Newspaper of Burlington Free Press, May 5, 1843, Page 1

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NOT THE OLOBT O T OJDSAB BOT TBB WBLPA8B OF BOMB VOL. XVI. BURLINGTON, VERMONT, FRIDAY, MAY 5, 1843. No. 49 MAY. IV LOKOrXLLOW. When the warm sun, that brines Seed-lime and harvest has returned aga'n, 'Tis iweet In visit the still wood, where springs The first flower of the plain. I love (he eaon well, When forest via les n-o teeming with brief forms, Nor dark and miny-folli i 'rjds foretell The coming" m cf tiui.m. From the earth's hiosencd mould The sapling draws its sustenance and thrives: Though stricken lo the heart with winter's cold, The drooping tree revives. The softly-warbled song Comes through the plcasint woods, and colored wings Are glancing in the golden sun, along The forest openings. And when hriuht sunset fills The -liver woods with liiiht, the green slope throws Its shsdowsin the hollows of the hills, And wide the upland glows. And when the day is gone, In the blue lake, the s'.y o'errcaching far 3s hallowed out. and the moon dips her horn, And twinkles many a star. Inverted in the tide Stand the grey rocks, and trembling shadows thtow, -And the fair trees look over, side by side, And see themselves below. Delightful May, many a thouzht 7s wedded unto thee, as hearts are wed : Nor shall they fail, till, to its autumn brought, Life's golden ftuit is shed. THE SILENT MILL. I am of a migratory, ruminating tempera vnent and often draw nn imagination Tor ;i request, where material objects do not pre sent themselves. It is my hobby, and a cus tom with me, on a journey . wherever I hatilt 'if only for a day, to ussend the highest tower, and to visit the churchyard. thus lilend the contemplation of tho ways and dwellings of men, with the certain tel urination of till rtlieir strife, their jealousies, their love and lhatred, in this l.tst silent resting place, where, lido ty side they lie, tint high mid low, tlm oppressor an J oppressud, embedded togeth er. I 'have said that lam a wanderer but a fewimotiths have elapsed since I was saun tering in the gol.lnn meadows of Florence, on tho margin of flic Arno, under the shade of lofty pines to-day 1 recline on the bank of a rippling brook, near thn almost unknown village of Erlingeburch. There, cheered by the brightness of th'u climate, and the ever clastic gaiety of the people (or the lovely Stella of Florence I am silent,) here, thrown almost out of the haunts of men, impervious woods around me, and n northern sky, and 'northern inhabitants, clouded with thought and scntily lighted with smiles I was ab sorhuii, and followed unconsciously the inn- Mnderillg emmu of tlio rivul.-l, winch hi ovi. TV step seemed to lose its infintinn murmur ing, and as it increased in breadth became sensible stiller, deeper, sithler, and mnru striking a very epitome of life ! I wander--(id on till I had deserted tlie path along the river, and found myself in the heart of a deep -wood. I had ascended sonic height, nnd suddenly found myself on the brink of a rocky precipice, from whence a view of 11 -deep glen presented itself. On the other -side arose a steep height thickly covered with beach trees, and along the side could dis cover a path winding upwards, so narrow as scarcely to permit of a passenger. To at tain this path, I was compelled to slido down by the natural columns of the crag on which I stood; I had something to do, nnd before 1 reached my objpet, tho dreamer was thor oughly awake. The sun was fast declining, the shadows lengthened, and (he tops of the trees only were gilded by his departing rays. I was by no means at my ease. A profound silence prevailed broken only by nn occa sioned breath of air moving the fuilage, that seemed to whisper pond night. 1 profited bv the' friendly warning and increased my pace, and in a little time, to my great relief. emerged from the lahrynth into which mv minings had tlirnvn and a splen.liJ val ley hurst upon my vic-,v, i.niliug iii venture, ami c ivero.l wiiit ruin.' Il icks. I soon found myself at tho si le of a shepherd. He was abovn the middle stature, and stricken in years. Ho was somewhat surprised at mv appearance. A boy was in tho act of pre senting to him a basket filled with nuts and wild fruits. After the first salutation, hn told me ho was going homeward with his flock to a neighboring village ; adding that it was not yet too late to saunter awhile and enjoy the lovely evening. We had reached the middle of tho valley, where stood n solitary and aged oak near tho bod of a dried un mountain stream, and around its base piles nf laggots serveu us lor a resting place, lie invited mo kindly lo tAt myself whilst the boy collected the patient flock. There was a manner about linn which struck me. knew not why, as indicating mvstcrv : and as he leant thoughtfully against thy old oak, I was surveying, delighted, the magnificent m, panorama around us. The bright nornhvrv orthe crags which bounded one sido of the valley, sparkled in its blushing hues height ened preatlv hv the nbli nun rati, nr .I.. ..i o ul iuii-si. iiiiiiii. nn, i iiimiif. iiiiiii nrncni in n .. : ' "I' , '.wu.iirui1 IIIC- TP fit rnmlr.C illl hn:nlll, mil. . . 1. 1 - J ........ J , I 1 1 1 1 I J I I, hllst my eves were.revolling in these snlnn. uun, n urn prominently presented itselt nut ot all keeping with its immediate neighbors; unlike them covered with the gorgeous gifts oi auunUiint nature, its f.ir.n was abrupt and oroKun ; it was covered with crumbling frag ments of rock and rubbish ; it was cold and torbtdding, and down to its base a dcen fur row, mado by so-no mountain torrent, which extended to and pisseJ the spot whom we were seated. It was at ibis time perfectly dry, and tho eye was thus deprived of a c- cade that would have left nothing wanting to period in" picture, un tho tot. ol this hi stood an old stone building. Its walls wore lofiy, no roof covered it; at its four corners stood a few tall sombre firs, hero nnd there were a,nertures, onco serving for windows "In thtr deserted casement Desolation aits, And the clouda of Heaven Pass through the dwelling." On one side, of the hill was a huge dam whose stone lioundary reached the cd"o o the oc;mty , i nd a mill -wheel, bleached by time.vl tomtfost, stood fist and motionless: these at once 'indicated tho original asu of Tie Hiiilrliiinf. Il'inii flila mil ilffl cf mifirao CI ten tombs, are ceii uinly no novelties to the traveller's eye, but of nil the demonstrations of tho finite 'character of man and his works, none ever makes more impression on me than the ruins of a mill. 'Tim mighty ma chine, moved by the mightier spirit of man. Il moves only at his will and all is life and turmoil and when it stops, wo know the pi!' . s,iirit is not there tho waters rush no ir.c-f, the torrent uf life is dried up it is ui iii's autobiography, Perhaps I may bu accused of a morbidity of sentiment is this. I believe much is due to the romantic and retired situation in which wo stood. In this fair spot, the fairy region, and ul the glowing hour of evening, I was persuaded somo lain was attached to the ru ins we were contemplating and I inquired of my guide the history of that desolate spot amidst so much beauty. Ho seated himself by my side nnd with a grave and mysterious air he thus commenced his narrative of the Silent Mill. At th:.' timn when tho celebrated Thirty Year's War laid waste and revaged our father-land, there came into these paits which from their position, surrounded on all sides by mountains, far from any public road, and as, it were, shielded from the horrors nnd desolation of war a stranger. More than fifty years had passed over his head, but he was not bent by his years, on the contrary his carriage was erect, and indicative of strength. He was sometimes seen with (lie noble proprietor of these lands, whoso race is now extinct, and whose hereditary man sion is this day in ruins. At length the stran ger engaged workmen, nnd upon the. spot be fore us he caused a building to be erected that which you see a mill, kept in play by the waters from the higher mountains, which became tho resort of all the neighboring mil lers. The stranger lived in seclusion. lie conducted the work almost with his own hands, he formed intimacies with no one, and was sparing with his words in his inter conrso with others. Still no one accused him of pride. His demeanor was measured, but net forbidding ; and bis unaffected man ners nnd simple dress, his integrity in word and deed united with a natural dignity, could not fail to secure him the respect uf all. The occupation he had chosen was however considered as not consistent with bis teal sta tion uf life; yet no one gave expression to this general sentiment, and it was not long before fee received visits from tho surround- ng gentry. 1 The solitude of the stranger was shared by a daughter, a child ot tender age. 1 am, aid my guide smiling, too old to tind words glowing enough to describe the beauties of women, cspnrmiiv young ones, but truth rc- ,ilr.tf, unit ll.l n,.t cuOiro. lllllt I sltOllld any Maria was the matchless beauty of her day. I radition still relates how the cent .Maria looked with her gold head-plate fixed upon her raven tresses, her black velvet bod dice and silver chains and her scarlet mantle falling in a thousand graceful folds around her fawn-like figure her eves like spark ling stars, is nd her cheeks rivalling roses in loveliness. When Maria spoke she opened every heart, and when on a holiday she sat under vender fir trees, to listen in dutiful obedience to the words of her father, then the throng from hill and dale returned to their homes as if they had been in the presence of a noma ol another world for numbers came from far and near to catch a glimpse of the lovely stranger. Yet tho boldest of the youths had never dared to speak to her but of tho ordinary topics of civility. Thus pas sed some years. Deyond this region stern war contrasted il-. i.ivagcs with the peace of this blissful spot. Mau i became taller, and even more beautiful, till at length it was the common observation of all that a 'change had come o'er the spirit of her dream.' Shu was less communicative, and became thought ftil. The father, too, visited more frequent Iv at the rustle, where he seemed to have freq.K nt and secret interviews, and his hear in tow nils iiis old friends at tliu mill sensi- hlv eli iiil"'iI. Some thou lit that his ancient pride had been awaked, and that he purpos ed quitting his occupation, nnd everything combined to lean to tho conclusion that tho stranger was some person of distinction, who n those fearful tunes had become comprom ised, anJ the victim of persecution his name and rank must, of course have been known lo the nobleman at the castle. Many were the surmises ; some imagined that the lovely Maria was in some way nr other tho cause. Alas! my talu will expound all. I here is a time in woman's life, said the shepherd, wlfen nil previous, impressions become absorbed, in one sole object, and all considerations of worldly interest gtvo way ; and this is, when lovo first (and with woman totover) points out the man distincd for her by Heaven. Dut not only had the person I have spo ken of undergone changes, but tho scene it self of their sojnurn was doomed to share the late ot all. It was about the limo of equinox, when storms and rains assailed without mer cy that solitary dwelling, and rendered it sad and untenable. The mountain torrent be came, swollen tho watery flood came roar ing down nnd poured with irresistible force in this valley tho mill was forced round with such violence that tint walls were shaken lo their foundation, and the hnwl and tin moil of the tempest reverberated nmnng the hills. i ho storm every hour increased in fury, nil at length tho roof flew wilh tho winds, and tho gates burst open. Horror struck, nnd alone, rushed forth the devoted Maria; Iter whim garments floated in tho wind. Willi the little strength lefi her slio called for assis- .1.