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left the army upon the continent without life or Such are the contents of the packet of Wolfe's vigor: this defeat at Ticonderoga seemed to stupefy letters. Fragmentary though they be, they are us that were at Louisbourg; if we had taken the valuable ; for so little is known of his personal first hint of that repulse, and sent early and power, history, that even a slight accession is interesting, ful succors, things would have taken perhaps a different turn in those parts before the end of Oc- and worthy of preservation. These letters open tober. I expect every day to hear that some fresh up glimpses of his character, and exhibit the tone attempts have been made at Ticonderoga, and I can't and bent of his mind, through a medium very faflatter myself that they have succeeded; not from vorable for enabling us to judge. Written frankly any high idea of the Marquis de Montcalm's abili- and unreservedly, to one he sincerely esteemed, we ties, but from the very poor opinion of our own. You have obliged me much with this little sketch gain access to his inmost thoughts and opinions on of that important spot : till now I have been but subjects both of public and private interest; while ill-acquainted with it.

we cannot fail to admire the warm and disinterested Broadstreet's coup was masterly.* He is a very friendship evinced throughout-the proofs of a extraordinary man; and if such an excellent officer generous heart ; and we rise from the perusal with as the late Lord Howe had the use of Broadstreet's renewed regret for the early fall, and increased uncommon diligence and activity, and unparalleled respect for the memory, of one in all respects so batoe knowledge, it would turn to a good public estimable and so worthy of the renown inseparable account. When I went from hence, Lord Ligonier from his name. told me that I was to return at the end of the campaign ; but I have learned, since I came home, that It may be interesting to say a few words, in conan order is gone to keep me there ; and I have this clusion, respecting the officer to whom Wolfe day signified to Mr. Pitt that he may dispose of my wrote these letters—namely, Colonel William slight carcass as he pleases, and that I am ready Rickson. In early life they had served together for any undertaking within the reach and compass in the Continental War, and there contracted for of my skill and cunning. I am in a very bad con- each other that intimate and lasting friendship of dition, both with the gravel and rheumatism, but I had much rather die than decline any kind of service which we have Wolfe's repeated expressions. that offers ; if I followed my own taste, it would Rickson survived the lamented general eleven lead me into Germany, and if my poor talent was years, and died at Edinburgh. He was interred in consulted, they should place me to the cavalry, be- Restalrig church-yard; and, on the tomb erected cause nature has given me good eyes, and a warmth over his remains, the following inscription may of temper to follow the first impressions. However, still be seen, recording the worth of him whom it is not our part to choose, but to obey.

Wolfe honored with so large a portion of his conMy opinion is, that I shall join the army in America, where, if fortune favors our force and best fidence, and who shared so much of that brave endeavors, we may hope to triumph.

man's sincere regard :I have said inore than enough of myself; it is time to turn a little to your affairs ; nothing more

“ Here lies the body of Lieutenant-Colonel unjust than the great rank lately thrown away upon

William Rickson, Quarter-Master-General little men, and the good servants of the state neg

of North Britain, who died the 19th July, lected. Not content with frequent solicitations in

1770, in the 51st year of his age, and 318 your behalf, I writ a letter just before I embarked,

in the service of his King and country. He putting my Lord George Sackville in mind of you,

was an officer of much experience, excellent and requesting his protection ; his great business,

judgment, and great bravery—at same time, or greater partialities, has made him overlook your

humane, agreeable, generous, friendly, afjust pretensions.

fectionate : In memory of whose superior If you come to town in January, I shall be there,

worth, and in testimony of great love and and will do you all the service I am able, but Lord

esteem, this tomb is erected by his discon

solate widow." Ligonier seems particularly determined not to lay the weight of any one obligation on mo; so you may

Peace to the ashes of the brave. J. B. hold my good inclination in higher value than my Glasgow, Nov. 3, 1849. power to assist. You have my best wishes, and 1 am, truly, My dear friend, your faithful and ob't servant,

ETERNITY.
JAMES WOLFE.
Salisbury, 1st December, 1758.

Remember that I am brigadier in America, and Thou rollest on, O! deep, unmeasured sea, colonel in Europe.

Thy length and depth a mystery profound; Barré was in such favor with General Amherst Days, weeks, years, centuries, in immensity that he took him to the continent, and he very well

Pass on, nor leave a footstep, nor a sound. deserves his esteem.

