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nimia, with strict injunctions to with- own age, the son of a respectable gendraw her affections. That young lady tleman, who lived in the parish of had been now so well-tutored in the Halton. This was her first love, and, art of putting off and on affection that like inost of those affections which the she soon disrobed her heart. This heart spontaneously adopts at an early was the triumph of Lady Leith's sys- age, was ardent and sincere. ;'s ?". Husky tem of education, and when she com
The young gentleman her suitor had municated the particulars to her bro- no fortune, and but very moderate exther, she commented largely on her pectations, yet Mr. Rusby did not own skill.
6. You see,” said she in think himself warranted in refusing his one of her letters, “that Monimia, approbation of her auachment, he only under my instruction, has captivated, stipulated with the youth that he should by her manners and good conduct, a patiently wait until the appearance of young man of great expectations, and better prospects, and not involve, by à when those expectations failed, she has precipitate and thoughtless marriage, had the prudence to withdraw her af- his daughter in difficulty and distress. fection. 'Be assured that she will The presentation of an ensigney to the never disgrace herself by marrying a lover called him to more active scenes poor man.
Her ambition and pru- in the Peninsula, when he first flashed dence are exactly what I could wish bis sword at the Battle of Talavera. them to be.” Many friends and ac- In the succeeding battles he displayed quaintances of Monimia, especially resolution and ability, and attained a among the younger people, reprobat- company by his undaunted defence of ed her conduct as a disgraceful speci- a fort in one of the engagements fought men of insensibility, but she was high- in the Pyrenees. His career was howly praised among the insensible and ever checked, and his farther advancethe aged, and recommended by them ment annihilated by the battle of to the young as a pattern of prudence Toulouse, where he lost a leg, and was and refinement.
dangerously wounded in the head by While Lady Leith was elevating a musket ball, which carried away Monimia in such a manner as ensured part of his jaw, and deprived him, for her the attainment of prosperous cir- a considerable time of the power of cumstances, Mr. Rusby was proceed- speech. This event happened about ing in the education of his daughter, the same time that the failure of the Clara, in his own simple and unosten- great stock jobber put an end to the tatious manner. He never inculcated intended marriage between bis son and ambitious designs, but, on the contra- Monimia. He recovered slowly from ry, taught her to be moderate in her his wounds, and was compelled to expectations. He was unable to give travel by slow journeys towards Eng. her instructions how to enter a room land, where Mr. Rusby and his daughgracefully, to captivate attention by ter were anxiously awaiting the arrival striking attitudes, to catch the adora of the gallant soldier, to whose infirtion of numerous suitors, and hold them mities and misfortunes they were anxfor a long time in her train by smiles ious to administer comfort. , Lady and insinuations full of coquetry and Leith used all her influence with her fallacy, but he well understood how to niece to induce her to seize the occaimprove his daughter's mind by solid sion of breaking off a match with a and useful instruction. By the time man whom she designated as a beggar she attained the age of eighteen she and a cripple. Her endeavours were was highly accomplished, and was gen- ineffectual. She could neither shake erally admired for the beauty of her the steady affection of Clara, nor the person, and the artless simplicity firm and generous principles of Mr. of her character. Not being warp- Rusby. As soon as the young soldier ed by any artful or ambitions designs arrived in England he wrote a letter to on the part of her parent, she followed bis Clara, intimating that he dreaded the natural bent of her disposition, and an interview with her. « When I left attached herself to a young man of her you," said he in his letter, " I was in
the possession of perfect health, full of keep me a carriage.” “Depend upon alacrity, ambitious iu my designs, it, my dear," said a third person, handsome in my person, if I may be- “ you'll be miserable with him." lieve the opinions of others, and a "There can be no misery,” she anmateh, a suitable match, except in for- swered, “ where there is immense tune, to yourself; I now return a bat- wealth.” In this manner she exmplitered and worn out soldier, disfigured, fied the great pains which Lady Leith maimed, and, like a young tree struck had taken in her education, and her by lightning, blasted in the early put- preceptress was not a little flattered ting forth of my expectations. It were when she contrasted the consummate better that I should never see you prudence and discretion shown by her again, my Clara, than see you to lose, own pupil, with what she termed, the through my want of personal advanta- childish romance of her niece Clara. ges, that affection which I had once A few months brought the marriage of the happiness to inspire." As soon as Monimia to a conclusion. Sir Crofton Clara received this letter she set out Fullpurse vainly supposed that the with her father to meet her lover. preference which had been shown to Their meeting was like the junction of him over the younger suitors of his two streams that unite for ever. A bride, was to be attributed to his manshort but violeut agitation of contend- ners and character, and not to the ing passions was followed by compo- temptation of his wealth. So little şure and happiness. About three are those, who estimate
above months after their return to Halton the all things, inclined to admit, that the young soldier was united to Clara. In wealth they possess is the only thing addition to his half-pay he received a which can recommend them to others. pension of two hundred a year, as a While affairs were proceeding thus remuneration for his wounds and ser- prosperously, in the Leith family, the vices. This, together with a small al- failure of the great stock jobber was lowance from his father, and a resi- silently working out the ruin of some dence in the parsonage, enabled them of the first houses in the City. These to enjoy that which no wealth can sudden explosions of great commercial purchase-contented affection.
