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received into her uncle's family, was fully, face that bore a resemblance to any one he realized, viz: decided opposition on the part had previously met, until, accosted, one day, of her uncle, to her engagement with Ro- in one of the most populous parts of that senworth. Fainily dissensions had long metropolis, by an old friend who had left separated Mr. Floyd and the Rosenworths; America soon after Rosenworth. Language and though guileless as was Francis, noble could scarcely suffice to portray to the reader ang unassuming, yet those feelings that be the overflow of delight caused by this unexhad, for years, suffered himself to entertain pected meeting. Dayton, (for such was the toward other members of the family. were gentleman's name,) was soon after afforded extended to Francis. He had imbibed pre- an opportunity of rendering that timely aid judices which it seemed nought could mol. to his old friend, which affection' ever lify, and which time had only served to prompts, and which was gratefully received, strengthen.
and fully appreciated. Rosenworth, overSome eight months had glided by after come by fatigue, and perplexities, was prosthe arrival of Francis in England, during trated by disease, -and during an illness of which time, business transactions had fivor- some weeks, Dayton bestowed upon him ably terminated,--and but for one thing, he unceasing attentions, which with the effiwould have immediately returned to his na- cient aid of a skilful physician, gradually retive shores. But could he expect to meet stored to him his usual state of health. He Malvina as once she was,-possessing the took the earliest opportunity, after his resame tender regard, and eviņcing the same covery, to inform his friend of the trials to kindly interest in his welfare, when, since which he had been subjected, and of his inthe time they parted, not a word from her tention to pass the remainder of his life in a pen had been received? This was his silent foreign port. Ah! added he, interrogation. He could not, at times, but allow himself to believe that she had been “Even in the most exalted state, dissauded from her purpose and that, possi- “Relentless sweeps the stroke of fate." bly, she was already claimed by another.Oh! the thought was maddening. But, Dayton was about to embark for America, again, with confidence revived, he would ex- and held forth many inducements for Rosenclaim, “ it is not so! she loves me still;—is worth to return with him, and feeling that the same trust worthy, irreproachable being all might yet be well, he at length, yielded as when last I gazed upon her beauteous to his powers of persuasion, and a few weeks face.” Thus did he cogitate, but each day found them bounding o'er the wide-spread increasing his determination not to return to Atlantic. A short and prosperous voyage America with only a glimmering of hope brought them again upon their native soil. that he should meet with a cordial reception But a short time intervened after the arrival from Malvina. He resolved to forget her, of Rosenworth, ere he was favored with a and to aid him in his purpose, he commenced visit from Malvina's brother; he was rea course of travel, hoping that change of ceived with the same expressions of joy and scene would prove an alleviation to his suffer- satisfaction as formerly,—while Arthur ings. But relief was not to be obtained.- evinced the most heart-felt desire to be inNot the exquisite 'scenery of Scotland's formed of the cause of his prolonged ablakes,--not the more rugged and sublime sence. Rosenworth then stated explicitly scenes of Switzerland,
-or the fashion and his reasons for not sooner returning ;-and gayety of France, could efface memory from also, that he had construed the silence of the beloved object of his affections. At the Malvina into cold indifference and even for : expiration of three months, he found him getfulness.” self again a wanderer amid the pomp and “And what meanest thou, Francis, by the magnificence of London. Dispirited, and word silence ? Malvina has not only rewith health impaired, he felt like one who sponded to all communications from you, but trod alone the sombrous path of life. In all has, even since the discontinuance of yours, his wanderings, he had not gnzed upon & endeavored by frequent letters to ascertain
the cause of your continued absence, and additional strength. Not many moments protracted silence. Through all, she has passed after the arrival of Rosenworth, ere never, for a moment, distrusted you;—10— Malvina appeared. An unusual pallidness the generous, confiding girl has not permit- stole o'er her face, yet, at the same time, it ted a word of reproach to fall upon one to was irradiated by a sunny smile.
