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Before his day, the temple of nature was closed; but
its leaved gates flew open on the golden hinges of his A TALE OF THE BLUE RIDGE. mind, and he stood in its interior recess. There is a
cave in Augusta county, in this state, which is dark LETTER III.
and rude, but carry a torch into it, and all becomes arA total wreck; but on a sea of flowers.
chitectural proportion. A man may love Virginia, even though he keep the birthday And lo! a fairy palace every where, of a Swede.
As thro' the courts and chambers we advance, As the present tense is sometimes used, the reader can just call Floors of Mosaic, walls of Arabesque, to mind the time at which the notes were taken from which these And columns bright in Hebrew splendor. letters are composed.
Sully's Note Book.
My first movement in setting out for the day was to MILLWOOD, June 20th. examine the garden plants. The ladies and friend Phil My Dear L.-The flight of time has been remarked came to the windows, and asked each other, what is he even by poets, who have descanted in praise of wine. about; but soon leaving the cultivated premises, I It is near the close of June, and the month of May, plunged into some tangled thickets, which yielded but after shedding on this valley its cornucopian munifi- few spoils for my herbarium. The thought now look cience, has taken its departure. In the early part of me, that it would be mortifying indeed to go back withthat month, Phil Parker was engaged in putting up out being able to show some fruits of my diligence. some boxes for his birds. Upon being asked if the The voice of Linnæus seemed to speak, and tell me to trees were not sufficient to allure those speckled crea- proceed, when tures, he laughed, and told me it was a contrivance set Below and winding far away, on foot by Oscar. You are hard to wake, friend Sully, A narrow glade unfolded--such as spring continued he; and Oscar tells me he has to shake you Broiders with flowers, and when the moon is high,
The hare delights to race in. before you will open your eyes—but as the angler says, this will be a good way to hook you.
In this glade my herbarium became abundantly stockMy home in May was principally at Phil Parker's, ed; but unfortunately it had been reached by many and it is not my intention to return to Mountain View perplexing paths, and the huntsman after plants was for some days, because nothing cheers a man of my completely at bay. The trees intercepted Phil Parnerves like the sound of mills. If, according to Addi- ker's chimney, and as the sun was setting, nothing was son, a man may be entertained by a cascade, it is visible but the dim line of the Blue Ridge, and that at equally true that he may be entertained by the turning a great distance. What was to be done in this emerof a wheel. But let me state some miscellaneous infor- gency ? I kept pulling out my watch, as often as Lord mation. Col. P. sent me a Life of Linnæus, the reading Wellington took out his at the battle of Waterloo, but of which engaged my attention for a day, and it inspired it did nothing but tick. There was a piece of blue sky in me a strong desire to become a botanist. It came above my head, but it could not speak, and it was in into my mind to ask the mother-in-law of Phil Parker vain to ask the plants to show me the way out of the if she could construct something that would serve for labyrinth. We have heard of the mistakes of a night, an herbarium. She immediately dissuaded me from be- but these were the mistakes of a day; and to increase coming a botanist, because, said she, friend Sully, you my embarrassment, the twilight had hidden all its olive are now quite abstracted, and Phil Parker complains of stains within the pavilion of darkness. But in my exyour taciturnity. But make the herbarium, said I, tremity a figure approached me with a light rustling, good lady, and you will find me conversant enough and introduced itself as the Shade of Linnæus. My about classes, orders, genera, and species. Accordingly, alarm was great, to find myself in supernatural comon a fine morning I set out with my herbarium, and on pany at such a lonely hour, but my apprehensions recurring to the memoir of Linnæus, it happened to be were quieted by an assurance on the part of the figure the anniversary of the day on which the Swedish sage that it would watch over my slumbers. At this moment was born. There seems to have been a propriety in another figure advanced, and took its place by the side of his being born on the lap of the Queen of Months, inas- the shade of the botanist, calling itself the Genius of Tomuch as he was destined to become the king of flowery pography. It told me the path back to