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Died, on the 20th ult. Miss SARAH GRAT2; a young lady who was eminently distinguished for benevolence of heart and suavity of manners.

The late GEORGE A. BAKER, esq. was born in Germantown, county of Philadelphia, on the 27th July, 1756. He was brought up to the mercantile business, in the counting-house of Messrs. James and Drinker, one of the most respectable houses in this city. When the war of the revolution took place, he, like many other high spirited young men of the time, glowing with ardour in the cause of their country, was impatient to avenge her wrongs. Accordingly, at the early age of twenty years, he joined the revolutionary army (in which he afterwards received a commission) under general Washington, as a volunteer. He was present, and had a share in the battles of Brandywine, Germantown, and Monmouth; and his letters from the army to his brother, the late Hilary Baker, esq. several of which the writer of this has perused, hespeak the intrepidity and zeal of the young soldier, anxious to serve, and ready, if necessary, to die in the cause of his country.

But the talents of Mr. Baker were such as soon to designate him as fit for more important and arduous duties. At the urgent request of his friends, he was induced to enter the quartermastergeneral's department, and in the same year (1776) he was appointed assistant deputy-quartermaster-general to colonel Biddle and was stationed with colonel commandant Edward Hand's bri. gade. After filling this station for a considerable time, with great credit, he was removed to the commissary-general's department. At the time the British threatened Philadelphia, he marched to Princeton as lieutenant of a rifle company, of which his future father-in-law was then captain, to await their approach.

Mr. Baker served as a member of the common council of Philadelphia, and was elected by successive councils to the office of city treasurer, for a period of thirteen years. Since the death of general Muhlenburgh, he has been annually elected president of the Incorporated German Society, for the relief and assistance of Germans in distress. During twenty years he has filled the important office of grand secretary of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania; and for three years past he was also grand recorder of the Pennsylvania Grand Encampment of Knight Templars.

Died lately at Paris, at an advanced age, sir HERBERT Croft, an English author of some celebrity, and one of the few remaining friends of Dr. Johnson. He had resided for the last fifteen years in France. Dr. Johnson, in his Lives of the Poets, acknowledges himself to be indebted to sir Herbert for the life of Young. All the biographers of Dr. Johnson speak in high terms of the literary and social talents of his friend Croft.

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TO READERS AND CORRESPONDENTS.

Solomon Gundy is no doubt a very good angler-in catch. ing gulls! his dream is admirably described by Bottom in the play:

I have had a dream,- past the wit of man to say what dream it was: Man is but an ass, if he go about to expound this dream. Methought I was there is no man can tell what. Methought I was, and methought I had—bat man is but a patch'd fool, if he will offer to say what methought I had. 'The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen; man's hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report what my dream was. I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream: it shall be called Bottom's dream, because it hath no bottom, and I will sing it in the latter end of a play.

So much for Bully Bottom's dream.

« The Fair Inscrutable" is still incomprehensible.

The zeal which “ Amicus" evinces is very flattering: but a contest with petty and harmless malice offers no ovation:

Bid me for honour plunge into a war;
Then thou shalt see that Marcus is not slow.

In her rural retreat, we hope that « Victoire" will be usefully employed in the vernal months:

The liquid drops of tears that you have shed,
Shall come again transform’d to orient pearl,
Advantaging their loan with interest,
Oftentimes double gain of happiness.

We have not forgotten a promise which was made to our “ lake poet;" he is one who knows how to live, for he has studied Shakspeare. He can

Keep house and ply his book, welcore his friends,
Visit his countrymen, and banquet them.

Mr. Gummere's reply to the review of his book is under consideration. It was too late for insertion in the present number.

“ Silvio's" timidity is natural, but he must not be dismayed by scornful looks.

Prick thy face and over-red thy fear
Thou lily-liver'd boy-

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