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¥e crowded hoarding-schools ! Are yè May once again restore the quiet reign not apt

Of virtue, love, and peace, and yet To taint the infant mind, to point the bring back way

The blusha of folly, and the shame of To fashionable folly, strew wịth Pow'rs vice!' The path of Vice, and teach the way

VILLAGE CURATZ ward child Extravagance and pride ? Who learns To be the prudent wife, or pious muther? SKETCHES FROM NATURE, To be her parents staff, or husband's joy? 'Tis you dissolve the links that once held

Domestic happiness, 'Tis you untie. In a Series of Letters,
The matrimonial knot ; 'Tis you divide
The parent and his child, Yes, 'tis to BY SOPUIA TROUGHTON,

We owe the ruin of our dearest bliss! (Continued from p. 372.)
The best instructress for the growing lass
Is she that bare her. Let her first be

And we shall see the path of virtue

LETTER IIL smogth With often treading. She can best dis- Lady Walsingham

to the Dowager

Countess of Aubry. !

pense That' frequent medicine the soul re Why is a wish fardearer than a crown quires,

That wish accomplish'd, why the grave And make it grateful to the tongue of of bliss ?' youth,

Walsingham-hall, By mixture of affection. She can charm When others fail, and leave the work My dear Madam,

undone. She will not faint, for she instructs her first wish of my heart; the com

I AM now in possession of the own. She will not torture, for she feels herself. pany of miss Lester: but, alas ! so education thrives, and the sweet five years residence in foreign maid

countries has made a great alterImproves in beauty, like the shapeless ation in my friend. In person she rock

is iinproved ; but in manners, in Under the sculptor's chisel; till at length sentiment, how sadly altered ! She undertakes her progress thro' the

The warm, generous friendship world, A woman fair and good, as child for of the blooming English girl, is

changed for the studied softness parent, Parent for child, or man for wife could

of an Italian signora, or the wish.

haughty airs of a Spanish donna; Say, man, what more delights thee than though she can still assume the

that she despises the tame figure she ed in unison with the calm and made before her quitting England: uņdisturbed scene. A pleasing the land of fogs, as she calls it. melancholy peryaded me, and I

I am greatly disappointed, and gave myself wholly up to the enbelieve she is the same'; for she thusiasm of the moment, evidently prefers Walsinghain's Mrs. Howard, who possesses company to mine.

such harmony as is in importal She is no favourite of Mrs. souls,' sung the sweetly plaintive Howard; indeed that lady often air of Crazy Jane' with so much speaks so tårt, that she astonishes pathos, and Seymour played the me; for certainly miss Lester is accompaniment with such tender still a very fascinating companion, energy, that the tears flgxed down though I should not choose her my cheeks unperceived till they now for a friend; but as Mrs. fell on my hand. I hastily wiped Howard did not know her before my eyes, and looked around to see her leaving England, I know not if my tender folly was noticed. I any reason she has to be particu- was rather embarrassed on obsery larly displeased.

ing Mr. Baderly's eyes fixed on Mr. Baderly came the same my face with attention. Surely erening as Helen. He is a very he must think me a very weak fine young gentleman, and has creature, surrounded with bles that graceful ease in his manner sings as I am, to weep at iinaginary which denotes he has been used to

woes; and yet they are not the best company. He has fine imaginary. How inany blooming spirits, and Helen rallies him from daughters of innocence have given morning till night.

joy to the heart, and rapture to the Yesterday morning sir Harry countenance of their fond parents and Mr. Linly went on the canal till to fish. When they returned, they praised so much the beauty "The craci spoiler cano: cropt the fair of the scenery, the coolness of the And rifled aļ its sweetness : water, and the largeness and con- Then cast it like a loathsome wood venience of the boat, that the lar

away: dies said they would see if they had not exaggerated. Accord Alas! how many doting moingly in the evening we embarked, thers hearts have been left to and found the water delightful; break! How many grey heads the conversation was sprightly, brought with sorrow to the grave and we thought not of returning by the detestable arts and false till the moon rose and cast her sil- blandishments af the vile se very light on the water and sur, ducer! rounding country, which, by the It is this peoples the streets of delicacy of the tints, acquired the metropolis with miserable and

unhappy women. Seymore, who touches the flute O Seduction! of what dreadful with great taste, played Handel's evils art thou not the parent? water-piece: the echo from the Contempt, Despair, and Suicide,

fresh beauty.

