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him not to be discouraged too much at his wrestlers were called in one after the want of success. The president has tried him other, until Westbury was again “ thrown on M'Gillivray first, and he did not suit the skill of the savage, but we cannot argue
out,” the Waterbury champion having from that circumstance that he could not fit grounded the last of the rival party. At as easy as a full-bottomed wig upon the fat- | this period, when the signs of exultation headed, sot-headed, and crazy-headed sov- on one side and chagrin on the other were ereigns of Europe. Tell him this story also becoming manifest, a stranger was dragged for his comfort, and to encourage his hopes in from the outer circle of the ring to conof speedy employment. A king being angry with an embassador, asked him whether his tend for the Westbury boys. The parties master had no wise men at court, and was, placed themselves in position, and began therefore, obliged to send him & fool. Sire,
by “playing round" to find each other's said the other, my master has many wise men about his court; but he conceived me the most qualities. After a little time the stranger, proper embassador to your majesty. Upon watching his opportunity, caught his anthis principle I am in daily expectation of tagonist's foot, and threw him upon the hearing that he is appointed minister plenipo fire. Shouts filled the air, and the victor to George, Louis, or the Stadtholder."
disappeared. Great was the exploit, and This specimen of the humor of the au- great the mystery of the affair ; but the thor of M'Fingal reminds me of a story secret finally leaked out.
The story that is related of his father, the Rev. John reached the ears of the Rev. Mr. LeavenTru mbull, which should have appeared in worth, (of Waterbury,) and the next time a former article. It was said of this gen- he met his brother Trumbull he rebuked tleman, that if one of his people turned him for his levity, and censured him, parEpiscopalian, he would buy his farm. ticularly, for throwing his rival upon the
Mr. Trumbull was not tall, but a stout, fire, by which his clothes and flesh were athletic man.
He was sound, shrewd, scorched. Trumbull agreed that he had and humorous. Horses he was fond of, been guilty of levity ; but for the scorchand bought and sold them frequently with ing, he thought it his duty to give his (Mr.
Leavenworth's) parishioners a foretaste On this account he was sometimes ir- of what they might expect after sitting reverently called “jockey Trumbull.” | under his preaching !* He loved innocent sports, and had once But to return, after this long digression, been a great wrestler. A story is told to Colonel Humphreys. During his resiof him, which, though it may not be wholly dence in Europe he wrote several of his true, is probably not a pure invention. best compositions in verse; he correspondAt any rate, it illustrates the manners of ed at this time with his friend Dwight, in the times. The Waterbury and West- poetical epistles. He addressed a sonbury people were in the habit of meeting net “ To the Prince of Brazil," on his deat some half-way place, in the long au- parture from Lisbon, which was translated tumnal evenings, to contend as wrestlers. into Portuguese verse. His correspondThey met around a fire, and the sport was ence with General Washington was of the commenced by two second-rate athletes. most friendly and confiding character, and When one was thrown, the vanquished Washington expressed a strong desire called in another from his own side, the that he would, after his return from Euobject being to vanquish the victor. rope, make Mount Vernon his permanent Thus the experts were called out in suc- residence as the companion of his declincession, and he who remained last on his ing years. legs was the bully of the night. In sev
“ On the industry of the eral contests, at the time of which I am United States," which was composed, he speaking, Waterbury had proved too much tells us," on the delightful banks of the for Westbury. Mr. Trumbull heard of Tagus, where his days were pleasantly the defeat of his boys, and partook of their passed in the enjoyment of health, happimortification. On occasion of the next ness, and content,” he says : contest he disguised himself, and went down unknown, except to two or three, to give “material aid,” if necessary. The
For the foregoing story the writer is indebted to “The History of Waterbury," by
Henry Bronson, M. D., about to be issued by * Gibhs's Memoirs of the Administrations of Wash
Messrs. Bronson Brothers, Waterbury, a work ington and Jolin Adams,
of sterling merit.
In his poem
Portuguese soldiers. On the 10th of April, 1802, they were embarked in the Tagus, on board the ship Perseverance, of two hundred and fifty tons.
In about fifty days they were landed at Derby, in Connecti cut; they having been shifted at New York on board a sloop destined to that river."
Soon after this General Humphreys commenced the establishment of manufactories, to which I have before alluded, at Humphreysville The cloths that were produced here were highly valued. Some of the first satinet manufactured at this place was sold as high as $4 per yard. When Mr. Madison took his oath of office as president, he was dressed in a full suit of American woolens, of which Colonel Humphreys's manufactory furnished the
coat, and Chancel"O may my guidance from the downs of Spain | lor Livingston's the waistcoat and smallLead a white flock across the western main;
clothes. Famed like the bark that bore the Argonaut, Should be the vessel with the burden fraught !
