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MANO STANFORD)

C'HIVERCITY

A. 14216

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1863, by

TICKNOR AND FIELDS, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

PSIDE, CAMBRIDGE : STEREOTYPED BY 4. 0. HOUGHTON.

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America the Old World ..
.... Prof. Louis Agassiz. ........

... 373
Aphorisms, The Utility and the Futility of... Wm. R. Alger....

• 178
Austen, Jane................

.... Mrs. R. C. Waterston......................
Axtell, Mr.....

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Banneker, Benjamin, The Negro Astronomer M. D. Comway...
Betrothal by Proxy.........
Buckle, Mr., as a Thinker...

....D. A. Wasson ....
- Personal Reminiscences of.......... Charles Hale .....
Call to my Country-Women, A.... ... Gail Hamilton.....

345
Camilla's Concert.
... Gail Hamilton...

756
Chasseurs-à-Pied, The .......... ...W. J. Rose.

.. 250
Cincinnati, The Siege of ......... ...T. B. Read ...

.. 229
Costs, The Law of .............
....D. A. Wasson ...........

..241
Dark Ways

............ Harriet E. Prescott...
Fern Forests of the Carboniferous Period, The Prof. Louis Agassiz.

... 615
Gala-Days ...........

. Gail Hamilton
Ghost of Little Jacques, The............

.. 213
Golden Wedding .........................M. D. Conway..........

454
Hancock House, The, and its Founder. ..... Arthur Gilman ....
Happiest Days ....

....Gail Hamilton......
Horticulture, American ...
Human Wheel, The, Its Spokes and Felloes..0. W. Holmes .......
Iron-Clad Ships and Heavy Ordnance ...... Alexander L. Holley..
Keats's Fame, On the Vicissitudes of .......Joseph Severn .......
Lamb's, Charles, Uncollected Writings .....J. E. Babson .......
London Suburb, A...........

.... Nathaniel Hawthorne..........
Member from Foxden, The.........

• 730
Monitor, The Last Cruise of the...

366
Mountains and their Origin...
.... Prof. Louis Agassiz. .......

747
My Friend the Watch...
.... George Wm. Curtis.........

70
No Failure for the North...

.Francis Wayland, Jr.........
North, Christopher..
....Joseph Dana Howard......

273
Only an Irish Girl!..

643
Paul Blecker.

... Author of " Life in the Iron-Mills...... 580, 677
Pericles and President Lincoln...... .... Henry M. Alden..

382
Preacher's Trial, The .....................C. A. Bartol ...

206
Promise of the Dawn, The ................ Author of "Life in the Iron-Mills"..
Recollections of a Gifted Woman .......... Nathaniel Hawthorne..

.. 43
Reply to the Address of the Women of England, A., Harriet Beecher Stowe.........

1001 ........................ .... Author of " Recreations of a Country Parson " 434
San Domingo, The Horrors of...............John Weiss...

............ 289, 768
Shall we Compromise?....
....D. A. Wasson....

649
... Thornton Hunt ...
Silurian Beach, The....
Prof. Louis Agassiz...

460
Sovereigns and Sons...............
.C. C. Hazewell............

145
Spasın of Sense, A.......
..Gail Hamilton......

407
Strathsays, The .........

.Harriet E. Prescott ...........
Truth, Sojourner, The Libyan Sibyl. Harriet Beecher
Under the Pear-Tree......

....Mrs. Thomas Hopkinson. ...........
Up the Thames......

....Nathaniel Hawthorne..
Weak Lungs, and How to Make them Strong Dio Lewis, M. D.
Wet-Weather Work.......

... Donald G. Mitchell..........
Why Thomas was Discharged.............. George M
Willie Wharton ................

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.....Mrs. L. Maria Child...

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Alar "Tea"...,

......H. B. Sargend.....
Andrew Bykman's Praya ....... .... John G. Whittier ......
Biglow, Mr., Latest Views of ..............J. R. Lovell.........
Pinun Hymn.........

......R. W. Emerson,
Cavalry Song ............................E. J. Cuder........

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** Choone You this Day whom Ie will serve0. W. Holmes........

....F. G. Tuckermm..
Counter, The...

..John G. Whittier..
Last, The, and the West....

... Theodore Winthrop........
V.. W., to....................

.... John G. Whittier ...
Ylag, The ..........

.......Mrs. Julia Ward Howe.........
Give............

.....A. West.
In the Half-Way House ........ ......J. R. Lowell.........
Light and Dark ...........

...John Weiss..
Lyrics of the Street............. ...... Mrs. Julia Ward Howe......
My Ship..........

......A. West ...........
Overtures from Richmond ........ ... ...Prof. F.J. Chill .........
Proclamation, The

.......John G. Whittier .........
Rabbi Ben Lovi, The Legend of............H. W. Longfellow........

Sleeping Sentinel, The.................
Soldiers' Rally, The ......

*.E. 3. Culler.........
Spring at the Capital.....

....... Mrs. Paul Akers ...
Test, The.................

..... Bayard Taylor .....
Threnody .................................Auihor of " Charles Auchester".....
True Church, The ......

... Theodore Tilton....
Vagabonds, The..........................J. T. Trowbridge...........
Violet-Planting...........................Mrs. Paul Akers ..........................

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THE

ATLANTIC MONTHLY.

A MAGAZINE OF LITERATURE, ART, AND POLITICS.

VOL. XI. - JANUARY, 1863.-NO. LXIII.

HAPPIEST DAYS.

Long ago, when you were a little a platitude and a falsehood. How ever boy or a little girl, - perhaps not so the idea gained currency that childhood very long ago, either, — were you nev- is the happiest period of life, I cannot er interrupted in your play by being conceive. How ever, once started, it called in to have your face washed, kept afloat is equally incomprehensible. your hair combed, and your soiled apron I should have supposed that the expeexchanged for a clean one, preparato- rience of every sane person would have ry to an introduction to Mrs. Smith, or given the lie to it. I should have supDr. Jones, or Aunt Judkins, your moth- posed that every soul, as it burst into er's carly friend? And after being flower, would have hurled off the vile ushered in to that august presence, and imputation. I can only account for it made to face a battery of questions by recurring to Lady Mary Wortley which were either above or below your Montague's statistics, and concluding capacity, and which you consequently that the fools are three out of four in despised as trash or resented as insult, every person's acquaintance. did you not, as you were gleefully van. I for one lift up my voice emphatiishing, hear a soft sigh breathed out cally against the assertion, and do afupon the air, — “ Dear child, he is see- firm that I think childhood is the most ing his happiest days”? In the con- mean and miserable portion of human crete, it was Mrs. Smith or Dr. Jones life, and I am thankful to be well out speaking of you. But going back to of it. I look upon it as no better than general principles, it was Commonplace- a mitigated form of slavery. There is dom expressing its opinion of child- not a child in the land that can call hood.

his soul, or his body, or his jacket his There never was a greater piece of own. A little soft lump of clay he absurdity in the world. I thought so comes into the world, and is moulded when I was a child, and now I know it; into a vessel of honor or a vessel of disand I desire here to brand it as at once honor long before he can put in a word

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1862, by TICKNOR AND FIELDS, in the Clerk's Omice

of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts. VOL. XI.

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