Mountain View, realms, by extirpating errors, and reforming all the sys- and it was my purpose to go, when my attention was tems by which plants had been previously classified. arrested by a form of inimitable beauty, a vivid picture Philosophy, you know, has condemned the love of fame of which has been before me ever since that memoraas the love of a mere abstraction; but is there no reality ble night. It called itself the Genius of Philanthropy, connected with its acquirement? Since being here, when and showed an eye of the largest orb, and reached out admiring the feathered tribes, or looking on animals to me a hand of incredible smoothness, whilst its ample that recline in the park, or pausing awhile to catch robe seemed to move about with impatient quickness. the hum of insects, the shades of Buffon, Cuvier and Bewildered youth, said the object, be not tempted to reHuber have stood in the sunlight of the woods. Lino pose. In this dark forest a daughter of mine, Gertrude by næus had the organ of calculation, and for this reason name, is watching by the couch of a dying woman. might not have been an an enthusiast; but it seems to She is holding a dim light over a bed of straw—but go me that in all his trials, he might have drawn fresh im- not thither, keep on thy way; and instantly the figures pulses from looking down through the vista of time, to vanished. behold a being, even forlorn as Sully, keeping his birth Having obtained directions, nothing remained but to day among the tasselled flowers of the Shenandoah. I leave the spot, and make the best of my way through the
woods, until fatigued by threading maze after maze, I sat
LETTER IV. down to weepover my situation. It seemed that the Peru
He mounted his steed and went to the wars, and when Bur. vian mines would have been freely given for the sound goyne surrendered, methinks he carried his sword to the wrong of a sheep-bell, or the whine of a watch-dog. The personage. moon now arose, but her light only served to make the We know the effect of contrast. Place Arnold by the side of wreck conspicuous, and she passed me by in provoking
Washington—or a wild man in company with Sir Isaac New
ton-or the pictures of Salvator Rosa and of Lorraine in the same silence. But having come on a bend of the river at this gallery-or a meek woman wearing near her heart the key with moment, the sound of a canoe greeted my ear. Old which she longs to unlock the chest of the miser, by the side of Angler, said I, bring your canoe to the beach, and take the warrior with his sword and plume.
Sully's Note Book. in a stray gentleman. We now paddled about till we got into a cove, when the Angler muffled me up in a
Saratoga, July 5th. blanket coat, and urged me to take a nap. On awaking My Dear L.-Friend Phil brought me to this place at midnight, hunger prompted me to rebuke my com- yesterday, but in the evening he returned. Nathaniel rade for not having taken me to Angler's Rest. Angler's Nelson, Esq. is at present the proprietor of this farm; Rest, said he will soon be no resting place for me. but you need not be told that formerly it was the seat Why, what's the matter, said I, can't you work off of General Morgan. Morgan shone more as a soldier your obligations. The debt is too large, he replied. It than as a man of letters, and in two events of the Rewould have been a small matter twenty years back-volution was of remarkable service to his country. for in middle life man loves to go abroad; but you know, The people of this district sent him as their represenSquire Sully, he loves to come home in the evening. tative to Congress; but we doubt whether his skill in But Angler, rejoined I, you have had a taste of back- legislation was equal to that which he displayed in the woods life. You knew Daniel Boone, did you not ? field. He is said to have been uncouth in his manners; What sort of a man was he? He had the largest pair but the war in which he bore so signal a part, led him of elbows, replied he, that were ever put on a man. into much polished foreign society, so that he brought He wore a huge knife at his side, and bustled about, back more of the suaviter in modo than he took away. being ravenous after deer. Well, but how did he treat
As we approached Saratoga, we passed by some grey the Indians ? Tolerably cunning, replied the Angler. looking rocks covered with moss, and as we alighted, the He would put into his rifle some shot like grains of proprietor, who is an elegant Virginian gentleman, came powder, and pepper them, and then leave out the shot forward and bade us welcome. We begged, however, and give them the rifle, and when they missed him to be excused for a short time, as friend Phil had prothey would be sure to laugh.
