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the reader, however, is acquainted with these changes, the passage extracted from his preface, that a small the Effinghams had known the truth from the first, and part of his original purpose has grown up into an inthe others remain in ignorance. Soon after the escape dependent plan. It might have been expected that a from the Arabs, Mr. Monday dies on board, from plan thus originated would lack completeness and cowounds received in the fight. When at the point of piousness. Then the conclusion is quite unsatisfactory. death he confides to Mr. John Effingham and Mr. Blunt The cadence, if we may so call it, in the story, is not some sealed papers, not to be opened until after his greater than might properly finish a chapter midway

in a tale, decease.

In the process of stretching out his scanty materials The remainder of the voyage to New York is pros- to the necessary limits, the author has fallen into the perous; but just off Sandy Hook appears the Foam! error of introducing entirely too much of the techniShe recognizes her chase, and her commander, Captain cal operations of seamanship into his tale. He must Ducie, asks permission to come on board the latter, have intended it principally for landsmen, and yet bas where he explains the object of his pursuit—a forger, swelled the narrative by a minute description, somewho has escaped from England with a large sum of times, indeed, expressly suited to the common reader, government money. The soi-disant barunet turns out but oftener incomprehensible excepting by sailors, of to be the criminal, and is delivered up. Paul Powis every movement of the Montauk. We have an impresalso returns with Captain Ducie, under circumstances sion, though not certain, that Mr. Cooper has before apparently disagreeable, but not explained to the other been accused of pretending to too much nautical lore, passengers, or to the reader. In his hurry, he carries and have even heard his authority, on, at least, one off with him the sealed papers left by Mr. Monday, as point of seamanship introduced into the present yobefore mentioned. The Effinghams, Sir George Tem. iume, seriously questioned. Perhaps he has had in plemore, and Mr. Dodge disembark safely on American view such a charge, and has sought to vindicale his ground, Here ends the story for the present; but a character as an "old salt.” But we confess our ignosequel is promised. Mr. Cooper says in his preface, rance of all things ship-shape, or ship-pertaining, be

"In one respect, this book is a parallel to Franklin's yond some few christian names of masts, sails and well-known apologue of the hatter and his sign. I yards. There is, however, a something in marine lanwas commenced with a sole view to exhibit the present guage very expressive, though one knows not exactly state of society in the United States, through the agen- what it means. We have, at times, watched the novelcy, in part, of a set of characters with different pecu- ist's manoeuvres with his ship, in perfect ignorance of iarities, who had froshly arrived om Europe, and to what was going on, yet with intense interest, sure that whom the distinctive features of the country would be every movement was fast bastening some important apt to present themselves with greater force, than to result; or, perhaps, affected sympathetically, as one those who had never lived beyond the influence of the who siniles when another laughs in his presence, withthings portrayed. By the original plan, the work was out knowing the cause of his mirth. There is a nerto open at the threshold of the country, or with the vous brevity in sea-phrases, which tgpifies prompt and arrival of the travellers at Sandy Hook, from which energetic action; in short, a something, wbich, like point the tale was to have been carried regularly for- pantomime, affords great play for the imagination. ward to its conclusion. But a consultation with others

Captain Truck is an admirable character, and a chahas left little more of this plan than the batter's friends racter of exactly that sort which Cooper can best porleft of his sign. As a vessel was introduced in the first tray. All his novels illustrate this remark. His fort chapter, the cry was for “more ship," until the work lies not in the description of refined and polished life. had become "all ship;" it actually closing at, or near, Courts and drawing rooms are not his proper field. A the spot where it was originally intended it should rough-hewn son of nature, whether wandering through commence. Owing to this diversion from the author's trackless wilds, a trapper or a scout, or standing on a design-a design that lay at the bottom of all his pro- ship's deck and raising his voice above the tempest, he jects--a necessity has been created of running the tale depicts as none else with whom we are acquainted. through two separate works, or of making a hurricd Even his well-dressed personages appear to most adand insufficient conclusion. The former scheme has, vantage, when thrown into circumstances calling into consequently, been adopted.”

