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NEW-YORK, NOVEMBER,. 1852.
THE FATHER'S CURSE;
OR, A YOUNG PATRIOT'S ADVENTURE S.
BY MRS. ANNA L, SNELLING,
Author of " Champions of Freedom,” « Romance of American Ilistory," « Warriors of the West,” &c.
his means the lovely girl, who, as she lay It was in a strange apartment that our helpless upon his breast, appeared to him hero again opened his eyes. Finding his the most beautiful being he ever beheld, was arm bandaged, and his hands covered with preserved from the terrible fate with which plasters, his first thought was that he had she was threatened. been wounded ; but soon the truth burst He felt still faint and exhausted, but was upon him of the scene he had gone too anxious to learn about what happened through, and turning to an old woman who to keep silence, although the nurse told him was watching by his bedside, his first words that when the doctor bled him he said hewere :
must not be allowed to talk much until his “Is she alive ?"
strength was restored. “ Bless my soul! he's come to at last !" “Have I been bled too ?” he asked. exclaimed the nurse, dropping her knit-! “Oh dear, yes, and for a long spell we ting. "Well, if we didn't think you thought you was dead, and Mr. Hunt tried never would speak again, sir; and Miss to find out your name, that he might send Amy has been in a dreadful taking, and so to your friends, but he couldn't find out has Mr. Hunt, and Mr. Charles.”
nothing about you, till a man in a red coat “ Then she was not dead, as I feared at comed along and said you was the son of first ?"
Sir Robert Douglas, and told where your “What, Amy? Oh dear, no sir. But father lived; and so Mr. Charles took a swift she says she should have died if it hadn't horse and has gone to tell him, but he will been for you, sir; and Mr. Simpson and Mr. be glad enough to find that you ain't dead, Charles brought you here, sir, and he and and poor Miss Amy has been crying for Miss Amy have taken turns in coming to nothing." see you, for you was dreadful burnt, and no “My father sent for! and without my wonder. But your hair will all grow out knowledge; how unfortunate !" again, and the plasters can't help doing a “Why, who'd a thought that the young sight of good, for I've tried it afore." gentleman wouldn't a wanted to see his own
Douglas put his hand to his head, and father?” thought the nurse, as she arranged found that it was bandaged, and his hair in her spectacles ; " well, to be sure, he might deed gone;, but a thrill of joy ran through be worried." his frame when he thought that through “ And how long has he been gone ?"
asked Douglas, as he sank back again upon the universal sense here that the Massahis pillow.
chusetts acts, and murder act, ought not to “He started yesterday, when you were at be submitted to for a moment. But then, the worst, and they didn't think you'd get when you ask the question, What is to be
done ? hey answer, Stand still; bear with “Can I see this Mr. Hunt? for I suppose patience; if you come to a rupture with the he is the old gentleman whose grandchild I troops, all is lost. saved."
Resuming the first charter, absolute in“To be sure, sir. He told me to call dependency, and our ideas will startle people him if you comed to. And shall I call here. Miss Amy too, sir! She may
want It seems to be the general opinion here, thank you."
that it is practicable for us in the Massa“No, no," said Douglas; “not yet, until I chusetts to live wholly without a legislature am better.” He felt himself unequal to en- and courts of justice as long as will be neduring the agitation her presence might cessary to obtain relief. If it is practicable, cause. " But if you will be so good as to let the general opinion is, that we ought to Mr. Iunt know that I wish to say a few bear it. The commencement of hostilities words to him."
