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found was a few pikes without suming, broken-hearted children heads, a parcel of einpty bottles of sorrow, who have never deviated full of water, and a bundle of blank from the paths of virtue, bare French commissions, filled up with found them paths of peace; for Irishmens names.

virtue and peace are synonymous Troops are now stationed every words. where round the country, which • These have I seen re-established exactly squares with my ideas. in their former comforts, and they

I have only leisure to add, that have owned themselves the better I am in great haste.

for those afflictions, which a misP.S. If you do not receive this judging world pronounced intolein course, it must have miscar: rable. ried ; therefore I beg you will • So I trust, will you, my dear immediately write to let me Caroline, find this trying time of know.

your patience the shining time of your virtue.

Lord Walsingham, I will hope, SKETCHES FROM NATURE.

is not so far degenerated from the

honour of his noble ancestors as to A NOVEL

forget the laws of hospitality, or In a Series of Letters. the respect due to his wife. Nei..

ther, we will hope, is Helen Lester BY SOPHIA TROUGHTON.

of such vitiated morals as to wish
(Continued from p. 600.)

to ensnare the husband of her
friend.

• Coquets will do many things
LETTER VIII.

with bandsome men, whether sina Lady Walsingham fo the Dowager gle or married; (at which you, my Countess of Aubry. child, would start) and say they

think no harın. Walsingham-hall. • But however depraved they YOUR charming consolatory may prove, should they depart epistle came safe by the hands of from the paths of truth and friendfarmer Bobberts.

ship, do you, my Caroline, perseOr what magical philtres do you vere in the line of duty, nor fear compose your letters, that at once of meeting with a reward, if not they raise love, regret, and conso- in this life, in a better. lation, in the bosom of the reader! · For what is this life but a

I, (say you) am a woman school of misery, a state of probainured to the vicissitudes of human tion; our comforts few, our plealife; many changes I have seen in transient our troubles the affairs of my contemporaries. many, our death certain, which I have seen the guilty flourish,

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closes the scene alike on the happy and the amiable and virtuous children of prosperity, and the slighted and despised. Yet a little care-worn sons of adversity! But

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the prison walls, and unbars the so your ladyships are com'd after golden gates of bliss.

all, to see the auld castle? Well, Therefore, my daughter, I did think as I had'nt seen you though the cup, the bitter cup of afore, you had thought better of attfiction, be presented to you, it, and would not come at all.' be not dismayed. Deviate not • We had no opportunity before from the lines of duty and reli-' this evening,' said Mrs. Howard, gion; and, believe your mother, and must make the most of our you shall receive a reward which time now, so you may either give will not fade, neither shall you

be us the keys, or go with us, which deprived of it.'

you please.' Yes, my dearest madam, I will Ayatha took her husband aside, persevere in the line of conduct and I heard him say, ' I wish we you have marked out for me; had.'— What do you wish, Johnand if love, if patience, if con- son?”, said I.- Why, Lord love stancy can win back my Walsing- you, my lady, Agatha and I both ham's heart, it shall be mine wish as how we had known of your again.

ladyships coming, and then we My kind friend, Mrs. Howard, would have got master Young, our who studies to amuse me, remind- curate (a main good man), to have 'ed me that we had not paid the gone over the rooms with us; and promised visit to the castle yet; then if any of them there queer and all the company being engaged cattle of ghosts had comed in his to spend the day at lord Beauford's, way, he would have sent them as I had desired to be excused, she packing with a flea in their ear said that she would stay and keep but now, if they meet us, they me company; and then, in the cool wont care, for they know parsons, of the evening,

we might, if agree- and they will know fast enough I able to me, explore the haunted am not one; and so I suppose they castle without interruption, at will frighten us the same way they least, from mortals, she said. I did poor lady Julia.' agreed to attend her.

She was

• Ah!' cried Agatha, if they reading when I came up, but I only frighten you I shan't care; for will

go
and seek her.

then I shall know what it was

scared her so, and she would not [In continuation.]

tell.'

