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D. B, 9TAN1LLT I I. ROBERTS, EDITOBS.
ivrMviori!iiuniei vr rnAr, r
. 1IY J. II. CIIUISTY,
TKRJii--The " MitssKNOEn" it "published at Two
Pollart and Fifty Ceiita per annum, in advance, or
Three Dollars at thenJ of ite yeaiv
No tubtcrintlon discontinued, (exwpt at Ihe op.
iion of the publbbw ) until aH arrearage! are paid.
V A.Dvr.rnassBi'n'a will be inaertcd t Ono Dollar
ber quara for the first, "and Twenty-Fwe Cerits for
tacn auoneqiieni inncnwn., ' ' -All
Cfimmtinicationa must bo pot paid.
N Tho olil Bachelor.'
BY MRS.' EDWARD THOJOS.
, " , " Think not the Rood,
Tho gentle deeds of mercy thou hait done.
Shall die foreotteri all ; the Door, the Dritwner.
; Tha fath(rrlcw, tho friondlosB, and tho widow,
Who daily own tho bounty of thy hand,
Shall call to Hoav'n, and pull a bleamnf on the,
. Rows' Ji ajMiie.
u Oct mer" said f ngain, for nfut the
hundreth tirrlni 16 my still wontfcnnj,fxt
man, '''Vhango far thi firo pound nuto,aU
in silver; andnunJ, ihorrns, as manyit
. pences as you cart with it
" What can mister possibly want with
so-mucu surer f ai way on Saturday oight
too!", ( I heard him say to Matha, my pret
ty hduio riwiil, twirling tho; note between
his tliunib and rtner, whihi I w altppriig
on ray now Indian-rubbcr goloshes, ready
' to sally forth
No good, depend on t!" sho rejoined,
"goiog out, lot tho weather be what it will,
trampini in the rain anl mini. J should
j'J3t like to watch him,'th j old sinner J"-
S) invariably do the ignorant and nir.
row.tnindpd judge any thing the least mys
terious in our actions by the Svorst possible
standard, vice as if virtua never sougbf
tho veil of secrecy fur its outgoings !
. Matha had no idea that any thing but
wickedness, or " uogoo$" as she emphat
ically called it,, could take mo from my
comfortablo'reside aria book, to brave the
inclemency of the season ; "at my age
too !" verging on seventy ; ' old enough to
know better," thought Matha radst" cer
tainly had my motives for these almost
nocturnal rambles been any other'thah tho
purest and most charitable. I saw, by the
- significant shako of Thomas's head, that
Matha's shrewd and ill-natured conjectures
found a ready echo in his bosom. ... i'
t was uiuiouDicniY me nenest oiu Dacnc.
lor in the large an 1 populous market-town
of D - in the S uth of,.lingland, and am j
not ashamed to confess hiy wealth was chief, j
I.. l. l ;
r . .... .
1 was cotMiJcreu railier mean -by-some
of mv acmitiintance who ostentatiously pa
radeu their names, and a few guineas to-
Cither, r J annilaL subscribers to every pub.
lie'-insututiou ia the place. But while
George Frederick Thompson, Ksquire '
was blaioned iurth in all the glory oC " ling
Ibh type," fr tw. guineas; "a friend,"
for ten, mijiht be seen in modest "brcvieY!
my SuToli)iTirharwffa , to "US
good by stealth, and blush to nmi It fame.
, Why I was a bachelor, with a heart so
warmly aliva as mine was, even at that fri.
gi 1 part I of life, to every tender and gen
erous sentiment, was owing, alas! to tho
early blight of an aflction which cost mo
twenty years grief and sorrow, and which 1
cannot even think of now without the bitter.
est tear of regret, shed with all
nancy of youthful f.( lings.
. I have for years, winter and summer
made it a point to attend our large moat
market of a Saturday night, with such a
supply of loose silver in my pocket as
should preclude the possibility of that cold
and heartless cxcuso--,, I really would,
but I have no change T'jfpr so transient is
the glow of benevolence sometimes, as ae
tually to be extinguished ot tho baro"tdea
of the trouble of changing money (yet
what a sickness of the soul do these lew
almost unheeded words cost the forlorn be.
ing who implores our aid !) Then jss I
aaiinternd leisurelv nn and dawn before the
, tempting stalls, illuminated by the strong
and vivid light of the gas lamps, I could
mark the countenance of the different pur.
povcrty.pincnea motner, bargaining tor tnat
oreost oTTViutton 41 which would "make her
a " - ti - .
