we are none of us grate hands at the pen ; 't is stir to show that he is not governed by a woman, as well I make this my copie-booke.

wille make things worse. Meanwhile, how woulde * Oh, strange event ! Can this be happi- I have them? Am I most pleased or payned? disnesse ? Why, then am I soe feared, soe mazed, mayed or flattered ? Indeed I know not. soe prone to weeping? I woulde that mother

I am soe sorry to have swooned. were here. Lord have mercie on me a sinfulle, Needed I have done it, merelie to heare there was sillie girl, and guide my steps arighte.

one who soughte my favour? Aye, but one soe * * It seemes like a dreame, (I have done wise! so thoughtfulle! soe unlike me! naughte but dreame of late, I think,) my going along y® matted passage, and hearing voices in my

Bedtime; same daye. father's chamber, just as my hand was on yo latch ;

* Who knoweth what a daye will bring and my withdrawing my hand, and going softlie forth? After writing ye above, I sate like one away, though I never paused at disturbing him stupid, ruminating on I know not what, except on before ; and, after I had beene a fulle hour in ye ye unlikelihood that one so wise would trouble stille room, turning over ever soe manie trays full himselfe to seeke for aught and yet fail to win. of dried herbs and flower-leaves, hearing him After abiding a long space in mine owne chamber, come forthe and call, “Moll ; deare Moll ; where alle below seeming still, I began to wonder shoulde are you?” with I know not what of strange in we dine alone or not, and to have a hundred hot yo tone of his voice; and my running to him hast- and cold fitts of hope and feare. Thought I, if ilie, and his drawing me to his chamber, and Mr. Milton comes, assuredlie I cannot goe down ; closing ye doore. Then he takes me round ye but yet I must ; but yet I will not ; but yet y® best waiste, and remains quite silent awhile; I gazing will be to conduct myselfe as though nothing had on him so strangelie ! and at length, he says with happened ; and, as he seems to have left the house a kind of sigh, “ Thou art indeed but young yet! long ago, maybe he hath returned to Sheepscote, scarce seventeen—and fresh, as Mr. Milton says, or even to London. Oh that London ! Shall I as the earlie May ; too tender, forsooth, to leave indeede ever see it? and y rare shops, and yo playus yet, sweet child! But what wilt say, Moll, houses, and St. Paul's, and ye Towre? But what when I tell thee that a well-esteemed gentleman, and if that ever comes to pass ? Must I leave whom as yet indeed I know too little of, hath home?. dear Forest Hill? and father and mother. craved of me access to ye house as one that woulde and ye boys? more especiallie Robin? Ah! but win your favour ?"

father will give me a long time to think of it. He Thereupon, such a suddain faintness of y® spiritts will, and must. overtooke me, (a thing I am noe way subject to,)

Then dinner-time came ; and with dinner-time, as that I fell down in a swound at father's uncle Hewlett and Ralph, Squire Paice and Mr. feet ; and when I came to myselfe agayn, my

Milton. We had a huge sirloin, soe no feare of hands and feet seemed full of prickles, and there short commons. I was not ill pleased to see soe was a humming, as of Rose's bees, in mine ears. manie; it gave me an excuse for holding my Lettice and Margery were tending of me, and peace, but I could have wished for another woman. father watching me full of care ; but soe soone However, father never thinks of that, and mother as he saw me open mine eyes, he bade the maids will soone be home. After dinner yo elder men stand aside, and sayd, stooping over me, “ Enough, went to y bowling-greene with Dick and Ralph ; dear Moll, we will talk noe more of this at pres- the boys to y fish-ponds; and, or ever I was ent."

