I made frequent expeditions to Saratoga and to other places not far from home to attend to cases to which I was called, and to sell medicines; and considering that the main object I had in settling in Rensselaer County was rest and more leisure than I had enjoyed for some years, I had a great deal more to do than I desired.

Van Rensselaer, whom I have never before seen, has been to introduce himself, and tender his services of every kind. He is of the most respectable and richest inhabitants. Tuesday, 8th December. No place yet; but, that time need not be lost, I have been looking over Rousseau's 4th volume. I imagine gathered thence his sentiments on the subject of jealousy.

Captain Wool, of the 13th U.S. regulars Van Rensselaer being wounded in six places hurried his men under the shelter of the overhanging rocks, keeping up an intermittent fire, and waited for reinforcements. For almost two hours this desultory firing continued. With the cessation of the storm and arrival of broad daylight, six more boats attempted to reach the Queenston landing.

General Alexander Smyth was at Buffalo with some fifteen hundred regular troops. Besides these, there were small detachments at Ogdensburg, Sackett's Harbor, and Black Rock. General Van Rensselaer conceived the plan of making a bold and sudden move into Canada, with a view of capturing Jamestown, and there establishing winter quarters.

General Hull had ignobly surrendered his force to the enemy at the head of the Lake, General Winchester's army had been lost to the Government, and General Van Rensselaer had been defeated at Niagara.

This armistice enabled Brock to concentrate forces at Detroit and compel Hull to surrender. On the morning of the 13th of October, just after a heavy storm, Colonel Soloman Van Rensselaer passed over the river near Lewiston with less than three hundred men. They routed the British there, who fled toward Lewiston pursued by Captain John E. Wool, who, though wounded, did not relinquish the pursuit.

"You will regret this unseemly haste," said Uncle Larry, gravely, "when you know what really happened." "What was it, Uncle Larry?" asked Baby Van Rensselaer. "I'm all impatience." And Uncle Larry proceeded: "Eliphalet went down to the little old house at Salem, and as soon as the clock struck twelve the rival ghosts began wrangling as before.

Often the term of service of a man, who had come over with his family, amounted to seven years. "This system," writes Mr. Kip, "was carried out to an extent of which most persons are ignorant. On the Van Rensselaer manor, there were at one time, several thousand tenants, and their gathering was like that of the Scottish clans.

Van Rensselaer had been chiefly worry lest trouble should come to Frank. At five Nora brought in the tea-things, and Katrine closed the book over which she had been dreaming. "Nora," she began, for the Irishwoman was like a mother to her, "did you ever forget your first love?" "I did worse than that, I married him. Barney's the result," was the answer.

"You will regret this unseemly haste," said Uncle Larry, gravely, "when you know what really happened." "What was it, Uncle Larry?" asked Baby Van Rensselaer. "I'm all impatience." And Uncle Larry proceeded: "Eliphalet went down to the little old house at Salem, and as soon as the clock struck twelve the rival ghosts began wrangling as before.