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at once that one of the things I am proud of in my countrymen is (I am not speaking now of such persons as I have assumed Mr. Sawin to be) that they do not put their Maker away far from them, or interpret the fear of God into being afraid of Him. The Talmudists had conceived a deep truth when they said, that "all things were in the power of God, save the fear of God ;” and when people stand in great dread of an invisible power, I suspect they mistake quite another personage for the Deity. I might justify myself for the passages criticised by many parallel ones from Scripture, but I need not. The Reverend Homer Wilbur's note-books supply me with three apposite quotations. The first is from a Father of the the Anglican, and the third from a Father of Modern English poetry. The Puritan divines would furnish me with many more such. St. Bernard says, Sapiens nummularius est Deus : nummum fictum non recipiet ;
"A cunning money-changer is God: he will take in no base
Latimer says, “You shall perceive that God, by this example, shaketh us by the noses and taketh us by the ears." Familiar enough, both of them, one would say! But I should think Mr. Biglow had verily stolen the last of the two maligned passages from Dryden's “Don Sebastian," where I find
“And beg of Heaven to charge the bill on me!' And there I leave the matter, being willing to believe that the Saint, the Martyr, and even the Poet, were as careful of God's honor as my critics are ever likely to be.
Convention, a place where people are imposed
on; a juggler's show. Coons, a cant term for a now defunct party; de
rived, perhaps, from the fact of their being
commonly up a tree. Cornwallis, a sort of muster in masquerade;
supposed to have had its origin soon after the Revolution, and to commemorate the surrender of Lord Cornwallis. It took the place of
the old Guy Fawkes procession. Crooked stick, a perverse, froward person. Cunnle, a colonel. Cus, a curse; also, a pitiful fellow. Darsn't, used indiscriminately, either in singa
lar or plural number, for dare not, dares not,
and dared not. Deacon off, to give the cue to; derived from a
custom, once universal, but now extinct, in our New England Congregational churches. An important part of the office of deacon was to read aloud the hymns given out by the minister, one line at a time, the congregation
singing each line as soon as read. Demmercrat, leadin', one in favor of extending
slavery; a free-trade lecturer maintained in
the custom-house. Desput, desperate. Do', don't. Doos, does. Doughface, a contented lick-spittle ; a common
variety of Northern politician. Dror, draw. Du, do. Dunno, dno, do not or does not know. Dut, dirt. Eend, end. Ef, if. Emptins, yeast. Env'y, envoy. Everlasting, an intensive, without reference to
duration. Ev'y, every. Ez, as. Fence, on the ; said of one who halts between
two opinions ; a trimmer. Fer, for: Ferfle, ferful, fearful; also an intensive. Fin', find. Fish -skin, used in New England to clarify
coffee. Fix, a difficulty, a nonplus. Foller, folly, to follow. Forrerd, forward. Frum, from. Fur, far, Furder, farther. Furrer, furrow. Metaphorically, to draw a
straight furrow is to live uprightly or decorously. Fust, first.
II. GLOSSARY TO THE BIGLOW PAPERS
peculiar to soldiers.
Gin, gave. Git, get. Gret, great.
Pickerel, the pike, a fish.
one out is to track him to his hiding-place; to
snake a thing out is to snatch it out. Soffies, sofas. Sogerin', soldiering; a barbarous amusement
common among men in the savage state. Som'ers, somewhere. So 'st, so as that. Sot, set, obstinate, resolute. Spiles, spoils ; objects of political ambition. Spry, active. Steddles, stout stakes driven into the salt
marshes, on which the hay-ricks are set, and
thus raised out of the reach of high tides,
Jedge, judge. Jest, just. Jine, join. Jint, joint. Junk, a fragment of any solid substance. Keer, çare. Kap', kept. Killock, a small anchor. Kin', kin' o', kinder, kind, kind of. Lawth, loath. Less, let's, let us. Let daylight into, to shoot. Let on, to hint, to confess, to own. Lick, to beat, to overcome. Lights, the bowels. Lily-pads, leaves of the water-lily. Long-sweetening, molasses. Mash, marsh. Mean, stingy, ill-natured. Min', mind. Nimepunce, minepence, twelve and a half cents. Nowers, nowhere. Offen, often. Ole, old. Ollers, olluz, always. On, of; used before it or them, or at the end of
Take on, to sorrow.