action their more rude and hardy talents. Paul Powis Mr. Cooper's style is as good in Homeward-Bound is at no time so interesting as when commander of the as in any of his previous novels, better than in some ship's launch, either for escape or battle. He handles of them. It is easy and vivacious, spirited and ner- the wheel, or a swivel, or the sailor's lingo, much more

We have already commended, in general terms, effectively than the polite parts of speech. As evidence the conversational parts, but in narrative certainly lies of the justice of these remarks, it will be noticed that his fort. To the plot of this story we take more ex- almost every character of the stors, not having some ception. The two faults above-mentioned as uncom- rugged peculiarities to support it, falls into comparamon ones-incompleteness and meagerness of plot- tive inanity. This is particularly observable in regard are here exemplificd. The work appears to us like the to the females introduced : or we should rather use few first chapters of a novel spun out to the size of two the singular, as Eve is the only prominent female char. volumes. It might almost be supposed that the author, acter. We are told that she is beautiful, lovely, and finding his introduction growing too long, had deter- accomplished. It is sought to invest her with varied mined, instead of curtailing it, to lengthen it out, by charms of mind, of person and of dress; but the reader insertions, prefixes and suffixes, to the dimensions ne is interested in her chiefly-perhaps solely--as beloved cessary for a separate existence, A story founded on by, and loving Paul Powis. scenes of still life would not perhaps require such ful Mr. Dodge is certainly a very amusing, though a ness of plot as one like the present, in which more very unfair specimen of Yankee newspaper editors and stirring events are narrated. Mr. Cooper tells us, in tourists. But his character is overdrawn, at least for

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the American reader; Englishmen may look at it with miums upon every printed defamation of American more allowance. His mental and moral peculiarities, character, coming from this side the water, and to deem however, are of a coarse, rough kind; as strongly oracular every prediction unfavorable to American in. marked and salientas those of Captain Truck, though so stitutions, it could hardly have displayed more illiberal different in nature. The two cousins, Edward and John feelings toward that character and those institutions. Effingham, excite little interest. The former, though Mr. Dodge is not only a caricature, but a gross libel a man of "singularly correct judgment,” is rather on the newspaper editors of our country; not because womanish, and takes little active part even in the quiet there are none of that profession equally despicable, scenes of the story. Mr. Sharp, who has nothing to but because he is held up as a fair representative of the recommend him, but his gentility, though evidently whole class, and the author's declared object is the corintended for a pleasing example of a polished gentle- rect delineation of the state of American society. man, leaves rather a disagreeable impression on the We have no doubt that foreign travel rightly imreader's mind, from the want of force in the delinea- proved, may be of great advantage to the traveller in tion. Mr. Monday is quite a negative sort of charac- many respects, and not least in polishing and refining ter; and, if the sealed papers, which he leaves behind, his manners. We are also free to confess, that we are to disclose any thing very important to the narrative, think Americans, generally, rather deficient in point of we can only say that this part of the plot seems awk- good manners. If, as Lord Chesterfield asserts, courts wardly introduced. If they contain nothing impor- are the only places where the laws of social etiquette tant, it bears an unmeaning aspect. At any rate, a mys- can be successfully studied, then may our countrymen tery is thrown over the whole affair, which might better never improve in this science. But we think otherhave been cleared up, at least so far, that the connection, wise. The general rules of good-breeding are all if any there be, between Mr. Monday and the other cha- founded on knowledge of the world and of human naracters, might have begun to appear. But perhaps we ture; this knowledge may be acquired under any one go beyond our depth in criticising what may depend kind of institutions as well as under another. Then on the unpublished sequel for its true bearing.

