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THE "WAY TO BE HArPY.
Some Unk It a hardship to work for their bread,
Although for our Ood it was meant r
Bat those who don't work, have no right to ba fed,
And the idle are never content
An honest employment brings pleasure and gain,
Aad make us our troubles forget ;
For those who work hard, have no time to complain,
And lis better to labor than fret.
And if we had riches, they could not procure,
Ahsppy and peaceable mind ;
TUch people have trouble as well as the poor,
Although of a different kind.
U agmfies not w hat our stations have teen;"
Nor whether we are little or great ; -i ? "
Tax happiness lies in the temper within,
And net in the outward estate.
We only need labor, as hard as we can, .
For all that our bodies may need ;
Still dciiig our duty to God and to man.
And we shall be happy indeed.
Tiie Wilson House,
OR VILLAGE GOSSIP.
BY JIISS LESLIE.
' Mars how plain a tale ihall put you down." Shaktpcare.
" Now, ladies," said Mrs. Elliot, " you see the
solution of the riddle.." "But, who would have
.1 ,.- rdJ T.V" csJt.v." JTTI-Vr-!"'
Mrs. Overlook. "Ana. who could possibly suppo-!
sed that the appointment was only to set a stove !
And who could have guessed that Mr. Morrison
was making sweatmeats." "All these things re
plied Mrs. Elliot, "w might have guessed easily, i
but that we have given ourselves a habit of attach
ing something of mystery to every thing connected
with these strangers."
"But you must acknowledge," said Mrs. Over
look, "that there is something about them not easy
"By no means," replied Mrs. Elliot; "I have
always found them perfectly comprehensible."
"But as there is really considerable intimacy be
tween you and Mrs. Morrison," said Miss Moon
sliine, "It is amazing that she has never yet rela
ted to you her story." "Why should she !" an
swered Mrs. Elliot. "There is, most likely, no sto
ry to tell. Mr. and Mrs. Morrison 'keep the even
tenor of their way,' and most likely they have al
ways done so. And it is not probablo that they
are fully aware of all the wonders that seem ex
pected of them."
"But still it is very surprising," said the Widow
Cumberly, "that Mrs. Morrison's. Becky, fool as
she, should mistake Judge Hoavyhead coming to
I'lay chess, for old John Smith the bricklayer,
come to set tho stove." "Not at all," said Mrs.
TUiot, "Judge Heavy-head certainly does not car
ry his profession in his looks, and he looks as much
like a bricklayer S3 any tiuZ else."
During the two succeeding days, !,le strictest
scrutiny did not detect a man at Mrs. Morris's
'ocr; except the butcher and baker. On the third
lay, there was a vague report that a painter had
been seen going in ; and as a young artist had late
ly arrived from the city, on a sketching tour, and
had taken Thebes in his way along the banks of
the river, it was at once supposed that Mrs. Morri
son was getting her portrait painted by Mr. Car
mine ; and it was considered very astonishing that
she should have it done in her f jusband's absence.
Miss Moonshine concluded that Mr. - Carmine was
undoubtedly a former love"r of Mrs. Morrison's and
that the picture was intended for the artist himself
to carry away with him. In the course of that day,
half the ladies of Thebes walked past the Wilson
House, that they might have a chance of seeing
the artist coming in or going out ; fov as Mr. Car
mine had announced that he should proceed on his
tour at the close of the week, it was supposed that
Mrs. Morrison must sot both morning and after
t oon, to enable him to finish tho picture. Just as
four couple of ladios were passing tho door, out
rame Dick Putty, the house painter pots and all.
The fair Tliobans stopped short and looked at each
'.aher : and Miss Moonshine could not refrain from
"quiring of Dick Pulty whathe had been doing at
trs. Morrison's, He replied that'hc had only J
been painting the backporch," and passed on. Mr.
Morrison came home the next day ; and for a few
weeks every thing went on quietly. At last, the
whole community of Thebes was thrown into con
sternation by a rumor that Mrs. Morrison had at
tempted to poison her husband Some asserted
that she had put arsenic into his tea, and that hav
ing detected it in time, he had been heard to ac
cuse her of it. Others affirmed that he had discov
ered lumps of verdigrease in a saucer of marme
lade, which his wife had prepared. Some, how
ever averred that the marmelade was quince. A
third version of the story, represented that, " to
make assurance, doubly sure," Mrs. Morrison had
employed both arsenic and verdigrease; and that
her husband had drank the tea and eaten the mar
melade ; and that the only reason why he was not
dead, resulted from the promptiiude with which he
sent for Dr. Mix, who had immediately administer
ed a successful antidote. This last account of the
affair being the most absurd, was the most gener
ally credited ; - notwithstanding that Dr. Mix decla
red that he had never been sent to attend Mr. Mor
rison on this or any other occasion. It was then
hinted, (but very obscurely,) that the doctor must
have been bribed to silence, as the Morrison's
would naturally think it expedient to have the thing
hushed up as soon as possible. But great sur
prise was excited when this inexplicable couple
were seen walking together as amicably as usual.
