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the authority aforesaid, That as soon as said election tion shall at no time exceed the income of the fund shall be completed, the clerks of the Select and Com. devised by the City authorities in trust, by the late mon Councils shall divide the persons so chosen by lot James Wills, and such other contributions as may be obinto three classes of two each; the first class to serve one tained for that purpose. year, the second to serve two years, and the third to

Section 14. And be it further ordained and enacted serve three years, and shall record the result upon the by the authority aforesaid, That the Managers of said minutes of the Councils respectively.'

Hospital shall cause the same to be furnished in an ecoSection 4. And be it further ordained and enacted by nomical but substantial manner, with all such articles the authority aforesaid, that on the fourth Thursday of of household and kitchen furniture as may be necessary October of each succeeding year, the Select and Com- and proper for such an institution, and the expense atmon Councils shall elect in joint meeting, three persons tending the same, shall be paid out of the general fund to serve as Managers of the said Hospital for three years, devised for that purpose, on orders drawn in mani. in the place of those whose term of service shall then ner aforesaid, any thing in the foregoing section to the expire, and whenever any vacancy may occur in the contrary notwithstanding. said Board, by death, resignation, or otherwise, the Section 15. And be it further ordained and enacted same shall be supplied in like manner at such time as by the authority aforesaid, That the Board of Managers Councils may determine.

shall on the second Thursday of September in every Section 5. And be it further ordained and enacted by year, report to the Select and Common Councils, a the authority aforesaid, That the said managers shall statement of their proceedings, containing a full and meet within ten days after their appointment, and shall accurate account of their receipts and expenditures for elect out of their own number a President and Secreta- the past year, and that the said accounts be audited ry, and the said offices shall be filled in like manner, by the Committee of Accounts of Councils. each succeeding year, at the first meeting of the Board Enacted into an Ordinance, in the city of Philadel. of Managers which may be held after the annual elec. phia, this twenty-sixth day of September, in the tion.

year of our Loril one thousand eight hundred and Section 6. And be it further ordained and enacted by thirty-three.

HENRY TROTH, the authority aforesaid, That all orders drawn on the

President of Common Council. Mayor and City Treasurer, for such sums of money as

J. R. INGERSOLL, may be necessary for the support of the said Hospital,

President of the Select Council. shall be approved by the Board of Managers, five of

Attest, whom shall constitute a quorum, and the said orilers Arcan, RANDALL, Clerk of Select Council. shall be signed by the President, and countersigned by the Secretary of the Board.

From the United States Gazette. Section 7. And be it further ordained and enacted by the authority aforesaid, That as soon after the said

SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND. Board of Managers shall be organized as may be, they It is not many months since we had occasion to note shall draw up such general rules and regulations for from personal observation, the undertaking of Mr. the management and supervision of the said Hospital as Friedlander, to instruct the blind, under the patronage they may think proper, which after being approved of of a society of gentlemen in this city. Since that time, by the Select and Common Councils, shall

be considered Mr. F. has taken a house in North Twelfth street, and as the established rules and regulations of the same, un opened it as a regular school for the blind, with approtil in like manner altered or amended.

priate machinery, rooms and play ground. In compliSection 8. And be it further ordained and enacted by ance with a special invitation, we visited Mr. Friedthe authority aforesaid, That the Managers of the said lander's school on Saturday afternoon, in company with Hospital shall be authorised to elect a suitable person some others, better capable of judging of a part of the to serve as Steward of the same, who shall be allowed exercises than were we. a compensation of not exceeding three hundred dollars When we entered the house, Mr. F. and five or six per annum, to be paid quarterly on orders drawn in of his pupils were engaged in a concert of instrumental manner aforesaid,

music, Mr. F. leading from the piano forte. One was Section 9. And be it further ordained and enacted by playing on the bass viol, two or three on the violin, and the authority aforesaid, That the said Board of Mana- another on the French horn. This was followed by gers shall have power to appoint such other officers, singing. The whole was performed to the admiration nurses, and domestics, as they may think necessary for of the company, and considered, even without referperforming the labor and such other services as are re. ence to the circumstances of the musicians, as exceedquisite to the said Hospital, who shall be paid for their ingly well done. services such compensation as the Managers may deem Theodore Myers, a smart and pleasant lad only nine reasonable.

