Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription JACK WITHERSPOON. 431
Bad enough, gineral. You'll have to put me in the odd
leaf of the orderly's book. I've got my certificate."
I hope not, rI'humby. We must see what can be done
for you. We can't spare any of our men," said Marion,
encouragingly. The dying man smiled feebly as he spoke
again :
I know you can't, and that makes me more sorry. But
you know me, gineral wasn't I a whig from the first ?"
I believe it I know it. You have done your duty
always.""Put that down in the orderly book I was a whig from
the first."
I will," said Marion.
" And after it, put down agen�he was a whig to the last."
I will."
Put down he never believed in the tories, and�" (here
he paused, chokingly, from a fit of coughing) and he always
made them believe in him.""You have done nobly in the good cause, John Wither-
spoon," said the general, while his eyes were filled with tears,
and you may well believe that Francis Marion, who honors
you, will protect your memory. Here is my hand."
The woodman pressed it to his lips.
Airnest --"
The youth bent over him. The arms of the dying man
were lifted; they clasped him round with a fervent grasp,
and brought his forehead down to his lips
Airnest !" he exclaimed once more, and then his grasp
was relaxed. He lay cold and lifeless; the rude but noble
spirit had gone from the humble but honorable dwelling, which
it had informed and elevated. The grief of Ernest Melli-
champe was speechless. And if the happiness of the pair,
united in the sweetest bonds by the hands of the dying man,
in that hour of pain, was ever darkened with a sorrow, it was
when .they thought that he who had served them so faithfully
had not been permitted to behold it.