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curse, and then, deliberately drawing it without having been able to accomplish forth, cast it on the ground beside her, their object. Lawrence then accompa. . “Degenerate girl!” he said, in accents' nied Commodore Bainbridge on a cruise . . that vainly struggled for calm, “If thouto the East Indies; but they separated hast admitted to thy heart one unworthy near St. Salvador, on the coast of Brazil, thought towards a Moorish insidc, dig the Hornet remaining there to blockade

*deep and root it out, even with the knife

and to the death—so wilt thou saye this

. . hand from that degrading task.”
. He drew himself hastily from her grasp

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a British ship of war, laden with specie; till compelled to retire by the arrival of a seventy-four. Feb. 24, 1813, the Horne: fell in with the brig Peacock, Captain Peak, which he took after a furious action of fifteen minutes. This vessel was deemed one of the finest of her class in the British navy. In the number of her men and guns, she was somewhat inferior to the Hornet. She sunk before all the pris. oners could be removed. The latter was considerably damaged in the rigging and s::ils, but he? hull was scarcely hurt. |Lawrence returned to the Unitsd States; where he was welcomed with the applause due to his conduct; but the most

yer was anxious that he should pursue honorable eulogy bestowed upon it, was his own profession; and, when only thir-contained in a letter, published by the teen years of age, i.e commenced theos::cers of the Peacock, expressing their study of the law; but after the death of gratitude for the considcratien and kindhis father, entered the navy as a midship-lness with which they had been treated. man, in 1798. In 1801, the Tripoli war Shortly after his return, he was ordered having commenced he was promoted, and, to repair to Boston, and take command of in 1863, was sent out to the Mediterrane-the frigate Chesapeake. This he did with

an, as the first lieutenant of the schooncrgreat regret, as the Chesapeake was one.

Enterprise. While there, he performed of the worst ships in the navy. He had a conspicuous part in the destruction of been but a short time at Boston, when the frigate Philadelphia which had beer; the British frigate Shannon, Captain captured by the Tripolitans. In the same|Brooke, appeared before the harbor, and year he was invested with the temporary descd the Chesapeake to combat. Law.

rence did not refuse the challenge, al

command of the lonterprise, during the bombardment of Tripoli, by Commodore though his ship was far from being in a

Preble, all the ships of the squadron being employed to cover the boats during the attack; and so well did he execute his duty, that the Commodore could not restrain the expression of his thanks. He

condition, for action; and June 1st, 1813, he sailed out of the harbor and engaged his opponent. After the ship had exchanged several breadsides, and Law. rence had been wounded in the he

reinaided in the Mediterranean three years, and then returned with Preble to the United States, having previously time, the enemy boarded, and, after a ween transferred to the frigate John Ad-idesperate'resistance, succeeded in taking ams, as the first lieutenant. In June, 1812 possession of the ship. Almost all the war was declared between Great Britain occo's of the Chesapeake were either and the United States, and Lawrence, at killed or wounded. The last exclamation the time in continod of the Hornet, as of Lawrence, as they were carrying him few days affe wards sailed with a squad-below, after the fatal wound, was, “Bon't ron under the orders of Commodore Rog. give up the ship.” He lingered for four ers, for the purpose of intercepting the Ja-days in intense pain, and, expired on the maica fleet. They returned, however, at 5th of June. He was buried at Halifax the cnd of the following Month to Boston with every mark of honor.

called his boarders, when he re d musketball in his body. At the same

coveNT GARDEN THEATRE, Bow STREET.