Thou lightest up thy smooth, unwrinkled brow,

Beyond the limit of our utmost thought; * This refers to the surprise and capture of the important A shoreless space-where Ages mutely bow French Fort, Frontinac, on the north, or French side of Like bubbles on thy bosom, and are not! the St. Lawrence, where it issues from Lake Ontario, by we hear a tramp of feet, we see a throng Lieut.-Colonel Broadstreet, who had been sent against it by General Abercrombie, with a detachment of 3,000 Pro

Of generations flashing through the gloom ; vincials. This able officer destroyed the fort, with 60 pieces They fade, and others rise, and far along of cannon, 16 mortars, an immense depot of provisions for Thy caverns yawn, and Nature finds her tomb the French army ; took all the enemy's shipping on the In thee; but thou, nor young nor old, art evermore Lake, consisting of nine vessels, some of them mounting One all-pervading space—a sea without a shore ! 18 guns, and rejoined Abercrombie, all without the loss of

Tribune. Wolfe's compliment to him was well merited.

BY C. D. STEWART.

& man.

career.

Memoirs of the Life of William Wirt. By John which subsequently enabled him to attain dis

P. KENNEDY. In Two Volumes. Philadel- tinguished eminence in his public and professional phia : Lea & Blanchard.

Some extracts from an unfinished autobi

ography, which he wrote for the amusement of his It is rarely that a more splendid theme is offered children, are given by Mr. Kennedy, and form not to the biographer than the life and character of the the least interesting portion of the work. The eminent person whose history is recorded in these scrupulous taste of the author has led him to withadmirable volumes. The peculiar temperament of hold a considerable part of this fragment, but he Mr. Wirt, which interfered with the attainment of would have been justified by every reader in prethe highest objects of his ambition, and placed him senting more copious selections from a narrative so in a subordinate rank to many who were greatly characteristic of the sunny temper and the transhis inferiors in harmony, versatility, and general

parent intellect of its subject. We cannot refrain luxuriance of native endowments, gave a charm to from copying the agreeable idyl in which he his personal manifestations which is attached, in a describes some recollections of his school-boy days similar degree, to the character of very few of our in Maryland : conspicuous public men. During his life he was the great object of attraction to every circle in From Georgetown I was transferred to a classical which he moved; he was loved by all who enjoyed school in Charles County, Md., about forty miles the happiness of his friendship with a depth and from Bladensburg. This school was kept by one fervor that a man of less naturalness and joyous Church. I was boarded with a widow lady by the

Hatch Dent, in the vestry house of Newport freedom of spirit could not have commanded : and name of Love, and my residence in her family even among comparative strangers he won an ad-forms one of the few sunny spots in the retrospect miring enthusiasm, of which few persons, however of my childhood. Mrs. Love was a small, thin old gifted or gracious, have ever been the subject. lady, a good deal bent by age, yet brisk and active.

A little incident, in illustration of this, took The family was composed of her and three maiden place in Boston, during a professional visit to that daughters, of whom the eldest, I suppose, was city, a few years before his death, which Mr. Wirt verging on forty, and the youngest perhaps twenty

eight. She had a son married and settled in the naïvely relates in a letter to a Virginian friend :

neighborhood. The eldest daughter was named

Nancy, a round, plump and jolly old maid, who was In a large and promiscuous assemblage of ladies, the weaver of the family, and used to take a great who formed, for several days, a portion of the au-deal of snuff. The second was Sally. She preditory in the court-room, I was struck with the sided over the dairy, which was always neat and beauty and intelligence of one who sat immediately sweet and abundantly supplied with the richest before me. She conversed occasionally with a

cream and butter. Sally was somewhere about gentleman near her, and her movements were as thirty, short, rosy and brisk, with a countenance graceful as her eyes were intelligent. A few days marked by health and good humor, and with one afterward, I found myself in company with her at of the kindest hearts that beat in the bosom of her dinner. Her conversation confirmed and even kind sex. She was fond of me, banqueted me on surpassed my prepossessions. She reminded me milk and cream to my heart's content, admired my continually of M. M. in her best days; the same songs, and sang herself. From her I first heard graceful manners, the same spirit and piquancy in Roslin Castle. Her clear and loud voice could her remarks. The last evening I spent in company make the neighborhood vocal with its notes of in Boston, was at her house. She had a little touching plaint. From her, too, I first heard the circle around her, of which she was the soul, and name of Clarissa Harlowe, and she gave me, in her the hours flew on angel's wings.” When we manner, a skeleton of the story. Peggy, the were about to retire, I asked her to permit me to youngest, was pale and delicate, with more softness take leave of her in our Virginia fashion, by al of manners than the others. She was the knitter shake of the hand. She gave me her hand with great and seamstress of the household; of very sweet animation ; it had a glove on. When I had reached disposition, with a weak and slender but kindly the door she came briskly to me again, saying : voice. She did not sing herself, but was very fond “We did not shake hands in the right way, Mr. of hearing us who did. There were two boys of Wirt—I had my glove upon my hand.” And she

us near the same age.

