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conference with Mr. Pitt, at the ex the following fact :- A young man, press desire of the king, for the pur some short time back, arrived at a pose of forming a new administra- certain inn, and after alighting from tion on equal terms, which never his horse, went into the traveller's took place, from Mr. Pitt refusing room, where he walked backwards to come to an explanation of the and forwards for some minutes, disword equal; and here the negocia- playing the utmost self-importance. tion was finally terminated.
At length he rang the bell, and upon This parliament, which had wit the waiter's appearance gave him 'nessed more changes in the execu order nearly as follows: tive power of the country than Waiter !' the waiter replied, 'Yes, perhaps any parliament before or sir.'-'I am a man of few words, since, was dissolved on the twenty- and don't like to be continually ringfourth of March. On the sixtetnih ing the bell and disturbing the house; of May following the new parlia- I'll thank you to pay attention to ment met, and from that period may what I say. The waiter again rebe dated the commencement of Mr. plied, “Yes, sir.'—' In the first place, Pitt's efficient administration. bring me a glass of brandy and water, (To be continued.)
cold, with a little sugar, and also a tea-spoon; wipe down this table,
“throw some coals on the fire, and ON IDLENESS.
sweep u;) the hearth; bring me in a
couple of candles, pen, ink, and paIDLENESS, says lord Monboddo,
per, some wafers, a little sealing wax, is the source of alniost every vice and and let me know what time the post folly; for a man who does not know what to do will do any thing rather goes out.
Tell the ostler to take .
of my horse, dress him well, than nothing: and I maintain, that
stop his feet, and let me know when the richest man who is haunted by he is ready to feed. Order the chamthat foul fiend (as it may be called) is ber-maid to prepare me a good bed, a much more unhappy man than the take care that the sheets is well aired, day-labourer who earns his daily bread a clean nightcap, and a glass of water by the sweat of his brow, and who in the room. Send the boots, with a. therefore only submits to the sentence pair of slippers that I can walk to pronounced upon our first parents the stable in; tell him I must have after their fall, and which, if it be
my boots cleaned and brought into understood (1:8 I think it ought to this room to-night, and that I shall be) of the labour of the mind as want to be called at five o'clock in well as the body, we must all sub- the morning.- Ask your mistress mit to, or be miserable if we do not. what I can have for supper; tell her And accordingly those who have no I should like a roast duck, or something to do endeavour to fly from thing of that sort : desire your master themselves; and many fly from the
to step in ; I want to ask him a few country, and go abroad, for no other questions about the drapers of this reason.
town.'—The waiter answered, 'Yes,
sir;' and then went to the landlord, ANECDOTE.
and told him a gentleman in the par
lvur, wanted a great many things, TO prove the coxcombish
and amongst the rest he wanted rulity of some of our modern juvenile him; and that was all he could retravellers, we are enabled to state collect,
and even terror.'' At length, the day FAMILY ANECDOTES. so much wished for by the one and
feared by the other arrived, and for, By Sophia TROUGHTON.
almost the first time the spirits of
Mary were subdued. Her mother, (Continued from Vol. XXXVII. availing herself of a moment of tenp. 707.)
derness, led her daughter to the tomb
of Mrs. Benson, and seating her on CHAP. XIII.
a flowery bank, cultivated by her
own hand, spoke thus: My child Ir. But be not tempted.
on this sacred spot has been wont Cro, Do not think I will.
to listen to the precepts of her moTro. No, but something may be done that' ther, and oh! may the instructions
we will not: And sometimes we are devils to ourselves, you have received in this place never When we attempt the frailty of our powers,
be obliterated from your memory, Presuming or their changeful potency. never effaced from your heart! they Troilos and CRESSIDA.
were the axioms of experience, of IT was something less than two virtue, of religion, and if followed years from the tragical death of they will lead you to comfort in Gayton when Gordon led his lovely this world, and to happiness in an. daughter to the altar. They con
other. - You are going, my daughtinued three months at the white ter, to new scenes-to appear in a new , cottage, as Gordon did not wish toy character : the disadvantages you lahastily to separate the mother and bour under are numerous. Uneducate the daughter, especially as he founded, unpolished, unadorned by a single it impossible to draw the former accomplishment so necessary to the from her retirement. Indeed, so woman of high fortune, and the much in love was he with that tran mistress of a gentleman's family, I; quil spot, that, had it been equally fear, my love, you will bear your agreeable to his bride, he could have blushing honours but awkwardlys been well content to have passed the
• But would to 'God these were remainder of his life in its neighbour. the only difficulties, for study and hood. But Mary sighed to see the observation might in some measure metropolis ; to be introduced to her overcome these; but your appeara busband's family, and ride through ance in fashionable life will strive the gay streets of London in her own the almost forgotten story of the earriage. Gordon thought this cu obscure, the mysterious birth of your riosity extremely natural in so young mother, and the too, too flagrant death a person, and cheerfully acquiesced; of your father. Some envious persona not doubting but she would soon will affect to treat my innocent Mary be more eager to return to her mo as the child of infany, the ofispring ther and those calm joys which are of treason; but by the humbleness of ever to be found in the domestic your deportment, the rectitude of circle, and to which she was your conduct, disarm their malice, customed.
