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atlie mockery of charity and purity, which held up to ridicule.—The sum of his of. characterises Mrs. Clarke and her asso fence, however, appears to be that he ciates:
meddled in a business which did not belong “ Arniilst the great variety of perfections to hiin, and it certainly would have been that enlivered the wreaths that Dodd had so wiser of him to bave let it alone. She acliberally entwined round the brow of bis royal cuses him, however, of enaking love to her, master, PAULANTHROPY was not the least and gives his letter.- He certainly seems conspicuous, of which he so often spoke in
to have made love to her Book, and as this terms of the highest eulogium, that Miss Tay
was all in the way of business, we certainly lor began to entertain suspicions of the verity
see no harm of it. of his praise; which induced us to hit upon an
“ Earl Moira, who has long been distine expedient, that would at once bring the Duke
guished for all the great qualities that can dig. of Kent's benevolence to the test. " Jo a disguised hand, and under a feigned that tho e letters should not meet the public
wify the head and heart of inau, felt anxiuus name, she wrote a most excellent letter + to
eve, which were written in confidence, and perthe Duke of Kent, in which she solicited TEN
haps at moinents when the mind is not armed Pounds, and described the misery of herself with prudence and philosophy. His Lordslip and aged sister, in such an eloquent strain of therefore expressed a wish to be able to restore piteous narrative, that it would have touched
them to the hands of the writer-and, if posthe chord of sensibility in the heart of a stone ;
sible to heal the wound which the Wardle but had not (as was suspected) any effect upon Major Dodd's philanthropic and benevolent Paul Party were endeavouring to keep open between
me and my late Royal friend. Accordingly a TRON.
gentleman some time known to Earl Moira, “ Though Miss Taylor's letter did not pro
undertook to find out the best channel by duce one guinea to the supposed distressed fe
which he could bring about the object of his males, it afforded a great deal of private mirth
Lordship's friendly disposition; and believing to us, and obtained from Major Dodd, Colo
that Sir R. Phillips (from the private report wel Wardle, and Mr. Glennie, repeated as
of the moment) bail purchased my book, and, surances of the Diike's attention to the men
for political reasons, got Mr. Gillet to become dicant's application, who felt for the distresses
me publisher of it-he waited on the Knight, of the unfortunate, and hud sent the poor aged and cautiously led him to tbe subject of mysels woman Ten Pounds."
and the Memoirs. Every one is indiscriminately attacked, “ Sir Richard felt pleased at the introduce and every one without any other apparent tion of a topic which afforded an opportuity to season, than that it is necessary to fill up talk of himself; he therefore joyfully entered a Volume of Scandal, with a total indif- upon a history of me and my book, and though ference as to truth or falsehood. It is really | he did not say it was his property, he insinu. inconceivable how this woman could be so
ated that he had an influence orer me and the filled with malice-She is as mischievous management of the publication. His visitor was
therefore induced to believe, that he had come and profligate in her levity as in her de sign. Her sport is the sport of a foul
to the proper person, with whom he might fairly
go a little further into the subject, and he acspirit; it is the playfulness of a malignant || cordingly asked the Kuight, whether there being. She seems to have no pleasure I was any probability of suppressing the work, but where she is giving pain.
if he carried into effect all the Duke's proSir Richard Phillips seems to have very | mises, besides advancing some ready money foolislily attempted to do her a service, and for my 'immediate exigencies. Sir Richard, whatever may have been said against him, after pausing a few minutes, said, he did not po one has inputed to him any want of this doubt but I should be satisfied with any angood nature. In this instance, however, nuity of four hundred a year, and about two he pays for it. This truly abandoned wo or three thousand pounds to liquidalc a variety man does not allow any one to approach,
of demands tbat might, under such circuiueven though with the purpose of serving
stances, be made on me. her, without making them the object of
“ It may here be necessary to shew, from her malice -Sir R. Philips is accordingly in consequence of this application, he instantly
the subsequent conduct of the Knight, that + Miss: Taylor is a very accomplished scho becaire alive to a new interest. He calculated lara
upon the probability of my withdrawing my
publication, which, if done through his influ agieed to close at the payment (I beliet of ence and evertions, he might accomplish the
four thousand poonds and the annuity, whirli, possession of an additional honour, or some as the negociator could not make bitter terms, advantage, which Colonel Wardle could not bee he agreed to give, when the Kuight inade him stow on birn, and in a few hours after bois letcommit the same to paper, iv order to assure ter to me, he became i pressed with very me of what he had accomplished for my wel loyal sentiments, as will be presently seen by fare. his other affectionate ppistles to the woman They now agreed to meet on the next whoin he has since endeavoured to swear into forenoon, at a Bookseller's in Bond-street, in a pillory !!!
