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answered in the affirmative, he ordered them to send in the best dinner that could be provided upon such short notice. He bespoke also a dozen of their best wine, and some cordials for me; adding, with a smile, that he would stretch a little for once; and though in a prison, he was never better disposed to be merry.

The waiter soon made his appearance with preparations for dinner; a table was lent us by the gaoler, who seemed remarkably assiduous; the wine was disposed in order, and two very well-dressed dishes were brought in.

My daughter had not yet heard of her poor brother's melancholy situation, and we all seemed unwilling to damp her cheerfulness by the relation. But it was in vain that I attempted to appear cheerful, the circumstances of my unfortunate son broke through all effort to dissemble; so that I was at last obliged to damp our mirth by relating his misfortunes, and wishing he might be permitted to share with us in this little interval of satisfaction. After my guests were recovered from the consternation my account had produced, I requested also that Mr. Jenkinson, a fellow-prisoner, might be admitted; and the gaoler granted my request with an air of unusual submission. The clanking. of my son's irons was no sooner heard along the passage than his sister rar impatiently to meet him; while Mr. Burchell, in the meantime, asked me if my son's name were George ; to which replying in the affirmative, he still continued silent. As soon as my boy entered the room I could perceive he regarded Mr. Burchell with a look of astonishment and reverence. “Come on,” cried I, “my son ; though we are fallen very low, yet Providence has been pleased to grant us some small relaxation from pain. Thy sister is restored to us, and there is her deliverer; to that brave man it is that I am indebted for yet having a daughter; give him, my boy, the hand of friendship—he deserves our warmest gratitude.”

My son seemed all this while regardless of what I said, and still continued fixed at a respectful distance.

My dear brother,” cried his sister, “why don't you thank my good deliverer ? the brave should ever love each other."

He still continued his silence and astonishment; till our guest at last perceived himself to be known, and assuming all his native dignity, desired my son to come forward. Never before had I seen anything

The so truly majestic as the air he assumed upon this occasion. greatest object in the universe, says a certain philosopher, is a good man struggling with adversity; yet there is a still greater, which is the good man that comes to relieve it. After he had regarded my son for some time with a superior air, “ I again find,” said he, “unthinking boy, that the same crime--" But here he was interrupted by one of the gaoler's servants, who came to inform us that a person of distinction, who had driven into town with a chariot and several attendants, sent his respects to the gentleman that was with us, and begged to know when he should think proper to be waited upon. “ Bid the fellow wait,” cried our guest," till I shall have leisure to receive him :" and then turning to my son, “I again find, sir,” proceeded he, “that you are guilty of the same offence for which

you once had my reproof, and for which the law is now preparing its justest punishments. You imagine, perhaps, that a contempt for your own life gives you a right to take that of another : but where, sir, is the difference between the duellist, who hazards a life of no value, and the murderer, who acts with greater security? Is it any diminution of the gamester's fraud when he alleges that he has staked a counter ?

“ Alas, sir!” cried I, “whoever you are, pity the poor misguided creature : for what he has done was in obedience to a deluded mother, who, in the bitterness of her resentment, required him, upon her blessing, to avenge her quarrel. Here, sir, is the letter, which will serve to convince you of her imprudence, and diminish his guilt.”

He took the letter, and hastily read it over. This,” said he, though not a perfect excuse, is such a palliation of his fault as induces me to forgive him. And now, sir,” continued he, kindly taking my son by the hand, “ I see you are surprised at finding me here; but I have often visited prisons upon occasions less interesting. I am now come to see justice done a worthy man, for whom I have the most sincere esteem. I have long been a disguised spectator of thy father's benevolence. I have at his little dwelling enjoyed respect uncontaminated by flattery, and have received that happiness which courts could not give, from the amusing simplicity round his fire-side. My nephew has been apprised of my intention of coming here, and I find is arrived; it would be wronging him and you to condemn him without examination ; if there be injury, there shall be redress; and this I may say without boasting, that none have ever taxed the injustice of Sir William Thornhill.”

