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bearing the same brand. He had created and only knightly lovers sighing at their feet, or breakfostered a taste for fictitious compositions, and he ing lances and heads to attest their devotion. Solely could not complain. The young ladies pouted their by his genius and industry, he had laid the foundapretty lips from vexation, and would not read it tion for a school of romance as original, as extenfrom sheer spite. The young gentlemen took sive, and destined to be as perpetual as that instiit up cavalierly, and determined to read and abuse tuted in another land by the author of Waverley. it out of revenge. The “Travelling Bachelor" In quitting a field where he reigned without a was read, nevertheless, with approbation by a rival, to adventure on unfamiliar ground, evinced, large class of readers, whom his novels had not at least, temerity; and, if it did not endanger the reached. It proved to be a work displaying the fame he had already won in many a tilt, it at least finest powers of the novelist, and although of a promised no adequate honors to one who had aldifferent character from his former productions, ready plucked unfading laurels. The “ Bravo," well worthy to rank among them, and advance however, attested on every page, the legitimacy of undisputed claims to a high place in the branch of its authorship—the genius of Cooper pervaded the literature to which it belongs. “The Wept of the whole. There were two causes, however, which Wish-Ton-Wish," an Indian tale, or novel, pub- militated against its unmixed popularity, in Englished soon afterwards in the same year, was far land and in America; although in Italy, France from obtaining the popularity of its predecessors. and Germany, it was preeminently successful. The In 1830, Mr. Cooper omitted sending forth his English palate was sated with continental producannual fiction. This year, also, he passed on the lions from English pens, in every possible shape. continent, during which period, we believe, he was The Bravo was regarded as only another of this acting as our consul at Lyons. In 1831, he pub-genus, although coming from a source which enlished the “ Water Witch,” a nautical novel. It forced its favorable reception. It is not, however, releemed the doubtful success of “ The Wept of here to be understood, that the Bravo was an poputhe Wish-Ton-Wish,” which, to pursue a figure lar in England; viewed with some of its contembefore adopted, cast a brief shadow, as if from a poraries, it was only comparatively so.
Its receppassing cloud, upon the bright waters over which tion was infinitely more flattering than that which his bark bad hitherto been prosperously careering. usually attended the best continental novels of the The apparent resemblance, which, in treating simi- same class. In the United States it was not well lar themes could not be avoided, without too mani- received, although the causes just advanced, could fest artifice, between this work and the “Red not, in this country, affect it. The objection, a Rover,” caused some severe and not always just somewhat invidious one, was, that it was a foreign criticisms from the press, on its first appearance; work; and, many thought, with equal jealousy, but this did not affect its popularity, which even- that Mr. Cooper should have exhausted Ameritually equalled, if it did not surpass, that acquired can subjects before he resorted to the hackneyed by the production with which it was compared. themes of Italian story. There may, perhaps, be The Water Witch was not only dramatised and some foundation in a wholesome national pride for successfully performed on the American boards, these prejudices. They materially affected his but, also, many of the previous novels by the same popularity in the United States, although his fame author, received this testimony of popularity. was too firmly established to be sensibly moved by In 1832, Mr. Cooper was still residing in Eu- it
. It has been accurately remarked by Sir Walrope, where he had been since 1828, touring ter Scott, that the reputation of an author is neither through England, Belgium, Germany, France gained nor lost by a single production. and Italy. As the fruit, no doubt, of a some-time In 1833, “ The Heidenmauer” (heathen-wall) sojourn in Venice, he gave to the world this year, or “The Benedictines,” foilowed the Bravo. The his twelfth book and eleventh novel, “ The Bravo scenes of this fiction are likewise laid in Europe. of Venice.” This was the first time Mr. Cooper This work, also, had to contend with the prejubad placed the scenes of his fictions in other than dices abovementioned. It was moreover written his native land. Up to this period he had been with somewhat less vigor and beauty of style, emphatically a native novelist. He had explored than characterised the former works by the same the empire of American fiction, before untrodden, author. His spirit seemed to languish beneath and proved to the world that Europe was not alone a foreign sky, and labor and art to bave sucthe land of story. He had shown that ivied walls, ceeded the freshness of inspiration. A comparitime-worn castles and gloomy dangeons, were not son of his two last works with the Prairie and necessary to make a land a land of romance; that Red Rover, showed clearly that America was the war of the revolution rivalled, in romantic inte- the empire, as well as the birthplace, of Mr. rest, the wars of the crusades ; that the Indian war- Cooper's genius. rior equally with the turbaned Saracen, was the The thirteenth novel of the "Author of the theme of the romancer; and that heroes need not Spy," and his fourteenth work, was published always to be clad in iron mail, nor heroines have in 1834. It is entitled “ The Ileadsman of Berne.”
