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acting causes to those which tend to

while, to appearance, there is but little lower the habit and foster disease ; abatement of profligacy among the and, for the sake of the suffering portion young. Must not this be owing to some of the human race, we are tempted to defect in the mode of teaching the young exclaim with the school-boy-" Why idea how to shoot? So long as those does not Christinas come twice a year ?" who have the charge of training up chile

dren in the way they should walk conA PLAIN LETTER TO FATHERS tinue iguorant or careless in the performAND MOTIIERS.

ance of their duty, can society fail of

being burdened with a race of evil doers! Dear Friends, I hope you will not It is true, the fault may often be laid on deem a little leisure time from your ne. the untoward disposition of the young, cessary duties and avocations misspent but when the case comes to be closely in attending to hints, on a subject examined into, the teachers may, in which to you must always be interesting. many instances, seem as deserving of Were any one to put you on a plan of blame as the scholars. keeping your children in that healthy, From the mode in which the princisound state, as to require few, or none, ples our nature unfold themselves, of the physician's visits or prescriptions, ought not you, iny good friends, to lay you would not, I am sure, think the your account with opposition on the time lost in listening to him; but, on part of your children to the course of the contrary, look on yourselves as uni- Training deemed proper to pursue with der no small obligation, as saving not thein ? Solomon says truly that " fully only expense, but what may be a still is bound up in the hearts of children;" more important consideration, many nor can it be otherwise while the mere sorrows and anxieties froin dangerous animal principles continue in action. A sicknesses and sufferings of those most child may be as froward and perverse dear to you. Nor surely, my consider as a kitten, or a puppy, aud for a very ate Friends, will you deem the minds of good reason, having no more disceriiyour young ones of less consequence to ment betwixt riglit and wrong, good be attended to than their bodies; for, on and evil, than its four-legged playfelthe state of the former, still more than lows. The rational principles are not of the latter, may your comfort and liap- only long in appearing, but, unlike the piness for years depend; with their colla

animal, require care and culture for duct may be connected shame and dis- their developement; where this is wani. grace, the bringing of your grey hairs ing, they may reinain almost wholly dorwith sorrow to the grave, or that ho- mant, or in a state of ponage during nour and respect which, next to a good life; aud the attention, wholly engrossed life, will be a crown of glory in your old with sensual feelings and objects, or age.

any glimmering of reason, made subserYou, perhaps, labour hard to procure vient to the purposes of appetite and necessary sustenance for your children, passion, man may even fall below the a suitable education, and, it may be, brutes that perish. You will surely to leave them wherewithal to enter on think with me then, that the great ob. the business of life with advantages su- ject of a wise education should be the perior to those who have nothing but due exercise of the higher or rational îheir hands to look to for pushing their principles of our nature, and due subway in the world. All this may be well, jection of the inferior or animal. The but a something may yet be wanting, natural, and, for any thing that apwithout which all your cares and labours pears to us, unavoidable opposition bemay end only in vanity and vexation of tween these principles of our nature, spirit. Without due attention to the the flesh and the spirit--the first impeltraining going on in the domestic cir- ling to gratification without regard to cle, or at the horse fire side, all other cünsequences, the second having in view education may prove of little avail. duty or good upon the whole, must, llave not you, and those your children when both are in action, occasion d associate with, the mouiding, to a con- struggle, which will be more or less siderable degree, of both their tempers difficult, according to the discipline and manners in your hands? Will their and training received in early years. prattle be more the echo of your words Knowing from the constitution of their ihan their ideas of right and wrong, of nature, that your children for a time good and evil, copies of your sentiments ? must be wholly in subjection to the School education, at least as far as flesh, the mere slaves of animal feelings reading, writing, and arithmetic go, and propensities, ought it not to be your may now be considered as open to all, earnest care and endeavour to prevent




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this natural temporary subjection from

MOONLIGIIT. being converted into the bondage of spirit to flesh for ever? The command (A slight volume of “ Poems, by of the appetites and desires being the Thomas Wade," containing

Tasso only way of escaping from a slavery that and the Sisters," “ Tasso's Spirit,” would prove fatal to well being, can “ The Nuptials of Juno," " The Skeleyou be supposed to do your duty to your tons,” and “ 'The Spirits of the Ocean," children without putting them in the has just been ublished, the work, way of acquiring such an essential habit ? we are informed, of an author, who, Any material defect here, as wil be according to law, has not yet reached shown, can hardly fail to prove a power

the years of discretion. His powers, ful obstacle to accomplishing the end of however, are any thing but puerile; a wise education. OBADIAH. and his poems teem

with passages

which prove him to be a true son of GENTLEMANLY METHOD OF Apollo-We add a specimen from the GETTING THROUGH COLLEGE.

