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general science, and devotes much of his time, talents and fortune, for the advancement of knowledge. He is, besides, a member of many of the most respectable institutions of the state. Dr. H. is of the common height, and portly size; his complexion is dark, his hair and eyes of the deepest black; his face is oval, with a high retreating forehead, of the finest polish. His counte. nance is open, manly and dignified, with an eye of the deepest penetration. In his manners he is affable and engaging, and as a scholar, a physician, and a gentleman, he ranks amongst the first of great men.
I have little to say of Mr. Cooper, having formed no acquaintance with him. I never saw him but once, which happened in a bookstore, where he was sitting reading a newspaper, from which he never took his eyes, whilst I remained in the store. As he sat, he appeared to be a man of good size, about 30 years of age, fair complex ion, and full oval face; his features are neither hand. some nor the contrary, with a morose countenance. It is, however, impossible to delineate countenance without seeing the eye, which his authorship never deigned to lift on me.
He notwithstanding had something genteel in his appearance. The author of the Pioneers,"&c. would neither gain nor lose by any thing I could possi
. bly say of him— his fame having placed him far beyond the range of my strictures.
Miss Sedgwick, also a native of New York, is an au. thoress of some reputation ; she is the author of New. England Tales, and Redwood. I had the pleasure of seeing her once, but formed no acquaintance. She is about 30 years of age, of good stature and fine figure; she is of spare make, with an oval face and thin visage; her complexion wan, with a gray eye, her features well proportioned, her countenance rather austere.
Besides these, there are a number of literary gentle. men and ladies, and no small share of poets in NewYork. Mr. Carter, cditor of the Statesman, is said to be a handsome writer. Mr. Woodworth, the poet, is well known ; he is an amiable man, struggling hard with poverty and a large family. It is abominable in us lo neglect the genius of our country as we do. Mrs.
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Wcare likewise deserves to be noticed as a poetess, tho' le is, she does not wish to be known as such; yet she has writ.
ten several pieces of the finest poetry. right,
New-York seems to have burst the chains of igno
rance, and promises a rich harvest of literary honours. high
Many young men of promising appearance have taken
up the pen. Several of these were pointed out to me, 13 i the
amongst whom I was particularly struck by the editor of and the New York Mirror, Mr. Morris, a young man of no man,
ordinary endowments, of pleasing manners and disinter
ested generosity. Mr. M. will pardon this public hom1 dno age to virtues which deserve the patronage of every
zbich generous and enlightened mind.
ing a Fortifications. The city of New York is strongly 1 ilse i fortified, being defended by twelve well mounted forts,
be including the one at Sandy-Hook, 27 miles below the Ter plex. city.
land. Amusements. I have already devoted so many pages D.
It 10 New-York, that it would be doing injustice to other willy with places, to dwell longer upon it. The principal amuse,
gned ment of the citizens is the Theatre; in winter, that and gcu. sleighing constitute the sum. In summer, the gardens,
the circiis, the park, and the battery, draw vast crowds perossi together. These gardens are neatly filled up, with ac, syond commodations, booths and boxes, and tables are spread
with every delicacy of refreshment. The gardens are
brilliantly illuminaied with fire works, to which we may Wow. add the finest music, while the citizens regale themselves
of with ice-creams, wine, fruit, and confectionaries. The he is park is quite too small to afford much amusement, and
much too warm in sunimer. But the battery is the pride
of New-York; it is a large green lawn, handsomely paled selling and planted with trecs. It lies on the point of the
island, and commands a view of the bay, the shipping, adjacent islands, the numerous fortifications, and the Jersey shore. It is refreshed by the breezes from the sea,
and would be the most delightful spot on carth, on a sulct is try day, if it was provided with seats.
The first regular play I ever saw performed, was in
New-York, at the Chatham Garden Theatre; the play Mrs.
the Saw.Mill, or Yankee Trick," a native produce
agned | gned
tion. Mr. Barrarce, the proprietor, deserves much cre. dit for his liberality in patronising the genius of bis adopted country. He is a Frenchman by birth, and a gentle. man of an amiable disposition, and great generosity of heart. Mr. Price, proprietor of the Park. Theatre, is an Englishman; but since the Baltimore affair, I am shy of the English. I am told, however, he is a morose man in his manners, and rejects all American plays. In this he acts perfectly right; a people who have no more nation. al pride, ought to be treated with this sort of contempt. Mr. Simpson, bis manager, is a man of very genteel man.
A new theatre is in agitation, which is to excel any thing in London.
A word on the dialect of the New Yorkers. A few words are peculiar to them, such as stoop, by which they mean a platform, or piazza, before a door; and how, a substitute for sir, or madam, when they do not hear dis. tinctly—you hear nothing but “ how, how," all over the city. They have a few more words, in common with the low yankees, for instance, the guess, and the be—“be you going," &c.
