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No princely pompe, nor welthie store,
No force to winne the victorie, No wylie wit to salve a sore,
No shape to winne a lover's eye ; To none of these I yeeld as thrall, For why my mind despiseth all.
Some have too much, yet still they crave,
I little have, yet seck no more : They are but poore, tho' much they have;
And I am rich with little store : They poor, I rich; they beg, I give; They lacke, I lend ; they pine, I live.
I laugh not at another's losse,
I grudge not at another's gaine ; No worldly wave my mind can tosse,
I brooke that is another's bane : I feare no foe, nor fawne on friend; I lothe not life, nor dread mine end.
I joy not in no earthly blisse ;
I weigh not Cresus' welth a straw; For care, I care not what it is ;
I feare not fortune's fatall law : My mind is such as may not move For beautie bright or force of love.
I wish but what I have at will;
I wander not to seeke for more; I like the plaine, I clime no hill ;
In greatest stormes I sitte on shore, And laugh at them that toile in vaine To get what must be lost againe.
I kisse not where I wish to kill ;
I feigne not love where most I hate ;
I wayte not at the mighties gate ;
The court, ne cart, I like, ne loath ;
Extreames are counted worst of all: The golden meane betwixt them both
Doth surest sit, and fears no fall: This is my choyce, for why I finde, No wealth is like a quiet minde.
My welth is health, and perfect ease ;
My conscience clere my chiefe defence :
Nor by desert to give offence :
FROM FARMER'S AND MOORE'S N. A. BIST. COL.
CATALOGUE OF AMERICAN MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY,
IN LONDON. The Royal Society was established at London by King Charles II. in the year 1662. The following Americans have, at different periods, been elected Fellows of the Society : Cotton Mather, Paul Dudley, John Winthrop, Benjamin Franklin, James Bowdoin, John Leverett and Nathaniel Bowditch, of Massachusetts ; John Winthrop, Fitz John Winthrop and David Humphreys, of Connecticut; James Morgan and David Rittenhouse, of Pennsylvania ; William Byrd and Silas Taylor, of Virginia ; and David Hosack, of New York.
John Winthrop was the son of Gov. Winthrop. He arrived in Boston from England in October, 1635; was several years governor of Connecticut; died at Boston, April 6, 1676, in his 71st year.
Fitz John Winthrop, the first governor of Connecticut, was born in Ipswich, Mass. 1638. He died at Boston, Nov. 27, 1707, aged 69.
John Winthrop, was son of Adam Winthrop; graduated at Har. vard college in 1732; was a professor of mathematics and natural philosophy. He died May 3, 1779, in bis 65th year.
John Leverett was grandson of governor Leverett ; graduated at Harvard College in 1680; was afterwards its President. He died May 3, 1724.
Cotton Mather, well known as the author of the Magnalia, was son of Dr. Increase Mather, was born in Boston, Feb. 12, 1663, graduated at Harrard College, 1678 ; died at Boston, Feb. 13, 1728, aged 65 years. His publications amounted to 382, besides several large works left prepared for the press.
Paul Dudley, chief justice of Massachusetts, graduated at Harvard College 1690; died at Roxbury, Jan. 21, 1751.
David Rittenhouse, was born in Germantown, Penn. April 8, 1732 ; died June 26, 1796, in his 65th year. James Bowdoin, governor of Massachusetts, was born in Boston, Aug. 18, 1727 ; graduated at Harvard College in 1745; died Nov. 6, 1790, in his 64th year.
Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Jan. 17, 1706 ; died April 17, 1790, aged 84.
FROM THE MASS. HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS.
LETTER FROM COL. PAUL REVERE.
Boston, Jan. 1, 1798. In the fall of 1774 and winter of 1775, I was one of upwards of thirty, chiefly mechanics, who formed ourselves into a committee for the purpose of watching the movements of the British soldiers, and gaining every intelligence of the movements of the tories. We held our meetings at the Green Dragon tavern. We were so careful that our meetings should be kept secret, that every time we met, every person swore upon the bible, that they would not discover any of our transactions, but to Messrs. Hancock, Adams, Doctors Warren, Church, and one or two more.
About November, when things began to grow serious, a gentle. man who had connections with the tory party, but was a whig at heart, acquainted me, that our meetivgs were discovered, and mentioned the identical words that were spoken among us the night be. fore. We did not then distrust Dr. Church, but supposed it must be some one among us. We removed to another place, which we thought was more secure; but here we found that all our transactions were communicated to Governor Gage. (This came to me through the then Secretary Flucker; he told it to the gentleman mentioned above. It was then a common opinion, that there was a traitor in the Provincial Congress, and that Gage was possessed of all their secrets. (Church was a member of that Congress for Boston.) In the winter, towards the spring, we frequently took turns, two and two, to watch the soldiers, by patroling the streets all night. The Saturday night preceding the 191h of April, about 12 o'clock at night, the boats belonging to the transports were all launched, and carried under the sterns of the men of war. (They bad been previously hauled up and repaired.) We likewise found that the grenadiers and light infantry were all taken off duty.
