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descendants are still in possession of their ancient patri-
*This, the oldest church in the Union, has very recently been pulled down as a nuisance; it was scarcely one story high, with painted glass in the windows. This painted glass was thus described to me by a lady of Albany :-Every member of the church, that is, the heads of families, had the escutcheon of his family, or his diploma, if a professional mang. painted on a page of glass, with his name, &c.]
they considered him, however, in the light of an 'idola-
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Amongst the great men of Albany, it will be expected, particularly by my western friends, that I am not to overlook one whose fame is held in veneration by them; I ting mean Governor Clinton. His Excellency De Witt Clinry. ton, the present governor of New-York, is about fifty years of age; he is six feet (at least) in height, robust, and a little inclined to corpulency; he is straight and
* Mr. V. R. seems to consider himself as nothing more t than a steward put here for the benefit of others.
well made; he walks erect with much ease and dignity; his complexion is fa.r, his face round and full, with a soft dark gray eye, his countenance mild and yielding; he regards you in silence, with a calm winning condescension, equally removed from servility and arrogance, while it inspires the beholder with admiration and spect. His whole deportment is dignified and commnanding, with all the ease and grace of an accomplished gentleman. Like all men of sense, he uses few words. I had two interviews with him, during which I never saw him smile, nor did he speak half a dozen words; in short, the predominant traits in his countenancé, are benignity, and modesty, lighted by 'genius. To a mind highly endowed by nature, he has added a rich store of practical and theoretical knowledge: in few words, Governor Clinton is a man of great size, great soul, great mind, and a great heart. To him may be applied that line of Thomson; "serene, yet warm; humane, yet firm his mind."-Perhaps his best eulogium is "The Governor of New-York." De Witt Clinton, Jun. about twenty. five years of age, promises fair to rival his father, in those qualities which constitute a great man. Fame begins to whisper his growing merit, and predicts the natural result of genius, improved by education. He is tall, and comely in his person, fair complexion, his features regular and handsome, his visage thin, his countenance soft, though luminous and pleasing. In his manners he is still more fascinating than his father. The ancestors of this distinguished family, were originally of Ireland; we hear of them, from their first arrival down to this day, filling the first offices of their country. Besides Mr. S. I met with many yankees in Albany, whose generosity and benevolence overwhelms a stranger with obligation and delight. Amongst these, I cannot forego a remark on O. Kane, Esq. His magnificent mansion and pleasure grounds, may well be styled an earthly paradise. He lives at the southern extremity of the city, in a most su perb building, which stands upon an eminence, with an extensive shrubbery in front, descending towards the Hudson. This shrubbery is enclosed by a parapet, and rommunicates with Market-street by an avenue leading aloud,
dignity from the front of the building. In the rear of the man
a soft sion are the gardens: the beauty and magnificence of the ;; be whole plan taken together, of this delightful spot, is only escen-equalled by its generous and hospitable owner.
It was my design to enliven these sketches with anecdotes, and detached incidents of daily occurrence, such as the gossip of the day, &c., but the principal subjects ished have so increased upon my hands, that I find it impossiwords.ble. I cannot, however, resist an anecdote of two countrymen at the theatre. They were in the same box with myself, and it appeared from their conversation, they ignity, had never witnessed a stage performance before. They ely en were both well dressed, the one a young, the other a actical midlde, aged man. The young man assumed a knowledge of the world, and explained to his friend the meaning of the wonders before them. "What is all them line of there things for, that's upon the doors, or whatever they are, that looks like they are painted, but I suppose that's the play," says the elderly man to his friend: "no, that's jest, I don't know what it's done for, but it isn't those the play," replied the friend: "You'll see live people a playing, and running about like mad, and making love, and making speeches, and the most funnyest things that ever you saw; John Steward says it will make you split your sides with laughing." "What's all them people soft, doing down there?" (pointing to the pit,) said the first, is still "O they're the players, you'll see um begin presently; of this (looking at his watch) it's most time." Thus the one continued to inquire, and the other to explain, until their patience became exhausted: the commencement of the play, being from some cause protracted nearly an hour rosity beyond the time mentioned in their bills, they in a vioation lent passion, at being cheated out of their money by a set of lazy fellows, that just made fun of them, were actually about to quit the box, when the bell rang, and I informed them the players were coming on the stage; at this moment the curtain flew up, and our fascinated strangers were amply compensated for the delay. It was amusing enough to hear them during the performance, "that's a tarnation pretty gall, is'nt she," all aloud. When the actress (as was sometimes the case,)
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