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No. 1. , JULY 29, 1813.::
Introductory HAVING passed the meridian of life, not with... out some habits of reading, observation, and reflection, I intend to fill à column of the Republican Farmer, now and then, with miscellaneous matter under the title of the Mountaineer. To introduce one's self to the world in this way
is serious affair; and I feel it to be so, in common with most of those who engage in the same adyenture. Standing before judges who are and ought to be rigidly impartial, I confess that I await with a degree of anxiety the event of my trial. The disclosure of the motives which-actuatę me will probably be demanded; and it shall be given with the promptitude and frankness of an honest man. Pecuniary emolument is not among my designs. Of the value of praise I will not affect to be insensible ;-} mean the praise of the wise of those who are worthy to be esteemed is an object of exertion, and a source of gratification, of which I see no reason to be ashamed. Should it come to my. knowledge that a judicious father, on receiving the · Farmer, called his children around him with a con,.. gratulating smile, in order to present them a new Mountaineer, or that some ingenuous young man or : maiden, devoted to improvement of mind and heart, eagerly turned over the paper in search of one of my numbers, and read it in preference to silly romances, and the squabbles of angry politieians; I freely avow that the discovery of such facts would afford me great
pleasure. But so far as I can ascertain what passes in my own breast, my principal inducement to this unertaking is a sincere desire to do good. We live in a world abounding with ignorance, vice, and sorrow. No man who fears God and loves his fellow creatures can look without emotion upon such a scene; and it is as true, that no man who cordially wishes for a better state of things should abandon the hope of being instrumental in bringing it about. For my part, I feel it to be an, imperious duty to contribute my small share of effort for promoting the public welfare. The success depends on him who is the Fountain of wisdom, and by whose blessing alone any of our enterprises can be conducted to a prosperous issue.
I ought to lay before my readers, at setting out, some account of what they may expect from the Mountaineer. But I find it much easier to settle my limits, not to be transgressed, than to describe minutely the large field within which I shall hold myself at liberty to range. My speculations shall contain nothing inc. compatible with the holy doctrines and precepts of the gospel of Christ; nothing which can offend the strictest delicacy, or tinge the cheek of modesty with a blush; nothing of personal abuse, the vile emplorment of those who love to indulge their own malignant passions, and to blow the ilames of discord in society. Confined, willingly and saeredly, by these bounds, I shall submit to general attention, from time to time, something of religion, and of morality as founded on religious principles; reflections on education, intellectual and moral; recommendations of va.. luable books, new or old, supposed not to be extensively known; remarks on prevailing maxims and manners; in a word, whatever I may deem likely to be profitable to the majority of my readers. While I profess myself an ardent lover of polite literature, a friend to wit and humour when directed to useful purposes; I think it fair to give notice that this work will be marked by religious thoug:t and moral admo..
nition as its leading characteristics. That I shall never touch upon politics, I do not say ; but I shall do, it seldom, and always in a spirit and mode calculated to heal divisions, and not to exasperate them. In my mind there is no doubt that the masses of people composing our two great political parties are equally upright in their aims and intentions. It is not in the love of our country that we differ, but in our judgment of the best measures for maintaining her honour and advancing her prosperity.
How often my numbers may appear, or how long they may be continued, I cannot pretend to foresee. I may be disappointed in my hopes of assistance. I may find myself pressed with other and indispensable avocations. I may discover that the public would rather have my room than my company; particularly at a time like this, when every heart burns for news from our frontier lines, darkened as they are by the storms of war. In any of these cases I shall consider myself fully warranted to suspend, or even abruptly to drop these my humble labours, without feeling any of that guilt which results from the violation of a promise.
No. 2. AUGUST 5, 1813.
Assistance Requested. I HAVE already intimated my hope of being aided in the attempt which I have taken in hand. "That I stand in need of aid I am deeply sensible. The task before me is an arduous one; so arduous that the abilities of a solitary mind, I might almost say however endowed, would be insufficient to execute it well. To render these papers efficacious, they must be interesting. Without a vital spirit of thought, and a variety of composition, it will be impossible to attract and to fix the attention of the publie; especially of the young, who are so apt to start aside from every thing serious
-"and didactic, and to whom, nevertheless, I am most solicitous to be useful. I do, therefore, with all respect and earnestness, ask the cooperation of those friends to religion, good morals, and sound taste, who are able to help me, and who feel concerned for the improvement and happiness of their fellow men.
Will want of-leisuré be assigned as a sufficient rea* son for disregarding my request? Let me observe that long and laboured treatises are not the things I desire. Such productions, indeed, however excel. lent“they might be, would not suit my plaza, as each Tumber of my work must necessarily be of very moderate extent. And I beg those persons, of either sex, who possess a habit of writing, and think favourably of my design, to reflect that if they can spare me occasionally a few hours of their tine, they may lay me and my readers under great obligations by. preparing a number or two for the Mountaineer.
WiH help be refused me on the ground that so little good is likely to be done by publishing short cssays in a newspaper? Let us beware of deluding ourselves with plausible excuses for our indolence or our despondency. And permit me to inquire whether it is not better to do a little good than to do none? Most of the happy changes which take place in this untoward, world are achieved slowly, a little at a time; by slight impressions often repeated; and above all, by the exertions of several agents united in carrying on a common purpose. The sea is made up of single drops; and each drop contributes to the formation
of that mighty mass of waters. But farther, how ean any of us know the amount of good which may be ac ccomplished by a few wholesome sentiments flowing warm from the heart, conveyed in words well cho-şen, and attended with a blessing from heaven? How delightful to a benevolent mind is the consciousness, or even the hope, of an instrumentality in rescuing a human being from the fangs of vice and folly; in fastening in a human heart some good resolution, which