practice must fix these rules in the memory and the We shall not meddle with Mr. Cooper's political opin- habit; and surely we have enough of good society in ions, and but little with his notions of American socie- the United States to afford practice in the forms of poty-our principal object being, to examine into the lite- liteness. True we have in force among us fewer of the rary merits of his work. We cannot, however, pass in mere conventional laws of good-manners, than they silence one prominent feature of the author's character, have in the old nations of Europe; but he that observes which is displayed on almost every page-his want of the general rules before mentioned, which are of unipatriotic feeling. We before knew that he often as- versal authority, and those arbitrary laws which the suined a querulous tone, when dwelling on the requital fashion of his own country has introduced, is a well-bred which his own services to the nation have met with; man; and if such an one travels in a foreign land, he but did not imagine that his soul had become so com

seldom fails to discover and obey the peculiar legem pletely warped, by brooding over supposed wrongs.

loci. The difficulty with us is not that our institutions Perhaps Mr. Cooper's residence abroad has thus alien- are inconsistent with good-manners, or even unfriendated his heart; or, as is more likely, has led him into ly to them, though, certainly, monarchial and aristoa whimsical affectation of what he calls "

"cosmopolit

cratic establishments are more favorable to them than ism." He would doubtless say, in answer to a charge

ours. But good-breeding, for reasons which we need of his wanting nationality of feeling, that a person

not here particularize, is not sufficiently prized by the may be patriotic, and yet see clearly all the faults of great mass of our countrymen, and, therefore, is not his countrymen; that blindness to these arises from made such an essential part of education among us, as illiberal prejudice. Yes, the true patriot, in heart as with the more wealthy and luxurious nations of Euwell as principle, may see faults, but not faults only or rope. But to assert that there is no such thing as a chiefly; and he will naturally love to dwell on his well-bred American, unless where the manners have country's honor rather than her reproach. He will been formed by education, residence, or travel, abroad, not exaggerate her weak points, or expose them wan

as Mr. Cooper virtually asserts, is to caricature the tonly to the ridicule of foreigners, who gloat over every

state of society among us very broadly. ludicrous representation of American character. In During his sojourn in Europe our author had several fact, no man of truly warm, ardent patriotism can free interviews with Sir Walter Scott; and, in his “Gleanhimself entirley from prejudice in favor of his own land. ings," has given an ample account of one of these All varieties of the emotion of love produce a degree of meetings, which Scott thus mentions in his diary :blindness to the loved object's imperfections. But "To-day" (we quote from memory) “met Mr. Cooper there is something more than love in true patriotism. the American novelist. He has the manners, or rather There is in it a pride, mingled with affection, which want of manners, common to his countrymen.” This identifies the citizen, in his own feelings, with the na- passage has, no doubt, inflicted a sore wound on Mr. tion; which makes him bear, as a personal reproach, Cooper's pride; and it is said, though we can hardly every stain upon his country's honor. "Cosmopolitism” credit the story—it has not, however, to our knowledge, is as inconsistent with patriotism, as omnipresence been contradicted—that he asserts openly that Scott with finite being. Mr. Cooper seems anxious to repel died a drunkard! At any rate, he seems to labor hard the least suspicion of prejudice in favor of the United in the work before us, to disprove Sir Walter's accuStates, and he does it by exhibiting violent prejudices, sation, by demonstrating his intimate acquaintance thinly clad indeed in a mock garb of impartiality, with the science of manners. His countrymen be against his countrymen. If the book had been writ- leaves to vindicate their own honor, and, in fact, adds ten purposely to tickle the depraved appetite of those bis voice in their condemnation, but would prove himEnglishmen, who, the last to acknowledge any Ameri- self a paragon of politeness. How he supports this can book worth reading, are the first to lavish enco- character we will not pretend to say, for fear of expo

ance."

