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els, the reader, on the first introduction of bled of green fields, upon the strength of a personage, was generally favoured with an experience which was limited to an

a minute account of his character, which area of an bundred feet, railed in with iron Lionel Lincoln; or, The Leaguer of Boston. indeed he could not often have learned by and surrounded by flag-stones. But a series

In two Volumes. By the Author of the any other method; a part, by the way, of noveis now implies a series of journeys. Pioneers, Pilot, &c. New York. 1825. which veteran devourers of novels were apt The descriptions of an hundred pages may 12mo.

to skip, and most persons to forget before cost the author a trip of as many miles. As the reading class of the community in- they had made much progress. Authors In short, in these critical days, whether the creases in numbers and in wealth, the de- at present avoid committing themselves novelists deal with persons or things, they mand for new works of imagination neces- in this way, and prefer leaving it to the are compelled to paint from nature, instead sarily increases with it; and this has had the reader's ingenuity to discover the charac- of making new copies of bad pictures. effect of bringing into the market many ar- ter of each, by his language and conduct. The faculty of giving to a story that ticles of home manufacture. The love of So that if the latter should happen to mis- dramatic interest, which arises from variety fame, which was balanced in the minds of take, in any instance, the design, his own of character, forcible delineation, and picmany by diffidence and fear of loss, has dullness may come in for a share of that turesque grouping, or, in other words, the derived new energies from the hope of blame, which, before, fell wholly upon the powers of observation, discrimination, and profit. Of the supply thus produced, a author's want of observation. One conse- description are possessed by Mr Cooper in considerable portion has been of inferior quence of this new method is, that, as the a very high degree; and it is with national quality. This might have been foreseen; characters are, or, at least, are intended pride and pleasure that we see these powers but it was also to be expected, that, as the to be drawn from real life, the story not employed upon supjects so worthy of them. competition continued, some minds would unfrequently is totally destitute of a regu- Brief as is the period since history first saw be called into action, of ability sufficient to lar, impeccable, and all-accomplished hero, our infant nation cradled in a howling wil. command a share of the praise and profit or heroine. This is an evil of magnitude derness, she has found much to tell of deeds attending upon excellence in this popular to those who were brought up in the days of high emprize. She offers to the novelist pursuit; whose success would encourage when the Mortimers and Belvilles were in abundance of materials,-the harvest is rich themselves to go on and improve, and fashion. But these inimitable patterns of enough, and we rejoice to welcome labourers others to follow.

square-toed perfection are now regarded as so worthy to gather it. We are glad to be Such expectations have been justified by very uninteresting fellows. We can on. able to greet an American author, in terms the result. We have had a considerable ly be pleased with the representation of of good hearty commendation, instead of that and rapidly increasing number of American man, as nature made him, a being subject cautious and somewhat dubious praise, which authors. A large proportion of their works, to affections and passions, capable of good we are too often called on to bestow upon it must be admitted, are but indifferent, ness and greatness, but variable and err- works, which, as bonest Andrew Fairservice when compared with those of their British ing, whose thread is a mingled yarn, and observes, " are ower bad for blessing, and prototypes. But some among them have whose virtues and vices alternately ennoble ower gude for banning," without a good been such as the critics, on either side of and debase him.

deal of neutralizing qualification. the Atlantic, have ventured to praise, and, The natural or artificial objects, amid The following is an outline of the story what is to the author's purpose, the public which the incidents occur, must likewise of the work before us. Lionel Lincoln, a delighted to read.

be delineated with that force of colouring, native of Boston, becoming entitled, on the The taste of the novel-readers of this and minute accuracy of detail, which iden- failure of male heirs in a direct line, to a age requires something very different from tify the particular scene of action, and for baronetcy and large estate in England, the delicate distresses and complicated sto- want of which, the same forests have sails for that country, for the purpose of ries, with their machinery of trap-doors frowned, and the same dungeons yawned taking possession. He leaves behind him and dark-lanterns, which puzzled the brains for thousands of heroes to seek their re. bis wife and infant, in the care of bis aunt and harrowed up the souls of more roman- cesses, and the same ruinous stair-ways and and godmother, Mrs Lechmere. In the tic generations. We are not disappointed, corridors echoed, while the self-moving same house is a young woman, whom he if the plot is something less than inscruta- clock struck one, to fright the souls of had seduced, previous to his marriage, and ble to any but the reader of the five last countless heroines.

