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of our heroes, have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of our political faith-the text of civic instruction--the touchstone by which to try the services of those we trust: and should we wander from them, in moments of error or alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps, and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety
“ I repair, then, fellow-citizens, to the post you have assigned me. With experience enough in subordinate offices, to have seen the difficulties of this, the greatest of all, I have learned to expect, that it will rarely fall to the lot of imperfect man, to retire from this station, with the reputation, and the favour, which bring hirn into it. Without pretensions to that high confidence you reposed in our first and greatest revolutionary character, whose pre-eminent services had entitled him to the first place in his country's love, and destined for him the fairest page in the volume of faithful history, I ask so much confidence only, as may give firmness and effect to the legal administration of your affairs. I shall often go wrong, through defect of judgment. When right, I shall often be thought wrong, by those whose positions will not command a view of the whole ground. I ask your indulgence for my own errors, which will never be intentionally; and your support against the errors of others, who inay condemn what they would not, if seen in all its parts. The approbation implied by your sufrage, is a great consolation to me for the past : and my future solicitude will be, to retain the good opinion of those who have bestowed it in advance, to conciliate that of others by doing them all the good in my power, and to be instrumental to the happiness and freedom of all.
« Relying, then, on the patronage of your good will, I advance with obedience to the work, ready to retire from it whenever you become sensible how much better choices it is in your power to make. And may that infinite Power, which rules the des. tinies of the universe, lead our councils to what is best, and give them a favourable issue, for our peace and prosperity!
“ THOMAS JEFFERSON.” The writer of this article, lately received a letter (dated Philadelphia, June 20, 1801.) from a warm admirer of Jefferson and of the vicepresident BURR; his language concerning them is very impressive. « With JEFFERSON'S admirable speech I am sure you have been pleased. Meek as Moses, determined as Joshua, and sagacious as Solomon; he will guide the people to their political paradise. I have been twice in the company of WASHINGTON and twice with JEFFERSON. The former was remarkably reserved, and the latter vice versa, is as communicative. His Notes on Virginia, which contains much excellent information, I presume you have read.
There is an elegant edition now in the press with additions, to which will be prefixed the head of the author. Burr is a charming little man, polite, affable, aud energetic in all his actions. I became acquainted with him in 1796. You see that nature which has sometimes been charged with being capricious, has not bestowe' ed all her greatness on any one nation in particular, but bestows her gifts in every clime and among all people who make good use of her donations !"
Such are the sentiments of a sensible and worthy man, upon whose judgment the reader inay rely ; and who, by his merit alone, has attained to a considerable degree of respectability in the United States of America,
We conclude with just observing, that it is our hope and trust that THOMAS JEFFERSON the present illustrious president of the United States of America, will study the prosperity of his country. Educated in her bosom, having partaken of the hazards incurred by the revolution, and now elevated to the highest office she has to bestow; he will be intent on those measures by which her best interests will be advanced. Above all, he will be studious of avoiding that greatest of evils WAR-by which millions of the human race have been consigned to destruction! Placed by Nature in a situation far removed from the intrigues and broils of Europe; we would wish America to prea. serve her native dignity. Having asserted her own rights—she will be careful not to interfere with the rights of others. Cherishing within her own terria. tories the law of justice and sacred order-let her breathe peace and charity towards mankind. Let her shew to the nations of the earth an example of moderation. Liberating the slaves by whose bone dage she is now disgraced and cultivating the kind and generous affections in all the departments of human life-may she become the admiration and delight of the world!
ON THE SUPERIOR PLEASURES AND ADVAN
TAGES OF THE COUNTRY TO THE TOWN.
"HE pleasures of a country life have in all ages the citizen, the philosopher, and the hero. After straining the faculties in pursuit of the muses ; exhausting health in accumulating riches; enervating the frame by intense application to study; or shortening life by unremitting duty, in defence of liberty
and the state-all flatter themselves with the hope, that in the evening of life they shall sit down in their little cottage, and feel no more the restlessness of ambition, the desire of popular applause, or the thirst for immortality.
There is scarcely a man, however desirable his situation, but feels a void in his bosom ; there is something wbich (busy vanity, or imprudent folly pictures to his mind) will when possessed, produce more exalted felicity.—How irrational to feel the heart-ach of discontent, amidst every enjoyment that ought to satisfy the human mind. What is it they languish to attain ? Is it a few more hundreds a year.- Honour, equipage, titles, &c.? Alas! these afford but momentary gratification! Let the dissatisfied ask the aged who have seen every vicissitude of life, who have felt every sensation that poison the pure springs of human happiness, and unquestionably, the answer will be that nothing can impart to competence the least advantage “ Reason's whole pleasure, all the joys of sense, “ Lie in three words, health, peace, and com
petence. An hundred dishes after the novelty has passed, cannot gratify the man who wishes to pamper his appetite, more than the simple fare to which, perhaps, he had been accustomed, and those honours; to attain which, many have sacrificed liberty, and virtue, very soon cease to swell the bosom with proud delight; and except from the servility of do. mestics, they but seldom receive the incense of unmanly reverence, or degrading homage.
To avoid the snares of pleasure, and the temptations of dissipation; many fly to the country as their only refuge, there every object is tranquilthe beasts are feeding in the meadows--the sheep browzing on the hills, the birds are singing in the groves, and hedges, and the domestic race are placidly feeding around the doors of our dwelling. -There the syren voice of vice is not beard-the blandishments of circe are not seen her stupifying cup remains untasted. But is virtue here exhibited in her most becoming attire, her loveliest attitude, her sweetest aspect ? No, perhaps the advocates of a town life will say " To shew VIRtue in her most dignified form, she must be re. presented struggling with a vanquishing temptation; then we behold the indignant fire of her fing eyes the majestic frown of her ample forehead, her spowy arms gracefully repelling the rude foe --in the back ground we survey the tempter expanding his wings, and flying to the dusky pestilential metropolis, where he almost unrivalled reigns!”.
Solitude at stated seasons is friendly to wise dom ; the man of strong passions, can without interruption investigate his own nature and propensities, he can calmly look into himself, and may happily discover those dark shades in his character, which disfigure him in the eyes of man, and which unless speedily removed by patient and attentive discipline, will ultimately render him offensive to his eternal father, whose favour is above all price !-
Employed in this way, solitude is of inestimable value, but RELIGION must assist REFLECTION; the mind can often easily observe its own failings, but the wakeful PASSIONS are ever presenting some favourite object to attract its attention, and defeat its resolutions-Where can be the advantage of soli, tude, unless the mind be regulated by the precepts of religion, which stimulate to goodness, and virtue, by the hope of never-ending joy, and restrain from the commission of crimes, by the denunciations of eternal punishment ?