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the Gentleman who edited Mr. compare the style, language, and Boyd's Works designed to prace sentiments of The Indian Observany

delusion on the public. er with those of the Letters of It was natural for him to wish to Junius, and judge for himself. exalt the character, and do honour. “It may, perhaps, be asked, to the memory of his deceased < What has Mr. W. Woodfall to friend, Mr. Boyd. I wonder do with this argument ? Nobody not, therefore, at his lending a appeals to him, he was not the willing ear to the affertion of Mt. printer of Junius's Letters. I Almon, an assertion founded in have an answer ready for imperignorance, and broached in pre- tinence..--The cause of truth is fumption; but I cannot but smile every man's cause, and I would when I find an old fox trapped fo willingly go out of my way to easily, and obferve a resp&able, serve it. In the present instance, well-informed, and experienced I do not go out of my way. No writer, like Mr. Chalmers, be. man living knows more of the concome a dupe to the delusion, and duct of Junius in the management take pains to spread the fallacy. of his correspondence, and

all its When a fenfible man has once relations, than I do, my brother fuffered his understanding to be alone excepted. He is, at pres. taken by surprise, he is anxious to ent, at a confiderable distance make converts to keep him in from London, and even were he countenance. This was precisely nearer, I know him too well to the case with those who gave cre- imagine that he would condedit to the authenticity of Vorti- fcend to put pen to paper on a gern, and the pretended Shake. subject fo absolutely a matter of speare papers. They were re mere curiosity. It is altogether markably zealous to increase the novel in practice to interrogate numbers of what, like the Maho- newspaper printers as to their cormetans, they chose to term them- respondents; and the misconcepfelves, the True Believers. tions of the Editor of Mr. Boyd's

“ I know the whole of the af- Works clearly thews, to what gross sertion, that Mr. Boyd was the abuse the mere submitting to be writer of the letters figned Junius,' questioned on fuch subjects, leads. to be founded in misapprehension ; I am, Mr. Editor, and, if Mr. Almon were to mul

66 Your humble fervant, tiply letters in support of his affer

« WILLIAM WOODFALL. tion till they fwell to volumes, I Queen Areet, Westminster, should feel the moft perfect con. Aug. 9, 1799." viction, not only that Mr. Boyd was not the writer of the letters « P.S. I observed a letter in under the signature of Junius, but, The True Briton of Thursday I am sorry the Editor of that Gen- last, on the subject of Junius's tleman's Works obliges me to Letters, fignied An Old Obferver, add, I am fatisied Mr. Boyd was the writer of which says, Mr. not capable of composing such let- Woodfall, the printer of The Pub•

I desire not, however, to liç Advertiser, in which the leto have my opinion relied on as au ters were originally inserted, was thority ; let the critical reader not intrusted with the name of the

Author,

ters.

Author, though he was certainly most unwarrantably; because it secured from the pecuniary penalties, has ever been my opinion, that a and indemnified from any other in- printer who condescended to reconvenience which might be risqued ceive an indemnity, betrayed a as the publisher of them. This as. consciousness that he was about fertion I have more than once to do wrong, and took a bribe heard, and always contradicted. to quiet his fcruples. If, after To my knowledge the printer of this explanation, any future writer The Public Advertiser never ask. should hazard a similar assertion ed for any indemnity, nor was any

with that above stated, I Ahall con offered him. He was left to the tent myself with answering him in free exercise of his own discre the words of Father, Valerian, tion, and had he acted on any as cited by the late Bishop Warother principle, though my own burton, in the advertisement prefix. brother, I should be among the ed to his edition of Pope's Works, first to declare that he had acted MENTIRIS, IMPUDENTISSIME.”

SOLILOQUY ON THE DEATH OF WASHINGTON.

To the EDITOR of the COLUMBIAN PHENIX. SIR, AMONG the very interesting and much admired Eulogies and Ora

tions on the late GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON, written and pronounced by men of distinguished abilities and merit, I have discovered nothing of the kind from the female part of our mourning country, on this lamentable event : I have therefore taken the liberty to forward one of the latter description, which I con. sider a performance possessing considerable merit ; fhould you be of the same opinion, by inserting it you will oblige, Sir, your friend and humble servant,