Mrs. Howard and I smiled to WE set out about seven o'clock. hear Agatha's curiosity get the The evening was pleasant; the better of her fear for her husband. flowers seemed to spring sponta

But we assured Johnson we neously in our path; the hawthorn would rather be without Mr. and wild honey-suckle perfumed Young's company on this occasion, the air, which, while it cooled us, · Well-a-day! then I must needs wafted health and sweetness in say you are very bould ladies, sav. every breeze.

ing your presence, but howsomeWe arrived at the castle just as , ever I will go along with you.' old Johnson was preparing for his We led the way to the grand en

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• I neverwisit any ancient build- which make the rooms dark and ing,' said Mrs. Howard, . but it gloomy. reminds me of the transitory state The furniture consists of large of all earthly things. How many cathedral chairs, and oaken tables courteous kuights and virtuous with ponderous gilt feet. dames have banquetted in this spa- In one of those rooins we discecious hall! Alas! what is now vered a private door which leads becoine of the head, blooming into a spiral stair-case. We deters youthful beauty, which once filled mined to ascend it, though very this casque! And where is the dark, having no light but what fair dame who could make that proceeded from the loop-boles. heart tremble which was undaunt- On reaching the top, we found ed amidst a host of foes !.Now the ourselves on the leads of the South friend and fue the lover, and his tower; here the prospect is boundmistress, sleep in peace.'-—- Aye, less, and the face of the country aye,' interrupted Johnson, they so amazingly beautiful, that it apare all together in the chapel, sure peas. the work of enchantivent. enough : I wish they may be a leep The luxuriousness of the land is and quict, with all my heart.' heightened by the whirring plea

Mrs. Howard smiled :Never sant springs with which this part fear,' said she :-- But what have abounds. There a field dressed in we here?' opening a door which vivid green ; the next glowing in led into a large room, in the re- golden beauty, and the well-tilling cesses of which were figures as ears of corn sighing to the evening large as life, clad in arinour. gale; among which the poppy The terrible frown of one of them rears its read, flaunting in gaudy quite appalled me. I turned dis- colours, but adding to the beautigusted from his griin visage, when ful variety. my eye fell on an opposite door A little on the right, a knot of • Where does this lead to, John- tufted oaks, which seem almost son ?-An' please you, my lady, coeval with the castle itself; and it leads to the grand stair-case.' He whose tops appear to touch the opened it, The stairs are of black clouds, attracted our eye. They marble, and a ponderous balustrade had, during the heat of the day, wound up them. We ascended. afforded the shepherd-boy a plea· On the first landing, a terrible gi-sant retreat from the scorching

gantic figure stands. (Surely our rays of the sun ; and he had forefathers were much fonder of now gathered a rurat nosegay of the terrific than their posterity the humble violet, and spotless are.) On the right is a suit of lily, which grew at their feet, large gloomy rooms, entirely emp- and was collecting his sheep, to ty; on the left, the same number, drive them to the fold. and of the same size, but in much Mrs. Howard and I stood gazing better condition. The walls are on the enchanting scene, till the covered with tapestry, in tolerable gray shadows of evening began to preservation, on which the story obscure it, and warn us to retire. of Chevy-Chase is depictured in Oa descending, we discovered lively colours. The windows are a door which opened on a narrow high, and the walls very thick, stair-care, in the very walls of the

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tower; we quitted the one we were over his manly countenance. He on, determined to see where those has hold of his lady's hand, and would conduct us. They were smiling angels are crowning them much broken by time, however we with glory, while others are pointgot to the botton without injury. ing upwards to their native skies.

We found ourselves in a sort of An elegant inscription, descriplobby, at the farther end of which tive of the harmony and benetiwas a door: Jolinson had no key cence of their lives, and an aflectthat would open it; but the old ing account of the manner of their man set his shoulder against it, deaths, is engraved on a brass and it flew open. We entered plate. . Over it, the widow and oranother lobby, similar to the one phan are bending in disconsolate we had quitted, which led into a attitudes; and on the ground regallery; à door stood half open, clines Charity, fainting. and discovered the chapel.

