Графични страници
PDF файл
ePub

Conclusion.

they sleep, that he may effect this escape.

In this instance there seems thought and · apparent reason; but it is instinctive

thought only; the brain is still on fire, and in such a case, if this febriculose man should emancipate himself from his keepers, and be found self destroyed, would he be pronounced guilty of suicide, and condemned to be buried in the crossroads ? surely no.

.

The whole nation mourns the loss of such a man as Sir Jacob Sampson, and laments that he could not remain in this scene of sorrow his appointed time : his name and memory will ever be held in veneration, and his remaining kindred, who bear that name, are equally revered ; they have the same means, and the same amiable propensity to do good, as their unfortunate brother, and we trust they will long enjoy that useful life, which reflects honour on human nature.

[merged small][merged small][ocr errors]

"This will never, never do," said the Marquis of Waltham; “ Charlotte has a tear trembling in her eye, the dear Duchess pensively leans her head on her hand, and I cannot but lament the fate of my unfortunate and munificent friend, Şir Jacob Sampson. But a truce to these mournful subjects: You, Charlotte, who are so firmly devoted to the belief of a future state, you must know that a man of his character, according to your creed, cannot fail of being happy. Come, my dear Duchess, the rain is over : the grounds, are delightful on the gravelled path-way after this little shower--let me lead you.

“I do not much like these morning readings,” continued the Marquis as they walked ; " nothing shall again tempt me to it: tomorrow I will collect some.

horro

A ludicrous Adventure.

thing more gay for our evenings amuscment. And now I must tell you a few of my idcas, as they start to my mind.

“In the character we have sketched of the Duke of WVarton, and to which, Charlotte, your sweet candour gave the tinishing touches, one curious anecdote of him was quite forgot; it is but little known, and I am certain you are both ignorant of it; it is, nevertheless, true. Sit down a little while, dear ladies, in the prospect-chair, and I will stand by and tell it you.

“ His Grace was one day on his usual perambulations, coursing on foot, after some little uncautious leveret or other, that might perchance fall in his way; when, behold, a very well-dressed, finelooking woman crossed his path, and th's amorous septuaginary swain iinmediately began his attacks. The lady at first took no notice of him; she was young, hand

Continued.

some, had a something of fashion about her, and yet accompanied by a kind of inexperienced air.

“ As he had never seen her any where before, he had recourse to the old expedient of making known his rank, and intreating and imploring the lady would accompany him hoine. The artful fair one appeared to be softened, refused this favour, but seemed willing, and, indeed, rather desirous, the Duke should accompany her. He had rather have spared himself that trouble. Again intreating, and the better to obtain his purpose, he slipped a note into her willing hand. Still he was obliged to follow, for the lady had highly charmed him, and she led the way, resolving not to accompany him to his residence. Of course a woman of any fashion seldom walks far when quite alone; she soon stopped at the door of an house in a fashionable square, the door of which

The Catastrophe.

was opened to her with great respect by a servant in a dashing livery..

“ Appearances, and the conduct of the lady, made the Duke now think he had fell in with some courtezan, kept in high style and splendour. They were shown. into an elegant saloon back-parlour, where was seated a most respectable looking gentleman, whom, to the amazement and confusion of his Grace, the lady introduced as her husband!"-"And permit me, my dear,” said she, “ to introduceto vou his Grace the Duke of Warton ! and see,” added she, laying the note on the table, “ the honour bis Grace intended you and me, and how generous he would kave shown himself!"

“ How this adventure-ended, you may easily guess: I had heard enough, from the first authority, of the truth of it; and as the qui pro quo was all I thought

« ПредишнаНапред »