The Water of New York is very unpleasant to a stran. ger, though it abounds in every part of the city. The corporation are adopting measures to supply the city with good water, which will be attended with an immense expense; but after what they have done, we may suppose ihey will not be discouraged at any thing.
The Houses are principally of brick, covered with tile and slate, three, and many of them four stories highThose in Broadway are large and splendid, several oi them having marble fronts. There are but few wooden houses in the city, and the fire is thinning them every day.. A law of the corporation prohibits the erection of wooden houses in the city.
Trinity and St. Paul's churches are vast buildings of stone, and have lofty steeples, the latter 234 feet highthey are both situated in Broadway, and are seen several miles distant. In 1818, the remains of Gen. Montgom. ery, who fell in the attack on Quebec, in 1775, was conveyed from thence and deposited in St. Paul's churcb with great pomp and solemnity.
In 1820, the city contained 123,706 inhabitants, and
it has greatly increased since. The revenue of the cus· adopt. loms will be found at the end of the volume. I gentle New-York was once the asylum of a respectable body
of French Huganots; they built a church in Cedar-street, is an
and aided greatly in improving the society: some of shy of the first families in the city are descended from them, of man in
whom the Governeur family is one. About one third of this he the citizens are yankees, and their descendants. nation. atempt. Brooklyn.-Brooklyn lies S. E. of New York, on man
Long-Island, and only separated from it by East river, o excel
which is three quarters of a mile wide, and deep enough
for the largest ships. Brooklyn, though called a village, A few
has 8,475 inhabitants, 6 churches, and a bank. The
town is upwards of a mile square. how, a The United States have a navy-yard at Brooklyn, at
the head of which I found the hero of Lake Ontario, Go ver the
Commodore Chauncey, one of the finest looking men I with the
have seen; and quite a young looking man to have com-
gaging manners. The navy-yard comprises 40 acres of stran:
ground, encompassed with a wall, and strictly guarded. The
It is, moreover well stored with death.dealing weapons, !y with (to use one of Knickerbocker's expressions,)“ breathing
gunpowder, and defiance to the world!" Here I saw upposc the celebrated steam frigate, a huge machine, but is on
ly used to muster and discipline the marines for the ser. ith tile
vice of the navy. The deck is remarkable for being the tigh.- largest in the known world! veral oi The first settlers of Brooklyn, were a family by the vooderi name of Remsens, who came from Holland; the first
house built in it is still standing. I find no date of its Liion of history; it is said to be older than the city of N. York.
This place was originally inhabited by the Canarsee Inings of dians, who were subjeci to the Mohawks. Brooklyn is high-increasing rapidly ; 143 dwelling houses were erected scveral
the last year! It is also inhabited by wealthy and fashntgom ionable people. Gen. Swift, one of the most accomplish
ed gentlemen I have met with in my travels, has his resichurch. deace in Brooklyn ; though he, as well as Com. Chqua
cey, are natives of Massachusetts. Through the politeness of Mr. J. Sands, I received much interesting information on the subject of the revolution, for wbich I lament I have not room.
Journey to Albany.--After spending better than two months in New York, I took the advantage of a tolera. ble snow, of sleighing to Albany. The Hudson river, which affords a speedy and delightful conveyance to that city, was at this time fast locked up with ice'; we, thereforc, inok the stage body froin the wheels, and placing it upon a sleigh, took our departure at three o'clock, one clear cold morning. This was the first time I ever rode in a sleigh ; it is very pleasant where the road is smooth, but this in many instanccs was not the casc. Although I was unable, from the darkness within the carriage, to obtain a glimpse of my fellow passengers, yet by the aid of the moon, I caught a flying view of the barracks, erected at Flatbush, for our soldicrs in the late war. A number of them are standing, though in a state of decay, and many have fallen quite down.
In a few hours, day-light disclosed the surrounding country, and the faces of my fellow travellers, in which I found nothing very interesting ; seven gentlemen and lwo females- I made the tenth passenger. T'he females appeared to be rather under par, as did some of the other sex ; but we were soon rid of the fair ones, the driver sitting them down about mid day, by the way. I dislike travelling with ladies in a carriage, they keep such a chaltering, and forsooth must be shut up so close, that one cannot enjoy either the conversation or the appearcance of the country. One gentleman belonged to the town of Hudson, two were of Albany, one, with a boy, belonged to Troy, an Irishman, and a Virginian. The Albany gentleman and the one of Hudson were quite entertaining, and very politely pointed out to me the villages, with their names, as well as the numerous country seats, and answered a variety of questions respecting the country, and the customs of the inhabitants. Peekskill, Cattskill, Fishkill, Hudson, and Poughkeepsie, all lie on the Hudson river; some of them are towns of considera