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the best citizens. And in a village the gen- tilt hackward. Her mind was exhausting eral consent of the best citizens is of more itself in thinking how impossible it was that weight than the decalogue.

she should ever decide what should be the But why should anything so clearly ben- length of a piece of rose-colored silk at the eficial as gossip be carried on clandestinely? base of a scoop-shovel bonnet. Why is a bit of gossip told in a voice that “I declare to goodness, I don't know, has something sly and delightfully wicked | Miss Moore.” Here Mrs. Highbury opened about it? Is it that one enjoys copyrighted her fan, and began to ply it and rock more information, which one is not to tell, -or at vigorously and cheerfully than before. “Did most not with the name of the informant you see the one that lady from Cincinnati attached? Or is it that one likes to fancy had on at church, on Sunday?" oneself doing something forbidden ?

Of course, Miss Moore had noted every At any rate Miss Moore, having posses-bonnet in the church. She was not such a sion of a bit of information which she knew heathen as not to make the most of her would delight Mrs. Highbury, the wife of “Sabbath and sanctuary privileges.” But the principal ruling elder of Whittaker's she did not reply to Mrs. Highbury's queschurch, was perplexed to find a pretext for tion. For here was the opportunity she calling on Mrs. Highbury that she might had sought. It was a dangerous leap from not seem to have come on purpose to tell the cape of a straw bonnet in church to the tales. Experienced gossip that she was, parson's love affair, but there might not she could not get over the notion that her come a better opportunity. traffic in information was illicit. She might “ Yes; but now you speak of church, rehave called on Mrs. Highbury outright; minds me. Did you notice any change in for there is no caste feeling in a village that Mr. Whittaker's appearance on Sunday ?” proscribes the milliner. A woman was none “No, I didn't. Why?" the worse in the Hoosier Luzerne in 1841 Miss Moore felt her superiority now. for the possession of that kind of skill which “Did you think he had the look of a man we call a trade. But Miss Moore, at last, just engaged to be married ?" remembered something that she wanted to “ You don't tell me Mr. Whittaker's going ask Mrs. Highbury's advice about, or at to be married,” cried the stout little lady, least she remembered something concerning forgetting to rock and allowing the toes of which she contrived to make herself believe her shoes to rest on the floor. she wanted information or counsel. So Miss “Well; I don't say anything about it. Moore went up under the grape-vines that I've heard something of the kind.” led to Mr. Highbury's door, and then around “Who to, for goodness gracious' sake?” over the stone-paved walk to the back-door, “Well, that's a delicate question, espewhere the wide arbor shaded the broad cially in view of my peculiar circumstances; pavement, in the middle of which stood | I suppose I oughtn't to say anything." the cistern with its hook in readiness for Miss Moore was human, and she knew use.

that so long as she had a secret which curiMiss Moore went in over the broad clean ous Mrs. Highbury did not know, that lady porch into the sitting-room and was received was her humble servant. cordially; for, besides her importance as a “Yes; but you must tell me,” pleaded milliner, she was also a member of the Pres- Mrs. Highbury. “Mr. Whittaker ought not byterian church, and in those days of polem- to marry without consulting the session. ical animosities a small and somewhat | And if he consults the session I will know, beleaguered denomination held closely to- I suppose. You can't keep secrets between gether.

man and wife.” “I thought I'd run over, Mrs. Highbury, “Very likely. But you know with me it's a and ask you about the cape to your bonnet. sort of a family secret. Not exactly a family How long do you think it ought to be?” secret - "here Miss Moore tittered and

Mrs. Highbury had a habit of leaving such stammered. “Well, you know, I didn't mean things to the superior judgment of the milli- to let my own secrets out, but I suppose ner. For the milliner to throw the decision everybody knows. I never did see such a back on her, was like asking her to solve a horrible town for gossip as this is. They problem in geometry. And so the plump, wont let anybody's private affairs alone.” well-fed little lady sank down into her arm- Here Miss Moore's face reddened, and she chair and began rocking herself so energet. smothered a girlish giggle. ically as to lift her feet off the floor at each Mrs. Highbury suddenly leaned forward

so as to bring her heels on the floor and “My mother! Oh! che-he-he. Not began to fan herself again.

my mother, but my che-he-he." “Why, Rachel Moore, what ’ve your “ Your che-he-he!