“ Spirits of the Ocean:")Mr. Editor,---As you gave in the O Heaven ! how beantcous is the glow Portfolio for January the 8th, the Var Which Morning on thy front doth throw, mint method of getting through Col

When sky, and earth, and air, and sea,

Breathe incense and divinity! lege, you will, perhaps, have no objec But far inore beautiful the int tion to insert a few lines, intended to Which miluight on thy brow doth print, shew that a Gentleman may find out

When moon and stars, divinely fair, amusements, and a few agreeable

Glitter in all their grandeur there,

And earth beneatli ibeir face lies spread, friends, and may enjoy both the one Tranquilas thou art overhead! and the other, without setting himself up, or rather down, as a regular Var.

The moon rolled on, in cloudless glory, mint ?

Peneath a wilderness of blue,

And all along the mountains hoary The GENTLEMANLY mode of proceed flung a pale gari of silv'ry lile : ing is this :

One little twinkling star, alone, Attend lectures, and attend to them,

At distance in her patli ay sbone,

And siniling worlds, sublime as higb, the advantages of so doing will soon dis

Were scattered th:ongh the azure sky: cover themselves; go to chapel as often And as the bright Queen suvept aboveas you can, your time cannot be better (The image of continual love) employed ; dine in hall always, both for

Slie seeni'd a splendid mirror, sent

To charm the stars throngh wbich it went, the regularity and economy of the thing,

Ky holding out its bosom fair, the plainer you live the clearer your For them lu see their beauty there. head for study; avoid sporting, it is bad whilst you are studying ; if you can

Natire had all her music husliid,

Save the wild ocean's coascless roar, afford to keep a horse, well and good,

Whose foaming billows eager rashid there let it end. After the studies of To hiss the pebbles on its shore, the day are over, amuse yourself with And dash'd against each lofty rock,

As though its adamant to dock, riding, walking, &c, as the season in

So calm, so beautifull, eo bright, vites, but do not gamble ; it leads to So full of sweetness was the night, ruin. Enjoy the society of your friends, One could have almost wish'duhat morn but give neither Spreads nor Gaudies,

Would uc'er again those skies ador. dissipation unfits both mind and body. Keep early hours, you will end the benefit in the consequences. Avoid slang

THE HEALTHY CONVENT. both in dress and conversation,-a fie

(From Lessing's Fables and Epi. gentleman is above it. Try hard for

grams.) every prize or honour that is to be got,

Where can a more salubrions spot be found ? nothing is to be obtained without it.

So pure the air, and so serene the skies! While you are at College adhere strictly Within these sacred walls' encircling round, to the Rules and Statutes,-you are in 'Tis truly said, no virgin ever dies ! honour bound to do so. And, by following this advice, you will be liked and favoured by the Proctors and Ileads of TO AN INCONSTANT FRIEND. the University; will be esteemed a

You think your oldest friends still girls and Gentleman by every one who knows

boys, yon; will be able to enjoy yourself And ilse then just as children do their toys; while at College, and when you leave

Now take up this--then that--then that amain,

Aud thell-- What theu ?-You put them down it, to do so with credit and honour.

again. How different the Varmint!


versal passion; it has at some period or

other of life' imparted a momentary THE PORTFOLIO. chill, impressed a torpedo touch upon

every soul. The nurse-maids' stories may be inliibited, the inquisitorial pen

may be drawn over the word ghost LONDON, FEBRUARY 5, 1825. every where except in the catechism,

but until you can deprive night of its THE CONVERZATIONE OF THE darkness, and the light of its shadows, EDITOR.-No. 4.

