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gres evidently proved, that the people but that he had the happiness to command were determined not to submit to the late a patient army: on ihe idea of a patiaás palled in relation to America, nor eni army the honourable member expato any of a like complexion : that the tiated with great freedom, and kept to troops now stationed at Boston, and the liis point, that if an army was at all neinhabitants of that town, had no means cessary, it thould be executive; but that of procuring sublistence but by fea, or he knew no business Gen. Gage had from the country; that either method there in fo lamentable a situation; that Kas now equally difficult, as the har- if he thed a drop of the blood of his boar would be frozen up, and the land fellow subjects, he would open the Nuices tarriage, even if fubfiftence was to be for a torrent on both sides, and God had, rendered impracticable, as the coun- knows where it might end; while on the try would be covered with snow; and other if he did noi, he must be exposed that under such circumstances, the situa- with his army to such tameness and paLion of the troops would be no less de- tience, as no army ever Mewed before. plorable than that of the miserable in- He observed that they had had a speech habitants.
breathing nothing but war with America, He continued to say, that he was not for which thanks had been voted, and well versed in sieges, but if he under- now they had fupplies breathing nothing food right, he took it, that the town of but peace, for which he supposed thanks Bolton was furrounded by General Gage were likewise to be given. On the whole, with lines of circumvallation; and that the gentlemen of this side of the questisuch being the very critical fate of things, on, apprehensive that a vote of credit respecting both the situation, the tem- might be moved for at the close of the per, and difpofition, of the military and sellion, were willing to postpone the renatives, he submitted it to the gentlemen solution concerning the land lax, till afon the other fide, how they could recon ter the holidays, when being informed cile it to the duty they owed to the na
better of the state of our country, they tivo in their public, or to their conftitu- might be enabled to judge of the prurience ents in their private capacity, to agree of having reduced the navy establishment, to a long adjournment, while things re and of the sufficiency or insufficiency of mained in so dangerous and alarming a the proposed land tax aid of three tila fiate, without taking any one step to a- lings. vert the numerous and fatal mischiefs On the other hand, Sir William Merc. which they portended. For his part, dith complained of the impropriety of the he affirmed folemnly, he would much ra- present conversation tending to inflame ther fit on Christmas day, and continué ihe minds of the people by furnishining lo do so, de die in diem, than go to the matter for Newspapers ; wished it had country in so critical a season, without, been avoided, as the gentlemen had no at least, agreeing to some measures, proposition to offer ; and then juitifying though they thould extend no further than the measures already taken by adminiprevention.
ftration, - he observed in reply to Mr. This introduced a spirited debate, in Burke, that Gen. Gage had been sent which Mr. T. Townshend, Mr. Rigby, to Boston for three very good purposes ; Sir Wm. Meredith, and Mr. Cornwall, first, to protect the magiftratus ; fecondhad a confiderable thare ; but Mr. Burke ly, to protect the property of the merspoke much longer than the rest, and chants, which had been grolly violated; molt pathetically lamented the fituation thirdly, to enforce the execution of the of America, highly ridiculed the conduct acts of the British Parliament; which of administration, and placed the fitua- points he had in a great measure accoma tion of Gen. Gage in a clear point of plished ; and he added, that such steps Fiew. He observed, that he knew not would not have been necessary if the defor what purpose adminiftration had fent claratory hill repealing the stamp act had an army there ; but that if it was judged never been brought into that house. Mr. Expedient at all, it should have been an Burke retorted, that if the declaratoarmy of execution, not an army of ob- ry act was the accursed thing that had fervation. That the general in his last caused all the mischief, they had nothing letters had represented himself as being to do but toss it overboard. For his part, at once besieged and besieging ; that he he was ready to sacrifice every thing for complained his cannon had been stolen, peace with America ; but he itill was of and other infults offered to his troops í opinion Gen. Gage and his tzoops had no
business at Boston: That the magistrates which motion was again amended by Mr. of Bolton were said to be in Asylum ; le Solicitor General, by inserting the words had heard of Asylums for thieves, but“ 201h of January,” instead thereof; never of Asylums for magiftrates; nor and the question being put, the house dicould he conceive how they could be faid vided, when there appeared 13 for it, to be protected while they could not offi- and 29 against it; and the original queso cate, but were only in Asylum: That tion being then put, the house again dithe troops had been sent to protect the vided; but there not being a sufficient commerce of the merchants after all trade number of members present to constitute a was at an end; and that as to the execu• house, the speaker adjourned it, it being tion of the acts of parliament, Gen. Gage then within a quarter of six o'clock. could not be said to have enforced them, Wed, 21.] The speaker took the chair fince the Americans had not yet submitted at two o'clock, the house was remarkably to them.