mised to show me the grounds. Being the anniversary By the time we reached Angler's Rest, it wanted a of the day on which the states had declared their indecouple of hours to day. You must be famished, said pendence, it was suitable to employ some thoughts on its proprietor, for can a man feed himself on daisies, the memory of a man who had contributed his share and at this he raked awhile in the ashes, and found towards achieving that event. We accordingly viewed a few sparks. A fire was soon blazing, and some the house, which is built of stone, large and commodi. sweet perch prepared, when the Angler spread a
ous, and commanding a view of the Ridge. We then cloth on a walnut table, and we sat down to an early went among the servants to find out the habits of the meal.
old General, but Oscar who had waited on us proved
by far the most talkative oracle. In the meantime seveAll, wherever in the scale,
ral carriages filled with ladies had arrived, and some Have, be they high or low,
gentlemen on horseback rode into the yard, and civility Inherit they a sheephook or a sceptre,
prompted me to go in and enlarge the circle of my acA throne, or simple cork and line, Much lo be grateful for :
quaintance. But my thoughts during the day were
employed principally on the drama of the revolutionBut about sunrise we heard something like the tramp an event that forms one of the best chapters in the hisof horses, which threw the Angler into some trepidatory of the human passions. The views which foreigntion, lest it might be the sheriff, when on going to the ers entertain of it, are essentially different from those door who should come in sight but Oscar, leading my which Virginians are wont to cherish. Even men of pony, foaming as if he had been on a chase. Mass letters abroad, whose vocation is to speculate on the Phil been very uneasy about you, Squire Sully, said destinies of our race, have often astonished me by the Oscar. Uneasy, said I, Oscar, what about? Becase sentiments they have expressed about our country.
did'nt come home last night, and he sont all over They can describe the armor of Grecian chiefs or feudal the woods, and he say he can't put up no longer with lords, or comment on the eloquence of Roman senators, sich pranks. Well, then, said I, Oscar, take this her- or canvass the republics of the middle ages, or speculate barium, and let's be off. What you call this here thing, on the future prospects of New Holland or MadagasSquire Sully. Mass Phil say its gwine to seal your car; but the moment the map of these states is laid ruin. Then the Angler and your Mass Phil's guest before them, the medium through which it is viewed will be in the same predicament, said I, if you know becomes refracted to their jaundiced eyes. They are what predicament means. Squire Sully, said Oscar, accustomed to speak of the revolution as they would you been all night wid de old man-you 'vise him to speak of the rising of a clan, or of the famous Scottish work, I hope. But in a short time we galloped home, rebellion in 1745. They compare the few battles of where all were glad to see me, but none so much so as that war for independence, with Marengo, Austerlitz and Roberta, the daughter of Phil Parker, who had looked Dresden, and find ours to be trilling in the scale of comfor me in the greenhouse.
parison. But these writers have not entered into the
greatness of those views of government by which ours and Crabbe the poet, he is more to be admired than fathers were influenced. When we look at the fruitless when making his most brilliant efforts in the House of efforts of France to establish constitutional liberty-Commons. When Fenelon went into the English camp, when we see how often Scotland was defeated in the and noosed the horns of the cow which a rude soldiery redress of national grievances, and how frequently the had taken from a French peasant, and led her back, he shamrock has been steeped in blood, and how the South appears more engaging than when writing his TeleAmerican republics have been dismembered by that maque. Men mistake when they suppose that avarice liberty they struggled to secure, we may well be aston- leads to happiness, when for ages it has been wasting ished at the success which attended our efforts. Is it the seeds of human bliss. Philosophy alone can teach wonderful, that to such inflexible ancestors we should us, that disinterestedness is sweeter than the nectar of award the homage of our hearts, and especially to that Chios. And is it not mortifying that this selfishness chief who is likely to be the model of all future patriots ? leads Virginians to laugh at men of letters? It is true The compact of the patriots was like the rule of fel- we pretend to be a literary people. A man of wealth lowship, and, in dividing the gain, immortal renown will send his son to a College, where they will give him comes out as the portion assigned to Washington. a smattering of Latin and Greek—and that son fixed When Lycurgus had perfected his scheme of govern- on a farm for the balance of life will deem himself a ment at Sparta, and had bound his country to alter great scholar. But where are his days of studious toil, nothing till his return, he went to consult the Del- and nights of laborious thought? Where are his rephic oracle and died. Washington completed his searches into classic lore, and even his Belles Lettres scheme of government and then withdrew, not to information? How contracted! He has read Blair's consult the oracles of superstition, but to breathe Lectures; but allude to facts connected with the lives to heaven in elevated aspirations for the good of his of a thousand poets; to the odes chanted by prophets country.
