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thought too pure-minded to even listen to impu- so often breathed his love and drank in those rity, too true to doubt another truth, and too kind silent but eloquent assurances of its return from to be capable of unkindness. But I cannot, nay her who had so proudly and coldly rejected him. will not resign my claims upon your love when it The brief " dream was done" and its tumultuous is withheld on account of allegations as base as awakening, demanded every adjunct of filial af. false, which I can entirely refute."
fection, respect and esteem, ere he sought her “For your own sake I rejoice that you can," re- whose parental authority had thus shipwrecked his plied she in a somewhat subilued tone, though her dearest hopes. eye again flashed as she held towards him a letter, Mrs. Preston's cold, stern face relaxed into a saying, “ but you cannot refute this, nor can you fond, beaming smile, as she lifted her eye from the wonder that I refuse, nay, utterly erase from my book before her, when the word “mother" broke heart the faintest trace of the love you claim." upon the pervading stillness of the apartment.
Robert Preston's proudly curved lip became " Mother,” repeated Robert Preston, “ for the bloodless and firmly pressed by the force of his sake of the tie that binds us, and for the memory emotions, as he read its contents, then clenching of him whose name I bear, atone for the cruel steps it in his hand he lifted his bowed head to the face you have taken, by healing the wound your prejuof his beloved.
dice has inflicted. Much as I venerate and cher. “Alas! no, I cannot, dear Gertrude," replied he ish your love, it cannot fill the vacuum created by mournfully, "I grieve to say my mother has con- the loss of one as tenderly beloved." ceived unworthy and unfortunate prejudices against “ You have seen Gertrude Lewis I presume ?" you, which I have used every endeavor to eradi- returned she with a stately air. cate. I had hoped that time and a more thorough “I have, and it is your hand that has severed knowledge of your character would not fail to ef- the bright chain of our present and future happifect all I desired. I need not assure you this ness. Tell me why have you suffered your natural letter is as mortifying as unexpected, but I am kindness and generosity to be obscured by such ready to resign all and every thing to make you feelings, as could alone have dictated these lines." proudly mine."
“Mrs. Preston took the extended letter from her “That I can never be; my own sense of filial son, calmly sinoothed its crumpled folds, and then duty is too strong to sanction in another any de pointing to a chair she said somewhat soothingly, parture from a law so sacred, that Heaven has “Sit down Robert and listen to my reasons, which, ranked it prominent amongst its divine code. The however unsatisfactory to wounded affection, the feelings of abhorrence and disappointment, aroused most impartial judgment must admit to be proper. by the imputations cast upon your reputation, were Neither Gertrude Lewis' poverty, character or staheld in abeyance by my trustful confidence, but tion has aught to do with my opposition, but I can those of self-respect and just indignation cannot ex- never receive as my daughter one on whose birth tenuate and passively endure the cold and haughty rests the indelible stain of illegitimacy. Although I rejection of your mother. For your sake I forgive have generally regarded great disparity of posiher, but we must part forever.”
tion and education as inimical to that entire conThere was a gentle dignity blended with the geniality, so necessary to the happiness of the proud majesty of her mein as she arose and ex- conjugal state, yet such may be successfully chaliended her hand, but ere she had retreated a step lenged by a pure, disinterested love. To such, in Robert Preston stood before her as firm and lofty your case, I would yield, but let the moral characas herself, whilst he answered,
ier be unblemished, or at least let it be undeserving “We have indeed been sadly deceived, for the of public scorn and condemnation. It is said the strength of a true love could never thus yield to every legal ceremony was too late for the purity of Gerobstacle. I may bear the loss of an earthly Gertrude, trude's mother and the honor of her father, who was but I more deeply mourn over the fallen image which a man of loose principles and habits. He died the my too fond fancy liad so blindly deemed angelic. victim of such by liis own suicidal act, a few years Oh! Gertrude"--but the sorrowful exclamation after his marriage. Hence Mrs. Lewis' deep melwas unanswered, for she dared not trust even one ancholy and shrinking sensitiveness." glance as she left her lover, whose every word, Mrs. Preston paused, then tenderly taking the look and tone she feared would vanquish her dig- hand of her silent but agitated son, she asked nity and her resolution.
