Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Transcription quently called a council of war, after do-
sing the window. This council consis-
ted of himself, Mrs o'Counelly and her
daughter, a fair blue-eyed and rather in.
young woman, and an old.de-
crepid servant named Caesar, all of whom
had, with much difficulty, been awaken-
ed to their danger. To these was added,
in time, from the other extremity of. the
house, one Captain Archer, a philosophi.
cal, and rather cold thin gentleman with
green eyes and red hair. The Sergeant-
in token of his superior ability, assumed
to direct the whole engine of defence,
and the military arrn tnent of the estab-
lishm'ent was at once mustered and put
in requisition, and under his command.
At a period, and in a situation when at-
tacks of the kind were by no means un-
frequent, The stock of arms in the 'Ould
Linn' was not so contemptible as we
might, otherwise, have been led to sus-
pect. It consisted of two tower muskets
of an inch bore: three old cutlasses, one
pair of horseman, and one pair of pocket
pistols, a sabre, a pontoon, and three
pounds and a half of powder, besides a
proportionate quantity of shot. The va-
lor of the Sergeant grew vigorous as he,
beheld this seasonable supply, and he
immediately prepared for resistance and
defence. Captain Archer took his station
at the observatory which the Sergeant
had lately oceupied, with strict injunc-
tions to. do the" enemy as much injury as
he could, and by no means suffer himself
to he killed. He received as his aid the
negro Cesar and one pound of powder,
together with a cutlass, a pistol, and a
musket, with sufficient shot for the des-
truction of the whole Estatoe nation.
Thus equipped, we shall perceive,. that
although a cold and phlegmatic gentle-
man he maintained his post gallantly,
and with the most signal success.