Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
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woman instincts are most lively, and her susceptibilities most
quick to all that is generous and noble. She made the cakes
and prepared the supper for the guests that evening, and they
saw but little of her till the evening feast had been adjusted, and
was about to be discussed. By this time old Frederick Sabb had
made his appearance. He came, bringing with him three of his
neighbors, who were eager to hear the news. They were fol-
lowed, after a little space, and in season for supper, by another
guest�perhaps the most welcome of all to the old couple�in
the person of a favorite preacher of the methodist persuasion.
Elijah Fields, was a man of middle age, of a vigorous mind and
body, earnest and impetuous, and represented, with considerable
efficiency, in his primitive province, the usefulness of a church
which, perhaps, more than any other, has modelled itself after
that of the Primitive Fathers. We shall see more of Elijah
Fields hereafter. In the course of the evening, three other
neighbors made their appearance at the farmhouse of Frederick
Sabb ; making a goodly congregation upon which to exercise
the political abilities of Messrs. Wagner and Long. They were
all filled with a more or less lively curiosity in regard to the
events which were in progress, and the objects which the com-
missioners had in view. Four of these neighbors were of the
same good old German stock with Frederick Sabb, but two of
them were natives of the country, from the east bank of the
north branch of the Edisto, who happened to be on a visit to an
adjoining farmstead. The seventh of these was a young Scotch-
man, from Cross Creek, North Carolina, who had already declar-
ed himself very freely against the revolutionary movement. He
had, indeed, gone so far as to designate the patriots as traitors,
deserving a short cord and a sudden shrift ; and this opinion was
expressed with a degree of temper which did not leave it doubt-
ful that he would gladly seek an opportunity to declare himself
offensively in the presence of the commissioners. As we shall
see more of this person hereafter, it is only right that we should
introduce him formally to the reader as Matthew or Mat Dunbar.
He went much more frequently by the name of Mat than Mat-
thew. We may also mention that he was not entirely a politi-
cian. A feeling of a tender nature brought him to the dwelling
of old Sabb, upon whose daughter, Frederica, our young Scotch-