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ately announced and symbolized--how meta-Ipagne, the ham was always prime, the meats the morphosed ! It looked, for all the world, like an very best the market could afford—the cooking old lady trying to pass herself off for a young unrivalled--and the wine the best London parone, by putting on a fine dress;—and I could ticular imported direct from Madeira in exchange hardly tell whether it was itself or another. My for old Virginia corn. It is true it was often thoughts were all confused, and my recollections whispered about the table that “mine host" was scattered about; but I have rallied them again, a very nice calculator, and filled the mouths of as well as I could to Head Quarters, and will his guests so exactly, that it was shrewdly susnow put them down here on paper, to preserve pected he must have counted their noses; but them, as far as possible, against any further chance still they always had enough, and of ibe best to or change that may happen hereafter.

eat, and could not reasonably complain that tbey It is, I suppose, some forty-five years since bad not more to waste. Then the Colonel was this famous ordinary had attained its bighest and so kind and obliging in his way, that it was imfairest fame. There was at that period, a great possible not to feel the greatest respect for bis deal of competition among the miembers of the personal presence; and a deep sense of his suBoniface fratervity, in our rising city. The perior merit. House near the old market, which had been for- Next in rank and importance to the Colonel, merly kept by Col. Bowler, famous for his sandy- was the Major-domo, or bar-keeper, by the name colored wig and revolutionary cocked hat, was of Lovell, who besides possessing some of his perhaps un peu passè, but still not without repu- employer's peculiarities, was something of a wag, tation; and the Eagle, then one of the most con- and frequently displayed his ready wit at the exspicuous buildings on Main Street, was the re- pense of others. Lovell was remarkable for a sort of many visiters of all classes ; country long acquiline nose, and wore an exceedingly merchants and planters, lovers of sport, and rich short and shabby coat,-probably more from povyoung gentlemen in pursuit of pleasure and gai- erty than choice. A member of the Legislature ety. But the old Swan was even a tip above from N-, by the name of R—, one of the that. It was the resort of a more select, and regular lodgers, and a constant customer at the yet considerable, circle of customers whom busi- bar, was much in the habit of teasing Lovell, and ness or recreation attracted to the metropolis. I remember, that on one occasion, I witnessed a Here were to be seen, at the regular seasons, the small passage of wit between them, which causvenerable judges of the Court of Appeals ;- ed some little laugh at the time, and, boy as I lawyers of eminence from various parts of the was, amused me greatly. “Lovell,” said R— State ;—and leading members of both Houses of with a droll look, and tugging at the scanty garthe General Assembly. The company indeed ment of the bar-keeper from behind, “ your coat. was the pride of the establishment. The house old boy, is entirely too short.” " It may be to itself was but a plain building, of ordinary and short now," replied the other huffishly, “ bat I almost rustic appearance. The furuiture too, think it will be long enough before I get another." was as plain as possible. There were no gas- - Perhaps it will,” rejoined RG, but in the lighted chandeliers to blind your eyes, nor costly mean time, to make amends for the shortoess of mirrors to reproach your extravagance by their your coat, you are supplied, I see, with a very reflections; but every thing was old-fashioned long bill ;" —accompanying his words with a gesand unpretending. But if the standard of osten- ture that seemed to threaten the tapster's vose tation was low, that of comfort was at the high- with a tweak. But said he, “my bill may be a est point. Then, the keeper of the house was long one, but not so long as yours will be at the the very pink of landlords. Colouel John Moss, end of the session, unless you slacken your visita who was also the proprietor, was in fact, in many to the bar-room." Here R— whose rubicund respects. the head of his class. He was, to be face seemed to give point to the bar-keeper's wit, sure, a little starched and stately, and looked as was evidently confused, and shufiling of some if he was always on duty; but then he was not idle remark or other, was glad to make good his above his business, nor above himself. The retreat through the door. whole house reflected his character. Every thing But what were these small - wit-crackers" of was clean and neat- -exactly so. The floors, in the porch, to the lights of law, and luminaries of summer, were always bright and polished by learning, within that attic dome? Here, no doubt. hard rubbing, and, in winter, covered with come- was "the feast of reason and the flow of soal." ly rag.carpets. If the chambers were rather Here was “ the sprightly dialogue, the tart repls. small and inconvenient, the beds and bedding the logic, and the wisdom, and the wit." Oh were always clean and well-aired ; and if the bow I longed to hear them all; and to sbare in table never glittered with plate, nor groaned un- those noctes cænaque deum, as I verily thought der French dishes, nor sparkled with costly cham-Ithem at the time! But alas I was yet too young

