Newspaper of Burlington Free Press, July 28, 1843, Page 1

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V NOT THE G X. O n Y OF O S A fi DUT TUB WBLPARB OF BOMB BY H. B. STACY. BURLINGTON, VERMONT, FRIDAY, JULY 28, 184.'). VOL. XVII No. 8 From tho Knickerbocker for July, TUB TUYSTINC. IIOUH. V MBS. B. S. NICHOLS. 1. Beside my casement's trailing vines, Dy meditation led, I sit, when Sleep his pinion waves Above each drooping head : When nil the shadowy forms thnt haunt The bright abodes on high, Bteal softly forth, in silvery troops From chambers of the sky. ii. As down the midnight sir they float Upon celestial cats, 1 tutu me to a steady light That gleams among the stars; A prophet-light it is to me, And shadows forth the hour That calls my spirit thcro to meal A seraph in its bower. in. Beside my casement Mill I sit, When goes my tpiril forth. With waving plume, and rusliint; wing, Up towards the blazing North: While solemnly the stars look down, And so'emnly thev seem To shed a fair and brilliant light i On this, my waking dream. IV. And high each everlasting hill Lifts up its crowned head, Like some tall, stately cenotaph For nations of the dead I The broad, blue river rolls as free As waters in that clime Which bends above these waves, that flow Like some subduing rhyme, v. Beside my casement's trailing vines The zephyr finds mo still, When matin-hymns are gushing forth From bird, and bee, and rill; For not until the morning star, That herald of the dawn, Has flashed upon the eastern skiss, Are my sad eyes withdrawn. VI. t weary of the brilliant day, The warm, sunshiny nir, And cling unto tho solemn night, When nature Lncels nt pravcr i For then my -pint wanders forth,- With a resistless power, And, with its k.ndred spirit, holds The midnight Trysting Hour. From the New York Observer. HON. JOHN Q. ADAMS ON VOLTAIRK. Hartfokd, July 10, 1813. Messrs. Editors: Below I send you a letter from Hon. J. Q. Adam', which I trust you will be disposed to ruakc public. A word, by way of explanation. About two years since, whilo I was travel ling in Vermont, the pastor of a small village put into tny hands a"vo!umo of Voltairo'a Phi losophical Dictionary, purporting to have been translated by John Quincy Adams, with a com mentary preface by the same. An Infidel neigh bor of Rev. Mr. Hubbard had loaned it to him, boasting that J. Q. Adams was an Inlid el as well at himself. Rev. Mr. H. procured the address of Mr. A., delivered at New York, in which ho strongly urges the study of tho Bible. After reading it, the Infidel replied, 'If J. Q. Adams "blows hot and cold in this way, I will have no further confidence in him.' I suspected at the tint that this was cither a forgery, or else tho l&name of another J. Q. Adami ; yet knowing that it had been attributed to the cx-Presidcnt, and therefore that his influence was made to anct'on infidelity, I finajly determined -to as certain the facts in the case, and also his views In regard to Voltaire's writings. These are ontained in the following letter. Yours, &c. JOSEPH EMERSON. Quincy, 17th June, 1813. iieva air, in answer to tho inquiries in your letter of the 14th instant, 1 cheerfully state 1st. That I never published or made a trans. Utiinof Voltaire's Philosopical Dictionary ; 2d. That I never read that work, and am therefore unable to give an opinion upon its merits; 3d That I never saw the book mentioned by you, Is purporting to be a translation of Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary, by John Quincy Ad ams ; un. i nat i nave Heard ot a person, a tranger to me, bearing that name, but know not how he came by it, nor to what family he belongs. I havo read extracts from Voltaire's Philo. ophical Dictionary, and others of his writings infected with infidelity, but I have also read and teen performed on tho stage bis tragedies of Zaire, Alziro and Mahomet, and have read his pic poem of the Henriade. I havo read his writings, in which he complains that he had been accused of irreligious propensities, and appeals to these tragedies and this epic poem as proofs of his orthodoxy. He boasts that uhen his trag edy of Zairo was first performed, it was called the Christian tragedy. In tho tragedy of Alziro a Spanish Viceroy is murdered by a Peruvian Indian, and when the assassin is brought before him, as he is dying, he says 'Learn now the difference between thy cods and mine, i ny gous commanaince to revenge ana muraer: And mine, when thou has stabbed me to the heart, Command ino to pity and forgive thee!' In his Henriade, he glorifies Henry IV. for having been convortcd by a vision, in which his ancestor. St. Lottie, proves to him the truth of the doctrine of transubstantiation ; and he dedi cated his tragedy of Mahomet to Pope Benedict J(IV., assuring him that in exposing tho impos tor of a false religion, there was no person to whom the work could with so much propriety be dedicated, as to the head of the truo religion ; a compliment for which tho sovereign pontiff re. warded him as a truo and faithful son of tho holy church, with his patcrtal and apostolic benedic tion. Now, if the infidel neighbor of tho Rev. Mr. Hubbard declared that ho would havo no fur ther confidence in me, if I had been blowing hot and cold, by publishing a translation of Vol