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I never could have guessed you were Maria, to give a turn to the sub

isters. Pray what are your ages?'-- ject, gave our brother's respects. We informed her. It is very well,' • True,' observed she, “I am very said she to Maria, you are past inattentive; I hope he is well. growing; how prodigiously tall you You have lived with him some are! I admire a tall woinan, but years, I suppose.

Let me you really are above the standard.' when your mother died you was

Do you think so, madami' said placed with a mistress : I forget her s I always wished to be the name.' height of my sister.'

• West,' said my sister; 'and we • Why, you are too short, to be never found the loss of a mother, sure: but people can't help what from her kind care and attention. they are. You look vastly pale, miss To her we are indebted for our eduVernon : are you ill?"

cation and instruction in all that 'I am a good deal fatigued with is good and conducive to our hapmy journey at present, though I ge- piness. nerally look pale.'

In this manner would Maria have 'I am not fond of seeing a great went on, had not Mrs. Wilson obcolour in the cheeks,'(looking at me, served there was something in the fire who you know am rather rosy); that resembled a ship in full sail..but ihere are extremes in all things. You must know,' said she, “I freYour mother was quite the milk. quently amuse myself with looking maid, and I see my cousin Harriet into the fire, where I fancy I see figures takes after her. She is the very of all descriptiors. Mr. Wilson image of her mother. You should laughs at me; but I will appeal to always wash in warm water, my all of you if that (pointing with the dear.'

poker) is not just like a ship.' As there was no answering to I confessed I had not discernment these curious observations, I em to discover the resemblance; but ployed my eyes in viewing the per- said I admired her method of son of this criticising lady and her amusement, as I supposed she was husband,

not able to read by candle-light. She is a very fine fat-looking • You are much mistaken, miss: elderly woman, and in her youth my eyes are as good as ever they must, I think, have been very hand. were.' some; she is now neither more or Tea was then brought, and I was reless than a beauty in the vale of quested to make it, when I received years, though it is easy to discover many instructions in the art of teathat she is by no means of that making: and so completely was the opinion.-Mr. Wilson has no pre thread of Maria's story broken off, tensions to a good person: he is that it was impossible to resume it clumsy and awkward; his counte- the whole evening. nance is rather heavy than vacant : We went to bed early, happy, as he sometimes seems to be of a good you may suppose, to be released. temper; perhaps I may find other The next morning we breakfasted good qualities on a further acquaint-• with Mr. Wilson, she always having: ance. I cannot at present divest hers in bed. He was much more myself of prejudice against a young chatty than the night before, and we man who could, to indulge an in- began to get acquainted. I ventured dolent disposition, unite himself to a to rally him on his easy chair, and woman he must despise, ,

hope to succeed in turning it out.

How very ridiculous for a young we found a free conveyance, which man to use himself to such a seal ! is not likely in this place. Dorcas

The lady made her appearance parted fron us with tears in her about noon, and took us into several eyes; something, she said, foreboded handsome rooms, to shew us the that we should never come back furniture, &c. In each room was again, Maria has really made herher picture in different atri!udes, self uneasy at this wonan's predictaken at different times of her life. tions; but Dorcas is extremely su•• She appeared much niortified at our perstitious, and, I suppose, had dreamobserving that one in particular, the ed some bad thing or other about last takın, was extremely like her. us: we should have enough to do She shewed us the pictures of her if we regarded all the idle tales of two deceased husbands. Poor MIr. our nurses. But Maria's spirits are S --, and poor Mr. K-,' said weak, and in a state to take alarm she; 'they were hoih handsome, as

at every trille.

Do:cas has proyou may see. And now,' said she, miscd to write to us, and I assure opening a closet, I will shew you you is no bad pen-woman. I will the picture of a particular friend.' not speak to her grammatical know

• It is Harriet!' exclaimed Ma. ledge; but she is a very tolerable ria.

s;eller, having, before she entered • It is your mother,' said she, into our family, kept a day-school "taken at the age of twenty.

The for little children,-Farewell, my picture was like her, but rather dear Susan! let us hear from you flattered her.'

soon, when I will write again, as I Maria says if I had sat myself I think I can never want a suliject could not have a stronger likeness. whilst I continue an inmate in this I must take care I am not vain, for house. Yours most affectionately, this picture is really very handsone:

HARRIET VERNON. whilst we continue here I believe there is no great danger of our becoming vain, for Mrs. Wilson is

LETTER XXVII. continually finding defects in our

MIrs, Ambrose to Miss Vernon, persons.