among Hebrew vales : follow the stream of song from But there is another light in which this event may be Chaucer and Gower down to the present time; trace viewed as affecting the associations of the people. the links of connection between the English and Italian When the millions who were engaged in the crusades mind,—and he will soon esteem you an unwelcome came back to Europe, Europe felt a transfer to itself of guest, or dogmatically decide that you are unfit for Asiatic objects. When our revolution was in process, practical life. France sent her best troops to our aid. It was not After penning the above reflections, something imsimply the American people engaged in a contest for pelled me to take a turn on the lawn, when after awhile their rights, but it was Kosciusko, Pulaski, and the no- Gertrude B., who remained after the company dispersed, bleman of La Grange, adding the impulses of chivalry seemed to approach me with cautious steps. This lady to the stern determination of a people to be free. And has qualities remarkably engaging. You see a person as our institutions acquire stability, we invite among us with flaxen hair and blue eyes, of the most simple taste the oppressed of all nations; and by the variety of and coloring when she speaks—and this is all. But her character and customs thus introduced, it is probable company is delightful, because her thoughts are always that this event will constitute for a long time the basis turning round the golden wheel of philanthropy. Inof our popular literature.
deed it has occurred to me, that were a Spanish patriot But let me draw away your attention to private indi- or a Polish exile to come into this valley, she might be vidual sorrow. The old Angler, it is to be feared, will tempted through sympathy to revive the days of rosoon be deprived of his home. The stern sentence of mance, and listen for a lifetime to the story of their the law must be executed. Men are kind enough till wrongs. “Friend Sully,” said she, with a very sweet you fall into their debt, and then they are transformed smile, “it has been my wish to see you alone.” “And into wolves. Never did Sully covet wealth till this why alone, friend Gertrude,” said I. “Because,” remoment. Once, indeed, a poor woman fell under obli- plied she, "in our designs of good will to others, we gation to me; but how could I take the sheep with ought to be unpretending as the violet; and true charity which her children played, and the cow by whose milk is like the aloe, that shows its face but once in a century. they were sustained? A release was sent her, and she Your views and mine,” continued Gertrude, “accord walked eight miles, and being pointed out to her in the on some points; and by putting our heads together we crowd, she clapped her hands in ecstacy. But no one may plan.” “And our hearts together,” rejoined I, has yet stepped forward to save Angler's Rest-nor is that we may feel for the old Angler.” “Well, then, a rescue at all probable, for the American character is true philanthropy,” said she, “is deliberate, but it is somebased on selfishness. Accumulation is the order of the times quickened to a feverish impatience; and but for day. Does a man serve the state ?—it is often done with the Angler this pulse would have ceased to beat.” a view to the money. Does a man plead for innocence ?- “Your obligations,” said I, "are weighty, but that pony 'tis not till the last shilling is extorted from its hand. given me by Phil Parker, and a few books, constitute Does the merchant write to his correspondent in tones my earthly goods.” “Nor has wealth smiled on me,” of kindness ?—it is with an eye to pecuniary advantage. said Gertrude, “and fortune has been at war with my I should be disgusted with my species, were it not that family; but when fortune fails, may we not try inventhe muse of history has disclosed a few redeeming tion?" "On what expedient then," said 1, "fair lady, spirits. Not to mention philanthropists who have pene would you fall to redeem Angler's Rest ?” “Take this trated to the cottage of the Poles, let me speak of men diamond ring,” said she, “and dispose of it. It is of humbler pretensions. Goldsmith would have divided parted from with reluctance; but life is sweet and gratihis last loaf with a distressed fellow creature. When tude is a duty." After saying this, the charming GerEdmund Burke opened his purse to Barry the painter, I trude disappeared.
