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mates our institutions, by a single breathing would and when the slave states themselves in their own good shiver the enchanted talisman which guards all their time, shall deem it wise and proper, then, and not betreasured wealth. But for us, we are a new people, fore, will the sons of Ham go forth from the house of springing at once into the full vigor of life, unafflicted bondage. The single enemy, the natural foe of our with the weaknesses of infancy or the palsy of age; we institutions, is licentiousness ; for as all free instituhave no records of the past, no traditions of glory; we tions repose on the broad basis of morality, whatever have commenced our sublime career; our associations, tends to introduce insubordination is eminently deour hopes, our honors, are all with the future; in the structive. And whenever the fanatic, the abolitionist, past we behold nothing but the sufferings of the many the politico-religious demagogue, in a spirit of wanton and the crimes and oppressions of the few-and shrink- mischief or misguided zeal, throw their fire-brands ing from the contemplation of the dark ages of man, we among any portion of the people, and stimulate them to have opened a sealed book, a new volume, filled with rebellion, let us reflect upon the wisdom of the Romans the promise of happiness and moral excellence and in the purer days of the republic, when they representdignity to the human family, under the influence of ed LICENTIOUSNESS AS THUNDERSTRUCK BY HEAVEN AT the equality breathed forth in every lesson of that other THE MOMENT SHE STRIVES TO BREAK A TABLE OF THE book, which is called the book of life. We are in the LAW AND THE BALANCE OF JUSTICE. bad and promise of blossom and fruit; and like the rod Yet we entertain no serious apprehensions of the conof the prophet in the tabernacle, the staff upon which sequences of clerical interposition in secular and poliwe lean blooms and fructifies. Let not the monarchists tical affairs; for, however deeply enthusiasts may deof Europe, misled by the intemperate language of en-plore the age of crusades, like the age of chivalry, is thusiasts or agitators, hug themselves in the forlorn past. Although our peace may be fearfully disturbed hope that we shall find it necessary to borrow their arti- for a season, and the Union seriously threatened, the ficial checks upon the will of the people, and let not influence of the clergy in this country will ultimately Dr. Channing persuade himself that we shall require be restrained within its appropriate sphere ; and the a "stronger government;" our forefathers have im- moment its inembers mingle with excited crowds of pressed upon their descendants too lively an image of citizens, making broad their phylacteries with strange their sufferings under the oppressions of kings and and unholy characters graven thereon, they cease to nobles, to permit them to abandon their own pure faith compel or to merit the reverence of reflecting men. to bow down before such idols in their western asylum. They may bring religion into contempt with the mass We are now the only nation in whom the vital princi- of the people; but they can never shake those estabple is active and progressive. Other nations have lishments or dissolve that Union, which were founded been-their onward career is closed their history is in a deep jealousy of their controlling influence and written in the fate of other empires which have prece- frightful corruption in other lands. But if, instead of ded them in the march of ruin. But in the structure inciting the angry and vengeful feelings of the weaker of our own beautiful edifice, it would appear that all portion of our people, the clergy would interpose to inthe salutary lessons of history had been gathered and culcate patience, forbearance, and brotherly love; if, studied, and that the temple destined to flourish for- instead of inflaming the passions which alienate the evermore, had sprung up into fair and beauteous pro- northern and southern states, and coolly recommending portions, not unlike the foam-born Cytherea from amid disunion rather than the erection or admission of slave the wrecks of ages on the stormy shores of time. Our states into the confederacy, ministers of the gospel would institutions are based upon a sound morality; and the teach us how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together genius of christianity has imparted a portion of its im- in unity; if, instead of pandering to the coarse