One can whom she had confided her every joy and better imagine than describe the joy and care;-neither attributed any seeming re- gratitude of both Francis and Malvina, that missness to a diminution of that fervent at they were relieved, even, at that late hour tachment he had ever manifested.” from doubts and anxieties, and permitted to
Arthur had scarcely uttered the last word, enjoy, unmolested, a sweet interchange of ere Rosenworth exclaimed, (a feeling of re- hope and trust. There seemed, now, no morse seizing him,)“Oh! wretch that I obstacle in the way of a marriage-union, but was, to have sought forgetfulness of a being the concurrence of Malvina's uncle in their of such spotless worth! why were not sus- wishes. To effect this, Arthur resolved to picions restrained until entirely eradicated? exert himself to the utmost in producing an Yes,—then happy should I now be in the amicable state of feeling between Mr. Floyd presence upon
whom my heart's best, and Rosenworth. In this, he at length sucand warmest affections, are lavished! But, ceeded. Conciliating measures were taken, I fear"
which resulted in the removal of that ani“I am aware what you would say, Fran- mosity that had so long disturbed the peace cis;—it is not too late. You shall soon meet of Mr. Floyd, and had led him to stoop to so her, and have the satisfaction of finding her indiscreet, and cold-hearted an act as interthe same devoted being as in by-gone days.” cepting the letters between Francis and
“Then you can grant me the assurance,” Malvina, and which he at length confessed. said Rosenworth, (his eye beaming with joy) Then was unfolded the mystery which con-" that she has not yielded her affections to jectures had failed to solve, and which had another, and that now, as in days past, I caused a blight to rest upon the long-chershare an unfading place in her memory?”
ished hopes of the innocent. For this un“Believe me, Francis, it is so."
feeling act, Mr. Floyd expressed the deepArthur soon left Rosenworth, with a pro
est confrition, and made every concession, mise from the latter that he should visit their possible. Preparations were soon made for place the ensuing week, and meet Malvina Malvina's marriage, and in a few weeks she at the house of any friend, Arthur should was the much admired, and lovely bride of
Francis Rosenworth. deem proper. It was a ride of some thirty miles. Agreeably to appointment, Rosen
And should the stranger chance to roam, worth arrived at the place, which as he en- Near Montmorency's sparkling foam,tored it, recalled a combination of pleasant
Or loiter where she winds her way, and painful scenes.
And zephyrs soft around her play,– But what could have more astonished him, as he entered the Let him gaze upon, and admire two neat dwelling to which Arthur had directed him, and commodious dwellings, similar in conthan to find himself in that of Arthur him-struction, and enclosed within the same self? and his agreeable, attractive wife no ground;—and should he chance to have chother than his cousin, Alice Floyd ? and all riosity so much awakened as to elicit the inthis had transpired during his absence, tho't quiry, who are the favored occupants, he he;-10—not all, for previous to his depar- will receive the reply, that they are the resiture, he was aware that sentiments of affec-dences of Francis Rosenworth, and Arthur tion were every day maturing, and receiving Floyd.
AND GOD SAID, TAKE NOW THY SON, THINE ONLY SON ISAAC, WHOM THOÚ LOPEST,
AND GET THEE INTO THB LAND OF MORIAH; AND OFFER HIM THERE FOR A
The stars, those bright-eyed sentinels of night, , Burden of years would weigh more heavily,
His head, and sadly kept his weary way,
His heart with his mother: he knew she The old man had passed the threshold of his
Rested not, watching his coming, and he Tented door. His form was bent with many
Longed to meet her fond caress, and list the Years, and the grey hair lay thin upon his Low, love-breathirg tones that fall so sweetly Temples, yet was his step firm, to tread the
From a mother's lips.
It was the third day.
Abraham looked upon the place afar off. It should rest upon his loveliness, and
His features wan and haggard, keenly wore His heart should yield to the love he bore him, Tone evinced it not, and he said to the
The traces deep of suffering; but his
Young men, “abide here."
ye And God, his God, asked back again the gift. A little one bringeth ever to its home
Calmly he placed Light and happiness, and the young tendrils
The wood, and took the fire and knife and then of its affections, gathering strength day
They journey'd on, the lad and he together. By day, entwine themselves caressingly About the hearts of those who cherish it.