- - > || “ss is possible," returned he, “that a - *To 2-4- few years passed in India can have The Parting aid Return. wo o à change, that you cannot

BY JOHN MALCOLM. recognize your off friend Morris o' Morris, indeed, it was; and after the Passing one evening along the piazza first burst of pleasure and surprise, at this of Covent-Garden theatre, I entered the unexpected meeting, was over, we left tho house, and with some disticulty wedged theatre, and a Yourned to a tavern in the my way into the pit, which, owing to the neighborhood, where we partook of a first appearance of a new play, was more light repast. As soon as the supper equipthan usually crowded. age was removed and we were left to our. Whether the fault was in the piece isolo “I congratulate you,” said I, “upon self or in the acting I cannot say, but, cer-your return to your native country, and tain it is, I felt little or no interest in the almost envy you the seclings arising from performance, and began—as is usual in it, which I have no doubt more than coinsuch cases—to look about, and to seek a-pensate for the pain of absence and privamusement in a survey of the company. {tion –indeed, the trials of a few years

W was busily engaged in scanning spent abroad are not to be regretted, since the round me, I observed that mythey enable is to appreciate and enjoy the

own . diligently perused by a gentle-comforts and delights of home during the man dressed in black, who was sitting rest of our lives.” - -

close beside me. I looked at him in my “You are mistaken,” replied Morris; turn, and felt a dim and confused remem-lo the enviable feelings which you supposo

brance of having seen him before. is possess, exist but in your imagination, as “If I am not much mistaken,” said the they once did by anticipation in mine; but

stranger, “your name is o let not him who has sojourned in a dis. “Your acquaintance with my name,” tant land, give way to his longings to rereplied I, “confirms the conjecture that I visit the scenes of his childhood and re

nown to me, thbugh at this moment I can-keep the mountains and the sea betwixt wot recollect it, or tell when and where shim and his place of birth, Shrined in have seen you." hi. heart and glowing 'with the light of

ad begun to form; that yours is not once the walks of his youth-let him !

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happier days, lies that fairy land of memo-curiosity which their entrance excited ry; but to revisit its scenes would be to among the congregation, I guessed that lash the picture with shade, and to strike they were strangers in that part of the out from it the fair familiar faces that country. There was nothing remarkable gladden our dreams, or touch them within the appearance of the gentleman, except he dreary traces of time-let him there- an expression of worldly shrewdness, ore enjoy the beauteous vision as it ex-which I felt to be disagreeable ; but his ists in memory, but not seek to view the wife had a mild and dignified demeanour, reality with a faded eye and a disenchain-land his daughter was one of those who, ed heart.” once seen, are never"to be forgotten. “I am well aware that all our enjoy- “She might then have been about the ments come short of our anticipations, yet age of seventeen; but her countenance had I fear there must have been some untow-more thoughtfulness and feeling than genard circumstances in your case which erally belong, or indeed seem natural to have mingled unhappy associations with such early years. Her features were not the senses which should naturally give rise of that regular description with which

to the sweetest emotions.” ‘painters and sculptors body forth as their

“That is too true,” said Morris with a sigh, “there is in my case a circumstance of sorrow that well may cloud the brightest day and the fairest scene; and though perhaps it is wrong in me to trouble you with a record of my errors and sufferings, yet, since by communication we lighten the burden of our woes, I know you will forgive me.” He then began as sollows:— “I had nearly completed the course of education which is generally considered sufficient for young men destined to seek their fortunes abroad, when, through the interest of an uncle who had been long resident in India, I was appointed to a cadet ship in the Company's service. “I left the scene of my studies in order to pay a farewell visit to my relations in the North Highlands of Scotland, and for that purpose took my seat in the mail coach, which brought me, at a turn of the road, within a few miles of my birth place, where I left it, and, striking off from the highway proceeded on foot towards my native glen. “It was Sabbath morning, and as I advanced upon my journey f began to see the "dwellers of the hills' assembling towards the church, and to hear the chime of the bells. Before the commencement of divine service, I also had reached it, and entered in along with the humble friends *...* of my early youth. “In a few minutes a middle aged gentleman walked in, accompanied by his wife and daughter, and seated themselves in a pew almost opposite to the one which

