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VOL. VI.-NO. 19.
A iiihi.i: vi: i y ai iiiiimh
(ticslimi. What is slavery ?
'inswcr. Slavery is servitude in
involuntary bonds.
. What is the institution of A
mcrican Slavery ?
.?. American slave ry is a political
institution. Uy provisions of the
constitution it is national; but is
provided for directly, by the consti
tution of each sluv chohling state.
Q. How can it be abolished?
.7. Only by slaveholders, or by
throe-fourths of all the states in their
respective legislatures; or else in
conventions, if so provided.
Q. Is slavery in accordance with
the spirit and language of the dec
laration of independence ?
7. It is equally at variance with
that declaration, and with the spirit,
and general maxims of scripture;
but the constitution, when framed, in
after years provided for slavery, as
the only condition on which the' Un
ion could be formed.
(I- Is the constitution in this res
pect null and void as some pretend ?
.. Nothing has been done to in
validate its provisions for slavery ;
but it has been carried out by subse
quent legislation of congress, ns oth
er provisions of the constitution.
(. Could it ever have been valid
in this respect since it wars with the
declaration of independence?
'?. The declarat ion of indepen
dence is not the constitution; the
depnrturo of the constitution from
that declaration only shows a change
of position, to cfl'ect a compromise.
IJ- Hut is it not invalid m regard
to slavery, since neither slavery,
slave, nor negro is mentioned in the
constitution ?
. The constitution was desi"n
ed to be sufficiently explicit to satis
fy slavcholding states ; it did satisfy
them ; and every nation in Christen
dom knows its intentions. An ef
fort at this late period to evade its
phraseology is an unmanly quibble
upon words.
. Is the institution of slavery
sinful? J
.7.1tis. The sin of the institu
tion is the sin of the body politic.
J. When does the holding of
slaves become sinful in an individ
ual ?
.7. When the spirit of slavholding
prevents his setting them at jjerty"";
and also when he might email ipute
them, and, in doing so, benefit and
elevate them. But the ever abiding
sin of slavery lies in the body politic,
and may not in all circumstances
cleave to the individual ; though in
a majority of cases, slaveholders may
have a fearful account to render at
a righteous tribunal. If the correct
jiuss oi tins position is questioned
then vyc ask,
r a! . . . .
uyuuiinc inspired apostles
give instruction lor the proper treat
ment of slaves, if in all cases the
holding of them is sinful? . t
'h Nobody can tell ; for plainly
in that case, any instruction must
have been inadmissible, except an
imperative injunction to set them
Q. Why is all teaching at vari
ance with the above answers atten
ded with so much envy, strife, and
evil surmising?
.7. On. this point the following
words of the apostle are conclusive.
-t-"Lct as many servants as arc 1111-
lcr the yoke, count their own
ters worthy of all honor, that the
name of God and his doctrine be not
blasphemed. And they that have
believing masters, let them not des
pise them because they are breth
ren ; but rather do them service be
cause they arc faithful and beloved
partakers of the benefit. These
tilings teach and exhort. If any man
teach othcrw ise, and consent not to
wholesome words, even the words
of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the
doctrine which is according to god
liness, he is proud, knowing noth
ing; but doting about questions,
aim sinics 01 words, whereof com
cth every strife, railings, evil surmi
sings,'pervcrsc disputings of men of
corrupt minds and destitute of the
truth, supposing that gain is godli
ness: from such withdraw thyself."
1 Tim. vi. I, 2, 3, A, 5.
Q. Why do not the church with
draw Irom anti-slaverv men who
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tlmSS i 1,enV'tS- ll'a" 1 ' 1 ;Tstk'
!l0' "' Cla""' "S "J1'1 bc. ex-
pectod of the proud, a liirgo share
i mc icugion 111 mc enurenr
- vi. Wo cannot certainly infer that
the. church are to apply discipline
in the case. The passage seems to
furnish the rule for each individual,
in' reference to such teachers as are
here specified ; and it at least pro
liibits giving them countenance.
This is charity's most favourable
construction of the passage.
. Q. Do the scriptures direct us to
discipline men for holding slaves?
2, fto such direction is given.