We now found that the personage whom we had so long entertained as a harmless, amusing companion, was no other than the celebrated Sir William Thornhill, to whose virtues and singularities scarcely any were strangers. The poor Mr. Burchell was in reality a man of large fortune and great interest, to whom senates listened with applause, and whom party heard with conviction ; who was the friend of his country, but loyal to his king. My poor wife, recollecting her former familiarity, seemed to shrink with apprehension; but Sophia, who a few moments before thought him her own, now perceiving the immense distance to which he was removed by fortune, was unable to conceal her tears.

Ah, sir !" cried my wife, with a piteous aspect,“ how is it possible that I can ever have your forgiveness ? the slights you received from me the last time I had the honour of seeing you at our house, and the jokes which I so audaciously threw out—these, sir, I fear, can never be forgiven.” · My dear good lady,” returned he, with a smile, “ if you


your joke, I had my answer. I'll leave it to all the company if mine were not as good as yours.


say the truth, I know nobody whom I am disposed to be angry with at present but the fellow who so frightened my little girl here. I had not even time to examine the rascal's person so as to describe him in an advertisement. Can

you tell me, Sophia,

, my dear, whether you should know him again ?

!” "Indeed, sir," replied she, “I cannot be positive; yet, now I recollect, he had a large mark over one of his eyebrows.” “I ask pardon, madam,” interrupted Jenkinson, who was by, “but be so good as to inform me if the fellow wore his own red hair.” “Yes, I think so,” cried Sophia. And did your honour,” continued he, turning to Sir William,“ observe the length of his legs ? ” “I can't be sure of their length,” cried the baronet ; " but I am convinced of their swiftness; for he outran me, which is what I thought few men in the kingdom could have done." “Please your honour,” cried Jenkinson, “I know the man ; it is certainly the same; the best runner in England; he has beaten Pinwire, of Newcastle ; Timothy Baxter is his name : I know him perfectly, and the very place of his retreat this moment. If your honour will bid Mr. Gaoler let two of his men go with engage to produce him to you in an hour at farthest.” Upon this the gaoler was called, who instantly appearing, Sir William demanded, if he knew him. “Yes, please your honour,” replied the gaoler, “I

“ know Sir William Thornhill well ; and everybody that knows anything of him will desire to know more of him.” “Well, then,” said the baronet,“ my request is, that you will permit this man and two of

me, I'll

your servants to go upon a message by my authority, and as I am in the commission of the peace, I undertake to secure you." "Your promise is sufficient,” replied the other ; "and you may, at a minute's warning, send them over England whenever your honour thinks fit.”

In pursuance of the gaoler's compliance, Jenkinson was dispatched in pursuit of Timothy Baxter, while we were amused with the assiduity of our youngest boy, Bill, who had just come in and climbed up to Sir William's neck in order to kiss him. His mother was immediately going to chastise his familiarity, but the worthy man prevented her; and taking the child, all ragged as he was, upon his knee, “ What, Bill, you chubby rogue!” cried he,“ do you remember your old friend Burchell ? And Dick, too, my honest veteran, are you here ? you shall find I have not forgot you.” So saying, he gave

each a large piece of gingerbread, which the poor fellows ate very heartily, as they had got that morning but a very scanty breakfast.

We now sat down to dinner, which was almost cold; but previously, my arm still continuing painful, Sir William wrote a prescription, for he had made the study of physic his amusement, and was more than moderately skilled in the profession : this being sent to an apothecary, who lived in the place, my arm was dressed, and I found almost instantaneous relief. We were waited upon at dinner by the gaoler himself, who was willing to do our guest all the honour in his power. But before we had well dined, another message was brought from his nephew, desiring permission to appear, in order to vindicate his innocence and honour; with which request the baronet complied, and desired Mr. Thornhill to be introduced.

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R. THORNHILL made his entrance with a smile,

which he seldom wanted, and was going to embrace his uncle, which the other repulsed with an air of

disdain. “No fawning, sir, at present,” cried the baronet, with a look of severity; "the only way to my heart is by the road of honour; but here I only see com

plicated instances of falsehood, cowardice, and oppression. How is it, sir, that this poor man, for whom I know you professed a friendship, is used thus hardly? His daughter vilely seduced as a recompense for his hospitality, and he himself thrown into prison, perhaps but for resenting the insult; his son, too, whom you feared to face as a man" Is it possible, sir,” interrupted his nephew, “ that my uncle should

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