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ing scenes, but I will be brief as possible. Was the astonishment of all, he returned with con1 to attempt to speak of the character of Amelia, siderable prosperity: and, to his surprize, found or of her parents and family—the highest praises his father had died, and had ordered that if ever I could produce would be inadequate to their his son returned, his estates inight be restored merits. The records of hospitals and charitable him. Palemon, happy Palemon, elated beyond institutions, the gratitude of the poor, and the even the most sanguine hopes, instantly flew to voice of all their acquaintance, may better avail his dear Amelia, and found her in the arms of than my poor efforts. Palemon, too, was a youth a wealthy citizen! Imagine his sensations-I of unspotted reputation and admired accomplish cannot describe them. He returned to his faments, nor were his merits unknown or unno ther's country szat, and pined awhule amid the ticed by Amelia or her parents. He was heir to scenes of youthful happiness, reflected on his a considerable estate, inferior to but few for the former interviews of love and laid down to die beauty of its groves, which, though small, pos of a broken heart. Sessed claims that larger ones were strangers to. Towards his last moments he sent for me. Is it not singular, then, that such happy lovers When I came he was in bed. We had much should go uncrowned with the blessings of conversation; I told him he was still young, and Hymen?
might yet find another Amelia. lle said it could But I should liave told you (continued he) not be--but desired me to look at his will; he that Palemon had a father, who, though very far then uttered a short prayer, and laid down while from being an avaricions man, was yet a man of 1 read it. I found he had left his principal prothe world: he thought a handsome fortune was perty to Amelia. He desired I would fetch him not to be rejecter whatever the mistress of ither portrait, he said he would bequeath it to me miglit be, and however love might be concerned. as his last and best gift to his friend, it was in a He had permitted, and even encouraged, his drawer in his library. I went and I may say as son's acquaintance in this family, unmindful of with poor Eugenius-he followed me with his any engagement of affections, for he had previ- eyes to the door, closed them, and never opened ously in view a more lucrative connexion for his
them more. son; but the instant ne discovered the attach Here my friend paused. I think I saw a tear ment, he forbade his son the house of his friend on pain of being disinherited. But love is not After a short interval he resumed his narrative. easily rooted out, much less transplanted. Pale When I had paid the last sad tribute to the poor mon continued 10 visit privately, and correspond remains of Palemon, I hastened to Amelia : but through the confidence of a friend; yet he was
I hastened to another scene of wretchedness. J iwice detected, and twice, on intercession, for was informed that her end was near; that since given : but was threatened in the most solemn
the arrival of Palemon she had refused every manner with deprivation of every acre of land on support of mind and body. The dejection of woe his third revolt from duty. But love and danger
was strongly depicted on the face of every doill suit the scales. He again visited the dear mestic. I feared for the worst, yet dared not object of his heart, and was cut off from every
make farther enquiry. I entered the chamber of shilling. She still loved him rather with aug
sorrow, but the cold hand of death had for ever mented than diminished affection; and it is
closed the eyes of Amelia, of-my Wife! supposed would even have married him after his Good God! your wife! you the husband of misfortune. But he always declared that he
Amelia ? never would marry her if deprived of the power Yes, Sir, I was born to be unhappy; but you of making her happy. He might have been ad may share the sweet blessings of felicity and love. mitted into the family, but to receive favours || Yet at some future day, in the mansions of joy that can never be repait, is one of the hardest and prosperity, cast sometimes a thought on my tasks of a generous heart.
wretched life of penance and misery, and let some About this time (says my friend) he formed || tender heart drop a tear at the recital of my woes : ihe determination of seeking that prosperity and when I am dead, let the word MISERRIMUS abroad which his country denied him. He went,
be inscribed on my grave. but did not return for some years; indeed he
MUSIPHILUS, was generally supposed to be dead; when, to
in his eye.
PARENTAL RESENTMENT EXEMPLIFIED;
A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH.
