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movements of commodities in the market, as a coercive power. As the acts of govas they do upon the motions of the heaven- ernment necessarily have a powerful efly bodies, and to regard the fluctuations of fect upon the business of the country, and supply and demand, and the incomings and the government, by necessity, employs laroutgoings of specie, as they do the the rush ger sums, and transacts more business than of a cataract, or the flow of a mighty river, an hundred of the wealthiest corporations, with a childish awe. These awe-stricken the direction of its conduct is of vast motheorists are content with observation and ment, as it affects the agricultural, coma theory; and their conclusions, like those mercial, and manufacturing interests. The of Pyrrho of old, end always in a doubt, policy of free trade is wholly to neglect and forbid all action. These are our free these effects, and to drive the great engine traders, our men of laissez faire, whose un- of the state through the private domains fruitful science ends only in negation, and of industry with a perfect scorn of conseforbids advance. How unlike that science quences. of the moderns, which ever dissipates the Government, established for the benefit doubt, and leads boldly on to action ; whose of the people, is made wholly to disregard lamp is reason, and whose pioneer is ex- them, and to think only of itself: it is made periment; whose spirit is beneficence, and to perform its duty, like some inferior its aim, the increase, the union, and the functionary of the law, as if it were a piece happiness of mankind. Justly might we

of mechanism and not a moral person. say of skeptical free trade science,

that it But on such a topic figures of rhetoric is a science of despair ; it is doubt applied, are in vain. It is necessary for the true -Pyrrhonism made a principle of legisla- economist to use the language of economy, tion, -jealousy put up for justice.

and by the management of the farm and It is a mysterious working of human con the workshop to illustrate the management ceit that men should glory in their own in- of the state. Hitherto the state has been capacity; and yet none are more conceited exemplified by the image of a man clad in than those who make ignorance a point of armor, with weapons of offence in his hand : merit. These are your practical men, as

but as the spirit of christianity gradually they fondly style themselves, in whom there softens and tempers the spirit of the peois no practice, and who fancy they have as- ple, those old heathenish rules of conquest cended to the summit of knowledge, when and violence have to give way to wiser and they have calculated the probabilities of an gentler maxims. Justice is but the left excess of population, or a dearth of corn : hand of government, industrial polity its their activity ends with their theory; they right. The people are not now, as formerare a kind of Haruspices, whose business ly, to be looked upon as a herd of serfs, it is to peep into the entrails of the state, whom to govern and keep down is the and thence to predict disaster. Their ra- prime duty of legislation. Armies now vens fly ever on the unlucky side ; their are for defence and not for conquest. As proceedings are a farce to delude the peo- society advances the citizen lays aside his ple.


and attends to his affairs in peace. With these false economists, the func- He has leisure for industry and economy, tions of a government are reduced to the and as the free state is the abstract of all regulation of army, navy, and police; and that makes the freeman,-it should be to the collection of taxes; while the true made to resemble him in all particulars, economist endeavors to impart to govern- except that of a selfish individuality. ment a beneficent and protecting, as well


The night is still :

On lake and hill,
The clustering stars their glances cast;

But faint and far,

One distant star
Pales, like a dreamy memory of the past.

The deep blue night,

Is gemmed with light;
At noon the skyey depths are clear :-

Why faint and far,

Now gleams that star,
Once, in its bright ascendant, deemed so near ?

Alas! what strife

Holds love with life!
A maid-an angel formed to be

Fresh, blooming, true,

A rose in dew
Gave the sweet odors of her soul to me.

" Star of our fate!"

With heart elate,
That venturous name I bade thee bear,-

Thou, loveliest light

Of all the bright, Whose nightly gleaming showers suffuse the air.

Pale planet! now

All coldly thou
Dost look into my bosom's state :

Read there, and tell,

Sad sentinel,
The heavy change that left it desolate.

Of love and grace,

The fajrest trace,
But turneth memory to tears:

Life's ruddiest star,

Pales dim and far, Seen through the vista of life's changing years.

Yes, years are gone,

Since she passed on,
I following slow the way she went,

To that blest goal,

With earnest soul,
Beneath my weary weight of woe unbent.

The star whose ray

Hath passed away, Will brighten in another sky:

So memories left

In hearts bereft,
Bring higher, holier hopes, that never die.

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clearly the extent of his capacity. Never

was art more thoroughly concealed. Day A month passed away. Though Regi- after day added surely but imperceptibly nald during this time paid assiduous atten- to the effect of that which preceded. Evetion to Miss Chesley, and seemed to be rything tended to the result, yet no particregarded in the light of an accepted suitor, ular circumstance seemed to have any conhe had sought no explicit understanding. nection with it. The subject upon whom Mr. Chesley and Edward were naturally he operated was least of all conscious of gratified at the prospect of the approach- the means employed. Such profound subing connection. The young man's wealth tlety defies both analysis and description, may have contributed to the earnestness of and even a calm spectator must look to their approval, yet there were higher and the end without attempting to scrutinise more disinterested considerations. Not | in detail the measures which conducted only had Reginald rendered the family to it. most important services, but in rendering Sometimes Matilda would detect Rennoe them had displayed such qualities of mind gazing upon her with an expression of tender and heart as appeared to ensure the hap- melancholy that touched her to the heart : piness of any woman whom he should choose but the very moment he found himself obfor his bride.

