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perity wes dangerous, how animated must that part of Connecticut through it now become, when they have no other which it rolls, will be gratified to way left of destroying us, no other market wherein to vend their goods ; when see the boats, which come from they are willing to incur such loss for the the North to Hartford, and the purpose of stifling in the cradle that re.
towns below it, filled with wagsource of which they can see the advantage to us, though we ourselves be blind to it. gons, ploughs, hogsheads, barrels, And we have too many proofs that neither and various other articles of " dopeople nor government think it below mestic manufacture,” and unloadtheir dignity, nor above their ability to do by us as by every other nation whose ing them into vessels bound to industry stands in the way of their mono- the South. If well manufactured, poly, by sea or land. Will a nation,
then, which spends mil- they find a ready market, and af? tions to destroy the manufactures of other ford an immense profit upon stock nations, and ind markets for her own, and labour. hesitate to expend a few millions to crush The "travelling merchant" is the manufactures of one whom she honours with the name of rival ? Her restraints loading his waggons with woolen on our growing prosperity and national in- and cotton cloths, tin-ware &c. for dustry, and on the migration of arts and the South and West and the artisans to our shores, led to resistance; destrian pedlar, balancing his bo
pethat resistance to independence ; and that independence to our present greatness. dy by two trunks, loaded with The second war she waged against us gare combs, thread, and buttons, is carus manufactures ; against these she is now waging the third war, and if she can suc
rying to every door the product ceed in this third war, she calculates right- of the industry and ingenuity of ly upon our ruin and subjection.
our own citizens.
Connecticut (To be continued.)
really bids fair to become the
great work-shop of our Republic, DOMESTIC MANUFACTURES.
as Birmingham and Manchester An observing traveller upon are the toy-shops of the Britthat part of Connecticut river ish Empire.
Ed, which washes, flows, and fertilizes
April, 1819....... Paper III. " The man who is doomed to write for the press, at prescribed periods, often brings to the
task a recollection confusedma mind dejected, and a body debilitated." THE motto I have chosen for whose wonderful productions, my third "Paper," with a trifling have raised, to an exalted height, variation, is the language of an the literary reputation of his own author whose gigantic genius-country, and which have excited Vol. I.
the admiration of readers of al. Besides; the labour of the mind most every class in our own. is far more fatiguing than that of
Its force can hardly be realized the body, especially if it be incesby the man of active business, and sant. The agriculturalist--the diversified life. The merchant manufacturer, and the mechanic, may dash off half a dozen“Jetters closes his business with the setof advice,” in mercantile style, to ting sun, and enjoys uninterrupthis correspondents or agents, and ed repose until his rising beains they are no sooner read, than con- call them again to labour. But cealed in “ appropriate files.”— to the labour of the periodical wriThe lawyerdraws his declarations, ter there is no period; i. e, no end. from prescribed forms; and after Amongst the many wise say. passing through two or three bands, ings of Solomon, he never uttered they are deposited upon shelves, a wiser one, than when he declaalready bending under the pon. red that “ Nuch study is a weariderous load of similar productions. ness to the flesh.” It is very cerThe physician rapidly writes his tain that he did not publish his prescriptions, and they are imme. Proverbs periodically ; for had he diately cast away amongst the rub- done so, he would have found, in bish of the drug-shop. And even the harmonious and figurative the divine, who writes upon sub- language of the East, a much jects of all others, the most import- more pathetic exclamation. ant, composes his discourses in his The 5 Social Címpanion” be. study-delivers them to his con- ing charmed with sociability, and gregation, and then lays them in the exhilarating pleasures of sohis Bureau. Correspondence, ciety, Inay forget the day, or the of almost every kind, is carried week when the “ Rural Maga. on privately, and the subjects and zine” is to be published. The the manner of treating them, nev- Printer calls upon the Publisher er divulged.
