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conference with Mr. Pitt, at the ex the following fact :- A young man, press desire of the king, for the pur some short time back, arrived at a pose of forming a new administra- certain inn, and after alighting from tion on equal terms, which never his horse, went into the traveller's took place, from Mr. Pitt refusing room, where he walked backwards to come to an explanation of the and forwards for some minutes, disword equal; and here the negocia- playing the utmost self-importance. tion was finally terminated.

At length he rang the bell, and upon This parliament, which had wit the waiter's appearance gave him 'nessed more changes in the execu order nearly as follows: tive power of the country than Waiter !' the waiter replied, 'Yes, perhaps any parliament before or sir.'-'I am a man of few words, since, was dissolved on the twenty- and don't like to be continually ringfourth of March. On the sixtetnih ing the bell and disturbing the house; of May following the new parlia- I'll thank you to pay attention to ment met, and from that period may what I say. The waiter again rebe dated the commencement of Mr. plied, “Yes, sir.'—' In the first place, Pitt's efficient administration. bring me a glass of brandy and water, (To be continued.)

cold, with a little sugar, and also a tea-spoon; wipe down this table,

“throw some coals on the fire, and ON IDLENESS.

sweep u;) the hearth; bring me in a

couple of candles, pen, ink, and paIDLENESS, says lord Monboddo,

per, some wafers, a little sealing wax, is the source of alniost every vice and and let me know what time the post folly; for a man who does not know what to do will do any thing rather goes out.

Tell the ostler to take .

of my horse, dress him well, than nothing: and I maintain, that

stop his feet, and let me know when the richest man who is haunted by he is ready to feed. Order the chamthat foul fiend (as it may be called) is ber-maid to prepare me a good bed, a much more unhappy man than the take care that the sheets is well aired, day-labourer who earns his daily bread a clean nightcap, and a glass of water by the sweat of his brow, and who in the room. Send the boots, with a. therefore only submits to the sentence pair of slippers that I can walk to pronounced upon our first parents the stable in; tell him I must have after their fall, and which, if it be

my boots cleaned and brought into understood (1:8 I think it ought to this room to-night, and that I shall be) of the labour of the mind as want to be called at five o'clock in well as the body, we must all sub- the morning.- Ask your mistress mit to, or be miserable if we do not. what I can have for supper; tell her And accordingly those who have no I should like a roast duck, or something to do endeavour to fly from thing of that sort : desire your master themselves; and many fly from the

to step in ; I want to ask him a few country, and go abroad, for no other questions about the drapers of this reason.

town.'—The waiter answered, 'Yes,

sir;' and then went to the landlord, ANECDOTE.

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and even terror. At length, the day FAMILY ANECDOTES. so much wished for by the one and

feared by the other arrived, and for, By Sophia TROUGHTON.

almost the first time the spirits of

Mary were subdued. Her mother, (Continued from Vol. XXXVII. availing herself of a moment of leno' p. 707.)

derness, led her daughter to the tomb

of Mrs. Benson, and seating her on CHAP. XIII.

a flowery bank, cultivated by her

own hand, spoke thus: 'My child Tro. But be not tempted.

on this sacred spot has been wont Cro. Do not think I will.

to listen to the precepts of her moe' Tro. No, but something may be done that ther, and oh! may ihe instructions

we will not: And sometimes we are devils to ourselves,

you have received in this place never, When we attempt the frailty of our powers,

be obliterated from your memory, Presuming ortheir changeful potency. . never effaced from your heart! they TROILOS and CRESSIDA.

were the axioms of experience, of IT was something less than two virtue,' of religion, and if followed years from the tragical death of they will lead you to comfort in Gayton when Gordon led his lovely this world, and to happiness in andaughter to the altar. They con

other. “You are going, my daughtinued three months at the white ter, to new scenes—to appear in a new sottage, as Gordon did not wish toy character : the disadvantages you lahastily to separate the mother and bour under are numerous. Uneducate the daughter, especially as he founded, unpolished, unadorned by a single it impossible to draw the former accomplishment so necessary to the from her retirement. Indeed, so woman of high fortune, and the much in love was he with that tran mistress of a gentleman's family, I. quil spot, that, had it been equally fear, my love, you will bear your agreeable to his bride, he could have blushing honours but awkwardly: been well content to have passed the

• But would to God these were remainder of his life in its neighbour. the only difficulties, for study and hood. But Mary sighid to see the otiservation might in some measure metropolis ; to be introduced to her overcome these ; but your appearhusband's family, and ride through ance in fashionable life will revive the gay streets of London in her own the almost forgotten story of the carriage. Gordon thought this cu- obscure, the mysterious birth of your riosity extremely natural in so young mother, and the too, too flagrant death a person, and cheerfully acquiesced; of your father. Some envious persons not doubting but she would soon will affect to treat my innocert Mary be more eager to return to her mo. as the child of infainy, the ofispring ther and those calm joys which are of treason; but by the humbleness of ever to be found in the domestic your deportment, the rectitude of circle, and to which she was your conduct, disarm their malice, customed.

