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    Samuel Carter Hall
Excerpt from book: 144 JANE AND ANNA MARIA PORTER. pretty cottage-home is still there, inhabited by a most kindly lady, always willing to show the small low rooms consecrated to a glorious memory. There, during several years, lived and wrote the sisters Jane and Anna Maria Porter, authors of many novels, which, though now forgotten, obtained when they were written—the greater part of a century ago— more than renown—popularity of most extended order. The one was born in 1776, the other in 1780. Though children of the same parents, they were strangely dissimilar—the one was a brunette, the other a blonde: yet they were handsome women both. The one being sombre, the other gay, we used to speak of them as L'Allegro and II Penseroso. Maria was an author in 1793 : Jane not till 1803. The " Scottish Chiefs " was Jane Porter's most famous work. Who reads it now ? Who knows even by name " Thaddeus of Warsaw ? " or who can talk about " The Pastor's Fireside ? " Yet seventy years ago those works were of such account that the first Napoleon, on political grounds, paid Jane Porter the high compliment of prohibiting the circulation of " Thaddeus of Warsaw " in France. I remember talking with Jane Porter on the subject of her then lately printed book, "The Adventures of Sir Edward Seaward." It is a kind of copy of " Eobin- son Crusoe "—the story of a shipwrecked mariner, cast with a young maiden upon an uninhabited island, which they converted into a paradise. I mention the romance because it was so like truth that (as I was told by one of the Admiralty clerks) three intelligent members of the staff were employed for several days searching forevidence whether the island did or did not actually exist, whether any proofs of the history given of the castaways were traceable, and whether, of the many persons ...   show more
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