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miserable victims cost his parents ! mains, and shall remain, while gene. how gloriously, how fearfully has he rations perish. been formed! the image of his maker! Vain and transitory as thou art, And has that weary toil and length of consider this; and know that thine time been wasted all for nothing ? and the beetle's life are one; but that Have faculties of a superior nature there is for thee eternity behind. been given to him ! the reason of an That when the swallow sweeps thee angel, and the resemblance of a god, from the earth, crowns and distincthat he should perish in another's tions perish: that thou art next to quarrel? that he should be the prey stand before a throne of justice, ex. of ravens in a land far remote from amined and arraigned a naked spirit; that, where he was torn, perhaps, with no guard but thy virtue. There from a distressed wife and helpless wouldst thou choose to appear
ths progeny !
slaughterer of mankind, or the father Blush, sovereign of the earth, who- of thy people? ever thou art, who triflest with thy Thus will he who wishes only fellow-creatures' being; blush now good talk of kings, and those who and tremble.- Weak, inconsiderate
. are beneath them; taught by conspan, can you believe the life even tented poverty to laugh at all distinc of the least of these is not of equal tions but what are given by wisdom value in his eye who made you with or goodness, and secure from ill your own? Have you not read that by the armour of an honest mind murder is a crime; or is it possible and the contempt of death; considerthat you can conceive your actions ing men as men; not as they are will be less examined than those of sovereigns or subjects, not as of one such as live in humbler stations? nation or other; indifferent to all,
These men may be replaced And but as their characters distinguish so may you! Another man will make them: and if you ask his country, as good a soldier; another man as knowing no other, he will point with good a king. What are you more the old Greek to heaven, than these? A Ay, a grape-stone, or
This lesson teaches man to look a hair, may kill you; and the system upon himself as man alone, and not of nature will go on just as it did be as high or low, as great or humble; fore, unaltered by your fall. Your that he should see the sovereign, the palace was possessed by another be- reptile, and himself, as three links of fore you. The turf on which you that eternal chain by which the earth tread to-day so proudly will rise as is hung to heaven; that he should fresh and blooming for your succes know the difference here is but 10 sor; and the trees which cast their hour, and is not worth his notice; shade upon you will grow as if they and that all that is real, or that can never had belonged to you. Nay the be really useful, is the integrity of his little mound, that rises scarcely re own conduct, virtue, and religion, garded, with its humble verdure, re
sordid breast), for the paltry consi.
deration of one hundred pounds. HARRIET VERNON;
All-powerful gold answered every question, silenced every doubt, and
convinced him of my honour, far CHARACTERS PROm Real Lifr..
more forcibly than an harangue of
How A NOVEL,
a Cicero could have done.
would Maria's feelings be hurt if In a Series of Leiters. she knew this circumstance! but I
have bound him by the forleiture of BY A LADY.
the money if he acquaint her; so (Continued from p. 299.) that of this I am not apprehensive.
The two charming sisters are going,
as doubtless they have informed you, LETTER XXIV.
to visit their Wiltshire relations. By
the time they return I hope to have Colonel Ambrose to Mrs. Ambrose. gained fortitude enough to enjoy their
society without a sigh. Come, reason, MY dear sister will be surprised come, generosity, come, disinterested to hear that I have been in town and friendship, to my aid! I invoke your quitted it without seeing her, and powers ; and I likewise invoke the that I am returned to the country kind soothings and consolations of for another fortnight.
my dear sister, whose ever affecYou must know I received a very tionale friend and brother will enangry letter from Mr. Vernon, in deavour to merit them. consequence of one I had written
D[rs. IV'est 10 Miss Vernon,
you are not to be the wife of so forget your love.
