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Chatham semi-weekly courier. (Chatham, Col[umbia] Co[unty], N.Y.) 1903-1907, February 17, 1906, Image 2

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The Troopers. We clattered into the village street. and up to the Rose and Crown, And we roared a toast to the Tory host as we tossed his liquor down \Long life to General Washington' He's a gentleman, we trow' But death to a thing like a tyrant King, and bis vassal, my Lord Howts!\ Then wo doffed the hat as down w e sat, and bade aim fatten the board, And, when he whfmperedjand wheezed and whined we gave ' him a clank of the sword.; By his own wide~Eearth 'twas a mat­ ter for mirth tp see him bend - and cow, -r This cringing thing to a tyrant King, and his vassal, my Lord Howe. We had ridden fast, we had ridden far, and under the stars had slept; Out of the night'for the foray fight we Into the dawn had crept; Long and late we had laughed at fate, and had hungered dl t, and now 'Twas a goodly thing t o feast like a King, and hjs vassal, my great Lord Howe! We had kissed our mothers and kissed our wives and kissed our sweethearts true; As a grain of sand w e had held our lives in the work we bad to do, We were \Rebels\ all, proud name, Got wot' because we would not bow Our heads to a thing like a tyrant King, and his vassal, my great Lord Howe' \To saddle lads'\ was the word we heard leap blithe from the Cap­ tain's tongue, So we raised a rouse for .the Tory housu as out of th e door we flung \Long life to General Washington! He's a gentleman, we trow' But death to a thing like a tyrant King, and his vassal, my great Lord Howe'\ —Clipton Soollard, in Leslie's Weekly 0 L\ The quaint old steel engraving which shows George and Martha Washington sitting by a table, while the Custis children stand dutifully by, Is a familiar picture in many households, yet few of us remember that the first Lady of the White House was .not always first in the _^flej£Lof her husband. The years have brought us as a people a growing reverence for him who was in truth the \Father of His ttonntry.\ Time has Invested him •with godlike attributes, yet none the less be was a man among men, and the hot blood of youth ran tumult­ ously in bis veins. At the age of fifteen, like many an- other schoolboy, Washington fell in love. The man who was destined to der memories of the mother may have been mingled with Washington's fond­ ness for the young soldier. When Braddock's 'defeat brought the soldier again to Mount Vernon, to rest from the fatigues of the cam­ paign, there is abundant evidence to prove that he had become a person­ age in the eyes of women. Yet in spite of the attractions in Washington's headquarters in 1776— Virginia, we find him journeying to Boston, on military busihess, by way of New York. The hero of Braddock's stricken field found every door open before him. He waB feted in Phila­ delphia, and the aristocrats of Man­ hattan gave dinners In honor of the strapping young soldier from the wll-ds of Virginia, M4ft¥flS~CTJSTIS. Washington fell.Jn love with her at first slght~ah'd then proposed to her at their .second' meeting. MARY PHILIPSE. A beautiful and ardent Tqry, Who might have changed history, had she accepted Washington. he the Commander of the Revolution- *ryArmy--wandered-throu6h. the shad­ ed groves, o't Mount Vernon compos- tog verses,'which ' frbm a critical - -atandpolht^lwere.very..bad. Scraps of verse were mingled with notes of sur­ veys, and interspersed with the ac- •counts which that methodical states- .man kept-from his schooldays until lie died. ; \ He wrote at length to several of his friends concerning his youthful pas­ sions. In. the telltale pages of the diary\ fdr\I748 there is this draft of a letter:/ \ ''Dear^Fjr.Iend Robin:—My place of Residence's at present a t His Lord­ ship's, '•wh 'ereV'X might, was my heart ilteengaged^pass my time very pleas­ antly, aff>there*8 a very agreeable Young-iladyi/Lives in the* same house (CoL Qeofge Fairfax's Wifels 8Ister;; hut' as that's only adding fuel to fire, it makes me the more uneasy, for by of ten. and unavoidably being in Com­ pany\ with -iter revives my former Pas­ sion for your Lowlarid Beauty; where­ as' Was f to live more retired from . „ : young Women I l irifght in some meas- -*^ —Tire '-eliviate -frmy i; ^orj»ows fcy; buryonfe that chaste -ksd troublesome Passion =—iir'the-gra ^JcijShUiL?? 1 J? r J& er ,P a l 1 ' 6r * getf alnjass;, for as I am \very Weil as-' rrr ^sur^itlrtbat'a'\lhe oDly^tidbte^r-retffc-] edfctliitrJ^h^rhe/'relleVed-hy-or onTy\ ~ ^-re\(^*Hh«t'-coadminister any .cure -•\toirhelpto;.nieV-a&-^Sn? &cjbeonvlncjg(L \war 5 I xeiiiii b-\aTtempt--anytIilrfs I j_^aho^o^yjeVMe >»^t :vtffljft. would - .