taire's Philosophical Dictionary, and yet profes aing for myself religious sentiments and opin. ions, how could ho havo any confidence in Vol ro liiuiouii -Butii au aujui lit uiu an ui uiuw i - -1 r l . -r t i , i wuiu, mat uu wruiu wiui uiu buiiiu pen his 1'iiiiosopnicai uiciionery ana ins uenri. ;de, hij. Zaire, his Alziro and his Mahomet bow could the infidel justify himself for recom mending to his friend tho work of such a weattv er-cock in religious opinions as Voltaire, and vet profess to withdraw all his confidence in me for my supposed inconsistency in publishing the infidel trash of Voltaire, ana yel avowing roll uioua sentiments for myself) Tho truth Is, that Voltaire was a lively, sar fstlea'i disingenuous, prejudiced, fanatical dis believer in Christianity, ready to asstimo the mask of religion, or to cast it away, just as it suited his interest or his humor; intent abovo all things upon making himself a name, and flat ter'ing himself that his easiest way to do it was by demolishing the Christian religion. I never thought his Philosophical Dictionary worth read ing, and.1 read his Bible only to dispiso it. I have read also his Maid of Orleans, and de spised him also for that infamous for its per version of all moral principle, and nil decency. Its injustice to one of tho brightest characters in human history is its most crying sin. A French man who can think or speak of Joan of Arc With out reverence, must hate a heart colder than tho everlasting ire of tho poles. You are at liberty, sir, to make such use of this letter as you think proper. 1 am certainly nnt ambitious of tho reputation of spending my time in translating or in publishing Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary. 'There arc very few from some of whoso writings I have recoiled with more disgust and horror ; tif his infidelity and dissolute morals I I have had more than a surfeit; and if I have ever derived any benefit from them, it has only been by that process which extracts healing medicine from the deadliest of poisons. 1 am very respectfully and thankfully, Dear Sir, your obedient servant, JOHN QUINCY ADAMS. From Chaml crs' Edinburgh Journal. GEORGE SELDKN THE GliMVS. A TALE. One cold evening in January, a young man, who, though chid respectably, was not well ptotected from the inclement weather, took his station in u London stiige-coacli yard to await the arrival of some country friends. The bustle which was going on around him did not attract much of his atten tion. Except when interrupted by a push from a porter, or to escape being run over by a liorsc or cart, ho seemed entirely im mersed in his own musings. Suddenly his f.ico was lighted up with a smile a smile of inspiration, and thrusting his hand into his pocket lie drew forth a pencil and paper. Ho then retired into a door-way, and com menced writing. In tho meantime, tho coach whoso com ing he waited was driven into tho yard, and whilo tho busy operation of unloading was tioing on, whilo most ol tho passengers wero liearlily greeting tho friends who had come to meet them, a wiuW and her daughter were looking about in vain for thctr friend. Ono by one their fellow passengers dropped off, and they were lufi alone, standing on tho pavement beside tlicir luggage. Thev ex hibited signs of great disappointment. They nau only ono acquaintance in the vast wil derness, London. IIu had promised to meet them, and was not there. Thev were for tho moment quite at a loss to know what to do. At last a bystander recommended thorn to take shelter in the traveller's room of the inn. Tlicir boxes wero accordingly being removed thither, when ono was accidentally knocked against a person standing most in conveniently in the passage. lib uttered an angry exclamation, and, looking up, perceiv- eu tno very persons tor whoso arrival lie ought to have more vigilantly watched. But now Ins anger, and llio cold abstraclncss of his manner, gave way to an opposito ex treme. Ho ureetcd Ins friends with warm hut unaffected delight : though bv far tho greater and more enthusiastic share fell to the younger female. In less than half an hour tho threo friends wero enjoying a refreshing meal, in a hiimblo but neatly furnished apartment in the out skirts of tho city. ' Really, George,' said tho elder traveller, looking around tho room, ' I admire your taste exceedingly. You havo taken for us a" very neat and comfortable lodging. ' I havo lived in tho house ever since I camo to London,' returned George Selden. and havo been treated well enough by the i .t i ii- . . I, lunuiiiuy, uiuugii i uo not trouuio mysell much about liieso things. Hut what news can you givo mo of Dalcton 1' 'Alas!' was tho reply, ' little but what concerns ourselves, and that is sad, very sad.' ' Nay, mother, no desponding,' said her daughter, with an effort at gaiety. ' You cannot imagine, George, what trouble sho gives mo to keep up her spirits. She will not understand that brighter prospects arc in store for us. In tho first place, am I not a most luck1 girl to get tho situation of daily governess in .Mrs. Webb's family ? Has not she, also, promised tu procuro mo other pu pils i" j ' Besides,' interrupted Georco Selden, ' thero will bo a time, my dear Mrs. Cooper, when a union of hopes, long nurtured, will givo