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Letter From J. M. Wheeler

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Day
28
Month
July
Year
1876
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Public Domain
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EDiNBURon, July 9, 1876. Friexd Poxd - When I wrote you from London I w8 on the point of departuru tor a trip through the interior and northward to this city, and have been so constantly "on the wing" that I have frtiled to write you from timo to time as I had imended. I oannot now give you any minute details of the maiiy intercsting inuidents and objects that we have met on the way during the memorable tbree weeks just passed. At Winchester and Salisbury we saw two of England's finest cathedrals, with man y other things of interest, including the toinb of Isaac Walton and a ramble along the meadow brooko in which he angled. Near Aiuesbury, a gom of rural villages, we saw that most celebrated Druidical temple, Stone Henge, which stands solitary and alone with its snrrounding tumuli, upon Salisbury plain. I did not think it possiblo that a few rudely ahaped stones could be so impressively grand, but their vast size, tlit' ir unique arrangement, and the still unsolved mystery that broods over them, togeiher with the wide solitarinessa of the plain itself, combine to create a most powerful impression. Oxford we found to be all " our fancy piotured," the very prince of collega tuwus. Just imagine, if you can, a city not mucb larger than Ann Arbor with nineteen of these institutions, each with ita halls, its library, its chapel, ita quadrangles aud green, covering severa! acres, soattered about the plaoe ; all of these being venerable with age, rioh with historical reuiinisoonce, and grand in architeoture, and then sprinkle it with such renowned institutions as the Bodleiun and Radchffe librarles, the Ashmolüan aud Uuivorsity musoums, and the like, and you inay faintly conceive what sort of a place Oxford is. And then the Christ Churoh, the meadows and promenades, and the river boating. I do not wonder that the graduaten froin Oxford rejoice in its memory. It were needless for me to say that we visited Stratford on Avon with that genuine delight which pilgrims to such a shrine must ever feel. The village it8elf is very unattractive, but the house in which Shakespeare was bom, tbe site of one in which he afterwards lived and died, the school house in which he oonned his lessons, the church in which lie his mortal remains, are all there, and make it hallowed ground. A pleasant walk across the sieadows took us to Shottery, whore the thatch covered cottage of Ann Hathaway still stands; and to complete our gratification we took the rond across the country and went through the deer park and grounds of the Lucy fainily at Charlecote, and saw the noble Elizabethan mansión whereiu Shakespeare was arraigned as a poacher before "Justice Shellow." There were hundred of deer grazing among the splendid oaks, and it was not difficult to conjure up the scène of 200 years ago in that same Baronial Hall. Stopping at Warwick, to visit the truly magnificeut cautie which the great " King maker " once occupied and owned, we hurried on to Kenilworth, about whose extensivo and picturesque ruina the genius of Scott has thrown a charm, greater far than the really great events of its history would alone have given it. Uoventry, with its Lady Godiva and Peeping Torn, detained us over one train, and for one night we stayed at Rugby.to viait its great school and the tomb of its great inaster, Dr. Arnold, and to walk about its extensive green where Tom Brown played cricket and other things portrayed in veracious history. The play grounds cover a space of about twelve acrbs, shaded at intervals with noble oíd oaks. Several halls and pavilions are erooted about the margin to accommodate the boys aud furnish all the appliancos for their recreation. About 450 are entered on its rolls. Our route now brought us to Hucknell, where we stopped off to visit the small church in which Byron and Ada, solé daughter of his " home and heart," are interred. While we looked upon the simple tablet placed to the memory of Byron with feelings quite differing froin those with whioh we regarded the bust and niche to Shakespeare, yet it was in both cases prompted by that respect which genius coiniuands eren when misdirected. A delightful walk through the park brought us to Newstead, the home of the poet before his abandonment of home and country. It is in a beautiful defile or nook quite retired from the public highway, aud the end wall of the old Abbey is quite perfect, with its fine traceried window. Being