years old, who had been in the institution about five Section 10. And be it further ordained and enacted months, played on the violin, keeping good time, and by the authority aforesaid, That the said managers shall " playing well his part," admit only such persons into the said Hospital as are de. Abraham Marsh, a boy about thirteen years old, joinsignated in the will of the said James Wills.

ed in the concert, and William Graham played the Section 11. And be it further ordained and enacted French horn with great exactness. by the authority aforesaid, that the Managers be, and Graham and another pupil subsequently played a are hereby authorised and requested to take such mea duet on the piano forte. sures to increase the fund of this charitable institution, when the musical performances had ceased, we fol. either by donations, life, or annual subscriptions, or lowed the master and pupils up to the regular school such other means as they may deem most expedient.

Here was exhibited a quantity of work, perSection 12. And be it further ordained and enacted formed by the lads—a basket of silk guard chains for by the authority aforesaid, 'That whenever the funds of watches, which they had woven, and a number of wickthe Hospital will admit, the Managers shall establish a er baskets that they had made. We may remark that school for teaching such inmates of the house as may be these baskets were of a much closer texture, and of a capable of receiving instruction.

better shape than are usually found in market, and alSection 13. And be it further ordained and enacted together exhibited a better state of workmanship. The by the authority aforesaid, that the number of inmates handles, hinges, loops,&c. all made of the willow twigs, admitted into the said lIospital, shall at all times be so were neatly twisted and beautifully wrought into the regulated and prescribed by the Managers thereof, that texture of the main work. A quantity of these baskets the expense attending their support and accommoda. I were handed to the scholars, and each coald designate

room.

money?"

those which he had made himself, and could refer every | with the institution—"and what will you do with that other one to its proper maker.

Mr. John Vaughan, a gentleman to whose philanthro- “When I go out," said the little fellow, "I will buy py the school is in a great measure indebted for its ex- some good things." istence and present advancement, mentioned to us, that And what will you do with the good things which some time since he met with a blind lad, whose situa

you purchase. tion he felt anxious to relieve, and he raised a contri- “Oh” said the boy, rolling up his sightless eyeballs bution among some gentlemen of his acquaintance, in evident pleasure, "I will give some of them to The. amounting to about one hundred dollars. . This sum he odore, Abraham, and all the boys.” The child delightoffered to the basket makers in the vicinity, if they ed at the prospect of sharing his "goodies" with his would instruct the lad in their own labors. They de: school mates, clapped his hands together, jumped up, clined the premium in the full conviction that he could and sung half a verse of his Dutch song, with a tone never learn to make a basket.

not to be mistaken, though the words were heathen Now, one of the pupils of the school is the son of a Greek, to most of his auditors. basket maker, and his work is probably far superior to We should do injustice to our own feelings, and to ordinary work offered for sale, and the young woman those who accompanied us to the school, were we not who has instructed the lads, professes to have found to express our sense of gratitude for an afternoon's them as docile and as rapid in their improvement as enjoyment, such as has seldom fallen to our lot. But boys of the same age who can see.

the school for the blind is a public consideration; and, The affectionate manner in which the little scholars we trust, will be so regarded. We profess to under. spoke of, and addressed Mr. Vaughan, was proof of the stand something of the requisites of an instructor, and kind interest which that gentleman has manifested in we may venture to assert that the manners of the blind the successful establishment of the school.

pupils, their appearance and conversation, all indicate The exercises upon the map of the United States the kind parental care of their accomplished instructor were exceedingly interesting The lad, Abraham Mr. Friedlander. While the improvements, made by Marsh, bounded the states, pointed out the capital ci- the scholars, show how eminently qualified he is for ties and chief towns, told the relative positions of places, the station he now occupięs. laid his finger upon the sources and marked the course of the rivers to their mouths, and made such observa of the uninstructed blind, we seem to regard them as