Bcten famished darlings such adelicious
Sunday dinner r' see her lips quiver with
. hope arid fear a he inqui red tho price
detect the nervousness of her grasp, as she
..tremblingly jnd hcsitat:ngly turned over
and over again the delicate morsel:- Sio
'eyidently, methaught, belonged to that tru
ly descrviug and industrious claas called
. 41 char.women "out all the week working
like a slave to procure a few comforts for
the Sabbath, to enjoy at least one day out of
the weary seven wth her ehitdrea and hus
band,' a ... bricklayer's laborer, perhaps
thoughtless and improvident', spending near.
ly all his scanty wages in beer and tobacco;
still ho wu her husband the father of
JicHhildren--the handsome Richard: of her
early lov, almost as handsome no'andij
was do harcUTiip to toil fof creaiurei to pre
cious to her'hcarjr r. .
At tbq moment heaaonvincodU was
Indeed beyond ber mallnieans, and ahs,
was turning hopelessly away'40 seek a less
dainty and cheaper bit, out carrio4heMi.
tional shilling or sixpence: as it mifiukbe,
t completo the necessary purchase ; alrdj
; ineffleai was m net nasket, nna tnetcaroi
gratitude hr her eye, M(3o," I whispered,
slipping two more shillings into her hand,
and uy a little nice tea and stfgar I am.
sure you like it!"-
; wailed for no thanks from the wonder'
ing woman ; I bad no desire to bo assured
" I was an angel pf goodness;" I knew I
was but & frail and erring mortal, and was
content to be blessed in her prayers,- aiming
only to exemplify the poeVs description of
a wuiy cnaniaoie man. ; T
" I moan tho man who, when the distant poor
Need help, denicathem nothing but his namo."
" I wiircandidly confess,'lhat when I first
commenCod these perambulations, I had no
fixell purpose of benefitting my suffering
tellow-crcatures t l was . influenced more
by a w.islv ta divert myself from tho soli
tude an4 anguish, of my , own thoughts,
blenueu with n, vague sort of benevolence;
but when, after a littlo time, I perceived
the real good I was abb to effect at the
smallest possiblo sacrifice of trouble and
money, the numberless hearts I gladdened,
and the firesides 1 made cheerful and hart.
py, it became the active principle of my life,
and & rich and abundant harvest did I reap
for my labors in tho sweet and tranquil re
flections of a self-annrovinj eon.sr.ience.
Tho ameliorating hand of charity plucked
tho thorn from my midnight pillow," and
soothed tho bitterness of my careworn ex
istence f " '
Ono evening I was particularly struck
with a young and rather genteel looking
g"l , infjuiring most earnestly ' for a nice
delicate sweetbread." She could not bo
more than sixteen, aniitt the broad glaro
iff the fl Hiring gn I ntnr -tJw mjtii.
itely fair and beautiful. The eagerness of
tier manner, and the evident superiority of
rank over tho generality of persons who
frequented the stalls that late hour, had
an unfavorable effect on the young butchers
to whom sho applied, and many was tho
rude and heartless jest sho had to endure
from them. Still she went from stall to
stall with a degree of undaunted persever.
anco which woufd,havc awakened a feeling
of disgust in my own bosom, for conduct
so unfcmininely, had I not observed that
she frequently nnu lurrively dried a tear
wun me taiiercu remains 01 a onco cosuy
... ., . - . ..
foreign shawl. .
" blie is no imposter! I mentally eiac
ulated, feeling my own eye become sud-
enly dimmed by a tear or two. " That is
the tear of modest misery. The harden
d deception would too gladlyparade its
followed her like a shadow f as-her-"light
agile figure flitted almost noiselessly from
ace to place, with the most intense inter
est and curiosity. At. last she came to a
stall containing almost every joint of veal,
and I saw her eyes sparkle with renovated
ope as she exclaimed brea thlessly , I lave
you the sweetbread, sir!"
