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tender touch of all that is endearing to humanity, by exercising it in the speculation and practice of the virtues, is the most godlike occupation, and the great purpose of moral precept and sound philosophy.
GENERAL WASHINGTON was in his person about six feet in height, his eyes were gray, but full of animation: his visage was. serene, and the temper of his thoughtful mind did not seem disposed to the frequent indulgence of mirth; his limbs were well proportioned and muscular, and his deportment carried an air of majesty and solemnity in it, that was altogether awful to folly : though no man did more for the interests of human nature in general, yet few men have unbosomed themselves with more circumspection than he did, to any particular individual ; but this habit of reserve has been the characteristic of the wisest persons that ever lived, when possessed of similar authority--it has been asserted that he was never seen to smile, during the progress of the revolutionary war : in the more unrestrained moments of private intercourse, he expressed himself with perspicuity and diffidence, but
seldom used more words than were necessary for the elucidation of his opinion : the lineaments of his face implied that he was an older man than he really was ; but the weight of care, that must necessarily have pressed upon the reflection of a man,engaged 'in such a continuity of vast enterprize and deep responsibility, could not fail to antedate in some degree, the works of time.
THE graces of General WASHINGTON'S person, were not unfrequently instrumental in the promotion of his views ; the advan. tages resulting from natural grace, in polished and even savage - life, are wonderfully convictive ; and this effect will not be amaze ing, when it is known, that the most penetrating analyzers of man, and his attributes, have determined that all action is graceful,
in proportion as the impulses are innocent : * nothing that is vicious or abominable can be
charming : nor does it breathe or exist in any emotions arising from vanity or folly : grace is the sublimity of beauty : it is a quality analagous to the most exquisite tenderness of affection ; that modest, yet gay illustration of action, which accompanies pure love: gracefulness is an expression of dignified pleasure ; but that high order of pleasure is not ease, it is something more.
As a didactic writer, he can scarcely be esteemed too much ; his sentiments have a force and fascination to restore reason, invigorate patriotism, and awaken piety: his public letters and documents should be engraved upon the tablet of the nation, as examples of profound sagacity, genuine integrity, and unaffected humility : they should be eternally regarded, in a political interpretation, as “ eyes to the blind" : his simplicity of style proyes him to have been guided by a fine taste ; when a writer is verbose or glittering, his argument is weakened, and none but the unwise can admire him.
It was the peculiar honour of General WASHINGTON, not only to deserve, but to enjoy the approbation of all men of probity in either hemisphere; those persons who had been his opponents in Britain, from an attachment to their sovereign and the prevailing councils of the hour, became his friends at the conclusion of a. peace, from
contemplating the moderation of his deportment, and the moral energies of his mind; and some of the more distinguished, considered it as a reflected merit, to be in the habits of correspondence and the interchange of civilities, * with such an embellished and admirable personage.
He had the urbanity of a gentleman, without the littlenesses of pride ; and in the very plenitude of his authority, would sheathe a denial so kindly, that the sting of disappointment was absorbed in the beauty of the declaration : he embraced the delegation to rule, as a great man should ; not to indulge the luxury of the senses, or the in
* Item, "To the Earl of Buchan I recommit “the Box made of the oak that sheltered the great Sir William Wallace, after thc battle of Falkirk”- presented to me by his lordship, in terms too flattering for me to repeat, with a request “ to pass it, on the event of my decease, to the man in my country, who should appear to merit it best, upon the same conditions that have induced him to send it to me." Whether easy or not, to select the man who might comport with his lordship's opinion in this respect, is not for me to say ; but conceiving that no disposition of this valuable curi. osity can be more eligible than the recommitment of it to his own cabinet, agrecably to the original design of the Goldsmiths' company of Edinburgh, who presented it to him, and, at his request, consented that it should be transferred to me I do give and bequeath the same to his lordship; and, in case of his decease, to his heir, with my grateful thanks for the distinguished honour of presenting it to me, and more especially for the favourable sentiments with which he accompanied it.
satiate aims of ambition, but for the blessed purpose of disseminating love and protection to all : he stood as a preeminent supporter in society ; like a Tuscan column, with sober magnificence ; plain, strong, attractive and erect : with Atlantean properties, equal to more than the weight he had sustained : at once the vital principle and the ornament of that constitution he had sanctioned, and his fame will be co-eternal with the existence of freedom,
we have never contemplated the character of a magistrate more inflexible to wrong, nor of a man so active and so spotless, in any record, either antient or modern ; he did more for imitation, and less for repen. tance, than any contemporary: had he derived his ideas of legislation and forbearance from the statutes of the golden age, he could not have done more toenforceinnocency and mutual truth; and he confessedly lived to make mankind better, if it is in the virtue of an individual to correct our frailty.
HAVING followed this august statesman to the sepulchre, it now devolves upon the grateful and the provident of his country