With the Water Witch, Mr. Cooper appears / what reserved, but his address is courteous and to have bidden adieu to the American soil as pleasing. He is at present a resident of New a novelist, and to have left the field to the nu-York, and will doubtless yield to the renewed merous aspirants for his fame, who now began inspiration of the native American muse, and to occupy the arena. The scenes of this novel are entwine bimself for many succeeding years around laid in Switzerland. Its appearance revived in a our hearts; for we are reluctant to believe, that measure the waning popularity of its author in he has yet filled up the measure of bis country's the United States, although his countrymen were honor. not pleased that their most distinguished novelist should expatriate both himself and his novels. The Headsman is marked with all the beauties of Mr. Cooper's best and most popular compositions.
A REVERIE. We believe it was previous to the publication of this romance, that the author received the appoint
A summer morning! How the balmy air ment of Charge d'Affaires for the United States of myriad flowers and fields of budding grain,
Comes blandly through the blind! The fragrancy at Paris. “The Monikins,” Mr. Cooper’s four- is borne upon its wings, and it hath stirred teenth and last novel, followed the Headsman. It The leaves of yonder tree whose shade I love. bore few traces of our author's manner, and was Is it their rustling, or the murmured hum limited in its popularity.
Of tiny wings, sporting upon the rays In 1835, some political strictures appeared from of the warm sun, which bids the ear to mark, the
pen of Mr. Cooper, that were roughly handled But not to weary, of the silentness ? by the American press. In 1836, two series of It whispers peace; it hints of melody, “ Sketches of Switzerland, by an American,” As when the memory of a favorite air and in 1837, “England, by an American,” and Dwells in the soul, its tones, its cadences, “Gleanings in Europe,” were given to the pub- All save its soothing harmony, forgot. lic from the press of Carey & Lea, who have uni In such an hour--so still, and yet not dull, formly, we believe, been Mr. Cooper's publishers. So resonant of life, and yet so calmThese works, completing his nineteenth and last How am I prone to think upon her love book, and being his thirty-eighth volume, produced Whose spirit's elements are the radiancy, in the space of nineteen years, bear testimony that The loveliness and freshness of the morn; the pen of the novelist has parted with no modi- And from my weariness lured a little way, cum of the strength and beauty of style, with By the mild beauty of the Sabbath time, which he has clothed his description of American To yield my soul to fond imaginings. scenery in the pages of the Spy, Prairie and Pio
Hark! from the shadows of that leafy grove, Mr. Cooper has suppressed many portions Tones of exulting music, half subdued of the original manuscript of the Sketches of By distance, rouse my lately listless ear. Switzerland, for reasons which he has slightly Sweet songster, born of a mysterious race ! touched upon in his preface. These volumes do How oft upon thy fellows have I gazed, not relate exclusively to Switzerland: France, And as I marked the bright intelligent eye, Germany, Italy and Holland, are included in the Turned up to mine as if 'twould read my thought, observations of the writer. The first volume Or saw one hover round my lonely path, opens at Paris in 1828, and leaves the author at Now perching here, and then a little on, Milan. The second volume also begins at Paris, Deep in the verdurous wilderness, have deemed
As if to lure me to his secret haunt, and the reflections of the writer embrace some of He sought communion with me. Who hath heard the countries above-named. We are particularly their song more eloquent than simple speech, struck with the boldness and truth of Mr. Cooper's And while his sympathies answered joy for joy, caustic remarks in his volumes on England, in re- And pensiveness for sadness, hath not wished lation to Americans at home and abroad. He has To know each incident of the tale, thus told herein shown himself an able, impartial and fear. To the far wandering, ne'er returning winds, less censor of the foibles and faults of his country- Or, haply to a fellow? Who hath seen men.
