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She passed her hand across her brow, as happy father with joy, who, from this moif to recall her remembrances.

ment, looked upon his daughter as restored “The Signor Fiorentino?" said Giulia. to him.

"No, no, it was the Captain-the Captain “Do not yield to joy so prematurely," Hector Fiaramonti; you were married, and said the Signor Pezzolini; “hope too early you were very unhappy-yes, very unhap- cherished adds cruel stings to disappointpy!" she murmured in a dreamy tone. ment." And she sank into à profound revery. “But have you not yourself told me,” re

“Let us leave her," said Fiorentino, adplied the Prince," that on the day when my dressing Giulia.

daughter should pronounce her name, and They rose and walked away, but the recall past remembrances, her cure would be young girl did not perceive their departure. almost certain ?” She remained seated in the same spot, mo- “Yes, Prince, but in the case that I alone tionlę s, with her eyes fixed upon the grourd. guided the progress of her cure, because then

“ Well!" said the Prince to Fiorentino. I should have been convinced that this result

“ Inquire of Signorina Giulia,” replied the was due to my cares, and not to chance. young man; “she will inform you that I But let us wait, and witness Signor Fiorenhave made more progress in one hour than tino's second trial, which he has promised the Signor Pezzolini has made in a year.” on the morrow, I believe."

“I know not what to think of it," said “Yes, Signor, on the morrow; and I can the beautiful Giulia,“ but your daughter answer for it in advance, that to-morrow, as has pronounced her name, and although her to-day, chance will ever be favorable to me.” words were incoherent, as usual, yet her "Ever?" said Captain Fiaramonti, casting mind has succeeded in seizing some remem- a glance of irony upon Fiorentino. brance of the past."

" I hope so," replied the latter, measuring This slight success transported the un- him with a calm, cold gaze.


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We hear its low and dreamy tone,

Like some sweet angel-spell,
Among the wood-haunts, wild and lone,

Where the young violets dwell;
Where the deep sunset-fush hath thrown

Its glory on the sea,
We linger for its ceaseless moan,

That wordless minstrelsy!
The primal world its echoes woke

When first the ardent Sun,
In all his fresh'ning day-spring, broke,

His regal race to run:
It floated through those lonely skies,

Each immemorial hill,
Where now such countless cities rise,

The might of human will!
The cavern'd depths of the wild sea,

That gather in their lair
Such shrieks of mortal agony,

Such pleadings of despair!
Upon their turgid billows wreathed,

Such lulling strains have sped,
As if their charnel-waters breathed

No requiem for the dead !
Oh! earth hath not a lonely plain

Unblest by mystic song ;
The diapason of the main,

Its anthem to prolong!
Brooklyn, July 8th, 1851.

The seaman, in his home-fraught droam,

Upon the moonlit waves,
Hears, in its undulating stream,

The music of sca-caves !
Through Hippocrene's violet fount

The haunting Spirit rung ;
To every old Thessalian mount

Its storied legends clung!
It filled the wild Bæotian hills,

With fabled visions blent,
And murmured through the Pythian rills-

A melody unspent !
An incense-breath upon the wind,

For morning's glorious dower;
A fairy-spell, the heart to bind

At noontide's languid hour:
A veice the forest-child hath sought

By every glade and stream,
But most, at twilight's hour of thought,

Half-shadow and half-dream!
A song upon the summer-prime,

of gladness and of praise ;
A voice that bids the vintage-time

Its choral tribute raise :
A tone ubiquitous and free,

A deathless music given;
A strain of immortality,
An attribute of Heaven!