If we take a view of the utterly destitute condition tions upon the map as would seem impossible for any separated from their fellow beings, and put aside to "wait but " open and seeing eyes” to suggest.

the great teacher death." "Is Rhode Island a large or a small state?” asked one But when such a power, as that possessed by Mr. of the company:

Friedlander, pours upon their mental eyeballs the light “Why,” exclaimed Abraham, "here it is small enough; of truth and reason, they start at once into consequence I can almost cover it with my finger; a little of it only and into enjoyment; they feel the connecting link that comes out beyond my finger nail.

makes a part of active life, and they understand the A little boy, William Hartz, not more than six or design of their Creator, and the arts and enjoyments of seven years of age, designated the letters of the alpha society. We earnestly beseech those of our fellow bet; other pupils read lessons from cards with raised citizens who feel that they can aid the prospects of this letters; others wrote sentences with the pencil on slates, important seminary, to visit Mr. Friedlander, become and some printed names of visiters with moveable acquainted with his labors, and then assist in bestowing types.

the blessings of learning and profitable industry upon We were much interested in the exercise in fi. a class of human beings, who possess all of the best symgures. One of the lads arranged before him,on a frame, pathies and feelings of our nature but one, by the loss three rows of figures of nine places, amounting numer. of a single faculty separated from the duties and enjoy. ically to hundreds of millions. They were then read ments of their kind.' Let it not be so in our city, famfrom right to left to the boys by lines. They listened ed for its philanthropy. Let not Boston exceed us in attentively, and then gave each line of figures by enu. the work of goodness. Let us build another monument meration, and in a minute added up the three columns to the glory of our beloved city, in the form of a school and gave the sum of the whole; and this without having house for the blind; and let the blessings of education felt the face of the figures,"

depending entirely upon reach them, as it has done their fellow sufferers the deaf their recollection of their order. This we regard as a and dumb. very remarkable exercise of the faculty of memory. We followed the little folks next into their supper tion of the advancement of his pupils; and we trust that

Mr. Friedlander, will shortly make a public exhibi. room, where they soon satisfied us that a good appe. the event will prove most fortunate for the blind. tite is by no means dependent upon vision. Good order, indeed, prevailed at the but the evidences

From the daily papers. of taste were particularly observable. After the close

WARD ELECTION-INSPECTORS. of this interesting exercise, little Willam Hartz went

Democrats. through with his devotions in German. He subsequent.

Independent Democrats.

Pine. ly sung, with a most mirth-provoking accent, a German Isaac Mount

166 James Redman 244 song, adding thereto by way of close, an imitation of

Wm. Ripperger 167 Moore Wharton 243 William Graham's French horn, with some words of the

Neu Market. little imitator's own supplying.

Hugh Catherwood 248 William Abbott 239 The company then adjourned to the play ground, Charles Shaw

244 Thomas G. Conner 242 where the little blind pupils amused themselves with

C'edar. gymnastic exercises, in which they appeared very ex. A. R. Gemeny

314 William Erringer 153 pert. Theodore and little William amused the visiters John D. Miles 310 Robert E. Johnston 149 by a race.

Locust. Some one gave William Hartz a piece of money; he John Horn

376 Cornelius S. Smith 257 felt of it with great satisfaction, and having fingered John Snyder 378 Samuel Harmstead 254 out the denomination of the piece, he forth with thrust

South. it into his lowest pocket, with a look of the most per- | Thos. Cave

160 T. Ross Newbold 222 fect satisfaction.

Thos. Desilver

159 Edward Parker 223 “ And what will you do with that money?" asked Mr.

Middle. Snyder, a gentleman in some way connected, and from Thomas Hopkins 208 Samuel Morris 142 his manner, we should think beneficially connected, William P. Barr

208
Jobn Read, jr.

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WARD ELECTIOX.

223

62

311

232

Democrats.
Ind. Democrats.
Democrats.

