As regards its interior life, a large, dim looking-glass used to hang in one of the rooms, and was fabled to contain within its depths all the shapes that had ever been reflected there,--the old Colonel himself, and his many descendants
, some in the garb of antique babyhood, and others in the bloom of feminine beauty or manly prime, or saddened with the wrinkles of frosty age.
And here his descendants
have been born and died, and have mingled their earthly substance with the soil, until no small portion of it must necessarily be akin to the mortal frame wherewith, for a little while, I walk the streets.
From the listless repose of the place, and the peculiar character of its inhabitants, who are descendants
from the original Dutch settlers, this sequestered glen has long been known by the name of SLEEPY HOLLOW, and its rustic lads are called the Sleepy Hollow Boys throughout all the neighboring country.
I asked them if they supposed a nation of people ever existed, who, with a free vote in every man's hand, would elect that a single family and its descendants
should reign over it forever, whether gifted or boobies, to the exclusion of all other families -- including the voter's; and would also elect that a certain hundred families should be raised to dizzy summits of rank, and clothed on with offensive trans- missible glories and privileges to the exclusion of the rest of the nation's families -- INCLUDING HIS OWN.
They were only prevented from carrying it into execution by the determined opposition of the friends and descendants
of the lost guides, who insisted on giving the remains Christian burial, and succeeded in their purpose.
Burch prayed for grandfather, and called him a man of God, and thanked our Heavenly Father that his spirit was still alive in his descendants
(that was you), and that the good old house where so many of the brethren had been cheered and helped, and from which so many had gone out strengthened for the fight, was still hospitably open for the stranger and wayfarer.
I reminded the audience of the peril which surrounded this self- emancipated young man at the North,--even in Mas- sachusetts, on the soil of the Pilgrim Fathers, among the descendants
of revolutionary sires; and I ap- pealed to them, whether they would ever allow him to be carried back into slavery,--law or no law, con- stitution or no constitution.
I am obscure: Rivers is an old name; but of the three sole descendants
of the race, two earn the dependant's crust among strangers, and the third considers himself an alien from his native country--not only for life, but in death.
And them and their descendants
, to the last of their race, I, Alexandre Manette, unhappy prisoner, do this last night of the year 1767, in my unbearable agony, denounce to the times when all these things shall be answered for.
It is one thing to make use of the language and sentiments which are common to ourselves and our forefathers, and it is another to invest them with the sentiments and dialect exclusively proper to their descendants
The state of things we produce by submitting to this, bad enough even at first, becomes intolerable when the mediocre or foolish descendants
of the clever fellows claim to have inherited their privileges.
If you are clever enough to do this," he said, "I promise to make you and your descendants
rich for ever.