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quested Sweeney to convey me as soon as possible to his own eye now.' 'It's a lie,” I said, feeling my dander Snow's island. He was alarmed at my pallid looks, rise; "she never wanted to do no such thing: the Briand begged me to compose myself, while he went out tish officers might go to Guinea, before she'd soil her to call Kate to my assistance.—The stranger having hand by giving it to one of them.' 'I meant no affront,' finished his commission, rose and respectfully saluting said the other; 'I did not know that you were a friend me, departed.
or servant of the lady's. But if you are, I can tell you While Sweeney was saddling the horse on which it how you can serve her in a most important matter.' 'I was agreed I should ride behind this faithful friend, I reckon I know what will serve her as well as you can told Kate as much of my cause of distress as it was tell me.' "Maybe not. I have a letter for her; and if fit I should reveal, and left a message for Edith, that you will bring me in speech of her, it will be the greatunexpected intelligence rendered it necessary I should est kindness you ever rendered her in your life.' 'How see Marion immediately, and I had taken Sweeney as do I know you speak fair ?! I answered, 'for you a'nt a guide to his camp. I took an affectionate leave of my what you pretend to be, but a British soldier, if ever I dear foster-mother, whose heart seemed to swell with saw one.' 'I perceive,' he replied, 'that deception is a suppressed grief at the trial to which she saw me vain attempt with you : my errand is to Miss Marion, exposed by this mysterious journey.
from a tried friend of hers. I have promised to deliver Securely mounted, we proceeded on rapidly in the into her hand a paper on which much depends.' 'I direction of Marion's camp, keeping clear of the beaten believe you now speak true,' says I, 'and if you will track, for Sweeney knew every path and turn, how. follow me, I will bring you to her presence. The rest ever intricate to a general observer. We proceeded in you know, my lady. I don't want you to break your silence for some time; at length I ventured to ask him word, but I guess there is foul dealings between that how he ascertained the errand of the person who hot blooded villain Heyward and the robber Butler, brought me the letter.
who I hear is on the watch to surprise our camp. But “La! my lady, a’nt that all my business, to find out don't shiver so, my pretty bird; my notion is that they'll what folks are after, specially when they come this fall into their own snare." way? You know, Miss Constance, I a'nt been at the Upon this, he quickened the pace of our little palfrey, Lodge for some time.”
and about dusk we came in view of Marion's fires."No, I wondered you did not return to bring us Sweeney was too well recognised to be interrupted in accounts of the camp, as usual.”
his progress, so that we halted at the General's tent “Well, I'll tell you why. I was gone to Camden, without being questioned by any one. Our first into hear a leetle more about them fellows under Watson, quiry was, whether Marion was within; which being as was coming down so fast to break us up at Snow's answered in the affirmative, I entered hastily, without island. I got certain information that they are coming, giving notice of my arrival. My uncle's astonishment but not so soon but we can outwit 'em. Jogging along at seeing me there was too evident to be disguised, with some cow hides before me, (for you must know though he did not express it in words until the officers I am sometimes a trader in leather, if the turn suits of his staff who were present had withdrawn. His my purpose,) I-overtakes a stranger undertaking to be first words were full of interest and affection. “My a countryman; but you see it's not for Sweeney to dear child, what misfortune has driven you here? for be fooled that way. I knowed him for a soldier as I am sure from your looks that something weighs heasoon as I set eyes on him, and a British soldier too: vily on your heart.” I then told him the substance of I'm too old a cock not to know the game when I see it; the information I had received, and the source from but I didn't let on, but jest fell into chat about the which it came. He said there could be no doubt of its hard times, and the scarcity of leather and other neces- authenticity. It was corroborated in his own mind by saries. I asked him if he knowed the price of leather evident signs of the secret movements of the banditti, in Charleston at the present time. I saw he was rather which had induced him to change his position so as to jubous about talking of that place; so I goes on and entrap the enemy whenever they made the assault.says I sold some prime leather some time since to the "The only puzzling question, my Constance,” he said, British officers there, and as I knew Webster, I named patting my pale cheek, “is what to do with your little him. He sort o'started at that, and said he had heard self. It is evident the ruffians think you are secreted Col. Webster was much of a gentleman. More,' 1 in my quarters, and I would place you beyond the replied, 'than can be said of many of them that wear scene of conflict." the king's gewgaws.' He answered nothing, but turn- “Let me, dear uncle, return to the Lodge. You ing the subject, asked me if I was much acquainted in know that is in the truce ground.” the neighborhood around, as he was a clock-mender by “Yes, were you only there; but should you remain trade, and would like to get business. I told him the here until to-morrow, there might be some risk in folks about here was glad to keep their heads on their returning; and you look too much exhausted for further shoulders; they didn't care much about clocks or any travel to-night.” of them jimcracks now-a-days. "What,' says he, 'a'nt I declared myself capable of further exertion, and they got Gen. Marion there at Snow's island to defend insisted on being allowed to remount behind Sweeney them ? 