It has frequently afforded matter for discus- | 1 flew to the spot, and beheld a being whose apsion, whether the parental or filial duties acted pearance was calculated to excite sympathy in more forcibly upon the human mind; and the the most insensible mind; for she possessed all page of history has been searched to produce in her sex's softness, blended with a dignity that stances in support of arguments on either side. I might have proclaimed her a queen. Her dress Æneas rescuing his aged father from the devour was plain and simple, a small spaniel was lying ing name, and the Grecian Daughter sustaining | by her side; I intreated her to inform me in the existence of a beloved parent with that nutri- what manner I could be useful, as she appeared ment which nature bestowed at that critical mo to be in the greatest pain. ment, are circumstances which equally prove the In the most polished terins she expressed her force of those tender ties; and it would be dif- || acknowledgments, at the same time informing ficult to say which operates with the greatest || me that she feared her ancle bone was broken, as tenderness, the love of a child to a parent, or the she had inadvertently trod upon a stone which affection of a parent to a child. Nature evidently had given way, and the joints twisted under her leans to the side of the parent, yet how many with the sudden pain she felt. Pointing to a instances of want of parental tenderness miglit || small cottage surrounded with a little piece of be produced, where mortified pride and ambitious garden ground, she entreated me to do her the projects have rendered callous all the fine feel- | favour of requesting the owner of it to come to ings of the heart, and where an amiable child | her relief: “for that (said she) is my humble has been totally discarded for not being able to residence, and I ought to bless Heaven that I conquer an attachment which the parents dis am so near my home.” approved ; and as a circumstance of this nature I instantly obeyed the mandate, and found the occurred to the object of my affection, I shall honest man occupied in adorning a little parterre. relate it for the amusement of those who peruse “ The lady who lodges with you, my good this work. Though partial to society, I derive a friend, has met with an accident, and requests secret satisfaction from a solitary ramble, where I your assistance in the adjoining field.” Scarcely can undisturbedly indulge a rational train of had I communicated this unwelcome intelligence thoughts, and having dined with a friend in when, throwing down his spade, and calling to a Portman-square, who is a member of parliament, | young woman to follow him, he bounded over I refused to accompany him to the House; pre- the hedge, and in an instant was out of sight. ferring a walk in those beautiful fields which The young woman seemed little less concerned lead to Hainpstead to hearing a Senatorial de- | than her husband. “ This accident (said she) bate.
will almost break the poor dear lady's heart; for My mind was completely absorbed by a train the only pleasure she has is in walking out mornof reflections which the beauty of the evening | ing and evening with her sweet little girl.” had inspired, that I scarcely thought inyself a Though my curiosity was raised, I did not terrestrial being, for on the wings of imagination | think myself authorized to ask any questions; I mounted to the skies! I was roused, however, we soon reached the disabled fair; and my com. from these transporting ideas by the plaintive panion no sooner witnessed the evident pain she voice of a child, who with tears besought me to suffered, than she burst into a flood of tears. come to the relief of her mamma. Gainsbo “ Do not alarm yourself, my dear Sally (said the rough's picture of an angel, was never half so enchanting creature, endeavouring to force an beautiful as was the countenance of this lovely || angelic smile), but you know I was never able to child; her auburn hair seemed to have been bear pain without complaint.” “You bear every divided in ringlets, for the purpose of displaying thing like an angel, I am sure (replied Sally), her sapphire eyes, and every limb was formed and to think there's to be no end to your sufferwith such perfect symmetry, that it was impossible ings is enough to break one's heart." to behold her without a mixture of delight and A mild shake of the head, and a finger erected, surprise.
was a sufficient hint to Sally not to say more; “ Where is your mamma, my little angel?"|| when the stranger proposed to attempt reaching said I, tenderly taking the hand of the child.her humble dwelling by leaning upon the gar“ There, there,” she replied, pointing to a dener and his wife's arm. Against this plan I female, whom I beheld seated upon a bank. warmly remonstrated, and at length persuaded
her to allow the gardener and myself to convey her in a chair; to which proposal, after much difficulty, she consented, as she found it impossible to put her ancle upon the ground. Honest Thomas proposed immediately running for a doctor, but this office I insisted on taking upon myself, and as an old friend of mine lived within a short distance, I mide the utmost haste to his house; and upon his examining the ancle, I had the satisfaction of hearing it was badly sprained, but not broken
Upon taking leave of Mrs. Mortimer (for by that appellation Sally accosted her), I intreated permission to enquire after her health on the following day; and as the little Matilda and myself were already upon terms of friendship, she repeatedly desired me not to fail coming soon. The humble apartment into which we had conveyed the accomplished Mrs. Mortimer, ill accorded with the polished manners of the being by whom it was filled ; a few well-chosen books were suspended upon hanging shelves, and several pieces of work were carefully folded up, which appeared to be different parts of an elegant dress. That these did not belong to the fair inhabitant of the humble dwelling was evident; I was convinced that her existence was supported by the ingenuity of her hands, yet iny heart sickened at the bare idea of a creature so formed to grace society, being compelled to work for her daily bread.
