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told me that my success in life must died found myself in possession of depend on my own exertions, for five hundred a year, out of which I that her own support was only an, was by my father's will to pay my annuity for her life; that I had no sister one hundred pounds a year relations, unless a brother of hers, when she came of age, and to mainwhom she had disobliged by marry- tain and educate her until then. ing my father, was living. This she Her mother had been dead two years, had no reason to think was the case, This trust was to me an acceptable it being twenty years since she had one. I lived on my estate, and suseen or heard any thing of him, nor perintended the education of my did she know to what part of the young sister : I taught her myself all world he went. Her eyes were ala í knew, and procured masters to inways filled with tears when she struct her in the accomplishments spoke on this subject. At her death I was not capable of teaching her I was placed in a inerchant's count.. myself. Sensible, amiable. in her ing-house by the clergyman of the temper, and lovely in her person, parish, in which employment I had she grew up, every thing that could supported myself until now, that I charm the heart and ensure the afam five-and-twenty. And this, sir,' fections of all who knew her. I decontinued I, ‘is my short history. But, voted myself entirely to her comperhaps it may give you satisfac- pany, and found that in her absence tion to see the picture of my mother, I was unhappy.-At the age of which I have in my possession, and twenty, after refusing several eligible will, if you please, produce.
offers, she selected a young man of “That will be every thing,' he re- small fortune as her partner for life. plied, with much agitation; and Accustomed to consult me on all which made me at once apprehend occasions, she did not in this instance what doubtless you also have by this omit it. I had no objection to the time conjectured.-1. produced the union, but what arose from the picture, but repented my precipita- young man's extravagant turn: I tion, for the moment he casi his mentioned this to her, but she, like eyes on it I thought he would have other young women, trusted to the fainted. I caught him in my arms; power of her charms and example it was, indeed, my uncle. - Oh! to reclaim him in this particular. Johnson, conceive the feelings of us To shorten my story-it was agreed both! words are wanting to express on that the marriage should take the scene that followed this dis- place when she came of age, which covery.
now wanted but three months. In I now in my turn became impa- the mean time, I discovered, with infient to learn more particulars, which, expressible concern and surprise, that as soon as he was sufficiently reco- another reason lurked in my breast
To conquer my passion while con- I was become an old man, and I tinually in her presence I found found myself unequal to the task. impossible, but I had command In what a wonderful manner has enough over myself never to wound Providence blessed me, by, thus her ears with such a declaration. bringing you to comfort and supThe day at length arrived for the port me! By your account of your marriage; I attended her to the altar, mother's straitness of fortune, I conand by an effort of resolution as clude that she found my fears of great, perhaps, as was ever exerted her husband's extravagance realised; by man on a similar occasion, I but this, together with the fate of gave her to your father. On pre- the letters, cannot now be known. tence of urgent business in London, Would to Heaven she were now I left the new-married pair, and did alive! But why do I breathe such a indeed set out for that place, where wish ? Am I not completely blessed I hoped, by plunging into dissipation in beholding her son: From the and company, to erase from my moment I heard your name and saw mind all paintul recollection. I was you, a gleam of hope came across soon convinced of my mistake, for me; and when I conversed with you, in the course of a few months and discovered sentiments so confound my fortune diminished and genial to those possessed by your my grief augmented. Thus circum- dear mother, my fear of a disapsianced, i lormed the resolution of pointment delayed my inquiry congoing abroad. I sold my estate and cerning your family. This precious embarked for this place, without picture, which at once places the daring to trust myself with an inter- reality of your being my nephew view with your mother. I wrote her past all doubt, was taken at my réa letter telling her what I had done, quest, the year before her marriage. and added, that I found it necessary The original is in my possession ; for my peace that I should never see this is a copy.' her more, for that I loved her too In this manner did the good old well. On my arrival in this place gentleman continue conversing for I embraced an opportunity which some time. I felt myself unable to presented itself of entering into answer a word, from excess of joy business with the remainder of my and surprise. As soon as we could fortune, in which I have succeeded compose ourselves, he retired to beyond my most sanguine expecta- write to his daughter, my new-found tious, and in a short time recovered cousin, and I to you. I hope it will my peace. I married an amiable wo. reach you; and I doubt not your man, with whom I lived happily for congratulations by the first convey• some years, when it pleased Heaven ance. I hope this will find you in to deprive me of her, leaving me one health and happiness equal to my daughter. I wrote many letters to own. To your good uncle present your mother, but never had an an- my best respects. I suppose my swer. By what you say, they either fair cousin will be home in a few must have miscarried, or have been days; I long to see her, and hope intercepted by her husband. I had to work a reformation in her beha, thoughts of returning to England viour towards her father. for ihe purpose of finding her, but
I am, dear Johnson, I could not prevail on my wife to accompany me. When she died,
sincerely yours, which is only eight years since,
me, and we hobble about the bouse LETTER XXIX.