by whom he had also a son. On his return, pages, nor dissatified, if the incidents are This requisition imposes upon modern he finds his wife dead, and, what is worse, neither very crowded nor very improbable. authors the necessity of actually seeing he is informed by his aunt, that she had The character of the novels of the present day the places, which they intend to describe. been unfaithful, and this information is conis more closely allied to that of the drama, in Their predecessors could travel in their gar- firmed by the oath of the young woman the course of which characters, imaginary in- rets, as the impudent fabricator of the ad- | abovementioned, Abigail Pray.

The modeed in that situation, make their entrances ventures of Damberger did through the tive of the former in fabricating this story, and exits, and play their parts in accord- centre of Africa, describing successive for it proves to be unfounded, was, by diminance with motives and passions, which have hordes of Boshmen, as identical as so many ishing his sorrow for the loss of his wife, to a real existence in the human heart. The troops of buffaloes, and successive kraals render bim more susceptible of the charms author has only to invent, or, if he pleases, of Hottentots, which, like the bee-hive and of her daughter, whom she was ambitious of to borrow the outlines of a story, which the bird's nest, evinced the unerring pa- beholding as the lady of a baronet, and the shall place his actors in circumstances fa- ture of the instinct of their framers. With head of the house of Lincoln. The latter, vourable to the powerful development of just so much knowledge of sunshine, as they on her part, hoped to regain ber former their particular ruling passions, and to make could obtain through the medium of the hold on his affections, and become Lady them speak and act, in such situations, con- smoke of a metropolis, they dwelt for pages Lincoln herself. Both seem to have forsistently and naturally. In the older nov- upon the glories of an Italian sky, and bab- 1 gotten the proverbial thanklessness of the

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office of a bearer of ill-news, and both expe-witted! Mercy on poor Job! Oh! you make bis, which would have been fatal to her, but rienced the correctness of the adage. Instead Besh creep!

* I'll cut the heart from the mutinous kuave,' in. abovementioned, who is immediately at

for the sudden appearance of the keeper of restoring Lincoln's cheerfulness, they un

terrupted a hoarse, angry voice; to refuse to drink settled his reason; and, after various adven- the health of his majesty!

tacked, thrown down, and nearly strangled tures, he becomes the tenantof a private mad- Job does wish him good health-Job loves the by the baronet, from whom he can only exhouse in England. After the lapse of some king, only Job don't love rum.'

ticate himself by repeated stabs. He esyears, his legitimate son, Lionel,goes thither,

The officer bad approached so nigh as to perceive capes, bis antagonist dies in a few moments, becomes an officer in the British service, and that the whole scene

was one of disorder and abuse, and the story closes with the departure of returns to Boston, a short time previous to soldiers, who composen the throng, he broke at once Lionel and Cecil for England, and the the commencement of the revolutionary into the centre of the circle.

evacuation of Boston by the British. war, accompanied by his father, who had

This half-witted Job is rescued from the

Beside the characters principally concontrived to escape from his confinement soldiers by Major Lincoln, and proves, in cerned in the conduct of the main action, He is unknown, however, to his son, who the sequel, to be the son of the baronet by there are various accessories, who are by has not seen him for fifteen years. His Abigail Pray. He conducts them both to no means the least interesting. Dennis lunacy, it may be observed, is of a partial the well known triangular warehouse in M'Fuse, an Irish grenadier officer, and kind, and is not suspected, being principally Dock Square, then useless, of course, for Peter Polwarth, a corpulent captain, stand shown by an extravagant zeal for liberty, its original purpose, and serving as a city in the front rank among these ; and with which was not likely to be considered mad- of refuge for his wretched mother. She respect to the former we only regret ness in Boston fifty years ago. The work testities some alarm at the sound of the that the

author should have found it opens with the arrival of their vessel, and baronet's voice, but does not recognise bim, necessary to kill him, in the first vola description of the town and harbour, and he takes up his abode without ceremo

