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have never seen a line of his to our -assiduous--tame--and (what more knowledge; but we have heard of can we say ?)--classical. Genius, we some pretty translations by him. take to be in comparison with talent,
DavidGE-a Scotchman: a capital what the countenance is to the body surgeon : founder, we will venture to
of a man.
The divinity is only to be say, of the Baltimore Medical College discovered in the face. A regal tread - an institution of high character, is nothing to a regal front. Fine forms wherein some two or three hundred are forgotten; fine faces are not. medical students are kept in training. Forms are often alike-countenances Dr Davidge has made several attempts rarely. In short-it is by the coun. to get up a medical journal under his tenance of a man, that we remember own eye-but always failed ; and al- him, it is by his genius. It is not by ways will, so long as he writes in the his person--it is not by his talent. Mr. Johnsonian style of which he is very Dennie's “ LAY PREACHER" is very fond ; and for the writing of which, common-place; though universally with all his good sense, he is altogether praised in America. Perhaps the true incompetent. It is the hurly-burly cause of such unreasonable admiration nonsense of a giant, at best; but never is only this.' Dennie is dead. John to be used at all, with impunity, by E. Hall, the present editor, is alive. anything less than a giant.
Dennie was a gentleman: John E. DELAPLAINE—The publisher, not Hall is a blackguard. Dennie did, author, of Delaplaine's Repository-a now and then, say something that a work purporting to contain the bio man might remember, if he worked graphy of “ DISTINGUISHED AMERI hard : Hall-Heaven help him-has
It begins with a life of Chris no other hope, but in being forgotten. topher Columbus; and, reasoning Dennie knew his deficiencies; and, therefrom, will end, we should sup- therefore, never ventured upon sarpose, with one of Captain Parry. It casm, eloquence, or wit. John E. is, altogether, a ridiculous affair—a Hall has no notion of his; and is piece of solemn blarney-very ponder- eternally blacking his own face--and ous, and very interminable. We hard- breaking his own shins, to make peoly know at whose doors to lay it. ple laugh. He had the misfortune, Walsh, we believe, had a hand in some years ago, to fall acquainted with Franklin's life ; and Mr Sanderson Mr Thomas Moore, the poet, while worked up some of the other pieces. Mr Moore was trampoosing" over Altogether, however, it is the produc- America. It spoilt poor Hall-turned tion of some newspaper people, who his brain. He has done little or nohad got a reputation for classical wri- thing since, but make-believe about ting and patriotism—two things—ei criticism ; talk dawdle-poetry with a ther of which were enough now to lisp ; write irresistible verses under play the devil with any man of com the name of “ Sedley,” in his own ma
No two of these gentry gazine: twitter sentimentally about seem to have had the same opinion up Little Moore-his " dear little Moore" on any one point; and yet, all have -puffing himself all the time anonyunited, like a company of glass-blow mously, in the newspaper-while he ers--in puffing up whatever they turn is damning himself, with unspeakable ed hands to; till it was ready to fly sincerity, twelve times a-year, in his in their own faces, and could only be own magazine. cuoled by putting it into a hot oven. We do not think very highly of the In one word—the work is a reproach mutton-headed Athenians, at Philato the literature of the age and a dis- delphia ; but we do think, neverthegrace to American modesty. There's less, that Mr John E. Hall is a little a climax!
too much of a blockhead even for their DENNIE_Projector, founder, and meridian.---They have some honesty ; litor of the PORTFOLIO, a monthly he has none. They are not unpringazine, published at Philadelphia, cipled-he is. We have caught him nich, for many years, enjoyed con swaggering, now and then with a i erable reputation abroad-we think bold formidable countenance.
We leservedly. Mr Dennie was not a have inquired into the matter; and n of genius—there was nothing re have uniformly found--that it was on <kable in anything that he ever said account of what the Portfolio had did. He was only a man of talent - been : as if one, while robbing a hen
roost-should carry it off, with an air of Canaan--a poem of great strength of heroic desperation: as if one, on -no splendour and little beauty; coming into possession of another yet, altogether of a character which man's wardrobe, should presume to bespeaks a proud, strong, comprehenplay off the noble indignation of a sive, and exalted mind. The unluckibrave heart, and a noble mind-with est,-if not the cruellest things, ever a lathe and pot-lid--at second-hand. said of it, (although the Edinburgh But-stay we our arm-If he be not Review laid it on-hot and heavy-) very far gone indeed, he will under were by Darwin and Campbell. The stand us; and go hang himself, before former praised the versification; and we have any more trouble with him. the latter, after selecting a passage or America must work herself clean of two for his Beauties of English Poetry such pollution-ay-and shall, or we -went a little out of his way to pour shall open, the secrets of her prison- forth a lamentation over poor Dr house.