yott a claim upon tho exertions of us both: Miss Bessie Cooper blushed, and sudden ly dropped her oyes to look nt tho pattern of tno carpet. Patienco is all that wo require, and not much patienco either,' continued young Sel den, ' beforo wo shall be placed beyond oven apprehension of poverty. I shall soon leave my present omploymont, and shall soar abovo tho intellectual degradation which it is now my lato to suiter, as a grocer s assistant. Ono of my poems has already appeared in the Monthly Literary Bonuct.' Out have you no settled prospect of bet tering your condition, in tho event of vour leaving your present situation?' enquired Mrs. Cooper. No prospect exactly settled ; nothing positively definite,' replied the poet. But I know, I (eel, that I shall ono day bo ap preciated that I shall hold a proper rank in tho literary woild. I liavo been writing a tragedy lately ; it is finished all but tho fifth act, and that will be dono now in a very short timo. 1 always think poetry when I am walking, and write it down tho first opportu nity. I was scribbling n brilliant idea for my liltn act wlicn 1 first saw you.' No romark followed, but tho two females oxclianged glances expressivo of sorrow and disappointment. It seemed as if this an nouncement, though intended to givo them pleasure, damped tho hopes which alreadv nTitlAil in ibntr minrle Wtinn k... -...! --. ... ...... in or uuiivu for tlio night, Bessie Cooper would have wept, but for tho dread of increasing her mother's ttnhnppiness. Tho firm to which tho poetical Goorgc Selden condescended to givo his services consisted of two partners, Mr. Williams and Mr. Webb. It being a wholesale, as well as a retail housu, the partners superintended scpnrato departments. Mr. Williams, n plain-spoken man of business, ordered till the. concerns of tho retail shop, and, indeed, oc casionally served in it himself. Uo was u man of strict regularity and precision, and shared tho labors of the business with the same degroo of persevcranco and punctuali ty ns ho expected from tho persons ho em ployed. It was he, therefore, who most no ticed mid suffered most inconvenience from the extreme, inattention to his duties which Georgo Seidell continually showed. About a week after the events vu h ive narrated, he entered his partner's office to consult him about discharging so troublcsomo an assistant. ' Why. really,' said Mr. Webb, I wish yon would try him a little longer. I wonder what cllect a scvero lccluro will havo upon him V I can tell von without trying it. I have talked to him till I am tired. t has not tho least effect. In fact, 1 believe ho looks upon what I say villi contempt. See, hero is n bundlo of his rubbish which I found hidden in a drawer. Every now and then ho steals to the desk to scribblo and add to tho heap. ftlr. Williams produced several quires ol paper, every page closely covered with wri ting. So,' said Mr. Webb, taking the manu script, and smiling ns he opened it ; 1 a tra gedy,! declare. In blank verso, too. Well, though I daresay you will smilo at my propo sition, I will take it homo with me, and look it over this evening. . ' But what good will that do ? It will not correct tho mistakes he so continually makes in the invoices, nor make him more punctual in III- attendance at the shop.' ' 1 hat may be, replied Mr. Webb ; 1 but tho truth is, I tako a nioro than common in terest in this young man. You remember that, when I used to go to tho western journ evs, I often spoke to you about a certain John Cooper of Dalcton V ' 1 o bo sure ; ho was ono of our best cus tomers; at least in tho matter of punctual payment. His money used to come up as regularly, on quarter days, as clockwork.' 1 rue ; but, with all Ins honesty, lie. was unfortunate, and died, leaving his widow and daughter almost destitute. Georgo Selden, an orphan, was bis apprentice, and appear ing to bo an intelligent lad. I placed him in our shop. Ho Is young and inexperienced, and I am loath to turn him out on lira wide world of London, without trying every means to make, him suit us better. Ho is a great fool, I admit. Unfortunately for her, ho is in lovo with his lato master's daughter; and Mrs. Webb" has engaged her ns governess to our cliildien. Now, if ho would only re main steady and attentive to business, they might very soon get married, and it would bo their own fault if they wero not happy.' ' All very pretty and romantic, I dare say; but I tell you what, Webb,' replied Williams, shaking his head, ' though a first rate philanthropist, you aro a deuced bad grocer. Well, I suppose L must put up with the lad till you reform him, or consent to my turning him away V Tho usual summons of ' Wanted, please, sir, attracted Mr. Williams into tho shop. Georgo Selden had recently become ac quainted with a set of men of similar literary propensities, who had formed themselves in to a society for tho purpose of producing to tho public tlicir own work. All of them had written tragedies which had precisely the same catastrophes they had been rejected by tho managers. By mutual flattery, they had impressed each other with tho idea that they were great hut ill-treated geniuses ; that it was their duty to the public not to al low it to bo longer defrauded of their tragic sublimities. They therefore