order that Sir Richard should introduce him “ Having shewn how soon this patriotic
to me but as I have been informned, the Koight hookseller could turn his coat, I shall proceed did not keep his appointment, but went to Eart with my narrative:-.
Muira, to get the business entirely into his our « After a conversation of some length upon
hands !—The gentleman's patience heiog ex. miy affairs, the gentleman agreed (under an im- hausted, he left Bond-street, and going topression, that the Knight had power over my
wards St. James's Place, he met Phillips com. work, as he hail professed) to give to me the ing out of Earl Mvira's house, boasting that he above sum and secure the annuity, as had
as allowed to enlarge the sum, and accordingly been before promised, when after an appoint- they immediately drove to Westbourine-Place,
when Sir Richard requested bis companion to ment to meet in the evening, he left him, in order to communicate to Earl Moira the result allow bim a few minutes private conversation of his visit to Bridge-street.
with me.-After Sir Richard bad been with « Sir Richard anxious to learn from whom ne about ten minutes or a quarter of an hour, his visitor caine, dispatched one of his servants,
I felt anxious to see the ostensible negociator, as he afierwards told me, for that purpose, by and he immediately came up, and when the ini. which means he soon learnt that Earl Moira siwess was canvassed, he found that Sir Richard had landsomely interested himself, to prevent
had neither a property uor any kind of influence the publication of the Duke's lettes. Sir overthe management of the Work. Thinking at Richard now thought that he should carry this time that Wardle and his party would do every thing before him, and that he shoold | all they had promised, and stimulated by ore be able, by the suavity of his manners ;-the
or the other of them to publish my book, I
treated the overtures now made to me with negrace and irresistible powers of his addressand his method of conciliating an angry fepiale, glect, and observed in very strong terms to my from bis great knowledge of the human charac-risitors, that I should derive more advantage ter, to carry his point with mine, and thereby from PUBLISHING, than they offered for sup. becoine sumething between a Baronet and a pressing the work, which declaration will acChancellor of the Erchequer! -He accordingly
count for a very extraordinary letter I am wrute to the Noble Earl, professing his intu
about to introduce to the notice of the reader,
which Sir Richard sent to ine on the same ence over me, and tendering his good offices in the atlair.
evening, and in which he calls his friend “ Not liaving received an immediate answer
Wardle, a Traitor !!! to his letter I understood lie fullowed it by one
“Sir Ricbard finding that no business was
to be done, and his companion werprised that he or two more upon the subject, which Earl
had been deceived with respect to his professed Moira thinking, I suppose, not a proper one
influence at Westbourne-place, they left ine, for an epistolatory correspondence, did not an
and as the Knight went down stairs first,
his friend asked permission to see me in the “ When the same gentleman called in the
evening, which, as I gave my assent to, he rvenin:4, Sır Richard was gone to his bro
came alone, when be apologised for the language ther-in-law, in St. Paul's Churchryard, whi.
