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end antichamber leading to the to such a character as the earl, 23 groundsaloon, fitted up most superb few who entered those walls ever Jy, for their reception, her eyes met again returned. An old friar was her brother's picture. She thought his only confidant, a hoary headed he assumed an unusually reproach- monster of iniquity, capable of any ful look, which pierced her soul. crime the vicious disposition of his
Perhaps,' thought she, “I have been employer suggested. He had but deceived: if I am thus a dupe to to say the word, and the deed was credulity, I never can see him more.' done with promptness and secrecy.
She feigned indisposition pur- Two or three domestics, ignorant, posely to retire to her own apart. low-bred beings, easily imposed on ment to meditate alone, and by that and deceived by his art, comprised means avoid the festivities of the his household; many miles from any day.. She prevailed on the earl, her babitual dwelling, except a few lahusband, to take her to his own re- bourers' miserable huts, dispersed sidence as soon as he possibly could, here and there near the mountains.“ thinking charge of scene. might in Thus was the unhappy Matilda some degree obliterate former re- secluded from all society, all intermembrance, now of no avail only to course with any one, as no letters make her more wriched than she were permitted to go from her hands would otherwise be, conscious should without the inspection of the earl she discover that Burns yet lived it her husband. She saw all this prewould be death to her. He con- caution unmoved. The fond hopes of sented, but not till Matilda had sa- her heart had been disappointed; it was tisfied herself that there had been now immaterial where, and how, she every art tried to alienate her affec- dragged on a miserable existence, tions from the gallant Burns, who become hateful. She packed up had in vain sought the object of his some valuable remembrances of her love, during the residence at the dearly loved brother, and the no less casile,
valued Burns, putting them in a priWe will now leave her paternal vate cabinet, determining, if she could sesidence, and follow her to that of not forget them, not to deviate so far the earl her husband; who, instead of in her duty as to cherish the thought introducing her into that sphere of of them (not even leaving out the lite which she was born to, adorn, favourite ring), conscious it was now selected the most retired place he criminal to regard them as she had could possibly think of, to immure hitherto done; not wishing 20 inher within its shades, in case she jure herself in the eyes of her lord, should ever meet with any one who who had provided very splendid might disclose the sad secret of her apartments entirely appropriated to brother and Burns.
her use, and titted up in the most
with which he lavished it, to gain shie had now no hope of enjoyment her good opinion, as a substitute for of this life, every ray of consolation a feeling and generous heart, which was entirely destroyed ; and during she possessed in that of her former the day another circumstance added lover. How did she wish it had to her uneasiness. She accidentally been her destiny to have moved in a overheard the old friar say exultingly lower sphere of life; then would she to one of the domestics — She has never have known the pangs which no occasion to carry herself so high; rent her heart. “Ah!' sighed she, as our walls have been graced with as the labourer plodded along to his handsome faces as hers before now. . peaceable cottage, how I envy you She will be served no, better than those tranquil retreats, ye who toil · those who have preceded her, alfor your daily bread! No care nor though she thinks so much of here ambition ever haunts your breast: so self: These dark expressions alarıas your subsistence is earned by your ed her: she knew not to what they own hands, ye have nothing more to could allude, fear; while I, hapless mortal! am Time thus passed heavily on. No . wretched, surrounded by every luxury father, no sister, ever came near to the world can afford.'
