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ful that a woman of Margaret's sense, possess- 1 kind of delighted astonishment at the beauty, vaing her knowledge of Virginia's character, could riety and elevation of the thoughts, which, rousfor a moment have entertained so vain an idea. ing from their slumber, almost unconsciously to Virginia listened with delight, and internally com- the speaker, clothe themselves in words. pared Augustus to all the heroes of romance with Carried away by the interest, which Gerald whom she was acquainted, and finally conclu- Devereux's conversation excited, Margaret, Arded that he bore a striking resemblance to Val- thur, and Mrs. Selden, who had joined the comancourt in the Mysteries of Udolpho.

pany, found themselves uttering so many good When Augustus Vernon had finished his per- things, as to occasion them not only pleasure but formance, and laid aside the flute, Arthur in- surprise. One striking thought, one bright sally quired of Gerald Devereux if he was not a per- followed another, and it was one of those evenformer on that instrument.

ings which all present would have marked with “Oh, no-I once made some execrable at- a white stone. tempts at Gramachree, and a few more old Irish Virginia and Augustus did not partake of the melodies, but fortunately for myself and others, general inspiration; they seemed absorbed in I soon desisted. I am sure I have no musical themselves, and in each other. Gerald Devetalent, though I believe no one feels more ex- reux addressed several remarks to Virginia, for quisite enjoyment than I do in listening to a fine he wished to draw out the spirit that dwelt in so song well sung. Indeed, I can listen with plea- fair a shrine, but Virginia answered briefly though sure to the tones of a voice, without much com- politely, and evidently felt no interest in the conpass or variety, if they do but express any genu- versation that was going on around her. ine feeling with sweetness and simplicity, but instrumental music, unless it is excellent, is to me almost intolerable. Even the best instrumental

CHAPTER XII. music is a soul without a body, and we are not always sufficiently spiritual to understand its ex- Oh. 'tis the heurt that magnifies this lise pression; we want words to make the idea pal

Making a truth and beauty all its own.

Werdere th. pable ; but when it is merely ordinary, it jars upon the senses like discord, it is only a noise,

And what was Charles Selden doing all this nothing more, and the lower, the more unobtru- while ? His father would at least have had no sive the noise, the better it suits my taste." reason to regret the inactivity of a minister's life,

Margaret smiled, but felt a little uneasy, as to could he have seen Charles' daily employments. whether Augustus would not understand the lat- From the earliest dawn until a late hour at night. ter part of Gerald Devereux's speech to refer to his occupations were incessant, and the field of his performance, but she was soon re-assured by duty seemed continually extending before him. the bright smile of self-complacency that played No duty was too humble, or too laborious, or too on his lips.

painful for him to perform willingly, animated by The conversation now became more general, that “love which makes all things possible." more animated. Margaret had formed a high He had given up his mind to the study of truth, estimate of Gerald Devereux's mind from their in the noblest form in which it can manifest itfirst acquaintance ; but she had no idea of the self to the mind of man—religious truth, and extent and variety of his powers, for now with- from this source of all truth, he was coatioually out the least wish for display, he scattered caro- led to explore its tributary streams—the various lessly around rich treasures of thought and bril- branches of human knowledge, all of which pour liant gems of wit. His transitions from the noble their waters into this inexhaustible ocean, though and elevated to the humorous and pathetic, were it requires that the eye should be full of light to 80 gracefully, yet often so rapidly made, as to discover their connection with the fountain into produce the effect of delighted surprise on his which they empty themselves. In the branches auditors. The intellects even of the most bril- of natural science he traced with continually inliant and highly gifted of our species, are gener-creasing delight, wonderful displays of the love ally in a half-slumbering state; a moderate ex- and power of God, and perceived the various ercise of a moderate portion of our faculties, is uses to which they might be applied for the benefound quite sufficient for the common purposes fit of his brethren, for such he truly considered of life or society, but when a bright moment ar- all mankind. History he studied not as a mere rives when the mind is wide awake, what a world collection of facts, not to support any particular of thought, of fancy, does the child of genius theory, but to him it was interesting in the higbspread out, as if by the stroke of a magic wand. est degree from its revelations of the dark and The electric spark is communicated to all who sad mysteries of the human heart, from the light are capable of receiving it, and all partake of a'which it throws on the dealings of God with man