houses may be assimilated to the reIt was not long before the charms verberations of an echo in a mountains and manners of Monimia Rusby gain- ous country. A cannon is fired off, ed another suitor. This second ad- and close to your side the shock is inmirer was even richer than the first : stantly repeated. It then ceases and he was a gentleman of extensive busi- you suppose that you will hear no ness, one of the representatives of the more of it, when you perceive an obCity of London, and a baronet. He scure and feeble repetition, at an imwas past the meridian of his days, a mense distance; “ It is dying away, widower with two children, and not you observe," and then again it thunaltogether a husband of such temper ders in your ears, apparently more and manners as would have pleased a loud than at first
. After repeated young woman whose mind had been shocks, which often come from quarinclined to refinement and romance. ters where you least expect them, the She had, however, by this time so explosion dies away and the matter is completely imbibed the principles of forgotten. The failure of the stock her aunt, and become so nice a calcu- jobber was of this nature. The Leith lator, that she knew what sum of mo- family appeared to stand secure, and ney was a set-off against a defect. were talking, and wondering at the Being told that her intended husband numerous failures, obscure and imporwas a person of a bad temper, she re- tant, which it had created, when sudplied, " True, but he settles upon me denly they were alarmed by the extwenty thousand pounds." "He is plosion of a house, with which Sir too old,” said a friend, “to marry a James had immense transactions, and woman of your youth and beauty.” this was instantly followed by the “ Not at all,” was her reply, “ for he'll failure of his own banker. After the first consternation was past, and they she passed her by, and hurried down were able to summon sufficient calm- stairs to her carriage. The agitation ness of mind to calculate their resour- of her mind, arising from this discoveces, Lady Leith directed the mind of ry of the selfishness and ingratitude of Sir James to the assistance which Monimia, combined with the shock might be derived from Sir Crofton which her nerves had received from the Fullpurse; she knew the influence apprehension of the danger which which Monimia possed over her hus. seemed to threaten her family, threw band, and proposed to visit her for the her into hysterics. A violent fever purpose of requesting her interest with followed, and during soine days her him to prop the credit of Sir James. pbysician apprehended a fatal termiThe carriage was ordered, and she re- nation: As soon as she recovered, it paired instantly to Monimia. The was thought right that she should unrumour of the great events had pre- dergo a temporary removal from these ceded her. Her reception was cold scenes where she had suffered, and she and formal. “ I come, my dear Mo- herself chose Halton Parsonage, the nimia,” said Lady Leith in an agony residence of her brother, as the place of grief, “to request you will prevail where she could best recover froin the on Sir Crofton to assist us on this trying wounds which her feelings had receivoccasion." “ Your Ladyship,” re. ed. The reception which Mr. Rusby plied Monimia, “ shall not want an and his children gave her, was most advocate in me, but." “ Heavens, kind and hearty. During two months Monimia," cried Lady Leith, “is this she lived at Halton, and in that time the language, this the return you make often consessed to her own mind, and for all my kind and generous exertions by words to the ear of Mr. Rusby, in your favour?”
