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partly perishedCommerce abroad is now forcing new chavnels of conveyance ; and were the embargo raised to-morrow, our precaution would have ruined the merchant by unequal and unjust pressure ; and he would never again be placed upon the advantageous ground on which he stood before the embargo was established, in consequence of the substitution of other carriers.
The argument of precaution now is surely at an end, as applied to seamen, ships and merchandize. If merchatits are willing to risk their property abroad under all the present restrictions of France and Eng. land; if there is a general spirit of disaffection in the commercial states, and if there are constant evasions of the laws, it is vain to per sist in the measure on that ground. Experience is daily attesting the fallacy of the principle. * The idea of presenting such appeals to the interests of the belligerent powers, as to induce them to alter their decrees and orders, which makes the second branch of Mr. Giles' defence, is perfectly absurd, on two grounds. First, because the measure was impotent as it respects our foreign relations, and because there are some inducements for believing the British government are favourable to its continuance'; and second, because had it been evidently effective, the British nation would sus. tain a very pressing emergence before she would grant the high-hand. ed principles of commerce for which our administration are contending.
It may be also mentioned that the unaccommodating temper' which the President and Mr. Madison have indicated towards Great-Britain, and their acquiescing deportment towards France, were too evident to the British ministry to induce a relaxation of a system, which, whatever might be its effects on that nation, certainly was more materially injurious to the citizens of the United States.
(To be continued.)
Few complaints have been more frequently preferred and in every instance have been so well maintained, as that, which charges the present theatrical taste, with nonsensical and affected sentiment, hardstrained wit and frivolous repartee. The scene painter, and not the poet, seems to be the object of the greatest attention ; and wild beasts, demons and angels the chief personages, to exhibit whom, the pageantry of the stage is contrived. To effect this desirable end, real dogs have been taught to plunge into real water before the audience ; wildmen, wood-demons, spectres, caravans, sorcerers, giants, oracles, green, black, red and blue fiends, are put in requisition from known and unknown worlds ; the scene painter and tailor are taught to manufacture them in legions, and they are then produced to frighten the young, and delight the full-grown children, who compose the audience. “ How natural,” exclaims a lady,“ is that hell represented ; and then " that fiery fiend! the painter must surely have been familiar with such sights, or he never could have drawn them so truly."
We really are unacquainted with any subject which requires more decisive exposure, than this tendency to applaud the marvellous and corrupt taste, by which modern authors are directed. The following parody of “ Collins's Ode on the Passions," has the exposure of this perverted taste in view. The style is not very successfully laboured, nor is the parody remarkably close ; yet the thoughts are some of them eminently happy, and others singularly humorous ; but it is mainly to be commended for its beneficial tendency. We offer no other apology for introducing it than this, that the same taste which it is intended to expose has already spread very widely in America, and threatens to eradicate every principle of legitimate comedy which has ever been implanted in the country. A COMEDY IN THE CAGE.
“ Ordine nullo
Rehears'd his separate part alo u
(A spurious branch of repartee)
E'en at her own affected glee.
His limbs a fowler's net surrounded ;
Striving to tear each stubborn knot,
He left “ confusion worse confounded!”
Ideas poor, in language rich;
But falling headlong in the ditch.
What was thy sublime oration ?
Where'er the scene, or false or true,
Whether in China or Peru,
And to Britannia bade the world submit;
And from the gallery, box and pit
And whilst in his own praise he spoke
Encore stood by and bawi'd out “ hearts of Oak ;" Whilst Loyalty huzza'd and wav'd the British flag :
And longer had he wavid-but cleft in two ':
Arch-rainbow Scenery arose,
And straight appear'd the craggy rocks,
Thy gambols, Farce, now high, now low,
Were nought but war-whoop, stride and grin ; 'Twas now philanthropy in Merchants' Row,
And now a booted harlequin.
With eyes upturn'd and hose unmended,
Pour'd in Soliloquy the doleful note,
While caught from box to box around,
Dulness bore the soothing sound,
Till tir'd with clapping and encoring,
All gently nodding, dozing, snoring,
In sleep the audience died away.
When mad Buffoonery, leaping forth to view,
One stocking red, the other blue,
Then strew'd the earth with broken crockery ware.
The heroes of the upper gallery go
Last came Pun, as Janus sturdy,
But soon he spied the hurdy-gurdy,
They would have thought who heard him gabble
Her red beak split, her pinions loose,
Pun join'd with Folly in an Irish reel;
Scorning to be outdone by Folly,
O Comedy, thou fallen fair!
The memory of thy wedded lords,
Dost thou no fond remembrance feel
It is the avowed intention of the Editors of the ORDEAL to expose all systems which they think repugnant to true religion ; the interests of which it is their determination to maintain. To effect which great national object they are ready to fight it to the last. Satire is now-adays, and to certain people, no longer a mirrour from which they may see the reflexion of their own faces; but a pane of window-glass, in which they can discover any other image than their own. It may be necessary to observe, that the communication which follows has a local application; let those who are concerned have wit enough to find it
Our correspondent too, is one who is no flincher, “he'll not budge an inch from the encounter.'
If any person offended with his remarks is inclined to oppose them, the pages of the ORDEAL, are open to his communications, whether they are keen or blunt, whether the arguments knock down like a sledge-hammer, or cut like a razor :
Lay on Macduff,
I have lately met with the following Proclamation, and as I wish to communicate some information on the subject to which it refers, I have subjoined a few observations, which I hope will meet the attention, which I think they deserve.
Counter PROCLAMATION. 6. RATIONAL RELIGION, having been reposing at ease for many years on the bosom of her children, now informs her offspring, that she