'It don't signify,'I says, 'whether he's there and retrace my steps to the Lodge. He preferred or elsewhere, unless he could be everywhere at once ; waiting until the scout under Norwood returned, which, though he pretty near does it, I must agree. The he said, must be in the course of an hour, when we stranger paused a little, and then said, “There's been a should hear whether the passes were practicable, and talk in Charleston that a niece of his wanted to run off I could be attended by a sufficient escort. with a British officer. I suppose he keeps her under Before the expected time, the young officer and his
party returned. Norwood's consternation at meeting forcing a passage through the ranks of the pursuers, me in Marion's tent, was little less than if he had seen now galloping down the footpath. "God and our good an apparition. He could scarcely restrain the fearful swords, my comrades,” he exclaimed, “will give us the emotion with which his mind was filled in beholding victory. Show no quarter to a single villain who does me. His first words were, “Do I dream, or do I really not surrender immediately. Sweeney, I commit to you bebold Miss Marion ? I almost fear to ask what acci- the precious charge of Constance. Hazard every thing dent, or rather misfortune, has brought her to our quar- for her safety,” were his last words, as he rode forward
in the front of his troopers. "Rather tell me, Sydney,” I said, gaily smiling, (for The firing now began; the numbers appeared equal, I saw fearful apprehension on his brow,) " by what but such was the courage and skill of Norwood's party, fortunate accident I can escape from them; for I per- that they had nearly disarmed the band, when the eneceive from your's and Gen. Marion's salutations, I am my from below hearing the musketry, rushed forward rather an unwelcome visiter.”
with all speed to the attack. One exclamation from "Certainly an unlooked for one ; and only unwel. Sweeney, “My God, we are gone !" gave me the full come, because too precious to be be exposed to danger," conviction that my fate was sealed. He waited not he said, pressing my hand in his own.
another moment, but snatching me from the saddle, After making inquiries as to the position of the ene- bore me into the woods. I heard the trampling of my, and ascertaining that the passes were still open, it horses, the clashing of swords, mingled with the curses was arranged that Capt. Norwood and ten good troopers and groans of the falling and dying--and my senses should attend me back to the Lodge. I was mounted vanished in the horrors of the scene. Soon I was alike on a fleet little jennet of my uncle's, and with Sweeney unconscious of the desperate fury with which Noracting as vanguard, we set forth, Sydney endeavored wood's party fought, until they were overpowered by to reassure me by assuming a gaiety which I saw he superior numbers, or the rude grasp which tore me from did not feel, while I attempted to disguise the fear that the arms of Sweeney, a breathing but senseless thing, even the rustling of a leaf gave me, lest the dark heart- or of the dreary abode to which my inanimate form was ed Heyward should arise in our path.
hurried, where the spell of insensibility was only broken We had proceeded quietly along several miles, when by the ravings of a brain fever. For ten days the our scout Sweeney gave notice that there were two liquid fire rolled through my head, creating a world of riders a little ahead, who by their lagging pace seemed frantic griefs and joys in its own fancy; and well it to wish to be overtaken by our party. As our intention was that reason did not sooner resume her empire ; the was to avoid observation, we struck off into a footpath conflict between that and despair must have ended my just before us. At this, the horsemen halted, and seem- existence. Nature at length worn out with exertion, ed to wish to reconnoitre our numbers as we passed. fell into a deep repose, which lasted without interrupWhen we were quite clear of them, Norwood regretted lion two entire days, and which was supposed by my that he had not kept the road, as the passengers were attendants the immediate precursor of death; but the probably huntsmen waiting for the game. Sweeney buoyancy of young and vigorous life was again to awake. was of a different opinion. He said they had too much It was during this long dream, that the soft whisper curiosity to see who we were, and what was our strength. of a gentle voice stole into my ear and awoke me to “I wish,” he said, significantly, we may be clear of something like consciousness of my being and identity. them now. I have a suspicion I have seen one of the I looked up without fear, for I was not yet awake to fellows before."
