Let Candour throw a veil over her frailties, For great was her charity to others. With pensive steps I sought thy walks again, And kissed thy token on the verdant plain; With fondest hope, through many a blissful hour, We gave our souls to Fancy's pleasing power. Could you have believed that the darling child of an indulgent and dearly-beloved mother would feel a gleam of joy at leaving her? And let her beware of the consequences. He has only one child; a daughter, with whom I imagine the old folks intend to shackle me in the bonds of matrimony. Self-knowledge, sir, that most important of all sciences, I have yet to learn.
Their circumstances are generally a decent competency. I was not aware, said Mrs. Can you, who have always been used to serenity and order in a family, to rational, refined and improving conversation, relinquish them, and launch into the whirlpool of frivolity, where the correct taste and the delicate sensibility which you possess must constantly be wounded by the frothy and illiberal sallies of licentious wit? Could I conform to the sober rules of wedded life, and renounce those dear enjoyments of dissipation in which I have so long indulged, I know not the lady in the world with whom I would sooner form a connection of this sort than with Eliza Wharton. My best regards attend General Richman. The gayest circle is irradiated by her presence, and the highest entertainment receives its greatest charm from her smiles. The epistolary form is also an intriguing way to captivate an audience.
Stoddard was born in Boston in 1643, and died in Northampton in 1729. This was granted, and we had an agreeable tour for several miles; the time being passed in easy, and unstudied remarks upon obvious occurrences. Summary writes to Lucy Freeman, saying she is happy to leave her parents' roof. Her father, who died some months before him, invited him to reside at his house, for the benefit of a change of air, agreeably to the advice of his physicians. They have urged my acceptance of invitations to join parties, though they have not been much themselves, of late; as Mrs. General Richman at length observed that we had formed into parties. What does this shift in tone suggest about her? I was walking alone in the garden yesterday, when he suddenly appeared to my view.
Written as a series of lettersbetween the heroine and her friends and loversit describes her long, tortuous courtship by two men, neither of whom perfectly suits her. I was walking alone in the garden yesterday, when he suddenly appeared to my view. He was a little disconcerted; but soon regaining his presence of mind, entreated me, with an air of earnestness, to encourage his suit, to admit his addresses, and, if possible, to reward his love. Her omission was not design; it was juvenile indiscretion. At the turn of the twentieth century, a fad arose for vindicating Elizabeth Whitman, not through a celebration of her independent character but by claiming she was actually married to her seducer at the time of her death.
Miss Wharton invited him in; but he declined, being engaged to dine. Act, then, with that modest freedom, that dignified unreserve, which bespeak conscious rectitude and sincerity of heart. Do come and see me, Charles; for, notwithstanding all my gaiety and parade, I have some turns of the hypo, some qualms of conscience, you will call them; but I meddle not with such obsolete words. If the community flourish and enjoy health and freedom, shall we not share in the happy effects? But his situation in life! I would have respected Eliza's progressive mindset more if she was a character of action instead of passivity. The round of fashionable dissipation is dangerous. General Richman at length observed, that we had formed into parties. There is still another extant, of which I need not at this time and place make mention, besides many valuable literary contributions to the scattered periodicals of that day.
Solomon Stoddard, now residing in Northampton. General Richman and lady returned with the shades of the evening. He was, however, as has been already stated, the eleventh and youngest child of Rev. It is often praised for its intelligent portrayal of the contrast between individualism vs. Richman's morning lecture still rang in my head; and her watchful eye now traced every turn of mine and every action of the major's. His friend gave a very flattering account of his situation and prospects.
The melancholy, the gloom, the condolence which surrounded me for a month after the death of Mr. In whatever situation we are placed, our greater or less degree of happiness must be derived from ourselves. Such a one, I think, Mr. I do not, however, feel myself greatly interested in the progress of the negotiation. Well then, said he, if it must be so, let it be esteem, or friendship.
His fate is unalterably, and I trust happily, fixed. She has conferred upon another that affection which I wished to engross. I add marks as I read to help me distinguish who's speaking when. Nay, I am confident you do not. Major Sanford, upon, this, laid aside his book. Through this narrative of decline, Eliza's friends Lucy and Julia send her letters that frame the story as a moral tale which urges American ladies to guard their virtue by preferring reason to fancy, domesticity to coquetry, duty to pleasure, and truth to art. He bowed submissively; begged pardon for his intrusion; alleged that he found nobody but the servants in the house; that they informed him I was alone in the garden--which intelligence was too pleasing for him to consult any forms of ceremony for the regulation of his conduct.
Pardon me, my dear Eliza, said he, if I am impertinent; it is my regard for you which impels me to the presumption. But he is a rake, my dear friend; and can a lady of your delicacy and refinement think of forming a connection with a man of that character? I hope not; nay, I am confident you do not. She tells her that she should be wary of guarding her virtue and delicacy. He married, March 19, 1707, Mary Stoddard, daughter of Rev. Sumner, removes, next week, to Boston. Remember that you are acting for life; and that your happiness in this world, perhaps in the next, depends on your present choice! The lady recovered her assurance much more easily than the gentleman.