Dwight, because Mr Campbell had DRAMA-See Comedies. Mr Noah, never heard of him, and knew little or editor of the New York Advocate, à nothing about him. Dr D. has write Jew—and the Jew, whose election to ten like an antediluvian-(we mean a the office of High Sheriff, was the rea civil thing to his power and stature) son why the Christians of New York upon theology and politics; and our were afflicted by the yellow fever- brethren of the Quarterly Review-so this Mr Noah, who is very clever in remarkable for their impartiality and his way, has written some tolerable consistency-have lately taken up the farces, and some intolerable popular cudgels in favour of his divinity; entertainments. Neal wrote a tra- whose politics, if they had known anygedy, which might be made something thing of them-or even pondered well, of, if he would go all over it again, with upon certain of his theological works a bold, unsparing temper. He decla would have made the hair of their flesh red once, that he would; and, more rise. Dr Dwight was a strong-upover, that he would undertake to right-obstinate man; of extraordinashow, that what men call poetry is al- ry good sense, and unconquerable retogether out of place, in the serious solution : two properties which appearand pathetic and little better than ed in everything that he ever said or atrocious nonsense, in the solemn and did. He gave no quarter. He took awful; the profound and passionate. The great passages of Shakspeare, says EASTBOURN-Author, in partnership he, are without poetry, Men, who with somebody else, whose name we feel--never talk poetry. Fine lan- forget, of Yamorden, a story in verse, guage is always a mark of insincerity: about King Philip of Mount Hope. it has no business in the drama, ex We have never been able to read the cept in description.
whole of it; but, in what we did read, The writers of America have no en we found some passages of singular couragement, whatever, to venture up- beauty; a deal of newspaper trash; on the drama. The managers of thea and a very active, penetrating sense of tres, like the book-publishers, cannot what poetry is—in some cases. With afford, of course, to give an American more practice-more boldness-more author anything for a play, when they fire--than any other people under heacan get a better one, by every arrival, ven but such as they had their own for nothing-after it has been cast for countrymen for auditors—this pair of the London stage; and passed the or poets might have made a poem, which deal.
would have outlasted ninety-nine oneDu Ponceau. A distinguished ci- 100ths of the popular poetry with which vilian; and, we believe, a French this generation has been tormented. man. We have seen some valuable Simpletons !—will new poets never papers of his, on the Roman law; and learn, that poetry is always poetryby him, if we are not mistaken, a however it may be expressed ; that translation of Bynkershoek. It was a rhythm, cadence, (regular cadence,) masterly performance.
-rhyme---alliteration, riddles, and Dwight, TIMOTHY: D. D. Presi. acrostics, are all beneath poetry ; that dent of Yale College, New Haven, better poetry has been said in prose, Connecticut; one of the New England than ever has been said
or ever will States.' Dr D. wrote the CONQUEST be said either in blank verse or rhyme.
Poetry and eloquence have a rhythm quite another Robinson Crusoe jourand cadence of their own; as incapa- nal;---and what is yet better, perhaps ble of being soberly graduated by rule, -it is faithful, true, and particular. as the rambling, wild melody of an We believe in the book; and by this Æolian harp.-—But more of this here we mean, that we have confidence in after.
the truth of it. Some of his countryEvans, OLIVER-A millwright: a men have a meaning for the word becapital mechanic, and one of the most lief, which might mislead a fellow, if extraordinary men that America has he were not rather scrupulous. They produced. Fulton was greatly indebt- will say, for example, We don't beed to him ; so is Mr Perkins. On go- lieve in patent ploughs, wooden broad ing back, now, to the language which axes, ditto nutmegs, cuckoo-clocks, Oliver Evans held, nearly two genera- and horn gun-flints; that is, we do tions ago, respecting the properties of not approve of such things : and they steam, it sounds like prophecy. He will say, 100, for example, We do beforetold, with astonishing precision, lieve in Mr Jefferson, the American things which were then hooted at by war, and spitting where we please ; his countrymen--phenomena and in- that is, we do approve thereof. This ventions, which have all come to pass. mode of speech is heard in PennsylvaA few only remain to be accomplished. nia, Virginia, and parts of Maryland; Our carriages--and coffee-mills-per a population, altogether, who do not haps our wheelbarrows—are to run by believe in nightcaps. Evans was an steam. We are not only to boil pota- eccentric, bold, queer, adventurous seltoes and wash clothes hy steam-but low-a little mad undoubtedly—as all perform a multitude of other familiar, men of genius-all extraordinary men matrimonial, household occupations. -and all who are unlike the majority We know of some pretty experiments of mankind, always are. Every aber. already, that have been made with hot ration from the common road is eccenwater, tea slops, &c. &c.; entertain tricity; and what is eccentricity but great expectations from the use of va- madness ?-as our friend Polonius pour-vapours--and vapouring—not would say. Every deviation from the only in domestic, but in public life; plane of the ecliptic—wherein all the and hope to see the time, when a man mob of stars, constellations, and signs, may venture to leave his whole fami are eternally plodding, makes a comet ly-bis conscience and all his affairs of a fellow. in the care of a steam engine,-built, EVERETT, Alex. H.-Chargé d'afperhaps, like an Etruscan vase faires of the United States, America, Aower pot--a coffee urn-or a mantle to the Court of the Netherlands. A piece: and, on going a journey, will very sensible, and very