while the senses of our nature can be

impressed with stillness, or startled by Tue consideration of Phantasmagoric sounds, while everything around us

remains, as it ever must remain, all Exhibitions is more closely connected mystery'; while the tuman mind contithan might be supposed with a subject nues what it is, and while mau contiof the highest, and, in fact, the most

nues to be mortal, the fear of things un

known will in some form or other for fearful which can or perhaps ever has ever influence us; and if such impresengaged the human mind; I mean that sions be not examined and explained of the existence or non-existence of upon rational grounds, and in the whole

some spirit of piety and philosophy, maSPECTRAL APPEARANCES ; and in the tured into a beneficial and elevating

faith, they will, they must of necessity course, or probably in conclusion of an

degenerate into a noxious, a dangerous, interesting recital of experiments and and a degrading superstition. Fear effects, we shall naturally be led to we know is a cowardly passion, and

that fear, which arises from objects of curious and valuable relations of real invisible terror, a superstitious one. spectral appearances (if I may so term Then is superstitious fear, ignorance, them,) which, together with their ex

and credulity, grafted upon ignorance:

we find that even the child is half planations, will be found most properly ashanied to acknowledge its influence; to belong to the consideration of those he struggles with all his might, and

with his better judgment and feeling extraordinary appearances which we

lie dissolves the spell. are enabled to produce hy artificial Let me here dismiss the preamble,

and (if the reader has not already de

termined for himself) determine for The deep and unexampled interest of him, the importance of looking with a supernatural appearances, to use the

more enquiring eye than we liave been general and lackneyed phrase, is found accustomed to use, into a subject which cd on the passion of FEAN; and we may elucidate in a powerful and striking well question whether ilere be a source

manner a passion felt by most men liv. of emotion in the whole mental frame, ing, disavowed by all! which is only 80 powerful or universal as the fear potent when the mind is weak, but which arisivg from the presence or agency of ilien indeed, like incubus, sits grinning universal terror. Love, supposed to be on the bosom of its unresisting and the most general of passions, has cer powerless victim, tainly been felt in its purity by very The order of Philipsthal's exhibition few ; but who is there that has never was under the following arrangement : been assailed by FEAR ? Who is there The first was what he denominated the among us that has not involuntarily re cavern of the dead, in which the spec. membered the gossip's tale of his child

tral appearances we have already de. hood, when, in the pride and buoyancy scribed were introduced. The second of his inaturity and his healthful prime, act gave us fac-simile representations he has accidentally been surprised by of the most remarkable contrivances solitude and darkness? Who is there with which designing or mischievous that has not, on some occasions, or at men liad from time to time worked upon some eventful period, shivered under an the credulity and apprehension of ignointluence he could by no means explain rant communities, as the spectres, the

reason upon, and which he could changing pictures, &c. of the German scarcely be brought to acknowledge illuminati; the Red Woman of Ber. even to himself?

lin; the portraits of the dead of the We may without circumlocution con. famous Cagliastro, and otber similar sider fear to be a ruling and an uni- tricks. The third division was not






less amusing to the general audiences, side of his writing-table. At the same but to the philosophical who attended hour and minute (for this was studioushim, (and these were not a few,) it was ly contrived to increase the panic) the absolutely new, and extremely grati- dreaded goblin appeared at the bedfying in its simplicity and effect. This side of a peasant's wife at the moment he called his * Dance of Witches." of her accouchement, and actually The fourth was purely mechanical, and frighted her to death. Its visits were consisted of automatic dancing and always nocturnal; it never exbibited tumbling figures, which I shall not in any diversity of countenance; its comthis place attempt to describe. Of the pl: xion was, as its appellation explainrest I shall speak in order. The first ed, Red ; its action was of courteous division is already described. The character, but of extreme rapidity in next begins with the most audacious its movements and evolutions ; its apand remarkable imposture ofits day, and pearances and vanishings instantaneat the saine time of more disastrous ous as the lightning; the astonished consequences.

and terrified beholder had not a moment allowed for escape if in fear, or for pur

suit, if disposed to a determined line of With this artificial and terrific spec. conduct. The Red Woman was, to all tre, a political agent of the notorious the intents and purposes of the inventor, Count Cagliostro contrived to keep the of supernatural power, and all check city of Berlin in a state of ferment and to its dominion seemed beyond the alarm during a whole year. It was seen means of human exertion. The vision in the churches, in the military quar- ceased at length without detection ; but ters, in the precincts of the palace, the its general arrangements and devices public cemetries, and the frequented for concealment were developed by its not less than the unfrequented quarters secret agents from time to time, as the of the city. It was seen by different consequences of discovery grew less and persons at points and in places, widely less important. separated, at the same time! It baffled The subjoined Engraving shews the the vigilance of the police, the coura actual construction of the model exhigeous rush of the soldier was ineffec- bited by De Philipsthal, and which is tual in its pursuit, the speculations of certainly calculated with skilful inathe learned were foiled in the endeavour nagement, and a well-organized conto unriddle its mystery. It spared in federation, to effect all we are told of its visits neither age, sex, or circum- the original. My next paper shall destances. The rich man found no pro. scribe its detail and management, with tection from its alarming visits in his an improved machine of little bulk and wealth and power; the poor no redemp- expence, of singular portability, and tion in his poverty and wretchedness; possessing the valuable property of inthe King himself found it at m dnight stantaneously changing ihe spectre glaring in his face from the opposite at pleasure.

