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all, he might be taken for the Mammon seasonably paid.
Often the interest of copper coin, - a symbol of covetous- will be a heavier payment than the prinness of small gains, - the lowest form cipal. of the love of money.
Baby was with us, holding by my By a Lord of the Admiralty, (in a forefinger, and walking decorously speech in Parliament during our Revoalong the pavement. She stopped to lution) the number of American sailors contemplate the monkey, and after a employed in the British navy previous while, shocked by his horrible ugliness, to the Revolution was estimated at began to cry.
A disquisition or a discussion be- Some men have no right to perform tween two or more persons, on the man- great deeds, or think high thoughts ; ner in which the Wandering Jew has and when they do so, it is a kind of spent his life. One period, perhaps, humbug. They had better keep within trying over and over again to grasp their own propriety. domestic happiness; then a soldier, then a statesman, &c., at last realizing In England, in 1761, a man and his some truth.
wife, formerly in good circumstances,
died very poor, and were buried at the The most graceful way in which a expense of the parish. This coming to man can signify that he feels that he is the ears of the friends of their better growing old, and acquiesces in it, is by days, they had the corpses taken out of adhering to the fashion of dress which the ground and buried in a more genchances to be in vogue when the con- teel manner! viction comes upon him. Thus, in a few years, he will find himself quietly In the “ Annual Register," Vol. IV., apart from the crowd of young men. for 1761, there is a letter from Crom
well to Fleetwood, dated August 22, Our most intimate friend is not he to 1653, which Carlyle appears not to have whom we show the worst, but the best given. Also one, without date, to the of our nature.
Speaker of the House of Commons,
narrating the taking of Basing House. , Nothing comes amiss to Nature, -all is fish that comes to her net. Recently, in an old house which has If there be a living form of perfect been taken down at the corner of Bulbeauty, instinct with soul, — why, it is finch Street and Bowdoin Square, a all very well, and suits Nature well perfect and full-grown skeleton was enough. But she would just as lief discovered, concealed between the ceilhave that beautiful, soul-illumined body ing and the floor of a room in the upfor worms' meat and earth's manure ! per story. Another skeleton was not
long since found in similar circumstanInstances of two ladies, who vowed never again to see the light of the sun, on account of disappointments in love. In a garden, a pool of perfectly transEach of them kept her vow, living parent water, the bed of which should thenceforth, and dying after many years, be paved with marble, or perhaps with in apartments closely shut up, and light- mosaic work in images and various figed by candles. One appears to have ures, which through the clear water lived in total darkness.
would look wondrously beautiful.
The infirmities that come with old age may be the interest on the debt of nature, which should have been more
October 20, 1847. – A walk in a warm and pleasant afternoon to Browne's Hill, not uncommonly called Browne's
Folly, from the mansion which one of its base, and parallel with its ridge. It that family, before the Revolution, was overshadowed by chestnut-trees, creciel on its summit. (On October and bordered with the prevalent barber14, 1337, I recorded a walk thither.) ry-bush, and between ran the track, – In a line with the length of the ridge, the beaten path of the horses' feet, and the ascent is gradual and easy, but the even way of either wheel, with green straight up the sides it is steep. There strips between. It was a very lonely is a large and well - kept orchard at lane, and very pleasant in the warm, the foot, through which I passed, grad declining sun; and, following it a third ually ascending; then, surmounting of a mile, I came to a place that was a stone wall, beneath chestnut - trees familiar to me when I was a child, as which had thrown their dry leaves the residence of a country cousin whom down, I climbed the remainder of the I used to be brought to see. There hill. There were still the frequent bar- was his old house still standing, but berry-bushes; and the wood-wax has deserted, with all the windows boarded begun to tuft itself over the sides and up, and the door likewise, and the chimsummit, which seem to be devoted to neys removed, -a most desolate-lookpasture. On the very highest part are ing place. A young dog came barking still the traces of the foundation of the towards me as I approached, — barkold mansion. The hall had a gallery ing, but frisking, between play and running round it beneath the ceiling, watchfulness. Within fifty yards of the and was a famous place for dancing old house, farther back from the road, The house stood, I believe, till some stands a stone house, of some dozen or years subsequent to the Revolution, twenty years' endurance,
ugly afand was then removed in three por fair, so plain is it, — which was built by tions, each of which became a house the old man in his latter days. The somewhere on the plain, and perhaps well of the old house, out of which I they are standing now. The proprietor, have often drunk, and over the curb of being a royalist, became an exile when which I have peeped to see my own the Revolution broke out, and I sup- boy-visage closing the far vista below, pose died abroad. I know not whether seems to be still in use for the new edithe house was intended as a permanent fice. Passing on a little farther, I came family-residence or merely as a pleas- to a brook, which, I remember, the old ure-place for the summer; but from its man's son and I dammed up, so that it extent I should conceive the former to almost overflowed the road. The stream have been its purpose. Be that as it has strangely shrunken now; it is a may, it has perpetuated an imputation mere ditch, indeed, and almost a dry of folly upon the poor man who erected one. Going a little farther, I came to it, which still keeps his memory dis- a graveyard by the roadside, — not apagreeably alive after a hundred years. parently a public graveyard, but the The house must have made a splendid resting-place of a family or two, with appearance for many miles around; and half a dozen gravestones. On two the glare of the old-fashioned festivi- marble stones, standing side by side, I ties would be visible, doubtless, in the read the names of Benjamin Foster and streets of Salem, when he illuminated Anstiss Foster, the people whom I his windows to celebrate a king's birth- used to be brought to visit. He had day, or some other loyal occasion. The died in 1824, aged seventy-five; she in barberry-bushes, clustering within the 1837, aged seventy. cellars, offer the harsh acidity of their fruit to-day, instead of the ripe wines which used to be stored there.