sing our American ignorance; but certainly we were of the fores!. Steadfast in their faith, they considered "taken aback"—to use what we believe is a well-ac- persecution a privilege; torture, beatitude; and mar. credited sea-phrase—when Paul Powis, on parting with tyrdom, glory; with spirits which oppression could not Eve Effingham and her father, whose lives he had saved crush, nor cruelly tame, they had learned in the school on the coast of Africa, by his bravery and skill, politely of adversity, the worth of that freedom they could not remarked,

enjoy. They it was who brought to the western he""Chance has several times thrown me into your misphere the germ of liberty, out of which the indepensociety, Mr. Effingham-Miss Effingham-and, should dence of these United States was unfolded to the world. the same good fortune ever again occur, I hope I may be permitted to address you at once as an old acquaint- the grand features and general outline of those times,

Though history proper makes us acquainted with Probably Mr. Cooper had found in his well-thumbed heroism of the noted few, we cannot catch from her

by revealing to us the persecutions and sufferings, and copy of the “Laws of Etiquette,” with which he is, formal manner, the spirit of the times. It is such works doubtless, as familiar as Captain Truck with his favorite author, Vattel, that passing acquaintances, formed at

as the present, that complete the picture. Mr. Fonplaces of public resort, and in journeying by sea and laine takes us familiarly by the hand, leads us to his land are not to be renewed, as of course, at after meet- home, points us to the ruins of his church, which bigoings!

try had razed, and where persecution forbade him to Mr. Cooper is soon to give us the sequel of his story, minister. He conducts us thence with his neighbors to in which he will attempt a complete delineation of secret worship in the wood. And entering into their American society. We predict that this attempı will feelings, we follow him and them to prison, where we prove a signal failure. His cosmopolitism, or so-called witness the sufferings, and are made fully acquainted freedom from prejudice, will be greatly in the way of a with the condition of a Huguenot of the 17th century. fair representation of our national characteristics. Be Mr. Fontaine commences the annals of his family sides, as we have before remarked, his fort does not lie from his great grandfather, John de la Fontaine, who in the description of refined and polished life :-now bore a commission in “Les ordonances du Roy,” in the we think that there is enough refinement and polish in household of Francis I. He conducted himself so the United States, to put him at fault in the endeavor honorably and uprightly, that even after his father and to personify them in a fictitious character. We pre- himself had embraced protestantism at its first preach. dict that he will fail; yet with all our hearts—for his ing in 1535, he remained in his office, and continued in country's honor, his own reputation, and our entertain- it during the reigns of Henry II, Francis II, and until ment-wish him, even at the expense of the prophet's the second year of Charles IX. disgrace, the most abundant success.

At the edict of Pacification, called the January

Edici, granted in 1562, the protestants were lulled into A TALE OF THE HUGUENOTS,

false security, and induced to lay down their arms.

John de la Fontaine trusting to the immunities guaranOR, THE MEMOIRS OF A FRENCH REFUGEE FAMILY, tied to them, deemed himself secure without the protec. Translated and compiled from the original manuscripts of James tion afforded by his office, and threw up his commission. Fontaine, by one of his descendants. John s. Taylor: New But, continues our biographer, “Some of the sworn

enemies of God and his gospel, who had long watched An entertaining little story, plainly told, of one of John de la Fontaine, and conceived a deep hatred the most interesting periods in European history. The against him, thought the time had now arrived when naiveté with which Mr. Fontaine, in his old age, sits they might safely put him out of the way; and such down to entertain his Huguenot children with a family a man being got rid of, it would be comparatively tale—the simple manner in which he relates the stir. easy to disperse the rest of the congregation to which ring incidents and hair-breadth escapes of his adven. he belonged. turous life--carries the mind irresistibly back to the "It was in the year 1563 that some of these ruffians winter evening tales of childhood, and forcibly reminds were despatched from the city of Le Mans in search of us of the absorbing interest with which we used to him; and in the night time, when he least expected devour the legends of the nursery.

