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SELECT REVIEW. Synopsis of Naval Actions, 289 Forster's Researches about Atmos. Cursory Examination of do. 294
368 Paper War between American and British Sailors,
309 Romaic Lore Song, translated by Nathan Whiting's pleasant Song, 311 Lord Byron,
371 A Yankey song for the amusement On the death of Hofer, the Tyroof British Seamen, 314 lese leader,
372 Carpe Diem-Seize the Dey, 316 Domestic Literature and SciORIGINAL
373-375 On the Depopulation of the Ameri. Foreign Literature and Science, 375-376 can Indians,
318 Monthly List of New Publica.
NAVAL CHRONICLE. Synopsis of Naval Actions, con- Hobhouse's Journey through Altinued, 377 bania,
435 Remarks on ditio, continued, 981
MISCELLANEOUS SELECTIONS. British Naval Peace establish. On David's Pictures of Buonaparte 452 ment,
394 Satan's mode of Swindling, 453 Naval Occurrences, &c.
397 Danger of Learning Greek and HeThe Tars of Columbia, a poem, 399 brew,
Extraordinary instance of succour On the Philosophy of the Iluman
401 Review of Latour's Isistorical Mle. From Lord Byron's Seige of Comoir of the War in Louisiana, 414 rinth,
455 Criticism on a passage of Paradise The Troubadour,
457 Lost, 420 3 Cupid's choice,
458 Strictures on the Biography of Mr. $ Domestic Literature and Science, 459 Bayard, 422, Foreign Literature and Science,
463 Plato on tyranny,
425 3 Monthly List of New Publications, 461 NO. 42, JUNE.
NAVAL CIIROXICLE. Page, Biographical Notice of the two last Synopsis of Naval Actions, con
dukes of Brunswick, ... 531 tinued,
405 Translation of a Greek inscription 533 Remarks on ditto continued, 470 5 An order of the Society of Artists Letter on the action between the
of Bacchus, &c. Wasp and the Frolic,
481 Correspondence of Franco Sacchetti, ib. Official Letters relative to the above Account of Pope Joan,
539 action, 193 3 A Dashing Advertisement,
540 Description of Minorca, .
495 Character of the Morean Greeks, 5:11 Monument of captain Lawrence, 498 ORIGINAL
A Health to my Native Land, &c. 5į i Sketch of the Character of Judge Song, Things Common are not Parsons, 499 Sought,
51 SELECT REVIEWS. Inspiration,
ib. The Colonial policy of Great Bri. The Bachelor,
ib. tain, &c.
508 Domestic Literature and Science, 5-47 The Siege of Corinth, and Parisina, 521) Foreign Literature and Science
5 is MISCELLANEOUS SELECTIONS. Monthly List of New Publications, Biographical Notice of Marshal Ney,
For Indix see end of the volume.
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CAPTAIN LEWIS WARRINGTON. Lewis Warrington is a native of Virginia, which has been Huitful in distinguished men; and was partly educated at Williamsburg college, a seminary once famous as the residence of learning and science. The revolution, though in
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general, favoura lde to the institutions of learning in this country, from various causes, proved highly injurious to this anciert:ėjtáblishment, which gradually fell into decay. Its antique cloisters, and gothic ailes were deserted for more fashionable establishments, and Virginia, instead of educating her youth at home, was indebted for their acquirements, their manners, and their morality, to the seminaries of other states. Anxious for the honour of the native state of Washington, we would hail with pleasure every measure that promised to restore the once celebrated college of Williamsburg to its former usefulness, and would be gratified to see it placed on a footing with the power, the resources, and the reputation of Virginia.
At the age of about fifteen, young Warrington being appointed a midshipman in the United States' navy, joined. the frigate Chesapeake then lying at Norfolk, in February 1800.