“ Your Ladyship,” that she had been deceived in her replied Monimia,“ seems to forget speculations on education : that printhat I am no longer my own mistress, ciples of ambition and selfishness incolbut the obedient wife of a gentleman, cated to young people, recoil in the whose interest and happiness it is my hour of distress and difficulty on their duty above all things to consider. instructors. As soon as the affairs of That done, your Ladyship shall not Sir James were adjusted, she retorned want, as I have said before, an advo- to London. Clara from that time becate in me.” The impetuous temper came a favourite of Lady Leith, and of Lady Leith, could no longer bear at the death of Sir Janes, she received this cold offer of assistance; she seized the fortune which had been destined the bell, rose hastily from the sofa, for Monimia. dropt a slight curtsey to her niece as
TALES OF IRISH LIFE,
ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE MANNERS, CUSTOMS, AND CONDITION OF THE PEOPLE
DESIGNS BY GEORGE CRUIKSHANK.
de gustibus non est disputandum, lers of ancient times, would throw into say the old Classics. It will hardly their intoxicating cup to destroy, be believed, that in truth we have reap- though it.cost the price of a kingdom. ed as much gratisication in reading There are sixteen Tales in these these Tales, as in perusing the longest two small and neat volumes, all of reports of any one of the disputations them illustrative of the feelings and between the Romish Priests and the manners of a people, it must be conBible distributors in Ireland; the dis- fessed far too little known. We do not cussions on the snug appropriation of observe any undue leaning, either to the Catholic rent, or the debates on one side or another, of those who abuse dissolving the Union that pearl which the ignorance of Ireland, and wickedly labour to keep alive the distractions humble competence. A host of exanwhich tear and rend it. The inci- ples could here be adduced, but the dents look as if they were drawn from history of. Poor Mary' will be suffilite, and if we find a furious Protestant cient. in one page doing evil, we in the next
“ The glebe Rouleen consisted of observe the pernicious influence of the twenty Irish acres, on which stood the Catholic Priest. There is, therefore, warm thatched house, or rather cabin, much matter worthy of earnest nation- of Jack Wilson. The annual whiteal attention in these fictions, while at washing which was given to it every the same time they are characteristic Christmas rendered it conspicuous and amusing. Without agreeing with from the road; and the four large the writers in all his ideas, we cannot trees which shaded the bawn, or yard, but highly approve of his work, of gave it an air of comfort which Irish which an abridgment of the story of dwellings, particularly of the poor, selPoor Mary will afford our readers a dom afford. A closer view showed an tolerable sample.
approach to English neatness : a green “On the road from Thurles to paddock for a favourite horse or cow Cashel the traveller will frequently see was on one side ; and on the west, enwritten, by a variety of hands, on walls joying the shelter of the outhouses and and posts, · Poor Mary! the epithet trees, was a little garden for vegetables poor being considered by the Irish and flowers : whilst at the bottom of peasantry the most expressive word the slope, before the door, was an umfor sympathetic pity. This testimony brageous thorn, protecting from the of regard for the sufferings of Mary beams of the summer's sun a holy well; becomes more conspicuous and more for all wells in Ireland are dedicated to frequent as the traveller approaches some particular saint. It must be conthe latter town; and should he feel fessed, though the general appearance any desire to know
the cause, he can- of Wilson's habitation conveyed ideas not fail of receiving information from of industry, there yet remained too those he meets, either in the English many proofs of culpable indolence. A or Irish language; for all know the cart, as it is called, truckle, was placed history of Poor Mary.'
in the gap to perform the duties of a “ England or Ireland, intended by gate; and the exhalations of the dungNature, like man and woman, for mu- bills rose to Heaven the tacit reprover tual support and happiness, unfortu- of Jack's attachment to smoking and nately entertain such unaccountable talking : still the little farm was yearly prejudices, that they know nearly as improving; the limestones were collittle of each other's manners and lected round the kiln, the ditches showhabits as the South Sea Indian does of ed traces of recent repairs, and fields the Calmuc Tartar.
