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tration of mind and a decision of character far beyond | Oh tempora ! Oh mores! Oh nature ! how art thou outmy years. The weak and ridiculous points of aunt raged! when not even a dog can walk in his own bona Rachel's character afforded me infinite amusement, and fide person, but is so bedizened and transformed by gave rise to many ingenious tricks of annoyance. folly, as to make it doubtful whether he be a canine Though already rather passée, she assumed all the airs brute, or an evil spirit. I tell thee, child, if it were not of girlhood, and her vanity was flattered by the very for those blue eyes, and that arch smile, which make it persons who elicited, and then ridiculed her folly. She doubtful whether Venus or Minerva presided at thy wished to be thought altogether exclusive in her prefer- birth, I would abjure the sex.” ence of everything British, and her utter abhorrence of These incidents will give you some idea of the pecu. American manufacture. This extended to even the liarities of my maternal relatives, Sir John and his sissmallest articles of comfort or traffic, and was a con- ter. I was not neglected by my uncle Marion : he frestant vexation to my amor patriæ. I remember one quently called to see me, and to direct my education, occasion, in which I felt a good deal of exultation, in which was conducted under the best teachers in the seeing this spirit of haughty predominance checked in a city-so that by the time I had attained my fifteenth ludierous manner. The excellence of various wines year, I was said to have arrived at great proficiency in was debated at table, and Sir John, having extolled the accomplishments of the day, to which were added the cup, in his usual classic vein, from the time of in set form, the graces, as practised by my maiden aunt. Ganymede to the present, my maiden aunt took occa- A great change was now to come over my future sion to express her surprise, that the culture of the prospects. The disastrous fall of Savannah, was soon grape had hitherto been neglected in England, when it followed by the capture of Charleston. This seemed to was so evident that in the manufacture of wines, as in prepare the way for the subjugation of the whole southeverything else, they might excel every other nation. ern country, and it was only a few bold spirits who "Only think,” she continued, “of the perfection to dared to think of resistance. Marion was one of them. which the single matter of snuff-making has been car. Joining several other zealous patriots, they travelled ried. Positively, nothing would tempt me to take a northward, beating up for recruits to oppose the enemy. pinch of that article, which had not the signature of But while our heroes were mourning over the state of 'Fintalaton Cushaw, snuff-maker to his sacred ma- things, and some of them gone to petition assistance jesty.' Have you a box at hand, Colonel ?” she said, from the sister states, our city was invested by the Briaddressing a British officer next her.
tish army, and converted into the theatre of fashion and “No ma'am,” he replied, with a sarcastic smile, “I gaiety. The whig officers, nearly all prisoners of war, have given up the use of it since poor Cushaw was were sent out of the town, to the prison ships, or to St. hung."
Augustine, while the British officers, now masters of «Hung!" shrieked aunt Rachel.
the surrounding country, spared no expense in the “Yes, by one act of disloyalty he lost his office, and splendor and luxury of their entertainments. The loy. his life ; he suffered under the game law, poor fellow; alists, of which there were numbers in the place, joined he was suspected of shooting deer in Windsor forest.” in these festivities; but the noble feelings of the whig
“To be sure !” exclaimed she, affecting the sublime, ladies, revolted at this degradation, and even foreign show inflexible is justice in England !"