We think the character of M'Fuse, the former occupied by a military garrison, ny in the warehouse. Major Lincoln is and that of Seth Sage, the Yankee landand deprived of its commercial bustle, by conducted to the house of Mrs Lechmere, lord, among the author's happiest efforts

. the well known closure of the port, in con- in Tremont Street, the saine that is now That of Polwarth, though on the whole sequence of the refractory disposition of its standing, and celebrated as the residence very well executed, is sometimes, to use a inhabitants

. From this description we shall of Sir Henry Vane nearly two centuries word froin the Captain's owo vocabulary, a make our first extract.

ago. Here he is introduced to the princi- little “ overdone.” This excess of colouring The rounded heights of Dorchester were radiant pal females of the story, Cecil Dynevor, is indeed one of Mr Cooper's faults, but it is with the rays of the luminary, that had just sunk the grandchild of Mrs Lechmere, and one that experience will mend, and is very behind their crest, and streaks. of paler light were Agnes Danforth, her cousin; the latter a different in that particular, from its oppo playing along the waters, and gilding the green

In fact, he has been thus summits of the islands, which clustered across the bitter whig, who regards hiin, of course, site, tameness. mouth of the estuary. Far in the distance were with some coolness. After a reasonable improving in each successive work; there to be seen the tall spires of the churches, rising out interim, he falls in love with Cecil, and ac- is less caricature in the one before us, than of the deep shadows of the town, with their vanes companies the troops on their disastrous in the preceding. We are enabled, in a glittering in the sun-beams, while a few rays of expedition to Concord. He is also present single extract, to give a specimen of the strong light were dancing about the black beacon, which reared itself high above the conical peak at the battle of Bunker Hill, where he re- three characters abovementioned, as well that took its name from the circumstance of sup- ceives a wound which contines him to his as of the spirit with which the dialogue porting this instrument of alarms. Several large bed for many months.

His love is no way

of the work is conducted. vessels were anchored among the islands and be- diminished by the attentions of Cecil, dur- M'Fuse was seated at a table, with a ladicrous fore the town, their dark hulls, at each moment, ing this period, and his marriage follows air of magisterial authority, while Polwarth beld a becoming less distinct through the haze of evening, hard upon his recovery. while the summits of their long lines of masts were

It is attended station at his side, which appeared to partake of the yet glowing with the marks of day. From each of with disastrous omens, and their return double duties of a judge and a scribe. Before this these sulleu ships, froin the low fortification which from church precedes the death of Mrs formidable tribunal Seth Sage was arraigned, as it rose above a small island deep in the bay, and from Lechmere, who has likewise been ill for to have been committed in the field of battle. 15

would seem, to answer for certain offences alleged various elevations in the town itself, the broad, silky some time, but a few minutes. The scene

norant that his landlord had pot received the benebt folds of the flag of England were yet waving in the at her death-bed, at which the baronet sud- of the late exchange, and curious to know what all currents of the passing air. The young man was suddenly aroused from gazing at this scene, by the denly appears, works upon the nerves of the suppressed roguery he could detect in the de quick reports of the evening guns, and while his Major Lincoln, and be is persuaded, in the mure countenances of lis friends inight siquify, eyes were yet tracing the descent of the proud fever of the moment and for a purpose ceerling dialogue.

