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feelings excited—and party spirit carried its vigilance | be, in the regions of immortality, strife and contention and restrictions to such a degree, as to regulate the would cease, and the ties of social life remain unbroken common visitations and civilities between the families by conflicting interests. of the candidates and their friends. So nicely were the Time moved on, unimpeded in its course by the tide different parties balanced, that incidents, and persons at of human affairs or human wishes, though to the anxother times insignificant, grew into importance, and ious mind it seemed to linger. The elections in the states “trifles light as air” swayed public opinion, and as it were over-the returns received, and it was left with was supposed might ultimately determine the issue. Congress to elect one of the three highest candidates. The intimate, nay, even the casual visiters at the These were General Jackson, Mr. Adams and Mr. houses of these competitors for the Presidency, were Crawford. A new field for intrigue and effort was known to each other, and where they had weight or now opened—but I check a pen, whose limited design influence became objects of jealousy and suspicion. is to portray only domestic scenes and sentiments. These gentlemen were so aware of the system of es The decisive day at length arrived. It was a downpionage that existed, that precautions were taken of a right snow-storm. Aware of the attraction which would similar kind as those that are necessary for an army draw every one to the capitol, Mr. Crawford and his encamped in an enemy's country. Sentinels were placed family seated themselves round the blazing fire in the and doors were guarded. One gentleman knowing that drawing-room without any fear of being interrupted by certain spies were nightly placed opposite his front door, visiters. No expectation existed of the election being received his friends through a back passage; they came decided on the first day—it was even supposed that it at midnight and departed before daylight. These might remain in suspense and the ballotting be con. night visits were pretty general; and on one oecasion tinued for many days--possibly to the last day of the a friend of Mr. Crawford's being seen, at dawn of day, session; consequently little anxiety was felt about the leaving the house of one of the candidates, became an result of that morning's ballotting. The subject was object of such suspicion to his party, that all confidence little spoken or thought of in this family circle. “I was withdrawn, and intercourse suspended.
dreamt last night, papa, that I had churned a fine batch Mr. Crawford, who despised all these petty intrigues of butter, which I brought in my milk-pail to show and machinations, advised his wife and daughter to visit you, and which you praised as the best butter you had Mrs. Jackson as they had previously done: morning ever eaten.” “And I dreamt,” said the other daughter, visits were interchanged, and Mrs. C. proposed asking that I was in our garden at Woodlawn gathering the General and his wife to pass a social evening with strawberries.” “It is more than likely, girls, that your her. When this was accidentally known to some of dreams will come true," answered their father. “I do the politicians who visited at the house, it was so re-wish they would,” said the mother; “I am sure we monstrated against, so opposed, that Mrs. C. relin. should be far happier at home than we could ever be in quished her hospitable intent. On another occasion, the President's house." Mrs. Adams invited Miss Crawford to accompany her “How can you say so?" exclaimed a domesticated to the theatre, which very guilelessly and innocently friend, who was present. “After a struggle of two she would have done, had not these same politicians years, defeat will be very hard to bear-even in a game pui their veto on the proposition, and proved satisfac- of chess it requires some philosophy to take it patiently." torily that she might thereby compromise her father's “I cannot deny that," answered Mrs. Crawford; "it interests, and confirm a rumor already afloat, of coali- is only the mortification of defeat I care for-on every tions between Mr. Crawford's party and one or other other account most sincerely do I wish we may go to of the opponents.
Woodlawn, instead of the White house. I am sure Even the theatre was subjected to the same influence, we should be far happier.” “Let us have our book," and on different evenings filled exclusively by one party; said Mr. Crawford, “and while one of you reads to me, it was one of the modes adopted to ascertain the zeal I will likewise have a game of chess with one of the and strength of parties; and it was amusing on such oc- boys." casions to observe the vacillations, the embarrassments, The book was so interesting that the election going the hesitations of those who feared to commit them on at the capitol was for the time forgotten. The storm selves, whether or no they would go to the theatre with continued raging. It looked gloomy without doors, but such or such persons, and the variety of excuses by bright, warm and cheerful within. which they would evade invitations. What an ex The snow prevented the sound of wheels from being hilarating evening was that on which Mr. Crawford's heard on the ground, and before any one was aware of friends filled the theatre! And now, how is that strong the approach of a carriage, the door opened, and Mr. phalanx broken-divided-scattered! Many of them D. entered. The suddenness of his entrance made every in high office—one in the highest. And Mr. Crawford ! one start; his face was flushed with emotion-his mashe has gone to the quiet grave, “ where the wicked ner hurried. cease from troubling, and where the weary are at rest.” “Hundreds would be in haste to bring good tidings," The warfare and the turmoil of human passions—the said he, “but here I come with bad news. Adams is defeats or triumphs of ambition—the inconstancy or chosen on the first ballot.” “Is it possible ?” exclaimed fidelity of friends—the joys or sorrows of the heart-Mr. Crawford. “I thought it would have been Jack. the alternations of hope and fear—are all buried in that son; well, I am glad it is over.” Not a change of tone, quiet grave. If the spirit can look back on the scenes of voice, or of countenance, evinced any quick or deep it has left below, how puerile-how insignificant-how feeling; and being glad it was over, was a declaration ephemeral must the highest aims of human life appear! as natural as it was sincere—for suspense is of all states Could they be now estimated, as they will one day of mind the most intolerable.