proposed to taku a theatre of their own, and to cause their works to blazo upon tho world, to tho utter confusion and ruin of managers. It was only the night before that Selden at tended one of their meetings. From a fair copy of his own four acts (the rough draft of wlncli had got into Ins master's hands) ho read portions of his drama.. His audience professed to ho in raptures ; for it was a principle of theirs to receive tho works of their fellows with great applause, that their own lucubration might, out of gratitude, bu equally well receive!! in turn. Consequently, tho next morning. Selden having arrived at tho shop, fastened on his apron with more than ordinary distaste. That he, tho author of four nctsof a tragedy, tue reacting ol which Had neon received with such enthusiasm, should he obliged to wear what ho considered a badge of servitude, ' cut him,' to uso ono of his own tragic ex- prcssions, to tno inmost soul.' IIu was out of humor with his shopmates, and treated them with mora than usual superciliousness. indeed tuts was a lault winch niado Inm ma ny enemies. His companions had no sub limo visitations of poetry ; thoir minds did not soar abovo their business, and for that reason be looked down upon them as an in ferior order of beings. To day. therefore. ho was mounted higher than ever upon stilts, ana nanuieu tno ten, tno sugar, and oven tho cash, with tho utmost contempt for such grovelling articles. Tho consequence was, that ho mado moro errors than usual. Ilo casts accounts falsely, ho rave wrong chance. and supplied thoso customers with pounds of soap who had asked lor pounds of sugar. Perhaps it was lucky for his employers that they had granted him a half holiday, which ho had solicited, to chango his private resi dence. Although scarcely moro than n week bad elapsed sinco ho received Bossio Cooper and her mother with such rapture, yet h.o was already so tired of, and affronted with them, that ho could not resido under tho samo roof. Ho would not subject himself to tho advice which Mrs. Cooper had ' presumed,' ns ho said, to givo him. Bessie, too, was, ho was persuaded, a commonplace sort of a mil af ter all; and he could not think of throwing awav his affections anv lnnper iinnn n vnnnn , , p-. -r-.. - f woman who had actually intreated him to abandon his high imaginings, and to devote himself morn closely to business. No ; the being who could win his heart, must havo a soul to sympathise with tho loftiest flights of poetic genius. Bessie was a clever, exem plary girl, to bo sum ; but not tho girl for Georgo Selden. To lessen, therefore, the poor creature's sufferings for tho loss of so estimable a lover, ho determined to leave tho house. Besides, ho wished to get nearer to his new friends, the unacted dramatists. When ho next appealed nt business, ho was ordered to go into tho counting-house. The first thing Which caught his cyo was his manuscript lying on tho tabic boforo Mr. Webb. As ho had not missed it from its hiding-place, ho wondered how it got there; hut that was soon explained. I sent for you Selden,' began Mr. Webb, ' to say that complaints aro so constantly mado of your inattention to and carelessness in business, that, unless you can manage to alter your conduct, you must seek another situation.' 1 Very well, sir,' said the genius, with an air that was meant to express a total indif ferenco as to whether he went or stayed. Perhaps you wish to go I' remarked the master. I certainly do find my situation hero ex tremely incompatible with my feelings.' ' Then thcro is nn end to tho affair,' re turned Mr. Webb, on Saturday next you will leave us.' ' Very good, sir.' 'Youtnko tho matter so coolly,' continu ed Mr. Webb, ' I presume you havo provi ded yourself with a better place, or at all events, with one where you are to havo high er wages?' Quite the contrary,' answered tho ge nius, utterly disgusted with some of his mas ter's expressions ; ' I do not intend to take another situation, and if I did, salary is al ways with tno a secondary consideration.' Although Mr. Webb had road tho tragedy, and was prepared for almost any degree of lolly from its author, he hardly anticipated such decided infatuation. Ho felt a kind of terror at tho fate which tho voung man was drawing down upon himself. ' A word or two beforo wo part,'- he said ; ' Mr. Wil liams found this manuscript ofyours. I have read it ' Seidell's eyes sparkled. Ho expected a flattering eulogy would follow. ' I read it with this view : I saw that you wero render ing yourself totally unlit lor a business-life, and hoped to discover-in vour poem germs of such talent as would justify me in encoura ging you to cultivate it. In this I was to- 1 : 1 1 1 c (lis.iniioinlcd. I cull sou that VOII have mistaken incoherent rhapsody for power,aud the ravings of an unhealthy imagination for poetry. You aro evidently ignorant of tho first rudiments ol literary art.' Georgo, who was fast losing his temper, murmured something about ' genius being superior to art.' ' That remark,' continued tho master, ' proves your slight acquaintance with cither. However great a man's genius may he, it is only by studying the means of making it in telligiblo to others, that ho can prove ho pos sesses it. Devoid of this kind of application and