What do you family affairs got to do with Mr. Whittaker's mean?" marrying. Is he going to marry you ? “ Not my che-he mother, but my daughYou're too old, -I mean you're already en- ter, che-he-he.” gaged to Mr. Adams, they say. What do “ Your daughter! Why, Miss Moore, you mean?

Don't be so mysterious, or you ought to be ashamed of yourself.” folks 'll think you've lost your senses."

“I don't mean my che-he daughter, but “I believe I have,” said Miss Moore, and my che-he-he-he-hoo!” then she burst into another fit of laughing, By this time, little fat Mrs. Highbury was while the aristocratic little dumpling rocked also laughing convulsively and screaming away again for dear life. Rocking was her between her fits of laughter. substitute for thinking.

“What is what is che-he, what is your Miss Moore's habitual propriety and grav-che-he-he?" ity soon came to her rescue, and she attempted “My che-he-my che-he step-daughter, to explain to Mrs. Highbury that by" family that is to be." secret” she meant to allude-che-he-to Mrs. Highbury grew sober and began to the family-che-he—with which she was wipe her eyes. to become the-the-che-he-he,,or rather “ You don't mean Roxy Adams ?” that Mr. Whittaker was not going to “Yes, I do." che-he-marry her,—but that it was some- Mrs. Highbury shut her pretty mouth body else who was going to be a che-he-tight. She didn't know whether she aphe-he,-that is, he was going che-he-proved or disapproved of Roxy Adams he-he-he.

How could she tell what she thought until Poor Mrs. Highbury did not know whether she heard Mr. Highbury's opinion. to laugh or get angry, and, being in doubt, Mrs. Highbury's role was that of echo. It she took a middle course—she rocked her- might be that Roxy Adams would make a self. Her round face had a perplexed and good Presbyterian. It might be that she injured look, as she waited for Miss Moore would corrupt the church. She would wait to explain herself.

until her husband spoke. Then she would “I do believe that I am che-he-he- give him back his own opinions with emphahe," said Miss Moore.

sis, and tell her friends that she had told “I know you are, Rachel. Why can't Mr. Highbury so." People were certain that you control yourself and tell a straight story. the little Mrs. H. had great influence with Who is Mr.Whittaker going to marry; you, or the big Mr. H. Turned him round her your mother? You say it's in your family." | little finger.

(To be continued.)

WASHINGTON'S ONLY SISTER.

The only daughter of Augustine Wash- -when quite young, to settle in Fredericksington and his wife Mary Ball who lived to burg, then considered so remote from the see her brother the leader and ruler of a new center of civilization that his friends prenation, is spoken of in the family record as dicted he would be scalped by the Indians. “Betty," and not Elizabeth, as some modern Mrs. Lewis's only daughter married a Mr. writers have called her. Betty she calls Carter, of Virginia. Her sons were Fielding, herself in all of her letters, and " From Mrs. George Washington, Howell, Robert and Betty Lewis,” is General Washington's in- Lawrence. Lawrence married the beautiful dorsement of the epistles addressed to him. “ Nelly Custis,” daughter of John Parke There is therefore no foundation for suppos- Custis, Mrs. Washington's son by her first ing this a mere pet name or diminutive for marriage. Robert was his uncle's favorite, Elizabeth. She married Colonel Fielding and held the position of private secretary to Lewis, who had left his childhood's home the General, with the title of Major, until Warner Hall, in Gloucester County, Virginia his marriage, when he had to resign; for Washington, while President, refused this re- then sadly in want, and not allow her to be sponsible office to married men. Although too great an expense to her hostess. Robert had to give up his post of honor in It is evident from a second letter, written the presidential mansion, he continued to act a few months later, that Harriet remained as his uncle's agent, collecting his rents, with Mrs. Lewis, in spite of her allusions to finding tenants for his farms and attending her poverty--though we cannot discover to various matters of business for him, until that any provision was made to increase her the day of his death. In the war of 1812, income. That the old lady had no idea of Robert was captain of an artillery company. voluntarily resigning her slaves, is apparent In 1821 he was elected Mayor of Fredericks- from the following letter to the good brother burg, and was holding that position when to whom she goes for advice and comfort his friend La Fayette paid his last visit to in all her troubles : the United States. He invited La Fayette