'tl low much will you give for it mi3s ?
" How much do you aslt T
' Fi.v.e shillings. Will you give that ?"
" O, most gladly ! if you will trust me
part?" .. .
The man's brutal laugh literally rang
through?, the. wide1 square, 01 he replied,
" Come, that's capital!" Then adding with
a piece of popular slang too vulgar to rp
"pcar anlwhtcfr h not un
derstand. " no, miss. 1 can't give you no
trust you looks top suspicious for m&."
Why are yb so anxious to procure a
sweetbread I" said 1, gently touching her
shoulder as she yet lingered there, as if ev
cry faculty was annihilated by this last se
She started with a degree of resentment
in her countcnan&t at the libcrtVi but see.
, ing only an old nv i, sho replied mildly,
jp'O'sir! it is for a dying sister my only
friend ! he has not tasted ajoy-thin; lor
the last fortnight, arid toiday, while f sat
by her as sho slept, sho was dreaming of a
sweetbread, and f pake in her slumbef of
the good she was sure it would do her, 1
should nave been here long before, but was
obliged to finish some needle-work to obtain
money enougff to pay Tor7ano,';
are all gone."
. It is impossible to convey an idea to my
readers of tho thrilling 'inournfulness of
tone in which she pronounced these last
few wonk Her very heart seemed riven
in twain witli 'anguish at her utter want of
" You shall have a sweetbread," said I,
ery other comfort that canallev iate her suf
fer the sake of the virtuous and ho.
ly affection you have evinced lor her this
The astoruslwd girl. In the first bewilder,
mcnt of delight aOiavTng si" u hexpiic f edly
found a friend in her sore distress, seized
my hand-wkh tlo spontaneous movement
of pure gratitude, and held it clasped firm
ly between her own, which trembiea, ith
emotion, but sho. was unable to articulate a
word of thanks.
"Come," I continued, leading hcrlo
wards my own Kouse, "yos need not fear
an old man -my gray hairs shall be j-our
security." , - '
On the way sho told me her little History,
unwished and unsolicited Vtt my part, fur I
was prctermined to relieve her but there
is a proncnesa to candor and confidence fa
youth, 'which shows the heart is unsopbisti-1
catetv an tho bosom .umainfea oy vine
world's vices. .. ' 'T- --"tTw"' '
She was no high born dame, reduced by
adverse (ate to sudden want and misery to
make an interesting Heroine in a fictitious
story, i the daughter of lieutenant In
the navy eo'y, who Haying perished for His
cooritry, had JeflrHcrsfclf and sister, now
dyin"o( a consumption, to stnigglo as
they best could, in a pittiless world; their
mother Having died of the same fatal com
Elalnt some yearsibefore Iwr gallant hus
and. . " .. ' ., , " ' :i '
ASHEVJLLE, NORTH CAROLINA,
On reaching homo with my fair, but per
tainly rather doubtful ' looking companion,
Mr. Thomas opened his eyes to their very
furthest extent. f 'M
"Tell Mrs. Williams," said I, assuming
a tone of unusual authority, tho more - ef.
pack up that sweetbread I had ordered for
my supper ; some tea and sugar, a bottle
,of sherry, alittlo arrowroot, and any thing
else she may think useful lor
and mako haipto. . -
Thomas vanished' without utterjng one
word riot even his customary " yes "sir""
and soon returned, bearing a basket of
goodly dimensions quite filled, 'followed by
Mrs. Williams, Matha, and the fctchen-
maid, at a more humble distance, evidently
all bursting with almost irrepressiblo cur!
osity to see tho citraordinary being Tliornaa
had -informed them " master had broisht
homo with him
It is ho consequence How dishevelled or.
disarranged the hair isr in youth, the face
from beneath it always Ijoks lovely,
Llara Graham. s, tho-name of my new
acquaintance, retained only the least possi
bio wove, owing to tho extreme dampness
ot the atmosphere ; but it was luxuriant be.
yond. what I had ever before seen, of a
rich auburn. Sho sat without her bonnet.
having talien. it off to dry, by my desire",
enjoying a bulsccit ami a, glass of wine,
penecuy unconscious 01 me lii-natureu sur
hnscs hef Uiwxpectod appearance hadawa'
Itencd in the bosoms o'fjfty jealous domes
tics', lor an old bachelor s are invariably so,
Oh! nothing is so winning, so betitiful,
as that innate con victlon of inrtocenr which
never suspects, nor thfiiks itself si iPectrSI,
buspicion and illiberality are tha jolbprin.
of guilt begetting in their tuM that base
desire to deprecate virtueind bring it clown
to a level with its own-fallen and degraded
state. - ; - .