industry, genius itself is a curse. It fills tho mind with that dangerous vanity which breeds a contempt for all useful employ ment ; it makes a real merit of personal sloth, and deems a reprehensible dislike of business tho evidence of superior ability. I corrodes tho best feelings with constant disappoint ment; for tho untutored and unstudied ge nius is filled with a desire for fame, and ho never obtains it because ho will not take the proper means. In tho words of a clover es sayist, 'ho pants for the prize, but will not strugglo in the race. Tho genius was getting impatient at being thus lectured by a mere tradesman, and wish ed to end tho discussion by leniarking, ' At all events, 1 lind business and literature quite incompatible.' Doubtless, because you have not sufiicicnt industry to cultivate both at the same time. But that has not been tho case with many of our finest geniuses. Sir Walter ocott, a most voluminous author, is a punctual man of business. Being ono of the clerks to the Court of Session in Edinburgh, ho might bo seen laboring in that certainly prosaic voca tion day after day, with llttlo intermission. Charles Lamo, as a elerk in tlio ivist India House, passed the greater part of his life at tho desk. Ono ol our most esteemer poets was a keen and clover banker. Indeed, could mention a hundred instances of men in business p.issing their leisure hours in litefa ry pursuits, witnotit intcrierance, in tno smai lest degree, with their daily avocations. l ou, however, aro unable to bring your fan cicd genius tu the low level of trade or useful occupation. And 1 can only say, that 1 lool- upon your future career with cxtremo ap prehension.' it must bo remarked, that, with all their Ingh-soulcd resolves, geniuses of be Wen stamp aro generally great cowards. Thong ho longed to combat Mr. Webb's opinions- though he burned for a wordy rcvonge upon notions so directly opposed to thoso of the select society of unacted dramatists ho did not uaro to open his mouth, but took his manuscript tragedy, nnd left tho office with an nir of extreme shcopishnoss. Ho was not long in unuurthenmg lumsell ; for, in the evening, ho deigned a visit to tho Coopers. Had ho been anything but a pseudo-genius, his heart would havo smoto him for tho caro-worn palo cheeks of Bessie. When bo entered tho room ho found her bu sily employed with several sheets of paper, which were covered with figures. Her mo ther was knitting by tho fire. Bessio nrose, and tried to greet him with cheerfulness, but tho effort brought tears into her oyes, and sho again bent over her calculations. Well,' said George, with n flippant sort of caielv peculiar to persons of his character. I have got quit of Williams' and WJobb's confnunded drudgery at hist. ' You surely havo not left your situation Georgo V inquired Mrs. Cooper, anxiously. Indeed hut I havo though. On Satur day I shall bo a froo man frco to work out the glorious destiny which lies boforo me.' Bessie laid down her pencil, and turned to wards Selden a look jo full of grief, that it almost amounted to despair. Tho genius, however, did not, omvould not notice it. ' By tho by,' he resumed, ' let mo tell you a good joke. I can hardly help laughing. Only think ; Webb, tho grocer, tho dealer in figs, actually took upon himself to lecture mo about literalttro ! It really was rich to hear him. Such nonsense, too, as ho talked. Of course nothing elso could bo expected ; for what can he know about poetry 1 a fellow that sticks himself behind his desk from Mon day morning till Saturday night nil the year round : and as to literature, never, I suppose, went beyond Wnt-'s hymns or Scott's nov els. I might have minded his lecture had lie been any great literary man, who really knew what he was talking iibout. such as Byron or Moore, or tho wonderful genius who has lately burst forth under the assumed name of Alpha;' buta commonplace trades man psha !' Georgu look round for somo marks of as; sent or approbation for this fmo oration ; bin his manner and discourse had filled tho hearts of his hearers too full of grief, to enable eith er of them to speak. ' Pho,' 4kj said to him self, 1 I am talking Greek to these people. I ought to have known they have no ideas abovo knitting stockings and adding up sums. 1 I am afraid I am intruding,' hu ejaculated, finding the silence continued; ' I only just dropped in to 'ask how Bessie got on with Webb's wife V Most comfortably,' replied Mrs. Cooper. ' Besides teaching the children, Mr. Webb, hearing that she was clever at figures, give? her accounts to do at homo. You see we are both very busy.' ' Ha, ha ! 