We now took the opportunity of I THANK you, my dear Maria, for asking particulars about our mother, your leiter; it gave me much pleawhich it was natural we should wish to sure, as it convinced me by your hear; but Mrs. Wilson was suddenly ready acquiescence in my wishes for taken with a pain in her head, which your correspondence, that your own prevented her talking. She, however, coincided.

Your account of the informed us, in answer to Maria's people you are with is not very asking her if she was esteemed ste pleasing, but we must take the world sible and amiably, that she could as we find it; there are few characspeak French a little, ard was an ters from which something may not excellent dancer.

be learned either as a warning or We have not yet seen our cousin example. It is the former I think Meadows, but are to go in a day of you will find in your cousin. Seeing two, if the v'tarher permit. I think the ill effects of vanity, and a neglect I have now given you a specimen of of an early cultivation of useful our relation, and shall lay down my knowledge, a young person will be pen for the present. My bro:bir naturally led to avoid the fatal con. desired us not to write to him unless sequence. I own I cannot con

ceive a more pitiable object than a cluded he disregarded mercenary decayed beauty pining under neglect views ; but knowing it was proper and indifference, without one con there should be no reserves on my solation or mental resource to fly to. pari, I informed him one day that I could produce many instances I was dependent on my brother, and which have come within my know- mistress only of a very small fortune ledge, where the loss of beauty has hy the decease of my father. To my been followed by discontent from great astonishment, he made me no the above cause; but as I have no answer ; but, complaining of a vioapprehension that you, my young lent head-ach, left the house, and frien'), will meet with a similar fate, the next morning sent me a letter, I will avoid cautions so unnecessary.

to say he could not possibly marry I could not avoid smiling at that a woman without a fortune; that part of your letter where you say he hoped to see me happy with some Harriet wishes she could venture to other, and was my very humble serask me the reason of my preferring vant. To say I was not hurt and mor- ' a single to a married life. I will tified in a very high degree hy this satisfy ker curiosity in this particu- behaviour would not be in human lar, and have no doubt I shall stand nature, but my pride subined my approved in her eyes for the choice love; and alihough I found I could I have made. My father died when never love another, I resolved on no I was about four-and-twenty, and consideration to act unbecoming the left me in such slender circumstan- dignity of my sex. He was sences as to make it necessary for me sible, accomplished, and elegant; and to use the most rigid economy in my never have I seen a man I could miode of living. My brother was think his equal. He married afterthen in India; and, of course, I wrote. wards a woman of large fortune, him the state of my atfairs. His for which he was sufficiently punishanswer to my letter, penned with an ed; for she was ignorant, ill-temperaffection and tenderness not to be ed, and disagreeable. She, however, exceeded, informed me that it was died in about five years, and I rein his power to make up my father's gained my lover; but on no consi. inability in pecuniary matters. A deration would I marry him, though remittance accompanied this letter ; I believe he then sincerely wished it.. and to be brief, I was by this worthy Finding me inflexibie, he quitted brother placed above dependence, England, and I own he was the and in the eyes of the world left by cause of my remaining single. I am my father in genteel circumstances. extremely anxious for the credit cf A young gentleman whom I had my sex ; therefore, my dear girls, if long known and regarded with a you wish to please me, you must secret partiality made me an offer, never be guilty of a weakness in that professing a sincere affection and particular; it is to that weakness we unseigned attachment, I was not owe the little estimation we are held disposed to doubt his veracity, and in by sometimes sensible men. soon found I loved him in return And now i am cone tomvlastsub. with an equal affection. He was in ject, the most important one to my an excellent situation with ruspect to tair friend. 'Now have I raised a business; I made no scruple to ac blush on your check, Maria, and you cept him, and the week was tired already guess what I mean. for our marriage. As he never hint- know I have engaged never to dwell. ed on the subject of fortune, I con- on it: I am too much interested to


have much to say. But not to keep they have just and clear ideas of you in suspense—will it not give whatever falls within the contracted you pleasure to hear that Mr. Went sphere of their observation. What worth is arrived safe in India? He would become of the other nations had a most wonderful quick voyage, of Europe, if, in imitation of the is well, and kindly received by the Turkish government, the highest gentleman he was recommended to. offices of the state were filled by mea All this intelligence arrived yester

taken from the lowest rank in soday, in a letter to my brother from ciety, and unprepared by education the above gentleman.

or habit to discharge their important I will now conclude my letter, duties? because I suppose you will have no eye for any thing else I may write. Heaven bless you, my dear girl, in all your wishes! I know them to be ALPHONSO AND ALMIRA; good. My brother desires his kind remembrances to yourself and Harriet, in which I include my own. THE NOBLE FORESTER. Let me hear from you soon. Your very sincere and

affectionate friend,

(To be continued.)

