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“I am quite contented as I am, said Mrs. Mrs. Gaynor had had sufficient length of trainGaynor, coldly. “I do not desire"

ing as a nurse to know that in her patient's irri“Oh, yes, I know," interrupted Lydia Walton; table state any further attempt to sooth her would “there never was such another nurse -so kind, so be useless; so she refolded the newspaper which considerate, and so skillful; •and, I suppose, when she had opened, laid it on the table, and took up you do a thing well, you get in time to like some sewing, with which she silently occupied it. Not that it would ever suit me," she con- herself. In about ten minutes a light foot was tinued ; “I mean, to make a profession of it as heard on the stair, and Clement Burton appeared you do. There is nothing I could not do for a

in the room.

His presence was so genial, and his person I love, if I had any one to love; but to smile of salutation so sweet, that it was customary have to be at the beck and call of any one-to for his patients to say that he brought sunshine dress their wounds, and to give them their medi- with him. Even poor Lydia Walton, “ cranky," cine, and bear their ill-tempers-lor', nothing as she often described herself, was not exempt would induce me to do it. I would sooner be a from this pleasant influence, and greeted Mr. Bursinger with five turns in different halls every ton's advent with a smile. night.”'

“You have come at last, doctor," she said, Mrs. Walton's face was Aushed when she had looking up at him. finished speaking, and she sunk back in her chair “At last !' repeated Clement Burton. “It is as though fatigued.

almost worth while incurring the implied rebuke “I told you you were over-exciting yourself,” to know that I have been expected.” said the nurse, sitting down by her and soothingly “Not much of a compliment, when you are the laying her hand on the patient's. “ There are only person whose coming breaks the dreadful some compensations even in this life,” she said, dullness of one's life," said Lydia Walton, with a pursuing the train of thought which the other had smile which lit up her face, and gave those who started. “ It is something to be able to give ease saw it a faint notion of her former beauty; " but to those who are in pain, and to help the weary to I forgive you." their rest; it is something to be able to forget “You would do more than forgive me if you one's own self in administering to the dire neces- knew all,” said Mr. Burton. • Though I have sities of others, and in- I think you had better not been with you, I have been talking about you sit quietly now," she said, checking herself, “and a great deal, and I am going to ask your permis . not worry yourself any more about Mr. Burton ; sion to bring a good friend of mine, a lady, to see depend upon it, he will come as soon as he is free."' you.'

" It is all very well for you to talk about sitting "Oh, Lord !" said Lydia Walton, in comic down quietly,” said Lydia Walton, with asperity; horror, “I don't want any ladies to come and see “you have been bustling about all the morning, me." and are tired and like to rest yourself; but I have “Why, just now you were complaining of the done nothing but look blankly out of this window, dullness of your life," said Clement, laughing at like sister Anne, waiting for somebody to come, the intensity of her expression. and I want to be amused."

“Yes; but one had better be dull than have “Shall I read the paper to you ?” said Mrs. one's lodgings invaded by some old frump, who Gaynor, cheerfully. “I have no doubt I can find only comes to stare at what a music-hall singer is something to interest you in it."

like, and who has a lot of tracts dribbling out of "I should doubt it very much indeed, and I her pocket." won't trouble you,” said the patient. " I do not “The lady of whom I am speaking cannot be care a bit about politics, and the funds, and what well called an old frump,” said Clement Burton, the swells are doing; such matters never amused continuing to laugh, as she is young and very me, even when I knew something about them. If good-looking. However, since you seem to have we had the Era now, you might find something taken fright, I won't bring her to you, at all in it, as I like to hear about what is going on in events, for the present. Well, Mrs. Gaynor, and the profession—but there, never mind, don't how is the arm ?” trouble yourself."

