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Await thee now, from morn's unwelcome ra To the slow shadows of retreating day. What though some soaring genius, true to thine, In mental radiance bid the Forum shine, Deep, fervid, full, with sacred science fraught, And all the graced pre-eminence of thought, Forceful as reason in her high career, Yet falls, like musick, on the astonished ear, When, as a charm, the fluent strain is found To bid enamour'd silence hover round, Calling from thee that smile, which seems to speak, Gives the delighted flush to pass thy cheek :— More dark will seem the void his pause supplies, o More bleak, the wild that mocks thy searching eyes.
Small is the meed the uncherish'd Muse can give, 'Tis thine to honour, and thy praise will live, Still thou must shine, and with unequall'd rays, The undying Mansfield of departed days; On thee will Genius rest her votive eyes, Led by thy light another Parsons rise. Guide of the laws ' ne'er to thy country lost, Thine is the wrong...but her’s the boon and boast.
For the Anthology.
DEI supremo percita flamine Mentem voluntas extimulat mean ; Hinc per negatum tentat alta Daedalius itor ire ceris.
Audetolue coeli non memorabile Metare Numen, principio carens
Cunctus, salusque et vita, et aucta
•• Now thy long, long task is done, Swiftly, brotbcr, wilt thou rum, Erc to-morrow's golden beam Giitter on thy parent stream, swiftly the delights to share, 'rhe fcast of joy which waits thee there: swiftly, brothcr, wilt thou ride o'er the leng and stormy tide, Fleetcr tham thc hurricane, 'Till thou view those scenes again, where thy fathcr's hat was reard, whcre thy mother's voice was heard ; where thy infant brothcrs play'd Bencath the fragrant citron shade ; where through grecn savannahs wide Cooling rivers silent glide, Or the shrill sigarras sing Ceascless to thcir murmuring; Where the dance, the festive song, Of many a friend divided long, Doqm'd through stranger lands to roam, Shall bid thy spirit welcome homc !
The wounds, the agony severe, Thy patient spirit suffer'd here !
“Fear not now the tyrant's powerPast is his insulting hourMark no more the sulien trait On slavery's brow of scorn and hate ; Hear no more the long sigh borne Murmuring on the gales of morn ?
“Go in peace—yet we remain Far distant, toiling on in pain ; Ere the great Sun fire the skies To our work of woe we rise ; And see each night, without a friend, The world's great comforter descend 1
“Tell our brethren, where ye meet, Thus we teil with weary feet; Yet tell them, that Love's gen’rous flame, In joy, in wretchedness, the same, In distant worlds was ne'er forgotAnd tell them, that we murmur not"Tell them, though the pang will start, And drain the life-blood from the heartTell them, generous shame forbids The tear to stain our burning lids ! Tell them, in weariness and wants For our native hills we pant, Where soon, from sharne and sorrow frce, We hope in death to follow thec.”
Scene....A field of battle...time of the day, evening...the wounded and dying of the victorious army are supposed to join in the
o FAREwell, thou fair day, thou grecm earth, and ye skies Now gay with the bright setting sun; Farewell loves and friendships, ye dear tender ties, Our race of existence is run
Thougrim king of terrors, thou life's gloomy foe,
Thou strik'st the dull peasant, he sinks in the
In the field of proud honour...our swords in eur hands, our king and our country to save... while victory shines on life's last cbbing sands, Q who would not rest with the brawc ;
DEAR Joseph-five and twenty years ago-
Perhaps 'twas mere good humour gave it birth,
librum tuum legi & quam diligentissime potui annotavi, quae commutanda, quae eximenda, ar.
bitrarer. , Nan ego dicere verum assucvi. maxime laudari merentur.-Pliny.
Neque ulli patientius reprehenduntur, quam qui
...An Enquiry into the Law Merchant of the United States ; or Ler Mercatoria Americana, on several heads of commercial imfortance. Dedicated by fermission to T. Jefferson, firesident of the United States. In two volumes. Vol. I." New-York, Isaac Collins & Son, for Abraham & Arthur Stansbury, 1802. 8vo, fish. 815.