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to be admitted into those “penetralia Vestæ "ening and qualifying the language of the resoluand could only, as yet, imagine the treat which I tions, whereupon a stranger, whom I immedihoped to be one day admitted to enjoy. In the ately recognised as the handsome and dark-eyed mean time, I had now and then some furtive lodger of the Swan, rose from his seat, mounted glimpses of the great classics of the establish- the platform erected for the speakers, and poured ment, which pleased me not a little. Once, in out a strain of bold and fervid eloquence that particular, I recollect, I was the bearer of a paper electrified the whole assembly at once. or document of some kind or other, to the vene-tested vehemently against all efforts to dilute and rable judge Pendleton, a short time before bis qualify the resolutions, and dwelt upon the mandeath. I found him sitting alone in his chamber, itold wrongs which had been inflicted upon us by reading some record, I suppose, of the Court of England, with overwhelming effect. His speech Appeals, and bis emaciated form, with his pale produced, of course, a powerful and palpable face and white cap, made a deep and indelible impression upon the meeting; and I saw. for the impression upon my mind. He was probably first time, how “the stormy wave of the multiengaged, at the very time I saw him, in prepar- tude" (as Curran has it,) could be both raised ing bis opinion on the great question of the con- and quelled by the orator's exciting and yet substitutionality of the act of assembly confiscating duing blasts. The resolutions were adopted at the Glebe lands. That opinion, I have always once, by acclamation ; and the hall rang aloud understood, was adverse to what was afterwards with the praises of the speaker, whose name was the decision of the court in the case; and was now on every tongue. And who was he? Who to have been delivered on the very day on which was he indeed but Benjamin Watkins Leigh ;he died. How mysterious this intervention of then a young lawyer residing in the towu of PeDivine Providence appeared to many at the time; tersburg—but soon to be the pride of our own and yet who does not now see that it was “ all city, and of our whole state. But alas! he too for the best.”

is gone, and I often feel, when I think of him, But again, I remember that sometime in the (in the spirit of Shenstone's celebrated inscripsummer of the year 1807, shortly after the memo- tion) how much less it is hear the speeches of rable attack of the Leopard upon the Chesa- others, than to remember his. peake-when our whole city rang with patriotic

H. indignation against the British—and a meeting of our citizens had been summoned to convene in the Capitol that evening, I went over, in the afternoon, to see a young friend, a student of medicine, who boarded at the Swan ; when I found his room partly occupied by a stranger whom I had never seen before. He was appa

SONNET. rently about the age of six or seven and twenty, elegant in his manners, and uncommonly handsome. Ile conversed familiarly with us who, compared with him, were but boys, and I obser

I. ved that his dark eyes flashed with meteor brilliancy as he spoke of the recent outrage of the

In the hush'd stillness of the starry night, British, and the contemplated meeting at the

When the sad voice is selt and tears will flowCapitol. I remember that he fascinated me at

Then floating in a unist of softest livht, once by his eye and his tongue, and that, like Desdemona, I did," with greedy ear, devour up Bends o'er my couch, and on my weary brow

A meek-ey'd seraph spiritually bright, his discourse." I determined accordingly, and

Presses ber angel lips, and whispers low my young medical friend with me, that we would

Sweet words of comfort to iny spirit-ear;be at the Capitol that evening, for we felt assur-Ah! well I deem her from the upper sphere ! ed that he also would be there. We went accor

Glimpses of glory then are round me cast, dingly, at an early hour, and I recollect climbing Immortal eyes shine on me from afarup into one of the niches in the Hall

, to take a Through their clear light, clear as Eve's brightest stars full view of the scene before me. After a while,

Her spirit shines! Oh, loveliest, if thou hast the object of the meeting was announced, and one memory of Human Love, in thy fur home of bliss, the Committee appointed for the purpose


Be still, my hope and comforter, through all the woes of reported resolutions of a very warlike tone, when

this ! two gentlemen, J. G. G-, of Richmond, and C. F. M-, of Loudon, both men of note and

