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the protection of night, to avoid made the usual fignal of peace, .. discovery, until we Thould judge by theathing his arrows, and that we had gained the country hanging his bow over his shoulof the Ebo King.
ders. They then approached After a pleasant dinner, we near us, and he delivered to them went to repose, preparatory for his bow and knife, telling them the night's travel, we awoke a. we were on our way from the bout fun-fet, immediately de- Congo to the Ebo King to trade, scended to the valley, and fet on which they returned his knife forward ; we continued this and bow, and told him we were course for four nights, frequently welcome, and should be well remeeting with settlements, and ceived. changing our course through the I propofed delivering my arms nearelt woods to avoid the haunts likewise, but Hurdee advised me of men ; living upon cold pro- not, thinking that as they were visions, or the fruits which we very scarce in that country, and gathered in abundance as we consequently highly valuable
, passed along.
they might be prompted to deThe country we had now gain- tain them. ed was once more apparently The ease and good humour very fertile, and watered with lit- with which we were received was tle rivulets, which promised us to me mot consolitary, and I the pleasure of speedily gaining took it to be a most flattering the banks of that river for which presage of the success to attend we had long looked with aching our laborious and dangerous eneyes. On the morning of the terprize._We were conducted fifth day, before fun-rise, we into one of their houses, or huts, reached the bank, and were for- composed of flight timbers or tunate enough to find means to branches funk into the earth, or pass it without difficulty or dan- in an artificial bank of earth raisger ; now we considered ourselves, ed about a foot above the ordinaas a mariner after a long voyage, ry level of the scite of the village. arrived at the destined port. The tops of the huts are ronnd,
The paths from the river were or dome like, formed very rudeno longer objects to be fhunned, ly into that shape, by bending we pursued that which appeared the tops of the branches towards to be the greatest ; and about the centre, and there tying them nine o'clock we entered a hand with flender faplings to each othsome village.
The broad and fan-like Our appearance alarmed the branches of the palm and date inhabitants, who fled from their tree, tied by their items on the huts, and collected in considera- outside, and the points downble numbers, with their fimple wards, from their covering or arms in their hands. Hurdee, thatch. Repeated layers of these whose countenance lighted up materials, are further used to dewith pleasure, seeing they were fend these humble habitations
from the most severe rains ; and
as the domestic offices of cookery, stood, no wise flattering to the and their rude handicraft works pride of a fair skin. are performed in the open air, The women appear among the or in the shade of branching trees, Africans to be endowed with the which here are never disrobed of sexual attribute of curiosity, in their foliage, their small dwellings common with those of all other are not incommoded by this fort colours and countries : they of family butiness. The insects thronged foremost around me,and so troublesome in warm countries, so crouded, that I found it necefespecially adjacent to woods or fary, for the sake of air, and to low grounds, are kept aloof by gratify curiosity at once, to walk the inartificial expedient of a thick abroad, The children looked smoke, produced by fires kept with wonder, and the women acconitantly lighted, and composed cording to their age or temper, of the dung of their cattle, or a tittered, roared out in laughter, composition of leaves of trees or or clafped their hands, as they reeds and rotten timber kept in a were affected.
Some opened my state of moisture.
hair, others examined my jacket These artificial clouds had not and trowsers, my sleeve buttons yet dissipated in my new habita- amused one, and the frill of my tion, and the effect on my eyes, shirt another, my hair, which had was confiderably painful : thro' by their curiosity or accident be my friend Hurdee's care was ta come loose, was the object of ad. ken to ease me on that head, and miration to all. a repast was soon ferved up, of Their familiarity surprised me which we partook with minds and for a time ; but reflecting that it appetites that converted the habi- must be the natural consequence tation of the favage into a palace of innocent curiosity excited by and
gave a relish to the food e-' novelty, I returned their freedom qual to that enjoyed by the luxu- with good humour, and found rious.
Seated on the floor, on that they were pleased with my Ikins and mats spread for us, we manner of treating them. feasted on fresh beef and ears of Fatigued with the previous maize roasted, and for dessert on travel, and tired with trifling, I the finest bannanas : our drink signified to Hurdee my wish of was new milk and palm wine. retiring to rest : he accordingly
The people had caught the in- informed the villagers, and we formation on all sides, of the ar were foon left alone. After this rival of one of those extraordina we partook of a second repast, ry animals, a white man, and all consisting of boiled rice, mutton, thronged, eager as it appeared to and palm wine, and agreeing to discover whether it resembled the set out for the residence of the men or the monkies of their coun Ebo King on the morrow, retired try; for such it appeared were the to' a comfortable and secure recomparisons they made, and in a pose. manner, as I afterwards under
(To be continued.)
For the COLUMBIAN PHENIX.
vations are very general He Tovelty hasno rom charms. Kas merely attemped a definition So imperfect is man, that he can- of that, which, in his subsequent not be, for a long time, delighted papers, he intends to illustrate. with the same object, however it His writings, from their purity may have once dazzled his imag- and elegance, will, I assure my. ination, and taken hold of his felf, be esteemed a valuable ac. heart. We find this attachment quisition to the GENTLEMAN AT for variety to be quite universal. Large. The Epicure, by having a turtle Perhaps I shall never have a foup placed before him every day better opportunity of informing would soon loath his favourite my readers, that the papers of our difh; and the diversions of the new author will be designated by man of pleasure, to which he has the letter P. and that, in future I the most extravagant partiality, shall mark my own lucubrations
K. by a conftant indulgence in them, with the letter would cease to divert, and would lose all power of recreation.
Degustibus non eft difputandunge This fame propensity for a
-credat indeus Apella. succession of new objects is no less discoverable in the lovers of liter THE term tafle, has always ature. The diversity in the man- been regarded as incapable of ner of different authors of treating definition.