1 see,' replied Selden, rising ; ' I can tako a hint. Well, good bye ; if yon road the public prints, you'll hear of me soon, in a way that will astonish yon. Good-bye !' As Georgo Selden descended the stairs, he could not help accusing himself of cruelly to that unhappy girl. 1 But really it cannot be helped. Pity she has no soul poor thing,' murmured tho genius, as ho slammed the street door During tho following week, Mr. George Selden having become a gentleman at large, revelled in till llio luxuries of laziness and literature. Ho lay in bed till twelve o'clock every day, and having performed tho duties of tho toilet (which were now rather onerous, for Ins long hair look a good deal of brush ing,) he sallied forth to a neighboring coffee shop, whero ho could read the papers and magazines over his breakfast. Ho then louu god to tho lodging of some new literary friend, to talk sublimity and poetical metaphysics. At length lie went to tho tlicntru to criticise the play, and to condemn it, ns infinitely in ferior to his own tragedy ; or else to attend a debating club ho had joined. But he never missed a meeting ol tho select society of un icted dramatists. Meantime ho became a traitor to tho causo of llio unacted drama, for ho secretly sent his play to one ol the managers teeling assured that its acceptance and production would fol low us a matter of cour It was, howuvor, decreed, that with all intention of being i renegade, ho was still to remain, in reality, true to the unacted cause, for his play was sent back in about a month with a vorv deci ded negative. While musing upon tho ex treme stupidity of a manager who did not know his own interest, Selden received a note from Messrs. Williams and Webb, dciiring Ins immediate attendance upon them. The dignity of tho genius was much damaged by tlio peremptory terms in which tho missive was couched, and he determined to show the senders what was duo to a literary character. Ho thereloro sent hack the following note written upon polished post, and enclosed in an elegant envelope. Mr George Selden presents compliments to Messrs. William's nnd Webb, and begs to state that his literary advocations prevent him from attending upon them at present.' About this period (he 'Alpha' before-mentioned was making a great sensation in tho reading world as a magazine writer nnd po et. Indeed his talents procured for him tlio honorable patronage of George Seidell's de bating club, and ono of their subjects of dis cussion was. 'The literary capabilities of Alpha, with reference to a comparison be tween modern and ancient genius.' Selden dressed himself with peculiar care, for on that evening ladies wero admitted to hear the debate. His collar was turned carfnlly down in imitation of tho Byron portraits. A largo pin was fastened into his stock, which, with his silk waistcoat and long hair, gave him, ho thought, rather a distinguished appearance. Before, howovcr, ho could leave his lodging, it was intimated that a per son wished to seo him. That person im mediately mado his appearance, and having shut tho door, sat down near it. ' Your name is Georgo Seidell I believe I said tho stranger. 'It is. What is your pleasure " ' 1 am sorry to say I hold a warrant aginst you.' Selden trembled, and turned pale. A warrant I' he filtered out. ' Yes,' continued the polico officer, rising and touching tho wretched young man's arm ; you aro my prisoner.' Unablo to speak, or to enquire with what ho was charged, Selden was half led, half dragged into a cab which awaited them in tho street. Arrived nt the station house, ho heard the charge mado to tho inspector. Ho was accused of embezzling a sum of money, tho property of his lato employers, and sus pected of further defalcations. After passing the night in u cheerless cell, slung and tortured by tho most hitter nnd humiliating reflection, Georgo Seldon was tho next morning placed ns n folon nt tho bar of ono of tho city polico offices. His wan, haggard countenance, contrasted painfully with tho gaudy finery in which ho was attired. His appearanco was not calculated to operate in his favor; for the stylo of his dress led to inferences by which tho wretched expres sion of his coimtnnanco was accounted for, nnt so much from mental anguish, us from dissipation. Mr. Williams appeared as prorccutor. It was proved that since Seldon loft his employ ment, one ot the customers or tho firm, on receiving his account, discovered that a sum of thirty odd pounds, with which ho was charged, was previously paid. On calling nt the shop to rectify the error, ho produced tho receipt, to which tlio nanio of George Selden was attached. Ho also proved that lie paid the money to Selden, no other tier- son being near at thu time. Messrs. Wil liams' and Webb's cash keeper, when put into tho witness box, suoro that tlio prisoner had never handed over to him the sum men tioned in tho charge, ns it was his duty when ho had received it. To this direct evidence other circumstances of a criminatory nature lidded. It was shown that Selden evinced a esiro to quit his situation on the day after ho received thu money ; that ho had previously left a humble for a moie ele gant lodging ; that he had, since resigning his employment, been living at somowhat ex pensive rate ; that, when sent fur, ho for warded an impertinent refusal to seo Ins lato employers; and finely, it was inferred that ho supported his extravagances out of the proceeds of the frauds committed on his em ployers. Whilo this evidence was accumulating, the unfortunate young man seemed overwhelmed with shame. By the time it was concluded, his framo trembled violently with agitation ; le became ashy pale ; and when asked what defence he had to mako to tho accusation, io was unable to speak. His silence was constructed into a reservation of his defence for another tribunal, and ho was forthwith committed to Newgate, to tako his tiial nt tho ensuing season of tho central ciiminal