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THE DELAWARE REGISTER
OR, FARMERS', MANUFACTURERS' de MECHANICS' ADVOCATE. Our Public JoiirnnlR as they ought to be—"The vehicles of Intelligence, the common sewers of Scandal." WILMINGTON, Del., SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 1829. Vol. I No. 43. The Delaware Register is published every Saturday morning, by Albert Wilson, No. 105, Market Street, at Two Dollars per annum, if paid in advance; otherwise, Two Dollure and Fifty Cents. Handbills, Cards, Blanks, Pamphlets, and Job Printingm general, executed with neatness and dospatch, and at mode rate prices, at the Office of the Register. Advertisements inserted on reasonable terms. FOR THE DELAWARE REGISTER. , THE SPANISH NUN. A Parody on " The Minstrel Boy." The Spanish girl to the Convent '» gone, In the sister ranks you'll find her, The vestul veil she has folded on And left the world behind her. Land of joys, said the Spanish Nun, Tho' all the world should praise theo, From this lone cell, whilst life's sands run, Thy charms can never raise me; For Carlos fell, yet Gallia's chain Ne'er brought his proud soul under, He caught the Hag of injured Spain And he tore its folds asunder. And dying, said, I'll cherish thee Thou soul of Spanish bravery Which floated long so light and free, Thou shalt never wav/in Slavery. GuiLionD. ■ :o: FOR THE DELAWARE REGISTER. LEANDER SELWYN. Being accidentally in one of tbc sea port towns of America, a friend invited me to a military parade ; af ter witnessing their various evolutions my attention was attracted by the neat appearance of a number of young cadets who were receiving their education at the mili tary academy of a neighboring state ; one oftbem hap pening to sit near me at the theatre in tbc evening of the same day, I entered into conversation with him. and was charmed with his sprightliness and uncommon intelligence. My friend observed me, and as we walk ed home be gave me the history of the lad with whom 1 was so much pleased. As it is singular as true, I will perpetuate it by transcribing it. " Leander Selwyn is not an American. His fa ther is one of the handsomest men in our city and some years ago was engaged as head clerk in a mercantile house of considerable note. His employers were large ly concerned in the shipping line and on a certain oc casion sent young Selwyn to the island of St. Domingo to transact business there, which detained him many months in the island. He was much admired and no ticed by the sable chiefs of the place, and speaking the French language perfectly, became a favorite with the principal families in Hayti. At a fete given by Chris tophe he danced with the young and sprightly Rosette, a near relation of the ruler of the place. She was more improved than any of her companions and her beauty and animation constituted her the reigning belle of the island. Her artless manners and symmetrical form made an impression on the feelings of the gay Leander, and in a moment j)C forgetfulness be offered to marry her, but in the most private way, saying he was obliged to go to America to fulfil his engagements there, when he promised to return, publicly confess his marriage, and become a resident in the island. His oflçr was accepted by the innocent Rosette ; for his uncommon manly beauty and insinuating manners were irresistible to a girl of fifteen, who, young as she was, had quiek discernment joined to a soft and tender heart, replete with every virtue ; and a person tall and well formed, black sparkling eyes and a complexion so slightly shaded that the deep blush of ingenuous mo desty oft crimsoned her brown cheek. She loved Le ander with a purity and fervor that enabled her to risk the displeasure of her family and the aspersions of the malicious, and a Roman Catholic priest was' procured at midnight, and he alone witnessed the marriage in the dim lighted chapel. Three months after this, Le ander received a letter of' recall, and parted with his affectionate wife with reiterated promises of a speedy re turn. And these promises he really intended to fulfil, but imperious circumstances detained him from the isl and. In the mean time he became intimately acquaint ed with the beautiful heiress of his father's early friend . His peculiar situation gave a timidity and reserve to his manners, which was mistaken by the father of the young lady for the bashfulness of early love. With unfeigned delight he made the discovery, for there was nothing he so much desired as a union between his idolized' daughter and the only son of a friend he esteemed above all his fellow men. He men tioned it to Leander's father who rejoiccd'in the pros pect of felicity that was opening to his beloved son. It wn3 agreed between the old gentlemen that Leander should immediately commence business on his own ac count, with a capital of 50,000 dollars, generously ad vanced by Mr II-. This was accepted with joy by young Sei wyn who had renounced the idea of settling in St. Domingo, having heard that violent