-ohIFh ^^d .Ing -grie'fno ^^sluesVs-^ The \L^^a^a31ie~aufy••- , - was MliS \Stary *laii^V3^rt*!W -S^f <Wt sax -whether'er ^ojE ^ane Sy«t knestjofj ^ashlngtoaSR adoration!'bufrstJe'Tnar-- *m Henry-,.^ee/; : '- , ^lght-.ft'ysg^ftg; At the house of his friend Beverly Robinson, he met Miss Mary Phlllpse, and speedily surrendered She was a beautiful, cultured nomas-,- twenty-five years old, who had traveled widely and bad seen much of the world. Ho promptly proposed to her, and was re­ fused, but with exquisite grace and tact. But graver affairs soon claimed his attention, and he did not g o back, though a friend wrote to him that 'Lieutenant-Colonel Morris was besieg­ ing the citadel. She married Morris, and their house in Morristown be­ came the headquarters of the Tories, the owner and hie wife being fugitive Tories. Once again how history might have been changed had Mary Phlllpse married her Virginia lover. In the spring of 1758. Washington met his fate. He waa riding on feorse- b'aclt from Mount Vernon to Williams­ burg with important dispatches. In crossing a ford of the Pamunkey he fell'in with a-Mr. Charaberlyne, who Jived in tie nfiighborhood, i^ith true Virginian hospitaljty he prevailed up­ on Washington to- take dinner at his •house, making the arrangement with difficulty, however, since the soldier was impatient to get t o Williamsburg. Once Inside the Colonial house, whose hospitable halls breathed wel­ come, his. impatience, and even the errand itself, were well-nigh forgot­ ten, A negro' servant Jed his horse, up and down the graveled walk in front of the house; the servant grew tired, the horse pawed and sniffed with impatience—and Washington lin­ gered. A petite, hazel-eyed woman—she who was once Patsy Danrldge, but now the widow of Daniel Parke Cus­ tis—'was delaying important affairs. At nightfall the distracted warrior re­ membered his mission, and made a hasty adieu. Mr Chamberlyne, meet­ ing him at the door, laid a restraining hand upon his arm.. \No guest ever leaves -my house after sunset,\ he said. The horse was put up, the servant given his liberty, and Washington re­ mained until the next morning, when with new happiness in his heart, he dashed on to Williamsburg. She was twenty-six, some three months younger than Washington; wealthy and bad tw o children. Mr. Custis was much older than his \Pat­ sy,\ for she was married when she was but seventeen. H e was a faith­ ful and affectionate husband, but he had not appealed to her imagination, and it was \doubtless through her Im­ agination that the big Virginia Colonel won her heart. She left Mr. Ohamberlyne's and went to her home—the \White House\ —near William 's Ferry The story is that when Washington came from Williamsburg he was met at the ferry by one of Mrs. Custis' slaves. \fs your mistress at home?\ he Inquired of the negro who was rowing him across the river \Yes sah,\ replied the darky, then added, slyly, \I reckon you am de man what am expected \ It was late In the afternoon of the next day when Washington took his departure, but he bh-d her promise, and was happy. A ring was ordered from Philadelphia, and is duly set down in his accounts, \one engage­ ment ring, two pounds sixteen shil­ lings.\ On the sixth of the following Janu­ ary they were married In the little Church of St. Peter. Once again the Rev. Mr. Mossum, in full canonicals, married \Patsy\ Danridge to the man of her choice. The bridegroom wore a blue cloth coat lined with red silk and ornamented with silver trim­ mings. His vest was of embroidered white satin, his shoe and knee buc­ kles were of solid gold, his hair was powdered, and a dress-sword hung at his side The bride was attired In heavy brocaded white silk, Inwoven, with silver thread She wore a white satin quilted petticoat with a heavy corded white silk overskirt, and high- heeled shoes of white satin, with buckles of brilliants. She had ruffles of rich point-lace, pearl necklace, ear­ rings and bracelets, and was attend­ ed by three bridesmaids. There was no seer t o \predict that -j some time the little-lady in white sat­ in would spend long hours knitting Btockings for the men of her hus­ band's army, and that night after night would find her. In a long gray cloak, at the side of the wounded, hearing from stiffening lips the husky whisper, \God bless you, Lady Wash­ ington'\ All through the troublous times which followed Washington was the lover as well as the husband. He took a-father's place with the little chil­ dren, treating them with affection, yet never swerving from the path of ab­ solute justice. With the fondness of a lover he ordered fine clothes for her from London. THE ENGLISH WASHINGTON