The dedoroiis nousekceper looked dag
gers at her and myself too, while sho enu
merited tho articles she had ' condescend.
cd"lo pack ip for such trumpery," and I
read the words " good-for-nothing bag.
gage," in Matha's bright eye as plain as eye
could speak, while 1 nomas s expressedjiH
too clearly, " what an old profligate !
Seeing mo oft the move, he said in his
most obsequious tone, " Shall I not carry
the basket lor the young lady, sir t It is
very Tieavy." Ho knew that was the
moat effectual means of fathoming the mys
" No I shall carry it' fflyself for her."
A' Yc I. Come, my Jear t and away
we both walked, or I rather tottering under
my enormous load. I could fancy the "O
my and tho Wells I never T f l
disconcerted group who let us out in silent
Clara lived iian obscure street not far
from my own residence, and. I could not
help feeling a sort of" reproach at auch vir.
tuo and misery struggling unknown' and
unpifled so near inc.- Her sister, a poor
emaciated thing, was awake on our arrival,
SfrobaTdlyQtieeithe presence of a Strang,
or, being too feeble to feel any excitement
at passing events, but sho said in the kind,
est manner to my companion, "Dear Clara,
I began to think you long; tho -tire grew
low, and I was so cold !
This drew my attention to the fire, which
was nearly out, and which Clara began bu
sily to endeavor to kindle.
" Where 13 your domestic: my love!
said 1 to ner. y .
" We have not kept ono a long time,"
sho replied ; " I do'all for poor dear Ger
trude ; she gives no trouble, and besides
servants are cxpcHsivefwr.""":. . - -
" What 1 I exclaimed, in inexpressible
astonishment, "you work at your needle
like a slave, nurso your poor, helpless, sick
sister, and attend to the. household affairs,
too.? a rilere child like you ! Good Hea
vens, it is not to bo thought of."
Late as it was, I took my hat' and hur
ried off to my own favorite surgeon, whom
I fortunately found at home, and at leisure
to attend me. I begged him in thi first
place, to recommend a nice intelligent wo-,
man, as a nurse j which ho did at that mo
ment f and in tlie next to return jvUH jna to
the house of tlic poor neglected invalid.
On examining ijer-symptoms, I waS-uc
lighted to find her.complaint was not con
sidered by him as consumptive, but an ob
stinate attack of the liver, brought on by a
sedentary mode, of life,, and low .and im
proper. diet. And it is astonishing liow
much they resembled each other in appcar
a r . The same d ry cough , the aa me was.
tc. and cVnaciatcd frame, and the same
aches and pains over the languid and en
feebled body. I Ie soon took His departure,
to order the necessary meuicines for Her,
cautioning the weeping Clara not too noiwi.