Johnson Carnes was rather offered me the same hand again, ungloved, and older and larger than me. He was a good. snow-white ; and so—I took it and kissed it, with diffident, rather grave boy, with better common all the devotion proper to fifty years. My friend sense than I had. But he did not sing, was rather B., who accompanied me, who is about my age, homely, and had no mirth and frolic in him. I, but with the disadvantage of being a single man, on the contrary, was pert, lively and saucy, and said: “Now, madam, you must shake hands with they used to say pretty withal—said smart things

And he offered to take the hand which had sometimes, and sang two or three songs of humor been proffered to me. “ Not that, Mr. B—," said very well.” One was Dick of Danting Dane, in she, presenting him the other with its glove. Is which the verse about “my father's black sow" not that M. N. over again—and Virginia, beside ? was a jest that never grew stale, nor failed to raise You should have seen the gayety, grace, and sensi- a hearty laugh. Another was a description of a bility which accompanied the action, and which race at New-Market between two horses called threw such a charm over it.

Sloven and Thunderbolt. Sloven_belonged to

some duke-perhaps the Duke of Bolton. The Mr. Wirt was born in Bladensburg, of humble verse ran, as I remember parentage, but at an early period of life gave

When Sloven saw the duke bis master, indications of the intellectual activity and vigor He laid back his ears and did run much faster.

me."

to me.

Beside my singing, I danced to the astonishment witty. Altogether,” he adds," he was a most of the natives, and, altogether, had the reputation fascinating companion, and to those of his own age, of a genius. Thus admired, flattered and feasted irresistibly and universally winning."* with milk and cream, Roslin Castle and Clarissa Such a character we may suppose to be but too Harlowe, &c., what more could a child of my age susceptible to the influences of good fellowship, want to make him happy? The very negroes used which, in the jollity of youthful association, not to be pleased to contribute to my amusement. Old unfrequently take the discretion of the votary by Moll carried me to the cowpen, where she per- surprise and disarm its sentinels. The fashion of mitted me, with a clean, broad splinter, prepared that time increased this peril. An unbounded for the purpose, to whip the rich froth from the hospitality among the gentlemen of the country milk-pail ; and her son George, after a hard day's opened every door to the indulgence of convivial work in the field, came home at night and played habits. The means of enjoyment were not more the horse for me, by going on all fours, in the constantly present than the solicitations to use green yard, with me mounted upon his back-he them. Every dinner party was a revel ; every going through the feats of an imaginary fox hunt, ordinary visit was a temptation. The gentlemen sounding the horn and leaping over imaginary of the bar, especially, indulged in a license of free fences, gates, &c.--all of which was life and joy living, which habitually approached the confines of

To crown all, I had a sweetheart; one of excess, and often overstepped them. The riding of the prettiest cherubs that ever was born. The the circuit, which always brought several into comonly thing I ever thanked Nancy Love for, was pany, and the adventures of the wayside, gave to giving me the occasion of becoming acquainted the bar a sportive and light-hearted tone of assowith this beautiful girl. She took me with her ciation, which greatly fostered the opportunity and once on a visit to her aunt Reeder. Mr. Thomas the inclination for convivial pleasures. A day Reeder lived on the banks of the Potomac, just spent upon the road on horseback, the customary above Laidlowe's and opposite to Hooe's Ferry. visits made to friends by the way, the jest and the In those days there was a ferry from Reeder's to song, the unchecked vivacity inspired by this Hooe's. The house was of brick, situated on a grouping together of kindred spirits—all had their high airy bank, giving a beautiful view of the share in imparting to the brotherhood that facility Potomac, which is there four miles wide. Peggy of temper and recklessness of the more severe and Reeder was the only child of her parents—about sober comment of the world, which, it will be my own age, rather younger, and as beautiful as it acknowledged, is dangerous to youth in proportion is possible for a child to be. We fell most exceed to the enjoyment it affords. Then, the contests of ingly in love with each other. She was accustomed the bar which followed in the forum, the occasions to make long visits to her aunt Love, and no two they afforded for the display of wit and eloquence, lovers, however romantic, were ever more happy and the congratulation of friends, were so many than we. On ny part it was a serious passion. No additional provocatives to that indulgence which lover was ever more disconsolate in the absence of found free scope when evening brought all together, his mistress, nor more enraptured at meeting her. under one roof, to rehearse their pleasant advenI do not know whether it is held that the affections tures, and to set flowing the currents of mirth and keep pace with the intellect in their development; good humor—" to make a night of it," as the but I do know that there is nothing in the senti- phrase is, kept merry by the stimulants of good ment of happy love, which I did not experience for cheer. The bar yet retains some of these characthat girl, in the course of the two years when 1 teristics ; but the present generation may but resided at Mrs. Love's. When I left there we feebly conceive the pervading and careless joywere firmly engaged to be married at the following ousness with which, in that early time, the members Easter. I felt proud and happy, not in the least of their mirthful craft pursued their business doubting the fulfilment of the engagement at the through a country side. I mean no disparagement time appointed.