The image of this accomplished woman perfectly haunted my imagination, it not only occupied my evening reflections, but presented itself in my nightly dreams; and that I might have the happiness of finding her affections were at liberty was the first wish of my heart. Frequently had I ridiculed the folly of sudden attachments, yet I was convinced the anxiety I experienced was too strong a symptom of the tender passion to leave the slightest doubt; and as my sleep was short and interrupted, I arose at an early hour, and by an involuntary impulse, my steps were directed towards the New-Road. My heart beat with a new and lively emotion, as my eye caught a glimpse of the humble abode of a being who was formed to adorn a palace, and who would have graced the splendour of an Eastern throne. Just as I reached the little wicket, honest Thomas was in the act of opening it, to go to his daily work. “ Your Honour is an early riser;" said he, respectfully taking off his hat. I replied in the affirmative, falsely asserting, that I generally rambled in those beauteous fields; and endeavouring to conceal the interest I felt in the fate of his lodger, enquired if he could inform me whether she had passed a good night.
" She has not slept one minute, Sir," replied
the sympathizing fellow, “ for my Sally would not leave her the whole night; it is a mortal sad thing,” he continued, “ that such an angel as she is should meet with such mishaps ; but, Lord help her, that would be nothing, if she could have but a little peace of mind.”
To restrain my curiosity I now found innpracticable; and I enquired whether he had known the · lady for any length of time. “ Knowed her! why I knowed her, Sir, ever since she was no bigger than Miss Matilda — Why, I lived with Sir Christopher a matter of fifteen years, and from a mere child she always was an angel, if there ever was one upon the face of this yearth." “ And what relation, my good friend," I eagerly demanded,
was Sir Christopher to the lady who lodges in your house?” “Relation, Sir! why own flesh and blood she is to him.-But, Lord help me, what a fool I have been ? Your honour took me by, surprise, as I may say; though I had promised Madam ne'er to tell a creature what a great gentlewoman she was; more shame for her to be obliged to yearn her own livelihood, when her old rogue of a father is riding his coach and six."
The promise of secrecy having once been in. advertently broken, I was persuaded my communicative companion would have given every intelligence I could have required; but I informed him, that as in honour he was bound to maintain silence; I would only ask one question which I intreated him to resolve, and inform me whether Mrs. Mortimer was a widow or a wife.
“ A wife! No, Sir, worse luck for the poor dear creature; do you think she would be forced to yearn her own living if the worthy Captain was alive? Why, Lord bless your honour, he would scarce lct the wind blow upon her, he loved the very ground that she walked upon, as a body may say—but he is dead and gone; God rest his soul in heaven, for a worthier gentleman never drew breath."
The clock at this moment announced the hour of seven, when honest Thomas, suddenly roused by the sound, wished me a good morning, declaring he had no idea the day was so far advanced. Putting my hand in my pocket I took out a dollar, and intreated the worthy fel. low to drink mine and his lodger's health; but pray, Sir, by what name am I to drink your honour's?” said he, respectfully removing his hat. This enquiry was exactly what I wanted, as I was anxious that Mrs. Mortimer should know my name, therefore taking a ticket from my pocket, I put it into my companion's hand.