The family received the information with as little sible to win the game, gentlemen--the cards were emotion as Mr. Crawford.
packed.” “And that,” said Mr. Cobb, “is the fact. “Well,” observed Mrs. C., "one thing consoles me; The people have been tricked out of the man of their the disappointment is of God and not of man, for had choice.” Mr. Crawford been in good health it would not have About tea time, four or five other senators and membeen so."
bers came in; the conversation naturally turned on the Soon afterwards another carriage drove to the door. events of the day; each had some interesting characMr. L-y came in, looking very much cast down, teristic incident to relate. What developments ! what and shaking Mr. Crawford's outstretched hand, said in machinery—wheel within wheel, and all put into moa voice as melancholy as his countenance, “It is all tion by the mainspring. One mind-one individual, over.” Mr. Cobb, who had accompanied him, was so governing and directing the actions of others, who permuch agitated, he could not immediately see Mr. C. haps never suspect themselves of being the mere agents but went into the dining-room. Mrs. Crawford and of the master spirit. her daughters went to him; he shook their hands, and The President elected by the People! The President brushing away the tears, which in spite of his endeavors elected by the House of Representatives !—an article would gush to his eyes, “Well, girls,” said he, “ you of the constitution—a finc theoretical principle. But may pack up as soon as you please.” He could say is it the fact ? Forms of government may vary and no more ; his voice was sufocated by emotion. Ilis modify the modes of human life, but cannot change the feelings were those of a tender and ardently attached principles of human nature; and from the savage hordes friend, not those of a disappointed politician.” “Come," who roam the wilderness, unclothed and unhoused, to said Miss C., shaking hands with him, “ you may as the most civilized and enlightened communities, the feao well laugh as cry; come in and see papa, but not with ever have and ever will govern the many. The subthat gloomy face.” It was some time however before divisions of society move like satellites round the cenhe could control his feelings; at last he went into the tral luminary. It is an elementary principle, which no drawing-room, laughing and clapping his hands as if forms of government can subvert. But my pen is wanin great exultation, calling out, “ Adams has it-Adams dering from its humble path. has it-hurra for Adams.” Mr. Crawford took his of
The tea table was removed-cards and chess were fered hand, and smiled, as he said, “Why, Cobb, you introduced, and parties arranged for the different games, are inughing the wrong side of your mouth.” “As well which were played without much interruption to conlaugh as cry," answered he, rubbing his hands. “Your versation. laugh however looks very much like a cry,” replied his That ease, which certainty, after long endured susfriend, laughing at the same time himself at Mr.Cobbs pense, imparts to the mind, is so pleasurable a sensa
tion, that for a time it is a compensation for disappoint“No more drawing-rooms, young ladies,” said Mr. ment and defeat. Relieved from the pressure of anxiety, Cobb, turning to the girls, “ you may go home to the the spirits of the company rose with an elastic force, dairy and learn to make butter and cheese and spin and every one seemed inspired with an unusual degree cotton for your own clothes."
of gaiety ; but, whatever the cause, the fact was cer“My dream will come true after all," said Miss C. tain, that they were very merry, and joked and laughed “And what shall I do?" said a little girl of seven in all honesty and sincerity. Two of the gentlemen
said they would look in at the President's drawing-room, “You? Lord knows; pick cotton seed I suppose.” and return and report what they might see and hear. “No, no,” said the fond mother, “she shall reel the It was near eleven o'clock when they came back. The cotton yarn. I have a pretty little reel that goes click, concourse was so great, that it was with difficulty they click.” The child jumped for joy; "and as for you,” | had effected their entrance--the mass so compact that continued the mother, taking her youngest in her arms, individuals could scarcely move, but were carried along “you, darling, shall hold the spools.” " And what are by the pressure of the crowd without any agency of we to do ?" cried the rest of the boys. “Why, go to their own. “Pray, sir, take your finger out of my ear.” the plough to be sure, all except the eldest son. “I will, madam, the moment I can move my arm.” We must have one gentleman in the family, so he must Such and many more ludicrous incidents did the genbe the lawyer.”