These last works have been favorably re- Their air-borne flights, now piercing through the clouds, ceived, although the bold attitude the writer has Now sweeping down to earth, now skimming o'er assumed, has elicited severe and often merited The unruffled surface of the mirror lake ; criticism. Mr. Cooper is now in his fiftieth year; was on the maple leaf, by some old wood,
Or who hath watched, ere yet the hectic flush his figure rather above the usual height, robust, When in their companies they disappeared and slightly inclined to portliness. His forehead
In ether's mazes, and when half a year is massive, and of an intellectual shape, and his Had passed, beheld them to their ancient nests, eyes lively and expressive, denoting a thinking Greeting the earliest blossoms of the Spring, man and a close observer. His appearance is All pilotless returned, and marvelled not commanding. His manners are perhaps some- If more than instinct did not shape their flights ?
Who hath observed them well, and dare rebuke
Oh! thou Omnipotent! without whose ken, Not even the meanest of the feathered race Falls to the ground, be to my chosen one, The pure in heart and blameless in intent, If pure and blameless be upon the earthBe to her, Father! still a guide and guard; Restore her to the home she loves so well; And bid a blessing settle where she dwells.
NOTES AND ANECDOTES,
Tell me, thou wanderer of the “upper deep," Thou, who canst only live where Nature wears Her robe of pleas green begemmed with flowers, Tell me, if ever in thy rambling flight O'er mount and river, from the orange groves Of Florida, to where the covenant bow, Fore'er its threads of ravelled light displaying, Assures the soul that shudders at the roar Of wild Niagara foaming down his steepTell me, if ever thou hast "poured thy throat” Where moves her form as graceful as thine own, And o'er the flowers as lightly glides her step, Who heard my vows and turned her not away. I cannot think that with the power to wing Thy form at will in search of happiness, Thou hast not sought it where her presence bears An atmosphere as bright and beautiful As in the glory of a morn like this Awakes the harmonies of grove and field. Say, dost thou come her spirit's messenger, From the far region which she gladdens now, To bid my soul live o'er past happiness ? I feel thou dost; for, buoyant as thine own, My heart is glowing with strange ecstasy. Again the form I love is in my arms, Again I clasp her to this longing breast, Again I call the name which makes us one, And press the lips which discord never passed. I know thou dost; for, as I speak, thy tone Is changed for one so chastely passionate ; So joyous with an untold happiness, Yet something sad, as is the voice that tells How from the meshes of anxieties Deliverance hath been wrought triumphantly; So like the kindling tones of love's own voice ; So like the voice my soul hath learned to love, That it shall revel in thy melody: Nor shall a thought be born, to intercept The tide of joy now flowing to my heart.
Political and Miscellaneous-from 1798 to 1830.-Drawn from
the Portfolio of an Officer of the Empire,-and translated from the French for the Messenger, by a gentleman in Paris.
THE CONSPIRACY OF AUGUST, 1820. I might take, at hazard, any one of the various conspiracies which were suppressed under the restoration, and I should find new evidence in support of what I have stated, that the French are, of all people, the least fit for a conspiracy. I am convinced, could the revolution of July have been brought about only by a conspiracy, that we should still be under the yoke of Charles X. There are peculiarities in the character of nations, as in that of individuals. The French people, the most warlike, perhaps, in the world, and the best adapted by nature to sustain the hardships and deprivations of war, are entirely destitute of that sort of firmness essential to the success of a conspiracy. They have none of that cold, calculating self-denial, necessary to the execution of a grand design. Precipitate a Frenchman upon some palpable danger, and you will find him admirable. Tell him to await its arrival, and it will be different. The French have more bravery than cou• rage, and in a conspiracy, courage is more necessary than mere bravery.