splendor and arrogance were often obliged to cower Sir John was a loyalist, more from habit and affection beneath the frown of indignant beauty. I do not mean than principle. The fountains of ancient lore, the lo include all the British officers in the charge of prePyrean springs of Oxford and Cambridge, were in old sumption; there were some noble exceptions—some England--a galaxy of ancient authors adorned her lite- gentlemen of feeling and delicacy, who would have rary horizon ; his heart throbbed with joy in claiming spurned the idea of wounding the national pride of even citizenship with them. The old gentleman would some- a lady. Among these, several visited at Sir John's; times unbend from his stern mood, and indulge his for aunt Rachel literally worshipped whoever wore the natural turn for witty conceits and satirical innuendo. trappings of loyalty, and Sir John allowed all to enjoy These he bestowed lavishly on aunt Rachel, whose the hospitalities of his mansion, who did not cross bis outrè decorations and fantastic manners afforded too prejudices or opinions; but he was pre-eminently a man good a mark to be missed ; but me he encouraged to of peace, at war with whatever interrupted the pure speak with all the artless freedom of childhood, without stream of Helicon. I was the only discordant string in censure or rebuke. I often fled from the starched for the general harmony; I did not disguise my sentiments, mality of female domination, to the library, where I which were warmly enlisted on the side of my oppressed was always welcomed by a smile from the old antiqua- country, and my earnestness in the cause gained me the ry, whose harshest words were, “Have you come title of the little rebel. Aunt Rachel endeavored to again, my blue eyed maid, to spread confusion in the satirize my fervor, by throwing contempt on the military ranks,” looking at his books overthrown by my heed resources of the rebels; while Sir John, teazed with an less movements. “But I suppose it must be so-your argument which ran not in his own vein, would ex: sex have ruled the world, from the time that Juno claim-"Child, child, your head is turned with that raised a din about old Jupiter's ears, to the present. phantom-honor. What saith that prince of poets, the But where is that thing compounded of pomatum, ingenious Cowley, addressing this illusion of the brain : starch and loyalty, that you are so soon let off from the
"Noisy nothing, stalking shade, attitudes ?"
By what witchcraft wert thou made, “Puff, do you mean, uncle ? He is lying in Mr. Po.
Empty cause of solid harms?' sey's lap, who is fanning aunt Rachel."
And then again, how admirably he changes the meta“Not the dog, child, but the woman, I alluded to- phor:
Should I fame's trumpet hear,
a tear, “would both be content to relinquish any honors *I'd march the muses' Hannibal.” »
in your gift, Capt. Dawkins.” And striding in dramatic style, he would disappear be- Certainly ma'am, certainly I wouldn't wish to hind the curtains of his library.
He was interrupted by Colonel Webster "Forgive I said there were some generous and noble sons of me, Miss Marion, nothing was farther from my thoughts Britain engaged in this direful contest ; but entering as than offering the slightest injury to your feelings. I I did into the warmest feelings of the whig party, I would die sooner; but I had imagined that our acquaintregarded with prejudice, amounting to aversion, every ance, our friendship, may I say, if it is not too late, one who espoused the other side. Such was the cold would have allowed an innocent jest. But I see that and haughty spirit with which I first met Col. Webster. I have offended you, and wounded those sensibilities I had heard of bis noble bearing and courage in the which though the charm of your sex, are too delicate to field, and thinking of him as one of my country's be appreciated as they deserve by ours.” dreaded foes, I saw him with the flush of resentment on Before he was done speaking, I felt the impropriety my cheek. I shall never forget the moment, for it was of my resentment; and, covered with confusion, hid one of complete triumph on his part-the triumph of my face in my handkerchief, while tears of unaffected the calm and generous feelings of our nature, over the remorse flowed down my cheeks. Capt. Dawkins had proud and vindictive. Instead of the arrogant victor, retreated at the first flash of my temper I suppose, for I beheld a countenance full of benignity and grace, when I had gained sufficient courage to look up, I found accompanied with a courtesy of manner so sincere, that myself alone with Col. Webster. I was attempting to eren my disdain was softened, and I was compelled to apologize for my conduct, when he seized my hand, and regard him, though a British officer, as a gentleman of pressing it to his lips, said, “Let us both forget what worth and feeling. That he did not ever afterwards has just passed, or remember it only as the time when view me as a supercilious and narrow-minded being, is a mutual fault and mutual forgiveness cemented the a proof of his amiable and forgiving disposition. Soon bonds of a friendship as enduring as life.” after our introduction, I expressed my sentiments with I could only reply, “Your generosity is heaping coals out the least reserve, and expected to meet fully as of fire on my head; I had much rather you should remuch warmth on the side of loyalty. On the con- sent, even defy my unpardonable petulance.” trary, he spoke with deep sympathy of the evils of war, “Who could fail to admire that ardor of disposition and lamented that the spirit of discord and hatred that knows no cold medium ? and how happy must he should be kindled between kindred nations, whose sons be, who wins the first place in such a heart, too proud were born to be brethren by blood and friendship ; "and to stoop, too noble to disguise--100 true even to deWhile this,” he smiling said, (touching the bright steel ceive, and may I not add, too generous not to forgive ?" that hung at his side,) “forbids me to say that my “Add whatever is necessary to complete the clinax, king's rebellious subjects have justice on their side, I and make me perfect, however foreign to the truth." sincerely wish them a happy issue out of this disas- “Then let me utter what my heart has long confessed, trous contest."
