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to the fountain of consolation--a Saviour's love.-and she realized · the fulfilment of the promise, "A bruised reed He will not break.”

In one of the neatest houses, in the village of N--, is seen a lovely girl, who often, with a look of sadness, says, “Uncle Ed. ward, how I wish my dear Ma had lived to come here. Why did you not find us sooner ? I wonder if you are the same Edward Barnes that I heard Papa talk about? He told Ma he supposed she wished she had married Edward B. instead of him, and with a dreadful oath he left the house, saying he would be in the way no longer; and he never did come back-but the next day four men brought him * * * * Oh, uncle I cannot tell you, it makes me tremble to think of it! Poor Ma was so ill, I thought she would have died, and I should be left all alone !"

Edward B. could not refrain from mingling his tears with those of his little neice-nor can yol), fair readers, withhold your sympathy. But let none say or think, that “a reformed rake makes the best husband."

THE AMERICAN SNOW BIRD. “There are some things in the history of nature involved in raystery and obscurity. Others can only be explained by the scientific reasoning of learned men, and others dependent on certain facis, which have never been discovered or investigated. In the course of one's life, various objects are presented to our view, calculated to awaken our curiosity and arrest our attention. The habits of the American snow bird were unintelligible to me from infancy. I concluded. however, that my ignorance would be dissipated when manhood advanced, and that the books of Ornithologists would tell me all about the pretty little blue bird with two snow-white feathers in its tail.

To my surprise, these only taught me what I knew before. ACcording to them, the snow bird is remarkable for the obscurity which hangs round its history. On the first approach of winter, it suddenly makes its appearance in very numerous flocks, about the fences and hedges, and the uninhabited houses of plantations. The inclemency of the weather seems to make it court the society of man. No one could heretofore tell me whence it came or whither it went. Some supposed it to be another bird, which by some mysterious and irresistible power, entirely changed its plumage. My doubts are now removed, and I am no longer compelled to believe the incredulous stories of the conversion of frogs and field sparrows and snow birds. They migrate to the mountains in summer, both for the purposes of propagation and of enjoying an atmosphere congenial to their nature. They cannot live in hot climates; and excessive cold will destroy them. When the mountains become uninhabitable, by the congelation of ice and snow, and the berries which serve them for sustenance are destroyed, they pay their complements to us of the plain.

The following facts I derived from governor Stokes, in one of his interesting accounts of his own history. As one of the commissioners to survey the boundary line between North Carolina and

Tennessee, he passed over the Smoky Mountain, for a distance of about eight miles. It is so thickly covered with trees and undergrowth, as to be almost impassable; and ground whortleberries are its chief production. Bears and numerous other wild beasts resort to it as a place of refuge when pursued by the hunters; and on the whortleberry bushes, snow birds build their nests. The Providence of God is nowhere more conspicuous, than in the protection of the innocent inhabitants of the Smoky Mountain. From some cause or other, snakes do not establish their abode there, to devour the helpless callow of the apparent rightful owners of the shrubs and underwood. When this bird visits us, it delights to hover near stacks and meadows, feeding on the seed which they contain; while in very bleak weather when the earth is covered with snow, it may be attracted to windows of a house, by placing a few crumbs on the sill—the desolation around causing it to forget its natural fear of man. A feeling of melancholy crosses the mind, and a mournful sadness depresses the heart, when the wide and dreary landscape, deserted by all other light tenants of the barren air, is only enlivened by the presence of the pitiful snow bird. Yet even in the bittcrest season, it is always gay and lively; and the scenery around seems to have no saddening effect on its cheerful heart. What a lesson was I taught,

While left, in childhood's ruinbow hours,

I've watch'd thee at the parlour pane,
Hiding thee from ruthless showers,

'Till vernal airs shall breathe again.

O, how my youthful eyes would strain,

Pursuing in the wayward track;
How oft I've spread the attractive grain,

To bring thy wandering pinions back !
Yes, gentle bird ! I mind the time,

Thou'st sported round my window seat
Thoughtless ot'evil as of crime,

Pleas’d, it would seem, my face to greet.
And feeding with confiding stay,

On tiny crumbs I threw to thee;
'Twere base, 'twere cruel to betray,

A bird that ne'er had injured me!
There breathes an everlasting Power,

Unknown, but felt; unseen but heard;
He clothes each tree, he tints each flower;

His arm protects my darling bird.

Let winter come with stormy voice,

Let snow-wreaths crown each highest hill;
He bids thee in the storm rejoice,

Ele sces, protects and seeds thee still."

TO THE PATRONS OF THE REGISTER, The present number completes the second volume of the Delaware Register, and with it, for want of sufficient patronage, the work must end, at least for the present. Having but a partial knowledge of the expense incident to such a publication, it was unad. visedly commenced, before our subscription list was large enough to warrant the undertaking. For some time we hoped our patronage would increasc, but in this we have been disappointed; owing principally to the price of the work, which is higher than that asked for similar publications in our cities. It should however be remembered that in a city, they can procure ten times as many subscribers as we can in the country; hence the secret of their being able to afford their works cheaper.

