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levity, scandal called by a harsher name, But the appearance of Jenkinson and the and it was reported I had debauched her. gaolers two servants now called off our I waited on her father in person, willing tention, who entered, hauling in a tall man to clear the thing to his satisfaction, and very genteelly dressed, and answering the he received me only with insult and abuse. description already given of the ruffian who 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 perceived unable to pay them, it is their business to the prisoner, and Jenkinson who had him proceed in this manner : and I see noi in custody, he seemed to shrink back with hardship or injustice in pursuing the most
His face became pale with conlegal 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scious guilt, and he would have withdrawn, If this,” cried Sir William “ be as you but Jenkinson, who perceived his design, have stated it, there is nothing unpar- | stopped him.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 acconduct might have been more generous quaintances, Jenkinson and Baxter! But 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 we been at least equitable.
will not forget you. Our prisoner, please He cannot contradict a single parti- your honour,” continued he, turning to Sir cular,” replied the Squire ; “I defy him William, “has already confessed all. This to do so; and several of my servants are is the gentleman reported to be so dangerready 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 acci. my 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,
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 a: 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!
And so fond of public justice, too, as he “Madam," replied the good man, “your seemed to be! But he shall have it: sewishes for his safety are not greater than cure him, Mr. Gaoler-Yet, hold ! I fear mine ; but I am sorry to find his guilt too there is not legal evidence to detain him." plain ; and if my nephew persists- Upon this Mr. Thornhill, with the
n war, had but few executions in times of very little blood will serve to cement our Beace; and, in all commencing govern- ' security. cents that have the print of nature still
CHAPTER XXVIII. trong upon them, scarce any crime is veld capital.
Happiness and Misery rather the result of Prue
dence than of Virtue in this life; temporalevils It is among the citizens of a refined com- or felicities being regarded by Heaven as things nunity that penal laws, which are in the merely in themselves trifling, and unworthy sands of the rich, are laid upon the poor.
its care in the distribution.. sofcrament, while it grows older, seems I HAD now been confined more than a
quire the moroseness of age; and, as fortnight, but had not since my arrival f our property were become dearer in pro- been visited by my dear Olivia, and I porta as it increased—as if the more greatly longed to see her. Having come nomous our wealth the more extensive municated my wishes to my wise, the next og cars—all our possessions are paled morning the poor girl entered my apartup #ith new edicts every day, and hung ment, leaning on her sister's arm. The round with gibbets to scare every invader. change which I saw in her countenance
I cannot tell whether it is from the num struck me. The numberless graces that ber of car penal laws, or the licentiousness once resided there were now fled, and the of our people, that this country should hand of death seemed to have moulded show more convicts in a year than half the every feature to alarm me.
Her temples durumuns of Europe united. Perhaps it were sunk, her forehead was tense, and a is oaig to both; for they mutually pro- fatal paleness sat upon her cheek. dao: cach other. When, by indiscriminate "I am glad to see thee, my dear,” cried Feral laws, a nation beholds the same I; “but why this dejection, Livy? I hope, parcament affixed to dissimilar degrees of my love, you have too great a regard for gu, from perceiving no distinction in the me to permit disappointment thus to unpenalty, the people are led to lose all sense derinine a life which I prize as my own. of uinction in the crime, and this dis. Be cheerful, child, and we may yet see tinction is the bulwark of all morality: happier days." thes the multitude of laws produce new
You have ever, sir,” replied she, res, and new vices call for fresh re. “been kind to me, and it adds to my pain
that I shall never have an opportunity of li were to be wished, then, that power, sivaring that happiness you promise. HapEiead of contriving new laws to punish piness, I fear, is no longer reserved for me Face; instead of drawing hard the cords of here; and I long to be rid of a place dety till a convulsion come to burst where I have only found distress. Indeed, kn; instead of cutting away wretches sir, I wish you would make a proper subazeless before we have tried their utility; mission to Mr. Thornhill; it may in some tead of converting correction into ven- measure induce him to pity you, and it 2304, -it were to be wished that we will give me relief in dying." tried the restrictive arts of government,
'Never, child," replied I;
