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From the Southern Lit< rary Messenger.
TSIE INDIAN PRINCESS. .
There once stood, and I trust there yet stands,
woum the limits of the town of Petersburg, on
the north bank of the Appomattox, within a few
l , t of the margin of the river, a large dark gray
some of a conical form, about five feet in height,
a , i somewhat more in diameter. On the side
un.oh looks to the east, three feet above the
ground, there is an oval excavation about twelve
inch is across, and halt as many in depth. The
-tone is solitary, and lifts itself conspicuously a
buve the level of the earth. It is called the Basin
~f Pocahontas, and except in very dry weather
i, seldom without water. ilow often in the days
oi youthful iiuujjiuiitioii have I leaned against that
a ir cdrock, and as iuv fluey warmed with leininis
ecnees of our colonial history, have 1 figured to
mvself the form of this beauteous princess, me
ditating the protection ot the white tnan, ttoiii .....
v-ies <,7 her ferocious countrymen, ami the veu
g.maace of her father advancing to her ablutions,
and perhaps lift'tig up her orisons to the Great
Nolrit for the welfare of the whiteman, as standing
’ ,* -i—l towards the orient, radi
ant with penenletj inesscu & -
1 know not wherefore it is, but T could never
c.i.iteaiplate any of the evidences of the former
greatness or present debasement of that doomed
iaee, wh >, v. h.*.; ibis co.itln *nt was one vast wilder
ness of nature, uncultivated and unfrequented,
trod amid its solitude rejoicing in their illimitable
svay, that my mind did not instantly revert to the
virtues and the sufferings of this amiable child of
nature, the* Princess Pocahontas. In festive com
t nemo rat ion of the first settlement of the colony,
1 haves.oxl among the ruins of Jamestown, and
shrinking from the voice of revelry, 1 have lingered
jsmou" tfi: broken fragments of rod stone tablets
upon the graves of the early colonists, and my
heart has been oppros >cd with melancholy feelings,
when loaning upon the dark green vine festooned
around th * tottering ruins of th** church, 1 have
though*, of the late of this Indian girl, and of her
perilous scr.'icc. tv tlie white man. At Cobbs, in
the cottutv of Chesterfield, one of the most beau
tiful sites on the ?o.;theru waters, arid one of the
earliest private settlements of the colony, how of
ten has its former proprietor, my friend L. and my
self, stood beneath t ie melancholy shade of the
cedars, i*i the midst of graves of her dependants ?
On • by otic w ■ have seen them passing away, and
assisted at the last mournful rites. From the cem
etery we have passed to the ancient picture-galle
ry, to look upon the sombre features of Rolfe
frowning from the pealed and tattered canvass, and
to dwell upon the interesting countenance ot Po
cahontas, which is still believed to have been her
veritable portrait, though denounced by one ot her
lineal descendants as a “tawny mulatto.” The
paintings were as large as life, and well executed,
tiia .i' iin aNtatß of utter decay. Copies have been
taken bv Sully, and have no doubt been multiplied
as well in Europe as in this country. Often has
rhe tasteful traveller turned from the great south
ern route, to view these original portraits ot Rolfe
and Pocahontas, and to tread amid the gravestones
of her descendants in the neat and lonely burial
How often do the incidents of ordinary life
transcend the wildest fictions of romance? Who
ga\x to this dark daughter of the red man, nur
tured in the wigm&n of the savage, and familiar
with blood, those gentle emotions, those gener
ous foe hugs, that delicate sensibility, that maiden
ly decorum, and yet princely and exalted heroism,
which have ranked this Indian girl among the
loftiest of he: sex in any age or clime, —in “Pay
nitn land or Christendie !” Even in her girlhood,
nt the early age of twelve, we find her daring the
displeasure of her father; and when the head of
Smith, the hereditary foe of her race, was upon
the deathstone, and the club uplifted, she threw
her infant arms around the devoted white mart,
«ind bade them strike at both. The stern bosom
of Powhatan was moved by the appeal, and Ins
vengeance suspended. How often when tli * colo
ny at Jamestown was famishing, did she supply
them abundantly with provisions? Even after
she had incurred the displeasure of her royal
father, and had been banished from his presence,
'and after she had been betrayed by her friends,
aud was seized by Argali, her attachment to the
white man continued, until she was finally mar
ried to Rolfe, and visited England, Ilowpauilul-
ly interesting was her interview with Captain Smith
in London ? She had been told that he was dead,
when to her astonishment he called upon her, but
such was the repulsive coldness of his manner,
that she turned from him, and burying up her lace
in her hands, she burst into tears.
