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THE

POUGH K 2 3 PSIS CASKT:

A SEMI-MONTIILY LITERARY JOURNAL,

DEVOTED EXCLUSIVELY TO THE DIFFERENT BRANCHES OF POLITE LITERATURE.

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PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY KILLEY & LOSSING, TELEGRAPH OFFICE, MAIN-STREET,

1838-39.

THE BEQUEST OF EVERT JANSEN WENDELL

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RESIDENCE OF WASHINGTON IRVING, ESQ.
Drawn and Engraved fasthi Poughkeepsie Casket, from a Painting by G. Harvey, Esq., A. N. A., 1. 6. J. Lossing.

Reader, hast thou ever perused the Sketch || old low-roofed mansion where Ichabod eat | just praise ; and a celebrated magazine writer Book, by Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.' and laughed minced pies, and ogled with his .green glassy | pronounced him the Goldsmith of the age.' thyself to weeping while following the fortunes eyes' the fair Katrina, into the elegant and pic. | Attention was then turned to the budding of poor Ichabod Crane, the hero of Sleepy turesque Anglo-Dutch edifice portrayed in the genius of America, and its talented repre. Hollow ? If not, get it quickly, laugh and add above picture. The grounds about it have been || sentative was received as an honored guest another day to thy mortal existence.

cleared, the thick copse that concealed the || into the highest literary circles of the British I was yet a lad when mirth and sympathy • Taappan Zee' from view has been levelled, metropolis. drew tears from my eyes as I read the adven. and Mr. Irving has rendered it one of the most High as Mr. Irving stood in the literary world, tures of the renowned Ichabod, the school-master delightful summer residences in this country. || the appearance of “Bracebridge Hall, or the and psalm singer of that dreamy vale called To the traveller, the scholar, the man of taste, Humorist,” increased his reputation as a pleasSleepy Hollow. When I read of his school and indeed to every American, a new interest ing and elegant writer. That work gives a discipline, his unrivalled psalmody, his unre is added to the locale of one of Irving's best faithful picture of English feelings and man. quited love for the beautiful Katrina Van Tassed sketches. The genius of the Pioneer of Amer. ners, their old popular customs, May-day sports, and his horrible midnight race with the Head can Literature sheds its lustre around this rural and Christmas revelries. The Alhambra' and

less Horseman, alias, Brom Bones and an illu. retreat, and many a child of genius, as he ap. •Astoria’ are among his subscquent standard · minated pumpkin, I believed every word to be as I proaches the delightful spot, will feel that he is il productions. His writings are few when com. true as the witch stories of Cotton Mather. And treading upon holy ground,

pared with many of his cotemporaries, but they when in after years I passed the residence of The constellation of American literature is all have that elegance of finish so necessary to the good old Baltus Van Tassel, its projecting now bright with many luminaries ; but Mr. establish an enduring fame, which few of the eves covered with green moss, and the spacious Irving's fame beams in splendor not yet equalled || more voluminous authors exhibit.

stoop,' still festooned with woodbine and by his successors, in the eyes, not only of his Mr. Irving is now about fifty-six years of age, honeysuckle as in days • lang syne,' I almost countrymen, but of transatlantic admirers. | and a bachelor. Unlike his cotemporary, Coop. imagined I saw the blooming face of Katrina le has established a fame in England as per. er, he has the esteem of all men. His amenity peering through the seven-by-nine glasses of a || manent as that of her best writers.

of manners and amiable modesty, the unerring primitive window, and I involuntarily listened || Previous to the appearance of the Sketch characteristics of true genius, have disarmed as I passed along the margin of the vale, to || Book' scarcely a single work from an American criticism of its keenest weapon, destroyed the catch the distant nasal strains of Ichabod. pen had been deemed worthy of republication | seeds of jealousy, wherever rivalry had implant

But the hand of modern improvement has || by the London publishers. But no sooner dided them, and now, near the home of his child. changed that primitive scene. In 1835, Wash- || the English public become acquainted with hood, in peaceful and happy retirement, with INGTON IRVING, Esq., purchased this relic of the Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.' than they sought to two charming neices, he enjoys a reciprocal days of the Knickerbockers, whose vicinity he | know him better. The first authors of that || feeling of friendship co-extensive with his has immortalized in story, and converted the country bestowed upon Mr. Irving the meed of famo.

B. J. L.

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