Thejp could not consistently give di-
rections for the conduct of masters
towards thol slaves, and nt the same
time make them subject to discipline
for holding them. I
Q. May we believe, then, that the j
holding of slaves is treated in the j
scriptures as less certainly criminal !
luan lliclt or robbery ( ally approve of abolishing slavery
7. Most assuredly we may. The upon any other plan than that of re
scriptures nowhere give direc-! numeration, after having encour
tions for the manner of committing : aged slavcholding; and certainly
theft and robbery, for the very good J the action of the liberty parly has
reason that these acts arc always no tendency to make the doctrine
sinful; but, if ''the powers that be"
have robbed men of their liberty,
and they arc in this state in our
hands, it may be, and evidently is,
our duty to treat them with all kind
ness. Such duties tiro scriptures
enjoin; teaching that slaveholders,
unders these circumstances, are
worthy of all honor: "Let ns many
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Bur.tiio u uiu under me yoke count j M t the oppressed go lice. All lios
their own masters worthy of nil I tile nttit tide is rivctiinr rim cli.'iitw
honor, that the name of God and
his doctrine be not blasphemed.
We are not at liberty to with
hold this instruction : for the net
verse bids us speak : "These things ;
teach and exhort." '
Q. Does the duty of subjection lo
"the powers that bo" justify us in
ouying and selling slaves ;
7. It is difficult to conceive of I
circumstances that can justify an in-J for the oppressed, by cntreatiii"
dividual in buying and selling slaves; j their masters to bless them with lib
and let all prayerfully enquire for jberty; and peradventure, both mas
their duty in this respect,that they be ters and servants may soon rejoice
not partakers of other men's sins
(J. If the constitution is at vari
ance with the spirit and ceneral
maxims of scripture, which enjoin
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v..v. KwIUiu juii, houiu u oe rignuany more oc seen at tne Head ol po-
to disregard all national and state
wmeii provide ior slavery, and
following Mr. Leavitt's counsel
abolish slavery with the sword ?
.7. This is plainly forbidden.
"Let every soul be subject unto
the higher powers. For there is
no power but of God : the powers
that be arc ordained of God. Who
soever, therefore, rcsistcth the pow
er rcsisteth the ordinance of God :
and they that resist shall receive to
themselves damnation." Horn. xiii.
1, 2. These instructions were pri
marily given to those who were un
der heathen governments; which
never failed to stand in the way of
many 01 tne lioly aims ol the gos
pel ; but they must not resist :' for
the scriptures everywhere treat the
worst of human governments as bet
ter than anarchy, and "a terror to
ev il doers." Nor will the direction
to obey God rather than men justify
any act of violence against the civil
powers. No man is obliged to carry
out the slavery code in buying and
selling slaves ; and still all arc bound
to desist from all acts of hostility
against the laws of thn lnnrl. I
ever corrupt.
Strange is the new doctrine, and
mil 01 treason, that all human law?
may be treated as null and void,
which do not accord with the divine
law. To disobey is always our pri
vilege, though it might cost us our
life, it obedience of the civil law,
would involve direct disobedience
of God ; and still any act of violence
against civil authority, is prohibited
by the divine rule : nor will the plea
of good aims and good intentions
help a treasonable action of any dc-
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M-npimii. 1 1'orciorc, 11 iur
vitt(touschisown language) would
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a- 1
push the pirates off the slaves with
cold steel," let none enrol them
selves under his banners.
Q. What may he regarded as Mr.
Leavitt's meaning in advocating the
right of the general government to
abolish slavery by the sword ?
I. Mr. Leav itt must he supposed
to be well informed that it does not
belong to the general government
to abolish slavery, either with or
without the sword. As our rulers
are appointed to act under the con
stitution, the crime in them, of mak
ing insurrection against the rights
of the people, would be in propor
tion to the confidence reposed in
mem. ine man who would move
the general government to take up
the sword against the constitution
and the rights of the people, should
receive the rebuke he merits : for,
if he has in his mind a powerful
mob, while he talks of the general
government, he is of a fearful spirit,
and his influence nc less fearful.
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ii.uiey 01 Cincinnati nas very
Properly discarded this treasonable
doctrine; and ifweareto interpret
the silence of the liberty party iu re
gard to the sentiments of M"r. Lea
vitt (Mr. Bailey excepted) as an ap
proval, we may not boast of livin"
in an age of sober reason.
Q. Since only slave-holders, or
three-fourths of the states can abol
ish slavery, are not the efforts of a
political anti-slavery party at the
north useless ?
