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her beauty:-“Indeed, my dear Mr.Thorn- But by this time my son was freed fr hill," cried she to the Squire, who she sup- the encumbrances of justice, as the pers posed was come here to succour, and not supposed to be wounded was detected to oppress us, “I take it a little unkindly be an impostor. Mr. Jenkinson, also, w that you should come here without me, or had acted as his valet-de-chambre, never inform me of the situation of a family dressed up his hair, and furnished him w so dear to us both : you know I should take whatever was necessary to make a gent as much pleasure in contributing to the appearance. He now therefore enter relief of my reverend old master here, whom handsomely dressed in his regimental I shall ever esteem, as you can. But I find and, without vanity (for I am above it that, like your uncle, take a pleasure in he appeared as handsome a fellow as ev doing good in secret."

wore a military dress. As he entered, He find pleasure in doing good !" cried made Miss Wilmot a modest and distar Sir William, interrupting her. “No, my bow, for he was not as yet acquainted wit dear, his pleasures are as base as he is the change which the eloquence of hi You see in him, madam, as complete a vil- mother had wrought in his favour. But n lain as ever disgraced humanity. A wretch, decorums could restrain the impatience who, after having deluded this poor man's his blushing mistress to be forgiven. He daughter, after plotting against the inno- tears, her looks, all contributed to discove cence of her sister, has thrown the father the real sensations of her heart, for havin into prison, and the eldest son into setters forgotten her former promise, and havin because he had the courage to face her be suffered herself to be deluded by an impos trayer. And give me leave, madam, now My son appeared amazed at he to congratulate you upon an escape from condescension, and could scarce believe i the embraces of such a monster.

real.-“Sure, madam," cried he, “this i “O goodness!” cried the lovely girl, but delusion! I can never have merite “how have I been deceived! Mr. Thorn. this! To be blessed thus is to be to hill informed me for certain that this gentle. happy.”—“No, sir," replied she; "I hav man's eldest son, Captain Primrose, was been deceived, basely deceived, else no gone off to America with his new-married thing could have ever made me unjust i lady."

my promise. You know my friendshipMy sweetest Miss,” cried my wife, “he you have long known it, but forget what i has told you nothing but falsehoods. My have done, and as you once had my warm son George never left the kingdom, nor ever est vows of constancy, you shall now have was married. Though you have forsaken them repeated; and be assured, that if you him, he has always loved you too well to Arabella cannot be yours, she shall never think of anybody else ; and I have heard be another's.”—“And no other's you shall him say, he would die a bachelor for your be,” cried Sir William, “if I have any insake. She then proceeded to expatiate fluence with your father." upon the sincerity of her son's passion : she This hint was sufficient for my son Moses, set his duel with Mr. Thornhill in a pro- who immediately flew to the inn where the per light; from thence she made a rapid old gentleman was, to inform him of every digression to the Squire's debaucheries, his circumstance that had happened. But, in pretended marriages, and ended with a the meantime, the Squire, perceiving'that most insulting picture of his cowardice. he was on every side undone, now finding

“Good heavens!” cried Miss Wilmot, that no hopes were left from flattery or dis"how very near have I been to the brink simulation, concluded that his wisest way of ruin! Ten thousand falsehoods has this would be to turn and face his pursuers. gentleman told me! He had at last art Thus, laying aside all shame, he appeare! enough to persuade me, that my promise the open, hardy villain. “I find, then, to the only man I esteemed was no longer cried he, "that I am to expect no justice binding, since he had been unfaithful. By here; but I am resolved it shall be done his falsehoods I was taught to detest one You shall know, sir," turning to Sir equally brave and generous."

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nt upon your favours. I scorn them. for once admit that happiness which courts othing can keep Miss Wilmot's fortune your acceptance.". om me, which, I thank her father's assi- “ Sir William,” replied the old gentlelity, is pretty large. The articles and a man, “be assured I never yet forced her ud for her fortune are signed, and safe inclinations, nor will I now. If she still

my possession. It was her fortune, not continues to love this young gentleman, let er person, that induced me to wish for her have him, with all my heart. There ? is match; and, possessed of the one, let is still, thank Heaven, some fortune left, ihn will take the other."

and your promise will make it something This was an alarming blow. Sir William more. Only let my old friend here" (meancas sensible of the justice of his claims, for ing me)“ give me a promise of settling six lebad been instrumental in drawing up the thousand pounds upon my girl if ever he murage articles himself. Miss Wilmot, should come to his fortune, and I am ready, ibcreure, perceiving that her fortune was this night, to be the first to join them toinscrevably lost, turning to my son, gether.' cond if the loss of fortune could lessen her As it now remained with me to make 52 se to him? “ Though fortune,” said the young couple happy, I readily gave a she is out of my power, at least I have promise of making the settlement he remy hari to give.