to the learned and gay profession, but, on the con

trary, some commendation of the kindly spirit of its We pass over the fascinating description of Mr. brotherhood, when I say that in these incidents of Wirt's boyhood and entrance upon professional life, its character and association, there was manifested to make room for the following passage, which, something of the light-heartedness and improviwhile it presents a graphic picture of the manners

dence of the old-fashioned strolling theatrical comof the Virginia Bar in “olden time,” throws an

panies. The present generation will bear witness

to many an ancient green-room joke of the circuit, important light on the vague rumors that have which yet floats abroad in Virginia, with a curoften been circulated with regard to Mr. Wirt's rency scarcely less notable than when it was first alleged habits of injurious self-indulgence in cast off. early life:

William Wirt was well known in these associa

tions of Albemarle and the surrounding counties. Wirt was now twenty-five years of age. He an admired object in the court-house during the was companionable, warm-hcarted and trustful. day, a leading spirit in the evening coterie ; eloHis mind was quick, and imbued with a strong quent on the field of justice, sustaining his client's relish for wit and humor. An old friend, who cause with a shrewd and sometimes brilliant skill ; knew him well in that day, says of him : “He had not less eloquent at the table or the mess-room ; never met with any man so highly engaging and where his faculties were allowed to expatiate prepossessing. His figure was strikingly elegant through another range, and where he gave reins and commanding, with a face of the first order of to the wit and mirth which shook the roof-tree. masculine beauty, animated, and expressing high We may not wonder that, in the symposia of these intellect. His manners took the tone of his heart : days, the graver maxims of caution were forgotten, they were frank, open and cordial, and his conver- and that the enemy of human happiness, always sation, to which his reading and early pursuits had given a classic tinge, was very polished, gay and

* Cruse's Memoir.

lying at lurch to make prey of the young, should good proportion to his frame ; the features of his sometimes steal upon his guard and make his virtue face strongly defined. A large nose, thin and accuprisoner.

rately-forined lips, a chin whose breadth gave to The too frequent recurrence of these misadven- his countenance an approximation to the square tures in that day have furnished food for much rather than the oval outline; clear, dark-blue eyes gross calumny in regard to him, and have led to looking out beneath brows of widest compass, and The fabrication of coarse and disgusting charges the whole surmounted by an expanded and majes of vulgar excess, which I am persuaded are utterly tic , forehead, imparted dignity and intellectual groundless. The friends of Mr. Wirt have seen, prominence to a physiognomy which the sculptor with regret, that the most offensive of these inven- delighted to study. A curled, crisp and vigorous tions have sometimes been used, with many fanci- growth of hair-in his latter days almost white ful and absurd additions of circumstance, by indis- clustered upon his front, and gave an agreeable creet zealots in the cause of temperance, who have effect to the outline of his head and face. seemed to think it quite excusable to repeat and Toward the close of his life, severe study and aggravate the most improbable of these falsehoods, the infirmities of his constitution had made a visible for the sake of the profit which they suppose may trace upon his exterior. He lost somewhat of his accrue to the world from the use of a distinguished firm and perpendicular port; his complexion name to point the moral of the story. While not became sallow; his eye faded into a lighter blue, seeking to extenuate the irregularities to which I though it grew even kindlier in expression. have alluded, beyond what they may fairly claim His letters sufficiently indicate the character of from the circumstances in which they were in- his manners. They were gentle, courteous, and dulged, and, indeed, recurring to them only with winning. His voice was clear and sweet, and a profound regret, I could not allow the occasion variously modulated by an ear of the finest musical now before me to pass by without this open and perception. His laugh, never boisterous, was sly, distinct denunciation of the libels I have seen, and short, and full of the gayety of his temper. Few of the terms of wanton and malicious exaggera- men ever had a keener insight of the ludicrous. It tion in which they have been repeated.