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nurse; "though Mrs. Walton was disappointed " It doesn't make much matter," said Lydia when she tried to use it yesterday, and found it Walton, shortly, “it is only a bit of the advertiseimpossible."

ment sheet. Mr. Burton's gone, has he?" she "What do you ask her about my arm for?”' added. Now then, nurse I am going to speak said Lydia. “Surely I ought to know most about seriously to you. You are looking very pale and it, though nurse Gaynor takes as much care of it tired this morning; do you know that?”' as though it were her own. But I say, doctor, “I daresay,” said Mrs. Gaynor, “ I have a bit time is running on, you know, and you must of a headache." begin to think about patching me up and sending “No wonder, when you never move out of these me out again. Mr. McGaff is very good, but I two stivey rooms," said Lydia. “Now I am cannot expect him to pay my half salary much going to insist upon your going out for half an longer; and I want to show that old Bonassus hour. I am perfectly comfortable and easy, and that we are not going to let her have it all her you shall walk two or three times around Russell own way.''

square, and come back to me with a spot of color " Mrs. Gaynor is right,” said Clement Burton, in your cheeks. I insist upon it." who had unrolled the bandages and inspected the “I am half disposed to do as you bid me,” said arm, “the wound is progressing very favorably, Mrs. Gaynor. “I feel as if a breath of air, even and will be well quite as soon as I anticipated, such as is to be found there would do me good.” but you must not attempt to use it yet,” he added, “ Then go and take it at once," said the imreplacing the covering ; " if you do, recollect,” perious Lydia; “ and recollect I shall not expect he said, laughingly shaking his admonitory fore you back again for fully half an hour." finger at her, “you only delay the delight of the Mrs. Gaynor left the room, and returning with public, and the discomfort of Madame Bonassus her tonnet and shawl on, settled her patient's at your return. I will write a prescription for a wraps, and took her leave.

wraps, and took her leave. When she left the change in the lotion before I go. Meantime room, Lydia Walton listened attentively, she traced Mrs. Gaynor, I want to say a word or two with the receding footsteps down the staircase, and you about another case, if you will step with me heard the street door opened and shut. Then, into the next room."

with great effort, she drew from the pocket of her Mr. Burton had a good deal to say to Mrs. dressing gown a half sheet of note paper, on the Gaynor about the doings at St. Vitus's, and about top of which was pinned a printed scrap, eviother patients in his private practice with whom dently torn from the newspaper. The lines of it she was acquainted. A quarter of an hour elapsed ran thus : before the doctor took his leave, and when the “George Heath's wife is earnestly requested to nurse returned to the sitting room she found that communicate with G. M. at the Hermitage, CampLydia Walton had shifted her position, having den Hill. G. M. has most important intelligence turned her chair to the table, and having somehow

to convey to her." managed, with her more useful arm, to unfold the Lydia Walton read this through twice. "G. newspaper, in the perusal of which she seemed to M.!" she muttered to herself; “who in Heaven's be deeply engaged.

name can G. M. mean? I have gone through "You have forgotten Mr. Burton's instructions the whole lot that we used to know in the old already,” Mrs. Gaynor said gently, "you know time over and over again, and I cannot think of he told you to keep quiet, and you must have any G. M. amongst them; however, there it is, used a considerable amount of exertion to do and now to answer it.'' what you have done. And all to read the news- With infinite pain and trouble she succeeded in paper—the poor newspaper which you scouted so, pulling towards her the blotting-book and the pen when I offered to read it to you just now.” and ink which Clement Burton had used in writ

"I was quite right," said Lydia, pushing it ing his prescription, and with still greater pain away; "there is nothing in it."

and trouble she succeeded in tracing the following " There is even less than there was when it left words upon the half sheet to which the printed the printer's hands," said Mrs. Gaynor, smiling; scrap was pinned :"for see, here is a corner torn off-how very G. M. is entreated to withdraw this advercareless of the people who supply it.”

tisement and to wait for a week. At the end of VOL. VI




that time the required information shall be fur- “She won't mention anything about it to nurse nished.”