such a fate, he was dragged out of doors, and his throat Though it purports to be the tale of a family, the cut; his wife, within a few weeks of her confinement, work before us is the story of thousands. Varying the had followed him, hoping by her entreaties, to save bis detail, with slight alterations, many, besides his two life; but she shared the same fate. thousand descendants, may read their family history in “James de la Fontaine, my grandfather, then thirthe auto-biography of Mr. Fontaine. The persecutions teen or fourteen years old, with Abraham, two years and oppressions which drove him from his belle France, his junior, and another brother still younger, fied from drove our ancestors to the rock of Plymouth, and peo- the bloody scene, full of horror and consternation, withpled the wilds of a new world with the champions of out a guide save the providence of God, and no aim but civil and religious liberty. The protestants of Ger- to get as far as possible from the barbarians, who had many, the Huguenots of France, with the dissenters and in one moment deprived them of both father and mother, congregationalists of England and Scotland, Aed from They did not stop until they reached Rochelle, then a their father-land, to seek a place in an unexplored wil. very safe place for protestants, containing as it did, derness, where they might worship God, according to with its walls, many faithful servants of the living conscience and to reason.

God. These poor lads were actually begging their The early protestants were dragooned from place to bread when they arrived there, and were without any place in Catholic Europe, and hunted down like beasts I recommendation save their appearance. A charitable

York. 1838.

shoemaker, who feared God, and was in easy circum "A rumor prevailed that there were meetings in our stances, received James into his house, and into his parish, and that I was the preacher; but we had no traiaffections also, and taught him his trade. They all tor in our ranks, and the papists were unable to discothree lived poorly enough, until James reached man- ver any thing with sufficient certainty to make a handle hood; he then entered upon commercial pursuits, and of. Our holy intercourse continued without any drawhis career afterwards was comparatively prosperous. back till Palna Sunday, 1684. On that day some of my In the year 1603, he married, and had two daughters neighbors came to my house as usual, and not finding and one son, (James) my father. He married again, me there they retired to the wood behind my house, and but had no addition to his family; and better would one of their number, a mason by trade, who read very it have been for him had he remained a widower, for well, officiated as their pastor. He read several chaphis last wife attempted to poison him; and though un- ters from the Bible, the prayers of the church, a sermon, successful, the affair became too notorious to be hushed and they sang psalms. This meeting having been up. She was carried to prison, tried, and condemned to open, it was noised abroad, and on Holy Thursday death. It so happened that Henry IV was then at from seven to eight hundred persons assembled on the Rochelle, and application was made to him for pardon; same spot, the mason again their pastor; and on Easter he said before he granted it, he must see the husband day the number increased to a thousand. * * * * she had been so anxious to get rid of. When my “Warrants were issued; and the Grand Provost grandfather appeared before him, he cried out, “Let her and his archers were in search of us. I was absent ; be hanged, let her be hanged, ventre saint gris ! he is the the country people, having had timely notice, hid them. handsomest man in my kingdom.' I have seen his pic-selves in the wood, and after scouring the country, the ture, and it certainly did represent him as a handsome archers found no one but the poor mason, who had offiman. * * * *

