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[1314] feeling of new light and life, in terms whose modesty might have done honor to the wisest.

This afternoon we met Mr.—— in his wood; and he sat down and told us the story of his life, his courtship, and painted the portraits of his father and mother with most amusing naivete. He says:—

How do you think I offered myself? I never had told Miss—— that I loved her; never told her she was handsome; and I went to her, and said, “Miss—— , I've come to offer myself; but first I'll give you my character. I'm very poor; you'll have to work: I'm very cross and irascible; you'll have everything to bear: and I've liked many other pretty girls. Now what do you say? ” and she said, “I'll have you:” and she's been everything to me.

My mother was a Calvinist, very strict, but she was always reading “ Abelard and Eloisa,” and crying over it. At sixteen, I said to her: “ Mother, you've brought me up well; you've kept me strict. Why don't I feel that regeneration they talk of? why an't I one of the elect?” And she talked to me about the potter using his clay as he pleased; and I said: “ Mother, God is not a potter: He's a perfect being; and he can't treat the vessels he makes, anyhow, but with perfect justice, or he's no God. So I'm no Calvinist.”

Here is a very different picture:—

——has infinite grace and shading in her character: a springing and tender fancy, a Madonna depth of meditative softness, and a purity which has been unstained, and keeps her dignified even in the most

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