Gaynor," said Lydia Walton to herseli, after the Lydia Walton folded up this paper, placed it in woman had left the room. “That glass of wine an envelope, and addressed it to “G. M., the will make her sleepy and she will take a nap, the Hermitage, Campden Hill."

lazy old wretch; and even if she did mention the “ That will gain a little time,” she muttered ; letter, she would not recollect the address of it. 6 and that was all I could hope for just now. It G. M. eh! and the Hermitage! What a queer has come upon me so suddenly, that I do not name for a place. I wonder what it all means. know what to think, or how to act. In a week, Late that afternoon the letter reached its destiperhaps, I shall be able to do something with this nation. Miss Middleham had a small dinnerwretched arm; not that what I have done just party, and she and her guests were strolling in the now will improve its condition.”

grounds when it arrived. She took it up with a She pulled a string, the loop of which hung number of others from the hall table, and running around the arm of her chair, while the other end her glance over them, said, in low tone, to Clewas attached to the bell, and waited for the ment Burton, who happened to be close by her:

Presently, the woman of the house ap- • The advertisement has borne fruit already; here peared—an unmistakable lodgings' landlady, with is a letter for “G. M.'' a flushed face and a carnying manner.

* Don't be too excited about it,” he whispered. “What, all alone, dear?" she cried, as she “ That is a useless injunction,” she replied. entered ihe room. " What has become of that “Make yourself agreeable to these people while I sweet Sister Gaynor, who is supposed to be so step aside and read it." attentive?!!

In a few minutes Grace rejoined her guests

. “ She has gone out for a few minutes, Mrs. As she approached, Clement Burton eagerly looked Frost,” said Lydia Walton. “She looked so pale for the expression on her face. There was no and peeky, that I insisted upon her trying the flush on it; no triumph ; no excitement; and sie effect of a little fresh air, and I have persuaded shook her head with a disappointed air. As soon her to walk around Russell square for half an as they could exchange a word, she said to bim: hour.'

"It is a mistake, after all. George Heath is, “Such a kind soul you are," said the landlady; perhaps, a common name; at all events, the "s always thinking of those about you. Now, wrong person has answered the advertisement.”' what can I do for you ?"

“ The letter is not from Miss Studley, then?" “Do something for yourself first, Mrs. F.," asked Clement Burton. said. Lydia, with a smile. “ Take this key and No indeed,” said Grace. “I knew from the open that cupboard, where you will find a decan- first glance that the address was not in Anne's tur, and help yourself to a glass of that old port handwriting, but I hoped the inclosure might be. which you like so much."

Look at it, however," she said, withdrawing the “ Just what I said," murmured the landlady, note from her pocket. ,”

“This is not Anne's doing as she was bid ; “ always thinking of the hand; it is not even the writing of an educated comfort of others.”

person—the whole thing is sprawling, and the " And, now then, do something for me, or letters are badly formed." rather for Mrs. Gaynor, who wrote this letter “I do not quite agree with you,” said the surbefore she went out, and has left it behind her.

geon, after a pause, during which he had narrowly I know she was particularly anxious that it should looked at the letter; "the writing is not that of be posted at once, and that she would be sorry an uneducated woman, but rather that of a person when she found she had forgotten it. Do you who has attempted it with a hurt or maimed mind sending your girl with it now?"

hand.' "Too delighted to oblige, dear," said the “You may be right,” said Grace, “but it evilandlady, taking the letter from her. “I will dently does not come from Anne, and there my send it off at once; and if Sister Graynor does interest in it ends. There is nothing to be done not come soon, don't you mind ringing again;

now but to obey the injunctions of the writer-to and I will come upstairs and sit with you, if you withdraw the advertisement, and to wait for a are anyways dull."