Nay, Mis. Morrison had been heard to say to her
husband, with consummate assurance. "My dear,
what can be the reason that the people arc all run
ning to their doors and windows 7" as if it were
possible she did not know that it was to see herself
and Afr. Afbrrison pass ; for now, of course, they
were greater sights than ever. "The artfulness of
some women is as awful as their wickedness," said
the"widow Cumberly. " She has doubtless per
suaded her doaling husband that .she is entirely in
nocent of the attempt on his life. So much for old
men marrying young wives ! What can they ex
pect but arssnic and verdigrcaso." Though many
of the Thebans could not in their hearts give ered-
! it to the story, yet all professed belief, except Mr.
and Afrs. Elliot, who steadily persisted in the opin
ion that, if not abase and unfounded fabrication it
-svws-ar tcasra' gross misrepresentation of some sim-
pie fact. Afrs. Elliot at last traceu tt.e story
Miss Dullard, a lady who kept house for her fath
er, a widower. Afiss Dullard said she had heard
it from her coolr, who had heard it from Afrs. Afor
rison's maid Becky. "And of course," observed
Afiss Dullard, "the girl could have no motive for
telling a falsehood, or raising a story without suffi
cient foundation. ATrs. Elliot tried to convince her
that foolish and vulgar minded people (ladies as
well as servants) frequently act and talk without
any motive at all. The nine days wonder had not
yet subsided, when ATrs. Elliot had occasion io
employ one of the village mar.tua-makers, Afiss
Barford, who had been passing a week in the city,
from whence she had just returned. This mantua
maker was a sensible and respectable woman, who
had seen better days, and was treated with much
consideration by all the best families of Thebes.
While she was sewing with Afrs. Elliot, Afiss Dul
lard came in to pry a visit, and walked familiarly
up stairs. As Afiss Dullard had been one of the
first promulgators of the story, she thought it her
duty to keep it up. Besides which, when she did
get a new idea into her head(which was but seldom)
she always pushed it as far as it would go. Afiss
Dullard, began, as usual, upon the still prevailing
topic of Afrs. Aforrison's attempt to poison her hus
band ; asking Afrs. Elliot if she heard any tlung
further on the subject.
"Is it possible," exclaimed Afias Barford, " that
Mrs. Morrison can be even suspected of such a
thing. "More than suspected, I can assure-you,"
replied Mi3s Dullard, "for her Becky told my Deb
uV. that she had heard Mr. Morrison accuse his
wife last Friday week, at tbeir own tea-table.
Why were have you been not to have heard of it 1
All Thebes is full of nothing else." I have been
down in the city," replied Miss Barford, and I on
ly camo home last evoning." "But was it on Fri
day week, do you say? I happened then to be at
work at Mrs. Morrison's I was at the tea table
with them ; and I can assure you all that passed
was no more than this. Mrs. Morrison asked her
husband if she should help him to some marmelade.
He inquired if it had been made in a bell-metal ket
tle. She answered in the affirmative, adding that
she had always been in tho practice of using such
a utensil for sweatmeats. "It is time to leave it off
then,' said Mr. Morrison. "I saw the other day in
a newspaper, an account of a whole family being
poisoned by easing preserved plums, that had sot
all night in a bell-metal kettle. Therefore, I can
not bring myself to relish any of this marmelade :
believing it to have a taint of verdigrease, and con
sidering all such sweatmeats as slow poison."
"And was that all 1" asked Miss Dullard, looking
disappointed.- "It was all that passod at the tea
table," repliedMiss Barford. "But just then the
girl Becky came in with a fresh plate of muffins,
and I suppose she only heard the latter part of!
the conversation. For after tea, when Mrs.
Morrison took mc into the garden to show me
her autumn flowers, we heard Becky say to the
cook, as we passed tho kitchen windows
"Mary do you know that presarves are pison !"