By a Lady.
(Continued from p. 322.)





CHAP. VII. the Turks.

Rinaldo bribes the officer to delay ere(From Thornton's ' Present Slale of Turkey.') cuting his orders, and sels out in

search of the king-Is attacked on THE national character of the

his tay by four rufluns hired by AnTurks is, indeed, a composition of tonio- Ilis miraculous escape from contrary qualities. We find them

them, and interview with the king. braye and pusillanimous, good and ferocious, firm and weak, active and THE officer returned at the time indolent; passing from austere de- appointed, and understanding it te votion to disgusting obscenity, from be the determination of Alphonso moral severity to gross sensuality; that Almira should not accompany fastidiously delicate, and coarsely him to Antonio, but that his power voluptuous; seated on a celestial bed, should be held at defiance, he grew and preying on garbage. The great extremely angry; and, in a tone of are alternately baughiy and humble, haughtiness that marked the slave in arrogant and cringing, liberal and office, immediately told Alphonso sordid; and, in general, it must be that he should wait no longer for confessed that the qualities that him, but instantly conduct him to Jeast deserve our approbation are the galleys, according to the judge most predominant. On comparing ment passed on bim. their limited acquirements with the Rinaldo, whose knowledge of learning of the christian nations of the world had taught him how Europe, we are surprised at their to act in any situation, knew the ignorance; but we must allow that power of gold too well not try its

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effects on the feelings of the officer. tempt every thing in his power for Accordingly, the moment he was the effecting it, had engaged four proceeding to lay violent hands ruffians to cut off all communication on Alphonso, Rinaldo, forcing a between his nephew and the king, smile on his countenance, archly should he proceed to trouble him on told him that he had something in the subject; with strict orders, howhis pocket forbidding the execution ever, to them to secure his

person, of the sentence. The officer startled and keep him confined until they at what he heard; but before he could should hear farther from him; but on ask an explanation, Rinaldo pulled no account whatever to do him any out = parse, containing about one hurt, or injury. Accordingly, the bundred ducats, with which he ruffians armed with proper weapons, begged leave to present the officer, in case of any resistance on the part adding withal he had no doubt he of Rinaldo, waylaid him in a neighwould delay the sentence until he bouring wood, through which he could seek the king, and lay before would be obliged to pass, should he him the case of the much-injured resume to seek the king. Their Alphonso.

intentions were to have concealed When a gentleman,' cried the , themselves till Rinaldo should have officer, looking at the purse, “talks approached them, when they meant reasonably, I have always a plea- suddenly to surprise him, before he sure in attending to him. For my could possibly have put himself upon part, I am happy in every opportu- his defence: but as Providence never nity of serving the unfortunate. I fails to protect the good and virthank Heaven that I can feel (putting tuous, and guard them from the the purse in his pocket) for those in machinations of their enemies, the distress as well as any man,

design of Antonio and his ruffians go as far, when properly spoken to, was happily frustrated, and the good to do them every service in my offices of Rinaldo rendered success. power.

ful, by an incident as fatal to the The officer being thus won over to one at it was fortunate to the other. his purpose, Rinaldo found no great Rinaldo, after proceeding about difficulty in prevailing on him to half way through the wood, persuffer Alphonso and his daughter to ceived several men with their heads remain in the hut until he should just above a hedge behind which have been with the king; and imme- they lay concealed. Suspecting from diately mounting his steed, ready their situation that they were waitsaduled for the purpose, set off in ing there for no good purpose, he search of him, inspired with the sin- judged it prudent to prepare for re*cerest zeal in their service, and ac- ceiving them in the best manner he companied with their prayers for the could, but without betraying any success of his endeavours to snatch sort of fear, or in the least discoverthem from the dreadful precipice on ing that he suspected any danger. which they stood. An event, how. Accordingly, the moment the ruffang cyer, happened soon after Rinaldo's spring from their hiding place, Ria departure, that had nearly proved naldo, perceiving their hostile intenfatal to him.

tions towards him, without utteriug Antonio, it afterwards appeared, a single word, drew his sword, and determined to deprive Alphonso of levelled the foremost of them, in an every hope of relief, and suspecting instant, with the earth. The courage that Rinaldo would be ready to al- and intrepicity of Rinaldo gave him VoL, XXXVIII.

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