Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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ciently to put on upon the instant every appearance of a quiet and
reconciled submission; and, having disposed of him at a quiet lodging
place, at the lower end of the town, and exacted from him a promise
to depart across the river as soon as night should set in, the party left
him. They previously gave him to understand that there were those
in town who could not again be restrained, in the event of a renewal
of his provocations. And he tacitly admitted his danger from these
rude hands, and by a nod for he did not speak he seemed to assent
to all that was required of him.
The party returned to the barbacue, late in the evening, and found
the company breaking up. Drayton was just driving off with Captain
Hammond, whose guest he continued to be, and, while at Snow Hill,
he continued to enjoy the escort of Hammond's Light Horse. Other
parties, the more staid and aged, were departing also for their several
abodes. But there was a goodly number of the Peep-o'-Day Boys,
who, almost as a matter of course, would make a night of it. Augusta
that night was to have the echoes awakened long after the chimes of
midnight. Others again, more soberly inclined, who remained in
town for business the next day, found quarters at the houses of sun-
dry of their city friends. Dick Marvin and his son were of this
number, persuaded to it by the invitation of Martin Joscelyn, who
said to him:
"Dick, you will lodge with me to-night; I've much to talk with
you about, and wish to ask you some questions especially touching
my brother, Stephen."
"I reckon, Martin, that nobody can tell you about Stephen Joscelyn
with more expeditious partiality than Dick Marvin."
"Well, I know that. You will stay with me? I have two rooms,
besides my office. I've got this poor fellow, Walter Dunbar, in one
of them, and he's in such a state that I would not have him disturbed,
and I'm thinking he needs to be watched throughout the night. You
can assist me in doing so; and when your boy, Dick, is asleep, we can
pore together over certain matters, about which, touching Stephen, I
am somewhat concerned. You will stop with me will you not?"
"Ask me if I won't be considerate of particulars, and satisfy you
and myself and young Dick together? Fact is, Martin, I looked to
you to ax me, and, if you hadn't done so, I should have constituted
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