to the family, were the Welch language. When the recovered, The could not recollect a single word of the language she had spoken in her fickness. I can conceive great advantages may be derived from this retentive power in our memories, in the 2da vancement of the mind towards perfection in knowledge (lo ele sential to its happiness in the future world.) - Mr. Drinker's eye-light failed him many years before his deach, but his hearing was uniformly perfedt and unimpaired. His appetite was good till within a few weeks before his death. He generally cat a hearty breakfast of a pint of tea or coffee as foon as he got out of his bed, with bread and butter in proportion. He eat likewise at eleven o'clock, and never failed to eat plentifully at dinner of the groffest solid food. He drank tek in the evening, but never eat any supper. He had lost all his teeth thirty years before his death, (his fon says, by drawing excessive hot smoke of tobacco into his mouth,) but the want of fuitable mastication of his food did not prevent its speedy din gestion, nor impair his health. Whether the gums, hardened by age, supplied the place of his teeth in a certain degree, or whether the juices of the mouth and stomach became so much more acrid by time, as to perform the office of diffolving the food more speedily and more perfectly, I know not; but I have often obferved that old people are much subject to excessive caring, and that they suffer fewer inconveniencies from it than young people. ee,

He was inquisitive after news in the last years of his life : his education did not lead him to 'encrease the stock of his ideas in any other way, But it is a fact well worth attending to, that old age, instead of diminishing, always encreases the desire of knowledge. It must afford some confolation to those who expect to be old, to discover that the infirmities to which the des cays of nature expose the human body, are rendered more tolerable by the enjoyments that are to be derived from the appetite for sensual and intellectual food.

The subject of this history was remarkably sober and temperate. Neither hard labour, nor company, nor the usual affictions of human life, nor the wastes of nature, ever led him to an improper or excessive use of strong drink. For the last twentyfive years of his life he drank twice every day a draught of toddy, made with two table spoons full of lpirit, in half a pint of water. His son, a man of fifty-nine years of age, told me that he had never seen him intoxicated. The time and manner in which he ased spirituous liquors, I believe contributed to lighten the weight of his years, and probably to prolong his life. " Give wine to him that is of a heavy heart, and Itrong drink

to him that is ready to perish with age, as well as with lickness. Let him drink, and forget his forrow, and remember his misery no more."

He enjoyed an uncommon share of health; infomuch, that in the course of his long life he was never confined more than three days to his bed. He often declared that he had no idea of chat most diftrefling pain called the head-ach.-His Neep was intera ropted a little in the last years of his life with a defuxion in his breaft, wbich produced what is commonly called the old man's cough.

The character of this aged citizen was not summed up in his negative quality of temperance: he was a man of a most amiable temper ; old age had not curdled his blood ; he was uniformly chearful and kind to every body : his religious prina ciples were as steady as his morals were pure, he attended public worship thirty years in the Rev. Di., Sproat's church, and died in a full assurance of a happy immortality. .

The life of this man is marked with several circumstances which perhaps have seldom occurred in the life of an indivi. dual ; he saw and heard more of those events which are mea. fured by time, than have ever been seen or heard by any man lince the age of the Patriarchs ; he saw the same spot of earth, in the course of his life, covered with wood and bulbes, and the receptacle of beasts and birds of prey, afterwards become the seat of a city, not only the first in wealth and arts in the new, bot rivalling in both many of the first cities in the old world. He saw regular Atreets, where he once pursued a hare ;-he faw charches rising upon morasses, where he had often heard the croaking of frogs ;-he saw wharfs and warehouses, where he bad often seen Indian favages draw fish from the river for their daily subfiftence ; and he faw ships of every size and use in those streams where he had often seen nothing but Indian canoés ; he saw a stately edifice filled with legislators, astonishing the world with their wifdom and virtue, on the same spot, probably, where he had seen an Indian council-fire ;-be faw the first treaty ratified between the newly confederated power of Ame. rica and the ancient monarchy of France, with all the formalities of parchment and feals, on the same {pot, probably, where he once faw William Penn ratify his first and laft treaty with the Indians, without the formalities of pen, ink, or paper ;-he law all the intermediate stages through which a people pass from the moft fimple to the most complicated degrees of civilization ;-he faw the beginning and éod of the empire of Great Britain in Pennsylvania.

Vo., II. 27.

He had been the subject of crowned heads, and afterwards died a citizen of the newly-cieated republic of America. The number of his sovereigns, and long habits of submission to them, did not extinguish the love of republican liberty, which is natural to the mind of man in its healthy state. He embraced the liberties and independence of America in his withered arms, and triumphed, in the last years of his life, in the Salvation of bis country.