August, 1849. talent, proposed an amendment somewhat soft


"I shall be much obliged to you to assist me THE SELDENS OF SHERWOOD. in becoming acquainted with all who are wil.

ling to know me; but I think arguments on the CHAPTER VI.

truth of religion are seldom beneficial to the

cause." Juliana was right in thinking that every mem

"Indeed!” said Mr. Travers, with a look of ber of the family at Travers Lodge, would be surprise and disappointment, though he was too somewhat at a loss, as to how their guest was to polite to enter upon the discussion of sueh a subbe entertained, and that a dread was felt, if not ject with a clergyman. avowed, of a long day in perspective, without “This seems a strange assertion, perhaps," any resource hut conversation. There recurred said Charles, replying rather to the looks than also the puzzling question as to what manner of the words of Mr. Travers, “as it might seem to conversation would be appropriate for a minis- imply that the subject would not bear investigater. It was determined in the family council not tion; this, however, is so far from being my opinto mention to George, that Charles Selden was ion, that I believe the more thoroughly Revelaexpected to dinner, as he would then return home tion is examined, the more firmly will its truth as usual, after his morning ride, and, finding the be established; but then the inquiry must be conminister there, be thus compelled into civility and ducted with sincerity and candor on both sides, good humor.

to produce a good effect on the minds of those Charles, at his first entrance into the parlor at engaged in it. We do not often argue for the Travers Lodge, perceived at a glance that an air sake of discovering truth, but for victory; and of the most uncomfortable and respectful con- we do not like those who have defeated us in straint was diffused over the group. Each of argument at all the better for it, nor are we apt the ladies advanced a few paces from their seats to yield to convictions that are forced upon us." to meet him, then resumed them mechanically, “This is certainly true in most cases," said and taking up their work again, fixed their eyes Mr. Travers. “I have often observed the truth on it with the most intense gravity.

of your remark in political contention, and I Mr. Travers courageously prepared to support doubt not it will bold good in polemics. But is the whole weight of the conversation, and began a man to be left in his errors ?” with a preliminary hem—“We were very fortu- By no means, other methods of convincing nate in having so fine a day for church yesterday.” him are likely to prove more efficacious."

Charles assented. " It would have been a disappointment to Mr. Travers arose hastily, saying, he thought it

A step was heard just then in the passage, and many," observed Mrs. Travers, somewhat ner

probable his friend, Mr. Nelson, who had promvously, if the day had been rainy; it has been ised to dine with them, bad arrived : be, bowso long since the people have had an opportuni- ever, thought it much more probable that it was ty of going to church.”

his son George, and wished himself to apprise "I observed some persons there yesterday," him that Charles was in the parlor, that bis ensaid Mr. Travers, “who are professed infidels :

trance might be made with due decorum and Dr. Howard, for instance, who has embraced all

gravity, and to give him a few preliminary hiots the new-fangled notions of the French school. I wonder what benefit he proposes to derive from

as to his deportment. going to church.”

Charles looked towards Mrs. Travers and ber “We have a natural love for assembling our

daughters, who sat iu immovable silence. Mrs. selves together, and many are attracted to a pub

Travers and Anna Maria, both meditating on lic meeting for any purpose whatever," replied something which would be sufficiently sensible Charles; “ besides, there is a pleasure in feeling their embarrassment. Turning towards an open

and suitable to say—Juliana secretly enjoying one's self superior to the prejudices by which common minds are fettered, and the fallacies wivdow, shaded by the luxuriant branches of a which they utter makes the consciousness of the sweet-briar bush in full bloom. he remarkedstrength of one's own reasoning powers more

" How delightfully fragrant the bloom of the gratifying."

sweet-briar is, and then its little buds are so beau“I have observed,” said Mr. Travers, "that tiful, like miniature moss roses. I prefer it greally all these infidels have a considerable share of to our garden roses." vanity; but Howard is really a man of talent and “Are you fond of flowers ?" asked Anna information, and not so conceited as people of Maria, delighted to find any thing to say, though that class usually are. I should like to hear you the subject in discussion was so much less moin serious argument with him on the truth of re- mentous than any she had expected to enter upos. ligion. You must make his acquaintance." Extremely so. My mother and sisters have

such a passion for flowers, it would have been im- with sincerity in favor of Hervey's Meditations; possible for me not to learn something about their but as he did not like to disparage any book of cultivation ; and then, one cannot cultivate them moral or religious tendency, which might be usewithout learning to love them. I am glad to ful or pleasing to some minds, he hastened to find a few rose bushes and bunches of pioks in change the subject. the garden at the Rectory—they look like old How inany are the conversational aids, enjoyfriends."

