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With this, the first number of our third volume, commences the second year of the HESPERIAN; and it is with some pride and not a little pleasure we state, that the general condition of the work is flourishing, and betokens length of days and increased usefulness of labor. Though we can boast nothing in the way of moneymaking, the support already extended to the work is sufficient to defray the expenses of its publication ; and as its circulation has increased steadily from the commencement, we think we can safely assure the public, that it is established upon a basis which nothing, but a want of punctuality on the part of our subscribers, can at present affect. Without this punctuality, we must suffer sundry embarrassments in our enterprise, and perhaps in the end be prostrated; þút with it, we have nothing to fear, and shall exert all our energies to make the HESPERIAN just, such a work as the literary and social interests of this section of the Union requirc. We aim to inform, more than to amuse ; and to that portion of the community who.prize intelligence above pleasure, more than to those who are in constant search after the gilded baubles of Fancy, do we look for countenance and support.
From this whole broad West, we expect occasionally to draw themes, arguments, and illustrations; but for the principal and especial field of our labors, we claim only the States of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. By these four noble young commonwealths, mainly, do we expect to be sustained; and, therefore, to the development of their natural resourees, the collection of their early history, the depicting of their social condition, the recording of their physical progress, and the advocacy of what we conceive to be their true interests, shall our efforts be untiringly directed. In Ohio alone, as yet, with a very slight exception, have we sought a remuneration for our labors; and the readiness with which her citizens have come up to the support of our undertaking, is gratifying in the extreme to our feelings of State pride. In those of her sister commonwealths named above, we shall soon seek to extend the circulation of our work; and we hope to find the intelligent citizens of these several States, impressed with that sense of the usefulness and importance of a wholesome periodical literature, which will induce them warmly to co-operate with us in our efforts. The assistance of our editorial contemporaries to whom an exchange is now proffered, is earnestly solicited. They have some knowledge of us in times past: for times future, we refer them to our monthly doings, as these shall appear before them. For many kindnesses, we are already indebted to some of them ; and, as the only remuneration in our power, we hope we shall long be able to contribute to their intellectual delight.
What the HESPERIAN has been heretofore, in all essential points, it will be hereafter: industrious in its researches, deliberate in its judgments, candid in its opinions,
and dignified in its tone—carefully eschewing evil, honestly aiming to do good. We shall move quietly in our sphere, without pretension or parade, asking only that meed of approbation which can be sincerely awarded, and claiming only that support which we may be found to deserye.
publication. The division of the tale here given, comprehends about one-fourth of the
whole. The remaining Parts will be pubA gieesome elfin, coy and wild, Neither a woman, nor a child.
lished, one each month, in three consecutive Ettrick Shepherd.
numbers of the magazine, immediately following this.
The “Admiral's Daughter," the “CourINTRODUCTION.
tier's Daughter,” the “Clergyman's DaughTwo or three characters, and one or two ter," and so many other daughters, have short passages, of this novelette, may be re- been “ brought out” of late, that an alteracognized by some readers as acquaintances tion in the title of this novelette would perof a former day. It seems therefore neces- haps be politic and in good taste; but as the sary the author should state, that the pro “ Dutchman's Daughter” was born in seduction has been the work of occasional pe- cret, and christened in the presence of a few riods, of a few days each, during the last friends, long before either of those fair damsix years; and that between four and five sels appeared upon the stage of life, the auyears ago, a couple of chapters of it, one of thor feels no disposition to fee the parson which is now embodied in the first and the anew, or convoke the legislature to deliberate other in the second part, were published in a upon a change of her name. periodical work then under his direction, Without further word, he now commits with the title of “Passages from the Chron- the production to the good graces of readers, icles of the Dutch Village.” These, with and the tender mercies of critics, and at once an extract called “ The Dutch Philosopher,” stands aside to let those pass on, whom this given subsequently in a magazine of very has been written to introduce. limited circulation, make up the amount of what has heretofore appeared in print.
