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life of any man to speak of the event of March 5, 1770, on that anniversary. Warren's soul took fire at such a threat, so openly made, and he wished for the hour of braving it. The day came, and the weather was remarkably fine. The old south meeting-house was crowded at an early hour. The British officers occupied the isles, the flight of steps to the pulpit, and several of them were in it. The orator, with the assistance of his friends, made his entrance the pulpit window by a ladder. The officers seeing his coolness and intrepidity, made way for him to advance and address the audience. An awful stillness preceded his exordium. Each man felt the palpitations of his own heart, and saw the pale. but deterinined face of his neighbour. The speaker began his oration in a firm tone of voice, and proceeded with great energy and pathos.
The scene was sublime; a patriot in whom the flush of youth, and the grace and dignity of manhood were combined, stood armed in the sanctuary of God, to animate and encourage the sons of liberty, and to hurl defiance at their oppressors.
Such another hour has seldom happened in the history of man, and is not surpassed in the records of nations,
The thunders of Demosthenes rolled at a distance from Philip and his host—and Tully poured the fiercest torrent of his invective when Caiiline was at a distance, and his dagger no longer to be feared ; but Warren's speech was made to proud oppressors resting on their arms, whose errand it was to overawe, and whose business it was to fight.
If the deed of Brutus deserved to be commemorated by history, poetry, painting, and sculpture-should not this instance of patriotism and bravery be held in everlasting remembrance? If he
“ That struck the foremost man of all this world,” was hailed as the first of freemen, what honours are
not due him, who undismayed bearded the British lion, to show the world what his countrymen dared to do in the cause of liberty? If the statue of Brutus was placed among those of the gods, who were the preservers of Roman freedom, should not that of Warren fill a lofty niche in the temple reared to perpetuate the remembrance of our birth as a nation ?
It was he, who on the evening before the battle of Lexington obtained information of the intended expedition against Concord, and at 10 o'clock at night despatched an express to Messrs. Hancock and Adams, who were at Lexington, to warn them of their danger.
On the next day he hastened to the field of action, in the full ardour of his soul, and shared the dangers of the day. The people were delighted with his bravery, and already considered him as a leader, whose gallantry they were to admire, and in whose talents they were to confide.
On the 14th, June, 1775, the provincial Congress of Massachusetts appointed him a major-general of their forces. He was at this time president of the provincial Congress, having been elected the preceding year a member from the town of Boston. In this body he discovered his extraordinary powers of mind, and his peculiar fitness for responsible offices at such a juncture.
On the 18th, when the intrenchments were made at Bunker's Hill, he, to encourage the men within the lines, went down from Cambridge, and acted as a volunteer. Just as the retreat commenced, a ball struck him on the head, and he died in the trenches, aged thirty-five years. He was the first victim of rank that fell in the struggle with Great Britain. In the requiem over those who have fallen in the cause of heir country, which
" Time with his own eternal lips shall sing," the praises of Warren shall be distinctly heard.
His mind was vigorous, his disposition humane, and his manners affable and engaging. In his inte grity and patriotism entire confidence was placed. To the most undaunted bravery he added the virtues of domestic life, the eloquence of an accomplished orator, and the wisdom of an able statesman.
ZEBULON MONTGOMERY PIKE.
ZEBULON MONTGOMERY Pike, a brigadier-general in the army of the United States, was born at Lamberton, New Jersey, on the 5th of January, 1779.
By his own perseverance and application, he became skilled in the mathematical and astronomical sciences, and a proficient in the Latin, French, and Spanish languages.
In 1805, a new career of honourable destination was opened to his active and aspiring mind.
The government of the United States having purchased Louisiana, determined upon ascertaining its geographical boundary; its soil and natural productions; the course of its rivers and their fitness for the purpose of navigation, and other uses of civilized life; and also to gain particular information of the number, character, and power of the tribes of Indians who inhabited this territory.
With these views, President Jefferson appointed Captains Lewis and Clark to explore the unknown sources of the Missouri, and Captain Pike, that of the Mississippi.
In August following, Captain Pike embarked at St. Louis on this interesting and perilous expedition, and did not return to the seat of
until August, 1807.
Before two months had expired, Captain Pike was selected for a second perilous journey of hardship and adventure. The principal purpose of this expedition was like that of the former, to explore the interior of Louisiana, especially the tributary streams of the Mississippi, Arkansas, and Red River, and thus to acquire such geographical information, as might enable government to enter into definitive arrangements for a Boundary line between our newly acquired territory and North Mexico.
Upon his return from this last expedition, he received the thanks of the government. He was shortly afterwards appointed major, and in 1810, a colonel of infantry.
During the interval of his military duties, he published a narrative of his two expeditions, accompanied by several valuable original maps and charts.
In 1813, he was appointed a brigadier-general, and was selected to command the American forces in an expedition against York, the capital of Upper Canada. On the 27th April he arrived before York at the head of his troops, and attacked the enemy's works in per
The fire of the enemy was soon silenced, and at the moment that a flag of surrender was expected, a terrible explosion took place from the British magazine, which had previously been prepared for this purpose. An immense quanity of large stones were thrown in every direction, one of which struck the general, the wound from which proved mortal after lingering a few hours. In the mean while, the British standard was brought to him, which he made a sign to have placed under his head, and then expired with. out a groan!
John Stark, a brigadier-general in the American army during the revolutionary war, was born at Londonderry, New Hampshire, on the 17th August, 1728.
When at the age of twenty-one years, he was, while on a hunting excursion, surprised and captured by the Indians, and remained four months a prisoner in their hands. He was captain of a company of rangers in
the provincial service during the French war of 1755, and was with Lord Howe when he was killed in storming the French lines at Ticonderoga, in July, 1758. At the close of that war, he retired with the reputation of a brave and vigilant officer. When the report of Lexington battle reached him, he was engaged at work in his sawmill. Fired with indignation and a martial spirit, he immediately seized his musket, and with a band of heroes proceeded to Cambridge, and the morning after his arrival, he received a colonel's commission.
On the memorable 17th June, 1775, at Breed's Hill, Colonel Stark, at the head of his division, poured on the enemy that deadly fire, which compelled the British columns twice to retreat. During the whole of this dreadful conflict, Colonel Stark evinced that consummate bravery and intrepid zeal, which entitle his name to honour and perpetual remembrance in the pages of our history. We next find him at Trenton, in December, 1776, where he shared largely in the honours of that ever memorable battle. But Colonel Stark reached the climax of his fame, when in the darkest and most desponding periods of the revolution he achieved a glorious victory over the enemy at Bennington, of twice the force under his command. Inthis victory he took upwards of seven hundred prisoners, besides four brass field pieces. Congress, on the 4th October, 1777, in consideration of his important services, promoted him to the rank of brigadiergeneral in the army of the United States. General Štark volunteered his services, under General Gates at Saratoga, and assisted in the council which stipulated the surrender of General Burgoyne; nor did he relinquish his valuable services till he could greet his native country as an independent empire.
He lived to the advanced age of ninety-three years, and died May 8, 1822.