of Sir Richard, and commenced a negociation, ther he followed him, and as the Knight did
with which Sir Richard had nothing further lo not like to act, without the opinion of his rela
do, and which he in the course of ten days tion, the negociator was obliged to subrnit, completed to the satisfaction I believe of all against his inclination, to the introduction of a
parties, and then turned the agreement over to thiril person. Sir Richard then took upon him
the professional gentlemen appointed to carry self to arrange the business, with as much séri. it juto legal effect. ousness as if he had really possessed a property in “ In order that nothing shouli intervene the book, or an influence orer me, neither of and embarrass the negociation, we agreed, that wbieli was the case, and o'jected to the suna if Sir Richard forced bimself upon me the next of money settled upon in the morning, but
day, or at any time, all that might be said
should go for nothing-su determined was 111 plishing the object of his visit to me, ine made not to commit my attairs with a person whose up his mind to go with his companion to Earl rinity induced him to publish every thing that Moira, and resign the business of his embassy, bad been entrusted to him, either in bis into which he had forced himself, for his own counting-house or the public prints.
private views. This circumstance is contirmed “I think the toilowing letter will place his by the last paragraph of his third letter, character beyond doubt or suspicion. No one, ll which I am about to present to the notice after reading it, will say 'why I do not know; }} of my reader. but I hardly think Şir-Richard is so bad I be “ Earl Moira not being at home, Sir Richard lieve he is a weuk man, but surely he is not wrote a letter to bin, in which he gave up his quite so dirty as Mrs. Clarke says!''
part of the negociation, with some compliments “ Here the reader will see that he calls the
to bis companion ; but as they were coming out very mau a traitor, whose principles he ad. of the house they met the Earl at the door, in mired, aud with whom he was secretly acting, the act of bestowing his charity on the disbut forsook under the hopes of hecoming at tresses of the poor. They then returned with least a Barvnet; he then abuses his friend, and him to his library, aud Sir Richard tuok final tries to carry a point with me, to further bis leave of the business. Though Sir Richard has own private views !
related this affair differently, aye, and sworn to “ DEAR MADAM,
it, I am sure the reader will credit this account,
when all the circumstances are within the “ You are misled and in futunteel! Let the friend you speak of, do for you that which I pro
knowledge of a nobleman, who can confirm posed, and then he will hare a title to your
my statement ! confidence. I DARE him to do it, and if he
“Now I beg to introduce to the reader's prerill, I will give him credit; he is otherwise a
sence, not the stern moralist and patriot of TRAITOR to your WELFARE and INTEREST.
Bridge-street, but Falstuff in love!!! whose It is ROMANTIC and QUIXOTic in the EX
affection was heightened in proportion to my TREME to TALK of the PUBLIC! I will not accept or make use of your negative, till I
DEAR NADAM, hare seen you in the morning, I can make no “ A day has passed without my sceing you!! further communication to the liberal and noble || This is something novel, after three days occu
persons who have honoured me with their con- | pieel so entirely in your suriety and serrice! fidence.
“ I hope all is for the best, and that you are “ Grace and repentance, till I see you in the better informed tkun I am. I shall, however, morning, and beliere mne till then, sincerely your never reproach myself for the advice I hure friend,
given. The only subject that would rer me,
« R. PHILLIPS." rould be any idea on your part, that I was not “ Bridge-street, March 30, 1809."
promoting that which I sincerely believe to
be your interest, as well as that of the other “It may be necessary to observe, that neither the gentleman who came with Sir Richard
" Mr. Gillet will do justice to my sentiments nor myselt, thought it prudent to get rid of him abruptly, as he might make an ill-natured I respecting you in the whole affair, and will er. exposure of the affair, which could not be plain some matters which have appeured myste
rious. kept too private ; therefore it was settled that
“ I have washed my hands of the businusi, he should see Sir Richard according to appoint. Il but still continue to interest myself in your wilment, and come with him as before. Accord. il fure, and that of your children!" ingly on the following day, he and the Knight
“ I am rery truly, &c. &c. came again, and after much remark, Sir R.
« R. P." expressed his surprise, that I would not accept
1810." his terms; he then made some gross reflections upon me and my children, wbich so atfected my With this extract we take leave of this feelings that I had no longer any patience to infamous work, only expressing our regret, bear bis nonsense, but sent him away with that the Laws of the Country cannot ioscarcely the semblance of civil contempt. stanıly consizn it to be burut by the lang.
" Finding that he stood no chance of accom man.
THE POWER OF FAITH.
