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been rather from ignorance or inadvertence than from any conscious partialities.

It has been our aim to give specimens of the writings only of natives of the State. In a very few cases we have departed from this rule in regard to individuals, who have lived so long among us, as to have become identified with the State.

It will be observed, that a considerable proportion of the authors in our collection have not spent their lives in the State, but have sought their fortunes in other regions. But their writings may be considered as none the less native and characteristic; for it is the land of one's birth and early breeding, that forms the character and developes the powers. A sufficient reason for the departure of so many citizens from our State, may be found in the want of those large cities, which alone are able to reward brilliant talents.

This collection is by no means meagre in poetry. We are able to give a satisfactory answer to the query of a writer in the North American Review some ten years ago, who marvelled that a State, so rich in beautiful and sublime scenery as our own, had given no considerable indication of poetic talent. We refer to our pages for satisfactory proof, that the Muses have dwelt among our mountains, lakes and rivers, and that not only in sturdy enterprise, but in other respects, New Hampshire is not unworthy of her name, -the Scotland of America.

With these few suggestions, we present our work to the reader, asking for ourselves but the humble credit of compilation, and of course with no claim to the reputation of authorship.

Nashua, Dec. 11, 1841.

CONTENTS.

ISAAC HILL,

FLATTERY. THOMAS G. FESSENDEN,

WEST'S PICTURE OF THE INFANT SAMUEL. EPHRAIM PEABODY,..

THE FATHER'S CHOICE. MRS. SARAH J. HALE.

HOW THEY USED TO SPELL. WARREN BURTON,

HYMN FOR CHRISTMAS. NATHANIEL H. CARTER,.

THE TRUE DIGNITY OF WOMAN. SAMUEL WORCESTER,

THE GRAVE OF PAYSON. WILLIAM B. TAPPAN,.....

DUTIES OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. LEVI WOODBURY,.

SONG OF THE ANGELS IN FAUST.' GEORGE W. HAVEN,.

THE RIVER MERRIMAC. WILLIAM M. RICHARDSON,..

DANGERS INCIDENT TO A REPUBLIC. WILLIAM S. BALCH,.

THE DEATH OF AN INFANT. WILLIAM B. 0. PEABODY,.

RECOLLECTIONS OF PETERBOROUGH. JAMES WILSON.....

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91

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100

102

107

109

SONNETS. THOMAS C. UPHAM,......

114

THE STUDIES OF AN ORATOR. SAMUEL G. BROWN,,

115

ROUSSEAU AND COWPER. CARLOS WILCOX,....

120

THE CENTENNIAL OF PETERBOROUGH. JOHN H. MORISON,

122

THE COURSE OF CULTURE. THOMAS G. FESSENDEN,..

127

KNOWLEDGE OF EACH OTHER IN A FUTURE STATE. J. E. ABBOT,

129

PRAYER. NATHANIEL A. HAVEN,....

132

THE MILITIA OF THE REVOLUTION. HENRY HUBBARD,

133

BOCHIM. MRS. ELIZA B. THORNTON,...

140

MORAL AND INTELLECTUAL CULTURE. JESSE APPLETON,.

141

THE WHITE CLOVER. MISS SARAH SMITH,

146

A MELTING STORY. FROM THE 'PICAYUNE.' G. W. KENDALL,... 147

THE WHITE MOUNTAINS. WILLIAM B. TAPPAN,...

151

CHARACTER OF REV. DR. PARKER. SAMUEL E. COUES,

152

THE VICTOR'S CROWN. MRS. SARAH J. HALE,....

155

NIGHT FROM THE 'LAY PREACHER.' JOSEPH DENNIE,

156

THE SUMACH TREE. MRS. ELIZA B. THORNTON,..

159

THREE HOURS AT SAINT CLOUD. LEWIS CASS,

160

THE AUTUM EVENING. WILLIAM B. 0. PEABODY,

166

WOMAN AND CHRISTIANITY. JOSEPH S. BUCKMINSTER, .

167

THE EAGLE'S SPEECH. HORATIO HALE,

172

EARLY BAPTISTS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. EBENEZER E. CUMMINGS,. 174

CASUAL COUNSEL. HORACE GREELEY,

178

THE MAIDEN AT CHURCH. BENJAMIN B. FRENCH,

180

THE HOMES OF NEW ENGLAND. ABIEL A. LIVERMORE,.

181

WATCH AND PRAY. JOHN G. ADAMS,.

184

MY GRANDMOTHER'S ELM. MRS. MARY ANN SULLIVAN,

185

MORALS OF THE CURRENCY. NATHAN APPLETON,.