appetite mortality to the institutions which embalm it. What of monarchists, hy collecting from every filthy deposit a sublime destiny is ours, and how immeasurably be straggling instances of the profligacy of border morals neath contempt do those sink, who affect to see in or city license, and proclaiming them to the world as casual excesses that ruin which they rather desire than conclusive evidences of prevailing immorality and reanticipate. What a sublime destiny is ours ? Of that publican licentiousness, they would (if indeed they Anglo-Saxon race peculiarly constituted for freedom, must transcend their sacred function,) vindicate the with political institutions admired by the world, and character of our free institutions and the morals of our only feared by its oppressors, with a prosperity like people, notwithstanding occasional outrages; if they that of the Samian prince, so startlingly stupendous as would discard from their alliance in behalf of the Into be its only evil omen ; carrying civilization into the dian, the slave and the Mexican, the “friends of strongfastnesses of the forests ; erecting empires and cities in er governments" in Europe, and uphold and sustain the wilderness, in one short generation of the children instead of disuniting and traducing our people and of men; with one arm stretched forth towards the government; then, would our march to eminence te abode of winter, and with the other reaching towards peaceful and prosperous, and before the curtain of time the tropics, with opposite oceans for boundaries ; to shall have fallen upon another century, unborn milwhom is it given to calculate the future elevation and lions throughout the vast and untrodden regions of our moral grandeur of this people? And even while men productive soil, gathered together, the children of opof limited views discuss the excesses of the border, the pression, from the four winds of heaven, men of every frontier line has moved, and the theatre of semi-barba- tongue and clime, will exhibit to the world the sublime ric strife has already been subdued by all the refine- spectacle of a republic of boundless extent of territory ments of society. Before another century shall have and unprecedented populousness, flourishing in stable elapsed, empires will have sprung into being which security upon the broad basis of popular will. The cawill render feeble the voice of those who demand the pability of man for self-government will have ceased to abolition of slavery. When this unhappy race shall be a problem. have been fitly prepared for freedom, when their eman- We may be mistaken in our judgment, but we are cipation can be effected with safety to the white man, fully persuaded that if members of the clergy had never promoted or sanctioned the efforts of the aboli-, the scattered vestiges of their magnificence are at once tionists in a spirit of misguided philanthropy, the pre- the evidences of the pride which goeth before ruin, and sent unhappy state of feeling between different sections the prompters of mournful and chastening feelings of the Union would never have existed. This interfer- The successor of the fisherman sits upon the throne of ence of the ministry with political discussions, this the Cæsars; the descendants of Ishmael, whose empire prompting of popular and sectional delusion, is emi. extended from the Atlantic to Bagdad, the seat of the nently wrong and intolerably disgusting. But though Caliphs, from the gardens of Cairo to the shades of the we are indignant, let us be strictly just. In the Ameri- Alhambra, have been driven back to the sandy deserts can church there are meek, unpretending, and godly of Arabia; and the dynasties, wbich now seem to be men, who stand aloof from these vexatious inovements, firmly established, must yield to the empire of fate and and confine themselves exclusively to the work of their furnish new lessons for the future. And although spedivine Master. And it is proper to state, that in the ap- culation on this subject may seem to be profitless, inaspeal we have now made to the clergy in behalf of reli- much as it is given to no man to lift a corner of the gion and humanity, we have addressed ourselves to that veil which overshadows the future ; yet when we reportion of the ministry alone, which, feeling the justice flect upon the moral culture of our people, the naiure and truth of our remarks, will stand rebuked, and there of our institutions originating in the consent of the goforc indignant. Entertaining for the former class es

