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ly pastor of the First INDEPENDENT TUDOR-A New England man: Church, at Baltimore, (a taking title Author of Letters on the EASTERN for UNITARIANISM): Author of a States (the land of the Yankees) large volume 8voupon the doctrine, and of a book recently brought forth ordinances, &c. of the Episcopal -called the LIFE OF JAMES OTIS. CHURCH-a powerful, clear, cool, im- We have read neither of these works: pudent book: a very able theologian- we have only seen a few extracts. a good scholar-and a strong, plain They, however, gave us a high opinion writer, with a disposition to be a fine of the author. Oris was a man, whose writer, which plays the devil with him, biography would be interesting here: occasionally. He was also editor of He
was a very able, devout republithe UNITARIAN MISCELLANY-. e. can; a chief mover in the “ rebellion" the author and is yet a large contriof the Colonies. butor. The U. M. is a clever thing TUCKER-JUDGE.-A Virginian: a done up in good style-sent all over profound lawyer. His BLACKSTONEthe country—and 'sold for a song that is, our Blackstone, with CHRISMr 6. was chaplain to Congress for a TIAN's notes-republished by him, time (See Dec. 1824, p. 426); but, with comparative notes, which amount, much to the credit of his good sense, in truth, to a steady, lawyer-like paafter two or three years of trial, has rallel, between the laws of England: given up the pulpit-a place, for which and the laws of America—is a work he was not well qualified, (as a speaker, of great value. we should say,) and has betaken him TRUMBULL-Author of a HISTORY self to writing ; a business for which of the UNITED STATES: a solid, faithhe is qualified-save when he forgets ful, tedious book. (See HISTORY, himself--and presumes to be rhetori. Vol. XVI. p. 57.) cal, warm, or generous.
TRUMBULL-Author of The Fin. SPRAGUE-CHARLES. A young man GAL; a Hudibrastic poem of great of Boston, Massachusettsma mer- merit-for doggrel-rich, bold, and chant's clerk, we believe, who obtain- happy. ed prize after prize, among the poets VERPLANK-A sound, beautiful of his country, for his Address on the writer. We know but little of him, or opening of sundry theatres. There is his writings, which are only a few panot much poetry in these papers, thus pers: one of the SALAMAGUNDI people, written; but after all-they are we are told : A DISCOURSE of his, beabout as good, and about as poetical, fore the New York Historical Society, as the best of ours, by Johnson, Pope, about 1818—is a fair specimen of his Garrick, Byron, etc.
STITH. We have confounded se WALTER-WM. B.-A young man, veral persons, (each of whom has of Boston, Massachusetts ; educated written a HistorY OF VIRGINIA,) at Harvard University, for the busiwith one another, in our recollection. ness of preaching Unitarianism : But,
- That, by Stith, however, if we do having anticipated his time ; preached not mistake, is a very good account of before he had got a "licence”-gone the state. Smith is not an American about, rather too freely, giving unto writer-if he were, we should like to others, what had been rather too freely spend a little time upon his heroick given unto him ;-having, to say the achievement, from the time of his ad- truth, done some very foolish, incoventures among the Moors, until he herent, brilliant, queer things (for a went, in the same spirit of chivalry, preacher) in the way of poetry, lecamong the North American savages. tures, &c. &c.—he was never able to
STEWART-Professor : An able obtain a preaching “ licence.”-He writer on theology: the champion of wrote Sukey (an imitation of Don ANDOVER, a place where Calvinistic Juan)- with a few other Poems, pubtheology is taught~(the College of the lished afterwards. They are a comPRESBYTERIANS): The Catholics, pound of strange, beautiful poetry ; by the way, have their Colleges in audacious plagiarism ; and absolute, MARYLAND: The EPISCOPALIANS vulgar nonsense. Logan, therefore, theirs at PRINCETON, New Jersey: was laid at his door. But Neal, who, the UNITARIANS theirs at Harvard undoubtedly knows the truth, declares University--Cambridge-MASSACHU- that Walter is entirely innocent of Lo
gan : that he never saw a line of that;
or of the other crazy books, that fol- whole, taken together, is a bad, mislowed by the same author, while they chievous, provoking, unavailable piece were in MS.
of work. It might have been made, WARREN—MABY. Wrote a very with half the talent of Mr Walsh, a agreeable HISTORY of the American popular, and useful book. It might Revolutionary War. She was the wi- have done much, to allay the prejudow, if we do not mistake, of Gen. dices of our countrymen ; the foolish Warren, who fell at Bunker's Hill. apprehension—the blind, absurd, perHer means of information were excel- petual deference of his.-- Nobody reads lent-berpowers respectable-her can it, now: nobody ever will read it, heré. dour exemplary.