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CHRONOLOGY FOR THE YEAR of 90 tons weight, might be rocked to 1824.

and fro by a single arm.

19. Death of Lord Byron, at MissoAPRIL.

longhi, after an illness of ten days. The 3. A pedestrian, named Ford, accom- Greeks, in consequence, cease from their plished his task of walking, for 200 so Easter Festivities, vereigns, 445 miles in seven days.

22, Sea gulls observed Aying about 4. The will of the late Luke White, the river, as high up as Westminster Esq. proved in Doctors' Commons. He and Vauxhall Bridges. bequeathed the whole of his


Spring and Cribb return to town amounting to 30,0001, a year, real es from a visit to Manchester, Leeds, &c., tate, and 100,0001. in money and secu where they had been received with the rities, after 200,0001. spent in elections, greatest enthusiasm, and loaded with to his widow and children. His eldest money, presents, &c. son having offended him, lie cut him off 25. An English brig arrives at Zante with 50001. a year. He himself, in his with specie to the value of 200,000 dol. early life, obtained a living by hawking lars, for the service of the Greeks. books about tlie streets.

26. The accounts received from Spain 5. The Emperor of Russia decrees give a distressing picture of the state of that no foreign writer can dedicate a that country. The soldiers of the Faith book to him without having obtained take to robbing the churches. permission from the Russian Ambassa 30. Mr. Litiledale appointed one of dor, in the country where the author the Judges of the Court of King's resides. This decree is stated to be Bench. caused by the inconceivable audacity of Intelligence received of the death an Englishman, who had dedicated a of Belzoni, the traveller, on the 31 of book to his Majesty written against the December, 1823, at Gato, in Africa, on Government and the whole Russian his way to discover the source of the nation,

Niger, and the far-famed city of Tom7. At the Assizes for the Isle of Ely, buctoo, as yet visited by no European. the chaplain preaches before the new Attempt at a revolution in PortuChief Justice, from the following text: gal by the Priuce and Queen. The King -"Thou art weighed in the balauce, shut up in his own Palace, and his Miand found wanting !"

nisters sent to prison, by order of Don 9. 500,0001. granted for building Miguel and the Queen. Churches and Chapels.

Imprisonment for debt abolished SKETCHES OF MANNERS, in the United States of America.

The Turkish Government address a note to Lord Strangford, complaining

Lord Monboddo was in the right. of English subjects being allowed to

There is no question that man, in his assist the Greeks, and demanding that pristine and perfect state, bad his hinder no future supplies of ammunition or parts adorned with as vigorous and premoney be allowed to be sent from Eng. hensile a termination as any sapajou of land to Greece,

the forest, and that the truncation of 10. Earthquake at Kingston, in Ja- the os coccygis was the first and fuilest maica.

infliction upon the sinving sons men. 13. Mr. Justice Best appointed Lord

It is evident, as well from the memoChief Justice of the Court of Common rials of antiquity as from the bent and Pleas.

tendency of human nature, that this is The French Ministers engaged in the true state of the case ; for, wherever an unpopular project, the reduction of man-ay, or woman either-seeks for the Rentes. In order to divert the pub- distiuction, the chief means of obtainlic attention they throw oil of vitriol ing it is by the hoisting and brandishing upon a Rubens of small value, and pre- of a tail, appended to that part of the tend that it was done by some unknown body in which their merits are supposed person, in pursuance of a letter he had more immediately or eminently to lie, written to the Directors of the Museum, Your man of honor never considers him. threatening, unless he should be paid self as fully dressed for the society of 20,000 francs, to destroy all the pic. ladies, unless the skirts of his coat be tures.

fashioned as nearly like a tail as possi15. Part of the crew of a Government ble, and bung at the_metropolis or cutter, stationed on the Cornish cvast, capital of his honor. The robe which succeeded in removing from its situa- distinguishes the emperor and the emtion the Logan rock, which, although press from their court menjals is neither


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