Washington Irving as a Boy
THE Revolution was about over. Americans were very happy. Their country was to be free.
At this time a little boy was born in New York. His
family was named
His mother said, "Washington's work is done. Let us
name the baby Washington." So he was called Washington
When this baby grew to be a little boy, he was one day walking with his nurse. The nurse was a Scotch girl. She saw General Washington go into a shop. She led the little boy into the shop also.
The nurse said to General Washington, "Please, your Honor, here is a bairn that is named for you."
"Bairn" is a Scotch word for child.
Washington put his hand on the little boy's head and
gave him his blessing. When
Little Irving was a merry, playful boy. He was full of mischief.
Sometimes he would climb out of a window to the roof of
his father's house. From this he would go to roofs of
other houses. Then the little rascal would drop a
pebble down a
Of course he was punished when his tricks were found
out. But he was a
In those days naughty school-boys were whipped. Irving could not bear to see another boy suffer. When a boy was to be whipped, the girls were sent out. Irving always asked the schoolmaster to let him go out with the girls.
Like other boys, Irving was fond of stories. He liked
to read about
One day the schoolmaster caught him reading in school. The master slipped behind him and grabbed the book. Then he told Irving to stay after school.
Irving expected a
Reading about other countries made Irving wish to see them. He thought he would like to travel. Like other wild boys, he thought of running away. He wanted to go to sea.
But he knew that sailors had to eat salt pork. He did not like salt pork. He thought he would learn to like it. When he got a chance, he ate pork. And sometimes he would sleep all night on the floor. He wanted to get used to a hard bed.
But the more he ate pork, the more he disliked it. And the more he slept on the floor, the more he liked a good bed. So he gave up his foolish notion of being a sailor boy.
Some day you will read Irving's "Sketch Book." You will
find some famous stories in it. There is the story of