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Trimilki.-Spencer has clothed his May with all the them back to their folds and milk them twice a day, and I attributes of poetry :

move their folds, and make cheese and butter; and I am “ Then came fair May, the fairest maid on ground,

faithful to my lord.” The garments of the Anglo-Saxons, Deck'd all with dainties of her season's pride,

both male and female, were linen as well as wolled; but And throwing flowers out of her lap around;

we can easily judge that in a country whose population was Upon two Brethren's shoulders she did ride,

surrounded by vast forests and dreary marshes, wool, the The Twins of Leda; which on either side

warmer material of clothing, would be of the first importance. Supported her like to their sovereign Queen :

The fleece which the shepherd brought home in the pleasant Lord! how all creatures laugh'd when her they spied, summer season was duly spun throughout the winter, by the And leap'd and danc'd as they had ravish'd been, females of every family, whatever might be their rank. And Cupid'self about her fluttered all in green."

King Edward the Elder cammanded that his daughters The Saxon name of the month has a pastoral charm about should be instructed in the use of the distaff. Alfred, in his it which is as delightful as the gorgeous imagery of the great will, called the female part of his family the spindle side. poet. “The pleasant month of May they termed by the At this day, true to their ancient usefulness (the form of name of Trimilki, because in that month they began to milk which, we hope not the substance, has passed away), their kine three times in the day.” The illumination of the unmarried ladies are called spinsters.

But the AngloCalender carries us into the pleasant fields, where the sheep Saxon ladies attained a high degree of skill in the ornaare nibbling the thymy grass, and the old shepherd, seated mental work belonging to clothing. The Norman historian apon a bank, is looking upon the lamb which the laborer record their excellencies with the needle, and their skill in

The shepherd describes his duty in the embroidery: Minute descriptions of dress are not amongst Colloquy of Afric : “ In the first part of the morning I drive the most amusing of reading, although they are highly my sheep to their pasture, and stand over them in heat and valuable to the systematic chronicler of manners. in cold with dogs, lest the wolves destroy them. I lead may be sufficient for us to point attention, first to the

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cloaks, the plain and embroidered tunics, and the shoes he had children, Elizabeth E., Robert, Josiah, David, Anna of the malės. These

the loose and flowing M. P., Edward, Theodore, Caroline, Franklin and Ruth. garments of the superior classes, a costume certainly of Ilis second wise, to whom he was married in 1811, was the great beauty. The close tunic of the laborers is distin- widow Brockenbrough, of Virginia, and by her he had one guished by the same fitness for the rank and occupation child, Columbus C. Polk, who went to sea and was never of the wearers. The practice of bandaging or cross-gartering afterwards heard of. Charles Peale Polk's third wife was the huse is indicated in many Anglo-Saxon drawings. Miss Ellen B. Downman, of Virginia. By her he had one Secondly, the ladies wore a long and ample garment with child, Ellen B. Charles Peale Polk died in 1822, aged 56. loose sleves (the gunna, whence our gown), over a closer. Some of his descendants are now risiding in Philadelphia, fitting one, which had tight sleeves reaching to the wrist; among whom are Mrs. Laura Hall and her brother, Duval over these a mantle was worn by the superior classes, and a F. Polk. Elizabeth, the sister of Charles Peale Polk, marsort of hood or veil upon the head. Those who desire ried the Rev. Dr. Bend, of Christ Church, Baltimore, but further information upon the subject of the Anglo-Saxon they lest no children—al least there is no record of such costume may consult Mr. Planche's valuable little work upon among the papers in my possession. Edward, one of the “ British Costume," or the “ Pictorial History of England,” sons of Charles Perle Polk by his first marriage, was an Book II., Chap. VI.

officer in the United States Army, and died unmarried.