Ind. Democrats.
North.

Fourth Ward.
Robert Adams 235 Thos. Harper 367 | Geo. Binder

154 George Hass 205 Francis Cooper 237 Charles Schnider 365 Tho, M, Rush

161 llenry Walton 205 South Mulberry. Jacob R. Clark 256

R. W. Pomeroy

235

PENN TOWNSHIP-INSPECTORS. Samuel Martin 264 Thomas S. Richards 233 Joseph Lake

123

No opposition.
North Mulberry.

Hugh Scott

73 Joseph Yeager 509 Henry Sailor

154 Theodore Colladay 502 Samuel Jordan 150 NORTHERN LIBERTIES-INSPECTORS. Upper Delaware.

First Ward. John Dallam

323 Charles Stout 232 Saml. Stevenson 254 Samuel Gilbert 175 David Clark

323 Samuel Cowpland 232 John M. Cannon. 242 Jesse Gilliams 166 Lower Delarvare.

Second Ward. David S. Freeland 214 John Thompson 296 Lewis Pelouze

94 James Freshmuth 182 David Boyd 214 Thomas Street 298 Conrad Hester

39 James Mitchell 181 High Street.

W. Neal

56 John Cullin * 364 William Dougherty 225

Third Ward. Saml. D. Reed 138

Wm. D. Hazlet 197 William Bruner 235 Chesnut.

Danl. Reiff

198 John M. Brown 236 Wm. H. Hamilton 144 Joel Cook

187

Fourth Ward. Alexander Henry 144 T. Cooper 187 George F. Freed

154

Jeremiah Walton 190 Walnut.

Thos. Bedford, jr. 150 Ezekiel Childs 185 Samel H. Perkins 63 Charles Wheeler

192

Fifth Ward.
Joseph Murray
Wm. L. Maddock 191 David Ginther 316 John Horn

248 Dock.

G. H. Dennenhower 317 C, J. Wolbert 247 Thomas Roney

140
George Jeffries 279

Sixth Ward.
George K. Childs 139 Robert Donnell 280 Jacob Stearly

Donelly

140 * On both tickets

Jacob Rudy
313 Weaver

139

Seventh Ward. Names of Wards. In. Dem. Dem. | Totals. John G. Kline, sr. 223 Dickson

103 John Wortstall

222
Rohrman

104 1. Upper Delaware

323 555 2. Lower Delaware

298
214 512

SOUTHWARK-INSPECTORS. 3. High Street

364 000 364 John J. Krider 1031 John L. Ferguson 719 4. Chesnut

187 144

331 Jeremiah Flickwir 1032 Cornelius Tiers 719 5. Walnut

192 63 255 John Dubois, sr. 1032 David Coombs 716 6. Dock 280 140 420 John Floyd, jr.

1030 Daniel Green 715 7. Pine

244 167 411 Israel Young, and Gowen A. Brown, Esqrs. are 8. New Market

239 248

487 elected Assessors by the democrats with corresponding 9. North Mulberry

154 508 662 majorities over their opponents, Thomas K. Teese, and 10. South Mulberry

233 264 497 Thos. Ash. 11, North

367 237 604 12. Middle 142 208 350

MOYAMENSING-INSPECTORS. 13. South 223 160 383 'Thos. Barrett

210 James Eneu 141 14. Locust 257 378 635 Isaac Shubert

199 Francis M'Bride 123 15. Cedar

153
314
467

KENSINGTON-INSPECTORS.
Totals 3565 3368 6933

West.
Jas. Wood

No oppposition
Assessors.

