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| dows, and beaten paths in that direction SOME NEW CHARACTERS.-GLIMPSES OF

would sufficiently show that one wing of THE FUTURE.

the building was inhabited, although the Not far from Mr. Lyndhurst's resid rest had fallen into a state of desolation. ence, in the village of Windmere, stood This was the residence of Old Squire an old mansion, which seemed a compound Langford, and his domestics consisted of of several styles of architecture. It had a housekeeper of nearly his own age, a evidently been the fancy of its founder to maid servant, and a man who acted in the erect a building that should be unlike any capacities of footman, groom, and garother. If we represent to the reader à dener. The old squire was a bacheior, square edifice, presenting at its angles and exhibited all the peculiarities of the various orders of Doric, Greek, and that unfortunate class of beings. NeverGothic structure, with some points at theless, he was a good-tempered, benevolent which these characteristics appeared to old fellow; for though fortune had never run into and blend with each other, we do favoured him with a wife, it had lavished the best we can in the way of description upon him every other blessing. He had a of so complicated a pile. It might serve good many crotchets; but as Mrs. Davis, as a sort of pattern building from which the housekeeper, the only one who was any design might be selected. That inde- much about his person, understood them fatigable attendant upon the old age of perfectly, and ministered to them kindly, brick and mortar, the ivy, had over-run a they caused him no inconvenience. He great part of the building, and by cover- had the reputation of being rich beyond ing some of its discrepancies, imparted a his own knowledge. Property had fallen tone of harmony not otherwise observable. into his hands from time to time by a The mansion stood immediately below a series of those strange coincidences which wooded hill, which might almost be called sometimes heap favours where they are a precipice, it was so steep and over-hang- least expected. The most remarkable of ing. Before the building there extended these, was that an old friend, having a a large grass lawn, which was closed in by great dislike to the remaining branches of tall iron palings, and at the west and his own family, had only about two years south entrances there were ponderous ago died and left an estate worth £30,000, iron gates supported by stone pillars, which to his old companion the Squire. Thus were surmounted by some heraldie sculp- enriched beyond his already superfluous ture that had fallen into such a state of means, Squire Langford might literally dilapidation as to puzzle even the most be said to be rolling in riches. Yet here profound scholar in the hieroglyphics of he lived, in one wing of the mansion, chivalry. Some of the windows were almost as a recluse, having little society boarded up, others were closed by inner except that afforded by Mr. Lyndhurst blinds that looked as if they had excluded and his daughter Ellen, who were frethe light for half a century. Many panes quently the Squire's visitors. of glass were shattered ; and at the north | Ellen Lyndhurst rejoiced greatly in the and east sides, -- indeed around three Squire's acquaintance, because his ample fourths of the grounds and building, fortune and benevolence, in addition to the weeds ran riot, the trees grew into her father's bounty, enabled her to disrank luxuriance, until their branches pense blessings to the poor of the village snapped and fell to the ground, crushing and neighbourhood, to such an extent the shrubs beneath them. Birds and that a chief part of her daily employment quadrupeds of various sorts and sizes consisted in these acts of Christian chaheld their undisturbed dominion here. At rity. She would walk around the village, first the traveller would look upon the and often go alone considerable distances mansion as being deserted to the preying in the surrounding country, to search out hand of time, and the destroying influence cases of distress; to carry gifts of comof the elements. But upon walking fort to the old, and spread the blessings of around by the west gate, he would observe a education among the young. By the poor small piece of the ground to be cultivated of the district she was looked upon as vith extreme care, and a few bright win. ) almost superhuman. There were none who did not pray for and bless her; and “Here's a letter, Squire,” said she, when she departed after her ministrations taking a chair and still holding the packet of benevolence, the poor people would in her hand. It had always been Mrs. look out of their cottages and eagerly Davis's pleasure to call Mr. Langford watch her steps until she was lost to their “ the Squire," and to expect everybody view.