is exceedingly dreaded here. It is thought “How strange are the ways of Provi- that an attack upon the troops, even though dence!" exclaimed the aged man, as this it should prove successful and triumphant, request was delivered. “To think that the would certainly involve the whole continent son of Robert Douglas should be under in a war. It is generally thought here that my care, and the preserver of one of my the ministry will rejoice at a rupture in Bosfamily! Tell him I will come, Mrs. Ruth.” | ton, because that would furnish him with an
Let us leave Douglas and his interests excuse to the people at home, and unite for a while, and take notice of other charac-them with him in an opinion of the necesters connected with our story. Before the sity of pushing hostilities against us. author of this tale lies a letter in the hand- On the contrary, the delegates and other writing of the venerable John Adams, and persons from all parts are universally very as it illustrates the state of public feeling at sanguine, that if Boston and the Massathat eventful period, she thinks best to give chusetts can possibly steer a middle course it entire.*
between obedience to the acts and open Philadelphia, September 26th, 1774. hostilities with the troops, the exertions of Dear Sir:—Yesterday I had the pleasure the Colonies will procure a total change of of receiving yours of the fourteenth instant, measures and full redress for us. for which I am much obliged to you. I re- However, my friend, I cannot at this disceive a greater pleasure from the letters of tance pretend to judge. We must leave all my friends than ever, and every line we re- to your superior wisdom. ceive is of use to us.
What you propose, sir, of holding out Before this reaches you, the sense of the some proposal which shall show our willingCongress concerning your wisdom, fortitude ness to pay for our protection at sea, is a and temperance, in the Massachusetts in subject often mentioned in private conversageneral, and the county of Suffolk in par- tion here. Many gentlemen have pursued ticular, will be public in our country. It is the thought, and digested their plans. But
what is to be the fate of them I can't say. * It is a singular circumstance, that while copy
It is my opinion, sir, that we do our full ing this letter (yellow with age) of the good old proportion towards the protection of the man, the bells are tolling and cannon firing at the reception of the last remains of John Quincy, his empire, and towards the support of the immortal son.
daval power. To the support of the stand
ing army we ought never to contribute vol- the Point, in which the celebrated Kidd is untarily.
said to have concealed himself under an asA gentleman put into my hands a plan a sumed name, and there, as well as in other few days ago for offering to raise £200,000 places, the earth has been turned up, floors annually, and to appropriate it to the main raised, and every nook and corner searched tenance of a ship of war! But is not this for the supposed hidden treasure. After surrendering our liberty ? I have not time, the battle of Bunker Hill, the British however, to discuss these questions at pres- soldiers in Boston, closely besieged by the ent. I hope to have the pleasure of con- Americans, suffered dreadfully from famine. sidering these things in private conversation; Provisions were smuggled in generally by meantime, I pray God to direct, assist and the pirates, who made immense fortunes in protect you, and all our friends, amidst the
In the unidst, that dreadful dangers that surround you.
scourge, the small-pox, broke out. All Am glad to hear Mr. Cranch is about who favored the patriot cause had fled from taking refuge in Braintree. I wish every the city, after the first blow was struck for living creature except the Tories was well freedom, and their deserted houses were provided for in the country. My respects to turned into hospitals for the sick-many of all your worthy family.
whom were left to die alone and uncared I remain, with great respect,
for, and their bodies left to rot and breed Your friend and humble servant, pestilence among the survivors. Neither
JOHN ADAMS. physicians nor nurses could be procured, exHONORABLE JOSEPI PALMER.
cept at enormous prices, and of course the
poor suffered the most.* But strange to But while this letter was on its way to its say, amid all this terror, death, and desoladestination, the battle of Bunker Hill had tion, the gay, reckless British officers turned taken place, and, as Adams prophesied, the the meeting-houses into theatres, and rioted whole continent was indeed in a blaze. away the night in performing plays and Washington had been appointed Com- singing songs, the burden of which was ridimander-in-Chief of the forces, and the war
cule of the intrepid enemy they pretended had commenced in good earnest. Mr. to despise, while kept in bondage by them. Palmer, who was a wealthy and liberal One day, giving vent to their spleen, and man, j expended £5,000 towards furnishing willing to let the soldiers enjoy some sport the army. On the arrival of Washington as well as themselves, they set them to cutat Cambridge, he had been appointed | ting down the Liberty Tree, which they President of the Provincial Congress. The burned for fuel. Houses were also torn army lay around Boston, gradually increas- down for the same purpose. It was about ing in numbers, and in the spring removed this time that an English scribbler comto New-York. During the winter the posed the famous song called "Yankee enemy's ships still lay off the harbor, and Doodle," which was sung nightly in the Old Washington exerted himself to the utmost South Church, which they had turned into to destroy them. A garrison was stationed an amphitheatre, where they performed at Point Shirly, which, although small in feats of horsemanship. Washington, disnumbers, was composed of iron-hearted gusted with the news that daily reached men, who thought little of the hardships him of these outrages, and impatient at they endured from the severe cold, and ter
* A large wooden building is still standing at rible gales which always prevail on that
the foot of Copp's hill, fronting Salem street, which, bleak spot, besides danger from a numerous in the absence of the owner, was taken possession horde of pirates.