ONE of the most glorious results of a free and patriotism, to need any eulogium here Government is the kindly influence it exerts His paternal ancestors, ABRAHAM BOCKEE. in the development of Intellect. Under and WOLFERT WEBBER, were among the its institutions the want of rank, fortune, or earliest settlers in New-York, and were early scholastic training, opposes no insur- among the nine grantees of a large tract of mountable obstacles to advancement. The land in Dutchess and the adjoining counties, ardent soul and the energetic mind may called the“ Nine Partners' Grant.” WOLFERT gaze upward, and move onward in the path- Webber was an alderman of the outer ward, way of hope and honorable ambition, un- of New-York as early as 1668, and was confettered by prejudices, and unimpeded by sidered one of the inost substantial and social distinctions. Man, with virtuous pur- useful citizens of his time. poses, may avail himself of all his faculties

The subject of this sketch had the misto become great, honored, and useful, with fortune to lose his father before he was five every thing to excite his action, and no con- years old, and the care of him devolving ventional barriers to check him in his noble upon relatives, he obtained only the advancareer! The blessings of living under such tages of a common school education. While a Government cannot be too deeply im- at school he was distinguished for his aptpressed upon those who enjoy them; more ness, especially in mathematics, in which particularly the rising generation, into whose science his attainments soon reached the exhands its guardianship must fall

, and whose tent of his teacher's capacity to instruct him. sacred duty it will become to transmit the At the early age of twelve years he left institutions of their country unimpaired to school to battle with the world alone, withtheir successors—an inviolalable legacy. out the aid of friends or fortune. Entirely

We know of no means better calculated through his own exertions he obtained a to enhance the respect and affection of a situation in a counting-house, and, sustained citizen for his Government than by pointing by the indomitable perseverence of his charout the incentives to virtuous ambition which acter, and a proud spirit of independence, its institutions offer, especially as illustrated he was soon enabled, by his industry, inin the career of those who have attained an tegrity, and intelligence, to win the confihonorable distinction, under disadvantages dence and esteem of his employers. Since which in a less favored country would be the time of entering their service, a period deemed insurmountable. It is the biography of about thirty-three years, Mr. Bokee has of SELF-MADE MEN which affords the most been connected with the mercantile interests useful lessons to the youth of a country like of New-York, and has been universally ours. They are thus taught the rewards of known and respected among that honorable perseverance and merit, and the vanity of and important class of citizens who are enmere social position and adventitious aids gaged in commercial pursuits. in the struggle for honor and distinction. At eighteen years old Mr. Bokee's merIt is, therefore, with undisguised pleasure cantile acquirements were of a nature to fit that we present to our readers the sub- him for a better position than it was in the ject of this brief memoir, as emphatically a power of his employers to afford him; and SELF-MADE MAN, and one who is destined, we an opportuuity offering to establish himself in hope, to a long career of public usefulness. business, he removed to Georgetown, South

DAVID A. BOKEE was born in the city Carolina, where his mercantile knowledge, of New-York, in October, 1805. He is his integrity of character, and habits of indescended from the old Knickerbockers, a dustry, won him popularity and esteem, so race too well known for their deep energy of that he was early elected, and frequently character, their strong minds, their honesty served, as an alderman of the town. During

his residence in Georgetown, Mr. Bokee en- he won enviable applause for his honesty and joyed the first opportunity of distinguishing independence. himself for patriotic attachment to the Union. Ere he had closed his senatorial career, The sheriff of the county being in ill-health, his well-deserved popularity, and the high it devolved upon Mr. Bokee as deputy to order of talents he had evinced, pointed out fill his place, during the hottest of the nulli- Mr. Bokee to the Whigs of his district as fication strife in South Carolina ; and his their most eligible candidate for Congress. prompt, fearless, and considerate discharge He accordingly received the nomination, and of his duties made such an impression upon was elected triumphantly, over two opponents, the friends of the Union, that he was nomi- by a majority of between two and three thounated as their candidate for the office of sheriff sand votes! The first session of his attendat the ensuing election, and, notwithstanding ance in the National Legislature was one of the excitement which existed, and the preju- the stormiest through which our country has dices arrayed against him as a Northern ever passed, and will be remembered as man, he was only beaten by some fifty long as the history of the Republic shall votes !