General Humphreys had, at one time, Clad in the raiment my Merinos yield;
several hundred sheep. Many were sent Like Cincinnatus, fed from my own field; to the West through his agents ; he never Far from ambition, grandeur, care, and strife,
transacted any business of this kind himIn sweet fruition of domestic life; There would I pass, with friends, beneath my
self. The bucks were occasionally sold trees,
as high as two thousand dollars, and afterWhat rests from public life, in letter'd ease." ward resold, in parts, at considerably adThis wish was subsequently gratified.
vanced prices. When the sheep comOn his departure from Spain he purchased manded the highest price, old Doctor a flock of one hundred of the best selected Danae, of New Haven, asked him, “Why Merino breed of sheep. In his “ Disserta
sell your sheep, general ?" tion on the Breed of Sheep called Merino,”
“ Doctor Danae," he replied, “you know a greal deal more about divinity than you
do about Merino sheep.” “Convinced that this race of sheep, of which, About the time of the Merino sheep I believe, not one had been brought to the mania, or a little before, the otter breed of United States until the importation by myself, might be introduced with great benefit to our sheep attracted considerable attention here. country, I contracted with a person of the most They were supposed to have been a cross respectable character, to deliver to me, at Lis between the otter and the native sheep. bon, one hundred, from one to two years' old. This species could not be successfully They were conducted, with proper passports, across the country of Portugal, by three Spanish propagated. General Humphreys sent out shepherds, and escorted by a small guard of leton of this breed to Sir Joseph
he says :
Banks, who gave it to Mr. Pritchard, the dustry of the United States,” “On the celebrated comparative anatomist, who Love of Country,” “ On the Death of Genpronounced it to be a scrofulous breed. eral Washington.” In prose, the “ Life These sheep were highly valued, on ac of General Putnam," “ Dissertation on the count of their short legs and quiet habits. Merino Sheep,” etc., etc.
For these last-mentioned facts I am General Humphreys received, while in indebted to Doctor Eli Ives, of New active life, the degree of Doctor of Laws Haven. I must beg my lady readers will from three American colleges, and was aspardon me for introducing the following sociated as member or fellow with numerfrom the same source. My informant did ous literary associations both in Europe not vouch for its authenticity, but said and America. He died of an organic atthat, in the height of the Merino sheep fection of the heart, at New Haven, 21st speculation, it was currently reported that February, 1818, aged 65 years, and was there was one woman in Humphreysville interred in the old cemetery of that city. who knocked an infant child in the head, The monument seen in the illustration is in order to bring up a Merino lamb in its composed of granite, and is about twelve place.
feet in height. The Latin inscription upon From 1802 until 1812 Colonel Humph it was written by his early and faithful reys devoted himself almost exclusively to friend John Trumbull. It is upon two agricultural and manufacturing pursuits. tablets of copper, inserted into the sides His introduction of the Merino sheep was of the pedestal. The following is a transan important and valuable accession to the lation of it: agricultural and manufacturing interests
"David Humphreys, Doctor of Laws, Member of the country. So important was this
of the Academy of Sciences of Philadelphia, event deemed at the time, that the “Mas Massachusetts, and Connecticut; of the Bath sachusetts Society for the Promotion of [Agricultural] Society, and of the Royal Society Agriculture” recorded it upon a gold medal
of London. Fired with the love of country and
of liberty, he consecrated his youth wholly to which they presented to him, with appro
the service of the Republic, which he defended priate devices, and a complimentary in by his arms, aided by his counsels, adorned by scription.
his learning, and preserved in harmony with In 1812 Colonel Humphreys took com
foreign nations. In the field he was the conmand of a corps of state troops, composed
panion and aid of the great Washington, a
colonel in the army of his country, and comof " volunteers exempt by law from mili mander of the Veteran Volunteers of Connectitary duty.” He was then commissioned cut. He went Embassador to the courts of as the special commander, with the rank Portugal and Spain, and returning enriched his
native land with the true golden fleece. He was of brigadier-general. His public services
a distinguished historian and poet; a model terminated with the limitation of this ap
and patron of science, and of the ornamental pointment.
and useful arts. After a full discharge of every The portrait of General Humphreys duty, and a life well spent, he died on the 21st accompanying this article is from an en
day of February, 1818, aged 65 years." graving in “ Herring's Portrait Gallery," from the original by Gilbert Stuart in the Mind Little Things.—Mr. Emerson, Trumbull Gallery at New Haven. To in his lectures on New England, relates the very interesting biographical account the following anecdote : An opulent merof General Humphreys published in that chant in Boston was called on by a friend work, the writer is indebted for many facts in behalf of a charity. At that time he contained in this notice
was admonishing his clerk for using whole The occasional literal y pivuuvions of wafers instead of halves; his friend General Humphreys were first collected thought the circumstances unpropitious, in 1804, and published in an octavo but to his surprise, on listening to the apvolume, dedicated “ To the Duke de peal, the merchant subscribed five hundred Rochefoucault." His poem addressed dollars. The applicant expressed his as“ To the Armies of the United States of tonishment that any person who was so America” was translated into French by particular about half a wafer should prethe Marquis de Chastellux. In the vol- sent five hundred dollars to a charity ; but ume to which I refer are poems “ On the the merchant said, “ It is by saving half Happiness of America,” “ On the Future wafers, and attending to such little things, Glory of the United States,'
,” « On the In- | that I have now something to give."