that there is an irresistible charm around you, and that Not long afterwards, the king's birthday was to be by those bright pearls which strive vainly to dim the celebrated in Charleston, with great pomp. I sup- sweet azure of your eyes, I do confess its power over pose the design was to charm the loyalists, and daz- this heart of mine." zle the whigs, by this pageant. Aunt Rachel was more “Who would ever suspect Col. Webster of speaking than a month busily engaged in rearing a triple crown nonsense to a girl of sixteen, and she too a rebel, and with which to decorate her temples on the occasion. I the niece of the arch-rebel, Marion ?” I said, endeavoring orld not help being amused at her folly, while I des- to turn what he had said into jest. pised the spirit she evinced in the affair. Having com. “My dear Miss Marion, the heart seeks not its conpleted the head-dress, the ultimatum of her wishes was quests in the battle field, but in the bower of love. to surmount it with some loyal device. She first ap- However, you speak truly; it is nonsense for a soldier, plied to Col. Webster to confer the honor, but he, cast- an adventurer whose life hangs on the fortunes of war, ing a furtive glance at me, declared there were so many to aspire to the smiles of beauty, or the return of affecrebels among the ladies of Charleston, that he feared tion. Accident has betrayed me into the confession of not only the crown, but the wearer, would be torn to a passion which I have vainly striven to smother in my pieces, if it appeared at the ball. Nothing daunted, she own bosom, until a more propitious hour should arrivetarned to Capt. Dawkins, who after much circumlocu- a time when even Constance Marion might hear with tion, produced what he called a lion rampant trampling honor the fervent expressions of my love." the eagle. She was charmed with the execution, and “The time will come,” I replied, “when Col. Webwalked off in triumph, while Col. Webster and myself ster will find what he so richly deserves, a heart as were nearly choked with laughter at the ridiculous ef- warm and true as his own, which will respond to those feet. To conceal his diversion from the company, he feelings which it is impossible I ever canturned to me and asked, if I was waiting to see the eagle Here I was relieved from the embarrassment of fintriumphant before I engaged the services of Capt. Dawishing the sentence, by the fortunate return of aunt kins in the same line. In a moment I experienced a Rachel with the tiara on her head. I hoped to escape complete revolution of feeling, and my cheeks burned observation, and retreated behind her, not without her with resentment, to be put in comparison with such a remarking as I passed, that my cheeks were this evencompound of folly and presumption, but worst of all, to ing what she should call “ vulgarly red.” I made no hare the true American eagle so vilified and degraded. reply, or even looked up, until I reached my chamber,
* The eagle and myself," I replied, trying to suppress where I threw myself down, heartily vexed with my.
self for having forced Col. Webster to the declaration | never met Heyward afterwards without shrinking. of a passion in which I could feel no interest, except From this time he practised less freedom, but more that of being the cause of unhappiness to a mind so assiduity, to make himself agreeable. I tried to connoble and disinterested. I had never thought of love duct myself so as to keep up the appearance of friendas associated with Col. Webster, though his society ship, while I kept as little of Heyward's company as afforded a feast of the highest intellectual entertainment, possible in the position I then occupied. Kate Sweeney which fascinated my mental taste, yet it moved not the was my only confidential friend; to her I communicated spell which, long ere I saw him, had been spun around the disagreeable circumstances in which I was placed my youthful heart and fancy.
