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ture, calculated to turn the attention of the people to some objects which are too much overlooked, but which greatly tend to retard the prosperity and improvement of his country. In doing this, I hope you fhall find me at all times candid and impartial, totally regardless of men, and only attentive to the measures that tend to promote the welfare of the people, or to retard the prosperity of this country.
I have two reasons for offering these lucubra tions under the title I have afsumed. The first is because in consequence of the business of an informer, having been confined merely to that of aiding the revenue officers against the subject, the term has fallen into reproach, and the efsential duties that belong to it have been neglected. I with to free it from this obloquy by bringing it back to its original standard, that of informing the people so as to enable them to withstand the unjust encroachments of revenue officers, when they extend their power to objects that are subversive of the purposes for which they were created; and I hope so to conduct myself in the discharge of this duty as to show that it is an useful, a respectable office, and a necefsary imployment.
The second reason for this title is, that it is evident, members of parliament are often misled in regard to things of this nature, by the false representations of ministers, and their satellites, whose study it must ever be to encrease their own power, by depressing that of the people; and as these gentlemen have often much need of information with
regard to the real state of things, I mean to take that office upon myself, till one better qualified for that task fhall appear. They may rest afsured, that in these efsays I fhall not state any facts that cannot be fully authenticated by undeniable evidence at the bar of the house of commons, if ever it should be called for; and that as I fhall never go out of my way to inculpate any person, so neither shall I turn aside for the purpose of exculpating any human being whatever.
Je crains dieu, cher Abner, & n'ai point d'autre crainte.
If Mr Telltruth keeps up to his profefsions, his lucubrations shall be always welcome; but the moment he shall depart from that strict impartiality he boasts, his performances must seek another channel of publication than the Bee.
WHEN Oliver Cromwell first coined his money, an old cavalier looking upon one of the new pieces, 'read this inscription on one side, God with us; on the other, The commonwealth of England. I see, said he, God and the commonwealth are on different sides.
To the Editor of the Bee.
By giving the following beautiful little poem'a place in the Bee, you will much oblige,
RESOLV'D, said the poet, of Calia to sing,
Of sunshine and breezes I next thought to write;
The clouds of mild ev'ning, array'd in pale blue,
Yet methought they look'd something like Cælia's bright eyes.
At length a fine fruit tree in blofsom I found,
The Muses methought, then, had smil'd on my pray'
The colour so pleasing at summer's gay fall,
So Calia, when youth, that gay blossom, is o'er,
ON THE APPROACH OF WINTER.
CEASE, ceafe, frail man from earthly joy,
There are, who seeking higher joys
To virtuous minds new joys arise,
Not winter with inclement skies,
Nor death's cold hand which on them steals, Can make them yield to fear.
For them more gay, the vernal bloom,
To chear their weary way;
Roll swift away ye fleeting years
The man that's truly wise.
THE BIRD's NEST.
YES, little nest, I'll hold you fast,
And little birds, one, two, three, four; I've watch'd you long, you're mine at last : Poor little things! you'll 'fcape no more.
Chirp, cry, and flutter as you will,
Ah! simple rebels, 'tis in vain.
How can you freedom then obtain ?
What note of sorrow strikes my ear?
And is it I who cause their moan?
If from my tender mother's side,
And shall I, then, so cruel prove,
Your little ones to force away?
Teach them in yonder wood to fly;
And let them your soft warbling hear,
Go, gentle birds; go, free as air!
While oft again in summer's heat,
And listen to your song so sweet
ON THE ADVANTAGES OF MISCELLANEOUS READING.
Lectura testis est temporum, vita memoriæ,
NMETHODIZED reading is adapted to the many; regular study is confined to the few, whom leisure or opulence attend, to smooth the rugged paths of science. The knowledge acquired from pursuits thus dictated by choice, makes perhaps more useful imprefsions, then all the learning of the schools, on persons who have had some previous formation as to taste, and whose natural dispositions are not prostituted to depravity.
Periodical publications are the chief sources from whence the readers above alluded to draw their information; and it must be allowed they have diffused more general knowledge, then any other species of writing whatfoever. Their brevity allures the indolent, loca