amiable man; only have to put up a chafing-dish, who, in the year 1823, wrote a book and a vial of water, (with his razors, of about 100 octavo pages, in reply to tooth-brushes, and soap,)-which, on Mr Malthus: wherein Mr E. deceived being properly attached to his body, himself, we think, of several matters, will propel it-at whatever rate he which it would be well for anybody to pleases ;-in whatever direction he undeceive him in. In the first place, pleases. Nay, in process of time, who he persuades himself, that “ his illusknows but his own perspiration may trious friend Sir James Mackintosh," be so applied, without either a chafing- --that “great statesman and philosodish or a bottles to send him over pher," as he calls him, (with some proa tolerable road like the mail-coach! priety, too,)—was able to understand
Evans, EstwicK-A lawyer Mr Everett's “new ideas on populaYankee (tautological, that)--a na tion :"-now, not being more remarktive of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. able for politeness, perhaps though His PEDESTRIAN's Tour over two or sufficiently remarkable for that—such three thousand miles of North Ameri- as it is—than for our modesty and sinca on foot--barefooted a part of the cerity, we beg leave to set Mr Everett time-over ice and snow, in the depth right.-We say, that Sir James never of winter-in company with two dogs understood Mr E.'s explanations ; beonly—both of which (not whom, as Ir- cause, if he did, we have too much ving and certain other of our popular respect for Sir James to believe, that writers would say) were destroyed by he would have permitted Mr E.-0 the wolves, bears, or catamountsmis amiable and good as he is--to expose
himself sò unhappily, as he has, by Owen of Lanark, by the way, says the publishing the book.
same thing in conversation.) In the second place, Mr E. persuades But how does Mr Everett answer himself, that he had a long conversa Mr Malthus? How does he establish tion with Mr Malthus himself, at the his own theory ? - Take his own words. East India College, on the subject of “ The population of London,” says his, Mr E.'s, “ new ideas ;” and that he, “ has the power of doubling itself he, Mr E., made his theory intelligible, every twenty-five years: or, of increaas a reply to Mr Malthus.-Now, do sing in the manner of a geometrical we undertake to say, that Mr Malthus progression : Butnever did understand Mr Ei's “ NEW “ The means of subsistence, which IDEAS;" that he took them for a des can be obtained, from the direct profence of Mr M.'s theory-or-or- ducts of the territory, occupied by the that the politeness of Mr Malthus is city of London, cannot be made to ingreater than the sincerity of Mr Mal crease with greater rapidity, than that thus.
of an arithmetical progression. And, thirdly, Mr Everett has per “ Hence, it may be affirmed, with suaded himself-with some difficulty, certainty, at any given moment, that it would appear—that his book is a the period must very shortly arrive, refutation of Mr Malthus. Now, do when the population of the city of we undertake to say, that it is a cone
London will be distressed for want of firmation of Mr Mr's doctrines and provisions—IF (Mr E. overlooked a theory.
certain iF, upon which the whole sysMr Everett sets out with a denial tem depends)-If the population of of Mr M.'s principles, and ends with London cannot find provision out of an admission of their truth.
their own territory.' Malthus maintains, that there is a Observe. Mr E. chooses London; tendency in the human family to in states his own case-puts the whole crease faster than the means of subsis- controversy at issue, in his own way: tence; that pestilence and famine are and, as he appears to believe, demonthe means by which the increase of strates the absurdity of Mr Malthus's population is kept within the means doctrine, by this case of London-beof subsistence; that, instead of encou cause the territory thereof, “ upon raging, we should rather discourage which more than a million persons are the increase of population–because, it supplied in case and abundance, does is better never to have been born, than not supply perhaps, directly, the means to die of pestilence and famine.--Of of subsistence for twenty: course, we only aim to give the sub To all which argument, we reply stantial part—the sum and substance thus. What would become of Lonof the argument.
don, if it could not obtain provisions Mr Everett says no, to all this. from abroad?-if it could not obtain
“ Mr Malthus maintains that the the produce of other lands, to nouincrease of population necessarily pro- rish its population ?-or-which is the duces distress and scarcity”-says Mr same thing—if the whole world were E.—But Mr Malthus maintains no as populous as London ?- Would not such thing. He only maintains that pestilence and famine follow and there is a tendency, in such increase, would it not have been better for the to produce distress and scarcity :-and surplus population of London--yea, that, after a certain time, and a cer of the whole world, if it had never tain increase, distress and scarcity been born ?must be.