for matter--the Publisher calls In all these instances, the wri- upon the Editor-and the Editer escapes the censorious re-tor, with an air of impatience, calls inarks of the critic—the sneers of upon me. Amidst this din of calls, the pedant-the good-natured or I had really rather be called late ill-natured railery of general rea- to dinner” than not to answer it ders, and the profound opinions with something. But the chill of of those who do not read at all. winter often freezes the mind, as Far otherwise is the case with well as the body; and the luke. periodical writers, and with the warm heat of spring thaws the in. editors of periodical publications— tellect so slowly, that it is a long whether daily, weekly, or monthly. time before it will sprout. They, like the rest of mankind, After having pondered thus have the duties of life to perform, long upon the pains of periodical and the civilities of life to reci-authorship, I began to walk about procate-are equally liable to its my room. I again determined disappointments, its pains, and its « To write and flounder on, in mere de calamnities.
knowing that an observation, not they know it can never be main. altogether destitute of meaning, tained but by regular subormay sometimes be cudgelled even dination. Cautious into whose out of hard bound brains.” But hands they entrust power, they I soon found it was totally impos- cheerfully submit to its proper sible to make instrument exercise. Happy people,” ex“ discourse' elegant music," that claimed he,“ may the unparallelcould sound nothing but what is ed blessings they enjoy be perpevulgarly called "straight base" tuated.”
S. « Then knaw'd my pen—then dash'd it to the ground,
P.S. The Social Companion in“ Sinking from thought to thought, a vast forms “ Harriot” that her inter
profound." But lest my readers should esting Letter will be incorporated think me discouraged, I assure the mean time it is hoped she will
into the next “ Paper”-and in them that in the “ Rural” month continue to write upon what she of May, they shall hear from me calls “ The virtues and foibles of again in the “ Rural Magazine.” her ser."
Since scribbling the above, ARIEL has returned ; and as he has explored a second time
OLIVER GOLDSMITH. the whole state of Connecticut, Probably there is no one of the he assumed visibility before me, modern authors of Great Britain and enquired, with great appa- more generally read or more justrent interest, "Why, upon a cer- ly admired, than Doct. Goldsmith. tain day, all the good people of But few of the readers of the RuConnecticut were in array against ral Magazine can be found but each other?” I told him it was not who have read his captivating his business to enquire, nor mine novel,“ The Vicar of Wakefield.' to explain, “ Well, sir,” said he The reader seems to realize the o what astonished me most was, scenes described-his 6 sympathat upon the very next morning, thy” is perpetually exercised sothe most perfect harmony was " That he weeps with the mouraer,--with completely restored ; and the the joyful he smiles." whole population returned to “ The Deserted Village is read their wonted employments. Such by every body, and quoted by ever a scene I never before witnessed, ry body. The village parsonand scarcely believed it possible village schoolmaster, and village that it could have been presented ale-house are remembered
by all to an observer.” Ariel, said I, who remember any thing they the people of Connecticut are a read.
peculiar people." Tenacious “ The Traveller," though less of their rights, they yet differ in popular, is more profound, and regard to the most expedient contains an admirable “View of mode of securing them. Taught Society.” from the cradle, the necessity of
“ The Citizen of the World" order--" Heavens first Lawis a table book for almost every
reader who wishes for occasion-spirit, restless and turbulent * ou al relaxation from severe study. earth, is now, ! presume, at peace? The historical writings of Gold.
Kenrick. smith, although amusing, are too Entirely so : and I reflect with much so for solid instruction. no little dissatisfaction on the whole
His dramatic writings, although of my earthly conduct ; but want, he produced but two comedies, my dear doctor, want
Goldsmith shew that he might have become the first son of the drama. Who- did I experience its tyranny ; yet
Well do I know its power ; long ever can read the characters of such is the ordinary fate of litera. Honeywood and Lofty, in " THE ry men. GOOD-NATURED MAN,” and Marlow
Kenrick. and Toney Lumpkin, in “ Miserable truth ! you, however, STOOPS TO CONQUER,
" with indif- had far better success in the world ference, had better wholly give of letters than myself ; both of us, up dramatic reading.
indeed, were, for a considerable His great work," Animated Na-time, the slaves of booksellers; we ture, &c. is his least, for he knew were engaged in nearly the same the least upon that subject. To see pursuils, but a cabal, a party, gare OLIVER GOLDSMITH, who when the word for Goldsmith, wbile Ken
rick he describes human nature, seems
Goldsmith. to dip his pen into the human heart, gravely describing a horse, but we were engaged, you say, in
Was neglected, and even decried : a cow, or a goose, is like Hercules the same pursuits, you have written throwing away his club and set- some pieces of poetry, it is true, ting down to the distaff, It is like but, then, I must, at the same time, the author of the Rambler, Idler, beg leave to observe, that you were Lives of the Poets, Rasselas, &c, far from excelling in the art. writing the various meanings of
By which you would modestly inBut it is by no means the inten- sinuate that excellence belonged to tion of the writer to even attempt yourself.