If any general observation applies to American writers, it is that they are not careful, by learned diligence, by the study of approved works, and by repeated essays in private, to acquire an elevated standard of taste. Who among them has shewn, that his works are the images of that divine model, which had a previous existence in the mind of the author : To make a volume, something more is necessary, than manual labour. The mere manufacturers of books are less deserving of par tronage, than the humblest artizans in society. They degrade the dignity of intellectual exertion. They write only for money, and they judge of the goodness of their work, as a shopkeeper of his cloth, by its saleable quality. The work before us is modestly entitled, “An Enquiry into the Law Merchant of the United States,” From the nature of commerce it is * This work is by George Cains of New-York. The second volume is not yet published.
not capable of being regulated by the municipal laws of individual states, but it must be governed by a code, which is respected by all civilized nations, and denominated the Law Merchant.” In respect of the universality of this system, it may be considered as a portion of the law of nations ; not indeed regulating the intercourse of independent states, but obligatory on the individuals of each state among themselves, and with the citizens of other states, in the multifarious transactions of trade and commerce. Men engaged in a similar pursuit would naturally observe similar rules of acting, and this of itself sufficiently accounts for the origin of a distinct code of laws for that vast portion of our species, who are employed in the acquisition of gain by buying and selling. The laws of particular states, which relate to commerce, usually
respect the collection of the impost. In a work therefore, which professes to treat of the commercial law of the United States, we should expect to find a digest of the statutes of congress, relating to this subject, with the constructions given to them by decisions in the federal courts, and more especially in the supreme court of the United States, together with no inconsiderable portion of the Law Merchant. Accordingly we find, that the author in his I. chap. treats of the laws, which regulate that portion of the shipping of the United States, employed by the trading and mercantile part of the community. It contains an analysis of all the statutes relating to the title, use, and privileges of vessels, engaged either in the foreign, coasting, or fishing trades. In this chapter are some ingenious and valuable observations on the question, whether by a breach of our navigation laws the offence is inexpiable, and the property in the vessel or goods is thereby divested from the owners, so that a subsequent sale would convey no interest. Such forfeiture would arise from the policy of the navigation law, which might be defeated, if the property were safe in the hands even of a bona side purchaser, for a good consideration. The II. chap. treats of owners of ships. The III. chap. on “ commercial neutrality,” treats, first, on articles contraband of war in all cases, and those which become so by an accidental combination of circumstances ; secondly, on the reciprocal rights and duties of the heutral and the belligerent in cases of blockade ; thirdly, on the trade which the neutral may carry on with belligerent nations ; and last
ly, on the right of visitation and search claimed by belligerents. It concludes with a general account of the proceedings in the admiralty in cases of prize. The natural situation of our country is highly favourable,both for peace & for commerce, and therefore the rights of neutrals to carry on commerce with other nations, which are at war, are to our citizens peculiarly interesting. They should be asserted with the authority due to reason and to the usages of nations heretofore, and with all the energy of national strength. A direct trade by neu, trals between the colony and the mother country of a belligercnt is contrary to the law of nations. But neutrals have heretofore been authorised to import the produce of a belligerent into their own territories, and to export it to any other, even to the mother country. Where this is déhe in strict conformity with good faith, without any attempt to prosecute, by a circuitous transportation, a commerce between the colony and the mother country, we conceive that the trade is authorised by the law of nations. That a neutral should be prohibited by a belligerent from prosecuting a commerce in war, because it is interdicted in peace, is most unreasonable. For a nation, as well as an individual, has the right to pursue its own interests, and to seize favourable opportunities, cither for profit or for glory. Unless fraud is made manisest, we apprehend, that no belligerent may lawfully interrupt the neutral in the acquisition of the gain, which flows from his neutral position. This chapter is almost entirely taken from the celebrated Reports of Robinson in the Admiralty. We wish that the author had been more minute in that part of it, which relates to the forms and