There is now a majority of
slave-holding states. These could
much more readily ho persuaded to
abolish slavery, each state by itself,
and in its own way, than by nny
joint action for an amendment of
the constitution j but the liberty par
ty cannot claim to have adopted
measures, calculated to soften and
persuade slaveholders. Nor is the
anticipation reasonable, that the
non-slaveholding states will gener-
of remuneration popular.
Moreover, were their president
now in the chair of state, his hands
would be lied by the national -compact,
in support of American slavery.
Q. Should not the north, therefore,
resort to the power of persuasion?
. The whole of the duty of the
north lies in persuading the south to
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upon the'slaves. Let all who have
friends in the slavcholding states, en
treat them, with all tenderness, to
use every effort for the termination
of this evil in their respective states,
To employ persuasion in the kindest
forms is the imperious duty of the
entire noilli
Let such as arc styled pro-slavery,
repel the chartrc of doin" notion"
together, in the happy fruits of free
uom ami equal rights.
But may heaven's mercy forbid,
that ministers of the gospel should
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litical parties, their mouths bein"-
filled with invectives to gain this or
any other object in the universe.
Christ has said, "my kingdom is
not of this world ;" and may his
ministers return from all political
contests, to their appropriate work,
that the holiness of the gospel may
pervade the sources of political
power, and slavery "disappear under
Messiah's reign.
Should any be pleased to denom
inate the above sentiments pro-sla
very, they may possibly prefer the
same charges against the criptures
01 ctvine. truui
Dover, (III.) Oct. 5, IS 15.
Prom Alarst'in, or Memoir nf a Ntatuiwiun, in
UUikwuuil'n .Mugu.ine,
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it-., una iiiuu Ul IlilllUilitl UUH'IU
was the most splendid period of the
court. With ti n .Inubln ,..,mo nf!
recovering his popularity, and con
cealing his negotiations, Paul plun
ged into the most extraordinary fes
tivity. Balls, masquerades, and fetes
succeeded each other with restless
extravagance. But the contrast of
the saturnine Emperor with the sud
den change of his court was too
powerful. It bore the look of des
peration ; though for what purpose,!
was still a mystery to the million.
I heard many a whisper among the
diplomatic circle, that this whirl of
life, this hot and fierce dissipation,
was, in all Russian reigns, the. sure
precursor of a catastrophe ; though
none could yet venture to predict
its nature. It was like the furious
and frenzied indulgence of a crew
in a condemned ship, brcakincr un
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1 10 c"cst: U1.ul of liquors, in
the conviction that nnnr wnnlil sur
vive the voyage. Even I, with all
my English disregard of the specu
lative frivolities 'which to the for
eigner are substance and facts, was
startled by the increasing glare of
those hurried and feverish festivi
ties. More than once, as I entered
the imperil saloon, crowded with the
civil and military uniforms of every
court of Europe, and exhibiting at
once European taste and Asiatic
magnificence, I could scarcely sui
press the feeling that I was only en-
turinir I 10 liwist ctntrtl. r.C It.
where, with all the temporary glit
ter of the stage, the sounds of the or
chestra, and the passion and poetry
of the characters the fifth act was
preparing, and the curtain was to
fall on tlits death of nobles and kings.
The impression that evil was to
come, already seemed to be univer
sal. Humors of popular conspiracy,
fresh discoveries by the police, ami
new talcs of imperal eccentricity,
kept the public mind in constant fit
fulness. At length I received the
formal communication of a "chal
lenge" from the Czar to my sover
eign, along with all the o her crown
ed heads of Europe, to meet him in
a chajip-clus, and, swords iu hand,
decide the quarrels of nations. With
this dispatch came an invitation for
the whole diplomatic body to a mas
querade ! in which all were com
manded to appear as knights, in ar
mor the Czar, as grandmaster of
the Urder ol Malta, exhibiting him
self in the panoply in which ho was
to settle tho disputes of mankind.
Perplexities like those form a large
share of the trials of the foreign am
bassador. To attend the fete was
embarrassing; but to decline the in
vitation would have been equivalent
to demanding my pass ports. And
I must acknowledge, that if the eye
was to be gratified by the most su
purh and the most curious of all dis
plays, never was there an occasion
more fitted for its indulgence. All
tha armories of Europe, and of Asia.
seemed to have been searched for
the arms and ornaments of this as
sembly. The Kremlin had given up
its barbaric shield and caps of
bronze ; the plate-mail of the Crusa
der; the goldinlaid morions and cui
rasses of France; the silver chain
mail of the Circassian ; the steel
corslet of the German chivalry; and
a whole host of the various and rich
equipments of the Greek, the Hun
garian, the Morcsco, and the Turk
omen made the Winter palade a
blaze of knighthood.