thin, and there was very little businets Mr. Cornwall arose, said he was for- done. ry to hear so much ill-naiure run through The bill for continuing the duty on the house, that not any of the gentle- all malt, &c. was read a third time and men who condemned the mode, had of- palled. fered any other, neither could they until The bill for regulating his Majesty's the American affairs came to be laid be- marine forces while on thore, was read fore the house.
a second time and committed ; as was likeThe house was preparing to rise, till wise the bill for allowing the exportation the speaker called to order, as Mr. Soli- of utensils employed in the woollen macitor General had a matter to submit to nufactories. the consideration of the house, The Mr. Eyre, fitting member for Morpethy fourteen days appointed by the landing having understood that the petition preorder of the houle being expired, he said, ferred againk him, which was solely conhe begged to lay before it the following fined to the pretended force put upon the Thort itate of facts: Mr. Lockhart and returning officer, might exclude the real Colonel Morris being candidates at the merits of his case, which were founded late election for members to serve in par on a majority on the poll, he begged liament for the boroughs of Cullen, Elgin, leave that a petition might be presented &c. in North Britain, the latter gentle- relative to the merits, as well as to the man was declared duly elected. Mr.Lock- cause of complaint already fated ; and hart, the other candidate, being at Lif being informed it was now too late, as bon for the benefit of his health, his the order expired on Monday for receive friends (ignorant of the right mode of ing petitions and that nothing now remainproceeding) wrote up to his agent in Lon- ed but hearing the contents of it as it don to prefer a petition in his name ; but Itood, or moving to have it deferred, he it being necessary that the petition should sat down, after lamenting greatly the either originate with Mr. Lockhart's con- severity of his case, which obliged fiituents, or be signed by himself, the him either to stand the event, or conagent liated the matter to them by letter, sent to fit in the house two years before which did not reach town till late lait his opponent could compel him to quit night; he therefore submitted it to the his seat, though he were unduly or iinhouse whether or not, considering the properly elected. peculiar circumstances of the case, the The speaker read a letter from the ilanding order might not be dispensed chair, received that day from Mr. Scrope, with, and the petition entertained, this a late candidate for the City of Lincoln, being but the 15th day. This occafioned containing a petition complaining of bria very warm debate, the propofition being bery and corruption at the lait electie strongly resilied by Mr. Townshend and on for members to represent the said ci. Mr. Fuller. It being moved thai the agent ty in parliament, and defiring him to premight be called in to give an account of sent ihe same to the house. The speaker the facts alledged in the petition ; Mr. observing that the application and petiti. Fuller moved, that he should withdraw. on were now too late, there was no furA debate arofe, in which Mr. Solicitor ther notice taken of it. General was supported by Mr. Dunning Mr. R. Fuller observed, that the house and the Attorney General. Mr. T. was very thin, but that he understood Townshend at length moved, that the from what passed the preceding evening, debate should be adjourned to this day; that an attempt would be made on Friday
to open a door for receiving petitions and even in the management of his relax. complaining of undue elections contrary ations went to work in the cheapest mana to the standing order, which limits the ner: the latter, being of a more liberal time to fourteen days. He now gave no- turn, paid less attention to the disposal of tice, he said, in order that gentlemen his money, for the procurement of any might attend on that day to prevent a satisfactions which could not be enjoyed matter that must be productive of so much without it: yet he too kept the line of trouble, vexation, and expence.
discretion in his view, and whenever he On Friday Dec. 23.) His majesty went apprehended his capital in danger, reand gave the royal afsent to.
doubled his efforts to prevent a diminué As all for continuing and granting to his tion of it. majefy certain duties upon malt, mum, The Gifters of these friends were fenfio spider and perry, for the service of the ble, agreeable, accomplished girls ; neiKar one thoujand seven hundred and seven. ther of them could boast of having beauby fire.
ty enough to fiand the critique of a drawAr act to allow the importation of In- ing-room; but of the two, Maria Sedge dia corn and maize, knder certain reric- wick had the most showy exterior; and as ficRs.
she was of a very lively disposition, Nie And to one private bill.
had more smart fellows in her train than Then the boufe adjourned for the Chrift, many of her female acquaintance with mais recefs.
forms and faces infinitely more alluring; The Crofs Match. A Moral Tak.