quired; which, to one who had such little As that, madam,"cried her real lover, expectations as I, was no great favour. We was indeed all that you ever had to give ; ; had now, therefore, the satisfaction of seeciast all that I ever thought worth the ing them fly into each other's arms in a tranaceptance. And I now protest, my Ara- sport. * After all my misfortunes,” cried si by all that's happy, your want of my son George, to be thus rewarded ! íruge this moment increases my pleasure, Sure this is more than I could ever have 2 t serves to convince my sweet girl of presumed to hope for. To be possessed of 25 vincerity.”

all that's good, and after such an interval V:. Wilmot now entering, he seemed not of pain! My warmest wishes could never a rile pleased at the danger his daughter rise so high!”. Eijasi escaped, and readily consented to Yes, my George,” returned his lovely : tissolution of the match. But finding bride, now let the wretch take my for

ther fortune, which was secured to Mr. tune; since you are happy without it, so Comhill by bond, would not be given up, am I. Oh, what an exchange have I made, * cing could exceed his disappointment. --from the basest of men to the dearest, fe now saw that his money must all go to best! Let him enjoy our fortune, I can arch one who had no fortune of his own. now be happy even in indigence.”-“And

cold bear his being a rascal, but to I promise you,” cried the Squire, with a 2014 an equivalent to his daughter's fortune malicious grin, “ that I shall be very happy 225 wormwood. He sat, therefore, for with what you despise.”—“ Hold, hold, zeminutes employed in the most mortify: sir," cried Jenkinson, there are two words

speculations, till Sir William attempted to that bargain. As for that lady's fortune, tosen his anxiety. “I must confess, sir,' sir, you shall never touch a single stiver of

el he, “that your present disappoint. it. Pray, your honour," continued he to Dat does not entirely displease me. Your Sir William, can the Squire have this mmoderate passion for wealth is now justly lady's fortune if he be married to another?" finished. But though the young lady How can you make such a simple denot be rich, she has still a competence mand?” replied the Baronet : “ undoubt. scricient to give content. Here you see edly he cannot.”—“I am sorry for that,” 2. honest young soldier, who is willing to 'cried Jenkinson; " for as this gentleman take her without fortune: they have long and I have been old fellow-sporters, I have ered each other; and, for the friendship a friendship for him. But I must declare, I wear his father, my interest shall not be well as I love him, that this contract is not *unting in his promotion. Leave, then, worth a tobacco-stopper, for he is married that ambition which disappoints you, and already.”—“ You lie, like a rascal !" re

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levity, scandal called by a harsher name, But the appearance of Jenkinson and t. and it was reported I had debauched her. gaoler's two servants now called off our I waited on her father in person, willing tention, who entered, hauling in a tall ma: to clear the thing to his satisfaction, and very genteelly dressed, and answering th he received me only with insult and abuse. description already given of the ruffian w As for the rest, with regard to his being had carried off my daughter. “Here, here, my attorney and steward can best cried Jenkinson, pulling him in, “here w inform you, as I commit the management have him; and if ever there was a candi of business entirely to them. If he has date for Tyburn, this is one.” contracted debts, and is unwilling, or even The moment Mr. Thornhill perceiver unable to pay them, it is their business to the prisoner, and Jenkinson who had hin proceed in this manner : and I see no in custody, he seemed to shrink back wit] hardship or injustice in pursuing the most

His face became pale with con legal means of redress."

scious guilt, and he would have withdrawn If this,” cried Sir William “be as you but Jenkinson, who perceived his design have stated it, there is nothing unpar- stopped him. “What, Squire,” cried he donable in your offence; and though your are you ashamed of your two old ac conduct might have been more generous quaintances, Jenkinson and Baxter ? Bu in not suffering this gentleman to be op- this is the way that all great men forget pressed by subordinate tyranny, yet it has their friends, though I am resolved w been at least equitable.'