I am

when he considered the progress and connection would never imagine them to be labors. of events in universal history, how often was his often surprised at minute instances of his thoughtheart elevated in wonder and love to that Su- fulness for my comfort, and for the happiness and preme Being who from “ seeming evil still dedu-improvement of my boys; he has the happy facces good.” Philological and metaphysical stu- ulty of being able to bring from his studies and dies especially connected themselves with the grave occupations, a miud present to all around profession which he had chosen-and in such him, and ready to seize every passing occasion pursuits the accuracy and subtlety of his mind, of entertainment and improvement. and his power of abstraction from the material

The first time I wept to church after

my

arriworld, were increased. Every species of know- val here, it was with an odd mixture of sensaledge and literature had charms for him, and tions, that I could scarcely describe. As soon as every pursuit was connected with, and made sub- Charles commenced his sermon, I hung my head servient to, the great purposes of religion. “To involuntarily, and felt as much dread and embarthe pure, all things are pure ;" when the heart is rassment as if I had been about to address the softened, and the mind enlightened by the doc- congregation myself. The first tones of his voice, trines of genuine Christianity, then the eye be- however, and the first glance I cast upon him, comes single and full of light-it is fitted to see completely re-assured me; it was evident that truth wherever it may be found.

he was wholly engrossed with his subject, and The moral world, illumined by love and faith, earnestly endeavoring to awaken in the minds of no longer appeared to Charles' vision as a dark his hearers, a sense of its unspeakable imporchaos in which good and evil contended for mas- tance, and to kindle in their hearts the flame of tery: the vices and follies of mankind no longer divine love which burned so brightly in his own. excited in his mind contempt or disgust;—the His voice and manner are surpassingly good, but world presented to him a vast field of usefulness so natural as completely to disarm criticism; and and labor, where glorious victories were to be the best proof of his excellence consists in the won, where immortal souls were to be rescued interest and attention which you observe painted from bondage and slavery, and made partakers on the countenances of his auditors. of unspeakable and undying happiness ;-vice I breathed freely, then a little proudly, then and folly he regarded as a skilful physician would almost forgot it was Charles to whom I was listhe diseases of his patients—the more loathsome, tening, in the interest inspired by the subject, and the more inveterate the malady, the more earn- his manner of treating it, and in the searching est became his desire to remove it, and the more examination, which he led bis hearers to make intense his compassion for the sufferer.

of their own hearts. A letter which Mrs. Mason addressed about As yet the whole work is before him, of estabthis time to her sister, will give some idea of lishing a spiritual church, with the Divine aid Charles Selden in the character of a country which I think is clearly promised in the Gospel parson.

to efforts such as his. The congregation is large,

and composed chiesly of the most reputable inMrs. Mason to Mrs. Selden.

habitants of the county. There are many nomiI have been intending for many days, my dear val members of the church and some communisister, to allow myself the privilege of saying cants; most of whom have been accustomed to every thing good, bad, and indifferent to you, just consider it as a suitable and necessary thing for as they arise in my mind, precisely as if I were a member of the Episcopal Church to partake sittiug by your side, as in the happy days of old. of the sacred ordinance without considering its I have been so busily engaged in making house - spiritual uses or requisitions. Many, too, of his hold arrangements, which you would have ac- hearers are infected with the prevailing spirit of complished in the tenth part of the time it has infidelity, and come to listen to his discourses to taken me to effect them, and in paying and re- criticise and refute, but the evident inserest which ceiving visits, together with attempting to assist is excited by his sermons in all classes, makes me Charles in his multifarious duties, that I have not hope that a spirit of investigation may be awahad a spare moment. I have always considered kened in the minds even of scoffers and uubemyself as a rather industrious person, but re- lievers. ally this dear Charles of ours puts me completely Charles seems to have greatly at heart the spito shame, and makes me think sometimes, that ritual and physical improvement of the poorest I have never until now understood what a true and most ignorant of his parishioners, and the Christian can, and ought to be. From the ear- instruction of the children belonging to the conliest dawn until a late hour at night, his labors gregation. To his own servants, and to any of are incessant, and yet to observe the constant the colored people, whom he can induce to seek kindness and cheerfulness of his manner, you'religious knowledge, he gives plain, impressive oral instruction, so well adapted to their capaci-Jone's pleasure but his own, to the artificial cbarties and peculiar modes of thinking, that I, who acter wbich Anna Maria seems, with infinite have been present on some of these occasions, pains, to have formed. She has aimed at a have been more struck with these simple and for- mixture of piety and romance, without undercible expositions of truth, as a proof of talent in standing the nature of either, and her character the minister who delivered them, than I have is a ridiculous medley of contradictory pretenbeen in listening to many fine and highly polish- sions; it is evident to every one but Charles, that ed discourses. You have reason to rejoice in she has made what would be called a dead set such a son, my dear sister : it would be impos. at him, and it would amuse you to see the quiet sible to appreciate him too highly.