* fully magnificent. I should have to remove the effect : at any rates liked to have landed and explored by participation I might alleviate, its venerable apartments, and will might lighten that load which, the first opportunity, though when apparently will sink her into her that will be I know not; for the grave: gentlemen are continually plan The brilliancy of her eyes is ning parties of pleasure, and at- dimmed, the rose of health has erstending them; and the affairs of tirely forsook her cheek, in short my family quite engage my time. she is but the shadow of her former

We landed about ten o'clock, self. every one delighted with the ex I, who am so eininently happy, cursion.

ought and do wish to reinore every · I am writing at my window, and trace of sorrow from the hearts see in the garden lord Seymore and and countenances of those about Mrs. Howard in earnest conversa- me: how much more particularly tion. I thought when miss Lester from the face of my Walshingham's first caine it was probable that lord dear, sister! He has made ine the Seymore and she might, from a happiest of women, and I am dissimilarity of temper, feel a softer tressed to see the sombre veil of sensation for each other than mere melancholy cloud the features of friendship. But Helen is no any of his family. longer 'the girl I once knew her; Adieu ! iny dear madam; witha and it is evident that Mrs. Howard many prayers for your health, I is the mistress of Seymore's desti- subscribe myself ny. And who that knows the amis

Your dutiful and able disposition of both bat must

affectionate daughter, wish him success with that charm

CAROLINE WALSINGHAM., ing woman! She is so young, yet so considerate; so beauteous, yet

LETTER IV. so humble; so witty, yet so mild; that a cominon observer, from her Lady Walsingham to the Countess Einassuming behaviour, would not

of Aubry. think her possessed of any shining accomplishments.


Walsingham-hall. She does me the honour to pro

JULIA still continues hér mysa jess a sisterly regard for me, and terious conduct, shuns company,

looks extremely ill, yet says she Julia shuns company as much ails nothing. as possible, indeed rather more Yesterday evening Mrs. Howard than good manners allow. I am and I was walking in the park persuaded some concealed grief alone (a very uncommon circumpreys on her health, and have con- stance; for both lord Seymore ud jured her to acquaint me with it. Mr. Baderly are extremely attenShe was offended that I should tire to the moveinents of Mrs. suppose she could have any thing Howard). We came in sight of to hide, and peevishly told me that the castle, and I proposed walking when she wanted advice she would through the apartments; she con come to me for it. This petu- sented, and we entered the north lancc grieved me; for, perhaps, if tower, the lower part of which is I knew the cause I might be able inhabited by the old park-keeper,

my affairs,

an honest, faithful, servant, who Yes, my Lady' has lived in the family froin a •No, my lady, interrupted bov. .

Johnson, and frowning at his I asked Johnson if there were wite, nobody has; but they are any part of the castle more worthy kept locked: of observation than the rest; for * You have the keys. though, me had hut little time, and wished Johnson ;-have you not ?" said to see all we could.