COALS OF FIRE.
IT. [T is a Scriptural expression ; you will in every man's history which are guarded
find it in connection with what seems with jealousy from the prying curiosity a strange and unintelligible declaration in of friends, neighbors, and acquaintances. one of Paul's epistles. A little narrative There are also, in the history of most will make the apostle's reasoning clear, men's lives, occurrences, not altogether and may possibly be of some practical secret and hidden, but the memory of benefit to you, reader, to-day. If you which inflicts many a sharp pang, and have no opportunity of testing it just at whose memorials are gladly consigned to present, treasure it up: it is more than oblivion. There is a false shame, too, probable, a thousand to one at least, that which sometimes causes us to blush more such a time will come.
deeply at the remembrance of some byIt has been said that there are secrets gone innocent but unfortunate contre
temps, than at the consciousness of more 66 We'll have it printed by all means ; glaring faults and misdoings.
but, I say, this is a funny affair, this Abraham Reid was not without this courtship. I never heard of it before. Is weakness. He was susceptible of ridi- there any truth in it?" cule ; and perhaps there were few men “As true as can be, Harpur says; and who had, in the course of their lives, less he knew all about it at the time. But exposed themselves to the assaults of true or not, it does not matter ; for you this terrible bugbear than he. But there see, if it isn't true, why, then, 'tis another
one weak and assailable point in Abraham that's meant, that's all.” his history, which he would gladly have Now this, or some such conversation, blotted out if he could. It was a painful passed between two active committeereminiscence of a matrimonial disappoint- men on the eve of an important election ment, which had tinged his life with a at which Reid was a candidate ; and the shade of sobriety, if not of melancholy; next day, among other electioneering pabut which, notwithstanding this, was at- pers, and placards, and squibs of various tended by circumstances which he fancied kinds, which were plentifully fired off, and were supremely ridiculous.
scattered, and posted, was a witty hroHappily for his peace of mind, these chure, entitled, “ Abraham's Courtship; circumstances were but little known; and, or, Many a Slip 'tween the Cup and the exercising the wise discretion of author- Lip." craft, we do not intend to reveal them. What Abraham's courtship had to do But neither were they altogether un- with the election, or that it could have known. One confidante, and only one, nothing to do with it, was a matter of apart from his faithful and sympathizing little consequence. The story, distorted sister, shared in the knowledge; and that and ridiculously caricatured, served the one was his once friend, whom he had purpose of raising a laugh against a rescued from ignominy and loaded with staunch opponent, and this was just what benefits-Charles Harpur.
was intended ; for, gross as was the libel,
there was no mistaking for whom it was “ Capital, capital ! That will do fa- intended ; and it was too nice a tit-bit of mously. But, I say, rather sharp upon scandal to be disregarded. poor Reid, too, isn't it?"
Our friend Abraham, however, was for “O! all fair at election time, you know. a time happily unconscious of the shaft It will take, then, you think ?"
which had been aimed his reputation “Of course it will; we'll have it printed for wisdom and gravity, and was at a to-day. By the way, who wrote it ?" loss to interpret some distant allusions
“ Harpur. Really a clever fellow that.” which reached his ears, and merry smiles
“Clever, and not over-scrupulous. which met his eyes. But at last a friend Now, if I were in Harpur’s place, I would put into his hand the obnoxious paper. as soon have had my fingers cut off, as He knew at once the quiver whence that have written that on paper."
shaft had been taken, and the hand that Really, you don't say so! Why?" had aimed it; and, with a bitter excla
· Why! why there is not another man mation, he folded the Hudibrastic satire, who has done so much for Harpur as Reid and, with a trembling hand, placed it in has. He was the making of him, that's all.” his pocket-book.
“Ah! well, that was a long time ago, “He shall repent this, if he lives and I suppose. They have been no very great I live," he said ; " the ingrate! the cronies lately, and there seems to be a traitor!” hitch somewhere. Harpur tells me that In course of time these words reached • Reid insulted him once in some money Harpur's ears. Repent it, shall I ?” he transactions, and wanted to crow over him said ; “I'll take care not to put myself about some old grievance or another, and in his power, as I was fool enough to do now he means to take it out of him.' So,
I owe him nothing now.” of course, if he likes to do it, 'tis nothing Nothing ! nothing but love, nothing but to anybody else ; and this will tell. I gratitude, nothing but respect, nothing but shouldn't wonder at its driving Reid off the reverence, Charles Harpur! And did it field; for he won't like being made a not occur to the witty rhymester that the laughing-stock."
| object of his satire might have taken