Goldsmith. an eulogy, upon the “Charming Goldsmith.” The object of these
Undoubtedly : none of my cohasty remarks is, to introduce an temporaries, I think, will dispute extract from Becket's Dialogues, the palm with me.
Kenrick. which represent the sentiments of deceased authors in the Eur- vanity! have you, then, forgotten
Astonishing ! what insufferable SIAN Fields. He makes them de.
the names of Gray, Mason, Beattie, fend or condemn their own works. &c. ? If William Kenrick was infe.
Ed. rior to you as a poet, those I meu. Scene the Elysian Fields. tion surpassed you in an eminent GOLDSMITH AND KENRICK. degree ; you were, no doubt, a toleGoldsmith
* Goldsmith and Kenrick quarrelled on Mr. Kenrick! I congratulate you caning.
earth to such a degree, that it ended in a on your arrival in the shades ; yous
rable versifier ; your lines are some and yet, as affording, in fact, but times even pretty ; but a want of a temporary reputation, it would animation is what I have most to give nu kind of satisfaction to me. complain of.--Your productions, in
Kenrick. short, may be likened to paintings Ha ! ha! ha! Why, it was by in water-colours,--pleasing, but no those very means that you acway bold ;--incapable, as I may quired fame ; the bulk of inankind say, of effect.
are either much too busy or much too Goldsmith,
indolent to think for themselves; the How happened it, then, that may little junto in literature, and of performances were so generally ad- which you were a member, insisted mired, and that the sale of them was on your being considered as a man unusually great? The public judge- of genius, and such, by the necessament
ry consequence, you became,- for Kenrick.
who could ever hesitate in respect Since you bave touched on that to the judgment which had been bead, I cannot better speak to it than passed by the cabal : oraculous ! in the words of an elegant critic of unquestionable as the decisions of our own times : “ What is usually the Pythia herself. complimented with the high and
Goldsmith. reverend appellation of public judg.
Your acrimony, your rancour, ment is, in any single instance, but breaks out even here ;-though with the repetition, or echo, for the most mortality you should have thrown part easily catched, and strongly away all mortal passions : but reverberated on all sides, of a few you, I find, like many of the inhaleading voices, which have happen-bitants of this place, cannot divest ed to gain the confidence, and so di- yourself of them. rect the cry, of the public ; but (as,
Kenrick. in fact, it too often falls out,) ihis Prejudice and passion are entireprerogative of the few may be abu- ly at rest,-it is truth. alone that sed to the prejudice of the many ; speaks ;---truth, whose voice is not the partialities of friendship, the to be disregarded because .uptunafashionableness of the writer, his ble in your ears ; yet understand compliance with the reigning taste, ine rightly, and be content with the lucky concurrence of time and the portion of praise which realopportunity ; the cabal of a party, ly belongs to you : I have said nay, the very freaks of whim and that your verses are, occasionally, caprice ;-these, or any of them, as pretty ; but the maker, the creator, occasion serves, can support the is what I look for in the character dullest, as the opposite disadvanta- of a poet : if the inspiration of the ges can depress the noblest, per- nine is discoverable in
your formance, and give a currency or writings, I will admit of your preneglect to either, far beyond what tensions to the glorious name. Des the genuine character of each de- criptive poetry, even in the hands of mands.'
a master, you should remember, is Goldsmith.
not susceptible of many beauties; The support here spoken of, and it is only an impassioned and glowwhich is sometimes given to dull ing language which can move the performances, must be somewhat soul ; it is he alone, in short, whose consoling to mediocrity, it is true ; light is derived from heaven that