the past or present, and saw a lovely little girl bending I started with dread, and asked who he thought it over me, and adjusting the pillow that supported my
head. A smile of delight brightened her cheek, as her "Oh, lady, there's few travel these parts that can eye met my glance, and she exclaimed, “Oh! lady, say Sweeney's eye ha’nt been on him. Capt. Nor- you are better! How glad I am !”. wood,” he continued, “I'm thinking two or three of “Where am I, dear child ?" I said ; "tell me, had I us had better ride ahead, and see whether all's clear in not an uncle Marion, and a dearer friend still? Are the bottom below here: it's like as not the villains have they here too ?” laid an ambuscade in the pass, for I know something of “I don't know their names, but grandmother does ; their devilment.”
the gentleman loves you much, and watches by you “An excellent suggestion, Sweeney,” replied he, every day. I hope he is the one you love so much.” " and as you are acknowledged to be the best file-leader “Norwood !" I exclaimed, “ isn't that his name? in our troop, I depute you to take four of our number tell me, dear, for my head turns with the dreadful and reconnoitre the passes below.”
thoughts that come over me. How came I here?-for Our advance-guard were soon out of hearing, and I was in a mortal conflict. Will you tell me, good we proceeded cautiously forward, listening intently for lady ?" I exclaimed with palpitating heart, addressing a signal from them. At length we heard the sound of myself to the old woman. horses' hoofs; but whether behind or before us, it was “She is deaf,” replied the girl, “but I will tell her difficult at first to ascertain. Too soon we perceived what you say." She then repeated my words. that horsemen in our rear were gaining fast upon us,
“ You are with friends, lady: the gentleman is your and we pushed forward to meet our spies, who told us relation.” there were full twenty men stationed in the defile below “My uncle !" I repeated, with clasped hands, looking us, through whom we must cut our way if we attempted to heaven. to pass. Norwood evinced no trepidation, but ordering “You will soon see him," she replied. “I will tell his men to wheel about, declared his determination of him you are better.”
She left the room, while I impatiently awaited his gentleman and his people.” I seized the paper, and entrance. She returned, saying that my friend thought read these words : I was not yet strong enough to bear his presence; but recommended an anodyne, which would compose me, and will rescue you at the risk of life. To-night at the
“I have discovered the place of your confinement, and he promised to see me early the next day. I was hour of twelve expect deliverance; but on no account soothed again to repose, and did not awake until the sun was pouring his morning rays full in at my window. betray your hopes. You are surrounded by the creaMy little nurse was soon near me, greeting my reviving moved to another place to-day. Feign extreme illness,
tures of your persecutor. Do not suffer yourself to be senses with a smile. “Has my uncle Marion come ?” were my first words. insensibility, or any other stratagem that will best
succeed." “ Marion! is that his name?" “Do you doubt it?" I exclaimed, with emotion. It was Norwood's hand that traced the lines. He
No; only I never heard them call him so: but he was then alive, and able again to venture his life for is here, and talks of carrying you away, if you are me! My heart throbbed with the idea till it was near well enough, to-day."
bursting. I concealed my head under the bedcover “Go, my sweet child,"I answered eagerly, "tell him until I could recover something like tranquillity. Then to come to me this moment."