tlemen relate. After a while, every one quietly seated themselves Persons who never before had found an entrée into to listen to the detailed account, given by one of the good company, had this night forced themselves in, notgentlemen, of the mode in which the business had been withstanding the vigilance of the marshal who guarded conducted, and of the causes that produced this unex- the door-way. General Scott had been robbed of his ported result; which narration was often interrupted by pocket book, containing bills to a large amount, and exclamations from Mr. Cobb, “Treachery-treachery.” much mirth occasioned by the idea of pick-pockets in
“Ilush, hush,” said Miss C. “Do not use such rash the President's drawing room. words; hard names and bad words will not alter the “Mr. Adams was there,” said Mr. W-, “but was matter."
less an object of attention than General Jackson, who “It is enough to ruffle the temper of a better man was surrounded by persons of all parties." "This than me,” reiterated the ardent Mr. Cobb. “Such sympathy with the conquered, instead of the conqueror, treachery and cowardice ....
is honorable to human nature,” observed one of the Among other incidents, one of the gentlemen men- company. “ That may be doubtful," said Mr. tioned that Mr. Randolph, who counted the ballots, Many were disappointed and angry at Mr. Adams's after announcing the result, exclaimed, "It was impos- success. No unkindly feelings were excited by Gene
ral Jackson's defeat. Self-love is humiliated by ano- this government pass through such an ordeal. It disther's success, but if Rochefoucault is to be believed, appoints the calculations and expectations of the eneself-love is gratified by the misfortunes of even one's mies of republican institutions." friends.
And the mode or form of this election-how simple “General Jackson,” continued Mr. W—, "went and dignified. up and shook hands with Mr. Adams, and congratulated The counting of the votes of the electoral colleges, him very cordially on his election.”
was done by the senate and house conjointly. Foreign “That was a useless piece of hypocrisy,” said Mr. ministers, strangers of distinction, and Gen. Lafayette Crawford ; "it deceived no one. Shaking hands was were present; but when the Senate rose, and the House very well-was right, but the congratulatory speech of Representatives formed itself into a body of states, to might have been omitted. I like honesty in all things.” elect the President, the senators withdrew from the floor,
“And Mr. - too was there. Had you but seen and all other persons from the house. him-so smiling-so courteous—so exulting-every “What, even General Lafayette ?" glance of his eye-every smile of his lip said plainer “Yes,” replied Mr. L., who was describing the than words could say, I have settled this matter-1 scene,“ had General Washington himself been there, have made the President.'"
he too must have withdrawn.” The delegation of each "Curse him," said Mr. Cobb. “No, no,” said Mr. state sat together, and after ascertaining by ballot which Crawford, "he may and probably did act conscien- candidate had the majority in the state, an individual tiously.”
of the delegation was chosen to put the ballot in the “By *
ballot-box. The whole proceeding was conducted with But disappointed people will say hard things. silence, order and dignity; and after the ballots were It grew late. The company made their adieus, and all given in, Mr. Webster and Mr. Randolph were apMr. Crawford retired to his chamber.
pointed the tellers. It was Mr. Webster who, with an When the fact of his election was communicated to audible and distinct voice, announced that J. Q. Adams Mr. Adams by the committee appointed for that pur- was elected, when Mr. Randolph made the speech alpose, one of the gentlemen said, that during their ad- ready related. dress the sweat rolled down Mr. Adams's face; he shook The day succeeding this eventful one, was warm and from head to foot, and was so agitated he could scarcely bright. The dazzling whiteness of the snow that costand or speak. Every one knows he is a man of keen vered the ground, increased the splendor of the uncloudsensibility and strong feelings, and taken by surprise, as ed sunshine. The whole city seemed in motion ; carhe certainly was, his agitation was not to be wondered at. Triages whirled along the avenue, and the foot-paths
The heavy and continued snow-storm on the day of were crowded with pedestrians. Citizens and stranelection was considered a favorable circumstance, as it gers, ladies and gentlemen, hastening to pay their resprevented the assemblage of crowds or mobs, as had pects not only to the President elect, but to General been apprehended. In one ward of the city an effigy Jackson and Mr. Crawford, whose drawing-room was of Mr. A— had been prepared, and had it not been never vacant from eleven o'clock in the morning to for the storm would have been burned ; and this, most eleven o'clock at night. But he did not seem as well as probably, would have produced some riot among his usual; the excitement had perhaps been too much for friends, particularly the negroes, who, when his election him, and a re-action took place. He looked pale-was was declared, were the only persons who expressed languid and serious. In the evening he kept the younger their joy by loud huzzas.