never will at made law the protector, but not the I be brought to acknowledge my daughter frant of the people. We should then find a prostitute; for though the world may the creatures, whose souls are held as look upon your offence with scorn, let it 48 353, only wanted the hand of a refiner: be mine to regard it as a mark of credulity, We should then find that creatures, now not of guilt. My dear, I am no way miser
up for long tortures, lest luxury able in this place, however dismal it may stould feel a momentary pang, might, if seem ; and be assured, that while you properly treated, serve to sinew the state continue to bless me by living, he shall Etimes of danger; that as their faces are never have my consent to make you more like ours, their hearts are so too; that few wretched by marrying another.' paints are so base as that perseverance After the departure of my daughter, my czcnot amend ; that a man may see his fellow-prisoner, who was by at this interlast crime without dying for it ; and that view, sensibly enough expostulated on my
obstinacy in refusing a submission which For the three ensuing days I was is promised to give me freedom. He ob- state of anxiety to know what recepto served, that the rest of my family was not my letter might meet with; but in to be sacrificed to the peace of one child meantime was frequently solicited by F alone, and she the only one who had of- wife to submit to any conditions rather tla fended me. “Besides," added he, “I don't remain here, and every hour recei know if it be just thus to obstruct the union repeated accounts of the decline of s of man and wife, which you do at present, daughter's health. The third day and to by refusing to consent to a match you can fourth arrived, but I received no answ not hinder, but may render unhappy." to my letter: the complaints of a strang
Sir," replied I, “ you are unacquainted against a favourite nephew were no wa with the man that oppresses us. I am likely to succeed; so that these hopes sac very sensible that no submission I can vanished like all my former. My min make could procure me liberty even for an however, still supported itself, thoug hour. I am told that even in this very confinement and bad air began to make room a debtor of his, no later than last visible alteration in my health, and my ar year, died for want.
But though my sub- that had suffered in the fire grew wors mission and approbation could transfer me My children, however, sat by me, an from hence to the most beautiful apartment while I was stretched on my straw, rea he is possessed of, yet I would grant to me by turns, or listened and wept at m neither, as something whispers me that it instructions. But my daughter's healt would be giving a sanction to adultery. declined faster than mine : every messag While my daughter lives, no other mar- from her contributed to increase my af riage of his shall ever be legal in my eye. prehensions and pain. The fifth mornin Were she removed, indeed, I should be the after I had written the letter which wa basest of men, from any resentment of my sent to Sir William Thornhill, I wa own, to attempt putting asunder those who alarmed with an account that she wa wish for a union. No, villain as he is, I speechless. Now it was that confinemei should then wish him married, to prevent was truly painful to me; my soul w: the consequences of his future debauch- bursting from its prison to be near the pil eries. But now, should I not be the most low of my child, to comfort, to strengthe cruel of all fathers to sign an instrument her, to receive her last wishes, and teac which must send my child to the grave, her soul the way to Heaven ! Anothe merely to avoid a prison myself; and thus, account came: she was expiring, and ye to escape one pang, break my child's heart I was debarred the small comfort of weep with a thousand ?'
ing by her. My fellow-prisoner, som He acquiesced in the justice of this time after, came with the last account answer, but could not avoid observing, that He bade me be patient : she was dead ! he feared my daughter's life was already too The next morning he returned, and foun much wasted to keep me long a prisoner. me with my two little ones, now my onl “ However," continued he, though you companions, who were using all their inno refuse to submit to the nephew, I hope you cent efforts to comfort me. They entreate have no objections to laying your case be to read to me, and bade me not to cry, fo fore the uncle, who has the first character I was now too old to weep. "And is no in the kingdom for everything that is just my sister an angel, now, papa?” cried tb and good. I would advise you to send eldest ;“ and why, then, are you sorry fo him a letter by the post, intimating all his her? I wish I were an angel out of thi nephew's ill usage; and my life for it, that frightful place, if my papa were with me. in three days you shall have an answer. Yes," added my youngest darling I thanked him for the hint, and instantly Heaven, where my sister is, is a finc set about complying; but I wanted paper, place than this, and there are none bu and unluckily all our money had been laid good people there, and the people her out that morning in provisions : however, are very bad.” he supplied me.