gently, “Can the severed chain be re-united in deDark clouds rolled hurriedly along the vast fiance of this insuperable objection, and ought a firmament, obscuring the various clusters of stars mother to be regarded unkind and ungenerous in which occasionally gleamed above the billowy not wishing her son to be thus enchained ?" ridges as if not unmindful of their glorious des- “ Your opposition is both natural and pardonable, liny in the absence of a superior light. But but still, dear mother, does not your sense of josall were unheeded by Robert Preston as he wan- tice plead in behalf of her who surely ought not to dered through retired pathways, where he had' be visited with the parents' sins, when she is so pore and worthy of the purest heart? Besides iscess of their exploring movements, for though the this an established fact ? Mrs. Lewis was a resi- latter was an adept in sales and retails, the servident here some years before you, and she may be ces of Mrs. Adder in affording the necessary capone of the many innocent persons who are assailed ital, slander, were of greater importance to "the by the aspersions of crooked malice,' or calum- noted firm,” without which the business would inny, which the whitest virtue strikes.' All may evitably suspend, while the responsibility of closing be disproved by an explanation which justice de- and rendering accounts would fall too heavily upon mands, and which your generous delicacy might Gossip and the rest of the company. effect."
The excitement, appertaining to the famous " It is a sufficient barrier lo me that such calom- match, which had so briskly propelled the wondrous nies should have ever had an existence, for I machine in P-was succeeded by a period of would have the posterity of my son free from the stagnation. Miss Dorothy's spirits became somevery breath of suspicion. No, the blood of a Pres- what depressed that all her intended efforts of seton could not minglingly flow in ignoble and impure curing, at the gay wedding, some conjugal cusreins. It would, therefore, do violence to my feel-tomer, were thus frustrated. The Hydes still ings of self-respect and family pride 10 exercise pursued their shirt-making in a tenor too even for soch a generosity.”
her lively interest, Jemima Snapall's wedding passThe same sun which shone so brilliantly upon ed off too quietly for her active notice, the Bragg Mrs. Adder's circulation amongst the fashionables, race continued too uninteresting for her endurance, witnessed the departure of Robert Preston for and the Leakes had no new boarders to arouse her the city, without one farewell word to the onfortu- curiosity, in fine this dull siale of the market nale object of his noble, disinterested love. The proved well-nigh ruinous to her mental energies, "" serpent longue" was as much in need of that as well as detrimental to the interests of Juan, power or “giftie" of sight as the "walking bul. whose claims upon her tender affections and interletio"—for in her eagerness to collect some in-est were almost forgotten in the dread torpor. Not formation or truth from the fountain head, or the so with Mrs. Adder, her powers and efforts were many babbling streams of rumor, she was quite zealously employed in behalf of Caroline, whose blind to the cool, scornful "cut of some, the success in the Berry speculation required her concautious reserve of others, and the decided indif- stant and immediate supervision. But happily for ference of all, whose aristocratic thresholds she those whose interests were so seriously involved cared to pass. That species of slander, vented in either the rise or decline of the business, a lerin insinuation and detraction, is, perhaps, more dan- rible sensation was created amongst the creditors gerous than direct malicious falsehood, for the and “the noted firm," by the sudden return of Kale simple reason that the law of the land takes Nelson accompanied by Robert Preston. What a cognizance of the latter, while the former is nodding of wise heads, opening of eyes, and gabamenable to no earthly tribanal. He, who ope- bling of longues ! Miss Dory scarcely took time rales by soch, invariably possesses the base cun to adjust her toilet or bow Juan's ear, for she must ning of the serpent with a no small portion of his see "dear Sophy” every day as she had unfortuFenom, which preys upon the character as a ma- nately sprained her ankle and was of course delignant fever upon the body, and poisons the very prived of all exploring researches. Caroline and vitals of society. Alas! that the number of such the Leakes were brought into dear, familiar intermoral pleonasms should be so large, though we do course every evening, though Maria had so many Dot presume to question the wisdom of Providence little commissions to execute she could hardly in allowing them to exist, for He has, doubtless, spare a sociable evening with Mrs. Adder, who sotne wise porpose to subserve, by the indulgence frequently charged Caroline with pressing invitawhich he extends to lives that are but lule better tions, but after repeated failures, she at last sucthan death. In view of all social and civil preser-ceeded in securing her for a few precious hours, vation it should therefore be the duty and employ- and never was a long-Jooked-for steamer hailed ment of the good and useful, who seem destined to with such intense interest as the irresistible Maria. fulfil the office of moral scavengers, to clear off the The usual preliminaries of business had hardly conglomeration of impurity, which the insidious been entered upon, when who should be announced harpies of slander ever strew in the patlıways of but the veritable Kate Nelson and Robert Preston. life. But it would be a picture too revolting to ex. What an awful panic and suspension of breath prepose the workings of Mrs. Adder's heart when vailed! Kate's lustrous eye glanced witheringly Robert Preston 8 departure was certified and the upon the astonished group, while her graceful match entirely broken off, while poor Gertrude be- height seemed almost terrific as she approached came the target of her loudly expressed pity, for it Mrs. Adder, whose offered hand was untouched, was really unjost and unfeeling in any one to treat when she said in a clear, calm voice ; her with contemptuous neglect. Her triumph over "I have called, Mrs. Adder, for the siinple purMiss Dory was complete, as it regarded the suc-'pose of enlightening you, with regard to an impor