else to do the same. She had been in the Squire Langford was in person a little family from early girlhood, and by those man, well made, though slightly bent with graces which always promote the welfare age. His head was partly bald,—the hair of those who own them, she had become that remained was of a pure silver gray. almost as a member of the family herself ; His dress was uniformly black, pantaloons, and as one by one the kindred died off, silk hose, and shoes with large steel she found herself advanced to a position buckles. His hat had a low crown, and a which finally assumed almost the sole hroad brim. If there was any article of control of their affairs. Always respectdress in which he particularly delighted, ful to the Squire, she was nevertheless it was a frilled shirt, improved by the extremely familiar with him, and he selglittering of an old fashioned diamond dom did anything without her participapin. Nobody could get up his frills as tion and approval. did Mrs. Davis, his housekeeper ; and if " Ah," said Mr. Langford, “ from anybody but her attempted to put the Charles I suppose. Or from Mr. Harlow, diamond pin in its place, they always the steward of the Hindley estate!” crumpled the frill, and made the Squire “ From Charles, I think," said Mrs. uncomfortable, and even petulant, for the Davis, as she put on her spectacles and rest of the day. He was a member of the scanned the outside of the letter. She Church of England, and strictly observed handed it to the Squire, who by this time all the established ordinances. For a long | had adjusted his glasses, and he read time the Squire had been contented to live aloud. on quietly, thinking little of his worldly | “My dear Uncle, I propose coming affairs, and scarcely caring to make a to Windmere to stay with you a fortnight, will; but latterly the acquisition of a large being exceedingly weary of the noise, landed estate, in addition to his previous bustle, and above all the gaiety of this riches, had aroused in him a desire, we great place. Were it not that my studies might almost say an ambition, to find a require my presence here, I should prefer suitable heir, and to restore the family name departing from this modern Babylon alto a dignity from which it had of late years together. But with its evils it has many departed. His nephew, Charles Langford, advantages, and those who have courage whom we saw at his chambers, was his to resist its temptations, have great oppor. nearest of kin, and the old man entertained | tunities of doing good. even stronger intentions than Charles “I have received your letter, and have suspected, of making him his sole heir. been much impressed by the kind sentiBut the Squire entertained remarkable ments conveyed therein. I feel that I am misconceptions of his nephew's character. | unworthy of them. The allusions you Whenever the latter had come to Windmere inake to the settlement of some of your on a visit, he had conducted himself so | property upon me are too painful for me hypocritically, as quite to win the old to dwell upon. I could not bear to think man's heart; his letters to his uncle were of the loss of my dear, good Uncle, the always written in a serious and affec- last of my father's excellent and noble tionate strain ; and thus the Squire firmly family. believed that the honour of the family, and “I hope to be at Windmere to-morrow the peace of his own declining years would or the next day, and to find you and the be best promoted by settling the bulk of excellent and dear Mrs. Davis in the his immense property upon his nephew. enjoyment of health and every other bless

The Squire was sitting in a little room | ing. which he called his library, but which “Your affectionate Nephew, held a much larger proportion of lumber

“CHARLES LANGFORD." than of books, when Mrs. Davis entered. " There,” said the Squire, wiping his

eyes, “ the boy is coming. He's a pro- ;

HAPPY HOMES. mising youth, Mary, a promising youth, Let it be our object to multiply the and may the Lord make him instru- number of virtues and happy homes. The mental in good works."

domestic hearth is the seed-plot of a “ Amen!" said Mrs. Davis, who felt noble and flourishing commonwealth. All deeply the expression of respect conveyed laws are vicious, all tendencies are to be in «the excellent and dear Mrs. Davis.” deprecated, which increase the difficulty “He is, indeed, a fine youth,” continued she, of diffusing through every rank the refined “and one whose heart is in the right place." and holy influences which are cherished

“We must get ready for him," said the by the domestic affections. Reckless Squire; “have the blue-room cleared out, speculation among capitalists, disturbing and the bed well aired. It hasn't been the steady and uniform course of employslept in for a twelvemonth. And order ment, and its sure counterpart, improviThomas to bring the bay horse up from dence and debauchery among workmengrass, for Charles will take an occasional are the deadliest foes of the household ride to enjoy the country.”

virtues. In how small a compass lie all “ I'll get it all done,said Mrs. the elements of man's truest happiness, if Davis, rising and folding her hands before society were only conducted in a rational her, and looking meditatively at the fire, and moderate spirit, and its members of as if lost in contemplation.

every class could be restrained from vicious “ And I'll just drop a note to friend indulgence and pursuit of phantoms. A Lyndhurst, and tell him that my nephew marriage contracted with thoughtfulness, is coming. He has often expressed a wish and cemented by a pure and faithful love, to see him, so I'll give him and Ellen a when a fixed position is gained in the world, general invitation during Charles's stay. and a small fund has been accumulatedI should like to know what he thinks of hard work and frugal habits at the commy contemplated heir."

mencement of domestic life, to meet in Mrs. Davis was soon bustling about; time the possible demands of a future the note was on its way to Mr. Lyndhurst; family—a dwelling comfortably furnished, and Charles Langford had taken the mail clean, bright, salubrious, and sweet coach from London to Windmere.

