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ther, “I was so anxious to assure her of Miss Euston vainly endeavored to conthe affection with which I should welcome jure up something like a blush upon her her into my family, that I immediately put sallow cheek, and rejoined, “ Mr. Seyton on my bonnet, walked to Belvidere Place, has received my letter, and must feel perconfessed to her the mistake under which I fectly secure of the reciprocity of my senhad opened her letter, and obtained her timents." consent to come and drink tea here this
I could not help thinking with the Irishevening; now are you not surprised ?" man, that “the reciprocity was all on one
“ Very much so indeed," I replied, wish- side;" my cheeks flushed, my hands treming that my mother had not been quite so bled, and I had the conviction that I was officious and prompt in her movements, al- cutting a very ridiculous figure. My comthough at the same time I felt glad that my panions, however, were all disposed to be timid gentle Charlotte should have been very indulgent to me, and I talked about encouraged by such marked demonstration Richmond Hill and Twickenham meadows, of kindness on the part of one with whom and strove to appear as unembarrassed as I knew she suspected that she was no fa- possible; my plan was, that as soon as my vorite.
mother and sister had left the room, I should “As soon as tea is over," said my mother, disclose to Miss Euston my unfortunate “ I and your sister will slip out of the room, mistake, and advise her to take upon herand you may enjoy the conversation of your self the credit of refusing me, which I beloved."
perfectly well inclined to give her as a balm “But, mother, you have never shown me to her wounded vanity. At length my moher letter," I exclaimed. My mother was ther and sister exchanged a telegraphic on the point of producing it from the re- look, and the former half rose from her seat, cesses of her pocket, when a knock was murmuring something about the geraniums heard at the street-door, announcing the in the back drawing-room, when suddenly arrival of the fair one in question. I has- a thundering knock resounded at the door, tily ran up stairs to arrange my hair, and and she resumed her former position. put on the most irresistible waistcoat in my “I believe it is my brother the baronet," wardrobe. When I decended again, I said Miss Euston ; " directly I had read stood for a moment in the fearfulness of Mr. Seyton's letter, I inclosed it in a note true love, with my hand upon the lock. to Wimpole-street, begging that he would “ How shrill Charlotte Easton's voice sounds soou call upon me to converse on a meato-night," I thought; "she speaks much sure so important to my future happilouder than my mother and sister ; I sup- ness; and I directed, that if he came this pose nervous excitement is the cause of her evening, he should be told where I was to be altered tones; however, her beauty will not found.” be impaired by her trepidation, although My mother and sister looked aghast. the sweetness of her voice may be so." I Miss Euston had frequently alluded to the threw open the door, expecting to feast my very high views formed for her by her bro eyes on the smiling, blooming countenance ther the baronet, and they apprehended that of sweet Charlotte Easton; alas! what was he had come to fulminate his right honoramy horror at beholding the bony angular ble indignation on our presumptuous family, form of Miss Euston, the spinster who had and bear away his sister an unwilling vicbeen so often and so warmly recommended tim, to receive the addresses of some earl to me by my mother and sister. Instanta- or viscount. I entertained somewhat of neously the truth flashed upon me; both of the same idea, but with me it took not the the ladies lived in Belvidere Place, and the pale cast of fear, but the rose-colored tint atrocious habit of which George Gordon of hope; such an event would extricate me had accused me in my boyhood, of making from my difficulties without impugning my an a in the precise shape of a u, had occa- honor; and had the baronet thought fit to sioned the letter meant for Miss Easton to enact the part of Lochinvar, and carry be carried to Miss Euston, read, and fa- away my affianced bride on his steed, I vorably answered by her. I actually trem- should certainly have borne a close resembled with consternation.
blance to “the poor craven bridegroom" “William is rather overcome, my dear,” who “spoke never a word” on the occasion. said my mother to Miss Euston; " but it is The first glance, however, at the countealways the way with true lovers to be doubt- nance of the “very magnificent three-tailed ing and diffident.”
bashaw," who was now advancing towards
us, dissipated the fears of my mother and my sister's property should be settled on sister, and my own hopes; he was amiably herself.” and patronizingly condescending, assured Too much overcome to speak, I gare a me that he had always respected me as a nervous nod of the head. very deserving young man, and that he felt “ And I conclude,” he continued, with assured the more he saw of me the better additional vivacity," that you are not overhe should like me; told me that I had made burdened with capital, and have not much choice of a treasure, and complimented my of your own to add to it." mother and sister on the fondness and ad- I gave a nervous shake of my head, and miration which his dear Dorothea had in- my mother interposed in my favor with the formed him they had long evinced towards hackneyed joke that “I had nothing to her. For the first time in my life I was settle but my heart, and had already done ashamed of my mother; she kept inclining that most effectually." her head as reverentially as if she had been "I imagine," said the baronet, " that you the mother of Aladdin asking the stately will not object to the settlements being Chinese princess in marriage of the sultan made by my own solicitor, who is an exher father, and she occasionally uttered cellent fellow; indeed I am particularly short phrases expressive of her delight, fortunate in every one whom I employ. I honor, and satisfaction at the proposed can recommend you to an admirable winealliance. I learned afterwards the secret merchant, and an invaluable tailor ; and of the unexpected affability of “my brother when you furnish your house, you cannot the baronet."