forget your love. Yes, my dear, amiable a man as colonel Ambrose however sirange it may sound, obgrieves me exceedingly; yet I com servation and a knowledge of the mend your open and ingenunus con worlit has evinced to me the unduct, as likewise your sentinient, Steadiness of youthsul a:tachments, that would not permit you to he- and the possibility of happiness in stow your hand where interest only the married state abstracted from a could induce. To argue with a first love. young woman against the force of I am glad this infortunate turn love is an arduous undertaking; it in your affairs is likely to terminate is only my knowledge of your sense so well with regard to your brother. and prudence that could induce me I wonder not at the want of delicacy to the task. Exert, my dear, that he has shewn. What delicacy or tensense and prudence on the present derness can we expect from a man occasion; for however harsh it may immersed in the pursuit of gold sound, I must confess I see little alune, and that merely for its own probability of your ever being united sake. On this painful subj-ct I will to the man you have chosen. You say, say no more. whilst he remains single you must
I hope you will find another subindulze a rope of being his, and in ject for your pen when you are in the same sentence. aid, he has never Wiltshire. My love awaiis dear in direct terms offered himself to Harriet, and a request that she will your acceptance. And can my dear favour us with her agreeable epistles. Maria fix her happiness on so un I feel more and more reluctance to stable a foundation? I will suppose writing, from the increased comthe utmost you can at present wish- plaint in my heari. I therefore lay that he was only withheld from of down my pen, and will only add, fering himself from prudential mo that as my dear Maria has never yet tives; I will suppose he loves your disregarkd my advice, I hope she at this moment with an ardour equal will attend to the present, as dicto your own: still the prudent mo tated from the heart and best judg. tive must operate for many years, ment of her affectionate friend, and new scenes and occupations,
JANE WEST. absence, and the belief of your being married, it is more than probable
LETTER XXVI. will erase all the tender impressions from the breast, unconscious of the
Miss Vernon to Mrs. Hist. place he holds in your_affi ctions. And shall a young woman give her
B. Hall. self up to the indulgence of a passion without the knowledge of an equal I DEFERRED, dear madam, answer. retrirn, ard which, it returned, could ing your last letter immediately, benot from circumstances terininate ise I wished to give you an bappily ? Forbid it pride, reason, and count of vur sase arrival at this place, rudence. You wi'l say I have where we have now been a week. I Phim out your error, but not the cannot say I think this. visit will TH415 of a remedy. It is true the contribute much to the amendment romy is decult, but I am con of my spirits, as from the wayward vinciei it is in your power. Call temper of the mistress of the manyjur pride, senseand consi- sior, and ihe stupidity of the master, duration to your aid, and you will it is kept in a state of perpetual ill.
humour and dulness. . To make you educated for the law; but being of acquainted with Mrs. Wilson, I must rather an indolent disposition, chose give you a sketch of her life and the shorter method of gaining lands character.
and hereditaments by marrying this Her father was a Blackwell-hall rich willow, rather than by poring factor of great repute, who, after over Coke and Liitleton. To win amassing a vast fortune, retired at her aft ctions was no very difficult an advanced age to B. Hall, the task for a man of nis age; to make presene mansion, which he pur her happy is past the art of man. chased, tugther with a large estate Fretful, and still a slave to vanity, here. With his wife and two daugh- she is ever out of humour with herters he lived, and was much respec.com
self and others. What happiness, as ed by the neignbouring gentry, 15 I have heard you, dear madam, often well as the poor; but nis wife, who observe, can we expect to meet with was my mother's first cousin, was a in the decline of life, if we do not woman of great pride, to which was in our youth lay in a stock of solid added conceit, and its attendant ig sense and useful accomplishments ? norance. They gave their daughters Mr. Wilson is good-tempered, and good educations, that is, they spard though by no means a foolish man, no expence so to do; but very slender yet he has not bright parts: but he is capacities, and too much indulgence, bless. d with an uncommon share of proved an insuperable bar to much insensibility; I say blessed, for if he improvement in the accompliko were not of such a disposition, he ments befitting their station. Tne must be very miserable in a wife of eldest, the present Mirs. Wilson, was
Mrs. Wilson's description. Our handsome and genteel, which her
other cousin I have not seen, but redundant vanity made her prize more
understand from my brother that than all that could be acquird from she is a woman who knows what's books or masters. At the age of what. This expression of his I have sixteen she despised at almiration always considered to imply economy, but what arose from the beauty of and the art of saving money. She her person, and bound the height of is a rich widow, with two daughters her ambition centre in being a fa and a son, and lives about two miles vourite toast. . Aithe age ni iwenty
from this place; so, no doubt, we she married a young country eseguire ; shall pay her a visit, when we shall but capricious and ill-tempered: be zble to judge for ourselves. Mrs. happiness was not attainable On Wilson was tond of our mother : which side lay the greatest blame I whin we were very young we were know not;:but certain it is they led taken notice of by her, but that was a jangling life, from which she was in our mother's life-time. It is now released by his death in her tortieth fourie n years since she has enquired year. Her father and mother being after us, and it is from a sudden also dead, she became mistress of a whim that she has renewed her aca very considerable fortune, besides quaintance with us: a whim as sida the estate of B. Hall. In less than den may disiniss us, tur un such can a year she bestowed herselt on a gay pricious bunga tikere is no dependyoung officer, whom she likewise
1 Sali leave Hurrick to buried, and in her furty-eighth year finish the kscp100 of our recep married the present Mr. Wilsor. tioniere, äv.