pay their respects to the 'retched Months thus passed over her un bride. She wrote to her sister Elhappy head. Her lord seldom deign. frida, but no answer did she obtain ; ed to visit her: when he did, it indeed she hardly expected one, as she was in that careless indifferent man found she was to be denied all inter-. ner, that plainly evinced if he ever course with any person, and for what had any affection for her it was now reason she could not conceive. Day entirely vanished. She could sup- after day she sat disconsolate and sai, port his unkindness no longer with- deserted by alltheworld, looking wistout mentioning it; conscious she had, fully over the wide extended plains, to on his account, estranged herself see if perchance any human being, from the world, from all she held dear, more compassionate than the rest, and had become quite an exile. She directed his steps towards her solientreated him to give her some ex- tary habitation. But no one ever planation, as she once thought that she met her eye. Her lord scarcely ever was certain of his affection, and came; and when he did he gave her might so far overcome all former the strictest orders, under pain of his recollections as in time to make him severe displeasure, not to leave the a tolerable good wife, had he con. house, and likewise to see no strantinued to behave as he did when first gers. He knew that Burns, whom they met. llis answer was with a they had reported to be dearl, was frown, and such a voice that alarmed' returned to England, and that her her-'Madam, do not disturb my brother accompanied him, and he repose by seeking any explanation feared they might seek soine means of my conduct. I shall grant none, of seeing her, to be satisfied that her farther than that you never did marriage was by her own wish; and please me: it was merely to oblige he dreaded the vindiclive spirit of your father that I condescended to these young soldiers, conscious of his marry you, fearing you might dis own baseness in thus forming an honour his family by your connec
alliance with so amiable a person, tion with that stripling Burns.' and then treating her in such a vil.
With these unfeeling words he lainous manner. abruptly left her. Confident that A year after her seclusion from
the world, she became a mother. She mining to see neither of them any hoped that this event would soften more. Sydney, scarce giving credit the manners of her unkind husband; to this, wrote a pathetic letter, rebut even the speechless eloquence of proaching his sister for so much du. the beautiful little innocent made plicity in thus wounding his friend's nó impression on his obdurate heart. peace of mind for ever, and much He once deigned to look on it, injuring him in his esteem, as he that in so indifferent a manner as had placed such unbounded conto testify still farther his brutal dis- fidence in all he had said when he position. Her only comfort now represented her as the very model of was to watch over the dear little perfection; concluding by wishing her Martha, for that was her name; as all the happiness she deserved. her cruel father said he detested This reproach stung her very Matilda, the name of her mother, it soul. For the first time she was had become so familiar to his ears. convinced that Burns yet lived, as For some months her life was de her brother never so much as once spaired of. The cruelty and unfeeling mentioned his death. This letter, as conduct of all her relatives nearly usual, was intercepted by her husoverpowd her delicate constitu- band, who, seeing the contents, purtion: yet, for the sake of her darling posely to favour his views, let her daughter, she invoked Heaven to see it; and, answering it as if from spare her. Her prayers were heard: her, wrote a very cold distant letter, she recovered, and devoted her whole saying, she hoped they would no more time in attendance on the sweet little intrude on her time by their noncherub, who possessed the fragile sense, as she was perfectly hapform and tender constitution of her py, and despised all their endeamother. Many a wearisome night vours to make her otherwise, by redid she sit by its sick couch, while minding her of a circumstance in her its hard-hearted father slept undis- life which she now was perfectly turbed by its moanings, scarcely ever ashamed of. enquiring after it.
Thus were Burns and Sydney perNo intelliger.ce whatever reached suaded that what she had done was her Matilda of her brother. She one day own act. Burns was distracted. Te ventured 10 enquire of the old friar see her would not alleviate his distresé. wkat success the army met with in Since she treated him so disrespect. France, and whether the king and fully, he vowed never more to trust his brave followers were returned; but her sex, since she had proved faithhis answer was, in a stern manner, less. He resolved to live a life of his lord had forbid his answering any celibacy, and in some foreign land ; questions, and he should firmly ad- a life now become hareful, since the here to his commands.
only person for whom he wished to In the mean time her unhappy live had deserted him, and that for a
she say? how could she account for with lilae ribands, are in much reher conduct, who had so sweet a quest. The hair is worn curled on disposition in her childhood ? She the forehead, and often in ringlets endeavoured to pour into his bosom on the shoulders. Long Angola the balm of comfort, but in vain : shawls of a bright amber colour, he wandered from place to place as rith rich and variegated borders, are an outcast from society, a victim to much worn. hopeless love.
(To be continued.)
On the Progress of Society and
MANNERS in SCOTLAND.