exist. The long-smouldering embers of disMr. Bokee was married in Georgetown, sension on the question of African slavery S. C., and has six children. In the year burst into a flame which threatened the dis1834 he returned to this State, and took up solution of the Union and the destruction of his residence in the city of Brooklyn. He our glorious Institutions. The wisest statesimmediately formed a connection with one of men, and the purest patriots of the age, the largest and most respectable mercantile aroused by a sense of the imminent danger houses in Pearl street, New-York, with to American liberty, threw their mightiest which he remained until he was induced to energies into the conflict, and, forgetful of pretake a situation as an Under-writer in Wall vious differences, of personal ambition and of street, in which position he has formed an party strife, labored nobly together, with extensive and favorable acquaintance among hearts united as one by the holiest sentithe leading merchants of the city.

ments of patriotic devotion, to rescue their In 1839 Mr. Bokee was elected an Alder-beloved country from the impending peril! man of the City of Brooklyn, and remained Side by side with these, with all his energies in the Board until he became senior mem- bent to useful ends, and disdaining, in the ber and President thereof. He also served, frankness and fearlessness of his nature, the for successive terms, with much credit to him- slightest concealment of his opinions, was self, and efficiency for the party, as Chairman DAVID A. BOKEE, always a patriot, and of the Young Men's Whig Committee, and friend of the Union ! of the Whig General Committee of Brook- In the protracted debates of the session lyn. On the adoption of the new Constitu- Mr. Bokee took no prominent part: a natural tion, when Kings county became a senatorial diffidence of his abilities as a public speaker, district, he was nominated by the Whig for which his previous career was not such party as their candidate, and elected to the as to have qualified him, and an appreciable State Senate by fourteen hundred majority, modesty, deterred him from attempts at rhenotwithstanding that the Whigs of his coun- torical display in an arena where the first ty had been defeated but a few months before orators of the age were pitted together ; but in the Judicial elections.

his talents, his judgment, his industry, and As a Senator, Mr. Bokee was distinguished his business habits soon gained him the refor his industry, perseverance, and business spect and appreciation of his fellow members ; trlents, and for his fearless and manly advo- and his services in the passage of the Comcacy of whatever he thought to be right. promise measures through the House of For these qualities he was selected as chair- Representatives were as essential as those of man of several important special committees, any member thereof. It was in great part and particularly of the Committee of Inves- through his exertions that the New-York tigation on the affairs of the Canal Bank, in delegation cast so large a number of votes for which capacity he made an able report, ex- those measures, and had the emergency deposing so completely the monstrous frauds of manded it, through his perseverance and tact that institution as to excite public indigna- two more notes were ready to have been tion against it to the highest degree, while given in their favor.

Mr. Bokee's energy of character, business feelings and sentiments among the colonists, qualifications, and untiring industry were and paints forcibly the powerful causes which sensibly and favorably felt, during his labors brought them, through compromise and as a Representative, especially where the in- mutual concession, into one harmonious and terests of his immediate constituents or his united nation. own State were concerned; and his frank

“ The colonies which were planted in North manners, generous disposition, and gentle- America, and which at the commencement of that manly deportment made him a universal fa- noble struggle which resulted so gloriously to them, vorite with his compeers and associates. Dur- were commenced at different periods, by different ing the last session of Congress Mr. Bokee distant from each other

, separated by an unexplored

persons, and for different purposes. They were on more than one occasion gave evidence of wilderness filled with wild beasts, and wild men, a readiness and power in debate entirely un- much more to be dreaded than the most savage looked for even by his warmest friends and and dangerous animals, and had little conimunicaadmirers , who were aware of the absence of ther all of one race or language, nor was there a

tion or sympathy for each other. They were neiall pretension on his part as a public speaker, community of interest or religion to bind them and which afford promise of extended useful together as one people. So far from this, there ness in his rising career as a statesman. In existed among some of them strong feelings of hosconnection with this subject it will not be tility, growing out of those embittered religious inappropriate for us to refer to an oration before they had left their parent land, for these

