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Thou wert that flower of primrose and of prime!

Whose op’ning blow, 'mid many an adverse blast,
Charm'd the lone wanderer through this desert clime,

But charm'd him with a rapture soon o'ercast,
To see thee languish into quick decay.

Yet was not thy departing immature!
For ripe in virtue thou wert reft away,

And pure in spirit, as the blest are pure;
Pure as the dew-drop, freed from earthly leaven,
That sparkles, is exhaled, and blends with heaven!



Ever since Wordsworth began to write, as one of Mr. Blackwood's critics very justly remarks, be has fixed the attention of every genuine lover and student of English t'oetry; and all along he has received from these the tribute of honour due to the felt and received power of his genius. The following is one of a series of Sonnets on the river Duddon, a stream which flows through one of the vallies in the country of the Lakes.

What aspect bore the Man who roved or fled,
First of his tribe, to this dark dell-who first
In this pellucid current slaked his thirst?
What hopes came with bime what designs were spread
Along his path? His unprotected bed
What dreams encompass’d? Was the Intruder nurs'd
In hideous usages, and rites accurs'd,
That thinn’d the living and disturb'd the dead?
No voice replies:—the earth, the air is mute:
And Thou, blue Streamlet, murmuring yield'st no more
Than a soft record that whatever fruit
Of ignorance thou might'st witness heretofore,
Thy function was to heal and to restore,
Toʻsoothe and cleanse, not madden and pollute!

On a bad Dinner with excellent Punch.
Friend Palo may boast of true orthodox merit,
What he wants in the flesh, he makes up in the spirit.

PORTRAIT OF JAMES S. EWING, M. D. The present number of the Port Folio is embellished with a portrait of the late JAMES S. Ewing, M. D.; a man whose temper was so frank and generous as to attract many friends; and whose good humour was so habitual as to communicate its pleasant influence to all who came within its sphere. But his character has already been given in this Journal, and it is unnecessary to enlarge apon it again. Our engraving is taken from a portrait drawn from recollection by Fairman, and is esteemed a good likeness.

Dr. Ewing was the author of several mechanical improvements; among which, bis Sthenometer, for ascertaining and regulating the degree of pressure in steam-boilers, and his patent hydrants, for one of which he received the extra-Magellanic premium from the American Philosophical Society, and for another, the Scot medal from the Agricultural Society, deserve particular mention. His hydrants are in general use in Philadelphia, and are found to surpass all others in convenience and economy.

For the Port Folio.


Maine. A law to promote the sale paper it appears that three persons of the public lands, has been passed, concerned in his arrest, have been by which it is provided that suitable tried on an indictment for a riot, astownships shall be surveyed, and di- sault, and forcibly conveying Johnvided into lots of a hundred acres son out of the province. The deeach, and sold to settlers only. The fendants were convicted of a riot first forty settlers in any township and assault, but not of deporting are offered a lot of a hundred acres, him from the province. to be selected by the purchaser; at Imprisonment for debt has been thirty cents an acre, one half to be abolished. paid in money at the time of con Massachusetts. The lands within tracting, and the other in labour in six miles of the Middlesex canal op making roads. After contracts have each side, bave increased one-third been made for forty settlers in any in price; while land in the country township, the residue of the lands in generally retains its former value. the township is to be sold at the rate In the state of New Hampshire, of sixty cents ap acre.

through which the Merrimack flows, John Joboson wbo is now in pri- timber is now worth from one to son, under conviction for stealing a three dollars per top standing: before horse and chaise, was apprehended the canal was made, it was worth in Canada, with considerable perso- nothing, so that in the article of timnal violence, and brought into this ber alope, that state is supposed to state for trial. By a late Montreal have been benefited to the amount MAY, 1924.-NO 265


of at least five millions of dollars. There appears to have been no The wood land there has risen in sweeping disease in the city during price, since the opening of the ca. the year. The greatest number that nal, from $2 per acre to 86, 8, and fell victims to any single distemper, $10 per acre. Proprietors of land, besides coosumption, was 202 by adjacent to the New York canal, convulsions. from a small portion of their land, At the last Circuit Court, for Ca. have sold timber to an amount more yuga county, the case of Parnel than sufficient to pay the cost of the Moody vs. Elisha Baker, excited a whole tract.