Sophy Crompton, equally sensible, and
rather pretty, had not so many followers, F4 TAMILY alliances are not always because me was of a less communicative
productive of the domestic happiness disposition. What the said was always to expected from them by the contracting par. the purpose, but there was a coldness ties. Here and there we see a happy about her very unfavourable to chatting. intermarriage, but we more frequently She was not deftitute of personal graces, meet with one of a different kind, espe- but he gave herself no trouble about the cially among people who lay a great firess arts of pleasing in conversation: The was, upon appearance, and who look upon the therefore, more esteemed than beloved. making a figure as the foundation of all Different, however, as Maria and Sohuman felicity. Of this erroneous way phy were in their dispositions, in this re. of thinking were the two females whose 1pect, they agreed exceedingly well togecondud it the marriage state oocafioned ther, and had never any of those willy the following tale ; and in consequence tiffs (to adopt a female word) by which of that way of thinking, one of them the dearest friends (and with no despicabrought herself to an untimely grave. ble intellects) sometimes expose thein
Two young merchants,intimate friends, felves upon the moft trivial occalions, inseparable companions, and concerned in Their hearts were free from envy, and the same branch of commerce, though they were never so truly pleased as when not actually in parinership, were very they were saying or doing fomething to kruch respected by all who had any deals give each other pleasure. In short, no ings with them, and were confiderably four persons passed their time more fociencouraged, not only by those who em- ally, more happily together when they ploped them at honie, but by their fo- met, they met indeed To often, that the teign correspondenis. They were good majority of their neighbours (in the usual men on the Royal Exchange, and they benevolent ftile) married them, and woncould not be called bad men any where. dered that they themselves did not think They were not at all averse to pleasures, of being hymeneally united. Their wonbut they never suficred their pleasures to der was not of a long continuadce: they interrupt the course of their business : did intermarry, and with the most propithes divided their time prudently between tious omens. George Sedywick found them.
Sophy Crompton all that he could wish The names of these friends were Sedg. for in a wife, and Harry Crompton was wick and Crompson, and there was but perfectly satisfied with Maria Sedgwick. one irait by which they were, with regard Luckily for the two wives, tiey improved to their tempers, strikingly difinguished: upon their husbands every day after their the former was, though not a mifer, in union, and made them till more contentthe nos rigorous senle of the worti
, ex- ed with the choice they had made. There tremely attentive to the main chance; sieter was, apparently, a more promising January, 1775.
intermarriage ; and for a few years the " Here, Maria,” faid he, putting th conjugal felicity of this double pair was good Curate's letter into her hands, " yo not interrupted by any domestic occurren. will find some unexpected and not ver ces sufficient to threaten the deltruction disagreeable intelligence.” of it. But the permanency of conjugal He then leaviog her to the perusal o happiness (of any sort of happiness) can it, hurried away to accelerate matters. only be expected by those who have the Mrs. Crompton, as the could have nc Nightest acquaintance with the human natural affection for her husband's uncle-species, and who have the smallest insight a man, indeed, whom she had never seen into the operations of human nature.. could not feel much concern at the accoun
The Sedgwicks and the Cromptons which Mr. Malden had written of hi when they had lived about four years situation. She therefore read it with no without finding themselves weary of their other emotions than those which the ex nuptial connections, without having any pectations, flattering to her ambition family feuds and quarrels, were rendered occasioned. She had a high taste for al unhappy by some very unexpected events. the diversions of the town; a tafte which Harry Crompton, juit when he had one she had increased by falling into a new day finished the perusal of a letter from set of acquaintances after her marriage Amsterdam, which afforded him no small a taste which she could not indulge quite satisfaction, received another from the agreeable to her desires, as her husband North of England, which made a couli not chusing to see his name in the Gaderable addition to it.
zette with a nark of degradation, would “SIR,
not allow her a sufficiency for the supply “ Your uncle was taken so ill this of her every want.--" If the old gen morning, that there is very great reason tleman Niould die now,” said Me to her to believe be never will be the man he self, sitting with the letter in her hand was before. He thinks himself in a dan- " and should leave my dear Harry a gerous way; and is indeed so allured he handsome legacy, I will not let him reft Thall not recover, that he has desired me, till he opens his purse more freely. A having lost the use of his right hand en- present, I make allowance for his putting tirely, to inform you of his situation. me off on my coming to him for money He wishes very much to see you, and as he is a generous creature upon the hopes that you will set out immediately whole, and acts the part of a prudeus upon the receipt of this, having “ some- man, but if thing of consequence to communicate be The return of Mr. Crompton preventfore he dies." -These are his words: he ed her from going on with the reflections really imagines that he is near death, which Mr. Malden's letter excited. and I am, indeed, apprehensive that his “ My deareft Harry,” cried she,rising life will, in a short ine, be at an end. briskly from her chair, and taking him It gives me great pleasure to inform you, tenderly by the hand, “ this letter na that he now mentions you in the most af- given me new spirits." fectionate terms, and my pleasure is not “ How, Maria!" replied he, will a little increased when I think that I have a grave look, “ can the dangerous sibeen instrumental in restoring you to his tuation of my uncle afford you any pleafavour, by removing the prejudices he fure?" had entertained against you, in conse “ As I never was acquainted will quence of malicious misrepresentations. him, " replied Me; never saw him, 1 I am, Sir, very sincerely,
cannot pretend to feel any pain on his Your Friend and humble Servant, account; and I hope I may be permitted
JOHN MALDEN.” to say that I feel pleasure on his being This letter came from the curate of his reconciled to you. uncle's parish, of whom he had now an Harry smiling at the turn in the laiter higher opinion than ever, and with rea- par: of her reply, took leave of her in Son, as he had been actively serviceable the kindest manner, intreating her 10 to him. Induced by the contents of this take all possible care of herlelf, and letter to believe that Mr. Barlow would promising to write to her before he came make him 'his heir, he prepared for to the end of his journey. journey to Yorkshire without delay. When Maria had re-perused Mr.