as well as we can, He wanted me
to do all the work, but alack-a-day, Dorcas Jenkins to the Miss Vernons.
I am not able; and so I told master:
I must be maintained now without My dear young Mistresses,
doing much work; and I know
when my young mistresses marry I I have had it in my mind to shall without grudging. I be somewrite every day, but something or times very low-spirised, and can't other has always happend to hinder help it, to think how miss Maria me, and then I be a very slow writer have been disappointed by the colonel. as you do know, and tis mortul cold But I forgot I was never to mention to sit up stairs, and I can never write it. To be sure, I cannot but wonwhen any body is by, so you may be der in niy own mind. I have had a sure, 'twas not because I did not bear parcel of dreams lately that I dont you in mind that you have not like; but I think of what you do heard. To be certain, I must lose always tell me, that I must not mind my senses before I can forget my them, and yet I can't help it. That young ladies. We bave had a strange tall gentleman in black, Dixon, I berumpus here sir.ce you have been lieve his name iş, called here lately, gone ; nothing do never go right and there was a lady with him, a very when miss Maria is out of the way. fine-looking one too. They asked if My master is as cross as two sticks master was at home, so I shewd athwart; and enough to make him them into the parlour, and calld for matter of that, for to be sure, master from the counting-bouse. nobody do like to pay money for To be sure, I was very curious to nothing, tho
' for that matter know what the business was; . so master if he cou'd help it would what did I do but listen at the door not pay it for something. I never a bit, and pick'd out a little. Masliked that Mr. Curtis; he always ter did not know the lady, because look'd so sheepishly some how. I I heard Mr. Dixon say, this lady is knowd what wod come of Nanny a widow whose husband died in and he being so great. I told master Jamaica two years ago. She has a I thought as how she lookd pretty very large fortune in the plantations biggish; but he only laughd at me, there, but has no one to secure it for and thought he knowd better. But her. I thought, perbaps, you might however, the day after as sure as be able to advise her how to act in fivepence she went before the justice, the business. I could not hear what and swared she was with child by master said, but it was something
'Twas no use for master about considering of it; and the to deny it. He turned her out of lady thanked him many times. They doors, but he is obliged to pay for staid about an hour, and master her lying in, and the maintenance seemed in a brown study all day of the child when born. Now as after. And this is all I know about
ing what he says, or what he do had each ten thousand pounds left
them by an uncle of their father's, I began this letter a week agoe, but that Mrs. Meadows saved for but was determined to finish it by them as much as though they were the twentieth of January, which is wholly dependent. By this time we to-day, because it is miss Harriet's were arrived at a handsome house, birth-day; so wishing her many and conducted by a smart servant happy birth-days, and many happy out of livery into a parlour, where years to both, I remain your loving sat Mrs. Meadows and her two nurse and dutiful servant,
danghters, one at the harpsichord, Dorcas Jenkins. the other drawing, accompanied by
two masters. She received her sister
in a formal cool manner, and the LETTER XXX.
two misses made each a stiff board.