verned, and founded upon the purifying and salutary teem and reverence, we have no apology to offer to principles of christianity and freedom, we may justly these latter for the boldness, it may be the presump- anticipate a longer duration, a more sublime destiny, tion, with which we have spoken unwelcome but salu-than has marked the career of other governments, tary truths. Engaged in a good cause we have no whose foundations bave been less stable and permanent. false delicacy, no priestly apprehensions. But while we When by the slow and peaceful operation of wholesome respect a well-ordered priesthood, we love our common public opinion, we shall have emancipared the slave; country; while we revere religion, we detest fanati- , when through the agency of a sober and pious miniscism; and while we are pleased to behold under benigni try, we shall have civilized the savage on our frontier auspices, clouds of incense ascending in peaceful union i we shall have no Goth to fear like the Roman, no Moor from altars of every denomination to the throne of like the Spaniard, no Arab like the descendants of Comgrace, we abhor POLITICAL RELIGIONISM.

stantine; but we shall attend singly to the preservation Let clerical agitators beware. In rending the tree of our Union, to the intellectual and moral culture of with Prospero to liberate the imprisoned spirit to do our people, to the development of our vast resources, their bidding, let them take warning from the impres- and to the perfection of our beautiful system. And sive lessons of antiquity, lest its reaction be destructive after having attained this elevation, wben the whole to themselves. But we will not despond; for, these as- fabric shall slide from its foundations and crumble into saults, however continuous and violent, can never ruins, we shall not, like the cities of the desert, like Baloverthrow the muniments which surround us ; and bec and Palmyra, like the ancient seats of empire and there is a detergent energy in our system, which, how- the arts, like Rome and Athens, leave only vestiges of ever tardily excited, will effectually repel them. And onr former grandear to attract the regard of future gewhen the "deluge of fanaticism shall have fallen back nerations; but we shall bequeath to man those indefrom the Ark of Freedom, the dove will go forth with structible principles of free government, which though his olive branch,” the harbinger of peace and tranquili- they cannot impart their immortality to perishable inty, and the beautiful bow will be hung out in the hea- stitutions, will yet secure to the children of men, to the vens, the emblem of reconciliation.

consummation of ages, the greatest possible moral eleva In our progress to eminence, we have not, like other tion, the greatest political equality, and the purest social nations, to pass through a tedious pilgrimage ; sepa- happiness. But to attain this sublime elevation, beyond rated from the nations of the earth by the ocean, we which on this side of the grave, man has no hope and have no enemies to subdue ; no sadden reverses of for-heaven has no boon, let us bear constantly in mind that tune to apprehend; springing at once into the vigor of we must realize the type of Roman virtue, and snatch early manhood, we have no early history to compose; the thunders of the Olympian Jupiter to “SMITE LICESwe have only to fill up the measure of our dominion TIOUSNESS WHENEVER SHE STRIVES TO BREAK A TABLE and glory. We shall sooner than other people enter OF THE LAW OR THE BALANCE OF JUSTICE.” upon the mature age of nations, and behold mind asserting its supremacy; animated by those patriotic emotions which glowed in the bosoms of our forefathers, we will speedily seck thc enduring glories of peace, and by devoting all our energies to mental im- MR. MAURY AND MISS MARY. provement, will adorn with all the triumphs of genius the land of our nativity. And when our power shall

Mr. Maury and Miss Mary, have attained its height, and our government its mag

Of graver lalk grown weary,

Essay'd to lask their cunning, nificence, who shall prescribe limits to its science or

In the pleasant sport of punning. refinement? Wherefore shall we nct attain to those

Said the former to the latter, heights of knowledge, which, restoring us to the primi.

“Far be't iom me to flatter, tive range of intellectual vigor, will assimilate us to

But certainly 'lis true, those men of the olden time who were deemed worthy to

That if 'were not for U hold friendly converse with angelic spirits? Yet the

Most gladly I'd be Mary." star of our destiny must ultimately set forever, for the

The ready witted fairy,

Prompt not to be outdone only star that gives promise of immortality is the one

In compliment or pun, which conducted the eastern sages to the feet of the in

Replied, "If I had U fant Redeemer. Other nations have perished, and left

I would be Maury too." behind them a moral and a memory of desolation, and Washington City.

thoroughly damn himself in a second book. This is BURTON; OR THE SIEGES.* the secret of the existence of so many men who have

" written a book," and only a book. With something A Romance, by J. H. Ingraham, Esq., Author of "South like misgivings of this kind, with regard to the author West," "Lafitte," &c. 2 vols. 12mo. Harper & Brothers : New York. 1638.

of that glittering production, “Lafitte," we opened

"Burton.” As we progressed, each page reassured us, The author of this excellent novel is gaining for and we had not read half through the first volume himself a distinguished name as an American novelist. before we gave ourself up to its perusal without fear of We first hear of Professor Ingraham as a writer, shipwreck, and permitted ourselves to be carried along through the pages of a book entitled “The South with that delightful abandonment with which we have West

