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ENTERED ACCORDING TO ACT OF CONGRESS, IN THE YEAR 1856, BY
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW-YORK.
JOHN A. GRAY,
PRINTER, 97 Cliff, cor. Frankfort St., New-York.
I N D E X.
61 Home and its Music. By JAMES Morris,...506
Isham's Wife. By CAROLINE CHESEBRO',. 1
Independence Ode. By W. H. O. HOSMER,.150
KISSING Betty Scudder: A Long-Island
Woman's Glory, .
On my Thirty-ninth Birth-Day. By
John G. SAXE,
Letters to Ella. Number One,.
Lines to a Mother on the Death of Her First-
The Dying Girl,
To Myra. By LAWRENCE LABREE, .287
Remembrance. By RACHEL A. ACK-
To the Wabash.
By HENRY A.
To my Mother,
Soft and Softer. By WILLIAM PITT
To a New Bottle of Ink. By KARL
Legend of Margrethe. By C. F. M. Ray-
LITERARY NOTICES : Life of George Washing-
ton, by Washington Irving, 74; Peeps
.505 der's Young Ladies' Reader, 78; Homes
for the People, in Suburb and Country,
79; The Star Papers of Henry Ward
Beecher, 80; Virginia Medical and Sargi-
205, 311, 421, 527, 642 the late William Maginn, LL.D. 183;
861 J. S. O. Abbott, 191 ; Peg Wollington, a
RECOLLECTIONS of Newport. By LLWYVEIN,143
The Story of a Woman's Life, and STANZAS: Sebastopol. By Isaac McLEL-
To Myra. By LAWRENCE LABREE, 155
The Little Garden,..
By H. W. ROCKWELL, Esq,... 274
What Would I Be? By W. H.
The Two Keys,
War. By CHARLES M. DENIE,...832
A Summer Day,
THE Press. From a Poem on the Stocks,... 17
Thoughts Out of Doors. By EDOUARD DE
The Dead Boy. By HENRY A. CLARK,.
The Glory on the Grave. By Mrs. JULIA
338 The Lover's Leap: a Seneca Legend, 222
.862 Tip-Top Ballads. In the Modern Style. By
The Change of the Seasons. By MINNIE
The Observations of Mace Sloper, Esq.,.....619
In the fine old gubernatorial mansion that gave dignity and beauty to a street which, but for its presence, would have been beyond the verge of the fashionable world, lived the Isham family.
The ancient house had been in the possession of the first governor of the State, a man of mind and will, who dignified his station quite as much as it honored him ; a man of intellectual cultivation, pure purpose, and sterling courage, whom the office had sought and compelled and entreated to occupancy, on account of his unrivalled qualifications for filling it to its utmost capacity.
Some time after his death — he died in office the governor's house was offered for sale ; his widow choosing to remove into more retirement than could readily be commanded in the place where such royal hospitalities as marked her husband's time had been dispensed, and Mr. Isham, a man of great fortune, became the purchaser. His grand-son was now in possession of this mansion, and was the father of half-adozen children. His eldest daughters, Lucretia and Ada, were already in society. George, the oldest son, had finished his collegiate course, and gone abroad. Everett was still under governors and tutors, and there were two young daughters yet in the nursery
The family presented the appearance usually presented where children have been carefully trained for a high station, which is their birth-right. They came of a tranquil race, and an even prospect was before them ; no mountain-climbing, no depth-descending for them; no turbulences arising from unmanageable propensities, either for good or evil, might be traced to their door.
George Isham was an unexceptionable youth, whose person, prospects, and attainments gave him unmitigated satisfaction. His character had no marked traits to distinguish him. He had no exuberant animal life, and his taste led him to shun convivial sports and company. He was faultlessly correct in conduct. His temper was as smooth as his long black hair; his character as reproachless as his dress; he would have endured a suspicion of the one with as much equanimity as of the other, and for an equally elevated reason. He went abroad unpossessed of the spirit of enterprise, and would return, if ever he returned,