do better than to apply to all my own tradesAbout three months ago, he had united people.” himself with a very lively, laughing, pretty Thus oppressively condescending, did young girl, who had obtained great influ- the baronet converse for a couple of hours, ence over hiin, but whose levity inflicted when drawing his sister beneath his arm, such a severe shock on the nerves of her he took his departure, leaving me convinced prim sister-in-law, that she took the trouble that it was too late for explanation, and that, of going every other day to Wimpole- to use an expressive colloquial phrase, I street, to lecture the young bride on the was fairly in for it!" enormities of standing half the morning in A week passed, my courtship progressed; the balcony, singing French ballads with I did not corifide the secret of the mis-dithe windows open, and encouraging young rected letter to any one but my old friend men to drop in at luncheon-time. Lady George Gordon. Euston was by no means grateful for this “I pity you sincerely,” he said; “but I surveillance, and repeatedly told her hus- am afraid that on the present occasion I band that "she would give any thing in the verify the words of Rochefoucault, that world to get the old maid married, and only there is something in the misfortunes of wished that he would look out for some one our best friends which does not displease silly enough to take her.''
us;' let me, however, first ask you if you "I had some thoughts,” the baronet re- really mean to marry Miss Euston ?" marked to me, "of deferring my visit till “I cannot do otherwise," I said mournto-morrow, but Lady Euston would not hear fully, “she has just ordered her weddingof it; she said she quite felt for the anxiety bonnet, and her brother the baronet has of mind under which you must suffer while presented her with a topaz necklace beawaiting my opinion. Lady Euston is ex- longing to the late Lady Euston, all claim cessively fond of Dorothea, she feels for to which the present Lady Euston has genher just as a younger sister would do for erously relinquished, because the setting is an elder one. (Lady Euston was seven- old-fashioned, and she has a particular disteen, and Miss Euston forty-seven, there- like to topazes. But why do you ask the fore she must have felt for her like a very question ?" younger sister indeed!)
“ Because," said George Gordon, “I My mother here interposed an observa- have long secretly admired Charlotte Eastion, that much as Lady Euston's affection- ton, but never made known my feelings to ate kindness was to be admired, the wonder her, deeming that you were attached to her, would be to find any one who was not at- and that your attachment was reciprocated; tached to Miss Euston.
even now I will not address her till your "I presume," said the baronet, turning marriage has taken place." sportively to me, “ that you are willing that My marriage did take place in a few
weeks, and the next day, George Gordon in Oliver Twist, “I let myself go very reasent an exquisitely-written proposal of mar- sonable,- I was cheap, dirt cheap !” riage to Charlotte Easton, which lay in no I had written thus far, when George Gordanger of being taken to a wrong house. don called. He was refused, but Charlotte's aunt, with “George, my excellent friend," I said, whom he was a great favorite, privately ad- " I know your regard for me, it has been monished him to persevere, saying that tried and proved; will you give me another Charlotte had certainly felt a decided pre- demonstration of it?" dilection for Mr. Seytoni, who had paid her George looked rather alarmed at this premarked attentions, and she was both mor-face, as the firmest friend would find it very tified and wounded when he made choice natural to do. of another lady, but that a little time and “ I am sure, Seyton,” he said, “I would her own excellent sense would doubtless do any thing to oblige you,
my account enable her to forget him, and she would at my banker's is very small just at present.” then begin to value the good qualities and “I do not wish you to lend me money," firm and consistent attachment of Mr. Gor- I returned, “the service I require at your don. George took the hint, was a frequent hands is of a domestic nature.” visitor at the house of Charlotte's aunt for Surely," he exclaimed, "you are not three months, then renewed his offer, and going to separate from your wife! I know was accepted.