In this ship he cruised on the West India station till May 1901, when she returned to the United States, and then went on board the frigate President under commodore Dale. This ship soon after sailed for the Mediterranean, where she remained until 1802 blockading Tripoli. The President, in May, 1802, returned to the United States, and Mr. Warrington then joined the frigate New York, in which ship he once more sailed for the Mediterranean, and returned in June 1803 to this country in the Chesapeake frigate. On his return, he was immediately ordered to the Vixen, then commanded by captain Smith, late of the Franklin seventy-four, who died lately in Philadelphia. In this vessel young Warrington again sailed for the Mediterranean in August 1803, and remained in her during the attacks on the gun-boats and batteries of Tripoli, in which the Vixen always took a part. In the month of November 1804 he was made acting lieutenant, and in July the next year went on board the brig Siren as junior lieutenant. In March 1806, he joined the Enterprise, as first lieutenant, and in July 1807 returned to the United States, after an absence of four years.
The gun-boat system was not then quite out of fashion, and on lieutenant Warrington's return to the United States, he was ordered to the command of a gun-boat on the Norfolk station, where commodore Decatur commanded at that time. It is difficult to conceive a situation more calculated to de. press the spirits and mortify the pride of young officers, than the command of such a vessel as this. Independently of its precluding them from all opportunities of acquiring distinction or experience in their profession, it subjected them to all the hazards of idleness, placed them where they could never be out of the reach of actual contamination from those habits and manners, which, though custom has made us tolerate them in common sailors, destroy the reputation of officers and cover them with indelible disgrace. The pride of rank and command, the estimation of society, and all the strong supports of youthful character were taken away from the aspiring warrior, by thus placing him in a situation, where he was perpetually exposed to the ridicule of his countrymen, the contagion of gross manners, and forever placed beyond the hope of acquiring honourable distinction. It is well known to the senior officers of the service, that many fine youths lost themselves, irretrievably, and sunk under the disadvantages of their situation; and that so many of them should have surmounted it, is one among the many things they have done to entitle them to the applause of their country.
Perhaps these sentiments may be ascribed to party feelings, by those who cannot form even the abstract conception of a writer actuated on any occasion by a better motive. We have lately been accused on the one hand of displaying a hostile spirit towards England, and on the other, charged with a want of American feeling, in some of the preceding articles of the Naval Chronicle. We should be greatly surprised at the latter assertion, did it not come from a man, who having lately been relieved by the people of his native state, from the burthen of public duties, is now left to devour his own
heart in solitude and contempt, without any other solace than the miserable consolation of venting his spleen against one who, even in the zenith of his power, discovered, and proclaimed his imbecility. Be this as it may, we shall continue to express our opinions freely, because we give them with a full conviction of their truth; and boldly, because we have not the remotest fear, that we shall ever be capable of expressing a sentiment unworthy of Americans.
Lieutenant Warrington continued in the command of a gun-boat, until February 1809, when he was again ordered to the Siren as first lieutenant. On the return of this vessel from Europe, whither she went with despatches, be was ordered to the Essex, as her first lieutenant, in September the same year. In this ship he cruised on the American coast, and again carried out despatches for government, returning in August 1812. He was then ordered to the frigate Congress, as her first lieutenant, and sailed in her on the declaration of war, in company with the squadron under commodore Rodgers, intended to intercept the British West India fleet. The escape of this fleet was peculiarly fortunate to Great Britain, as commodore Rodgers passed and repassed them with his squadron repeatedly; but for thirteen or fourteen days, with very little intermission, the fog was so thick that his vessels could not distinguish each other at the distance of a quarter of a mile. Lieutenant Warrington continued in the Congress till March, 1813, when he became first of the frigate United States, where he remained till his promotion to the rank of master commandant, soon after which he took the command of the Peacock sloop of war.
Hitherto we have done little more than specify the gradual steps by which captain Warrington rose to a situation in which he soon drew the attention and merited the gratitude of his country, by an action which placed him in the rank of her favourite heroes. It will be observed that his promotion took place slowly and at regular intervals, step by step, as his experience increased, and his qualities gradually developed them