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:1a th e year 1796, Jolfn jtarriiait Iirsd
? at tho edge of Abb's Tall'ey, in what is
l.how Tazewell county, in the"Stale of
j Virginia. His cabin stood upon a spur
j which juts out from the mountain Yidge.
between the waters of-Tug iv. V: :
Spice creek, one of. the tributaries. It !
was a rather exposed situation, for tho j
? Cherokee, and Shawanock occasionally,
yet mad? it the theatre' of their prodatcry
action, and many people predicted that
John, with his wife and two'little boj?
would yet .fa 11 before the rifle and Stehet j
of the foe. Harman, however, who was j
a stout, active young ?i.*in of five aud i
twenty, seemed to have no fear of any
impending 1TI, "going in and coming out as
calmly as though ho was in a thickly set
tied country. He was, in 'fact, rarely at
homo, being mostly ongaged in hunting,
raising no corn, and "depending for subsiS"- j
tence almost entirely upon the peltry he i
obtained. His hunting ground extended;
nearly down to the Ohio river, tbotigh big j
yMual ;i iramping-spot," as he called 'it.
ynbraee'd a semi-circle, about thirty miles
iiametfr. In that space there was ?',
our, ridge, or ravine, unknown tohi:n
lis;horse, whioh was a half-blood ed
^>t much larger than a gal!--y.-;:y.
"with a s!n
Mtj&d to be fr; '?.
FdeterrHWBRT pursue it wU:;;ut
aid.: So he fastcucd his horse in a
frei rough, and tying his dog hard by,
down a young -maple tree with his j
itchet, to give his brute a supper;primed j
m riilo freshly,-and followed the bign. ..;
The trail led .up a drain, over the ridge. !
;:d down the opposite side to a creek.? j
.t the mouth of this it entered the wa-j
Harman crossed, % found the trail]
tgain, and followed until within an hour
sunset. Finding, the animal had too
inch start, he gave lip tho phase, and
it out toreturn. Entering the river, at
e lower part of a long shoal, he kcptaip
the* stream to find a good landing place
-tho bank being rather steep on the
Opposite shore?and in looking for the spot
'Inquired, discovered a fox making his wu}r
"along the shallow. Before he could draw
'a bead on him, the* animal had entered
some hole or other, and disappeare^jfrom
view. Tho'huntcr, curious to see whither
the fox had gone, followed, and found
himself at the entrance of an accidentally
formed cave, or rock-house, as it is termed
.Itf that quarter, directly at tho river's
'brink, and not noticeable until you were
within a few feet of it. Into this he en?
Tho cavern had been formed by the
fallin"- of two huge fragments of a sand
'stone cliiT, from the hill above, whoso pro?
gress into the river's bed had been inter?
rupted by a shelf cf rock at the water's
edge. The two pieces had fallen in such'
a manner, as to meet in the centre, leav?
ing a small aperture below and a larger
one above. Inside, the space -was about
t*n feet in length, and in the centre high
enough to allow two or three tall men to
stand upright. Where the edgos of. two
rocks met was a crevice looking towards
the water, which admitted light, and
through which the opposite shore was.
Harman saw that tlHS would make a
ory good place for a camp when needed,
h? ^pper entrance serving as a chimney,
^md late as"1t was gave a hasty glance to
assure himself of its .capabilities. In do?
ing this he happened to glance through
the crevice, and to his surprise saw a
body of Indians, who had stopped on the
opposite shore of the river, and were
^ajcing preparationss to encamp. lie
counted^ them. .There vrerc twenty in
all-; each in their war-paint. It was pret?
ty evident that the}- were hound' on an
expedition against the settlements above,
and the hunter felt quite uncomfortable
at the thought that.his family -vrerc"un?
protected, and exposed, in all probability,
to be the first victims. He made irp his
mind to slip out of Iiis hiding-place after
dark, and, regaining his house, to place
bj? family in safety and alarm the set- j
tiers around.. In the meanwhile he watch?
ed the movements of the savages, and no
ficed that or.c of them, who had been up
tlfe^river-shofej held a hurried conversa?
tion with another who appeared to have
command. A conference ensued, and a
tail and.atlilctie savage immediately left
?the gvoup. ilo Paw kb onto thathis-fooH
prints oil the chore had been discovered,
and that this nian had been sent on trail.
