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and cheese at the ale-house where • You guess right; and so your
son-Dear madam, he affronts
next room, after he had vented his * Anan!' said he ; ' the blacking spleen, and sworn by 'Change on my boots offends you, does it. Alley that he would never darken
“My organs of smell,' replied her doors more, he dashed at once she, are oftended by the efflavia.' into the business by saying, I The company
smiled at his un am going to be married next week.' çouth manners, -all but Mrs. Wilo-We stared in speechless astoson, who was so completely picqued nishment. He went on- A young at his first salutation, that no mark woman I have met with by the but of contempt appeared on her greatest chance in the world, decountenance.
vilish rich_estates in the West *Well,' said he, I suppose you Indies to the amount of fifty thouall wonder what brought me hither; sand pounds-a widow-noincumbut I am come on business--no- brances-wants a person to secure thing but business ever takes me her property. Propose when we from home.'
are married we both
go • No doubt, sir,' said Mrs. Wil -All this well attested by several son; and the sooner it is dis- friends upon 'Change, and by patched the better.'
Lawyer Dixon to boot !' My brother, who has sense We congratulated him on his enough to understand an affront, good fortune, and Maria faintly took tire at this speech, and start- asked what he meant to do with us? ing from hiv seat, Yes, yes, old • That's the very thing I am dame,' said he, it shall be soon come about. You see I have dispatched, and then good bye to maintained you, bed and board, your old shrivelled face.'
many years; but it does not fola This was too much for a woman low that a man who does nineteen of better sense and temper to bear. good ofliees should do the twenShe burst into tears, and Will tieth..A friend of mine upon you, Mr. Wilson,' said she, sit 'Change has offered to take Maria and see me abused in this manner for a companion to his wife; and in my own house ??
Lawyer Dixon knows a milliner · I must, sir,' said Mr. Wilson, who will take Harriet as a journesbeg you will leave the room; the woman, provided she is tractable miss Vernons will attend you into in learning the business. You see the next; I presume your bueiness I would not have married without is with them.'
providing for you.'
for a year.
I thought Maria would have ments,' said she.- The devil! fainted during this speech, but a was all we heard him say, for we flood of tears relieved her. For hurried out of the room, and in a ny part I was too angry to faint few minutes saw the gentleman or weep.
I felt an uncommon walk out of the court-yard. courage and spirit possess me, and Guess, my dear madam, our seeing Maria's situation, found I feelings on this occasion :-turned must be the only speaker. out on the wide world by a brother
* And is this,' said I, all you who ought to have been our guar intend doing for us?'
dian and protector, and having it • I intended,' said he, “if you so amply in his power so to be! behaved well, to give you ten But oh! how inexpressibly happy pounds a-piece;'--at the saine time did we feel ourselves by the recoltaking out his pocket-book, he lection that our distresses were not presented a ten pound bank note brought on us by our own misconto each of us. Secure of the trea- duct. With a good conscience sure, and convinced this was really what cannot we encounter and all we were to expect, I found my- relying on a kind and good Proself in a moment divested of all videncé what difficulty may we affection and respect for the un- not surmount? gracious giver. And now, sir,' After we had sat weeping and said I, rising from my seat, • that looking at each other about half you have informed us of your in- an hour, we received a summons tentions, I will acqıraint you with from Mrs. Wilson to attend her in ourg. The manner with which you her dressing-room. We dried our have treated us ever since, as you tears, and went. After we had say, you have maintained us bed informed her of all the particulars and board, by making us every of our brother's behaviour, she day feel our dependence, has can looked at us with an aspect of tencelled all obligation :--your pre- derness and compassion, of which sent behaviour is of a piece. -I !, until then, had thought her looked at Maria, who, by an en- incapable.- Do not make yourcouraging glance, prompted me selves unhappy,' said she. Mato go on. —- Your proposals we ria, I shall be happy to have you despise. On Providence we will stay with me; and as for you, depend for a subsistence, and on Harriet, Mr. Beaumont you
know the compassion of strangers, when will make you his wife. -All the th shall hear we are set adrift contents of your letter now rushed in the wide world by a brother on my mind; I made no answer. possessing a hundred thousand Maria returned her acknowledge pounds.'
