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Jane Talbot - Letter 31 - To Henry Colden. Jane Talbot - Letter 31 - To Henry Colden.

Jane Talbot - Letter 31 - To Henry Colden.
Letter XXXI - To Henry Colden(Editorial note: The observant reader will have noticed this is the second letter bearing the number XXXI. The original text contained two Letters XXXI, and we have chosen to let the letters retain their original numbers, rather than renumber them.) To Henry Colden Philadelphia, November 11. How shall I tell you the strange--_strange incident? Every fibre of my frame still trembles. I have endeavoured, during the last hour, to gain tranquillity enough for writing, but without success. Yet I can forbear no longer: I must begin. I had just closed my last to you, when somebody... Long Stories - Post by : liberti - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 3342

Jane Talbot - Letter 31 - To Henry Colden Jane Talbot - Letter 31 - To Henry Colden

Jane Talbot - Letter 31 - To Henry Colden
Letter XXXI - To Henry ColdenTo Henry Colden Philadelphia, Nov. 9. What do you mean, Hal, by such a strain as this? I wanted no additional causes of disquiet. Yet you tell me to write cheerfully. I would have written cheerfully, if these letters, so full of dark forebodings and rueful prognostics, had not come to damp my spirits. And is the destiny that awaits us so very mournful? Is thy wife necessarily to lose so many comforts and incur so many mortifications? Are my funds so small, that they will not secure to me the privilege of a separate apartment,... Long Stories - Post by : liberti - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 1465

Jane Talbot - Letter 30 - To the same Jane Talbot - Letter 30 - To the same

Jane Talbot - Letter 30 - To the same
Letter XXX - To the sameTo the same Wilmington, November 7. I have purposely avoided dwelling on the incidents that are passing here. They engross my thoughts at all times but those devoted to the pen, and to write to thee is one expedient for loosening their hold. An expedient not always successful. My mind wanders, in spite of me, from my own concerns and from thine, to the sick-bed of my friend. A reverie, painful and confused, invades me now and then; my pen stops, and I am obliged to exert myself anew to shake off the spell. Till now,... Long Stories - Post by : liberti - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2881

Jane Talbot - Letter 29 - To the Same Jane Talbot - Letter 29 - To the Same

Jane Talbot - Letter 29 - To the Same
Letter XXIX - To the SameTo the same 10 o'clock at night. Now let us take a view of what is to come. Too often I endeavour to escape from foresight when it presents to me nothing but evils, but now I must, for thy sake, be less a coward. In six weeks Jane becomes mine. Till then, thy mother will not cast thee out of her protection. And will she _then_? will she not allow of thy continuance in thy present dwelling? and, though so much displeased as to refuse thee her countenance and correspondence, will she _indeed turn thee... Long Stories - Post by : liberti - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2230

Jane Talbot - Letter 28 - To Mrs. Talbot Jane Talbot - Letter 28 - To Mrs. Talbot

Jane Talbot - Letter 28 - To Mrs. Talbot
Letter XXVIII - To Mrs. TalbotTo Mrs. Talbot Baltimore, November 6. Let me see! this is the beginning of November. Yes; it was just a twelvemonth ago that I was sitting, at this silent hour, at a country-fire just like this. My elbow then as now was leaning on a table, supplied with books and writing-tools. "What shall I do," thought I, "then, to pass away the time till ten? Can't think of going to bed till that hour, and if I sit here, idly basking in the beams of this cheerful blaze, I shall fall into a listless, uneasy cloze,... Long Stories - Post by : liberti - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 3277

Jane Talbot - Letter 27 - To Mrs. Talbot Jane Talbot - Letter 27 - To Mrs. Talbot

Jane Talbot - Letter 27 - To Mrs. Talbot
Letter XXVII - To Mrs. TalbotTo Mrs. Talbot Baltimore, November 5. I highly approve of your letter. It far exceeded the expectations I had formed of you. You are indeed a surprising creature. One cannot fail to be astonished at the differences of human characters; at the opposite principles by which the judgments of men are influenced. Experience, however, is the antidote of wonder. There was a time when I should have reflected on the sentiments of your mother with a firm belief that no human being could be practically influenced by them. She offers, and surely with sincerity, to divide... Long Stories - Post by : liberti - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2018

Jane Talbot - Letter 26 - To Mrs. Fielder Jane Talbot - Letter 26 - To Mrs. Fielder

Jane Talbot - Letter 26 - To Mrs. Fielder
Letter XXVI - To Mrs. FielderTo Mrs. Fielder Philadelphia, November 4. I tremble thus to approach my honoured mother once more, since I cannot bring into her presence the heart that she wishes to find. Instead of acknowledgment of faults, and penitence suitable to their heinous nature, I must bring with me a bosom free from self-reproach, and a confidence, which innocence only can give, that I shall be some time able to disprove the charge brought against me. Ah, my mother! could such guilt as this ever stain a heart fashioned by your tenderest care? Did it never occur to... Long Stories - Post by : liberti - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2234