Hai'-uan was a.'armcd, for although he
knew his place of concealment would not
be discovered easi'y; as the sun was near?
ly down, yet failing tp find where he'left
the water, they might-surround him with
outliers, os in thoir Search discover his
horse, whose loss would prevent pcs.sibiy
his purpose-' lie endeavored therefore to
watch the movements of the see;; tf but he
was in the .river, and being on the. same
side with Jlarman., hidden from i\\o- vic-w
of the ia?er.
At leng'tii he saw the sov&nr leave the
water at a point lower down than where
he entered, and apparently report iiis'j
v.;ar;t of success. A conference follow?
ed. js.ud "thV savage entered the water,
e v! reerossed the river. it war- grow?
ing dark, ifarmnn suppo^edjtliat this new
search Would rqon be abandoned * and
made up hij mind, that before- an hour
had passed he would return the way he
baa com3, and endeavor to croopMirough
ry.ouiislcirfs of,the enemy's camp,
"2CV would least expect" him,- and
or so down the river,
in trance I
ifo uolfo: hut, before
fh\ tb-e left arm of JIarman
iincL cio,^ su'd&mly on his throat, pre?
venting Ma voice' from sounding, while
with the'right hand the-hunter thrust his
heavy knife into the ?ido of Ids foe.
But the savage was notjcillcd with the
blow, and a violent struggle commenced.
Harm?n having the rock as sort of
brace to his hack, would have had much
'Je advantage in the fight* were not this
gain, counterbalanced the necessity of |
keeping the throat of his* antagonist tight?
ly pressed, ill order to prevent his outciy.
- However, he maintained his position,
and inflicted four or -fivc^sevcro stabs,
when the savage Juannged to .grasp his
right arm. A terrific straggle ensued,
in which the knife dropped from his grasp
and they both fell together. This releas?
ed the savage's throat from pressure, but
before he could cry out, Harman had tur?
ned him, and had his face pressed into the
soft earth, while his right kneo was for?
cibly set between nis shoulders. The
?loss of blood had so weakened the Indian,
that he could'make no resistance, and
presently he fainted. So soon as Harman
felt tho muscles of the other relax, lie felt
around for a weapon, and his fingers pres?
ently touched a blade. Ho grasped tho
handle of the recovered Jmife, and drove
tho steel into the vertebra of the savage's
^eck. The fight was over.
Harman knew that'ho would bo sur?
rounded by scouts in a short time, as the
continued absccncc of the warrior would
lead ihe rest to suspect his fate, and that
his ?nhy chanco lay in an immediate es?
cape. He knelt down ? and feeling the
head of his foe, took his scalp, a brutal
proceeding which the hunters of that pe?
riod and place rarely neglected, since, the
loss ofthat trophy always gave keen mor?
tification to the lriends.of the slain. He
then felt for the arms of the Indian. There
was neither knife nor tomahawk in the
belt of the slain, but the rifle was found
on the ground. Ho took this last, and re
entering the rock-house, passed it out of
the lower aperture, and silently sunk it in
the river. -Then taking the powder-horn
and bullet-pouch of the slain, and grasp?
ing his own rifle, he left the place. It be?
ing quite dark, though though there were
a few scanty rays from the camp-fire op?
posite, ho made his way cautiously along
tho narrow bottom, and crossing the hill
at a favorable spot, soon came to where
bis bareo and dog were tethered. Loos
eiiing both the animais, he mounted the
horse, anxl made his way slowly home?
ward. Just as he arrived at. the summit
of a dividing ridge, through a low gap,
In's dog barked violently. lie fancied he
saw a dusky1 form before him, and struck
I his horsey flanks violently with his heels.
The -animal sprank forward suddenly, and
.IlarmaV heard a report, andTclt .a ball
whistle past In;n. The horse struck into
a succession of lcapsdown tho path, which",
fortunately was ncarijr straight and down
a ftod^fittc incline. Tho hunter never
drew bridle until he got home, where he
arrived about an hour before daylight.
His wife and children were awakened at
once. He mounted them on horselmck,
and without waiting to secure even tiro
moro portable articles-Ln.4ihe- cabin, rode :
with them to the fort in Baptist 'Valley, j
alarming the settlers by the way.