(From Stark's “ Picture of Edinburgh.') (With an Engraving, elegantly co IN the beginning of the eighteenth loured.)
century, public amusements began
to be introduced into Edinburgh in 1. DRESS of white satin or greater variety than formerly. Of särsenet, made strait and close over these, music, dancing, and the theathe bosom, enriched with lace and tre, were the chief; and perhaps work; in the centre a sapphire or had no small effect in the improvetopaz broach, set with pearls; the ment of manners. Science also now waist confined with a silk cord and began to dawn in the Scottish catassels, tied in a knot on the left side, pital with a distinguished lustre ; and reaching to the knee: sleeves and industry and commerce, by the full plaited crosswise, and trimmed introduction of luxury, almost enwith lace; and the bottom of the tirely changed the habits of the indress ornamented with a rich bor. habitants. Still, however, the gloom der of flowers : cap of lace inter- with which rigid presbyterianism mixed with white satin, and orna. shaded all transactions till the mid. meated with flowers. Persian scarf dle of the eighteenth century was shawl. White kid gloves and shoes. remarkably conspicuous in their
2. Child's vest of cambric inuslin, aversion to stage performances, and enriched with a worked Grecian other amusements. border, and several narrow tucks ; A paper published by Mr. William trowsers of the same, tucked and Creech, in the statistical account of frilled to correspond. Necklace of Scotland, throws considerable light blue beads; and blue kid shoes. on the manners of this period. From
this account it appears that in 1463 people of fashion dined at two
o'clock, or a little after it, and buPARISIAN FASHIONS. siness was attended to in the after.
noon. It was a common practice ROUND dresses of Italian crape, at that time for merchants to shut or Indian muslin, are much worn, their shops at one o'clock, and to with short full sleeves : the bosom open them again, after dinner, at found and cut low, with sometimes two. Wine at this time was seldom round it a deep fall of Mechlin lace. seen, or in a small quantity, at the
attend the drawing-rooms of the man was termed a fine fellow who ladies in the afternoons, to drink to a well-informed and accomplished tea, and to mix in the agrecalle 80 mind added elegance of manners, ciety and conversation of the women. and a conduct guided by principle;
People at this period, too, were inter- one who would not have injured ested about religion, and it was the rights of the meanest indifashionable to go to church. Sunday vidual, who contracted no debts was strictly observed by all rauks as that he could not pay; who thought a day of devotion, and few were seen every breach of morality uubecomstrolling about the streets during ing the character of a gentleman; the time of public worship. Fami- and who studied to be useful to solies attended church with iheir child. ciety, so far as his opportunities of ren and servants, end family worship abilities enabled him. At this time, at home was not unfrequent. The in the best families in town, the educollections made at the church-doors cation of daughters was fitted not for the poor amounted, at this time, only to embellish and improve their to 15001. and upwards yearly. minds, but to accomplish them in
In 1763, according to Mr. Creech, the useful arts of domestic economasters took charge of the moral my. The sewing-school, the pastryconduct of their apprentices, and sehnol,' were the essential branches generally kept thein under their eye, of female education; nor was a in their own houses. The clergy young lady of the best family ashamvisited, catechised, and instructed ed to go to market with her mother. the families within their respective At this time, too, young ladies, even parishes in the principles of morality, by themselves, might have walked christianity, anit the relative duties through the streets of the city in of life. The breach of the seventh perfect safety at any hour, and no commandment was punished by fine person would have presumed to and church-censure. Any iristance speak to or interrupt them. of conjugal infidelity in a woman The weekly concert in 1763 began would have banished her irretrievably · at six o'clock, and the performance from society, and her company would was over at an early hour. The have been rejected even by men · morality of stage plays was at this who paid any regard to their cha- time mueh agitated, and several of Tacter. The number of abandoned the clergy were censured for attend. females was very small. House. ing the theatre. By those who atbreaking and robbery were extremely tended this amusement without Tare, and many people thought it scruple, Saturday night was thought unnecessary to lock their doors at
the most improper in the week for night. The execution of criminals going to the play. Every thing imin Edinburgh for capital crimes was proper, either in sentiment or decorare; and three annually were rec rum, would have been hissed at with koned the average for the whole king- indignation, at this period. In the dom of Scotland. For many years dancing assembly-rooms in 1763, in Edinburgh there was
strict regularity with respect to cution.
dress and decorum, and great dig. In the year 1763, there was no, nity of manners, were observed,