unconsciousness of his manner, and to hear the Fortunately, Charles has not perceived the very dry simplicity of his remarks, in answer to some strong interest he has excited in some of the of her elaborate speeches, intended to excite bis young ladies of the congregation, as it might throw sympathy and admiration. an unpleasant restraint over his manner; and But Mr. Travers has an inmate of his house, now he is perfectly unconscious and at his ease. a niece, Edith Fitzgerald, whose society is really One of the most prominent of his admirers, in delightful, she has so much character, talent and this class of society, is a Miss Anna Maria Tra- originality, with noble and generous feeling. She vers, daughter of George Travers, with whom lost her mother, unfortunately, early in life, and brother James was formerly well acquainted, and has had no female friend to supply her place, so a Miss Susan Brooke, who, she says, frequently that the want of feminine training and influence saw you during your days of belleship, and ad- are evident in her character and manner. Tbere mired you very much, though she was never very is nothing bold or unfeminine about her, but there well acquainted with you. Both Mr. Travers is a sort of lofty independence and disregard for and his wife seem very kind-hearted. They took public opinion, a self-reliance, and promptness Charles warmly by the hand as soon as he set- in action, which seem rather to belong to young tled here, and though the old gentleman appears men than to young women. She has not yet to think he pushes his notions on religious sub- learned that the weapons of a woman's warfare jects too far, he is evidently inclined to view his must be rather defensive than offensive, and that it actions and opinions with the greatest indulgence. is impossible to pass on unwounded, without the Charles' conduct and opinions being so different shield and buckler of prudence and reserve. Yet from those of most men, they have excited not she has so much candor, generosity, and tenderonly admiration and curiosity, but censure, ma- ness of feeling mingled with spirit, that she really lignant criticism and misinterpretation. On one fascinates me, and the lights almost make me occasion, when his character was severely han- forget the shadows of her character. dled, I heard that Mr. Travers defended him I think I see you smile and say, “Charlotte is with much warmth. Mrs. Travers is extremely as apt to let her fancies run away with her, as kind and inoffensive, but as simple as possible, she was at sixteen-how can she know so much and so fearful of giving offence that I believe she of this young lady in so short a time.” To this, would not give her own children advice which I would reply, You are mistaken, dear sister; she thought would be disagreeable. She is an my proneness to take violent fancies, and form excellent housekeeper, and indulges the natural sudden friendships, has entirely vanished, indeed kindness of her disposition, by attending to the I view things iu too sober a light now, but there bodily wants of all around her, with the agreea- really are some extraordinary persons left in the ble consciousness, that such attentions can never world, and there are some indications of intelgive offence. Consequently she is one of the lectual and moral superiority about them, which most popular ladies in the county, and I have cannot be mistaken, and yet, in some cases, cannever heard a gentleman mention her without not be so satisfactorily described, as to convince praise, though commendations of her puddings, those who have never seen these gifted individuher pastry, and her coffee, are sure to form a con- als, of the reality of their existence. Edith Fitzsiderable part of her eulogy.

gerald is certainly one of these, as you will aeThe young people of the family have of course knowledge when you see her, as I hope you will grown up without control, and have followed the ere long. natural bent of their characters, or formed them- Charles and I are expecting the promised week selves after some fantastic models. Anna Maria, with inuch impatience, and Frank and Gustavus the eldest of the young ladies, has unfortunately ask me every day when Aunt Selden and their chosen the latter method; for nature in her ru- cousins are coming. Every thing is assuming dest forms is preferable to affectation, and I pre- quite a pleasant and comfortable aspect around fer the hoyden and giddy Juliana, and even the us, and I begin to have a home feeling here, which indifference which George manifests for every gives one you know a sort of individual attach

ment to all the objects around. Art has done but little for the place : some weeping-willows