children up later than usual. At twilight he took the two Among the higher classes, no exultation was evinced; little ones, as was his custom, on his knees, wrapping his respect and sympathy for the disappointed candidates arms around them, and seemed to feel, with more than his silenced any expressions of triumph. In fact, never accustomed tenderness, their innocent caresses. Often was the social principle more beautifully developed. he was seen to press them to his bosom, to kiss their Party hostility was instantly extinguished—a simulta- checks, their lips. The little girl, (an affectionate little neous spirit of kindness appeared in all classes of so- creature,) kneeling on his lap, would hug and kiss himciety. Rivalry being extinct, suspicion vanished-con-smooth his hair-stroke his cheeks. Mrs. Crawford fidence revived. The storm was passed_sunshine re- thinking she might teaze or fatigue her father, would turned, and diffused its warmth and cheerfulness over have taken her away. “No, no,” said he, clasping her the whole social system.
and his infant son tightly to his bosom, “I cannot part Even the clapping in the gallery of Congress Hall, with them yet.” After tea, when he sat down to his was sudden and momentary. It was silenced by loud game of whist, he put the children on the sofa by him. hisses, before the command of the speaker to clear the There they stood, playing all manner of little tricks, galleries could have been heard. Silenced by popular bobbing their heads now here, now there-kissing first feeling! and a word from the chair, without the appli- one, then the other cheek-untying his cravat, pulling cation of any force, instantly cleared the galleries. How his hair ; but nothing that they did disturbed him, admirable are our institutions! What a contrast does though in general he was impatient of any interruption this election by the House of Representatives form to while playing whist or chess—but this evening he never the elections of a Polish Diet. There, as General La- checked them, nor would he permit their being sent to fayette observed, foreign armies surrounded the assem- bed, but every now and then turned to pat their cheeks bly and controlled their elections. In Washington, on and kiss them. the 9th of February, not a sign of civil or military au Amiable, warm-hearted man! Affection proved the thority interfered with the freedom of the election. “I most effectual balm to heal the wound inflicted by dis, rejoice,” added this veteran, “I rejoice to have seen lappointed ambition.
He kept his family around him the whole time, nor sistently with his opinion of what is right, or to do any could they endure to be an hour away from him. Even thing he thinks wrong; and you well know that to reMrs. B-, the old nurse, (a worthy woman, who main in an administration whose principles and meahad lived many years in the family,) could not long sures he could not conscientiously support, is what he absent herself, but made frequent excuses to come into could not be persuaded to do. But come, the game is the drawing-room, and to show some kind little atten- over; I will give him the letter.” tion.
“Let me advise you,” said Mr. “not to give it “Poor old woman,” said Mr. Crawford, “ she seems to him to-night. It might cause him some wakeful to take it to heart more than any one.”
hours-might disturb his rest.” “It is the idea of being separated from the children,” “I am not the least afraid,” answered his daughter. said a friend, who was then an inmate of the family. “Be persuaded,” said Mr. holding back her “She told me yesterday that she could not leave you; hand—“Allow me to know a little more of these matthat she was determined to go to Georgia with the chil. ters than you possibly can do. An answer cannot be dren and that if you had nothing but a crust of bread sent until to-morrow-the delay will make no differto give her, still she would not leave the family." ence-your father has been fatigued by company all
Mr. Crawford was visibly affected; his eyes betray- day long-let him have a night's sound sleep before ed his feelings. How every one who knows this man you give him this letter.” loves him!