these things are very common in the fashI have been married for a year, and have ionable world, but indeed, Seyton, they will not the most remote intention of claiming not do in middling life.” the Dunmow flitch. The temper of Mrs. “ Again you are wrong, my friend," I William Seyton is still less placid than that said, “ I have been writing a sketch of my of Miss Euston; her jealousy is such that life for the benefit and improvement of the she cannot even bear me to look at the rising generation; I wish to insert it in the pretty faces in the Annuals, and she repays Metropolitan, but it has awakened feelings the anxiety of my mother and sister to pos- in my mind so painful, that I cannot bear sess her for a relative, by treating them the idea of again glancing on it; you know with so much rudeness and hauteur, that it my adventures, you know my turn of exis painful to me to see them in my house, pression, you know better than any one while I am subjected to the most rigid do- else the little peculiarities of my hand-wrimestic cross-questioning and lecturing if I ting, will you take it to the editor, and will visit them in their own. It is true that my you— will you, my dear friend, order the wife had, as was alleged, fifteen thousand proofs to be sent to you for correction ?" pounds, but the solicitor employed by “my George started, put his hand for a mobrother the baronet” has so drawn up the ment before his eyes, then withdrew it, setlements, that should my wife die without looked first at the cabalistic mysterious children, (and at her age it is likely enough characters of my blotted manuscript, and that she
may lead her graces to the grave, then on my rueful and imploring counteand leave the world no copy,”) I am depriv-nance. ed of even a life-interest in her property, “I will,” he said, in a firm, distinct the whole of which goes to her brother and tone. his descendants, of whom there promises to I wrung his hand in silent gratitude, and be no lack, Lady Euston having just enliv- feel happy to close my melancholy tale with ened her domestic hearth by the introduc- so sublime an instance of the devotion of tion of magnificent twin boys. Thus, when true friendship. By the time these pages I am left a widower I shall be a pennyless meet the eye of the public, George Gordon one; the property of my wife being in the will have performed his promise! three per cents, only produces four hundred and fifty pounds a-year, of which she claims two hundred as pin-money, asserting that no lady can dress neatly upon a less sum; the one-horse chariot and French soubrette, which her brother the baronet declares to be absolutely necessary to the respectability
LADY ELIZABETH LEVESON GOWER.- A matriof his sister, absorbs the remainder of the monial engagement is confidently stated to be
concluded between the Marquess of Lorn and the income she brings to me, and my friends Lady Elizabeth Leveson Gower, eldest daughter all say of me, that, like Bumble the beadle of their Graces of Sutherland.-Court Journal.
DISCOVERIES IN CENTRAL AMERICA, | builders) abroad upon the face of all the
earth," was the time when the vast plains From the British and Foreign Review.
and forests of the Western world first The History of Ancient America, anterior received man as their inhabitant. A third
to the time of Columbus, proving the party, still more absurd, have conceived identity of the Aborigines with the Tyr-|(from a passage in Plato) that, in former ians and Israelites, and the Introduction times, an island of enormous dimensions, of Christianity into the Western Hemis- named Atlantis, stretched from the northphere by the Apostle St. Thomas. By western coast of Africa across the Atlantic George Jones, M. R. S. I., F. S. V. Ocean, and that over this continental tract Longman and Brown, London ; Harper both man and beast migrated westwards. and Brothers, New York. 1843. In one night, however, a mighty storm and
wind overwhelmed this island, at a time If all the embellishments the art of when only a few animals had succeeded in printing can bestow, with the addition of making good their passage. an elaborate title-page and a solemnly in- These theories, and many others even flated style, could insure the success of a more wild which might be collected from work and confer reputation on its author, different writers, are not without their Mr. George Jones would henceforth be- warning use; they give a humiliating proof come the literary lion of the day, and his of the puerilities into which even vigorous 'History of Ancient America' would dis- minds may be betrayed, when once they play its hot-pressed charms upon every li- abandon inductive reasoning for the sebrary table. Unfortunately the merits of a ducing fields of speculative fancy. Thus book are not in precise proportion to its the early geologists conceived that the petoutward garniture; and though we doubt rified shells and vessels found buried in whether even the author would recognize the secondary strata were produced by what the “child of his brain," were it unrolled they called a "plastic force" in nature, and from the gorgeous coverings in which it accounted for the vast beds of shells on the has been sedulously swathed, we own that tops of the Alps by remembering the shellwe would rather have seen it in puris na- ornamented bonnets of the pilgrims passing turalibus.