Mr. Jenkinson interrupted their harmles
prattle by observing, that, now my daugh- young ladies, they might have been the jer was no more, I should seriously think most agreeable intercessors. of the rest of my family, and attempt to save “Well
, sir,” said I to my fellow-prisoner, my own life, which was every day declin-“ "you now discover the temper of the man ing for want of necessaries and wholesome that oppresses me. He can at once be air. He added, that it was now incum- facetious and cruel : but, let him use me bent on me to sacrifice any pride or re- as he will, I shall soon be free, in spite ofall sentment of my own to the welfare of his bolts to restrain me. I am now drawthose who depended on me for support ; ing towards an abode that looks brighter and that I was now, both by reason and as I approach it: this expectation cheers justce, obliged to try to reconcile my my afflictions, and though I leave an helplandlord.
less family of orphans behind me, yet they * Heaven be praised," replied I, “there will not be utterly forsaken: some friend, is 10 pride left me now : I should detest perhaps, will be found to assist them for by own heart if I saw either pride or re- the sake of their poor father, and some sediment lurking there. On the contrary, may charitably relieve them for the sake of 23 my oppressor has been once my parish. their heavenly Father.” luar, Ibope one day to present him up Just as I spoke, my wife, whom I had an upolluted soul at the eternal tribunal. not seen that day before, appeared with No sir
, I have no resentment now; and looks of terror, and making efforts, but unthough he has taken from me what I held able, to speak. “Why, my love,” cried Cearer than all his treasures, though he 1, “why will you thus increase my afflicwas wrung my heart, -for I am sick almost tions by your own? What though no subbo fainting, very sick, my fellow-prisoner, missions can turn our severe master, though - that shall never inspire me with he has doomed me to die in this place of sagrance. I am now willing to approve wretchedness, and though we have lost a les marriage : and, if this submission can darling child, yet still you will find comfort
him any pleasure, let him know that in your other children when I shall be no I have done him any injury I am sorry more. -“ We have indeed lost,” returned
she, a darling child. My Sophia, my Mr. Jenkinson took pen and ink, and dearest is gone ; snatched from us, carried Ftste down my submission nearly as I off by ruffians !”—“How, madam," cried Late expressed it, to which I signed my my fellow-prisoner, “Miss Sophia carried same. My son was employed to carry off by villains ! sure it cannot be ?” De letter to Mr. Thornhill, who was then She could only answer by a fixed look, * Is seat in the country. He went, and, and a flood of tears. But one of the pri
about six hours, returned with a verbal soners' wives who was present, and came sester. He had some difficulty, he said, in with her, gave us a more distinct ac
get a sight of his landlord, as the ser- count: she informed us, that as my wife, ***s were insolent and suspicious : but he my daughter, and herself were taking a ac dentally saw him as he was going out walk together on the great road, a little way Ya business, preparing for his marriage, out of the village, a post-chaise and pair sich was to be in three days. He con- drove up to them, and instantly stopped ; and to inform us, that he stept up in the upon which a well-dressed man, but not Etabliest manner, and delivered the letter, Mr. Thornhill, stepping out, clasped my *ch, when Mr. Thornhill had read, he daughter round the waist
, and forcing her 2.1 that all submission was now too late in, bade the postilion drive on, so that
funnecessary ; that he had heard of our | they were out of sight in a moment. application to his uncle, which met with “Now,” cried I, " the sum of my miseries e contempt it deserved; and, as for the is made up, nor is it in the power of any. its that all future applications should be thing on earth to give me another pang: erested to his attorney, not to him. He What! not one left :—not to leave me one! served, however, that as he had a very - The monster !—The child that was next Food opinion of the discretion of the two my heart !-she had the beauty of an angel,
and almost the wisdom of an angel. - But sister, and avenge our cause. But, thara support that woman, nor let her fall. – Not be to Him that directs all things, it bus to leave me one !"