ing-school courtesy to their aunt. Miss Harriet Vernon 10 Miss West. Mrs. Wilson informed her who we
were, but she was, or pretended to I TAKB up my pen again, dear be, a total stranger to the name and Susan, to inform you of our pro- connexion. She asked no question ceedings at B. Hall. We have put about us, and began acquainting us a little life into Mr. Wilson, who is with the great improvements the really a very good sort of a man, young ladies had made since they and grows on our liking: he behaves had last seen their aunt. so well to his peevish, perverse-tein- pears nothing engaging in the perpered wife, that I cannot but admire sons or manners of these girls, who the patience of his disposition. She seemed to be about twelve and fourowns herself much happier with him teen years old, neither were their than with either of her other hus- performances above mediocrity; but bands. We have made several vin ihe mother had no eyes for any sits in the neighbourhood, but are other object than them and their obliged to be careful not to ex- employments. In a few minutes the press a wish to go to any particular son entered the room, and presented place, as it is sure not to be grante to our view a finished fop. He aped. I have found one good thing in pears to be about twenty, and has this very whimsical woman; she is just left his studies at the university. generous by starts, and has made us After bowing to his aunt with an air some small presents, but she cer- he thought wonderfully genteel, he tainly has not a fixed principle of begged to be introduced to her fair generosity
companions; and, seating himself A few days after I wrote my last, by me, sat staring in my face with we set out in the coach to visit our an insolent impertinence, whilst his other cousin, Mrs. Meadows. Mr. mother observed that he grew taller Wilson did not accompany us. The and taller every day, and asked Mrs. sisters, I found in the course of the Wilson's opinion how he would look ride, were not on the best terms. in regimentais. The particular atMrs. Wilson said a few visits passed tention paid me by my sweet beau between them in the course of the induced Mrs. Meadows to look in year, but her sister was so taken up my face, an honour she had not bewith her own concerns, that she fore done to either of us. Aever paid any attention to hers. glad to be relieved by Mrs. Wilson's She informed us that her children rising to take leave. We were not
requested to prolong or repeat our She describes her as very learned, visit, therefore Maria and myself very conceited, very proud, and, shall certainly not intrude ourselves what ini her opinion is much worse, again. So you see there is no profit very plain. The poor servants here or pleasure to be expected from this lead a wearisome life, and seldom quarter.
continue longer than six months. During our ride home, we were The parlour bell is now ringing most entertained with Mrs. Wilson's ob. violently for ibe maid op stairs, and servations on the great alteration the girl is walking down as leisurely that had taken place for the worse as possible. - Why don't you run, in her sister's person, since she had girl ?' said I ; your misiress is cerlast seen her. She seemed much iainly very ill. The girl laughed. pleased with Maria's observing that • Oh no, miss,' said she, 'it is only she must always have been a plain madam's way; she rings as loud ten woman. She inade no remark on times a day, and all for nothing the little notice she had taken of us.. at all.'
When we arrived at B. Hall, we We last week received a letter found Mr. Wilson reading a letter from Dorcas, and as I think you will just received from a lady.-My be diverted by its simpliciiy, as well cousin, miss Jones,' said he,'has as by an accident that has befallen just lost her mother, and I think we our brother, I will enclose it. must invite her to spend a few weeks Bless me, here is a chaise stopped here.'
at the door, and a very genteel young • Indeed she shan't come here,' man alighting! A lady, too, in deep said the ungracious lady; I hate mourning! It must be miss Jones, her more than any person on earth.! to be sure. I must hasten down to Come, let me see her letter; I sup- be introduced. pose she is finely rejoiced to bury Eleven o'clock. I am come up to her mother. She is now a twenty bed, but before I sleep, I must tell thousand pound fortune, I think. you about miss Jones; I am sure I
She then perused the letter, and shall not sleep for thinking of her. Mr. Wilson said, with a smile To By the time I had reached the par. be sure, my dear, you did not think lour the lady and gentleman were seatme in earnest to invite miss Jones, ed, together with Mrs. Wilson and as I know how much you dislike Maria. On my entrance a profound her.'
silence struck me with a seeming awe, • To be sure I did,' she replied ; and threw my features into a serious and on second thoughts, I think cast. After making my compliit will be proper.'
menis by a courtesy, which was reBy no means,' replied Mr. Turned by a stiff bend of the body by Wilson.
the ladly, and a genteel bow from * But I choose it should be so,' said the gentleman, who reached me a
and I desire you will invite chair, I took my seat. The lady her directly.'
concealed her face with a white • Nay, if you wish it, I will,'--and handkerchief, on which however I winking at Maria and me, left the could not discover the trace of a room for that purpose. This is the tear. Maria's eyes were full; the way to manage Mrs. Wilson:
gentleman looked grave; my cousin We were now given the charac- seemed to be racking her brains for ter of miss Jones ; but I do not in- something to say, and was shaking tend to take it from our cousin. her foot, for the purpose, I suppose,