Cherokee Phoenix

Tecumseh.- This hero of the scalping knife, is in the way (as we perceive by the New Monthly Magazin

Published October, 15, 1828

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Tecumseh.- This hero of the scalping knife, is in the way (as we perceive by the New Monthly Magazine) of being immortalized in Great Britain, through the medium of 'a Poem in four Cantos, by an English Office,' bearing the romantic title of 'Tecumseh, or Warrior of the West.'- No extracts are given; but we take it for granted, that the inspiration of the subject has elevated the military bard into something very like Homer-or Milton, at least. The editor of the New Monthly puts forth a deal of interesting pathos in his notice of the work. 'It is a tribute to the memory of a great and noble character in savage life, that was distinguished as an ally of the British in Canada, during the late war there, and fell in battle. The Kentuckians afterwards skinned the fallen warrior, to make razor strops of his hide-proof of Kentuckian civilization which the Americans of other states refer to in proof of their charges against that, if being a semi-barbarous province.'- 'He seems to have been one of those dignified and noble characters which occasionally burst forth from the shackles of savage and untutored nature to command and direct the meaner spirits around him, and to obtain unqualified admiration from civilized nation.' 'Not only the British, but the Americans (not Kentuckians,) have paid the tribute of admiration to the tried virtues of Tecumseh.' 'He was a brave and honorable savage whose name should not die in England.' But enough of this rigmarole. It is a pity that officers of the army will dabble in mock heroics and sage critics become ridiculous; but it seems to be the fate of almost every English writer in regard to this country, to be guilty of the sin of ignorance, ill-nature, or absurdity.- N. Y. Statesman.