“I yield to your wishes,” replied she, “though withAbout two o'clock General Lafayette came. Weary out the least apprehension of his rest being disturbed of conversation, Mr. Crawford, after the departure of by reading this letter.” a crowd of visiters, had sat down to a game of chess; “Are you fully aware of the alternative on which he rose and shook hands long and cordially with the your father is called to decide ? An honorable office-a General, and then resumed his game, which was near good salary--an advantageous residence for his large, its close, and deeply interesting. The General would his young family-and comparative poverty--for you not relinquish his hand, which he held within both his, are aware how greatly his private affairs have suffered and seemed oppressed with emotion. He sat on the by his absence from home.” sofa, as close as he could to Mr. Crawford, and once or “Yes, I know all these things. I know that the twice, under the impulse of strong feeling, seemed as it agreeable excitement of public life--the gratification were going to embrace him. The game finished, an of high office--the pleasures of society--the comforts animated conversation took place.
of affluence, must be exchanged for the retirement and “I am glad,” said Lafayette, on my own account, obscurity of a country life. I know that our farm, in that Jackson was not chosen, for our friend
consequence of his long absence, is in a ruinous, misewould have thrown the whole blame on me, and attri- rable condition--that as you say, he goes to comparabuted the choice of a soldier to the military enthusiasm tive poverty--yet I am certain my father will not waver which he says my visit has awakened through the one moment in his decision. He has already considercountry. In order to avoid any such influence, and to ed the subject--his mind is made up." show that I respect civil more than military power, I “We shall see,” said Mr. “I am not quite as have invariably avoided wearing my uniform, and on certain as you are." every occasion have reviewed the troops in my plain His daughter was right. The next morning she blue coat and round hat. Yet would have handed her father the letter. He was evidently pleased thrown all the blame on my shoulders."
not only with the offer, but the terms in which that Mr. Crawford expressed his high sense of the deli-offer was made. The letter was not a cold, complicacy and discretion General Lafayette had shown not mentary official communication ; it was written in lanonly in this, but every other circumstance relative to guage expressive of high esteem and friendly feeling. the Presidential contest.
He reperused it before he said any thing; then die In the evening while, as before described, Mr. Craw- rected his daughter to get pen and paper, and he would ford was playing at whist, and his daughter and some dictate an answer. The answer was what she expectfemale friends were conversing with the gentlemen not ed; the offer was declined, but in terms full of respect engaged at cards, a servant brought in a letter, which and good will. Had Mr. Adams received this original as usual was handed to Miss Crawford, who always answer, doubtless he would have been much more gratiopened and examined her father's letters.
fied than he could have been with the one actually “Mr. Adams is prompt-kindly so,” said she, hand-sent hin. Some of the political and confidential friends ing the letter to her confidential friend who sat beside to whom it was shown, objected to its kindly tone, and her. “See in what friendly terms he expresses his after a long discussion, wearied but not convinced, Mr. wish that my father shculd retain bis present office, and Crawford consented to a more cold and formal reply to continue in the new administration.” “And what an- Mr. Adams's really friendly letter. If, as Sallust says, swer," inquired Mr. —, “ do you suppose your father politicians have no hearts, Mr. Crawford was no poliwill give ?” “Oh, a negative, as he told you he would tician, for never had man a more capacious or warmer in case the offer was made."
heart than his. But these advisers were politicians. “But now the offer is made, his mind may change. In other respects Mr. Adams showed towards Mr. C. We gentlemen, about offices, feel and act as you ladies the same good feeling; hearing that he wished to disdo about lovers; and often accept a positive offer, which pose of his service of plate and his fine stock of wine, in anticipation we had resolved to reject.”
Mr. Adams sent his steward with an offer to take both “Be certain my father will not change his resolution. the plate and the wine at Mr. Crawford's own valuaNo honor or advantage could tempt him to act incon- tion, thus saving him the necessity of exposing them
to public sale. To the last farewell visit which Mr.1 The interesting details into which he entered, fixed Crawford paid him, Mr. Adams in various ways evinced the attention of the company most part of the evening, personal respect and regard for the ex-secretary. It is but are too long to be repeated. pleasant to have such things to relate—such proofs of Cool and dispassionate in his manner-slow and ever good feeling between political opponents—were it only impeded in his enunciation-with a face indicative of for their rarity.