ciated; him they took, fastened to a horse's tail, and “I now proceed to my own father, who at an early dragged to Saintes, a distance of fifteen miles. They age discovered great aptitude for study, and a very threatened him in all kinds of ways, and assured him serious turn of mind. I was the youngest child of my that he would be hanged as soon as they reached the parents, and have but little personal recollection of your capital. It was late when they arrived—too late, they grandfather, being only eight years old when he died. told him for him to be hanged that night, and that one He was a man of fine figure, clear complexion, pure solitary chance for life yet remained to him, and that red and white, and of so dignified a deportment, that was to recant without delay; for if he once got within he commanded the respect of all with whom he came the walls of the prison, a hundred religions would not in contact. He absented himself on festive occasions, save him from death." but never failed to visit every family in his flock twice Mr. Fontaine was also thrown into prison; and here a year. The sick and afflicted were visited as soon as commences the adventurous life of this singular man. their affliction was made known to him. When it was At the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, after he understood that he was praying with the sick, crowds had failed in the council of elders and ministers, to would flock to hear him, filling the house--for you must prevail on that body to resist persecution, and call on know that in that district all were protestants, save the protestants to take up arms in defence of their relifour or five families. He was most zealous and affec- gion, their lives, and their property, he found himself no tionate, and employed all his knowledge, his talents, and longer useful as a minister, and fled from France, he and his studies in the service of God. He had great learn- his ladye-love, in an open boat, and passed as drunken ing, quick and ready wit, clear and sonorous voice, fishermen, under the guns of a man-of-war that guarded natural and agreeable action, and he always made use the coast against the escape of protestant refugees. He of the most chaste and elegant language; and genuine landed pennyless in England; mortgaged the jewelry humility, crowning the whole, gave such a charm to his of his intended; engaged in commerce ; married ; bediscourses, that he delighted all who heard him. * * * came a schoolmaster; then a preacher; afterwards a

“I now return to my own history. I went to Saintes weaver; then a manufacturer of calimancos, and a groto reside, in order to have the assistance of two able and cer. His skill and success in the two last excited the pious ministers, Mr. Mainard and Mr. Borillak, in admiration, and soon the envy and jealousy, of those pursuing my theological studies. After awhile they around him. also were cast into prison, and I returned home.

From England he retired to Cork, where he became "My brother Peter had been minister of my father's a dyer and a manufacturer of broadcloths. Here he parish ever since his death, and about this time he was distinguished himself as a preacher, and was presented seized under a 'lettre de cachet,' and confined in the with the freedom of the city. But preaching from the castle of Oleron. The church at Vaux was levelled to decalogue, his sermon on the eighth commandment, the ground, and most of the churches in our province “ thou shalt not steal,” applied with so much force to shared the same fate; thus my neighbors could not reach some of his congregation, exciting them against him, a place of worship without great fatigue; and feeling that he deemed it expedient to resign his charge as compassion for them, as sheep without a shepherd, I felt minister. He again engaged in commerce; entered myself called on to invite them to join me in my family into the tobacco trade of Virginia ; removed to Bear devotions. The number who came soon increased to Haven; turned fisherman; became a justice of the one hundred and fifty, and I then recommended to them peace; was attacked by a French corsair ; he, assisted not to come daily as heretofore. I frequently changed by his wife and children, defended themselves against the days of assembling, giving previous notice to the great odds; drove off the privateer, who recruited ; repeople ; and we continued this endearing intercourse newed the attack; battered down the house ; capitu. uninterruptedly during the whole winter.

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himself became a pensioner of the British government. | brance, so that we may never degenerate from those moHe retired from Bear Haven, always a poor man, and dest and estimable privileges. Let their example serve again became a schoolmaster.

us instead of the distinctions they could not transmit

. Amidst all his misfortunes, he contrived to give his “ The conformity of name appears to indicate idenchildren good educations. His sons, James, Peter and tity of race. I wish with all my heart we could disco Francis, and his son-in-law, Matthew Maury, emigra- ver the proof of it. For if we do spring from one stem, ted to Virginia about 1717 ; from whom have descended the separation cannot be far distant. It would be very the Maurys and Fontaines of this country.

agreeable to me to be related to a man who introduces Mr. Fontaine's grandson, the Rev. James Maury of himself with so much kindness as you do. But if it Albemarle county, was the luior of our Jefferson and may not be by blood, it shall at any rate be by esteem, Madison, and the father of Mr. Maury of New York, well and the consideration and sincerity with which I hare known in Virginia as the “Old Consul.” Many years the honor to be, sir, your most obedient and very humago, when in Europe, this last gentleman wishing 10 ble servant,

“MAURY, (Jean Siffrein.) trace the relationship between his branch of the family, “Abbé de l'acadamie des arcades de Rome in 1773. and the celebrated Abbé Maury, opened a correspon. Commendutaire de la Frenade, Chanoine, Vicaire dence with that dignitary, from which we venture the Général qui official de Lombez qui Prédicateur orfollowing extracts.

dinaire du Roi.