"I don't know such thing' replied the cookj
"nor you neither." "Yes indeed' said Becky;
"I heard Mr. Morrison toll Kis wife so." "Her
presarves may be," said tie cook, "for she
would'nt let me make thera : though I guess I
know how a great deal better than she. I dare
she has done them bad enough, peach marme
lade and all." "Well," said Becky, "I heard
him tell her that there whs verdigrese in them,
and every bodyknovs that's rank pison.' 'Then
she must have put it in herself," exclaimed the
cook ; "I am sure the kettfewas clehn, for she
made me scour it long enough before she began
to use it."- "We were much amused with this
ridiculous dialogue," continued Miss Barford,
"Mrs. Morrison said to me laughing The a
dage is true that listeners hoar no good of them
selves, so wc will walk on and look at the
flowers." "And now, ladies, I positively de
clare to you, that this is the whole story, and
the simple truth. I thought nothing more
about it, being well aware that servants
are in the frequent practice of talking of their
employers behind their backs in a manner they
would not do before their faces ; also they have
a habit of sayingon these occasions much more
than they really think or believe."
" Well," resumed Miss Dullard, " I can as
sure you that Becky came directly to my Deb
by, and informed her that she had heard Mr.
Morrison say there was poison in the marme
lade that was on the tea-table and that Mary,
the cook, had told her she seen Mrs. Morrison
herself put verdigrease into tlw preserving kct-
i. niuu liuo. -liUUl, 15 u lUlUIU-
ble fair specimen of a lie." That this outrage
ous piece of scandal had little or no foundation
I never doubted from the first. Now that Mrs'
Barford has so well explained it. I hone everv
one will make a point of stopping its circulation
ana giving currency to the real fact."
We are sorry to say that very few of the
Liioumiuia act auuui tuuirauicitng tlie story
with half the alacrity they had shown in shead
ing iU rfot a single Thebart-taJ;infir the-trnnhlrt
ias in uio lorraur case; togo ail over the village
for the express purpose. Consequently a large
majority rc.-.::"ur " -tuueu to remain in
their first impression.
In the course of the wee? to the great aston
ishment of all lhebes, the Morrisons sent notes
of invitations for a party. Notwithstanding that
all lhcoes nau uetenninei to drop the Morris
on's, every body concluded to go to their party.
Some alleged no other motive than to see
how their host & hostess ;':ehaved after all that
had passed. Others remarked very justly that
a part' was a parly. Maty thought that the
Morrisons were about to leave Thebes, and
that this entertainment wd: by way of farewell,
and therefore their guests fcvould have no far
ther occasion to countenanjo them. At all c
vents every body went to tie party excepUthe
Elliot's, who always declirsd large companies;
and all were unusually puictual in'going at the
hour specified. The compcure of Mr. Morris
on, and the smiling afFabililt of his wife excited
There were whispers ol" somo people have
the face for anything." Ind one lady who
read French, and who lhad rone through
Sevigne's Lefters,spoke o) Madame Brinvilli-
er's the famous empoisoneise. " Well I must
say,' whisdered Miss Momshine, 'that Mrs.
Morrison does not look at al like a person that
would be guilty of such ajrime. It seems to
me that murderesses mustalways be very tall
women, with aquiline nosei, heavy brows, and
a curl of the upper lip, Afr. and Mrs. Morrison
exerted themselves to entjrtain their guests,
none of whom seemed exaciy (one nature) be
ing somewhat embarrass cdjy the conscious
ness of what they had said bout their host &
hostess. The refreshmcntswere abundant and
excellent : and the ladies o Thebes began to
think it scarcely possible tha one who provi
ded such delicious creams aid jellies, could
have even thought of poisoiing her husband
Gradually their belief came to be decidedly
shaken, particularly when sdne very fine stew
ed terapin was handed round.
At length the evening drew to a close, and
there were symptoms of the party breaking up
wiien Mr Morrison exchanjjmg looks with his
wife, requested the compary to remain a little
longer as he had a few words to say to them."
1 his mlormation produced a sort of dismay
in tho audience,- who all iad a misgiving of
something that tney would! not like to hear,
some glanced towards the dW, some survey
ed the carpet, some slipped behind others, and
all looked queer.
Ladies and gentlemen but ladies most par
ticularly said Mr. Morrison4 advancing into
the middle of the room. "I beg your pardon for
having kept you so long in suipense as io tho
history of myself and wife. I now see tho
wisdom of the plan of Dr. FranUin,who, on stop
ping at a village tavern, called round hitn all its
inmates, and at once anticipated their curiosi
ty, by; informing him who and what he was. Tn
humble imitation of that true and great man I
now mice occasion to tell you, that my name is
Barclay Morrison, and that I was born in the
city of New York on tho 20th of April, 1790.
