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1803 End of Year News Summary, in Poetry, by Henry Livingston - Political Barometer Carrier Address
Political Barometer - Henry Livingston Website ^ | 1 January 1803 | Henry Livingston

Posted on 12/15/2017 10:46:56 AM PST by mairdie

News boys, who might be 50 years old and delivering their papers on horseback, would traditionally exchange a poetic summary of the year's news for a tip on New Year's. It was commonly a separately printed sheet, though it would occasionally appear within the newspaper, itself. Henry Livingston mainly wrote New Year's pieces, rather than Christmas ones.

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TOPICS: History; Poetry
KEYWORDS: carrieraddress; newyear
ALL hail to the season so jovial and gay,
More grateful to NEWS-BOYS than blossoms of May,
Than Summer's green gown, or Miss Autumn's brocade,
Bespangled with gold, and with diamonds o'erlaid;
Give me surly Winter, bald-headed and bare,
Cold nights, frosty mornings, and keen piercing air,
With storms roaring round him; rain, hail, sleet and snow,
While hoarse, from the mountains the howling winds blow;
For Summer and Autumn and fair-bosom'd Spring,
With their pinks and their peaches, no holidays bring;
But now comes blithe Christmas, while just in his rear,
Advances our saint, jolly, laughing, NEW-YEAR,
Which, time immemorial, to us has been made
The source of our wealth and support of our trade,
For then, cockahoop with the magical song,
That charms from your purses the glittering l'argent,1
With our pulse beating quick, and our breast void of pain,
We quit types and shadows, the substance to gain.

But what, on this festive occasion, to say,
Is a question which puzzles your poet, to day;
Since the storms which have ravag'd old Europe are o'er,
And the light'nings and thund'rings of war are no more;
Even Oglou, who Turkey's grand Seignior defied,
Has, at length, gain'd his point, and preferment beside;
Toussaint, the black chief, too, is trick'd by Le Clerc,
And in chains sent to limbo by king Bonaparte,
While General Le Death, to revenge such foul play,
Tricks Le Clerc and his minions in much the same way,
And Negroes, by plunder and carnage and flame,
Shew Frenchmen how well they their rights can maintain.
Well -- since from abroad no great tidings are brought,
Let us see what at home there is, worthy of note;
Why here we find little to trouble our heads,
Except paper-battles 'twixt Demos and Feds;
Abusing and squabbling and wrangling and spite,
Though I, for my life, see not what they get by't,
Unless 'tis the pleasure their venom to spit
And make folks believe they've abundance of wit;
But in this they mistake, for abuse, 'tis well known,
Is the wit and the wisdom of blackguards, alone.
But to come to the point which I've long had in view,
My patrons attend, I've a few words for you;
You'll please to remember how, many months past,
While tempest roar'd loud and while shrill scream'd the blast,
When heat sing'd the earth and when cold froze the air,
And sometimes when suns shone serenely and fair,
With the news gather'd up from the wide world all o'er,
True as time, ev'ry week, I arriv'd at your door;
And now, as old custom ordains, I appear,
To present you, my Patrons, a HAPPY NEW-YEAR,
The year which we name EIGHTEEN HUNDRED and THREE,
Which brings you a song and your Carrier a Fee,
At least I predict so (with deff'rence to you)
As we all can predict what we wish to be true.
How cheerfully then will I stick to the press
For a twelvemonth to come -- be the same more or less,
To tell you what wonders the Fates bring along,
And how they behave, distant nations among;
To tell you if War his bold clarion shall sound,
Or Betsy's shrill voice Billy's bosom shall wound;
If fevers shall rage and their thousands destroy,
Or your poultry be kidnap'd by some thievish boy;
If hurricanes level both city and town,
Or Bragman, the bully, knock Limberlegs down;
Or Johnny be pierc'd by Miss Jenny's bright eye;
Or if congress shall make, or our state legislature,
Remarkable movements - by land or by water,
And many more strange things we'll tell you to boot,
As the seasons roll on and occasion shall suit.

But 'tis time that I bid you good bye, till next year,
By wishing you happiness, peace and good cheer;
To the ladies, the charms both of form and of face,
Expression, attraction, and each nameless grace,
Their tempers benign, ting'd with sentiment's fire,
Galants whom they love and the swains they admire;
To the clergy meek charity, unmix'd with pride,
And something to wake us on Sunday, beside;
To the farmer fine crops; to the merchant much trade;
To the sexton small use for the mattock and spade;
To physicians few patients; to lawyers light fees;
But to printers, the shiners, as oft as you please;
In short, to conclude my nonsensical song
To all, what they wish, if they wish nothing wrong.

Pronounced larzhong

Hadim Oglou - Governor of the Dardanelles

Toussaint Louverture - leader of the Haitian Revolution

Charles Leclerc - French general and brother-in-law of Napoleon

Of all years, 2017 surely deserves a Carrier Address to support our new President!!!!!!!

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1 posted on 12/15/2017 10:46:57 AM PST by mairdie
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To: mairdie
Blah, blah, blah. If there is no claim as to 1803 being the hottest year on record, what's the point? 👹😹
2 posted on 12/15/2017 10:50:32 AM PST by rktman (Enlisted in the Navy in '67 to protect folks rights to strip my rights. WTH?!)
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To: rktman
Can't say anything about the weather, but I can show you the phase of the moon on Dec 24, 1803. 80 percent full.
3 posted on 12/15/2017 11:00:22 AM PST by mairdie
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To: mairdie
LOL! I've seen a few "full" moons over the past 70 years. Some id like to not have seen. 👹
4 posted on 12/15/2017 11:04:00 AM PST by rktman (Enlisted in the Navy in '67 to protect folks rights to strip my rights. WTH?!)
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To: rktman

On the train, perhaps, watching rafters along the Colorado River?

5 posted on 12/15/2017 11:06:56 AM PST by mairdie
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To: rktman

You don’t know how deeply I tried to research not temperature but snowfall for those years. Called weather places, historical archives, observatories. Searching for some NY newspapers that would give weather reports like ours do now. I was researching the full moons and snowfall trying to pinpoint a likely creation date for Night Before Christmas. Family stories put it anywhere from 1805-1809 or so. I did fairly well on the moon, thanks to that website, but I died completely on NY snowfalls.

6 posted on 12/15/2017 11:09:32 AM PST by mairdie
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To: mairdie

No one cataloged snow falls in those days. It was winter and it snowed so no one really cared. Snow made travel and other activities more difficult. It wasn’t until Florida travel agents invented the phrase “partly sunny” that people began to care.

7 posted on 12/15/2017 11:25:12 AM PST by pabianice (LINE)
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To: pabianice

When my mother died, she had sworn to me that she had stripped down her world to make it easy for brother and I. I found huge black garbage bags filled with every bus transfer she’d ever received, and notebooks filled with the weather reports copied out of newspapers for her entire life.

Somewhere, someone obsessed about the topic. It’s just a matter of figuring out who and where.

8 posted on 12/15/2017 11:28:32 AM PST by mairdie
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