ly' to express her joy at the prospect of her
sister's recovery, as " rest and tranquility
wer? absolutely necessary to second hi en
: The nurso soon after arriving, a com
fortable motherly -looking sort o( "woman,
after suitable instructions to her to take ev
ery care of the young ladies, and to spare
nothing which she thought might conduce
to the comfort of Her suffering charge, I
took leave of the grateful Clara, and has
tened home, fatigued to death, but most su
' In a few weeks,, Mr. Went worth had the
tight to a state of convalescence.-: She'vas
not so, beautiful asCterabuinuch rriore
companionable", possessing a mind stored
with the most useful and varied Informs,
tiongteaj convcrsaliou'a! powers, and such
FRIDAY MORNING, MARCH
en and iendurimf sense of relimon. that
as impflfesible to listen to her without
jming iserand better, feeling forcibly,
at 1 gazed on her young pale face, ' truly,
Lord, .out of the mouth of babes and
sucklings thou hast perfected pfcuac"
rt visited them dnilyjnctlyfoTbidding
Cfara, ot pain of "my displeasui;1?, to sctr a
stitch, except for the adornment of her own
pretty pekon, which seemed indeed to be
li-ab9AfHjaeT1Mflever before-had I
seen suchjfrilling and flouncing! '
It is aspnislihig how affliction had sub
dued the .biqyaricy of her splrifs, which how
rose ubpvl the unnatural pressure, with an
Ciasticity ind joyousnens truly enchanting ;
sho was, iq fact, a completo personihca
la . . . . W
Mioii Ot vonth and dadness. some mnv
irfjSdmifo tho premature thoushtfulncss which
aorrow begetsut that can.on! be from a
want of dua reflection, for it is no more
natural to think tho sweet lnushinu face of
youth looks best when shaded by grief,
than to consider the nun appears to most
advantage when overshadowed by dark an
sullen clouds ! No, no; youth is the season
for joy and mirthfulnes, and ago for renec
tion and care,
I confess, at the end of ihrecmontb
daily and uointerrupfed intercotrNe,
wliich my affectiit at admjprfion JaQiirly
increased far' lAcra. bt JliegaiuioJbcl
uieir society as absolutely essential to 111 v
comfort ami happiness, and am. convinced",
from what raViv of her dispoNition, "that
had I been selfish enough, to hav demnnd
cd aucj a sacrifice, the grateful 0rtruge
would willingly have becomo my il'e, to
repay iio deep debt sho felt sho owed me ;
--buMo ; I wished to bo a friend, a father
to them both, and not to makotither pay so
icariuiy tor nirMittle good I had done. I
was determined to accomplish the object now
nearest myx heart, in a more satisfactory
nranncf to my own conscienceand the true
happintss of tho dear girls;" I thereftire
took aa'eaj ly opportunity of entering into
a lull explanation abfut the peculiarly del
icate and unprotected staid of the fair or
phans, with my discreet housekeeper, Airs.
Williams, expatiatingTat-gely on their am.
laoie ctialities and gentleness of manner,
but was most guarded in my commenda
tions cf their personal charms, Ix-auty, in
me ctcs oi temales ol " a certain age,
bein'r considered almoht a crime : arid I
-conculed by expressing a wish to have
them placed . immediately unaer her own
protection I dared not say my . own.
S!o wjs gratified and flattered by the well-
timed compliment, and graciously consent
ea 10 rectivo tne 0un2 tauies. "poor
things!' Btl trt beat l mako tltm
eortilbrtbb! 1 and happy, --- I
1 piwwiy believed her, for she vai a tho
rou"!ily berwvolent.hearteil woman. .0
thtHigh strictly, of tho " old school."-that
Is, t Vj had not learnt to defy all morality
and vWricy, but'thoiight it stiff "necessary
to sacrifice something to appearances. The
inotncnt, Hjwever, you convinced her of
the purity ot thrnotivo byvhich you were
actdated, her zeal knew no bounds ; she
entrred hea rt an i sou! into the affair, and
with all a woman s tenderness and tact, de-
ised and invented a thousand plans to im
prove on tho crudencss of one's own benev
I departcU with tlui alacrity of a bov lo
impart tho pleasing negotiation to the dear
1 " J
girls, taking care to order dinner forthrec.
aTid particularly ichttoncd asweetbread"
as 0110 01 inc siue oisncs.
Clara was in ccstacics, at 1 tho proposal.
but Gertrude received it witK more"reserva
anl caution, cvide'iitly- weighing the conse
quences of such a step in alt their bearings
die World's censure,the nossibility of my
repenting such .generosity, and tho misery
of resuming poverty after tasting such lux
ury. ' ; .