contests that had disturbed the peace of England delivered on the Fourth of July last by Mr. then western wilds. The Cavalier of Virginia, Bokee in Brooklyn, which ranks in our esti- Maryland and South Carolina, saw in the Newmation among the most eloquent and patri- Englander the same sturdy, bigoted Puritan, who otic ever delivered on that glorious occasion, 1 drawn his sword in the conflicts between Puritan

had kindled his ire, and against whom he had and a few extracts from which our readers ism and Prelacy, or Protestantism and Papistry will readily excuse.

in Old England. And the Puritan beheld his old The exordium of Mr. Bokee is classic, and enemies settled upon the same continent, but at in good taste :

such a distance, and beyond such intervening ob

stacles, that there was little prospect of their ever "There are times and seasons when it is proper being brought into proximity or association with for men, in travelling the journey of life, to

each other.

pause and take a retrospect of the past, that they may turbable settlers of New-Amsterdam, there was lit

“ Between these, and the staid, cool, and impersee what progress they have made, and whether they have deviated from the right course ; and tle affinity or intercourse, and sometimes even hosthat they may also look forward and take as ex

tilities. Such were the disjointed members of that tensive a survey of their future route, as their own

confederacy which was afterwards formed, and vision and the surrounding objects will permit. which eventually became a well-cemented Union. No wise man, indeed, will allow himself to neglect “ And what, let me ask you, fellow-citizens, were these proper occasions of self-examination in regard those causes-powerful, indeed, they must have to the past, and serious contemplation of the fu- been—which overcame the repulsive force of these ture.

scattered members, and united them in a firm, fra"The same may be said of nations. With them ternal, national band! What were the causes there are recurrences of important epochs, when which brought the Cavalier, the Roundhead, and the people are emphatically called

upon to

the sturdy Dutchman to forget former antipathies, and reflect; to contemplate the past and survey to embrace as brothers, and to pledge their lives, the future. Can there be a more fitting occasion their fortunes, and their sacred honor to stand by for such a pause and for such examination than each other in the deadly conflict they had emupon the arrival of another national birthday! barked in ? This is an annual resting place, and it will be well

“ It was the love of Liberty ; it was a firm refor us to seize the opportunity it offers to deepen solve never to be deprived of the rights of freethe impreseion and refresh our recollections of the men." events with which it is in every mind associated. Of the difficulties which the early revoCircumstances of a momentons character that have lately transpired, and are now agitating the public ) lutionists encountered, especially those who mind, give additional interest to these events, and were in favor of declaring the colonies inadd greatly to the duty of the American people dependent, he speaks eloquently and feelrightly to appreciate the blessings which flow ingly, and accords to John Adams, from from them, and which have made us a great and whose autobiography he quotes some exhappy nation."

tracts not generally known, all the credit The orator then gives a brief but compre- which is so eminently due him, as one of hensive view of the first settlement of the the fathers of the Revolution. Mr. Adams American colonies; refers to the diversity of was for independence, and the following


passage from Mr. Bokee's orationing as fully as we could wish from this throws light upon that period of his career, admirable address. Briefly, but clearly, and tends still more to consecrate his mem- and in eloquent and energetic terms, Mr. ory in the hearts of his countrymen :- Bokee describes the difficulties which sur

rounded the framers of the Constitution :"But there were those who were faithful to the cause, that were unprepared for the great step which was taken in the Revolution, declaring the by compromise. Had each member of the Con