never escaped him, however little he might be on

the watch for it. Sterne, for this reason, amused The history of Mr. Wirt is closely interwoven him; Tristram Shandy, and those exquisite drolwith the political history of the United States.- leries which lie in ambush in every page, were the He was by native inclination, no less than by his most familiar recollections of his reading. Many habitual pursuits, averse to the strife of party pol- of them may be found covertly lurking through his

letters. itics. In his predilections and convictions he was an old-fashioned republican of the school of Jef- seldom fell into discourse, but played with all

His conversation was exceedingly attractive. It ferson, Madison, and Monroe ; but he maintained a kinds of amusing topics. It was suggestive, prowide and intimate intercourse with leading public voking thought in others, and fortifying them with men of all parties, and never allowed political dif- opportunity to contribute somewhat to the purpose, ferences to occasion personal coolness or estrange from their own reflection or memory. No man ment. The duty of his biographer has led him to was more free from that odious habit of endeavoring touch upon many delicate points connected with

to say “smart things,” which sometimes misleads

even persons of good repute for social talent. the politics of the country; and he invariably han- Wirt's playfulness was contagious. It made dles them in an excellent spirit of moderation and his friends forget the time which was running by, impartiality. He has thus enriched his work and even the good cheer of a convivial meeting. with a generous fund of historical reminiscences, An amusing evidence of this occurred in Baltimore, which will always make it a favorite with the before he became a resident of that city. He was general reader, in addition to the singular intrinsic returning one night, about ten o'clock, to his lodginterest of the biography.

ings from a visit, when his friend Meredith met

him in the street, and invited him to join a little We have left ourselves no room to speak of the family party, at his house, at supper. Wirt, either manner in which Mr. Kennedy has accomplished doubtful whether his friend was in earnest for the the responsible task which he has assumed. We character of the intercourse between them often can only express our satisfaction that the work rendered this a difficult point to deterinine-or has fallen into the hands of one who, by his admi-struck with the incrongruity of his challenge to a rable taste, genuine and thorough cultivation, vig- supper when he was about retiring to his bed,

answered Meredith's invitation in a jocular way, orous powers of description, wide experience of

saying: “Yes, I 'll come and give you enough of affairs, and genial sympathy with his subject, is so it.” On Meredith's return home he found there Dr. singularly qualified to do justice to one of the Pattison, who was then a resident of Baltimore, loveliest and most elevated characters which have now a distinguished physician of Philadelphia, and adorned public life in this country.

detained him to supper. Wirt had not come when We are tempted to make one more extract, the party sat down to table, and Meredith had which gives a pleasing specimen of Mr. Kennedy's ceased to expect him, when, near the conclusion of facile and polished style, and describes an interest- supper, he made his appearance. He took his seat,

ate very moderately, and drank less. The supper ing phase of the character of his subject : was removed, and Wirt gave an intimation to the

ladies who were present, that, as it was bed-time, In the prime of his life Mr. Wirt was remarked they had better retire. They obeyed, and Meredith, for his personal beauty. With a tall figure, ample the Doctor and Wirt, found themselves sitting at chest and erect carriage, there was no great appear- the table alone. The cloth was drawn, and a small ance of muscular strength, but a conspicuous ease residuum of a decanter of Scotch whiskey, perhaps, and grace of motion. His head was large and in was the only drinkable before them." That remained untouched, and was finally taken away. A fresh earth is about her; and that, like Macgregor's, snuff-box was placed on the table, and the party, her foot is firmest on her native turf." as Meredith and Dr. Pattison supposed, was about

The volume before us consists of a collection to break up, it being after midnight. But Wirt was in excellent mood for conversation, and

of Prose Sketches and Letters. Among the first,

gave full play to all his resources. He took snuff freely, we need not say to the readers of the Era, in told stories of a lively cast, mooted questions of which it originally appeared, that the “ Rosescience of the gravest as well as the lightest import, wreathed Cross” is a simple, touching, and beautiprovoked jocular discussions, and, in short, raised ful story, reminding one of Mackenzie's La Roche. his comrades to a key of enjoyment as high as his “ The Irish Daughter” is full of the pathos of own. No one thought of the hour. They were truth in its delineation of the sorrows and loves of eventually aroused to a consideration of the time

