les at about the same time in The North American Review, (July, 1837):—
One of the most prominent characteristics of these tales is, that they are national in their character.
The author has wisely chosen his themes among the traditions of New England; the dusty legends of the good Old Colony times, when we lived under a king.
This is the right material for story.
It seems as natural to make tales out of old tumble-down traditions, as canes and snuff-boxes out of old steeples, or trees pothers for being common-sleepers there on the Lord's day?
Truly, many quaint and quiet customs, many comic scenes and strange adventures, many wilt and wondrous things, fit for humorous tale, and soft, pathetic story, lie all about us here in New England.
There is no tradition of the Rhine nor of the Black Forest, which can compare in beauty with that of the Phantom Ship.
The Flying Dutchman of the Cape, and the Klabotermann of the Baltic, are nowise superior.
The story of Peter Rugg, the