There are no synonymes in the French language, though a dictionary of synonymes has been made. One may be brave without being courageous, as one may be courageous without being brave, or may be both at the same time. Bravery is a physical quality, courage is a moral virtue. Bravery is the result of a good constitution, of warm blood circulating freely; a man whose lungs beat freely under a large breast, ought to be a brave man. A man in the last stage of consumption may be extremely courageous, because courage has nothing in common with the physical form; because it is the result of a sentiment of honor, of the consciousness of duty. It is unnecessary for me to say that I speak generally. I am ready to admit that there are many exceptions, and no country has ever exhibited more glorious ones than our own. But it is a fact, proved beyond dispute, that while we are superior in
the attack, we are worthless for defence; and it is precisely the sort of courage necessary for defensive war, that is required in a conspiracy.
It must also be confessed that we Frenchmen have, in general, something of the braggart, and are terrible babblers; these are virtues of the least possible value in a conspiracy. Thus it is that no conspiracy is possible in France, unless, indeed, as on the 10th Brumaire,
all the world be in the secret; then, one may boast and babble at his ease-nobody is to be feared.
A change again! Thou faithless messenger ! Thy tone is now more sad than hers was wont: Yet doth it sound familiar. 'Tis the same In which so oft she said her fond farewell. Oh sing it still! for saddest memories Are comforters, if with her image joined ; Sing on! sing on! nor wing thy rapid flight Again to her whose envoy meet thou art, Till I have told thee how the anxious days, The watchful nights, bear witness to the truth And constancy
But thou, alas! hast gone : And as the abandoned mariner, who sees From rugged eminence of desert isle, In ocean's wave the tallest topmast sink, Still gazes on the trackless element Which bears away his newly kindled hope ; So in my desolation do I gaze Upon the void that parts thee from my sight.
Notwithstanding the address voted in 1822, by the whose services to foreign powers during the emigration, chamber of deputies, as a reply to the assertion of had been thus liberally paid. They required a particle, Manuel, it is not the less true that the Bourbons were a de, before the name even of a sub-lieutenant, and the received with repugnance by the majority of France; title of a half-pay officer .curled their lips with the that, however, did not prevent a few acclamations on most disdainful ill-humor. If these chiefs gave any their passage to Paris. If such acclamations are to be dinners or soirées, the officers who had been taken reckoned of any importance, our affections must be from the half-pay class were excluded. From the very changeable. Nor will I deny that after the hun-chiefs, these sentiments were communicated 10 the offi. dred days, bands of women of all conditions danced cers most in favor. They did not openly show disreunder the windows of the Tuileries, singing a spirituelle spect to the newly chosen officers, who would not have rondo, the first verse of which concealed under a sort of submitted to such treatment, but they isolated them pun, a delicate allusion to the last journey of the king: completely; they formed them into a separate band.
The latter bringing with them their claims of seniority, Rendez-nous notre père de Gund.
thus destroyed the hopes of the young officers of 1815, I do not know whether these evidences of affection who saw in them the usurpers of their rights. Had could have deceived any one; Louis XVIII had 100 they been animated by the best intentions in the world, much shrewdness to suffer himself to be imposed upon they must thus have been made the enemies of the after the 20th March.
There were certainly exceptions to all that I have The Bourbons had to struggle against their name, and the origin of their newly acquired power. I do just stated; I could cite the names of individuals, were not believe them either better or worse than others. it not that such a course would reflect upon those not Forced to support themselves in a minority, they sub- mentioned. Twelve or fifteen regiments at the most mitted to its laws, and committed all the faults that were engaged in the conspiracies under the restoration; this minority could impose upon them; faults forced all of them were in the situation I have just described ;
and it will be easily understood, that with these regiupon the minority by the necessity of self-preservation.
ments, the emissaries of the secret societies would The government of the Bourbons was violent and san.
naturally find a favorable reception. guinary, because it was weak.