1 read these painful and connictins sen
timents on her varied and ingenuous coun
tenance, which uas. a mirror of truth and
candor. " My advancedaseeomnleloiv ban
ished the first objection. My assurances
that she was necessary to my -corrlfort, the
second. A nd sho was completely cpnqucr
erf, when taking her hand, I said -,
" Go or stay, my dear children, as you
esce in my hnil arrangeiiKiits respecting
mi lh)th, nsJiutcj
equally between you at my death, having
no relations to injure by so doing, and
knr)wing-no HuniaM-beings more deserving
and I humbly bless God for living lonsr-
eooi gh to bcso useiul oif laBt-only yog
might, Mmi Graham, had you felt . dis-
pocd, have mido the Iiort reipfiant of an
olJ sian's existence serene and happy.'1
It was t'w first time I had tmr used the
'umiality of addnasing Her as ?lLip Gra-
lam : itxr W it 11 cn?nijT,,anj Durst in? in.
ta tears, fxclaimed. " Mv dear kind ben.
tfactor,f-nnre rrry coll calculation, but it
was nvelTLVCUra's ako ihn my own
Jlci I hesitated, jShe is soymtng andlicau.
tijf J, that if I n mjI k-p Uf fair fame
tutammlicd, she miM settle Tortunotely in
le. U! Har nr, imi nas been me sole
pc of my Heart for years, now more than
ifir strcngtrppned, for I shall never, never
narry now !
I A Vounger and vainer man than myself.
fould have been, apt to apply meconclu.
4pn of, this speech most to the satisfaction
d his self-love ; in Tact, i Anew, feom Ger ;
tide's peculiar tone- and manner, but too
VeiLrviiat it meant? but having paincdmy
-lnt tixactly as . I wished, I ,affected the
raost profound ignorance as to-what caused
ser,a young and prttty'womaaKto jnaka
tn slranM" a resolution. .
Nothing could, exceed the exertion of
the good Mrs. Williams during my absence,
nor the cordiality of her welcome to the
" sweet young ladies," atjd never didibxee
happier persons sit down to dinner togeth
er No lontrer was I comnelled by dire
necessity to linorr out mvolhnrv Piid'un-
socil-mealf for the sakef ferring that
H-i iod, when left entirely alone fora
ning, I must turn to a book, whethfitrsa' in
clined or no, ti steal me from the Oppres
sive sensc-of my own loneliness and ennui.
Gertrude's painful remembrances of the
past, ond Clara's joyous and sanguine an
licipations of the future kept n pleasing and
vnred conversation to a very protracted
houry alternating froni melancholy to glad,
ness; aslnall life should be, that we may
neither be too much depressed-by the one,
nor elated by the other. Again tho light
laugh of woman echoed in that large gloomy
room ; again her-lightcretep fell gladly on
my car ; and again did my heai topcn its
flood-gates of lonjpemupaffeefiuns, w hich
gushed forth with art overpow(jing sense
of felicityamiost too. much to bear. There
certainty is, to the feeling mind, n degree
op-yn'm attached to snprefne happinessr
w hich casts a momentary weight of sau':;e?s
on the spirits, and awakens more often tears
than smiles to express it by.
Clara received nil tho favors I henpe
upon Her. .with. a prefuskullof thoJ liveliest
thanks, w hich delighted me, as there could
bo no doubt of the dear child s bejjig per
fectly happy", Tint Gertrude's sense of tbll
gation was of a more exalted and heartfelt
kind. It was evident, from the devoted
ness of her attentions, and Uio w'tchM
ness of her manner, that sho studiously
sought every opportunity of repaying them
to tho utmost of hor power ; her heart was
noble an I generous, hot it was proud to the
last degree ; and every worJ anJ sentiment
too plainly expressed that her happiness
would havo consisted m conferring, 'and
not receiving favors.
Their two characters, so opposite, yet
both so truly amiable and feminine, fur
nished me with continued food for refli ctiog.
When Clara kissed me and blessed me, and
called mo "her dear second papa ," I
felt it was tho artless effusion of almost in
fnntilo affection ; tho heart responded a
blessing at her innocent happiness, and then
subsided into a state of serenity amounting
neany to forgetfulness. But when Ger.
trudo silently and warmly pressed my hand,
while her dark reflective eye swam in tears,
I left indeed it was from tho , irrepressible
emotion, drawn from tho 'indwellings of
woman s loving Heart, find the impression
defied the power of oblivion-to euaceit.-
Yes, yes, brilliant nnd volatile, my love
ly, Clara j like the caudy and heedless but
terfly, must erecito the desire of instant pur
suit, out when obtained would she, olas-!
be more prized ? 'While Gertrude in the
unolftrusivcness of her retiring nature, when
once known, must be for ever loved and
I had no profligate son, or artful, or de.
signing nephew, to bestow" my darling Clara
JmdJlcriibo.us3Bd pojjridsupQiL Hit she
spared me tho embarrassment of liiwipg. a"
?!3JlCf!itJ,?.i-?h9'.nS on9 for Herself
in tho son of her father s old commander.
aisoa lieutenant in the navy; aiu never
was there a finer specimen of a frank , open
Hearted, honorobte youiig nmn than George
rorrester-- - .