'men manesmy present age torty-two, this is
iv wife Maria Morrison, born in Hnrtfnrd u
Connecticut on the 15th of June, 1803, which
makes her present age twenty-seven her
miaden name was Simmons. Hir famHv liv
ed in New York when I first became acquain
ted with her. We had a reimlar .-nurtshin
ere publicly married with the consent -or nil
our relatives in St. Paul's Church, on the 12th
entember 1824 ; therefore we have beun man
and wife for about six years. We had each a
ther and mother and we have also hko most
other people, brothers and sisters, aunts, un-
cies aim cousins, out we never Had any chil
dren. Having made some money in business
(aa an importer of British goods) I concluded
to retire from the bustle of a city life, and try
the experiment of I vim? in a auict villaoe.
therefore I rented the Wilson house for a vn.ir:
it being highly rocommended to me by the ow-
1 IT 1 J
ner, wim wnom i nave long been acquainted,
in this way Mrs. Morrison and myself have be-
come resiaents ol lhebes. My wife has no
thing very remarkable about her neither have I
She cultivates flowers, reads novels, works
muslins, plays on the guitar, superintends her
household affairs, and occasionally makes con
fectionary. 1 read travels.
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views, and newspapers, go shooting, play chess
aim Hum mm nue wnn my wile. " To sum
up all in a few words we are no particular
sort of people, as the town of Thebes might
have discovered long ago. And lastly I think
it a dutv I owe to Afrs. Morrison, that we have
sent to tlie city lor a nest of enameled ornorce
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niui nuiiiua ui various sizes : ant thfirfitnro wo
are done with bell-metal and verdigrease forev
er. Having exactly explained our present po
sition, I conclude that we may now ho alW
ed to amalgamate quietly with the rest of our
town people, ana 1 promise to let you know
when anything extraordinary happens to us,
The guests now looked remarkably foolish
and were much at a loss how to proceed
some tried to laugh and some attempted to apol
nan7n "Rut 1 1 1 o XTnrricnnc incMctoil rx-n rite-....
oing a general amnesty, and passing an act ol
oblivion on all that hadbeen said and done. Be
ing now impatient to get away the whole com
pany took leave simultaneously; and, on this
evening there was no reason to nnnrninn,i
any of them like Romio and Juliet would say
guuu iiiyin uii.-u it vus lo-morroiv.
tor some time alter this lesson the ladies of
Thebes became amazingly cautious in talking
of strangers, and observed great decorum in
prying into their concerns ; and they became
so careful of believing reports that they even
doubted the ncvspapers.
They were particularly on their guard res
pecting Mr. and Mrs Morrison, who the fol
lowing spring, removed to a villa they purcha
sed within a fejv miles of the city of New
York. Still it appeared with regard to the towns-women
of Thebes, they had " scotched the snake
and not killed it," for it revived again in full
vigor, early the ensuing summer when the
Wilson house was found to be occupied by five
THE REVIVAL IN KFNTUCKY 1N1801.
The length of time tho people continued on
the ground was another important circumstance
of the Kentucky revival. At Cane Ridge, the
people met on Friday morning, and continued
till Wednesday evening, night and day without
intermission, cither in jniblic or private exerci
ses of devotion ; and with such a degree of
earnestness, that heavy showers of rain were
not sufficient to disperse them. On other sa
cramental occasions, they generally continued
on the ground till Monday or Tuesday evening.
And had not the ministers been exhausted and
obliged to retire or had they chosen to prolong
worship they might have kept the people any
length of time they pleased. And all this was
or might have been done in a country, where,
not it twelve-month before, the clergy- found it
a difficult matter to detain the people during
the common exercises of the Sabbath. The
practice of camping on the ground was introdu
ced, partly by necessity, and partly by inclina
tion. The assemblies were generally too largo
to be received by any common neighborhood.
Everything indeed was done which hospitality
and brotherly kindness could do, to accommo
date tho people. Public and private houses
were both opened, and free invitations were
given to all those who wished to retire. Far
mers gave up their meadows before they were
mown, to supply the horses. ' But notwithstan
ding all this liberality, it would in many cases
have been impossible to have accommodated
tho whole assembly with private lodging. But
besides, the people were unwilling to suffer a
ny interuption in their devotion, and they form
ed an attachment for the place, where they
were continually seeing so many careless sin
ners receiving their first impressions, and so
many deists constrained to call on their former
ly despised name of Jesus. Tliev conceived a
sentiment like that what Jac
when he said " surelv ih T .nnl i !n tllle rl. .
this is none other but the house of God, anJ
ma is me gaieoi Heaven."'