186

DEATH OF MURRAY. MRS. L. J. B. CASE, :

189

DEATH OF HAMILTON. PHIL ANDER CHASE,

190

FRANCONIA MOUNTAIN NOTCH. HARRY HIBBARD,

195

WASHINGTON. BENJAMIN ORR,.

199

NAPOLEON AT MELUN. MRS. SUSAN R. A. BARNES,.

201

FREEDOM AND PROGRESS. CHARLES G. ATHERTON,

203

CHOCORUA'S CURSE. CHARLES J. FOX,......

208

THE DEATH OF HARRISON. CHARLES B. HADDUCK,.

210

ORDINATION HYMN. GEORGE KENT,

214

RATHER HYPERBOLICAL. HORATIO HALE,

215

THE STUDY OF THE CLASSICS. EDWIN D. SANBORN, .

216

THE OLD MAN'S LAST DREAM. BENJAMIN B. FRENCH,

220

THE FRIEND OF AN HOUR. HARRIETTE V. M. FRENCH,

222

THE M'LEAN ASYLUM FOR THE INSANE. LUTHER V. BELL,

223

SPRING IN NEW ENGLAND. CARLOS WILCOX, ..

226

MYSTERY, REASON, FAITH. EPHRAIM PEABODY,

229

THE ARMY OF THE CROSS. MRS. SUSAN R. A. BARNES,

232

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THE TREASURED HARP. JAMES T. FIELDS,

234

LOVEWELL'S FIGHT. JOHN FARMER,....

235

THE OPIUM SHIPS. WILLIAM B. TAPPAN,

239

THE BURDOCK. MISS s, W. LIVERMORE,.

240

THE PULPIT STAIRS OF RURUTU. WILLIAM LADD,.

241

LINES. 0. W. B. PEABODY,...

245

PASSAGES IN THE HISTORY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. SALMA HALE,.. 246

THE AMERICAN EAGLE. MRS. ELIZA B. THORNTON,..

250

GOD IS LOVE.
HOSEA BALLOU,..

351

EDUCATION IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. NATHANIEL BOUTON,.

252

THE MIRACLE. CHARLES J. FOX, .....

258

THE COMPASSION OF CHRIST. HOSEA BALLOU,

260

COMMERCE. JAMES T. FIELDS,.

263

DUTIES OF AMERICAN MOTHERS. DANIEL WEBSTER,

265

THE FAREWELL. MRS. EUNICE T. DANIELS,.

268

SECTARIANISM AND INFIDELITY. RALPH EMERSON,.

270

THE DIVISION OF THE EARTH. GEORGE W. HAVEN,.

274

RHYMES BY A NORTHMAN. B. B. FRENCH,...

275

THE IDEAL OF A TRUE LIFE. HORACE GREELEY,.

276

LINES FOR MY COUSIN'S ALBUM. HORATIO HALE,.

280

APHORISMS. JOSEPH BARTLETT,

281

THE FIRST SPRING FLOWER. MRS. EUNICE T. DANIELS,

284

THOMAS ADDIS EMMET. CHARLES G. HAINES, .

285

THE NOVICE. SAMUEL T. HILDRETH,..

289

THE NATIONAL DEFENCES. FRANKLIN PIERCE,...

291

THE TREASURES OF THE SEA. MRS. CAROLINE ORNE..

394

THE GOOD WIFE. GEORGE W. BURNAP,.

296

TO MY BIBLE. JOHN G. ADAMS,......

300

THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. GEORGE SULLIVAN,

301

*THE INDEPENDENT FARMER. THOMAS G. FESSENDEN,....

304

SPRING IS COMING. HUGH MOORE,

305

INSANITY AND CRIME. ICHABOD BARTLETT,.

306

THE BACKWOODSMAN. EPHRAIM PEABODY,

309

AGRICULTURE: ITS DIGNITY AND IMPORTANCE. JOHN A. DIX,

311

FAME AND LOVE. SAMUEL T. HILDRETH,.

315

I WOULD NOT LIVE ALWAY. OTIS A. SKINNER,

316

THE AUTUMN ROSE. MISS MARY S. PATTERSON,

319

THE TRUE PATRIOT. JEREMIAH SMITH,...

320

SLEIGHING SONG. JAMES T. FIELDS,.....

324

THE AMERICAN EDUCATION SOCIETY. WILLIAM COGSWELL,.....

325

THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH. A SCHOOL GIRL,.

328

THE WATER OF LIFE. W. B. 0. PEABODY,

329

LEONORE D'ESTE. MRS. L. J. B. CASE,. ....

334

CHARACTER OF REV. JOSEPH EMERSON. CALEB J. TENNEY,

336

HEROES OF THE REVOLUTION. MRS. EUNICE T. DANIELS,

338

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