conceptions of perfect beauty, but possessed in a far greater degree, the power of fascinating the beholder; for they beamed with that light of the soul which the cunning of the pencil cannot steal ; nor need 1 regret that it had not the power to fix upon earth the image of that beauty which is now in Heaven, since the picture is better engraved on my heart; and there, at least, the cheek hath not lost its rose, nor the eye its ray. But to return. “The service of the day commenced, and the sermon seemed to be a farewell address to men about to leave their country, and to seek a home in a distant land. They were exhorted not to despond be. cause their place of refuge lay beyond the great waters, -they were reminded that God is every-where present, and would be with them in the wide wilderness as much as in the haunts of men; that we are at best, but strangers and sojourners upon earth, as all our fathers were, and that having here no continuing city, we seek One to COnc. “These passages of the sermon ed to give pain to the strangers; by ch circumstance I conjectured that they were a family which had been expected for Some time past in the parish, and that the gentleman was the person who had taken a lease of the surrounding district for the purpose of throwing it into sheep farms; in consequence of which, so many people were about to be turned adrift upon the world, and obliged to seek a home in the wilds of America. “When the service was concluded, the

I occupied; and by the stir and bustle of

strangers left the church, and passed hasti.

through the crowd, who eyed them in sullen silence as they walked along the glen towards a house lately erected by the proprietor of the district for his new tenant, by which circumstance my conjecture respecting them was confirmed. “There they go!” exclaimed an aged woman who had once seen better days, “there they go, but the blessing of the poor goeth not with them I had hoped,” continued she, “to have been allowed to die where I have lived, and to lay me down in peace beside my fathers: but it may not be, the stranger hath come and left me neither house nor home; yet mark my words. Yon blighted tree was once strong and flourishing; it fed upon destuction, for its stem was in the grave, and was nourished by the tears of the widow and the fatherless; but the thunder came at last; it scathed the boughs, and the trunk withered; and so shall it fare with the despoiler of the poor. The hope of his heart, the child of his love shall perish,_even yon young maiden, fair a flower though she be as ever gladdened a cottage or graced a court; but it needs

sister being the only young woman of a rank corresponding to her’s in that part. of the country, they were often together, and I had frequent opportunities of enjoying her society and gaining her affections. “From me her young unsophisticated heart received the indelible impression of first love, and I in turn became devoted to her. Our attachment was unsuspected by her parents, and indeed was known to no one but my sister, who, although she disapproved of it as imprudent and likely to end in disappointment, had yet too much sympathy with our happiness to throw any impediment in the way of our meetings, or deprive us of the pleasure which we felt in each other's society. “The time at length approached for my departure: we had our last meeting, and at that feast of tears I vowed eternas fidelity, and promised that as soon as my services abroad should entitle me to leave of absence, I would return, when, with improved prospects, I might solicit her hand with the reasonable hope of obtaining the consent of her parents.

not the vision which is now upon my soul to foretell her doom; for there is that on her pale and thoughtful face, which to the

experienced eye of a mother, who i.

me, has seen her own fair daughters drop away, speaks of an early grave.” “I was much shocked at this speech of the old woman, whose denunciation of death against the young, beautiful, and unoffending girl had something fiendish in it, which curdled my blood, and seemed the curse of the withered heart on which the prophet spirit had come down before death. “I arrived at my destination in the evening. was the }. of a friend with whom fly sister resided, who was the nearest living relative I had. “We were happy to meet, and had much to ask and communicate. I retired to bed at a late hour; but the image of the fair stranger whom I had seen at church, and which had angrossed my waking thoughts, came back upon my dreams. “I will not dwell upon the minute details of the progress of my affection for the fair Emma. Suffice it to say, that I

“I took my departure with a heavy heart, and proceeded to London, where I embarked on board a vessel bound for Calcutta. We dropped down the river in the night, and having entered the Channel on the following day, bore away in the direction of the Land's End, and then stood out to sea.