, by a Yankee,” published in January, 1836. hurried through the pages of Scott. We do not here This is a book of travels in Louisiana and Mississippi, compare Burton with any of the Waverly novels. It containing valuable statistical information, fine descrip- is too American to admit of this. But in the style we tions of scenery, and graphic and racy sketches of are reminded of Sir Walter Scott, almost on every manners and customs in that interesting, and hitherto page: though without imitation, still the author shows little known portion of our country. The work origi- that he has made this great model his careful study. nated from a private correspondence with a friend, who we are glad to see this, for it promises well

. In many of placed the letters, without the knowledge of their his finer passages he seems to have paused to study how writer, in the hands of the editor of a Natchez paper, Scott would have expressed such and such thoughtswho published several of them. The truth of their and written accordingly. This seems to be wherein the descriptions, and their admirable style, (for which the secret of his resemblance lies. The care with which he writings of this author are distinguished,) attracted has formed his style is most strikingly apparent, when the attention of the press—and the letters were widely contrasting “Burton” with “ Lafille.” We see the copied and praised. At the suggestion of his friends, same hand in each, but now it holds the burnisher the author was at length induced to write a book on the where then it held the chisel. Now to the story of country, with which his letters showed him to be so "Burton,” the hero of which is Aaron Burr. familiar. The two volumes called the “South West,” | When the American colonies rose in arms against is the work he produced, and it at once won for him | Great Britain, it will be remembered that the first step enviable reputation. Encouraged by the success of this of the colonial army was to plan an expedition against work, in July of the same year, he wrote a novel Canada. The army was divided into two divisions, one called " Lafitte,” which, though hastily written, (com- of which, under Montgomery, was to penetrate into posed in less than six weeks, we believe,) and never Canada by the way of Lake Champlain, and fall upon copied, from its admirable style, and wildly thrilling Montreal; the other under Colonel, afterwards the story, became one of the most popular fictions ever traitor, General Arnold, by the way of Maine. It issued from the American press. We reviewed it at was planned between the two leaders, that which ever the time, and although we did justice to the talents and arrived first in Canada should send a messenger to genius of the author, we objected to the tone of the inform the other, so that the two armies could form an work-the moral of novels having bold, bad men for immediate junction and act in concert. When Arnold their heroes, however skilfully managed, being always arrived on the borders of Canada, he assembled his offiof questionable utility. Within the last month, the cers and called for a volunteer to go forward and inform author has put forth a third book which gives title to Montgomery of his presence. Young Burr, a volunteer this notice.

in Arnold's division, immediately offered himself for the We sat down to the perusal of this work, with the expedition. In the disguise of a monk he left the army, feeling that the reputation of the author as a novelist and hastened forward on his perilous way. It is on the would be made or lost by it. It appears to us that it is second evening of his journey that the novel opens, and not a very difficult matter for a young man of brilliant introduces him to the reader in the following words: imagination, active fancy, and some invention, to sit down and write a novel for the first time. In the heads

The bells of a ruined monastery in the vale of of such persons there are a thousand wild thoughts, the close of a cold windy day in the month of November,

Chaudiere were chiming the hour of evening service at romantic fancies and crude conceptions; a myriad of seventeen hundred and seventy-five, when a single dazzling images, and a confused chaos of brilliant ma- traveller, in the garb of a Roman Catholic priest, terial

, floating hither and thither without compass or appeared on the skirts of a forest, that, sacred from the aim. In a first novel, these will find vent. Every invading ploughshare or the axe of the woodman,

stretched many leagues into the province of Maine. thing he has ever thought or dreamed of, heard or read, His steps were slow and heavy, as if he had travelled digested or undigested, will here find " habitation and a many a weary mile of the vast wilderness behind him; name.” It will be the receptacle of every thing he and, when the north wind howled at intervals through knows or guesses at, and when it is completed, his the wood, he drew his garment still closer about his brain will be like an exhausted receiver. His book person, and bore himself with a sturdier step; but,