Jane Talbot - Letter 22 - To Jane Talbot Jane Talbot - Letter 22 - To Jane Talbot

Jane Talbot - Letter 22 - To Jane Talbot
Letter XXII - To Jane TalbotTo Jane Talbot Baltimore, October 31. You had reason to fear my reproaches; yet you have strangely erred in imagining the cause for which I should blame you. You are never tired, my good friend, of humbling me by injurious suppositions. I do, indeed, reproach you for conduct that is rash; unjust; hurtful to yourself, to your mother, to me, to the memory of him who, whatever were his faults, has done nothing to forfeit your reverence. You are charged with the blackest guilt that can be imputed to woman. To know you guilty produces more... Long Stories - Post by : liberti - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 598

Jane Talbot - Letter 21 - To Henry Colden Jane Talbot - Letter 21 - To Henry Colden

Jane Talbot - Letter 21 - To Henry Colden
Letter XXI - To Henry ColdenTo Henry Colden October 28, Evening. I will struggle for sufficient composure to finish this letter. I have spent the day in reflection, and am now, I hope, calm enough to review this most horrid and inexplicable charge. Look, my friend, at the letter she has sent me. It is my handwriting,-- the very same which I have so often mentioned to you as having been, after so unaccountable a manner, mislaid. I wrote some part of it, alone, in my own parlour. You recollect the time;--the day after that night which a heavy storm of... Long Stories - Post by : liberti - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2593

Jane Talbot - Letter 20 - To Henry Colden Jane Talbot - Letter 20 - To Henry Colden

Jane Talbot - Letter 20 - To Henry Colden
Letter XX - To Henry ColdenTo Henry Colden Philadelphia, October 28. O my friend! Where are you at this trying moment? Why did you desert me? Now, if ever, does my feeble heart stand in need of your counsel and courage. Did I ever lean these throbbing brows against your arm and pour my tears into your bosom, that I was not comforted? Never did that adored voice fail to whisper sweet peace to my soul. In every storm, thy calmer and more strenuous spirit has provided me the means of safety. But now I look around for my stay, my... Long Stories - Post by : liberti - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 3335

Jane Talbot - Letter 19 - To Mrs. Fielder Jane Talbot - Letter 19 - To Mrs. Fielder

Jane Talbot - Letter 19 - To Mrs. Fielder
Letter XIX - To Mrs. FielderTo Mrs. Fielder Philadelphia, October 28. I need not hesitate a moment to answer this letter. I will be all that my revered mamma wishes me to be. I have vowed an eternal separation from Colden; and, to enable me to keep this vow, I entreat you to permit me to come to you. I will leave this house in anybody's care you direct. My Molly and the boy Tom I shall find it no easy task to part with; but I will, nevertheless, send the former to her mother, who is thrifty and well to... Long Stories - Post by : liberti - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 1740

Jane Talbot - Letter 18 - To Mr. Henry Colden Jane Talbot - Letter 18 - To Mr. Henry Colden

Jane Talbot - Letter 18 - To Mr. Henry Colden
Letter XVIII - To Mr. Henry ColdenTo Mr. Henry Colden New York, October 22. SIR:-- I address myself to you as the mother of an unhappy girl who has put herself into your power. But I write not to upbraid you or indulge my own indignation, but merely to beseech your compassion for her whom you profess to love. I cannot apologize for the manner in which I have acted in regard to your connection with Jane Talbot. In that respect, I must take to myself all the blame you may choose to impute to me. I call not into question... Long Stories - Post by : liberti - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 3094

Jane Talbot - Letter 17 - To Henry Colden Jane Talbot - Letter 17 - To Henry Colden

Jane Talbot - Letter 17 - To Henry Colden
Letter XVII - To Henry Colden(Enclosed Letter.) To Henry Colden Tuesday Morning. You went away this morning before I was awake. I think you might have stayed to breakfast; yet, on second thoughts, your early departure was best. _Perhaps it was so. You have made me very thoughtful to-day. What passed last night has left my mind at no liberty to read and to scribble as I used to do. How your omens made me shudder! I want to see you. Can't you come again this evening? but no; you must not. I must not be an encroacher. I must... Long Stories - Post by : liberti - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2369