Yet, to me, after the first excite
ment, the whole conveyed a deep
impression of melancholly. It irre
sistibly reminded me of the last cer
emonial of dead sovereigns, the
'Chapello Ardentc." Even the cur
tains which fell round the throne,
fringed with jewels ar they were, to
me looked funeral. The immense
golden candclabras were to me the
lights round a bier. I almost imag
ined that I could sec the sword arid
sceptre laid across the coffin, and all
of the lords of Empire that remain
ed, a corpse within.
I was roused from my reluctant
reverie by the approach of a "roup
of masks, who came dancing towards
the recess where I had retired, wea
ried with the general noise, and the
exhaustion of the fete. One of the
casements opened into the famous
Conservatory ; and I was enjoying
the scents of the thousand flowers
and shrubs of, perhaps, the finest
collection in the world. But, in the
shade, the group had evidently over
looked me ; for they began to speak
of matters which they could not have
designed for a stranger's car. The
conduct of the Czar, the wrongs of
Ivussia, and the "necessity of coming
to a decision," were the tonics'
Suddenly, as if to avert suspicion,
one of the group struck up a popu
r. I .'ill llwi ill 4 1. ......
.in uii mi, utiiu Liu cu-sirinoi'i
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lllltit n 1111 11 UIIUH3 IMC itussian
crowd into such extacics : and thev
i 1
began a dance, accompanying it with
a murmuring chorus, which soon
convinced 111c of the dangerous
iie.giiuumuuu 11110 wnicil 1 Had a .
1 ml 11 ...
lc"' The w ords became well known
crwarus. No language excel the
Russian in energy; but'l must give
them in the weakness of a transla
tion. The pvj mnv nih
. To iu I'.itiiilH'ii iiguin I
"Il:o bill of a bird
Lake l.n.lnKa limy ilniin;
The Masl truui llir mlt;
May be licM in a chain ;
Hut the tv nf a .ution
Wim never in vain.
When the bncn of our chiefs
Fill Ihf wolf and the kite;
When the "jimr nf utir riuadrnns
Are bliimlv with bright ;
W In n tin- Ulai'li Ciiyle't banner
I" turn ( urn ju height ;
Then, iliiik brnrt d dreamer
Jicwuro f Uiu night !
I bear in the darkness
The trend nf the b ilil ;
Tiny nlni nut fur iron
They k:i' not fir m'ld;
Iut the lvord haa an rde
Anil the .vrarl I an a fold,
l'mutl muster nf millini a.
Thy tale ban been told !
Now the chamber arc hnn'i'd.
And the hlrani;eri are guiie,
And the tire 13 no nire,
And the son i no fton.
And t! lihliiht of I'arlh
.Sleejui forever nl.ine,
'J'liu worm for hi brother,
The clay fur hi home !
My conviction was complete,
when in the whirl of the dance, a
small roll of paper dropped from the
robe of one of the maskers, and fell
at my feet. In taking it up tore-
turn it to him, I saw that it was a
list of names, and, nt the head,
name which, from private informa
tion, I knew to be involved in dark
political purposes. Tho thought
Hashed across ino, in connection
with the chorus which I had jhst
heard, that the paper was of too
much importance to be suffered to
leave my possession. The life of
the sovereign might be involved.
The group, who had been evidently
startled by my sudden appearance
among them, now surrounded ine,
and the loser of the paper insisted
on its surrender. The violence of
his demand only confirmed my reso
lution. He grew more agitated still,
and the group seized me. I laid my
hands upon my sword. This meas
ure stopped them for the moment.
Hut in the next, I saw a knife bran
dished in the air, and felt myself
1 1 r j 1 ..
wouiuieu in tne tirm. iUy attempt
to grasp the weapon had alone sav
ed me from its being buried in my
heart, but the fracas now attrac
ted notice ; a crowd rushed towards
us, and the group, suddenly scatter
ed away, leaving mc in possession
of tho paper. My wound bled, and
1 leu taint, and desired to be led in
to tho open air. My mask was ta
ken off; and this was scarcely done.
when I heard iny name pronounced,
and saw the welcome countenance
of my friend Guiscard by my side,
lie had arrived but on that day, on
a mission from his court; had, with
his usual eagerness of friendship,
gone to inquire for me at the hotel
of the embassy; ami thus followed
me to the fete at the critical time.