will not forget you. Our prisoner, pleast “He cannot contradict a single parti- your honour, continued he, turning to Sii cular,” replied the Squire ; “I defy him William,“ has already confessed all. Thi to do so ; and several of my servants are is the gentleman reported to be so danger: ready to attest what I say. Thus, sir," ously wounded. He declares that it was continued he, finding that I was silent, for Mr. Thornhill who first put him upon this in fact I could not contradict him—"thus, affair ; that he gave him the clothes he sir, my own innocence is vindicated : but now wears, to appear like a gentleman, though at your entreaty I am ready to for- and furnished him with the post-chaise. give this gentleman every other offence, The plan was laid between them, that he yet his attempts to lessen me in your es should carry off the young lady to a place teem excite a resentment that I cannot of safety, and that there he should threaten govern ; and this, too, at a time when his and terrify her ; but Mr. Thornhill was to son was actually preparing to take away come in, in the meantime, as if by accimy life,-this, í say, was such guilt, that dent, to her rescue ; and that they should I am determined to let the law take its fight a while, and then he was to run off, course. I have here the challenge that by which Mr. Thornhill would have the was sent me, and two witnesses to prove better opportunity of gaining her affecit : one of my servants has been wounded tions himself, under the character of her dangerously ; and even though my uncle defender.” himself should dissuade me, which I know Sir William remembered the coat to he will not, yet I will see public justice have been worn by his nephew, and all the done, and he shall suffer for it."

rest the prisoner himself confirmed by a “Thou monster !” cried my wife," hast more circumstantial account; concluding, thou not had vengeance enough already, that Mr. Thornhill had often declared to but must my poor boy feel thy cruelty?' I him that he was in love with both sisters at | hope that good Sir William will protect the same time. us; for my son is as innocent as a child : "Heavens !” cried Sir William, “what I am sure he is, and never did harm to a viper have I been fostering in my bosom! man."

And so fond of public justice, too, as he "Madam,” replied the good man, "your seemed to be! But he shall have it: se wishes for his safety are not greater than cure him, Mr. Gaoler-Yet, hold ! I fear

; but I am sorry to find his guilt too there is not legal evidence to detain him.' d if my nephew persists

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most humility, entreated that two such light to my friend the magistrate, who has mundoned wretches might not be admit- committed him. But where is the unforsi as evidences against him, but that his tunate young lady herself ? Let her appear Irants should be examined. Your ser- to confront this wretch: I long to know arts** replied Sir William. “Wretch : by what arts he has seduced her. Entreat all them yours no longer: but come, let her to come in. Where is she ?"

bear what those fellows have to say; let Ah! sir,” said I, “that question stings is atler be called."

me to the heart: I was once indeed happy, Wban the butler was introduced, he in a daughter, but her miseries— un perceived by his former master's Another interruption here prevented me; Cons that all his power was now over.

for who should make her appearance but *Tell me,” cried Sir William, sternly, Miss Arabella Wilmot, who was next day ** have you ever seen your master, and that to have been married to Mr. Thornhill. feina dressed up in his clothes, in com- Nothing could equal her surprise at seeing [177 together "-"Yes, please your Sir William and his nephew here before Primar," cried the butler, a thousand her; for her arrival was quite accidental.

: he was the man that always brought It happened that she and the old gentle

bis ladies.”—“How !” interrupted man, her father, were passing through the F. Mr. Thornhill, “this to my face ?” town, on the way to her aunt's, who had

la" replied the butler, or to any insisted that her nuptials with Mr. Thornma's face. To tell you a truth, Master hill should be consummated at her house; Tronhill, I never either loved you or liked but stopping for refreshment, they put up 5.-- and I don't care if I tell you now a at an inn at the other end of the town. It se of my mind.”—“Now, then," cried | was there, from the window, that the skinson, " tell his honour whether you young lady happened to observe one of bow anything of me."-"I can't say,” my little boys playing in the street, and ped the butler, “that I know much instantly sending a footman to bring the

od of you. The night that gentleman's child to her, she learned from him some daughter was deluded to our house, you account of our misfortunes; but was still Bere one of them.”—“So then," cried Sir kept ignorant of young Mr. Thornhill's

an, " I find you have brought a very being the cause. Though her father made 2 witness to prove your innocence: thou several remonstrances on the impropriety fun to humanity! to associate with such of going to a prison to visit us, yet they reches ! But," continuing his examina- were ineffectual; she desired the child to

you tell me, Mr. Butler, that this conduct her, which he did, and it was zs the person who brought him this old thus she surprised us at a juncture so Parleman's daughter.”—“No, please your unexpected. woor," replied the butler, “he did not Nor can I go on without a reflection on ng her, for the Squire himself under. those accidental meetings, which, though UK that business ; but he brought the they happen every day, seldom excite our mest that pretended to marry them."- surprise but upon some extraordinary oc*his but too true,” cried Jenkinson ; "I casion. To what a fortuitous concurrence 020304 deny it; that was the employment do we not owe every pleasure and conveZigned me, and I confess it to my consu- nience of our lives! How many seeming

accidents must unite before we can be I "Good heavens!” exclaimed the Baro. clothed or fed! The peasant must be dis