Various have been the same subject, ferves to keep the conjectures with regard to the the mind from falling into that operation of this subtle quality, difgust which is the cffect of too and the effects which it produmuch familiarity: I have not Lord Kaims is very
diffufe gone far enough into the philofo- on the subject of its effects, and phy of human nature to be able uncommonly accurate in his reto tell the cauye of this impatience marks and observations - but his after variety. Observation and definition is altogether unsatisfacexperience however convince, me tory.
Dr. Blair has treated that it is for
largely on the subject, but his deIn order to obtain for my rea finition leaves the mind totally ders that gratification which is af- uninformed. Mr. Burke, with " forded in variety, I have been a genius infinitely fuperior to eilong foliciting a gentleman of ther, has avoided å definition, literary genius to lend me occa- though his remarks do honour fional ailistance. After many vi.
even to the pen which produced olated promises he has at length them. favoured me with an essay upon It is not much to the reputaTaste, which adorns the present tion of the learned world, that sa number. In this essay his obfer- many treatises should have been
written upon' a subject, which the all cases. When we cast our eyes writers themselves do not pretend around us, we behold nature gov. to define. There must be fome erned by certain fixed laws and definite idea annexed to the word immutable regulations. Spring taste; otherwise all observations covers the earth with tender upon
it will be vain. If we dif- plants, Surimer advances them course upon a subject which we towards maturity, Autumn swells declare ourselves incapable of de- and ripens the blossoms into fining, all that we can say will fruit, and Winter throws a scene produce nothing but conjecture of desolation over them all. and uncertainty in the mind, and These are the eternal laws of the only recompence which the 'Aature, founded by her great and reader can receive from such a mighty parent. We are acquaintwild fpeculation, is doubt and ed thus far with her operations. perplexity.
•and should any man endeavour There' is, certainly, a plain to persuade us that we are in an rule, capable of definition, con error, we thould regard him as a tained in the term taste, or else it madman. The same principle were impossible to judge of the of regularity may be observed merit of those compositions of ge. throughout the whole physical nius, which cannot be tried by system. A cloud no where irany other standard. “ 'Tis some radiates the earth with illumia thing or nothing.". I am aware nation, or the fun darken it with of the boldness and presumption obfcurity. This is the fine cconthat may be ascribed to me for omy of nature, her wisdom is seen undertaking to define what writ- in her consistency, and her beauers of so much genius and emi- ty is but another name for her nence have pronounced undefina- regularity. ble. Feeble, however, as my ex
The moral world is that ideal ertions may be, they may give creation which is formed in the employment to abler pens than fancy, and exists in the imaginamine. The waters of literature tion; but then it must be regulamay stagnate and corrupt unless ted by the same rules of confiftenthey are disturbed, when perhaps cy which govern the natural unithe motion of a fly on their sur verse. The poet, the orator, and face, may prcferve them from the painter, are obliged to 'conputrefaction.
form the images of their own inWithout further preface, then, vention to the objects of real life. I would define taste to be the pre- The facetious Horace defires to servation of that consistency and uni- know if a painter should repreformity in 'the moral, which is ob- fent the head of a horse joined to served in the natural world. I a human base and terminating in merely intend this number as an the tail of a fith, whether we explanation of the above definie fhould be able to repress our tion, reserving it for future num- laughter and derision? Un. bers to cite instances, and to fhew doubtedly we should not ; and how this definition will apply in the reason is obvious - because thie
natural world never furnished merica, replete with figures, and such a phenomenon. It is the metaphorical allusions amply vediffimilarity which the image 'rify this observation. bears to nature which makes it ri The moral world has its fun, diculous and intolerable.
and its stars, its rivulets, its calA classmate of mine, at college, cades, its mountains and is val. once made use of this expression, lies, in exact conformity to the “ America will soon ERADICATE all natural creation. At the same clouds of fuperftition." Here the time it must be obferved that the verb eradicate is an evident ab- sun must shine and the stars glitfurdity ; as the greatest natural ter, the rivulets murmur and the philosopher has never been able cascades roar,; the mountains rife, to discover clouds vegetating in a and the vallies fink, agreeable to garden. Any one whose head is the laws of the physical word. not iron bound, may instantly fee This is all which the term tafie the impropriety of this figure ; can be said to comprehend. In but many scholars may not be a- some future number I shall enble to explain the reason of its im- deavour to go into a detail of propriety. In a word, the moral this definition ; and to shew from world is inhabited not only by the most ingenious and elegant the scholar, but likewise by the authors, ancient and modern, the savage of the forest. The speeches truth of its application. P. of the native Indians of North A.
MACKLIN'S CHARACTER OF GARRICK.
Copied verbatim from his Manufcript.
IS eye was dark, but not fear in the rear, with self in the characteristic of any paf
Out of these limits he fion but the fierce and the lively. never expatiated, unless fear and To friendship with man, or love oftentation exerted their functions and friendship with woman, he conjointly. never was disposed ; for love of He could never enjoy the conhimself always forbad it. Envy vivial felicities and society, especwas his torment-ever dreading ially with thofe persons who were merit in the lowest of his breth most capable of tafting, contriren, and pining at the applause buting, and administering the and fortune that their labours unreserved, undetigning, free inprocured them.
quiries of improved ingenuous He had a narrow contracted minds. He had read and heard mind, bounded on one side by that the more refined and thinksuspicion, by envy on the other, ing minds of all ages had a parby avarice in the front, and pale ticular pleasure in the mental in