-1 !. . lance. Aim : u was ioo near there was one urged by the sacred and resistless im pulse of love had just reached the spot, in anothor mnmnnt Maria was in his arms. It was her lover. Out ho was a peasant ! Yes, that short moment of bliss was hers. Locked in this einbrancc, they worn nncon scions of the pelting storm ; to till external objects thoy wore nliko dead. In (mother moment a red claro from a torch illuminated the spot, and an iron hand had suited tho unconscious girl, and the lurid glare of the torch fell on tho fierro nnd relentless features of her father. Tho lovers fell at her feet ; with a giant's strength ho spurned them from hiin, and tluy fall locked in their first nnd lasfembrace, over tho precipice on which they stood, into tho roaring dam beneath them, at onco their common shroud and grave. From that hour,' said the shepherd, 'the waters ceased to flow the mountain stream took another course tho mill stands silent and furs ikon still it falls not, but it is destin ed lo bear witness nf tho tragic deed. The stranger was found lltn next morning gazing on the waters his senses hail fled, mid the people turned away from his gaze hu was taken lo the castle nnd disappeared no one knew how, or whither.' ' You said, friend,' I observed, 'that the mill bears yet witness of this tale of horror.' Even so,' he replied, 'every year in the midst of tho night, the anniversary of the double murder, the mountain stream returns to its first course the wheel whirls fearfully round strange figures nrc seen nnd long must the waters flow to wash away this dead ly sin.' ' Let us hupp,' said I, pointing to Heaven, 'that there the deed may lung since have been blotted out.' And the old man grasped my hand, and said 'Amen !' attended her mother in the most dutiful and affectionate manner. I am, &c. A. V. Letter II. Letter from Judge Thomson to Mr. Rae. Binghamton, Broome County, State of N.Y., August 23,1341. John Rae, Esq. Dear Sir Your favor of the lOih tilt, reached me on the 0:h inst. I nm truly happy to hear that my dear ami cirly friend, Mrr. Cunningham, is well. The ex pin nil ion vou gave me of the institution where she resided was perfectly satisfactorily. 1 should like to know the name of the benevo lent founder. I hope your business will permit you to fee Mr. Cunningham frequently. Say evcrv tliinir kind to her for me. In November, our mutual friend, John Johnston, forwarded you a draft for her use, (say 20 sterling.) You will oblige by sending occasionally a Gal loway newspaper. After an absence of sixty ye a re, it does not appear that much change has taken place in the landed property, in the stewarty, or in Wagtonsliirc. You are desirous to know my native place. My father was from Dairy, my mother from Itorgue. Fortune brought them together about the middle ef the last renturv. as servents. at the house of Mr. M'Millan, 'of Rarwhinnock. in the parish of Tawynholm. They were married there and went to live as cotters with , ot From Trait's Edinburgh Magazine. JUDGE THOMSON-A LOVE STORY. In the spare corner of some newspaper there appeared, a good many years hack, a copy of verEes ol some marK, in which the nameless writer, himself in the heyday of youth nnd pas sion, moralizes with tenderncs of the common lot, and expresses wonder whether the serene or indifferent old men, whnm he f.iw far ad vanced on the downward path of life, had ever possessed as warm a heart as his, or been nri. tated by feelings akin to those which filled his own breast. Following out this train of mus- ng, he comes to the conclusion Yes! each has had his dream of joy, Ills own unequalled, pure romance, Commencing when the liVmiiiinc boy Pint thrilled to woman's lovely glance. rheso fugitive lines were forcibly brought to recollection on perusing the subjoined letters ; to which it is our duty to prefix a short explan atory preface. With all the caution, orudencc and keenest nf acquisition, which is said to distinguish our countrymen be it the acquisition of knowl edge, or or pounds, sliillingK and pence, dollars rupees, or pistulcs, there is often lurking at the bottom nf the heart uf the genuine Scotchman, fund of latent romance, wlr.ch will bometimes break strongly out ulierc il is least expected to exist. Sir Walter Scott, both in the strength and weakness of Inn character, was an emi nent exemplar of this peculiarity of the na tional character ; of this double iiatur", or ra cy mixture of the shrewd and prudential, with the euthubiastic. Like the hern ol our true talc, Scott seems to have cherished, to the latest mumonts of his life, tho memory of an unfor lunate early attachment; though most unlike that excellent person m almost eiery feature or character. In which ono irond man can diffor irom another, it was our intention at first, to tell this " I rue I ale of a true love" in the form of a narativc ; but upon second thoughts we shall give the original letters. Une letter from Judge Thomson to the long-beloved, it wouiu ue sacrilege to touch. Letter I. From A. D., Manchester, to 11. IV., Esq., Dan her, Ludlow. Manchester. 