosity of our readers, while we are equally desirous to advance nothing, which we do on the present occasion, but what we derive from faithful and authentic sources.

James MacKinTOSH (now sir James) is descended of an ancient and respectable family, in the Highlands of Scotland, which possessed a small estate of about five hundred pounds a year. He was born on the 24th of October 1765, in the parish of Dores, in

the county of Inverness, and the care of his infant years was intrusted to his grandmother. At the age of seven he was relieved from female tuition, and removed to the school of Fortrose, where his juvenile studies were ably superintended, first by a Mr. Smith, and afterwards by a Mr. Stalker. His proficiency was such as announced the dawn of extraordinary talents, and he was particuJarly remarkable for quickness of conception and retentiveness of memory; the power of the mind, which is generally the earliest to expand itself, and in which to excel is the first intellectual strug. gle of puerile emulation. When he had scarcely reached the age of thirteen, he had already acquired all that the school of Fortrose was competent to teach, and by the advice of his master be was sent to King's College, Aberdeen. Here he applied with equal diligence and success, to a more critical study of the classicks, under Mr. Ogilvie, and was afterwards initiated in the ele. ments of philosophy, under Dr. Dunbar. In the one he evinced the elegance of his taste, in the other the acuteness of his understanding, and in both he afforded an instance of rapid improvement as had seldom been observed in that or any other university. To whatever department of science the propensities of his own mind inclined him, he was now intended by his friends for the profession of physic, and with that view he removed to Edinburgh. The literary fame which the superiority of his talents had acquired at Aberdeen, travelled before him to Edinburgh, and, on his arrival, his acquaintance and company were eagerly courted by those students who aspired to equal eminence, or who embarked in similar pursuits. If Edinburgh afforded him more various facilities of improvement, it also held out opportunities of pleasure and dissipation, in which the most cautious youth is often but too prone to indulge. Young Mackintosh was not altogether proof against the frailties of his age, and he indulged pretty freely in all those enjoyments in which its ardour and impetuosity are wont to revel. The character, however, of his dissipation, was very different from that of the generality of young men. Whatever might be the inconstancy of his other amours, the love of knowledge never once deserted him. Whether he sighed in the Idalian groves, or joined in the roar of the convivial board, he had constantly a book in his hand; and most commonly an ancient or modern poet,

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