a sentence, as on't, on 'em, nut ez ever I heerd
tive in this sense. Tollable, tolerable. Toot, used derisively for playing on any wind
England for the profane English expression
emphatically, or at the end of a sentence.
as, Ware ye goin' tu? Goin' ta Boston.
of liberty and owner of slaves.
most unrisen, or most incapable of rising.
sometimes with the a very much flattened,
General Taylor is in favor of the Wilmot
'lection aint wuth a Bungtown copper.
Alphonso the Sixth of Portugal, tyrannical act
sentiment of, 190.
hitherto wrongly classed, 196— long bill of,
conjectured to be skilled in all tongues, ib.
speare as an orator, 192.
Mr. Wilbur, 221.
that of gentlemen, 183,
Atlantic," editors of. See Neptune.
posed to be settled by, 187.
society in Jaalam, A. D. 1830, 273.
slaveholder ; a humane buyer and seller of men
III. INDEX TO THE BIGLOW PAPERS
A. wants his axe ground, 247.
261 – how if he had bitten a sweet apple ?
some sort, humane, 216.
Baratarias, real or imaginary, which most
borers at, ib.
officers by leaving it, 186.
205 — tenth horn of, applied to recent events,
fuses credit to a presidential candidate, ib.
ingham, 181 -- never heard of any one named
- his aunt Keziah, a notable saying of, ib.
181 – a poem by, ib., 201 - his opinion of war,
his poetry maligned by some, ib. — his dis-
- his labors in writing autographs, 221 vis-
in spring, 262 — is at times unsocial, ib. - the
dead languages, 210.
essay, 184 - presents sword to Lieutenant-
be in error, ib.
226 – when payable (attention, British stock-
holders !), 251.
- has a good opinion of itself, 234.
graphic artist, 254,
ary, composition, 223.
cited and commended, 183.
Courier, letters to, 181, 183, 189, 198 - not
prophecy in regard to, ib.
231 - his “Run,” 233 — his mortgage, 236
Buncombe, in the other world supposed, 192- Charles I., accident to his neck, 265.
his restoration, how brought about,
Cherubusco, news of, its effects on English roy-
Chief Magistrate, dancing esteemed sinful by,
Children naturally speak Hebrew, 183.
Chinese, whether they invented gunpowder be-
fore the Christian era not considered, 187.
ubiquity, ib. — for consistency, ib. — for fidel- Christ shuffled into Apocrypha, 187 - conjec-
188 condemns a certain piece of barbarism,
Christianity, profession of, plebeian, whether,
Christian soldiers, perhaps inconsistent, wheth-
notions of, as to meaning of “shelter," 186 Cilley, Ensign, author of nefarious sentiment,
Cincinnati, old, law and order party of, 259.
of the nineteenth century to be extinguished edy, 212.
ished for the soundness of their lungs, 217.
Clotho, a Grecian lady, 266.
College of Cardinals, a strange one, 187.
smells a rat, ib. — against a bank, ib. — takes Colored folks, curious national diversion of
Columbia, District of, its peculiar climatic
abolishing it, 215.
Columbiads, the true fifteen-inch ones, 258.
Columbus, a Paul Pry of genius, 203 — will per-
haps be remembered, 253 - thought by some
- limited popularity at Bellers's," 214. Compromise system, the, illustrated, 257.
Congress, singular consequence of getting into,
Congressional debates found instructive, 196.
Constituents, useful for what, 194.
Constitution trampled on, 198 — to stand upon,
Convention, Springfield, 193.
Co-operation defined, 244, 245.
Copres, a monk, his excellent method of argu-