miscarried, and I am at rest.”—“Woman: “Alas! my husband,” said my wife, cried I, “thou hast done very ill, and, : "you seem to want comfort even more another time, my reproaches might har than I. Our distresses are great, but I could been more severe. Oh! what a tremes bear this and more, if I saw you but easy. dous gulf hast thou escaped, that woul They may take away my children, and all have buried both thee and him in endles the world, if they leave me but you." ruin ! Providence, indeed, has here bec
My son, who was present, endeavoured kinder to us than we to ourselves. It ha to moderate our grief ; he bade us take reserved that son to be the father and pro comfort, for he hoped that we might still tector of my children when I shall be away have reason to be thankful. “My child," How unjustly did I complain of bein cried I,“ look round the world, and see stripped of every comfort, when still I hea if there be any happiness left me now. Is that he is happy, and insensible of ou not every ray of comfort shut out, while afflictions ; still kept in reserve to suppor all our bright prospects only lie beyond the his widowed mother, and to protect hi grave?”—“My dear father,” returned he, brothers and sisters ! But what sisters ha
I hope there is still something that will he left? He has no sisters now : they an give you an interval of satisfaction ; for I all gone, robbed from me, and I am un have a letter from my brother George.”- done.”—“ Father,” interrupted my son " What of him, child ?" interrupted I; “I beg you will give me leave to read thi “ does he know our misery? I hope my letter-I know it will please you." Upon boy is exempt from any part of what his which, with my permission, he read as wretched family suffers ?"_“Yes, sir," follows : returned he," he is perfectly gay, cheerful, and happy. His letter brings nothing HONOURED SIR,- I have called off my but good news; he is the favourite of his imagination a few moments from the pleacolonel, who promises to procure him the sures that surround me, to fix it upon obvery next lieutenancy that becomes va- jects that are still more pleasing, — the dear cant."
little fireside at home. My fancy draws “And are you sure of all this?” cried that harmless group, as listening to every my wife ;
are you sure that nothing ill line of this with great composure. I view has befallen my boy?”—“Nothing, in those faces with delight, which never felt deed, madam," returned my son ; you the deforming hand of ambition or distress! shall see the letter, which will give you But, whatever your happiness may be at the highest pleasure ; and if anything can home, I am sure it will be some addition to procure you comfort, I am sure that will." it to hear, that I am perfectly pleased with
But are you sure,” still repeated she, my situation, and every way happy here. " that the letter is from himself, and that Our regiment is countermanded, and i he is really so happy?"-“Yes, madam,” | not to leave the kingdom. The colonel, replied he, “it is certainly his, and he who professes himself my friend, takes me will one day be the credit and support of with him to all companies where he is our family.”—“Then, I thank Provi. acquainted, and, after my first visit, dence,” cried she, “that my last letter to I generally find myself received with him has miscarried. Yes, my dear,” con- increased respect upon repeating it. , tinued she, turning to me, I will now danced last night with Lady G and, confess, that though the hand of Heaven could I forget you know whom, I might is sore upon us in other instances, it has be perhaps successful. But it is my fate been favourable here. By the last letter still to remember others, while I am myselí I wrote my son, which was in the bitter- forgotten by most of my absent friends : ness of anger, I desired him, upon his and in this number, I fear, sir, that I must mother's blessing, and if he had the heart consider you ; for I have long expected the of a man, to see justice done his father and pleasure of a letter from home, to ne