Astor Applies to Government for Protection.- The Frigate Adams Ordered to be Fitted Out.- Bright News From Astoria.- Sunshine Suddenly Overclouded.
Unfortunately for Astoria, this bright gleam of sunshine was soon overclouded. just as the Adams had received her complement of men, and the two vessels were ready for sea, news came from Commodore Chauncey, commanding on Lake Ontario, that a reinforcement of seamen was wanted in that quarter.
From my forenoon watch below, I ascended to the overclouded
deck; and there, dashed upon the main hatches, I saw a regal, feathery thing of unspotted whiteness, and with a hooked, Roman bill sublime.
The brow of Prince John alone was overclouded
during these discussions; some overpowering care seemed agitating his mind, and it was only when he received occasional hints from his attendants, that he seemed to take interest in what was passing around him.
The afternoon came on wet and somewhat misty: as it waned into dusk, I began to feel that we were getting very far indeed from Gateshead: we ceased to pass through towns; the country changed; great grey hills heaved up round the horizon: as twilight deepened, we descended a valley, dark with wood, and long after night had overclouded
the prospect, I heard a wild wind rushing amongst trees.
They were overclouded
again, they were fainter, they were gone; but they had been there.
But the light which had been burning with such intensity as she came along was suddenly overclouded
, as much by his manner as by his news.
His face changed color the instant he read the first lines; his cheeks fading to a dull, yellow-brown hue, which would have been ashy paleness in a less florid man; and his expression becoming saddened and overclouded
in a moment.
But his face became overclouded
suddenly by a lowering anxiety.