Two hourstieforc noon an armed com?
pany was hastily mustered to meet the
enemy. j\s it was; thought they would
follftw Carman's trail- the main party de?
termined to* form an ambush for them,
and took up-astrong position at the mouth
of Elkhorn. Two nieri were Retailed as
scouts to push on by tue summits of tfi'e
iridges on cither side of the river, in order
to discover and give notice of the enemy'*
approach... A party of seven were station?
ed-opposite tho month of the creek, with
instructions to lie concealed behind a rag
god .cliff half way up the mountain,
aud not to leave their position until the
firing from the main body announced
that the attack had begun
About two o'clock one of, the scouts
came in, and announced tho near approach
of the Indians, who were advancing in
the opposite bottom, and so swiftly*as- to
be almost in sight at that moment. His
companion on the opposite side of the riv?
er was unable to cross, bat managed to
gain the side of the detachment poatod at
Tho Indians, now came in sight at shore,
paused a moment, conferring hastily, and
divided into two parlies, one of which
crossed above-and., the ether directly at
month of the VJkhorn. Tho upper
jfcgio within the.rango-of tho rill?
"yp^r-v r i:.v... ^1!!!. 0- teo
Sounding; slightly ffczx? man. Thosurvi
rorsand the party crossing at the mouth,
lashed over tho river to return the fire
from under cover. Theyvhad no sooner
touched the shore, than they wero assail
2d by the main.body of the whites, who
had not a sucecss-So signal as that of their.
cojSpanfonSj as they only killed two out?
right, though-they wounded four so badly
that tho last wero unable to do more than
stagger a few yards before they felj. The
remainder- of the Indians." eight in num?
ber, daslxxl into the undcrgrowth^at the
river side, intending to gain the shelterot
a group of hemlocks not far distant* but
the -whites, who had reloaded and follow?
ed before they gained the desired spot,
fired a volley which placed "three hors "du
combat. The survivors, one of whom was
the chief, seemed to be panic-stricken, and
begged for quarter. Mercy was not to bo
thought of,-and another iiro by which
four of the remainder fell, was the an?
The chief; now the sole survivor, was
wounded but not disabled. He dashed,
rifle in hand, directly across tho river,
rieht into the midst of the party there,
and pausing for a moment, fired at the
foremost of his pursuers, a man by the
name of Bowen, whom ho wounded in
the shoulder. Then, casting down the
rifle as a useless impediment, he bounded
on. Three, shots were fired at him, but.
he did not slacken his speed. He was
pursued for some distance, but was too
swift of foot for those who followed. .
There was ouo of the wounded still
alive, but ho was speedily dispatched.
Then, gathering up the guns and equip
'.nonls of tho savages, whose bodies were
left for the buzzards, the whites returned
homewards. To tho astonishment of
Harman, he found his OWE hunting-knife
in the belt of one of tho slain; and <.;;cov?
ered that tho knife with which he had
given his foo the final stroko the night
before, was a strango one; In thcexcite
ment ho had never noticed the difference
of the two weapons; and supposed that
the Indian he had killed must have drop?
ped his knife in the struggle, and that ho,
in groping for his own - on the ground,
had picked up that instead.
Harman removed his family to a place
nearer the fort; but never took any pre?
cautions on his own account, beyond
what had been his custom.
A week afcerw'ards, a scouting party
discovered the body of a red man about
five miles'from the scene of tho fight.
It had been much mutilated by wild ani
i mals, but it was supposed Co be that of
? the chief who had escaped. It was found
I at the . wittcr's edge. It was supposed
j that, finding he was about^to/die^of his
I wounds, ho had endeavored to* drag him
j self into the river, in-order, to preserve
his scalp from the hands of the whites,
but had expired before ho succeeded in
effecting his object.
Camp life in the Army of Virginia?
.'If you'will t?ko'tho troublo to ride
along the line at tfai.-s time., no matter how
much ym have becu accustomed to "the
, pomp and circumstance of glorious warf*|
I ypu will enjoy, for once,, the rare hix-1
j uiy of being . ftstonisherii Heretofore,
j "the line" has, perhapSj becft associated I
J in your memory with serpentine journeys!
; through Trood.J, around swamps, across'
i.raruie*, upjiij^taild down,. Jfcj?lc of logs ;
! or fence rails, covered with S^'clc earth '
marking thp.defences, and a motioyarfny
of scatterrcd and disordered men,, tents
and wagons, making known the presence
of the army.
But DoteJ.be change^! Whai 6'nly a
few days ago was a dense 'wood, is now a
clean, broad avenue, fit far a boulevard or.