court. When Georgo Selden told Mrs. Cooper and her daughter they would most likely here of him in the newspapers, he little thought how soon and how fatally that likelihood would become realised. The morning after his commitment, tho woman of the house in which the Coopers lived entered their room palo and agitated, bringing with her a news papcrconlaining a report of her former lodg er's ex ination. Tho shock which the news communicated to Bessie was terrible. rjlio sunk upon her mother's neck, uttering cries of grief, that were for a time heart-rending. When the violence of hor sorrow had somewhat abated, sho sat down in a chair, rocking backward and forward, her hands clasped over her knees in apparent stupor a picture of mute despair. It is a characteristic of somo woman, that wbilu they evince in the ordinary affairs of existence the most timid and retiring temper ament, they are capable, in circumstances of difficulty nnd danger, of invincible energy. It was thus with I5essio Cooper. Instead of stupor (of which she exhibited outward igns,) she was employed in deep thought. A con viction, which, though totally unsupported, was still a conviction, assured her of George's innocence, and added a strength of resolve and deleiuiiuation of manner quite now to her character. Sho rose from her soil as if from a sleep, and taking the newspaper, read tho report with the utmost attention. With all his faults nnd flightiuess,' said Mis. Cooper, 'I cannot believe him guilty. Your father has often trusted Inm with all hu possessed in the world without a suspicion.' Thu landlady, hitherto a silent actor in the distressing scene, hero put in her testi nony to tin; punctuality of her lato lodger's payments; a test of morality deemed by Loudon lodging-lioiibc keepers perfectly in fallible. That day Bessio Cooper did not attend at Mr. Webb's private house as usual to in struct his children ; but, accompanied by her mother, went to his place of business. Sho entered his counting-house alone. Mr. Webb received her with great surprise, but with a melancholy expression of kindness, which showed how deeply he sympathised with her sufferings, at tho same time lie was struck with the calm firmness of her manner. Sho stated her errand without circumlocu tion : sho wished an order to bo procured to seo tho culprit in Newgate. As may be expected, Mr. Webb was as tonished at this request. Tho young wo man's manner, so earnest, almost dignified, forbade tho supposition that the wish arose from a mere girlish desiro to seo and con verse with a lover. Ho enquired her reason fur so strange a request. ' Because, sir, I know he is innocent, was tho reply. Indeed I I am sure I need not sav how happy 1 should be if any fresh facts could be brought to light to stem the strong curiont of evidence which has sol in against him.' 'I havo no such facts,' replied Bessie, 'but I havo known him from childhood; we grew, wwyc brought up together, and' here her utterance was choked by rising tears ; 'and I am convinced lie is incapable of what is charged to him. I wish to seo him, to learn thu exact circumstances of tho transaction concerning which ho is suspected.' Theru was something so rational and busi-ness-liko in all this, that Mr. Webb imme diately sent to tho sitting alderman for tho required order, and Bessio and her mother wero soon on their way to tho gloomy man sion of crime. Thoy entered tho prison, and were usher ed by tho turnkey into a narrow passige, ono side of which consisted of strong and closely placed iron bars, tho other of a dead wall. Behind the bars, thero was n small yard, with n dour leading into a kind of cell at tho extremity of it. Selden who had hardly re covered from tho shock of his commitment, saw with amazement who had come to con solo him in his allliction ; hu covered his face with his hands, nnd wept likoa child. Bessie, knowing how much depended on firmness and un unclouded brain, intreated him to bo calm. Shu then questioned him minutely nbout iIki transactions of the day on which iho monoy ho was accused of cm bezzeling was paid. Sho implored him to tax his mcnlory to tho utmost, so as to tell her everything that happened on that mor ning. Ho could, however, recollect noth ing which tended in the least degrco to un ravel the mystery ; for Bessie, with n wo man's confiding faith, never for ono instant assumed his guilt. 'Tho most trifling incident,' she said, might afford somo clue. Did you servo no customers that morning, or receivo payment ( of any other account ' All I can remember is; thnt Sir Chariot Fox's butler caino to complain of a mistako I had mado in his invoice ; that he left it to bo corrected ; and that I afterwards mad out n now one, having lost the original.' No gleam of hope entered Bessie's mind fiom theso woids. She dared not stay to converse on any other subject, for had slis dono so, her energies would have forsaken her. But it was terrible, when they would have shaken hands, to find the iron im peded even tho poor consolation of that sim ple act ; and in leaving the prison, Bessia was obliged to lean heavily ou her mother for support. It was not long beforo sho again present ed herself to Mr. Webb ; she had a new fa vor to ask, a stranger one even than tho first; it was to be allowed to soothe cash-keeper and his entries for the day upon which George's accusation was founded. Mr Webb assented at once. 