As he supported me to my equi
page, I communicated the circum
stance of the rencontre to his clear
head and generous heart, and be
fully agreed with mo on the duty of
instantly apprising the Czar of his
probable danger. As I was unable
to move, through pain and feeble
ness, he offered to take the rdl with
him, and demand an interview with
the sovereign himself, if possible ;
or, if not, with the governor of the
palace. The paper contained not
only names of individuals, all, long
before, objects of public suspicion,
but a sketch of the imperial apart
ments, and, at the bottom, the words
"three hours after midnight." .1
looked at my watch, it was already
half-past two. This might or might
not be the appointed night for this
dreadful business ; but if it were
there was but one half-hour between
the throne and the crave. Guiscard
hurried off leaving ine in the deep
est anxiety, but promising to return
as speedily as in his power. But he
came not. My anxiety crrcw intol-
erable ; hour after hour passed away, j with crimson cushions and rich
while I reckoned minute after min- brusscls carpeting,
utc, as if they were so much drained It was not yet time for the nfter
from my own existence. Even if I1 noon service "to commence, but the
had been able to move, it was im- congregation had commenced lo as
possible to know where to follow 'semble. I took a position at the
him. His steps might have been 'door among a croud of devotees
watched. Doubtless the conspira-' who we're waiting there for the ar
tors were on the alert to prevent any ' rival of the minister. I was amazed
approach to the palace, lie might ' at first to see the little throng in
have fallen by the pistol of some of constant motion twirling and tvv ist
thosc men, who had not scrupled to ling about, in what I thought a ra
conspire against their monarch. J ther heathen-like manner more af
The most miserable of nights at ter the fashion of a troop of dancing
length wore away; but was only to dervishes than a christian assembly.
be succeeded by the most fearful of j The mystery was soon explained,
mornings. The career of Paul was for scarcely had I taken my stand,
closed! On the entrance of the j when my face and hands were cov
chamberlains into his sleeping apart- ered with colonies of musquitoes,
ment, the unhappy Czar was found which bcjan to eat mc un alive in a
de ad. There could be no doubtl
that ho had perished by treason. !
Ho was strangled. The intelligence lion lo interrupt their sanguinary op
no sooner spread through the capi-j orations.
tai, man it produced a burst ol na-
tional sorrow.- All his errors were
... . , . ,
rgottcn. All his good qualities .
were remembered.
But vvherc wasinygalhy.tand
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'l'n j
I heard nothing.
Another week of suspense, and he
appeared. His history was of the factory cotton, as it commonly call
most singular kind. On the night jd, arc such penetrable stuff, that
when I had last seen him, he had j the musquitoes never consider them
maue his way through all obstacles, j as any obstacle to the gratification
into the palace, and been promised j0f tiejr appetites for blood. Hence
a Milium inicmov wuil Hie. lZar.
But while he urged that no time
should be lost, he had suihcicnt proof
tiuit there could be no chance for an
interview. A succession of apolo
gies was made : "the Czar was at
supper" "he was engaged with the
minister" "he had gone to rest."
In total hopelessness of communica
ting his pressing intelligence in per
son, he at length consented to seal
the roll, ami place it in the hands of j
one of the officers of rank in lho
1 c, I. . .i .r i-
household. iSut that officers himself;
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uus iiiiiuuuiuiciy nosiroycu ; anu tne
nearer was considered too danger
ous to be sent back. lie was put
under arrest in an apartment of the
palace, and told that his life depend
ed upon his silence. He urged his
diplomatic character iu vain. The
only answer was tho sword of the
conspirator turned to his throat.
But within the week the revolution
was complete, and he was set at lib
city. A new monarch, a new gov
ernment, a new feeling followed this
dangerous act. But the character
of the young monarch was made to
be popular; the reign of caprice
was at an end. The empire felt re
lieved ; and Russia began the most
glorious period of her national his
tory. 1 . . 1 1 . .
l.OVl: , l Ml 'Mil' I TOV.H.
