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idiot ; hé had acquired a few automatic habits of rationality and industry ; but he could ne. ver be made to work at any continued occu. pation; he would shut the door ot the farmyard five hundred miles a day, but he would not reap or make hay. Drawing water from a neighbouring river was the only domestic bu. siness which he regularly pursued. In 1779 we visited him and tried the following experiment. He was attended to the river by a person who emptied his buckets repeatedly after Peter had repeatedly filled them. A shilling was put be. fore his face into one of the buckets, when it was empty ; he took no notice of it, but tilled it with water, and carried it homeward ; his bucket was taken from him before he reached the bouse, and emptied on the ground, the shilling, which had fallen out was again shewed to him, and put into the bucket. Peter returned to the river, again filled his bucket, and went home, and when the bucket was emptied by the maid at the house where he lived, he took the shilling and laid it in a place where he was accustomed to deposit the presents that were made to him by curious strangers, and whence the farmer's wife collected the price of his daily exhibition.”


Was a most respectable character ; he died in the 68th year of his age, December 14, 1799, regretted by the inhabitants of both the New and Old world ; some particulars respecting the American hero will gratify the youthful reader.

« GENERAL Washington in his person was tall, upright, and well made ; in his manners

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easy and unaffected. His eyes were of a blueish cast, uot prominent, indicative of deep thought. fulnesss, and when in action, on great occasions, remarkably lively. His features strong, manly, and commanding ; his temper reserved and serious; his countenance grave, composed, and sensible. There was in his whole appearance an unusual dignity and gracefulness, which at once secured for him profound respect, and cordial esteem. He seemed born to command his fellow men. In his official capacity he received applicants for favours, and answered their requests with so much ease, condescension, and kindness, as that each retired, believing himself a favourite of his chief. He had an excellent and well cultivated understanding ; a correct, discerning, and comprehensive mind; a memory remarkably retentive; energetic passiops nnder proper controul ; a judgment sober, deliberate, and sound. He was a man of the strictest honour and honesty, fair and honourable in his dealings ; and punctual to his engagements. His disposition was mild, kind, and generous. Candour, sincerity, moderation, and simplicity, were, in common, prominent features in his character ; but when an occasion called, he was capable of dis. playing the most deterinined bravery, firmness, and independence.

He was

an affectionate husband, a faithful friend, a humane master, and a father to the poor. He lived in the un. varying habits of regularity, temperance, and industry.".--Dr. Morse.


WAS also the hero of liberty ; but his pre. tensions to patriotism have been seriously ques.

tioned ; nor will his character stand high with posterity, his person and manners were as sin. gular as his history.

“ IN his dress and figure Wilkes at his cottage, or in the streets of London, was precisely the same ; the bag, the blue and gold, or the full suit of scarlet, composed his constant and un. alterable dra pery. These cut iu the fashion of his youthful days, with the single, rural, and not well according addition of bools, made the exterior truly unique. At an early hour he was made up for the day, and ready to see com. pany, which he willingly entertained with anecdotes and characters he had met with in his private and political walks through life. In these conversations he never failed to iutroduce some eulogy on the manners of the French, as they were at the time of his residence among them, and as seldom refrained from his usual sarcasms on North Britons. The habit of re. peating the same set of stories was the only symptom of senility that Wilkes exhibited in his last stage of life ;, his spirits and vivacity experienced little,, if any visible decay ; the taste shewn by him in ornamenting his rooms and grounds, bore a great, affinity to that dise played in his person. Every thing in that line was exactly of a piece with the old blue and gold, and the scarlet, with gold, knee hands ; all was overdone and gaudy, the very reverse of chaste simplicity.

“ In his last visit to his cottage, Wilkes seemed to be aware that his vital thread was spun oat to nearly its length, but this caused no abate. ment of his good humour and festive manners, His glass of Champagne lost neither its relish nor its effeat, and the “ life to the ląst.enjoyed

of his friend Churchill, was as applicable to him as to its author.

« The last time he crossed the water he had a very long and tedious passage, owing to a total failure of wind. So circunstanced, he jocosely

remarked, that if this was the case, he should • never again revisit the Isle of Wight, as in every

period of his life nothing was so hostile to his existence as a dead calm. This prediction was verified ; he returned no more to the island ; but, as is well known, died at the house of his daughter, in Grosvenor-square, on the 28th of December following.

“This picture in little of Wilkes at his cot. tage, there living to himself, and in his own confined

way, will not perhaps be considered as the least interesting in the life of that extraordinary man. When the frail ornaments of Sandham shall have mouidered away, and its inscriptions shall have ceased to be legible, themselves requiring instead of giving explana. tion, the niind that knows how to respect wit and talents in themselves, however abused in their application, will mase over the spot, and still hail as at least minor classic ground, the villakin of John Wilkes !


Is, and ought to be, strongly held up to all his followers ; the possession of his graces and vir. tues would dignify, adorn, and bless mankind.

“ TO what meanness of condition ought not we, his disciples, chearfully to submit ? For our sakes he became poor.--and shall we be ashamed of honest poverty ? Did he go by the vame of the Carpenter's Son-and dare a Christian

ostentatiously to display the heraldry of his ancestors, or to blush at what the world calls low birth? He hath not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, nor hid his face from him when he cried and can one called by his name turn a deaf ear to the cry of distress, or hide his face from a poor brother?

We cannot, like him, say, “ Let there be light! Lazarus come forth !we cannot, like him, walk on water, or silence the wind ; we cannot, like him, give eyes to the blind or speech to the damb: but we may with him be meek and lowly in heart, merciful and compassionate, forbearing and forgiving ; we can go about doing good, and ministering the necessitous. We cannot attain to the height of his divine excellence and perfec. tion, but we may with him descend to the lowliest offices of beneficence and condescension, we may learn of him to overcome evil with good."

Dr. Henry Hunter.

LONDON HAS had its former period of depression, and suffered many revolutions ere it arrived at its present extent, grandeur, and celebrity.

In that melancholy period, when the Ro. man empire in the west became universally a prey to the hordes of ferocious barbarians, England fell to the lot of certain piratical tribes from the north of Germany, since known by the general denomination of Anglo Saxons.---These invaders were successful in exterminating from among 11s all vestiges of literature and Roman civilization. The Christian religion it. self sunk under their hostility. The institutions of the ancient Germans and the mythology of

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