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White as the fleecy cloud of sun-lit skies.
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From him for ever:-he had seen her brook
A little while,
He knew the angel form of happiness
Had fled too far to be recalled again,
Against its power; she knew she ought to fly,
He came—she lay beside the lattice, where
Her eyes met his,-her hand his hand-life's last
LETTER FROM SAMUEL JOHNSON, TO W. S. JOHNSON, LL. D.
[WE have this month the pleasure of enriching our pages with an original and very characteristic letter of the great author of the Rambler, which has never yet been published. It was written to his namesake, the late William Samuel Johnson of Connecticut. This eloquent and excellent man spent several years in England, about the middle of the last century, as the agent of the colony of Connecticut, and acquired high reputation among the most distinguished political and professional men of Great Britain, by his able management of an important American cause before the lords in counsel. He received the degree of doctor of civil law from the University of Oxford, and this circumstance, together with the accidental similarity of name, recommended him to the acquaintance and frieudship of Dr. Samuel Johnson. Several letters passed between them after the American Dr Johnson had returned to his native country ; of which, however, it is feared that this is the only one remaining.
There are few men to whom the learning, the morals, and the best institutions of this country are more deeply and permanently indebted, than they are to William Samuel Johnson, although it unfortunately happens that there is little left which can enable posterity to judge of his talents or acquirements.
The following brief, but accurate outline of his life, is extracted from a recent New-York edition of Lempriere's Biographical Dictionary.
“ Johnson, William Samuel, LL. D. F.R. S. president of Columbia College, New-York, was the eldest son of the Rev. Dr. Samuel Johnson, and born at Stratford, Connecticut, October 7th, 1727. He was graduated at Yale College, in 1744. He studied law, and on his first appearance at the bar distinguished himself, and soon rose to the highest eminence. He was gifted in an unusual degree with the graces of the orator. He possessed a voice of the richest tones, a copious and flowing elocution, a fertile and brilliant fancy, an understanding uncommonly energetic, quick of apprehension, capable of disentangling the most complicated subjects, highly original in its views, and trained to laborious and profound research ; and he had richly stored his mind with elegant literature, and legal science. In 1765, he was elected a delegate to the congress which met that year at New York, and was its last surviving member. He was also chosen to a seat in the councils of the colony, and was in October, 1766, appointed its agent in England, to defend its interests in the discussion of the claims against it by Mason. While there, he enjoyed an opportunity of forming many interesting connexions with the learned and illustrious men of that country, the most distinguished of whom were among his friends and associates. With Dr. Johnson he maintained a correspondence for many years. After his return to America in 1771, he resumed his professional employments, and was appointed in 1772, a judge of the supreme court of Connecticut This office he held until 1774, and, during the saine period, was one of the commissioners for adjusting the controversy between the proprietors of Pennsylvania and the Susquehannah company. In 1785, he was elected a delegate to the congress of the United States, and in 1787, to the convention which framed the federal constitution. In this august assembly he acted a conspicuous part. His influence was not the less effective for the mildness and the modesty with which it was exerted, and to him the credit of having first proposed the organization of the senate as a distinct branch of the national legislature has been ascribed Under this constitution he was appointed one of the senators of Connecticut, and in conjunction with his colleague, Mr, Ellsworth, drew up the bill for establishing the judiciary system of the United States. It was from engagements thus honourable and important that he was called, in 1792, to assume the presidency of Columbia College. This institution, which had suffered a severe depression during the political contests of past years, was now reorganized, and under the superintendence of Mr. Johnson assumed and maintained an elevated rank among the literary institutions of the country. This station his age and infirmities induced him to relinquish in 1800, when he retired to his native village, and spent the remainder of his life in the enjoyments of literature, the gratification of a beneficent disposition, and the distinguished exemplification of the excellence of the christian character. He died at Stratford, November 14th, 1819, aged 93."] LETTER FROM SAMUEL JOHNSON, TO W. S. JOHNSON, LL. D.
STRATFORD, CONNECTICUT. Sir_Of all those whom the various accidents of life have brought within my notice, there is scarce any man whose acquaintance I have more desired to cultivate than yours. I cannot indeed charge you with neglecting me, yet our, mutual inclination could never gratify itself with opportunities. The current of the day always bore us away from one another, and now the Atlantic is between us.
Whether you carried away an impression of me as pleasing as that which you left me of yourself, I know not : if you did, you have not forgotten me, and will be glad that I do not forget you. Merely to be remembered, is indeed a barren pleasure, but it is one of the pleasures which is more sensibly felt as human nature is more exalted.
To make you wish that I should have you in my mind, I would be glad to tell you something which you do not know: but all public affairs are printed ; and as you and I have no common friends, I can tell you no private history.
The government, I think, grow stronger, but I am afraid the