ed by the present favored generation, of which Juliana looked up from her netting with a our ancestors were ignorant! No books of prints glance that said as plainly as if she had spoken, were scattered on the tables of our grandmoth- Why you talk exactly like other people.” ers' sitting-rooms, no new periodicals furnished Charles could scarcely forbear a smile at the ex- them with ever-varying themes for social conpression of her countenance.

verse, rarely did a new work make its appearMrs. Travers, glad to find an opportunity of ance, nor had the velocity of the flying horse of obliging him, offered all the various kinds of Ariosto been then exceeded by the marvellous shrubbery which her garden afforded, when the rapidity of steam, bearing with fiery wings tiproper season arrived for setting it out, and dings from one end of the civilized world to the Charles thankfully accepted the offer, saying other. Female education, using the word eduthat he hoped, however, to impose the trouble of cation in its common, limited sense, that is, an acplanting out his flower garden on one who could quaintance with knowledge derived from books, arrange it with more taste and skill than he pos- was but little attended to, and if there were some Bessed.

exceptions to this amongst families, whose views What did this mean? thought both Anna Maria were rather in advance of the age in which they and Juliana. Anna Maria colored a little, Juliana lived, the few ladies who were competent to diswith difficulty repressed a fit of giggling, when cuss questions of science or literature, never ventheir speculations were suddenly ended by tured to do so but in their own domestic circles. Charles adding with an air of simplicity- This destitution of external aids, while it impart

"My Aunt Mason has kindly consented to take ed the interest of raciness and originality to the the cares of my establishment on herself, and of conversation of those who were distinguished by course the lower-garden will be her province.” strength of mind, or sprightliness of imagination,

Anna Maria felt relieved, and Juliana was obli- had however the general effect of depressing the ged to have recourse to the wivdow, under the tone of colloquial intercourse, and confining its pretext of plucking a bouquet of sweet-briar buds, range within the narrowest limits. In such a but in reality to conceal the laughter which was state of things, gossipping became almost a neconvulsing her, at this simple explanation of a cessary evil. speech, which she had understood so differently, There was a modest simplicity, a natural ease and the effect which she knew it had produced in Charles Selden's manner, which could not fail on her sister.

to have some effect in dispelling the constraint Anna Maria had prepared a speech some min- under which the ladies had hitherto suffered, and utes previously, and fearing the subject would Mrs. Travers was led almost unconsciously into slip away before the speech could overtake it, something like easy chat with him. After obbastened to say in a sentimental tone, “What a serving his remarkable resemblance to his mother, sweet book is Hervey's Meditations, Mr. Selden. Mrs. Travers, in answer to Charles' inquiries, as

you pot remember the passage about the to whether she had ever seen Mrs. Selden before lily?"

her marriage, went on to describe, with more " Anna Maria can repeat it word for word,” animation than he had supposed her capable of observed her mother. “I believe you never miss evincing, a ball at which they had been together, reading it on Sundays, my dear.”

the admiration Mrs. Selden's beauty had excited, Anna Maria blushed a little, and it was quite the many beaux and belles who had figured on this impossible for Charles not to smile a little too, occasion, and various incidents of the evening. but the expression of his countenance was so Suddenly recalled to a recollection of Charles kind and open, that no one could have imagined Selden's position, by a reproving glance from the smile to proceed from ill-nature, or from a Anna Maria, Mrs. Travers was somewhat disdesire to ridicule either Anna Maria or her mother. turbed at the thought, that the subjects on which

I recollect the passage,” he replied. “Her- she had been descanting were by no means edivey's writings have enjoyed a considerable share fying or appropriate : she colored slightly, and of popularity, and certainly evince religious sen- remarked gravely, that Mr. Selden must excuse iment. Many have derived pleasure and im- her for talking of such vanities and trifling things provement from his pages."

unworthy of his attention. This was quite as much as Charles could say Charles' kind smile assured her that she had