commotions existed there and that it was dangerous for a white man to reside among the infuriated blacks. About this time Mr Sehvyn was laid on a bed of illness from which he never arose. A few hours before he expired he grasp ed the hand of his son and extorted a solemn promise that he would espouse the daughter of his friend in one year from that day. Leander hesitated, but the dying appeal to his filial aflection, uttered by a parent he re vered, triumphed : and he gave the promise required of him ; and in a few moments more the indulgent pa rent, the kind friend, the able instructor of his early youth was no more. Flourishing in his business, res pected by his fellow citizens, he punctually obeyed the voice of his expiring father, and in twelve months was united to the amiable and wealthy Miss H very short time after their marriage he received a min iature, ably executed, of the pretty Rosette, with a let ter which pained him to the soulj for it contained a his tory of her manifold sufferings on his account, the birth of her son, with whom she lived in obscurity, despised by her friends, threatened by her family and a prey to every anxious feeling for the welfare of a husband whom she dearly loved in spite of his cruel desertion. This letter was enclosed in one from an old Frenchman with whom Leander became acquainted during his res idence on the island, mentioning that the writer of it was no more ; that she had literally died of a broken heart ; having carefully concealed their marriage un til a few minutes before her departure, when she sent for this man and the priest who officiated at the nup tials, and gave to each their respective charges ; thçn after receiving extreme unction, she died, and her fu neral was conducted as privately as her marriage had Mr II . A I '3n. His correspondent added, that the priest had taken the boy, at his mother's desire, with a strict in junction never to yield him to a father who could so cruelly leave the mother to suffer even worse than death, the loss of reputation. Leander, ever prompt and warm in his feelings, engaged an American captain to pro cure his boy with the assistance of the old Frenchman. This was done ; the boy was stolen whilst the good priest was at chapel, hurried on board of the ship in the night, which the next day sailed for the American States. The father could neither acknowledge nor re* ceive him in his own house, without foul suspicions being attached to his character, and therefore he was boarded in a distant country town as the orphan of French parents, until he arrived at an age suitable to be sent to the military academy where he now is. His talents are of the first order, and he bid3 fair to be an ornament to society ; possessing in an eminent degree the solid worth and elegance of his father, joined to the charming naivete of his youthful mother. He pas ses for the son of a Monsieur De Royme and only knows Mr Sei wyn as his guardian and. the friend of his departed parents, whom he supposes were butcher ed in the general massacre of the whites about the time of his earliest infancy. His complexion is so slightly tinged that he merely appears as a French lad, with a dark skin; he speaks all the living languages with sur prising facility, and I need not add is a great favorite with his guardian, at whose house he spends every va cation, and is tenderly attached to the whole family. Such is the history of ihe young Leander Selwyn, known only by the name of Louis De Royme. Theodore. >> From the Washington City Chronicle. THE STUDY OF BOTANY. Tiie study of this beautiful science is particularly adapted to young women, to whom we would recom mend it, as a lasting source of pleasure and amuse ment. It will be found much less difficult than may at first be apprehended, and the enjoyment experien ced in its progress will be such, that difficulties much greater than those which really present themselves would be no barrier to the attainment of the science. The nomenclature, which appears at first view so re pulsive, soon loses its terrors, and becomes familiar, and the pleasure which results from the application of principles, the exercise which the science requires, and the perpetual contemplation of the variegated and splendid colorings of nature, operate as a species of attraction so irresistible that the student can neither resist nor control it. ful than to behold a lovely woman indulging a pas sion for that which is in itself so beautiful and inno cent, or than to see lier «• Looking through nature up to nature's God." What higher source of gratification can there be than to stroll amidst the groves, or wander over monn tain heights, and enjoy the magnificent scenery of na ture, and inhale the breeze teeming with fragrance and redolent of sweets, while you are in pursuit of a richer banquet, a more delightful spectacle, the fair and exquisite gifts of Flora— No object can be more delight " each beauteous flower " Iris all hues, roses and jessamin." And such an endless variety, tod, of forms, and Milton.