Many may think this was not finite so good
a match as her beauty and fasemations'cii
tilled her to; perhaps not, whero riches
and a high-sounding title are considered,
how mistakenly, the only essentials to hap
piness; but for my part I do not know to
whom one could entrust the real happiness
of a fond, artless girl so securely, as 0 a
generous, noble-minded, affectionate young
sailor. , " .
' Finding all my advice about the propri
ety of. his taking aiial.heryoyn-ge, at least,
before tho wedding, juife1 disregarded,-1
gave my cpnsent for it to take place early
n the spring, and a very cay affair Clara
is di terinined to make if, or rather them ;
for I find it is the intention .of -Mr. Thomas
and Matha to "bo married, too, on the same
day "as dear Miss Clara and Mr. George."
And if I cannot retain my amiable Gertrude
an anyodmr terms, tlualc iBhail tiaakaiip.
my mind to ba
calletl "ar old fool" by the
and compnnibn for life
A uo 000 imagine, after reading this
simple tale, chiefly founded on faets, that Jie
is""too 'old to cxcrciso .an active benevo-
IrnccT i ndced wrrapproaeh nca rer to
the grave, our feelings of universal charity
ought to increase with every receding year;
a, in a shorf time, we must appear before
that Being, who is all goodness, to-render
an aecou'.i of the manner we have employ,
ed the "talent" entrusted to us, and receive
its final regard or punishment.
In the year 101 iHwe were but three
churches in the ciF
10 city et Urooklyn. ; At the
pre lit tim IpT number is twentyne.
The Daily News says, " that the first Me;
thodist pTeaclier who ever litld forth in the
Iowa o( Brooklyn, was a Cupt. Wcbban
ouicer ot the ivngtistrarmy. 1
Vebv Comfortable. -A proposition
is on foot in Belgium, to appoint a surgeon
for every railroad station to tale care of
the dead and woundednihey are brought
jo.....THi-will be in tfw- highest degree
consolatory to those who get their necks
broken. " ( . ' '
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' PorraiTioji or rnz U.Viteo States.
The population of the fj. States under the
ceDsusof 1840, is 1800,000 inhabitants,
of all ages, sexes agd colours.
I"f At GL IIAC ADDRESS OI
PRESIDE N T II A R R I S 0 N-;
DELIVERED MARCH , 1841.
; ;' : .
-.. CullJ frnrrr a retirement which I h
supposed whs to continue for the residue of "
my life; to fill theOiTerExccutiwr" Officii
of this great and free NatibnTappear He
fore you, felloft -citizensJefiako tl.e oaths
which tho ComiitutiopTCScribes as a tie
cessary qualification for the peril1 rmancd
of its duties.And in obedience to a cus
tom coevajith our Government, and what
I belieye to bo yotir exspectations, I "pro
ceed to Dresent vou a summary of the prin.
es w hich will govern me in the discharge
of tho duties which I shall bo called upori
to perform. " .