“Onlie just tell me," quoth I, in a whis-aware, Mr. Milton was walking with me on the per,

“ who it is." Guesse,” sayd he. “I terrace. My dreame came soe forcibly to mind, cannot,” I softlie replied ; and, with the lie, came that my heart seemed to leap into my mouth ; but such a rush of blood to my cheeks as betraied me. The kept away from yo fish-ponds, and from leave“ I am sure you have though,” said deare father taking, and from his morning discourse with my gravelie," and I neede not say it is Mr. Milton, father- at least for awhile; but some way he got of whome I know little more than you doe, and round to it, and sayd soe much, and soe well, that, that is not enough. On the other hand, Roger after alle my father's bidding me keepe quiete and Agnew sayth that he is one of whom we can take my time, and mine owne resolution to think never know too much, and there is somewhat much and long, he never rested till he had changed about him which inclines me to believe it." ye whole appearance of things, and made me " What will mother say ?”' interrupted I. There- promise to be his, wholly and trulie.—And oh! at father's countenance changed ; and he hastilie I feare I have beene too quickly wonne. answered, “ Whatever she likes ; I have an ánswer for her, and a question too ;” and abruptlie May 23d. At leaste, so sayeth the calendar : left me ; bidding me keepe myselfe quiet. but with me it hath beene trulie an April daye,

But can I? Oh, no! Father hath sett a alle smiles and teares. And now my spiritts are stone rolling, unwitting of its course. It hath soe perturbed and dismaid, as that I know not prostrated me in ye first instance; and will, I mis- whether to weepe or no, for methinks crying wa doubt, hurt my mother. Father is bold enow in relieve me. At first waking this inorning my mind her absence, but when she comes back will leave was elated at ye falsitie of my mother's notion, that me to face her anger alone; or else, make such a no man of sense woulde think me worth yo having ;

he sang

and soe I got up too proude, I think, and came nought amisse ; soe went on, most like truth and down too vain, for I had spent an unusuall time at love that lookes cu speake or words sounde. “Oh, y glasse. My spiritts, alsoe, were soe unequall, I know it, I feel it :- henceforthe there is a life that ye boys took notice of it, and it seemed as reserved for us in which angels may sympathize. though I coulde breathe nowhere but out of doors; For this most excellent gift of love shall enable so the children and I had a rare game of play in us to read together ye whole booke of sanctity and y home close, but ever and anon I kept looking virtue, and emulate eache other in carrying it into towards ye road and listening for horses' feet, till practice ; and as the wise Magians kept theire eyes Robin sayd, “ One we think yo king was coming.” steadfastlie fixed on y® star, and followed it righte but at last came Mr. Milton quite another way, on, through rough and smoothe, soe, we, with this walking through ye fields with huge strides. Kate bright beacon, which indeed is set on fire of heaven, saw him firste, and tolde me; and then sayd, shall pass on through yo peacefull studdies, sur“ What makes you look soe pale?”

mounted adversities, and victorious agonies of life,

ever looking steadfastlie up! We sate a good space under the hawthorn hedge Alle this, and much more, as tedious to heare on ye brow of ye hill, listening to ye mower's as to write, did I listen to, firste with flagging atscythe, and the song of birds, which seemed tention, next with concealed wearinesse ;—and as enough for him, without talking; and as he spake wearinesse, if indulged, never is long concealed, it not, I helde my peace, till, with y sun in my soe chanced, by ill-luck, that Mr. Milton, sudeyes, I was like to drop asleep; which, as his own dainlie turning his eyes from heaven upon poor face was from me, and towards ye landskip, he me, caughte, I can scarcelie expresse how slighte, noted not. I was just aiming for mirthe's sake to an indication of discomforte in my face ; and insteale away, when he suddainlie turned about and stantlie a cloud crossed his owne though as thin fell to speaking of rurall life, happinesse, heaven, as that through which y sun shines while it floats and such like, in a kind of rapture; then, with his over him. Oh, 't was not of a moment! and yet elbow half raising him from y grass, lay looking at in that moment we seemed eache to have seene ye me; then commenced humming or singing I know other, though but at a glance, under new circumnot what strayn, but 't was of “begli occhi” and stances :—as though two persons at a masquerade “chioma aurata,” and he kept smiling the while had just removed theire masques and put them on

agayn. This gave me my seconde pang :- I felt After a time we went in-doors; and then came I had given him payn; and though he made as my firste pang: for father founde out how I had though he forgot it directly, and I tooke payns to pledged myself overnighte; and for a moment make him forget it, I coulde never be quite sure looked so grave, y' my heart misgave me for hav- whether he had. ing been soe hastie. However, it soone passed off :

* My spiritts were soe dashed by this, deare father's countenance cleared, and he even and by learning his age to be soe much more than seemed merrie at table; and soon after dinner alle I had deemed it, (for he is thirty-five! Who coulde ye party dispersed save Mr. Milton, who loitered have thoughte it?) that I had thenceforthe, the with me on ye terrace. After a short silence he aire of being much more discreete and pensive exclaimed, “ How good is our God to us in alle his than belongeth to my nature : whereby he was, gifts! For instance, in this gift of love, whereby perhaps, well pleased.

