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it lay the flower garden of about two acres, inclosed with neat palings, to which were traced gooseberry bushes, peaches, and other varieties of fruit-bearing trees, in the manner of wall-fruits. The garden was planted with flowering shrubs, both exotic and native, but especially abounding in the latter, which the good taste of the occupants had selected from the adjacent forests, and planted in thick masses; through which wandered serpentine walks, bordered with flowers, imitating a labyrinth. Arbors and grottoes covered with honeysuckles and eglantines were placed at convenient intervals, giving the whole a very romantic and beautiful appearance. On the opposite side of the house was a large kitchen garden, and back of these, orchards of peach and apple-trees of the choicest varieties, procured from abroad as well as from the Bclprie nurseries. Lower down on the island was the farm, with about one hundred acres under the nicest cultivation, the luxuriant soil producing the finest crops of grain and grass. For the last three or four years of his residence, a large dairy was added to his other agricultural pursuits, under the management of Thomas Neal, who also superintended the labor of the farm. The garden was conducted by Peter Taylor, a native of Lancashire, England, who was bred to the pursuit; but under the direction of Mr. Blennerhassett, whose fine taste in all that was beautiful, ordered the arransrinti and laying out of the grounds. The mansion and offices were frame buildings, painted with the purest white, contrasting tastefully with the. green foliage of the ornamental shade trees which surrounded it. An abundance of fine stone for building could have been quarried from the adjacent Virginia shore, but he preferred a structure of wood as less liable to be damaged by earthquakes. The finishing and furniture of the apartments was adapted to the use for which they were intended. "The hall was a spacious room; its walls painted a sombre color, with a beautiful cornice of plaster, bordered with a gilded moulding, running round the lofty ceiling; while its furniture was rich, heavy and grand. The furniture of the drawingroom was in strong contrast with the hall; light, airy, and elegant; with splendid mirrors, gay-colored carpets, rich curtains,
with ornaments to correspond, am by his lady with the nicest taste and monious effect. A large quantity of i plate ornamented the side-boards, decorated the tables; yet they ha< entirely completed their arranges when the destroyer appeared and trated all their designs for comk-1 future happiness. The whole eta! ment was noble, chastened by the f taste, without that glare of tinsel I too common among the wealthy. style of living was in unison with the; and furniture, elegant, easy and eta able."
Mr. B. was a highly intellectual greatly devoted to scientific oeeup* which his ample library and leisure afforded every facility for pursuing, was studious, and fond of experimi in chemistry, electricity and gahl His apparatus, though not extensin ample for such experiments as an as would wish to make. Astronomy also a favorite study: a fine tdj enabled him to examine the constdl in their courses ; a solar microscope spect the minuter bodies of the eart^ music he possessed the nicest t&a| an uncommon genius; composing b! nious and beautiful airs, several jse which are now remembered and pis a gentleman who, when a youth, w» mate in his family. His favorite instr was the violincello, on which he' with admirable skill: the spaews of the mansion being constructed so give effect to musical sounds, th* ti his viol vibrated through it with tii effect, calling forth the admiratioi guests. Electricity and gal v.irusm re a share of his attention, and many t ments were made in these Wm branches of modem science. Amu trials in chemical operations, was I converting beef into "adipocere." pieces of which were submerged beautiful little cove between the 1 and the sand-bar at the head of th* He fancied it might be used in r spermaceti for lights; but the cat-fi perch interfered so much with he that he could never bring the " adil to perfection. He was a good a scholar; and so highly was he enn with Homer's Iliad, that it was i d repeat the whole poem in the origi[rreek. His manners were gentlemanind disposition social, hospitable and , especially to those with whom he icd to associate, but rather haughty to rs. In mind he could not be said to sasculine and strong, but was rather ?ring and fickle; easily duped and desd by the designing and dishonest. He quite a taste for medicine, and read y authors on that subject; which, with latural propensities, often led him to k himself attacked with imaginary diss; and it was sometimes difficult to ince him that they were merely ideal. lis sick neighbors and servants he was I and attentive, often visiting and prejing for their complaints, freely tcnng his medicines, of which he always t an ample supply. His own heart g perfectly honest and free from de, he was unsuspicious of others, and r credulous in regard to their stateits, which often led him into pecuniary «s in his business transactions. In barling with a notorious cheat for a quanof the shells of the river clam, which, the early settlements of the country, >re quarries of limestone were opened, « calcined in log-heaps and used for Rering rooms, the fellow said it was a salt matter to collect them, as he had live under the water where it was six sght feet deep, and must charge fifty ts a bushel; when, in fact, he could «i any quantity where it was only a inches. Thinking the man told the ih. lie paid him the price, which was east five times as much as they were rth. He was very kind and charitable the poor and unfortunate backwoodsn. A Virginian who had lost his house I furniture by fire, was soon after invitwhh his wife to dine with him. This n owed him a considerable sum for lent oey. After dinner, he told him he old either cancel the debt, or give him order on his store at Marietta for an wl sum, and let the debt stand. The suffT was a man of honorable mind and just lings ; he therefore chose not to add to i present obligations, but accepted the teelling of the debt, which was imme•tely done. This man still lives, and reled the incident in 1846. Many such :idunts are known to have occurred while
he lived on the island. His wife was still more charitable to the sick and poor in the vicinity, many of whom felt the benefit of her gifts. With all these kind acts fresh in their memories, several of these men were found among the banditti who ransacked his house and insulted his wife, after he had been forced to leave the island from the hue and cry of treason, which maddened and infuriated the public mind in the valley of the Ohio.