I: -- he seemed embarrassed. The old man stared at me for • Come, Johnson, tell me what a moment,Why laws, my lady! mystery hangs over the castle, if I hope you ar'nt agoing for to you are acquainted with any scare your precious wits in them. You may speak without fear; this there grand apartments; but I am lady is my friend'-I saw him look sure you will, if you go for to see hard at Mrs: Howard. sights there, saveing your pre :Well, madam, you know what Sence.

is best better than I;; and since • Why,' said I, Johnson, what you command me, why I must tell. is there so terrible in the grand you, though I hope you will not apartments as to make you ima- tell lady Julia, for she might take gine we must lose our senses in it ill, cause she bid me tell nos visiting them?

body Why, deare me, my lady, there Lady Julia!' exclaimed I, has been shocking work done there • what of lady Julia ?' formerly, when them barons was in Again he looked at Mrs. Ilow. fashion. Though I am sure neither ard," who seeing the worthy soul my lord, nor his father, nor grand- did not speak before her, would, father, ever hurt a hair of any have retired. But I knowing the body's head; but then, when that pride of Julia's heart too well to man that was no king, Oliver think she would intrust a secret of some'ot had the manageing of any consequence to the keeping of things, this castle was given to old Johnson, prevailed on her to me of his friends, and nobody stay; and as she loves to see every, knows what was done here then. one about her easy and comforta Besides these ghosts, and such able, made the old man sit down cattle, take it in their heads in his arm chair.

•Ghosts!' exclaimed Mrs. How • Wly you must know, my laard, “my good friend, I fear sone- dies,' said he now, that I have thing has scared your wits, if you been a good forty years in the esthink we should see ghosts.' tate; and so was in the family

Oh! as to that,' said old Aga- long before this present lord was tha, we do all know that ghosts born. Ah! I shall never forget does live in them rooms in that what a sweet boy he was, and what tower, (pointing to the west one;) rejoicings we had surely. Well

, and if any body was but to go in but as I was saying, about the there they would not ever come castle, which to iny mind was alout alive again, an please your ways an ugly place, though, I beLadyship

lieve, all was pretty quiet till after • But, pray Agatha, who told mny late lady died.' But after my you so ? has any bod tried the laily died, my lord would be in the experiment?'

chapel of the castle for hours, look- geon; but when he came he said ing‘at her tomb, and would some- the villains had done their work too times stay out very late, but none effectually for him to be of any of the servants dared go to look use: and, as he said, so it hapfor him.

pened; for on the fourth day my • I was at that time park-keeper, good lord died, and was buried and more tit for the place than I with his lady. am now; God help me! but my This was a woful day for his young lord is very good to let me poor servants, and them rooms stay here, for I do think it would h:ve been shut up ever since; so break both dame's heart and mine every think is in the same state as to leave this house where we have we left them.' lived so many, many years.

• How do you know that? cried • Well, one night it rained, and Agatha; I dare say the ghosts blew at a great rate, and my lord have turned every thing topsywas out; so the servants came to turvy.' me with a great coat, thinking I

We all think,' said Johnson, should know when he came out, as lowering his voice, that my

lord's there is a way from this tower all spirit won't rest till it has justice over the castle; but I had taken done on his murtherers; as there care to have the door nailed up has been strange noises heard ever long before. But my lord always since in that part of the castle. came in and out at a little door in But of late years dreadful sights the West tower. Well, there we have been seen; and now no perwaited and waited to see him come son would go past that tower after out, and so we did see him at last; dark for a guinea; no, not one in but he did not come from the all the village, though they were castle but fiom the woud, drenched starving. As for us we live pretty with rain, and, mercy on us! as quiet in this North tower, as it is pale as a ghost.'

the West one which is haunted.' Here Agatha cast a fearful Nonsense,' said Mrs. Howard; glance round, and drew her chair “your good lord is too happy to nearer her husband. - So when he trouble himself with what is done saw us stand, he said, “ Follow in those old buildings. Besides I me;" and went directly up to my have heard Mr. Howard say, that {ady's tomb, fetched a deep sigh, the villains were haiged for a crime and clasped his hands on it. “Bury of the same nature many years ago; me here," said he; so with that we and that one of them confessed rohall thought that he had seen the bing and afterwards stabbing the ghost of my lady, till he groaned earl of Walsingham, though then and fainted, and then we saw his ignorant of his quality.' waistcoat very bloody, and that · Yes, yes, my lady, so it was some vile wretches had stabbed this seid; but if he was content, why.

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