I have frequently been astonished at observing the sudden effects of a title upon the uneducaten
part of mankind; yet I never beheld so striking to admit of formality, I would not leave her a transition in the countenance of an individual until she had assured me she would frame some as in that of honest Thomas at perusing my plausible excuse for calling upon Mrs. Mortimer card. “My Lord, I beg your Lordship ten
in the course of the afternoon. thousand pardons for speaking so familiarly," To this amiable sister I am not only at:ached said he, bowing to the ground, “I knew, to be by the ties of nature, but still more so, from obsure, as how your honour was a gentleman, but serving a thousand instances of the goodness of it never once comed into my head that you was a her leart; and though what may sometimes anlord.” “ Put your hat on, my good fellow," 1 pear levity of conduct ab-olu:ely springs from replied, amused by his simplicity, “and believe innocence of mind. She is lovely in her perthat you paid me a much grater compliment inson, though far inferior to Mrs. Mortimer. With thinking me a gentleman, than you could have the admiration naturally paid to a beautiful wo). done in discovering that I was a lord; for I am man, she evidedly is gratified, and her person sorry to say, there are many who bear that title receives all those adventitious aids of ornament whuse manners would put a gentleman to the | by which she fancies his charms are improved. blush."
Though she had promised to drive.ii mediately Upon taking leave of honest Thomas, I ex to Matilda's humble dwelling, and though upon tended iny morning ramble, until I found myself | hanling her into the carriage, she assured me she at the bo:tom of Figl gate Hill, and as I was in would not make a single call, yet a dross which a frame of mind to have ascen led the Alps was to be finished by the following Thur-duy without finding it an exertion, I resolved to struck her of too much importance to be nemount it, and breakfast at the first decent inn. Slected an hour; and instind of driving to HampEating, however, was out of the question. I stead, the coachman was ordered first' to go to felt, like the cameleon, capable of living upon Nirs. Tifany':', in Bund-street. air; or, in other words, I existed upon the de At the moment ny sister descended from the lightful intelligence which I had so recently carriage, a young woman entered the shop, and heaid.
spreading some elegant work upon the counter, Matilda was free! there was exstacy in the re- || said, she was sorry to inform her the lady who flection that I might restore her to that rank in had undertaken to complete it was confined to society which she was so peculiarly formed to her bed, from an unfortunate accident which grace. And so romantically did I feel the force
had happened the preceding afternoon.
“And of the tender passion, that I could scarcely avoid can she not work as well in bed as up?" enengraving her name upon every shrub and tree. quired the unfeeling monster; am happy, An open book proved to me that the all. || however,” she continued, addressing herself to accomplished Mrs. Mortimer bore the same my sister, “that your Ladyship is here; for nime as her chill, and 1 fancied every bird should I not be able to get your Ladyship's dress chaunted forth a note like that of Matilda, and completed, you will know that the fault is not that it w.is wait.d upon my ears by every zephyrus mine; for I assure you, Ma'am, I would not breeze.
have given it to the woman, if she had not saI protracted my walk until near eleven, and credly promised to finish it by your Ladyship's th n ventured to enquire after the charming wo time; but I don't know who would have to do man's heal'h; the lovely little llebe ran out to with such creatures, if they could but find people proclaim my welcome, but alarmed me by say to employ at liome.” ing the doctor had ordered her mamma not to get “ Creatures !” exclaimed the young woman out of bed, a'id the sympathizing Sally informed who had brought the unfinished drapery, “I mne the amiable sufferer had not even closed her would have you learn to speak of your belters eyes; and though I had not courage enough to with a little more respect-Oh Lord! that ever be parurular in my inquiries, I would have for I should have lived to see the day that my young feited half my income to have dared presenting Lady should be forced to work for such an unher with fifty pounds.
feeling wretch !” “Out of my shop this instant, In what way to render assistance to the amiable you vile hussey !” exclaimed Mrs. Tiffany. suitferer I knew not; at length the idea struck Sally was obeying the mandate (for it was her ine that a female could act with less reserve, and self,) when my sister caught her by the arm, and I instantly called upon my sister, and in confi intreated her to get into the carriage, as she was dence imparted all I knew. After rallying me resolved to call upon the Lady to whom the acciwith severity upon this sudden attachinent, and dent had occurred. the truly romantic appearance which it bore, That Mrs. Mortimer had supported herself she kindly promised to introduce herself to the and lovely offspring by her own industry I had fair unknown. As my inpatience was too great informed my sister, and the monient an accideni
was mentioned, slie was convinced the person intreat you to retire; compassion induced the alluded to was the being who had made so strong amiable Lady C— to call upon me, and it might. an impression upon my heart. This channel of injure me in her option,10 find a person of your communication was fortunately opened between Lordship’s rank here. Unprotected females canthem, which prevented me from appearing a not act with too much precaution, and there party concerned. To the attached Sully my are reasons why I should be peculiarly circumsister easily apologized for her intended visit, by spect.” The precaution, notwithstanding, proved saying she was resolved to wjit until the Lady unavailing, for Chariotte at that moment enwas sufficiently recovered to finish her gown, tered the room, and after congratulating Mrs. and as indispozision na urally increased expence, Mortimer upon being able to quit her chamber, she begged the worily creature to accept a ten exclaimed, “Why, my dear brother, who would pound note, for the purpose of supplying hier have thought of finding you here?" Jodger with those litile indulgences her zituation The angelic creature's countenance was sufmight demand.