Mr Walsh is a man of highly reWEBSTER-Noah: a very learned spectable talent; a pretty good schoman-whose Dictionary of the Ameri- lar; and a well-trained, serious, heavy can Language, we take to be one of writer. But he has no strong originathe most curious things in the history lity--none at all. His writings are of literature: He is making another, like those of any other plain, sensible now, which we are told is to supersede man, who knows how to express himour DR JOHNson.
self clearly: that is, when, like Mr WEBSTER-DANIEL. A lawyer of Sparks, he is content with doing what Boston-a man of great powers: a is possible for him to do.--He has been good scholar : and a senator in Con rash enough to venture into the hot, gress. His ADDRESS, delivered on the glorious atmosphere of Burke once or « return" of the two hundredth year, twice; to imitate him with a show since the New England Fathers land- of eloquent, bold indignation, excesed at Plymouth, is no great affair, sively ridiculous in Mr W.; to steal though it is looked upon as miracu some of his ideas, which he could no lous. He has written inuch better for more handle or hide in his own work the North American Review.
than he could so many red-hot thunWalsh, ROBERT, Jr.-AUTHOR of derbolts, in a snow bank. a small book on the aspect of AFFAIRS His NATIONAL GAZETTE is one of IN FRANCE, which was handsomely the very best papers, that we know of. puffed in the Edinburgh-(quite e WATERHOUSE, DR. A medical wrinough that, we suppose, to show its ter of great notoriety, in Boston, Mass: value :) EDITOR of a quarterly jour a good man--a very useful onema nal, in America, for which he has fifty pretty good writer-nevertheless. times more credit than he deserved: WATKINS, Dr Tobias. A man of Of the AMERICAN Register, (if we good, sober talent: a fine reasoner-a do not mistake the name,) a large classical writer : Editor of the Porti. compilation, with some original mat co—a so-so sort of a journal, taken alter of his, under the head of “ ELE together ; but, for a wonder, in AmeGant LITERATURE:” Of the AP- rica, entirely original : the reputed PEAL, from the judgments of those Editor of the National JOURNAL, (among others) who had been puffing (Washington, district of Columbia) him here :- And of the NATIONAL a weekly,
or semi-weekly paper, which Gazette, Philadelphia.
is authority, in political, and literary The first BOOK is well written- matters.- Watkins brought Neal out. with a little over-doing: the Jour WEAMS, DR :-a D. D. perlaps : NAL was clever, solid, and useless : Rector of Mount Vernon--the seat The review of the FEDERALIST in it of George Washington, whom he knew is quite ridiculous, though it is talked from his boyhood: author of A WASAabout, as a commentary thereon. The Ington's LiFe-not one word of which REGISTER was badly contrived: So we believe. It is full of ridiculous exwas the APPEAI, which, by the way, aggeration. “clumsy" as it was, must not be look Wilson-JUDGE-Author of some ed upon, as the work of “ Robert Lectures on the Law, which are beauWalsh, JUNIOR, ESQUIRE;" but, in tifully written : the Editor, we betruth, as the work of a great multi- lieve, (but we may be mistaken,) of tude, who had been diligently employ- the AMERICAN edition of Bacon's ed, for a long time before, in collecting ABRIDGEMENT, which contains all the - material - which, whatever else we American authorities : a work of inesmay say of it, is authentic. The timable value, in America. He was a Vol. XVII.
judge of Pennsylvania : or presia TESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH ; a dent" rather of some court.
controversial work of no great merit : Wilson.—The ORNITHOLOGY of One of the best men that ever breathed. this naturalist, we look upon as quite a magnificent affair for America. The Enough. Our undertaking is now plates are good : colouring fine : typo over ; our labour done ; our end, for graphy capital : editorial matter ex a time, accomplished. Now, therecellent.
fore, are we willing to put our whole WILKINSON - GENERAL JAMES— character ; our character, not only for An officer of the American revolution- plain dealing ; but for truth and soary war: (See Irving, KNICKER berness; wisdom and humanity, upon BOCKER, p. 62,) a general in the last : the issue. We knew well what we His Liff, by himself, in three or four were about. We had no common purarge American 8vos ; equal to as pose to serve ; no idle, sneaking, dasmany English 4tos, will be valuable, tardly spirit of any kind either of though it is not now.-It is well writ- hatred, envy, or uncharitableness : no ten : crowded with historical facts, of unworthy motive; no mischievous inwhich he was an eye-witness : with clination to gratify:-We had only good military and political criticisms that within us, which will do the great for which he will have credit here cause of English literature that liteafter. His open attack, upon some rature, which is put forth in the Engother American generals ; Mr Presi, lish language, we should say, on both dent Madison ; Johm Randolph, and sides of the water-more good, fifty some others, will be pleasant reading, 'times over, than gentleness, or dainti. some half a century from this time. ness :—we had only a feeling of stern
WILLIAMS.-- The HISTORY OF impartiality in the matter ; a bold and Vermont, by this Mr W., is a good, courageous determination-we believe substantial book. The information is a wise one—to say whatever inight be particular, without being tiresome ; of use; and, whatever we said at all, the style quite good enough, we think, to say truly, come what would of it. for the subject.