20th Sept. 1812. My dear sir, I am pretty sure you will be gratified with the perusal of what follows. You know the town ol Kirkcudbright, with its old castle, its quay, and its tall jail-tower ! Well, some sixty years ago or more, a group of children might be seen daily wending their way to and from Kirkcudbright school, their homes being two or three miles distant from the town. Two of the group, a boy and a girl about the same age, were generally seen in hand in hand, seemingly more attached to each other than the rest. I he girl s name was Ma ry Sharpe, tho daughter of Adam Sharpc. a small farmer on the Selkirk estate ; and her companion's name was William Thomson, the son of a neighboring ploughman or cotter. More than twenty years passed away, and s man, still in the prime nf life, visited Kirk bright, after many years' sojourn in the West Indies. lie had gone In push his fortunp, and hail not been unsuccessful. Though his fac? was bronzed ty a tropical sun, his heart still beat warmly at the recollection m old scenes and old friendships, lie was William Tlmm son the cutter s son ; aim he inquired aniously for Mary Sharpc, the companion of his child hood. He found her in Liverpool, the wife of Captain duuuiugham, the master of a foreign ship, with two or three children playing around her knee For'.y more years rolled away. An aged and infirm female called upon my friend, Mr. John Rte, ship-owner in Liverpool, and formerly one of the migistrates of Kirkcudbright. She was decently dressed, and had evidently seen better days, lint had latterly tasted the hitter cup of poverty in her declining years. She told her tale, and found ready sympathy from Mr. Rae. She was Mary Sharpc, now widow Cunning ham, and the inmate of an almshouse. Mr. Rae, in the kindness of his heart, administered to her pressing wants, and promised to exert himsell in her behalf. He immediately ad dressed a letter to the Earl of Selkirk, on whose estate her family had been tenants for some generations, and lour of whose uncles and aunts had been nursed by her (Mary Sharpe's) mother. Ilia lordship, however, did not reply. Mr. Rae wrote to others connected with the widow's familv with nn better success. On comuiunicatingtbedisappnintments of his hopes lo tho aged widow, Mr. Rae inquired of her if flie could ihitik ot any other Inend to whom he could make another appeal on her behalf. She said there was only one person, an old school- lellovv, who, she was sum would befriend her, if ho was still alive, and had it in his power.' " What is his name, and where is he to he found!" asked Mr. Rae. " His name is Will iam Thomson : he sailed for America forty years ago, where, l behevn he settled, but I have never heard of nr from him since. " This is a wide address, and I fear a hopeless chance," said Mr. Rae ; but he is not easily baffled when good to a deserving and suffering fellow crea lures is the object. He knew something of a worthy and benevolent Gallnvidian citizen of New York, a wr, Johnston jf and he at once penned a letter, detailing all the c.trcu instances of Widow Cunningham, the Mary Sharpe of other years, addressed n " wunain Thomson," and despatched it under covir, to Mr. Johnston of New York. Mr. Johnston knew a Judge Thomson, of Brnomo Co., who, ho thought, an. swered the description given by Mr. Rae, He forwaadtid the letter to him, and he was the man ! Read his letter, of whicj I enclose a copy. I may tell you that Judge Thomson Is now dead ;) but the widow uunnlngham still lives. lie leu iter jwiuu uy nis win ; which win ren iter her comfortable in her old age. and nrnba bly leave a handsome scm to her daughter, fan unmarried woman) who has, for several years, who, I have often heard my mother say, was one of the crudest and profanes; nf men. My pa. rents soon left Lnchfcrgus and went into Bor- cue, in the same humble capacity. There I was born on the 17th of July. 1705. After be ing some years at the parish school there. I was put lo hoard at an uncle's, who farmed at Can. tlerrave in the parish of Berwick, anil walked three miles dailv, in the summer, to Air. iror don's school in Kirkcudbright. In the winter, I boarded at the house of Hugh Johnston, in the Milburn. J recollect a family of vuur name there, that were wrights. During several summers I passed the house of Adam bliarpc, ftlarv s lather; and his r.lul dren, of which Mary was the eldes', also went to IWr. uurdon h tschool. we genotaliy went and returned together, and formed an attach. mcnt founded on the most innocent love and nuthfitl friendship; and had I been the heir of he fairest estate in Uallowny, Alary would have had the offer of my hand; but alas! poverty was an insuperable bar, and we were children of about fourteen vears of age. Mary's parents were both from Ilorgue, and there was only a few months' difference in our ages. I cannot consent to my friendly feeling to my school mate being mane public. The good old bonk seller is not to let the left hand know what the right hand doth. My means of liberality were all disposed of previous lo mv knowledge of Airs, u s situation. I wish she could get tier daughter to write a letter for her to inc. I have, if my executors arc honest which 1 hone ihev are secured to Marv jCCOO. which will support her in comfort, and something be lelt to reward her daughter. My schoolmates that I recollect, were James Mitchcl, son of of the ancient Dr. Mitchel : Alexander Gordon, son of our schoolmaster : Thomas Bean, J.is l.iddesdals, IJavid McLellan, James, John and Hubert Ulrtihc, n.nm of Dr. C'larko. Wl bant Johnston, End his brother John, went to Mr. Mounoch s school. My health is such that I