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not lowered herself at all in his estimation, and must no more look to this dear home as a refuge. he replied—“I can well imagine the interest and Other thoughts and feelings, however, soon came pleasure connected with remembrances of youth to his aid; he had only to regard those around ful days, so indelibly associated with our first and him as immortal beings; if he boped to be the strongest affections, the brightness and freshness means of awakening within them a conscious of novelty, with which every object is invested, ness of their spiritual vature, a desire for eterwhen the world lays smiling before us." nal happiness, he must endeavor to gain their

"Smiling, alas, deceitfully,” observed Anna affections. This hope imparted fresh courage Maria, in a soft, sentimental tone.

and cheerfulness. When the day was fairly over. “Yes, deceitfully. if we trust to its smiles for and his farewell greetings were made, it was with our happiness, but a very good world if we re- a sensation of light-heartedness, amounting to member always to view it in connection with a positive exhiliration, that be turned his borse's higher and better state of things."

head towards his own domicil.
Anna Maria smiled dubiously, as she was some-
what at a loss how to reply to this speech; she
was, however, spared the trouble of doing so, by

Mr. Travers' entrance with his son George and
Mr. Nelson. There was nothing remarkable in Changesul and faint was her fair cheek's hoe,
George Travers' appearance. He would gen-

Tho'clear as a flower which the light looks through ; erally have been called a fine looking young man,

And the glance of her dark, resplendent eye,

For the aspect of womar al limes too bigh, as his stature was above the ordinary height, and

Lay floating in mists, which ihe troubled sirean his features rather regular than otherwise, but or the soul sent up o'er ils fervid beam. there was an expression in his countenance of

Mrs. Bepu. indolence and self-indulgence, which showed that his moral and intellectual nature had never been When the family assembled at breakfast, on developed or disciplined. As soon as he had the following morning, at Travers Lodge, there been introduced to Charles, he threw himself was another individual added to their number, so carelessly on a seat near Juliana, and began list- different in manner and appearance from any one lessly to play with her netting, his whole air seem- present, that it was evident she was a being of ing to denote that he did not consider it his affair entirely a different order. There was something at all to assist in entertaining the company. Mrs. in the very turn of this young lady's head and Travers regarded him with a look of maternal neck which denoted elevation, independence, gratification, and really thought it was a mark of perhaps pride of character, and the lofty brow goodness of heart, and of a desire to please his and classic outline, the lips somewhat firmly cloparents. that he should constrain himself to make sing, the pale, pure cheek—the dark grey eye, one of the company, when he might have ab- shaded with long dark lashes, indicated still more sented himself on various pleas.

clearly the distinctive traits of Edith Fitzgerald's George eyed the young minister superciliously character. A flash now and then of her eye, and for some minutes, and then commenced a wbisp- the sinile that played on her lip—as she was lisering conversation with Juliana, whose giggling tening to the bistory of yesterday from her couwas only suppressed by a marked glance of dis- sins-showed that sportiveness was mingled with approbation from Mr. Travers.

the seriousness of her disposition. Some hours lay in dreary perspective, ere the “Oh, Edith, I wished for you heartily to help day should close, but Charles endeavored with us out yesterday,” said Juliana; “we were so so much good sense and sprightliness, to impart much at a loss to entertain the minister." something like cheerfulness and ease to the tone Anna Maria cast a grave and indignant glasee of the conversation, that he certainly succeeded, at her sister, as she said, “I experienced no sort in a great measure, in making them pass off of difficulty in conversing with Mr. Selden." agreeably to the rest of the company. For him- • Oh, Anna Maria,” said Juliana, "I appeal self, time moved on leaden wings, as he felt that to George, if"he was constantly expected to sustain the promi- “But,” said Edith, hastening to interrupt Jenent share in conversation, and yet every remark liana, "you have not told me any thing about that dropped from his lips was weighed and can- Mr. Selden yet, what sort of a person be is.vassed. He thought of the happy family circle my curiosity is somewhat excited, I confess." at Sherwood, where all regarded it not only as a “I never could imagine," said George, is a duty, but a pleasure, to endeavor to contribute tone of pique, “what there could be interesia to the happiness of those around them, without about a parson. I know of nothing he is geal thinking of how they should appear themselves. for but to give us a sermon once a week. сhnsier and his heart sank when he remembered that he children, marry couples, and bury the dead."

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