We regret being compelled to own that our “Annals of Dela. ware,”are not as perfect as they ought to be; which is votowing to any want of exertion on our part, but to the difficulty of procuring facts in relation to our early history, and particularly that portion of it connected with the revolution. We know there is in the possession of individuals much valuable information on this subject, which is well worth publishing, but which we could not obtain in time for our magazine.

It is our intention soon, to offer to the public a prospectus for a second series of the Delaware Register, of about the same size as the present work. The publication to commence in April or May next, provided a sufficient subscription list can be obtained io al. ford it, for Three Dollars per annum. In the new series we shall from time to time, publish such facts as we may be able to collect, which will tend to ihe completion of the annals of the State, and continue the biographies of distinguished citizens. The agricultural and miscellaneous departments will be conducted on the plan heretofore pursued; and, in addition to these subjects, we intend occasionally to publish important decisions of our courts, relating to constructions of the constitution and laws of the State, so far as the same may be useful to the public generally.

Although we have not republished any of the many favorable and flattering notices of our magazine, contained in the newspapers of the day, we have not been insensible to the good opinion of the conductors of the press, and now beg leave to tender to them our sincere acknowledgments and warmest thanks, for their uniform and disinterested kindness.


James the 2d.-pardon of offenders against the established
i religion,
Declaration in favor of liberty of conscience, - -
William Penn's defence against the charge of popery,
Alarm from the report of an indian insurrection, ..
Caleb Pusey, visits the indians-report unfounded, - .
John Blackwell appointed lieutenant governor,
Dispute between the members of assembly from the province

and territories,
Protest of the Delaware members, -
Proceedings of the governor and council thereon, -
William Penn deprived of his government of Pennsylvania and

territories by William and Mary, and Benjamin Fletch-
- er appointed in his place, -
The Swedes-their good moral character, -
Their correspondence with Charles XI. of Sweden, ..
Account from the New Castle records of the arrival of Wil-
liam Penn at that town, -

25 Governor Fletcher arrives, and convenes the legislature, Address of the freemen of the province to the governor, Governor Fletcher's answer, William Penn restored to his government,

99 His arrival in the province,

100 Address of the assembly to him,

101 Treaty with an indian king,

; - - 103 Penn again leaves the country for England,

171 Assembly called on that occasion, - - - 172 Indians come to take leave of Penn,

173 Charter of privileges granted,

174 Anthony Hamilton, deputy governor,


178 Harnilton retires and John Evans appointed, ...

179 Separation of the members of the assembly of the province and

territories, and a session for the three lower counties

held at New Castle, Style adopted in acts of legislature by Delaware,

180 Death of William Penn, July 15, 1718, 180-His character, 181 His Will, 251-An act for the relief of persons conscientiously

scrupulous of taking an oath - - - 254 Thomas Penn arrives as governor,


255 Commission for settling the boundaries between Delaware and

Maryland, executed by Thomas, John and Rich. Penn, ib. One containing similar provisions executed by lord Baltimore, 259

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Boundary line finally agreed upon and fixed

Names of the different governors from 1738 to 1776,

Causes which produced the revolution, -
First constitution 1776,

View. of natural rights and privileges in a civil war,
Delaware regiment raised and mustered at Dover, under co-
lonel Haslett, ..

• - - 412
Death of colonel Haslett at battle of Princeton,


Colonel Vaughan takes command of Delaware troops,

Battle of Brandywine-Governor M.Kinley taken prisoner, ib.
Service of the Delaware troops in the middle States, 414
Ordered to march from general Washington's head quarters

for the relief of Charlestonplaced under the command

of Baron de Kalb, afterwards under general Gates, ib.
Battle of Cambden,

- ib.
Delaware troops nearly annihilated-colonel Vaughan and ma-

jor Patton taken prisoners--command given to captain

- - 416
Account of captain Kirkwood from Lee's memoirs,
General Gates suspended and the command given to general

Greene-his character-battle of Guilford court-house, 418
Lee's opinion of the Delaware troops, - -

Affair of Ninety-six, - . .

Retreat of the southern army 422-their sufferings,

Eutaw Springs--resolutions of congress October 29, 1781, 423
Copy of a letter from captain Robert Kirkwood to his father, 425

Henry Fisher,
James Tilton, .

- - 106
Edward Miller,

Charles Ridgely,

John Vaughan, -

Matthew Wilson,

George Munro,
„James A. Bayard,

George Ross,

Agricultural Society of Kent County,
Spanish Pea, 36-Brief hints for the season,
Productions af Essex county, Massachusetts,
Bread making, .
Ancient agriculture- Morus Multicaulis,
Remedy against trespassers on timber, &c.
Agriculture in France, - - - -
Application of Marl, .
The Qat, 50.--Bones---- Manure-Industrious habits,



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