have little prospect of surviving the comming winter. Miuuld it be sn, l cannot complain my days cf pilgrimage have already surpassed tho ordinary age allotted toman. Mv ancestry are truly plebiati, and my poor father, ou' of twenty years penurious economy, laid tin what paid for a steerage passage for me in a Glas gow shin to Jamaica, whore I landed in May ws.t, a poor lad unbelriendcd and pcnuyless I lived there fifteen years, and left m August I was one of 24 young men who were my fellow passengers in the uiasgow ship, and have bee for the last lorty.two years the only survivor, and the only one of them that had saved any property worth notice. I have been two weeks writing this letter. Shnjld you not again hear frointne, you will hear of me from your friend J on n jonnstonwho is verr wealthy, and as res poctaoie as any man can be. since tlio dealt of mv ancient friend Robert Lenox, he is th only one left to me in the city of New York. am cxliau8icd, and must finish. Truly your menu, (Signed) Wm. Thomson. Binghainpton, Broome Co., N. Y October 10, 1841, Mr. John Rae. Dear Sir: By a letter from our mutual menu John Johnston, tJsq., he in terms me that on the VUth ultimo he has remit ted to you, on my account, for the use of my dear friend, Mary Cunningham, a set of ex chango for JL'24, 2, 2d. sterling, which I doubt not will come to hand safe, and be dulv honor ed. This sum I hope, together with the other little perquisites she at oresent cniovs. wi place he in tolerable comfortable circumstances Be so kind as to present to her mv sincere lov and regard ; and (say) that she may depend on the like sum annually, during mv life. I have also left her jfjfJOO sterling, payable in two years irom my oecease, interest annually. But, my dear sir, it would probably be best that little biiouiu ue mane nut) ic on this subiect. as it might lead to the curtailment of her present rninfnrt.lhlft InrMinn MIia m... m,,nl. ,n ...... III 11 V 11 . 1 . VUU. I hope you see her often. Iam desirous to re. ceive a letter from her; her daughter can act asamauuenis. I hope the good sense of Britain and the United States will perceive the advantage of neacc War between thoso States would disturb and retard the civilization of the whole human race. I he human passions are vet far from beinir chastened by the mild precepts of our holy re- igiun. i ours sincerely. Signed Wm. Thompson. P. S.---My health has been very poor for a year past. W. T. Air. John Kae, 10 Charlotte Place, Liverpool. Letter 111. From Judge Thompson to Mary Sharpe, (Mrs. uunningnam.) Binghainpton, Broome Co., N. Y. Febiuary23, 1842. Mrs. Mary Cunningham : My earliest and most beloved friend ; Mr. Rae's letter of the 29th of November, 1841, did not reach me until the 2d of February, 1842. In two days after it came to hand I remitted to my friend John John- ston, r.sq., ol the city ot new York, jtlU ster ling, for thy immediate relief, which he writes to me he haB done. I was truly happy to learn that thee was still numbered with the living : but I was much distressed In think how much thy feelings must have been wounded by the hu miliations thee has been compelled to submit to. Thee did me justice in believing that, if I knew thy distress, I would be willing to assist thee; and I cannot express how much I nm in debted to thee for the present call. But, my dear Mary, why was thy situation not made known to mo twenty years ago I low happy it would made me to liavo averted from tho woman I have ever loved above all others, the distress and mortifications she has undergone. It wounds my feelings extremely to think that thee has be come the punsionerol an almshouse. It must not continue so. Would 25 annually enable thee lo remove into thine own rented house, and support thee in any thing like comfort That forty years have been easy, but never very rich. 1 give thee my history. A few months after I parted with thee in Liverpool, I married into a Quaker family in the State of New York, and commenced farming my own freehold. In six or eight years, perceiving that there was no probability of my having a family of children, I disposed of my properly near to New York, lo catcd myself in the State of Pennsylvania, where for thirty years 1 employed myself in superin tending my farm, fa large one) and in discharg ing the duties of a Magistrate and Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, in Susquehanna coun ty. I had no desire to be very rich, and the bent of my own mind rather disposed me to literary pursuits, which now afford my principal enjoy. merit. Some years since I bent to Galloway (or my Bister, her husband, and her three daughters, their husbands, and their fifteen grand children, all of whom arc now settled on three valuable farms, with stock and everything they can rea sonably want. If they are industrious and pru dent, they and their descendants are placed here, if poverty reaches them, it will be their own fault. My sister deceased a few weeks since, aged 80 years. In 1830 my wife deceased. She con fided to my protection an aged maiden, her sis ter, who had lived with us !3o years ; als.i her niece, a girl or 12 years, which she had adopted. I married the old maiden, and domestic matters ere conducted without change. Becoming in- nn, I sold mv farm, and now reside near Bing- hamton, 170 miles from New York city. While I live thee shall have 25 annually, in Decem ber, which Mr. Johnston will remit; and I hae made a codicil to my will, by which thee will re ceive 000. Should my life, however, be spared for a few vears, I will remit that sum to thee myself, if the interest of 000, say 30, otild support thee in cnrnlort, the principal sum, or s. part of it, would put it in my power to reward thy dutiful child, who has foregone op portunities, no doubt, of bettering her condition, n order to wait on and comfort her aged parent When I last saw thee, thee li.'