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Lady's Magazine: ;

For DECEMBER, 1796.

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A TALE.

CHARITY repaid by GRATITUDE. ample, by contracting a fincere and

fond affeétion for an amiable young

lady, the daughter of a gentleman of (Embellished with an elegant En small fortune in that part of the graving.)

country, whom he married, greatly

always disappointed of its re- who conceived his son in duty compense. Instances, no doubt

, bound to facrifice a virtuous palthere are of knavery considering it fion, that he might repair, by fome as easily duped, and devouring it as interested marriage, the injuries the its prey; but perhaps the examples family estate had suffered by his own are not less numerous, of its being vicious extravagance. amply repaid by gratitude equally In consequence of this marriage, generous.

the father of Mr. Hartley discarded In the neighbourhood of a small him, and would make him no allowvillage in the north of England, liv. ance for his subsistence. His whole ed a gentleman of the name of Hart- support therefore was a scanty inley, whose ancestors had, for several come, which had been left him by generations, resided in the same an aunt, and which he inherited inmansion, and received the rents of dependent of his father. The affecthe same estate. They had lived tion of his beloved Maria, however, hospitably and generously, though and his own calmness and benevonot luxuriously, till the time of the lence of difpofition, ensured him a father of Mri Hartley, who first happiness which could be little inlaunched into the expenses of a fluenced by the favours or frowns of town-life, and the diffipations of fortune

.. fashio.n; in the pursuit of which he In a few years his father died, and suffered his domestic affairs to be he took possession of the mansionconcc embarrassed, and mortgages house and the estate ; but the latter and incumbrances to impair the va- he found so eaten up with incumlue of his estate.

brances, and the accounts in such His ton had been preserved from confusion, through the careful inlaunching into the irregularities of dustry of Mr. Grime, the steward to which his father had set him the ex- | whom his father had intrusted his

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affairs while he was revelling in the changes in the course of my life. capital, that, though in poffeffion of For the last fifteen years, I have cara great nominal, income, he foundried on a small bufiness, which, scarcely any addition to his real one, however, with æconomy, maintained from the interest due on the various me comfortably, in a little marketclaims of Mr. Grime, who had, in town about twenty miles from this fact, nearly become the master of place; but, within these few lait the house, and owner of the estate, years, age having deprived me of

It happened, a few months after my former activity, my trade has Mr. Hartley had taken possession, dwindled away, and I have contractthat, as he was returning home one ed debts, till (finding my affairs daily evening from a rural walk which grow worse and worse) I have re. he had taken with his beloved Ma: folved to sell every thing, and to ria, they found an aged man, appa- accept the offer of a son I have in rently poor and in distress, sitting London, to go thither, and let bim on a feat near an out-house in the endeavour to provide for me. He neighbourhood of their mansion.- is not rich; but he is good and libeMrs. Hartley first perceived him, ral, and will never suffer his father and (as she had a foul “open as day to want, while it is in his power to to melting charity,") the first ques. relieve him.” tion that occurred to her was not- Mr. Hartley found himself not a “ What does that shabby old fellow little moved by this simple narrado there?”—but, “ Is not that poor tive. He ordered that the old mar old man in undeserved want, and should be well accommodated for may it not be in my power to relieve the night, and the best fare the house his wants ?"_She inquired of her afforded set before him. husband if he knew who he was? These orders had not long been but he aníwered in the negative. given, before Mr. Grime, the itew. He then approached the old man ard, came into the parlour, to repre. himself, and questioned him, relative sent to his master his fears of the to his situation and his wants.--- consequences of this extravagant act The old man fimply and honestly of charity. " It was not clear to told them that he had come a long him (he faid) that the old man journey, that he feared he had lost (whatever, plausible tale he might his way, and was much fatigued.

make out) did not belong to a gang ". Well, (said Mr. Hartley) you of thieves, who have laid fome wicks thall be lodged to-night, if you ed plan to rob the house, and, perplease, in this house, where you fall haps, murder us all." receive the refretament it can afford Mr. Hartley smiled at this fugyou; and to morrow yon shall pur- gestion, and told the suspicious lue your journey. It feels cold; and iteward, that he was fully convinced a storm seems approaching." that his poor old guest was a very

Mr. Hartley now putdeveral other different person, from the whole of questions to the old man, which he his converfation and behaviour.answered with fuch apparent honesty,Besides, (added he, addressing Mrs. and so much modelty and good sente, Hartley, as soon as Mr. Grime had that his benefactor found himself left the room) I bave for some time interested in him, and wished to bear been haunted with fufpicions that his history, which the old man brief we have some in the house already ly gave him, and was as follows: who are not remarkably honeft; and

" My name (said he) is Thorold. I will certainly run the risk of adding I am now between fixty and seventy one more thief to the number, before years of age, and have seen several |I will turn the old man out of doors

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