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THE LIGHT FROM WITHIN.
How many have read and felt the force of the assertion, that in the morning of life
“ The light that surrounds us is all from within;"
but how very few seem aware that in life's evening too, all that we behold is tinged with the mind's own light, a light often far brighter than any which the less expanded powers of youth could possibly diffuse ; because now increased by supplies from a variety of sources, to which, in the more ardent days of early youth, we were too much occupied to seek or find access.
GOOD AND EVIL.
Good and evil in the field of this world grow up together, almost inseparably; and the knowledge of good is so involved and interwoven with the knowledge of evil, and in so many cunning resemblances hardly to be discerned, that those confused seeds which were imposed upon Psyche, as an incessant labour to cull out and sort asunder, were not more intermixed.”—Milton.
A man need to care for no more knowledge than to know himself, no more pleasure than to consent himself, no more victory than to overcome himself, and no more riches than to enjoy himself.-Bishop Hall.
A LOQUACIOUS LADY.
Her tongue runs round like a wheel, one spoke after another; there's no end of it. You would wonder at her matter to hear her talk, and would admire her talk when you hear her mat
All the wonder is, whilst she talks only thrums, how she makes so many different ends hang together.—Richard Fleckno, in 1658.
* There is a good reason," says Carlyle, “why advice is so seldom followed ; this reason, namely, ihat it is so seldom, and can almost never be, rightly given. No man knows the state of another; it is always to some more or less imaginary man that the wisest and most honest adviser is speaking."
a creature as man.
“There is nothing," says Dr. Johnson, “ too little for so little
It is by studying little things that we attain 'the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.”
ON A MISS VOWEL.
The maid is a vowel in truth,
And does very well all alone;
Now in thy care, O Lord, secure I lie,
[The battle of Point Pleasant which occurred on the 10th of October, 1774, between the Virginians on the one side, and the Indians of several tribes on the other, is a memorable event in the annals of our State, and deserves of course a proper illustration in our work. We submit, accordingly, the following account of the affair, which we have taken from a “Memoir of Indian Wars, and Other Occurrences;" written by Colonel Jobn Stuart, of Greenbrier, and Presented to the Virginia Historical Society by his son, the late Charles A. Stuart, Esq., of the same county; which was published by the Society, some years ago, in a pamphlet of “Collections,” now rather scarce, and hardly to be had. This account is particularly valuable as the honest relation of a worthy and sensible man, who was present in the action, (commanding one of the companies from Botetourt,) and tells us what he saw and heard at the time witbout any gloss of art. It is, however, somewhat loosely written, apd we have taken the liberty to omit some sentences, and transposo a few others—still retaining the writers own words-only to make the narrative a little more clear and compact.]
In the spring of that year (1774) General Lewis represented the county of Botetourt in the Assembly, and his brother, Colonel Charles Lewis, represented the county of Augusta, at Williamsburg, then the capital of our government. During the sitting of the Assembly, in the month of April, or May, government received intelligence of the hostile appearance of the Indians, who had fallen upon
the traders in the nation and put them all to death, and were making other arrangements for war.
General Lewis and his brother Charles sent an express immediately to the frontier settlements of their respective counties, requesting them to put themselves in a posture of defence. They had, each of them, the command of the militia in their counties, at that time; and I was ordered by General Lewis, to send out some scouts to watch the warrior path beyond the settlements lately made in Greenbrier, which had recommenced in 1769. We were few in number, and in no condition to oppose an attack from any considerable force. But succor was promised us as soon as they could arrive from the Assembly; and, in the mean time, arrangements were made for carrying on an expedition against the Shawanese, between the Earl of Dunmore, who was the Governor of Virginia, and the Lewises, before they left Williamsburg: the Governor to have the command of a northern division of an army of volunteer militia, -or otherwise drafts to be collected from the counties of Frederick, Shenandoah, and the settlements towards Fort Pitt; General Lewis to have the command of a southern division of like troops, collected from the counties of Augusta, Botetourt, and the adjacent counties below the Blue ridge. Colonel Charles Lewis was to command the Augusta troops, and Colonel William Fleming the Botetourt troops, under General Lewis. The Governor was to take his route by the way of Pittsburg, and General Lewis down the Kenawha—the whole army to assemble at the mouth of the Great Kenawha, on the Ohio river. General
Lewis's army assembled in Greenbrier, at Camp Union, (now Lewisburg) about the 4th September, 1774, amounting in all, to about eleven hundred men, and proceeded from thence on their march, on the 11th day of said month. The captains commanding the Augusta volunteers, were Captain George Mathews, Captain Alexander M'Clenachan, Captain John Dickenson, Captain John Lewis, Captain Benjamin Harrison, Captain William Naul, Captain Joseph Haynes, and Captain Samuel Wilson. Those commanding the Botetourt companies, were Captain Matthew Arbuckle, Captain John Murray, Captain John Lewis, Captain James Robertson, Captain Robert M.Clenachan, Captain James Ward, and Captain John Stuart. Before we marched from Camp Union, we were joined by Colonel John Fields, with a company of men from Culpeper, and Captain Thomas Buford, from Bedford county ; 'also three other companies, under the command of Captain Evan Shelby, Captain William Russell, and Captain Harbert, from Holşton, now Washington county. were to compose a division commanded by Colonel Wil. liam Christian, who was then convening more men in that quarter of the country, with a view of pursuing us to the mouth of the Great Kenawha, where the whole army were expected to meet, and proceed from thence to the Shawanee towns. The last mentioned companies completed our army to eleven hundred men.
The mouth of the Great Kenawha is distant from Camp Union about one hundred and sixty miles,-the way mountainous and rugged. At the time we commenced our march no track or path was made, and but few white men had ever seen the place. Our principal pilot was Captain Matthew Arbuckle. Our bread stuff was packed upon horses, and droves of cattle furnished our meat; of which we had a plentiful supply, as droves of cattle and pack