In person, Mr. Blennerhassett was tall, about six feet, but slender, with a slight stoop in the shoulders. His motions were not very graceful, either as an equestrian or on foot. Forehead full and well formed, with a rather prominent nose and good proportioned face. Eyes weak, and sight imperfect, seeing objects distinctly only wheji near, so that in reading, the surface of the page nearly touched his nose. They had a nervous, restless agitation, which probably arose from weakness in the optic nerves, requiring the constant use of glasses. Yet, with this permanent and continual annoyance, he was a great student and operator in experiments.
He was also much attached to hunting, shooting quails and other small game on the island. To enjoy this sport he had to call in the aid of other persons whose vision was more acute than his own, who pointed the gun for him at the game, and gave the word when to fire. This person was often his wife, who, with the greatest kindness, attended him in his short excursions, and, with the tact of an experienced sportsman, pointed out tho object, levelled the gun, and stood by with the most perfect coolness when he discharged the piece. His general habits were sedentary and studious, preferring the quiet of his library to the most brilliant assemblies. In conversation he was interesting and instructive, confining his remarks to the practical and useful more than to the amusing. As a lawyer, his wife, who had probably heard his forensic eloquence, has been heard to say that he was equal to Mr. Emmett, and frequently urged him to enter as an advocate at the higher courts of Virginia and Ohio, instead of wasting his time in obscurity, at his philosophical pursuits on the island.
His library contained an ample supply of law books. A list of thirty volumes, leaned to James Wilson, a lawyer of Virginia, a few days before he left the island, is now among his papers in the hands of his agent at Marietta.
Mr. Blcnnerhassett dressed in the old English style, with scarlet or buff-colored small clothes, and silk stockings, shoes with silver buckles, and coat generally of blue broadcloth. When at home, his dress was rather careless, often, in warm weather, in his shirt-sleeves, without coat or waistcoat; and in winter, he wore a thick woollen roundabout or short jacket.
In this quiet retreat, insulated and separated from the noise and tumult of the surrounding world, amidst his books, with the company of his accomplished wife and children, he possessed all that seemed necessary for the happiness of man. And yet, in common with many of the distinguished men of his time, he gave no evidence of that clear religious faith without which there can be no solid contentment in any condition of life. The works of the French skeptics and enthusiasts, which were his favorites, could not guide his intellect to the simple truths of Christianity. He laid out his plan of existence for the indulgence of every lawful pleasure, but lacked those higher motives of action which inspire men with true firmness and dignity.
Mrs. Blcnnerhassett was more aspiring and ambitious, with a temperament in strong contrast with that of her husband. Her maiden name was Margaret Agnew, the daughter of Captain Agnew, a brave officer in the British service, and at one time the Lieut. Governor of the Isle of Man. General Agnew, who fell at the battle of Germantown, in the American Revolution, was her grandfather; and a monument was erected to his memory by his grand-daughter, after her arrival in America. She was educated and brought up by two maiden aunts, who took great care to instruct her in all the useful arts of housewifery, laundry, pastry, sewing, &c, which was of great use to her in after life, when at the head of a family. They were led to this, in part, from their own limited means, teaching them to be frugal, and the need there is for every woman, who expects to marry, to be acquainted with all the useful branches of housekeeping. In person, Mrs. Blcnnerhassett was tall and commanding; of
the most perfect proportions, with dig nified and graceful manners, finely mouU ed features, and very fair, transpartfj complexion; eyes, dark blue, sparklus with life and intelligence; hair, a rici deep brown, profuse and glossy, dre>^« in the most elegant manner. When t her island home, she often wore a hesd dress of colored silk stuff, folded very ful something in the manner of an east«n turban, giving a noble and attractive sp pearance to the whole person. The* were of various colors, but always ca posed of a single one, either of yellow, or white, adjusted in the becoming manner and nicest taste, which particular few women could eqa her. White was a favorite color for dirs in the summer, and rich colored stuff? i the winter. Her motions were all gra« ful, and greatly heightened by the expres sion of her countenance. No one coai be in her company, even a few minutei without being strongly attracted by he fascinating manners. A very intelligfa lady, who was familiarly acquainted will her in her best days on the island, su has since visited and seen the most ek gant and beautiful females in the court of France and England, as well as Wa=i ington city, says that she bas beheld w one who was equal to her in beauty i> person, dignity of manners, elegance o dress, and in short, all that is lovely aw finished in the female person, such as sia was when "queen of the fairy isle."
