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impious hands against one of the conduct of lord Severn may occasion sacred cows who range the flow- har disquietude. - The baronet is still try meads of Burrampoorer. But here; and I am sorry to add that his lince, in the overflo ing of your boisterous addresses to me seem faclemency, you have condescended to voured by the family.The earl is limit the deserved punithinent of indifpofel with the gout, and, I think, this audacious vouth to the payment more haughty than ever (forgive the of a fine, I hope you will extend the remark, -you bid me write from siadow of your goodness to far, as to my heart), and so jealous of every accept the money from a stranger." atiention paid me that I am miseraThey stared at one another astonish i ble in his presence, and noting but ed, no doubt, at the booketness of my the dread of offending his excellent , speech; but, nevertheless, were so lady detains me in his houle. kind as graciously to accept of the Julia, dear girl, is all fie çares be. gold I offered them, and to suffer my I am summonel to attend lady companion to depart with me in Derwent, and must haften to con peace,

clude my letter-entreating your ladyship to believe that you have not

a niore sincere friend than DER WENT PRIORY;

Your highly honoured

ELLEN RUTLAND. A NOVEL.

P. S. Your pensioners at the cot-
In a Series of Letters. tages are all well, as are the Daw-

fons :- :-we saw them yesterday.
(Continued from p. 358.)
LETTER X.

LETTER XI.

Lad, Laura 10 Mijs Rutland. Mili Rutland 10 Lady Laura.

Twickenham, Sept. 3, 1794 The Priory,

THANK you, my sweet girl, for Monday, Auguft the 26th. your agreeable tavour. I flatter my

self our correspondence will be TONOURED by the offer of happy and durale. -To nie your

your ladyfhip's correspond triendship is highly valuable; for I ence, Ellen, doubtful of her abilities loved you froir: the first moment I law to pleale, fearfully assumes her pen.. you, and foon discovered what you

Yet the well-known consideration for carefully endeavour to conceal. of lady Laura induces her to lay alive | Oh, Ellen! I know the lord of all her apprehenfions, and to allure her, your fondett hopes:--but, have conthat, though the despairs of being an fidence in me, I will never betray entertaining, the will at least endea your secret. vour to be a punctual correfpondent. So you have great confidence in

Commissioned by lady Derwent my confideration! -- Did you ever and the whole of this family, I pre- discover any of my good qualities sent their united respects to your betore I rejected Merioneth? -Ah, ladyship and Mrs. Merioneth.--that conscious blu-Why I fee How changed is our late cheerful you at this very moment.-But, a fociety! We miss you every where, truce to raillery, I am teriously con-Lord Severn is ftill the shadow of cerned at what you tell me of the Julia ; but I hear of no proposals knight.---For God's fake, rigidly made to the earl.- Lady Derwent and resolutely reject him, -not be appears thoughtful and uneasy and tamely facrificed to a binie, to fois I sometimes think the equivocal' ward the ambitious projects of my

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plotting uncle, who cannot be blind You will see my affinity to lord to his son's partiality for you, or Severn, a circumstance he is unacunacquainted with your claims on quainted with; as lord Derwent, on Jady Derwent. I can advise no his arrival here, gave a general direcfurther; but, if you think me wor- tion that nothing concerning me thy of your confidence, I may per- Mould ever be mentioned to him.haps think of some things which Perhaps it was intended to save me a may be of service to you.

mortification :-for who knows but I have accidentally met with a he might rejcct me, as the offspring clue to Severn's taciturnity.--I had of dishonour?-Ah! how different ever fupposed his fortune very good; is the conduct of Merionesh!-- Ever butlaminiormed from undoubted kind and attentive, he values no: the authority) that it is far otherwise, - misfortune of my birth.-Chance, that long and expensive law-fuits this morning, brought him to Julia's have greatly impaved the estate, - dressing-room.- I was there, waiting that the prefent lord came young her approach.—She was not up.into the society of a set who live by He eageriy seized that moment to the inexperience of others, and u. renew a subjea he has often betore refered greatly; -Ile prudentiy fled peated.--I had been weeping:-he from the gay world; and is endea- , would know what had occasioned my vouring, by the frieteit cconomy, to antallness:---I was at last obliged to repair his' fortune.His partiality confels that I was made uncomfortafor her is very obvious; and I have ble by the behaviour of the baronet. no doubt but he will make propo

“There is, (said he) my dear fals as soon as he can do it with con. Ellen, but one way of ending allfiftency.

! these ills.-Be mine, my love; give I am happy to inform you that me a legal right to protect you, — Mrs. Merioneth is quite recovered and resign (with the name of Rutfrom the fatigue of her journey, as island) every recollection of unmerit

Yopr affectionate ed mortification. Consent, my dear

LAURA MERIONETH. Ellen, to the ardent wishes of your P.S. I am glad my poor folks are devoted Albert; and let him bless well.-Mr. Clifford called on us the day which gives him unlimited yefterday.--I pray, make proper permission to foften all your forcompliments to the family.

rows."