G. S. April 12th, 1800.

“ Our life contains a thousand springs,

And dies if one be gone!
Serange that a harp of thousand strings

Should keep in tune so long." A GREAT Man is fallen--- would have bid defiance to the the brilliant Western Star that il- grim messenger, and preserved him lumined our hemisphere, is forever forever from the shock of diffolving fet. The inmortal Hero has nature ; but, in the zenith of his dropped his mantle of mortality, glory, while his benign influence, and the nanie and virtues are all in its meridian splendour, was visthat remain of the brave, the wise, ble both in the cabinet and the the just, the humane, the benevo- field, and extended its rays far.

lent' WASHINGTON ;---a man beyond the narrow confines of the justly idolized as the phenix of American States, he received a Columbia ; whose exalted virtues, divine mandate to quit his earthly if virtue could infure immortality, post, and guard one far more fuita Dd

able

able to his dignity in the armies country ;” and if his valuable life above--where angels and seraphs, had been prolonged to his age with their golden harps, falute (76) he might have left Amerhim':

: departed faints and heroes • ica, if not * all the world, at congratulate his arrival ---celestial - peace,”--but the world we trust {pirits bid him welcome---and the was at peace with him ; nor can Supreme Archite& of the uni- . Columbia's sons fay as the Roverse, who with the "eye of Prov- mans did of that Emperor, that idence encompasses the hearts." it had been well he had never of all at one tiew, hails him with been born,or had never died,” since the heavenly benediction of, “Well the existence of this great Persondone, good and faithful,” the pass- age, has proved (under Heaven,) word to that glorious temple, the salvation of Liberty, and that whose fabrick' he instructed his dissolution is the only passage' to fraternal brethren in imitatinig, eternal rest i and in his death we by his excellent example, while experience this confolation, that on earth---and ascended upon the "he felt not like Alexander its tersteps of Justice, Love and Mercy-- rors, but with the firmness and clothed with the jewels of Wif-*composure of a Socrates, his last dom, Strength and Beauty, and prayers we trust were for his counconducted by Faith, Hope and try, and closed with the petition of Charity, to the royal Arch of that philosopher, that his departure Safety--tiled by Religion and Pic from earth might be easy, and his éty ; at whose entrance, an Eaft- journey happy, and the response ern Monarch, a Tyrian Prince we expect willecho from every and a Martyr Brother, offer corner of the globe where the him the cordial hand of Friend. name of WASHINGTON reship, with the badge of their sounds ! order, not confined to their figure The ways of Heaven are ative number, in the Grand Lodge dark and intricate, though just ;" afsembled in the realms of bliss ; and “ shall presumptuous man whose hall is perfect Harmony, dare to arraign them !” attempt its walls bounded by Philanthropy, to trace the mazy windings in the cemented with Peace, Unity and labyrinth of divinity, with to reConcord, and its tapestry woven

vert the order of Providence, or by meek-eyed Charity.

unlink the great chain of events ? Here a Cincinnatus, a Marcus Could the immortal WASHINGand a Scipio, whose bravery in TON have continued upon earth war, wisdom in counsel, and in- until he had obtained a passport dustry in their fields, has immor. from his grateful country, his eve. talized their fame in the annals of ning sun would have declined in Rome ; will give place to a.

the western horizon, until age or WASHINGTON ! And the debility (the lot of humanity) Carthaginian General (Hannibal) forced him to exclaim, “O that will no longer be celebrated as thė, I had wings like a dove, then greatest that “ the world could would I dy away and be aţ reft.'R eyer boast.” With Augustus the. But that Being whose ways are name of Walhington will be upsearchable, who suffers not a united as the “ Father of his « sparrow to fall" without his

knowledge,

knowledge, plans in infinite wil honour ? Alas! can sculptored dom; and the guardian angel of marble, or impressed metal stamp this “ favoured of Heaven," was an image equally durable with commiffioned to pronounce, that the statue erected in the breasts of “ time should be no longer," --- millions of freeborn patriots ? No. that “ his days were numbered And WASHINGTON not only and finished ;” and in the full lives enthroned in glory, but in enjoyment of apparent health, the hearts of a grateful and indestrength and usefulnefs, he receiv- pendent people, who will transmit ed a gentle summons to the man his name to future ages, entwined fons of repose ; and ere Phoe- with a laurel wreath that shall rebus had twice withdrawn the cur- tain its verdure when the scythe tain of night from his fick couch, and glass of time melt with the the lamp of life was extinguished, fervent heat that dissolves this terand WASHINGTON (like the restrial globe : the canopy of heav, prophet of old) had ascended in en expands its hidden mysteries a chariot of glory' to his native unvailed, and a boundless eternis skies'; and his mantle of virtues ty discloses. (we fondly hope) dropped upon My lalt, if you observed the the Columbian shores, to extend date, Sir, was addressed upon the its borders throughout the rising eve, and penned perhaps at the States of America, disperse cow- moment, that the last particle of ardice and treachery from the fand forsook the glass of our great field, prevent disunion in the cab. and illustrious Chief, while guarinet, and discord, duplicity and dian angels wafted his ærial spirit fraud, among the various classes of to the blissful shades. The subcitizens.

