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“ A girl of nineteen may love GOULD it is true,

But believe me, dear sir, it is Gold without U.” A valuable Man. David Wilson, of Port William, Gallatin County, Ken. is 78 years of age. He has had FOUR WIVES, and by them FORTYTWO CHILDREN. His oldest child is but 16 years younger than himself. His second wife had five children at two births in eleven months. Mr. Wilson is a native of Pennsylvania; converses with ease and affability, and supports his family by labour. He has worn a hat twenty years, which is still passably decent.

London, April 11.-On Friday, an exhibition of the sale of a wife took place at Dartmouth. A brute dragged his wife to the public quay for sale. She had been married a twelvemonth, is not yet twenty, and could scarcely be sustained from fainting, as her husband dragged her along. She was purchased for two guineas by her first sweetheart.

Paris, March 28.-A mathematician of Milan, M. Locatelli, propels boats on rivers by ineans of a piece of machinery of his own invention, without any other aid; he will even move a vessel of war against the cur. rent, which the machine secures from wreck besides. The power of one man, or at most that of a horse, is sufficient to put it in motion. A trial made with a small boat has succeeded admirably.

Animal Magnetism.Berlin, March 22.-By a Cabinet Order respecting magnetism, it is ordered, that in order to prevent abuses as far as possible, only authorized physicians shall be allowed to attempt cures by magDetism. Those physicians who employ this means are bound to deliver to their superior authorities, every three months, an exact account of the disorders they have treated, and of the facts which they have observed.

A wire Bridge for foot passengers, after the models of those constructed in America, which are so serviceable in crossing ravines, small lakes, &c. in that country, has just been erected across the Gala, at Galashiels, North Britain, and is found to answer the purpose extremely well, and to every appearance may last many years at little or no expense. The span, which is 111 feet, and the breadth, three feet, makes it very light and neat in appearance, though with safety, 20 or 30 people may be upon it at a time. The whole expense of this useful little bridge is only 20l.

In a small yew tree in the garden of Mr. Samuel Warburton, of Suffield, a wren, a linnet, and a black bird, have all built their respective nests. These little musical tenants of the tree live in perfect harmony together, and according to the fashion of the times, pay their rent to Mr. W.in notes.

Snuff.-Every professed, inveterate and incurable snuff-taker, says lord Chesterfield, at a moderate computation, takes one pinch in ten minutes. Every pinch, with the agreeable ceremony of blowing and wiping the nose, and other incidental circumstances, consumes a minute and a half out of every ten, which allowing 16 hours to a snuff-taking day, amounts to two hours and 24 minutes out of every natural day, and one day out of every ten. One day out of every ten amounts to 36 days and a 1-2 in a year. Hence, if we suppose the practice to be persisted in 40 years, two entire years of a snuff taker's life will be dedicated to tickle his nose, and two more to blowing it! If the expense of spuff taking, snuff boxes and handkerchiefs were considered, it would be found that this luxury encroaches as much on the income of the snuff-taker as it does on his time.

Punning.--A punster, observing two sheriff's officers running after an ingenious but distressed author, remarked, that it was a new edition of the “ Pursuits of Literature” unbound, but hot pressed.

TO READERS AND CORRESPONDENTS.

The very interesting Memoir of Dr. Dwight, which appears in the present number, was offered to us some time ago; but it was declined in consequence of the promise of a communication on the same subject, from another gentleinan to whom a previous application had been made. After a long delay, we are obliged to conclude that other avocations will prevent the execution of what was intended for us. We have, therefore, determined to preserve in our pages, an article,* in which the author seems to have gratified the emotions of friendship and admiration, without any vio. lation of truth. May we add that communications from this writer, will be very welcome at all times?

Many poetical favours are omitted this month, in order that Mr. Moore's Persian tale might be inserted entire. If poetry be as a splendid orator defined it, the art of substantiating shadows and of lending existence to nothing, who can dispute the claims of our modern bard, to the exalted title.

I The editor acknowledges his obligations to a friend who favoured him with certain “ Recollections.” The subject of this communication has however, been amply treated in our Journal; and it is respectfully suggested that a further prosecution of the design, while it could do no good, might revive recollections of a nature, very different from those which are so laudably cherished by our correspondent. Our pledge to the public and our private feelings, combine to exclude such discussions from these pages. They place us, inter sacrum saxumque; or, as the old saying runs-between the Devil and the Dead sea.