children well trained, and early sent to (Continued at page 91.)

school-a small collection of good books

on the shelves a few blossoming plants A TRAVELLER'S STORY.-An English- in the window-some well-selected engravman had hired a smart travelling servant, ings on the walls-a piano, it may be, a and on arriving at his inn at evening, violin or a fute to accompany the family knowing well the stringency of police concert-home made happy in the evening regulations in Austria, where he was, he by cheerful tasks and mutual improvecalled for the usual registry of travellers, ment, exchanged at times for conversation that he might duly inscribe himself there. of friend and neighbour of kindred taste in. The servant replied, that he had an- and congenial manners—these are conditicipated his wishes, and had registered tions of existence within the reach of every them in full form as a “ Rentier Anglais." | one who will seek them-rescources of the “ But how have you put down my name ? purest happiness, lost to thousands, because I have not told it you." "I can't exactly a wrong direction is given to their tastes pronounce it, but I copied it faithfully and energies, and they roam abroad in from Milor's portmanteau.” “But it is pursuit of interest and enjoyment which not there. Bring me the book.” What they might create in rich abundance at was his amazement at finding, instead of home. This is no romantic visionary a very plain English name of two syl- | picture. It is a sober, accessible possilables, the following portentous entry of bility, such as even now, under the preshimself: "Monsieur Warrantedsolidlea- | sure of many adverse circumstances, is ther, Anglais, Rentier.” Such is the | realized in the homes of not a few workcompliment of warranted solidity which ing men who have learned the art of we would gladly have paid to us all over maintaining genuine respectability in an the world.

humble station.


by his peers, who assisted in framing the

Jaws by which he was to be acquitted or UNCLE TOM IN ENGLAND, OR A PROOF condemned; but by the statutes of the THAT BLACK 'S WHITE. Houlston and white man's power, who denies him the Stoneman, Paternoster-row.

privileges of his freedom and even those AMONGST the numerous offspring of the of governmental representation. His crime Press, of a philanthropic tendency, which is that of having tried to escape from bondlie on our table for remark, that which age, and of aiding and abetting others to calls for our first attention, is the one do the same; and here is his defence. which introduces this notice. It is not, “ Your Honours, and Gentlemen of the perhaps, so much the tone of the work Jury,-I am but a plain, untanght man, which demands this respect at our hands, and I must ask you to forgive many things as the end at which it aims, and which is that may be wrong in what I have to say, one, in our opinion, as vast as it is neces- but which I may not myself understand to sary, in this age of civilization, intellectual | be so. I pray you do not consider that refinement, and freedomnal progress.

the position which I occupy here is one of Though the tone of the work is at once, defiance. as has been respesented by the spirited and effective, evincing great learned white man, who has tried to imvariety and rapidity of thought, familiar press upon you the wickedness of what he knowledge, ready aptitude of illustration, calls my crime. It is one of strong conwith a goodly fund of characteristié viction, and of trust in God; and if what I humour ; yet these qualifications, though say shall in any way prove offensive to discovering high talents in the writer, you, be assured that I speak not in anger, sink far beneath the magnitude of a sub- but forbearing all malice. I dismiss at ject, which exposes the iniquities of Slavery, once all forms and advantages of law, and and would aid in the generous labour, of stand upon the rock of Christian truth disenthralling three millions of our sable alone. I might, if I choose, contend that brethren. The poet says, “There's a the evidence against me is ipsufficient for silver lining to every cloud," and however conviction. Three witnesses have been dark may be the nebulous object which heard, one of whom swore that he saw falls on the life of a Negro slave, yet we me aiding Susan's escape over the wall; find in this work, that, even, a vein of the another, called too by those who are my shining ore may stream through his exist prosecutors, swears as distinctly that he ence, miserable as that existence is. The looked at the wall, and told his companion life which a Negro such as Uncle Tom, that the assertion was a lie, - he could endures, he irradiates himself, by his intel not see me. Another swore that he saw lectuality; but this radiance, however me jumping over the stile; and as I was silvery it may appear, may not, impossibly, arrested soon after that act, that part of tend still deeper to darken the horrors the indictment is clearly proved ; and which encompass it. Comparatively speak- there can be no doubt in the minds of the ing, amongst his kind, he is a great man, jury about my absconding myself. But animated by a deep and fervid love of his as to my aiding the escape of others there countrymen ; a noble desire to procure is an equal balance of evidence for and their freedom ; heroically working through against a conviction, and according to the many difficulties, and finally achieving laws of this constitution, glorious in some his own. Amongst the many admirable respects, you are bound to give me the scenes which adorn the work, there is benefit of the doubt. But, Gentlemen, none, perhaps, so well adapted for our there shall be no doubt upon this point. pages, as that in which Uncle Tom-the When Jose told his companion that he Hero of the performance-plays the most saw me upon the wall, and Ned replied prominent part. It occurs in the thirtieth that it was a lie, it was not a lie, it was a chapter where, in a free court and under truth! I did help the unhappy slaves to the free constitution of “The Stars and escape, and I thank God that he put it Stripes”—perhaps more appropriately, into my heart to do so. Since I have been the “Stripes and Scars,'' – Uncle Tom is in confinement, persons have come to me, placed upon his defence; not to be tried | offering me clemency if I would disclose