Selden's Table Talk.
island stands opposite to Angler's Rest, and is conLet us go round
nected by its name with the life which its owner led And let the sail be slack, the course be slow,
in the west. Really, from my love to the water one That at our leisure as we coast along
might take me for a piece of a poet. It is true, the We may contemplate.
ancient poets were a little sensitive on this element; The Lady Law need not dwell alone.
but each of the moderns seems inclined to say, you
carry Cæsar. Milton crossed the channel, and Pope Should there be any sin in loving islands, a man by the name used to be rowed about in his barge, whilst Thomson of De Foe, who lived in the reign of William Third, must settle often set his sail on the Thames. Lord Byron spent the account. Sir Walter Scott, Byron, Shelley, Fenelon, Sir Thomas More, Montgomery, cum multis aliis, will come in for his life in the Levant and among the islands of the a share of responsibility.--Sully's Note Book.
Ægean, and he with Shelley visited all the remarkable There is a hint thrown out in this Letter intended for Virginians. spots about Lake Leman, and it has been told me that If the germ of the colony had been crushed by the foot of Pow. each of the lake poets keeps a boat. But it is to be hatan, it never would have borne such an oak as Washington, confessed that our voyage to the junction of Shenanbeneath whose boughs large armies encamped.
doah and Potomac was not perilous, because the river Sully's Note Book.
is narrow, indented with islands, and in some places so Prairee Isle, August 27. shallow that it may be forded. This expedition was My Dear L.-Rogers was in the bay of Naples when not planned by the Angler, but happening to mention he wrote the leading caption of this letter. He is one my design of riding to the junction, he observedof my favorite authors; not from his invention or com- Squire Sully, you had better go down in my boat. pass, but from some portion of classic power united with We can stretch a sail and Oscar can pull an oar. It Italian softness. He has no dramatic talent like that is my wish, Angler, said I, to see all the profound displayed by Campbell in his Pennsylvania Tale, and places in this valley, therefore make ready your boat. he is lost before those steeps of philosophy which We embarked accordingly from Prairee Isle. We had Wordsworth delights to scale. But it is impossible to taken on board provisions for several days, not knowregard him in any other light than that of a pleasing ing whether we should be favored with wind and tide; poet, whether we find him on English ground or amid but in setting out we had a breeze which bore us slowly Florentine scenery. He keeps much closer to his pic- along. We glided through several reaches and soon tures than Thomson, and often abbreviates them for came in sight of the ford which Gertrude B. was atthe sake of vivid impression. When it is my wish to tempting to cross on the day of the accident. Angler, indulge in that wildness in which the imagination de said I, this is the spot-let's put up a water mark. lights, give me the Ancient Mariner of Coleridge ; but That, rejoined he, would be paying too dear for the when we wish to look at the yellow Tiber, or to call at whistle. Slack sail, said the Angler, for here we may the inns of the Appenines, give me Italy, a poem which catch perch. Why, Angler, said I, at this rate we will always be relished for its descriptive power. shall take a moon to make our voyage, but he heeded