“The sun was setting in the west, and gilding the green earth, then sinking in the deep; and, oh! what a world of slumbeling feelings and long-lost memories flashed back upon my heart as I beheld the ‘land of my birth and my father's grave,’ and the scene of my past joys and sorrows, which held all that was dear to me in life, waning over the waters, saint and far away as the phantom shores of the land of dreams! I watched it as it lessened along the deep to a dark line,—a speck that glimmered a while through the mist of tears which obscured my gaze. I dashed the dew from my eyelids and looked again; but the vision was gone,—all gone, —it might be forever. I shall never see these shores fade again with such a pang, and strange as it may seem, I grieve thereat. So blessed a thing is youth, that we

soon became acquainted with the family, where I was a frequent visiter; and my

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regret the loss even of its sorrows.

“After a voyage of the average length, we reached our destination, where I was received and welcomed by my uncle in the most flattering manner, and entered with the fairest prospects upon oriental life. Yet still I was a stranger in a distant land, whose mode of life were foreign to my heart, where day was a season of lan. guid repose, and eve, which at home was sacred to quiet walks and soothing contemplations, was the time of enjoyment; for it wasted me away into the land of

me a last letter, seemingly calm and pas-
sionless; for though my apostacy was
death to her young heart, yet the dignity
and proper pride of a true woman con-
cealed the wound. In that letter she ab-
solved me from my engagement to her,
wished me every happiness through life,
and bade me an eternal farewell.
“After our correspondence had finally
ceased, I heard nothing of her for a con-
siderable time. At length I received a
packet from my sister, who did not seem

memory, and gave me back in vision the

to be acquainted with what had happened

smiles and sweet faces that were far as her letter did not contain one upbraid.

by degrees I began to mingle with and at length to relish the society among which my lot was cast.

“About this time it was my misfortune

o, sing word; yet it was written in a strain “Would it had continued over so but

which cut mo to the heart.
“It informed me, that, in consequence,
she feared, of some secret sorrow, her

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bad health and low spirits, ending in a

to become acquainted with a set of young brain sever, from which her recovery was men whose peculiar boast it was to be impersect, that her intellects continued proof against the fascinations of woman, in a disordered state, and that she apor as they expressed it. the gunning of the peared to be rapidly sinking into a desex. Love, as it is felt in Young and in-cline. nocent hearts, was to them the inexharis- “It was then for the first time that ‘I tible theme of ridicule, and the existence felt the pangs of remorse; and it was by of female virtue they considered cntitled awakened feeling that my reason was ento the same degree of credit as that of abled to detect the miserable sophistry the Phoenix While they confined them-by which it had been deluded, and to be selves, however, to general and sweeping sensible of the absurdity of forming an assertions, their opinions had little or me estimate of all womankind from the coninfluence upon me; but when these were duct of some of the worst of the sex backed by a multitude of corroborative whom my companions might have known acts and particular examples of derelic-in England or in India, in whose alliantion from virtue, with which their own ccs the heart had no share, and with evil experience had supplied them, my whom wealth even if coupled with age mind insensibly but strongly imbibed the and disease, was preferred to every thing oison of their riorinciples, of which the else. I felt ashamed of myself for having aneful effects soon became cvident, and Ibeen the dupe of fools, and longed to

begun to repent of my vows to the fond,
confiding girl who had given me her heart.
“For a considerable time I had com-
bated opinions which I saw, if generally
received, must be bitterly subversive of
the social charities; but the end of suspi-
cion once fairly roused, could not be laid
and shook, like an earthquake, the peace
of my once unsuspecting heart.
“Hitherto my correspondence with
Emma had been both frequent and regular
but now, although I still duly received
her letters, my replies became gradually

make reparation to the girl whom I had
so deeply wronged, if it might not yet be
too latc. - slo
“For this purpose I was just about to.
apply for leave to return home, when my
uncle died, leaving me sole heir to his for.
tune, which was considerable. I imme.
diately resigned my situation in India,
and embarked in a vessel about to sail
for England.
“Once more did I behold the cliffs of
Albion soar like a white wall over the sea:
but they rose upon my gaze with troubled

colder, then less punctual, and at last emotions, for my soul was dark, and cast

ceased altogether. She could no longer misunderstand my meaning, and wrote

a shadow over every scene. Immediate. ly upon landing, I set off for Scotland,

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