Lionel dropped his pen, and listened to the suo symbols of the British power, from their respective which we have not room to explain, to ac- Now answer to your offences, thou silly fellow, places of display, he felt his arm convulsively company the maniac to the other side of with a wise name.' M'Fuse commenced, in a voice pressed by the hand of his aged fellow-passenger.

the river, where he is taken prisoner by the that did not fail, by its harsh cadences, to create The passengers were hardly landed on Americans, and where we shall leave him some of that awe, which, by the expression of the the whart

, when they are introduced to the for the present and return to Tremont speaker's eye, it would seem be laboured to pra ! knowledge of a person who makes a prin- Street. Here the bride, thus unaccounta- the compunctions of a Christian, if you have them

, and cipal figure in these volumes, in the follow- bly deserted by her husband, is in a state to Why should I not send you at once to Irelanin fier, ing spirited and highly dramatic manner.

be easier imagined than described. She ye may get your deserts on three pieces of timber, The reply of the youth as interrupted by sud- is encouraged to follow him, by the ar- the one being laid cross-u ise for the sake of conver den and violent shrieks

, that burst rudely on the rival of the keeper of the baronet, who nience. If you have a contrary reason, bestow in stillness of the place, chilling the very blood of those had made a voyage to America in pursuit angular daiformities.'

for love your who heard them, with their piteousness. The quick and severe blows of a lash were blended with the of him. They pass over to the Ainerican

The wags did not altogether fail in their object

, exclamations of the sufferer, and rude oaths, with camp, and find Major Lincoln at Washing- Seth betraying a good deal more uneasiness tan it hoarse execrations, from various voices, were united ton's quarters. By the assistance of the was usual for the man to exhibit even in situations in the uproar, which appeared to be at no great dis- baronet, who is in high favour with the of uncommon peril. After clearing his throat, and I tance. By a common impulse, the whole party Americans, he is enabled to escape, and, speriators which way their sympathies inclined, be

looking about him, to gather from the eyes of the broke away from the spot, and moved rapidly up the wharf in the direction of the sounds. As they after some difficulties, they again arrive in answered with a very commendable fortitudeapproached the buildings, a group was seen col- | Boston, and proceed to the warehouse, then * Because it's ag'in all law.' Mered around the nian who thus broke the charm occupied by Abigail Pray, her ideot song of the law, cried M Fuse, and do not bother hon

* Have done with your interminable perplexities of evening, by his cries, interrupting his wailings who is dying with the small.pox, and a Witbribeirribaldry, and encouraging his tormentors friend of Major Lincoln. The death of est gentlemen with its kna bery, as if they were the to proceed.

than so in big wigs! 'tis Merey, mercy, for the sake of the blessed God, Job is followed by his mother's repentant gospel you should be thinkling of

, you godiess reprohave mercy, and don't kill Job!" again shrieked the confession of her former perjury, thereby ex. bate, on account of that fithal end you will get wake; sufferer ; "Job will run your a'r'rds! Job is half citing the fury of the maniac to a degree one day, in a most indece fat hurry.'

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*To your purpose, Mac,' interrupted Polwarth, | is well to devote to an unfortunate being cipitated the war. It was the major of marines, who perceived that the erratic feelings of his friend of that description.

His appearance,

who sat looking at the sight, for a minute, with an were beginning already to lead him from the desired when assaulted by the grenadiers, in eye as vacant as the one that seemed to throw back point; 'or I will propound the matter myself, in a the second volume, is highly dramatic, buried his rowels in the flanks of his horse, and

his wild gaze, and then rousing from bis trance, he style that would do credit to a mandamus counsellor.'

but we hope the conduct of the grena- disappeared in the smoke that enveloped a body of • The mandamuses are all ag'in the charter, and diers themselves on that occasion has little the grenadiers, waving his sword on high, and the low too,' continued Seth, whose courage in- foundation in nature. The original of this shoutingcreased as the dialogue bore more directly upon character we suppose to have been an

On-push on with the advance! his political principles—and to my mind it's quite ideot, who went by the singular n. me of convincing that if ministers calculate largely on

The third, and the successful attack of upholding them, there will be great disturbances, if Johnny Yanks, and who was shot by the the troops upon the defences of Bunker not a proper fight in the land; for the whole coun- British troops on their return from Con- Hill is thus described. try is in a blaze!'

cord, as he stood, waving his hat in triumph, Disturbances, thou immovable iniquity; thou on a stone wall.