embracing Nannie, who stood in tearful silence by my The girl went out; and in a few minutes, the door side, 1 said, “You are a beam of hope to light up my opened gently, and looking up, I beheld Heyward !- darkness.” Why I did not expire at the sight, is a wonder to me. “Be cautious, lady,” she whispered, “all in this The fangs of the destroyer seemed to be in my heart; house, except me, are friends of your perseculor, and but God's mercy preserved me to mourn over my past Butler's folks hang round the house to do his bidding.” ingratitude, and praise him for future blessings. After “Who gave you this note?” I said softly. a paroxysm of anguish too great for expression, I heard “A lame man, with a fiddle and dancing dog. He the pretending villain declare, that he had saved me has been here before since you came, and plays for a from the grasp of the ruffian, worse than death, and penny; but no one cares to hear him but me. I had borne me to this place of safety. He asseverated that no notion he knew you when I first told him how sick his only wish was to make me happy; and wound you were, and how sorry I was because I thought someup all by hoping that as a reward, I would crown the thing troubled your mind. To-day he came again, ardent desires he had so long entertained with success. when the men were all gone, and slipped this into my I could scarcely restrain my resentment at his base and hand, telling me that the young lady's life depended on hypocritical conduct; but prudence urged me to speak this paper. If you love her, let no eye but her's see calmly, while I said, “ Heyward, I am in your power; it. I took it, and promised to give it to you secretly." your victim I may be, but only in death. Restore me Hearing a noise in the adjoining room, I motioned to those from whom you have torn me: then only shall to her to put it in the flames, and closing my eyes, I believe you intend me any thing but evil.” affected sleep. It was the old woman, whose deafness
“What,” he replied, “had you rather be in the proved quite a blessing to me. I heard her ask Nannie power of Butler's gang, than under my protection, with how the sick lady seemed to be. Nannie, having her every thing in the world to minister to your happiness ?" part ready, screamed out, “Still quiet; I don't believe
“Where are the protectors under whose eharge I she will ever open her eyes again in this world.” started from my uncle's camp?"
“Well, it can't be helped. It's true I had rather she “Norwood and his troopers, do you mean ?-all cut should not die here. It seems to give a house a kind of off or made prisoners by the banditti. I found you in strange feeling like; but it's certain she can't be carried their power, and rescued you at the risk of my own off while she's in this way.” life.”
The day passed away, and I still affected a deathlike “Heyward," I asked firmly, “was Capt. Norwood stupor. About nightfall Heyward returned, having killed ?"
made preparations to take me away. I heard him “No, he was not dead when I left the field, but mor- inquire eagerly, “How is the lady now?-better, I tally wounded."
hope." “Then show me one act of mercy; let the same sword “Better! No,” replied she woman, " she seems to that drank his blood end this wretched existence.” be going very fast. She is past rousing now, and she
I heard not his answer; darkness again rolled over strangles if you attempt to give her any thing to drink.” my sight, and forgetfulness swept its oblivious wing “Impossible !" was his only reply. “Let me see her over my mind.
this moment.” He approached the bed, and took my Heyward left me to the care of the old woman, while apparently lifeless hand in his. The trepidation of his he went to seek a more secluded abode for me. An soul shook his frame-his hand trembled, while he hour afterwards, the little nurse seeing me stir, whisper. pressed mine to his lips, and besought me by every ed in my ear, “Lady, wake, for heaven's sake wake!-- endearing name to speak but once to him. My only here is something for you-look! it is a note for you— answer was a convulsive groan. “She must have a friend brought it, and I have promised no eye but medical assistance,” he said hurriedly. “I will go yours shall see it.” I heard, and roused my exhausted immediately in search of it. Her pulse still vibrates. powers to attend to her words. “Here, take it, lady," Live she must, she shall, by heaven"—and he dashed continued Nannie, “and read it before any body comes off in pursuit of assistance. in : it is of great consequence he said, and I promised He had some difficulty in procuring medical advice; to help you all I could, and keep it a secret from the l which detained him until the hour of twelve had nearly arrived. He was rapidly ascending the steps which led | ling fiddler, in order to ascertain where you were, and to the room where I lay, when the alarm was given prepare for the rescue. The rest, dear Constance, is that the house was besieged by an armed force. In a deeply impressed on your memory." moment all was confusion. Heyward rushed out to I replied, that my only cause of sorrow was the meet the foe; and in the general panic I was left alone coldness of my heart towards the great Author of all with Nannie, whose self-possession never forsook her. goodness, who had given success to the efforts used for She proceeded quickly to assist me to rise and dress my deliverance. myself, so as to be ready for flight whenever the auspi- Edith met me with her accustomed heartfelt joy, cious moment should arrive. The combat seemed to mingled with a sympathy for my past sufferings, which rage without. At length the strife approached nearer, often suffused her bright eyes with tears. My strength and the door of my chamber was burst open by the returned rapidly, and my spirits, though soinewhat farious struggle of two combatants, one of whom fell chastened in the school of afliction, regained their headlong on the floor, weltering in his own blood. I wonted cheerfulness, without the undue proportion of instantly recognised in the fallen victim the wretched pride and self-will, which had once combated, and Heyward, and in the other the triumphant Norwood. often ruled my better feelings. I now felt that “better My senses swam round at the sight, and for a few mo-is he that ruleth his spirit, in the fear of the Lord, than ments I was transfixed with horror. The first words I he that taketh a city.” distinctly heard were those of the conqueror—"Perish, Gen. Marion was soon to join the southern army base wretch, at the feet of her whom you would have under Greene, and Norwood urged the consummation made the victim of your perfidy and crime.” Heyward of our engagement before his departure. My uncle tarned his dying eyes towards me, and consternation and Lieutenant Stuart were the only guests present. was mingled with the phrenzy of rage and anguish. The former gave me a father's blessing in confiding my " Death," he said “has cheated me at last of the prize future happiness to another. Edith and Lieut. Stuart for which I sacrificed peace, honor and life. Constance plighted their vows of mutual love on this occasion ; Marion lives while I”-die, he would have said, but the but their marriage was deferred until the end of the last word was lost in expiring nature.