ments in the most grateful mani Never did I see a countenance ner, and we both felt ourselves so strongly marked with surprise much obliged to her. We accoinand anger as his was when I had panied her down to tea, and she finished my speech. Fearing an acquainted Mr. Wilson, miss answer, I took Maria by the hand, Jones, and Mr. Beaumont, with and made towards the door. He all the particulars. We would caught her arın, andWhat say willingly have excused her this pou, madam' said he.--' That trouble, but people of little delimy sister has spoken my senti- cacy have no idea of the pain they
frequently give others by the gra- tion; that he had discouraged her tification of their own propensities. on account of leaving me, as comDuring her recital I could not mon politeness woult oblige bim look at Mr. Beaumont; as for to accompany her; but that he miss Jones, she did not take her would now second her intention : eyes off from a book which she was and hoped in a few days to set off, reading, and whether she heard and in a few days more to return it I cannot say. Mr. Wilson spoke and make me bis in presence friendly, and seconded his wife's of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson ; that in invitation to Maria. I was exces the mean time his mother would sively embarrassed to observe my- prepare for our reception, and self not included, and was on the would inform miss Jones. What point of leaving the room ; when could I say to proposals urged by Mr. Beaumont relieved me by pro so much love and sincerity? It posing a walk, as it was a fine is, indeed, nothing but your dismoonlight evening. Being a little approbation that can make me at recovered, I ventured to meet his present regret my determination eyes, and thought I discovered an in his favour. uncommou pleasure in his counte We returned to the house, I, all inance: Mr. Wilson, Maria, and confusion, and embarrassed at seemyself, assented to the proposal. ing miss Jones. Maria and Mr. Miss Jones would not leave her Wilson had likewise returned, and book. She has never appeared in were engaged in pacifying Mrs. the least jealous of me, which I Wilson, who had, in our absence, have sometimes wondered at; but fallen into a dispute. Whiss Jones I suppose she has too inuch confi- declaring she would return home dence in her golden charms to fear the next day, Mrs. Wilson, who a rival.
when sbe is angry sets politeness Mr. Wilson's terrace and garden at defiance, told her that she apis large; there we walked, and proved her resolution. On the enMr. W’ilson soon detached himself trance of Mr. Beaumont and myand Maria from Mr. Beaumont self, miss Jones darted a look at I trembled so that I
me expressive of disdain and ancould scarcely walk. The exer ger. I sat down in the first chair tion of spirits I had used in my I found, silent and confused. Malate conversation with my brother ria came to me, and said, if Mrs. had exhausted them; and I was Wilson pleased we would withdraw now in a state of mind to comply for the evening, I was happy to with almost any proposal which escape from such a scene. As we Mr. Beaumont might make. He left the room I heard miss Jones failed not to take the advantage; say, “Poor creature! her vanity and, in short, my dear madam, will be her ruin. Maria told me after a variety of arguments which that Mrs. Wilson, during our abI was unable to controvert, he pre- sence, informed her of the attache vailed on me to give my consent ment between Mr. Beaumont and to our union. He informed me Miss Jones had ascribed to that miss Jones had that morning my vanity the whole story, and did signified her intention of leaving not, or would not believe a tittle Mr. Wilson's in a few days, her of it. High words had ensued, house being ready for her recep- and miss Jones had resolved to set
off the next morning; confiding ing."-How could I act in this entirely in Mr. Beaumont's honour situation ? To have undeceived and attachment to her.