Let me trace a point of difference between this young me not and soon caught a fine mess of fish. We then country and olde lands. Here we find none of the went on an island, where Oscar kindled a fire and we ruins of architecture. In 1607 civilized man first set made a hearty meal. After launching the boat again, his foot on this soil, and the Indian race shrunk instinc-Oscar, who had been silent for some time, observedtively from a light by which they were dazzled. They Squire Sully, which way we guine to; sometimes left to us an inheritance to which heaven had given Angler stay away two weeks, and Mass Phil ill git them a title. In two centuries wealth has been lavishly very unpatient. Your Mass Phil, Oscar, knew the expended and hospitality as lavishly indulged; opulent Angler's ways, and he must put up with them till my families have gone to decay; new empires as to space return. But, Squire Sully, what you guine to see. have been unfolded around us, and the distant west has Nothing, said I, but this river meeting another just been replenished; but still there are none of those ruins like it. Why, Squire Sully, Oscar been there many which draw the attention of the sentimental tourist. a time--it hant worth seein-he scribe it to you. It is to be feared that whilst elegant literature is des- Thank you, said I, Oscar, philosophers like to see pised, that the forms of statuary which the Greeks drew marvellous sights; but we had come by this time close from their mountains are held in equal contempt. There to the mineral springs of Shannondale, which stood diis not an arch reared to the memory of Pocahontas, rectly on the bank of the river, and it was the height and yet search the annals of Greek, Roman and Gallic of the season. We saw some ladies in a canoe fishing, story, and we search in vain for a parallel to this ex- and William Wirt, Esq. coming down to the water's traordinary princess. Lady Jane Grey was blessed edge. Counsellor Wirt, said I, would you like to go with the lights of education and she had drawn forti- with Squire Sully to the junction of this river. I tude from the pages of Pluto, nor was Joan of Arc would, replied he, in the morning, but let us not be trained in the wigwam of the savage. But let me for- romantic at the expense of health. We accordingly bear and open wide my heart, that hope may expel moored our boat for the night, in which our pilot slept. indignation, and let me indulge the pleasing, though it We arranged every thing over night for our setting out may be romantic dream, that Virginia may one day next morning; but when about retiring Oscar came to awake to the obligations under which she lics to this my apartment for my boots, when it was clear he untutored child of the forest.
wished to say a word or so. Squire Sully, said he, The Angler and I have been on a water cxcursion has your honorship any great objections to Oscar's down the Shenandoah; but we have got safely back stayin here till you comes back. Chinks plenty here; to the island from which this letter is dated. The Isc made two dollars. Why, Oscar, said I, your Mass
Phil told me that you could show me all this river. I ciently celestial to wake the people from the drowsiness Your graphic talent is immense, and without you as which avarice inspires. But my hand is too feeble, my cicerone it will be in my power to give but a lame and we are not displeased that another should perform account of our voyage. Hah, said Oscar, Ide no leave the task, provided he would immediately appear. One you ; but Squire Wirt know most as much 'bout it reason of our high appreciation of William Wirt is, as Oscar-and what dat you call me, Squire Sully, that at a period darker than the present, he made an kikerone? Dats de very ting dey call Squire Wirt. honest effort to inspire the people of this stute with an Well, said I, Oscar, we shall be glad to have Cicero in admiration for letters. He was not a native of Virgithe boat, for he was a great man among the Romans. nia, but when he was a young man, he settled in the So shut the door and good night.