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AFTER I bree weeks which passed but too ij of divine worship, and had often ridiculed swiftly away, the party at length reached the cficcts which his reason could not comprepeaceful valley where Oswald resided. It was hend. Now, however, an with very different feelings that they beheld caine over him when he entered the simply it for the first time from an eminence on the decorated temple, at tbe extremity of which a road.
curtain concealed a small organ from the view, Wallen leaned out of the coach, and with Wilhelmina disappeared behind it. curiosity and delight surveyed the enchanting “My daughter is our organist,” said ile country. When he drew back bis bead, he old man to Wallen, as he passed him: "but observed that the hands of the father and you must not expect too much, for she had no daughter were locked in each other, and that teacher except her mother.” At this moment their tears Aowed abundantly. Neither of Wilhelmina began a doleful volontary, and as tbem spoke, and it was only by a pressure of the notes gradually dird away, the whole conthe hand that they communicated to one gregation suddeniy commenced a hymu, exanother their rencwed surrow for the loss pressive of the happiness of the departed and which they had sustained. But their grief the joys of immortality. Wailea was powerburst fortle with still greater violeisce, when fully moved; he called his reason, but iu vain, they entered their desolate habitation, and to account for his feelings. Wilbelmiua, wlio every apartment and every object forcibly re from her ivmost soul accompanied the colle minded them of the companion whom they gregation with energy and firmness, at. had left behind. Wallen respecting their just tracted his ear and his heart behind Ure wbite sorrows, relieved them in these first momeuts curtain. The singiog being ended the tones from the presence of a stranger. He rambled grew softer and softer, and when tbey at for some hours through the beautiful valley, length expired, she was beard to sub. Her intersected by a deep stream which di-charged, father then rose to pray. fie began with a itself into a picturesque lake, and ibose bauks pallid comtenance and tremuimus voice; his were adorned with vineyards. On his return, first words were scarce'y intelligible ; tears he found the old man, whose countenance glistened in his grey eye-lashes, and almost beamed with mild serenity, surrounded by bis drowned his voice. But he soon recovered parishioners who thronged to see him. Each his fortitude and triumphed over his sorrows. of them saluted their pastor, adier dois long
His views extended beyond the grave; bis absence, with a familiar shake of the land, spirit was elevated to the hopes of a better lamented their common loss with atlecting work; his voice by degrees acquired firmness sincerity, and related what had happened in and his eyes their lustre, and be the valley since his departure. Oswald lisi-li cluded in the words of Klopstock, to this ef. ened to each with kind attention, though feet :-“ After a short repose, my dnst, thou sometimes the most trivial doinestic matters shalt arise, and he by whom you was created were the subject of the narrative.
will give thee immortal lise. Hallelujah!"Wilhelmina was chictly occupied with a He stood with bis head erect, displaying in neighbour's child, a little girl who had been his features all the animation of youth, Wallen brought up by her mother. She wanted to quitted the place with extraordinary emotion. accustom the little creature to her, resolving ! His heart, in contradiction to his head, was so 10 supply the place of her lost benetactress. fullthat, for the first time, he conversed in the
In the midst of this joyous scene, the sound evening witb the old man, on the subject of ofa bell was heard. “ Come children,” said religion and faith ; and communicated his one of the oldest peasants, “ the bell sum sentiments and doubts without reserve. Osa mous us to churcb : to-day our pastor is too wald had never sought an opportunity for much fatigued, and once more instead of his such a conversation, and this lime it did not powerful words, you must hear me read a seem to be wished for by him. Psalm." "No," cried Oswald; “I will go “ There are persons," said he to the phiwith you. I will thank God for baving brongit losopher, “ who have vo sense for music, wbo me back to my children, and at the same time cannot conceive how harmony operates upon pay one more tribute to the memory of the the soul: they nevertheless presume not to deceased."