The number of nersons who W- r.iUr, .1
under serious impressions in this revivals astotL-
vi uglier wormy 01 attention. And On this I
shall be more particular, as it seems to.be tho
principal cause, wny tnis work should .not be
nunc uusiispecieu oicntliwMasm.than somo o
ther revivals. At Cane Rfdge sacrament (the
place mentioned above) it is renefuUt' .,nnrt.
sed that not less than one thousand persons foil
prosiraie on wie ground, h:ul among them were
many infidels. At one sacrament whlr.li r .,r.
tended in that country, the number that fell was
.1 1 . . f - ...
inougiu to oe upwards ol three hundred. Per
sons who fell are generally such as have man-
nesieu symproms ot tlie deepest impressions for
sometime previous to that event. Jt is com
mon to see them shed tears for about an hour.
Immediately before they become totally power
less, they are seized with a general tremor ;
and sometimes though not frequently, in the
iiumieiu. 01 lauing tney utter one or two piercing
shrieks. Persons in this state are affected in
many different degrees. Sometimes when un
able to stand or sit they have tho use of their
hands, and can converse with perfect compo
sure. In other cases they are nnnhla to cnl-
their pulse grows weak, and they draw a
iiaiu uruuui uoout once a minute. And in some
instances their hands and feet become cold, &
their pulse, arid breath, and alt the symtomsof
life seem to forsake them for nearly an hour. Per
sons who have been in this situation have uniform
ly avowed that they suffered no bodily pain, &
that they had the entire command of their reason
& reflection; and when recovered they could re
late everything which was said or done near
them, or which could possibly fall within their
observation. From this it appears their falling
is neither common fainttng or their nervous
affection. Inddeed this strange phenomenon
appears to have taken every turn, it possibly
could to baffle the conjectures of those who
are not willing to consider the supernatural
work. Persons have sometimes fallen on their
way homo from miblie wnrsbfn nnd crmn
times after thetr arrival. In some cases they
have fallen when pursuing their common busi
ness or on their farms, or when they had re
tired for private devotion. I obscrve'd above
that persons generally seriously 'affected for
some time previous to falling. In many cases
however it is otherwise. Numbers of care
less persons have fallen as suddenly as if struck
with a flash of lightning. Many professed in
ndels and other vicious characters have been
arrested in this way ; and somctimas at tho
very moment when they were utteringtheir
blasphemies against the work. OJ
At the beginning of tho revival in Shelby
county, the appearances, as related by an eye
witnesses, were very surprising indeed. Tho
revival had previously spread with irresistablo
power through the adjacent counties ; and ma
ny of tho religious people had attended distant
sacraments, and were greatly benefited. They
were much engaged, and felt unusual freedom
in their addresses at the throne of grace, for the
outpouring of the the divine snirit nt ti, r.
proaching sacrament in Shelby. The sacra-
mvm came on in September. The people
as usual, met on Friday; but they were all lan
guid, and the exercises went on heavily. On
Srturday and Sunday u.orning, it was no bettor
At length tho communion service commenced,
and everything was still lifeless. Tho minis
ter of the place was speaking at ono of tho
tables, without any unusual liberty. All at once
there were several shrieks from diffftrpnt nnrt
of the assembly. Persons fell instantly in ev-
.1? mi n 1 m .
ery uirecuon. 1 ne ieelings ot the pious were
suddenly revived ; and the work went on with
extraordinary power from that time to the con
clusion of the solemnity.
These phenomena of falling
A O VVf
all ages and sexes, and to all sorts of charac
ters ; and when they lall they are differently
exorcised. Some pious people have fallen un
der a sense of ingratitude and hardness of heart
and others under the goodness of God. Many
careless persons have fallen under legal con
victions, and ohtained comfort before they a
roso. But perhaps the most numerous class
of all, arethose wlio fall under distressing
views of their gnit, who arise with the same
fearful apprehensions, and continue in that
stat for somo days, nerhans for wits lfo
they obtain comfort. I have conversed with ma-
1 f it 1 .1
ny wno ieu unuer tlie miluence of comforta
ble feelings ; and the account which they gave
of their exercises, while they lay entranced
was very surprising. I know not' how to give
you a better idea of them, than by snying they
appeared in many case tosurpass the dying cx
orciso of Dr. Finly. Their minds appeared
wholly swallowed up in contemplating the ef
fects of tho Deity as illustrated in the plan of
This it is thought, was the origin of catnp-meeU
ing.t in America, now so extensively in use a
araung Methodist Christians, and also among tho
Old Presbyterians and Cumberland Presbyterians
in the Western country. E. P. H,