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The pure contralto sings in the organ loft,
The carpenter dresses his plank, the tongue of his foreplane
whistles its wild ascending lisp,
The married and unmarried children ride home to their Thanksgiving dinner,
The pilot seizes the king-pin, he heaves down with a strong arm,
The mate stands braced in the whale-boat, lance and harpoon are ready,
The duck-shooter walks by silent and cautious stretches,
The deacons are ordain'd with cross'd hands at the altar,
The spinning-girl retreats and advances to the hum of the big wheel,
The farmer stops by the bars as he walks on a First-day loafe and
looks at the oats and rye,
The lunatic is carried at last to the asylum a confirm'd case,
(He will never sleep any more as he did in the cot in his mother's
bed-room;)
The jour printer with gray head and gaunt jaws works at his case,
He turns his quid of tobacco while his eyes blurr with the manuscript;
The malform'd limbs are tied to the surgeon's table,
What is removed drops horribly in a pail;
The quadroon girl is sold at the auction-stand, the drunkard nods by
the bar-room stove,
The machinist rolls up his sleeves, the policeman travels his beat,
the gate-keeper marks who pass,
The young fellow drives the express-wagon, (I love him, though I do
not know him;)
The half-breed straps on his light boots to compete in the race,
The western turkey-shooting draws old and young, some lean on their
rifles, some sit on logs,
Out from the crowd steps the marksman, takes his position, levels his piece;
The groups of newly-come immigrants cover the wharf or levee,
As the woolly-pates hoe in the sugar-field, the overseer views them
from his saddle,
The bugle calls in the ball-room, the gentlemen run for their
partners, the dancers bow to each other,
The youth lies awake in the cedar-roof'd garret and harks to the
musical rain,
The Wolverine sets traps on the creek that helps fill the Huron,
The squaw wrapt in her yellow-hemm'd cloth is offering moccasins and
bead-bags for sale,
The connoisseur peers along the exhibition-gallery with half-shut
eyes bent sideways,
As the deck-hands make fast the steamboat the plank is thrown for
the shore-going passengers,
The young sister holds out the skein while the elder sister winds it
off in a ball, and stops now and then for the knots,
The one-year wife is recovering and happy having a week ago borne
her first child,
The clean-hair'd Yankee girl works with her sewing-machine or in the
factory or mill,
The paving-man leans on his two-handed rammer, the reporter's lead
flies swiftly over the note-book, the sign-painter is lettering
with blue and gold,
The canal boy trots on the tow-path, the book-keeper counts at his
desk, the shoemaker waxes his thread,
The conductor beats time for the band and all the performers follow him,
The child is baptized, the convert is making his first professions,
The regatta is spread on the bay, the race is begun, (how the white
sails sparkle!)
The drover watching his drove sings out to them that would stray,
The pedler sweats with his pack on his back, (the purchaser higgling
about the odd cent;)
The bride unrumples her white dress, the minute-hand of the clock
moves slowly,
The opium-eater reclines with rigid head and just-open'd lips,
The prostitute draggles her shawl, her bonnet bobs on her tipsy and
pimpled neck,
The crowd laugh at her blackguard oaths, the men jeer and wink to
each other,
(Miserable!

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This extensive collection contains a variety of personal and business papers relating to the Cocke and Cabell families, chiefly from "Bremo Recess," Fluvanna County. Revolutionary war materials include autograph letters and other items which reflect various military and political aspects of the era. Several letters to George Clinton, 1777-1780, relate to the war in New York and discuss problems with the raising of sufficient numbers of troops and supplies, the lack of adequate officer quarters, the difficulty in procuring medical supplies, frontier defense, and a Loyalist uprising in Ulster and Albany Counties. Papers relating to the Cabell family include a copy of an Amherst County certification of the military service of Colonel Nicholas Cabell of Amherst County which mention the possibility of leaving England for America and complains of economic burdens imposed on him by the "late war." Other items of interest include a letter from Nathaniel Greene to Colonel Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee, January 12, 1781, emphasizing the importance of success in the Georgetown campaign, an exchange of correspondence between Arthur Lee and Benjamin Franklin while they were commissioners in France, and a letter from William Lee to his brother, Richard Henry Lee, April 13, 1781, seeking his brother's interposition with Congress to help obtain reimbursement for his services earlier in the war; he also discusses military setbacks to Great Britain in the East Indies, Benjamin Franklin's ownership of a ship which carried supplies from France to America, and a recent loan obtained by John Adams from Holland. (#9513 & 9513-c)


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Letter from historian Cobb regarding the settlement of Hessian soldiers in the United States during and after the Revolutionary War. (#1192)

Correspondence, business, legal, and genealogical papers of these and related families of Williamsburg, Suffolk, Nansemond counties, and other parts of Tidewater. Eighteenth century material consists mainly of the papers of Joseph and Robert Prentis, merchants in Williamsburg, and includes correspondence, receipts, accounts, colonial tax receipts, ledger and account books, and legal papers. This material provides rich documentation of the business activities of the Prentises with numerous Virginians and with various English merchants, including John Norton, Samuel Athawes, and Thomas Shrimpton before, during, and after the war. The correspondence with the English merchants provide occasional reference to debts and the loss of property. There are typed transcripts of some of the Prentis correspondence. There is also a group of papers of the Vice-Admiralty Court during John Randolph's tenure. These latter papers have been edited and published by George Reese, in "The Court of Vice-Admiralty in Virginia and Some Cases of 1770-1775," Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 88, No. 3 (July 1980), pp. 301-337. (#4136 & etc.)


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Includes a letterbook, 1769-1776, of Roger Atkinson (1725-1784), a merchant who lived near Petersburg, and an account book for Atkinson, 1762, and for Thomas Atkinson, 1792-1803. The account book also contains some of Roger Atkinson's letters for 1775, and for several years in the 1780's. The letters contain numerous references to the business activities of this prosperous merchant and discuss the tobacco trade at length; there are occasionally mention of the prices of land and slaves. Numerous comments on the political difficulties with Great Britain are also scattered through the letters. An October 1, 1774, letter contains an evaluation of the members of Virginia's delegation to the First Continental Congress and a November 20, 1776, letter speaks approvingly of the new Assembly as the "Peoples' Men" and comments favorably on an act for religious disestablishment which was under consideration. During the post-war years, Atkinson proposed, March 13, 1786, to pay his debts to English creditors either by installments or by exchanging land for them. Unfortunately, the letters contain no information on his participation in the Revolution as a member of Captain Robert Bolling's militia unit or his views on reform of the Confederation government. Extracts from the letters have been published in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XV, No. 4, pp. 345-359. The account book is available on department microfilm (M-648). (#3238 & -a)