tant matter, upon which it appears you have specula- | persons whom she so affectionately loved, she ac. ted largely. Here is the certificate of one of the companied Robert to adjust all matters with her several friendly witnesses present at the marriage stately aunt. Mrs. Lewis received the advances of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis, which took place some of Mrs. Preston with dignity and courtesy; and twenty years ago. Gertrude, I believe, is scarce though she admitted with her usual meek candor, nineteen,-a little younger than your niece,-of that there was just cause for the laiter's prejudice, whose genealogy I claim no further knowledge, she gently rebuked her pride, in suffering such to than that your sister's offspring claim an unin- influence her conduct, ere the calumnies were thoherited name, which might have remained in its roughly investigated and the trnth well established. tarnished obscurity, but for the 'serpent tongue" It was a joyous and brilliant assembly, that of her worthy aunt. It would be wiser in you gathered in the old ivied church of P---, and as hereafter to look more at self and in your own the bridal train swept down the aisle, the majesheart, ere you dare to calumniate the character tic beauty of Kate Nelson, altended by a manly and crush the feelings of others. I doubt not,” looking stranger, attracted the gaze of every one. added she, with a meaning smile, as she glanced She, too, wore the mystic wreath, for although the around and addressed her consin, “but the ladies bridesmaid of the gentle Gertrude, her attire was present will exercise the same charity in circula- also that of a bride, and as soon as the venerable ting the facts I have proved, as they have in re- minister pronounced his prayerful blessing upon tailing your slanders.”
Robert and Gertrude Preston, the impressive cereWe dare not break the gasping silence that fol- mony was again read, which united the destinies lowed the retreating step of Kate Nelson and Rob- of the noble-minded Kate Nelson and the honored ert Preston; nor can we depict the extent of the and honorable Edwin Mercer. shock sustained by “the noted firm." But not- “ The noted firm" and busy customers were withstanding this ominous fluctuation, there was again thrown upon the troubled estuary of wonder no suspension, and soon countless notes and bills and curiosity. As there was no blessed telegraph to were issued, filled with important items respecting communicate the news of Kate's bridal purchases the revived match. The few particulars involved in the city, or to announce the expected coming of in the astounding denouement demand our courteous Mr. Mercer, which she so wisely kept secret, they attention, and for the gratification of those who have actually hesitated to accept the drafts or endorse a greater taste for the course of true love than the the notes of those, whose names were too respectadark, sinuous one of slander, we will present as ble and secure, to doubt the authenticity of the two brief a summary as possible.
marriages. When Robert Preston communicated to Kate Although no heavy damages were awarded against the unfortunate issue of his love suit, from the ru- Mr. Adder in a slander suit, it soon became appamors afloat, she immediately devised its speedy and rent that some other equally heavy demands jeoparcomplete renewal. Having accidentally mention- dized his business, until he finally became a ruined ed the name of Mrs. Lewis in connection with some bankrupt. The public exposure of his wife's disevent in P--, to a lady, Kate learned that she was graceful agency in calumniating the Lewises, filled an old and intimate friend of the family. She there. him with the deepest mortification, which, with the fore called on her immediately and received all domestic bickerings and unhappiness of his home, the necessary information respecting Gertrude's soon drove him to that enticing Lethean cup, whose parents, as also the certificate mentioned. This dangerous foam and sparkling hue serve but to deprecaution she regarded essential, as she well coy its victim into the power of congregated fiends knew the malice of many persons in P-- might and lead him down to a horrible and maddening cast a doubt upon her veracity, because exerci- death. The ruinous failure of Mr. Adder, followsed in favor of her friend and cousin. It was true ed by his wretched death, deprived Mrs. Adder of that Mr. Lewis had early led a life of reckless dis. even the common necessaries of life, and so vivid sipation, being the heir of an uncle, whose wealth was the remembrance of her serpent tongue," afforded him every indulgence, but whose lasting that not one friendly hand extended her aid, nor displeasure he incurred, by an union with a poor one voice breathed a word of sympathy for her clergyman's daughter. The marriage was clan- misfortunes. She was thus forced to toil for even destine, and when all hope of appeasing his uncle's the coarsest bread, alone, neglected and despised. wrath expired, in the final transfer of his wealth To escape the tyrannical railings of her aunt, Carto another nephew, the chagrined and incensed oline married some miserable impostor, who abanMr. Lewis left the city, and no intelligence