nevertheless, his slight frame and vacillating limbs did will create a sensation-emphatically take, and great not promise to withstand for a much longer space such things be prophesied of the successful debutant; but rude assaults. the author is never heard of again-or if so, it is to Although faint with fasting and toilworn with long

travel, yet the sound of the convent bell, as it swept • We are indebted to the politeness of Mr. R. D. Sanxay, of past him on the wind, infused additional vigor into his this city, for furnishing us with a copy of this admirable work; limbs; and roused to renewed exertions, with an and would remind the public that it can be obtained at his book exclamation of joy he hastened forward to a slight emi

nence which rose in his path. From its summit he Vol. IV.—71

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beheld a prospect that fully rewarded him for all the retired into the monastery of SL Claude, then a thris'hardships he had endured in his lonely pilgrimage ing community, although, at the period of the disguised through the wilderness. Beneath him lay a secluded young officer's visit to the Father Etienne, the name and pleasant valley, about a league in breadth, guarded assumed by the military recluse, it was only a ruined from the wintry winds that swept the highlands, by a asylum for a few aged priests. Were we to weigh chajn of hills, wooded to their tops with forest trees, carefully the motives that induced the unsuccessful sol. the lingering foliage of which was dyed with every hue dier to take this pious step, we should, perhaps, find of the rainbow. Through its bosom the Chaudiere them composed, in part, of a desire to bury his own flowed, in a thousand romantic windings, towards a disgrace from the world: in part of a morbid melanscarcely visible opening in the range of hills to the north, choly, the consequence of his defeat and disappointthrough which to pour ils tribulary waters into the ment, a disposition of the mind which often drives men St. Lawrence.

both to the church and the cloister; but we should also

find that he was governed by a deeper feeling than After gazing, until twilight rendered distant objects either of these. A ware that the priesthood were gendim and uncertain, upon the scene so unexpectedly pre- erally disaffected with the existing government, bis main sented to his eyes, long familiar only with the gloomy object was to attach himself to this body, that, by the grandeur of pathless forests, occasionally relieved by aid of so vast an engine of political power, and under the hut of their savage denizen, the traveller gathered the cover of a monastic life, he might combine a conspithe folds of his robe beneath his belt, and grasped his racy against the new government, and, when it should staff resolutely; then for a moment fixing his eyes become fully matured, apply the torch to the train he upon the towers of the island convent as the last chime had, and spread a revolutionary flame like wildfire of the bells ceased to echo among the bills, he said, as throughout the territory. he prepared to descend a rude path, if the scarcely

Such were the motives which converted the Chevalier visible track left by the hunter or beasts of prey may de Levi into Father Etienne. His schemes, bowever

, thus be denominated,

never ripened into maturity; and though always plan“There shallt find what I most need, a night's repose; ning and plotting with a perseverance and secrecy not and, if all tales be true, good and substantial cheer unworthy of Lucius Catiline, and constantly correswithal; for the reverend fathers, while they have care ponding with the disaffected in every quarter of Cana. of the souls of their flocks, are not wont to neglect their da, and even with ambitious individuals in the British own bodily comforts."

colonies, among whom, as has already been intimated,

was the leader of the eastern division of the invading He is entertained in the convent by a Catholic priest, army, yet, on the day we intruded into his retirement, who was formerly a military leader. The following lion of the French dominion was concerned, as on the

he was as remote from his object, so far as the restoraextracts will show best who he is, and the state of first day he assumed the religious habit. By long political feeling among the Roman Catholic clergy: devotion to one sole object, from which nothing could

make him swerve, aided by an active imagination and a The monk, having at length succeeded in disengaging sanguine temperament, the chevalier had become transthe fastenings of his cowl and gown, without replying, formed from a calm and dispassionate patriol, devoting now hastily cast them aside, and stood before the aston- himself to his country, into a settled monomaniac. To ished father no longer the hooded and shuffling monk, such a mind, therefore, the threatened invasion, albut an elegant and graceful youth, in a blue military though it did not embrace its long.cherished and favor surtout, with a short sword by his side attached to a buff ite project, was, nevertheless, welcome intelligence, belt, in which was stuck a pair of serviceable pistols. inasmuch as it would be, at least, the instrument of " Reverend father, I am neither monk nor priest