As I became more grave had he withdrawn from visible nature a thousand he became more gay; soe that we met eache other, of its glorious features and gay colourings, we as it were, half-way, and became righte pleasant. shoulde stille possess, from within, the means of If his countenance were comely before, it is quite throwing over her clouded face an entirelie different heavenlie now; and yet I question whether my hue! while as it is, what was pleasing before now love increaseth as rapidlie as my feare. Surelie pleaseth more than ever! Is it not soe, sweet my folly will prove as distastefull to him, as his Moll? May I express thy feelings as well as mine overmuch wisdom to me. The dread of it hath own, unblamed? or am I too adventurous ? You alarmed me alreadie. What has become, even are silent; well then let me believe we think alike, now, of alle my gay visions of marriage, of Lonand that the emotions of ye few laste hours have don, and the play-houses, and the Towre? They given such an impulse to alle that is high, and have faded away thus earlie, and in their place sweete, and deepe, and pure, and holy in our inner-comes a foreboding of I can scarce say what. moste hearts, as that we seeme now onlie firste to I am as if a child, receiving from some old fairy taste ye life of life, and to perceive how much y gift of what seemed a fayre doll's house, shoulde nearer earth is to heaven than we thought! Is it soe? hastilie open y doore thereof, and starte back at Is it soe?” and I was constrayned to say Yes,” beholding nought within but a huge cavern, deepe, at I scarcelie knew what; grudginglie too, for I high, and vaste; in parte glittering with glorious feared having once alreadie sayd “ Yes” too soone. chrystals, and ye rest hidden in obscure darknesse. But he saw nought amisse, for he was expecting


For the Living Age. timbers are, however, fast disappearing in canes,

boxes, &c., for the curious in relics. The bell
BY WM. M. WOOD, M. D., U. S. N. which now regulates the movements of the repub-
Reader, have you ever been on the great lakes ? licans of the borough, from the belfry of the old-
If you have not your mind will scarcely be able to fashioned and shabby looking court-house, once
realize all their wonders ;—their vast expanse of struck the hours and called the watches on board
cool fresh water-their profound clear depths—the the flag-ship of the British commodore.
commercial sail and steam navies gliding and foam- This having been one of the line of old French
ing over their surface—the elegant cities and thriv- posts attempting to enchain the British possessions,
ing nations on their shores. At one point, you are the ruins of the old fort are still to be seen a little
amid the crowded masts and busy bustle of the to the eastward of the town; and not far from these
commerce of an old state, and, in a few hours, you ruins, on a bluff, overlooking the harbor, stands a
may be where civilization has leaped in full-grown block-house, built during the last war with Eng-
vigor upon the wilderness, and, struggling for a land. Erie was also the burial place of General
settlement, has planted its cities before the long- Anthony Wayne, and when, many years after-
haired and painted savage has had time to escape wards, his body was disinterred, it was found to
from the brick avenues encroaching upon his forest- be in a state of perfect preservation. Erie is al-
home ; and, wrapped in their blankets, with the together a quiet old-fashioned looking place, and
beautifying additions of green and red paint on seems to love its antiquity, and be reluctant to tie
their faces, and quills and feathers in their hair, on to the whirling axis of progress, and to be
we have seen them walking the newly made streets dragged in the dust and mire of bustle and im-
and selling their wares to the new people. provement. For some reason it is far behind its