It was the remark of a, Roman Consul j
in an early period of that? celebrated Re
public, tha't a most striking contrast was
observable in the conduct of candidates for
offices of power and trust, before and afv
Kr obtaining them-rl)py seldom carrying
out, in tho latter case, the pledges and
promises made in tho former. . However
much' iImj World may be improved, in una""
:v respects-, in the lapse of upwards of two
thousand years since the remark was madn
by the-virtuous and indignant Roman, I ,
fear that a strict examination ojtho annals
of some of the modern elective govern
ments, would deveiopo similar instances of
Althoogh the fiat ef the ?eople has gone. :
forth, proclaiming rnc the Chief Magistrate
of this glorious Union, nothing upon their
part remaining to be-. done, it may-bo
thought that a motive may exist to Veep i up ;
the delusion undeftwhkh they may be sup-
posed lo have acted ii relation to my prin
ciples aniUopinions ; and perhaps there
may bo sbme i ijfhjs assembly who have
come here either prepared to condemn thoso
I shall now deliver, or, approving them, to
doubt the sincerity with which they are utr
tered. But the lapse of a few months will
confirm or dispel their fears.' The outlino
of principles to govern, and measures to
be adopted, by an Administration not j'et
begun, will soon be exchanged for immuta
ble history, nnd I shall stand, either exon
erated by my countrymen, or classed with'
the mass of. those who promised that; they
might deceive, and flattered with the inten
tion to botrayiloweserstrongjmayjo7
my present purpose to realize the expecta-tions-of
a magnanimous a,n4 confiding Peo
ple, I -too well. understand the dangerous
temptations to w hich shall be exposed from
the magnitude of the power which it has
been the pleasure of the People to commit
to my humid, not to place tiny chief confi
dence upon the aid of that Almighty pow
er which has hitherto protected me, and en.
abled me to bring to favorable issues other
important but still greatly ihferior trusts,""
Heretofore con"6d3tr ttfmtroy: my country.
The broad foundation ;Tipon which .ouc...
Constitution rests being the... People at
breath of theirs having niade, as a breath
can unmake, change; or modify it it con
be-fi signed ttonef-tflefeay-wvwonj
of Government, but to that of democracy.
If such isits theory, tliose who are :oallel
tipon to administer it must recognize, as
its leading principle, the duty of shaping
their measures so as to produce the great- '.
etitgood to tfogreutesliiumberIlut j witH
these broad admissions, jf we would com
pare the sovereignty aeknowlei3ged,t5 exist
in the mass of our People, with the power
imed by oflicr sovereigns, evenlby thoso
which Have been cdnsidcrcd most burely ,,
democratic, we shall find a most essential
difference'. All others lay claim to. penver
limited onlv by their cfwn -will.",,TJfb ma?
jority of our crtiehs,11.!?!! the contrary, pos- ;
scssa sovereignty W ith an amount ot pow- "
er precisely eq"ol that which. Has been
granted to them by ihe1 panics to 'the na
tional compact, and nothing beyot.d. Wo
admit of no O Jvcrftolcjit by di vine right.
Believing that, so far as pwer iseoncern-
ed, the Bene fieent Creator has "made no
distinction amongst men; that all aro upon -an
equality, and that the only Icghimato
right to govern is an express grant of pow
er from tho governed.- The Constitution
of tho United States is tjie instrument con-
departments composing the Government.
Un examination ol that UHuCTncrit It
bo found, to. contain declajr-" t'lDns pr p-?,r
grantedand of power- wiUihcld, :
a ih wit-
tor is also suscerrtiblo of division, into pow
er winch the majority, had the right to grant,
but which they did not think pror to 1a--trust
to their agetits, and 4 which the v..
could not have granted, not being possess - ,
ed by themselves. In ether word, thcrfl
aro ccrtain rights possessed by each indi
vidual; A merican citizen, which, in his com
pact with the others, HeJias never stirrer". "
dercd. S jn)e of tliem, ipdeed, He is uriubla
to surrender, being in the tangusgo of our "
sj stern unalienable. The boastel privt-
t -ge of a Roma n ciuzen was to him a hk M
only ognirwt a jpetty pfovinciBl ruler, wfiiUt
tho proiid dtmucrat o Alh ns coull con
sole Himself urwler a sentence of 'death, for-.,
a supposed violation ftf tte' naUcnu fait?,.,
which no one onderstAod, and svliieh at ;
times was the subject f the mockery of i!?,
or tlie banishment from his Heme, bis fam- -ily
and His country,, with, or without as aLI
leged cAuse ; that it was the act, not of a
single tyrant, or hated aristocracy, but of
his assembled countrymen. Far different
is thetowerof our.sovereigry. It can
interfere wiih no one's fkith,-pretcriba -forms
of worship fdr no one's ubn rvancr,
inflict no punkhmett Hut arte; wril tigcer.
tained guilt, the reu!t of irvtis'.Litoa un
Wer rules prcsiribfid by t. j Co.;:"vii'un
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