nor seek by recrimination to revenge The latter end of October was yourself on them. fixed for the commencement of their • On the cther hand, my dear girl! journey. This time was looked for- in every place of fastionable resort ward to with joy, nearly bordering there are a set of men who buz on rapture, hy Mary; but her mo around the unsuspicious s.range ther beheld its approach with sorrow, who praise but to injurewhe deri

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stroy what they extol. A fresh faceed to receive a fortune with the hand is their centre of attraction, and she of his wife, he possesses an ineswho lends a willing ear to their airy timable treasure in her; for the price noihings, their subtile adulations, of a good won an is far above rubies, stands on a precipice of sinking sand. the heart of her husband shall trist The appearance of my inexperienced in her: her children shail call her Mary will excite their attention. blessed, ber own works shas praise Young, blooming, and sprighily as her, and she shail rejoice in time to she is, they will not doubt ihat she come." is actuated by a large share of va Mary assured her mother that she nity. Form no acquaintance with would treasure in her meinory all out the full approbation of Gordon ; she had said, and affectionately kissin the choice of your friends trusting her cheek, led her to the house, wholly to his judgment, and fear where they found Gordon, with more to slight the councils or vex whom Mrs. Gayton requested a few the heart of your husband than to moments.conversation, and leading be thought obsolete, or called un. him to the lihurnam where he had fashionable by the world. Be at first beheld Mary, and looking on tentive to his wishes : he meriis all him with tenderness, she said – your tenderness and obedience. Re May this spot, my son, be ever remember, in your highest enjoymenis, membered by you with pleasure ; that you owe all to his love and geo' may no after events give you reason nerosity. Be moderate in your ex to regret the hour which introduced pences, and bear constantly in mind my daughter to your knowledge ! that the purest, the most exquisite. Your election of a wile has been free: terrestrial enjoyment is the approba- you have chosen a child of nature, tion of a self-approving conscience, from among the daughters of simarising from the reflection of having plicity; in more brilliant circles be performed our duty, of having cheer. not ashamed of your choice. The ed the heart of the desolate, and of yourg rustic cannut be expected to having directed the steps of the shine in polished society; her ignowanderer from the paths of error rance of polite manners may someand vice to those of vir:ue and re- times tinge your cheek with a blush, ligion. These will be acts of your buit never, I trust, will you blush for lite on which you will look back the depravity of her heart. I feel with satisfaction when the agonics of a presentiment that we are parting death shake your trame to dissolue to meet no more in this world: if it tion, and on which the pure spirits should prove true, consider this conin heaven look down with joyful versation as my dying words. Be approbation.

kind to my Mary when her mother's • Gaming is a vice so odious and eyes are closed in death. Excuse the of so destructive a nature, that I trifling perulances of a heart at ease; hope I need not caution you against pardon small errors; be the patient it. You carsy not a single shilling guide of her youth, the affectionate to your husband's fortune ; you add mentor, the faithful friend; view no splendid connections ta his fa- her failings with an indulg-sit eye, mily; but take with you a docile repiembering that you removed her mind, an affectionzit disposition, a from a sphere the humble duties of humble opinion o. ourselt, with a which she was better qualified to perpure heart, and then it may be said form than the inore arduous ones 10 with truth, “ Though Gordon fail- which you have exalted her. And,

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ah! may you be able ten or twenty she silently invoked the blessing of years hence to repair to this spot that Heaven on her children. She and say, "My mother, I have ful presented Mary's hand to Gordon, filled your injunctions: I have en and emphatically said “Rememdeavoured to render your Mary hap- ber !-She then hastened from them, py in this life; I have endeavoured and retired to her chamber, which to prepare her for a etter world.” she did not quit the remainder of As you act by her, the blessing of the day. the dying, the benediction of the Sabina attended her brother and happy, be upon you; for be assured, sister to the chaise. At the outer it would add to my felicity in a fu- gate stood poor Martha, drowned in ture state to be allowed to watch tears. Mary kissed her withered over and be the guardian angel of cheek. Ah, my dear young lady! you and Mary.'

