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a character, by a process of breaking down its infirmities, will advance this person into a higher sphere of effort and distinction. When he has worked out and off the too fertile alluvion, whose rapid fertility has misled him as to the true wealth of his own being, he will discern the genuine treasures with which nature has endowed him, and will address himself to the duty which rests upon the depository of such resources. Of late, we have witnessed a decided increase in the force and freedom with which his native inspiration of thought throws itself abroad. What a profound, complete and exquisite estimate of the character of Poe, is that which has recently been copied through the papers. Yet it was thrown off within a few hours after the intelligence of his death reached the city by telegraph. We venture to predict a new and far brighter future for the fame of Rufus Wilmot Griswold. Ere many years are past, he will have vindicated his title to take rank among
the most shining of our original authors.
Dr. Griswold possesses remarkable powers of conversation. dinner-table of literary men, and men of the world, few will equal him int he original, rapid, brilliant flow of his remarks. Such a scene is well suited to display the variety of his powers, and almost unlimited resources of his information. When animated by the presence of a company which commands his respect, and kindles his ambition, he seems to rise to a higher grade of faculties, to be gifted with new powers of memory, and to be furnished with unfailing supplies of appropriate and eloquent language. At such times, his discourse has the readiness, the fluency and the correctness of written composition. With a mind quickly susceptible to every suggestion of enlightened curiosity, he catches any topic which you may present, glances with swift yet natural transition from the thing before him to something a thousand leagues away from him; enters, if invited, upon a critical discussion of some doubtful and difficult subject in literary history, gives you new, particular, and exact views of it; or discusses the topics of the day, with a vivid interest, and such interior knowledge as might seem attainable only by one habitually behind the scenes in all places. At the least, he always keeps his company awake, and if a little given to paradox, he is not the less on that account a very lively and very agreeable companion.
His social virtues are excellent. He is a firm, devoted friend. He will go through fire and water to serve those whom he respects and values. As an enemy, he is dignified and not at all vindictive. In many instances he has treated with noble magnanimity, those who did him grievous wrong. When the confidence of his mind is given, he displays a chivalrous fidelity and loyalty. As the Quarterly once said of Dr. Parr, he would never think of cutting an old friend merely because he happened to be going to Botany Bay. When the town lays a man down, Dr. Griswold is disposed to take him up with increased ardor. He has a sort of Coriolanus-passion for unpopularity in a good
These are the peculiarities of a noble nature; and if they provoke the impertinence of the canaille of scribblers, they attract and interest the sympathies of gentlemen.
J. H. M.
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SOME NARROW AND PERREDJU- Let any man of true genus read DICED AND CONTRAKTED MINDS take ALBERT PIKE's Hymns to the Gods, offence at a style of writing of a and if he do n't agree with us that unick lightness. They say that it they are of the excelsior kind of is folly, and to their heads (being excellence in poetry, our reputadull-headed) it may be so. Where- tion for taste (which is good) is alas, they do not see, that when an together forfeit. Albert, they are earnest man, who wants to do good, superb. Give us
Blackadopts (just as a man who has no wood knows that it is a miracle that children adopts) a certain method backwood should produce them; or style, no matter if it be Yanky- but this ked'ntry is the place for ism, or Carlylism, or the common miracles. We can show them more method of talking of the ked'ntry, gold, whether it be the mere dross which, though homely, has a great of Californy, or the higher inteldeal of force into it, it answers his lectual wares of Brainland, in one porpoise tolerabul well. We speak short moneth, taking it from the a pure Saxon English, and thereby Bay of Fun-dy to Terra del Fuego, rest content, without aimin' to be than down-trodden Ewrop can in a great writer. You write a long one year. We are fresh. moral essay, with a head and a tail, a firstly, secondly, thirdly, and conclusion to it, and nobody but the D.D.'s The other day, riding in an omof the land read one word of it; and nibus, (and omnibuses are rather they read it not to get any good out too thick, some say, for the good of of it, but to write another long the city: we speak of York ;) still moral essay in reply to it, and to we like to see them bobbing up and show that their heads is rounder, down over the Russ pavement, keener, and more intellectewl. crammed with human beinks, formhat is the use-t?
ing with the drivers on top, who
are crying in a fugue chorus, down A NUMBER of communications by the Park: "Ride up! ride up! which we have received are reject- ride up! also by Niblo's Gardens, ed. We shall keep them to light our when the play is out, say eleven (we do n't smoke any cigars) fire. o'clock at night; and we should be
extremely sorry to see a rail-road OLD DR. HUMBUG AND YOUNG laid down in that thoroughfare, on DR. HUMBUG. The strife bewhich folks would be carried on an tween these medicals is not yet air line, and some little boys and old settled, and who has the better of gentlemen run over, at least more it we can't say. At one time we 80 than they do now by the hacks think the Antick has it; at another, in rapid driving; and we can't for the Juvenile. That there is mera moment of time think that the cury in both these rival composicorporation would entertain (al- tions of saxafax, not the least shadow though they are fond of entertain- of doubt. This had not ought to ing in their tea-room) such a projek, be. These gentleman do not do which would entirely destroy the fair to sneak in this obnoxious sublooks of their thoroughfare, (why stance under the disguise of moshould they think that Broadway is lasses, when they know it is at a too crowded when eyes and ears discount, and professed to be all and muscles (we do not speak of vegetabel. You may rap mercury the shell-fish) are a-plenty rapid around with molasses, gentlemen ; enough to get out of the way if but he carn't be pinned down like they were double as many omni- a fly. He will git out and make buses, what with twisting and turn- himself known in the system. You ing and halting, and the proper can't do it, and we would n't take a number of policemen ?) yes, we drop of your saxafax if we knew say, as we were riding the other there was mercury into it, sooner day into an omnibus, we noticed a than rank p'ison. How is this ? young man with a heavy chain Have n't
honor that about his bosom. The links of it
article? We do n't look like the chain cable of a man like it. We will not advertise it of war, and at first we think he is in our columns. Which has the going to the Penitentiary; but bime- most concentrated pure saxafax into by we see the chain made of gold. it has lately been diskivered by the We whispers to a friend: What's saxafaxometer, whereby we learn he been doing ? and they must be that young Dr. Humbug's has getting rich at Sing Sing to send ninety-three hundredths in it, (a their prisoners out with gold chains.' very small minymum) and old Dr. • Poh!' says he, 'what a green horn Humbug's ninety-five hundredths you are! You must be from Bun- in it (a very small maxymum.) In kum. I said I edited the Flag- conclusion, we decide that they are Staff
. Might I put his name down both humbugs, and brothers ought for a subscriber? «That young man,' not to fall out. Let the young Dr. said he, belongs to the Upper Ten look at that venerabel pictur' of the of New-York, and that chain is old Dr., all creviced and gullied tied to the eend of his watch.' Says with age,
full of wrinkles over the I, . You shaw!
brow, and learn to respect age,
that your days may be long in the land.
For ourselves we feel like a pedlar Who will send us a bottle of good from the ked'ntry, who seeing a cat wine? And Echo answers whoo ? and a pole-cat contending by the We do not ordinarily make use of it, highway, with spitting, ebulition, but at present we are sick, and our snarling, rangling, and excentricity physician has advised us to drink it. of smell, remarked pithily, as he
sold a pure