from Romne! Few questions have given rise to more To return however to our subject. The discussion or more ingenious theorizing discoveries made by the Russians in the than the original history of America. It is northern parts of the world, under the one of those moot points which have always auspices of Peter the Great, confirmed the been, and probably will ever continue to opinion of those who, not disposed to acbe, of an uncertainty only stimulating to count by supernatural agency for what the appetite of the speculative; while the might be effected by natural causes, had inquirer, though he fail to solve them, may early suggested the possibility of America chance to alight upon detached and valua- having been peopled from the contiguous ble portions of truth, as the hammer of the northern shores of Europe on the one side geologist may sometimes strike out a gem, and Asia on the other. They insisted though he lose the course of the stratuin he upon the similarity in features, manners, is investigating. To determine this dis- and mode of life of the denizens of these puted paternity, many incredible and ab- frigid zones; and, arguing upon the analsurd hypotheses have been from time to ogous migrations of the European and time propounded. Some authors—Lord Asiatic nomads, they accounted for the Kaimes among them-have not scrupled existence of the Southern Americans by to report that the Mosaic account of the the continual pressure of a rapidly increascreation of our first parents was only in- ing population from the north. tended to inform us of the origin of the in- But even when the discoveries of Russia habitants of the Eastern world, and that the apparently corroborated this hypothesis, the American nations sprung from a different tide of discussion was not checked, but Adam and perhaps a less erring Eve! merely diverted into fresh and numerous Others, with less imagination, or more channels. Almost every nation of the Old piety, have contented themselves with haz- World set up its claim in turn to the honor arding the conjecture, that the destruction of having given birth to the new hemisof the tower of Babel, when, according to phere; the Jews, Canaanites, Phænicians, holy writ, “the Lord scattered them (the Carthaginians, the Greeks, Scythians, Chi
nese, and many others, have all found zeal-But we should give due weight to the reous advocates for their respective claims. mark of the author of the work before us
Josephus Acosta, a Spanish Jesuit, who upon this point, viz., that this eminent hiswrote about the year 1560, is opposed to torian was not aware of the existence of the opinion, which he says was prevalent the stupendous remains of former magnifiin his time, that the Americans were of cence which it is the object of Mr. Jones Jewish origin. He treats this suggestion, to ascribe to their proper architects. On which he believes to have been founded on the whole, Robertson inclines to the opina passage of the book of Esdras, with ut- ion of Mr. Parsons before alluded to, and ter skepticism and even some degree of concludes that we must consider the northcontempt. He “cannot well see how that eastern nations of Asia to have been the Euphrates in Esdras should be a more con- first inhabitants of America; and that, after venient passage to go to the New World having migrated across Behring's Straits, than the enchanted and fabulous Atlantike they spread themselves gradually over the island of Plato." He confesses, however, whole hemisphere. This account tallies that the coincidences in the customs of the with the traditions the Mexicans have of two nations are curious, although in his their own origin, which relate that their opinion accidental.
ancestors journeyed from the north-west. Mr. Parsons, the author of the work en- This theory receives some additional contitled 'Remains of Japhet,' entertains no firmation from an account given by Peter doubt that the earliest Americans were a Kalm, in his 'Travels into North America,' colony from Tartary. In confirmation of of pillars of stone, apparently of great anthis idea he observes, that the American tiquity, which had been found some hunnations had some acquaintance with the dred miles west of Montreal,-one of them doctrine of the Trinity, for they worship- covered with inscriptions, which some ped their tutelary deity, the Sun, under the Jesuits who saw them affirmed were written threefold appellation of the 'Father and in Tartarian characters. It appears moreLord Sun,' 'the Son Sun,' and the ‘Bro-over, from Marco Polo, that Kublai Khan, ther Sun;' and moreover they adored an a Tartarian monarch, one of the successors idol called by the name of Tanga-Tanga, of Ganghis Khan, after he had conquered which signifies 'One in Three and Three the southern part of China, sent out a naval in One. This circumstance is considered expedition for the purpose of subduing Jaby Mr. Parsons, who had observed a simi- pan, but that this armament was cast away lar worship among the Lamas of Thibet and never more heard of; and it has been and Tartary, as a strong presumption in conjectured that some of these vessels may favor of the original identity of the two na- have found their way to the American tions; and from this and some other analo- shores. gies he concludes that both the Peruvians The Abbé Francesco Clavigero, a native and Mexicans are derived from the house of New Spain, and author of a . History of of Togarmah, the son of Gomer, the son of Mexico' of considerable celebrity, is deJaphet, who, we are told, settled "east- cidedly of opinion that his countrymen ward, in the northern quarter."
came from the northern parts of America, Dr. Robertson, whose graceful yet man- but evades the question of their original ly style stands out in strong and pleasing parentage. His description of their state relief to that of some authors upon this sub-at the time of their discovery is extremely ject, does not place much reliance upon the curious and entertaining, but appears too analogies which may be traced in the cus- much drawn from the notoriously exaggetoms, either secular or religious, of any two rated and fanciful coloring of Boturini to be nations. He justly observes, that there is received as history without the most extreme nothing in these coincidences which may caution. He affirms that the Mexicans wornot be sufficiently explained by the similar- shipped a supreme deity called Teot), which ity of their condition or situation; and that, bears some analogy to the Greek Oros, both to prove an identity of origin, it is requi- in sound and attributes. They had also site that some arbitrary institution, such as some notion of an evil spirit, whom they the keeping the seventh day holy, should called (for what reason we cannot conjecbe discovered in both. He also conceived ture) by a word which signified ' a rational that America was not peopled by any na- owl. They also believed in the immortality tion of the Old World which had made any of the soul, and had descriptions of the considerable progress towards civilization creation, deluge, confusion of tongu