But the most perilous service which this daring
girl rendered to the colonists wasiu the fourteenth
year of her age, when Powhatan having invited
•Snath to his settlement, on a hospitable visit, de
signed to massacre that leader and his whole band.
Pocahontas eluding the vigilance of her liiends,
traversed the forest in the darkness of the night,
to reveal his intentions to Smith. 1 It was in com
memoration of that signal service, that the Inflow
ing unpretending lines were written many years
ago, by one who deeply admired the heroism ot
tins untutored child of tlie wilderness.
THE PRESERVATION OF THE EARLY
COLONISTS FROM MASSACRE.
“Whether this intervention of Pocahontas be
imputed to tin* softer sympathies of the heart, or
to generous sorrow.”
Burke's History of Virgina.
Full dark was tlie night, and the wild wind was
Not a star to be seen on the cloud-covered sky,
And the eagle had gone to his rest;
Each beast had retired to covert or cave.t
The colonists slept in their barks on the wave,
Or they slept on the barren earth’s breast.
No sound could disquiet their slumbers so sweet;
They dreamed not ut danger, yet feared uot to
For the sons of the ocean were brave ;
And Smith was among them, their captain was he,
And a braver ne’er whirled the sword of the free
In battle, hr land, or on wave.
To Powhatan’s presence these strangers had
ThroughYorest and glen, and thro’ each desert
\Vi,h fearful petition they went.
And Powhatan told them that peace should be
Ilis words seemed sincere, and his promises fair,
But they knew not his savage mtent.
Virginia remembers liow hollow ti.ev weie,
As fickle as sumbeam that wantons in air,—
But the colonists fie nn *J ii *m sincera.
For t’m’ Powhatan i romised Ins friendship and
A treacherous plot to destroy then: no laid,
Wh n no treadr runs plot they could fear.
On th t very night while the colonists sleep,
Nor and .'.n it befitting their vigils Id keep,
Each man was to meet with his fate.
The sovereign savage had led out his band,
His tomahawk furious each grasped in his hand,
“To tl: ' white men, death, carnage, and hate, as
they yeii! ’
The savage sounds echoed thru’ forest ana dull,
“To the white men, death, carnage, and
But he I not, brave colonists, a- atli is not near,
While i royal prince s * your friend do no uot
Pocahontas will screen you from fate.
She had heard, when his council surrounded her
As they met toe insult by th'* wintcry fire,
‘T.iat rim th and his crew were to fall:
She had scon him, she knew him, and sometimes
For his dangers would feel an unusual part,
Ail she ch ;rLli 1 th: colonists a!!.
Whilst her father was arming his murderous band,
And exclaiming “exterminate all from this land,
Who will dare to uVtmd : on our right,—
Strike, murder, anfi scalp—fight t.ie fi '*s around,
Bid the war-v, hoop of death give its terrible sound,
Not a white mail shall live out this night;”
Unnoticed she left them, anil hastened awa\,
She recked not die mountain, or thicket, or spray,
Nor darkness she heeded, nor storm.
All breathless she reacne 1 where the colonists
They dreamed not that Powhatan’s daughter
They dreamed not of savage alarm.
Their leader in haste then the heroine found,
The sky was his cover, his bed was the ground.
And beside him his armor was laid.
“Awake tlice, brave chief,” cried the Indian maid,
“Awake thee, mv hero, or Powhatan’s blade
Will number thy crew with the dead.
“lie comes with his tribe to o’env helm your whole
Ilis savages wind by the dark river coast.
To surround you, aud massacre all.
Then haste, to his bark lei each soidiei repair,
Ami put off from the land, lor the foemeu aie
Oh haste, or the colonists fall.
“Nor call ino a traitor, because for thy sake
I have traversed the forest thro’ thic.iet and brake
To tell thee my father’s design.
To have seen thee expire bemvitli liis fell stroke.
And thy followers all, my poor heart would have
broke, , ~
And the col l sleep of death had been mine.