Almost every body who can feel
anything has felt, ;,t some time or!
another, the pagns of love, so it is j
scarcely necessary at present, to tell
what those panes are. esncciallv ns
the inexperienced iu these matters,
il there he any such over twelve
years of age, tiro furnished with ad
mirable descriptions in almost every
uook, pampiiiet, and newspaper,
that comes to hand. I suppose the
public to be almost equally well in
formed with respect to tho anguish
of musquito bites, for theso afflic
tions are as .universally felt, thoutrh
certainly not as well' described as
theother. It is not my intention
just now, to speculate on tho com
parative amount of distress occa
sioned by the darts of Cupid, and
the stings of those other little whin
ed tormentors, but I have been fa
miliarised with both kinds of misery,
and have passed days and nights of
agony, sometimes under one afllilc
tion and rome times under the other;
I believe, except in one instance,
was I subject to both calamities nt
once. The remembrance of that
combination of tortures ever, even
now, causes a thrill and shudder
through my whole frame.
I was traveling on the eastern
shore of Maryland a district re
nouned for female beauty and insect
voracity and on a certain Sabbath
afternoon, in the month of July, I
arrived at a diminutive village, on
the shores of a stream called the Po
comoke, which seems to mc to be
an earthly duplicate of the river
Styx ; being dark, sluggish and tort
uous, and swarming with musriui-
toes as the infernal flood was said!
to swarm with spectres. Every vil-
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iagc uereauoui, However small, nas
its church or meeting house ; gener
ally a neat white wooden tabernacle
of extremely moderate size, with a
pulpit at one end and a singing gal
lery at the other; the intermediate
space being furnished with pine
benches, never painted and some
times scarcely planed. Altogether
these temples would not be to the
taste of those christians who formal
ly renounce the pomps and vanities
of this world, while seated comfor
tably in handsome pews, decorated
way thatshowed mc the expediency
of keenincr un some muscular mo.
Most of my neighbors were sadly
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iiiiijimiiuhi ituu uiiiinni; iwiuiil iu
rr0l , ati
neks of flio nmll itudin.
In,:tf,, if i- n... r.i..v .
ex-Uhosc parts fothe ladies and gen-
iViiion to wen r clini-s nnrl c(nrI. ino-c
in warm weather, and their Gar
ments being made of homespun, or
wlmt. is snii nf I in ITnifoH slifnd in
lcncral, may be said of the people of
this region in particular "there is
no such thing a3 standing still;"
there must be motion of some kind,
progressive, saltatory, rotary, or
By and by the ladies began to ar
rive ; they were dressed in domes
tic plaid ; hut some who were par-
T T v , '
lkcd on in calicoes of the Rayc.t
colors. These were the belles o
, M i , rr,,
the neighborhood. They wore
or chip hats, decorated in ex
trcme cases, with gaudy ribbons and
feathers of all indigenous kinds that
forest or farm-yard can supply j the
plumage of tho peacock, guinea-
fowl, pheasant, and rooster being
most conspicuous. The feet in all
cases were uncovered. Never did
I see such a delightful example of
loveliness unadorned, as those shoe
less and stockingless little feet ex
hibited. Commonly the foot unused
to cotton and kid-skin bondage, ex
pands rather much to suit our ideas
offemcninc delicacy, but with tin
eastern shorn rnrla it ia nnt en - tlm
soil is soft and samlv. nn.l vi..lilin!"l as l lvvtin 11 s"'ord in " scab
j ' j .- 1
gently to the feet it neither indu-i
rates nor enlarges them. Some of
those feet and ancles (pardon me
reader for dwelling fondly on the
rimimnrmfn u-pin iiuliwl nf ito
musr floannt nnltrrn. nnrl ilw, ,,f
one young lady especially concon -
trated all my powers of observation.
She had tho most divine pair of lit-
tie trotters, that youthful poet ever
fancied when he loved, and I have
a strong persuasion that n handsome
foot, is, with a young man of pocti -
cal temperament, the most indispen
sable of all female qualifications.
1 he young Judy in question was
neatly, not ostentatiously dressed ;
her frock was rather two short, as
many might have suggested, but to
me no such objection occurred at
tho time Never was there a more
exquisito face or a more faultless
figure Eve's nbt excepted. She
was female perfection unshod un
alloyed loveliness in cross-barred
factory cotton. "
As soon os tho service was over,
I stood sentinel at the door.to have,
at least, unother fuir view of this
eastern shore Helen ; but, before I
relate what followed, it will be ne
cessary to state some particularities
in the manners and cust' ins of the
neighborhood win. re the events hero
related, took place. Being remote
from all the corrupting influence of
city life the people are incredibly
nnoccnt, and unsuspicious of course.
