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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 15: the Circuits.—Visits in England and Scotland.—August to October, 1838.—age, 27. (search)
obliged to split; and yet I hope that we may get along. This refers to Brougham's articles in the Edinburgh Review. He is trying to push the Review further than its editor wishes to go. My last to you left me at Keswick. Southey was away on a tour upon the Continent. He has a young and lovely daughter, whom I saw at Wordsworth's. From Keswick I went to Penrith; passed a day with Sir George Back; 1796-1857; an Arctic voyager. came up through Carlisle; noted on my left the road to Gretna Green; drove by the side of the Ettrick and the Tweed, and under the very shadow of Branksome Hall to Melrose, where I now am under the hospitable roof of one of the ablest, best-informed, and most amiable men I have ever known,—Sir David B.,—with the thick-coming fancies filling my mind, and my whole soul absorbed in the hallowed associations of the place. With the Eildon Hills staring into your windows, and old Melrose full in sight, could you sleep? I wish that you could enjoy this scene;
The Gretna Green blacksmith. --John Murray, the blacksmith of Gretna Green, is dead. During his long and useful life he conferred happiness on several hundred persecuted couples. The Gretna Green blacksmith. --John Murray, the blacksmith of Gretna Green, is dead. During his long and useful life he conferred happiness on several hundred persecuted couples.
e getting from the house, and very soon after they had gotten off the porch. Fielding Isom, a son of John Isom, struck James Taylor a blow from the porch with a stick of wood. Whether he fell from this blow, or received others equally deadly, is not known. An examination made showed some three blows upon the head, any of which might have produced death. Taylor's face was also much bruised. John Isom is now in our jail awaiting his trial. His son Fielding was apprehended Tuesday morning at Bristol, and will be brought to this place to-morrow. After the murder had been committed, John went in pursuit of the truant Sue, and came up with her and her lover just as they were approaching the flower-decked borders of "Gretna Green." Thus, within a few hours of the same night, has a murder been committed, and all the fondest anticipations of youth and beauty been blasted in the bud. This is the fifth murder that has been committed in our county within the last two years--Rep, 20th.
rce, and especially Mr. Low, who seems to be their mouth-piece, would appear to be of this opinion. They have "heard with amasement" that other ships are being built in England and Scotland which may possibly become, at a future time, Confederate vessels-of-war. Mr. Low has, moreover, heard that an iron-clad ship is being built here for that purpose, and he has also read in the public papers that a ship loaded with Confederate stores was lately sunk in the Clyde. In the old days of Gretna Green marriages, when an enraged guardian drove up to Newman's stables at Bernet just in time to see the fugitive ward driven off by four speedy grays, he turned furiously upon the housekeeper for having supplied the runaways with such splendid horse flesh. "I am strictly neutral, sir," said the master of the road. "Four bays, the exact counterparts in blood and bone, are harnessing for you at this moment." We cannot shut up our shipping-yards, but all the world is free to buy in them. We d
ort steamers, loaded with reinforcements, which on Tuesday afternoon and night passed up the river to Berkeley and Westover, where'd presume the right wing of the enemy rests, as it is there covered by Herring Creek and the Berkeley Mill Pond. The mill is owned by a gentleman named Roland. The following large steam passenger transports were distinctly recognized: The C. Vanderbilt, South America, Commodore, City of Troy, John Tucker, John Brooke, Georgia, Louisiana, State of Maine, Gretna Green, J. A. Morgan, A. B. Arrowsmith, Metamora, Herald, Knickerbocker, John A. Wimick, Daniel Webster, George Washington, Portsmouth, Express, and Conestoga, and seventy tug boats, with transport arks and schooners, all laden with troops. But one steamer has passed down since Monday, flying the yellow flag. The Monitor and six or eight steam gunboats are seen from Westover to Berkeley, accompanied by from sixty to seventy schooner, laden, as far as can be seen, with hay, plank, and other