the place where the other fugitives are around me discussing my looks, my deeds, concealed. I answered them as I answer and my chances of escape or punishment ? now, that I know not where they are. - Why are these ladies, dressed in fine They parted from me on the road, and at silks and satins, staring down upon me this moment I have not the slightest with almost indecent curiosity ? Are you knowledge of their situation. But, Gen here, Gentlemen, to try an ox or an ass ? tlemen, if I saw them before me now, and If so, let the proclamations of the Court they were unobserved by you, I would not be changed, and let me be understood to by one word or look discover them to that be tried by my peers! (Great sensation.) atrocious authority which makes one man “ Gentlemen,-Deem not this language the despot over his fellow. Nay, more,- offensive, nor regard me as wasting your by every means in my power, by life itself, valuable time. I am speaking not to you if it were necessary, I would shield them alone, but to the world. I am speaking from discovery and recapture.

| to England, that has already heard and “Gentlemen, I deny your right to try heeded the voice of slaves, and struck off me upon this question. When the war of their shackles! I am speaking to Ameindependence broke out, when America rica, whose name is derided wherever bore arms against the English, when liberty is loved, and national integrity Washington became a hero, and gained admired! I am speaking to Africa, from an immortal name, the principle con- whose shores four hundred thousand untended for was this:—that the rights of happy wretches are annually stolen, to all men are equal, and that government perish by hardship and to work in servile without representation is tyranny. Gen. | bondage! I am speaking to my three tlemen, I and my race are unrepresented millions of sable brethren and sisters in in these States, and unprotected by these this land, who, one by one, and two by laws. I am told that there are nearly three two, as they learn to read, will catch the millions of my sable brethren in this coun- ; fire of these words, until inflaming their try, who have no voice in its government, race with a religious indignation, they nor share in its liberties. A few of will themselves soap the fetters which the them may be treated with kindness nay, i white men forge! even with generosity. If they are so, it is not ! “Gentlemen.—You have been told of wholly gratuitous,-it is because they dis- | St. Domingo, and of the tumults there, play qualities which win love, and thereby which are charged upon my race. Since prove that the remainder of their race are I have been in confinement, awaiting my entitled to privileges from which they are trial, I have devoted my nights and days excluded. Gentlemen, I lay my hand upon to the acquirement of knowledge which your constitution, and I claim to be free. I might enable me to speak for my race as lay iny hand upon the Word of God, by their wrongs demand ; and I mean firmly which all constitutions should be moulded, to assert, that so far as my coloured and I claim to be free! I look into your faces, brethren have had the advantages of eduand I show you that I am fashioned like cation and of civilization, they have been yourselves with eyes, with ears, with | as peaceful, as orderly, as devout, as those tongue, with arms, with legs,—but, more of fairer skin. I could tell you of acts of than all, with an immortal soul ! and I heroism that have never been surpassedclaim to be free! Am I a man? I ask, and I will turn to St. Domingo itself, and am I a man? If so, why have I been claim for Toussaint L'Ouverture, though robbed of every right, sold like a bullock born a slave, and of thorough negro deor a calf, and beaten far more than they, scent, a wreath of laurels as glorious as because my soul sought to rise above that which adorns the brow and perpetuates their level ? If I am not a man, if I am the memory of Washington. Bravea beast, then, why I am brought into a honest ---- affectionate — patriotic -- he was court of law, with all this formal array of only overthrown by treaches and strata.. sage heads, and big books, with ceremoni. gem; the treachery and strażag in of Bonaous proceedings enough to frighten the parte—who himself caused more human innocent accused into a confession of un-blood to be shed, than the blacks have done committed guilt ? Why are these people / throughout all the vages of recorded history!

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