peculiar interest. The Cayuga ReRhode Island. It has been stated publican says, it concerned the chathat upwards of fifty thousand bush racter of a young lady, which had els of apples were gathered from the been slandered under peculiar cirorchards on Rhode Island, the last cumstances. Special damages were season.

laid in the loss of marriage between Connecticul. Mr. Stebbins of the plaintiff, and the son of the deSimsbury, has proposed to estab fendant. After a long investigation, lish a school on a plan similar to during which the defendant made no that of Fellenberg. By this system attempt to prove the truth of the the pupils are taught industrious words laid, the jury found a verdict and mechanical habits, at tbe same for the plaintiff for 1450 dollars. time their minds are acquiring the A full report on the subject of principles of elementary instruction. pauperism in this state, has been

It is computed that three hundred submitted to the legislature. There thousand dollars are anoually ex are 6,896 permanent, and 15.215 pended in New Haven in conse occasional paupers. Of the former, queoce of the location of Yale Col. 446 are lunatics or idiots, 287 blind lege, and of seminaries for female -928 extremely aged and infirm, education. For the last year there 797 incapable of labour from other have been educated, in six or seven physical infirmities, and 2,604 chilschools of the higher class, about dren under 14, forming together two hundred and fifty young ladies, 5,062 persons who are a burtbed on of wbich number about two hund the public, and are really entitled to red are from other states.

its charity; besides which are 1,789 New York. By the annual report permanent paupers, of both sexes, of deaths in the city of New York, capable of labour, and who might, during the year 1823, it appears as computed in the report, earn one that the whole number was 3,444. hundred and fifty thousaod dollars Of this number there were men

annually. Of the whole puinber of 1007, women 734, boys 955, girls this class, it is supposed that 1,585 748.-Males 1962, females 1432 males and their families of 989 that is, 480 more males than fema wives, and 2,167 children, were les, 273 more men than women, and brought to want by drunkenness, 207 more boys tban girls, -1224 of and the report says, “there is little these persons were between 1 and hazard in adding that to the same 10 years of age, 1209 were between cause may be ascribed more than 20 and 50—109 between 70 and 80, one-half of the occasional pauper40 between 80 and 90, 14 between ism.” Or the whole number of both 90 and 100, and 2 upwards of 100. classes 10,523 are males, and 11,588

No less tban 683, or almost one- females-5,888 are aliens or natufifth of the whole number died of ralized foreigners, and 8,753 are consumption-and 18 of the sinall children under 14 years of age. The pox, 3 of which last died in Novem- city of New York alone maintains ber, and 15 in December.

more than three-sepepths of the

whole number of both classes, and other agents of the public, or to eighteen counties on the Hudson graduate the guilt of different cases and Ocean, containing about one of the same crime. All such bribes, third of the whole population, sup and all such contracts are illegal. port more than half. Io the state The motives of such contracts must there is one permanent pauper for always be corrupt; or, if such a case every 220 souls, and one for every can exist without the guilt of cor100 occasionally,

ruption, the direct tendency of all A suit, founded upon a contract such transactions to corruption, renbetween S. Whitney, E. Tibbits, ders it necessary that they should G. Hoyt and D. Dekoven, defend. he universally unlawful." ants, and W. A. Weaver, a lieuten While a young man was gunning apt in the Navy, has recently been lately near the beach at the mouth determined in the Court of Chan of East Chester Bay, about 14 miles cery. The opinion of the chancel from New York, he discovered Jor was that ". The contract was something floating on the water, clear and explicit An officer of which ed to be a living animal the navy of the United States agrees of the deep. He watcbed it for sewith the owners of the ship Ameri veral hours, and at last, as the api. ca, and a cargo, about to proceed mal approached the shore, and exfrom New York to Lima, that the tended its jaws, he discharged bis Franklin, a ship of the navy, of se piece directly in its mouth, upon venty-four guns, also about to pro which it bellowed most tremenceed to Lima, shall give special dously, and became so furious that protection to the America and her it attacked and beat off the guncargo; and that he, the officer, shall ner's dog, which had sprung togo in the America, and shall repre wards the animal the moment it was sent ber as a store-ship, bound to fired at. The gunner repeated his the Pacific ocean, with stores for fire, and the third shot proved morthe navy of the United States, and tal. It has since been brought to himself, as an officer of the navy, in this city, and proves to be a seacharge of such stores. In return for elephant, weighing upwards of 600 this protection and this service, the pounds, and measuring about pine owners of the America and her car feet in length. This apimal is rarego, agree to pay to this officer one ly seen in northern latitudes. fifth part of the profits which may At Cooperstowo three important arise from the outward voyage of causes were lately tried. 1. Mary the America and ber cargo. The

Arnold vs.