This we have done. Many mistakes; Wirt-Attorney-General of the a few omissions, a very few, may lie : United States : a Marylander. The at our door, perhaps ; but noting works of this man are, The British worse; not a single word of wilful Spy-a beautiful duodecimo, with misrepresentation. We have been dosome fine writing in it: The OLD ing that which was never attempted BACHELOR-a parcel of Essays, not before—we have been giving a critical worth reading: and Life of Patrick history of the literature of a whole peoHENRY, (one of the most extraor- ple, without having a book to refer to, dinary men that ever lived :) a piece (except in two or three cases lately,) of extravagant eulogy, wherein the-without having a note, or a memobiographer has overlooked everything randum of any sort-altogether from but himself, in his passion for rheto- recollection. There must be some errical ornament.-Mr Wirt is, never rors, therefore ; it cannot be otherwise. theless, a good, and beautiful writer; We undertook this; we have done but he has never yet written a book it. Our work is complete. The advenworthy of himself.
See vol. XVI. p. ture was a serious one; worthy of any 644.
man's power; no lazy pastime, for a WOODWORTH-a poet--a novelist warm, summer af:ernoon. It has been -a critic-an editor. We knov: little seriously done-however it may apor nothing of him, in either capacity. pear :-conscientiously done.- WhatA few of his little songs are tolerable ; ever may now be thought of our dishis novel, the CHAMPIONS OF FREE- position or purpose-abroad, or at DOM, is intolerable ; his talent, as a home-in Great Britain ; or in Amecritic, and editor, somewhere between rica,--we dare to say that our motive the two-neither tolerable, nor intole is honourable, fair, and open ; that erable.
our good wishes toward America-and Wyatt-Rev. Mr, pastor of an so it will prove—are sincere: that our “ Episcopalian church” at Baltimore; feeling of brotherhood for the people author of a book upon the Rites, of America ; and for those, in particuUsages, and Authorities of the Proa lar, who are addicted, after any fa
shion, to literature, is hearty : and years :-we would promote, by our what is more that our very language, steadiness ; our honesty; our imparinconsiderate, or intemperate-or un- tiality, a good understanding between, worthy-as it may seem ; bitter and perhaps, twenty-five millions of hucruel, as it may below as it undoubt- man creatures-children of the same edly is, now and then, is nevertheless fathers-members of the same family the language of truth; and always --who, in the division of their inhethat which it deserved.
ritance, have been scattered all over It is never the language of habit— the world : we would set a fashion be mere habit; nor of levity, however it tween the literary men of Great Brimay appear. We never use words of tain, and those of America—(knowing course, are never taken by surprise (in well, that it is they, who set what fas these matters)—wherefore, we do hope shion they please, in the two countries) to have the credit of choosing our words the fashion of plain dealing-cordial with a full knowledge of their power, -manly—and worth attending toin every case. Is our language low? sparing nobody-neither ourselves, nor
- we stoop, only that we may heave our brethren, if they come in the way the greater loadi: we draw back, only of our enterprize. that we may run forward, with more
To do all this effectually, in a way power. We bend lower than other that would be permanently useful people, only that we may spring high- conclusive--and, as we hope, leave noer-go nearer to the earth, sometimes, thing for future explanation, we have only that we may bound further from undertaken, among other serious mat
ters, to do that for our brethren, over We have continued, as we began, the seas, which no journal of their using low words, unless they were own, will, or can do for them with wholly beneath us, whenever the sub- anything like the same beneficial ef. ject required it; whenever they were fect ;-we have undertaken, while furmore suitable, expressive or vigorous, nishing our countrymen, with amusethan high words : whenever-for that ment, we hope ; with solid informais the only criterion of propriety in lan- tion, which they may depend uponguage, after all-whenever they were which they could not get in any other the natural, instantaneous coinage of way, and which will be more valuable our thought—whenever they were the twenty years hence, than it is now, we mother-tongue, as it were, of our ideas. are certain ; while doing this, we have -We never much liked raising our undertaken to show the people of Amevoice; or talking beautifully-any- rica what has already been accomplishwhereat any time.-We had always ed among themselves, by themselves, rather lower it, even for emphasis. and what may yet be accomplished, if We had rather be understood-felt they will go about it worthily, among remembered, for a little time, with themselves for the world of literature. censure; than be praised-read-and We do not say this, lightly--arroforgotten, as people of high breeding gantly-or without caring what we say. or soft, pretty words, generally are, be- It is true — perfectly true — and we fore the sun had gone down.
