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And had no doubt without or force or law
His whistle-pipe these pigeons wild would draw
Tame to his coop, where he them safe might pen,
Pluck off their plumes and make them look like
No more with these dark devils let.us chase
A mongrel system of half war, half peace;
'Tis nonsense all the word is—fight, or yield-
An Indian master, or a bloody field.
S Mr. B*********** in contra-distinction to Lord Monboddo's theory, seems to have been of the opinion of that Naturalist who considers man as belonging to the class of birds; that is, a twolegged animal without feathers.
From the Diary, &c. of October 10, 1792.
TO THE PRINCIPAL GENTLEMEN AND LADIES OF
AVING, before the late Revolution, had the honour when
every body and every thing in America and Old England under-
stood one another; and in 1763, that period also being calmand
serene I had likewise the honour to hold or sustain two impor-
tant offices in this state, viz. the Post Office and the Commissari-
at; and during that period, I had also the honour to correspond
with the first gentlemen at that time in the country ; I will men-
tion the first gentlemen at that time in the country. The Honour-
able Sir William Johnson, Baronet; the Honourable Hugh Fin-
lay, at Quebec ; Sir John Johnson, Baronet; Hugh and Alexan-
der Wallace, Esquires ; and all the gentlemen printers on this
“ From my correspondence with men and a good library of
books, I think I have sufficient knowledge to take upon me the
education of a few country gentlemen's children ; say six boys,
from twelve to fifteen years of age, my situation will be near the
city; in a very healthy desirable stand, near perhaps to the Israeli-
tish Burying Ground; I will study or teach none but English
Syntax and refined sentiment. I know nothing of the business of
a country schoolmaster, who would positively take one whole
sheet of paper to communicate his ideas, when any of
lars possessed with the least share of sense, shall do it with propri-
ety and elegance in six lines. My plan therefore will be to take
only six gentlemen's children for six months, when they shall be fitted for business. The elegance of double entry, or the Italian method of Book-keeping, shall be taught (if they please) with propriety. The young gentlemen may then, if they please, leave the Academy for six months, to re-enter, and so on a regular and uniform succession of them.
Mr. Monier's plan will be to board them, wash them, and lodge them. Mrs. Monier is of a respectable Dutch family, and will not suffer one dirty matter about the house, nor about the gentlemen's children-this by way of further introduction to his plan.
Mr. Monier further acquaints his friends and the public, that five whole days in the week he means to devote his time to the children; but Saturdays a total relaxation from business, when his pupils may then visit their friends in comfort. Terms of entrance and schooling to be made known, and made easy to the public.
Late Deputy Post-master, and Agent at Albany.
N. B. The subscriber will begin to take in subscribers' names
the 8th instant, and open the Academy the 22d.
New-York, Oct. 16, 1792.
HARTFORD, OCTOBER 29th, 1792.
6 Once more shall drowsy Echo risë,
« Lift up her head and rub her eyes,
« Quit BRACKENRIDGE for JOHN MONIER,
“ And give the pedagogue a cheer."
Ye city dames who roll the streets around,
Ye country Joans who till the furrow'd ground,
Around whose board a tribe of noisy brats,
Throng thick as mice in absence of the cats,
If to my school for six.short months you'll send 'em,
I'll teach them all I know, and scour and mend 'em,
I neither ask nor wish a moment more,
For all I know, I learn’d in less than four.
BEFORE the Briton left his distant shore,
To drench Columbia's peaceful plains in gore,
When men and things each other understood,
And Bute and North turn'd pale to think of blood,
I had the honour and in sixty-three,
(A cloudless period, from commotion free)
I also had the honour to sustain
A post of honour, and a post of gain-
Post-Office first then Commissariate,
As good a chance as any in the state-
For in the first, I frank'd my numerous letters,
And in the last I learn’d to cheat
betters. Alas ! how swiftly flew this age
of gold! Surpassing that by fabling poets told ;
To me more dear the storms of Kingly sway,
Than the clear sun-beams of fair Freedom's day.
But thirdly-during this same happy time,
When writing letters was not deem'd a crime,
When no committees prowld the streets around,
And whigs and tories no existence found,
It also was my honour'd lot to spend
A leisure hour in writing to a friend.
To every gentleman of any note,
By every opportunity I wrote --
I'll tell you every gentleman of note,
To whom each opportunity I wrote.
Sir William Johnson, Baronet, was one,
A jovial prig, who liv'd on Indian fun;
Hugh Finlay, of Quebec, Esquire, another;
And next Sir John, Sir William's son, or brother;
'Squire Alexander Wallace, and 'squire Hugh,
Both as fine blades as ever wore a shoe ;
And then with all those typographic fellows
With Mills and Hicks, with Goddard, Hall and Sel.
lers, With Jemmy Rivington, and Robert Bell, Old Holt, Hugh Gaine, Tim Green, and Edes and
Good deacon L-, that puritanic fidge,
And “ Ebenezer Watson, near the bridge.
From men like these and books almost as good,
The turtle-fat of intellectual food,
I think my knowledge is so sturdy grown,
That I at length may dare to make it known,