Lionel had taken post in his regiment, but marchquiet assassin!' roared M'Fuse; do ye call a fight

ing on the skirt of the column, he commanded a

The peculiar state of the country and the view of most of the scene of battle. In his front of a day a disturbance, or do ye tar'm skulking behind fences, and laying the muzzle of a muskei feelings of the colonists; the night-march moved a battalion, reduced to a handful of men in on the head of Job Pray, and the breech on a of the troops to Lexington and their dis- the previous assaults

. Behind these came a party mullen-stalk, while ye draw upon a fellow-creature, astrous retreat; the battle and storin of the of the marine guards, from the shipping, led by a commendable method of fighting! Now answer me Bunker Hill redoubt; and the circumstan; dejected Nesbitt and his corps, amongst whom

their own veteran Major; and next followed the to the truth, and disdain all lying, as ye would 'ating ces of a besieged town, are all described Lionel looked in vain for the features of the goodany thing but cod on a Saturday, who were the two with force, feeling, and spirit. In short, natured Polwarth. men that fired into my very countenance, from the

Similar columns marched on unfortunate situation among the mullens that I have Mr Cooper has selected, in this instance, a their right and left

, encirling three sides of the redetailed to you?'

period and a subject replete with interest, doubt by their battalions. • Pardon me, captain M'Fuse,' said Polwarth, 'if and has done great justice to both.

A few minutes brought him in full view of that I say that your zeal and indignation-run ahead of The following extract is from the ac- session of which so much blood had that day been

humble and unfinished mound of earth, for the posyour discretion. If we alarni the prisoner in this count of the retreat from Concord. manner, we may defeat the ends of justice. Besides,

spilt in vain. It lay, as before, still as if none sir, there is a reflection contained in your language,

On-on with the advance!' cried fifty voices breathed within its bosom, though a terrific row of to which I must dissent. A real dumb is not to be out of the cloud of smoke and dust that was mov- dark tub's were arrayed along its top, following the despised, especially when served up in a wrapper. ing up the bill, on whose side this encounter oc- movements of the approaching columns, as the and between two coarser fish to preserve the steam- curred.

eyes of the imaginary charmers of our own wilderI have had my private nieditations on the subject of In this manner the war continued to roll slowly ness are said to watch their victims. As the uproar getting up a Saturday's club, in order to enjoy the onward, following the weary and heavy footsteps of the artillery again grew fainter, the crash of fallbounty of the Bay, and for improving the cookery of the soldiery, who had now toiled for many miles, ing streets, and the appalling sounds of the conflaof the cod!'

surrounded by the din of battle, and leaving in their gration, on their left, became more audible. ImAnd let me tell you, captain Polwarth,' returned path the bloody impressions of their footsteps. mense volumes of black smoke issued from the the grenadier, cocking his eye fiercely at the other Lionel was enabled to trace their route, far towards smouldering ruins, and bellying outward, fold be‘that your epicurean propensities lead you to the the north, by the bright red spots, which lay scat. yond fold, ii overbung the work in a hideous cloud, verge of cannibalism; for sure it may be called tered in alarming numbers along the highway, and casting its gloomy shadow across the place of

blood. that, when you speak of 'ating while the life of in the fields through which the troops occasionally a fellow crature is under a discussion for its ter moved. He even found time, in the intervals of A strong column was now seen ascending, as if mination

rest, to note the difference in the characters of the from out the burning town, and the advance of the 'I conclude,' interrupted Seth, who was greatly combatants. Whenever the ground or the circum- whole became quick and spirited. A low call ran averse to all quarreling, and who thought he saw

stances admitted of a regular attack, the dying con- through the platoons, to note the naked weapons of the symptoms of a breach netween his judges, the fidence of the troops would seem restored, and their adversaries, and it was followed by the cry of captain wishes to know who the two men were that they moved up to the charge with the boli car- . To the bayonet ! to the bayonet ! fired on him a short time before he got the bit in riage which high discipline inspires, rending the

air "Hurrah? for the Royal Irish!' shouted M'Fuse, the shoulder?"