campaign. Norwood turned away from the shocking spectacle, We both remained at the Lodge, while our hearts' and clasping me in his arms, exclaimed, “A Con- best hopes were reaping laurels in the glorious fields stance does live-but oh! how does the pallid cheek, which expelled the enemy from our southern country. the wasted form, speak of sufferings too great for ex- Our lives passed quietly, except as our bosoms throbbed pression."
for the safety of those dearest to us, whose absence was As soon as I could calm my agitated feelings, I gave not relieved by the frequent tidings which now fills up Norwood some account of the frightful dream of exist- the tedious void. Sweeney too was gone, whose store ence since we parted. He besought me to seek repose, of accurate information, gathered in all quarters, was a while he proceeded to the neighboring village to procure resource in times of danger or doubt. a light vehicle for my accommodation.
The evacuation of Charleston, sounded a note of The following morning, I look leave of my prison, joy through the whole country. Sydney wrote me by not without taking an affectionate leave of the lovely an express to meet him in the now free and joyous Nannie. Tears of unaffected sorrow moistened her capital. With hearts almost bursting with joy, Edith cheek in parting with me, while I placed on her slender and myself obeyed the summons. My husband was finger a jewelled ring, the symbol of my sincere and not one of the last to feel the impulse of delight which grateful recollection of her kindness to me.
pervaded all ranks at the departure of the enemy. Norwood supported me in the carriage, while his After a rehearsal of all that had transpired since we faithful followers escorted us safely to the Lodge. I were separated, of deepest interest to ourselves, I nainquired of him on the way, how he and so many of curally turned towards the early scenes and associahis troop had escaped the snare of the banditti. tions of my life. Inquiring for my good old friend Sir
"All," replied be, “through Sweeney's art. When John, I was told that he died suddenly a short time he found their numbers overpowering us, and you were before. It was thought the old man was brokenheartsnatched from his arms, he slid through the bushes, ed, being left alone in the world, by the death of his and getting into the rear unperceived, raised the shout son, and the elopement of Miss Rachel with the Briof Marion in so loud and triumphant a voice, that the tish Captain Dawkins. The lady who gave me these whole gang believed Marion was just on them, and sad details, said he pondered on his misfortunes till he they took to flight, leaving all the spoils, except your neither ate nor slept. My heart melted at the recital, self, on the field. My wounds were severe, but with and I learnt another lesson of the vanity of all hopes the help of my brave fellows, I reached camp. Parties built below the skies. were immediately sent by the General in different di- The fate of the noble Webster is too well known to rections in search of you, and the enemy who had need repe:ition. The bloody field of Guilford was borne you off, (for their plan of surprising our camp, strewn with the chivalry of both England and America; was abandoned as soon as you were captured,) but but among the fallen brave, were none more worthy to
Ten days elapsed without our ob- be lamented than the generous Col. Webster.-Gen. taining any intelligence of you; at length Sweeney Marion's history is interwoven with the records of our recognised Heyward's groom, George, in one of the national existence. It does not remain for me to speak hangers-on at a little inn in the country, and dogging of his deeds of excellence or glory.—Your father lived his footsteps unperceived, watched him to his master's to receive the honor and gratitude of his country, and quarters. Afterwards he played the part of the strol- ! to see the fruits of our glorious victory in the freedom
more accurate use of it.