strong powers of mind, it is difficult to conceive that On the second or third morning after the election, Mr. Owen is a mere visionary-an enthusiast. Yet General Jackson paid Mr. Crawford a visit. His man- so impracticable are his schemes—so ideal his system, ner was frank, courteous, almost cordial. They had that he can be considered in no other light. not met for several years, and had been mutually irri During this visit to Washington, Mr. Owen had an tated against each other by the representations of their interview with Mr. Wirt, at his own house-where, respective partisans and friends. The cause of hostility unrestrained and uninterrupted by the presence of difwas now removed, and they met like good and brave ferent persons, he had an opportunity of opening his men,-enemies in war-friends in peace. Every one views and explaining his principles, to a man whose present was greatly pleased with the conversation and good opinion he most earnestly wished to secure. The demeanor of General Jackson: he had, in all respects, undivided attention with which Mr. Wirt listened to since his political deseat, exhibited great dignity and him—the lively interest which his ever expressive counmagnanimity. Not the slightest allusion was made to tenance indicated, flattered Mr. Owen with the hope that recent events, but topics of general interest, such as he was carrying conviction to the mind of his listener, agriculture, European news, &c. &c. made up the conver- and he became proportionately more earnest and anisation during the half hour's visit.
mated. Ac length, he paused and waited for some reMr. Crawford determined to commence his journey ply-some observation from his auditor. At last, "Mr. home as soon as the roads and the weather would allow Owen,” said Mr. Wirt, “have you never been told that of his travelling. Meanwhile he was every evening you were a madman ?” surrounded with an agreeable circle of friends and ac What a shock must this have been to the sanguine quaintances. The embargo of party politics was taken enthusiast! But he soon recovered himself, and unoff-the freedom of social intercourse restored, and per- dauntedly answered, “ Yes, sir-often. But what resons of all parties evinced their personal regard and former, including even the founder of your religion, has consideration by frequent visits. The approaching in- not been called a madman-or, men beside themselves ?” auguration drew crowds of strangers to the city, few of Thus it was, that even this rebuff could not lessen whom omitted calling on Mr. Crawford. Among others, his confidence in the truth and final triumph of his was Mr. Owen of Lanark. Ugly, awkward and unpre principles. But to return from this digression. possessing in voice, manners and appearance, he is In the course of a few weeks, the necessary prepanevertheless extremely interesting in conversation, and rations for his departure being completed, Mr. Crawford while he captivates attention by the novelty of his ideas, and his family left Washington to return with broken he conciliates the feelings of his hearers by the evident health, to what might well be called a broken fortune. benevolence of his own disposition. Even those who Under such circumstances, is it unjust to say, that there most condemn his principles, do justice to his feelings, are few men who would, like Mr. Crawford, have deand look upon him as wrong in judgment, but right in clined office, offered as it was offered, with a sincerity heart.
and kindness that admitted of no doubt? He had a Mr. Owen cares not how degraded, vicious, or igno- large family, with an income totally inadequate for their rant his new colonists may be, as he believes the re-education and settlement in life. He enjoyed society generating power of his system to be such, as soon to more than most men. He was not without ambition, render them virtuous and enlightened.
yet he unhesitatingly sacrificed the advantages and enAt Lanark, he said he had commenced with the dregs joyments of high office to his sense of right. In answer of the dregs of society. In a population of two thou- to a friend who argued the subject with him, he replied, sand four hundred criminal and ignorant persons, he “I cannot honestly remain in the administration, differhad never made use of any punishments or rewards, ing as I do from the President on some important prinbeyond a small fine, to restrain vice, and the happiness ciples. I could not support measures I did not approve, which resulted from good conduct, to encourage virtue. and to go into the cabinet merely as an opponent, would “Make a man happy, and you make him virtuous. be as ungenerous as useless. If Mr. Adams does right, Where there is no want, there is no temptation. To I hope my friends will support his administration ; if make men happy, instruct their minds and employ their the contrary, my friends will be at liberty to oppose it, hands. This is the whole of my system,” continued which they could not well do, were I in the adminishe, “and the two most effective moral agents I use, tration.” Such, or nearly such, were his words, when are music and dancing. Relaxation and amusement discussing this subject. I cannot honestly do it, was with after labor, are both morally and physically necessary. this upright statesman a decisive reason. Dancing combines exercise and amusement-music ex On reaching home he found his house in a sadly dihilarates the spirits while it soothes the passions.” lapidated condition. Nor was the farm in any better.
"And can you deter from vice and stimulate to vir. Every where the consequences of neglect were contue without the fear of punishment or hope of reward ?" spicuous. With an energy which was not to be ex
“Yes," answered he, “ fear and hope are equally ban- pected from his infirm state of health, his shattered ished from my system. The actual enjoyment which constitution, he set himself to work to repair the sad results from virtuous conduct, I have ever found to be effects of his long absence. His mind busied itself a sufficient incentive."
with projects of improvement, which alas ! neither his