“T have saved thee before from his terrible ire,
When the clqb was uplifted, and kindled the fire,
And thy death was decreed by his oath;
Thy head on the block as my arms did entwine,
Between it and the club 1 then interposed mine,
And I told them to strike at us both.
“Then believe me, my Chieftain, and hasten away;
FLORENCE, GA. FRIDAY', APRIL 27, 1838
I return, or suspicion will blacken my stay,
And the morning my embassy tell.
May thy God e’er protect thee, and give thee his
Oh, live mindful of ine, tho’ a poor Indian maid—
Pocahontas now bids thee farewell!”
From tl.e Southern Literary Messenger.
EXTRACTS FROM GLEANINGS ON THE
BY Q. P. of N. C.
America; Coup d’osil of *‘my tour;” Philadel
phia; its plan; Public Buddings; Ladies;
Flowers and Music ; Intercourse with strangers;
University; Hospital; Bail ai Mrs. C** *
America T happy, fortunate, prosperous Ameri
ca ! As the child loves its mother, so 1 love thee.
Ere I was let loose from the prison-walls of a uni
versity, I had promised to tread your rich and pro
ductive soil; to see your young and vigorous peo
ple ; your cites, towns aud villages; to roam
through your unknown forests; to glide down
your beautiful and majestic rivers ; to climb your
lofty mountains and behold the surrounding scene
ry. The grand, the curious aud beautiful of fo
reign climes may induce many of thy sons to
leave their blessed home ,ignorant of the beauties of
their own country, but they offer not the same at
tractions to me, Give me to seethe sublime and
beautiful in natuiO*—the rocks and torrents, forests,
and mountains, hills, vales and grassy plains that
are found in my own le ely land-—give me to know
and love my country, and I ask no more.
I have visited in “my tour 1 ’ the fertile fields of
the sunny South, find enjoyed in that land of ease
and elegance tire'kindness and hospitality of the
people. I have halted in Philadelphia; the city
of beauty ; where more elegant figures and lovely
faces are seen than any where in the Union ; eat
my ice-cream at Parkinson’s; become acquainted
with the intelligent aud accomplished of that mast
delightful city, and charmed with their society. 1
have travelled through the beautifully cultivated
country of Eastern Pennsylvania, A lingered on the
banks of the romantic Susq ichauna. I have btav:-
ly ascended ami desec led, on inclined planes, the
Alleghany mountains, and refreshed myself at the
“Summit l louse.” 1 have "embarked at Pittsburg,
•floated down “La Belle Riviere”—the Ohio, and
stemmed the powerful current of the Mississippi.
I have wandered over the extensive prairies of the
West, lodged in the wigwvim of the red man. In
the light canoe of the ludhuvl have moved, with,
a quick and equal sweep, over the still and quiet
waters, lit by Heaven’s beautiful lamp, and lauded
myself in some paradisian scene. 1 have skim
l'nid over the suil-c.*.vereu lakes of the North, felt
m y “ littleness ” at mighty Niagara, drank my glass
cf water at fashionable Saratoga, and read the lad
literary work in Boston. I have glided down the
grand, romantic am. classical Hudson, lauded at
New York ; the great commercial emporium of
„„„ n insn’i* njvr.iflwav, and forced
my steps through the dense masses ot living beings
which throng that elegant street. 1 have listened
to the last piece of music sung by a charming lady
iretire “Monumental City,” stood within the Seu
al? Chamber at Washington and heard the elo
quence of the nation. 1 have surveyed from the
Capitol, in Richmond, the picturesque scene
ry of tlie surrounding country, bathed my limbs
in the Hot Springs of Virginia, touched at “Old
Point Comfort” and luxuriated on oysters, fish
and a pure and healthy sea breez*._ I have pas
sed through re ncs interesting an" charming;
crazed on spolff sucre ! to American freemen; par
ted from friends dear in iny memory.
Philadelphia.— This neat and beautiful city
is situated between the Delaware and Schuylkill
rivers, about six miles above their junction. \on
are lauded at Chesnut street wharf, and introdu
ced, at once, into the most fashionable part us the
city. The first things remarked, are the cleanli
ness of the streets; the stores, which are well
finished and showy; the gentlemen, who are good
looking and well dressed, and the many handsome
female faces met at every step. Contrasting their
complexions with the Southern ladies, you will
find them not so fine and delicate, but more showy
in the distance. Their feet are large, which is al
most a characteristic. The Southern lady may
ju.stlv boast ol tho neatness and delicacy ot her
hands ahd feet.