.d three children, a con in Scotland, and two daughters with thee ne about three years old, I think, named Marv, and the other a babe in the cradle, liuw many f thy children grow up ! What year did Cap. ain Cunningham die 1 I think thee then said ic was then in Martinnuo. If your hand has be come unsteady, get soino one to write mo tor thee, and give me a history ot ail toy trnutues, Are thy brothers and sisters yet alive ! I am now in my seventy-sixth vcar, and 1 well remember there was but a few months' dif ference in our ages. I hope, my dear Mary, that then will believe me to write in sincciity and truth when I sav, that thee has conferred on me an obligation, that I can never repay, by calling upon me in tliv distress. Had 1 know whereabouts thee was to be found, the call would not have been wanted for. Had I known thy situation twenty years ago, how much hu miliation would have been spared thee. Ou re ceipt of this give mo along letter in return; and write to me every three uionthp. Address, Wm. homson, bsn., Iiiugharn'on, Ilroouie County, State of New York. Put the letter in a packet, or steamship hag, a day or two belore he tunc ot sailing, and I will received it in about hrce week', farewell, my dear .Mary; and In.-1 ruie me to be, at this niuiiont, as sincerely . i i . . .. . . 4 thy friend as when wo wore footing up tho Bir- h II together, on our way from school With sentiments of love and affection unchanged, I remain thine ever. William Thohon. One is at a lna whether intt to admire, the faith of Marv Shame in her old school fellow. of whom she had not heard for forty years, or me unswerving truth ot that ancient Inend. Sec Mr. Thomson's letter subjoined, wheic he ile. tails the circumstances of his voyage out to Jamaica, &c. t The followine ore a few oarticulars of Marv Sharpy's inlerveniiij; history. Her parents being poor, she went to sen ice in the luusoof no mint ol liurd I.ordbilkiik, hetc she remained for some ycarf j ii i m ucing a iianusoiiiegin, sue nao several auuurers; and amongst the rest Jlr.'I.ennox.nfierwaidsof New oik, and Hid father of Mr, Lennox, who purchased Ualscainh, near Dumfries, some vears nco. She re- ...A...i ... I :. i i ' j . uiu.ru iu l. teruuui. uiu I dh boom uner 11 nuica uj Mr. Cuiminc'lltim. Mnstrr and Siimrrnrpo of n Inrpi. snip, iic uiea J.) or M years ago ni Muiniim, tenting ihsMmun nun lour yoiin7 ciiuurcn, ineir oiuy pro vision beino I fie industry of ilic widow. She. how ecr. contrived lu brinr? un her fnnnlv in rpsnprlnhilHv; unu wiicu iney were nuie to ao lor llieniselves, she uinu inure weni in service at siono, near retoies, the seat of sir James Montgomery, whose lady was Lord Selkirk's mint. Three nf her eliildrin liivin.r rlin.t. and age and infitmiiy coming upon her, slio some years ago mot wiener in the almshouse at Liverpool. J It is a tins d ir. that this Mr. Johnmr. in whom Mr. Rae addressid his lelller, should happen to be the wm. mi .Lint- mijuiiiiiiiuice which juuge inomson had in New York. S He dxd (as appears from Dumfries papers of Kill iunrcn, is,j on :ne 3Utn ot January, 1B. lit- had nrcvioualv remitted the first i par's annuity to Mm. Liinninghani, in addition lo the previous remittance ui iu. II I'robably Berwick is here a clerical error, and frr ricA, musi be the parish incsnt by Judge Thomson, E. T. M. ncss to him, for, said I, ' to a farmer so ex tensively patronized as ho is, the small pit tance of two year's arrearages would be but a drop in the bucket. It is true, there was occasionally printed on tho sacks a general notice to delinquents but I never suspected that this was intended fur his friends. Tho notice however, became more fre quent nnd having leisure, I concluded 1 would visit my friend, tho proprietor ot the Granary. He greeted me cordially but 1 saw that there had been tinublc. Ho was evidently worn with toil and unxiety : and in tho conversation ol the evening, lie enter ed into particulars. " Heie 1 have been laboring day and al most night for two veins ; and I am more in debt now than when 1 begun. My credi tors aro pressing for payment ; 1 am con scious of inability to meet their demands, and ran perceive no result but bankruptcy and ruin." Dut have you not a large li.it of subscri bers?" said I. " Yes, a very large list," was tho reply ; but too many of them arc like you!" " Mo I" I quickly rejoined in amazement " too manv like me !" " Pardon me," said my friend, in a mel ancholy tone " pardon me, for oppression will make even a wise man mad. You have had a quart of wheal weekly for two years and i have not had a cent of payment ; 1 liavo n largo list ol the same kind of patrons, scattered here nnd there over thousands of miles, if they would pay nm tlio trifles thev severally owe me, 1 should be diiectly freed from embarrassment, and go on my way re joicing, out they reasoned as you lenson- ed ; and among you, 1 am Drought to the door of poverty and ruin." I felt tho full force of the rebuke, and promptly paying arrearages at tho increased prices named in the prospectus, nnd also ;i year in advance, 1 shortly oiu adieu to the worthy and wiong ed farmer, resolving to do everything in my power to repair tho injury which had accru ed from my delinquency. O ye patrons of Jonathan Homespun ! wherever ye nro or whoever ye are ! ve have received and eaten the wheat from his Granarv, without making payment ! Yo are guilty of a grievous sin of omission. There fore repent. Pay tho farmer what you owe htm. Uncle S.un s teamsters bring vou the sack of grain every week, and Uncle Sam's teamsters will carry-thc money safely to Jon athan Homespun. AN CAST INDIA ANECDOTE. It mav be necessary to inform tho readpr that the drink called ioddii, one of the strong est and most intoxicating liquors in India, consists of the sap of tho cocoa trees. tJie process of obtaining tho liquor is simple. Tim toddy collector leaves his dwelling alter sunset, and seeks the thickest cocoa woods, climbs up and cuts notches