“The Constitution was brought into existence Colonies independent, and were even shocked at vention, and each section of the country adhered the suggestion of such a procedure! Will you believe it, fellow-citizens, that when this idea first pertinaciously and unyieldingly to its own views got out through a private letter which had been without accomplishing the glorious work which

and wishes, the delegates must have separated intercepted, and published by order of General stands as an everlasting monument of their forGage, the author was shunned, even by members bearance, conciliatory spirit and wisdom. What of the Congress of '76, as a dangerous person! the condition of this country would now have been Mr. Adams was the writer of that letter, and after had they thus separated, and what the contrast its publication, he says, “I was avoided like a man between what it would have been and what it now having the leprosy. I walked the streets of Phila. is, I must leave to the imagination of those who delphia in solitude, borne down by the weight may reflect upon the subject. May our own and all of care and unpopularity.' And this account is future generations prove themselves not less wise, confirmed by Dr. Rush, who says, “I saw this gen. patriotic and conciliatory than those who left us tleman (Mr. Adams) walk the streets of Philadel, the inestimable legacy of the Constitution and the phia alone, after the publication of his intercepted Union." letter in our newspapers, in 1776, an object of nearly universal scorn and detestation! Such, fellow-citizens, was the odium which in Philadel. | and will be read with feelings of admiration

The following passage is exceedingly fine, phia fell upon those who dared even to hint at independence, as late as the fall of 1775, some

and pleasure by every friend of the Union: months after the battle of Bunker's Hill, and after General Washington had taken command of the

“ Could the genius of America then have taken American army! Am I not then borne out, in our fathers up into an exceeding high mountain, saying that the labor of those great men who pre- and showed them the United States as the counpared the public mind for separation from the try then was, almost entirely covered with boundmother country, who led the way to independ- less forests through which the wild beasts and the ence, and who toiled in Congress to sustain the army red man roamed undisturbed; and then, by shiftand the conflict in the long years of a doubtful ing the scene, exhibited the United States as they struggle, and of gloomy prospects—was no holi- now are, stretching from ocean to ocean, and from day labor, no drawing-room amusement ? Nothing the St. John's to the Rio del Norte, covered with less than the most sacred conviction of the just- splendid cities and flourishing towns; our lakes, ness of their cause, the inborn love of liberty which rivers and canals teeming with commerce; our belongs to freemen, and a firm reliance on the railroads running in every direction, through valgoodness and justice of that Providence who had leys, over rivers, ascending mountains, creeping ever watched over the destinies of North America, along frightful precipices, and leaping fearful could have sustained and encouraged them in chasms; our boundless fields of wheat, corn, cotthose times that literally and emphatically tried ton and other productions of the earth; the three men's souls.'

or four millions of people multiplied into twenty: “But they were borne up through all trials, four, among whom intelligence is communicated hardships, and difficulties, and had the satisfaction from one extremity to the other, not only with the of seeing their country take her place among the speed of lightning, but by lightning itself; what nations of the earth, as their acknowledged equal. would have been their wonder and amazement! And here a reflection is forced upon us. John Surely they would have thought that what they Adams was the first Minister who represented the saw was not reality, but a vision, a dream, a balUnited States at the Court of St. James, after the lucination, conjured up by spirits of the air, by peace of ’83, and the acknowledgment by Great some Prospero and bis tricksy Ariel. But we, Britain of our independence; and what a contrast fellow-citizens, find the vision sober reality. Never, must there have been in his feelings when he stood in any part of the globe, since the earth was given before George the Third, the proud representative to man for bis habitation, iave there been such of a nation of freemen, and when he walked the astonishing changes, improvements, and increase streets of Philadelphia, “an object of nearly uni- in the physical comforts of man, as bave been versal scorn and detestation, because he had in a witnessed in this country within the sixty-two private letter dared to bint at independence! years that have passed away since the ratification, Amply was he then repaid for all the odium that by the people, of the Constitution of the United had been attempted to be cast upon him for being States. "I wish I could say that there had been a six months in advance of some other members of corresponding increase in the patriotic attachment Congress, and well might he afford to forget their of the people to the simplicity of republican instiscorn and contumely."

tutions, and an equal improvement in the moral

and religious character of the country; but I fear, The want of space prevents us from quot-I that if we greatly excel our fathers in physical


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