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1807. History of the Passing Times. 269 and to that general, or particular system, which he is determined to support. A conduct of this kind is always derogatory to the character of that statesman, who,aspiring to stand on the broad pedestal of individual integrity, and national patriotism, ought never to stoop to those mean, and pitiful arts, by which alone, partizans excite the notice of the multitude, and demagogues are raised to distinction. Even an inadvertent aberration from that erect posture, which a dignified statesman should always assume, is truly a cause of serious regret--but very different are the sentiments which such conduct excites, when it is the effect of pré-meditated artifice, or design.

Mr. Randolph had been charged with the last of these arts, in having, when he first addressed the house, designedly passed over one of the most important objects of the present resolution before them the impressment of seamen.

In reply to this insinuation, he did not, for a moment, attempt to excuse himself for this omission of his duty. He declared that he had scarcely left the house, before he recollected the circumstance with regret, and that no gentleman should ever be able to accuse him of having evaded any questions, which had been submitted to their discussion. In reference to this subject, however, he rather showed the grievance complained of, than entered into the investigation of the abstract question itself. He contended, that the resolution would never recover a single seaman, from British men of war. tem of impressment, though subversive of individual liberty, must always be resorted to, where a large naval power is to be supported: And that America herself, must adopt this system, if she has long to contend with any great power on the ocean, The tardy operation of enlistment, is not calculated to meet a sudden emergency, nor could the wealth of Cresus sustain the expense. The difficulty of procuring seamen had been felt, even in the Mediterranean war; but far greater would be the difficulty in the event of a war with England. Numbers of those seamen, who would with alacrity face the Corsairs, and even the Dons, and the Monsieurs, would recoil at being led to battle with a British fleet—"And why? Because, waving other considerations, a great proportion of VOL. II.

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our seamen are foreigners-Natives of Great-Britain, who “ still feel prejudices for their native country. Yes, Sir, the 6 character of the American seamen, like that of the neutral " trader, too often eludes our grasp.



make war,

much more if you resort to impressment, the Ameri“can sailor vanishes; he becomes a subject of Denmark, with “ the first frost, he disappears in a night."

In estimating the balance of interest between neutral, and belligerent powers, it is not to be expected that the first will make any sacrifice in favour of the last, unless some prospective good is held out as an equivalent; or some future evil is pointed to as a motive for such sacrifice. Friendship, between nations, is a plant of rare production; nor can it be longer nurtured, than while the soil of each is congenial to its growth-Continually vibrating as interest dictates ;

-Friends now fast sworn,
Whose double bosoms seem to wear one heart,


Unseparable, shall within this hour,
On a dissention of a doit break out,

In bitterest enmity Not even tne wire-drawing amplification of Guicciardini, himself, would be able to fill up fifty pages of history, with an enumeration of the friendly acts done by one nation to another ;-of the mutual reciprocations of kindness and affection ;-the aid afforded in public calamity ;-the protection given in imminent danger ;-the prompt, and effectual support bestowed in the hour of national alarm, and under the prospect of approaching ruin.


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To the pure all things are pure ;-and in the minds of such beings unhallowed images find no place. I am, never, inclined to give much credit to the purity of those who are outrageously squeamish,—the very dragons of virtue,—those, who are fierce for delicacy.-Nor was I surprized to hear, that the daughter of a friend of mine, lately, ran away with her father's groom, and soon, there-after, went upon the town, when I recollected, that I saw this very girl, about three years since, put a covering of white muslin over a marble resemblance of a male grey-hound, which stood in her father's hall; because, forsooth, she was so shocked to see any thing of the masculine gender naked.The young lady might with equal propriety, have put a pair of breeches on a male frog ; as the celebrated Spallanzani, in Italy, has so often done, VOL. II.

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