“FEBRUARY 3rd 1794 to visit Fredericksburg, which he did, and

MY DEAR BROTHER your letter of the 3th of . Captain Lewis made the speech of welcome at the public reception. George Washing- safe to hand she values it more as it comes from

this month with your kind Present to Harriot came ton Lewis, the second son of Mrs. Betty Philadelphia and Expects it is more fashonableLewis, served as aide-de-camp to Washing things in this Town is scarce and very dear she ton during the revolutionary war. Fielding

seems truly sensable of the many favors receiv'd and Howell, the other sons, never held any and sayes that she will make it her hole study to public office.

deserve them, I can assure you she is truly deservI now copy, verbatim, some of the quainting of the favours receiv'd, I am not acquainted letters from Mrs. Lewis to her distinguished with any One who takes more cear of there things brother:

and turns them to greater advantage.

My Dear, Brother I wish you to give Howell “ September 24th 1793

some advice how to Proceed in regard to two Ne. MY DEAR BROTHER: The sickness in my family groes that Run a way from me a few days before has Prevented my Writing sooner my daughter Christmas two of the Principal hands on the PlanCarter has been extremely ill but is at this time tation I expect their intension is to get to Philadelbetter and myself owing to great fatigue am scarcely | phia as they have a thought in geting there thay able to attend them, Harriot wishes to know what will be free, the hole Crop I made the last year was time it will be convenient for you to send for her, thirty Barrils of Corn and a Hundred and tenn was it convenient for me to keep her I know of none Bushels of Wheat, if I am so unfortunate as not to that I would sooner have to live with me but my get them again, I have no Chance to make anything Incore is so small and few servants that I cannot

the insuing year. afford it I am Obliged to Buy everything that I Eat

I am Joined by the girls in Love and good with the addishon of sope Candles, &c., in short the wishes for you all, most trifling things made use of in the House, and

BETTY LEWIS.” my Income so small that I find it a hard matter to live and keep out of debt it is a Confinement to me

I do not know whether or not Mrs. Lewis as I have only two Horses to my Carriage that I can

obtained her runaway negroes; but the not go to visit at any distance as I have two grand Children living with me that I am obliged to carry presumption is that she did, for her loss is with me

not again alluded to when writing of her I shall be glad to hear from you by the first stage poverty; and although Washington libeas I intend as soon as my daughter Carter leaves rated his slaves at his death, it is very certhis to go up the Country if this place continues so

tain that he considered them lawful property, sickly—The family all join me in love to you and otherwise one of such strict moral integrity my sister Washington I am Dear Brother, your would never have kept them in bondage aff'ct Sister,

BETTY LEWIS." during his life-time. He doubtless felt, what

all good masters in the South ever felt in The “Harriot” alluded to in this letter regard to their servants, anxious lest they (so abundantly provided with capitals, and should fall into the hands of unkind owners, so destitute of commas and periods), I find and families be separated in the division of from one of earlier date, was Harriet Parke, a large estate. a niece of Mrs. Washington by her first Mrs. Lewis's constant reference to Harriet marriage. She was doubtless an orphan, Parke interests us in that very natural young for Mrs. Lewis expresses herself as willing lady, who liked “fashonable" clothes, and to take charge of her, at her brother's re- could not go to a “birth-night ball without quest, if he will keep her well provided with a new dress ;" her old ones being considered “ clothing, shoes, &c.” of which she was by his devoted sister too shabby for a rela

tive of Washington; and we read the account rest early in March, 1797. Her portrait

, of her matrimonial intentions in the follow- taken in her youth, represents her as a tall, ing with pleasure and curiosity. The object handsome woman, with brown hair and eyes of her choice must have been an uncommonly –her head held proudly erect and her full fine young man to draw forth such praise lips firmly, almost haughtily compressed, as from an old lady, who thought “ Harriot” so if she had just issued some positive comsuperior to most of her sex-poor Harriet, mand to her army of tall sons. The conwhose entire dependence upon her aunt's trast between her appearance and her generous husband made her anxious about husband's is very striking. Colonel Fielding her wedding dress. Mrs. Lewis, now in Lewis has a placid, gentle face, not lacking her sixty-fourth year, spells worse than ever character and firmness, but the index of in the last letter. I copy :

a calm and even temper, and a warm

hearted, affectionate disposition. He died "JULY 5th, 1796.

