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that I must depart with my wants unsatisfied. I
had brought away no historic fragment: I abso¬
lutely knew little or nothing new regarding George
Washington. I had been addressed variously by
the names of different members of the family who
were dead and forgotten; I had stood for an hour in
the past: yet I had not added to my historical
knowledge, nor the practical benefit of your readers.
I spoke once more of Washington, and she replied
with a reminiscence of Perkins.
Stand forth, O Josiah W. Perkins of Basking
Ridge, N.J. Thou wast of little account in thy life,
I warrant; thou didst not even feel the greatness of
thy day and time; thou didst criticise thy superiors;
thou wast small and narrow in thy ways; thy very
name and grave are unknown and uncared-for; but
thou wast once kind to a woman who survived thee,
and, lo! thy name is again spoken of men, and
for a moment lifted up above thy betters.
PIPKOSE, BATEMAH & Co., Printers. Sheffield Street, Lincoln's Inn.