The humorous burthey had spent over their solitary snuff-box, by the a simple emigrant family. entrance of the servant and the opening of the lesque of “ International Copyright,” in which shutters, which disclosed to them the broad day- some half-score of our American authors appear light. Wirt had premeditated this adventure, and as complainants against the licensed piracy of pubwas greatly amused at his success, when he found lishers on both sides of the Atlantic, is the best his companions expressing their amazement at this thing of the kind we have seen since Horace unconscious lapse of the night.

Smith's “ Rejected Addresses." A good caricaThe work is issued in the best manner of the ture is necessarily a recognizable likeness, as it is Philadelphia press. A life-like engraving of Mr. the exaggeration of well-known peculiarities, and Wirt's noble, intellectual, Goethean face forms an these imitations, so far as manner and language appropriate and beautiful frontispiece to the first are concerned, are so ludicrously life-like that the volume.

friends of the victims cannot fail to " know them at first sight.” Longfellow translates from the

German of an unpronounceable name, a poem in From the National Era.

which the old authors of renown are represented Greenwood Leaves ; a Collection of Sketches and Letters. By Grace GREENWOOD. Boston:

as wailing and wandering on the wrong side of Ticknor, Reed & Fields. 406 pages.

the Styx, and in full view of Elysium, unable to Some three or four years ago, several exceed- pay Charon for their passage over the river : ingly spirited lyrics appeared in a Western Penn- As into solemn silence sinks sylvania newspaper. They were not finished

Their deep, despairing cry,

The first, the last, the only tear productions ; they seemed not so much the offspring

Is brushed from Charon's eye! of deliberate reflection, as of sudden improvisation. There was nothing commonplace about them.

He fills his boat with bardic shades,

He turns it from the shore ; They were noticeable for their energy, enthusiasm,

And now they pass the Stygian flood, beauty, abandonment to the emotions by which they

Bul work iheir passage o'er ! were prompted, and the evidently spontaneous Dr. Holmes gives us“ Apollo in America," repreadaptation of language and rhythm to their subjects. Soon after, a series of letters, brilliant, witty, and senting the god in reduced circumstances, emipiquant, appeared in Willis' New York Mirror, grating to the New World, and undertaking the under the signature of Grace Greenwood ; and we

business of author—a poem which would anywhere were certainly somewhat surprised to learn that pass for genuine. It has the ring of sterling

metal. the authorship of these letters, and of the poems

The “Letters" constitute the best part of the which had first attracted our notice, could be traced w one and the same person—to a young lady, and strong individuality, are fully developed. All

book. In them, the writer's freedom, freshness, whose home was on the western slope of the Alleghanies. To the letters succeeded a series the moods of a versatile and buoyant nature have of tales from the same pen, which have appeared

free play. She has keen perceptions of the ludiin different periodicals. These last have been crous, and quick and earnest sympathies. Humor widely copied and admired, but, in our view, are

deepens into pathos ; merriment, too hearty, perby no means the most creditable productions of haps, for the primness of conventional propriety, their writer. Many of them are willy and amusing, and sufferings of humanity. Here is a specimen

alternates with profoundest sorrow over the wronga but they lack simplicity ; there are too many of her humor, from a playful ideal journey, in foreign phrases—a trifle too much of good things which she puts a "girdle round the earth.” in the way of love-makings—and the heroes and heroines of some of them are not such as have I would fain linger on the shores of the Dead fallen in the way of our experience, or within the Sea, to search out that record of feminine folly, that range of our conjectures of the possibilities of memorable warning to woman-kind, that shining what is called fashionable society. The truth is, mark of man's reproach, the unfortunate helpmeet the writer is not at home in such delineations of the Patriarch, once a good wife, undoubtedly, for which, let her be devoutly thankful! Let her Perhaps it is a weakness in me, but I have always

but now chiefly distinguished for her saline qualities. egunt it no matter of regret that, to use her own had great charity for that woman of the olden time. words, she is “ not of the ore of which fine ladies Let us reflect how hard it must have gone with her aro formed ; that the atmosphere of the woods and to leave, with so little warning, all her old gossips CCXCVII.

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VOL. XXIV.

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