. STREPHON and CELIA. Written by a Lady. A Country gentleman of my acquaintance had a son of fo

fullen, rough, and untractable a temper, that all the edg. cation he bestowed on him, which was very liberal, seemed wholly loft upon him.-The only thing he made the lealt im. provement in was Latin :dancing, mafic, or any of the po. liter accomplishments, were his averlon. He flew all genteel conversation, and hardly spoke but when he was in company with those men who worked at mending hedges, filling up ditches, and fach like occupations; whose labours he would frequently atlit, and seemed mightily well pleased : in fine, be was the exact model of Dryden's Cymon, and cannot be la well described as in that poet's words... 1...," À clownish mien, a voice with ruftic found, . Add ftupid eyes that ever lov'd the ground. * The ruling rod, the father's forming care, .. Were exercis'd in vain on wit's despair ;

The more inform’d, the less he understood,
. And decper sunk by flound'ring in the mud. :

His corn and cattle were his only care,. .
And his supreme delight a country fair ; .
His quarter-staff, which he cou'd ne'er forsake,

Hung half before, and half-behind his back; ...
.He trudg'd along, unknowing what he foughi,
3. And whistled as he went, for want of thought."

How great à trouble this must be to his friends and family, any one may judge ! - All means were tried to render him more like others of his rank and condirion, but tried in vain : he Aili continued the fame clod, and was even so obstinately doliin, that the more he found -they took pains to reform bim, the more he was bigotted to his rufticity. If the gentlemen of the


county invited him to a hunting-match, he was füre to refuse them ; but would rụn ten miles to see a bull-baiting, or a codgel-playing. To hear his fifter play on the spinnet, made his head ach; but he could fit whole hours, with pleafure, to liften to a bag-pipe. In fine, never was a more complete clown, and fo continued 'till he arrived at the age of twenty ; but then, when all hopes of his atnéndment were paft, a change, no less furprizing than pleasing to all his friends, appeared in. him:

An orphan beauty, to whom his father was guardian, came dowo to pass some part of the summer season at their seat.-The charms of her perfon' were fuch as might attract as many ad. mirers as beholders, yet were they infinitely Thort of the more valuable perfections of her mind. Ein

She was affable, good-natured, chearful, had an uncommon love for learņing, and had made a good deal of progress in such of the sciences as were looked upon by those who had the care of her education, becoming a person of our sex. To add to all this, she was eacirely free from pride, affectation, and every modifh foppery of the times, though bred in London, and then no more than seventeen, an age in which few can boaft of being wholly free from them. ; . ; ; .. · Our modern Cymion heard much talk of this fine young lady's coming, before her arrival, and of the many perfe&ions The was mistress of ; but he regarded nothing that was laid on chat score, por had the leaft curiosity to see an object, of whole praise all tongues were so full.

He knew the day she was expected, but some country-gambol took him abroad, and he saw her not 'eill the next morning; the hour, however, in which he did, was the last of his liberty. He insensibly lost all inclination for his former pleasures, and wished only to do that which might approved of by her. - As he found the loved reading, he began to love it too, and would pass several hours of the night in that employment, thas. he might be able to have fomewhat to entertain her with the Xext day. ** . . “ Happening to come into the parlour one day, when his filter and she were dancing a minuet together, to divert themfelves, he frested inwardly that he had so much neglected that accomplishment, and defired his father to give orders that the dancing. master, whom before he had bad to get out of the house, might attend him again. - Music pow allo grew in great esteem with him ; and as he still remembered some touches on the bass. viol, he had once more recourse to his books, and soon improved himself enough to keep company with that instrument to his

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liter's spindet, and the more delightful voice of the fair occasion of so wondrous a change.

The fields and meadows now no longer afforded him any pleasure, unless when Celia (for so he afterwards called her) was walking in them. He no longer talked of apable and pallure, boasted of his leaping over five-bar.gates, or qumbling a pretty wench on a hay-Stack; or that he had been the logdelt at a wake or sheep-thegring: - He was indeed the very reverse of all he had been ; and, perfectly fenfible of the time he had last, endeavoured to retrieve ie by a continual application. So great is the force of love, when

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Not of a vicious kind," : . It does to noblest acts enflame the mind;

Awakes the sleepy vigour of the foul, he And, brushing o'er; adds inorton to the pool :

Industrious how to pleafe, improves our parts :-* Wich, polith'd manners, and adorns with arts. . 6 . Love first invented verfe, and form the rhime, ** } The morion measur'd, harmomz'd the chime:

And so indeed it proved with oge conpary, inaminatowbhava already observed that the Latin tongue was the only thing they could beat iqtochisi dulk brains.abe made, hovever, no gtat progress in it, ill aften his acquaintance with this lady; but hearing her repeat, with an admirable grace , fome craolation of the odes of Horage, and othepapriant poets, both Greece and Latin, he was alhamed to think he had non a perfeét wodarstanding in those two languages, therefore eadbavopred to pe. fect himself in the one, and begin to study the other with all his might. i r ' pren.,

:ro . What will not a mind refolvedy and unwearied applicant be able to produce! The paffion he was: infpired with for the amiable Celia, the consciousness how little he was worthy of her Is he then was, and the cardens wishes, he had to render himse more fo, enabled him to work wonders, andia few weeks 20complished that which the same number of years had failed ca do, and which perhaps had never been; bad Celia never comic into the country. I, . . Preto

How great a transport this unexpected this enhoped for alle teration, gave to his father's heart, none who bave not been a parent can conceive ; nor was be less fatisfied to find it ostaa Šoned by so worthy an object : but though he, and indead whole family, perceived that lore and love alone, had wrappers this miracle, none gave the least hint of it before him, thinkus it molt prudent to fuffer him to pursue his own method was


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