Jas. Rihl

146 Dock Ward-W. W. Thackara,

East. Chesnut-John Ward,

Thos. Vaughn

128 John Bakeoven 96 Walnut-N. Holland.

Wm, Graves

126 Jacob Andress Upper Delaware-E. Mustin. Lower Delaware-M. L. Gordon.

CULTURE OF SILK.-We had presented to us a few High Street-Thomas Snowden.

days since, a skein of superior sewing silk, manufactur. Cedar-Joshua Andrews.

ed by Mr. Ira Glazier, of McKean township, in this Locust-John Rutherford.

county, from cocoons of his own raising. It was equal North Mulberry-R. Savage.

in strengh and texture to any of the imported. We Middle-C. Dobbin.

are informed that this is the first experiment of the kind Pine-C. F. Hockly.

made in this county; and are happy to learn that it has New Market-B. Jones, jr.

been attended with such success, as to warrant Mr. G. South-Morrell.

in devoting increasing attention to the business. We South Mulberry-E. T. Scott.

understand that from his experiment and estimates, it High Street-Snowden.

would be the most profitable business to which a man

of a family with a very small lot of ground could turn his SPRING GARDEN-INSPECTORS.

attention. From this and the experiments that have First Ward.

been made in other places, we are satisfied, that this Lewis Lowry

248 Wm. Drum 230 country can very easily be rendered independent of Miles N. Carpenter 247 David Woelpper 231 any foreign nations, for the article of silks; and more Second Ward.

particularly sewing silk.-Erie Observer. William B. Hunt

203 Charles Harbert 99 Chris. B. Merckle 203 J. W. Wyncoop 100 BEAVER MEADOW RAIL ROAD.-It is with much pleaThird Ward.

sure that we have to announce to the public, that our Robert Strain

B. M. Hough 46 enterprising neighbors (the Beaver Meadow Company) Wm. Dougherty 108 Wm. Reed

46 have concluded to extend their rail road down the val.

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ley of the Lehigh to Allentown, so as to form a connes.I will prepare myself to make every exertion to fulfil the ion with the rail road contemplated to extend from Al. I duties of the situation to the best of my abilities. lentown to Philadelphia, via the Perkioming and Schuyl. To yourself, I feel much indebted for the very kind kill. This road will form an additional outlet for the and complimentary expressions accompanying the comimmense anthracite treasures of the Lehigh region, and munication, and as it will run parallel with the Lehigh canal for nearly I am, sir, most respectfully, 40 miles, it will afford an opportunity of fairly testing

Your obedient servant,' the comparative advantages of canals and rail roads for

Signed,

C. R. LESLIE. transportation, &c. -- Muuch Chunk Courier. READING, Pa. Sept. 28.

PENNSYLVANIA COAL TRADE. LARGE Bale. The ball for the spire of the new stee. During the year 1832, the amount of coal taken ple of the Lutheran Church of this borough completely from the mines in this state, and forwarded to market covered with gilding was seen and admired yesterday by the Lehigh, Delaware, Schuylkill, and Delaware by a number of our citizens previously to its elevation and Hudson canals, amounted to 363,850 tons, to its lofty resting place. When mounted on its spire, of this quantity, the amount brought it will seem perhaps no larger than a punch bowl though by the Schuylkil canal was

204,000 actually exceeding three feet in diameter, and capable, Lehigh and Delaware canals, from if hollowed out, of containing above a hundred gallons Mauch Chunk,

75,690 wine measure. Its workmanship does credit to the Delaware and Hudson canal, from turner and the gilder who prepared it.-Berks County Carbondale,

84,160 and Schuylkill Journal.

Total,

363,850 The following is a correct statement, of the number In 1833, amount received by the of taxable citizens in the several tou nships of Venango Schuylkill canal, from Pottsville, county, as taken from the returns of the respective as- Schuylkill Haven, and the Little sessors in April last. Since the enumeration in 1828, Schuylkill, up to September 19th, 192,315 tons. the annual increase of the taxable population in this By the Lehigh and Pennsylvania cacounty has been about 100, equal to 500 souls.

nals, from Mauch Chunk* up to the

20th instant, Borough of Franklin,

63,419 131 Plum

118

By the Delaware and Hudson canal,

from Carbondale,
Frenchcreek
213

74,730

By the Union and Schuylkill canals,
Sugarcreek

270
193

from near Harrisburg,
Scrubgrass

1,000
Irwin
153

Total,
Rockland
156

351,454 tons. Richland

142 Allegheny

199

Coal. -Amount of coal transported this season on Tionesta

138

the different rail roads in Schuylkill county, up to the Elk

111

26th of September.
Beayer
136

West Branch

60,072 Paint

Mount Carbon

57,140
Farmington

91
Mill Creek

29,736
Pinegrove
64

19,987

Schuylkill Valley
Cranberry

90
Cherrytree

Little Schuylkill 27,108 100

Mauch Chynk

8,486
Total
2352

Tons 282,529

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DEPARTMBNT OF War, April 2, 1833.

