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Why John Randolph Did Not Marry

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ivegaroing me allegation oí womanhater, he may be forgiven, if suoh be was, or bis malevolout feeling at least excused, when we oonsider the following incident in his early manhood : He had paid his addresses to a young lady of cqual social position with hiniself, asked her haud in marriage and was accepted. The day of their nuptials was announoed, the invited guests assembled, the hour for the ceremony arrived, aud the priest stood ready to ptrform the functions of his holy office. The bride-elect sent a message to her affianced hnsband that she wished to meet him privatöly for consultation beforc proceeding to the hymenial altar. He obeyed the sumnions, and was confronted by her parents and other relatives, and asked to sign a contract for a marriage settlement as a condition precedent to tho pcrformanco of the ceremony - a document prepared without bis knowledge, and of the existence of which he was now íirst ruado ac(jiniinted. Not deigning to notioe anyonc present but she who had plighted him her love aud faith, ho injuired of her if tliif demand had been prompted by olhers or was it her own voluntitry action. Kecciving a reply thnt it was on act of her own free will, lie bado her adieu and retired from the assembly. Tliis circumstiinceis supposed to have had a life-long influence on Eandolph, to have blunted the finer feelings of his nature, and to have given that cast to his character which enemies havo coustrued into misanthropy. Mrs. Mtea Clark Gaikes stimatea the value of lipr property iü 8t. Louis, for whioli Bhe pnters ut, % $50,Ofl!),OOQ,


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