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ATLANTIC MONTHLY.

A MAGAZINE OF

LITERATURE, ART, AND POLITICS.

VOLUME XI.

BOSTON:
TICKNOR AND FIELDS,

135, WASHINGTON STREET.

LONDON: TRÜBNER AND COMPANY.

MDCCC LXIII.

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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1863, by

TICKNOR AND FIELDS, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

RIVERSIDE, CAMBRIDGE : STEREOTYPED BY 4. 0. HOUGHTON.

CONTENTS.

America the Old World,
.Prof. Louis Agassiz..

373
Aphorisms, The Utility and the Futility of... Wm. R. Alger ....

178
Austen, Jane....
Mrs. R. Waterston.

235

Axtell, Mr.......

58

Banneker, Benjamin, The Negro Astronomer M. D. Conway..

79

Betrothal by Proxy.

420

Buckle, Mr., as a Thinker....

.D. A. Wasson

27

- Personal Reminiscences of.

Charles Hale ....

488

Call to my Country-Women, A.

Gail Hamilton..

345

Camilla's Concert.

Gail Hamilton.

756

Chasseurs-à-Pied, The

W. J. Rose

250

Cincinnati, The Siege of .

T. B. Read

229

Costs, The Law of .
...D. A. Wasson.

241
Dark Ways ...
Harriet E. Prescott.

545
Fern Forests of the Carboniferous Period, The Prof. Louis Agassiz.

615
Gala-Days..
Gail Hamilton..

629

Ghost of Little Jacques, The..

213

Golden Wedding

M. D. Conway..

454

Hancock House, The, and its Founder.... Arthur Gilman.

692

Happiest Days

.....Gail Hamilton...

1

Horticulture, American.

482

Human Wheel, The, Its Spokes and Felloes..O. W. Holmes..

567
Iron-Clad Ships and Heavy Ordnance ...... Alexander L. Holley...

85
Keats's Fame, On the Vicissitudes of ........
.Joseph Severn....

401
Lamb's, Charles, Uncollected Writings .....J. E. Babson.

529
London Suburb, A......
.Nathaniel Hawthorne..

306
Member from Foxden, The.

730
Monitor, The Last Cruise of the.
Grenville M. Weeks, U. S. N..

366
Mountains and their Origin..
Prof. Louis Agassiz..

747
My Friend the Watch...
. George Wm. Curtis.

70

No Failure for the North..

.Francis Wayland, Jr..

500

North, Christopher.....
Joseph Dana Howard.

273

Only an Irish Girl!....

643

Paul Blecker...

.Author of " Life in the Iron-Mils",

580, 677

Pericles and President Lincoln.
Henry M. Alden..

382
Preacher's Trial, The ...
C. A. Bartol.

206
Promise of the Dawn, The
. Author of Life in the Iron-Mills".

10

Recollections of a Gifted Woman

Nathaniel Hawthorne.

43

Reply to the Address of the Women of England, A..Harriet Beecher Stowe...

120

Resignation .....

Author of " Recreations of a Country Parson " 434

San Domingo, The Horrors of..
John Weiss..

289, 768
Shall we Compromise ?..
.D. A. Wasson.

649
Shelley ...
Thornton Hunt

184
Silurian Beach, The.
Prof. Louis Agassiz.

460
Sovereigns and Sons.
C. C. Hazewell..

145
Spasın of Sense, A.
..Gail Hamilton.

407
Strathsays, The ..
.. Harriet E. Prescott

99
Truth, Sojourner, The Libyan Sibyl. Harriet Beecher Stowe
Under the Pear-Tree..

Mrs. Thomas Hopkinson..

162, 354
Up the Thames.....
.. Nathaniel Hawthorne.

598
Weak Lungs, and How to Make them Strong Dio Lewis, M. D....

657
Wet-Weather Work....

Donald G. Mitchell.

444, 719

Why Thomas was Discharged.

George Arnold. ...,

708

Willie Wharton
Mrs. L. Maria Child..

324

473

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POETRY.

After " Taps"

.H. B. Sargent.
Andrew Rykman's Prayer..

John G. Whittier
Biglow, Mr., Latest Views of .

.J. R. Lorell.
Boston Hymn...

.R. W. Emerson..
Cavalry Song:

.E. J. Cutler..
* Choose You this Day whom Ye will serve” 0. W. Holmes..
Coralie ..

F. G. Tuckerman.
Countess, The.

.John G. Whittier.
F.ast, The, and the West..

Theodore Winthrop.

E. W., To..

John G. Whittier

Flag, The ...

Mrs. Julia Ward Howe...

Give.......

..A. West ......

In the Half-Way House...

.J. R. Lowell..

Light and Dark .....

.John Weiss.....

Lyrics of the Street..

.Mrs. Julia Ward Howe.

My Ship.......

..A. West .....

Overtures from Richmond .....

..Prof. F. J. Child.....

Proclamation, The ...

John G. Whittier ...

Rabbi Ben Levi, The Legend of.......... .H. W. Longfellow...

Sleeping Sentinel, The...

Soldiers' Rally, The .

.E. J. Cutler..

Spring at the Capital..

.Mrs. Paul Akers

Test, The...

.Bayard Taylor

Threnody...

. Author of " Charles Auchester".

True Church, The

. Theodore Tilton......
Vagabonds, The.

.J. T. Troobridge.
Violet-Planting..

Mrs. Paul Akers..

321
675

525

391

143
265
142
515

400, 528, 655

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A MAGAZINE OF LITERATURE, ART, AND POLITICS.

VOL. XI. - JANUARY, 1863.-NO. LXIII.

HAPPIEST DAYS.

Long ago, when you were a little a platitude and a falsehood. How ever boy or a little girl, - perhaps not so the idea gained currency that childhood very long ago, either, — were you nev- is the happiest period of life, I cannot er interrupted in your play by being conceive. How ever, once started, it called in to have your face washed, kept afloat is equally incomprehensible. your hair combed, and your soiled apron I should have supposed that the expeexchanged for a clean one, preparato- rience of every sane person would have ry to an introduction to Mrs. Smith, or given the lie to it. I should have supDr. Jones, or Aunt Judkins, your moth- posed that every soul, as it burst into er's carly friend ? And after being flower, would have hurled off the vile ushered in to that august presence, and imputation. I can only account for it made to face a battery of questions by recurring to Lady Mary Wortley which were either above or below your Montague’s statistics, and concluding capacity, and which you consequently that the fools are three out of four in despised as trash or resented as insult, every person's acquaintance. did you not, as you were gleefully van- I for one lift up my voice emphatiishing, hear a soft sigh breathed out cally against the assertion, and do afupon the air, — “Dear child, he is see- firm that I think childhood is the most ing his happiest days”? In the con- mean and miserable portion of human crete, it was Mrs. Smith or Dr. Jones life, and I am thankful to be well out speaking of you. But going back to of it. I look upon it as no better than general principles, it was commonplace- a mitigated form of slavery. There is dom expressing its opinion of child- not a child in the land that can call hood.

his soul, or his body, or his jacket his There never was a greater piece of A little soft lump of clay he absurdity in the world. I thought so comes into the world, and is moulded when I was a child, and now I know it; into a vessel of honor or a vessel of disand I desire here to brand it as at once honor long before he can put in a word

own.

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