of for a hospital. The cellar of this house was
taken up, and it was completely repaved with A house still stands near the extremity of grave-stones, which remain to this day.
being so inactive, determined to make a tle, but was extremely taciturn when he saw vigorous effort to gain possession of the the least appearance of curiosity toward town, and restore the banished inhabitants himself and his individual concerns. Once to their homes. It was one of the most se- or twice, while Douglas lay apparently invere winters ever felt in that part of the sensible, he thought he had heard the nurse country, and the poor Americans, half address Mr. Hunt by another name, but it clothed, famished with hunger, and without might be the effect of his disordered imagishelter, were becoming desperate. A coun- nation; and although courteous and hospitacil of war was called at Cambridge, but the ble, there was that in the demeanor of the views of Washington did not meet with old man that prevented any attempt at congeneral approbation and the plan was not fidence. Meantime he became very uneasy allowed to be carried out. The people in at not hearing from his sister. An express the vicinity of Boston, harassed by the had been sent after Amy's brother, to relieve powerful British vessels which interfered the minds of his family as to his danger, but, with their efforts to obtain a livelihood by to their surprise, not a word had arrived in running down their fish-boats, and in other return. ways, now began to forsake their homes and The patient was now able to sit up, and families and join the army, which was by the old nurse began gradually to resign her this means increased to fourteen thousand. post to Amy, especially when she perceived
that her visits always seemed to revive him and make him happy. Another day
passed, and it brought to the anxious youth CHAPTER X.'
the long-expected letter. It ran thus :AFTER the departure of Allan, a gloom "DEAR ALLAN:—You cannot imagine seemed to hang over the family of Douglas, with what alarm mother and I heard of your only relieved by the journal he seut oc- situation. Yet, although it distressed us, casionally to his sister Julia. He had now we could not blame you for what you
had been confined for more than a week, and done, and even father could not help exduring this time his restless mind relieved claiming, “The true Douglas spirit! and itself by pouring out his feelings to his after that he spoke not a word, even when beloved sister. Little did he regret his informed of your extreme illness. You situation, for his services were not called for, must have overtasked yourself in this your the army then being stationary, and there first engagement, and then to exert yourself were new emotions gathering around his thus at a fire that frightened every one else. heart, dangerous to his patriotism as well as But if the young lady you saved is like her bis peace. A lovely vision flitted daily brothér, nobody could blame you. We are around his couch, a sweet voice was em- all delighted with him, even to father; and ployed in reading to cheer his solitary as for black Cæsar, I believe he absolutely hours, and the most beautiful dark eyes, worships his boots, for he will not allow him beaming with grateful feeling, baunted to have them until they shine as bright bim day and night. There was something as his own face. Mr. Hunt seems so conmysterious in the manner of his host to- tented here, that I should not wonder if wards him: sometimes kind to extreme; he stays some days longer ; for father tells then again, actuated by some hidden mo- him he has not seen half the beauties of tive, his brow would contract, and his aged the place, and proposes to-morrow to take features settle into a severity of look which him to Monument Mountain, which he has a our hero had often observed, but could not great desire to see. I am very anxious to account for.
He satisfied all his inquiries see the sweet Amy Hunt. Don't fall in love about the events following the eventful bat- with her until I do, for though we like the