Bear. We understand that a large Bear was seen To CHanzes Leslie, Esq. London: Sir,--I do myself the pleasure to forward to you the Several persons have been in pursuit of the animal, but

between Middleport and Port Carbon,a few days since. accompanying commission, and to ask your acceptance hitherto without success. of it, not on your own account, but for the sake of the institution, where its duties are to be performed. The ligh professional character you have so justly

READING Pa. September 3, 1833. attained, has directed 'he attention of the President to Frost in August.-On Friday morning last, a pretty you, and I am sure bis choice will meet the approbation severe frost was to be seen in this quarter. its effect of his countrymen. Your successful devotion to one of upon vegetation, however, is not very perceptible. the most important of the liberal arts, while it has se. cured fame to yourself, has conferred honor upon your country. And i am happy in being able to offer to you to sixty in number, firmly united at the roots, and bear.

ContosITY.—A bunch of stalks of wheat, amounting this testimonial of tbe estimation in which you are held. ing every indication of having sprung from one grain

Very respectfully, sir,
Your obedient servant.

or kernel, was left at our office yesterday. The stalks

are said to have been nearly seven feet high, and the Signed,

LEW. CASS.

heads which grew upon them were well filled, and of a

good size. This singular production was raised on the London, May 16, 1833.

farm of Mr. Emory, in Woodcock township, Crawford To Hon. LEWIS Cass, Secretary of War, Washington.

county, Pennsylvania.-Meadville Courier. Sir,--1 had the honor to receive your letter of April 2d, accompanying an appointment to the office of *By a break in the Pennsylvania canal, near New Teacher of Drawing at the Military Academy.

Hope, the operations of this Company were retarded I beg you, sir, to offer the President my sincere two months. Had the canal been in navigable order, thanks for this mark of bis approbation and confidence; 30,000 tons of coal would have been brought down durand say for me, that I receive it as a great honor, and sing that period.

HAZARD'S

REGISTER OF PENNSYLVANIA.

DEVOTED TO THE PRESERVATION OF EVERY KIND OP USEFUL INFORMATION RESPECTING THE STATE.

EDITED BY SAMUEL HAZARD.

VOL. XII.-NO. 15. PHILADELPHIA, OCTOBER 12, 1833. NO. 302.

A DISCOURSE BY PETER S. DU PONCEAU, LL.D. thentic sources, and his authorities are regularly quot. A Disc vurse on the Early History of Pennsylvania; be. ed. It contains few errors, and those but trifling, and

ing an annual oration delivered before the American such as may be amended in a translation. This work is Philosophical Society, held at Philadelphia, for pros uninteresting details, or swelled with unnecessary notes,

not encumbered with tedious documents, crowded with moting useful knowledge; pursuant to their appoint. The author displays great discernment in his selection ment, in the Hall of the University of Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, the 6th of June, 1821–By Peter S. of facts, and impartiality in his delineation of charac. Du Ponceau, LL. D., one of the Vice Presidents of ters, and does not appear to have been swayed by any the Society.

feelings but those which become an bistorian.

