Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
neither is the taste for turtle likely to die out. Why is the
breed of aldermen so little honored in either ? Our captain is
proverbially a person who can sympathize duly with the exigen-
cies of appetite, and his experience in providing against them
has made him an authority at the table. Ordinarily admirable,
our dinner on the glorious Fourth was worthy of the occasion.
The committee of arrangements had duly attended to their
The time at length arrived for that interchange of mortal and
mental felicities which the literary stereotypists describe as the
feast of reason and the flow of soul ; and sentiment was to be in-
dulged. Our excellent captain, sweetness in all his looks, hom-
age in his eye, in every action dignity and grace, filling his
glass, bowed to a stately matron, one of our few lady-passen-
gers �
" The pleasure of a glass of wine with you, madam."
Thank you, captain, but I never take wine," was the reply.
"Perfectly right, madam," put in the orator of the day ;
Though written that wine cheereth the heart of man it is no-
where said that it will have any such effect on the heart of
There wp a little by-play after this, between the orator and
the lady, the latter looking and speaking as if half disposed now
to take the wine, if only to prove that its effects might be as
But the captain rising,
cheering to the one sex as to the other.
interrupted the episode.
"Fill your glasses, gentlemen."" All charged," cried the vice.
1. The day we celebrate I �Dear to us only as the memorial
of an alliance between nations, which was to guaranty protection,
justice, and equal rights, to all.
The batteries being opened, the play went on without inter-
ruption : I shall go on with the toasts, seriatim.
2. The Constitution.�Either a bond for all, or a bond for none.
Not surely such a web as will bind fast the feeble, and through
which the strong may break away without restraint.
3. The Union.�The perfection of harmony, if, as it was de-
unity and
signed to be, in the language of Shakspeare, � the
married calm of States."