, but overthrowing the government of his conquerors. This a soldier of the patriot army, which, doubtless, you object effected, the restoration of the old Canadian ré have learned, ere now, is preparing to invade the Cana-gime, he was willing to confide to the course of events. das," said the young stranger, in a firm, manly tone. Inspired, therefore, with renewed ardor in the cause "In proof of my words and in token of my good faith,” to which he had devoted his life, by these tidings of in he added, fixing his eyes with a look of intelligence on vasion, with his cyes sparkling and his hands trembling those of the priest, “I will repeat the talisman that shall with excitement, he seated himself at the table as the beget mutual confidence between us. I have the honor, young soldier threw himself upon the floor to sleep, and then, of addressing, not simply the monk Ecienne, but soon became involved in a manifold correspondence. the Chevalier de Levi.”

His arguments were skilfully adapted to the circum"Thou hast the true credentials, young sir," said the stances and the prejudices of those to whom his leller priest, assuming the air and manners of a soldier and were addressed. To the disaffected priest, and there man of the world ; "in me you see that unfortunate were many such throughout the Canadas, he held out the chief who was once the leader of a gallant army, and restoration of the Roman Catholic ascendancy and the conqueror of those proud islanders who now hold these return of the golden days of papal regality. Before the fair lands. In this peaceful garb,” he continued, with imaginations of those Canadian gentlemen who desired emotion, “you behold the last general who drew blade a change of government, he displayed gorgeous pictures for the Canadas. Driven by a superior force from be- of titles and dignities, and predicted the restitution fore the walls of Québec, which I had closely besieged, their alienated privileges and honors; while the eyes of I left that citadel in the hands of the enemy, and, in one individual, of high birth and once in power

, were despair of ever retrieving our national misfortunes

, dazzled with the glitter of a vice-regal crown. No buried my disgrace in the seclusion of a religious life. scheme, however wild, seemed impracticable to the But,” he added, with increasing energy, pacing the mind of this visionary enthusiast. Finally, in addressapartment, “the servile oath of allegiance to the Britishing a distinguished primate, whose good sense, he was king I have never taken, nor do my religious vows insufficiently aware, would not be blinded either by his terfere with my patriotism. I have ever been ready, sophistry or arguments, however plausible, and wher when the time should arrive, and, please God, that time he was convinced, would withhold his name and infais now at hand, to aid in the removal of the invading ence until there remained no doubt of the re-establishBritons; and, if need be, by the mass ! I can still wieldment of the Catholic, or, which was virtually the same the sword as I have done before in the same good thing, the Canadian ascendancy, he hinted that the cause."

American army was but a few thousand strong; that

they should be supported by an active co-operation on Despairing of any present means of expelling the the part of the Canadians until they had captured Que conquerors of his native country, the Chevalier de Levil bec; “Then, if the partisan leaders are alive to their

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own interests, which," he continued, “I myself will undertake to be the active instrument in awakening, in

ANOTHER TREE ARTICLE. the unguarded moment of victory, and by the aid of superior numbers, we can snatch the citadel from their I am of the mind of old Drummond, who, two centu. grasp, and, please God, the flag of France will once ries agone, sang thus : more float above its towers." The crafty politician faceciously closed his diplomatic letter by relating the “Thrice happy he, who, by some shady grove, fable of the "Monkey and Cat's-paw.”

Far from the clamorous world, doth live his own :

Though solitary, who is not alone, After various adventures, graphically detailed,

Bur

But doth converse with that eternal love. ton arrives at the tent of Montgomery with a nun,

Oh ! how more sweet is birds' harmonious moane, whom, from one of the convents at which he was enter. Or the hoarse sobbings of the widowed dove, tained on his way, he has eloped with. The story now goes forward with intense interest

, and is most beauti

: Which good make doubtful, do the ill approve !