A young woman in England, poisoned Descending the hill, I entered a by an East Indian barbed dart, which green, seldom-trodden lane, which runs her brother had brought home as a cualong at a hundred yards or two from riosity.
The old house on Browne's Hill was the house. Putnam was personally removed from the summit to the plain, cognizant of this fact. at a short distance from the foot of the hill. Colonel Putnam, of the Custom- November 17. - A story of the effects House, recollects it there, standing un- of revenge in diabolizing him who inoccupied, but with the furniture still in dulges in it.
It seems to have been accessible to all who wished to enter. It was at The Committee of Vigilance, instithat time under the care of Richard tuted to promote the discovery of old Derby, an ancestor of the present Der- Mr. White's murderers,
good as the bys, who had a claim to the property machinery of a sketch or story. through his wife, who was a Browne. The owner of the house had fed dur- A story of the life, domestic and exing the Revolution, and Richard Derby ternal, of a family of birds in a martenseems to have held the estate as it was house, for children. when the refugee left it, in expectation of his eventual return. There was one The people believed that John Hancloset in the house which everybody cock's uncle had bought an immense was afraid to open, it being supposed diamond at a low price, and sold it for that the Devil was in it. One day, above its value, he having grown rich with fifty years ago, or threescore it may a rapidity inexplicable to them. The have been, Putnam and other boys were fact was, however, according to Hutchplaying in the house, and took it into inson, that he made his fortune by their heads to peep into this closet. It smuggling tea in molasses hogsheads was locked, but Putnam pried open the from St. Eustatia. door, with great difficulty and much tremor. At last it flew open, and out An old French Governor of Acadie, fell a great pile of family portraits, faces the predecessor of D’Aulnay, paid for of gentlemen in wigs, and ladies in some merchandise, which he bought of quaint head-dresses, displaying them- the captain of an English vessel, with selves on the floor, startling the urchins six or seven hundred buttons of masout of their wits. They all fled, but sive gold, taken from one of his suits. returned after a while, piled up the pic- (Mass. Hist. Coll.) tures again, and nailed up the door of the closet.
An apparition haunts the front yard. The house, according to the same I have often, while sitting in the parauthority, was not tenanted after the lor, in the daytime, had a perception earthquake of 1775; at least, it was re- that somebody was passing the winmoved from the summit of the hill on dows; but, looking towards them, nothat occasion, it having been greatly body is there. The appearance is shaken by the earthquake.
never observable when looking directly The house formerly inhabited by towards the window, but only by such Rev. Mr. Paris, and in which the a sidelong or indirect glance as one witchcraft business of 1692 had its gets while reading, or when intent on origin, is still standing in the north something else. But I know not how parish of Danvers. It has been long many times have raised my head or since removed from its original site. turned with the certainty that someThe workmen at first found great body were passing. The other day I difficulty in removing it; and an old found that my wife was equally aware man assured them that the house was of the spectacle, and that, as likestill under the influence of the Devil, wise agrees with my own observaand would remain so unless they took tion, it always appears to be entering off the roof. Finally they did take off the yard from the street, nerer going the roof, and then succeeded in moving out.
The immortal flowers,
- in confirmation of the story, story.
asserted that he had often heard other
shipmasters speak of the same mon“ He looked as if he had been stand- ster; but he being a notorious liar, ing up thirty years against a northeast and Captain B- an unconscionable storm." Description of an old mate of spinner of long yarns and travellers' a vessel, by Pike.
tales, the evidence is by no means per
fect. The pilots estimated his length Death possesses a good deal of real at not less than twenty feet. estate, namely, the graveyards in every town. Of late years, too, he has The Grey Property Case. Mrs. pleasure-grounds, as at Mount Auburn Grey and her child three years old and elsewhere.
were carried off by the Indians in 1756
from the Tuscarora valley in PennsylCorwin is going to Lynn; Oliver vania. The father, going on a camproposes to walk thither with him. paign in search of them, was exhausted “No," says Corwin, “ I don't want you. by fatigue, and came home only to die, You take great, long steps; or, if you bequeathing half his property to his take short ones, 't is all hypocrisy. child, if living. The mother, his wife, And, besides, you keep humming all being redeemed, and there being sevthe time."