Even though you are accustomed to all the bus- natural advantages. Some say that a splendid tle of the Atlantic cities, and have endeavored to marble monument on its principal street is the conceive some idea of the business and activity of grave-stone which records the death of its proslake towns, the reality will still cause astonish- perity. This monument is a Grecian structure, a ment, as you walk along the wharves of Buffalo- branch of the United States Bank; its vaults are, piled, loaded, and cumbered with merchandise, and of course, now empty, its doors closed, and its see its harbor crowded with steamers and sail- steps grass-grown. vessels, some of which are continually going and Leaving Erie, our next stopping place will be coming. Stopping but to glance at these things, at the beautiful town of Cleveland, and as we to wonder and admire, we take our passage, for the approach it from the east, it shows well on the newer regions beyond, in a floating palace of vast elevated plain above us, and gives a promise which extent. Its machinery is elegantly ornamental, is fully kept by closer acquaintance. Sixteen or and its great and destructive power hidden by the eighteen thousand people, daily increasing, have graceful design and finish of art. We tread a sa- here placed their tents on the Cuyahoga river. loon carpeted with Brussels, furnished with a rose- This narrow river has its mouth restricted by wood piano, rich mirrors, velvet chairs, sofas, and proper bounds, and symmetrically carried out into loungers, and lighted by stained glass in gilded the lake by stone piers; and we run up this river, mouldings, while fore and aft we can study some nearly a mile, between rows of vessels and steamers. picturesque scene in the paintings of the panels. The right bank of the river rises to an elevation We sleep on French mahogany bedsteads, while of eighty feet, and then spreads out into a plain, everything in our state-room is in similar relation or table land. Wharves, warehouses, and shops to the demands of refinement and luxury. line the immediate edge of the stream at the

The tourist, in such a boat as this, keeping foot of this hill, but the city proper is on the along the United States shore of Lake Erie, will plain above, and when we have ascended to its probably stop first at the town of Erie, formerly level it is cheering to look upon the handsome Presque Isle, in Pennsylvania, distant about one city which expands before us. The principal hundred miles from Buffalo. This place, with a business street, Superior, has a width of one hunpopulation of about five thousand, has the most dred and twenty feet, and is well built with brick secure and capacious harbor on the lakes. It is houses of business, three, four and five stories formed by a narrow peninsula, which, leaving the high. The streets of private residences also have main shore, curves round in the shape of a horse- an imposing width, and some of them are like orshoe, separating the bay of Presque Isle from Lake namental walks through a succession of country Erie. The town looks out upon the lake from a residences, the buildings being in various styles of commanding bluff, and is overlooked itself by a architecture, from exquisite cottages to colonnaded succession of elevated forest-clad ridges, so that palaces, and are surrounded by grounds handsomely the scenery from the sea or from the shore is com- laid out into gardens of flowers and ornamental manding. Historical associations of no little in- shrubbery. terest linger around the spot. Here were built From the lake-side of the city the eye sweeps the principal vessels of Perry's victorious squad- over the blue waters to the distant horizon, and ron, and here, at this day, repose, beneath the from the hill brink, on the opposite side, the river waters, the battered remains of his flag-ship, the is seen winding a serpentine course through mea• Lawrence." Its blackened and water-soaked dows and around the base of forest-clad hills.


Leaving Cleveland, as we proceed to the west- | spot, without people or settlement, except that on ward, the bold bluff of the lake shore sinks to a the American side Fort Gratiot frowns upon hoslow beach, and numerous green islands appear tile invasion, and a lighthouse beams its welcome above the watery expanse. Among these islands to the commerce which comes over the blue waters was fought the battle of Lake Erie. It is a beau- of the lake. tiful region with which this proud historical Entering Lake Huron, we are now fairly at sea achievement is associated. The wooded islets rise, upon a fresh water ocean, as geographers tell us, by precipitous limestone banks, from the blue six hundred feet above the Atlantic, with a depth waters. Rounding a rocky fortress-like promontory of three hundred feet below the level of that ocean, of one of these islands called “Gibraltar,” we and washing the shores of thirty-two thousand islfound ourselves in “ Put-in Bay," a secluded and ands. It was early in the morning following that beautiful sheet of water enclosed by “Gibraltar” on which we entered Lake Huron, before we had and two other islands. From the summit of the passed over its nearly three hundred miles of rocky point of “Gibraltar," the look-out of Com- length, and found ourselves approaching the island modore Perry first discovered the British fleet, of Mackinac. This little island, situated off the under Captain Barclay; from “Put-in Bay” he northern point of the peninsula of Michigan, at sailed forth to his victory, and to it he returned to the junction of Lakes Huron and Michigan, rises bury his dead ; and here are still to be seen the to a height of between three and four hundred feet remains of some of their graves.