beautiful county of Orange. He called no man his The next morning was magnificent, and Counsellor patron; but by the force of those talents with which he Wirt appeared to be in his element; and as we sailed was endowed, he found his way to the circles of afflualong, he would often trace analogies between the Blue ence and to places of power. He seems to have inRidge and the Swiss scenery. He had a winning way spired his family with a love for the same elegant purin his descriptions, and the partial improvement which suits to which a portion of his own time was given. had taken place in his health, added much to his affa- The last week of his life was written by one of his bility. But after coasting along for awhile, we came in daughters, a record which, with a few corrections, sight of some rapids. They looked funciful; but the would have been worthy the pen of Tacitus. thought how we were to get the boat down would ob While at the confluence of the rivers, we saw from trude itself. Haul the boat ashore, said the Angler. our boat a gentleman who appeared to be marking out Counsellor Wirt was an athletic man, of a command the line of a canal. It was General M. He is not a ing figure, and pulling off his coat, he gave us material man of commanding stature, but of genteel demeanor, help in putting the boat on the other side of the Rapids with hair thinly scattered over his head. In beginning We have seen him in debate, when appearing in his life he had the advantage of a name, being connected forensic character before the Senate of the United with the patriot who fell at the battle of Princeton. States, but never did he appear so interesting as at this Few men ever commenced the world with more sanmoment. The exertion which he made lent a fine guine hopes. He went to England, and visited Stratcoloring to his countenance, and his eye was sparkling ford on Avon, and the towns generally that lie along the in anticipation of what he was going to see. In a short canal of the Duke of Bridgwater. His conversation is time our fondest wishes were gratified, for we approach- exceedingly engaging, and his fancy ranges in descried some islands, at the foot of the mountain, lined with bing English parks, manors and castles. We heard low cedars, and the boat glided to the confluence, when him one evening give an outline of Hagley Park and the exclamation involuntarily broke from my lips, And of Shenstone's grounds. He did not thread the mazes am I here at last. Speak low, speak low, said Coun- of the rural wilderness so succe
ccessfully as Dodsley ; but sellor Wirt, in the presence of this wonder of nature. from that conversation the impression was irresistibly We saw several persons on the top of a round hill planted on my mind, that General M. was better adaptusing their spy-glasses, and the Angler leaped on shore ed to literary than to political life. His taste and habits and borrowed one, which aided us not a little in getting are too refined for the atmosphere of politics—an atmosthe cream of the sight. Counsellor, said I, could you phere so disturbed by tempests as never to be spanned help me by your observations, for Squire Sully never by the tints of the rainbow. Is not an atmosphere like can climb the dragon-like hills which guard this trea- this unsuited to a man who could collect the fragrance sure. This, then, said he, is the rent in the mountain, of classical histories, or of modern romance, of Spanish and these parapets are the pillars which stood the shock ballads, or Italian sonnets, and who in running his canal, when the rent was made, and yonder is the sheet of has often lingered over the striking forms which nature, sky that contrasts with the ruggedness below. Is there panoramic nature, offered to his view. But General M. any thing wanting, Squire Sully? Nothing in the world, under some disadvantages arising from constitutional said I, Counsellor, except that the rent should be span- temperament, has successfully served his country. He ned by a bridge; then it would outstrip the Colossus appeared carly in the legislature of his native state, and of Rhodes. The writer makes no pretensions to a de- for twenty years has been in the grand council of the scription of this piece of scenery. He must leave this nation. And here permit me to adopt the language lo some poet, who may either come from trans-Atlantic of Junius, and say that this eulogium has been dearly lands, or arise here in some future day. And why earned, for the subject of it has done several things in should not Virginia produce poets ? Shall we always his public career, of which Sully cannot approve. go the same dull routine ? Shall our conversation in the coming century be just what it has been in the past. We stand reproved by other countries. Does not Shiraz rebuke us as its people point to the tomb of Hafiz?
LANGUAGE OF ADAM AND EVE. Are we not reproved by the pyramids of Egypt, and by halls of learning built by the munificence of Caliphs ? James Adams, S. R. E. S. in a book entitled “ The The walls of Bagdad and the ruins of lona rebuke us Pronunciation of the English Language vindicated from with a silent but pungent eloquence. Indeed, Sully is imputed Anomaly and Caprice, with an Appendix on almost tempted to be so presumptuous as to seize the the Dialects of Human Speech, and an Analytical Disharp, and try whether it will not yield one ode at least, cussion of the Dialect of Scotland,” seriously sets about to be chanted by the muleteer as he traverses this moun- to prove that broad Scotch was the language of Adam tain, or to convey into these dwellings sounds suffi- fand Eve in Paradise.