"Ah!.(Caid I) Merioneth, for LETTER XIT.

what would you bless that day?Miss Ruiland to La y Laura.

For uniting your fate to a woman

diliked by your father; -for alienat. The Priory, Sept. 101h. ing you from your family, and YOUR obliging favour, my va- destroying your fortune?” Jued lady Laura, merits my warm- He replied, with an air of dilapest acknowledgments. - Long before pointment, “ If you loved me, Ellen,

you rejected Merioneth, your many you would have lefs prudence." I excellencies imprinted sentiments of " It is affection, iny dear Me

refpect on the heart of Ellen. - Your rioneth, which gives me foresight: deire of my confidence is highly-I tremble for the consequences fiattering, and I embrace it with which might result from the union, pleafure.- Much, indeed, do I want proposed.” an adrifer; and often have I wished “ I cannot (faid he) see so much to relate the particulars I now in danger as you apprehend. - My alclose; but feared my timerity miglit lowance is genteel; we must live

frugal; our establishment muft ac

cord

Oifind you.

cord with our circumstances, till the

V'ednesday night. earl can be prevailed on to enlarge DURING breakfast, there was on:my income.”

ly her ladyfhip, Julia, and myself, “ Ah! my lord, that is at best but present. She detired my attention an uncertainty; for myself, having to a subject of the atmost importno pretenfions to greatness, I have ance.-- Almost gasping for breath, I no wish for it.—But your lordship, could only bow; and her ladyship born in affluence, and educated in proceeded fplendor, --what a change must you “ You need not, my dear Ellert, experience, should the income you be reminded that I have ever renow posless be hereafter with-held! garded you as my own child :-/ -In that case, who will venture to have been happy in affisting to adorn asfurt me that lord Merionethi will the many graces nature has bestowed not execrate that day which bound on you; yet, with all your endowhis fate with mine?”

ments, think me not fevere in ob. He was offended at the supposi- serving that your unfortunate birth, tion, and proposed (would I give him and confined fortune, are greatly difa legal right to act for me) making advantageous to your future proinstant application to my grandfa-spects.--I am not going to elucidate ther in my behalf, whose resentirent the cruelty or illiberality of those for the conduct of his daughter, he farcafms fo frequently bestowed on thought, muft, by this time, be foft- illegitimate birth; I will content emed into pity for her child. mylelf with remarking, that, how

I hefitated :--but, let me proudly ever unjust fuch prejudices may be say, it was only the hesitation of a thought, they are generally deep and moment; and I replied, with all lafting." the composure I could command, - She paufed. I entreated the that, however fascinating his pro- would be explicit. posals, I could on no account consent “ Fortunately for you, an offer to them; since they were incom- now presents itself which nothing patible with my obligations to lady can justify you in refuting; as it Derwent, and at variance with every will be the only method of introprinciple of duty, every sentiment of ducing you to fir Felix; an object ! gratitude.

have never lost fight of.--As the The immediate entrance of Julia daughter of lord Severn, he might prevented a reply.---Thastily retired, rject all offers of accommodation; and found my boasted heroifin was biit, as the wife of fir John Batemal, in a moment feil. From my win- he will, no doubt, receive you.-dow, I foon after faw Merioneth / What says my Ellen? --Shall I on the lawn, pale and agirated.--I acquaint the earl that you acquiesce burst into, tears; and they relieved in our united wishes, and introduce me.--I even suffered myself to fup- fir John as your accepted lover?” pole that fir Felix could not see my No, madam, (id I, riting from disinterested Albert without reward my feat) I cannot receive air Jo'in ile ing him for his conduct.-" He has the manner you propole; nor is it by it amply in his power (said I):-he bearing his name that I can make will receive us; and we fall yet be l any application to fir Felix, or repaya happy." --Julia entered, and rouled the debt of gratitude I owe your me from my reverie ---I followed ladythip." her to the breakfast-room; and was

. You can in no other way repay greatly relieved to find that Me- it (retorted lady Darwin'); and, if rioneth breakfasted with his father in you perfiit in rebuiing tiis advanthe library;--am interrupted. tügeous citer, I will be inclined to

think your refufal proceeds from mis- “ But go, it seems, I must. -- and placed affection."

likewise commissioned to do business Ah! my friend, could I refute the for my father in London; and of charge ? --It was impossible; for my course fall take that opportunity of rebel beart, even at that momeni, paying my respects to our friends at told me it could only beat for Albert. Twickenham.--I suppose I Niall be

I entreated her ladyship to ac absent a fortnight." quaint fir John that I had declined " How long (faid she) have you his proposals.

been apprised of this journey?" “ Hear him, at least, miss Rut- " About three quarters of an land; I inbít on it. Offers like his hour," he replied. Touki nit be idly sported with." “ So now, I suppose, you are

* Nor meanly accepted, madan, going to give us a farewell kiss; and when the heart is at variance with we are to wish you a good jour, them.".

ney." 6 Nor ridiculously thrown away, Oh! a kiss by all means (en(faid her ladyship) for ideal expecta-circling an arın round each):--but I tions which can never be gratified.” do not commence my journey till

“ Indeed, lady Derwent, I cannot the evening, if I can help it -In receive the offers of for John. the mean time, my sweet Ellen, will It is not from ambitious hopes, or you favour me with your company ideal expectations, that I reject him; in the garden for half an hour?" but from an innate conviction thàt I hesitated. those sinunents which give perma

“Julia, (said he) do you walk on nence to marı ird happmess, can new with miss Rutland, and I will follow ver, in this case, yoviin my conduct.' in a few minutes.''