(ban ing a stray stump here and there) a
race course. On ono i?ido aro strong,
high, complete intrenchracnts, provided
with every means of defence that the art
of engineer can suggest/ On the other
extends a row of leg huts in single file,
as far as tho eye can reach, irregular and
fanciful, enough in their construetion? to
suit the 'taste of an antiquarian. ? Ingenu?
ity has certainly made her mark, for, in
this city of one street, you may sec ortlers
and styles, roofs and cellars, domes and
cornices, pedestals and capitals, entabla?
tures and decorations, of which even the
architect of a Chineso . prfgo'da never
.dreamed. In one place for instance, are
fbur long walls, plrfstarcd with mudj a
floor is laid jtiri high enongh to prevent
your stooping when yon stand j and then
commences the roof, or attic, which is
made of an old tout, covered'with inter?
woven branches, and likowiso plastered
with mud: Although the,"edifice is only
twelve feet square in these two stories
aicep ol&-Jxt at inn 2lcrsonS. Yonder is a
O!othi.c arrangement, and jnst next to it,
inmrniwl popti-ngi,, ajmali structure that I
I^oLu. for ?11 ?m.ttxu-J'l like a lirt imu pig- j
Sty. Iliclujo n cru L-> run their 1
premises up in the nir, and accordingly
contented themselves with digging out a
space within dodrs,xthat hits given them
a not unwelcome looking ^subterranean
bed chamber and dining hall, which an
Bwersevcrypurpose of their simple lives.?
Cor. South Carolinian.
IiiTERARY Mkn\?"We often hear Of the
charms of literary society. "We copy this
very graphic summ ary of the conversa?
tion of literary men :
Tasso's conversation W?s neither gay
nor brilliant. Dante was neither taciturn
norsatirical. Butler was sullen, or biting.
Gray soldom talked or smiled. Hogarth
a^d Swift were very absent-minded in
ecmpany. Milton was very unsociable
aiid even irritating, when pressed into
cqiversation. Jiirwan, though copious
and eloquent in public addresses, was
mjagre, and dull, in colloquial discourse.
Yigil was heavy in conversation. La
Faitaine appeared heavy, coaase and stu
picj he conld not speak and describe what
hehad just seen; but then ho was the
molel of poetry. Chaucer's silence was
mote ajrreeablo than his conversation.
Drden's conversation was slow, and dull
?bjs humor saturnine and reserved.?
Conicille, in conversation was so ttrrin
spind that he never failed in wearying;
he cd not even speak correctly.th?t l?ff
gnare of which he was such a master.;
Ben Johnson use to sit silent in company,
andsuck his wine and their humors. Sou?
thed was stiff, ficdatey and wrapped up in
asceicism. Addison was good* company,,
with his intimate friends but in mixed
cbmjany,he preserved his dignity by a
stiff tad reserved silence1. Fox, in con?
version, never flagged, his* animation
and viriety Were inexhaustible. * Dr.Bont
ly ws loquacious?so, also, was Grotius.
Goldinith 'wrote like angel, ?nd talked
like por Poll.' Burke was entertaining,
cnthihiastic,and interesting in conversa?
tion, I Curran was a convivial deity.?
LeigliHunt is ' like a pleasant stream \ in
conversation. Carlyle doubts, objects,
and c?istantly demurs."
Rais PiiiiosornY'.?" He was a truly
brave cllow that said;:
1 Coisider no man capable' of insultiug
you,- Mho is mean enough to'do it. In
this, yj'tt have tho decided advantage.
For vhilsi by insult, he acknowledges"
you wdthy of his notice, you, by your
neglect prove him ?TrWortfiyi of yours/
Such'a man would make a better" Sol?
dier, in doienco of any just cal?se, than
the lomest swaggerer ever he^
It is generally believed that aW?u'iy"
exchauje of prisoners will take place. ;
Spirit of the Army. .
En&ESCHMENTS KEAIt RICHMOND, Ya.,")
January 30, 1865. j
Mr. Editor: At ? hiass meeting of the
j officers and men of i>ratton's Brigade, S.
C. V., held this day, Private John B. Er?
win, 8th S. C. V., was>alled to the chair,
and the following preamble and resolu?
tions, reported by a committee of two
! from each Regiment of tho Brigade, were
; unanimously adopted:.