said she, may you be as happy as Gordon was melted to tears by poor old Martha wishes you!'Goro the soleinnity of Mrs. Gayton's man don approached, and putting a tenner, the expres-ion of her tine coun- pound note in her hand, said, 'Take tenance, and the probability her care of your lady and yourself, my form would be mouldering in the good Martha: it shall be my study to cold tomb ere the following spring, render our dear Mary's life happy.' when he had promised to bring He then handed his wife into the Mary down. She had hinted this chaise, and stepping in himself, it herself; and while he.gazed on her drove of. The white cottage and the fragile app arance, he trembled at weeping Sabina were soon out of sight, the too probable conjecture. He as was the cascade, ard the enchanttherefore earnestly and solemnly as- ing scenes familiar to the eye of sured her, that his endeavours to Mary, who, as the hills of Creden render her Mary's felicity permanent disappeared and scenes opened should be unremitting. * Her hap- to view, abated her tears, and by the piness,' added he, shall not be time they entered London had fordearer to the anxious heart of her gotten all her sorrows, and was in mother than to mine; and I hope high health and spirits. that beloved mother doubts not niy honour--my tenderness--my'

CHAP. XIV. O no, my son: pardon the too ardent affection of her whose only • While every hope whose smiling mien, Treasures are her children, and who Bedock'd by love, was wont to cheer, knows not which she loves most, her

Departing leaves life's future scene son or hör daughter.'

A desat, desolate and drear!' Gordon kissed her hand, kneeling. • May the son you honour with your

A House in St. James's-street had love,' said he,never do any thing bern taken for the new-married peoto forfeit your good opinion !' ple, and elegantly furnished under the

He arose, and, withg racelul emo- direction of Gordon's sister. This tion, conducted her to her daughters, lady, a woman of much fashion and who arm in arm had come to seek fine sense, was waiting their arrival. and inform them that the carriage She was charmed with the beauty was arrived. Mrs. Gayton's coun and vivacity of the elegant rustic, to tenance changed, and once whose improvement in the fashion. pressing her Mary to her heart, her able accomplishments she devoted streaming eyes raised to Heaven, much of her leisure; so that by thą

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time the families came to town for experience soon convinced him that
the winter, Mary was no longer ig- the husband of an acknowledged
norant of polite forms. Lady Face beauty, of a celebrated toast, was
wett introduced her to several gen- not to be envied. In the public
teel families, who received her with rooms her vivacity was enchanting;
respect and admiration. Mary re on the public walks her appearance
membered her father, and some was fascinating; but, in a tête-d-tête
few spoke of her mother with affec- with her husband she was ever com.
tion and pity. If Gordon had been plaining of vapours and lov spirits. In
pleased with Mary's quick progress vain poor Gordon sighed for quietness.
in fashionable matiners, he was ab- and domestic comfort. As South-
solutely astonished at the avidity ampton began to thin of company,
with which she entered into the dis- Mary discovered the air was too
sipations of the town. He experienced keen, too piercing for her constitu-
the tenderest anxiety, as he observed tion, and declared nothing but the
the late hours she kept began to Bath waters would do ber any good.
air-ct her health : her complexion Her situation required indulgence,
saded, her appetite decreased. Yet and Gordon consented to go for a
the lassitude of the morning was few wecks. But Miry found the
Bure to be succeeded by the evening place so agreeable, and meeting se-
ball, or the midnight masquerade. veral of her acquaintance there, she
Gordon looked forward to spring refused to return to town till her re.
with hope and impatience. He doubto turn could no longer be delayed ;
ed not her fulfilling her promise to her for a few days after their arrival in
mother, and he fondly hoped in her St. James's-street, she presented
native shades she would recover her Gordon with a daughter. He re-
bloom, and cheerfully return to the ceived the litile stranger with tran-
domestic habits and fascinating sim- sport, not doubting but its mother
plicity of manners which had won would now become wholly domestic,
his heart, But when spring did and devote herself entirely to the
arrive, his fondly cherished herpes were pleasing, the tender task of nursing
frustrated. Mirs had discovered that her child :--but, alas ! his wishes, as
though the fashionable world did usual, were too sanguine. On her
leave London during the summer convalescevee she went into com-
months, they by no means sec!uled pany more frequent than before, and
themselves in so'itules and shades, seemed by her short confinement to
but passed their hours in as much have acquired a higher relish for dissi-
gairly, and if possible in a greater pation, and to enter into the follies
crowd ihan even in the metropolis. of the day with superior gusto.
She therefore prevailed on her phy Gordon often endeavoured to con-
sician to prescribe sea - bathing. And vince her of the impropriety of her
what air so salubrious as the air of corduct as a wife and mother; but
Southampton! A house was taken observing the more anxious he ap-
for the season: and here Mary be- peared for her company in her own
came the rage ; her caps, her rih- house the less she was in it, he at
bands, were the ton; h'r bon mots last forbore to iemoustrate, fearing
were retailed by the would-be wits ; his incessant importunities might
her very wallt was imitated; in short, alienate her affections from him.
she was the undisputed arbitress He hoped that the seeds of virtue,
of taste and fashion. At first, Gør- which he knew had been implanted
don felt gratified at the encomiums in her bosom by her amiable moe
bestowed on his admired Mary; but ther, would at some time not far

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