of consumption during the revolutionary MY DEAR BROTHER I receiv'd your Letters

war; but in spite of his feeble health, had of 26th and 29th of June, the day after I wrote to

managed to render some service to his counyou I was attack with the ague and fever which has lasted ever since I had never been clear of a fever

try; for, when too weak to ride on horsesince, I Expected your comeing threw Baltemore

back, he drove in his chariot to the Court that you would ascertain Mr. Parkes fortune thoc

House to make a speech calling for recruits I beleive he would not tell anything fals on the for the army-a speech that, it is said, inOccation, Harriot's Brother Wrote her a letter from duced many to volunteer. Baltemore and likewise one to Mr. Parks congrat- Mrs. Lewis often repeated to her children ulateing them on there Intended Union which he and grandchildren, the following story of her sayes lie makes no dout will be a very happy one, husband's patriotism, and her own insuborLawrence was here at the time that Mr. Parks firs dination during the war for independence. spoke to Harriot on the subject and I beg'd of him

Hearing of the destruction of the cargo of to make all the inquire he could but never hard

tea at Boston, Colonel Lewis immediately from him untill the letter I have mention'd here

confiscated all that could be found in his and concluded from that he had Inquired and was well Pleas'd, when Mr. Parks ask'd my consent I house; and knowing his wife's fondness for her told him I had nothing to say to it that you ware

favorite beverage, locked it up carefully in the Person to be appli'd to, I have never concernd his own desk, to keep her out of the way of myself with it I think Harriot is Old Enougf now temptation. Time rolled on, and the war to make chcice for her self, and if thay are not seemed likely to last indefinitely. Mrs. happy I believe it will be her one falt, he bars the Lewis grew tired of her privations. There Best caracter of any young Person that I know, was tea to be had, if nothing else in the

I now my Dear Brother have to thank you for shape of a table luxury could be found in your good intention of sending me a mule if you the house, and a cup of it she was deterhad any to spear, but had no write to Expect you mined to have, and besides, to drink it to Disfirnish your self,

sociably with a friend. She managed soon, I am mutch obliged to you for your invitasion to

by strategy, to obtain her husband's keys Mount Vernon but it is utterly out of my Power to

without his knowledge, helped herself to tea, get up, I believe I wrote to you last fall that I had but two old Horses and in Tenn [word left out]

and sending off for a lady friend to share her from that my stable was broken open and the best of stolen treasure, the two enjoyed a charming them carri'd of and from that day to this I have not

evening together in Mrs. Lewis's private har'd a word of him that was the forth charriot

sanctum, drinking deep draughts of the Hors that I lost in Fredericks you may Believe I fragrant tea, which seemed only to have imhad no great Parsiallity for the Place, Harriot is proved with age. They fancied themselves Better and is gone to the forth of July in Town but quite safe from the wrath of the guardian of I think she looks badly.

the family honor, but Colonel Lewis no My Love to you and my Sister Washington con- sooner had occasion to go to his desk, than cludes me your

he noticed the decrease in the quantity of Affectionate sister BETTY LEWIS.

tea, and at once suspected the thief. Sternly P.S.-I fear you will hardly make out this as I

he rebuked his wife's weakness, asking her have a violent Headake and a horrid caugh—1 how the sister of the coinmander-in-chief of believe Harriot is distressed to know how she is to

the army could partake with pleasure of be Provided with things for a Weding Dress.”

anything that had come from hated England

bearing the stamp of a tyrannical governThis was probably the aged sister's last ment, from whose yoke they were even then letter to her brother; for she entered into struggling so desperately to rid themselves.

