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...." moriemur inultæ « Sed moriamur, ait.”

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In this gentleman we behold a man, not striving by pecuniary acquisitions to issure himself that happiness, which he finds every reason to suspect his wife has for ever destroyed, but we see him sinking under the affliction, caused by his suspicions, and seeking refuge only in despair.

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Sir Jacob Sampson, as his name sufficiently evinces, was of that race which were once the chosen favourites of their Maker; and if, as the liberal and well-informed mind assures its possessor, all religions are equal in the eye of OMNIPOTENCE, if mercy, justice, and integrity are the leading rules of their conduct, then we may safely say, that Sir Jacob was one who shone amongst the favourites of heaven.

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No man knew the value of money better than he did; but he knew its value only, as it served him to prop the State

which protected him : he had lavished it a, in support of government, and in afford

ing the helping means of carrying on an
arduous war: he has employed it also in
magnificently feasting the sons of his law
ful Sovereign ; and, though a merchant
and citizen himself, in regaling those
nobles, which he knew, how empty soever
may be the mere sound of title, are yet
necessary to support each proper grada-,
tion of government: while his liberal
hand, ever open to succour distress, has
blessed and comforted the poor in his vi-

cinity.

But much as money may be deemed desirable, as for the pleasure it affords in dispensing it for good to others, in that delightful way Sir Jacob was ever assiduous to do; yet he well knew that the precious metal gold, is unable to

SIR JACOB SAMPSO

SIR JACOB SAMPSON.

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His Friend.

heal the lacerated,heart, or calm the tor-, tures of an auguished mind. .,' '

He had a friend, ratlan humble friend, because he was in a great measure, dependant upon him: he was possessed of a fine person, and great acquired endowments of learning. The study of the college may impart wisdom to the head, but it cannot give the more amiable virtues of the heart: yet how often do the learned follow that occupation, whose chief and arst lesson of instruction is. virtue ; and which early teaches the lisp-. ing infant to repeat the maxim, “ Do, as you would be done by:" .. ,

The polished ease of fashion, and a liberal mind and education, allow of freedoms and intimacies unknown to the middling and lower classes of life. Sir Jacob's connexions and acquaintance ranked amongst the highest circles, bis Ami was l'Ami de la maisoil, and Sir

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Jacob well knew that a virtuous woman is in no danger with a male companion, if that man is an honourable man; for he often acts, in etery correct sense, not only as a protector, but, at the same time, a cherished friend, and with whom, thought he, could his wife be so safe, as with a good and sensible man, whose calling is that of virtue and principle?

But the conduct of Lady Sampson seemed to be divested of its accustomed prudence; so that an affectionate husband began to be alarmed,

Just to his own honour, yet unwilling to make any eclat in the world, he was at first like Joseph, “minded to put her away privately :" yet her still endearing behaviour, the recollection of the happiness she had once diffused over his social and private hours, made him look into his own thoughts, and imagine that, pero haps, a spark of jealousy, almost insepa

Admonitions received with Contempt.

rable from true love, had crept into the enlarged composition of his heart; and still he would have stronger proofs before. he came to extremities; as for a trial in Westminster Hall, and suing for damages, that never once entered his mind.

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He became still more alarmed; and, as he imagined, with reason; and, it is said, he ventured to expostulate with her, on the unguarded partiality she evinced for his humble friend. We should hope all that has been spoken on this event is not strictly true; it is, however, confidently reported, that she not only refused to ale. ter her conduct, but treated her unhappy husband, and his kind admonitions, with the utinost contempt. The pangs that inward agitations produce, especially those of the heart, are indescribable, and their result not to be accounted for: A settled and dark melancholy came over the once-active mind of Sir Jacob; the interests of his country were no longer

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