NATIONAL LYRICS. and Pride of China trees have been planted in times of yore, which have now attained a noble

BY JAMES W. SIMMONS. size, and we have a rustic porch covered with sweet honeysuckle and white jessamine, which

BATTLE OF FORT MOULTRIE. have matted themselves together in neglected luxuriance. These with some beds of pinks

When science, with disdainful eye, and violets, roses, lilacs, guelder-roses and holly

Mark'd the palmettoes from the wood, hocks, disposed in straight and ample borders in She bade the hero turn and fly. an old-fashioned garden, are the only monuments Nor vainly bathe their leaves in blood, * remaining of the tastes of our predecessors. But Calm and majestic as the sea we have a noble grove of oaks, some groups of

Upon whose shores that structure rose,

Surrounded by his chivalry, tulip trees and elms planted by nature, and per

The warrior turn'd- to meet his foes ! mitted to remain; a level covered with a thick velvet turf extending for about a hundred yards

Though each red minister of death, before the front door and terminating in a gentle From bulwarks frowning o'er the main, slope ; a beautiful view of the James River, of Would stifle Freedom's struggling breath, fields and forests so mingled as to produce the

Nor mark her spirit soar again!

Yet those who from meridian light most striking and pleasing effects of light and

Are snatch'd, their destiny fulfil,shade; then from the east and west windows of Since he who falls from that proud height, the house, we look upon valleys covered with Falls in the midst of Glory still !-rich natural growth, and almost every tree festooned with the graceful branches of our wild

From out the city's distant spires

A thousand forms are seen to rise ; grape vines.

A thousand hearts, whose native fires Tell Margaret she must be very diligent in col

Rivalled the glow of those fierce skies ! lecting flower-seed, and raising cuttings for “ The A thousand tony es, denied to speak, Rectory," as Charles is very intent on having a As, far along the brine, flower-garden, and giving an air of order and With horrent sides, and haughty beak,

Now moved the British line! beauty to the grounds. You know I have a natural fondness for flowers; but this, with many of

Within that low, dark structure, lay my youthful tastes, has so long slumbered, that I

Souls with its ribs that vied; do not think it would ever have awakened suffi- As that stern host in long array, ciently to inspire me with a real taste for their Came down upon the tide! cultivation, but for the desire of pleasing Charles. In gallant trim, and steadily If I did not love Charles so very much, I

To their stations as they sweep,

Flashed Moultrie's red artillery, should think myself bound by gratitude to con

Like volcano of the deep! sult even his most trifling wishes, for it would be impossible to describe his affectionate and unwea- Now, in answ'ring thunder driven, ried consideration for the welfare and happiness Each bold Briton plied his deck; of myself and children. But I love him too much,

But their foremost ship is riven, and have too much confidence in his regard, to

And lies a baffled wreck!

Again, again the fierce eclipse, feel grateful, if you can understand this apparent

As it rose from out that isle, paradox, and seek to please him only for the Bathed in blood the reeling ships, pleasure of doing so.

And their ribs of rock groaned the while ! Charles has just entered to beg my assistance as physician and apothecary, for I fill both these To that hurricane salute offices with some reputation. A poor family Twice a hundred guns replied ! near us are suffering with chills and fevers, and

But each messenger sell mute

In the soft palmetto's side :t I have not only to prepare medicine, but rice,

“ The Commodore !"I our Moultrie said broth, &c., &c. Then I must have dinner served

Her decks withered at the word ! up in a few minutes, as he is anxious to set out Amid ranks where lay the dead, as soon as possible to visit a sick parishioner, so Scarce a living figure stirred ! I must bid you a hasty adieu.

* Accustomed to the scientific structures of Europe, Ever yours,

General Charles Lee, when his eye fell upon Moultrie's C. Mason.

palmetto fort, sneeringly pronounced it a “slaughter-pen,”

and advised its immediate abandonment. F*****

+ The wood of the palmetto is soft and spongy.