'I know you already, ho remarked, 'fur a ready and clever accountant, and will girt you every possible assistance. Johnsou,' h continued, calling aloud, 'como hero, and bring your daily cash-book.' The cashier appeared. The book wa handed to Bessie, who turned to the account in which the transactions of tlio day named in the indictment of Georgo for em'inbezzle ment was recorded. Item by item she read over the various entries. At last sho saw that a sum precisely tho samo in amount at that for which her lover was incarcerated fat stealing, was placed to the nccount of Sir Charles Fox, whom George had before men tioned. Sho instantly asked tho cashier whether Sir Charles Fox's account had boon recently sent in. Thu clerk replied in the negative. 'Thcn,said Bessie, 'I entreat you to sond one immediately.' Though .Mr. Webb and the clerk wero at a Joss to conceive the object of applying to, Sir Charles Fox, the request was complied with. While the clerk was gono on this er rand, Bessie's agitation and suspenso becama almost insupportable. Firmly persuaded of Seidell's innocence of everything but of con tempt for and carelessness in his duties, she had a strong presentiment that the error ha committed would be cleared up by tho stop now taken. Still sho was not without her fears, which were to be confirmed or banished by thu result of the clerk's mission. She saw him tjnter thu shop on his return. As ha opened tho glass door of tho counting-house, she darted her eyes upon him, as ifherwhoU fato was written in his countenance. But she learned nothing thero. The cash ier was a rigid man of business, and hit face was a blau.k. 'The fact is,' he said to Mr. Webb, 'there is somo mistake. Wa have credited Sir Charles Fox with thirty pounds fifteen and fourpence, which ho de clares ho has never paid.' A short chain of thought darted through" Bessie's brain. Its results caused her to murmur, 'ho is saved,' and to fainl in her chair. Had uot her mother been by, poor Bessio, would havo been left to her" fato, for Mr. Webb's whole attention was now otherwise absorbed. Mr. Williams was called in ; cash books, journals, and ledgers wero turned over, entries traced ; and b'eforo Bessio re coveied hur senses, the whole thing wa cleared up. Selden teas innocent. Tha ti nth is", he had received money from ono custumer und placed it to the account of an other, during one of his poetical fits of ab straction. This fully showed how his namo got placed to a receipt for money which ho seemed not to havo accounted fo'r. Further inquiiies were made, and it was found ho had saved out of his wages tho money so im providently spent in fine lodgings and fmo clothes. It happened that the grand jury were then silting ; all theso new facts wero sworn before them ; they ignored tho bill, and George Selden was restored to liberty. About two months after theso events, a newly married couple were seated in Mr. Webb's private office, attentively listoning to what that gentleman was saying. 'Not long ago, lie said, addressing hlmselt to iho bridegroom, 'you heard my advice with im patience, almost contempt", because you then looked upon me as a mere mechanical man of business. That vou may be moro Minn. live to what I shall now say, and that you may know it is possible for a tradesman to be unremitted in his duties, and at the samo time employ his leisure with success in lite rature, lot me now inform you that the ' Al pha,' whom you were pleased, as I havo heard, to patronise with your approbation, if no other than myself. You havo already boen taught by her who, happily for you, it now your companion for life, tho superior value of common sense and practical acquire ments, over what goes by iho name, oftener than it deserves it, of 'genius.' To her you owo all your happiness.' George Seidell, for ho was one of the per sons addressed, tried to speak, but tearful emotions provcutrd him. He firmly claspod llio willing hand of his wife, and looked to-' wards her to speak for him. But her heart, also, was too full. They both wept tears of happiness. Mr. Webb, but for a strong ef fort, would havo exhibited somo emotion, but turned it offby asking what had becomo of the tragedy I George owned without tho smallest appearanco of regret, that ho hzi burnt it. That evening there was a grand supper in the shop prepared under the supcrintend anco of Mrs. Cooper, who had been installed as housekeeper to tho establishment, Her daughter, now Mrs. Seldon, had had the privilege of inviting any person sho pleated; and bosides all iho men and ihcir female friends belonging to tho house, Mr. Williams. Mr, Webb, and Bessie's pupils, graced tbo soireo with their presence. Tho last I heard of George Seldon wai, that he is a partner in the firm of Williams and Company, nnd a livery man of the city of London. Though ho did not wholly abandon literature, he never, that I could as certain, publish a lino of poetry. His most popular works arc entitled, 'An Essy on For eign Exchanges,' nnd a pamphlet on 'Colo nial Pioduce.' Tho sixth edition of the lat ter was, I perceive, advertised in yesterday V paper. Li

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