“ Such a case cannot happen,” you Mr E. says, that “ the effect of an will say. Granted. But why make increase of population is to produce a
such a case for yourself? Why argue comparative abundance.”—(N. B.- that population should be encouraged, For a time, it is.)
because 1,000,000 of people are mainMr Malthus declares, that popula- tained—in a territory capable, on your tion increases at the rate of 1. 2. 4. 8. own supposition, of supporting only 16: and that food increases as 1. 2. 3. twenty) — by subsistence, which is 4. 5. &c.
drawn out of other territories ?-Do Mr Everett says, that population in- you not perceive, now, that you have creases as 1. 2. 4. 8. 16: and that food admitted all—everything that Mr increases as 1. 10. 100. 1000.-(Mr Malthus contends for?
You have. But how has it hap rich, numerous, and respectable conpened ?-We will inform you. Mr gregation—who, in Boston, where all Malthus reasoned upon tendencies the “clergymen" are spoilt by the idolhe looked upon the whole world, at the atry of their congregations, were quite same time. You reasoned upon ten remarkable for their absurd idolatry dencies too; but yours were proxi of Mr E.-a mere boy-a clever boy, mate-his remote: and you saw only to be sure; but, nevertheless, a boy. a part of the world at a time. He is Well-Mr E. soon grew tired of the right, in the whole : you are wrong,
desk. His ambition would not let him in the whole. But-you are right, in sleep. His conscience became tender ; supposing, that, for a time—among a and, after some pleasant maneupart of the population-so long as every vring, he cut himself loose from his man is able to raise more food than he people, who became exceedingly wroth himself can consume, that increase of against him—reproaching him with population may cause an increase of ingratitude and all who admired him, food.—That, however, is never dis with infatuation. Nor was their wrath puted by Mr Malthus. He only wants much lessened, when they found the to know what is to become of man captain of their salvation—taking or. kind, when the earth cannot support ders from another quarter ; enlisting them: when they have multiplied as a professor in Harvard University ; anywhere--at any time—so that food and preparing to traverse Europe, at cannot be had for them: whether a the expense (we believe) of that instipestilence, a famine, or a civil war, be tution.--He went; leaving them full not likely to do that (long before the power to choose another boy, if they whole world has become like a city) would: spent his time profitably which common sense, and wise legis- abroad; returned—just when, to hear lative provisions, might have done ages them talk, you would have believed, before, with little or no difficulty that the congregation whom he bad so and little or no suffering.
deserted, and set at naught, would Mr Everett has also written a work sooner have set fire to their church, upon Europe, which has been spoken than permit him to enter it.-We had well of; but we have never had an op- the good luck to hear him preach his portunity of reading it properly: and first sermon, after his return. It was will not venture an opinion upon it, delightful quite a fourth of July orauntil we have.
tion-full of discreet, beautiful, temEverett- EDWARD, (we believe:) perate eulogy upon America--and, in late Editor of the North American short, anything but a sermon-AndReview; a fine scholar; and a man of better still, it was delivered, in spite uncommon genius. His diction is of their teeth—to his old congregation beautiful and clear ; but never bold, -in their own house-out of their passionate, or expressive. His elo own pulpit.-And his impudence was quence—written eloquence, we mean more delightful, if possible, tban any -is persuasive, chaste, and very agree other part of his conduct. He told his able, without being either wonderful, congregation in effect-and we might or overpowering. The best of his say, in so many words, that he had work is to be found in the North Ame- been thinking of them all the time of rican Review, from the “fall” of 1819, his absence; that whenever he heard immediately after his return from a certain great bell toll, (perhaps the Greece, when he undertook the Edi- bell of St Marks, at Venice)while torship, up to this time. His papers he was abroad-he found it unspeakare chiefly relating to language and ably distressing, on account of his literature-Greece, Italy, and Ger “ Brattle-street" recollections ; thatmany:-He still writes for the North he had, still, one consolation, throughAmerican Review; and may be placed, out all his pilgrimage-namely—that undoubtedly, among the first young he had been succeeded by a friend of men of the age.---He was a graduate his own heart, (Mr Palfrey, standing of Harvard University, Cambridge, behind him at the time)-who-if any(Mass.) near Boston. When about body could, must have supplied his nineteen, or twenty, he was chosen to place: that he would preach to them, succeed Mr Buckininster, (whom we yet, whenever he pleased, in spite of have mentioned,) a distinguished Unif their teeth ; and hoped—which hope tarian preacher, in the charge of a very had been a great comfort to him, while