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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 Edward, 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 you, 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 mystery and obscurity. Others can only be explained by the scientific reasoning of learned men, and others dependent on certain facts, 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 societv 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 1 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 bitterest 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,
Hiding thee from ruthless showers,
O, how my youthful eyes would strain,
Pursuing in the wayward track;
To bring thy wandering pinions back!
Yes, gentle bird! I mind the time,
Thou'st sported round my window seat—
Thoughtless of 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;
A bird that ne'er had injured me!
There breathes an everlasting Power,
He clothes each tree, he tints each flower:
Let winter come with stormy voice,
Let snow-wreaths crown each highest hill;
He bids thee in the storm rejoice,
lie sees, protects and feeds 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 unadvisedly commenced, before our subscription list was large enough to warrant the undertaking. For some time we hoped our patronage would increase, 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 Delaware," are not as perfect as they ought to be; which is not owing 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 revolulion. 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 Jo afford 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 the 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.
ANNALS OF DELAWARE.
James the 2d.—pardon of offenders against the established
religion, - - - - - 4
Declaration in favor of liberty of conscience, - - 6
William Penn's defence against the charge of popery, 8
Alarm from the report of an indian insurrection, - - 9
Caleb Pusey, visits the Indians—report unfounded, - 10
John Blackwell appointed lieutenant governor, - - ib.
Dispute between the members of assembly from the province
and territories, - - - - - 12
Protest of the Delaware members, - - - 14
Proceedings of the governor and council thereon, - - 15
William Penn deprived of his government of Pennsylvania and
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
Boundary line finally agreed upon and fixed - - 200
Greene—his character—battle of Guilford court-house, 418
Lee's opinion of the Delaware troops, - - 41!)
Affair of Ninety-six, - - - - 422
Retreat of the southern army 422—their sufferings, 423
Eutaw Springs—resolutions of congress October 29, 1781, 42'i
Copy of a letter from captain Robert Kirkwood to his father, 425
Henry Fisher, ..... 27
James Tilton, ------ 100
Edward Miller, 114
Charles Ridgely, 185
John Vaughan, - -' - - - 188
George Munro, ----- 201
,James A. Bayard, - 344
George Ross, - - - . . - 437
Agricultural Society of Kent County, - 32
Spanish Pea, 30—Brief hints for the season, - - 37
Productions af Essex county, Massachusetts, - 40
Bread making, - - 41
Ancient agriculture—Morus Multicaulis, - 42
Remedy against trespassers on timber, &c. - - 46
Agriculture in France, ... . 47
Application of Marl, - - - - - 49
The Oat, 50—Bones—Manure—Industrious habits, 52