nor seek by recrimination to revenge The latter end of October was yourself on them. fixed for the commencement of their On the other hand, my dear girl! journey. This time was looked for in every place of fashionable resort
stroy what they extol. A fresh face ed to receive a fortune with the hand
kind to my Mary when her mother's • Gamir:g is a vice so odious and eyes are closed in deaih.' Excuse the of so destructive a nature, that I trifting petulances of a heart at ease; hope I need not caution you against pardon small errors; be the patient it. You carry not a single shilling guide of her youth, the affectionate to your husband's fortune ; you add mentor, the faithful friend; view no splendid connections to his fa- her failings with an indulgent eye, mily; but take with you a docile regembering that you removed her
ah! may you be able ten or twenty she silently invoked the blessing of years hence to repair to this spot that Heaven on her children. She and say, "My mother, I have ful presented Mary's hand to Gordon, filled your injunctions: I have en and emphatically said “Rememdeavoured to render your Mary hap- ber !-She then hastened from them, py in this life; I have endeavoured and retired to her chamber, which to prepare her for a etter world.” she did not quit the remainder of As you act by her, the blessing of the day. the dying, the benediction of the Sabina attended her brother and happy, be upon you; for be assured, sister to the chaise. At the outer it would add to my felicity in a fu- gate stood poor Martha, drowned in ture state to be allowed to watch tears. Mary kissed her withered over and be the guardian angel of cheek. Ah, my dear young lady! you and Mary.'
said she, may you be as happy as Gordon was melted to tears by poor old Martha wishes you!'Goro the soleinnity of Mrs. Gayton's man don approached, and putting a tenner, the expres-ion of her tine coun- pound note in her hand, said, 'Take tenance, and the probability her care of your lady and yourself, my form would be mouldering in the good Martha: it shall be my study to cold tomb ere the following spring, render our dear Mary's life happy.' when he had promised to bring He then handed his wife into the Mary down. She had hinted this chaise, and stepping in himself, it herself; and while he.gazed on her drove of. The white cottage and the fragile app arance, he trembled at weeping Sabina were soon out of sight, the too probable conjecture. He as was the cascade, ard the enchanttherefore earnestly and solemnly as- ing scenes familiar to the eye of sured her, that his endeavours to Mary, who, as the hills of Creden render her Mary's felicity permanent disappeared and scenes opened should be unremitting. * Her hap- to view, abated her tears, and by the piness,' added he, shall not be time they entered London had fordearer to the anxious heart of her gotten all her sorrows, and was in mother than to mine; and I hope high health and spirits. that beloved mother doubts not niy honour--my tenderness--my'
CHAP. XIV. O no, my son: pardon the too ardent affection of her whose only • While every hope whose smiling mien, Treasures are her children, and who Bedock'd by love, was wont to cheer, knows not which she loves most, her
Departing leaves life's future scene son or hör daughter.'
A desat, desolate and drear!' Gordon kissed her hand, kneeling. • May the son you honour with your
A House in St. James's-street had love,' said he,never do any thing bern taken for the new-married peoto forfeit your good opinion !' ple, and elegantly furnished under the
He arose, and, withg racelul emo- direction of Gordon's sister. This tion, conducted her to her daughters, lady, a woman of much fashion and who arm in arm had come to seek fine sense, was waiting their arrival. and inform them that the carriage She was charmed with the beauty was arrived. Mrs. Gayton's coun and vivacity of the elegant rustic, to tenance changed, and once whose improvement in the fashion. pressing her Mary to her heart, her able accomplishments she devoted streaming eyes raised to Heaven, much of her leisure; so that by thą
time the families caine to town for experience soon convinced him that the winter, Mary was no longer ig- the husband of an acknowledged norant of polite forms. Lady Fac- beauty, of a celebrated toast, was wett introduced her to several gen. not to be envied. In the public teel families, who received her with rooms her vivacity was enchanting ; respect and admiration. Mary re on the public walks her appearance membered hur father, and some was fascinating; hut, in a tête-à-tête few spoke of her mother with aff'c- with her husband she was ever com. tion and pity. If Gordon had been plaining of vapours and low spirits. In pleased with Mary's quick progress vain poor Gordon sighed for quietness in fashionable manners, he was ab- and domestic comfort. As Southsolutely astonished at the avidity ampton began to thin of company, with which she entered into the dis- Mary" discovered the air was too sipations of the town. He experienced keen, too piercing for her constituthe tenderest anxiety, as he observed tion, and declared nothing but the the late hours she kept began to Bath waters would do her any good. alf-ct her health : her complexion Her situation required indulgence, saded, her appetite decreaserl. Yet and Gordon consented to go for a the lassitude of the morning was few weeks. But Miry found the sure to be succeeded by the evening place so agreeable, and meeting seball, or the midnight masquerade. veral of her acquaintance there, she Gordon looked forward to spring refused to return to town till her re. with hope and impatience. He doubt- turn could no longer be delayed ; ed not her fulfilling her promise to her for a few days after their arrival in mother, and he fondly hoped in her. St. James's-street, she presented native shades she would recover her Gordon with a daughter. He rebloom, and cheerfully return to the ceived the litile stranger with trandomestic habits and fascinating sim- sport, not doubting but its mother plicity of manners which had won would now become wholly domestic, his heart. But when spring did and devote herself entirely to the arrive, his fondly cherished herpes were pleasing, the tender task of nursing frustrated. Mrs had discovered that her child :-but, alas! his wishes, as though the fashionable world did usual, were too sanguine. On her leave London during the summer convalescevee she went into come months, they by no means sec!u led pany more frequent than before, and themselves in so'il udles and shades, seemed by her short confinement to but passed their hours in as much have acquired a higher relish for dissigaily, and if possible in a greater pation, and to enter into the follies crowd than even in the metropolis. of the day with superior gusto. She therefore prevailed on her phy Gordon often endeavoured to consician to prescribe sea - bathing. And vince her of the impropriety of her what air so salubrious as the air of conduct as a wife and mother; but