Evenings at Donaldson manor or, The Christmas guest

Title: Evenings at Donaldson manor or, The Christmas guest
Author: Maria J. McIntosh
Publish: 1850

【Introduction】

PREFACE TO THE ENGLISH EDITION.
In Miss McIntosh we fondly and proudly greet a transatlantic sister, and as delightedly introduce her, a “Christmas Guest,” to our own home circle. She is worthy of all honor and affection.

Miss McIntosh’s writings are eminently pure in feeling—tender, graceful, and elegant in manner. Their moral, simply and unstrainedly developed, is invariably excellent—generously exciting, stimulating, encouraging all the noblest energies of our nature. To use her own words, addressed to her friends in America, and with equal propriety may they be accepted by the rising generation, and by every grade of society, at every period of life, in her unforgotten fatherland—”From the examples she will present to them, they may learn that to the brave and true and faithful heart, ‘all things are possible’—that he who clings to the good and the holy amidst temptation and trial, will find peace and light within him, though all without be storm and darkness; and that in a right understanding and unfaltering perform ance of duty—not in the pomps and pleasures of a self-indulgent life, lie our true glory and happiness.”

Not a tale, not a sketch, not an appeal to the heart or to the mind in any form, does our fair sister commit to paper, that is not pervaded, though unobtrusively, by a strain of the sweetest, gentlest, most cheerful and soul-elevating piety; it is hers at once to soothe, to charm, and to exhilarate.

Our “Christmas Guest” well knows how to furnish forth a feast of infinite variety. Few, if any, will arise from a perusal of her delightful “word-painting” of life, incident, adventure, and character, without being wiser, better, happier; without enjoying a more entire confidingness in Heaven—in Him, that God of love and goodness, whom Christians unite to worship.

London, December 4, 1850.

 

CONTENTS.
PAGE
CHAPTER I.
Introductory, 9

CHAPTER II.
“The Main Chance,” 17

CHAPTER III.
The Cradle-Song; a free translation from Körner, 35
The Brothers; or, in the Fashion, and Above the Fashion, 37

CHAPTER IV.
Loss and Gain; or, Hearts versus Diamonds, 48

CHAPTER V.
The Bird’s Release. By Mrs. Hemans, 70
The Young Misanthrope, 72

CHAPTER VI.
Life in America, 91

CHAPTER VII.
Sunday, 126
Evening Hymn, 128

CHAPTER VIII.
The Wolf Chase, 133

CHAPTER IX.
The History of an Old Maid, 140

CHAPTER X.
The Family Meeting, 166

CHAPTER XI.
The Dying Hebrew, 169
“Only a Mechanic,” 172

CHAPTER XII.
Love and Pride, 196

CHAPTER XIII.
The Test of Love. A Story of the Last War, 227

CHAPTER XIV.
The Flower Angels, 266

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