Investigator should have drawn a lesson from our silence. We were completely gavelled in his first essay, and shrink from a second adventure.

I would sooner
Keep fleas within a circle, and be accomptant
A thousand year, which of 'em, and how far,

Out-leap'd the other, than endure such writing.

** GENTLEMEN, who are willing to cherish a literary journal, but who, distant from Philadelphia, and occupied with higher cares, forget, or procrastinate our triding claims, are respectfully reminded, that the great expense of this establishment requires a strict punctuality of payment. Remote subscribers are requested to correspond with the publisher, and let the topics be case and increasing patronage. A literary paper, without the gainful aid of advertisements, relies for its support upon distant subscribers, a general circulation, and regular receipts. Our patrons will please to reflect that, in a few weeks, we shall begin another round of annual toil, and must pledge ourselves, not only for an assiduous employ ment of time in this literary enterprize, but for a very heavy expense in the execution of it. PAYMENT IN ADVANCE was the original stipulation of Mr. OLDSCHOOL in the year 1800, when this journal commenced, and he hopes it will not be forgotten.

** Those who do not wish the Port Folio to be sent to them next year, must apprize the publisher of their determination before Christmas; otherwise it will be transmitted as usual.

* From the Connecticut Journal.

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THE PORT

FOLIO

FOURTI SERIES.

CONDUCTED BY OLIVER OLDSCHOOL, ESQ.

Various; that the mind
Of desultory man, studions of change
And pleased with novelty, may be indulged.--CowPER.

VOL. IV.

NOVEMBER, 1817.

No. V.

BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIR OF THE REV. TIMOTHY

DWIGHT, S. T. D L L. D.

Tas strong feelings excited throughout the United States, by the death of President Dwight, evince the high estimation in which he was held by his countrymen. Rarely have they united so generally, and with so strong manifestations of sympathy, in de ploring the loss of an individual: rarely has an individual been removed from a station of greater usefulness.

Although a sketch of his life and character has been ably exhibited, both by the divine who addressed the assembly, that met to weep over his ashes, and by the orator who pronounced his Eulogy to the Academic body; yet the writer has waited long, with the hope that some abler hanđ than his own, would furnish a sketch adapted to the columns of a public paper. While the feelings of so many are awakened by this mournful event, it is huped that the delay of others will excuse him for undertaking, with abilities so unequal to the subject, to supply a Memoir of this great and good man.

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Timothy Dwight was born at Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1752. He was the eldest son of Timothy Dwight, Esquire, a man distinguished for his piety, as a long line of venerable ancestors had been before him. His mother was daughter of the great President Edwards, and she is said to have inherited a large portion of the uncommon powers of her father.

"To teach the young idea how to shoot,' was a task which she executed with uncommon care and delight; and it is not improbable that a mother so able and vigilant, contributed much to bring to early maturity those powers, which were destined to shine with so resplendent a lustre.

He entered Yale College at the early age of thirteen. His tutor was the Honourable Stephen Mix Mitchell, late chief judge of the superior court of Connecticut. It is said that young Dwight, while he exhibited the lineaments of a very uncommon character, alarmed the fears of his instructer, lest his ardent mind and impetuous feelings, should receive a wrong bias, and prove his ruin. At this important period, that gentleman is said to have set before him, in a plain and affectionate manner, the capacity of his mind, and to have directed his aspiring views to the lofty eminence of learning and virtuc, which he was capable of attaining. To the abilities and fidelity of this excellent instructer, Doctor Dwight ever expressed himself under the strongest obligations, and ascribed in a great measure to his influence, the bent of his mind, and the formation of his character. He left college in 1769, with a very high reputation for classical attainments.

Two years afterwards, at the age of nineteen, he returned to the same place and entered on the office of Tutor. In this station, few if any ever surpassed him in abilities, either for government or instruction. Youthful as he was, he was regarded with the utmost deference by all the students; and by his own class in particular, he was eminently beloved and admired. The opportunities which this situation afforded for the cultivation of polite literature, were not neglected. Indeed, that period was to our country a new *era in the department of letters and taste. The pre

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* Professor Silliman's FuneralOration; to which excellent performance, the writer has been much indebted in delineating this imperfect sketch.

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