"Whereas,, tho people of the several
States of this Confederacy wero forced
into the present struggle to preserve the
iuaHcnable rights of freemen; and relying
upon the justice of their cause and the
.approval of High Heaven, pledged to each*
other "their lives, their fortune^ and
thekssacrod- honer/' to achieve their in?
dependence-, and ?^liereas, in support of
their just rights, and in .defence of their
homos and firesides, the best blood of our
people has been shed, and the bonos of'
our dead lie scattered throughout- every
State of the Confederacy, whilst at even
stage of the ufio'qufti conflict, the valor,
endurance and patriotic devotion of our
people have secured a succession of viel o
ries of which any nation might well he
proud;'and whereas, the contest is still
undecided and our independence is : jJI
n?achieveof, but a proud and haughty far.
flushed with tcnijK)rary success, is a l- i
tempting to extort unworthy terms of
submission from the timid counsels and r
the causeless dcsponcloBcy.of somo weak j
minds ir) our midst, it becomes the citizen
soldiery of South Carolina to reaffirm the
sacrod principles of State sovereignty and
independence, which their State was the
first to* ahiioun'ce; to reject once again all
terms of union or affiliation with a base
and unprincipled foej to rebuke the time
serving poi;ey of those who having fcount
ed the-cost, are unequal to the exigencies
of the crisis, and who are so insensible to
the groat principles which form the
great groundwork of tho present revolu?
tion, so unmindful of tho glorious recol?
lections of tho past history, and so re?
gardless of the memory of it* illustrious
de.trt ri? to counsel an unworthy snbmis
sfon' to tbc aaomy, n. bnao nhttndon
mentt^ o'ur cmtffo, si.id above alt," to as~
.EK5 true friends of liberty at home
and our follow "sbldicia in tho army, that-?
wc have never yet despaired of the re?
public f but that inspired by the memo?
ries of the past, wo entertain brighter
hopes of the future, and believe that one
more determined offort is alone necessary
to achieve our independence. Be it there?
Resolved, That we, officers and men of
Bratton's Brigade, S. C. V.; do this day
renew our devotion to the groat princi?
ples of State sovereignty and constitu?
tional liberty, which lio at the basis of
tho present revolution; that wp again
endorse the act of secession which sepa?
rates us from* a hatefdf fee; and with the
aid Of Heaven we will contiuue the strug?
gle until "our independence bo achieved,
or we perish in the attempt.
Resolved. That every eotisideration of ,
honor, of duty and of patriotism impel us
to preserve the rich heritage of freedom
which we have received from our ances?
tors, to emulate the valor, the endurance
and heroic devotion of those who have
fallen in the pTesent struggle; and to re?
strain us from abandoning a cause which
has been consecrated by so many costly
sncrifices, and crowned by so many illus?
Resolved, That we owe it to the glori?
ous recollcctiolfs of the pasl; to the mem?
ory of our martyred .dead; we owe it to
ourselves and to the causp of human pro?
gress, to preserve our institutions from
destruction and our homes from spoliation,
the tombs of our slain from desecration,
and our names and memories from being
a byword and reproach among the nations
of the earth, by manfully, working out
Resolved, That' the outrages inflicted
upon us, by a base and unprincipled foe,
in violation of all the usages of civilized
warfare, have created an impassable gulf
between the two sections which must.for
ever prevent all Union or affiliation be?
tween fhemV Avhlfst the Scttlc'd policy
arid avowed principles of the Northern'
?ovcrnme'rit leave -as to* expect that no
concession: Oft our part would be accepta?
ble to them,- sfeoTfc of a state of complete
subjection, wnicn would be worse than
Resolved; That in the late. reverses
which have attended our arms, we see no1-'
thing which should obscure the light of
Oitr former glorious victories, which
should create a feeling of despondency or
doubt of tie ultimate success of our arms;
but should rather nerve the hands of our
people to renewed effort in the sacred
cause of independence.
, Resolved f That thef uncomplaining pa?
tience, inflexible firmje'ss, and distitigaiQh
. ed ability with which fremden ? Davi
has discharged the mighty and delicti,
duties*of his office. ^fi^Jeiige tlie confi
dence of our pc?pic. and we bSg leave to
assure him cf our esteem and confidence:
and that for Greil. Schert E-See, t' o great
Captain of this age, we have a regard
little lcss.tl-.a-> venemtioh;and wijj gladly
go where ho may direct us..
