Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> Chapter XX: Grace's Discovery, and What She Got By It >> Page 193

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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received instructions from, Capt. Samuel Hammond, then one of the
best military leaders in that neighborhood; and he put himself in
correspondence also with other parties in Charleston, through whom
he procured a few common sabres, and a collection of horseman's
pistols. The letters of Drayton finally secured him promises from
the Council of Safety in the metropolis, of ample supplies at an early
His vigilance, activity and zeal, bringing him still more into notice,
he received the appointment as a member of the "Secret Committee"
of the precinct of country in which he dwelt. His life had been the
busiest, ever since the great meeting in Augusta; or rather, perhaps,
we should make it date from the period when he left the house of
Mrs. Kirkland. The blow he had on that occasion received from the
tongue of the fair, foolish woman, whom he had so unwisely fancied,
seemed to have stung him to a concentration of all his energies and
powers, in such a direction as would take him away from all thought
of that unhappy passion in which he was denied to hope.
Well might Walter Dunbar wonder ! Stephen Joscelyn was a won-
der to all who knew him to scores of men who knew him much
better than Dunbar. The latter knew Martin, his brother, to be a
man of great energies also; but even he could not compare with
Stephen. Well might Walter. feel all the pangs of a wounded self-
esteem, in making the enforded comparison between his own feeble-
ness of purpose and deficient performance, and the powers of that
really strong man, thus developing resources of might and character,
seemingly so inconsistent with his obvious defects and disadvantages.
The sense of shame, the agonies of envy, that followed the com-
parison thus forced upon his thought, even by the witless speaking of
Angelica, made him writhe, in the bitterness of his heart, when in his
own chamber; his mind ever recurring to .the supposed crime of
Stephen against himself. Brooding thus alone, only served to con-
firm, in his bosom, every sentiment of hate and bitterness which had
been provoked by the revelations made him. That these sentiments
should finally prompt him to some mode of expressing them, may
reasonably be conjectured.
Though he had subdued himself, on returning home with Angelica,
to a proper social deportment, it was yet evident to all the ladies of
the household, not excepting Angelica herself, that something had