Jane Talbot - Letter 16 - To the same Jane Talbot - Letter 16 - To the same

Jane Talbot - Letter 16 - To the same
Letter XVI - To the sameTo the same O my lost child! In thy humiliations at this moment I can sympathize. The shame that must follow the detection of it is more within my thoughts at present than the negligence or infatuation that occasioned thy faults. I know all. Thy intended husband knew it all. It was from him that the horrible tidings of thy unfaithfulness to marriage-vows first came. He visited this city on purpose to obtain an interview with me. He entered my apartment with every mark of distress. He knew well the effect of such tidings on my... Long Stories - Post by : jamescm.com - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 1806

Jane Talbot - Letter 12 - To Mrs. Fielder Jane Talbot - Letter 12 - To Mrs. Fielder

Jane Talbot - Letter 12 - To Mrs. Fielder
Letter XII - To Mrs. FielderTo Mrs. Fielder Philadelphia, October 17. You will not write to me. Your messenger assures me that you have cast me from your thoughts forever; you will speak to me and see me no more. That must not be. I am preparing, inclement as the season is, to pay you a visit. Unless you shut your door against me I _will see you. You will not turn me out of doors, I hope. I will see you and compel you to answer me, and to tell me why you will not admit my friend to your... Long Stories - Post by : Arcana_Media - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2141

Jane Talbot - Letter 11 - To Mrs. Fielder Jane Talbot - Letter 11 - To Mrs. Fielder

Jane Talbot - Letter 11 - To Mrs. Fielder
Letter XI - To Mrs. FielderTo Mrs. Fielder Philadelphia, October 15. I have several times taken up the pen, but my distress has compelled me to lay it down again. Heaven is my witness that the happiness of my revered mamma is dearer to me than my own; no struggle was ever greater between my duty to you and the claims of another. Will you not permit me to explain my conduct? will you not acquaint me with the reasons of your aversion to my friend?--let me call him by that name. Such, indeed, has he been to me,--the friend of... Long Stories - Post by : Arcana_Media - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 1210

Jane Talbot - Letter 10 - To Jane Talbot Jane Talbot - Letter 10 - To Jane Talbot

Jane Talbot - Letter 10 - To Jane Talbot
Letter X - To Jane TalbotTo Jane Talbot New York, October 13. I have just heard something which has made me very uneasy. I am afraid of seeming to you impertinent. You have declared your resolution to persist in conduct which my judgment disapproved. I have argued with you and admonished you, hitherto, in vain, and you have (tacitly indeed) rejected my interference; yet I cannot forbear offering you my counsel once more. To say truth, it is not so much with a view to change your resolution, that I now write, as to be informed what your resolution is. I... Long Stories - Post by : Arcana_Media - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2964

Jane Talbot - Letter 9 - To Henry Colden Jane Talbot - Letter 9 - To Henry Colden

Jane Talbot - Letter 9 - To Henry Colden
Letter IX - To Henry ColdenTo Henry Colden Philadelphia, Monday, October 11. I am ashamed of myself, Henry. What an inconsistent creature am I! I have just placed this dear letter of yours next my heart. The sensation it affords, at this moment, is delicious; almost as much so as I once experienced from a certain somebody's hand placed on the same spot. But that somebody's hand was never (if I recollect aright) so highly honoured as this paper. Have I not told you that your letter is deposited _next my heart? And with all these proofs of the pleasure your... Long Stories - Post by : Arcana_Media - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2859

Jane Talbot - Letter 8 - To Jane Talbot Jane Talbot - Letter 8 - To Jane Talbot

Jane Talbot - Letter 8 - To Jane Talbot
Letter VIII - To Jane TalbotTo Jane Talbot Wilmington, Saturday, October 9. I thought I had convinced my friend that a letter from me ought not to be expected earlier than Monday. I left her to gratify no fickle humour, nor because my chief pleasure lay anywhere but in her company. She knew of my design to make some stay at this place, and that the business that occasioned my stay would leave me no leisure to write. Is it possible that my visits to Miss Secker have given you any concern? Why must the source of your anxiety be always... Long Stories - Post by : Arcana_Media - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2032

Jane Talbot - Letter 7 - To Henry Golden Jane Talbot - Letter 7 - To Henry Golden

Jane Talbot - Letter 7 - To Henry Golden
Letter VII - To Henry GoldenTo Henry Golden Thursday Night. What a little thing subverts my peace,--dissipates my resolutions! Am I not an honest, foolish creature, Hal? I uncover this wayward heart to thy view as promptly as if the disclosure had no tendency to impair thy esteem and forfeit thy love; that is, to devote me to death,--to ruin me beyond redemption. And yet, if the unveiling of my follies should have this effect, I think I should despise thee for stupidity and hate thee for ingratitude; for whence proceed my irresolution, my vicissitudes of purpose, but from my love?... Long Stories - Post by : Arcana_Media - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 1165