above the surface of the water. It presents abrupt From “Put-in Bay,” our next point of destina- sides, thickly clothed with vines and shrubbery, tion was Detroit. We entered the Detroit river presenting here and there a naked white cliff prothrough the channel on the British side of Bois jecting through the green moss. On the edge of Blanc island, or, as it is vulgarly called, Bob- one of these cliffs stands the fort, all its build

Entering this river by this channel, with ings and enclosures being snowy white. On the the British flag in view, the rather unpleasant morning of our approach, a heavy fog had hung idea presented itself of entering our own country over the lake, but with the rising of the sun it disthrough a foreign gateway.

appeared, except where it hung around the mounAs I presume is the case with most of my tain cliffs. The island of Mackinac was for a time countrymen not living on the border, I have been completely enveloped from base to summit in a accustomed to associate the British flag with the heavy cloud of this fog, while above this misty remote nationality of its seat of empire, and when cloud, and apparently supported upon it, like a seen flying on a shore separated only by a narrow castle in the air, the white buildings of the fort river from our own territory, it seemed out of gleamed in the sun's rays. It seemed almost a place, as though it ought not to be there. Al- substantial representation of Cole's beautiful conthough at the time conscious of the impropriety ception of the air-floating castle in his serial paintand injustice of such feelings, from the ready and ings of the voyage of life. involuntary manner in which they arose in my From a distance, the white buildings of the mind, I could imagine how strong might be the town or village have rather a neat appearance. national feeling that the cross of St. George should nestling on the narrow beach at the foot of the not float so near the United States.

cliffs ; but a nearer inspection shows them to be Detroit comes upon us at once like an elegant only a collection of small houses, shops, groggeries, city. Its site makes a gentle rise from the river, and stores for the sale of Indian curiosities. which here flows rapid, bold, and clear. The The time of our visit was near that at which densely built part of the city extends for a mile the Indian payments are made, and the red men along the river, which is lined with docks, wharves, were gathering in for the occasion. Their coniwarehouses, vessels, and steamboats, whilst, back, cal huts, or wigwams, made of poles fastened tonumerous spires and steeples are seen rising from gether at the top, and covered with coarse rush the dense mass of houses. From the Detroit river mats, were scattered along the beach, and many we enter the shoal lake of St. Clair, and, crossing of the Indians were paddling their large birch bark this, stirring up the mud on its flats, we pass into canoes about the bay. It may here not be out of the beautiful river St. Clair. The waters of this place to say a word relative to an annoyance to river, so clear that the bottom can be seen at the which these poor creatures are exposed, and as depth of thirty feet, flow through sloping banks, they can be relieved from it without doing more on which are farm-houses, villages, green fields, than has to be done sooner or later, it is to be and dark forests. Where the St. Clair forms its hoped some consideration will be had for them. junction with Lake Huron, it narrows very much, They are called from their homes to this rendezthe opposite points of the mouth being not more vous for the purpose of receiving the very trifling than a quarter of a mile apart, and here the sum allotted to each individual, and which really banks sink into a low gravelly beach, which, scarcely seems worth coming for, but so irregular stretching away suddenly on either hand, leaves is the time at which the appropriation is placed at Huron, horizon-bound and ocean-like, before us. the disposition of the department, that the Indians Its world of waters rush with a tremendous current are sometimes kept waiting weeks before the money into this narrow strait. It is a wild and lonely I arrives, to an inconvenience and loss to themselves

of more than the amount allotted them. Punc-| through the black muddy soil, have nothing pictuality in the appropriation and payment of their turesque to charm the eye. annuities would save the Indians much loss. The river originally opened into the lake some

