Title: Evenings at Donaldson manor or, The Christmas guest
Author: Maria J. McIntosh
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.
“The Main Chance,” 17
The Cradle-Song; a free translation from Körner, 35
The Brothers; or, in the Fashion, and Above the Fashion, 37
Loss and Gain; or, Hearts versus Diamonds, 48
The Bird’s Release. By Mrs. Hemans, 70
The Young Misanthrope, 72
Life in America, 91
Evening Hymn, 128
The Wolf Chase, 133
The History of an Old Maid, 140
The Family Meeting, 166
The Dying Hebrew, 169
“Only a Mechanic,” 172
Love and Pride, 196
The Test of Love. A Story of the Last War, 227
The Flower Angels, 266