Where Family of Foremost American Wat Fh-at Known. Washington's Birthday at the begin­ ning of the last century was scarcely noticed outside the United States; to­ day it is celebrated everywhere,-not only in America—\his country\—but In all parts of the civilized world. Of the stock from which sprang the founder of American liberty compara­ tively little Is known among the - gen-' eral public. George Washington was descended from a Yorkshire family of Import­ ance, as were also Penn and Wla- throp, the first Governor of Massa­ chusetts. These three were - mere&f- private English gentlemen, men of education and leisure, who might have lived and died unknown had their lot been cast in happier times. Fervent loyalty was always the characteristic of the Washingtons, and even George Washington himself fought for the Georges against the French. In Crom­ well's reign an attempt was made to restore Charles II., and John Wash­ ington and his brother were implicat­ ed. But they -were more fortunate Brington comprises Great and Lit­ tle Brington, with the hamlet of No- bottle. In the chancel of the church Is a floor stone, with arms, to Lau­ rence Washington, 1616 Jwho removed here from Sulgrave, and Margaret (Butler) his wife, and there is also Inscribed brass with the same arms, differenced by a crescent, t o Robert Washington, younger brother of the above, ob. 1622, and Elizabeth, his wife. This Laurence Washington was the father of the Rev Laurence Wash­ ington, M A., of Sulgrave, and rector of l^irlelgh, Essex, 1633-34, whose two sons John and Laurence, -emigrated in 1657 to Virginia. Sulgrave is In a pleasant rural part of England, not far from Banbury and from Whittel- bury Forest. The mansion of the Washingtons was probably at one time the priors' dwelling, and was al­ tered for their use. Part of i t still re­ mains, and is converted into a farm­ house, and in a buttery hatch is a piece of stained glass with the Wash­ ington 'crest upon it John Washington, of South Cave Castle, was the great-grandson of the lord of the manor of \Sulgrave. South Cave Castle has, of course, undergone some modernizing since the Washing- great:'Valae-is'-jtetX' ^ifU^jS?®^ Sulgrave Is- not;-in '^jaytg^a^sepl'l \stately horn?.\ It isf-a gabled, Ivw\ covered, sixteenth century farmhousejf with about the sam^Jttumber^pf.^Do^*' as the typt(^'^«u^uri^' l <^)l.l ^y^ | , : : Americans ther -mosV ^ttfioUyji^^|%UJi of the house -^~fh «'i>rejeM^^tS'ri within, anft without the .entrance^6|ch^;i of the WaBhlngtonrs^B^aj^'ec^JikX stone—two red UAj^i^^^WpS. upon a silver ground»\or -U^u^^i^ ie tongue, \urgent two \fiati^.-gulgs^ in chief, three mullets ;bf ;£h§Sels«»Jd2«5 Here many think ^'^e^jttte^t ^i^ of the Stars and Strfr^'a df?ffie^|}teS;: States -flagv Was^tngton ^fB^feoj ^t^; have .worn these arhiB : \upon'''h |Bj 'Bj ^j^ ! ': ring. . ' * \'\-v &yF- -i - The shields were probably placed - to the Sulgrave. porch _Jty_lAurenci» Washington, lord of the manor;* wJS was twice Mayor of Northamptonshire in the time of Henry VHI„ from w£ora! he had received a grant of lands' which had belonged to the? Tprlory : o£ Canons Ashby. His son Robert was the last, as he-had been the firstj Washington of Sulgrave, for ' sdino. twenty years after his death tho little estate (which now amounts to 200 acres) had to be sold, the family mV grating to Brington, not far away, pefc' haps to be near their powerful re* lations, the Spencers, of Althorp. Infe­ rence Washington, the grandson, of the Lord Sulgrave, is buried in GreaJ Brington Church, with others of file­ name, and their tombs have long beerj objects of pilgrimage from over the water. The family waa very prolI0c*r~' Laurence, of Sulgrave, -hail eleven children, and his grandson. Laurence, of Brington, seventeen. MARTHA WASHINGTON'S LETTEft, Belvoir, Where Washington Spent the Happiest Pays of His Youth. George's FIrat Love. Martha Custis was not Washing­ ton's first love. He wrote sentimen­ tal verses to Mary Bland as a lad, and before he was seventeen he was enamored of'the beautiful sister of the wife of GeoEge Fairfax. A few years later, on a military errand to Boston, he was beguiled into tarrying In New York, fascinated with Mary Phlllpse. While he was weighing the problem with his usual mathematical skill. Major Roger Morris captured this matrimonial prize The French are said. to. expend no less than,$100,000,000 annually In tips. than their companion-in-arms, the Earl of Derby They managed to get away to America; but Lord Derby, less fortunate, was captured and ex­ ecuted at Bolton; and the quaint old house in Chester where he spent his last night Is an object of great in­ terest to all visitors to the city. The nephew of John Washington was Sir Henry Washington, who de­ fended the city of Worcester in the cause of Charles 1., and indeed held out to the last, with only ' scanty means. He was repeatedly called up­ on to surrender, as his .affairs were bopelesB, and was promised that his life should be spared; hut he 'refused to do so until he had the permission of Charles. The family of Washington can be.