eral children who had been captive to
the Indians to be seen at Philadelphia, May 18, 1848. — Decay of the year went thither to see and recognize her has already commenced. I saw a dan- little three years' old daughter, from delion gone to seed, this afternoon, in whom, in her captivity, she had been the Great Pasture.
separated. Her child proved not to be
among the little captives; but, in order Words, so innocent and powerless to get possession of her husband's as they are, as standing in a diction- property, she claimed another child, of ary, how potent for good and evil they about the same age. This child grew become, in the hands of one who knows up gross, ugly, awkward, a “big, how to combine them.
black, uncomely Dutch lump, not to
be compared to the beautiful Fanny Captain B tells a story of an im- Grey,” and moreover turned out mormense turtle which he saw at sea, on a ally bad. The real daughter was said voyage to Batavia, — so long, that the to have been married, and settled in look-out at the mast-head mistook it New York, “a fine woman, with a fair for a rock. The ship passed close to house and fair children." At all events, it, and it was apparently longer than she was never recovered by her relathe long-boat, “with a head bigger tives, and her existence seems to have than any dog's head you ever see,” been doubtful. In 1789, the heirs of and great prickles on his back a foot John Grey, the father, became aware long Arriving at Batavia, he told that the claimed and recovered child was the story, and an old pilot exclaimed, not the child that had been lost. They “ What! have you seen Bellysore commenced a lawsuit for the recovery Tom?” It seems that the pilots had of John Grey's property, consisting of been acquainted with this turtle as a farm of three or four hundred acres. many as twelve years, and always This lawsuit lasted till 1834, when it found him in the same latitude. They was decided against the identity of the never did him any injury, but were recovered child. (Sherman Day's Hist. accustomed to throw him pieces of Coll. of Penn.) meat, which he received in good part, so that there was a mutual friendship Bethuel Vincent, carried by the Inbetween him and the pilots. Old Mr. dians to Canada, being then recently
married. A few years after, a rough- in the room with us, to glide noiselesslooking man fell in with a sleighing ly in and sit quietly down, without party at a tavern, and inquired if they affrighting us. It would be like a knew anything of Mrs. Vincent. She matter of course to look round and was pointed out to him. He gave her find some familiar form in one of the news of her husband, and, joining the chairs. If one of the white curtains sleighing party, began to grow familiar happen to be drawn before the winwith Mrs. Vincent, and wished to take dows, the moonlight makes a delicate her upon his lap. She resisted, -- but tracery with the branches of the trees, behold! the rough-looking stranger the leaves somewhat thinned by the was her long-lost husband.
progress of autumn, but still pretty good points in this story. (Ibid.) abundant. It is strange how utterly
I have failed to give anything of the Among the survivors of a wreck are effect of moonlight in a room. two bitter enemies. The parties, hav- The firelight diffuses a mild, hearting remained many days without food, warm influence through the parlor, but cast lots to see who shall be killed as is scarcely visible, unless you particufood for the rest. The lot falls on one larly look for it; and then you become of the enemies. The other may liter- conscious of a faint tinge upon the ceilally eat his heart !
ing, of a reflected gleam from the ma
hogany furniture, and, if your eyes hapOctober 13.
During this moon, I pen to fall on the looking-glass, deep have two or three evenings sat for within it you perceive the glow of the some time in our dining-room without burning anthracite. I hate to leave light except from the coal fire and the such a scene; and when retiring to
Moonlight produces a very bed, after closing the door, I reopen beautiful effect in the room, falling so it again and again, to peep back at white upon the carpet, and showing its the warm, cheerful, solemn repose, the figures so distinctly, and making all the white light, the faint ruddiness, the room so visible, and yet so different dimness, - all like a vision, and which from a morning or noontide visibility. makes me feel as if I were in a conThere are all the familiar things, every scious dream. chair, the tables, the couch, the bookcase, all that we are accustomed to see The first manufacture of the kind of in the daytime; but now it seems as candy cailed Gitraltar rock, for a child's if we were remembering them through story; to be told in a romantic, mystic, a lapse of years, rather than seeing marvellous style. them with the immediate eye. A child's shoe, the doll, sitting in her An angel comes from heaven, comlittle wicker-carriage, all objects that missioned to gather up, put into a bashave been used or played with during ket, and carry away everything good the day, though still as familiar as that is not improved by mankind, for ever, are invested with something like whose benefit it was intended. The strangeness and remoteness.
I can- angel distributes these good things not in any measure express it. Then where they will be appreciated. the somewhat dim coal fire throws its unobtrusive tinge through the room,
Annals of a kitchen. a faint ruddiness upon the wall, which has a not unpleasant effect in A benevolent person going about the taking from the colder spirituality of world and endeavoring to do good to the moonbeams. Between both these everybody; in pursuance of which oblights such a medium is created that ject, for instance, he gives a pair of the room seems just fit for the ghosts spectacles to a blind man, and does of persons very dear, who have lived all such ill-suited things.