in the bark of such trees as seem Itkelv to vield the most juice, under each notch lie atlixes a small jar to receive the liquid, which, it drunk in stantly, is one ol tho mildest beverages pos sible, but if left during a low days lo ferment in the sun, becomes the most ardent spirit known. An incident connected with a person who followed the profession of toddy collector, happened, whilst 1 was in tho country, the details of which is shortly as follows : Tho individual in question had left his cottage, which was situated in a cinnamon grove in the island of Ceylon, little more than half an hour, when a native pedlar called there to exhibit his tempting wares, and lo solicit n lodging for the night. The collector's wife, whose whole soul was wrapped up in the idea of finery, was delighted to let him in. Her bangles and joyes, which had hitherto been the prido of her life, were now eclipsed, and she sighed with envy as she saw all her for mer notions of grandeur fade befoiuthe con tents of tho wanderer's pack. Not daring, however, tu purchase without her husband's approval, she wni to allow the pedlar to rest insell on the bench beneath tho door porch In less than another hour tho door of the cottago was noiselessly opened, and the wo man again uppcarcd. She approached her husband, listened a few moments to ascer tain that he slept, and then stepping back a pace, raised her arm, and with her whole force at one blow, drove tho knife right through her wi etched partner's heart. For an instant only sho appeared shocked at tho deed ; then recovering herself she attempted to withdraw the knife which having gone completely through her victim, had buried its sharp and fine point in the bench. After severe exertion, she succeeded, but not with out breaking off the point of the cocoa split ter, which remained fixed in the wood. Tho woman's anxiety now to obtain the spoil, for w Inch she had thus periled soul and body, ap peared almost infernal. She seemed to grin in erstacy ut the deed she had done, and pant for the ill gotten gain she had thus made her own. Cxultiugly sho dragged the pack of jewels from beneath the head of the corpse, when her movement drew from her victim'i face the cloth that had covered it, and the savage murderess beheld the well known lin eaments of her own husband's countenance. She gave a sudden scream, and threw down the sack; then, with frantic cries, rushed from the cottage, and sought a shelter in a neighboring wood. The horror-stricken witness feared to move. If he descended, hu might meet the mm del ess, who would doubtless revenge her dreadful mistake on the unarmed man, or by possibility, ho might become mixed up in the business ; so hu determined not to leave his refuge until morning. He therefore kept his position, staring in spite of himself at the dreadful objeit beneath him, in a sort of wa king dream, till he was suddenly aroused Dy seeing tho woman, accompanied by several persons (evidently officers of justice) ap proach the hut. They examined the corpse ; they search ed the house and began to take down their notes in writing, when the pedlar, anxious to seek their protection, by a sudden stir of the branches succeeded in attracting their atten tion. In an instant a gun was pointed at him, and he was commanded to descend. The poor man willingly clambered down, when to his horror and surprise ho was instantly seized and bound, at tho instigation of the woman, who, with frantic gestures, declared that she recognized in him the assassin of her adored husband. Tho wretched prisoner was immediately brought to trial, and, despite of his declara tions of his innocence, condemned to death, the woman's statement being clear and prob able. She affirmed that the pedlar had come to their house -and sought shelter for tho night a boon her husband had unhesitating ly accorded ; that tho two men had a severe dispute about the price of some trinkets, when her husband in a fit of passion thrust the itinerant merchant out of the house who, it seemed, had not gone far; fur soon after the toddy collector feeling warm and uncom fortable from the debate he had held, nnd tho liquor he had drunk, had gone tu lio down. A slight noise, however, awoke his wife, who distinctly saw the wicked traveller stab her husband through the heart ; and that she then, without uttering any cry Irom fear of instant annihilation herself, stole from the back door, and rushed into town for assist ance, and succeeded in arresting the assas sin before hu had time to escape. The account seemed so plausible, that scarcely any one in the court doubted the prisoner's guilt. In the fust place, what mo tive could die wretched widow, who was well known to have been warmly attached to her husband, have to invent a falsehood ? In n word n thousand arguments were brought forward to satisfy tho jury of the guilt of the unhappy prisoner. Only one person present doubted the whole st jry ; and that, fortunately for the innocent man, was tho enlightened judge before whom the case was tried. Hu fell assured of tho tiuth of the defendant's statement, yet ho had THE GRANARY. A tale xchich every jicrson trill read. 11V REV. A. C. THOMAS. ' Whoso rcadclh, let him understand." " Jonathan Homespun, having purchased an extensive farm, and provided himself with every thing requisite to properous husband ry, proposes in furnish subscribers with ono quart of wheat weekly, as the low prico of two dollars in advance ; at two dollars and fifty cents if paid after six weeks." I ho facilities adorded by tho government, for tho transportation of wheat to every sec tion of tho Union and adjacent provinces, are such as must prove satisfactory to every subscriber; and tho proprietor of thn Gra nary assures all who mav patronize him.that ho wilt exert himself io supply an article of the-hrst quality. IS. u. Agents will bo al lowed a generous per coinage. Address (pnst paid) Proprietor of tho Granary, Hope well." Such was tho prospectus issued by my friend Mr. Homespun. Feeling n lively in terest in his welfare, I visited his farm", al though it was a long journey from my home, and was pleased to find overyihing in nice order. Ho informed mo that ho had con traded a large debt in tho purchaso uf tho promises, slock and implements of husband ry, but that ho had no doubt of his ability to dischargo every obligation in a few yoars. tie also staled that hn had already roceived many hundred subscribers, and that in four or five weeks ho would commence tho deliv ery of thn wheat according to promise. 