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A new coat of mail, and elegant decorations. Symes, in his embassy to Ava, states that the inhabitants of the Andaman Islands, being much incommoded by insects, their first occupation in the morning, is to plaster their bodies all over with mud, which, hardening in the sun, forms an impenetrable armour. They then, by way of embellishment, paint their woolly heads with red ochre. When thus completely equipped, there is not, he says, a more hideous appearance to be found in human form.
Philadelphia Statistics. BAPTISMS AND BURIALS IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA
FROM DEC. 25, 1808, TILL DEC. 25, 1809. Collected by the clerks and sextons of Christ-church, St. Peter's,
and St. James. BAPTISMS.
BURIALS. PROTESTANT EPISCOPALIANS. PROTESTANT EPISCOPALIANS. Christ-church, St. Peter, and Christ-church, St. Peter, and
St. James - - - - - 205 St. James - - - - - 135 St. Paul's - - - - - - - 115 || St. Paul's - - - - - - - 50 PRESBYTERIANS.
PRESBYTERIANS. First congregation - - - 45 | First congregation - - - - 40 Second - - - - - - - 49 Second - - - - - - Third - - - - - - - 50 || Third - - - - - - Fourth - - - - - - - 63 Fourth - - - - - - Scotch - - - - - - 14 Scotch - - - - - - GERMAN LUTHERANS.
GERMAN LUTHERANS. Zion Church - - - - - 527 Zion Church - - - - - . 156 St. John's - - - - - - 147 St. John's - - - - - - 34 German Reformed - - - 204 | German Reformed - - - 85 ROMAN CATHOLICS.
ROMAN CATHOLICS. St. Mary's - - - - - - 278 | St Mary's - - - - - Holy Trinity - - ... - - 203 Holy Trinity - - - - - 89 St. Augustine's - - - - - 85 St. Augustine's - - - - - 26 METHODISTS.
METHODISTS. St. George - - - - - - 22 | St. George - - - - - - 24 Union - (no return) · - Union - - - - - - - - 14
First Baptist . . - - - 51 | Friends - - - - - - - 113 Swedes - - - - - - - 83|| Free Quakers - - - - - 35 Hebrews - - - - - - 2 Baptists - - - - - - - 43 Moravians - - - - - - 12 | Swedes - - - - - - - 80 Universalists - - - - - Universalists - - - - - - 6 AFRICANS.
Hebrews - - - - - - - 3 Episcopal Church - - - 56 || Moravians - - - - - - S Methodist do. - - - - - 82
AFRICANS. l Episcopal Church - - - - 27 2293 Methodist do. . - - - - 27
| Public burying ground - - 627
Baptisms more this year than the last - 20
LETTER FROM SIR BENJAMIN WEST. MR. OLDSCHOOL, # The following is an extract of a letter from Sir Benjamin West on a subject interesting to the cause of science and humanity. It earnestly invites exertions on the part of those who delight to encourage the advancement of the arts, and the improvement of genius.
“ Newman-Street, Nov. 30, 1809. “ Philadelphia I cannot name without being interested in all, that has a connexion with that city: this, my good sir, alludes to a young gentleman now studying painting under my directions as a professor of that art, whose talents only want time to mature them to excellence; and I am apprehensive that his means of support are too slender to admit his stay at this seat of arts that length of time to effect what I could wish, as I understand it cannot be longer that the beginning of next summer. Could his friends unite in a way that would afford him the means of studying here another season, he would then secure the knowledge of his profession on that permanent basis, on which he would be able to build his future greatness in America-to his honour and the honour of the country.
“ The young gentleman I alluded to is Mr. Sully. I find him every way worthy and promising. I could not refrain from thus giving you my sentiments when the success of Mr. Sully in his profession as a painter, is so much to be desired.
I have the honor to be,
ORIGINAL POETRY-FOR THE PORT FOLIO.
How sweetly glide the days of him who feels
Through tangled dells, or near the babbling brook,
Tha: wildly wanders through the darkening trees.
But not to me the sun, that smiles on all
But faded verdure strews my lonely walk, And bids me think of my own luckless fate. When howling storms assail my humble cot Despair assumes her reign, and my sad soul Shrinks from the sickening view of scenes so drear To seek relief in Sleep's oblivious aid. But fairy visionş visit not my couch, No smiling promises of future joys Salute my ear. I see no gentle hand Outstretched to sooth the cares that fire my brain. All, all is dark and comfortless: or if Perchance a wandering dream should come, it speaks Of black Despair, and all the ills that wait On life, when cheated of its earliest hopes!
THE NAUTILUS AND THE OYSTER; A FABLE,
ADDRESSED TO A SISTER.
Who that has on the salt sea been
In gallant sailing trim,
Impell’d by winds abeam?
Display the mermaid's pow'rs;
Athwart retiring show'rs.
Near Ceylon's spicy coast
To make his foolish boast.
• What tenant of the sea or air
In colours gay attir’d?
And been in all admir'd.
Secure I brave the polar gale,
In either tropic found;
The rock, the hidden ground.
That bounds th' Atlantic wave.
I share, with hostile fleets who ride
The empire ocean gave.
Unpitied and unknown:
He's here condemn'd to groan ?
The splendors of the orb of day Scarce visit with a twilight ray
The bed where low he lies, And whence he never can remove: To gayer scenes forbid to rove,
E’en here he lives and dies!
My claims, may well his envy raise
Bestow'd where e'er I go.”
Came bub'ling from below!
“ Your pity spare, my gaudy friend,
Had truth conviction lent :
He lives upon content.
The pow'r to go where one may choose,
No wish have I to rove.
Yourself this truth will prove.
How falsely do they judge, who take
Their estimate of good.