? Resolved. .That wc ~?urc the loveW
women ?f.ttic South ihat we can never
forget their symjpathy; their approbation
is next to that of Heaven : as .soldi si'4 \a
war or freemen in peace, we will always
be proud to meet tbcmV.Lei them con?
tinue to animate as with the spirit of faith
[and devotion; and above atfj let' theni
pray without ceasing that the God of our
fathers may crown, our arms with vie* ory,
and they shall sco the fr'?of?tT>^Vn Cross"
floating prciidly over a free and 'glorlotja
Lind. ? ' : ' ? -
jonjsr b. Mwm, awn.
?J. C. J.. Wai:t>law, Secretary.
At a meeting of the. Hampton-Legion*'
;held -at camp near .Richmond. Y a, Feb.
2d., tho following preamble and resolut ions
.were unanimously adopted:
Whereas, the recent ?--rn-?;.?scs of the ar?
mies of our enemy.in .some scetjpns of tho
Sentkern- Confederacy arc said to have*
had a depressing influence upon the minds i
of some of 0"r people who are at home
and to csfuse them (the timid only;, rile be- it
licvc.) to doubt the ability cf our Govern
jnent and armies to resist f i:ccc:-.--fully, in
the future, the effort" of.6ur fj?o lb subju?
gate and enslave us. wc deem this a fitting
occcasion at tho close of this the fourth
year of our scryi'cc?as Sojnhcrh f-pldiers
in this* great strriggle for i ndependence
and the right, of Sjclf-govcrnmeirt, to cy?
press to o-.r countrymen and. fellow soltj
diorsinth;-'. l.ield, our feelings and senti?
ments in view of the preterit; eituaiti?n of'
our affairs, and cur pras^tfts for the fa.-' \
ture. " '
While wo fully admit tho extent of the
recent reverses which hajo_hci-dIcjjjscirnft?
' of our armies, j^ilciiy that thuy have so
riously imp.cri!ed our cans'- or rendered
our situation clcapcvuf c j ,n;~ ti <v ??'r?3;
front ou the ]?t :-t qf'^tHe South', will soon
win im the-much dosifed boon of 'w.<\ ; ".:'.-'SZ
ence. ~ '"".
Be it therefor-. . x
Resolved. That believing in'; ? e Justice "'?
of our cause wo do hereby reiterate'the
solemn vow3.made at the beginning cf
the war, to prosecute it until our inde?
pendence is established.
Unsolved, That nothing in tho condition
of our country, if*, armies or resources,
nor the recent reverses to on:.- arms
should cause any*one with the least spark
of manliness to doubt, tLe finai^nceess of
our cause, nor the ultimate triumph of
the. principles of justice and'rigbt which
it asserts. '
Resolved, That we have entire confi?
dence in the statesmanship and patriot?
ism of our President,, and hailing with
gratification the appointment of our well
tried Chieftain. Gen. ELE. Lee, to the ? '
supreme command of.all the armies of
the Confederate Slates; we look forward
with confidence to 0 ?ri?as'and success?
ful campaign f?derhis guidance during
the ensuing spring and summer months.
Resolved. That with- feelings of prido
ami gratitude, the meeting recognizes
the services, and sacrifices of the patriotic^
fair sox, and deeply sensible of the in?
fluence they wield over public opinion,
we appeal to them to silence the croaker,
discard the shirker, and frown down thfl
hale and hearty young men who seek
"soft place" at home..or screen their per?
sons behind details'. . .
? Never to Old to L::/.r.Socrr.lcs,
at an extreme old age. learned to play on
Gate, at eighty-five years of age. com?
menced the 3tudy of tho Greek languuge. "
Plutarch,-when between seventy and
eighty years of age, commenced the study
of the Latin laanguagc.
Boccacio was thirty five years of age,
when he commenced his studies in polito
literature. Yet he became one,of tho
greatest masters of the Tuscan dialect, .
Dante and Petrarch being the other two.
Sir Henry Spelman neglected the sci?
ences in his youth, but commenced the
study of them when he was between fifty
and sixty years of age. Aft,cr this time
he became a most learned antiquarian
Ogilby, the translator of Homer stud
Virgil, was unacquainted with Latin and
Greek until he was past fifty.
Dr. Johnson applied himself to the
Dutch languago but a few years before
Ludovico Monaidcsco, at the great ago
one hundred and fifteen, wrote the me?
moirs of his own times.