They came to the place which was told him. A child " is a well-spring of pleasure," aud Where is the lamb my father ?" said the boy. When the brow is clouded, and shadows rest God will provide the sacrifice my son." On all we meet, how doth its innocent Glee win the heart from its weariness, and A moment more, the lad lay bound upon Cause the eye to brighter grow in hope, and The altar ready for the sacrifice. Joy, and trust! The old man had felt all this, The old man held the weapon of death, when And more: he had dwelt upon the time when Lo! God's angel staid his hand, and gave him His whitened locks would thinner be, and the For his strong faith, his child, his only child.
PLEASANT MEMORIES OF PLEASANT
This title is partly philosophical, and part- can remember; they always treated me ly imaginative, and what are we going to well, and never spoke rudely to me in my make of it? Those laws must be pleasant, life. I was then very young, less than 18, which have pleasant memories, and those and not exceeding 8 years of age. There memories pleasant which remind us of plea- are pictures of Bonaparte, Berthier, Mac sant lands. The lands of association are very Donald, Lannes, Soult, Murat, Ney, and interesting, and might be almost infinitely other of Napoleon's 18, and afterwards 22, traced; but one of their important objects Marshals, but I do not wish to mention any seems to be to prevent intelligence from be- more now, as I desire room to name Washing wearied with needless attention, and best ington, and his Generals, by the same, and devote that which it most skilfully bestows. mention his likeness, and the plates of PutThose may be esteemed pleasant lands nam, Benedict Arnold, Stark, Montgomery, which boast interesting and valuable authors. Gaines, Mad Anthony, (as sane and fine a Of course, the Island of Juan Fernandes looking General as any in the book,) and must therefore be interesting, because Rob- some others as worthy of convenient notice. inson Crusoe flourished there, and I read If these notes are of no particular use, it is his life a great many years ago. My read- to be esteemed a blessing that they do not ing since then has been so limited, that I assume to be very imposing; and if they have occasion to make the most and best of tend to essay existing knowledge, so that it it, and I hence proceed to say, that beside may gain a fair price in a fair market, who six works on the practice of the law, I have may successfully invoke this influence ?more recently seen a few other books—not They are very hastily sketched, -that is to say how many-such as some of the fol- said to be a quality of the very greatest lowing, namely : Poems, Plays and Essays, painters; and we know they go to the By Oliver Goldsmith, M. B. With an ac- world's fair in about two weeks, and they count of his Life and Writings, By John say at the telegraph office, it takes no time Aikin, M. D. Boston, Phillips, Sampson, & to convey information, and I suppose that is Co. 1851. The Traveller, or a Prospect of the reason why the sunlight, and Jenny Lind, Society; The Deserted Village; The Her- and the God of our salvation are every where mit, A Ballad; The Good Natured Man; at the same time; and if this borders on She Stoops to Conquer, or the Mistakes of profanity, let us remember that night bora Night; and most of the essays are in- ders on day, that right borders on wrong, structive and readable.
The essays are
the sublime on its opposite, and that, as the very suggestive. The book contains 384 present Hon. Mayor of the City of Utica, pages, and forms No. 15, of the Opal Li- told me in Pine Street, in the City of Newbrary.—Bonaparte and his Marshals, 3d edi- York, a good number of years ago, that we tion. By J. T. Headley–Barker and Scrib- must not look for oranges under hemlock ner, New-York: 1846. I wish to refer to trees, nor jewel caskets in the streets. these pages of vol. I. as containing new and These are all the pleasant things I have interesting views : 22, 23, 25, 35, 67, 68, 69, time to say just now, and I have not said 89, 107, 243:—By the way, I suppose I may them all either; there are enough for others challenge a kind of acquaintance with Mr. to pronounce. I always keep back a great Scribner-I remember the name in the deal ever since a note of Chancellor Kent bookseller's imprints, ac etiam, and also a made me think of leaving a good deal for my family of this name were kind of attendants learned and noble friends to study and find on one of my father's farms as long ago as I out for themselves.