The plan of the city is plain, simple and con
venient. Tils principal streets are iho.se which
extend from the banks of the one to that of the
other river—these are crossed by others at right
angles, thereby dividing it in squares. C hesnut
is the most fashionable'. The houses are built of
good brick, plain, comfortable and well furnished.
The Girard Row, Portico ripunre and Colonnade
are the most attractive fronts. The most serious
objection is tlie monotonous appearance ot the
buildings, which is tiresome to the visiter, but this
dull and quaker-like style is being laid aside lor
one more finished, beautiful and elegant. From
spring till winter, the Philadelphian is making im
provements about his- lot; not satisfied with liis
house, he pulls it down and builds again, or tears
away the brick and adds a marble front, or repaints
the doors, windows, Arc.
The number of trees which border the streets,
gives an air of freshness and coolness to the city
and adds much to its beauty and comfort. Tin*
public squares are large and in good order, and
want only a few trifling additions to make them
most delightful promenades, both during the day
If water wore kept leaping and playing through
and above the green grass, which carpets the walks
on either side, and if during the night the brilliant
gas lights were substituted for those of oil, then
would Independent and Washington squares soon
be rid of those who now visit them, and the res
pectable citizens and strangers could here prom
ade without the risk of being insulted at every
step. arrangement of streets and
public air circulates freely and con
tributes to thehealthof the city.
The public buildings are of a fine order, but T
visited only one with much interest: the Old
State House, which stands unnoticed and unhon
ored, with its front posted w ith bill of “Theatre,”
“Magic," “Diorama,” “Constable’s Notice,”
“Lost,” Ac. Tome, it served to recall many in
teresting and delightful associations, and I felt sor
ry that it is uot more highly prized. It should be
the boast of every Philadelphian, that in this plain
and venerable pile once sat the immortal Signers
of tlie Declaration of Independence; that on
these steps was first declared that we were free
aud independent; that here the “Father" of a
now flourishing and extensive country was first
seen sitting in the Presidential chair, directing the
destinies of anew and freeborn natiou. But no
such feelings as these glow in their bosoms, and
they never point to it as the dearest prool ol their
freedom. lio’.v often will they speak of Fairnmuat
Water Works and Girard College, aud ask it you
have seen these places, but never wish to know
■f you have visited the Old State House ; entered
tile room which Washington in by-gone years
Lad entered; trod the steps which he once trod ;
had pointed out the seats ol those immortal men
whose names are as imperishable as time. I am
better satisfied and shall be more pleased to say
that I have seen the Old State House in Philadel
phia; entered the room in which the illustrious
patriots of the Revolution pledged their “lives,
their fortunes and their sacred honor,” in defence
of Liberty, than to be able to paint the beautilul
and romantic scenery of the Schuylkill; I air
mount Water Works, with its pumps in operation
forcing the water high up in basing, and the man
lier of conveying it from thence by hydrants '. ; the
ennal on the opposite side, with its boats ol coal,
the wealth of Pennsylvania; to know that a Mr.
Girard, who lived a poor and miserable life that
lie might die rich, bequeathed a handsome sum
of money for the erectiou of a college and the
education of youth.
The Churches, Banks, Hospitals, Penitentiary,
Exchange, Dial' and Dumb Asylum, Academy
of Fine Arts and Mint are the most interesting
and conspicuous buildings. Having seen this,
vou now visit Fairmount. situated aimd tin* roman
tic scencrv of the Schuylkill. The basins are on
a high hill and the water is raised by machinery
propelled by the waters of the Schuylkill. Aou
ascend to these basins by mcars of wooden steps
and when at the top, you are repaid by a jnu.t
charming view of the City, Penitentiary, Girard
College, Pratt’s (hardens and tjie picturesque coun
try around. These works now at avert tiitmig
expense supply the citizens with pure and healthy
water, and in eases ot fire, aiionl sufficient w ate.
to extinguish the flames before they can li.aLc .:i.\
1 have said that the ladies of Philadelphia are
handsome. This is not all. They arc intelligent
arid accomplished. The number of select and
well conducted schools give them great advanta
ges, ru.d t licit education is not finished at fourteen.
in order that they may “come out,” us is too often
the care in the South. Their manners arc pleas
ant and agreeable, aud their conversation interes
ting .and.instructive. 1 Uev want the liveliness,
the vivacity, the simplicity, tlie ease and expres
sion of the Southern lady when engaged in con
versation. They have the substance, but want the
soul, llencc the conversation of the latter, al
though not so instructive, is more attractive and
winning. All who have been ;:o fortunate and hap
py as to converse with both, must acknowledge
tlie superiority of tlie Southern in this particular.