were ploughed that had lain fallow for “ In estimating the enjoyments and ages. On the whole, the country peovirtues of the sister island, the logic of ple acknowledged that Jack was the an Englishman is, in his own opinion, most thriving man in the parish, for very conclusive and satisfactory. An which he was indebted, they observed, Irishman is a Papist; ergo, a supersti- to his good children, young Jack and tious fool; an Irishman eats potatoes ; Mary. ergo, he is starved ; ergo, he must be 66 Old Wilson had been married unhappy. But, notwithstanding the twenty years to a woman who brought ridicule of some, and the false reason- him two children, a son and a daughing of others, happiness is still to be ter. The greater part of his life he found in Ireland; it is only to be la- was merely struggling with Fortune, mented that the natives do not know wearing tattered clothes and living on the value of that tranquil felicity which potatoes; but, as his children apthey might enjoy did they not exhibit proached 'to maturity, Mary, the too much readiness to co-operate with daughter, was taken notice of by a design and folly, which generally ter- family in the neighbourhood, who just minates in the ruin of their peace and stopped in the country long enough to
make the people feel the loss of their ry and her mother to all the horrors of departure."
fear and apprehension. Every hour (She and her brother are thus raised of the night was to them as tedious as a' little above the mere herd; and a the progress of the messenger who deserving young countryman, named bears a reprieve to a convicted crimiLambert, is betrothed to the excellent nal: every blast of wind that shook Mary.]
the trees enticed Mary to the door to They talked over what they see if they were relurning; but hour should do in future, reckoned how passed after honr, and no appearance easily they should pay their rent, and of father, brother, or lover. The how good their children would be. 'mother and daughter alternately wept The day being fixed for the ceremony, and prayed: every saint in the calenthey went to town to purchase the dar was invoked, and every future mowedding clothes, came home, and were ment was expected to bring them the happiest people in the world over home, whilst every disappointment Wilson's fire;--but never were happy either excited new hopes, or conjured more!
up all the horrors which suspense cre“ Lambert had risen, with the inten- ates in an alarmed imagination. tion of returning home : he had taken 66 The nocturnal marauders succeedhis hat, snatched a kiss from his in- ed in gaining possession of some old tended bride, and was retreating hastic and useless fire-arms, and were proly from her smiling displeasure, when ceeding to a house at some distance, he was forced back abruptly by the where they expected to find a large confused entrance of a number of men, supply, when, having travelled about a whose faces were concealed by slouch- mile and a half, their approach was ed hats, or so artfully blackened that noticed by a military party, who were they could not be recognized. Some out that night scouring, as the soldiers of them had sticks, some rusty old call it, the country. The commander guns, and others had swords of all of the detachment filed his men shapes and countries. Their ultimate each side of the road, with orders to intention was evidently hostile, whilst close on the Whiteboys as they passtheir dress plainly evinced they were of ed. Discipline is better than force or the poorer class of people. One of courage: the party came up; the solthem, who showed his importance by diers obeyed the instructions of their dropping bis gun perpendicularly on superior; and the Whiteboys, not the foor, and throwing his tall figure having either dicipline or prudence, into an erect position, explained the resisted for a while with desperate reason of their visit. They were in energy, but were ultimately obliged to search of arms; but, being strangers surrender to the methodical courage of in that part of the country, they merely the soldiers, who proceeded to count called to request Wilson to go with their prisoners aloud, and to take them to those houses in which he down, by a light which they struck, the knew they were to be found. The name of each. Wilson' then found whole family remonstrated against such that his son and five others were killed a proceeding. Young Wilson had a in the affray. gun, to which they were welcome; but “ Mary's dreadful suspense was disto accompany men who were un- sipated, the next morning, by a conknown for the purpose of robbing viction of the melancholy truth. The those who were their neighbours, was whole country was in a state of alarma position in which Wilson desired not ing agitation; and, as Mary's sufferto be placed. Mary was terrified to ings were also those of others, she silence; but her mother seconded her bore them with greater fortitude, in husband in refusing to go on so lawless consequence of a participation of soran errand."
She had lost her brother, but “ Finally, however, the banditti others had lost their fathers and husobliged Lambert and the two Wil- bands. Besides, the feelings of Mary sons to accompany them, leaving Ma- for herself were comparatively trifling :