ject of diffolution, which I wish Dear Sir, accept the momen- not, without a recent occafion, to tary effusions of the pen of your introduce into the social parlour friend upon the mournful tidings, of a friend, twice intruded : I that the Man who reigned in the apologized, dropped my pen, and hearts of the people was no more! retired to rest. Morpheus waved the affecting intelligence was an. his wand, and I was in a moment nounced in a pathetic letter from encircled with a surrounding mulone of your honourable colleagues, titude. I inquired the reason of and proclaimed through the vil. their assembling ; was answered, lage by an unusual sound of folemn a funeral, and I must follow as a bells. Every countenance portray. mourner. Although not naturally ed a mind deeply impressed with un- superstitious, I am almost confirm. affected sorrow, upon this melan- ed in opinion, that we are somecholy catastrophe, and silence was times visited by supernatural or inmore expressive of accumulated visible agents, and their dictates I distress, than the eloquence of a obey, and with the tender feelings Cicero. And when grief was of sensibility sympathize with the meliorated by reflection, with uni- bereaved Consort of our greatly ted voices the citizens exclainied, beloved and fincerely lamented What tokens of respect shall be WASHINGTON. To his amipaid to the memory of “ the Man able companion, the sharer of his whom the people delighted to domestic happiness, his loss cannot

be

be repaired, or the wound closed, that attended a cruel, distresfing and her only consolation rests in and unnatural war ; and finally in the bosom of her God. May we making him the happy inftrument all seek it there, and, with the of eltablishing a peace upon a foundeepest sense of amiction, accom dation that remains as firm we trust pany this distressed Lady (in as the pillar of the Patriarch, and heart) with the mourning rela- will display a lasting monument of tives, to the filent tomb,--and his magnanimity to future ages; when the fraternal brethren have and, like the gourd of the griefdeposited the emblematic role, with worn preacher, prove a shade from the never-fading caffia, let us be- our enemies abroad, and preserve dew the sprig with the tear of a unity at home, which the can. respect and veneration, join in the ker-worm of diffenfion cannot un. refponfal “ so mote," and leave it dermine or destroy: and although to be transplanted to the garden "s affliction cometh not forth of of the heavenly paradise, where it the dust, nor troubles spring from will flourish in immortal bloom; the ground,” let us not repine at and may we often visit this facred the dispensatioris of Providence, urn, with the recollection that it lest, like the Jewish murmurers, contains the remains of an inesti we offend the Deity. And almable jewel, lent us by a Bene. though it is the duty of every class factor and Friend, who had a of citizens throughout the United right to demand it when he pleas- States, male and female, old and ed,—and unite in offering up the young, bond and free, to be truly facrifice of grateful hearts for the sensible of their inexpressible loss, loan, and adore the goodness and and to embalm the memory of the condescension of a beneficent Be- Saviour of their country with eving, who in the midst of judg- 'ery mark of grateful respect ; it ment remembered mercy ;-and is likewise our unbounded duty, to when internal foes sought from en render thanks to the Father of vy and avarice to crop the flower mercies, that his life was so long, of American glory while the bud and so providentially preserved. was expanding, enlightened a ftar If he had met with the untimely from the Weft on the altar of lib- fate of those brave heroes that fell erty, to guide our armies to the at the early period of the war, his field of battle,-illumine our coun- parting breath would have excils, and difpel the darkness that claimed, “O my Country !and enveloped the land in the day of if the prayers of the people, like calamity and distress! And what the prophets of Ifrael, could have adoration is due to the Supreme lengthened his days, the insects Governor of the Universe for his might have “become a burden," incomprehensible goodness in con or his virtues lain dormanttinuing this great Light, while " Whatever is is right ;" numbers of lefler magnitude were extinguished before the revolving

God fenils not ill, if rightiy underflood, {un had fcàrce marked their an

Or partial ill is universul good.nual progress, by ihielding him in While we take a retrospect of the hour of danger, and preserving the past, let us anticipate our fuhim through the various casualties ture prospects. When a Phenix is

consumed,

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