You wiil, therefore, perceive that Charles Peale Polk was Charles Peale Polk, the Artist.-The enquiry in your not an Englishman, though it is probable that he studied in MONTHLY of March, 1876, together with the reply of Mr. | England, under West, as did his uncle, Charles Wilson Peale, Saffel, in the April number, having been sent to me by a who painted the “ Roman Daughter," the Court of Death," friend, I take the liberty of addressing you a few lines, as well as numerous portraits of the distinguished men and giving you, srom family papers in my possession, information women of his times. Charles Peale Polk no doubt inherited in reply to the questions in the first number as to whether he his talent for painting from the Peale family, as we have no was an Englishman, or a native American. In the first knowledge of any of the Polks since then being devoted 10 place, I shall give you his antecedent family history. The the Art. Robert, the naval officer, and father of Charles earliest record of the family begins with Robert and Mag- | Peale was a brother of my great grandfather, and my granddalen Pollock (or Polk). Robert Pollock, whose father was father was visiting them at Philadelphia when the Declara. a Scotch Baron, settled in the County of Donegal, Ireland, tion was read, and volunteered in the Pennsylvania Line. in the time of James 1. Robert Pollock married Magdalen As to Charles Peale Polk's service in the Army, I know Porter, (the widow of Colonel Porter), who was the daughter nothing; but think it exceedingly probable that he was not of Colonel Tasker. Being strong Presbyterian's, and con- behind his numerous relations in attesting his devotion to cerned in the troubles of those times in connection with the cause of freedom. Cromwell and Charles I., they were among the number who

WILLIAM H. POLK. were compelled to fly the country when Charles II. came to The throne after the death of Cromwell.

About 1660, Notes Omitted. The rejoinder by Mr. Evans to Mr. Robert and Magdalen Pollock, together with their six sons Henry in reference to "the Expeditions of George Rogers and two daughters, set sail for America, and settled in the

Clark,” shall appear in the June MONTHLY; we beg to thank then Colony of Lord Baltimore and now Somerset county, Mr. Crossley for his article, but judge it best to omit ii, Maryland, at a place now known as Dame's Quarter. All because he is evidently mistaken as to the facts on which he of the sons married and became the progenitors of numerous predicates it, as we think he will see if he again reads the families. From one of the sons were descended the late

paper reserred to by him; besides, we cannot see any good President, James K. Polk, General Thomas Polk, of Meck probably to result from writing of a dead man's sins, when Jenburg fame, Bishop and Lieutenant-General Leonidas the sins themselves have no vitality to injure the living. Polk and others. From another son, Governor Charles Polk, of Delaware, deceased, and from another, the present Ex-Gov- “Miss Seward's Monody.”—In the April MONTHLY, ernor Trusten Polk, of Missouri. From Robert, the fifth son

we gave a paper by Mr. Charles B. Carlisle on the above of Robert and Magdalen, is descended the Artist. This Robert subject. Dr. Lossing, in a private letter, expresses doubts -of Robert and Magdalen-married a Miss Giulette, and

as to the supposed correspondence between Miss Seward and had a son Robert, who married Miss Peale, sister of Charles General Washington, and adds: “I cannot but ihink that Peale, the founder of Peale's Museum. This latter Robert, the letter signed Anna Seward' is a forgery. Mr. Carlisle Father of Charles Peale Polk, was a distinguished naval says the • Monody' was published in 1789; I have a copy olhicer in the French War, and was mortally wounded on

the first edition, printed at Litchfield in 1781, with the autoboard his ship by a splinter, during a desperate engagement. graph of Miss Seward attached." llis portrait, in uniform, was in the possession of Charles Peale Polk, at whose death it fell into the hands of his “The Charter-Oak.”-Among the papers we have is (Charles'), widow, who took it to Fredericksburg, Virginia,

one on “ The Charter-Oak," by W. T. R. Saffell, which we since which time we have no trace of it, although I have have been holding for some time, hoping to find an accurate tried to find it. Charles Peale Polk had two sisters, Eliza picture of it from which to engrave an illustration to accom. bethi and one other. Charles Peale Polk was three times pany the paper-can any one of our readers tell us where to married, first to Miss Ruth Ellison, of New Jersey, by whom find such a picture ?


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