and happiness of a whole nation. Death at last came in so gentle a form, that he seemed not a tyrant, even
LORD BACON. while he stole from my heart its only earthly stay. Consumption terminated his life in the tenth year of HIS CHARACTER, AND WRITINGS. our union. But he died not as the wicked perish; the
PART III. hopes of a glorious immortality illumined the darkness of the tomb, and shed on his last moments the ineffable common sense, the ruling principle Bacon's philosophy. light of a blissful eternity,
Contrast, between a Baconian and a Stoic. Importance at. I cannot close this sketch without leaving a tribute
lached by Bacon to the physical sciences -- His contempt for
the schoolmen’s metaphysical subtleties, morals and theology. of affection to the tried and faithful virtue of my hum
The inductive method, not invented by him-he only taught a ble friends, John and Kate Sweeney. They were my
His temperament, sanguine-his counsellors and support in all my sorrows and difficul- mind, at once comprehensive and microscopic--averse to ties, and I leave them not only a competency for life,
disputation-eloquence, and wit, in his writings-poetical
spirit-resemblance to Burke, in one respect--remarks on but my ardent prayers that God may shower every
Bacon's Essays--The Novum Organum his greatest workblessing on their heads.
concluding reflections. Thus ended the manuscript. The old woman in- Great and various as the powers of Bacon were, he formed me that her husband only died two years ago, owes his wide and durable fame chiefly his, that all with all his faculties in good exercise. “But,” said those powers received their direction from common she, “his full time had come, he being by the best cal sense. Elis love of the vulgar useful, his strong sympaculation upwards of ninety years old.”
thy with the popular notions of good and evil, and the openness with which he avowed that sympathy, are the secret of his influence. There was in his system no cant, no illusion. He had no anointing for broken
bones,-no fine theories de finibus,-no arguments to SONG.
persuade men out of their senses. He knew that men,
and philosophers as well as other men, do actually love To the air of "Tell him I love him yet."
life, health, comfort, honor, security, the society of
friends; and do actually dislike death, sickness, pain, Tell her the spell is o'er,
poverty, disgrace, danger, separation from those to She cannot now be mine;
whom they are attached. He knew that religion, She can deceive no more,
though it often regulates and moderates these feelings, With smiles, howe'er divine.
seldom eradicates them; nor did he think it desirable Tell her, when morning beams
for mankind that they should be eradicated. The plan O'er earth and sky and sea,
of eradicating them by conceits like those of Seneca, or I wake from faithless dreams
syllogisms like those of Chrysippus, was too preposteThat paint her true to me.
rous to be for a moment entertained by a mind like his. Tell her, in crowds to bear
He did not understand what wisdom there could be in A mien as joyous now;
changing names where it was impossible to change Tho' she in truth may wear
things—in denying that blindness, hunger, the gout, the An aching breast and brow.
rack, were evils, and calling them arox ponyjevat-in Tell her new hearts to break,
refusing to acknowledge that health, safety, plenty were To spurn such hearts as mine;
good things, and dubbing them by the name of adapopa. I will not, for her sake,
In his opinions on all these subjects, he was not a Stoic, Bow at another's shrine.
nor an Epicurean, nor an Academic, but what would
have been called by Stoics, Epicureans, and Academics, Tell her the star has set
a mere ιδιωτης,- -a mere common man. And it was That cheered my lonely way;
precisely because he was so that his name makes so But that I linger yet
great an era in the history of the world. It was Where she was wont to stray.
because he dug, deep that he was able to pile high. It Tell her, when youth has flown,
was because, in order to lay his foundations, he went When pleasures swiftly flee,
down into those parts of human nature which lie low, And beauty's bloom is gone,
but which are not liable to change, that the fabric which Tell her to think of me!
he reared has risen to so stately an elevation, and stands with such immoveable strength.
We have sometimes thought that an amusing fiction might be written, in which a disciple of Epictetus and a disciple of Bacon should be introduced as fellow-travel.
lers. They come to a village where the small-pox has ROLLIN'S IDEA OF BELLES LETTRES.
just begun to rage; and find houses shut up, intercourse Rollin, in his “Manière d'etudier les Belles Lettres,” suspended, the sick abandoned, mothers weeping in seems to have no precise idea of what the Belles Lettres terror over their children. The Stoic assures the disare. He introduces sacred and profane history, long mayed population that there is nothing bad in the dissertations upon solid glory and true greatness, with
* Insignificant circumstances.' many similar things.
t' Things neither good por evil,-things wholly indifferent.
E. A. S.