Mackinaw is nine miles in circumference, rising, distance to the southward of its present mouth, by abrupt terraces on the south side, to an oval table- winding along the beach, with a narrow sandspit land on the summit, and falling from this on the separating it from the lake. Piers have been north side gradually to the lake. On the south- erected cutting off this turn, and carrying the east edge of the table-land elevation are to be seen stream directly out into the lake. Just where the ruins of Fort Holmes, the British work which these piers commence toward the town, stand, during the war of 1812 overlooked, commanded, within an enclosure, the barracks and quarters of and took ours, situated on the edge of the terrace be- Fort Dearborn. This little fort, on the river low it. About the centre of the island a freak of bank, was in 1812 the only settlement, and was nature is to be seen in the shape of a rock called the surrounded by wild Indians. After the surrender “Sugar Loaf,” but, naked and black, it springs of General Hull the garrison left this fort, and up 80 or 100 feet more abruptly and needle-like soon after fell in with a large body of the savages. than its name would indicate. On the lake shore A conflict ensued, in which the whites defended is another curiosity, being a well-formed Gothic themselves courageously, but finally surrendered arch, of about one hundred feet elevation, spring- upon condition that their lives should be spared. ing over a chasm in the cliff: a narrow path The condition was not observed, and a general crosses the arch, and is passed over by visitors at massacre commenced. A Mrs. Heald saved her sufficient risk to invite the achievement.

life by exclaiming to the savage who approached From Mackinaw we enter Lake Michigan, and her with uplifted tomahawk, " You would not kill running down its beautiful western shore, our next a squaw!" This was thirty-seven years ago. In stopping place was at the town of Milwaukie. This 1823 a small village of ten or twelve houses and is one of those flourishing western towns which sixty or seventy inhabitants had grown up around have sprung suddenly from the wild forest into the fort. Chicago has now a population of 20,000; populous cities. Fourteen years ago it was laid out the steeples of many churches overlook the wideas a village, and now has a population of sixteen spreading prairie ; handsome dwellings have conthousand inhabitants. It is built on both sides of verted the marsh into showy streets ; blocks of the Milwaukie river, which here flows parallel to brick houses border the avenues of business, along the lake, and separated from it by a table-land bank. which bustles a busy crowd. For a mile, along Both banks of the river rise in gradual slopes, the river, a continuous forest of masts indicates the affording fine building sites, and the elevated plain extent of its commerce, and continuing further between the river and the lake affords an extensive along this stream beyond the density of the city, and commanding view. Milwaukie has a clean, piles of lumber from Green Bay have converted its light, and airy appearance, from the peculiar color banks into one vast lumber-yard, and in this and beauty of the bricks used in its buildings. neighborhood the puffing of various steam factoThough burned, they are of a soft, rich cream ries adds to the busy activity of the scene. color, and are of close and compact structure. The enormous and splendid lake steamers daily

Leaving Milwaukie at eight o'clock in the enter and leave the river, crowded with pasmorning, we continued our course down Lake sengers and enlivened by bands of music; and Michigan, close to its shore, and passing several while we are looking at the moving palace with towns prettily situated on the bank--Racine, South- its multitudinous population, and listening 10 port, Little Fort-early in the afternoon we its music, we wonder at the skill and adroitness reached Chicago.

with which it is manœuvred throngh the narrow Chicago has been the theatre of the wildest ex- stream, and amid the crowd of vessels. Although citement of speculation, in which, anticipation, fortunes have been made in Chicago by the rise in intoxicated by the full stream of real prosperity, real estate, labor has also had its just reward, for has indulged visions beyond the bounds of prob- among the most showy and comfortable dwellings ability. Nevertheless, although individuals have are those owned by mechanics. suffered from their attempts to reap in the pres- The population of Chicago is made up, not only ent the fruits of futurity, Chicago, by its rapid of immigrants from all parts of our own widegrowth, almost fulfils the unbounded expectations spread country, but from all parts of Europeof town-lot speculators.

English, Irish, Dutch, Scotch, French, Swedes, Its prosperity arises from the fact that it is the Norwegians, &c. Notices, newspapers and poonly good harbor down in this southern extremity litical speeches are promulgated in the German as of Lake Michigan, and internal improvements well as in the English language. To those who have made it the depot of a widely extended and feel any apprehension from the character of the immensely fertile region.

influence of these European invasions, consolation The handsome street and residences along the will be afforded by a visit to the public schools. lake shore give Chicago quite a pleasant appear- Chicago is divided by its river and its branches ance when approached from the lake, but its site into three districts, and in each division a large, is not one calculated to win admiration. A low, commodious, and handsome brick building is erectfat, swampy prairie, and a sluggish stream wind- ed for the public schools. The foreign pupils

« ElőzőTovább »