The whole production has been revised, and almost entirely re-written, within a few
AN ARRIVAL AT THE SWAN. months, with the intention of giving it to the public in the usual form of such works: but SOME twelve years ago, the Dutch Village, the author's connection with the Hesperian, considered in any aspect whatever, was one formed since the first indulgence of that in- of the finest and handsomest towns in all the tention, and his determination to give to this “Far West;” and among the many agreeperiodical the benefit of all his efforts, have able things which appertained unto it, were induced him to adopt the present mode of two that can not be found every day, search VOL, III.-NO. 1.
where you will: viz., an Inn comfortable at The landlord ran down stairs, and almost all times, and an Inn-Keeper ever obliging instantly reappeared with the bags. and polite.
you want anything, you will find me within It was between three and four o'clock in hearing;” and he left the traveler to himself. the afternoon of a fine spring day, that Nicholas Cunningham was a native of the Derrick Vandunk, the landlord of The Land of the Pilgrims, and this was his first Swan, sat in the ample hall of his inn, with visit to the West. He had come, however, his face buried in his hands, his elbows rest- not as a visitor, but an emigrant. He was ing upon his knees, and his feet braced upon a young man, of excellent education, respectthe front round of his chair. He was alone, able connections, and pure moral characand his senses were wrapt in revery, or re- ter, but of limited means; and he was now pose. He had been thinking of other, and abroad from the home of his birth, to become younger days; and under the remembrance the artificer of his own fortunes in a land of of what had been, and been “most dear, strangers. but could never be again, had grown pensive, Cunningham was one of a very numerous and then melancholy.-- The best of us, who class of young emigrants to the West: the have gray hairs in our heads, are affected in offspring of honest and industrious parents, like manner, on occasions, and can readily in the New-England States, who have been pardon the landlord his present dereliction. well trained from habit as well as principle,
A horse and rider drew up by the old-fash- and received a good education as their main, ioned rack in front of The Swan.
and often their only, patrimony:-With this, “ Landlord.”
and enterprising spirits, they start for the No answer.
“Sunny South," or the “Far West," to “ Landlord—I say! Halloo!”
shape their fortunes as they best can. The But the landlord was not yet ready to leave new States receive no worthier accessions ; the pleasant land of dreams. The traveler and the ingenuity and perseverance of such threw his bridle-rein over the rack, and dis- emigrants, seldom golong unrewarded. mounted. He entered the hall, passed its With minds well stored and rigidly discislumbering lord, and seized the bell-rope. plined, many of them fix their attentions The metal answered sonorously to his pull; upon the professions—one that of divinity, when the inn-keeper started wildly from his another that of medicine, a third that of law; seat, and leapt to the door.
and being without money, they spread “A sudden summons from the world of themselves through the interior of the States, dreams," said the traveler,-a tall, hand- and take up such schools as they can get, as some, and genteelly-dressed youth,--smi- a means of support while pursuing their stuling pleasantly. "I beg pardon"
dies. Diligent, it may be said by nature, “Not at all," interrupted the landlord, in their progress is rapid, notwithstanding the a moment collecting his scattered senses, and hours devoted to the teaching of others; and asking "a thousand pardons” himself. in a few years after fixing themselves in their
“Show me to a comfortable room,” said new homes, they may be seen in the pulpit, the youth, “and have my horse put up." at the bar, and among the most successful
“Yes, sir-this way. Will you have practitioners of the healing art. dinner?”
One of this numerous class, as has been re“ Do you
take supper late, or early ?” marked, was Cunningham. He had come to “Early quite so.
the West, at the age of twenty-one, here to “ Then, as I am more tired than hungry, I build a fortune, if honorable exertions could will wait for that, and in the mean time take achieve so much, and to win a name, if fine a little rest. But have my horse well looked talents and untiring assiduity could receive to at once, for he has carried me far to-day. their reward. His present wish was to setWe shall perhaps tarry with you some tle in some thriving town, and to take upon time.”
himself for a time the charge of an Academy. “Shall be glad of your company, sir. The young New-Englander tarried at The This is your room; and I 'low you'll find it Swan day after day, and week after week, what may be called comfortable. But shall reading the few works he could get hold of I not bring up your saddle-bags ?”
that treated of the history, resources, extent, “If you please I had entirely forgotten and character of the West, writing letters to them."
his friends in New-England, and riding