fused with the finest vermilion, as she alternately “Oh, Madam!" said the affectionate creature, observed us both; my unceremonious sister, re
was I to accept this mark of your generosity it gardless of the confusion she had occasioned, dewould break my poor young Lady's heart ; tor sired me to make one of my best bow, as he kind as you are', 100 weil do 1 know her to dare had something very particular 10 communicate to offer ler a stranger's gift.” “ You are a good to Mrs. Mortimer, which she did not chuse I creature," repliei Charlotte, “and you must do shouid hear. I obeyed the order with evident me the favour of accepting this trille for your reluctance, impatient to know the secret she self; and the only r. turn I beg is that you will wished to impart; but unfortunately I had made introduce me to Mis. Alortimer, as the lady an engagement which prevented me from seeing for whom she had undertaken to wurk a dress.” her again until the following day.
Fair as I had represent:d the form, and elegant Charlotte had contrived, during her first ride to as I had painted the manners of the being who Mrs. Mortimer's lowly residence, to ob:ain from had won my arfection in so singular a way, yet the attached Sally the principal events of her life, niy sister acknowlelg d I had scarcely done and being personally known to Sr Christopher, justice to the most lovely creature her eyes had she resolved to make hiin acquainted with the ever behela. My name was never mentioned at
forlorn situatioa of his only child. This unfeeltheir first interview. The accident was alluled | ing father had rejected every overture which had to by the fair sufferer, as a imisfortone which been made himn in the behalf of the amiable creacould not have been foreseen ; yet I could 1100 ture to whom he had given birth, and refused help feeling sensibly mortified at finding that she
even making her the slightest allowance, though seemed totally to have forgotten the attentions he knew that she even wanted the common ne. she had received. To cherish resentment, how cessaries of life. The crime she had been guilty ever, I found impracticable; I called upon Mrs. of was marrying a man without fortune, whom Mortimer on the evening of the following diy, he had not only introduced into his house, but and upon hearing she was down stairs, I sent in
actually treated with as much affection as if he my compliments, and intreated permission to en had been his son, but who, upon discovering his quire after her health.
at achment to his daughter, he had inhospitably " I could not” said the angelic creature, turned out of doors. The attachment betwe.'n “ deny myself the satisfaction of expressing my the young people, however, was too strong to be acknowledgements to your Lordship for your easily broken, and Gretna Green presented itself polite attention the other night, as I am fearful as the only means of making their fate one, for the pain I then suffered must have made me ap Captain Mortimer was scarcely one-and-twenty, pear both ungrateful and ill-bred; yet I must and the blooming Matilda only seventeen. Concandidly tell you that I do not receive visits, 11 pensated for the loss of fortune, by the increasing even from ny own sex; for retirement is not affection of her husband, two happy years glirled only congenial to my disposition, but actually || rapidly over; when called upon by the duty he necessary in'my present s'ate.”
owcd his country, a painful separation took place, At that moment the little Matilda came and fate decreed that this gallant young man jumping into the apartment, exclaiming, “ Oh never more should behold the face of a beloved Mamma, that sweet lady is coming who was here wife. yesterday! and she has brought a doll with her, The small pension allowed officer's widows was almost as big as Sally's little baba.” Vexation all the support Matilda had to rely upon for the and embarrassment overspread the fine conn subsistence of herself and child; and recollecting tenance of Mrs. Mortimer, but recovering her that two servants who had residel in her father'a self in a moment, she said, “My Lord I must family had a small cottage near London, she re