obliged to bear the attentions of a man whose prinThe grand birthnight ball passed, and none of the ciples and manners I began to detest. She prudently whig ladies attended. I heard, through my aunt's gos- advised me not to irritate the passions of one who, she sip, that Col. Webster, though the "observed of all believed, would revenge, if it were possible, every observers," was not in his element, and retired early. slight offered him. She then told me that Sweeney had From this time his calls were less frequent, and his heard from Gen. Marion, who had joined the northern manner towards me reserved, and almost cold. army coming to the assistance of their southern bre
I have dwelt thus long on the conduct of Col. Web-thren, and that they were marching to the defence of ster towards me, to contrast it with that of another Georgetown. person, who was destined to be the persecutor and bane “This is too good news to be true," I exclaimed. of my life. This was Thomas Heyward, the only son “My uncle Marion, from whom I have not heard for of Sir John-who being sated with the pleasures of six months, coming with an army to deliver me from a foreign courts, returned to America ; and obtaining a thraldom worse than death! I am transported, Kate, commission in the British army, sought excitement in at the very thought. I will seek his protection, even in the stirring scenes of a camp. His conversation was the embattled field.” brilliant and entertaining, though interlarded with too “Not so fast, my little mistress; he'll do his bestmuch of the court slang; but making due allowance but God only knows, whether our little handful of men for the fashionable extravagance of the continent, the can prevail against these dare devils, helped on as they gallantry of his manners might pass for the height of are by the tories. Bless you, child, Sweeney was off bon ton. His knowledge of the world, and insight into as soon as he got wind of it. I think as how the Genecharacter, amused me; and attributing the freedom of ral has work for him; but you know he's no blabhis deportment to his having mixed much with the tongue-so I never says a word, because I know he's world, I gave him credit for that artlessness and sin- doing his best for the General and the country, for a cerity in his intentions, which experience had not yet poor man as he is. He'll likely be home in a day or caught me to suspect. I pitied him too, for it was evi- two, and then I'll step round and bring you down to dent his society was the aversion of both Sir John and see him." aunt Rachel-so that I was his only refuge in the “Mammy, a thought has struck me, that under family, and regarded him, perhaps on that account, with Sweeney's protection, I might reach my uncle's quara more favorable eye. While awaiting his commission, ters. I do not believe the soldiery would molest me; he mixed in the gaieties of the city, and was the beau indeed nothing could terrify me more than the thought ideal of the loyalist ladies. He affected perfect indif- of being in Heyward's power.” ference towards the flattering tokens with which his “God send you, my sweet mistress, speedy help; presence was greeted in the halls of beauty and fes- but don't be too rash: your uncle an't ignorant of the tivity; and declared, on returning from these gay re- snare set for you, and he'll consider of the matter, and sorts, that simplicity was now his beau ideal of all that I'm pretty sure, send some word by Sweeney. He has was lovely in woman; and this he would say in a enough friends in the country to take care of you and way to make me suppose he was contrasting my man- keep you out of harm's way, if he does but speak the ners with the heartless beings, whose life was spent in word, and so Sweeney said when I was a grieving over weaving attractions for the other sex. I remember your situation.” the first time I believed Heyward in earnest in the "Well, mammy, your words have both reason and flattering expressions he used towards me. We were comfort ; would that I could listen to them longer-but looking at some prints, in which love and pleasure are the evening shadows warn me to my prison again.” represented under the same figure.