The military conspiracy of August, 1820, was the There were conspiracies of different sorts during the nine or ten first years of the restoration. From 1823 most important of all those which broke out under the or 1824 until 1830, no one conspired; everybody held restoration. Discovered on the 13th or 19th of August, himself in readiness for an event which could not fail ferred to the court of peers. This conspiracy was
it was, by a royal ordinance of the 25th or 28th, reto arrive soon or late. Those conspiracies, in which
never well understood, though the persons engaged in the army had no part, were without any solid founda. it were solemnly arraigned, and six weeks of debates tion; they could accomplish nothing. It was only
were wasted on it. Was it that there was no wish to towards 1818 that the secret societies, perceiving the discover the truth? that there were, besides those insufficiency of their means, commenced by making accused, accomplices too exalted to be attacked ? that proselytes in the army; the conspiracies then became the magistrates charged with the process were misled? more serious.
This is a matter which I will not undertake to decide. There existed in almost every regiment a strongly There is one thing, however, certain: the conspiracy marked line of demarcation between the officers who
was not at all investigated. had been attached to the old army, and those who had been created by the new government; a fusion had or involuntary error had been committed. When this
From the commencement of the process, a voluntary only been effected in a very few corps, whose officers error had been once committed, the truth soon disapwere, by accident, men of firmness and intelligence. peared, and a gigantic conspiracy was soon reduced to At the period of the pretended organization of the the dwarfish proportions of a barracks' plot. The con duke of Feltre, as I have before stated, the old officers spiracy was to have broken out simultaneously at had been almost entirely excluded. They were after- Cambray and Paris. The movement proposed at Paris wards gradually recalled by Marshal Gouvion Saint was regarded as the principal, and that of Cambray as Cyr and General Latour Maubourg. But they had a mere appendage to the former. To get at the truth, then passed several years at their own firesides ; the the opposite course should have been followed the greater part had endured cruel privations. Many had movement at Cambray have been regarded as the prinbeen objects of persecution to the inferior agents of the cipal one, and that of Paris as nothing but an accesgovernment, who are always sufficiently disposed to sary, for the purpose of diverting the attention of the exhibit any evidence of their zeal. They thus returned government from what was going on elsewhere. In with their feelings soured; but yet, had they found in attaching the movement of Paris to that of Cambray, their new companions that fraternal feeling which pre- and not the conspiracy of Cambray to that of Paris, vailed in the old regiments, and which constituted them, the ramifications of the conspiracy would have been as it were, into one family, their regrets might have naturally disclosed. It would have been seen that all been calmed, and their reseniments extinguished.
the strong places of the north were engaged in the plot, But such was not the case; the chiefs were no longer with ten regiments, cavalry and artillery. The treaty men who had been but recently soldiers. They were of 1815 would have been seen violated by an alliance quasi-great nobles, (I beg it will be remembered chat with Belgium, of soldier with soldier; two thrones I speak of 1818; things were, I know, afterwards would have been seen menaced by the same conspiracy, changed,) whose inaction during twenty years, and those of France and the Low Countries; and such
a plot would have been worthy of the deliberations | fend itself even in Paris, would have been unable to of the court of peers, while that which was submit-detach any of the forces assembled in the capital, and ted to it was but a farce. The accused, confident of that a rapid march upon Paris would have encountered almost perfect impunity, could mock at their ease, little or no opposition. accusers, witnesses and judges.
All this was extremely well combined. But there This conspiracy had been framed with much skill; exists a fatal principle in all conspiracies, destined to it failed in consequence of the hesitation of its chiefs. produce the failure of thousands: It is the necessity of Though discovered twenty-four or thirty-six hours be- proselytism-that want, which all conspirators feel, of fore the time fixed for its breaking out, its extension enlarging their circle-of associating first one friend was so great that, though foreseen, it might have pro- and then another, with the happy chances of the future. duced incalculable embarrassment. The conspirators The officers and sub-officers of the infantry regiments had for their chief a lieutenant-colonel who had belong of the garrison of Paris, had successfully attempted ed to the imperial guard, himself subordinate to other to attach to their plan the officers and sub-officers of chiefs, such as are indistinctly seen behind the curtain the royal guard; they had also secured some half.pay in all conspiracies, but who disappear at the moment of officers. In thus regularly enlarging the circle of their their failure. Besides all these, a large number of gene- accomplices, they might naturally calculate upon meetrals, several of whom belonged to the chamber of peers ing with some agent of the police, and so in fact they and the chamber of deputies, had promised their adhe- did. When the plot was once discovered, denunciasion and co-operation, but only after the execution of lions arrived in abundance, even from those who had the plan had been commenced, and its efforts had been participated in the conspiracy, but who were now desicrowned by a first success.