Poor Johnson gazed on the The last rays of the setting sun, tomb till he sobbed. which fell on the high-arched The pious sorrow of the faithful windows, were rendered still more servant aitected me And here, faint by the painting on the glass, ' Johnson,' said I, laying my hand and truly cast adim religious on his shoulder; ' in this sepulchral light' on the mouldering walls. spot will my bones rest, and the

Mrs. Howard stepped forward, rising generation shall walk over and with a wild enthusiasm, which our graves, as we do over those of the place and time were well cal- the past one. Thus man succeeds culated to inspire, exclaimed- man, like wave after wave in the

restless ocean.' • Permit me, ye time-hallow'd domes; Perhaps in this very place will ye piles

my Adolphus stand, and with a Of nude magnificence, your solemn rest kindly gust pointing to my urn, Amid your fretted vaults, and length’ning

say,

ithis contains the ashes of my aisles,

mother.' Pensive to wander; no unholy guest, Who means to break, with sacrilegious

• You mourn the fate of a good, tread,

a kind master, but the time 19 The marble slumbers of your peaceful hastening when death shall join dead.'

you to him. Your unaffected vira

tues, and grateful attachment, will • No,'cried Johnson, no; I hope be a surer passport than sounding they'll lie still till we get out.- titles or noble ancestry: in the But look, madam !-see, ladies, grave is no distinction. this is the tomb of my dear lord A long and heavy sich startled and lady—and here they are them- me; I looked at my companions; selves, cut in marble.'

it did not proceed froin them. · He pointed to two beautiful ef- Horror was depicted in Johnfigies exquisitely sculptured in son's countenance; surprise in alabaster. The lady is pourtray. Mrs. Howard's. ed as blooming in youthful love- We stood in silent expectation, liness, and is a striking resen- but all re: ained still it was blance of our Júlia.

nothing but the sighing of the The earl appears in the prime wind through those long aisless' of life; a soft languor diffused said Mrs. Howard.

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Mayhap it mought'ent,' replied steps, under the colonnade; but Johnson; . but I think, my ladies, when we had got about half way, we had better go while we can.' he stopped suddenly. I had at

We had been so deeply inte- that moment stooped for my handrested, as not to observe the moon kerchief: on looking up, I obwas affording us more light than served both Mrs. Howard's and the sun, the faint beains which Johnson's eyes fixed on a distanit she cast on the surrounding objects part of the chapel. What attracts that were now but indistinctly vi- your attention, Mrs. Howard ' said sible, added a deeper gloom to the l..She made me no answer, but before soleinn scene.

bade Johnsou go on. We reached • We need not return the way the door in silence, when he, fubwe came, I hope, · Johnson.' bling for his keys, stumbled over

Ņo, madam ; we can go through something, and fell.—He cared the chapel, and so out at the great out in a stentorian voice, " The door.' We proceeded down one Lord a' marey on me.' The viof the long aisles, but when arrived bration of the sound perfectly at the door which was to lead us astonished me.- Are you hurt, into the ball, Johnson had no key Johnson' said I.- Not much, that would open it. « Odsbodui- madam.' He was rising, but the kins!' cried the olil man, “what's closing of a door 'at no great disto be done now. This is the work tance made hjin throw himselfdorn of thein there spiteful ghosts.'- a second time. "Fy, fy, JohnHe trembled violently. Mrs. How- son, I shall be tempted, with Julia, ard took the keys from hin— It to call you coward. This brought is not the work of ghosts,' said she, him on his legs.- No, my lady, I but the work of time, my good be'nt a coward; but this is the first friend: this key formerly belonged time I ha' been here since my to this door, but the lock is so lord's death; and this passage is much rusted it will not turn. Let so confounded dark I can't see the you and I endeavour to force it,' keys.' Mrs. Iloward again took They both pushed against it, but them, and soon found one which it would not yield.

opend the daor. We emerged, To return was almost impossible and the wind clapped the door to np those dark stairs we had come with violence. There, there,' down, and what to do we knew not, said Johnson, there they go it! when I bethought me of the little they show no more respect to your door under the West tower. I men- ladyship than if you was not here; tioned it to Johnson Ah! my God bless us!' lady, but your noble sister has the We found Agatha in trouble at keys of all that part of the castle, our long stay.-- Well, what have aud of that door.

you seen, Antony? Ah, laws!

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