A New-England Tale; Or, Sketches of New-England Character by Catharine Maria Sedgwick

By Catharine Maria Sedgwick

The Early American ladies Writers sequence bargains infrequent works of fiction through eighteenth- and nineteenth-century ladies, every one reprinted in its entirety, every one with a foreword via normal Editor Cathy N. Davidson, who locations the radical in a old and literary point of view. Written in 1822, A New-England story is the 1st of the various novels, stories, and brief journal items Catharine Sedgwick released in the course of her lifetime. the tale of an orphan lady in rural New England and the ethical trials she faces as she grows up, this early instance of the preferred nineteenth-century women's novel presents a different examine the non secular and social weather at this significant interval in America's nationwide improvement. Addressing a few of the complicated spiritual, political, and philosophical problems with the time, in addition to issues of the lady author, A New-England story is a vintage tale of a tender woman's ethical and fabric triumphs.

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The habits of the family were secluded and simple; formed on the model of the excellent leader of their sect, William Penn, who, Mr. Lloyd used to say, it was his aim to follow, in all that he followed Christ. Benevolence was his business, and he went to it as regularly as a merchant goes to his comptinghouse. " During one of those seasons when Philadelphia suffered most from the ravages of the yellow fever, Mr. Lloyd sent the young people to lodgings on the banks of the Schuylkill, while he and his wife remained in the city to administer relief to the poor sufferers, who were chained by poverty to the scene of this dreadful plague.

Jane had been gently led in the bands of love. She had been taught even more by the example than the precepts of her mother. She had seen her mother bear with meekness the asperity and unreasonableness of her father's temper, and often turn away his wrath with a soft answer. The law of imitation is deeply impressed on our nature. Jane had insensibly fallen into her mother's ways, and had, thus early, acquired a habit of self-command. Mrs. Elton, though, alas, negligent of some of her duties, watched over the expanding character of her child, with A NEW-ENGLAND TALE 25 Christian fidelity.

After Mrs. Wilson became sole mistress of her estate, the simple and credulous, who remembered her professions, wondered her gifts were not enlarged with her liberty. But Mrs. Wilson would say, that the widow was the prey of the wicked, and that her duty to her children prevented her indulging her generous feelings towards those pious objects which lay nearest her heart. Mrs. Wilson had fancied herself one of the subjects of an awakening 24 A NEW-ENGLAND TALE at an early period of her life; had passed through the ordeal of a churchexamination with great credit, having depicted in glowing colours the opposition of her natural heart to the decrees, and her subsequent joy in the doctrine of election.

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