rous of making a merit of their return to the governThe plan was to raise on the night between the 19th ment, thus securing a pardon for the past. The conspiand 20th of August, two regiments, one of infantry, the rators of Paris were arrested while in bed, on the night other of cavalry, forming the garrison of Cambray. preceding the day fixed for the execution of the plot. The subaltern officers of these two regiments were in At Cambray, everything was prepared for action, the interest of the conspirators; and the soldiers would but a delay of twenty-four hours appeared necessary have followed without hesitation their subaltern officers. to the chief, and this delay destroyed everything; for it The two regiments were then to unite themselves at allowed time for the receipt of the news from the capiDouai, to two other corps, one of infantry and the tal. In a conspiracy, every one has not the same other of artillery; they were to seize upon the stores of determination. The arrests which had been effected in the arsenal, and, increasing their numbers in passing the capital, had the effect of intimidating a few weak Valenciennes by the addition of the regiment of dra. men, who saw in them the destruction of everything. goons in garrison at that place, to have effected a junc. The conspiracy was, in consequence, denounced to the tion on the frontier of Belgium, with a corps of four commandant of the place; who, from that moment, and thousand Belgians, who were to have met them at a I think, somewhat against his will, was forced to take given hour and day.
the measures necessary to prevent the accomplishment It has been said, but I have no certain information of of the plot. Some arrests were ordered by him, but after the fact, that a prince of the royal family of the Low a long enough period, and in such a manner, as to allow Coun:ries had promised his assistance, and that he the individuals most seriously compromised, time to efwould have placed himself at the head of the four fect their escape. Five officers, in fact, left Cambray in thousand Belgians. Many of the conspirators were the disguise of wagoners, and fed into Belgium. The convinced of the truth of this statement; and it was escape of the one who set off last, was effected in a perhaps in consequence of the discovery of this pro- peculiar way. It was Sunday, and the regiment was mised participation, that it was determined to tear off at mass; an armed platoon occupied the nave of the but a part of the veil which concealed the conspiracy. church. The colonel had just ordered the officer who
It will be seen, after what I have stated, that in less commanded this platoon to arrest, on leaving the than twelve hours, a little army of at least ten thousand church, and to conduct to the citadel, one of his commen might have been formed. It would have been rades, whom he pointed out. The officer who was to quickly augmented by all the accessions promised by be arrested was in the choir, at the lower extremity of the regiments or parts of regiments of the garrisons of the groupe formed by the staff of the regiment. At a the North, of the Pas-de-Calais and of the Somme; moment when every one had his face inclined to the and in this condition, appealing to the army and the carth, the officer charged to effect the arrest, approachpeople, it would have commenced its march upon Paris. ed his comrade and whispered in his ear, I must arrest
It had appeared advisable to throw some embarrass- you on leaving the church; save yourself. The latter did ment in the way of the government at the moment that not wait to have the caution repeated; a half-hour the conspiracy was to break out; that, compelled to di- afterwards, he was out of the city. vide its means, it might be unable to oppose itself suc The five officers who led into Belgium, and who cessfully against the march of the army of the conspira- had been received by the Belgians as brothers, were not tors. It was with this view that the conspiracy of long in being delivered up by the government of the Paris had been got up; it was to break out at the same Low Countries. They had fairly risked their lives, moment as that of Cambray. The first act of the and when brought to Paris, only thought of dying regiment of the garrison of Paris would have been to courageously. They expected to be handed over to a possess itself of Vincennes, an understanding having council of war, and to be despatched in three days. It been effected with certain persons in that place. It was only after the first interrogatories had been prowill thus be seen that the government, obliged to de. pounded to them, that they discovered that the govern