Of all know it. Our journals here, have done emasculation, that of a man's thought the literary people of America, nothing --his own language--his own off- but mischief. Their own have done spring, for fashion-sake-is most abo- them little or no good. We, ourselves, minable. We would have our children in our sınall way, severely as we have go unnutilated ; and we, ourselves, spoken throughout, of their faults, would rather talk English, than sing have positively done more for their Italian.
encouragement, fifty times over, than Our object, after all, was nothing all their own journals together; and but what is now obvious to everybody all of ours-except our own. We would bring about, so far as in us The Quarterly; the Edinburgh,lies; by every means in our power, nay, even the Westminster, which - without flattery or falsehood, a speedy would be, if it were not for great zeal, reconciliation between two great em without knowledge, the friend of all pires—the people of which have been their other institutions, on “ t'other foolishly, wickedly warring together, side,"-good or bad—have so aboundopenly or otherwise, for nearly fifty ed in error-blundering self-contra
diction-or absurd, miserable, self- ture, their own countrymen should destroying falsehood-one way or the pull them over the coals. They dare other, about America-now for-now not play the devil with anything-as against her ;-one day, with a ponde- we do-however willing, or able they rous gravity; another, perhaps, like a may bemor however fine the oppor fellow, who goes about breaking heads, tunity—They are quarterly' people, or spitting in people's faces, for the fun forsooth; and, whatever may be their o' the thing—that now, they are never duty-whatever may be the temptataken up, in America, but for the pur- tion—they must keep up what such pose of proving from their pages, that, cattle are pleused—we dare say-to while they are all quarrelling with call their- dignity. one another, they all agree in abusing We pity them for it.-We-thanks America.
be to Him, that made us and fill. They-our brethren over the At- ed us, we hope, with blood of anolantick— bave journals of their own, ther temperature-we have no such courageous enough : with temper and bugbear in our way.- Dignity !-A ability enough, to do that work, which curse on such a word, where it interwe have now done for them. The feres with justice ! It is—though but NORTH AMERICAN REview-80 call- a word-a place of refuge—one of the ed, we hardly know why—is anything old sanctuaries, to which the manbut a review of North American Liter- slayer might fly, with his plunder ature. It is made up chiefly of prize about him.-We would abolish them, essays upon the learning or policy of utterly.--We give no quarter-we Europe--under the name, perhaps, of take none.-Our periodical attacks, reviews upon some foreign books.- whatever else they may be thank And why? Because, if they handle Heaven-are not like theirs--the peothe same questions there, in that Re- ple of dignity. They would sooner let view, which are handled here, by our a great criminal escape, than give reviews, they will be better under- judgment upon him—without a wig stood, here—and obtain a reputation -a gown-or a long quarterly speech. sooner here, than if they confine them- But we-if need be like Haaroun selves to American affairs; of which, Alraschid himself, will see the bastiby the way, our chief men, here, in the nado given, before we leave the spot, literary world, know just nothing at in our knightly perambulations: tuck all.—'Í'he reputation of every Ameri- up our gowns: away with our wigs, can journal, in America, depends chief- into the kennel: do execution upon ly, upon its reputation here.
him, with our own hands-or cut him Not one book, perhaps, out of every up, for all eternity--if the ends of two hundred, actually written by na- justice require it. tive Americans, at home, is ever men In short-We can get along without tioned at all, in the North American stilts or trumpets; aye, and in our geReview: not more than a tenth partneration, of a single month, drive of the whole in the quarterly list of more vagabonds, more fools, more new publications: nor one author, out banditti from the Temple of Literaof every dozen or twenty, who really ture, than all the quarterly people, deserve it. Besides, when they do un- together, for a twelvemonth: put more dertake an American writer, it is in bold, impudent ruffians to open shame, such a pitiful way—to be sure. They while they are chousing the public go shuffling and wriggling about him the pilgrim-or wayfaring manlike young puppies about a strange twenty times over, than all of those animal-undetermined whether to dignified, awful personages-whoyelp or fawn-run away--or bite. if they use their pocket-handkerchief,
They dare not praise heartily, lest give due notice thereof; and blow their we should laugh at them: They dare noses.
X, Y.Z. not condemn heartily, lest, peradven
P.S. We hear of a pleasant “awakening” over the other side" among the Yankee people. They have just given Washington ALSTON (see 1824, Aug. p.133: Nov.p.560) 10,000 dollars (L.3000) for his BELSHAZZAR'S FEAST -a price unheard of in America. We take some credit for this affair to our