| traced, however, much further back than this period. Formerly they held estates in Durham, and the name is speliea variously, De Wessyngton an* Wesslngton. In the venerable library of Chester Cathedral Bondo de Wes- syngton's name occurs in copies of charters 600 years old. John Wes­ slngton, as appears from Dugdale's \Monasticoh was the prior of Dur­ ham in the reigns o f Henry V . and Henry VI. But the more Immediate ancestry of George Washington must be sought in Sulgrave, Northamptonshire. At Sulgrave was a'monastery, and It was dissolved by Henry VBX, at the same time as the other religious houses. A. large part 'of its estates were granted to the Washington fam­ ily, aid in the old church at Sulgrave, at the east end of the aisfe, Is a plate of brass'Inscribed to Laurence Wash Ington, ob. 1584, with effigies of him­ self, Anne, his wife, daughter of Rob­ ert Parglter, of Greatworti. and eleven children.' They Were ancestors (in the sixth remove) of George Wash­ ington. _^ - , ' „ . At the dissolution of the mrmnsrpr- ies, in 1539, Laurenqe. Washington, of Gray's Inn, Mayor of \Northampton _in 1632\ and iMSTwhd\\ resided \In tie -Manor^House-^nd-MB --burfe\d-lni the; church, receivedTfiiQnl.iho King, a grant *of certaJaAands tfhich- belonged to the pj^oxy jjrCahbns ABhox This Inhff was EoTdat1ii8-xteatuH»-hIa =3Qn. Robert and his grandson Laurence, and the latter retired into Brlngtonj, tons lived there, but the dimensions are the same, and; the pleasant park is circumscribed by the same bound­ aries. In the corner of the parK stands South Cave Church, a small but vener­ able\ bnildiag, in the shadiest of churchyards. An embattled gateway, with a wrought iron gate, leads up to the hall, just out on the road, and one of the sides of the archway is extend­ ed intq a quaint lodge, covered with ivy. Th e wall of the lodge forms a boundary of tho churchyard, and the whole group Is of exquisite beauty. A private path through the park leads into the chancel, where the family pews are. There 'is a fine collection of paintings here— among them one of President Washington, on which a Thanks Gov. Trumbull for His Syrtjj pathy on the Death of JHer HUB- • band. ^ The following text of a letter wriW ten by Mrs. George Washington tq Governor Trumbull, of Connecticut, m reply to his letter-of condolence upon! the death o f her husband, is of inter* est in connection with the recent ou servance of the one hundredth annl -1 versary of the historical event.. Thla original letter is in the collection oil J. S; Bradley, of This city: J| Mount Vernon, January 15, 1800; r - 4 Dear Sir—When the mind Is deepljj affected by those irreparable lossgf] which are incident to humanity, good Christian will submit without; pining to the dispensations of Dlvln? Providence, and look for consolati §f to that Being who alone can poo| balm into the bleeding heart, and who has promised to be the widOw > s\Go<lJ But in the severest trials we ' find; some alleviation to our grief In th& sympathy of sincere friends, -and t should not do justice to my sensjbllW ties was I not to acknowledge that your kind letter of condolence of tfi.<jt 30th of December was grateful to m~J^ feelings. , I well know the affectionate regard! which my dear deceased husband afil ways entertained for you, and thereij fore conceive how afflicting his death; must have been to you; the quotation' which you have given of what waft written to you on a former melanJ choly occasion is truly applicable to!\ this—the loss Is ours, the gain is biaV For. myself, I have only to how; with humble submission to the will of that God who glveth and taketb? away, looking with faith and hope to the • muiueut ivUeu I shall\ again\ \no 1 united with the partner of m y lifev But while I continue on earth my, prayers will he offered up for the wel^ fare and happiness of my t friendly among whom you- will always he num­ bered. Being, dear sir, your sincere and afflicted friend, . ; MARTHA WASHINGTON** - \ = • ) >• Washington. ' *V Thou gallant chief whose glorfgnf^ name ..\ * Doth still adorn the Book of Famefj Whose deeds shall llvejwBTlo freemen; prize 1 ~ -The causa Jor which-the Patriot die»« Long to Columbia may'st Ihou \be The beacon-light of Liberty. ' i 1 ! —Rev. D. O. Crowley.,-'\

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