.Joseph W. Moffit was an question is, whetber this contract action on the case for seduction and was legal or not

breach of promise. No defence was “Whether I regard the corruption made. The jury found a verdict for of a practice wbich should permit the plaintiff

, with three thousand officers of the navy to employ the dollars damages. 2. Sophia Pringle pational force for their private pro vs. Rev. Nath. Huse, was a similar fit, or consider the laws establishing case. In consequence of an uoderand limiting the emoluments of standing that the parties were soon those officers, I find the strongest to be married, they had interchangreason to decide, that all private ed mutual releases of all former compensations are illegal.

promises. The defendant immedi. "This is, in substance, a contract ately married another person, and for a bribe to a public officer. It is pleaded, successfully, the release in unnecessary to examine the turpi- bar of this action. 3. A young girl, tude of this transaction, in compa- ip humble circumstances, as she is rison with bribes to magistrates, or called in the newspapers, brought

an action against Garret V. Denis ble scheme does not effect their purton, judge-advocate-general of New pose,


may be apprehended that York, for seduction, and recovered ihey will set fire to the Delaware nine hundred dollars.

river. New Jerseu. 1 copper mine has Virginia. Four hundred thoulately been discovered in Somerset sand dollars bave been appropriated county, near the town of Bridgewa. for the improvement of the navigater. A number of levels bave been tion of James River. drived and shafts sunk to a consi At a late meeting of the citizens derable depth, and many tons of a of Alexandria it was unanimously red oxyde of copper are wrought resolved to present, a memorial to from the mine. Tbe ore, wben as Congress for the retrocession of that sayed, has been found to be ex town to Virginia. tremely valuable, surpassing in On the question of renewing a richness that of any other known Bank Charter, it was lately decided copper mines.

by the speaker of the Legislature, Pennsylvania. Commissioners whose descision was sustained by a have been appointed to survey a

large majority, that a member being route for a canal from the Susque a stock bolder of the Bank, was not, hannab to the Schuylkill river, therefore, deprived of his vote-the through Lancaster and Chester interest being considered too remote Counties: also, two routes between to disqualify bim. the Susquehannah and the Allegha An opposite descision took place ny rivers.

some time ago, in the Senate of The following is a statement of South Carolina on the question of deaths in the City and Liberties of renewing the Charters of the SouthPhiladelphia, in each month, from Carolina and State Banks. the 1st of January, 1823, to the 1st The decision in Virginia appears of January 1824.

to us to be the proper one, though January, 314 July, 486 not for the reason which is here staFebuary, 254 August, 495 ted. As long as a representative March, 207 September, 551 bolds his seat we think be is entiApril, 290 October, 457 tled to vote on every question which May, 210 November, 445 comes before the House, excepting June, 370 December, 521 in cases specially provided for by

the rules or by statute.

4600 Alabama. The Legislature of the Of these, 2366 were adults and state of Alabama, bave passed a law, 2234 cbildren;-641 died in the which may be styled an act for the Alms-Hlouse, and 800 people of co encouragement of gambling. Jour are included. There have been It provides that every person born during the same period, 2977 who keeps a billiard table, in the male, and 2836 female children, ma city of Mobile, shall pay a sum of king the total number of births 5813; 150 dollars. The aggregate of this leaving a difference in favour of bonus on vice constitutes the only births 1213.

compensation of the Judge of the Delaware. The good people of county court of that county. Wilmington are so much dissatis Imprisonment of females for debt fied with the route which has been has been abolished. selected for the Delaware and Ches Mississippi. A law has been pasapeake Canal, that they are deter sed declaring the limits of each mined to destroy the commerce of county to be the prison bounds, and Philadelphia bý withdrawing their prohibiting the imprisonment of any custom from that city, and transfer white woman for debt. ring it to New York! If this nota Louisiana. A petit jury lately sen

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