“how every new discovery of his vil. posed to labour, the shower must fall, the 1977 alarms me! All his guilt is now too wind fill the merchant's sail, or numbers siun, and I find his prosecution was dic- must want the usual supply. tved by tyranny, cowardice, and revenge. We all continued silent for some moA: my request, Mr. Gaoler, set this young ments, while my charming pupil, which cices, now your prisoner, free, and trust was the name I generally gave this young to toe for the consequences. I'll make it lady, united in her looks compassion and by business to set the affair in a proper astonishment, which gave new finishing to

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her beauty.-"Indeed, my dear Mr.Thorn- But by this time my son was freed fra hill,” cried she to the Squire, who she sup- the encumbrances of justice, as the perr posed was come here to succour, and not supposed to be wounded was detectet: to oppress us, “ I take it a little unkindly be an impostor. Mr. Jenkinson, also, w that you should come here without me, or had acted as his valet-de-chambre, ha never inform me of the situation of a family dressed up his hair, and furnished him w so dear to us both : you know I should take whatever was necessary to make a gent as much pleasure in contributing to the appearance. He now therefore enter relief of my reverend old master here, whom handsomely dressed in his regimenta: I shall ever esteem, as you can. But I find and, without vanity (for I am above it that, like your uncle, you take a pleasure in he appeared as handsome a fellow as eve doing good in secret.

wore a military dress. As he entered, 1 He find pleasure in doing good !" cried made Miss Wilmot a modest and distan Sir William, interrupting her. “No, my bow, for he was not as yet acquainted wit dear, his pleasures are as base as he is the change which the eloquence of h You see in him, madam, as complete a vil- mother had wrought in his favour. But n lain as ever disgraced humanity. A wretch, decorums could restrain the impatience who, after having deluded this poor man's his blushing mistress to be forgiven. He daughter, after plotting against the inno- tears, her looks, all contributed to discove cence of her sister, has thrown the father the real sensations of her heart, for havin into prison, and the eldest son into setters forgotten her former promise, and havin. because he had the courage to face her be suffered herself to be deluded by an impos trayer. And give me leave, madam, now tor. My son appeared amazed at be to congratulate you upon an escape from condescension, and could scarce believe i the embraces of such a monster,

real.—"Sure, madam," cried he, “this i “ () goodness !" cried the lovely girl, but delusion! I can never have merite “how have I been deceived! Mr. Thorn- this! To be blessed thus is to be to hill informed me for certain that this gentle. happy.”—“No, sir," replied she; “I hav man's eldest son, Captain Primrose, was been deceived, basely deceived, else no gone off to America with his new-married thing could have ever made me unjust to lady;”.

my promise. You know my friendshipMy sweetest Miss,” cried my wife, "he you have long known it—but forget what has told you nothing but falsehoods. My have done, and as you once had my warm son George never left the kingdom, norever est vows of constancy, you shall now have was married. Though you have forsaken them repeated ; and be assured, that if you him, he has always loved you too well to Arabella cannot be yours, she shall neve think of anybody else ; and I have heard be another's." And no other's you shall him say, he would die a bachelor for your be,” cried Sir William, "if I have any in

She then proceeded to expatiate fluence with your father." upon the sincerity of her son's passion : she This hint was sufficient for my son Moses, set his duel with Mr. Thornhill in a pro- who immediately flew to the inn where the per light; from thence she made a rapid old gentleman was, to inform him of every digression to the Squire's debaucheries, his circumstance that had happened. But, in pretended marriages, and ended with a the meantime, the Squire, perceiving that most insulting picture of his cowardice. he was on every side undone, now finding

“Good heavens !" cried Miss Wilmot, that no hopes were left from flattery or dis"how very near have I been to the brink simulation, concluded that his wisest way of ruin! Ten thousand falsehoods has this would be to turn and face his pursuers. gentleman told me! He had at last art Thus, laying aside all shame, he appeared enough to persuade me, that my promise the open, hardy villain. “I find, then," to the only man I esteemed was no longer cried he," that I am to expect no justice binding, since he had been unfaithful. By here; but I am resolved it shall be done his falsehoods I was taught to detest one You shall know, sir," turning to Sr equally brave and generous.”

William, “I am no longer a poor depen

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