She is all spirits, They have been married threw years, ani cind jeive entertainment from and he is now about thity. He was every tribing Ocenitence. She mig
just read what I have written... tinue on a rainy night, and ushered Thank you,' said she, “ for giving into the house tired to death, and the ouilines of our cousin's charac- tumbled out of all form from our ter; I will give the finish :' a few journey. descriptions will bring you perfectly * Your names, ladies,' said John, acquainted with master and mistress. if you please.' - I will not, however, resign my • Vernon,' said I. penull I have thanked my dear • Mrs. Vernon,' echoed John, as friend and monitress for her last he open d a parlour door, with an letter: the advice therein contained air peculiar to his fraternity. I will endeavour to follow, although At the further end of an immense I find it indeed a paintul task. I large room sat, on each side the fire, have written, as I was requested, to two strange-looking people in elbow Mrs. Ambrose: her correspondence stuffed chairs, such as we see in will be a high honour and advantage such rooms, in the attitude of dozing to me.
I am extremely concerned by fire-light. Our entrance roused the at the incr«ased complaint in your gentleman, and he accosted us very head; I hope yet its removal, and civilly. that you may enjoy many years of
• The ladies are arrived, my dear,' health and happiness. Your own
said he. Susan cannot more ardenuly desire • Oh, are you come?" said she, it than does your ever obliged and looking up: 'pray be seated. You will affectionate
excuse my rising ; I have the rheuM. VERNON, matism all over me. Oh! what a
shooting I have in my toe!
We took chairs, and expressed Miss Harrict, in continuation.
our sorrow at finding her so ill.
'I am always ill, said she; and I rare at length, dear Susan, got was beginning to inform us the napossession of Alaria's pen : what a
ture of her complaint, when her melancholy description has she given husband, chucking her under the of this mansion, as a scene of ille chin, said, “Come, come, my love, humour and dulness ! Now I am as
you must be better now your cousins gay as possible : the ill-humour of are come!'-Now, Susan, can you the mistress makes me in the best conceive any thing more laughable temper imaginable, and the dulness than a young man of thirty chuckof the master furnishes me with a ing a woman of fifty-three under subject tor laughter. This house is the chin? It was well for me the very large and old ; the gardens are candles were not arrived. I looked at very extensive, and in the summer Maria, but she could stand this sight no doubt beautiful. But I will not with her usual gravity. freeze you while sitting at your Candles were now brought, and Chrisımas fire with a description the lady was diverted from her subof cascades all ice, and avenues of ject by the contemplation of our trees covered with snow.
She sat for some time a coach, three men and three wo- silent, gazing on us both by turns, men servants, besides gardeners.- while her sweet husband stirred the Poor Maria and I were set down fire.-- At length ihe lady began. from a stage-coach by the light of • Bless me, what a very great à lanthorn in the midst of this re- difference in the persons of you girls
We keep persons.