1 he schema appeared plausible; and my friend was so confident of success, that I had not tho slightest doubt of his prosperity. I entered my nanio as a subscriber, nnd when I loft him ho was preparing many thousand quart sacks. Every week for thespacoof two yoars, I received my quart of wheat, nnd concluded from its excellent quality and prompt deliv ii an ornament common in Covlou cottages, no means of upsetting the strong testimony in the hope of her husband's return in the! "I the woman. The jury gave a verdict of evening. " guilty" without u moment's hesitation; After depositing Ins valuablo knapsack but .still the judge was no, satisfied, and af- beneath his head, the pedlar tell into a sound , lei wards declared, that one of the most aw umber, from which he was aroused hv I lul moments of his life was that when he fouud hearing a door creak his sleep being like hiiuselt compelled to pass sentence of death most of his tribe, so light, that tuu slightest u me unuappy prisoner, tic, however.had noise was calculated to disturb it. On open-(one power, that of reprieve; and he cxer- ening his eyes, hu beheld his hoitess with her cised it by delaying tho execution of the cul- hcad protruding through the collage door, at-' pm iur uueeii uays, ery, that every thing was pronorous with aupjfui i. Hive ill mil iiiiiiu iino buuiiur, j Jiiail i , , , ! . - - - sum lean spsre, without curtailing the comforts Jona,h8n "on,c,Pun and ""farm. Sol of my family My circutnstincus for the last' 6ave myself no concern about my indebted. lontive v watching her guest. Un seeing him stir, sho mado a short apology for awa kening him, and retired. Tho itinerant ven der took it into his head, however, that all was not right: so, ufter a short lime, he again effected to sleep, indulging iu ono of those doses when outward objects arc visi ble, though indistinctly seen by the weary watcher. In about an hour after, by the strong shadow from un unclouded moon the poor man saw some object approaching cau tiously from the opposite direction. Hu sup posed it to bo tho collector returning to his home; but looking up, to his dismay he per ceived tho woman stealthily drawing near, with a long cucoa kntfu in her hand. In un instant ho was on his legs to confront her. Sho appeared somewhat startled, hut de clari d she had been in the woods seeking her husband, and that tho knifu which shu held was for tho purposo of cutting down some jars in lb" vicinity. The suspecting pedlar much doubting her story, but affecting to be lieve it, hu saw her enter tho cottago and quietlv shut the door. INo sooner was she within, hownver, than tho traveller instantly climbed a small tree, nnd took up his abode amid the branches. Hero he hail beon seat ed for some lime, when ho beheld lite toddy collector calmly rolurning homo laden with his utensils. Worn out apparently by his exertions, and tempted by the beauty of tho night, when he camo to his door lie paused a snori iimo, and silling down on the bunch Utuly occu pied by the native merchant, ho snemen to fall into a train ot deep tnonght. rrosontiy a if disinclined to enter tho house, ho madi a sort of pillow of his well filled bag, and cov ered his fa co, as is usual throughout the East, with his cumborbund, ho fell into a deop sleep pi ...... . i . t , f. ., i on very insiant inai ue icil tnc court a siidJon thought struck him. Hu directly sent for the bench on which tho murder was sai l lo have been committed, had it closely examined, and discovered that the point of a sharp instrument was lodged in it. This ho had carefully extracted, and found it to bo the end of a cocoa nut knife, which, of course, further strengthened the Judge's suspicions, and he sent a flush reprieve to the prisoner. He then caused the road leading from tho cottago of tho deceased lo the town, to be closely searched and ransacked. His efforts happily succeeded. Close to the edge of a half dried tank, the weapon was found ; it was rusted with blood, had lost its point, and bom on its handle the namu of tho murdered man. Tho woman without receiving any pre vious notice, was seized, and the knife sud denly produced before her. The sight at once turned the current of her feelings ; she fell upon her knees ; confessed the whole, declaring that the temptation had been loo great for her, but God had determined that shu should not escape, sinco ho had brought up the knife from tho bottom of the tank in to which sho had thrown il ; and all she now prayed for was instant death. Two days afterwards, she underwent her just sentence, while the poor pedlar was re- I I C t.T- ! r uciseu Hum iiis ignominious connnement No Jonathan. A school boy, fourtfiea. years of age, at a public seminary, not a hue-, dred miles from Ulminster, being lectured by his tutor for not retaining until morning the lesson he had learnt over night, and bains; asked the reason, replied " I don't know sir, unless it is becauso I sleep without 9 nijfbl csp, and it ovaporates before the morpirg."