The Levee

 Having waited with impatience for the evening, the Captain, with the candidate, set out for the levee. Arriving at the door, the Captain, entering first, and Teague just behind, he addressed the President: said he, May it please your Excellency, here is a young man, whom I take the liberty to introduce as a candidate for state employment. He has been offered a seat in congress. But it appears to me that a place in the executive department would suit him better-- his name is Teague O’Regan; and has been for some time a servant of mine, a bog trotter; but I believe I could now spare him if your excellency has occasion to make use of him.

The attorney general, and several others who were present, were a good deal confounded at the proposition. A little lean Frenchman in the room, with a sword by his side, was astonished; and expressed above an hundred foutres to himself in the compass of a minute; I do not mean that he spoke out, but thought them to himself in a short space. A British consul present, who was a man of a philosophic turn of mind, could not but reflect on the nature of a republican government, and the extraordinary assurance of the lowest class to pretend to offices.

The president, in the mean time, contemplating the object, made a pause. But after some time, recollecting himself, bowed to the Captain, and to Teague, and signified that doubtless proper notice should be taken of the merits of the gentleman, and provision made for him. This he said, bowing at the same time in a circular manner, and turning round as if to converse with another person, to whom attention was in his turn due.-- Teague in the mean time advancing with his mouth open, and both his arms stretched out, was about to harangue in his own dialect, as plase your anour, &c. but an aid-de-camp of the President, or some one concerned in the ceremonial of the occasion, touching the Captain and Teague, and conversing with them towards the door, gave them to understand that they might depart for the present: and that there was no manner of question, but that his excellency had taken a notice of the matter, and when any appointment was about to take place, the gentleman would be remembered.