There is a something which fascinates, chains and
insensibly wins. The Philadelphians dress in bet
ter taste than any people in this country. Then
dresses are neater and their colors better chosen;
hence the r appeal ance is the mere finished.
The ladies are very fond of music and flowers,
both of which speak very favorably of their taste
and refinement, lu walking the streets, you will
see beautiful collections of flowers at their win
dows, and you will find some of their private gar
dens most extensive- 1 have been often charmed
w ith their music, aud it t ; delightful to attend the
musical soiree given by Mrs. Capt. R. and alter
nately on Tuesday evenings. At there parties,
vou hear the best vocal and instrumental perfor
mers and meet the most select society. As in
strumental performers of high order, we may men
tion Mrs. W., Misses N. and P.; and a«vol: alisls,
Mrs. (’apt. It. Mrs. B. and Misses W. aud G.
it has been said that the Philadelphians art cold
and reserved in their intercourse with strangers,
but it holds true only with those v. h<> have vis.tod
that city and left it without remaining sufficiently
long known. Strangers who ' ring let
ters of introduction, or persons whose fa ily, ed
ucation amj manners are such as to entitle them
to move in their circles, will, v. .Vui-acquninted,
have the mast marked attentions paid them.—
There is no city in the Union in which the gentle
man is better received. If he pass the ordeal, he
is safe and happy in their society; if found unsui
ted and rejected, hs will find it advisable not to
attemnt the purchase, as he will most certainly
The Medical department of the University o!
Pennsylvania is an institution well known through
our country, and stands deservedly high both at
home and abroad. The antiquity of tlie school
and the great names connected with it, have placed,
it at tha head of medical schools on this side of
the Atlantic. With it, are asociated the names
of Rush, Wistar, Carton, Dorsv,* Physick, Dec
wees, Chapman, Jar.son, Hare and llorner;
names illustrious in the history of medicine and
as ben* factors of mankind, lrtbias been gradual
ly extending its course of instruction, and its re
sources are constantly accumulating. The chem
ical laboratory is inferior to none in the world, and
the nnatomi and museum is the most perfect in this
country. To it, is attached the Philadelphia Hos
pital or Alms-House, the nut t extensive and best
arranged building of the kind.
The winter has been uncommonly gay. Mr.
and Mrs. Wood and Mr. Brough have astonished
and delighted the musical world in the operas us
Masauello, Fra Diavola aud La Soinuainbula,
They have fine voices, sing with great taste and
power and give the greatest satisfaction. The
parties and balls are very frequent. To night,
we attend the brilliant ballot Mrs. G’***, Chesnut
street, where vve shall meet the aristocratic end
Vol. I.— No. 5.
fashionable; At 10 o’clock, we made our obeis
ance to Mr. and Mrs. C***, and stepping aside so
as to give room for those who were behind, we
ware soon lost in the crowd. The music from
Johnson’s justly celebrated band invited to the.
dunce, and we were soon engaged in the graceful
cotillion, the voluptuous waltz and elegant gal
lipe. The dancing continued until twelve, at
which time the ladies were conducted to the sup
per table, which was heavily loaded with all the
luxuries of g«od eating. At one in the morning,
the company began to disperse, and at two I found
mvself comfortably fixed in my lodgings, which I
left at ten, fatigued and suffering from headache
I delight in sleigh-riding. It is glorious-•port,
w hen, with ladies on either side ot us and with
horses well trained and gentle, we dart away ut
tin* rate of twelve miles an hour to see some dear
friend in the country. It is sweet to leave behind
the pent-up city with its dull anthraci c coal fires,
rmd seek the country and seat ourselves beside the
cheerful wood which blazes and crackles on the.
family hearth. And then too, comes the cold
bread and sliced ham, cakes and wine, and other
refreshments a thousand times better than the
same things on our own tables* And now too i*
the time we love to dwell upon the past, and make,
itseenr as the present. Allis life, all buoyancy,
all pleasure, and we return to our homes better
and happier beings than when we left them.