Than those smooth whisperings near a prince's throne, fully told. The delineations of character are bold and

Oh! how more sweet is zephyres wholesome breath, life-like

, and show a profound knowledge of the human And sighs embalmed, which new-born flowers unfold, heart with its subtler and deeper workings. Motives are analysed with a chemical nicety; emotions and Howo sweet are streams, to poyson drank in gold !

Than that applause vain honor doth bequeath! feelings traced to their source with singular clearness

The world is full of horrors, troubles, slightsand felicity. With a few touches of the author's pen,

Woods, harmlesse shades, have only true delights !" an individual starts boldly into life, in whom we at once become interested, and whose adventures we follow And being in this mind, I have turned my back upon with unflagging excitement.

the city, and am here at Oakwood, upon a high hill in We did think of entering into an analysis of the Fairfax, "far from the clamorous world, living my work, and of giving a skeleton of the story; but a fair own.” Embowered in oak-shades, with here and there lady at our elbow says we must do it by no manner of glimpses of the blue sky over head, I am in the fruition means, as it would destroy the whole mystery of the of my favorite trees. To quote old Chaucer, tale, and “who,” she asks with a pretty pout, "would read never so fine a novel when it's known how it's

“Here up I rise, thre houris after twelfe, a going to end ?” As in the course of our terrestrial About the springing of the gladsome day, pilgrimage, experience has taught us that women are

And on I put my gear, and mine aray, always right, in matters of taste, we shall be silent And to a pleasaunt grove I'gin to pas, about the mystery involved in this tale.

Long or the bright sonne uprisin was,

In which are okis grete, streight as a line, In graphic and truthful sketches of character, in rich

Under the which the grass, so freshe of hew, ness of description of natural scenery, in dramatic vigor

Was newly sprunge; and, an eight fote or nine, of dialogue, and in bold and trying scenes, where the highest moral and intellectual attributes are called into Every tree well fro' his fellow grew,

With branchis brode, ladin with levis new, action, the author of “Burton” is peculiarly distinguished. The writings of this author must be admired Some very rede, and some a glad light grene ;

That sprongin out agen, the sonne shene,for their elegance and purity of style. A fine imagination is characterized by a just taste throughout; a

Which, as methinks, is a right pleasaunt sight.” delicate humor prevades his pages, but it is never Oakwood contains some scores of the species Quercus. coarse-never far-fetched, but always natural. Some I find a new one every day. With old Michaux, his of his low characters, particularly Zacharie and Jacques, admirable Sylva in my hand, I go among these shades, have no superior in any American novel. His pages and sitting on the back of sorrel Mab, pull down the are varied by bold tragedy, touches of gentle pathos, branches and compare them according to class with the excellent wit, and irresistible humor, while the whole, book. Among the most curious of my specimens are unlike “Lafitte," wears an air of probability; and I boughs, which you would take your corporal davy are there is scarcely a worthy emotion or passion that the chesnuts, and willows, 'uill you see the acorns putting reader will not find awakened by the perusal of these forth under the leaves, and then you admit them oaks, „volumes. If Professor Ingraham continues to write, and do not forswear yourself. he must reach a proud elevation in the literature of his I said something but now of sorrel Mab. She is the country, as an American novelist.

“most charming of her sex” and species: a mare of all mares the paragon: perhaps transcending the best of the sex, of any species, in that she does every thing but talk. I mean audibly: for Mab is right eloquent at

times. She has a quiet way of asking for drink at EPIGRAM

noontide, which it would do your heart good to witness.

The front door of Oakwood opens into the park which On a hen-pecked husband, who opposed his wife's devotion to gives the place its name; and in the dim distance of Literature.

the leafy vista, when suns are hot and breezes are

asleep, may be seen, leisurely approaching you, as you Oh, why on Madam's musings frown,

sit, book in hand, upon the piazza, the gazelle-cyed Or send her to her stitches ?

Mab. Coming quite up to your feet, she looks in your In pity let her wear“the gown,"

face, drops her head as if, modestly and ladylike, to 'Twill help to hide-the breeches.

avoid your answering gaze, plucks a tuft of clover, and

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