reached doned her to the fate of destitution and humiliating his former friends, either of his residence or wel- woe. Miss Dorothy continued her efforts of subfare, until the papers of P--announced his sudden jugating time, until his inroads became not only death from an affection of the heart. This informa- too terrible for all the expedients and prowess of tion was sufficient to stimulate Kate to farther exer- art, but also for the preservation of her health. tions, and full of hope that all would be well with two 'She was doomed to mourn the irreparable loss of dear Juan, who was interred with all due respect beautiful and poetic spots of Virginia, no song, under her chamber window, where it was her mel. but that of nature's own minstrels, who sing not ancholy pastime to sit and gaze upon the sacred lo'numbers and the harp,' has ever come, notspot and sigh over the blue bows still treasured in withstanding the many of her sons and daughters, her work-box. The chronic rheumatism gradually (meaning, among the former, to include Mr. Farrendered her a peevish cripple, as voracious after mer himself) whose pens could do her classic trithe last veritable quack, or authenticated cure, as bute," he concluded " despite the herd of soi disant she ever was after strange news and suspicious ru- critics (and among them, doubtless, Mr. Farmer mors. The measure Maria Leake had so often would include us) to lay his humble (?) verse before meted to others, by the disclosure of secrets, was the world in the shape of a book." Having thus fully measured to her in the manifest contempt and clearly explained himself, Mr. Farmer commends poblic avoidance she continually met with, not only his verses to the consideration of all " who love from those she had basely betrayed, but from all Virginia with her hills and streams and romantic whose friendship she imagined secured by her de- scenery,” “ without a care or regard for those who ceitful designs.
may be inclined 10 cavil or condemn.” Mr. FarSeneca says "malice drinks half its poison," but mer is fortunate in this indifference to censure; fur the whole draught will assuredly be the portion of we fear that if he were disposed to be annoyed by all who do not make a speedy, full, and uncondi- the cavillings of the aforesaid " herd," his existtional surrender of their interest in "lhe noied ence, for some time to come, would be anything firm" of Slander, Gossip & Co.
but a pleasurable one. Fredericksburg, Jan., 1848.
For ourselves, we took up the volume in the kindest spirit and with the hope that we might find in it something worthy of Virginia and her sources of inspiration. Much of her most majestic scenery has had no harp strung to its praises, and we have long wished that some natural-born subject
of her soil, breathing the divine afflatus and aniNotices of New works.
mated by that glow of patriotic feeling, wbich dis-
his native State,
The highest meed of fame will be justly due to This is a home book, published by home book- him, who, leaving the cloud-land of our rose-colored sellers, descriptive of Virginia scenery and written novelists and sentimental rhymers, shall delineate by a Virginia lawyer. As such, it bespeaks our the boldness and grandeur of our landscapes, or 1efavorable opinion, by assailing is in the tenderest hearse the deeds of revolutionary and colonial story. point—that of State pride—and the reader will not From Mr. Farmer's preface, we had been induced wonder that we have read it with some attention. to hope that he had, in some measure, performed The impression it has made upon us we are reluc- this grateful task. But, to our regret, we find, that tant to acknowledge, and yet, in discharging the he has written, in easy, octosyllabic verse, a halfoffice of independent and impartial criticism, we Scottish, half-Persian tale, full of bad taste and cannot see how to avoid doing so, and we therefore worse grammar and marked by feeble imitations of give it as our opinion. based upon the present ef. Scott and Moore. fort, that if Mr. C. M. Farmer was born a poet, Mais commencer avec le commencement. The his natal star has, somehow, “ shot madly from its Fairy of the Stream, the principal poem of the sphere."
volume, is a tale of Staunton River, which, it Mr. Farmer tells us, in his Preface, that “the may be well to state for the information of our poems composing this volume" (like those of nine. readers, is one of the head waters of the Roanoke, ty-nine out of every hundred passengers up Par- having its rise, we believe, in the county of Mont
were written “ more with the view gomery. By the banks of this stream Mr. Farof beguiling the author's leisure hours, than of mer places a susceptible young gentleman, (Allan,) ever presenting them to the public.” “Indeed who falls in love, unfortunately, with two ladies ; ibe latter was not at the first his intention.” We the one a resident of the county, (perhaps of CharTegret very much that the author should have lotte,) bearing the very pretty and not uncommon changed a determination, wisely formed, of con- name of Agnes, the other a creature of fairy-land, fining his musings within a circumscribed and all grace and gossamer, with a heart full of passion friendly circuit. Bat he resolved to print. “Re- and a very scanty and insuficient wardrobe. The Hecting," says he, " that from some of the most jealousies springing up from this unhappy state of
affairs, between Pirouz, (for that is the unchristian to flow by all these objects of surrounding nature, appellation of the fairy,) and Agnes, furnish the which are themselves beguiled by some influence materiel of the story. This explanation will ena- not satisfactorily explained. Allan goes on with ble our readers to follow us more intelligibly along “ The Story” and recounts, how one summer eventhe course of Mr. Farmer's narrative.