Every stronger is considered a de
cent fellow until he proves himself
otherwise ; 'whereas, in places vv hero
human natu;e is better understood,
it is the shrewder and safer practice
to hold every unknown indiv idual as
a rascal until he gives some evidence
to the contrary. But taking it for
granted that every traveler who
comes nmr.iig them is as virtuous
and respectable as a knight arrant,
the inhabitants of this district do not
stand on the ccrtimmv of an intro-
.1 1 1 i- V . 1 1 '
unction ; mm so lar irom unnking
it rudeness or impudence for a man
to make himself acquainted in the
speediest way, that is, by introduc
ing himself, they look on this course
as the bight of good breeding. Fa
miliar with these local purticulari- ,
tics, I made no scruple of offering
my attendance lo the young lady
who had fascinated, mc and was
graciously accepted and entertained ;
by her iu the capacity of a beau.
In the course of five minutes, while,
gallanting her homewards, I was ac
quainted with two particulars, viz :
that her name was Charity, and that
she resided at a place called P.Ius-,
qucto Cove about two miles distant.
Her own name delighted me, espe
cially as it seemed to express the
kindness of her disposition ; but tho
title affixed to her place of residence ,
filled me with u multitude of gloomy
forebodings. I had heard frightful
accounts of that same Musquito
Cove from various travelers. It is
a jdacc of great etomological cele
brity. As wc proceeded, both classes of
sensations, the amatory and the cu
taneous, or the scarification of my
hei:rt and that of my skin became
more distressing. I'o.-sibly the in
ternal inflamation would have reach
ed a dangerous eiisis, but for the
pleLotomi.iiig operations of the '
musquitoes, and the counter irrita
tion they produced, which tended
to draw much ofth': heat to the sur
face. By tho v. :y. this will furnisl1
an agreeable hint Xt,r seme of those
young ladies aiul'rentlei.ien who im-
t itgino that there, s no cure for love
besides matrimony or a rope. Tho
incidents just narrated give us rea
son to he'.c ive that .a proper vesicu
lation of the cuticle, or outer skin,
by exposure lo a few thousand rav
enous musquitoes, (or iu case this
be not convenient, extensive blis- .
ters of Spanish flies or cataplasms of
ground mustard or cayenne pepper
may be substituted,) would be found
vastly beneficial in cases of love, as -well
as in other inward fevers. But
thi.i is a speculation that may be left ,
to the doctors of medicine ; if des- ,
pite their usual obstinacy, they will
attend to a sensable suggestion
from one who does not belong to
their fraternity.
But to return. I never had much
faith in love at first sight; but when
in particular circumstances, wo
happen to see more of the amiable
object at the first interview, than in
ordinary eases, we could discover
in a year that there may be such a .
thing as extemporaneous love. Be
sides, reader, to make my story per- t
fectly intelligible and ciedible,. I ;
was very young at the date of these .
adventures, and the sight of ten ;
lovely female toes was a novelty
that was likely enough to take my t
discretion prisoner. Some simple
poet has said that "The very shoe '
has povvor to wound ;" but as to tho i
efficacy of the weapon, there seems '
to mo to bo as much difference be-: t
tween a foot in a shoe and a foot un-
bard and a sword unsheathed. As
my heart and liver (the organs
which love is supposed lo attack
most especially,) became more nnd
more infu.med. it seemed that the
insects, J1S if resolved not tO be Ollt
, (1o"e' CVPn 0 ',n,S"ly ,ovo
1 lnmsi-H, assailed my outward man
j " m(,rc ucfpcrute violence.
' " J onoer, said my enslaver,
; pointing to a still, misty expanse of
j water, "yonder is Musquito Cove,.
j and that is my dwelling, snowing
mc a neat wuitc cottage in ieariui ,
proximity to the said expanse of wa- ,
Fixing my eyes on the Cove, I
saw a dark cloud fitfully moving!"
over the surface of the quiescent ;
liquid. It was a cloud of animated
existence 1 cloud of musquitoes.!
Horror I Scarcely ten yards of (
earth separated the abode of iriy"
new beloved from those waters
which to me seemed more gloom '
and terrillic than the asplmltic gull 5"
for the latter destroyes the winged .
nuisances of the air, while the other
breeds Hu m. Is it possible, thought

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