Excerpt from The Women of the American Revolution, Vol. 2
The morning passed the sun sank low in the horizon. The hospitable host smiled as he saw the Colonel's faithful attendant, Bishop, true to his orders, holding his master's spirited steed at the gate. The veteran waited, and marvelled at the delay. Ah, Bishop, savs a fair writer describing the occurrence, there was an urchin in the drawing-room more powerful than King George and all his governors! Subtle as a sphynx, he had hid den the important despatches from the soldier's sight, shut up his ears from the summons of the tell-tale clock, and was playing such mad pranks with the bravest heart in Christendom, that it ﬂuttered with the excess of a new-found happiness l Mr. Chamberlayne insisted that no guest ever left his house after sunset and his visitor was persuaded, with out much difficulty, to remain. The next day was far advanced when the enamored soldier was on the, road to Williamsburg. His business there being despatched, he hastened to the presence of the captivating widow.
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