"Not with that tear in your eye, sweet one ; I will “I once wooed them as the same,” he said, “but now go with you, if you will dash away that drop, that I feel the deception. Do you know why, Constance ?” almost makes one come into my own, and think only “No, I cannot imagine."
of the pleasure in store for you, when you have the His glance was directed as if to search my inmost free country to bound over, and all the General's men soul; even that impassioned look did not reveal to me to do you reverence. I'll tell you there's one of them the secret, until pressing my hand, he exclaimed: an't forgot the blue eyes that shone on him that even
“I had not then seen love and innocence combined in ing he met you and Miss Edith stroaming out on the my own dear cousin."
sands. Ah! I see that tell-tale blush; so you remem“Oh! hush, Heyward,” I replied, "I have never ber it too, do you?" listened to the voice of flattery, and never will,” tearing “Ah! mammy!" I replied with emotion, “it was away and running up stairs.
only past happiness returning for a moment that brightI felt a chill of horror come over me, at the idea of ened my cheek.” At the instant, I was carried back to being loved by him, that almost petrified me. It was other days, when hope scattered her roses in my path, an undefinable feeling, which seemed to forbode evil. Il “But, as you say, I will think of the future, and hope it may be as bright as your love for me would picture Charleston and come to me at my quarters, near
Georgetown. I confide you to the care and safe conA fortnight elapsed, and still Sweeney did not return. duct of Sweeney, who understands, better than any I began to fear that in some fatal encounter he had one else, eluding the enemy. He and Kate will accomfallen. I felt lonely and desolate, and the wanness of pany you to our lines, where I will await you. I rejoice my soul was painted on my countenance. Col. Web- to hear that you spurned a man who is notorious for ster came-he had not called for sometime. He asked his gallantry ; you will soon be freed from his presence, for me; and though I was too unhappy to enjoy society, and the embarrassing situation in which you are placed. I could not slight a friend such as he was, so I con. I am retreating towards the Pedee, where we hope to strained my feelings and went down. After a few lie covertly secure from the enemy, and ready to seize minutes' conversation, he came up to me, and inquired any advantage that may be in our reach. Fear not to if I had been really ill, that the bloom had faded from trust yourself to the courtesies of my brigade ; there is my cheeks.
not a man in it that would treat a lady with rudeness. " I should say,” he continued, “ that your looks mock I have many warm friends between the Pedee rivers, the happiness that report says you are shortly to real- who will do you every hospitality until we see better ize, in an union with Lieut. Heyward.”
times. I wish you to observe secrecy in your move"Good heavens!" I exclaimed, trembling at the idea, ments, until you are out of Heyward's vicinity: I have "could you believe it possible, from his knowledge of no confidence in a man of his principles.” my character? It is only as a victim that I can ever I considered a moment, whether I should accept Col. stand at the altar with Heyward.”
Webster's offer, or abide by my uncle's directions, and " I see, Miss Marion, that this is a painful subject. give myself up entirely to Sweeney's guidance. I apGod forbid that I should ever add to anything that dis- pealed to him to tell me sincerely, whether he thought I tresses you ; on the contrary, what is there that I might venture to undertake the expedition with no dewould not attempt to relieve you from any embarrass-fence but such as he could render me. ment or cause of uneasiness ? Hesitate not to tell me, He answered, “You know I am not a man of many if in any way I can aid your wishes."
words ; but, God willing, I'll see you safe into your “There is one wish, in the execution of which your uncle's arms. I've laid my plan,—we must get the pass goodness might possibly assist me.”
of the British officer Webster; he'll do anything for "Speak! only speak, and it shall be done,” he said, you, Miss Constance ; for his very eye dances at the with great warmth.
sight of you. But my pretty bird, you must cover up “I hear that Gen. Marion is approaching George- that snowy face, that the blood seems to sparkle through, town; could I procure safe conduct to his quarters, my and dye them glistening brown curls, so as to look more only wish on earth would be gratified. I see your as- like a blackamoor than a lady born as you are, for I tonishment, but think not that I resolve rashly. There, tell you, my queen, beauty is a dangerous thing to fall and there alone, can I look for repose and happiness.” among these English dogs.”