deny such effects, because they daily observe They all went. Wallen followed uninvited. them in thousands. May not mankiad be in For many years he had not entered any place, a similar predicament in regard to faith? No
more than I despise the man who hath not cressed his desire, he seized the pen, wrote music in his soul, no more can I condemu !o the father and daughter, expressed his him id whom faith manifests' no power. The visis in terms that Howed warm from the only sentiment I can feel for him is pity, be heart, sealed the letters in baste and sent cause he is without that which gives a big her them to the post. The teo days which he was relish to prosperity and alleviates every mis- obliged to wait for an answer, he very stavely fortune."
counted every morning when he atuke and Wallen made no reply; he wished that he every night when he retired to resi; and he possessed a similar conviction, without being who used to calculate the orbits of comels was able to acquire it. But he felt more and more noir every moment mistaken in bis reckforcibly every day that a residence among oping. these excellent people, and an union with the Already on the second day he found bimself fair Wilhelmina would restore the lost felicity compelled to speak to some human being or of his life. One scruple only prevented the other ou the subject of his hopes, to prevent disclosure of these feelings. More mistrust- | his eart from bursting. Mrs. Sugar was the ful of his heart than of his head, he was afraid only person he had about biul. Her advice that he was fascinated by the charm of novelty he asked, though he had long determined how alone, or that sensual desire was contriving to proceed. The o!d woman, delighted with
enspare him. To put, therefore, the this unusual honour, amply repaid him by strength and duration of his sentimenis to her attention and the loquacity with which the test, be resolved to quit the delicious she signified her perfect approbation, intervalley and its lovely inhabitant, without be- il mixed with a hundred little observations res. traying the secret wishes of his heart ; and specting the sweet young lady; for in dressing on bis return home, amidst his usual occupai and undressing liers she had enjoyed oppor. tions, and in the vicinity of Louisa's grave, tunities of seeing and hearing many things his feelings continued the same, if an invin- that could not be indifferent to a lover. These cible passion drew hiun to Wilhelmina, he she was daily obliged to repeat; Wallen was proposed by letter to solicit her hand, to seli never tired of listening to her, and in this bis estate and taking bonest Susan along with manner he beguiled the time during thuse bim, to settle for life in the peaceful valley. ten te'lious days.
With these intentions he departed, accom The angwer at length arrived. It accorded panied by the most affecting testiinonies of with his ardent wishes, and in less than two gratitude on the part of the father, and the hours lie was in his carriage. Mrs. Susan's tears of the daughter. As swiftly as the tearti, blessings, and prayers attended hiny. weeks had flown away during his journey to
The reader who has once in his life flowu to Switzerland, when seated opposite to Wilbel meet his distant pistress, needs not be told mina, so slowly did the few days dragon that he barriod on night and day towards the wbich it took to return home. Here every much-loved mountains, that he was not de. thing resumed its former dull course. Heltained by any bad roads, or swollen rivers. surveyed with equal disgust, the bit of ground He hoped so soon as the morning of the that belonged to him, and the whole firma- fourth day to reach the tranquil valley, but an ment which formerly seemed to be in some incessant rain had so broken up the roads, measure his property. He now left Providence that he had great difficulty to get, by means to order matters above and Mrs. Susan below, of money, iutreaties, and curses, pretty late just as they pleased: and though he still re at night as far as the shore of the well-kuowa sorted on a clear night to his telescopes, yet lake. his eye no longer carried his fancy along with He had now, as he thought, triumphed it into boundless space, for the latter coufined over every obstacle, for the passage along the its excursions to a narrow valley of Switzer-sando was sate; ou the opposite shore stood land. He began to read a hundred books Oswald's church, and about half a mile from without finishing one. He engaged in every it his peaceful habitation. Wallen etrove to variety of occupation which the fields or the muster the last portion of patience which the gardeu afforded, but uone afforded him any tedious circuit of the lake required, while his pleasure. But he had sufficient commavd of eyes were sledtastly fixed on the spot where himself to adhere to his resolution the whole he soon expected to receive the most affection. summer, to try wbether time would weaken ate welcoine. A bright ligbt which seemed the impression. When, however, he found to approach threw a long trembling ray upon that autumn with its dark evenings only in the surface of the lake : sometimes it was in.
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