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could be serviceable either to the managers, or the author; and Mr. Wood, in conversation afterwards, as. sured me, that nothing could be done with it, unless I could contrive some means of having it published as a piece that had been performed with applause in London, and sent across the Atlantic. Heavens! when will the Rubicon be passed? Will never our cis-Atlantic efforts be encouraged in literature? And are the public constantly to be imposed upon by being told that this piece is written by one celebrated author in England, and that by another; when, perhaps, it had never seen the English shore, unless sent there to be baptized, and obtain sponsors for its future success in America: Returned, well dipt in trans-Atlantic waters, it is received with all the attraction that pompous advertisements can give to it, and with all the reverence due to the sanction of an English audience, who are said to have had their admiration excited during a succession of overflowing hou. ses; when, perhaps, the piece has only been performed through influence in some country theatres, to obtain for it the recommendation of its having been played with applause in England.

What suits the eastern hemisphere, should be considered as caviare!! to the western.

? In few only do we resemble the English. Therein we are happy; but we are a young nation, and cannot emulate them in all. Why, then, should we permit, or encourage plays to be exhibited, wherein hundreds or thou. sands of pounds are represented to be transferred from one to the other as objects of trifling concern. Charity, like all other virtues, is limited in its extent. A man who has ten times the income of our president, may

In few respects

give or lose his hundreds or his thousands without feeling; but should such exhibitions of extravagance be encouraged here, as honourable beneficence? should we be taught to believe that there is virtue in careless munificence, or honour in thoughtless prodigality? that because a man has plenty of money he is to be esteemed for giving thousands to a single libertine, when with them he might relieve hundreds of honest families? Extravagant in the extreme would be the idea that could attempt to justify such a principle, which tends only to the encouragement of the profligacy of one and leaves the many virtuous sufferers to weep. I have dived myself into the depth, the very “ bottom of the deep," of misery, and if I have not plucked up“ drowned honour by the locks,” I have raised some sufferers from poverty. Thanks to the assistance of that Providence that smiles on good intentions, I have felt the beam of heavenly approbation glowing in my breast, while scornful man has ridiculed what they called folly. Folly! in assisting the distressed! “ Yes, for you yourself will be distressed in the event." Granted, that such is, and may continue so to be my portion, while my duty to my Creator forbids emancipation; but there will come a day, when I shall hail with rapture, my summons to “ another and a better world,” where thoughts, intentions, feelings, and secret benefits to Heaven's creatures will be taken into account, and actions unseen by mortal eye

will be found recorded by the angel as more deserving, because not boasted of on earth, for “thy Father which seeth in secret, himself shall reward thee openly.”

THE END.

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