Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 60 SOUTIIWARD HO!
Each, with a fresh sense of freedom, was free also from all sense
of physical exhaustion. Why sleep ? There were listeners,
and each unlocked his stores. The oyster war was re-called,
and other anecdotes given. As we swept along by the shores
of New Jersey, which we could no longer see, her people, char-
acter, and history, furnished our topics. It was admitted that
the Jerseyans were a sterling sort of people. They had
shown good pluck in the Revolution, and their country had
furnished the battle-fields of some of our most glorious actions
Monmouth, Princeton, Trenton. These recalled WTashington,
and Lee, and Lafayette, and many others. It was admitted that
Tlie Jerseyan, when a gentleman, was of the best models;
and even when not exactly a gentleman, was still to be recog-
nised as a good fellow. Without being the swashing, conceited
Gothamite, he was yet very far from resembling the prim,
demure broad-brims of the maker city. In other words, he
was gay and gallant, without rudeness or foppery ; and firm and
thoughtful, without being strait-laced and puritanical. In brief,
he had a character of his own, and was not made np of the odds
and ends of all sorts of people."
Our son of Gotham did not exactly relish the comparison
thus made by one of the group, and replied in a rather stale
sarcasm :
The less said by way of comparison between Jersey, as
between New York and Philadelphia, the better. As old
Franklin phrased it she is the barrel on tap at both ends."
The retort followed from the former speaker.
" These two cities are the sewers of Jersey. She uses them
for common purposes�employing them where needful for her
common uses, without being responsible for their morals, or
troubled with their nuisances. She is fortunate in escaping the
evils of great cities, which she can nevertheless use at pleasure."
This was a new view of the case which had never occurred
to our Gothamite, and required reflection. He had no imme-
diate answer. The other speaker continued, and made his
contributions to our entertainment by a statement of certain
facts which might be wrought into story.
Jersey," he said, even along the shores, and, in recent
periods, is not without its picturesque and romantic. It is not