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the next morning my Lord Duke cried out three times to his valet-dechambre, Jernigan ! Jernigan ! Jernigan! bring me my garters."

But previously I should have mentioned the very impolite behaviour of Mr. Burchell, who, during this discourse, sat with his face turned to the fire, and at the conclusion of every sentence would cry out Fudge ! an expression which displeased us all, and in some measure damped the rising spirit of the conversation.

“ Besides, my dear Skeggs,” continued our Peeress, “there is nothing of this in the copy of verses that Dr. Burdock made upon the occasion.” Fudge !

“ I am surprised at that,” cried Miss Skeggs; " for he seldom leaves anything out, as he writes only for his own amusement. Ladyship favour me with a sight of them?” Fudge !

My dear creature," replied our Peeress, “do you think I carry such things about me? Though they are very fine to be sure, and I think myself something of a judge : at least I know what pleases myself. Indeed, I was ever an admirer of all Dr. Burdock's little pieces; for except what he does, and our dear Countess at Hanover Square, there's nothing comes out but the most lowest stuff in nature; not a bit of high life among them.” Fudge !

" Your Ladyship should except,” says t'other, “ your own things in the · Lady's Magazine.' I hope you'll say there's nothing low-lived there? But I suppose we are to have no more from that quarter ?” Fudge!

Why, my dear,” says the Lady, "you know my reader and companion has left me to be married to Captain Roach, and as my poor eyes won't suffer me to write myself, I have been for some time looking out for another. A proper person is no easy matter to find, and, to be sure, thirty pounds a year is a small stipend for a well-bred girl of character, that can read, write, and behave in company : as for the chits about town, there is no bearing them about one.Fudge !

" That I know,” cried Miss Skeggs, “ by experience; for of the three companions I had this last half-year, one of them refused to do plainwork an hour in the day; another thought twenty-five guineas a year too small a salary; and I was obliged to send away the third, because

; I suspected an intrigue with the chaplain. Virtue, my dear Lady Blarney, virtue is worth any price : but where is that to be found ? ” Fudge !

My wife had been for a long time all attention to this discourse, but

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was particularly struck with the latter part of it. Thirty pounds and twenty-five guineas a year, made fifty-six pounds five shillings English money; all which was in a manner going a begging, and might easily be secured in the family. She for a moment studied my looks for

a approbation; and, to own a truth, I was of opinion, that two such places would fit our two daughters exactly. Besides, if the Squire had any real affection for my eldest daughter, this would be the way to make her every way qualified for her fortune. My wife, therefore, was resolved that we should not be deprived of such advantages for want of assurance, and undertook to harangue for the family hope,” cried she, “ your Ladyships will pardon my present presumption. It is true, we have no right to pretend to such favours, but yet it is natural for me to wish putting my children forward in the world. And I will be bold to say, my two girls have had a pretty good education, and capacity; at least, the country can't show better. They can read, write, and cast accounts; they understand their needle, broad-stitch, cross and change, and all manner of plainwork; they can pink, point, and frill; and know something of music; they can do up small clothes; work upon catgut; my eldest can cut paper, and my youngest has a very pretty manner of telling fortunes upon the cards." Fudge !

When she had delivered this pretty piece of eloquence, the two ladies looked at each other a few minutes in silence, with an air of doubt and importance. At last Miss Carolina Wilhelmina Amelia Skeggs condescended to observe, that the young ladies, from the opinion she could form of them from so slight an acquaintance, seemed very fit for such employments : “ but a thing of this kind, madam,” cried she, addressing my spouse, “ requires a thorough examination into characters, and a more perfect knowledge of each other. Not, madam,” continued she, “that I in the least suspect the ,

ladies' virtue, prudence, and discretion ; but there is a form in these things, madam ; there is a form," Fudge !

My wife approved her suspicions very much, observing, that she was very apt to be suspicious herself; but referred her to all the neighbours for a character : but this our Peeress declined as unnecessary, alleging that her cousin Thornhill's recommendation would be sufficient, and upon this we rested our petition.

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