Mrs. Lewis meekly confessed her fault, dition to what I raise by crops and rents) that have pleading, child-like, that she wanted it so been received for Land sold within the last four much," and then promised not to offend again. years, to the amount of Fifty thousand dollars, has

It would not be just to close this brief scarcely been able to keep me afloat. sketch of one of the fairest matrons of the

Under these circumstances, and a thorough con

viction that half the workers I keep on this Estate, past century, without paying a tribute of

would render' me a greater nett profit than I now praise to her many virtues. Like her

derive from the whole, has made me resolve, if it “Sister Washington," who preferred the

can be accomplished, to settle Plantations on some quiet of Mount Vernon to the stately re- of my other lands—But where ? —without going to ceptions and levees of the republican the Western Country, I am unable as yet to decide; court, she loved her peaceful country as the least if not all the lands I have on the East home, and never sought to share the of the Alliganies are under Leases or some kind of homage paid her brother and his wife in incumbrance or another—But as you can give me the presidential mansion. Her whole life correct information relative to this matter I now was devoted to the care of her children and carly apply for it. grandchildren, and to the management of

What then is the State of Kerchevals lot and the her estate after her husband's death. That

others adjoining? Are they under Leases ? If not she was greatly beloved by Washington is is the Land good? and how many hands would it evident from the regular correspondence in Berkley that could be obtained on reasonable

work to advantage? Have I any other good Land kept up between them, and from his fond

terms ?— Is that small tract above the Warm Springs ness for her children, especially Robert, who cngaged for the ensuing year ?—How much cleared seems to have been a greater favorite even land is there on it ?-and what kind of buildings ?than George, who was named for him. How many hands could be usefully cmployed

thereon ? I subjoin a hitherto unprinted letter, Information on these points, and any others relawritten by Washington to his nephew, Rob- tive thereto, would be acceptable to me. ert Lewis (son of the subject of this sketch),

The drought has been so excessive on this Estate in which the general expresses his opinion that I have made no Oats—and if it continue a few of slavery. This letter was written four days longer, shall make no Corn—I have cut little months before the death of Washington:

or no Grass; and my Meadows at this time are as

bare as the pavement-of consequence no second “ Mount VERNON, 17th Aug’t, 1799.

Crop can be expected—These things will compel

me, I expect, to reduce the mouths that feed on the DEAR SIR: Your letter of the 7th instant came Hay—I have two or three young Jacks (besides young duly to hand, but being received with many other let.

Royal Gift) and several she-Asses that I would ters, it was laid by and entirely forgotten until I came dispose of—Would Fauquier, or where else, be a across it yesterday again. Mr. Ariss's draught good place to dispose of them? on Mr. James Russell for £42 pounds shall be I am glad to hear that your bro: Lawrence is so presented to him, but if he is indisposed to pay it, or much amended as your letter indicates—whether it wants time to do it, he has a good pretext for delay, be from Sulphur applications or other causes: but as you have sent it without your Endorsement, al- if Doctr Baynham, under whose hands he was, was though made payable to you—of the facts related unable to effect a radical cure, I should not place in the enclosed letter, relative to the loss of his crop much confidence in Voss's Spring, 'as the disorder by the Hessian fly, I know nothing-If it should must be deep rooted. appear to you evident that Kercheval has used his

Your Aunt unites with me in best wishes for true endeavour to raise the means to discharge his Mrs. Lewis, yourself and family, and Rent and is deprived thereof by an Act of Providence,

I am Dear Sir, I am willing, however illy I can afford to do it, to

Your sincere friend and make some reasonable abatement therefrom, of w'ch

Affectionate Uncle you, frcm enquiry, will be the best judge-It is de

G WASHINGTON monstratively clear, that on this estate (Mount Vernon], I have more working negroes by a full moi- PS-Since writing the foregoing, Mr. Anderson ety, than can be employed to any advantage in the informed me that he saw you in Alexandria yesterday, farming system; and I shall never turn Planter and that you told him you were to be in Winchester thereon. To sell the overplus I cannot, because I on Monday or Tuesday next : being desirous that am principled against this kind of traffic in the this letter should get to your hand as early as poshuman species—To hire them out is almost as bad, sible and especially while you were over the Ridge, I because they could not be disposed of in families to have put it under cover to Mr. Bush of Winchester any advantage, and to disperse the families I have with a request that if you should not be there to an aversion-What then is to be done? Something send it by Post to Fauquier Court House. must or I shall be ruined; for all the money (in ad- MR. ROBERT Lewis."

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