served, he would assume an air of conWhile everything flowed along thus straint, or would break out suddenly into smoothly, Simon Rennoe was not idle. a gaiety as evidently hollow and artificial Reginald himself scarcely made more fre as to be more affecting than his previous quent visits to the house of Mr. Chesley, look of compassion. He appeared to the nor was more cordially welcomed by Ma- young lady to be ever stung by self-retilda. His age and unpresuming urbanity proach for unintentionally giving her pain. Were warrants for admitting him to familiar Sometimes the name of Laurence Seymour intercourse, whilst the kindliness of his dis- fell as by accident from his lips. Rennoe position, the sympathy which overflowed would hesitate, falter, seemed shocked at from his bosom towards every human be- his indiscretion, and leave the sentence uning, and the readiness with which he ac- finished, to commence another upon a tocommodated himself to the mood of the per- tally different topic. At last he spoke son into whose society he chanced to be not of the Englishman at all, but whenever thrown, made it impossible that he could any transaction was mentioned in which he be known as acquaintance without being had been engaged, studiously resorted to a honored and loved as friend. Besides circumlocution. these amiable traits, he was remarkable for Matilda was enthusiastically fond of the the possession of others of a different kind, fine arts. Reginald had little taste that but which are equally valuable in a confi- way, but Rennoe, who had been in early dential adviser. In knowledge of the life an artist of no mean proficiency, took world, in penetration, in tact, in a perfect- pains to gratify and amuse her, both by ly balanced judgment, and in rapidity of the exhibition of his own port-folio and by decision, who surpassed Simon Rennoe? the selection of the best engravings he

That he was soon able to gain a great could find in the ill-arranged library at the influence over the mind of Matilda, may Anderport mansion. One of these plates be easily credited. But the use to which happened to contain a head which_bore a he applied this influence, evinces most striking resemblance to Seymour. Rennoe,





placing it among some others, proceeded headache, but such a headache as hers to Mr. Chesley's. While Matilda was did not interfere a whit with Simon Renexamining the bundle, he seated himself at noe's purpose. Everything seemed favorsome distance, and appeared deeply enga- able. The house was still and empty, and ged in perusing a late number of the Public he had the whole morning at his disposal

. Advertiser. The beautiful girl hung long Too adroit not to make very gradual adover one of the engravings——the beholder vances, he suffered an hour to elapse in knew well enough which one and a tear desultory conversation. Finally, Miss had time to creep from its hiding-place and Chesley was led to inquire what were the glisten on the eyelid. She brushed it most striking social differences which he away, and instantly cast around her a star- noticed in coming to America from Eutled glance to learn whether the action had rope. been observed. But there sat Rennoe, his "There is one,” replied Rennoe," which eye fastened on the printed sheet, and his has impressed me very forcibly, though features clothed with the same untroubled some others indeed are much more glargravity.

ingly obvious. What I refer to is, the Though the means employed were thus comparative infrequency here of those marrefined and artful, the general policy itself riages-alas! so common in the old world was exceedingly simple. Matilda loved -which are not dictated by the affections Laurence Seymour ; Rennoe took care that of the parties. I thus see the Colonies she was made conscious that she loved freed from one of the greatest curses which him. She was unhappy: indefatigable can blast a land. For what more horrible skill was employed to prevent her from can be imagined? A marriage from which losing sight, for a single moment, of that love is absent—that which calls itself unhappiness. The consequence was, that union, whilst in the sight of Heaven it is no the poor girl drooped and lost heart hourly. union-is not only itself an awful crime, She became thoughtful, nervous, prone to but it is the fruitful source of other alternate changes of animation and depres-crimes.” sion. Rennoe watched her decline, which Matilda trembled. On another occawas so gradual as to be scarcely obvious to sion, Rennoe, noticing this, would have any but him, with intense satisfaction. turned the discourse, but the time to spare “Reginald Ander,” he said to himself, had passed. He looked at her long and

give me but time, and your bride shall fixedìy. Her agitation increased, but that fade

away before she reaches your arms !” searching gaze was not removed. At last Yet that time he could not expect to be she burst into tears. Rennoe seemed much allowed him. Some more speedy course affected. “My dear young lady,” he said. must be determined on. It was possible “I know you do not doubt my friendship

. that, with judicious treatment, he might be Ah, if it were less sincere, I should spare able very seriously to impair the girl's myself the keen anguish of inflicting pain mind—perhaps to make it a hopeless ruin ; on you! I ask you solemnly to-day whethyet such a plan must be attended with er you love-Laurence Seymour ?" many dangers, not the least of which was At the sound of that name, Matilda bethe prospect of Reginald's interference. came as pallid as marble, and as speechBesides this, Rennoe was not a cruel man,

less. and was desirous of inflicting no more suf Rennoe continued, “And loving him, fering than the attainment of his object de are you about to wed another?” manded. Matilda, had been subjected to “I know not I know not !” burst from a pretty faithful preparation, and his own Matilda. powers of persuasion, joined to the influ “You know not ? Think, Miss Chesence he had obtained over her, must now ley, what it is you say. How can I bear be adequate, he thought, to bend her mind to hear from your own mouth that you preaccording to his will.

meditate a crime." An opportunity for testing it was not But my father's wish—my mothlong in occurring. All the family was in- er’s”. vited away on a visit. Miss Chesley alone Pause again, my dear girl, and reflect. did not go. The cause assigned was a Beware how you lay so fearful a charge at

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