INDIAN COURTSHIP, OR WOOING.
The following anecdote is taken from the six
teenth chapter of Heckeweldcr’s account ol the
Indian nations, that once inhabited Pennsylvania
and the neighboring States. The work, from
which the extract is made, is the first number ol
the Publication by the Historical and Literary
Committee of the Philosophical Society ol Phil
An aged Indian, who for many years had spent
much time among the whites belli in Pennsylva
nia anti Now Jersey, oue day aixr.it tne year i/<0
observed that th-* Indians had not only a much ea
sier way of getting a wile than the white*, ! ut ;u
--so more curtain o‘ getting a good oi.t*. or,’
said lie in broken English, “white man court
court— be oije whole year!—may be two
years before he marry!— Weli—May be then get
very good wife—hut may be. not!—May bo ctvss !
—Well ? now 'uppose c ross! Scold to soon as
get awake in the morning!!—rieoid all day !
Scold ui.’fil sleep!—ail fine—he mu t ke< p him .
-White-people have law forbidding throwing
away wife, be he ever so cross—must keep him
always!-—Well, how does Indian do? ltidiuH
when he see industrious squaw, which lie like,
he go to him place his t . j lore lingers close aside
tother, unkc tvo like one—then look equaw m
tile face—so. - him smile—which is ;nl one at say
YKri J so 1..* take him home —no danger he be
cross! No—no —squaw know t»o well what lu-
Throw him ww;\y and take
another! Squaw love to eat meat! No husband,
’no mi at! Squaw.do everything to please hus
band—he lift every thing to j lea-t squaw—-lire
Irish' Economy. —At a late Assize in Ireland,
tw o men were condemned to be hanged On re
ceiving their sentence one ol them addressed tiie
Judge, and said he had two hoots to ask him.
“What are they” said his lordship. “Plasc
your honour,” said Pat,” w ill you let me hang
this mini before 1 am hanged myself?” “M hat
is the ether request ?” said the Judge. “\\ liy
plasc your honour, “Will you let my wife hang
me, for she will doit more tinder) y than the hang
man—and thm what slit* will receive for thu job’s
will help the poor cratur to pay hirwnt.”
Fur the Ladies. —The London Literary Gazette
dusrribes a piece of muslin, which on being put
into the fire, merely carbonizes, without limning.
Any woman dressed in materials so prepared, can
not be burnt bv any of the ecmim u and melancho
ly accidents. The finest colors are nut affected
by the pru. iv , and it is equally applicable to any
substance. Papers subjected to great heat,
only carbonize, Having the writing distinct. A
rdinpativ L fi.rniinvr in London to manufacture it.
The piece** i*> iu simple as rtwchinga dress.
' y. n-'kig.
The Future.-- Who rr ts content with the pre
sent ? None. Vve have all deep within us a
craving for the future . In childhood we antici
pate vouth in youth manhood in manhood old ap*;
and to wiiat does that turn, but to a world beyond
our ow n ? From the very first the stror;* belief is
nursed within us ; v.e look forward and forward
till that which was desire grows faith. The time
to come is the universal hermitage of mankind ;
and lio claims but a small part of his j ortion who
Icohi net beyond the grave.— Balt. (Juz.
A sophist wishing to puzzle Thales, ere of tie
wise men of Greece, proposal! to him in rapid .sin
ce..-ion, the following difficult questions:—He cf
Miletus replied to them all without hesitation, and
with wiiat degree of propriety and precision our
readers must determine for themselves:
What is the oldest of all tilings ? God, becayro
he always existed.
What is tlie most beautiful? The world, be
cause it is the work ol God.
What is the greatest of all things ? Space, be
cause it contains all that has been created.
Wiiat is the most constant of all things ? Hope,
been'isc it still remainsiu man after l.e has loSt ev
ery thing ebc.
What is the quickest of all things? Thought,
because in less than a moment it can fly to tlixi
end of the universe.
What is the strongest ? Necessity, because it
makes men face all the dangers ot file.
What is the mu >; difficult ? To know you ft