“ Mere subterfuge (faid she): but “ Indeed, (faid 'I) you must exI must inform lord Derwent of your cuse me; I am not well.”. strange behaviour.--However, take He looked displeased, but made notice, Ellen, the point is not given no answer. up."

I hastily retired here, and took op Saying this, she was leaving the my pen.-From my window I foon rooni, when the was met at the door atter saw them alone in the garden. by Alberi. - She pau'ed a moment, From Julia he doubtless will learn and ang:ily demanded why he was the conversation which passed at not preparing for his journey.—He breakfast.-Ah! lady Laura, there replied, that he had every thing, he needs no great penetration to discobelieved, in readiness; and should ver why he is ordered to **** fet out in a few hours.

It draws near the hour for dining, Lady Derwent left the room. and I must prepare for my appear.

Not having beard before of any ance; but first I will end this lerter, intended journey, I dare fay my that you may, as foon as possible, looks teftificd my surprise.-Julia perute the inclosed manufcript:was equally unacquainted with it wbich 1, after various entreaties,

" For heaven's fake! brother, procured from lady Derwent. where are you going and how long Continue to me, I beseech yoll, thall vou be ablent "

your friendship; and favour me, as " To your fi li question (he an frequently as possible, with your fwered) of "where I ain' going ?'-advice; ter never was it more wantto ****, to aflift at Clifford's elec. ed than at this time, by tion.'

Your devoted “ A very unnecessary journey; for

E. RUTLANDA he is sure vi every vote in the pl.ce.” (to le coninucdad

PRO

& TALE.

PROVIDES CE; or, the Shipwreck; of them). Threescore and fifteen

men, women, and children, were in the thip when she struck. You may

think what a clamour and confusion [From Dr. Aikin's Evenings at there was: women clinging to their Home."']

hufbands' necks, and children hang

ing about their clothes, all shricka Twas a dreadful storm. The

ing, crying, and praying! There wind blowing full on rhe fea- was no time to be lost. We got out fhore, rolled treinendous waves on the small boat in a twinkling; jumpthe beach, while the half-funk rocks ed in, without staying for our capat the entrance of the bay were en tain, who was fool enough.to be veloped in a mist of white foam. minding the passengers ; cut the A dhip appeared in the offing, driv- rope, ani puihed away just time ing impetuously under her bare enough to be clear of the ship, as flie poles to land, -now tilting aloft on went down; and here we are, all the surging waves, now plunging alive and merry!" An oath coninto the intervening hollows. Pre- cluded his speech. The Solitary fently the rushed among the rocks, was shocked, and could not help and there stuck; the billow's beating | secretly willing that it had pleased over her deck, and climbing up her providence to have saved some of flattered rigging. “ Mercy! mer- the innocent passengers, rather than cy!” exclaimed an ancient Solitary these reprobates. as he viewed from a cliffiche dilmal The failors, having got what they scene. It was in vain. The thip could, departed, fcarcely thanking fell on her Gde, and was feen no their benefactor, and marched up more.

the country. Night came on. They Soon, however, a small dark ob- descried a light at some distance, and ject appeared coming from the rocks made up to it. It proceeded from towards the shore; at first dimly the window of a good-looking house, descried through the foam, then surrounded with a farm-yard and quite plain as it rode on th: summit garden. They knocked at the door, of a wave, then for a time totally and in a supplicating tone made Jost. It approached, and lowed known their distress, and begged itself to be a boat with men in it relief. They were admitted, and rowing for their lives. The Solitary treated with compaffion and hofpihastened down to the beach, and in tality. In the house were ihe mil. all the agonising vicissitudes of hope tress, her childien and women-lerand fear watched its advance. At vants, an old man, and a boy: the length, after the most imminent maser was abroad. The sailors, hazards, the boat was thrown vio- fitting round the 'kitchen fire, whis.' lently on fhore, and the dripping pered to each other that here was an half-dead mariners crawled out to opportunity of making a booty that the dry land.

would amply compensate for the lofs “ Heaven be praised! (cried the of clothes and wages. They settied, Solitary) what a providential er their plan; and on the old man's in cape!". And he led the poor men coming with logs to the fire, one of to his cell, where, kindling a good them broke his ikull with the poker, fire, and bringing out his litile store and laid him dead. Another took of provision, he restored then to up a knife which had been brought health and spirits. ". And are you

with the loaf and checse, and runfix men the only ones saved ?" iaid ning aller the boy, who was m king he. " That we are (answered one his escape Quit of the house, ftabbes Vol. XXVII.

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