her then would have been to have Thiuk, my dear madam, what exposed her to the insults of Mrs. were now my feelings! I almost Wilson who was in a passion I resolved instantly to go down, never saw equalled. I thought it confess all to her, and resign all a politeness due to miss Jones, to hopes of Mr. Beaumont. Con- suffer her to believe herself in the scious of having injured her, I right whilst in this house. What could have borne her reproach. a delicate situation was mine!-Maria seemed rather to advise this “ Be candid, sir," exclaimed Mrs. measure; but whilst we were hesi- Wilson, “and declare that I have tating, and revolving the subject told the truth.” I made her no in our minds, I was seized with answer, but taking miss Jones by such a giddiness and faintness that the hand, led her to the door, enI was incapable of exerting myself. treated her to calm herself, and Maria, alarmed at seeing me so ill, told her that I would attend her insisted on my going to bed, and to the hour she mentioned. She composing myself ; but that was retired to her room, and from Mrs. not in my power. I was, however, Wilson I received a torrent of better in the morning. Maria abuse for my cowardly conduct, went down to breakfast, and as she calls it; but if I have not brought ne a letter from Mr. incurred your censure, I shall utBeaumont which he had requested terly disregard all other.-I shall, Mrs. Wilson to convey to me. as I think I am by politeness The contents are as follow : bound, conduct miss Jones to her Two v'clock, Tuesday Morning with a subject I now reproach my
house, and then will acquaint her • Will my dearest miss Vernon self for having so long concealed. pardon my conduct, when she My mother's wish cannot now be shall hear that I accompany miss complied with. Unworthy, inJones to her house this morning ? deed, should I be of a place in In my first emotion of my surprise your heart, if I did not risque her and resentment for the unworthy displeasure on such an occasion treatment bestowed on you last What then remains ? but that you, night, I was on the point of throw- my dearest life, will consent to ing myself at your feet, and avowe make me happy. I shall go to my ing, in the face of the company, mother, and consult on proper an attachment which I must ever measures; which, if you approve, glory in as my honour and happi- delay will be unnecessary. A ness; but you left the room so thousand thanks do I bestow on suddenly that I had not time to your unnatural brother, who, by obey the impulse. The instant depriving you of his protection, you were gone miss Jones caught has given me a title that I would my arm, and, bursting into tears, not exchange for the universe. A conjured me, with a tenderness I happy day was yesterday for me; never saw her assume, to vindicate, nor shall my amiable Harriet ever as she termed it, my injured ho- have reason to regret it. My life nour; and added, "I leave this is devoted to your happiness, and place, sir, at six to-morrow morn in your favour alone can I find my
own. Within a fortnight at most Mr. Beaumont has now been I hope to call you mine; in the gone a week, during which time mean time I beg your permission Mrs. Wilson has behaved towards to write, and flatter myself that me in a sullen and reserved man. you will accept this as flowing from ner, for which I can no way aca heart unalterably yours.
count; but to Maria she is very HENRY BEAUMONT.' complaisant. Mr. Beaumont has written to me once.
He comes On perusing this letter I saw no next week, hoping, as he says, to reason to be dissatisfied with it. It make me his. He says little of was certainly more delicate to ac- miss Jones, but that she received quaint miss Jones in private with the intelligence from him by letsuch an affair than to mortify her ter, and that he has not seen her, pride by a public arowal. I have since. Her injured pride, he supoften wondered at her want of poses, will enable her to bear her penetration in not discovering Mr. disappointment. Beaumont's attachment to me; Thus, my dear madam, do matbut it is not clear she had the ters now stand. Maria has written most perfect confidence in him. to Mrs. Ambrose a similar account. I can truly say I pity her, and, on I am, as you see, on the verge of that account, shall accept his hand marriage, and that with a man with some degree of regret. whom of all others I prefer : but
When we met at dinner I showed I am not happy, I feel I have not Mr. and Mrs. Wilson my letter, acted by miss Jones the candid, for I think no reserve shonld be open part I ought to have done; used with them. Mrs. Wilson and under the consciousness of could not be satistied with his con- improper conduct we cannot enjoy duct, and said, that were she in peace of mind. I think I ought my place, she would have nothing to have relinquished or never sufto say to him. I could not refrain fered myself to be attached under froin tears.—- Alas! madam,' said such circumstances. I leave my I, what right has such a poor, for- dear sister in an unpleasant situlorn girl as I am to expect a man ation, and am about to marry in a to sacrifice every thing to my way in which I can render her no wishes? Has not Mr. Beaumont, assistance. All these unpleasant for my sake, given up fortune, ideas obtrude themselves, in spite and, in some degree, his honour of all my exertions to the conalready?'
trary. I beg your acceptance of Mr. Wilson took my hand, and my best thanks for all your goodentreated me not to distress my ness to me. With kind love to self: he had no doubt we should Susan, I remain be one of the happiest couple in
Your ever obliged, the world,
H. VERNON, • Very likely,' said Mrs. Wilson; but they shall not be married at
LETTER XXXV. this house, I promise you !
Dorcas to the Miss Vernons. I felt myself shocked and confounded by the bluntness of this
My dear young Mistresses, speech, and was unable to reply
so bad and mournful I to it.
hardly know how to write. That