The English Flag.Ship.

VOL. XV-85

And "Fire !” followed ev'ry roar

excellence, both as a just tribute to the memory Of the true palmetto's thunder,

of the dead, and an incentive to the living to emThat shook the sea and shore,

ulate their well-earned fame. In this spirit, we And rent the foe asunder!

desire to contribute our mite, however insignifiAnd as now came down the night O'er the island and the bay,

cant, to the praise of the great and good man, Told her guns' quick flashing light,

whose name is prefixed to this article; and so Where that noble fortress lay!

inevitably does the mention of the one name call

up the recollection of the other, that it was imBut ere the noon was passed, There was silence on the deep,

possible to take the first step, without being reFor the foe, in wounded haste,

minded of that contemporary and friend, with Slipped his cables from their keep!

whom, for nearly fifty years, he was so intimately Then rose a sound upon the sea,

connected. As of battle waged again

Chapman Johnson was born in the year 1779. It was the cry of Victory!" From Moultrie and his men.

in' Louisa county, Virginia, on a plantation in the immediate neighborhood of “ Branham's" or “ Boswell's old Ordinary.” He had four brothers—two of whom were older than himsell, and two younger—and three sisters. His mother died

while he was still very young; but nevertheless THE LATE CHAPMAN JOHNSON, ESQ. old enough to recall distinctly a scene in which he

owed his life to her exertions. His clothes bad The death of Chapman Johnson has left a taken fire, and he was in imminent risk of being gap in the foremost rank of our illustrious men, burnt to death, until his mother, not without inthat will not soon be filled. And his loss is felt jury to her own hands, succeeded in extinguistthe more sensibly, because it followed so closely ing the flames. upon the demise of another of Virginia's noblest His father owned the plantation on which be sous—his associate in youth-his competitor in lived, but thought himself too poor to afford his the race of usefulness and honor, wherein both sons an education; and their boyhood, in consewere victors,—his bosom friend from early man- quence, was passed in a state of the most prohood till the last moment of life. Benjamin found ignorance. Hoping at length to better bis Watkins Leigh and Chapman Johnson! Where condition, by joining the profits of a tavers to shall we find two names so hallowed by the ten- those of the farm, he took charge of the inn alderness and truth of manly friendship-so radi- ready mentioned, and trusted in this way, to supant with the glory that springs from private vir- port his family with less difficulty. But the step tue and public worth? Unambitious of official was extremely ill-advised, so far as the interrank or political distinction, they were neverthe-ests of his sons were involved. Without educaless prompt, whenever called by the voice of duty, tion, wild and untrained, at an age the most susto sacrifice for the public good every consideration ceptible of impressions from those about them, of personal convenience or professional emolu- they were thrown into daily contact with the idle, ment. In times when such examples have been dissipated, and vicious company, which, at that lamentably rare, their disinterested love of coun-day even more than at present, infested our tartry has been recognised and rewarded by the erns and other places of public resort throughout homage of men of every party. More than once, the country. Already deprived of a mother's at the summons of their native State, did they guardianship, they were destined to undergo, abandon, for a time, the professional labors to while yet of tender age, the loss of their surviwhich they had devoted themselves; but always ving parent. Their father died at the Ordinary; to return with eagerness to the duties and enjoy- and for some time the orphan boys continued ments of private life, so soon as the public ser- there, exposed without defence to all the misvice was fulfilled. And in that loved retirement, chievous influences of the place. That they did honored with the public esteem, beloved by their not wholly escape the contagion is no matter of numerous friends and acquaintance, comforted by surprise : on the contrary, it is more wonderful, the overflowing gratitude and affection of those that under circumstances so adverse, the moral nearest and dearest to them, they have spent the instinct and mental energy of nature should have tranquil evening of their lives, and calmly await- sprung up and matured amid the noxious weeds ed the coming of that dark hour which precedes by which they were surrounded. The eldest of the dawn of eternal day.

the boys, as was natural, plunged more deeply When such men as these are removed from into the current than the others; and the immi. the scene of human action, a natural and lauda- nent danger of his ruin first awoke the fears and ble impulse prompts us to commemorate their stimulated the efforts of his brothers, Richard

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