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the reception at Trenton, and quite recently some alditional and interesting particulars of the event have been furnished by a Trenton family. In addition to the usual demonstrations of respect and attachment which were given by the discharge of cannon, by military corps, and by private persons of distinction, the gentler sex prepared in their own taste a tribute of applause indicative of the grateful recollection in which they held their deliverance twe ve years before from a formidable enemy. On the bridge over the creek which passes through the town, was erecte) a triumphal arch, highly ornamentel with laurels and flowers, and supported by thirteen pillars, each entwinel with wreaths of evergreen. On the front arch was inscribed in large gilt letters. THE DEFENDER OF THE MOTHERS

Virgins fair and marrons grave,
Those thy conquering arms did save,
Build for thee iriumphal bowers;
Sirew, ye fair, his way with flowers,

Screw your Hero's way with fluwers, And at the last line the flowers were strewed before him. On passing the arch, as the choir began the song, the general turned his horse's head towarus them, took off his hat and I stened, it is said, with the deepest emotion. It was in reference to this reception, that the following characteristic note was written by the great

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On the centre of the arch above the inscription, was a dome or cupola of powers and evergreens encircling the dates of two memora. ble events which were peculiarly interesting to New Jersey. The first was the battle of Trenton, and the second the bold and judicious stand made by the American troops at the same creek, by which the progress of the British arıny was arrested on the evening preceding the battle of Princeton.

At this place he was met by a party of matrons, leading their daughters dressed in white, who carried baskets of flowers in their hands, and sang, with exquisite sweetness, an ode of two stanzas, prepared for the occasion. The ode was as follows:

GENERAL WASHINGTON cannot leave this place without expressing his ach nowledgment to the matrolis and young ladies who received him in so novel and grateful a manner at the triumphal arch in Trenton, and for the exquisite sensation he exper encel in that affect ng moment. The astonishing contrast between his former and actual situation at the same spot, the elegant taste with which it was adorned for the present occasion, and the innocent appearance of the write-reled choir wbo met him with the gratulatory song, have made such impressions upon his remembrance, as he assures them will never le ellaced.

Trenton, April 21st, 1789."

The original of this note is now in the family of the late Chief-justice Ewing as a sacred relic, and is preserved with religious care. It is only lately that it has been made public through the Trenton State Gazette, to whose editor we tender our thanks for his interesting contribution.

A recent visit to some of the spots in New Jersey consecrated by revolutionary remembrances, has re-awakened our interest, as well as inspired our belief that even yet important matters of fact, touching “ the times that tried men's souls,” might be snatched from the current of tradition and embodied in the records of history, which otherwise must be swept away on the ever-flowing tide of time.

Welcome, mighty chief, once more,
Welcome to this grateful shore;
Now no mercenary foe,
Aims again the fa'al blow,
Aims at Thee the fatal blow,

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We made but a beginning last month, of the such melancholy interest to the “Fair Wyoreviews of our table, and we find more upon

it ming,” and in this connection we are tempted to now than when we began.

place on our pages one of the prettiest things

that we have seen from the pen of one of the The Life of Summerfield, by Holland, with an most remarkable men oi the age. The Ladies introductory letter by James Montgomery, has of Wyoming invited the Hon. Joun QUINCY reached the sixth edition, which has recently Adams to address them on the occasion of the been published by the editor of this Maga- Wyoming Mass icre Anniversary, and the followzine. The name of this young man is fami

ing is his characteristic letter of reply: liarly dear to tens of thousands, and the sweet- Mrs. Saran H. BUTLER, President of the Ladies' ness of his seraphic spirit lingers in the memo- Wyoming Monumentol Association Wilkesbarre, ry of many as the recollections of a visit from a

Pa.: dweller in a better land. Not like a comet, but

Washington, 18th May, 1844. like the morning star, he shone for a brief sea

Honored Lady: I have received with deep and son above the horizon, then melted away“ into

grateful emotions your letter of the 4th instant,

inviting me, on the part of the Ladies' Wyoming the bright light of Ileaven," and left behind him

Monumental Association, to attend the annivera memory fragrant and precious. The volume is

sary celebration of the massacre at that place, on embellished with a striking portrait.

the 3d of July, 1778, one of the ever memorable

events of the war for Independence. Besides Lady Colquhoun's treatise on “ The World's

the profound interest which the melancholy

glory of that day has stamped on the memory of Religion as contrasted with Genuine Christian

every American heart of age to have received its ity," is a little volume which we commend to all first impression when it occurred, your letter " lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God." presents other motives not less uryent to the im. It is not a gloomy book to repel the young; it

pulses of filial affection and cherished friendship. admits the joys that spring from earthly foun

in its gracious allusions to both my parents, and

to their participation in many of the great transtains, but points to the higher, holier and sweeter

actions in which it was their destiny to live, and pleasures at God's right hand, and that bloom all

in the attractive promise which it holds out of along the banks of the river of the water of life, an opportunity to meet once more a cordially as it flows through the wilderness of the world. venerated friend, in the person of Mr. Charles

Miner, and of hearing from his lips the deeply

interesting and authentic details of ihat historical In our young days we often read Fox's Book

epoch, which for a series of years he has been so of Martyrs, and studied the terrible pictures that, indefatigably treasuring up for the instruction of more eloquently ihan the text, proclaimed the after times. sufferings of those men of God. But the taste Nor are the genial influences of the flowery of the present day has called for a new dress

season without their stimulants to visit that for these scenes, and the graphic pen of Char

happy portion of Pennsylvania, where the fascia

natin, beauties on the surface of the soil, are but lotte Elizabeth has clothed them afresh. Her

the index to the mineral riches beneath. My volumes of English Martyrology are now the imagination can scarcely conceive a more copious books for the times; children should read thein, aggregate of inducements to accept, with more and early learn the spirit of the Papacy, just

than cheerful eagerness, the tender of your conwhat it ever was, bloody and merciless.

genial hospitality, and to secure for the enjoy. ment of my remaining days, the actual vision of

your paradise upon earth, and the charm oj perWho has not read Campbell's Gertrude of Wy- sonal interviews with its amiable inhabitants. oming ? But thousands who have read it, and

But it is yet uncertain whether the session of been melted with its magic power, have never

Congress will not be protracted beyond the anread a word of the history of the valley and the

niversary day, and if it should be, an indispen

sable atiendance upon public duties will detain people that gave the poet his theme. W. L.

me here. If it should not, a precarious state of Stone, Esq., has gathered the veritable facts that health, and increasing infirmities, enjoin upon clothe the valley with classic interest, and in me to return, as speedily as possible, to the reone of the choicest volumes of the season, has

tirement and repose of my own residence at the presented these facts to the public. We love

North. But on the day of the celebration, I will

be with you in the spirit; I will leave your invi. the poet, we thank the historian. The poem and tation as a precious legicy to my children ; and the history are in the same covers, and each on that day, and to the end of my life, I will inadds charms to the other, that apart they lack. voke the Father of Mercies, that the lot of the Thanks to any man who does justice to the poor

Ladies of the Wyoming Monumental AssociaIndian, though gone where the praise, as the cen

tion, and of all the dwellers in that region, may of men is lost upon him. We are glad to of their commemoration was calamitous and

hereafter be as prosperous and happy as the day see that the ladies “on Susquehannah's side," afflictive. are yearly celebrating the events that have given



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