“ To James Maury, of Virginia."

Paris, Sept. 8, 1777. “I have just received the letter, sir, with which you

Paris, May 12, 1778. have honored me, and I hasten to thank you for the “I am no more in the habit, Monsieur, of being the many polite things you are so kind as to say of me, as slave of ceremony than you are. Your letters bespeak a well as for the desire you express to know whether we man amiable, educated, and well-bred, and far from belong to the same family. From the details into which finding any fault with your conduct towards me, I am you enter, it would appear we have a common origin; on the contrary much flattered. Do more justice to and in order that you may form your own opinion, 1 yourself and to me also, and above all make no apology think 1 ought to tell you at once all I know of the when I alone am to blame. * name I bear.

“You are then on the eve of relurning to Virginia. “My family, down to my father inclusive, was origi- I wish you all kinds of good luck. I shall be overjoyed nally from Arnagon, a small village in Lower Dau- if I can be of any service to you in Paris during your phiny, where they possessed several manors, and where residence in America. You should not doubt of my They had professed the protestant religion for nearly wish to hear from you as soon as you arrive. Besides two centuries. At the time of the revocation of the the ties of blood, which perhaps unile us, those of friendEdict of Nantes, my grandtather, who had eleven older ship are sufficient to inspire me with a lively interest. I brothers-himself too young to leave home with them- entreat you to believe that I can never be indifferent to was brought up by one of his maternal relatives in the success of a man who makes himself known with as another village, called Péage, three leagues distant from much merit as you do. Tell your countrymen that they Arnagon; he married there, and abjured ; and at the are dear to all France; that we wish for their pros• commencement of the present century he settled at perity; that we glory in their triumphs; that we admire Valais, a town in the county of Avignon, where my their courage, and respect their virtues; and that we father died, after having re-established his fortune by could not feel more interested in a French army, than commerce and an advantageous marriage. Thanks to

we are with the troops of Congress. Nothing is talked his good example, and the education he gave his chil- of here but the brave Americans; and we must acdren, they have done well, and he had the satisfaction knowledge that for three years past, they bare multiof living to witness my advancement. Having given plied actions calculated to keep up our admiration. you this history of the branch from which I spring, I This people is destined to play a grand part on the will proceed to relate what I have heard of the others theatre of the world; but to whatever pitch of glory whom I have never known.

your descendants may rise, they will nerer forget the "Immediately after the revocation of the Edict of present generation, and the liberators of America will Nantes, all our property was confiscated. The eleven live forever in the memory of man. * *** brothers of my grandfather entered the king's service;

I pray you to accept my wishes for your welfare at three were killed at Mal Plaquet ; another made bis for the moment of your departure ; and be assured of the tune, and died in 1762—he was a brigadier in the Royal distinguished consideration with which I have the bonor Life Guards; another settled on the confines of Peri- to be, sir, your most obedient and very humble servant, gord, or Guienne: but we have never had any intercourse with him, because of my grandfather having left

"Abbé de la Frenade, &c. &c. his native place, and his children becoming orphans at “ James Maury, of Virginia.” an early age. We are in total ignorance of what has become of the remainder of the family.

The merit of rescuing this interesting little memoir " You see, sir, that in supposing yourself a descend from the dusty shelf, where it had remained for more ant of one of these dispersed children, you will find no than a hundred years, belongs to a lady. In the office illustrious titles: we have little to boast of but the honor, of translator and compiler, she has acquitted herself with the virtues, and the reputation for honesty and upright-much grace, and deserves the thanks of the reading ness, which our ancestors always enjoyed in the ncigh public, no less than of her two thousand kinsfolk to borhood where they lived. Let us cherish the remem I whom her work is dedicated,

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