From these movements, we expected something serious was to be transacted. On Tuesday evening, the 18th, it was observed, that a number of soldiers were marching towards the bottom of the Common. About 10 o'clock, Dr. Warren sent in great haste for me, and begged that I would immediately set off for Lexington, wbere Messrs. Hancock and Adams were, and acquaint them of the movement, and that it was thought they were the objects. When I got to Dr. Warren's house, I found he had sent an express by land to Lexington-a Mr. William Dawes. The Sunday before, by desire of Dr. Warren, I had been to Lexington, to Messrs. Hancock and Adams, who were at the Rev. Mr. Clark's. I returned at night through Charlestown; there I agreed with a Colonel Conant, and some other gentlemen, that if the British went out hy water, we would shew two lanterns in the north church steeple; and if by land, one, as a signal; for we were apprehensive it would be difficult to cross the Charles River, or get over Boston neck. I left Dr. Warren, called upon a friend, and desired him to make the sig. nals. I then went home, took my boots and surtout, went to the north part of the town, where I had kept a boat; two friends row. ed me across Charles River, a little to the eastward where the Somerset man of war lay. It was then young flood, the ship was winding, and the moon was rising. They landed me on the Charlestown side. When I got into town, I met Colonel Conant, and sev. eral others; they said they had seen our signals. I told them what was acting, and went to get me a horse ; I got a horse of Deacon Larkin. While the horse was preparing, Richard Devens, Esq. who was one of the Committee of Safety, came to me, and told me, that he came down the road from Lexington, after sundown, that evening ; that he met ten British officers, all well mounted, and armed, going up the road.
I set off upon a very good horse ; it was then about 11 o'clock, and very pleasant. After I had passed Charlestown neck, and got Dearly opposite where Mark was hung in chains, I saw two men on horseback, under a tree. When I got near them, I discovered they were British officers. One tried to get ahead of me, and the other to take me. I turned my borse very quick, and galloped towards Charlestown neck, and then pushed for the Medford road. The one who chased me, endeavoring to cut me off, got into a clay pond, near where the new tavern is now built. I got clear of him, and went through Medford, over the bridge, and up to Menotomy. In Medford, I awaked the Captain of the minute men; and after that, I alarmed almost every house, till I got to Lexington. I found Messrs. Hancock and Adams at the Rev. Mr. Clark's; I told them my errand, and inquired for Mr. Dawes; they said he had not been there; I related the story of the two officers, and supposed that be must have been stopped, as he ought to bave been there before me. After I had been there about half an hour, Mr. Dawes came; we refreshed ourselves, and set off for Concord, to secure the stores, &c. there. We were overtaken by a young Dr. Prescott, whom we found to be a high gon of liberty. I told them of the ten officers that Mr. Devens met, and that it was probable we migbt be stopped before we got to Concord; for I supposed that after night, they divided themselves, and that two of them had fixed themselves in such passages as were most likely to stop any intelligence going to Concord. I likewise mentioned, that we had better alarm all the inhabitants till we got to Concord; the young Doctor much apo proved of it, and said, he would stop with either of us, for the people between that and Concord knew him, and would give the more credit to what we said. We had got nearly half way; Mr. Dawes and the Doctor stopped to alarm the people of a house ; I was about une hundred rods abead, when I saw two men, in nearly the same situation as those officers were, near Charlestown. I called for the Doctor and Mr. Dawes to come up; in an instant I was surrounded by four ;-they had placed themselves in a straight road, that inclined each way; they had taken down a pair of bars on the north side of the road, and two of them were under a tree in the pasture. The Doctor being foremost, he came up; and we tried to get past them; but they being armed with pistols and swords, they forced us into the pasture ;-the Doctor jumped his horse over a low stone wall, and got to Concord. I observed a wood at a small distance, and made for that. When I got there, out started six officers, on horseback, and ordered me to dismount; one of them, who appeared to have the command, examined me, where I came from, and what my name was? I told bim. He asked me if I was an express ? I answered in the affirmative. He demanded wbat time I left Boston ? I told him; and added, that their troops had catched aground in passing the river, and that there would be five bundred Americans there in a short time, for I had alarmed the country all the way up. He immediately rode towards those who stopped us, when all five of them came down upon a full gallop; one of them, whom I afterwards found to be a Major Mitchell, of the 5th Regiment, clapped his pistol to my head, called me by name, and told me he was going to ask me some questions, and if I did not give him true answers, he would blow my brains out. He then asked me similar questions to those above. He then ordered me to mount my horse, after searcbing me for