Your Historical Committee were early sensible of the Mr. President- Gentlemen:

value of this book, and, at their recommendation, a Six years have elapsed since a committee was insti- learned member of this society* undertook its translatuted in the bosom of this Society, whose labours were tion, which is now ready for the press. It is to be hopprincipally directed to the object of making researches ed that it will soon be published, and that its sale will into the history and antiquities of America, but more amply reward the publisher. Its size and its merit pe particularly of our own state. This committee have not culiarly recommended it to be used as a school book been remiss in their exertions; wiih the aid of several throughout this extensive state. of their zealous and patriotic fellow citizens, (whose Still Pennsylvania wants an historian. The book I names and services have been gratefully recorded) they have just noticedt will always be valuable as an abridge have succee led in collecting ample and precious mate. ment of our history; it will also be an excellent guide to rials, which only wait for the hand of the artist to work him who will undertake to write it on a large scale, and them into shape. It was hoped that the impulse thus save him much laborious research, by pointing out the given would have been caught by some able writer, sources from whence he is to derive his information on who, availing himselt of these rich stores, would have each particular event. I do not hesitate to say that it combined the scattered facts into a faithful and elegant will shorten his labour by more than one half; for he narrative. But our expectations have hitherto been de will no where else be able to obtain the very important ceived, and Pennsylvania still wants an historian. aid which this book will afford him. It will, in a short

1 he crude and imperfect annals collected by Robert compass,give him a complete view of his whole ground, Proud, although they bear the title of "History of enable him to measure each period of time, and each Pennsylvania, are generally acknowledged to be un event in the scale of relative importance; in short, he deserving of that name. As a chronicle of the earlier will have a sketch of his work ready prepared to his times of our commonwealth, this book is valuable, as hand, with the subdivisions exhibited in their various well as for the numerous documents with which it is proportions; such, at least, as the author conceived interspersed. It comes down, as a narrative, no later them to be. Those who have ever attempted the lathan the end of governor Thomas's administration, in bour of historical composition will well understand the 1747; beyond that period we find only a few dates of value of such helps as these. some of the most remarkable events; from which we As you have shewn me so much indulgence as not to must conclude that the author became tired of his task, restrict me in the choice of the subject of this anniver. or, perhaps, that he undertook it at too advanced a sary discourse, you will not wonder that, as a member of period of his life, and was prevailed upon by his friends your Historical Committee, zealously devoted to the obto publish it in its unfinished state. For Robert Proud jects of its institution, I have chosen the topic which is is well known to have been a man of strong natural nearest to my heart. If I had bui talents equal to my powers, and not deficient in acquired knowledge; but zeal, neither my advanced age nor the weight of prothe monument which he has left behind him does not fessional avocations should stand in the way of my am. entitle him to the fame of an historian. As a man, he bition to become the historian of this great and imporwas good and benevolent; he was a lover of virtue, and tant state; but I need not regret my deficiency, while his work breathes throughout those sentiments of stern there are others so eminently qualified for the task, and morality and mild philanthropy, which characterized to whom the country looks for its execution. I shall our early settlers, and are still to be remarked in their have attained the object of my wishes if my weak efdescendants.

forts shall stimulate some one among those men of highA work of much higher pretensions, however, claims ly gifted minds to this honourable undertaking. our attention. Wh-* I said that Pennsylvania still Let it not be imagined that the annals of Pennsylva. wanted an historian, I was far from intending to depre- nia are not sufficiently interesting to call forth the taciate the labours of our former associate, professor Ebe. lents of an eloquent historian. It is true that they exhibit ling, of Hamburg, whose valuable history deserves to none of those striking events which the vulgar mass of be better known to our fellow citizens. In the small mankind consider as alone worthy of being transmitted space of one duodecimo volume, he has condensed the to posterity. No ambitious rival warriors occupy the whole history of this state from its first settlement to stage, nor are strong emotions excited by the frequent the year 1802. His narrative is well connected through out, drawn up in plain and unaffected language, and * John Eberle, M. D. of this city. without pretensions to literary ornament; yet his style f This History of Pennsylvania is the sixth volume of pleases from that very simplicity. It is close and me. a larger work of the author, entitled “Geography and thodical, and particularly distinguished by great perspi- History of America,” of which a particular account will cuity: His facts have been obtained from the most au- / be given in a note at the end of this discourse. VOL. XII.

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