"Have you any attendants, in whose fidelity you can “Would to Heaven, foster father, I had been gifted trust, in the expedition?”
with something less annoying less fatal to my happi"Ah! yes, my foster parents, Sweeney and his wife, ness.” who love me as their own souls.”
"Don't discomfort yourself, child; I can manage it " Then at such time as you may appoint, a sufficient very well. Kate must take it upon her to play old escort from my own troop, shall conduct you safely into Molly Drugget, the doctress, who is free to put her foot the American lines. In the meantime I will use every where she pleases; for the folks all believe she carries a effort to ascertain the exact position of Marion." God-send with her; and you, I ask pardon, must for the
"Thank you,” I replied, “your kindness surpasses time go for her daughter,- both travelling to the help of words."
the sick in Georgetown hospital. But as Molly and He made no answer, but pressing my hand to his her gal Peg are both smartly colored with mulatta blood, lips, departed. With a lighter heart than usual I you must "take part of the same,” as the blessed scripwalked down to my nurse, Kate Sweeney's. She met ture says, and I think I have the thing that will do it, me with a smile, telling me Sweeney had come, and having been driven to these shifts before this day.” brought me a letter from the General.
“And you, Sweeney, what will you do to escape de“A letter! where is he?”
tection? I shall fear most for you, as you must be well "Jest making himself decent like, to see you; he's known in these parts.” had rowdy work, poor soul, dodging through the “La, an't I tricked 'em before to-day, I reckon ? swamps to keep out the way of the enemy; not for that Why I can put on the devil's cloak, and not be hurt by he is afraid of one of the insolent rogues, when he's it, if there's a need be? And why not pass for a raal free, as you may say, to hold his own; but you know red coat? It an't the first time I've slipped in and out he's business on hand that requires him to keep clear of of it as slick as an eel in its skin. Kate, show Miss interruption.” Sweeney now came with the letter in Constance the raal thing there, none the worse for his hand. I pressed it to my bosom, and then opening coming off the back of a deserter. And now let's set it, read its contents.
too, and fix by to-morrow evening, for remember we “My dearest Constance, I hear by John Sweeney of are night strollers. I've three as nice footed tackers as the painful circumstances in which you are placed. No ever trod turf. Kate and I must both swing a wallet thing but the city's being invested by the enemy, pre. of necessaries on our beasts, not for that we shall want Tenis my hastening to your relief. I have considered much, but you must keep up the state to which you the matter, and think it best that you should leave I was born, Miss Constance, its not fitting for the like of
you to stint yourself. Let's see first of all, get the befall me in this momentous undertaking, and that we permit of the Colonel, for you ken this place is a kind might again meet in happier times; but this was said of devil's hole; none can get out or in without passing with a deeper cadence of the voice. through the fire. You jest signify, my mistress, as We immediately set about assuming our different how you wish to come to the speech of him, and I'll disguises. After I was painted and habited, Sweeney underwrite you; he's sure as death; but wait here declared he should have no misgivings, unless he for him, for let but that glossy black-hearted fureigner caught a glimpse of my slender foot or hand. About get wind that you have any private talk with any gen- dusk we started, and found no difficulty in passing the tleman but him, and Beelzebub can't hold him. Here's sentinels around the city. Sweeney being well practhe bit paper, but steady that little white hand, or I lised in giving the countersign, no inquiry was made am afraid the Colonel can't read your chicken flutters.” which his ingenuity could not answer. We passed all
“I will try, Sweeney," I said, feeling the blush of the foraging parties of the enemy without molestation ; wounded pride suffuse my cheeks, as I thought of being and Sweeney, thinking we had gained a secure resting about to solicit a clandestine interview with Col. Web- place in the dark morasses of the Santee, called a halt, ster. I transcribed a few lines, and Sweeney set off that we might refresh ourselves and horses. He struck for the British quarters, while I turned my steps to a light, and we were in the act of discussing our wallet wards Sir John's, to make arrangements for my jour- of provisions, when my guide sprang to his feet, and ney. What was my horror to see Heyward reclining intently listened to a distant noise, which his practised on the balcony, and watching me as I advanced. It ear soon ascertained to be the tramp of horses. His was impossible to pass without encountering him ; so first action was to blow out the light; the next, to put I endeavored to assume a careless air as I entered the our horses in motion. piazza. As I was passing, he caught my hand, ex- “These," he said, “must be the videttes returning to claiming, “How now, little Zephyr, did you think to camp, or that devil Butler.” fit by me thus, when you know my soul lives only in "Not the marauder, I trust in Heaven!" I exclaimed. the beam of those bright eyes? I cannot endure this “Never fear, lady; I got that will make him move coquetry longer, or allow you to waive my suit, when backwards faster than he ever did forwards before. every day increases the intensity of my passion.” Sweeney don't travel without his pass neither.”