with shouts, while their enemies melted before at the head of the dark column from the conflagraA short time, ye marvellous hypocrite !—'was their power in sullen silence, never ceasing to use tion. as quick as a pop and slap could make it.' their weapons however, with an expertness that

• Hurrah !' echoed a well-known voice from the Perhaps there might be some mistake, for a great of the columns frequently brought the troops over people will teach 'em the law."

rendered ihem doubly dangerous. The direction silent mound: let them come on to Breed's; the many of the troops were much disguised• Do ye insinuate that I got drunk before the ene

ground that had been sharply contested in front, Men think at such moments with the rapidity of mies of my king!" roared the grenadier–Harkye, and the victims of these short struggles came un lightning, and Lionel had even fancied his comMister Sage, I ask you in a genteel way, who the der the eyes of the detachment. It was necessary rades in possession of the work, when the terrible two men were that fired on me, in the manner Ja- to turn a deaf ear to the cries and prayers of many stream of fire Aashed in the faces of the men in tailed, and remember that a man may tire of putting fear written on every feature of their countenan

wounded soldiers, who, with horror and abject front. questions which are never answered !'

• Push on with the —th,' cried the veteran Ma. • Why,' returned Seth, who, bowever expert at

ces, were the helpless witnesses of the retreating jor of Marines—' push on, or is 18th will get the prevarication, eschewed, with religious horror, a

files of their comrades. On the other hand, the honour of the day!' direct lie-1 pretty much conclude that they—the A.nerican lay in his blood, regarding the passing • We cannot,' murmured the soldiers of the captain is sure the place he means was just beyond detachment with a stern and indignant eye, that -th; "their fire is too heavy! Menotomy?' appeared to look far beyond his individual suffering.

• Then break, and let the marines pass through *As sure as men can be,' said Polwarth, who Over one body, Lionel pulled the reins of his you!" possess the use of their eyes.' horse, and be paused a moment to consider the

The feeble battalion melted away, and the war. *Then captain Polwarth can give testimony to spectacle. It was the lifeless form of a man, whose riors of the deep, trained to conflicts of hand to the fact?

white locks, hollow cheeks, and emaciated frame, hand, sprang forward, with a loud shout, in their 'I believe Major Lincoln's horse carries a small denoted that the bullet which had stricken him to places. "The Americans, exhausted of their ammubit of your lead to this moment, Master Sage.'

the earth had anticipated the irresistible decrees of nition, now sunk sullenly back, a few hurling stones Seth yielded to this accumulation of evidence time but a very few days. He had fallen on bis at their

foes, in desperate indignation. The cannon against him, and knowing, moreover, that the gren- back, and his glazed eye expressed, even in death, of the British had been brought to enfilade their adier had literally made him a prisoner in the fact the honest resentment he had felt while living; and short breast-work, which was no longer tenable ; of renewing his fre, he sagaciously determined to his palsied hand continued to grasp the fire-lock, and as the columns approached closer to the low makr a merit of necessity, and candidly to acknowl- old and time-worn, like its owner, with which he rampart, it became a inutual protection to the adedse his agency in inflicting the wounds. The ut- had taken the field in behalf of bis country. verse parties. most, however, that his cautious habits would per. champions to its aid!' exclaimed Lionel, observing M'Fuse

, rushing up to the trifling ascent

, which • Where can a contest end which calls such • Hurrah! for the Royal Irish!' again shouted mit him to say, wasSeeing there can't well be any mistake, I seem that the shadow of another spectator fell across the was but of little

more than his own height. to think, the two men were chiefly Job and I

wan features of the dead who can tell where • Hurrah!' repeatad Pitcairn, waving bis sword

this torrent of blood can be stayed, or how many on another angle of the work the day's our The character of Job Pray is well sup- are to be its victims!'

own!' ported, though, in our opinion, he occupies covered tt at he had unwittingly put this searching

Receiving no answer, be raised his eyes and dis- One more sheet of fame issued out of the bosom rather a larger sbare in the work, than it question to the very man whose rashness had pre

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