at this point in the very border of Sherwood forest, we made Mansfield our next station and spent a day in rambliug over the localities which still retain souiewhat of their glories from Kobiu Hood's time. Venerable indeed were those giant oakB beneath which bold Kobin and his bowmen held their inerry bouts or listeued to the mge counsel of Friar Tuok. We had our picnic lunch under the shade of the old "Parliament tree," so called baoause of the fact that King Johu and his barons held a oonsultation beneath its branohes, A. D.J1212. This may seem incredible, but could you see the oak itself you would cease to doubt. Oaly a thiu shell remains of the venerable trunk, but it shows a diameter of twelve feet, and supported by artifioial aid life. is still quite vigorous upou two opposite sides. I must here close. We expect to take steamer for home on the 22d inst., sooner than we expected, but we shall get a glimpse of the Centennial. Sad news about C uster trnly. You rs truly, J. M. Wheeler. The Monroe Monitor of last week gave place to a communication by "A Eeformer," placing in nomination as a candidato for Congress in this distriot our distinguished fellow citizen ex-Qov. Felch. lts words of commendation are well merited, and it would give us the greatest personal pleasure to second the nomination and support Gov. Felch for the position in question. And we might confidently say the same for the mass of our Democratie fellow citizens ; but unfortunately Gov. Felch will not consent to the use of his name, and protests that he does not wish it presented to the convention. If he were a younger man and in firmer health his Deinoaratic neighbors would have something tosay about it, but, as it is, will probably feel bound to yield to his wishes. The most potent argument the Republioans have yet produced against the election of Tilden is that he is in poor health and likoly to die before his term would expire, and leave that pestilent Tom Heudricks to run the Presidential mili. Which rominds us of the story of the girl who was found crying, and to the question " what's the matter ? " responded : " Oh ! dear ! ! dear !! ! I was only thinking what if I should get married and have a baby and the baby should die, boo-hoohoo ! ! ! " Down in Orange Connty, Indiana, a few days ago a mob broke into the jail at Paoli, and attempted to lynch two prisoners held for trial on a charge of niurder. The priaoners being armed successfully resisted and drove off the mob. At Mitchell, Ind., lived and kept a saloon one Abe Jonen, who was buspected of an intention to giv testimony in bnhalf of the prisoners confined at Faoli. On Sunday morning last 100 masked men nsaaulted bis saloon, and Jomes attempting to escape by a back door waa shot down, lilce a floeing negro at Hamburg, a dozen shots being simultaneously fired at hiui. Orange County ia a Republican county in a State whioh Morton ciaimg to own, and which Jim Tyner is expected to carry for Hayes. Is mob law a virtue in Indiana and a political offense in the States over the border ? An old proverb has it that " fools and ohildren teil the truth," and ptrhaps oolored inembers of Congress are subject to the same failing. At least the Hon. Jere. Haraldaon told his constituents at Selma, Alabama, a few dayg ago that if the Democrats carry Miasissipi, " it is certain the United States Sonata will not count the vote. I have talked witli the Senators and I know what I say." And tliat ík how the reign of Grantisin is to be perpetuated if the people go back on the party. Goon news comes frotn Indianapolis. Mosea W. Fiold's (ho of the horny-hand and hoinespun suit) greenback party will stand by their colors, and won't support Tilden and Hendricks, - even though the House shall come up to the scratch and vote to repeai the Resumption act. And so the Domocracy will escape that contaminating alliance. "Civil Servios Reform" is the special hobby Mr. Hayes mounts in hia letter of acceptanoe. And Zack Chandler illustrates the Hayes-Republican idea of oivil service reform by neglecting his work in the Interior Department and engineering the cainpaign in the iuterest of this same " Reformor " Huyes. Put that and that together. The Lansing House (Lansing) was damaged by fire on Saturday last from $5,000 to 17,000, and the furuiture to the extent of several thousand dollars. Two barns adjoining were burned. An engine was sent up from Jackson, but was not needed. The argument in the Belknap impeachment case was concladed on Wednesday. A vote waa expected yesterday on the main question of guilt or innoccnce. - ' -■ - - - - - - Senator Capehton, of West Virginia, died suddenly on Wednesday evening, of angina pectoris.