“Heyward," I replied, with indignant feelings, “no “God preserve us! what can you do, dear foster more persecute me with this language, or I shall believe father, against such a gang of banditti ?” you mean to offend me. I can never listen to a tale of “Never flinch, dear lady; run your beast up belove from you, and I esteem it an ungenerous thing tween Kate's and mine, and say nothing, for I hear to press the matter farther, when you know it is im- l 'em coming right ahead.” possible I can ever think of you otherwise than as a They quickened their pace on perceiving us, and a friend and relation.”
rough voice called out, “Who goes there ?" “Remember, Constance Marion," he said, “ that you “A servant of the king's, on duty bound," was the are the first woman to whom I ever proffered my hand; answer. and, by Heaven, you shall rue the hour you rejected “By what warrant do you prove it? for I swear no it, if a thousand devils were to stand between me and cursed rebel shall escape the sword of Tom Butler." the accomplishment of my wishes."
“And Tom Butler is the very man I want,” was the I was near sinking on the floor while he spoke. I ready answer. saw the fell demon in his eye as he rushed by me out “Why, fool, what can you want with him? You of the house. When he was gone, I crept softly into seem to be in no case to fight with him, or for him.” my own apartment, and with trembling hands arranged “Why,” rejoined Sweeney, “it's a long story, my apparel in a portable form. I could not trust my- which as time don't wait, I'll try to make short. You self to see poor Sir John, but commending him to the see as how we English folks has a great notion of being protection of Heaven, left the portals of a mansion comfortable.” where I had known the first throb of delight, and felt “ And what's that to the purpose ?" rejoined the imthe first pang of sorrow. I reached Sweeney's humble patient ruffian. abode, and had time to compose my spirits, before Col. “A great deal : it's the reason I'm fetching Molly Webster's arrival. He met me with emotion, and Drugget and her gal Peg to nurse the men in the hosseemed deeply concerned at the resolution I had taken pital.” to commit myself to Sweeney's protection alone. “And who gave you permission to do this ?"
“My passport,” he said, “will secure your party " Who, but my superior officer, Colonel Webster ? from any interruption from our regular troops ; would Here's his pass, if you want to see it.” to God it could shield you from all danger of insult and “It may all be a lie, for what I know. Strike a impertinence from the hordes of lawless marauders. light there, sergeant. Let me see the paper." You koow how joyfully I would provide you an escort, “Well
, here it is; but what's the use of cogitating had not you preferred the plan laid by Marion. My on what no consarns you, man ; when here's the raal only hope is in the unrivalled tact of your faithful scrip under the hand of Cornwallis, which he sent you friend Sweeney, with whom I wish to have a few words by the safest hand he could hit on.” in private.”
He fumbled in his breeches pocket, and presented He retired a few moments with Sweeney, and then Butler with a sealed paper, purporting to be from the returned with a more cheerful countenance." Day was British General, and warning Butler of the rapid near dying away before he departed; when he did so, movement of three detachments of the American army it was with every expression of hope that no evil might with the intention of surrounding him, and warning