When she rode on horseback, her drv*was a fine scarlet broadcloth, ornaments with gold buttons, a white beaver hat, 01 which floated the graceful plumes of th ostrich, of the same color. This vae sometimes changed for blue or yellow with feathers to harmonize. She was perfect equestrian, always riding a v. spirited horse, with rich trappings, seemed proud of his burthen, and ac complished the ride to Marietta, of font teen miles, in about two hours; das'iur* through and under the dark foliage tf the forest trees, which then covered tb greater part of the distance; remindiri one of the gay plumage and rapid flkrn1 of some tropical bird, winging its w»i through the woods. In these joumert she was generally accompanied by Ran som, a favorite black servant, who fioid on horseback in a neat showy dress, had to apply both whip and spur to i in sight of his mistress. She somei came to Marietta by water, in a canoe, (the roads not being yet openw wheel carriages,) navigated by Moanother of the colored servants, who
the principal waterman, and had ge of the boats for the transport of engers from the island to the main. "shopping visits" were made in this
as she directed the purchase of erics, <fec, for the family use, as well r the clothing. She possessed great ana] activity, sometimes, in fine weathhoosing to walk that distance, instead ding. In addition to her feats in g and walking, she could vault with ease of a young fawn over a five-rail :, with the mere aid of one hand tdvin the top rail, and was often seen o so, when walking over the farm, a fence came in the way of her pros. It was performed with such gracemovement, and so little effort, as to forth the wonder and admiration of beholder. She was passionately fond lancing, and greatly excelled in this thful and charming exercise, moving ugh the mazes and intricacies of the *m figures with the grace and lightof the "queen of the fairies." Her !■*, in this respect, were often gratified he numerous balls and assemblies "- at that day, in Marietta and Betas well as at her own house, where lofty hall frequently resounded to the rful music and lively steps of the «rs. With all this relish for social sements, Mrs. Blennerhassett was very Wic in her habit*. She was not only mplished in all the arts of housewife*ut was also an excellent seamstress; ing out and making up with her own Is, much of the clothing of her husI, as well as preparing that for the uts, which was then made by a red female. At that period, when n and nvintua-makers were rare in western wilderness, this was an aciplishment of real value. That she was mg to practice these servile arts, when winded by all the wealth she could re, is one of the finest and most rotable traits in her character, indicata noble mind, elevated above the in
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fluence of that false pride so often seen to attend the high-born and wealthy. She was a very early riser, and when not prevented by indisposition, visited the kitchen by early dawn, and often manipulated the pastry and cakes to be served up on the table for the day. When this service was completed, she laid aside her working dress, and attired herself in the habiliments of the lady of the mansion. At table she presided with grace and dignity; and by her cheerful conversation, and pleasant address, set every one at ease about her, however rustic their manners, or unaccustomed they might be to genteel society. Her mind was as highly cultivated as her person. She was an accomplished Italian and French scholar, and one of the finest readers imaginable; especially excelling in the plays of Shakspeare, which she rehearsed with all the taste and spirit of a first rate actor. In history and the English classics, she was equally well read, and was often called upon to decide a disputed point in literature, under discussion by her husband and some learned guest. Her decisions were generally satisfactory to both parties, because founded on correct reasoning, and delivered in so gracious a manner. Few women have ever lived, who combined so many accomplishments and personal attractions. They strongly impressed not only intellectual and cultivated minds, who could appreciate her merits, but also the uneducated and lower classes. One of the young men, a farmer's son of Belprie, rented and cultivated a field of corn on the island, near the avenue leading from the house to the river, for the sole purpose of stealing a look at her beautifuli person, as she passed by on her way toride or walk, as she was wont to do every pleasant day. Wirt's celebrated panegyric on this lady, was in no way undeserved, although, in appearance, so much like romance.
Eight years had passed rapidly and' happily away, since they took possession of their island home. Two children, Herman and Dominic, had been added'to their domestic blessings, whose lively prattle and cheerful smiles seemed to make life still more desirable. Parties of the young people from Marietta, Belprie, and Wood county, with occasional visitors from more