As soon as he had given the necessary Malden's letter, and breathed a few orders to his servant, Mrs. Crompton wishes that the reconciliation betweer entered the room, just arrived from Mr. her husband and his uncle might be proSedgwick's.
dudire of an addition to his fortune, she ing that the could not drive it out of her
weakness, met her husband with aschearMaria, running into the room in which ful a countenance as she could possibly he had two hours before left her friend in assume, and hoped that he would not, as happy a frame of mind as she had ever from her appearance, suspect her of havleen her, found her in tears.
ing wept about her disappointment. He Surprised at fo unexpected a fight, the accosted her with more tenderness than could not helpfarting —" Good G-d! ever, but he thocked her, too, more than my dear! from whence proceeds this al- he had ever been shocked in her life. teration in you? What has happened ? “ I was very sorry, my dear Sophy,” Do, pray make haite to tell me, for I said he, “ to refuse your request before am quite impatient to know the cause of I went out this morning, but the truth pour sorrow
is, I had just heard a piece of intelligence " I am ashamed to tell you to tell' which, if it proved true, would have even you, my dear,” replied The, looking rendered it necessary for me to make a up, but hardly distinguishing whom the considerable retrenchment in my hou sold looked åt, fo bedimmed were her eyes expences : now, as that intelligence has by weeping." I have met with a proved true, a retrenchment must foldisappointment; it is but a trifling one, low." I confefs, but I am foolish enough to be He then proceeded to communicate to very much affected by it."
her the failure of a scheme from which "Well, well,” cried Maria, eagerly, he had promised himself a large addition let me hear it."
to his income, and informed her at the “ I have never, you know, had occa- same time of the regulations which he kon to complain of Mr. Sedgwick's be- proposed to make in his domestic arrangehaviour to me: he has been very good ments. to me, and I ought not therefore to be Not quite recovered from her first dif-: vexed at the first refusal I have received appointment, poor Sophy was little prefrom him. Yet I muft own his denying pared to stand firm against this second me a small fum to purchase a piece of very severe one, which she felt the more sprigged muslin, which struck my fancy, keenly, having heard of her friend's Kas hurt me exceedingly."
new and flattering prospects. She now " And is this all, child ;" replied began to envy her Maria's situation, and Maria, laughing
could not, without some painful emotions, Yes, my dear, I knew you would think of her being in the fairelt way of laugh at me, but indeed I can't help it, making a fill more brilliant figure in the However, I'll try-_-There,” con- gay world. When once envy finds a tinued she, wiping away the last tear, pairage into a female breast, adieu to
now I am ready to hear what brought all the sweets of peace. The bosom of you hither again fó foon; for, when you an envious woman is never at reft : enleft me, you gave me no hopes of seeing vy, it may be juftly atlerted, like ambijou till to-morrow.
tion, “ murders Neep." " True, my dear: but on my going No man, in Sedgwick's reduced conbome, I found Mr. Crompton upon the dition, could have behaved with more point of leaving London : he has receivă propriety, with more fortitude, than her ed a letter from the curate of his uncle's did. The change which he made in his parish, acquainting him with his being style of living, gave himn not, apparentdangerously ill; acquainting kim also, ly, the fmallest uneasiness. The dismis: at the same time, with his being reconci- lion of two of his servants out of four, led to him. This news, you may be sure, would have hurt the pride of many of was very welcome to Mr. Crompton, and his neighbours exceedingly, but it did he is, in consequence of it, on his way not rob him of his usual tranquility: the 10 Mr. Barlow's.
serenity of his countenance was an ofienSophy's answer to this information, was fible proof of the strength of his niind. exadly what her friend expected, who, Sophy exhibited no signs of the same phiafter having intreated her not to think losophy upon the mortifying occasion : any more about the fprigged mullin (see; the felt the dismiffion of her forvants