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CHAPTER XIV.

THE AUTHOR SHEWS THAT HE IS NOT TOO PROUD

TO CONFESS HIS OWN ERRORS. —HE GIVES THE READER ANOTHER SPECIMEN OF HIS DRAMATIC

TALENTS.

A WISE man confesses his errors, and retracts them; but a fool persists in them. We prefer to be thought of the former, and shall confess that, in a former part of the Rising Sun, we mislead the Reader, by informing him that, after the Inquiry, Mrs. George Gildrig, was again received at the Mansion House. We were in formed that it was the case, and we the more readily believed it, as we wished it to be true. It was not so however. The Inquisitors candidly declared her innocence, and recommend. ed her being received ; to which the lord consented: but this intention was delayed at the earnest request of a person, to whose pressing instances the lord yielded from motives, amiable in one sense, but prejudicial in another. For the same reason, the lord prevented the public cation of the Inquiry, and Mrs. George Gildrig finding that this proof of her innocence availed her nothing, began to take steps to publish it herself; but she was prevailed upon somehow or other to drop it. Very little, that may be relied on, has consequently transpired of the Inquiry, except that the busy persons, we will not style them accusers, who made all this stir, were a Mr. and Mrs. Doubleface, well known in the annals of intrigue.

For want, therefore, of knowing how the Inquiry was carried on, we will show the Reader how we should carry it on, if we were to write a Farce on the subject.

SCENE.-A Room in Mrs. George Gildrig's

House at Black-Common.

The Inquisitors discovered sitting, and Mr. and . : Mrs. Doubleface, as Examiners.

Inquisitors. Well, Mr. Doubleface, - have you any more witnesses to call ?

Mr. Doubleface. Yes, one; let Deborah Downheel be called in. - Gentlemen, we think it has been proved, that there was a child born —that that child was taken care of by the accused; and this last witness, we have no doubt, will establish to your satisfaction that there was a lying-in of the accused. [Enter Deborah Downheel.] What is your name? Fitness. Deborah Downheel. Mr. Doubleface. Where were you born ? Witness. At

Mr. Doubleface. Why did you leave your native place?

Witness. Why- to tell the truth. - I had a little one, but then I was seduced under a promise of marriage.

Mr. Doubleface. There, gentlemen, this confession establishes her veracity as to what she is going to say.

Inquisitors. We have no reason to doubt her Keracity in this instance; but as to what she is going to say, we must judge from the probability and consistency of it; pray proceed with your examination.

VOL. III.

Mr. Doubleface. In what capacity are you now ? Witness. One of the waiting-maids on Mrs. George Gildrig.

Mr. Doubleface. Do you remember, at any time, her being ill ? .

Witness. Yes-about — since.

Mr. Doubleface. [To Inquisitors] You will please to keep in mind, gentlemen, that that was about the time of the child's birth. – [To Witness.] Do you recollect what was her most usual food during her illness ?

Witness. Gruel. • Mr. Doubleface. Is not gruel generally given

to lying-in women ?

Witness. It was given to me, and I should suppose, it is most proper for all women in that condition.

Mr. Doubleface. What was the grúel'made of? . *Witness. Grits-I suppose.

Mr. Doubleface. Aye-like enough! but was there nothing else in it? Did you not taste it?

Witness. We generally do taste what we carry

from the kitchen—just to see whether it be palateable or not.

Mr. Doubleface. And what do you think there was in it?

Witness, Why, I believe it had a mixture of wine, or other spirituous liquor.--I can't say what, for I have an aversion to spirits -- some sugar and nutmeg.

Mr. Doubleface. And is not this mixture commonly called caudle, and given to new-born infants?

Witness, Yes..

Mr. Doublefaçe. Now, gentlemen, we think .. we have fully established the case ; — we have proved that there was a child —

Witness. But not that it was born of the accused.

Mr. Doubleface. That she nursed it, and even did those menial offices for it, which another of her waiting-maids told you, she herself could not have performed for any child but her own

Inquisitors. Like enough-it is well known, that the second-hand pride of these, waitinga maids, is ten times greater than that of their mistresses at first hand.

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