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Mrs. Kingman took umbrage, and ceased not to importune her husband to remove the family to some other place, until he willingly complied with her solicitations.
Mrs. Kingman did not wish to have her eldest daughters remove from Brookfield with her, because their presence always gave her uneasiness, after her second marriage, by rebuking her want of principle in sacrificing the peace of her helpless children to the love of money; and she scrupled not to separate those endeared by the ties of nature and affection.
The distress caused these dear children, by this wicked separation, was very great. The anticipation of it cost the eldest two of them many sleepless nights; and when the moment arrived that they must bid each other adieu, for many years, if not forever, their grief was almost insupportable.
The misguided mother could not but feel poignant grief on witnessing the anguish of her children, and strove to shorten the pangs of separation by hurrying the younger ones into the vehicle which was to carry them on their journey, and then hastily bidding her waiting relatives and friends farewell, gave directions to the driver, who drove rapidly away.
Mr. Savage - Mrs. Kingman - Children abroad — Affliction
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AFTER Mrs. Kingman left Brookfield, Anna continued with her aunt for a short time only, after which, with the decided approval of her grandmother, and other friends, she entered into a matrimonial connection with a young gentleman worthy in every respect of her affection and confidence.
Her mother gladly consented to this union, not so much on account of the merit of the person who was to be by it admitted into her family, as because he was the only heir to an entailed estate of great value.
The consideration that the ancestors of Mr. Savage were in affluent circumstances, had little influence in causing Anna to choose him as her partner for life; he possessed traits of character which she admired; his disposition was mild and conciliating, almost to a fault ; he was generous, open-hearted and friendly, and his feelings harmonized with her own.
His countenance was expressive of intelligence and good humor, while his manners were pleasing.
This couple entered into each other's plans for future happiness, and seemed to live but for each other. Years passed, yet left this confiding pair 'unchanged in their affections, except that their confidence in each other grew stronger and their attachment firmer.
Anna became the mother of several children, and as she mostly took care of them herself she found no oppor. tunity, for several years, to visit that part of her mother's family which had removed to a distance from Brookfield, the place where she dwelt many years after her marriage. She occasionally received letters from her brothers and sisters, and understood their circumstances.
She had learned the fact, though not from her mother, that Mr. Kingman had not proved a very agreeable companion to her; that the children had begged permission to leave their home and spend their time elsewhere, whenever an opportunity offered. The daughters, who, it will be recollected, were older than the sons, married early in life and settled in different places, near the home of their mother, and after they were gone, their brothers, at their own request, were allowed to spend much of the time with their sisters, leaving Mrs. Kingman with only her husband and one little daughter, who was born after their removal to that part of the country which fifty years ago was called the West.
Mrs. Kingman was often forced to reflect upon the want of discretion she had manifested in regard to her children. She had learned, by severe experience, that money alone could not ensure happiness. The temper of her second husband being the very opposite of Mr. Weldron’s, she had with him found difficulties to encounter which, during the life of the first, she had been a stranger to; for this lamented individual always endeavored to make every member of his household happy.
His wife was acquainted with trouble only in the abstract, while he was spared to her. No wonder, then, if when she experienced treatment from Mr. Kingman the very reverse of this, that she was often led to contrast her present situation with the past, and sigh to think she had not better appreciated the blessings Providence had bestowed upon her.
The years spent with but little other society at home than that of a peevish husband, were the most tedious to Mrs. Kingman of any she had ever seen. She was always glad of an opportunity to go out from home, but never felt anxious to have him accompany her; for the truth is she dreaded his presence.
It must be said, however, that Mrs. Kingman, to the astonishment of all who knew her naturally proud and irritable disposition, patiently bore with the faults and infirmities of her husband until his death. After this event, which was a light affliction compared with the death of Mr. Weldron, she resolved to remain a widow, which resolution she kept to the end of her life.
Her time was divided between her children; and it may truly be said of her that her last days were her best days.' Possessed of a vigorous constitution, which had not been impaired by the endurance of hardship, Mrs. Kingman was able to travel much, in the declining years of her life, and more than once visited Brookfield, and spent some weeks each time with Anna, who was settled in life, much to the satisfaction of her mother.
Absence, too, seemed to have obliterated all that was unpleasant in the past from the memory of each, so that the time they spent together, in after life, was agreeable
and profitable to both mother and daughter. A pleasing change had taken place in the feelings of the once purseproud and pleasure-seeking Mrs. Kingman.
She was slow at first to learn the sson which her Heavenly Father would teach in disappointing her fondest earthly hopes. It was hard for her to feel that she was created for higher pursuits and loftier purposes than had hitherto engrossed her affections; but affliction was made the means of effectually teaching her the vanity of resting upon sublunary things.
Anna, or Mrs. Savage, as we ought now to call her, had never disciplined her feelings in order to prepare herself to bear up amid the vicissitudes which might attend her in life. She had never reflected that she might yet be called to pass through still deeper trials than she had ever before experienced. Such ideas, to her imagination, were too gloomy to be indulged, and she put them far from her, feeling willing to believe that it was unnecessary for her to be afflicted more, while she cherished a feeling of pride, when reflecting that she had repined no more at the dispensation of heaven.
No wonder, then, that with such feelings of self-dependence, she thought it hard if called to experience merely a trifling disappointment. On one occasion, her husband went from home, to a distant city, to transact urgent busi
On leaving, he informed his wife that he should probably return in a few days, at the same time naming the day on which she might expect either himself or a letter.
The time appeared very long indeed to Mrs. Savage, until the day arrived on which she expected confidently to