ing in his childhood, he had come to this favorite After the Preface comes the "Invocation," where spot and fallen asleep, Mr. Farmer informs us that
“While, through her star-lit halls on high “The lance and spear of chivalry are lost,"
The moon in solemn state advanced,
Like some proud queen of earth, alone, (an idea that occurred, many years ago, to the late Through courtly chambers to her throne." Mr. Edmund Burke, who wrote some Reflections on the French Revolution,) and that
The idea is a good one, but it is evidently bor
rowed froin that splendid passage of Scripture, • The valiant Hector and his Trojan host
where the sun is said to “come forth as a brideHave from the plains and blood of battle fled,”
groom out of his chamber, rejoicing as a giant to which, we must say, is a most ungenerous ascrip-run his course.” Mr. Farmer should recollect too, tion of cowardice to one, who, according to the most
that queens of earth are always attended to the reliable authors, was as brave as Agamemnon.
throne by a numerous retinue of "ladies in waiiThe Invocation is followed by the “ Proem,” ing” and never go on state occasions, as he reprewhere Mr. Farmer describes the scene,—the locus sents them, " alone."
But to return, in quo—of his story. The peaks of Otter are seen in the distance. These bold mountains derive their
Hail Muse et cetera, we left Allan sleeping, name from Otter creek, but Mr. Farmer spells the word Ottar, thinking, perhaps, at the time, of the that is, just at that portion of his narrative where Ottar of Roses. They, (the Peaks,) seem to he relates his nap. Well, he had a dream, and this kiss the purple skies,”
affords Mr. Farmer an unbounded poetic license 10
introduce all sorts of absurdities.
Before the rapt gaze of Allan, in this beatific
vision, najads met to tell their loves, on the inargin Each far off cot and gilded spire,
of a broad and sparkling river, where the olive and Glowing with soft but ralliant light,
myrtle bloomed and broad fields of golden herbage As if embossed with living fire."
lay stretched out, until the eye failed to scan their
boundaries. Then he sees a skiff dancing a mi. Where are the “gilded spires" on Staunton River ? and what does Mr. Farmer mean by emboss being pleased thereat, he looses the silken cord
nuet on the wave, (a rather novel exhibition,) and sing " far off cots and gilded spires ?" Unless they which bound it to the shore, and jumping into it, are made of pasteboard we cannot imagine. The lines we have quoted are spoken by Allan wind, (which was a fair wind,) would carry birn.
commits a larceny by sailing off as rapidly as the to Agnes, standing on a cliff that overlooks the Bright and beautiful objects met the eye on either river. After some allusions to the birds, “nature's
hand, own minstrels,” Allan calls the attention of his beloved to a rock, which is prominently in view, and
“While many a tributary stream, which could tell strange stories of a former firta
Impatient in its progress leaped tion, if rocks could only speak. As the rock can.
O'er amber precipices down
To coral beds below," not, however, Allan consents to gratify the womanly curiosity of his companion with a recital of and orange-boughs laved their leaves in the water; this affaire du caur.
salt-water we suppose from the formation of the “And thus the thrilling story ran;"
coral. Then he heard a syren singing, and the
wind lulled, in a very accommodating manner, to " THE STORY."
enable him to catch the words. These made so “ When years ago, a happy child.
strong an impression upon his memory, that, in his By birds and flowers and waler flowing,
waking moments, he relained every syllable, and to And fragrant shrubs all widely growing, And fields and waving trees beguiled,
this distinctness of recollection we are indebted for I often sought this silent spot," &c., &c., &c.
THE NATAD'S SONG. Bot enough. We must pause to discover the meaning of our hero. He doubtless designs to
“From beneath the green waters, so clear and sweet,
Where the fairest and loveliest naiads meet convey the impression that as a little boy he had
Each rosy morn with smiles as bright been “ beguiled by birds and flowers," &c., but the
And glowing as Aurora's light, construction is very different, and the child is made To honor their queen, the fairest of all,